Samuel Adams East-West Kölsch - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Samuel Adams East-West KölschSamuel Adams East-West Kölsch

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Ratings: 838
Reviews: 310
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.6%
Wants: 30
Gots: 26 | FT: 0
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  5.01% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Jason on 03-10-2011

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Photo of Jason
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date on the label.

Ample amount of suds, lacing on the glass and a perfectly clear ale golden color. Spicy oily hop meets a delicate but pronounced floral aroma, some fresh cracker like maltiness as well. Crispness is there and the body is a bit bigger than I expected though I really should have expected it ... its a Sam Adams trait. Heavy spoonful of malt followed by a spicy herbal hop and then a more unique spicy jasmine floral tone which balances the malt and provides some depth. Spicy and dry malty finish.

The ale has "Extreme Session Beer" written all over it ... thanks Sam Adams for continuing to define what an extreme beer can be and that it can be subtle. Being this beer is aimed for summer time consumption I highly recommend it.

Photo of tigg924
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: moderate carbonation, 1/2 inch head, gold in color, clear

Smell: caramel and slight florals

Taste: toasted malt, grain, with a floral hop end

Mouthfeel: moderately sweet with a slightly hoppy finish, low carbonation, light body

Overall: This to me is an average beer and of Sam Adams special offerings this is with the Coastal Wheat as the least impressive of the bunch. Not a bad beer, but not enough to jump out. Has the characteristics of Sam Adams beers. Crisp, but this is a miss for for me.

Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a yellow-gold color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the wheat and grain with not too much else going on. The flavor is more exciting. I get some grain and grass notes, as well as some bready malt and a little bit of grape characteristics. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Decent, but not as good as I was expecting it to be.

Photo of jondeelee
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

East-West Kolsch opens with a yeast, floral aroma, much like a baking loaf of wheat bread with just a touch of lavender and jasmine. A good helping of orange and apricot fruit esters add to the bouquet, and a strand or two of wet wheat stalks adds an earthy tone. The aromas are good, and nicely nuanced, but quite light, and tend to disappear when one attempts to sniff them repeatedly (such as when trying to write a review).

On the tongue, the beer opens with a mainly-malt flavor profile, bringing fresh Grape Nuts cereal, toasted wheat bread, and biscuit flavors. Hops kick in after a few seconds, adding very slight bitterness, as well as a faint citrusy backing. The added Jasmine Sambac (from the label: "a night blooming Southeast Asian flower") comes into play next, adding a delicate petal-on-water tinge of jasmine, which does bring a nice complexity to the brew. The jasmine flavors are, however, the first to fade off, leaving the rest of the mouthful mainly dominated by the grains. The aftertaste is mainly grains, with a few remaining (and very faint) jasmine touches, and fades with medium quickness. Mouthfeel is medium-light, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is decent fare, though I can't honestly say that I would have known of the Jasmine Sambac addition if it hadn't been pointed out to me on the label. It doesn't help that the floral notes are so delicate that they're easily overpowered by even the moderate grain flavors, and in subsequent mouthfuls are almost entirely subsumed. Still, the flavors in this beer are developed, and the apricot and orange notes are delicious.

Photo of MattyG85
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Slightly cloudy yellowish gold with lots of rising bubbles. Three finger white foam head with good retention and lots of lacing.

Smell: Aroma is a fairly light mixture of grains and wheat with some floral, earthy hops. Hints of lemon and citrus hops and a floral background from the Jasmine Sambac flowers.

Taste: Tastes very grainy up front with a small kick of citrus following. Finishes with a mild hop bitterness from the floral and citrus hops. Everything is fairly subdued and light.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. Crisp and smooth.

Overall: A good version of a Kolsch from Sam that is very easy drinking. Could of got a little more from the hops.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.05/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Frail yellow pour, mild head, not even 1/2" high. Aroma was the usual discreet mildness of a kolsch yeast.

Taste was pretty mundane by itself. Then I ate some of the old lady's tacos and had a drink. World of difference. Little nuances came out of it, the coolest of which was a slight mint twist to it, coupled well with the spicy tomatillo sauce.

By itself, completely underwhelming, but with spicy food, it was a very complimentary beer.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale golden hue in the body appears much like any other quality Kolsch style, bright white fluffy head. Fine speckled lacing surrounds the glass. Aroma has a biscuit malt breadiness with hints of citrus and herbal hops, with a notable floral aspect. Clean drinking Kolsch style beer with hints of breadiness, grassy mild citrus hops, with a kiss of flower additions going on. Mouthfeel is light bodied sturdy carbonation going strong, with a effervescent texture backend. Overall not bad, tastes pretty good, for what it is, the Rustic Saison satisfied my tastes buds much more though.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

(Served in a Sam Adams perfect pint glass)

A- This beer has a snow white head with a quick carbonation of microbubbles and a soft golden yellow hue to the crystal clear body.

S- The clean aroma has a touch of sulfur and field corn that come through with a green note in the finish that could be hops.

T- The dry clean taste has a soft fruity floral hint and a touch of sweetness in the finish. The aftertaste of field corn and green hops is very light but grows as the beer warms.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a tight clean fizz in the finish.

O- This beer sound very nice on the bottle but it didn't come through that way in the glass. It was a bit to sweet to make it crisp and refreshing and too light to make it interesting enough to want another glass.

Photo of LXIXME
3.06/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this from about 2 1/2 or 3 inches above the glass giving my clear golden colored beer a big white head which took a couple minutes to settle into a pretty decent lacing. Making for a very good looking glass of beer if you are liking lighter colored beers and lagers.

A light sour citrus, some floral, with a lighter grain malt aroma a smell I compare to a lot of the European beers of similar styles.

Some corn syrup sweetness blends in nicely with a light sour citrus and grain maltiness taste.

A light bodied lightly carbonated Kolsch that finishes slightly wet with a teeny bit of sour/bitterness.

Well some things I kinda liked about this beer but not enough to buy it over any other beer of this style or even similar styles.

Photo of nickthegun12
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i like this beer...its different from anything that sam has spit out before!

appearance is much like a kolsch....straw yellow...not much head....but very nice lacing...

smell is very pleasant almost reminds me of heather ale...a Scottish variety....mild and easy smell

taste is almost mild....yet that sam yeast creaps in the background...still very pleasant...

the feel is almost creamy still very dry

overall this beer is pretty damn good...wish they would brew this all year round

Photo of mdaschaf
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes.

A: Pours a clear golden/straw color with a large white foamy head. Moderate retention, leaving about 1/2 finger for most of the time drinking it. Some nice lacing.

S: Light citrus hops, some lemon, and a good bit of doughy/biscuit malt.

T: Light citrus and floral hops with a little bit of a grass flavor. Sweet malts, a good bit of breadiness and a little bit of grain.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Very crisp and goes down easy.

O: Impressed. Liked this one a lot, getting into Kolschs and this one is right up there so far.

Photo of dacrza1
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Situation: A successful back-to-school night and a welcome back to my sense of smell and taste!
Glassware: Ayinger willibecker...
Appearance: Golden orange effervescence with a thin unbalanced off-white head...
Aroma: Yeast, fruity esters ring in the experience of a hops bouquet--subtle herbs and citrus punch...
Palate: smooth, soft and pleasantly easy drinking--a hops crunch on the teeth is softened but palpable....
Taste: fresh hops and light, soft malts combine to power a beautiful balance...some bread and pear/apple to it too...
Overall: I haven't bought a case of a single S.A. brew in a while--but in the summer heat we had this year, I could see quenching a thirst with this kolsch nightly....

Photo of MrVonzipper
3.36/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bright and clear yellow-gold with visual carbonation and a 1 finger frothy white head with medium-low retention. Virtually no lacing.

Pleasant nose but not alot going on. Light pale malt. A touch of lemon peel. And a faint touch of wheat and sweet fruit almost along the lines of watermelon.

Flavor is similar to the nose. Not alot going on with the flavor.

Light bodied mouthfeel with good carbonation.

Overall is ok. It's not bad and easy to drink. It's just boring. This style is just boring. I'm in a search to find a kolsch that's a step above others. I think many people agree as I've seen an avg low rating for many beers in the style.

Photo of BennyL1
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Alrighty, another one from the Sam summer pack. Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass with a date of September 2011.

East-West pours a crystal clear golden color. A nice amount of sudsy white head forms but disappears rather quickly. Leaves some nice lacing on the glass. Very good looking beer.

The aroma consists of grassy hops with a bit of biscuit malt undertones.

A bit of lemon up front with a slightly bitter floral hop bite at the end. The jasmine is also evident in the taste as well. Nice malty finish wraps everything up making for an easy drinking brew.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side but very crisp with the carbonation on the stronger side.

I was very pleased with this brew overall. A nice addition to the summer pack for sure and I could absolutely see myself having one in the future.

Photo of nicnut45
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a clear light hay color. Not much of a head upon pouring but a nice fluffy white head just coats the surface in splotches. Head fades as you drink and leaves behind a nice lacing on the glass.

S- fruity gummi bear scent takes center stage, some mild sulfur notes. This smells a bit rustic to me, almost like a wild yeast got in here grains are masked by the fruitiness.

T-Suprisingly good. Fruitiness is well controlled at first sip and kind of dries out giving way to a nice smooth graininess. Sulphur is well controlled and seems to aid in the pleasing driness. Fruitiness does not linger to long and you are left with a clean palate.

M.F.-Carbo seems a bit low, a slight driness clears the palate.

O-A nicely developed beer. Its a fruity kolsch and I prefer mine on the clean side. I think this gives a little bit of both worlds. The fruitines shows up beginning palate and then quickly dries out. I think this should replace summer ale

Photo of tweeder263
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

poured out a clear golden beer with a 1 finger head.Highly carbonated.Has a grassy smell reminicent of some better macros.Taste is very light,lager taste, some mild hops,very well balanced.Mouthfeel is plain nothing fancy.Overall a pretty decent session beer.

Photo of tdm168
4.38/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours a clear gold with two fingers of head with great retention. Smell is wheat and hops precisely as a good Kolsch should. Taste is mild straw up front with a clean hop bitterness in the finish. This beer is well carbonated and very crisp. The mouthfeel perfectly accents the flavors. Mouthfeel is light up front while the flavors are mild, then crisp and bubbly as you swallow providing the perfect compliment to the bitterness.

Wow! I'm truly surprised. Sam Adams made a beer that is delicious, refreshing, sessionable, and true to style.

Photo of secondtooth
3.52/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Honey-gold upon pouring into my ale glass. Nice white head. I got no lace here.

Nose is unusual...hard to pin down. Malty, yeasty, an odd herbal presence. Must be the Southeast Asian Jasmine Sambac flowers...

Taste is certainly malty...smooth. Refreshing to drink, but has a funky taste that takes some getting used to.

Not a bad beer, but not one I'd pursue further, either.

Photo of tjsdomer2
2.93/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Good standard golden color. Lacing and foam are ok, but carbonation is good.

Smell: Smell is also ok. Pretty neutral graininess.

Taste/Mouthfeel: More graininess in the flavor and feel. It's pretty forgettable. A bad sour and bitterness at the end.

Drinkability: Basically a step up from macros.

Overall: Not worth the extra $$$.

Photo of BeardedRiker
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't usually drink Samuel Adam's beers but I recently tried their Kolsch and was impressed. The style is creeping up to be one of my favorites as far as lighter beers are concerned. So clean, so refreshing, and with enough flavor to satisfy.

She poured a clear yellow-gold color with a bubbly-foamy white head that keeps its shape fairly well. Some lacing is left when drinking.

The smell was pretty grainy with a strong presence of straw. It's a bit sulfury but not very strong and hops add some spicy and floral notes.

I liked the taste a lot. It was light yet like the smell it was grainy from pale malt. There's a tap bit of citrus in there like lemon. Hops are there but not too much and lead to a dry finish. Not a lot of flavor but just what I need on a 100+ degree Texas summer day.

Mouthfeel is light, clean, crisp, and entirely refreshing.

One of the more impressive specialty beers from Samuel Adams I've had. The Kolsch style is a hard one to find so this might be a beer I look for in the future.

Photo of zaphodchak
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A finger of white head and a pale, very light blond body.

Coriander and some spice (maybe cardamom) fill the nose. I don't think I get any jasmine or anything and I was hoping for more here.

Taste is great though, light and refreshing with a good balance, a bit of hops and a light, sweet floral character from the jasmine, maybe. Quite tasty and hard to improve upon, especially for the price.

Mouthfeel is also crisp, light and refreshing.

This is a pretty great Kölsch-style beer. I don't usually drink 'em, but this might've changed my mind if it came in 6-packs instead of buried in the Summer Seasonals.

Photo of socon67
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours is a golden yellow. Inch high white foam that laces the glass. Bit of carbonation.

S - Smells of fresh herbs and has a floral component. It is quite earthy, and I think this is the beer's best trait.

T - Tastes malty, and with some corn and grain flavors. Not particularly hoppy. Ends with a slight bitter taste.

M - For a lighter style, this beer feels heavy. Makes for a beefy beer that is sessionable.

O - Not anything outstanding, but a curious style that works well in the summer.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rainy Sunday prior to Memorial Day and cracked open the new (at least to the Chicago area) East-West Kolsch from a mixed pack of Sammy A.

A - 4.0 it is a clear golden beer with modest carbonation and very thin white head.

S - 3.5 not as aromatic as I thougtht is would be. can smell floral hints and very subtle citrus

T - 3.5 it is ok on the taste the start is very common to most Samuel Adams beers then there is a floral finish with hints of lemon

M - 3.5 its easy on the mouth...I just think that after several it would feel as if one was chewing on Pot Porri all day

Photo of tempest
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a pint at the Batdorf in Anville, PA. It's does have sort of the sulfur-y, mineral character of a good kolsch, but the overall character is just too light. There's nothing technically wrong with it aside from being muted. That said, it was still a fine beer for a hot summer day.

Photo of dbossman
3.17/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pale yellow and bubbly with a huge, steady head; the lacing on this beer is okay but the head dissipates to nothing

S: Subdued yet grainy and grassy with a touch of lemon zest; there isn't a whole lot going on here but it's subtle and pleasant

T: Rather simple and grainy up front and it quickly fades; it's actually a bit soapy on the back end--lemon soap; there is a pleasant grassy, hay, grainy quality but in the end it's just all right

F: Decent bubbly medium body with enough beer clinging to the mouth as it goes down

O: Not the best example of the style; drinkable but fairly boring in the end; not Sam Adams best by any means but okay for a hot day, I suppose

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Samuel Adams East-West Kölsch from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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