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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: 808
Reviews: 309
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 14.52%
Wants: 18
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  5.01% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of NickRivers


3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A&S - Pours a golden yellow with half a finger of off white head. Smells of grains, pilsner yeast and apricots/peaches?

T&M - Light bodied and very refreshing mostly tastes of wet grains then turns to a sweet fruit flavor with the smallest hop flavor and some breadiness adding to the peach/apricot flavor?

O - Something i'd like to see in 6-packs.

This is the first of the two new brews featured in the Summer Styles variety pack, and it hit the spot for sure. Last years summer sampler was almost perfect however its becoming harder and harder to find SA Pale Ale. I don't know if SA wants to stay traditional but there has to be more refreshing, light styles that have a little more hops than usual. There's no reason why Pale Ale can't be brewed all year, it beats Cherry Wheat for sure. We'll see how the Rustic Saison ranks up as well. As far as this beer goes, its very refreshing for this California heat and puts a nice Euro twist on your everyday drinker. As I said I wish these beer were available more often. Stay thirsty my friends!

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2011 18:30:00 | More by NickRivers
Photo of chefhatt


4.4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this beer into a perfect pint glass, it has a bright straw yellow body with just a little creamy white head. The smell has a nice maltiiness and some floral hints to it. The taste is very light and refreshing, with some floral tastes on the front and a little bitter hops taste on the back of the tongue. Great mouth feel, smooth just a little carbonated. I could drink this all summer long.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2011 04:13:26 | More by chefhatt
Photo of SkitzIrish3


3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber color with crackling carbonation. A modest layer of head (that continues as a drink it). At first it had a buttery smell, then a slight malty breadiness. Light mouth feel.

Slightly bready and malty in the front with the floral taste present yet not overpowering. Don’t taste a hint of the hops until it is landing in my stomach. Didn’t taste much of anything on the first taste to be honest. On a faster drink the hops hit in the back to add a spiciness that left me, not surprisingly, wanting another quick drink.

It isn’t the most complicated or eccentric brew, but it is tasty and goes down easy. I’d say (next to the Rustic Saison) this is the most refreshing Samuel Adams in the summer variety pack and great for a hot summer day, one worth thinking about going home to after work, during work.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2011 02:44:06 | More by SkitzIrish3
Photo of mjgooner13

New York

3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Dirty yellow/straw color...2 finger white head, bubbles streaming up from the bottom...can see through it.

S- Definitely get that pilsner-like smell. Floral notes.

T- slightly about avg...i get a small amount of floral in the mouth...the flavors became more prominant as the beer sat...became a bit more enjoyable, but nothing special.

M- A light bodied beer, with some ok carbonation which makes for some very easy drinking, def could put a few of these back on a hot summer day...

O- I like the flavor of this beer, but i would like them to be a bit more prominant. I could certainly turn to this one for a good summer session beer...

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2011 01:57:04 | More by mjgooner13
Photo of vette2006c5r

South Dakota

4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a golden color with a fizzy head. The smell contans a harvesty corn like aromas and pepper smells. The taste was strong a good amount of spices. Good carbonation, a floral taste and smell. Strong flavor for this style. Overall very good.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2011 02:13:00 | More by vette2006c5r
Photo of goldbot

District of Columbia

3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear and golden, very carbonated with plenty of fizzy white head. Light, malty aroma with plenty of fruit and caramel notes. Bready, malty flavor, with a slight hop bite and bitterness. Typical Sam Adams fare - a smooth, easy drinker; nothing special but perfectly adequate.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2011 22:27:45 | More by goldbot
Photo of raznug


4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden color with an inch of white head, head dissipates quickly.
Smell: Slightly malty but not much else rather clean.
Taste: It has a tasty malt flavor for a kolsch with a very slight hop in back.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is light and goes down very smooth like it should.
This would be a great summer session beer for a day anywhere from the lake to sitting at the house after mowing

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2011 21:00:07 | More by raznug
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Rhode Island

3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Goose Island pint glass.

The color is a clear golden/yellow with a slight finger of foamy white head that is gone pretty fast and leaves no lacing on the glass.

The smell is pretty malty with some grainy aroma coming out in the nose that is a bit like a pilsner. There is a slight sugary gummy bear aroma that is surprising and a little weird.

The taste is pretty crisp with a bready flavor that reminds me of plain pancakes with no syrup. There is a slight bland flavor at first but this goes into a crisp smack of pilner malt and then a fruity hop flavor that is a bit apple skin, orange peel like flavor. There is a fruity flavor without being too fruity like just a surface fruit flavor.

The feel of this beer is light and pretty darn drinkable. This goes down easy but not too easy that the flavor skids right by. There is a delayed craft feel to this beer that is nice but also very easy so that this could be enjoyed many times in a row without problems. A good session beer for the summer.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2011 04:33:19 | More by Duhast500
Photo of BeardedRiker


3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't usually drink Samuel Adam's beers but I recently tried their Kolsch and was impressed. The style is creeping up to be one of my favorites as far as lighter beers are concerned. So clean, so refreshing, and with enough flavor to satisfy.

She poured a clear yellow-gold color with a bubbly-foamy white head that keeps its shape fairly well. Some lacing is left when drinking.

The smell was pretty grainy with a strong presence of straw. It's a bit sulfury but not very strong and hops add some spicy and floral notes.

I liked the taste a lot. It was light yet like the smell it was grainy from pale malt. There's a tap bit of citrus in there like lemon. Hops are there but not too much and lead to a dry finish. Not a lot of flavor but just what I need on a 100+ degree Texas summer day.

Mouthfeel is light, clean, crisp, and entirely refreshing.

One of the more impressive specialty beers from Samuel Adams I've had. The Kolsch style is a hard one to find so this might be a beer I look for in the future.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2011 02:29:41 | More by BeardedRiker
Photo of JLeege


1.98/5  rDev -45.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

On draft

Appearance- Pours a clear golden color with a nice fluffy white head. Good retention and a little lacing left behind. Looks good, but looks can be very deceiving.

Smell- Fairly grainy, a bit earthy, Petco rodent isle, and laundry detergent. I said it was lavender, put was later told it is brewed with jasmine.

Taste- Just like it smells, very herbal throughout, slightly bready, with overwhelming jasmine.

Mouthfeel- Light body with medium carbonation.

Overall- This beer was a complete train wreck for me. It brought back haunting memories of The Bruery’s Orchard White, another beer that less than agreed with me. I won’t be drinking this again, ever. Oh well, they all can't be winners.

Serving type: on-tap

06-13-2011 23:14:05 | More by JLeege
Photo of DesMoinesMike


3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Part of a case at Costco for $21.50

I haven't had a beer this light for some time so it took a bit to recalibrate for a lighter style. It's a pretty gold color with nice white foam. The aroma is wheaty with a bit of tartness. The taste has the same essence with some additional citrus flavor. It finishes fairly smooth leaving very little aftertaste. It's a nice lighter beer and a good example of the style. I'll enjoy the rest in the case.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2011 01:56:12 | More by DesMoinesMike
Photo of Francepants06


3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had it served in a pint glass.
It had a medium size white foaming head.
It smelled of wheat and oatmeal.
It had the a golden lager color.
It tasted of a light smooth wheat malty beer with a slight hop/malt finish. This was the first kolsch I ever reviewed so I have no idea if this is considered a good beer for the style.

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2011 23:03:09 | More by Francepants06
Photo of nicnut45


3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a clear light hay color. Not much of a head upon pouring but a nice fluffy white head just coats the surface in splotches. Head fades as you drink and leaves behind a nice lacing on the glass.

S- fruity gummi bear scent takes center stage, some mild sulfur notes. This smells a bit rustic to me, almost like a wild yeast got in here grains are masked by the fruitiness.

T-Suprisingly good. Fruitiness is well controlled at first sip and kind of dries out giving way to a nice smooth graininess. Sulphur is well controlled and seems to aid in the pleasing driness. Fruitiness does not linger to long and you are left with a clean palate.

M.F.-Carbo seems a bit low, a slight driness clears the palate.

O-A nicely developed beer. Its a fruity kolsch and I prefer mine on the clean side. I think this gives a little bit of both worlds. The fruitines shows up beginning palate and then quickly dries out. I think this should replace summer ale

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2011 02:51:11 | More by nicnut45
Photo of akorsak


3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle poured into a a plastic cup.

A: The kölsch is a light, a golden pale color that is easily translucent. A fluffy white head blankets the ale and is slow to dissapate.

S: The kolsch is biscuity; hops aren't a big factor. I was expecting a more floral, spice aroma thanks to that jasmine but it didn't really come through.

T: Smooth, the ale pushes its biscuity side admirably. The pale breads are light but steady. Floral sweetness is more apparent here, an upper for the otherwise subtle kölsch. A mild hop finish overtakes the breadiness.

M: The mouthfeel isn't half bad. I'd love to taste the jasmine sambac in more concentrated proportions though.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2011 00:07:45 | More by akorsak
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Rhode Island

3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at some bar in New Bedford. 16oz pour served in 20oz imperial pint.

A- Big fluffy white head takes up the headspace in the glass and then some. Bartender has trouble with the head- but when I get the glass it looks very much in order. Head floats atop a bright golden body.

S- Light toasty grain, sweet malt, and some fresh cut grass. Faint, though, I'm really reaching to pick up anything substantial.

T- Hop bill is mildly earthy and green, with some sweeter fruit coming through on top. Malt is ever-so-slightly toasty, very light grains, very crisp and finishes rather dry.

M- Very crisp. Moderate body, heft of the malt is felt, but the carbonation keeps things moving. Goes down easy.

O- Went perfect with some bar food. Easy drinkin', flavorful. Would love to see this around more often, before tonight I'd never heard of it. Will have to keep my eyes peeled, indeed.

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2011 07:12:14 | More by ShogoKawada
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New Jersey

2.93/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Golden body with a nice white foamy head.

Not much of the way of smell at all, completely lacking.

I get grain, grass and buscuits. That's about it. Not good but not bad just kind of boring.

The mouth feel is pretty nice. Probably one of the only highlights of the beer. Light in body, smooth, crisp and easy to drink despite the boring taste, it is a total summer beer.

Overall, boring taste, okay looking but the feel is probably the best thing about the beer. I wouldn't seek this again.

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2011 03:49:41 | More by 9InchNails
Photo of musicforairports

New York

3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a completely clear straw color. Small head and little lacing.

Smells of flower petals and honey.

Lemon and other light citrus flavors enter in the flavor, but there's still a strong floral component. A bit sweet up front and finishes quickly, leaving nothing on the tongue. It seems like it's going to be sweet, but it's not. I confess I'm not too well-versed in the style, but this reminds me of a lighter version of SA's Longshot Honey Lavender beer.

Mouthfeel is light-medium, not very carbonated.

This beer is an easy drinker. Better than a lot of other equally light beers you can find, but nothing spectacular.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2011 03:33:36 | More by musicforairports
Photo of budgood1


4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours out a crystal clear light straw yellow colour. meager head and slight lace. biscuity malt aroma steeped in some flower petals about sums up the nose. very pleasant. taste is a delicate ballet of crystal like maltiness, a touch oily and earthy...some floral and lemony/herbal hoppiness intertwined by those damn flower petals again. it does work well and screams summertime quencher. sturdy backbone of a body on this one, and a really impressive mouthfeel...it actually outshines the taste profile. it feels like you are drinking a bigger beer than you actually are. finishes dry with an odd, but not unpleasant, note of herbalness no doubt imparted by those flower petals. great drinkability. this will be a fantastic summertime drinker.

overall an intriguing twist on an underappreciated style. i love beers like this in the summertime!

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2011 23:23:13 | More by budgood1
Photo of rlee1390


3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From Sam Adams Summer Styles

A-Clear deep yellow, one finger, not much carbonation.

S-Some wheat and lemon

T-Lemon, wheat, not much bitterness or bite to it

M-Light with some carbonation

O-A session beer, a light one for the summer. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2011 21:39:56 | More by rlee1390
Photo of JizackFH

New York

3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - This beer pours a clear golden straw color. It has a nice 2-finger white head on it. The head has decent retention, and it leaves behind some specs of lacing on the glass.

S - It smells of light grain and lemon. Theres not too much more to the smell then that.

T - The taste mostly consists of light grains, noble hops, citrus, and some grape. It's not super flavorful, but it is a nice easy going beer.

M - This has a light to medium body and average carbonation. it goes down smooth, and I thought it was pretty refreshing. The finish is clean, leaving just a bit of lingering hop flavor.

O - This has good drinkability. It goes down easy, and would be super refreshing on a hot summer day. Overall, I thought that this was a pretty good beer. It's not very flavorful, but I could see this being a great transition beer for people just getting into craft. I would drink this again though.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2011 10:33:54 | More by JizackFH
Photo of MrOH


4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Brilliantly clear gold with a single finger white head. Good lacing.

Interesting nose. Some pilsner malt, light esthers, floral, and a touch of citrus. A lot going on.

Bready malt, then fruity (green apple?) and floral flavors, then crisp bitterness leads to a dryish finish.

Round feeling, but not full-bodied, great carbonation leaves it clean.

Very enjoyable beer for the summer. The SA summertime mix pack always seems to be the most approachable for the non-craft drinker, and this one fits in nicely, but still has plenty to offer for the more discerning palate.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2011 02:06:52 | More by MrOH
Photo of AlCaponeJunior


3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear and golden in color, head was ok but lacing was mostly absent.

Smelled somewhat grainy with a smidge of hops and a floral background.

Taste was decent but not as good as I had expected. There's a pinch of jasmine, some floral hops, some herbal notes and a touch of graininess.

Felt medium bodied and bubbly, a bit heavier than other of the style that I've tried, but amply good enough.

Overall it's pretty decent but not spectacular. Still a quite drinkable selection from their summer pack.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2011 23:51:07 | More by AlCaponeJunior
Photo of IIKaRuII


4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a straw color gold. with white fluffy head. Leaves a generous amount of lacing.

Smells sweet. has a subtle herbal hops quality. smells a little biscuity.

Taste is phenomenal. jasmine makes this a very sweet and flavorful drinker. the hops seem to flow onto the palate. You cannot drink enough of this really. has a kinda spice to it as well.

moderatly light, with almost the perfect carbonation. It clears the palate, and allows a fresh taste every time. the sweetness of the grains, and the tangy hops make for a refreshing and clean summer drinker.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2011 06:11:38 | More by IIKaRuII
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3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden in color, clear, with a nice white lace. Clean aromas of flower petal and pepper. Could use a little power here to set it apart.

Again, very subtle and clean. Hefty for style. Starts with biscuity pale malt, hint of adjuncts. Hop bite in the middle with a full floral finish. Easy drinking summer ale although it's not up my alley.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2011 05:33:07 | More by BretSikkink
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3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pale yellow and bubbly with a huge, steady head; the lacing on this beer is okay but the head dissipates to nothing

S: Subdued yet grainy and grassy with a touch of lemon zest; there isn't a whole lot going on here but it's subtle and pleasant

T: Rather simple and grainy up front and it quickly fades; it's actually a bit soapy on the back end--lemon soap; there is a pleasant grassy, hay, grainy quality but in the end it's just all right

F: Decent bubbly medium body with enough beer clinging to the mouth as it goes down

O: Not the best example of the style; drinkable but fairly boring in the end; not Sam Adams best by any means but okay for a hot day, I suppose

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2011 00:38:08 | More by dbossman
Samuel Adams East-West Kölsch from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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