Queen Anne Kölsch - Fordham Brewing Company
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3.88/5 rDev +12.8%
Queen Anne Kolsch pours a crystal-clear, deep-golden body with an orange cast. The pillowy bright white head settles easily into an average collar, and the lacing is limited.
The aroma expresses sweetish grainy malt with just a hint of fruitiness (apples, white grape).
In the mouth it's medium bodied and gently crisp with a moderate, fine-bubbled carbonation that gently caresses the tongue.
The flavor delivers what the aroma promises, and it's got a good amount of straightforward, golden malt character to it. The subtle fruitiness remains, and hints of floral, spicy, and grassy hops flitter to and fro. It'd balanced by a firm, underlying bitterness that's just enough to keep the doughy-sweetness of the malt in check, and usher in a drying finish.
While lacking the superb balance of the best known kolsch from Koln, this is an enjoyable beer that fits the style. It's easy drinking, but with some character behind it. Worth trying.
06-30-2009 11:17:32 | More by NeroFiddled
3.48/5 rDev +1.2%
I picked this up at Outlet Wines and Spirits, part of a mixed six. I poured this chilled into a stange from the 12oz. brown bottle.
A - A clear dark golden like apple juice w/ 1/2 inch of pale cap. There is visible carbonation and the head drops quickly w/out any real lace collecting
S - Mostly grain in the nose w/ sweet aroma and mild nutty accent
M - Crisp mildly sweet w/ moderately full carbonation and grainy texture w/ medium body and hints of spice inn the feel
T - The taste is less than impressive since it is sweeter than most Kölsch's w/ more creamy flavor and then dissipates w/ the grain taste receding. The flavor has yeasty nutty quality that hangs on after the swallow, but very hard to nail down any particular flavor, more spice in the finish which is perceived from the carbonation
D - A bit better than most summer ales, and more refreshing w/ mild flavor and session strength. This would make a decent picnic ale for cleansing the palate w/ a grilled brat.
06-27-2009 18:08:58 | More by Slatetank
3.15/5 rDev -8.4%
Poured from the bottle into a stange glass. Dating/Best before unknown...
Foamy white head upon a nice buttery dark gold clear body, almost orange. Slow rising tiny carbonation from the bottom. Very impressed with staying power of this head. Some very good sticky clumpyness for lacing on the glass. Alright I say, lets see what we got.
Smell at first is slightly odd but gives way to pleasant muted bread and grain. Perhaps a little sweet and hints of light soda pop without the large citrus spritzy feeling. Small very small lime zest, overall though fairly good.
Taste is for a better word, lacking. Wet bodied and gives palate hint of gaseous carbonation. Minimal baked white bread finsih, disappears quickly upon taste. Thin and very empty, borderline malt/grain/bread on the swallow but barely, you have to just look/feel for it if I could use that expression, it is not obvious.
Overall this is an easy drinking very light example of the style but really missing a lot. This is very much an easy drinking light Kolsch but lacking the huge malt and bread punch I enjoy so much for this style. Training wheels Kolsch I would say.
06-08-2011 00:51:32 | More by smakawhat
3.28/5 rDev -4.7%
From a 12 oz. brown bottle. Pours a rich golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Aroma is very mild, some hints of grain. Taste is also very mild but refreshing. Some malts and grains. Feels good in the mouth and goes down very smooth. Overall a decent pick.
08-03-2009 23:28:51 | More by tone77
3.13/5 rDev -9%
A - Pale golden yellow color... Lots of moderate paced dancing carbonation throughout... A fingers worth of tightly packed white head quickly fades to leave a thin veil of lacing...
S - Very faint and subdued aroma all the way around... Traces amounts of grain... Trace amounts of white grapes... Perhaps a hint of some toasted malt...
T - Similar to the nose with toasted malts, white grapes, and faint graininess dominating... In addition there is an undercurrent of sweet citrus...
M - Crisp and refreshing... Loads of carbonation on the front end... Slightly sticky texture... Goes down very easy...
D - A solid offering that has many redeeming qualities when looked at a refreshing session beer on a warm summer evening... With that being said, it is an average at best attempt at the Kolsch style...
06-22-2009 00:48:21 | More by philbe311
3.38/5 rDev -1.7%
12oz bottle into pint glass
Clear apple juice hue with a thin white head that quickly settles to a thin rim.
Very very light aromas, with a little bit of a sweet viney aroma, and maybe a touch of bready grain.
The flavor is actually more like a Kolsch than the aroma. A little bit of the vinous flavor, which has grape notes within itself. The grains are very light again, adding a bit of a sweetness. Medium bodied, slightly lower carbonation.
I was worried about this one until I took a sip. Maybe not an authentic Kolsch, but certainly refreshing.
05-09-2009 01:06:17 | More by BeerSox
3.5/5 rDev +1.7%
A - Served with a very light, golden yellow body with lots of clarity...carbonation bubbles are visible and produce a pure white, bubbly head...retention is okay...a small bead...light lacing
S - The aroma is mainly grainy and malt with a touch of fruity sweetness
T - Flavors follow suite...a grainy presence up front that lasts throughout the middle of the beer...the fruity sweetness starts to pick up in the middle...it's almost a bright, white grape flavor...the finish actually provides a brief citrus finish which I was not expecting
M - Light bodied...crisp...carbonation level is okay...the citrus finish was pleasant and unexpected
O - This was a nice offering from Fordham...I'd say it was probably my third favorite of theirs on my trip to Annapolis...definitely a summer drinking beer
03-28-2011 14:32:50 | More by thain709
2.58/5 rDev -25%
Strange and not entirely pleasant. Certainly not a particularly good Kolch, which should be delicate and flavorful.
Pours clear with a big fluffy white head. The aroma has that grainy and delicate aroma that a Kolsch should have, but it has a deeper funk to it that is unexpected and off-putting. In fact, the first whiff had a pungent sewer-like whiff, as you'd have when opening certain inexpensive bottles of wines that have sat on the shelf too long. But the odor evaporated quickly. The flavor too has a slight earthy funk to it that is wholly inappropriate. This does not taste like a spoiled bottle - it smells like an integral fault. The beer has an overripe floral bitterness son the end, like roses that have sat in the vase too long.
03-21-2009 20:10:49 | More by Seanibus
3.25/5 rDev -5.5%
Pours with a think head that quickly dissolves, no lacing. Very cloudy, can't see through the glass.
Faint kolsch smell; hints of grains, slight hint of raisons.
Clean on the palate, taste of grains, slight taste of malt.
Good balance of carbination, but the back end quickly dissolves, feels like water. Not much of an aftertaste at all.
As with most kolsch's, very easy to drink. No profound tastes of flavors from this one so it would be pretty east to drink a couple.
11-04-2010 00:53:47 | More by Treyliff
3.43/5 rDev -0.3%
Let me begin by saying I really love this style of beer.
A- Golden in color with no head whatsoever.
S- A great Koelsch smell. It smells like goinger ale with a bit of sour thrown in.
T- Starts like a good koelsch but doesn't finish well. It has a watery finish.
MD- Very light on the feel, although not much carbonation. It drinks very easy, but I wouldn't try again unless I get a fresher bottle. This one only had two day left before the drink by date. Thanks to B Miller for the sample.
09-09-2010 01:03:48 | More by confer
3.73/5 rDev +8.4%
Poured into a crystal mug the beer is really a straw colored gold, like stated on the bottle. The head builds nicely and dissipates fast with almost no lacing ;eft.
The smell is grain, fruit like apple and white raisin, maybe a little citrus.
Tasting the beer those flavors reappear in a little stronger version, but still very subtle.. Up front a refreshing mix of the above mentioned fruit, turning citrus and to grain in the middle, being finished by some hops. The finish is a little weak and plain.
Carbonation is good and the beer is very refreshing, good mouthfeel.
I think this is a good American representative of the "Koelsch".
03-17-2011 03:19:02 | More by Hopfenpeter
3.65/5 rDev +6.1%
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pilsner glass.
Appearance: Pours a translucent yellow color, reminiscent of most macro lagers. The thin and fizzy head dissipates quickly leaving no lacing.
Smell: Smells malty with a hint of grapes. Has a bit of a wine-y smell to it.
Taste: Surprisingly complex taste. Is a nice mix of hoppy bitterness and grapey maltiness. Nice...
Mouthfeel: A little bit over-carbonated, but not overwhelmingly so.
Drinkability: I haven't had many Kölschs, but this is a pretty good beer. The balance between hop bitterness and malty sweetness is interesting. I would give this one a try if you can find it.
10-15-2009 18:34:36 | More by wahhmaster
3.35/5 rDev -2.6%
A: Golden straw color with 1/4 " head wihich quickly disappears sadly.
S: Smells of malts and nutty
T: Taste of fruity winelike malts and hops.
M: Medium body with a nice not overly carbonation.
D: This goes very well with some nice swiss cheese, very drinkable.
08-09-2010 02:13:50 | More by nukem5
3.95/5 rDev +14.8%
This bottle was labeled Fordham "Queen Anne Kölsch." Nice brassy clear yellow (even a light amber) in the glass, with a decent head of foam that fell quickly. Not entirely bad scent of biscuity malt in the nose, and the taste was similar, with a slick malty flavor that was balanced fairly well with a somewhat fruity hops. A bit of bitterness rounds out the flavor, with no unpleasant aftertastes and a rather fresh taste. All in all, a fairly benign, yet very drinkable offering. Not quite a Kolsch (a bit darker than I would have expected) but surprisingly refreshing and enjoyable. Would make a great backyard party beer--especially for those just entering the craft beer realm. I enjoyed it.
04-10-2009 02:01:58 | More by tugdriver7
4/5 rDev +16.3%
Had this on tap at the Savage location, it's their latest seasonal. Comes out in a pint glass, a clear straw color with a finger of bright white head, good retention, a cap sticks around through most of the beer, leaving behind delicate lacing. Nose is a slight malt, with a spicy hop note. Taste is a very nice rounded malt, smooth and clean, with a slight minerally taste and a sharp bitter hop finish. Medium bodied with a smooth creamy mouthfeel, this is really an easy drinker. This is better than most of their regular beers--definitely worth giving a try.
11-05-2005 21:29:22 | More by cubedbee
3.35/5 rDev -2.6%
pours a healthy foamy head that settles fairly fast and leaves splotch 'lacing'
deep sniff reveals fresh malt and some sweet cereals. something there i can't quite catch. still, a bit faint. raisans?
now there's some flavor, but rather dry in the finish. quick grainy sweetness and a blast of freshness. nothing complex, but refreshing and probably best with some food. pan-asian or some penn dutch fare! drinkable but not really remarkable. as remarked before, the carbonation/crispness could be toned down. but at least it isn't flat.
03-24-2010 21:17:00 | More by mempath
3/5 rDev -12.8%
This beer pours a clear, yellow-gold color with no lacing. The aroma is citrusy with grassy hops and a hint of banana. It's flavor is mainly lemon with a good balance of hop bitterness and malt sweetness. It has a light mouthfeel and is very refreshing providing for a high degree of drinkability. Fordham Queen Anne Kolsch is a good beer and may pair well with chicken. Recommended.
04-04-2011 23:39:23 | More by B967ierhunter177
Queen Anne Kölsch from Fordham Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.