Endless River - Mother Earth Brewing

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BA SCORE
86
very good

92 Reviews
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Reviews: 92
Hads: 299
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 39
Gots: 40 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mother Earth Brewing visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: atsprings on 11-08-2009

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Reviews: 92 | Hads: 299
Photo of barczar
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brilliant lemony straw with a billowing white head that lingers.

Aroma is lightly floral and perfumey, with hints of lemon adding character to the crackery pilsner malt.

Flavor is light and refreshing, with underpinnings of lemon contrasting crackery malt. There's a floral tone that surfaces in the finish. Light dms was initially noted, but it fades quickly.

Body is light with carbonation on the high side. Very easy to drink.

Nice example of the style. Very refreshing. (485 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
3.51/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

this is one that i've been sitting on for probably far too long. thanks mike for bringing this one when you visited!

a - opened the bottle and poured my capt lawrence taster tulip. poured a straw yellow clear with even bubbling. somewhat foamy...sticky lacing.

s - apple, green grape and a bmc'ish shine.

t - pretty good. still has a touch of that bmc'ish shine but the green grape flavor comes out more.

m - a touch fizzy, medium to light bodied, but an easy drinker.

o - overall not bad, not great. this is a style that i've begun exploring recently and this one is okay. bear in mind that i sat on this one for a while, so possibly it is past it's prime? (663 characters)

Photo of blackie
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: curved tyranena pint, pale golden in color, really thin head with almost no retention

s: clean lager body, crisp noble hop aroma, well structured kolsch

m: carbonation light-medium, lighter bodied

t: lager malt body, light and balanced without lacking flavor, ending with a crisp noble hop touch

d: no problem at all

single from Sam's, Durham (350 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
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. (672 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy straw color. The head is a finger high, and white in shade. Texture-wise, the bubbles are fairly small, even if it isn't superbly creamy. Retention is okay. Little lacing is left behind, though. (3.25)

Smell: It has many of the characteristics I look for in a good kolsch: a nice amount of cereal grains, some lemon, grassy hops, and even a fruity tone. As it slowly warms up, its grape character grows bolder. Nothing about the nose bowls me over, but given the no-nonsense leanings of the style, it kind of does. (4)

Taste: It starts off with a touch of malty sweetness, and MAYBE some cereal grain. Then it becomes grassy - almost ridiculously grassy. Hell, perhaps even a touch minty. A slight fruity note (think white grape) finishes it off. It's hard to explain how this pops, but honestly it does. Put it like this: I'd rather just drink this brew instead of picking it apart. (3.75)

Mouthfeel: Crisp and light, this one goes down with absolutely no effort whatsoever. Some of the lingering sweetness could be cleansed off about 10% better, otherwise the general feel is excellent. It's not spoiled by excess carbonation, either. (3.75)

Overall: This tastes like a GOOD German-made kolsch. Enough said. (4)

3.94/5: Excellent example of an underrated style (1,327 characters)

Photo of Zach136
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Mostly clear yellow with a white head, solid lacing.

Aroma/Flavor: Light hay and noble hop earthy was.

Mouthfeel: Light crisp, refreshing. (152 characters)

Photo of wedge
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
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... (415 characters)

Photo of jsanford
3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
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. (585 characters)

Photo of wagenvolks
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
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. (1,063 characters)

Photo of JayQue
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
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. (437 characters)

Photo of atsprings
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (405 characters)

Photo of patre_tim
4.39/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden filtered, little large bubbled carbonation, a finger of white head fades fast.

S: Grapes, musty, malt, white grapes and offal.

T: White grapes, champagne, malty, dough like a pizzeria.

M: Light body with high carbonation, dry slightly powdery finish.

O: An excellent Kolsch. Got this one in Whole Foods, Raleigh NC today, June 13, 2014. Really enjoying this fantastic styled beer, true to form. (408 characters)

Photo of Amalak
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
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 (267 characters)

Photo of jsprain1
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
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. (666 characters)

Photo of Onenote81
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (473 characters)

Photo of Ryan011235
3.16/5  rDev -18.1%
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. (722 characters)

Photo of AleWatcher
1.95/5  rDev -49.5%
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. (1,201 characters)

Photo of dogfishandi
3.88/5  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! (846 characters)

Photo of BarrytheBear
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from Jason...thanks bud

Hazed gold into my Magic Chouffe tulip reveals a short lived quarter inch head and a rapid moving army of tiny bubbles along the edges

Pale malts, cracker, touch of urine, and a light yeasty fruitiness

Graininess, mild apple tartness through the middle, faint bitter, with a doughy finish kissed by yeast

Supple bodied and mildly hefty despite it's lightness. Oxymoronic? You bet yer touckas

Honestly, I enjoyed this more than anticipated. Thanks again for the opportunity Jason. (521 characters)

Photo of daliandragon
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
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. (572 characters)

Photo of SLeffler27
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (697 characters)

Photo of cvstrickland
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (827 characters)

Photo of JohnQVegas
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
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. (1,171 characters)

Photo of PDXHops
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
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. (591 characters)

Photo of KajII
3.08/5  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. (748 characters)

Endless River from Mother Earth Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.