Community Kolsch - Free Will Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 68
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 11.71%
Wants: 2
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Free Will Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: FatBoyGotSwagger on 07-01-2013

Clean, crisp, delicately balanced beer. Subtle fruit and malt flavor with a crisp tangy finish.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 68 | Reviews: 10
Reviews by IronLover:
Photo of IronLover
3.76/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Golden yellow in color with an amber hue and a slight chill haze. Poured with a brief white foam that quickly dissipated. Wonderful, bready malt aromas with a hint of herbal hops. Medium bodied with a slick oily feel engulfed in crisp tangy carbonation. Bready malt flavors up front and into the middle. Tangy herbal hops arrive at the middle to the end. Clean, crisp, dry finish. Very simple, crisp, refreshing, enjoyable.

More User Reviews:
Photo of KTCamm
3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2/4...pours bright gold with fluffy pillowy white foam. Fruity straw bready nose. Lemon citrus too. Light fizzy ale taste. Honey and citrus. Crisp. Tasty and clean, easy drinker.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Picked this up mixed and matched for $1.85. Into a pint glass.
A - Big head on this one 2+ inches that take a while to settle with good lacing. Color is a mildly hazy orange yellow.
S - Mild fruit, some orange peel, mildly bready. It smells good.
T - Sweet malts, mild hop presence, a touch of orange peel. It's good.
M - Light to medium bodied easy to drink.

Overall it's a good Kolsch but not great. A decent take on the style.

Photo of woodychandler
3.5/5  rDev 0%

My go-to bottle shop is The Friendly Greek, where they will put almost anything in the cooler as a single just so that I can try it and report out and back. I guess that you could say that this was from their Community to mine.

One thing that I miss when doing these bottle reviews as opposed to engaging in The CANQuest ™ is the lack of auditory pleasure. Pop!ping a cap and beginning a pour does not have the same cachet as a Crack! & Glug, but I am soldiering on all the same. This made a pretty quick transition from the bottle to beer with just under two fingers of foamy, off-white head with very limited retention. In fact, it was falling just a little less quickly than I could type, leaving some nice lacing in its wake. Color was Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-quality clarity and my mates, Mammon, Midas and Croesus showed up for a taste. After they departed, it was my turn. Nose had a cracker-like maltiness and a slight Noble hoppiness. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste had a lager-like honey-like sweetness and I was really thinking that this might be either a Lager or a German Pilsner. The BJCP says that this interpretation marks me as “an untrained taster”. Hmmm. Finish was semi-dry, striking a nice balance between the malt and hops. A very easy-drinking beer that begged to be drank with some hard pretzels (which I always have around). The Kolns of Germany would not be unhappy with this beer.

Photo of jmdrpi
3.09/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, no date

Appears cyrstal clear. Golden in color, no head. Clean grainy aroma, corn. Slightly sweet ,, no hops. Taste is all pale malt, lingering sweetness, okay flavor thin body, fizzy carbonation. Easy to drink.

Overall - easy drinking , light on flavor

Photo of micromaniac129
3.79/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A desent offering from Free Will.
Clear golden straw with a small head white head and gentile carbonation. It looks like it's been hanging around a while.
The aroma was malts. Had a dry feel.
The first thing I noticed when I took a sip was that it's pretty sweet. This beer starts sweet and finishes slightly bitter and dry.
A good beer.

Photo of JPowell712
4.12/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed this beer. I thought they nailed it. It had a nice straw color off of the pour and you could immediately smell the hops and malts. I like this beer it was bright, crisp, not too heavy, and hoppy enough to give it a slight bite. This was a good example of something I crave during the summer months. I thought it was very refreshing.

Photo of FatBoyGotSwagger
3.71/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Purchased this as part of the Free Will variety case.

When poured into a pint glass a nice two finger head foams up. The ale is golden on color with small unfiltered particles suspended within.

It smells of light malty notes with a hint of cut grass.

When sipped the taste pilsner malt forward with light hops rounding it out.

Overall I have no major complaints. An enjoyable Kolsch. Enough flavor to satisfy the discerning ale lover and still be drinkable in the warm weather.

Photo of PhillyFoodie
2.81/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass. No head to speak of, no carbonation, and no lacing. In fact, this beer is flatter than a pancake. There's not a single bubble to be found. No date on the bottle but it was procured from a reputable seller who moves a lot of product fast, so I doubt it sat around long in his cooler, but possibly in a warehouse somewhere before it got to him. Either that or it was capped incorrectly.

Smells very sweet and floral, like carnations. Some buttery notes and pale malts as well. A little bit of grass and woodsy scent. Reminds me of being in a forest in summer. Very natural and clean smelling.

Taste is light malt and some honey, a bit of grassy hops on the backend but overall a rather bland beer. Perhaps the lack of carbonation killed it for me, I'm not sure.

Overall I would not recommend. perhaps I'm not not familiar enough with the style to say if this is true to form, but I like more flavor in my beers and this had very little. It's a shame because it has a rather unique smell but none of that came over with the taste at all. Would not buy again, even if it was fresher and better carbonated.

Photo of thecheapies
3.17/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours pale gold. Slightly yellow. I had to labor to even get a foam ring to clump up.

Muddled wheat malts with some strange syrupy vibe. Fruit notes are more reminiscent of orange, then lemon; but I get them both in the nose, very mildly. A little too sweet-smelling with an out-of-place note of treacle.

Like a hybrid between a pale wheat ale and a kolsch. Only the hops are characteristically German. A lot of the mustiness comes from them. Semi-grassy with a stocky wheat flavor that holds back some of that aromatic malt sweetness, but still lingers with notes of clover honey and something lightly medicinal. Hops are tea-like and mildly spicy. Less than average bitterness, for the style. Lemony twang gets lost in waves of pale wheat and hints of menthol.

Very slick in the mouth with an evident oiliness. Carbonation is a little burpy, but it never gets close to 'aggressive'.

An unimpressive kolsch. Not one to stop and grab again. Typical American craft mutilation of German styles, but a decent drink, by all generic standards.

Community Kolsch from Free Will Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.