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Analogue 78 Kolsch - Phillips Brewing Company

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Analogue 78 KolschAnalogue 78 Kolsch

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80
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60 Ratings
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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 10.92%
Wants: 0
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Phillips Brewing Company visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: IllNate on 07-21-2012

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Ratings: 60 | Reviews: 12
Photo of argock
4.13/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a slender Sleeman pilsner glass. 03/May/2015 on bottle neck.

A: Crystal clear light honey gold with 2-3 ingers of nearly white head with decent retention and dots and scraps of lacing down the glass.

S: Great mix of grainy, slightly sweet pilsner malt, light sulfur/peach skin and melon, and herbal grassy hops. The nose is a tad forward for the kolsch style but very enjoyable.

T: The flavor is spot-on for the kolsch style, maybe a touch fruity, but it is right in there. Analogue 78 definitely falls on the sweet, malt dominated side of the style, but it retains the subdued, subtle nature of the style despite providing exceptional flavor. Nice bready, lightly grainy, a little sweet pale pilsner maltiness coupled beautifully with grassy, herbal, floral hopping, delicate and light but balanced.The fruitiness is very subtle and background, with some peach and honeydew melon notes. Really a well-crafted kolsch-style brew.

M: Very light and delicate in spite of the slight sweetness, the carbonation is appropriately high to keep the body light.

O: I would be buying a lot of this beer in the spring an summer if I liver in western Canada -- it is one of the best North American kolsch-style beers I have had -- it walks the line of delicate, light, yet aromatic and flavorful wonderfully and provides a superb example of the kolsch style. Great work Phillips crew. Easily the best beer on their Showcase variety pack -- hopefully they will keep this beer moving out to shelves all over Canada year round.

Photo of Svingjo
3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This poured a pale straw colour with a thin head that goes away pretty quickly. It has a grassy nose accented with what I perceived as pineapple. There is a grainy flavour to the beer with maybe a hint of ginger that comes off as slightly sour. And like that it's gone, no aftertaste. Ends a bit quick for my liking but could see it going down fairly easily on a hot summer night.

Photo of Eric_Standard
3.27/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pours a nice yellow – quite pale, but still has some richness to it. Medium head of loose white foam.

Smell: Sweet grains.

Taste: More sweet grains, as well as mild maltiness, and a mid-low hoppy bitterness. A smooth, mild, and even sort of flavour.

Mouthfeel: Active carbonation, a lively brew in that regard.

Overall: I've never had a Kölsch, so I'm not sure how this stacks up as a representative of the style, but it is a rather nice beer. Very fresh, easy drinking, and laid back.

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.83/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Bottle: Poured a pale yellow color Kolsch with a medium size white head with OK retention and some light lacing. Aroma of light cereal notes is simple. Taste is also dominated by light cereal notes with a bland aftertaste. Body is about average for style with good carbonation. I could not have known this was a Kolsch had it not been specified on the label, I thought this was more akin a golden ale.

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.71/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hey look, a Kolsch! Not the easier beer style to locate around here but a few import examples are showing up and this is probably the easiest domestic example to find, either alone or in a mixed pack. Pours a striking mustard yellow with a decent amount of white head. Flavor is fresh bakery yeast and vibrant pale malts that almost recall popcorn, along with grassy hop notes. Palate is crisp and refreshing, with pils malt and strong cracker, a touch toasty, sweetgrass, hay, hints of creamy lemon, apple, vanilla, and ginger, with a lingering sweetness (lacks the crisp bitter finish of a good pilsner). Carbonation is a little aggressive but I guess that's part of the point. Some dextrin chew apparent. Surprisingly layered and interesting with a predominance of sweet grains, yet drinkable in quantity.

Photo of RooferOnFire
3.79/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance Exterior- The label is pretty funky. Very 1960's. As usual, there's Phillips' whimsical description on the side.
(Poured from 341ml bottle into thin beer mug. Also drank one straight for comparison)

Appearance What's inside- Pours lightly opaque, like a diet gingerale, with a fair amount of carbonation, full head that fades into a half-inch retainer.

Smell- grass, slightly sour. Very clean.

Taste- Lightly sour citrus, grain, faint ginger, almost zero aftertaste. Better from the bottle, a rarity.

Mouthfeel- Goes down smooth, not overly carbonated. Decent.

It's a kolsch, meant for cooling down after a hard-day's work or as a dinner brew with sausages or schnitzel. and it's really good. But it's not over-the-top spectacular, and I'm not sure if it's enough to justify the premium price point. It's a decent addition to a mixer pack, since there's always that one guy who drinks Sleeman's or Canadian, but the beer snob of the group should pick the porter or dunkelweisen. Solid for what it is, so you might want to save this for summer.

Photo of wordemupg
3.4/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle poured into pint glass 2/2/13

A clear straw yellow with loads of fast big bubbles, just a thick film for a head but it retains well leaving a few random patches of lace

S white bread crust with some faint fruity notes but I can't quite place it, not a whole lot going on really about as basic as it gets

T more flavor then the nose but still pretty tame, bread and fruit with a little macro like yeast, just a little lemon rind as it warms

M light bodied and well carbonated, almost too carbonated but it stops short of foam, fairly clean finish

O a pretty basic brew but I suppose the style's pretty plain too, I'm no Kolsch expert but this ones pretty simple regardless of the style

easy enough to drink and I could sink a few on a hot day but a little boring and basic, would make a good summer lawnmower beer but nothing to write home about

Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

341ml single bottle, apparently part of the latest Showcase mixed-pack. What is the beer equivalent of a 78 RPM record? This, according to the brewer.

This beer pours a cloudy pale yellowish straw colour, with two fingers of puffy, foamy white head, which leaves some broad swaths of randomly webbed lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of bready, biscuity, and yeasty pastry dough, a bit of citrus cream, and nice leafy, earthy, weedy hops. The taste is more semi-sweet bready, doughy malt, a touch of white wine must, mildly acrid lemon, and soft citrusy, leafy hops.

The bubbles are a bit fresh and peppy, with a slight persistent edge, the body a weak medium weight, and a tad watery in its smoothness. It finishes rather off-dry, the sweetness of the malt still firmly planted in the bakery realm, a bit of yeast loitering about, and some pleasantly subtle fruitiness - tart and bitter - rounding things off.

A pretty enjoyable Kolsch, brightly flavoured, and quite easy to put back. Staring at the snowbanks outside right now, I can't help but imagine a nice warm spring or summer patio as this one quickly slips away.

Photo of ericj551
3.93/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Analogue 78 pours a bright gold with a thin head. The aroma is light, sweet and slightly grainy malt. The flavor is crisp, slightly sweet pale malt. The beer is clean, with just a hint of graininess, and a nice, mild fruitiness in the finish. Hops flavor is very light, as is bitterness. Overall the beer is nice and light and refreshing, with enough flavor to keep me happy.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.1/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at Six Acres in Gastown, Vancouver.

Pours a clear, bland golden yellow colour, with a puffy but somewhat insubstantial head of white. Minimal lacing and very light body. Looks pretty standard.

Nose is light and flat, and pretty dull, all things considered. Some mild cerealy grain characters, and perhaps just enough organic crispness to pull it into line. But really, it's pretty dull stuff.

Palate is very similar, in fact, maybe slight worse. Here, what was a bland cereal character on the nose, has turned into a full-blown corny adjunct flavour, that leaves a slickness on the palate, and destroys any chance at crispness. It feels too thick as a result, while oddly maintining its dull thinness. Eh.

I mean, it's not a bad brew. It's clean and light and inoffensive, and it is drinkable in its way. But it's so boring... Yawn.

Photo of canucklehead
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice addition to the mixed 12 pack. This is a solid Kolsch that has all the subtle citrus notes combined with a pleasant hop mix. They should can it and put it in six packs for the summer. Tastes as good as Mt Begbies version. More nuanced than the workaday Phoenix lager

Photo of IllNate
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright straw yellow with bubbly white head, some lacing, but on the poor side for head retention. Nose is fruity with some citrus and dare I say strawberry? Slight winey note. Also pilsner malt is detectable. Great light, yet flavorful beer. Soft pilsner malt up front and accented with fruity notes and medium-low bitterness. I'm not sure what hop they've used to put the "westcoast spin" on this beer, but it does mix things up, and I like it. Mouthfeel is smooth and soft, yet just enough bitterness.

Both BC Kolsches rank high on my list of favorite hot weather beers, but this one squeaks out the win.

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Analogue 78 Kolsch from Phillips Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.