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Kölsch - Occidental Brewing Co.

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10 Reviews
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Reviews: 10
Hads: 42
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 6.89%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Occidental Brewing Co. visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 08-13-2011

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Reviews: 10 | Hads: 42
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Malty, Bready, Balanced, Simple

Pale, straw, yellow with a touch of chill haze (clears up) and a creamy white foam head. Clean aroma, soft bready notes. Crisp, semi-sweet, malty and bready, caramel suggestions, with just a hint of herbal and a faint bitterness. Dry, crackery finish. If you seek balance and simplicity, this beer delivers.

STYLE: Kölsch | ABV: 4.5% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #95 (DEC 2014) (451 characters)

Photo of RHVC59
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On a hot day there is nothing better than a Kölsch from Occidental Brewing Co.
After biking to the Mississippi Neighborhood Street fair and back this afternoon I headed over to Occidental Brewing Co. Tap room for a growler of their Dunkelweizen, one of my preferred beers, and decided to try the Kölsch. In addition to the growler I took home a four pack of tall cans.

Pours a nice foamy head that dissipates fairly quickly. Nice mouth feel. Also it is not overly hoppy, a fault I find in many of the beers produced here in Portland. The color is a light golden, and the fizz continues to rise after poured into a tall glass. It has a nice lite citrus finish.

Again, a Great beer for a hot day! (699 characters)

Photo of stevoj
3.42/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Can from the Brew Shop in Bend. Pale golden with abundant foamy head. Aroma is mostly grains, cereal, taste is pure grain, malt, some hops present in the finish, very dry and chalky. A decent representation of the German original. Light in body and palate, refreshing (267 characters)

Photo of SweetChicken
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - poured to a pilsner glass. Three finger head, slow to recede. Golden straw in color and clear as can be. Really nice bubbling

S - an interesting Belgian yeast nose. Somewhat inviting but mild bubblegum lingers

T - not off putting in the least, but it makes no statement. It really asks for more flavor. Almost a beer flavored water

M - unlike the bubbly appearance, this beer lacks carbonation. The mouthfeel also makes no statement. Flat, watery

O - It would be nice and refreshing for someone on a hot day. This beer has it's place, just not with me. (560 characters)

Photo of BGDrock
4.01/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear gold, full white head like a frothy bath

Aroma: bubblegum, fresh peach, pineapple, apple - loads of sweet pulpy fruit, super vibrant

Taste & Mouthfeel: satin smooth, a pleasure to drink, caressing the tongue; flavour matches the aroma perfectly with same lip-smacking fruit; somehow it's not cloying despite this sweetness, with just enough dry bitterness cutting through

Overall: unexpected flavours for the style, but welcomed; ridiculously easy drinking and a great session beer for the summer (517 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Attractive golden color with a big foam in the Pilsner glass. Plenty sudsy on the tongue with a nice sparkle. The head is quite long lasting. A big suds-up with every pour.

This is the resiny rather than perfumey variety of Kölsch. Some crackery malt and a pleasant tang. Just slightly tart to go along with the distinct malty sweetness. Faintly lemony. A nice quaff on a hot afternoon but not an example of the style to seek out. It's what you wish a Blonde Ale would be, but not such a great Kölsch.

From the 16 oz can purchased at Market of Choice on 29th in Eugene. Cost was three bucks. (595 characters)

Photo of Spikester
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear gold with one finger of white head.
Smell is not major but no corn or apple juice!
Taste is bitter euro hops with just enough malt to keep it an easy drinker. A bit of pepper from the hops.
Mouthfeel is plenty good for such a low alcohol beer and carbonation is just right.
Overall a very tasty beer. I might raise the numbers after I have enjoyed a few more.
It was very warm today and this one was just what I needed. Wish I had more. (442 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.32/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 oz. can poured into a Boneyard taster.

Appearance - Clear yellow body. Nice white head. Great retention. Sticky lacing.

Smell - Not much aroma, but a dynamic malt and hop aroma. Nutty, grainy, earthy hops, slightly sharp. Muted, but good.

Taste - Sharp hop flavor. Malts get nuttier as it warms. Finishes with a touch of bitterness and a slight sharpness.

Mouthfeel - Easy drinking, but very light. Not much body.

Overall - Decent. Interesting malt flavors. (465 characters)

Photo of vkv822
3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I am reviewing their 16oz. can merely labeled "Kolsch". I am assuming this is the same beer, just renamed/packaged.

Clear, golden yellow with a fizzy, foamy white head that dissipates within a minute or so of pouring.

Predominately bready malts upfront, with light grassy, spicy hop notes. Simple, but quite enjoyable.

Medium+ body, fizzy foamy carbonation.

As stated above, there is nothing too complex about this style of beer, but the flavor profiles are well executed and enjoyable. A good easy drinking, warm weather beer. (531 characters)

Photo of msubulldog25
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A first taste from a young brewery that recently found its home in North Portland's St. John's neighborhood ~ they embrace traditional malt-focused Germanic styles, which is a kinda cool angle to take in hop-loving Portland. This is a 10 oz. glass, poured at Bailey's Taproom.

A: Served in an hourglass-figured half pint with a short, lazily ebbing creamy white cap. Milky, unfiltered wheat-golden, the finest hazy fog, no visible carbonation. Ripples of ribbon-like lace with long tongues that reach downward to reconnect with a hugging ring.

S: A bright and mildly spicy nose, plenty of bread/crust and hints at fruit.

T: Expectedly bready, crackery and bone dry in the finish. Mild fruit, crisp apple, and sturdy spice... really peppery! Honeyed moments for some balance.

M: Creamy in feel overall, but a spark on sharper carbonation with each sip. Light/medium body. Exceedingly refreshing.

O: Kölsch isn't a style many get excited over; though I'm not turning cartwheels over this, I'm pretty impressed by flavor, feel and all the subtleties layered inside a seemingly simple 'session beer' like this. Will gladly have this again.

[Aside] A perfect name for Summer 2011 in Oregon, in all its cool/overcast grayness... (1,229 characters)

Kölsch from Occidental Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 10 ratings.