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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
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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 bonkers

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2011 01:09:29 | More by bonkers
Photo of shand


3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2011 18:51:21 | More by shand
Photo of zeff80


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

A - Poured out a clear, bubbly, golden yellow color with a small, white head of bubbly foam. It left little to no lace.

S - It smelled of grains and caramel with a floral touch.

T - It tasted of sweet caramel and grains with a spicy bitter bite. A touch of citrus, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is an okay kolsch-style ale. Not a lot of depth of flavors or complexities but it is easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2011 00:35:19 | More by zeff80
Photo of Vixie


3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm not really sure what this style is supposed to look like. This one was mainly yellow with a white head that quickly dissipated to some lacing.

This smell has me baffled. It has a strong smell, but can't decide what it is. I will say it reminds me a bit of the smell of fresh mown grass. Not a bad smell, just different for a beer.

I do like the taste of this one. Has a lot going on, I can detect fruit, and spices like clove and pepper. There are layers I can't quite identify, but give the beer a nice complexity. There are hops at the finish, and has a nice dry finish.

Pretty solid feel to this one.

Since I have no basis of comparison, I have to rate this on its own terms. I found myself enjoying this one, it is a style new to me, and one I may have to explore more. This is a fairly spicy brew, but has a nice mix of flavors.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 23:50:51 | More by Vixie
Photo of steveh


3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New offerings for the Summertime pack -- grabbed my attention.

Um. Asian Jasmine Sambac? Can't anyone just try to brew a good, to-style beer anymore?

Best by September.

A -- Clear, golden color with a dense, long-lasting white head.

S -- Spicy hops -- surprising, no Jasmine -- maybe vaguely back with a deep whiff, but nothing distracting. Still, pretty light aroma.

T -- Bready malts up front with a vague grape character. Blends into a light flowery (Jasmine?) and finishes with a light grainy, wheat character. No big hop character except maybe a little spiciness between the breadiness and mild fruitiness. Very clean aftertaste of the graininess.

M -- Light body with a light and crisp mouthfeel.

O -- Happily surprised that the Asian Jasmine Sambac doesn't overpower this beer. It's a very easy drinking, good take on Kölsch and perfect for today's 80 plus temps.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 21:09:44 | More by steveh
Photo of bucklemyshoe


3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle at 42 degrees into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: It pours a clear golden color with vibrant carbonation and a finger and a half of snow-white head. It clings a little to the sides but there isn't much lacing going on.

S: Light lemon, grassiness, and some light noble hops.

T: Light floral hops, citrus, grassy flavors, and a little taste of green apple.

M: The body is light with strong carbonation and a crisp and quick finish.

O: This is not the best in the Summer 12 pack but I'd drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 16:07:02 | More by bucklemyshoe
Photo of mactrail


3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clean, fragrant pale beer.

Another surprise in a lighter style. I had to read the label to see what they did to it (aside from the "Alsation" hops!) The touch of jasmine is subtle but fragrant and came out a winner. Very clear and bright in the tall glass. Nice beery nose with something intriguing behind it. Hops are quite restrained, which keeps it from tasting anything like a Pilsener.

A fun and totally drinkable beer. Great addition to the Summer 2011 twelve-pack.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2011 05:10:22 | More by mactrail
Photo of Groomsy


4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle from Summer Styles Pack poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. "Best by" date of September.

Appearance: The body is a beautiful and shimmering golden (almost yellow), topped by a fluffy and pillow-like head of about two fingers. Lots of carbonation races up from the nucleation points, making the beer look lively and inviting. Although the head fades fairly quickly to a cap of foam, which stays persistent throughout the session, loose rings of lacing are left behind. An absolutely gorgeous-looking brew.

Smell: I've never had a Kolsch before, but it reminds me of a good pilsner in a few ways. I pick up some fresh grassy notes from the hops, as well as bread/grain-like sweetness from the malt - a very good balance. What enticed me, though, were the underlying and delicate floral notes (see bottle neck and label for the Jasmine flowers or whatever they're called) and the almost apricot-like fruitiness of the beer. Also some spicy notes from the hops. Really liking the nose on this one, layered and complex.

Taste: A nice dose of cracker-like and biscuit malts hit the front of the tongue, followed by a dash of fresh grain flavors and sweetness, which is then countered by an assertive - but not overpowering - spicy hop bitterness which gives way to a delicate but lingering floral finish. I'd say the finish has to do with the flowers advertised on the bottle neck, and they add a nice layer to this brew. For my first Kolsch-style ale, I'm impressed. A very crisp, refreshing, and complex brew.

Mouthfeel: Well-carbonated with a medium body, a little heaver than I expected. Very smooth and crisp with a drying finish, maybe a little too dry for what I would call a thirst quencher. Nice lingering of floral notes in the finish. Not bad, but I was expecting something lighter.

Overall: I want six packs of this, like, now. Excellent beer which has "summer" and "session" written all over it. Layered and complex, but simple enough to kick back with on a summer evening. Get this brew while it's available.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2011 02:44:54 | More by Groomsy
Photo of jar2574


2.68/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pale yellow color, what little head there is disappears quickly leaving nothing on top. Average carbonation. Unimpressed.

There just isn't much to the smell. Maybe a hint of malts. Again, unimpressed.

Taste is dry, crisp. It does seem to a have a touch of hop bitterness to it, and a touch of bready malts. But overall there isn't much flavor.

The crisp dryness makes the mouthfeel interesting, and it's probably the best part of this beer. It's pretty drinkable, but I wouldn't buy it again, so that hampers the overall rating.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 22:30:34 | More by jar2574
Photo of drinkiusmaximus

New York

2.8/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- clear and golden with a pillowy two fingers head, no lacing and next to no retention.

S- Even with my nose stuffed in it I am not picking up much. Slight spiciness and floral hop crackery malts.

T- slight spice and tad floral hop, somewhat one dimensional.

M- big bodied for a summer style.

D- wish there were more flavor going on, slightly subdued for my preference but still drinkable. Overall not something I would tell anyone about but it goes down easy enough.


Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 20:50:46 | More by drinkiusmaximus
Photo of Tballz420


4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pillowy white head floating atop a very pale gold coler brew. I could smell this one feet away from the glass, nice sweet malt and a prominant floral hops. Grainly malt front, nice floral hop and a touch of bitterness. Nice smooth mouth. SA did a good job on this one, nice kolsch

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 00:58:41 | More by Tballz420
Photo of bbeane


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

A- Poured into my DFH chalice... starts with a white cushiony head, half inch thick, that mostly disappears leaving little lacing. Beer is a crisp straw colored yellow with light activity

S- Not much there... little floral hop aroma

T- Light hop flavor with some bready malt, and sweet notes

M- LIght body with medium carbonation

O- I've really been getting into Kolsch's lately... this one didn't blow me away. Not bad, but not a standout


Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 00:09:16 | More by bbeane
Photo of russpowell


4.4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light gold with 1+ finger of pear colored head. Good lacing & a bit of head retention

S: Perfumy & grassy hops, faint apricot & peach notes

T: Lemony & light grainy notes, plus floral notes from the Jasmin, I guess, up front. Slight white grape sweetness to this along with a hint of honeysuckle & delicate grainy notes once warm. Finishes crisp with slight honeysuckle sweetness & a slight peppery edge

MF: Light bodied & crisp, perfect balance

Super drinkability, a near perfect Kolsch. I could drink the hell out of this come summer time...

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2011 23:48:02 | More by russpowell
Photo of OhYesILoveBeer


2.73/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

SA E-W Kolsch 12oz into pint. Pours piss yellow, crystal clear, with a 1/4" white head. Smells weird, unlike any other Kolsch Ive ever had before. A weird floral, sweet note, almost like a apple jolly rancher sits in the background, along with the standard biscuit malts that I usually detect. No hops are present here. Taste is close to the nose, with the weird sweet character coming through. Overall I'm not a fan of this beer at all, and I probably will just save the other five from the few cases I have, and pass them out to family when they are over. I truly don't think this is a solid representation of the Kolsch style, but I guess a few out there could see this as a mediocre summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2011 04:02:16 | More by OhYesILoveBeer
Photo of secondtooth


3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Honey-gold upon pouring into my ale glass. Nice white head. I got no lace here.

Nose is unusual...hard to pin down. Malty, yeasty, an odd herbal presence. Must be the Southeast Asian Jasmine Sambac flowers...

Taste is certainly malty...smooth. Refreshing to drink, but has a funky taste that takes some getting used to.

Not a bad beer, but not one I'd pursue further, either.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2011 00:56:22 | More by secondtooth
Photo of droomyster


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

Pours a clear gold body -- one finger of bright white head has good retention and lacing properties. Aromas are predominantly grainy, with strong notes of an apple bear claw and small hints of something that remind me of the time I drove through a Utah desert with the windows rolled down. You don't expect much in the way of aromas from a kolsch, and these sniffs are simple but good. In terms of taste of weight, this beer is nearly simple but terrifically enjoyable. If only it had more assertive/balancing hops, it would exemplify everything that kolsch is intended to be. Body is light. Flavors are predominantly [lightly] malty and devoid of challenging corners or anything even mildly offensive. Having tried several dozen kolschs, I consider this to be in the top 5% of the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2011 08:05:13 | More by droomyster
Photo of SkunkWorks

New York

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

12 oz bottle from the 2011 summer variety pack poured into a Gaffel Kolsch stange.

Look: clear, pale golden body with small carbonation bubbles and a thick, white foamy head that dwindles down to about half a finger's worth of head that retains until the beer is done, leaving behind some lacing. I won't begrudge a beer some good retention and lacing but I've been under the impression that Kolsch isn't supposed to have much head retention. Still, a good looking beer.

Smell: slight spicy hops with some pilsner malt providing bready, biscuity aromas. Good.

Taste: follows the nose with a light hop character lending some spice and floral tastes, some light, bready malt and a bit of tartness from the Kolsch yeast. Pretty much nails what a Kolsch should taste like.

Feel: light body though a bit bigger in terms of mouthfeel than I am used to in this kind of beer. Moderate carbonation, crisp, dry and refreshing. I could see this being a great session beer.

Overall: fairly impressed by this Kolsch from Boston Beer Company. Before cracking it, I thought that this was a style that they could pull off. Usually, I am disappointed by Sam Adams beers not being flavorful enough. Well, Kolsch is supposed to be light so it worked nicely. This Kolsch is as good as any other I've had to date. Now, if only I didn't have to end up with two bottles of Sam Adams Summer Ale and Blackberry Witbier to get this... Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2011 04:30:00 | More by SkunkWorks
Photo of ZeroSignal


3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured in to a sam adams perfect pint

A - Clear golden pour with about a finger and a half of bright white head. Good retention with a loose lace.

S - Nose is on the lighter side with hints of citrus and a bit of breadyness.

T&M - Crisp and lighter bodied. Very easy drinking with a refreshing bit of citrus and a touch of bread. Hints of a light grassiness and an overall light bitterness.

O - My initial impressions are that overall this one is a little light in the flavor department. Style wise I prefer Stoudt's offering, but the incredible refreshing and crisp nature of this brew would have me coming back for another. An excellent choice for a session.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2011 02:15:41 | More by ZeroSignal
Photo of Slatetank


3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i had this on tap --served chilled and allowed to rise in temp slightly.

The color is golden with great clarity and thick cap of light beige the bead is fine and carbonation is visible, lace sticks ok. The smell has a bit of German yeast mineral elements with the mild spice notes that seem slightly peppery/earthy. The feel is light and malty with a slight spice element adding to the feel overall making it seem like a cross between Kolsch and Wit.

East west kolsch has some interesting flavors happening, while I can still see a pretty ordinary Kolsch as the base, the added grain of paradise actually does give the beer a bit of a boost. I like how the earthy/peppery elements buoy the malt keeping it interesting and at the same time complimenting the yeast which has a mild German mustiness. the malt is generally light and inoffensive, but all in all I found this to be something I could see working in a cookout setting mid-summer to go with ribs or brats to cut some grease and deliver a nice amount of flavor at the same time similar to a Witbier.

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2011 01:31:18 | More by Slatetank
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2.5/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A-pale gold with a white head that thins quickly. lots of bubbles.

S-grassy, herbal, honey, malty. smells like it was brewed from Sam Adams. faint smelling.

T-comes in with a light taste of grass and transforms in to a smooth honey taste. it becomes bitter with herbs and has an after-taste of burnt corn. the tastes are light and not full flavored.

M-medium to high carbonation with a dry finish

O-this is an extremely boring and pointless attempt from Sam Adams. i'm thinking it was their goal to make a lawn mower beer. this might hit someone's soft spot on a hot summer day, but not mine. its just an average beer thats only slightly better than BMC beers.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2011 20:50:38 | More by AdamBear
Photo of nickfl


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

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a clear, golden body. The head settles down pretty quickly, but leaves decent lace.

S - A light, malty aroma with just a hint of herbal hops and little else. Not really getting anything in the way of the jasmine mentioned on the label.

T - Moderately sweet malt up front with some spicy, yeast like notes of pepper and what I assume to be jasmine. A bit more fruity sweetness in the middle with more pepper and some herbal hop flavor. The beer finishes with dry malt and more phenolic notes.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a fairly dry finish.

D - This is not really what I expected, I didn't notice the jasmine addition noted on the label until I tasted the beer and decided something was off. The jasmine is clearly noticeable and it kind of makes the beer taste more like a saison than a kolsch. It isn't a bad beer, but I would have preferred that they just make a traditional kolsch instead. I can't help but think that adding something like jasmine is the kind of thing that one might do when a homebrewed kolsch turned out poorly and I came up with a last ditch idea to save it.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2011 02:35:16 | More by nickfl
Photo of tkepx182

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This sam has a nice round flavor that is not overly complex. It has a nice aroma that i have not smelled in recent beers, I like it. It has a nice clear color. with a smooth head when it was poured. It had a nice feel in my mouth and was rather smooth. I would definitely drink this again

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2011 00:44:20 | More by tkepx182
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3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a pale gold body with a moderate white head, nice clarity, and light lacing.

S: A simple nose of floral hops and some sweet pale malts.

T: Malty sweet upfront with notes of grains. Middle is slightly fruity. Finishes with a slight floral hop bitterness and dry.

M: Very clean and crisp mouthfeel; Light body; Decent carbonation.

O: Thought this was a good beer, but I don't ever see myself wanting more then 2 of these at a time because it's pretty basic and simple would use this beer to have after I had a heavy beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2011 20:19:01 | More by LiquidBread219
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3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This east-west summer collection box.
Poured a nice clear golden, well carbonated to form a generous white head that laced well.

Aroma's of floral and buttered bread.

Taste of flowered grain heads and a citric hop base.

The mouth is smooth with just enough dryness to crisp this beer nicely.

A good summer/warm weather brew. It would be nice to have more available for one could sit a spell with this refreshing kolsch.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2011 16:28:26 | More by chilidog
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2.58/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a stange glass. Served cool.

A-bright white cap, golden clear yellow body.

S-floral, jasmine is very strong, fresh unbaked bread

T-jasmine tea flavor, sweet malt, but one dimensional


D-I would rate this beer possibly a little higher if it were in the correct category. Its a nice "fruit/vegetable beer but not a very good kolsch. I prefer a little more bite from the hops and a touch bit more complexity in the malt department.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2011 01:29:03 | More by jneiswender
Samuel Adams East-West Kölsch from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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