Love Street - Karbach Brewing Co.
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Reviews by BryanCarey:
3.34/5 rDev -2.9%
Poured from the can, Karbach Love Street is a yellow/gold colored brew with a slightly hazy body and a decent level of foam. The white head of foam doesn’t last very long and the carbonation is on the light side. The nose on this beer is one of light citrus, wheat, lemongrass, and some bread/biscuit.
This beer has a flavor that emphasizes the taste of grain, biscuits, and some light citrus. There is a little bit of yeasty flavor plus some grassiness from the hops. The beer finishes clean without much bitterness and it offers a good deal of refreshment.
Love Street is a summer beer and it does seem well- tailored to fit the style. It is more refreshing than the average beer, but it would be better with a little more carbonation. It isn’t one of my favorites in the Karbach lineup, but it does have enough going for it to make it a worthwhile choice for the season.
09-21-2013 05:03:21 | More by BryanCarey
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2.96/5 rDev -14%
12 fl oz aluminum can with colorful hippy-esque label art acquired as part of a 6 pack earlier tonight for $13.00 at the Growler Room here in Austin and served into a Spaten stangenglas in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are average given its current ratings as well as the brewery. No ABV is listed on the label. Reviewed as a Kolsch because it clearly identifies as such.
Served cold, straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: No bubble show forms as I pour.
Pours a 4.5 finger wide head of white colour. Nice creaminess. Decent thickness. Not as frothy as I'd like for the style. No lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is slightly above average - about 2-3 minutes.
Body colour is a clean clear yellow with vague copper hues; of above average vibrance. Translucent and transparent. No yeast particles are visible.
Sm: Pilsner malts, clean barley, a kiss of peppery spice, a bit of lemongrass, generic floral hop character (seems like Saaz if I had to guess), and the clean crisp graininess that tends to define the style. A pleasant aroma of mild strength.
No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.
T/Mf: It's got a pleasant foundation comprised of pilsner malts, clean barley, lemongrass, and crisp graininess. Complementary generic floral hops (Saaz), some crystal malt, and a bit of lemon zest also make an appearance. A kiss of white grape when I look for it. A biteen too sweet. The balance isn't great, admittedly.
A good Kolsch requires delicate subtlety and careful attention. You won't find that here. A simple attempt at the style that hits some of the elements right, but ultimately doesn't hold a candle to good traditional versions of the style.
No yeast character or alcohol comes through.
Smooth and wet. A biteen overcarbonated. Crisp, but it needs to be moreso. Decent body and presence on the palate. Mouthfeel certainly doesn't feel custom-tailored to the style, but it suits it okay. Lightly buttery, which isn't ideal.
Not biting, hot, boozy, gushed, or harsh.
Dr: A simple attempt at a Kolsch which isn't quite up to par with traditional beers in the style. This'll scratch your Kolsch itch I guess, but I wouldn't get it again at this price point. That said, it's certainly drinkable and I'll enjoy finishing the 6 pack. There are definitely far better examples of the style at a better price point (even as imports). Refreshing and enjoyable for what it is. A decent summer seasonal from Karbach. Hides its modest ABV well.
09-18-2013 02:50:11 | More by kojevergas
1.6/5 rDev -53.5%
Pours out a clear pale gold. Not a whole lot of head. Smells like burnt hair and boiled vegetables. Weird buttery aroma too. A touch of sulfur. Reminds me a lot of Shiner's old summer kolsch, but way worse. Grainy, sweet, gross mess. What the fuck is this? Mouthfeel is undercarbonated, slick, and just gross. I hate this. Is there such a thing as a good American kolsch? This is the worst Kolsch I've had, hands down.
05-24-2013 02:40:18 | More by goochpunch
Love Street from Karbach Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.