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

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Ratings: 831
Reviews: 309
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.84%
Wants: 21
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  5.01% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Part of the Samuel Adams Summer Styles multi-pack - $13.79 at the nearby Publix in Canton, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, golden body with a sizable, white head that eventually levels out leaving thin sheets of lace on the descent.

Smell: Restrained sniffs of a Trebbiano white, lightly malted grains, and round floral hops accented by the added jasmine.

Taste: White bread-bready malts with a light touch of graininess. Maybe a smidge of wheat in there. Softly sweet, hinting a bit at honey. Half a drop of lemon juice, along with some spicy, floral hops. Small splash of white grape juice. Jasmine character remains light throughout. Mild tastes of the various flavors as you reach the just-less-than crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Just under medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: EW suits the Summer Styles sampler box. A respectful nod was given to the fiercely traditional Kölsch style, while going for some good ole experimentation by dry-petaling the brew with jasmine flowers.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a glass mug.

Brought over the Summer Styles pack to a cookout on Memorial Day, and cracked this one first. It pours a clear golden straw topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises orange peel, light soap, sweet flowers, and wheat. The taste holds notes of lemon peel, orange zest, wheat, sweet flowers, and slightly faint light greens. The body is a heavy-feeling light, with a moderate carbonation and a crisp, dry finish. Overall, a very nice kolsch, though I feel the smell was just a bit too faint and plain. Not at all bad, though.

Photo of Wamesit
4.47/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a light golden straw. Thin white head that disperses quickly but leaves a bit of lacing in its wake.

S - Aroma of biscuit malts with a lot of floral notes. There is an element of oily hops beneath the initial intake rounds things out.

T - A strong overall flavor spectrum. Really big. Crisp malts rush with deep spicy hops immediately in their wake. The floral aspect is a little harder to find in the flavor than it is in the aroma but it is there in the finish. It adds more body and excitement. Dry finish. incredibly refreshing.

M - Medium, a little more robust than expected. Strong carbonation keeps it lively.

O - Tremendous beer. A too rarely produced style done well and large. Great for a refreshing summertime beer but strong/spicy enough to have a place in any weather.

Photo of rapidsequence
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from the Summer mix pack.

Appearance: Brilliant clear yellow. Tightly bubbled head with pretty good retention and some sticky spots of lacing.

Smell: Sweetish, crackery, grainy malt. Citrus and somewhat herbal hops. Spicy, potpourri-like floral aroma I assume from the asian jasmine. This aspect is distracting, out of place, but not a total deal breaker.

Taste: Clean tasting malt flavor with a little sweetness. Snappy citrus hops flavor provides a nice balance. I'm much less annoyed by the jasmine in the flavor as it seems less prominent.

Mouthfeel: I'd like it a little drier and crisper.

Overall: I wish Sam Adams would just stick to making beer and not adding unnecessary weirdness like Asian jasmine. Overall its decent.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of the summer mixed twelve pack.
Pours a deep golden straw color with a thinnish white head that dissipates rather quickly. Smells grainy, herbal with hints of lemon and maybe apricot, a bit of floral notes as well. Taste is bready grassy citrusy herbal. Creamy watery mouthfeel, medium to light body and level of carbonation. This is a light refreshing brew that seemed to go down rather quickly on this hot day. If this was in a six pack it might make it into the summer rotation.

Photo of TheHopMonster
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Honey Yellow hue with a rocky pour and a very sudsy white head. The retention is very impressive with fast rising bubbles

Herbal characteristics of sage, clovers, and honey. Floral notes are present. Very pleasant and subtle.

Extremely crisp with some mild notes of malt, and then an intensely clean herbal characteristics up front with some lemon peel and citrus that borderlines an orange.

Mouth feel:
Decently carbonated but extremely drinkable, the herbal after taste is very refreshing.

My first Kolsch style beer that I have ever had and I must say I will be experimenting much more with this style of beer thanks to Mr. Adams

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of the new Sam Adams offerings in the summer variety pack. Always found a kolsch to be an interesting style, here it goes. Pours a bubbly golden color. Mouthfeel is pretty good, great crispness to this beer. Nice clean finish, super refreshing. Spot on with a lot of the other kolsch's I've had before and definitely has that "Euro" taste to it. A great addition to a summer pack, hopefully it stays around.

Photo of nickthegun12
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i like this beer...its different from anything that sam has spit out before!

appearance is much like a kolsch....straw yellow...not much head....but very nice lacing...

smell is very pleasant almost reminds me of heather ale...a Scottish variety....mild and easy smell

taste is almost mild....yet that sam yeast creaps in the background...still very pleasant...

the feel is almost creamy still very dry

overall this beer is pretty damn good...wish they would brew this all year round

Photo of bubseymour
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Nice yellow straw German/east Euro appearance. 1 finger head with nice foamy appearance.

Smell - crisp straw, hops, bread smell. German all the way.

Taste - Very pleasant light flavorings, slightly malty with nice finish. No overpowering flavors but a great summer drinker. Ever so slight crisp hop bite at end but very faint. Very refreshing.

Mouthfeel - Nice

Overall - Somewhere between the Boston Lager and Noble Pils you have the East-West Kolsh. Definitely a nice go-to summer or warm weather option. Nice job Jim.

Photo of emerge077
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Label notched best by October.
Brilliant straw gold in a pint glass. The white foam on top has a creamy texture to the surface. Retention is good, lasting for the duration. Slow ascending trails of carbonation in the glass.

Mellow yeast aroma, minerals, grain, fairly nondescript.

Light bodied with a creamy texture to it. Faint maltiness, dry crackers, raw barley, cereal grains, apples. Easy going with simple flavors, it has some overall balance to it. Light and easy to drink, sessionable for some. Didn't really notice the jasmine listed as an ingredient. Not my favorite Kolsch, but better than some.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rainy Sunday prior to Memorial Day and cracked open the new (at least to the Chicago area) East-West Kolsch from a mixed pack of Sammy A.

A - 4.0 it is a clear golden beer with modest carbonation and very thin white head.

S - 3.5 not as aromatic as I thougtht is would be. can smell floral hints and very subtle citrus

T - 3.5 it is ok on the taste the start is very common to most Samuel Adams beers then there is a floral finish with hints of lemon

M - 3.5 its easy on the mouth...I just think that after several it would feel as if one was chewing on Pot Porri all day

Photo of KTCamm
4.53/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle out of the summer sampler pack into a pint glass. This one was a home run.

Pours a brilliant clear golden yellow. Good fizzy white foam builds, holds and recedes.

Beautiful floral smell. Like a fragrant meadow. Clean, inviting.

Taste has a perfect blend of citrus, malt, a nature-like flowering taste. Clean, crisp finish. Subtle hop close.

Hoping this one sticks around. Perfect summer beer - much moreso than the Sam Summer!

Photo of FickleBeast
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. Part of the summer mixed case.

Pours a clear dark yellow with a finger of foam that fades quickly. Aroma is minerally hops with a touch of fruitiness.

First sip has a distinct floral hoppiness and decent amount of lingering sweetness. Not quite as dry as i'd prefer. Still a nice flavor overall. A nice addition to the mix pack.

Photo of AJacob81
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Last non-SABL from the Summer mix pack. Poured into my handsome cervoise glass.

A - Golden straw, effervescent, with a tight foam cap that is easily recovered with a vigorous swirl.

S - Muted bouquet of wheatfields, zesty lemon and overripe banana, biscuity malt, and the slightest hint of flowery clover.

T - Sweet bread and crackers balanced by grassy, vaguely floral hops. Finishes sweet and a touch dry, with a hint of lemon meringue pie.

M - Medium body, oily and surprisingly creamy. A real treat to drink, could easily session with this thanks to the reasonable ABV.

Photo of DrJay
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Faint haze, light gold with a short white cap. Decent head retention and a bit of spotty lacing. Crackery malt with a sweet floral and spicy aroma, slight grassiness and mild lemony citrus. Delicate bitterness was balanced by spicy and floral notes as well as cereal grain sweetness. Lingering floral and spicy character. I found the body too heavy for a kolsch, it wasn't as crisp as I would like, more medium bodied than light. Carbonation was on the creamy side. Overall, I liked the flavours, but the mouthfeel didn't work for me.

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

OG=11.2° Plato, 5.01% ABV, 3.93% ABW, Calories/12 oz.: 147
Brewed with Harrington, Metcalfe, and Copeland pale malts, wheat, and Bohemian pils malt, Hopped with Spalt Spalter and Strisselspalt, then fermented with "Samuel Adams ale yeast" on a bed of Jasmine Sambac flowers. Part of the "Summer Styles Variety Pack"

Pours out to a sparklingly clear pale golden, forming a white head with average retention and good lacing, with brisk carbonation. The aroma is of delicate floral hops with that mild but characteristic Kolsch ale yeast strain and some distant flowery notes, but I wouldn't have picked out flowers unless I knew they were in there. The mouthfeel is crisp and bright with a nice acidity and a light body. The taste is that of pale malts with a touch of huskiness and biscuit malt with a delicate floral hop flavor and mild bitterness. Crisp clean finish with extremely subtle afternotes of chamomile and lemon.

This is a good beer, but I prefer straight up Kolsch's if you can find them. If not, home brew them, because they are a great summer beer.

Photo of JMad
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured this beer into a pint glass...

The beer was a bright yellow color with a filmy white head that left a ring of lacing after each sip. The aroma is mostly lemon, with some hay and barely a hint of jasmine. The taste is grassy with lemon and orange, with a bready aftertaste. This beer is light with prickly carbonation and a pleasant lingering aftertaste. This is a perfect summer beer, I really enjoyed this beer after a long stressful day.

Photo of Gmann
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear straw color with some honey highlights. The head is fairly small and settled into a light cap.

The aroma is quite bready, almost doughy. There is a bit of a non-descript spice. Also a hint of cereal and honey.

The taste is of a bready malt with a very light grassy hop bitterness. Not as hoppy as other Kolschs that I have had. There is a floral presence from the Jasmine Sambac. It brings some honey and herbal spice.

The feel is moderate with prickly carbonation. Drinks fairly crisp and clean. Light bitterness in the finish.

An easy drinking beer. No heavy flavors or alcohol to get in the way of drinking a few of these

Photo of mothman
2.83/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a layer of white head. Color is a bright golden yellow.

Aroma: Herbal notes with some fruity citrus flavors. It is yeast and a bit bready. Not really too funky.

Taste: Lemon zest and spices. Coriander. Some crushed pepper. Yeasty and bready again. Light flavored.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and refreshing. Lighter bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends fairly clean.

Overall, it was decent, but nothing style-breaking. I saw this on tap somewhere for $7 a pour and glad I passed and had a chance to grab a bottle for a lot less. Easy drinking, but lacking a little flavor.

Photo of BennyL1
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Alrighty, another one from the Sam summer pack. Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass with a date of September 2011.

East-West pours a crystal clear golden color. A nice amount of sudsy white head forms but disappears rather quickly. Leaves some nice lacing on the glass. Very good looking beer.

The aroma consists of grassy hops with a bit of biscuit malt undertones.

A bit of lemon up front with a slightly bitter floral hop bite at the end. The jasmine is also evident in the taste as well. Nice malty finish wraps everything up making for an easy drinking brew.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side but very crisp with the carbonation on the stronger side.

I was very pleased with this brew overall. A nice addition to the summer pack for sure and I could absolutely see myself having one in the future.

Photo of mithrascruor
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a nice, clear straw/gold color. Light film-like white head.

Smell: Mild aroma; hints of grass, and caramel.

Taste: Lots of grains and some grasses with caramel flavors beneath. A bit of lemon towards the finish and into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied with mild carbonation, and fairly smooth.

Drinkability: Easy to drink, with mild ABV.

A decent, but ultimately uninteresting, Kolsch. It isn't too sweet, which is a problem I have with many beers in this style, but it honestly doesn't have much flavor to it.

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

Samuel Adams East-West Kölsch is a crystal clear, pale golden ale with a thin white head that quickly vanishes, leaving a small white ring and nice lacing. It has an aroma of lemon and light grain. It's light bodied and very lively. It leaves the mouth slightly scratchy. There's not really much flavor here. It's a touch funky and slightly bitter. There's almost a touch of sweetness and something like herbal tea going on. Maybe that's the jasmine sambac. This is not really my thing, even after mowing the lawn.

Photo of Shaw
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice golden color with a bright white head that reduces to a thin layer in my glass.

Grape-like aroma with hints of hops and spice.

Dry flavor with hints of grape, a little bit of biscuit and other flavors that must be from the Jasmine Sambac, a flower I just learned existed! Overall mild in flavor, by design of course.

Body has a bit of heft to it.

Overall an interesting beer from Samuel Adams. I can't say it's one to seek out, though. I'm enjoying the second one more than I did the first when I drank it a few days ago.

Photo of bonkers
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a SA perfect pint glass. Pale yellow pour with a medium white head. The aroma is lemony, grassy. The flavor is light, bisquity. There are floral notes, and hints of sweetness. The body is light, good carbonation. A decent kolsh, nothing exciting.

Photo of shand
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pretty standard Kolsch appearance, pale golden with a finger's worth of head that doesn't retain for too long. The aroma is alright, grains, noble hops and citrus primarily. The taste is also pretty good, it's a little lacking in intensity, but otherwise nice. Hops and citrus dominate until the signature grainy Kolsch finish. The mouthfeel is nice, it's brisk and well-carbonated. The drinkability is very good. Overall, a solid Kolsch.

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