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Endless River - Mother Earth Brewing

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BA SCORE
88
very good

208 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 208
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.76%


Brewed by:
Mother Earth Brewing visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: atsprings on 11-08-2009)
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #36 (Jan 2010):

Extreme pale yellow color with a light haze; crackling white head has good retention. Aromas of shortbread, biscuit dough and a delicate floral hop. Quick on the crispness. A lot of malt flavor crammed into this brew; doughy with fresh-baked crackers and a hint of grassiness. The hops sting the tongue gently with bitterness, and the subtle flavor goes from floral to wild herb. Ghostlike sulfur in the middle. Dry grassy grain and herbal hop finish.

It's impossible to hide potential flaws in lighter beer styles. Thankfully, Mother Earth did not have to worry about this--no flaws. A great example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 01:48:33 | More by BeerAdvocate
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mdaschaf

Washington

3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an almost clear golden color with a one finger white head. Moderate retention, reducing to a thin layer on top. Nice white lacing down the sides. Small bubbles released from the bottom.

S: Nice grassy aroma combined with some pilsner and doughy malts.

T: Very crisp flavor profile. Light grains, some lemon/grassy, and light citrus hops.

M: Light to medium bodied with solid carbonation. Leaves a slight bubble feeling on my tongue. Slightly dry.

O: A very sessionable kolsch. Great flavor, nice and light.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2011 01:01:22 | More by mdaschaf
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atsprings

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Flying Saucer Raleigh on Nov. 30 served in a standard pint glass and reviewed from notes. Served a crisp straw yellow with a thin diminishing head. Aroma is sweet malts and Earthy hops, taste is more of the same, holding pretty true to the style. The beer is quite light, crisp, smooth and refreshing. This one was quite enjoyable, one I'd love to enjoy more of, especially in the warmer months.

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2009 09:31:14 | More by atsprings
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wedge

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sparkling pale yellow with a fluffy, lumpy pure-white head on top. Light, fresh pale malt aroma with soft grassy hops and a subtle apple and lemon frutiness. Lightly sweet cereal grain flavor finishing with a crisp bitterness. The hops are subtle and have an earthy, leafiness to them. Light, crisp, extremely drinkable...perfect for hot NC days. It's very simple, but well made. I like what these guys are doing...

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2010 02:50:54 | More by wedge
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wagenvolks

Texas

3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (courtesy of a trade with atsprings) into a Michelob pilsner glass--currently the closest thing I own to a strange.

"Endless Rivers" of carbonation rise up through a clear, straw-golden body. Small yeast particles are stratified throughout, while the eggshell-white head starts small and retreats to an asymmetrical patch of large bubbles. Scant lacing. Sharp, crisp aromas of pilsner malt and herbal, grassy hops with a mineral-rich backing. Hints of white grape juice and orange peel thrown in the mix as well.

Somewhat bland flavor, even for a kölsch, and even as Endless River warms. Saltine crackers and pilsner malt lay down a light, bready foundation upon which a sharp, grassy hop bitterness is built (soapy-tasting on the way back up). Carbonation is big and bubbly, contrasting nicely against the light body, and adds a snappy, zesty, almost drying bite to the finish. An easy-drinking kölsch, for sure, but I expected a bit more out of Mother Earth considering the steep price tag and the precedent set by their Sisters of the Moon IPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2009 06:27:03 | More by wagenvolks
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JayQue

Virginia

3.4/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a style that doesn't get too exciting but the Mother Earth version is not bad either. Pours a clear gold with a decent size white head (on a hard pour). Lacing is pretty good. The aroma is mild maltiness, fairly subdued.

The taste is malty with a little grassy hops in the finish. Pleasant and refreshing. Mouthfeel is crisp, the little bitterness at the end is good. Drinkability is fine. Would be a decent enough session beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2010 11:57:37 | More by JayQue
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Ryan011235

Ohio

3.23/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an Hannen Alt glass on 9/30/12

The color of pineapple juice, but not as cloudy. One thumb cap of white foam.

Buttered bread and grains are at the fore of the aroma, backed up with earthy hops. Hints of metallic hops and steamed veggies. The taste is mostly comprised of qualities mentioned in the former of the two prior sentences. Very grainy, and somewhat buttery. Hops are appropriately low. The metal and vegetal notions are absent here. The feel is a plush medium-light, with a rolling graininess and soft, billowy carbonation.

Overall: Though not the best take on a Kolsch in the region (COAST handily has that distinction), this is easily drinkable and better than I was expecting based on the aroma.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2012 05:35:36 | More by Ryan011235
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Onenote81

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the First St. Draught House in town. Came out a crystal clear gold with a thin white head on top. No sticky lace left behind. Scents of corn, butter, lemon zest, and sharp hops.

The body is crisp and bubbly. Refreshing feel. Great lemony flavor right away. Silky buttery feel. Some bready biscuit aftertaste. Definite noble hops present as well. I really like this beer. This style is quickly becoming one of my go-to's, and this one is a great example.

Serving type: on-tap

04-19-2010 19:14:21 | More by Onenote81
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jsanford

Georgia

3.33/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass. Bottled on 3/29/11, so right around 3 months old.

A - Pours a slightly hazy straw-yellow with a thin white head that dissipates to a slight haze.
S - Grainy malt, bread dough, spicy yeast, and a bit of earthy hops. Nice and crisp.
T - More bready malt with a touch of sweet caramel for good measure dominates, with a bit of that spicy yeast and floral hops. Nice and balanced, just like a Kolsch should be.
M - Crisp and refreshing, with a thin body and medium-sharp carbonation.
O - Solid example of a Kolsch, perfectly sessionable on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2011 04:35:44 | More by jsanford
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daliandragon

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy straw color with off white head. Visible carbonation slows after the initial rush. Lace is wet but persistent. Nose is crystal malt and spicy hops with a grapeskin vibe.

Full bodied flavor with biscuit notes that matures into a noble hop finish and a clean aftertaste. Carbonation is a little high in my eyes but I realize that is being true to the style. A lot to like here, overall. Not a thin yellow lager, this has complexity and drinkability, and certainly qualifies as refreshing as well. i'm not sure i'd drink it mowing the lawn but certainly after.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2012 00:43:06 | More by daliandragon
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jsprain1

Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pretty much clear golden, slightly lighter than honey. Head is thin one finger that lasts not quite long enough.
S- Aroma is reminiscent of apple peel, a touch floral (actually not altogether different than Easter lillies I smelt today), and a bit of crackery malt.
T- Initially I'm picking up some doughy and crackery malt, with just a touch of sweetness in it. There is a bit of slightly tart apple flavor in there. Just a touch grassy.
M- Light, but you expect that from the style, pretty even-keeled carbonation, perhaps a touch prickly. Clean finish.
O- Right near the top of the list of kolschs. Definite recomendation for a sessionable beer high on flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

04-25-2011 03:56:04 | More by jsprain1
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cvstrickland

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The stylishly-clad 12-ounce bottle pours brightly-clear and pale golden with a torrent of lazy streamers of internal carbonation feeding a finger-thick bone-white head. A fine-grained sheet tattered to lacing etches the passing of the drink onto the inner walls of my Kolsch cylinder.

The aroma is snappy and white wine-like with a touch of mellowing unidentifiable floral fruitiness. The sweet light-kilned malty backbone is augmented with a grassy herbal hop note.

The flavor is mildly vinous without acidity, softly malty-sweet, and a touch fruity. An assertive, floral-grassy hop bitterness kicks in right away and takes command of the ship in the drying finish.

The drink is light-bodied, softly carbonated, and extremely easy to drink. Good beer, classy labeling and such, but a bit expensive at over 12 bucks a sixer.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2010 15:56:16 | More by cvstrickland
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AleWatcher

Illinois

1.93/5  rDev -50.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Served in a tulip.

Very clear, pale gold. White head of 1 finger settles quickly, leaves some spots of lace behind.
Smells of grainy malts, not really sweet, just grainy. Some yeasty esters hit too, but result in non-descript fruity notes.
The taste is really dry. A slight sour mash malt comes across with the graininess, but it isn't enough to help in my opinion.
The fruity esters don't develop into the fruit notes that I really hoped for, and the beer finishes very dry.

This is ok, but not really great. The body is light and airy. Tons of bubbles.

EDIT---
I got another bottle of this one and decided to edit my review with new info:

Pours a really light clear golden color. One finger of white head, almost no lacing left as the head dissolves back into the body in a big hurry.

The nose is light malts, mainly bready, with a touch of sweetness... Then a chalky tart note on the nose and the flavor. The finish is really dry with a slight bitterness that I associate with skunked German Lagers out of green bottles.

Feel is thin and undercarbonated.

Overall-- this just doesn't do it for me. I love a good Kolsch, and this is one I wanted to love-- sadly, it just isn't very good.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2011 22:32:03 | More by AleWatcher
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Amalak

New York

3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had out of a 12 bounce bottle.
a- gold and hazy with no real head and lace. Some bubbles.
s- malty scent with some cara,el hints.
t- carbonates with a touch of tart lager. Some maltyness and a hint of sweetness, caramel. Kind of lacking in flavor. Not bad not great

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2011 22:49:21 | More by Amalak
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dogfishandi

New York

3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a nice extra from kflack. thanks kevin!

12oz bottle pulled from my fridge poured into an SA perfect pint glass.

pours out a fairly clear pale yellow, straw yellow color with one finger of soapy white head that faded to a ring and some patchy foam minutes later, fairly retentive. some light lace, decent amount of carb bubbles.

in the aroma, some light corny, bready grains, some nice yeasty notes, and a bit of mineral/ sulfer aromas.

grainy, bready malts balanced nicely by some floral, herbal hops. nice bitterness in the finish. bits of mineral and sulfer.

clean crisp feel, very light body. carbonation feels average, quite refreshing.

drinks quite well, i could see sixers of this going down very easily on a hot summer day. too bad its not available in my area. a nice clean, simple kolsch, with a nice little hop bite. well done!

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2011 00:59:11 | More by dogfishandi
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JohnQVegas

Tennessee

4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (from Bruisin' Ales) into pint glass. Lucky to have grabbed two great local Kolsches in this trip - one of my favorite (and in my opinion, most underrated) styles around.

Pours pale yellow, a bit hazy, with a thinnish half-inch white fizzy head that settles into not much more than a batch of white suds fairly quickly.

Nose is a bit herbal, almost earthy, alongside a raw-grain-like super-pale malt note.

Taste is very clean - lightly sweet, grainy, ultra-pale malt note sets the perfect tone to pair with the light but bright fruity citrus notes, and subtle grassy hop presence. Maybe just a hint of sulphur. Finish carries just a bit of bitterness, more hop flavor than bitterness, some light cereal grainy notes. Really nicely put together beer that hits all the right notes.

Mouthfeel is medium-light, coarse but light carbonation, clean finish with just a bit of bitterness.

Drinkability is, as per usual for the style, excellent. Not quite on par with the COAST offering I just finished because of the minor sulphur presence, but really, there's not much of a limit as to how much of this I could drink before getting tired of it. Tasty, tasty beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2010 20:57:58 | More by JohnQVegas
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PDXHops

South Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a shaker pint. Slightly hazy gold with a modestly sized white head that sticks around for a while. Lazy streaks of lacing.

Floral hop notes among a mix of malty aromas both crisp and lightly sweet- dough, sugar cookies, toasted flatbread. Shockingly flavorful; this is pretty delicious stuff. Floral hops take a backseat to stronger grassy and herbal flavors. Nice yeasty tang. Husky at times. Plenty bitter thru midswallow, but the finish is dry and features lingering grass and grains.

Overall impression: A great brew. I gotta get some more of this pronto.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2011 22:55:48 | More by PDXHops
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KajII

North Carolina

3.13/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Best served in a Kölsch glass]

The pour was a hazy medium yellow with an average sized (1-2 finger) white fluffy head that lasted a little while and had some nice lacing.

The aroma was super light of a grain malt, grassy and floral hops and a soapy yeast with a hint of lemon.

The taste was lightly sweet and mildly acidic with touch of lemon at first and slightly bitter with a large does of yeast and a hint of citrus at the end. The flavor lasted an average time with a yeasty-citrus taste lingering on for a little while.

Mouthfeel was light in body and watery in texture with the carbonation being rather soft.

Overall this was a nice light refreshing Kölsch. Although nothing special really stuck out it was quite solid for the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 17:02:21 | More by KajII
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SLeffler27

New York

3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fills a Harpoon stange with a clear, pale straw until the last few drops deposit a haze of yeast under a four-inch, pale yellow sea foam head that seemingly is endless, never fully dissipating but leaving lots of patchy lace. These folks also have classy label art.
Fresh, with a light, sweet background of hay. There is some honey and lemon as well as white pepper.

Grainy with honey and lemon following the nose and well-balanced. This is simple and well done with a long finish that brings out a refreshing bitterness.

Light body and crisp with no alcohol. The carbonation is light and it is ultimately dry.

Endless River is a great session beer, best cold, but still enjoyable after warmth.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2012 18:35:23 | More by SLeffler27
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Kromes

Georgia

4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A nice clear light yellow/straw color with a thin white head.

S: Smells like a bit of sweet grainy malts with some of fruit (apple, grape) and earthy hop.

T: A smooth grainy malt flavor that transitions into a slight hop and grape seed flavor. The finish is like what you get when you bite into a grape seed. A little bit of grape, a little bit of earthy nutshell and a little bit bitter. It is actually quite good and grows on you.

M: Light and refreshing. A semi-dry finish.

O: A very distinct style of beer. I really enjoyed this. Usually beers this light do not have strong flavors, but this beer in particular is full flavored and very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2012 21:58:55 | More by Kromes
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kkipple

South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle picked up from the wondrous Brawley's Beverage.

A. Crrrrystal clear light gold. Light and fluffy white head that sadly doesn't last long. Very fizzy in the glass. Other than the sadly gone-too-soon head, nice looking.

S. Mineral water-ish, light and floral, notes of honey, pale malt sweetness and ever-so mild hop bitterness. Light, refreshing, quite clean.

T. Delicious and quite to style. Light and floral, dry, fine interplay of hops and delicate malt. Everything is quite balanced, the mark of a good (read: restrained) recipe. Well-attenuated Good water, or something, this is quite soft and easy to drink. No DMS, not overly hopped -- a fine example of a good (fresh!) Kolsch.

M / D. Possibly under-carbonated, otherwise light bodied, dry, refreshing with a fine hop-bitter and gentle malt sweetness. Easy to return to again and again.

This is quite frankly hard to improve on for the classic Kolsch style, which is growing on me by leaps and bounds. This was fresh (and has a bottled-on date, fantastic!) which is half the battle with getting good Kolsch. This takes a more traditional tack than say, Coast's 32/50. My advice to the Powers-that-Brew:

Improve head longevity and head retention.
Take a look at carbonation in bottle, perhaps increase it?

And bingo! A classic East-Coast Kolsch. Right now, I'm hard pressed to think of one I've enjoyed much more than Endless River.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2009 23:01:33 | More by kkipple
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dedrinker

Kansas

3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale straw color with a thin white head.

Aromas of dry grassy hay, hops and some sulfur.

I taste some good authentic kolsch action going on with the above aromas as flavors, but there is a tip-of-my-tongue malt sweetness and body that step in to dampen the enjoyment of pure kolsch pleasure, for those of you who have appreciated a fresh quality German kolsch.

That malt body, sweetness and slight minty hop character come up on the finish to keep this one from attaining kolsch greatness, even though one can sense the skill and experience of the brewer in making this as good as it is. Even still, the delicate nature of German kolsch is missing here beneath the added malt body, sweetness and (relative to kolsch) hop bitterness.

It is only because I have drank plenty of kolsch in Cologne that I maintain a snobby line here. otherwise this is the second best kolsch I have so far found brewed in America.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2011 04:17:17 | More by dedrinker
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ncvbc

North Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Good looking. Clear golden. Medium head. Moderate lacing. Smell is clean with earthy, bready, grainy undertones. Some hop character and vinous. Excellent taste. All aspects of nose displayed in balance. Mouthfeel is also quite nice. Light tingle, good dryness in the finish. Could easily drink this one as a session brew. A style that I consider a favorite when done right. This one has that covered.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2011 01:58:45 | More by ncvbc
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Dodo2step

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

P-Thanks to my buddy Trask for this brew!

A- some what clear yellow green in color. Anice fluffy head that is about a finger with nice sticky lacing on the pint.

S- doughy floral hops. This is very nice, love the aroma. light on the malt as well.

T- A very nice floral and biscuity flavor. This is very smooth and very good. A perfect complement i dare say.

M- light and creamy. It is very smooth yet slightly chewy.

O- Honestly one of the best Kolsch's i have ever had....phenomenal!

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2012 18:08:52 | More by Dodo2step
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NCSUdo

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle

A: Clear pale yellow under a very small white head. No lace, some retention.

S: Sweet, vinous, hints of malt and maybe a pine like hop. Very clean, very balanced.

T: Again, clean and baanced. Vinous, slightly sweet, a little malty, hop bitterness is medium, dry, crisp. Really excellent for me.

M/D: Light to medium bodied, carbonation is bordering on high. Excellent drinkability. This is a very good Kolsch in my opinion, and I would put it up against any domestic Kolsch out there. A beer like this gives me high hops for Mother Earth moving forward.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2010 00:06:12 | More by NCSUdo
Endless River from Mother Earth Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 208 ratings.