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

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Ratings: 832
Reviews: 309
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.84%
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 wedge
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid golden yellow hue with a fluffy white head. Soft fruity aroma with a light, spicy hit of leafy hops and some warm cereal grain. Spicy, crisp floral hops meet a cracker-like maltiness. Subtle biscuit and grass. Light bodied, appropriately bitter...very refreshing. Certainly a worthy addition to the summer mix pack.

Photo of gkunkle
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a transparent golden color with a very visible carbonation. Head is about the density of a soda head, when I poured it into a pint glass it rose to about an 3/4 of an inch. This head quickly recedes leaving me with a ring around my glass. The smell is of light sweet malts and a slight floral smell. Upon first taste I get that same sweet malt taste, but I also catch some citrus hops along with the slight floral taste. The mouthfeel is light and refreshing. This is a wonderful substitute for your friend's BMC, it still has the refreshing qualities and the ABV is pretty reasonable. This is what I'll be bringing along to drink with my buddies this summer.

Photo of wingman14
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours straw yellow with a foamy white head that fades fast. The smell is not very potent, but you get some subtle citrus and malt. The flavor starts subtle and sweet, with some citrus notes. The flavor is crisp and refreshing. The beer finishes with the floral notes, and the aftertaste is somewhat malty. The mouthfeel is light, and has a great balance with carbonation. This beer is a great summer beer, not too much flavor, but still hits the spot.

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

East-West pours a brilliant gold into my Stange. A fizzy white cap quickly falls to a ring of foam while leaving no lace behind. This is definitely the beer's weakest link.

Things get better when the aromas and flavors get going. As suits the style, the overall experience is light. Sweet malts meet floral hops in perfect balance. The jasmine adds an extra floral quality . The light body keeps things extra drinkable. As the beer leaves the mouth, it finishes quite clean, with just a bit of lingering flowers.

Overall, a pretty nice beer. The appearance is the weak spot.

Photo of JayS2629
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A great example of a fresh, summertime, light and crisp beer. Lots of floral qualities and a hint of citrus in the nose. I smell an aroma of a faint sweet flower I assume is jasmine. It is subtle enough that the beer remains drinkable. A subtle crisp, citrus touch with herbal and floral notes. Kind of watery, but goes with the territory of a light session beer. Nice malty background. Overall easy to drink and refreshing.

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

Pours a slightly darker straw color than I anticipated, but the head, though soft and melty, is significant in volume. Oodles of visible carbonation but I exect that in the style. Nose has sweet biscuit at the malt end and floral spice at the hop end. Neither is overpowering.

Pleasant and malty initially, with mellow sweetness and just enough balance to make it interesting. Clean, tame finish that never breaks with noble bitterness like a pilsner or pale ale. Carbonation is very manageable. Extremely easy to put away in quantity, especially outside in the summer. However, don't go looking for a whole of of complexity here.

Photo of wahhmaster
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass.

Appearance: Pours a very pale, almost white color. Has a small, fizzy head that dissipates quickly and leaves some nice rings of lacing.

Smell: Smells grainy and slightly floral (I assume from the Asain jasmine flowers it's supposedly aged in).

Taste: Has a crisp, spicy hoppiness up front. Develops into a smooth, sweet maltiness at the back with a significant floral flavor from the jasmine.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and refreshing.

Overall: A great example of the Kölsch style and an excellent summer seasonal. A nice addition to the Sam Adams stable.

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

Pours a pale golden hue in the body appears much like any other quality Kolsch style, bright white fluffy head. Fine speckled lacing surrounds the glass. Aroma has a biscuit malt breadiness with hints of citrus and herbal hops, with a notable floral aspect. Clean drinking Kolsch style beer with hints of breadiness, grassy mild citrus hops, with a kiss of flower additions going on. Mouthfeel is light bodied sturdy carbonation going strong, with a effervescent texture backend. Overall not bad, tastes pretty good, for what it is, the Rustic Saison satisfied my tastes buds much more though.

Photo of Looneybiz
4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass. A medium golden hue with a one finger head and some decent lacing.

Aroma was pleasant and was like freshly cut grass. I got the impretion this beer was very fresh from the smell.

The taste was excellent. I really enjoyed this beer from start to finish. Subtle hops with a bit of flora and citrus. Nothing overpowering but perfect for a summer style beer.

Would recommend this one and Sam Adams can stick a feather in his hat. Enjoy one of these while sitting outside taking in the sun.

Photo of FrankenBeerStein
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very strange beer to review. Poured out to a golden strawish color. Nice white foamy head with good retention and decent lacing. Dominant scent when breathing it in is bread/grain. Taking a taste, the hop spice is what definitely hits you first. Not hard, but it is what one notices. After a few more sips, the citrus notes start to kick in. The flavors definitely develop as you get further into it. There is still an aftertaste I can't quite name that throws off the finishing balance, but it doesn't stay with you as you continue. All in all, a decent summer beer.

Photo of tjsdomer2
2.9/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Good standard golden color. Lacing and foam are ok, but carbonation is good.

Smell: Smell is also ok. Pretty neutral graininess.

Taste/Mouthfeel: More graininess in the flavor and feel. It's pretty forgettable. A bad sour and bitterness at the end.

Drinkability: Basically a step up from macros.

Overall: Not worth the extra $$$.

Photo of superdedooperboy
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12-ounce brown bottle poured into a Stange. Freshness date of September 2011 is notched into the label.

Pours sparklingly clear, light straw-gold in color, with a smallish head of bright white foam that leaves behind a thick web of lacing on the walls of the glass as it empties.

A bit of mildly spicy, floral hop aroma wafts into the nose, along with hints of pale malt, lightly bready and sweet.

Light-to-medium-bodied and mildly effervescent. Sweet, bready malt (Munich-type?) up front, providing a solid base all the way through to the finish. Upon the malt base are layers of flowery, herbal, and spicy notes that mingle with a hint of acacia honey character. Finishes long and semi-sweet, with a touch of biscuit and a mildly dry bitterness.

An absolutely spectacular quaffer, with just enough complexity to keep it interesting. Perhaps not exactly to style (though the addition of Jasimine Sambac flowers prevents that from the get-go), but certainly well-executed and a perfect beer for summertime drinking. Boston Beer Co. may want to consider bringing this out as a replacement for the venerable Summer Ale.

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

Enjoy before September

A - A nice golden yellow body, small white head lingers as a film and ring.

S - Not really sure what to say about this...Fruity aromas, recalling grapes, a bit of a citrus tang. Kind of hard to describe

T - Light and malty and crisp. Bit of spice on the back with some fruit complexities mixed in. A charming summer beer.

M - A bit on the coating side, but somewhat lively with carbonation. Its a surprisingly heavy feeling beer.

O (D) - It's a tasty beer, I'd drink it and the rest of this twelver for the summer, probably.

Photo of vfgccp
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A – Clear, light gold. Low white head and ok lace.

S – Very light. Soft cilantro, coriander and white bread.

T – Light. Coriander and white bread from the nose. Relatively crisp, but not exceptionally so. Soft sweetness.

M – Light body without being watery. Medium / light carbonation for the style.

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

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass from a mixed summer pack. Pours a clear golden straw with a thin cap of foam. Retention and apparent carbonation are quite light, reducing quickly to a surface ring.

Light grain aroma with a bit of noble hop characteristic. Bit fruity and floral and with a touch of sweetness. Flavor is crisp and and light, offering a firmer carbonation than the pour might suggest. Touch of fruit on the finish, followed by a lingering grain spice.

A quaffable brew with enough character to keep one interested and a good interpretation of the style.

Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a yellow-gold color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the wheat and grain with not too much else going on. The flavor is more exciting. I get some grain and grass notes, as well as some bready malt and a little bit of grape characteristics. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Decent, but not as good as I was expecting it to be.

Photo of jeffjeff1
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I got this in the Summer Styles Variety pack.

Appearance- yellow gold color, very nice head

Smell- malt, fruit

Taste- bready malt mostly

Mouthfeel- light bodied, refreshing, great for summer

Drinkability- I thought it was pretty good. Great summer beer

Photo of BrewCrew2010
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Zorro
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear golden colored beer with a good white colored head.

Smells malty with a slight smoky scent. Grassy hop with a fir amount of farm hay smell. Fair amount of yeast scent, nice bread smell.

Starts out slightly sweet with a good hit of hop bitterness at the end. Grass and yeast are the strongest flavors in this. Pretty much this is Nobel Pils with about twice the hop level.

Mouthfeel is good.

A nice refreshing beer with no real strengths or weakness. Wish the would drop the mediocre Summer Ale and make this the summer beer.

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

Samual Adams East-West Kolsch

Pours a clear straw in color, good foam and alittle lace stickage. Smells of biscuity malts, some fresh baked bread and doughy notes. In the flavor, crisp, clean, bready malts once again dominate. Alittle herbal hop presence but mainly light, malty and refreshing. A very solid kolsch and tastes like many imports only fresher.

Photo of garymuchow
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Should be pretty fresh.
Brilliantly clear yellow gold with full white head. Very nice.
Rather clean malt aroma with the jasmine contributing a complex set of aromas including a little sweetness, fruit, flower spice and tartness.
Flavor has some complexity in its old incredibly mild way. A base of malt again with the interaction of the jasmine (which is softer than in the aroma). Malt flavor isn't as clean as I'd expect for style. Dryness rather apparent. Nice little jasmine flavor (a little sweet and flowery).
Nicely carbonated and smoothness in moderately light body.
I can't say it disappointing, cuz' it's fine, but it's typical of several SA beers of being underwhelming.

Photo of flagmantho
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: crystal-clear golden hue with a thin layer of white foam. Looks quite nice but there's basically nothing in the way of head, despite an encouraging pour. Still, not bad.

Smell: sweet malt aroma with some dry, grainy undertones. The label says there is jasmine in this and I get just a hint of that. Light, but quite style-appropriate; I like the overall effect.

Taste: sweet, thorough malt flavor with a lot more of the jasmine than in the aroma. Quite floral with a balanced bitterness. The jasmine may not be to style, but I find myself rather liking this concoction.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a pretty good level of carbonation. The creaminess is pretty good but the body seems to fall apart a little.

Overall: a nicely drinkable, very decent beer. I like the combination of jasmine and Kölsch; it makes for a greatly refreshing brew.

Photo of clemtig76
4.22/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This jewel was in the summer styles 12 pack. Regretfully there are only two. All I can say is WOW! The pour into my pilsner glass reveals a well-carbonated pale yellow brew with a billowing fluffy white head. The aromas is grainy and malty with a hint of grassiness. Taste is true to style,light and refreshing,a little grainy with a smooth hop finish. Jim, please make these available in 12 packs!

Photo of Bitterbill
4.38/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best by Sept notched on the label.

It pours a clear and I'd say, a light golden colour, usual Sam Adams excellent head of foam and lacing. They may be America's most consistent when it comes to foam and lacing and I appreciate it.

The nose starts off with a note or 2 of citrus hops followed by a light malt presence that I'd say is of bread or perhaps biscuit. I always have trouble differentiating between the 2. ;^) Anywho, a light but pleasant aroma.

A nice taste follows. I like the the citric and floral hop that the label mentions..easy, smooth, yet still flavourful. The malt is slightly sweet, slightly bready and does a nice job of interacting with the hops and continues the easy, smooth taste of this Kolsch. Me likes!

Medium bodied, carbonation on the light side of medium, I'm thinking this has a great mouth feel. And man, this is so easy a brew to drink. Colour me impressed. I have 3 more bottles that I can enjoy!

Photo of BarrelO
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Best before September.

A: Clear golden body. Head is somewhat anemic and leaves a bit of lacing.

S: Malt with some floral spiciness.

T: Hoo-boy. The spices hit you right up front. Very floral and perfumey. Eventually recedes in favor of crisp malt and clean bitterness.

M: Light, crisp, and refreshing.

D: I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this. I'm not a huge fan of the kölsch style nor of the Boston Beer Company's more gimmicky offerings. But this was something that was definitely more than the sum of its parts. They should make this available outside the summer variety pack.

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