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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: 834
Reviews: 309
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.6%
Wants: 26
Gots: 27 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. This is crystal clear and some bubbles. There's a slight white bubbly head with a bit of lacing.

S. Ever so malty scent.

T. It has a bit of a butter scotch taste to it, or caramel...or are they the same? There's a malty taste there with a bit of hop bitterness.

M. A slight tingle of carbonation. Semi-full bodied.

O. It has that familiar Sam Adams taste, but this is a bit better than some other offerings. Solid flavor to this one.

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4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into SA sensory glass. Appearance is a slightly hazy pale yellow with generous 2 finger white head. Nice head retention and thick lacing left behind. The nose features fragrant lemony esters with notes of sourdough bread, pretty much right on for the style. Taste is light and refreshing with light fruity notes as well as bready malt notes. A decent amount of flavor is packed into this brew. The mouthfeel is light with high carbonation. Overall, this is a nice addition to the summer sampler pack. One of the better Kolschs I have had.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours crystal clear yellow color with a big 2 finger snow white foamy head that faded slowly leaving very good foamy lacing with rings as it went down and a layer on top; tons of bubbles raced up the brew for a fine looking beer.

Smells very basic, with strong floral hops, sweet malt, grains, caramel, yeast and bread or cracker. Very light and refreshing aroma that’s almost musty, but well balanced.

Tastes like the nose with sweet malt, bread, floral hops, flowers, herbs, lemon, biscuit, caramel, grains, mild spices like pepper or coriander and a very faint yeast funk at the end. Overall it is light and crisp, refreshing and easy to drink.

Mouthfeel is crisp and light, with very mild fizzy carbonation, a very light body and sweet malty finish that trails off with a slight bitterness.

Definite session beer and perfect for the summer, it’s a great American representation of this style as there are not a lot of Kölsch brews in the US. Grab a giant glass boot and pound a few of these.

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

A-pours a clear yellow color with a sudsy white head with good retention
S-nice clean aroma, with some mild malt in the background
T-bit of sweetness thats met with a nice balanced hop bitterness that finishes clean
M-light bodied and high amount of carbonation
O-very well balanced, clean kolsch. Pretty impressed with this coming from sam adams. Very drinkable, would buy it again depending on price

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3.52/5  rDev -3%
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.

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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.

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3.45/5  rDev -5%
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.

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