Samuel Adams East-West Kölsch - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.53/5 rDev -3%
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.
06-29-2012 20:37:27 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.85/5 rDev +5.8%
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.
06-29-2012 01:57:57 | More by metter98
3.45/5 rDev -5.2%
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.
06-27-2012 10:47:27 | More by StonedTrippin
2.43/5 rDev -33.2%
Notes: My 1,100th review.
Live review. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle that I bought as a part of a Sam Adams "Summer Series" or something like that from Sam's Club a few weeks ago into a clean, clear glass. "Best by" date of Sep 2012 so I am good.
A Very boring appearance. I realize that it must be to style but really, this is boring. Translucent yellow body under a thin, brief white head. I admit that I have never really liked the "look" of a Kolsch. 2.0
S Light barley malt and muted hops typify this style. This version is not particularly fragrant or notable. 2.0
T The same forgettable taste of every Kolsch that I can recall tasting. My belief is that this style is made specifically for drinkability which leaves its taste lacking for me. 2.5
M Smooth feel contributes to its drinkability but really the feel is rather forgettable. 2.0
D/O Very very drinkable and overall this is an average Kolsch, a style that I do not find particularly to my liking. 3.0
06-21-2012 02:01:31 | More by adamette
4/5 rDev +9.9%
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.
06-20-2012 01:05:31 | More by zaphodchak
3.98/5 rDev +9.3%
Went to a friends house this last weekend for a cookout, and he had a mixed pack of SA brews. This one caught my eye as I am a sucker for Kolsch-style beers. 12oz bottle.
Pours a moderately dark sunny gold. A small cap of white foam rests atop. Sweet floral nose - cut flowers, malt, citrus zip. Cool, crisp mouthfeel. Bubbles add a refreshing wash on the palate. The added flower-characteristic to this beer is notable in the flavor. Definitive herbal notes, but they are delicate and add a nice adjustment to the profile. Biscuity malt and a fresh finish of lemon. Mild bitterness make this one an easy beer to down on a warm afternoon. Nice work, BBC.
06-18-2012 13:39:56 | More by Onenote81
Samuel Adams East-West Kölsch from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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