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Mühlen Kölsch - Brauerei zur Malzmühle

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Mühlen KölschMühlen Kölsch

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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.88%
Wants: 37
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Brauerei zur Malzmühle visit their website

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Der ganze Stolz der Malzmühle ist natürlich das unverwechselbare Mühlen Kölsch. Es gehört zu den ältesten und beliebtesten Kölschsorten der Domstadt.

Mühlen Kölsch wird seit 1858 im Stammhaus der Brauerei zur Malzmühle am Heumarkt auf traditionelle Art und Weise in Handarbeit gebraut und abgefüllt. Zum Einsatz kommen ausschließlich natürliche Rohstoffe bester Qualität – Gersten- und in einem geringeren Anteil Weizenmalz, hochwertiger Aromahopfen, Brunnenwasser und Hefe.

Die Kombination der Zutaten und die Herstellung nach altem Familienrezept verleiht unserem Mühlen Kölsch seinen typischen und charakteristischen kräftigen, malzigen und vollen Geschmack.

(Beer added by: allboutbierge on 11-05-2003)
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4/5  rDev -5%

03-23-2014 19:22:18 | More by davemathews68
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

12-10-2012 19:31:44 | More by innominat
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +1%

11-06-2013 02:36:41 | More by chickenm
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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

03-28-2013 19:37:48 | More by Ciocanelu
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4.88/5  rDev +15.9%

Ahhh, the secret Koelsch. How many of us have seen the brewery, right as we get off the S-bahn, but how many of us have really considered this beer? I mean, with Frueh and Reissdorf so prevalent, tasting another Koelsch just seems silly, now doesn't it?
Do it! This beer has the grainy mouthfeel of 'fluessiges Brot' that I associate with the highest quality of german beers. This beer is also slightly more complex than it's more famous cousins in terms of overall flavour.
Once again, don't expect anything too spectacular. I love Koelsch-style beers, but I also know that they don't have any of the pazzazz that many BA's are looking for. A good beer for good friends, not a good beer for contemplating the wonder of beer and expanding the palate.

11-04-2005 19:02:20 | More by shbobdb
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

11-26-2011 14:45:25 | More by mdillon86
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +1%

08-08-2013 23:19:56 | More by MarkJBurch
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4/5  rDev -5%

07-30-2013 23:02:13 | More by Liquoric3
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4.4/5  rDev +4.5%

This is my favourite Kolsch, which was thoroughly enjoyed from the barrel at the brewery in Cologne.

Served perfectly, nice head, nice glass. Most balanced combination of spice & fruitiness I have encountered for the style, with a fresh malty backbone. This is really drinkable and a rare treat I've not been able to source since.

This is one of those beers for me that has a real mystique about it.

01-16-2008 13:57:50 | More by foles
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2.78/5  rDev -34%

33 cl bottel poured into my tulip glass

Pours clear,pale golden with a small white head. Grainy aroma. Rather sweet and grainy flavours, some piney hop as well. A hint of lemon. Standard Kölsch in my opinion. Not much going on , to watery , to soft , it's just not my style / kind of thing i guess

04-15-2012 13:25:31 | More by beerpirates
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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

04-03-2014 10:31:16 | More by digita7693
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4/5  rDev -5%

11-16-2013 13:51:11 | More by DaveJanssen
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4.53/5  rDev +7.6%

This beer was great. It was served in a cylindrical glass with about an inch of white, rolling head. The head left before I would finish the glass and contributed a lot to the aroma and the taste. The smell was of sweet grains, with some very light caramel and honey. The taste picked up where the smell left off with the slightest hint of honeydew melon combining with a firm nuttiness that backed up the honey aroma. The carbonation was perfect and left me both wanting more to drink and refreshing my palate after every sip. I wish I could have this beer all the time, but alas, I will not even be back in Köln on this trip.

06-06-2009 12:28:19 | More by dbalsock
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3.78/5  rDev -10.2%

Fine dense head, fading on a powerful yellow golden color body. The smell is malty and round, a little bit bready. Some light fruity and floral notes. The taste was malty with some notes of mash. Wet grain reminding me of breakfast cereals. Caramel. Some subdued sweetness. Mouthfeel is heavier than other beers of the style and not as crisp and clean. Seltzer water like in some aspects. Hops are not too noticeable, and quite earthy.
An enjoyable beer, but that didn't impress me as much as the other reviewers.

04-09-2005 08:47:20 | More by tjd25
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3/5  rDev -28.7%

08-18-2012 23:12:32 | More by rale
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4/5  rDev -5%

02-03-2014 23:31:55 | More by vermilcj
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.98/5  rDev -5.5%

0.2l gravity serving at Brauerei zur Malzmuhle on the Heumarkt in Koln.

A- Gold colour with excellent clarity. Poor head retention and lacing.

S- Nose is slight toffee malt, with a hint of sulphur and vanilla.

T- On the tongue it still has a hint of malt sweetness which turns to a faint hop bitterness with a semi dry finish.

M- Moderate carbonation and medium body.

D- Excellent drinkability with a nice flavour profile while retaining the clean mouthfeel of a good Kolsch.

07-11-2010 22:31:22 | More by seanyfo
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4.45/5  rDev +5.7%

A - Pours a dark gold with plenty of streamers and large bubbles. A couple of fingers of bubbly off-white head fall to a thin layer.

S - Banana, other light fruit, some spice, nuttiness, biscuity malt.

T - Matches the smell. The initial bisuity malts subside into the banana flavour. Sweet fruits build from the middle out, along with a flavour of boiled sweets. Finish is clean, dry, refreshing and satisfying.

M - Medium bodied, with a cleaning carbonation. Has a fair amount of creaminess.

D - Perfect drinkability. I'd love to try this on draught or even a fresher bottled version. Excellent beer.

Note: The beer was a few months outside of its short 'best' period.

11-06-2006 21:23:25 | More by haz77
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4.04/5  rDev -4%

Definitely my favourite Kolsch- an opinion shared by my aussie brother in law who had spent 10 years living in Koln.

I've had both on tap at their brew house in Koln city centre, and on bottle. Scores based on tap.


Served in 200ml cylindrical glasses straight from the barrel. Pleasingly sparkling and clear with about 2cm of head when the glass is plonked down in front of you.

Best thing about it is the freshness- in nose and in mouth.

it is currently the basis of my beer fridge as well- brought a crate of the (brown glass) 500ml bottles back from our last visit (24 bottles for €18!) and am slowly working my way through them.
For the bottles, i'd probably mark down the smell just by one mark- naturally, not as fresh from the bottle and the beer loses it's extra special quality just a litte bit.

12-18-2013 16:30:13 | More by HughinJette
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4.97/5  rDev +18.1%

Bottled on 9.29.04 -- consumed on 10.8.04.
Straw gold with a very active, durable foam on top (owing to "Weizenmalz" I presume. This is unique among Kölsch interpretations I think). Biscuits, spicy, dried herbs, toasted hazelnuts and almonds, green melon fruit and fantastic, helium-like, finely-milled bubbles characterize this seamless Kölsch experience. The flavors are perfectly transparent while concealing any sense of raw ingredients. No grain, alcohol or hop elements can be isolated in the aromas or flavors. Instead it presents an artful finished form that seems at place in any picture of primeval pleasure. Dry, light and deliciously permanent.

10-10-2004 14:13:03 | More by putnam
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5/5  rDev +18.8%

06-19-2012 10:54:10 | More by Anacross
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

07-10-2012 15:33:05 | More by Jason_Quad
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4.28/5  rDev +1.7%

On-tap at the brewery itself. On to the beer:

A thick creamy head tops this golden colored beer, and adding to the experience is a head which retains very well. The nose is soft and appealing, bringing the smell of milled malt and a drop of honey.

Something about the taste is beautiful. Perhaps it helps that I had been drinking a lot of different kolsch during my short stay in Cologne, because this one stands out. It's clean and crisp throughout, and birngs subtle honey, floral, and grape flavors. The bitterness brought to the table is clean, adding the final touch to this beauty.

A very fine kolsch that is very easy to drink. I helped myself to several glasses and had forgotten that the brewery also served two other beers.

05-26-2013 16:59:57 | More by DoubleJ
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4.85/5  rDev +15.2%

I enjoyed a month-long exploration and various debates of Kölsches while in Cologne, Germany (Köln). I would ask everyone-- any co-workers, bartenders, people sitting around me-- "which is the best Kölsch?" It's almost like starting a debate on religion.

Mühlen was the one recommended by the beer-savvy locals as "the best," by far. Früh was another. I would agree on both, and I would most highly agree with those placing Mühlen at the top.

Malzmühle is still a privately-held brewery, not mass-produced and distributed, as is Früh, and Mühlen is difficult to find even in bottles. I found only one store (a convenience store) in central Cologne that sold it in bottles.

If you're lucky enough to be in Cologne and can get this on-tap, go for it! I think the other 4 previous reviewers tell the details.

08-29-2006 06:13:24 | More by therica
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Mühlen Kölsch from Brauerei zur Malzmühle
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