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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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823 Ratings

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Ratings: 823
Reviews: 309
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.56%
Wants: 21
Gots: 24 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 03-10-2011)
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Photo of smakawhat
2.55/5  rDev -29.9%

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass (my stange is out of commission ;) ). Good till Sept 2011, let's see if my Kolsch quest measures up.

A golden clear crystal body is presented with some large sticking rising bubbles. Some stick to the sides, what doesn't rises very quickly up top. After some examination some small rising little bubbles make their way continuously. Head is poured of a very simple white and some what foamy, but mostly it disappears really quickly. By the time I finish writing this paragraph it is nearly gone. Seems to maintain a thin puck going on as if to barely hang on.

Vegetative, grassy, a not very good smelling Kolsch let alone beer here. Faint hint of sweet grain on the nose, not even a sense of density or crispness.

So how does this taste? Missing a lot. Not a hint of bread, bubblegum sweet, I will give this beer some good mouthfeel cause it's got some body, but this is just borderline adjunct sweet tasting. Real bubblegum sweetness on the finish I just can't get past.

Wow this is the worst Kolsch I've had to date. Tastes nothing like it but an appeal to keep adjunct lager drinkers perhaps un-challenged without upseting them. Pass.

smakawhat, Jul 01, 2011
Photo of DrDemento456
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%

A - A very nice golden yellow with a orange tint (slight) and a half inch of foamy white head. Moderate lacing.

S - Pretty much the best part of this beer, I get a nice bit of floral hops, sweet malts and a very floral smell of Asian Jasmin flowers. I found myself sniffing more than tasting.

T - Pretty smooth. If you came to this beer expecting hops you better pass along with intense flavors is also absent. Just a honey like sweetness, touch of citrus hops and a clean body with hardly any abrasiveness from grains. I also enjoyed how the flowers complement the citrus hops in a harmonious way.

M - I knew this was a 5 percent beer, could be pretty succession able.

Overall I have never had the "Savor Flowers" but this seems to be a cheaper version in the same vain having just enough sweet flavors to make it interesting. I also have the Saison and can't wait to try it.

DrDemento456, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%

(Served in a Sam Adams perfect pint glass)

A- This beer has a snow white head with a quick carbonation of microbubbles and a soft golden yellow hue to the crystal clear body.

S- The clean aroma has a touch of sulfur and field corn that come through with a green note in the finish that could be hops.

T- The dry clean taste has a soft fruity floral hint and a touch of sweetness in the finish. The aftertaste of field corn and green hops is very light but grows as the beer warms.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a tight clean fizz in the finish.

O- This beer sound very nice on the bottle but it didn't come through that way in the glass. It was a bit to sweet to make it crisp and refreshing and too light to make it interesting enough to want another glass.

rhoadsrage, Jun 29, 2011
Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
2.05/5  rDev -43.7%

Bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Straw yellow and has a good amount of head, but fizzes out quick and leaves nothing else.

S: An extremely subtle aroma of hops and spice, but nothing else.

T/M: Tastes very bland, light with a tiny hop bite at the finish, but nothing else.

Honestly, this is one of the most bland beers I think I’ve ever had. I’m sorely disappointed. I think Sam Adams needs to take note from my kolsch brewing skills. Just let me know, Sam Adams, and I’ll see if I can find that brewkit recipe card for you.

TheBeerAlmanac, Jun 29, 2011
Photo of erosier
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%

L: Pours a nice clear yellow-orange color with a medium sized and medium bodied head that fades nicely down the sides of the glass.
S: Smells of sweet toasted malts, well mixed citrus, floral, and earthy/grassy hops that aren't overbearing, just right for this.
T: Tastes of sweet toasted malts underneath nice layers of citrus hops, grassy/earthy hops, some floral, and then more citrus hops.
M: Crisp, clean, light feeling, perfect amount of carbonation, refreshing.
D: Overall it's a nice beer and a pretty decent kolsch, nice mix of flavors and feel with a decent abv. Very drinkable, very nice take on the style.

erosier, Jun 28, 2011
Photo of DirtyPenny
3.1/5  rDev -14.8%

The last beer in my Sam Adams summer variety pack gets to be my first review. Poured into a pint glass.

A: Golden yellow with a hint of orange. Pour left a finger of head that quickly dissipated, leaving only a thin layer of foam.

S: A little bit of grass and citrus with the tiniest bit of hop.

T: Not sure that I even detected the jasmine. Taste is mostly reminiscent of the nose, but with more of a bread/biscuit flavor.

M: Light-medium bodied. Nice and smooth.

Not bad, but not amazing. I wouldn't turn down a bottle if offered, but this is something I wouldn't seek out.

DirtyPenny, Jun 28, 2011
Photo of claspada
2.25/5  rDev -38.2%

This beer pours a light, a golden pale color that is easily translucent. A small white head blankets the ale and quickly dissipates.
The aromas begin with biscuity malts; 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. Definitely does not smell like hops, more like potpourri which I am not really fond of.
The tastes begin smooth, lots of bready and biscuity malts. Floral sweetness is more apparent here, but not hop floral, weird herbal/spicy flavors. It takes over the pleasant breadiness which I was enjoying. Unfortunate.
The mouthfeel is fuller than I would like here. The carbonation is not high enough for my liking/this style. Finish isn't dry like I also enjoy in this style.
Overall this is a major miss for me and even on a nice hot night, was a drain pour because the flavor profile just didn't mesh for me.

claspada, Jun 27, 2011
Photo of kevo237
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%

Served in a pint glass. This beer had a nice golden lager appearance with a nice fluffy head for a while. Not much smell going on here, just standard malty scent. Mouthfeel was above average, nothing offensive. Taste was dry and not much bitter. No one taste aspect really stood out as this beer was sharp/dry tasting and really just "beer-y." This beer was very smooth and one I would call a good summer beer.

kevo237, Jun 25, 2011
Photo of Gehrig
2.93/5  rDev -19.5%

Clear golden body topped by a finger of white froth; good lacing and duration. It is tough to get a sense of what this smells like. There is a whiff of light biscuit malt, some grassy notes, but at first pass, it was tough to pinpoint that this smelled like anything. A weak, undistinguished nose.

Decent taste, some lemon flavor, biscuit malt, light and easygoing. Not complex, but neither is the style typically. Effervescent, easy on the palate, smooth.

Although Kolsch is admittedly not my favorite style, I am not impressed with this. It lacks distinguishing characteristics, boldness, and zest. Not a bad beer to kick back with and quench a thirst, and surely fine as a session brew but, for a good bold beer, you'll have to look elsewhere.

Pretty pedestrian, and I'll pass on this next time.

Gehrig, Jun 25, 2011
Photo of micromaniac129
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%

Apperance is of a straw color light and clear.
Little in way of head formation and low carbonation.
Aroma is weak with just vaque hints of malts and biscuits.
Taste is light with some lean hops and malts some graininess at finish.
Nothing offensive here clean and slightly dry.
Seriously not much better then any standard basic beer at a local restaurant.

micromaniac129, Jun 25, 2011
Photo of OtherShoe2
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%

Pours medium gold with a thick foam head. Nice clarity.

Some light malt and floral notes.

Ah, here's what I was looking for. The essence of grape-y malt, some creamy maltiness and light bready sweetness, leading to some mild bitterness and a pleasant dried out lingering bitter aftertaste. Nice complexities. Could have a bit more intensity in flavor, but this is the ideal summer quencher. They hit the points that make this a kolsch.

Medium-light in body and enough carbonation to keep this moving without killing the flavor.

Overall, decent for a mass-produced version. Touches but doesn't accomplish everything, but far from a disappointment. I dug it.

OtherShoe2, Jun 25, 2011
Photo of TheDoodles
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

A-clean, classic

N-Typical Kolsch. Not attractive but not off-putting.

T-No overwhelming taste. Quality Kolsch. Enjoyable.

D-Very drinkable. Smoother than other beers of the same style.

O-A quality entry into the style by Samuel Adams. This was part of the Summer Mix and worth the purchase.

TheDoodles, Jun 25, 2011
Photo of KajII
2.25/5  rDev -38.2%

Poured a clear sparkling pale yellow with a large foamy head that had fair retention and fair lacing. The aroma was extremely light of grain malts, a flowery hop and a moldy yeast with a mild citrus note. It tasted very, very, light and airy with a hint of citrus in the beginning and finished a bit sour with a very light hoppy finish. Mouthfeel was very light in body and quite watery in texture with a lively carbonation. Overall a real disappointment for a Kölsch. The brew master in my opinion really dropped the ball on this one.

KajII, Jun 24, 2011
Photo of Kooz
2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass. Yellow, little head, no lacing, boring.

Smells sweet and fruity, with some floral scents after. It's nice. But it's too much.

Not terribly impressed with the taste. Tastes like taking a bite out of a carnation. It is complex and somewhat layered (the carnation flavor sits atop an unfortunate, but intentional, sour bitterness), but it isn't good. Reviewers of beer are like reviewers of art--for many, it stops being about what tastes or looks good, and starts being about complexity and distinctiveness. I don't buy into that. This doesn't taste good, and none of the complexity saves that.

Mouthfeel is, as is standard for Sam Adams, terrific. It's rich and foamy; sharp without biting; overall just very nice. It's just a bit too sour in the aftertaste, but that's forgivable.

Overall, it's not as though I think this is terrible--I'd certainly drink it over many Big Brews. If it was lighter, it might be refreshing, but it isn't light. It's just not something that I would choose to drink over other Sam products.

Kooz, Jun 24, 2011
Photo of Chico1985
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%

Out of the summer mix pack. At first, I thought 'East-West' meant hops from both coasts of the U.S. Not Sam Adams, man. When they say East-West, they mean the WORLD.

Pours pale yellow, creamy white head retains well at a half finger leaving some lace. Looks quite beer-y.

Scent reveals some light fruit (lemon + some citrus), floral notes, bready and sweet malts.

Taste is close to the nose. Floral + grassy hops seem to show through more than any fruit. Big bready/toasty/crackery malt. Herbalness, hints of bubblegum.

Remarkably smooth mouthfeel. Carbonation and balance are noticeable great.

Really surprised by this one. I thought the flowers would overpower or it would be overhopped, instead this is very balanced, light and tasty.

Chico1985, Jun 23, 2011
Photo of NickRivers
3.75/5  rDev +3%

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!

NickRivers, Jun 23, 2011
Photo of chefhatt
4.4/5  rDev +20.9%

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.

chefhatt, Jun 23, 2011
Photo of SkitzIrish3
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

SkitzIrish3, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of mjgooner13
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%

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...

mjgooner13, Jun 21, 2011
Photo of vette2006c5r
4/5  rDev +9.9%

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.

vette2006c5r, Jun 20, 2011
Photo of goldbot
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%

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.

goldbot, Jun 19, 2011
Photo of raznug
4/5  rDev +9.9%

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

raznug, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of Duhast500
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%

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.

Duhast500, Jun 16, 2011
Photo of BeardedRiker
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

BeardedRiker, Jun 14, 2011
Photo of JLeege
1.98/5  rDev -45.6%

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.

JLeege, Jun 13, 2011
Samuel Adams East-West Kölsch from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
82 out of 100 based on 823 ratings.