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Freya's Gold - Odin Brewing Company

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17 Reviews
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Reviews: 17
Hads: 58
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 19.11%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | 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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Reviews: 17 | Hads: 58
Reviews by RedDiamond:
Photo of RedDiamond
4.35/5  rDev +20.5%
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. (445 characters)

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3.68/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.13/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of biboergosum
3.84/5  rDev +6.4%
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. (1,413 characters)

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of hreb
2.77/5  rDev -23.3%
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. (362 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3.59/5  rDev -0.6%
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. (327 characters)

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of KTCamm
4.28/5  rDev +18.6%
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. (332 characters)

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of MisterLucky
4.35/5  rDev +20.5%
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. (1,271 characters)

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of smakawhat
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (842 characters)

Photo of CookstLiquor
4.23/5  rDev +17.2%
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. (380 characters)

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of Birdlegs
3.69/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of natemort13
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (471 characters)

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3.25/5  rDev -10%

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3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of WAbeerfiend
2/5  rDev -44.6%

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. (355 characters)

Photo of Drknight
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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Freya's Gold from Odin Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.