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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: 834
Reviews: 309
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.6%
Wants: 26
Gots: 27 | 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 Bitterbill
4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
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 +12.9%
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.

Photo of greenmonstah
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into pint glass

A - Clear yellow with half a finger of white head.

S - Fresh grain, crisp and clean, really nice. A perfect clean aroma with some floral and citrus notes.

T - Again very crisp and clean. Sweet floral flavors. Some sweet citrusy hop. A deliciously biscuity finish.

M - Light and easy to drink. Good carbonation. A bit oily in the finish.

O - Overall I can't really imagine a much better Kolsch. This beer is wonderful for a hot day and can go well with any food. Intensely easy to drink, with some complexity, but overall it is best described as refreshing and delicious.

Photo of sixerofelixir
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle notched with typical SA enjoy-by date. Part of the Summer Styles variety 12-pack.

Pours an almost crystal clear, light, yellow-gold. A white, foamy head rears back, but stays a quarter-inch and patches the glass. Smell is fresh, biscuity, lemony, and straw-like. Sugary.. many smells, very complex. Right away, I get the smoothness of honey. Then the typical, sour back-end of the kolsch. A sweetness tries to break thru, but doesn't quite achieve it. A bit of spice on the finish. Feel is sorta like a cut wine. Yes, there is a floralness about this brew as well. An odd choice of ingredients makes for a unique pour. Nice.

Photo of bagpiper2005
3.27/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour: Clear, fizzy yellow-gold color with one finger of white head that had no retention or lacing. Much like an adjunct beer, really.

Smell: Sweet pale malt aroma, slightly grainy. Slight floral hop aroma.

Taste: Lightly sweet front end with a light-to-medium hop bitterness. Pretty one-dimensional taste. Nothing offensive, but uninteresting.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium, crisp, and clean. Very fizzy.

Drinkability/Overall: It's an easy drinking beer. Light and refreshing, but nothing stellar.

Final Notes: This beer just really isn't my style. It's definitely not a bad beer, but it lacks some character and depth.

Photo of tigg924
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: moderate carbonation, 1/2 inch head, gold in color, clear

Smell: caramel and slight florals

Taste: toasted malt, grain, with a floral hop end

Mouthfeel: moderately sweet with a slightly hoppy finish, low carbonation, light body

Overall: This to me is an average beer and of Sam Adams special offerings this is with the Coastal Wheat as the least impressive of the bunch. Not a bad beer, but not enough to jump out. Has the characteristics of Sam Adams beers. Crisp, but this is a miss for for me.

Photo of scoobybrew
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - super clear straw color with a decent white head with good retention

S - floral aroma with some grainy malt sweetness, no hop perceived

T - clean malt with floral flavors from start to finish, moderately light hop bitterness on finish

M - slightly crisp medium-light body with moderately high carbonation

O - This beer was reviewed as a herb/spice beer, as it is obvious from the description on the bottle. The floral presence is out front in this beer and lends itself well to the kölsch style. The floral taste really lends itself to a 'false' noble hop flavor, which make it work well enough.

Photo of thatguy3579
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale straw color, little head / little lacing.

S: Sweet smelling, vanilla.

T: Very sweet up front, fates to a mild hop bitterness - mostly citrus. Biscuit finish. Nicely layered and tasty all around.

M: Thin and bubbly.

D: A nice refreshing beer, but sweeter than anticipated.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a Stange/Gaffel Kölsch glass.

L - clear yellow color with a white head that thins out but still leaves plenty of lacing behind.

S - floral, Euro-hops with a sweet malt background aroma.

T - nice balance of sweet malt and bittering hops make for a tasty beer.

F - medium bodied with crisp carbonation.

O - easy to drink, tasty and very refreshing.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a very clear gold color with a plump dollop of white head. Retention is decent and lacing very sticky.

Sweet grainy malts and the jasmine is plenty evident. I get a little bit of the pickling spice yeast aroma that I get with most good kolsches, but this one is notably fainter.

Grainy and bready with a light sweetness. Not too shabby, I am glad the jasmine does not impart much of a flavor. The yeast is not as prominent as I would like, but there is still an influence at least. Good, easy drinking with a little bit of character and a crisp finish. A pretty good effort from the BBC, I would buy a sixer of this in standalone format.

Photo of PintOHops
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Glass - Pilsner

A - Appearance reminds me of a Bud. It's golden with lots and lots of C02 bubbles rapidly rising to the top of the beer. It produced a 2-3 finger soapy white head that held decently. No lacing was left on my glass.

S - Grainy with hints of apple skin and grape. I also get subtle floral notes, sweetness and a touch of biscuit. Opens up a bit more as it warms.

T - A very well balanced flavor profile that's very refreshing. I pick up bready/grainy flavors upfront and throughout the beer. It finishes with a soft floral flavor and apple skin with just the right amount of tartness that's not overdone. Bitterness is almost absent, and I also picked up a bit of dryness.

M - Medium-high carbonation but not to much bite, a bit of a smooth feel and a medium body.

O - Overall I think this beer is very refreshing and drinkable but doesn't offer much more than that for me. In fact I think I would rather have a Pale Ale or a Pilsner. Maybe I'm just not a fan of this style, I'll have to try more in the future. I think it's worth a try though, especially because it currently comes in a mix pack of other refreshing brews for the summer. Cheers!

Photo of JosiahS
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

glass: tall pilsner glass

Pours super carbonated with the head rushing to overflow. Golden pale color, clear and very inviting. The aroma bursts of bright apple, sugar and straw-like malt.

Hop bitterness plays a big role in the taste, follows by light toasted malt flavors, a little tang (not much though) and ends with a hint of alcohol, hop bitterness and that oh so delicious malt.

Fairly carbonated but still drinks very smooth. Light and refreshing. Good not great.

Photo of Hoptometrist
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from the bottle into a pilsner glass.

A- Pours a clear pale golden yellow with a two-finger somewhat rocky head that left some droppy lacing that did not stick well.

S- Very floral, malted barley notes, and an indistinct fruit aroma

T- Barley, some decent hop presence, indistinct fruit flavor, mild floral taste, some spice, and almost a white wine kind of flavor.

M- Crisp, refreshing, finishes dry, and the carbonation tickles the tongue a little

O- A refreshing beer that does have a nice balance of flavors that would be good on a summer day. Everything meshes well together. The word I would use to best describe this beer is crisp.

Photo of projectflam86
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a crystal clear golden color. Thick foam head that leaves nice lacing.

S- Slightly sweet with a light bready aroma.

T- A light fruity sweetness with a touch of honey and noble hops in the finish.

M- Light bodied with a soft mouthfeel. Nice carboation with a bit of dryness.

O- Overall a very solid example of the style.

Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear golden-orange color with thin layer of white head atop. The head fades quickly leaving behind a touch of lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of roasted spicy caramel malts and deeper bready malts. There is also a bit of a grassy/floral scent in the mix.

T - Starts off with some sweet caramel malt flavor and some background sweetness that is a touch frity/cirtusy. A touch of floral flavors also present. Through the middle, some spices and a bit of hops come out. Also the floral flavors get a bit stronger. The finish is a mix of caramel sweetness and even a bit of biscuit, and just a touch of grass that lingers.

M - Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. The finish is really dry and refreshing. Maybe culd have used a bit more flavor but it does not feel empty or watery.

D - Very drinkable. The flavors are nice and complex enough and stay really balanced throughout. Really enjoyable balance. Just wish it had a tad more body.

Photo of morehoppps
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle, into pilsner glass. Got the Summer Sampler Pack.

A: Pours a bright golden color, with a nice head. Plenty of carbonation.

S: Floral fragrance. Lemony. Earthtones, as well.

T: Crisp, Refreshing. A bit of a floral taste, but not as much as I was expecting based on the smell. Some Lemon as well. Very easy going.

M: Crisp. Light-Bodied, great for summer. Do they sell this in sixers? I hope so.

O: Very good beer, first Kolsch I've had, but I'm guessing it holds true to the style. Makes me want to try more Kolsch style brews.

Photo of aubuc1
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from the summer mix pack dated best before 9-11.

Pours a clear yellow with a nice thick white head.

Smell is a slightly floral, mellow, bready balance.

Taste is flavorful, yet balanced and simple.

Mouthfeel is pretty creamy.

Overall this is a very good summer beer. This mix pack is surprisingly good.

Photo of jzeilinger
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a light golden yellow color with a nice one fingered fluffy white head and light carbonation.

S - Spicy, lemony, biscuit/cracker-like floral aroma. The spicey lemons are up front and smell herbally, earthy, and grassy.

T - Taste has a nice malt cracker presence up front followed by the qualities detected in the nose: herbally, grassy lemon, floral character. The hop character is a little heavier than what I expected, though still on the light side of what I prefer.

M - Body is a heavier side of light and finishes crisp with a small trace of a mildly bitter cracker spice.

O - The beer does fit the style well, though not anything I would run out and buy unless I was having a big cook out and want to serve an unpretentious, well brewed quaffer. This is one style we don't see enough of so hats off to Sam Adams for bringing back a beer that many brewers often overlook.

Photo of Jwale73
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle served in a Stange. Enjoy before September notched on the label. Pours a translucent golden-yellow with a rocky, bright white 1.5 inch head that eventually settles into a thin band around the edges. Some residual spots of lacing present during the session. Copious tiny bubbles are evident effervescing in solution. Very clean nose - the merest suggestion of citrus (lemon) and a light bready quality. Taste follows nose - bready quality is much sweeter and comes to the forefront, with the citrus character lightly interweaving itself throughout the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is light-bodied with a pleasant, even carbonation. A very flavorful and easy drinking domestic kolsch - would love to see this added to the regular Summer line-up.

Photo of mdr4669
1/5  rDev -72.5%

App: Light yellow color with about a 1/2 finger of head and nice consistent lacing when I move the glass.

Smell: hoppy and floral reminds me slightly of fresh cut grass.

Taste: Follows the smell with hoppy, floral notes with a subtle notion for freshly trimmed grass clippings.

MF: Crisp and light but was expecting a bit more of a kick to the face.

OA: Very good beer, definitely the best offer in the 2011 Summer Sampler.

Photo of pzrhsau
4.06/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear gold color with champagne-esqe bubbles with a decent sized head that does not stick to the glass.
S: Light malty aroma with some slight flowery bitterness.
T: Nice crisp flavor. Sweet and slightly citrusy with some real flowery undertones that come out the longer you drink it.
D/O: Nice crisp refreshing beer perfect for summer. It really has some good balance and fits the style very well.

Photo of Mardukk
3.51/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with white lacing and head that lingers. It has a slightly citrus hop/floral aroma...very mild smell.

This is a unique twist on the style, although I'm not sure that it's a complete home run. The floral addition gives a somewhat mild tasting beer something interesting and provides depth. The taste is quite dry and not very malty, the hops and floral notes dominate with a splash of lemon.

Thin to medium body with the dry finish would make this a nice summer easy drinker.

Overall, this is not my favorite style, however, SA seems to have done a good job of spicing it up. Almost too light for my tastes though.

Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Straw yellow color with perfect clarity. Bubbles stream towards the top continuously, feeding a rather sudsy head (very large bubbles). The head falls quickly, leaving some splotches of lace on the glass. A few patches of suds remains atop the beer.

S: Light cracker-like malt aroma with a very pleasant floral, spicy, and lemony hop fragrances. Some light fruity esters escape when I pour more beer into the glass.

T&M: Brilliant flavor! Incredible balance and nuance with a pleasant finish. Light cracker malt and a hint of wheat give way to a touch of lemony bitterness midway and a decent wave of floral flavor. Grainy sweetness returns on the finish. Light body with a light carbonation level. Perhaps a bit more carbonation could add to the zip, but that's a minor complaint.

D: Session beer from heaven. Brilliant balance and nuanced flavor with a moderate alcohol level and light body. Between this and the Noble Pils, Sam Adams is cornering the market and fantastic light session beers.

Photo of BeerBoss
3.61/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: An attractive golden color with a slight frothy ring.

S: Very mild, average for style.

T: Sharp carbonation with a delayed finish. Very clean.

M: Smooth on the tounge. Carbonation gives it a slight bite.

O: Not a big fan for the Kolsh styles due their lack of complexity but this one is very drinkable. Thumbs up!

Photo of PicoPapa
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with a Best Before Date notched at Sep. Pours a clear golden color with a little bit of head. Aroma is floral and grassy. Some bread and grains as well. Flavor is much like the aroma. Floral and grainy. Slightly bitter with an earthy aftertaste. This is a pretty good pick for warm weather drinking. Crisp and smooth. Refreshing brew. Overall, I like it but probably wouldn't buy it on its own. I do like it in the summer mix pack,though.

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Samuel Adams East-West Kölsch from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
82 out of 100 based on 834 ratings.