Samuel Adams East-West Kölsch - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.83/5 rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Without a Stange glass, I used the closest glass I could find to match the shape and used a pilsner glass.
The 12 ounce bottle had a best before indicator of September.
A - The Kolsch poured up a pale straw color. The pilsner glass did a nice job forming and holding the head, which was frothy from the continuous stream of carbonation that left a patchwork of small-to-medium sized bubbles. There was some initially dense lacing that faded a bit, but still lingered, and the head managed to retain only a small portion of its original size despite the stream of bubbles.
S - The aroma from the glass was very slightly grainy, with a hint of the same aroma I normally associate with phenolic. From the bottle, the 'phenolic' aroma was a bit more pronounced and even had hints of caramel. It wasn't an offensive odor, but I certainly was NOT expecting that.
T - The East-West Kolsch had a slightly tart and grainy flavor, with only a bit of bitterness.
M - The beer felt light and had a very crisp finish, with just enough lingering flavor to savor, but not so much as to keep from wanting another sip. The carbonation was not overpowering, but pleasant.
O - While the flavor and aroma of this beer were not exceptional, they were more than respectable. They combine with the appearance and texture to make a very enjoyable (dare I say very "drinkable"?) beer
Serving type: bottle
07-16-2011 01:47:28 | More by taylocd
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