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Love Street Summer Seasonal - Karbach Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
79
okay

120 Ratings
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Ratings: 120
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 16.03%
Wants: 3
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Karbach Brewing Co. visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
20 IBU

(Beer added by: champ103 on 05-16-2013)
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3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Texasfan549, May 27, 2013
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3/5  rDev -12.5%

kjkinsey, May 20, 2013
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2.96/5  rDev -13.7%

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.

C

kojevergas, Sep 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +2%

This was definitely part of a recent package from the Mighty JenRay in support of The CANQuest ™, now back in full (fool) swing!

From the CAN: "Brewed in Texas"; "It’s Hotter Than …”; "Proudly Brewed in Texas"; “Recycle Dammit!”; “feel good”; “In the 1960’s on Allan’s Landing sat Love Street: a hot spot of music and social impact. The venue hosted eclectic characters ranging from open mic’ers to the Lizard King himself. Love Street was not only a place, but a state of mind. A place to unwind and let the music refresh your soul.”; “Likewise, Love Street Summer Seasonal is a state of mind. Brewed in the Kolsch-style and hopped delicately with floral German hops, this beer boasts a clean malt profile that refreshes to the core, without sacrificing character. So crack one open and find your own Love Street!”

The Crack! was nice and loud, so I initiated an inverted Glug to kick things off in Week 1 of the 2014 NFL season. I initially had two-plus fingers of puffy, bone-white head, but they quickly fell to wisps, leaving loads of sticky lacing in their wake. The visual was unbelievable! The CANstant flow of carbonic bubbles looked like a lava lamp in this Straw-Yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4) beer with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled like the end of summer on the farm – mown hay and grass with biscuits cooling on the sill. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full with the extreme carbonation helping it to achieve a near creaminess. The taste was more grassy than hay, but I still got biscuit malt on the tongue. It was a very light, easy-drinking version of a Kolsch and I wished for some citrus flavors to amp it up just a tad. Finish was semi-dry, very refreshing, making it a good CANdidate for the Summer cooler.

woodychandler, Sep 07, 2014
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3/5  rDev -12.5%

drummermattie02, Jul 11, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -34.4%

atrocity, Apr 29, 2014
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3.79/5  rDev +10.5%

On tap at Cottonwood in Houston.

A: Pours a clear golden/orange color. A two finger pillowing white head forms with good retention. Nice lace is left behind as well.
S: Phenolic yeast, bread and biscuit like malts. Just a bit of dry, peppery spice and bitterness in the finish.
T: Follows the nose. Yeast, bread and biscuit. Just a touch of hops. I am thinking Saaz hops. Very clean with spicy, grassy flavors.
M/D: A light to medium body. Very crisp, dry and clean. There is not much to this, and that is the point. Very easy to drink, without thinking about it.

I do like this. Pretty much exactly what the style calls for. So, I can't really take off any points. Just well made for the style, and I will be coming back often in the Texas heat.

champ103, May 16, 2013
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3/5  rDev -12.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

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3.78/5  rDev +10.2%

a very clean light gold in color with 2 fingers of fluffy white head revealing a nice amount of sticky lacing.. this is a wonderful looking beer with lots of vibrant carbonation bubbles shooting up the middle of the glass like there's a party going on in there!

the smell is of pilsner style malt base, lemongrass, wheat, slight citrusy lemon-like scent. as for the flavor, it's the same.. very basic, with a hint of bittering hops.. citrusy and very bready.

this is a very refreshing kolsch, basic and straight to the point - a summer beer. high carbonation, light in body, and extremely refreshing on a hot summer day.

for the style, it's one of the best i've had.

facundoCNB, Jul 23, 2013
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Love Street Summer Seasonal from Karbach Brewing Co.
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