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

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BA SCORE
82
good

832 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 832
Reviews: 309
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.56%
Wants: 23
Gots: 26 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of tykees88
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

a- macro lager with a bit more golden honey. minimal head, minimal lacing.

S- citrus and biscuit. it does smell corny too.

T- tastes like a no hop pilsener with a little citrus backing

M- thin thin thin. decent carbonation but that's to be expected it is sam adams

O- It's not special, but not totally forgettable. I'll drink it again and I have no qualms quaffing this on a hot day.

Photo of dvb
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Yellow, like classic Miller High Life. (that's where the similarity ends) White head, decent lacing.

S - Smells like a toned-down tripel. Slight fruit. Smells fresh.

T - Much like a pilsner, only with a slight hint of fruit. A nice bite without any real bitterness.

M - Drinks like a pilsner. Thin, with a little residual stickiness on the lips. Refreshing.

O - An impressive offering from Boston Beer Company. Flavorful, sessionable, and very drinkable.

Photo of womencantsail
3.36/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Photo of gpogo
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Clear light yellow body with a large white head. Lots of bubbles.

A- Crisp light sweet malt aroma. Light lemony aroma.

T- Heavy jasmine flavor up front. Light malt flavor and finishing with a crisp bitterness.

M- Moderate-high carbonation. Medium body, mostly clean finishing, but a bit of mouth coating.

D- An enjoyable beer on a hot evening. Jasmine flavor is a bit heavy, but it is enjoyable.

Photo of DannyDan
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out to a golden body with some good retention, fine lacing and good carbonation. It has a flowery, slightly grainy aroma to it. The taste has a sweet fruity taste to it (apples and grapes), along with a floral taste and a slight hops taste at the end. It does have some balance to it, but overall it has a sweet taste to it. The mouthfeel is a little watery and light bodied which is not bad for a summer beer. Overall a pretty good beer to enjoy on these hot summer days.

Photo of Suds
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Crystal clear golden beer...fluffy white head that is relatively short-lived. This beer is a great summer brew. Mildly grainy aroma. Slight pilsner-like very pale malt aroma...some fruit (apple), a bit of yeast and sulpher, but not much hop aroma. Clean and flavorful taste. Very good balance...sweetish malt in the front, slightly dry in the finish. Very clean and refreshing.

Photo of Hershdawg
2.93/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle into DB glass

A: blond golden ale with light head that quickly dissipates.

S: light malt with a heavy jasmine smell completely dominating the beer. Jasmine would work in a heavier style but not a German blonde.

T: the jasmine dominates the flavor. Not a good balance. Good try though BBC. Good to experiment though not the right style for the spice.

M: light which is expected for a Kolsch.

O: Too much jasmine too little kolsch. I like out of the box beers but this one over did it on the spice. Good idea bad execution.

Photo of wheatyweiss
3.21/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a stange.

Pours a medium gold with a soapy two finger head that persists. Unparalleled clarity, this looks like a Kolsch.

Aroma is dusty husky grain. No discernible hop aroma, to style. Aroma of honey and lavender with a rider of crackery malt. Light on the nose.

Flavor is light fruity grain. Opens with a nice bready, husky grain with the middle yielding to a grape vinous character drying toward the end. Finishes with a spicy herbal character that actually brings more sweetness, killing the drying quality of the grape and chardonnay flavors. The finish is very floral, off putting and not to style.

A nice attempt, but whatever the brewer added to the steep is not in the norm, which is not always bad, but this adds nothing to an already wonderful style.

Photo of mattkoon
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I wasn't sure what to expect from this beer. The color was rich and golden. The smell was nothing fancy. The taste however is really smooth at first but at the end there is a parade of complexities. There is a richness that comes through at the end, that is pretty nice. It's hard to pinpoint the flavor, but I like it. It's a very drinkable beer with a hearty finish.

Photo of smakawhat
2.55/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of DrDemento456
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

(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.

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
2.06/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of erosier
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of DirtyPenny
3.11/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of claspada
2.28/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of kevo237
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Gehrig
2.91/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of micromaniac129
3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of TheDoodles
3.49/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of KajII
2.3/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 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.

Photo of Kooz
2.52/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of Chico1985
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of NickRivers
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
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!

Samuel Adams East-West Kölsch from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
82 out of 100 based on 832 ratings.