Samuel Adams East-West Kölsch - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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4/5 rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12 oz bottle from the 2011 summer variety pack poured into a Gaffel Kolsch stange.
Look: clear, pale golden body with small carbonation bubbles and a thick, white foamy head that dwindles down to about half a finger's worth of head that retains until the beer is done, leaving behind some lacing. I won't begrudge a beer some good retention and lacing but I've been under the impression that Kolsch isn't supposed to have much head retention. Still, a good looking beer.
Smell: slight spicy hops with some pilsner malt providing bready, biscuity aromas. Good.
Taste: follows the nose with a light hop character lending some spice and floral tastes, some light, bready malt and a bit of tartness from the Kolsch yeast. Pretty much nails what a Kolsch should taste like.
Feel: light body though a bit bigger in terms of mouthfeel than I am used to in this kind of beer. Moderate carbonation, crisp, dry and refreshing. I could see this being a great session beer.
Overall: fairly impressed by this Kolsch from Boston Beer Company. Before cracking it, I thought that this was a style that they could pull off. Usually, I am disappointed by Sam Adams beers not being flavorful enough. Well, Kolsch is supposed to be light so it worked nicely. This Kolsch is as good as any other I've had to date. Now, if only I didn't have to end up with two bottles of Sam Adams Summer Ale and Blackberry Witbier to get this... Cheers!
Serving type: bottle
05-17-2011 04:30:00 | More by SkunkWorks
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