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

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311 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 311
Hads: 839
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 30
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
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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 UCLABrewN84
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden yellow with a small 1/2 inch foamy off-white head that fades to a thin film. Small rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grains, flowers, and spicy herbal hops. Taste is of sweet grain, floral notes, and a slightly spicy citrus zest hop flavor on the finish. Very mild bitterness lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good kolsch with a nice flavor from the jasmine sambac flowers that were added to the beer. (555 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
4.01/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: very thin head on a clear pale golden body.

S: lots of honey, some grains and barely but these are light. molasses notes as well.

T: sweet honey, syrups and maple, light pale malts and sweet corn.

M: light to medium body and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: this is not only a surprisingly good Kolsch but a surprisingly good beer from a popular but recently disappointing brewery. (394 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. A hard pour into a pint glass resulted in a finger high white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and a collar and lacing around the sides of the glass..
S: There are light aromas of biscuit and bready malts in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but the flavors are a little more assertive and there is a slight hint of bitterness.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied and somewhat smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very sessionable and a good representation of the style. It reminds me of some of the Kölsch beers I had when I was in Köln. (724 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a curious experiment in the summer pack thats made the cut for the summer 12er again. pours a bronzed color with a lacey white head, clear as day with lots of bubbles rising to the surface. smells a bit floral, jasmine or something. also some yeasty spice and fresh bread notes, much more aromatics that i am used to in a kolsch. flavor is equally obscure, some flowery essences on the front end with a lot of interesting spice in the middle, maybe some cardomom and orange rind. mouthfeel is the letdown for me. this has too much body for the style, which was orignially brewed to be an easy drinker (correct me if im wrong here). not to say its heavy, just that it isnt light. carbonation is fine but goes almost dead as it warms. overall not my favorite from the summer pack, but its a nice attempt at something different. (825 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours out as a nice clear yellow color, the head looks good, not much lacing. The smell is sweet has a light floral aroma and some honey on the nose. The taste of the beer is sweet also with just a touch of hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is light and lightly carbonated. Overall it's a pretty good Kölsch style. Rather enjoyable for the summer season. (361 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Label notched best by October.
Brilliant straw gold in a pint glass. The white foam on top has a creamy texture to the surface. Retention is good, lasting for the duration. Slow ascending trails of carbonation in the glass.

Mellow yeast aroma, minerals, grain, fairly nondescript.

Light bodied with a creamy texture to it. Faint maltiness, dry crackers, raw barley, cereal grains, apples. Easy going with simple flavors, it has some overall balance to it. Light and easy to drink, sessionable for some. Didn't really notice the jasmine listed as an ingredient. Not my favorite Kolsch, but better than some. (608 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bright golden yellow with a nice two finger head of white foam that quickly dissipated into a batch of nothing, a broken crown lining the sides was all that I would get out of this one. Nice carbonation and a bit of residual side lacing helped to push it over the top and made a really nice addition to the overall presence of it.

The aroma was rather bright and summer like, with a light grain and herb like fruit note in the nose. A touch of clove and banana highlighted this one and really did a nice job at bringing the whole thing together. The flavor was much of the same. Surprisingly sweet, with a touch of maybe honey or light caramel, hints of apple and light fresh hay. The banana coming though nicely on the finish with a quick, clean, and very crisp cutoff in the overall taste. (792 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, bubbly, golden yellow color with a small, white head of bubbly foam. It left little to no lace.

S - It smelled of grains and caramel with a floral touch.

T - It tasted of sweet caramel and grains with a spicy bitter bite. A touch of citrus, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is an okay kolsch-style ale. Not a lot of depth of flavors or complexities but it is easy drinking. (456 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.36/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad

A: The pour is a golden straw color with a nice white head on it.

S: Not the best nose. I get a fair amount of corn along with lots of straw and grass. A little bit of yeast to go along with the bready malts. A fairly light hop aroma to this one.

T: I'm not a big fan of the flavor, either. Sweet and corny with some table sugar sweetness. A light grass and floral hop flavor to it as well. Strangely, mild pepper notes and just a bit of bitterness.

M: The body on this one is medium with a medium carbonation.

O: A real let down from Sam Adams. I was hoping for a nice, enjoyable glass of Kolsch and that's not what I got. (658 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Part of the Samuel Adams Summer Styles multi-pack - $13.79 at the nearby Publix in Canton, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, golden body with a sizable, white head that eventually levels out leaving thin sheets of lace on the descent.

Smell: Restrained sniffs of a Trebbiano white, lightly malted grains, and round floral hops accented by the added jasmine.

Taste: White bread-bready malts with a light touch of graininess. Maybe a smidge of wheat in there. Softly sweet, hinting a bit at honey. Half a drop of lemon juice, along with some spicy, floral hops. Small splash of white grape juice. Jasmine character remains light throughout. Mild tastes of the various flavors as you reach the just-less-than crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Just under medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: EW suits the Summer Styles sampler box. A respectful nod was given to the fiercely traditional Kölsch style, while going for some good ole experimentation by dry-petaling the brew with jasmine flowers. (1,000 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a clear, golden body. The head settles down pretty quickly, but leaves decent lace.

S - A light, malty aroma with just a hint of herbal hops and little else. Not really getting anything in the way of the jasmine mentioned on the label.

T - Moderately sweet malt up front with some spicy, yeast like notes of pepper and what I assume to be jasmine. A bit more fruity sweetness in the middle with more pepper and some herbal hop flavor. The beer finishes with dry malt and more phenolic notes.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a fairly dry finish.

D - This is not really what I expected, I didn't notice the jasmine addition noted on the label until I tasted the beer and decided something was off. The jasmine is clearly noticeable and it kind of makes the beer taste more like a saison than a kolsch. It isn't a bad beer, but I would have preferred that they just make a traditional kolsch instead. I can't help but think that adding something like jasmine is the kind of thing that one might do when a homebrewed kolsch turned out poorly and I came up with a last ditch idea to save it. (1,158 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.66/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a glass mug.

Brought over the Summer Styles pack to a cookout on Memorial Day, and cracked this one first. It pours a clear golden straw topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises orange peel, light soap, sweet flowers, and wheat. The taste holds notes of lemon peel, orange zest, wheat, sweet flowers, and slightly faint light greens. The body is a heavy-feeling light, with a moderate carbonation and a crisp, dry finish. Overall, a very nice kolsch, though I feel the smell was just a bit too faint and plain. Not at all bad, though. (557 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a very light gold color, with a very thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains light caramelized malts, grain and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with a mild malt sweetness up front along with some grainy breadiness. Then a decent hops bitterness comes in. The malt character is a bit on the thin side even for the style, but provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: A little tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, this is a beer worth pounding for a while but there are better alternatives within the style. (787 characters)

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of the new Sam Adams offerings in the summer variety pack. Always found a kolsch to be an interesting style, here it goes. Pours a bubbly golden color. Mouthfeel is pretty good, great crispness to this beer. Nice clean finish, super refreshing. Spot on with a lot of the other kolsch's I've had before and definitely has that "Euro" taste to it. A great addition to a summer pack, hopefully it stays around. (411 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clean, fragrant pale beer.

Another surprise in a lighter style. I had to read the label to see what they did to it (aside from the "Alsation" hops!) The touch of jasmine is subtle but fragrant and came out a winner. Very clear and bright in the tall glass. Nice beery nose with something intriguing behind it. Hops are quite restrained, which keeps it from tasting anything like a Pilsener.

A fun and totally drinkable beer. Great addition to the Summer 2011 twelve-pack. (473 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i had this on tap --served chilled and allowed to rise in temp slightly.

The color is golden with great clarity and thick cap of light beige the bead is fine and carbonation is visible, lace sticks ok. The smell has a bit of German yeast mineral elements with the mild spice notes that seem slightly peppery/earthy. The feel is light and malty with a slight spice element adding to the feel overall making it seem like a cross between Kolsch and Wit.

East west kolsch has some interesting flavors happening, while I can still see a pretty ordinary Kolsch as the base, the added grain of paradise actually does give the beer a bit of a boost. I like how the earthy/peppery elements buoy the malt keeping it interesting and at the same time complimenting the yeast which has a mild German mustiness. the malt is generally light and inoffensive, but all in all I found this to be something I could see working in a cookout setting mid-summer to go with ribs or brats to cut some grease and deliver a nice amount of flavor at the same time similar to a Witbier. (1,062 characters)

Photo of LXIXME
3.06/5  rDev -16.4%
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. (743 characters)

Photo of Jason
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
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. (784 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.37/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light gold with 1+ finger of pear colored head. Good lacing & a bit of head retention

S: Perfumy & grassy hops, faint apricot & peach notes

T: Lemony & light grainy notes, plus floral notes from the Jasmin, I guess, up front. Slight white grape sweetness to this along with a hint of honeysuckle & delicate grainy notes once warm. Finishes crisp with slight honeysuckle sweetness & a slight peppery edge

MF: Light bodied & crisp, perfect balance

Super drinkability, a near perfect Kolsch. I could drink the hell out of this come summer time... (555 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (593 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

33cl brown glass bottle served into an imperial pint glass in high altitude Denver, Colorado. Reviewed live.

A: Three finger head of slight cream, fair thickness, and good retention. Transparent yellow colour. Generally appealing.

Sm: Slight cream, full barley, and a wonderful fullness of pleasant light hops I can't adequately describe; forgive me. It's very inviting; I can barely wait to try it. The aroma is mild to moderate in strength.

T: Very pleasant subtle hops are present from the open but blossom on the climax. The foundation is a full barley that is complemented by the unobtrusive cream rather nicely. I quite fancy it. There's some slight floral notes that linger as long as they should without overpowering. Wondrously balanced and nicely built. A very refreshing summer beer.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with enough thickness to allow flavour without being overbearing. Complements the flavours quite nicely.

Dr: A simple but very effective and carefully built beer. This is one to enjoy on a patio over good conversation in the summertime. Bravo. (1,068 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.11/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From 07/09/11 notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a transparent yellow golden color with one finger of white head and high carbonation evident. No real retention or lacing left on the glass.

s - Smells of corn, grain, wheat, and bready malts, with some light floral notes as well. Not bad but pretty average, and not a ton going on in the nose.

t - Tastes of bready malts, grain, corn, and wheat. The taste has some very light fruit to it as well. Again, pretty average.

m - Light to medium body and low carbonation. A little undercarbonated.

o - Overall a pretty average beer from Sam Adams. Not my favorite from them, but not offensive. Wouldn't seek it out again. (699 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear golden yellow in color with light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall fizzy white head that quickly reduces a small patch of extremely thin film in the center of the glass. No lacing is observed.

S: I get notes of cracker/biscuit malts with some light notes of earthy and citrus hops. There is a light amount of sweetness present as well.

T: The beer starts out with flavors of biscuit malts and then there are some very light hints of lemon citrus. Next, you can taste a little almost honey-like sweetness and some earthiness. There is a light lingering bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Slightly dry in the finish.

O: This beer is very easy to drink and could easily be sessionable. I enjoyed the flavors of this beer but it is not a classic example of the style (maybe I was spoiled drinking these while over in Germany). (937 characters)

Photo of WesWes
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a pilsner malt scent along with some fruity yeast esters. It's light and refreshing. The taste is decent as well. It has a smooth, pilsner/pale malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes dry with some fruity yeast notes. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an above average beer, but nothing too great. (474 characters)

Photo of mothman
2.85/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a layer of white head. Color is a bright golden yellow.

Aroma: Herbal notes with some fruity citrus flavors. It is yeast and a bit bready. Not really too funky.

Taste: Lemon zest and spices. Coriander. Some crushed pepper. Yeasty and bready again. Light flavored.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and refreshing. Lighter bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends fairly clean.

Overall, it was decent, but nothing style-breaking. I saw this on tap somewhere for $7 a pour and glad I passed and had a chance to grab a bottle for a lot less. Easy drinking, but lacking a little flavor. (583 characters)

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