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Freya's Gold - Odin Brewing Company

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52 Ratings
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Ratings: 52
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.19%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Odin Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: RedDiamond on 02-28-2010

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Ratings: 52 | Reviews: 16
Photo of biboergosum
3.84/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Curious what this 'great food' is that would supposably go with this brew - I guess I'd have to check their website for that - moving on.

This beer pours a clear, bright pale golden yellow colour, with two chubby fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and well bubbly bone-white head, which leaves some random honeycombed lace around the glass as it gently subsides.

It smells of crisp, crackery pale malt, raw cereals, fresh hay, dry clover honey, a tame earthy flintiness, and leafy, floral hops. The taste is bready, and still rather crispy grainy pale malt, mild drupe fruit, saltine crackers, subtle floral honey notes, and earthy, grassy hops, with an ethereal wisp of pine astringency.

The carbonation is nice and frothy in its generally supportive nature, the body an adequate middleweight for the style, and plainly smooth, the hops not really in a muckraking mood, and the booze, well, y'know. It finishes dry, dry, dry, the crispy, crackery malt having its 'I'm a star, I really am' moment.

A pretty tasty and engaging new-world Kolsch, with more than a simple nod being paid to the old-world greats. The overall dryness really elevates the genial drinkability, and makes me duly wonder (ok, fantasize) about putting back rounds of these on a nice summer patio. Or, given the chance, in a golden sun-flecked lea, picnic-style - that's MY idea of a great food accompaniment for this one.

Photo of WAbeerfiend
2/5  rDev -45.1%

Poured from a bomber into a tumbler on 05.07.14.

A: Straw yellow. Completely see through. 1/2 finger head.

S: Flower, honey. Sweet smelling.

O: This smelled like a great summer beer. It was way too watery though. Actually, it could be better described as water with a slight sweetness to it. There was very little flavor to it, so it was a drain pour.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.59/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a finger and half of head on a clear golden colored body. Looks amazing.
The aroma is light and floral.
The taste has a mild lemon bitterness at first, grapefruit bittering, mild honey to balance it out, finishes on a bitter note.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
Quite enjoyable and tasty with a low ABV.

Photo of DefenCorps
2.4/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

On tap at Chucks. My first exposure to this brewery.

Pouring a clear golden yellow with a dense white head that falls off leaving little lace in my mason jar, this looks fine. The nose, though, is anything but. It brings to mind the Nader Sadek song, Sulfer. A kolsch should have none, but this has a ton. In addition, the malt and hop character are poor. The hops, particularly, are way too low, without the soft bitterness and flavor the beer needs. The malt is rather simple too. This is the same story on the palate. Sulfur, insufficient hops, and over-attenuated, this feels thin, lifeless and watery. A piss-poor interpretation of the style.

Photo of smakawhat
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Gaffel Kolsch stange glass.

A real simple but very nice brassy golden/bronze body, clear with some mix of rising cola fast carbonation and slow rising pin head bubbles. White rock head settles nicely and slowly, with some ring like lacing. Very beautiful looking Kolsch.

Nose hits with a nice ripping grain, dry, with a mix of balanced sourness. Light and airy, a little musty also with a hint of earth. Bouquet smells very inviting.

Palate is intensely crispy and dry. So dry that it feels like drinking a bucket of ice. Finish is very grassy hop with a lingering dry bitterness. Malt presence is very hammered down with this finishing almost pine like hop blast, going to earth and grass.

Overall this is not really a bad Kolsch, but it really needs that bready bakery finish of malt to just bring it out.

Photo of CookstLiquor
4.23/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650ml bottle. Pours a bright straw gold colour. The nose has lots of cereal grain notes and subtle fruit. On the palate, this is about as refreshing, crisp and well-balanced as a beer can get. It's the ale equivalent to a Czech pils. It's clean, with a bit of cereal/biscuit notes, and a pleasant lingering hoppiness. With a low ABV, you could drink this all summer.

Photo of MisterLucky
4.35/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I should start by mentioning I had this beer onsite at the Brewery in the South Park business park neighborhood of Seattle. Give Odin a call and make an appointment and confirm it day of, they're happy to have visitors, but their schedules vary. There's no formal tasting room anymore, but we managed to show up on a Friday afternoon and meet some of the brewers, had a taste of everything and the usual tour, I say "usual" not because it wasn't cool, just because once you've seen one commercial brewing vat you've seen most of them. Their bottling machine looks like a science project.

Ok, the beer:

Freya's Gold is Kolsch Style Ale. What does that mean? In basic English it means they put some Pacific Northwest touches on the classic Kolsch.

Plenty of people have reasons they wouldn't like this beer, but in context, it's the middle of summer and I was looking for a good, lighter, session beer. This was perfect. I actually liked the subtlety of Freya's Gold. I got from the first hit of malt and citrus notes of the middle through a clean, crisp, "almost hoppy" finish without ever feeling like it wasn't summer. It's exactly what I want in the sun for an afternoon grilling session. How long does that sun last in Seattle? I'm hoping for at least another week.

Photo of KTCamm
4.28/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a perfect pint glass. Pours pure gold with very light haze and a good 1/4 inch thick head of creamy foam. Active bubbles. Pleasant floral smell. Extremely clean flavorful light bodied taste with a hidden hop that emerges halfway through. Good carbonation. Expertly balanced, light, full on flavor.

Photo of canucklehead
4.54/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First beer from this brewer and by the freshness of the nose it must have come straight from the brewery ( Their beers have only showed up in Vancouver in the last week). I love the fresh brewery smell that stayed till the last drop. The fresh hop notes and the citrus flavours really showed off how great this style can be for session drinking. I will buy other beers from Odin on the basis of how they treated a underappreciated style.

Photo of natemort13
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a straw yellow with hints of light gold. White head settles quickly to a cab. Not a ton of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Nose is a little bit of hay, crisp bready malt, hints of grass and caramel.

Taste is bready with a slight metallic feel on the finish. Crisp pilsener malt. More hay. Pairs well with my sushi.

MF is crisp and tingly. Medium light.

Overall this is a decent kolsch, some astringency that needs to be taken care of. Good with light fare.

Photo of KajII
3.36/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in a Kölsch glass]

The pour was a clear pale gold in color with a huge (3-4 finger) white fluffy head that was mostly diminishing and had some fair sticky lacing.

The aroma was of light grain and straw malts, floral and grassy hops and a funky soapy yeast, and had a hint of spice and a mild citrus (lemon) presence.

The taste had a nice light crisp grainy malt flavor with a very mild, almost undetectable citrus note early on, with the taste becoming mildly bitter and a tad hoppy and having just a bit of spiciness at the end. The flavor lasted a short time proceeding the swallow with a slight mild bitterness left behind.

Mouthfeel was light in body with a watery texture and a tickly carbonation.

Overall a very nice tasting Kölsch, that had a nice bold flavor with a slightly mild bitterness. This was an extremely enjoyable and satisfying brew for this style...

Photo of hreb
2.77/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

22oz bomber, pint glass, cold. Straw yellow with thin white head that rapidly subsides. Big bubbles rising to the surface. Faint skunky / german lager aroma.

Nearly without flavor. Grassy hops. Subtly bitter aftertaste. Well, I *did* just get done mowing the lawn. I don't remember Kölsch being this bland. Oh well, no offensive flavors, and totally drinkable.

Photo of philbertk
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Odin Brewing Company--Freya's Gold--Kolsch Style Ale--2011 22 oz. Bottle. 4.50% ABV. 18 IBU's. (3.5 / 5.0) Huge billowy foamy lacy lasting white head. Clear bright fizzy rich pretty gold color. Very delicate light floral malt ester minimal hop aroma. Thin mild sweet dry crisp slightly CO2 tangy light delicate fruit ester slightly grainy pale malt refreshing body. No sediment. Light herbal hop end. Clean refreshing well made balanced slightly tangy Kolsch Ale. Sampled 4/22/2011. Purchased for $4.29 @ The Ballard Market, Seattle on 4/22/2011.

Photo of flagmantho
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a pint of this on tap at Hooverville in Seattle.

Appearance: clear, medium golden hue with one finger of foamy white head. Seems a bit darker than a lot of Kölsches I've had, but still pretty nice looking.

Smell: light malt with earthy hops and some unidentifiable fruity-spicy aroma. Not sure what this is supposed to be; not really authentic to a Kölsch but not entirely unpleasant, either.

Taste: dry malty flavor with medium bitterness and earthy hops. The weird aroma I got is not present in the flavor at all. Overall, a pretty solid example of the style.

Mouthfeel: medium light body with medium carbonation. Not bad; it works for me.

Drinkability: light, slightly hoppy, entirely refreshing. I would have this again.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a straw yellow color with good carbonation and a small white head

S: Smelled of grains, floral hints and lighter hops

T: Starts out with a sweet crispness, some butter, grains, light hops, floral and citrus

M: Lighter bodied with almost a buttery feel, not as crisp as the draft version I had but still good

D: Very good, low abv lets you drink several and its tasty so why not?

Photo of RedDiamond
4.35/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Odin detours the kölsch style away from its more traditional dry qualities in favor of a defining residual sweetness. The beer is uncommonly pale sunshine yellow with filtered clarity and a beaming white head. Fruitbowl aromas emerge with a note or two of sulfur - enough to define Freya as a kölsch even with one's eyes closed. It is clean finishing with a light sweetness hinting at ginger. A refreshing summer beer and ideal food companion.

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Freya's Gold from Odin Brewing Company
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