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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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823 Ratings

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Ratings: 823
Reviews: 309
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.56%
Wants: 21
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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(Beer added by: Jason on 03-10-2011)
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Photo of JosiahS
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

JosiahS, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of Hoptometrist
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%

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.

Hoptometrist, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of projectflam86
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%

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.

projectflam86, Apr 28, 2011
Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +9.9%

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.

ngeunit1, Apr 28, 2011
Photo of morehoppps
4.22/5  rDev +15.9%

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.

morehoppps, Apr 28, 2011
Photo of aubuc1
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%

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.

aubuc1, Apr 27, 2011
Photo of jzeilinger
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%

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.

jzeilinger, Apr 26, 2011
Photo of Jwale73
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%

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.

Jwale73, Apr 24, 2011
Photo of mdr4669
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

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.

mdr4669, Apr 24, 2011
Photo of pzrhsau
4.08/5  rDev +12.1%

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.

pzrhsau, Apr 24, 2011
Photo of Mardukk
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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.

Mardukk, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.38/5  rDev +20.3%

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.

BamaBeerBuff, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of BeerBoss
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%

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!

BeerBoss, Apr 22, 2011
Photo of PicoPapa
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%

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.

PicoPapa, Apr 22, 2011
Photo of AustinBeerLvr
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a Samuel Adams pint glass.

Looks just like a kolsch should, with a decent amount of head that sticks around, and minimal lacing.

The first thing that hits you with this brew both on the palate and on the nose is the fairly assertive floral notes. They are by no means overpowering, and actually intermingle well with some sweet, bread malt flavors and herbal notes from the hops. Per the style, it almost tastes like a good pale lager, with just a touch of pear like fruit ester from the ale yeast. Finish is semi-crisp, with a slight bite from the hops and lemon and herbal notes floating around.

Overall, this is a pretty damn good kolsch. The BBC did a good job at replicating the style, and best of all, it's great to taste one fresh rather than getting burned by a stale import, as Kolsch is relatively low ABV beer with low bitterness, so it does not travel well. A great, easy drinking, summer time brew. Wish it were available in six-packs. Oh, and most importantly, cheers to my 200th BA review!

AustinBeerLvr, Apr 22, 2011
Photo of yemenmocha
4.38/5  rDev +20.3%

Delicious Kolsch! Pours a very pale golden color with generously sized creamy white head. Nose is literally like some Jasmine white tea I've had in the past, oh so delicate yet clearly there. Floral elements are noted quickly on the palate, but then a hearty herbal character takes center stage and carries through to the finish. Medium bodied and delightfully drinkable. More floral notes in the aftertaste too. Really, really like this Kolsch.

yemenmocha, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of BEERMILER12
3.93/5  rDev +8%

Part of the new Summer mixed pack

A: Pours a clear straw yellow with a fingers worth of head that fades quickly

S: Floral and malty, with slight notes of citrus hops

T: Mostly get a semi-spicy floral flavor with some nice hoppy lemon citrus notes and some bready/buttery malts

M: Light bodied with moderate-high carbonation

D/O: Easily drinkable and a great summer beer. I'm enjoying these new additions to the Sam packs. Definitely beats the Blackberry Wheat or Pale Ale that it replaced from last years mixer in terms of a "Summer style"

BEERMILER12, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of Brad007
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

I'm delighted to see another kolsch on the market as there just aren't enough!

Pours a golden yellow color with a thick, frothy head into my glass. Great way to start off things!

A mix of slightly grassy hops and sweet/lightly buttered malt greet the nose. Similar to a good czech pilsener, though completely different styles.

Wow, where to start? Sweet, grainy, lightly buttered malt mingles with just the right amount of hop. Very tasty. Crisp. I can't get enough of it.

Mouthfeel has plenty of lingering, sweet malt to please the taste buds over and over.

The other ratings don't do this beer justice. It's a style that I feel is highly accessible and worth trying.

Brad007, Apr 14, 2011
Photo of Kbogac
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%

Poured clear amber into a pint glass. Quick white 1/4 inch foam doesn't last. The scent is very subtle. I get flowers maybe a little malt but not much. Clean crisp light taste. It's hard to pin down anything specific. Easy to drink but not really memorable.

Kbogac, Apr 10, 2011
Photo of puboflyons
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%

From a 12 fl. oz. bottle with September 2011 snipped off the label. Sampled on April 8, 2011. Wow, I cannot believe that I am only the fourth person reviewing a new Sam Adams brew. The pour into my Kolsch glass is a well-carbonated pale yellow with a a thin white head. The aromas are grainy and malty. The body is pretty nice in the medium range. The taste has a decent enough grainy character with a slightly assertive dry hoppy ending. It seems to emulate the style well enough.

puboflyons, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.93/5  rDev +8%

12oz bottle purchased as part of this year's summer mixed 12-pack. Pours a crystal-clear pale yellow body with nearly an inch of white head. Hints of fruit and nut waft from the beer. Flavor is fruity, spicy, and floral. Balanced and tasty but not in-your-face, just as the style calls for. An awesome addition to Samuel Adams' summer offerings.

MrHurmateeowish, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of jimlin
2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

Been staying away from Sam Adams given the amount of better craft brews available in the Eastern MA area these days, but saw the new mix pack (Lager, Summer, Saison, Kolsch, Lattitude IPA) and thought I'd try it.

Never had a Kolsch, so it's possible this is a very good example of the style. I can only discuss my impressions as a beer... not specifically as a kolsch.

There's really nothing there. It could have be a miller or bud product. Golden, not as crisp and refreshing as I would like in an extra pale style. Poured nice, with decent head and lacing. No real hop presence (which again may be true to style).

The label mentions Alsation hops "imparts subtle citrus note. Jasmine Sambac, a night blooming Southeast Asian flower, adds a delicate floral aroma and flavor to this layered and refreshing brew." The hops are subtle for sure, and the floral aroma may be the one subtle flavor I find lingering (which I don't really care for).

jimlin, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of Jason
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date on the label.

Ample amount of suds, lacing on the glass and a perfectly clear ale golden color. Spicy oily hop meets a delicate but pronounced floral aroma, some fresh cracker like maltiness as well. Crispness is there and the body is a bit bigger than I expected though I really should have expected it ... its a Sam Adams trait. Heavy spoonful of malt followed by a spicy herbal hop and then a more unique spicy jasmine floral tone which balances the malt and provides some depth. Spicy and dry malty finish.

The ale has "Extreme Session Beer" written all over it ... thanks Sam Adams for continuing to define what an extreme beer can be and that it can be subtle. Being this beer is aimed for summer time consumption I highly recommend it.

Jason, Mar 10, 2011
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Samuel Adams East-West Kölsch from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
82 out of 100 based on 823 ratings.