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Zunft Kölsch - Erzquell Brauerei Bielstein Haas & Co. KG

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51 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 9.67%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Erzquell Brauerei Bielstein Haas & Co. KG visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 02-11-2004)
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Guinnsslvr, Jul 07, 2014
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.16/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Zunft Kölsch
on tap @ Köbes, Wilhelmstrasse 41a, 10963 Berlin
,3l glass for €2,60

On a cross-city trip to visit the Berlinisch Galerie I was lucky to stumble upon "Köbes", a Kölsch-Kneipe. It's not much to look at in all honesty, but there's a certain charm to it, and they do pretty well because they're right across the street from the Topography of Terror and not far from Checkpoint Charlie. The food was good, and fairly inexpensive, but the beer was great! It's the only beer they pour, and they apparently pour a lot of it, so it was quite fresh.

Zunft Kölsch is light gold in color beneath a two fingered head of creamy bright white foam. The head retention is quite good, and the lacing exceptional - as I drained my glass it had almost full sheets of lace and even tiny rings that marked each stopping point.

The aroma is of lightly sweet pilsner malt threaded-through with floral and delicately spicy and grassy hops, and just a mild background hint of fruitiness. Quite nice! Fresh and bright.

The flavor is, of course, as the aroma suggests, and it's got a mid-level bitterness that balances it but doesn't really go beyond. I guess I'd call it "stiff". It has a dryish finish that's lightly herbal.

A Kölsch is intended to be remarkably drinkable, and it was. Worth seeking out if you can find it fresh.

NeroFiddled, Jan 22, 2014
Photo of Fatehunter
2.93/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Poured two fingers of head on a clear, golden colored body.
The aroma has a clean grain smell with just a touch metallic.
The taste is lacking body. Watery and grainy with a little malt sweet.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
The less than good flavor really brings this beer down.

Fatehunter, Sep 21, 2013
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3/5  rDev -17.1%

Gonzoillini, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of emerge077
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

BBD: 22/10/13

Bought this for the sexy blackletter label, needed a wildcard for a three way Kölsch tasting. This took 2nd place after Lowdive Zuström and ahead of Reissdorf in 3rd.

Transparent gold with racing carb streams, compact inch of soapy white foam, leaves behind minimal spotty lacing in the glass.

Papery malt aroma, vague grass element of noble hops that's barely there.

Lightly bitter taste, and seemingly the most hoppy of the three tasted. Papery malt taste, pretty ho-hum, but with a bitter grassy edge to it. Carbonation seemed ample, finished dry. Overall ok, would try a fresher sample but wouldn't go out of the way for it.

emerge077, Apr 19, 2013
Photo of largadeer
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt.

Into a 0.2L stange. Perfectly clear pale yellow with an inch of white froth, pretty standard of the style. Clean, light, grainy nose. Little bit of sweet malt and boiled corn. Not exceptionally aromatic, but that's standard of the style. Very light and refreshing palate, on the dry side and pretty bitter. Grainy, crisply crackery malt, herbal-grassy hop flavors. The dryness makes it incredibly easy to drink. Nice quaffable stuff.

largadeer, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

International Green Week, Berlin 2012: Hall 12, the hall dedicated to German breweries and food to go with beer. We find a table and seats by the Andechs bar, leave the womenfolk to keep the area safe and we blokes start to forage for beers. Loads of breweries and beers to choose from and I eventually stumble across a Kolsch brewery bar: OK I’m not the biggest Kolsch fan in the world, but I decided to give this one a try.

0.25 Litre glass, tall as you’d expect: bright straw yellow body, full white head of bubbles, looks clean and refreshing, bubble trails rising to join the head throughout the tasting.

No real aroma to talk about, some hints of hops and grains but otherwise nothing: typical Kolsch really.

The mouthfeel is crisp and invigorating (I’d just had a very bland Landbier), light yet with some oomph. Tart, sharp and thirst quenching; without complexity or any true depth. The beer isn’t flavoursome or exciting but it does the business if you’re thirsty. Hop base with very little malt presence for balance, however it seemed right at the time.

Now back home I can check my Kolsch reviews: this is my 6th within this style and my average score is 3.29, this is well above average in my eyes. This beer review has also reminded me of when I used to visit Koln to stay with friends: we hit almost all the brewpubs over the years: well before BA came on the scene. Friends now moved, but I must go back one day.

BlackHaddock, Mar 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

tzieser, May 26, 2013
Photo of patre_tim
4.11/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Golden with a slight copper tinge, amazingly clear filtration, no carbonation in the body, a huge 5 finger, slightly yellow billowy head of foam with excellent head retention.

S: Pilsener like hops, fresh hay, straw, light with fresh malts. Slight white grape juice scent.

T: Starts very much like a German or Check Pilsener reminiscent of Pilsener Urquell with a bready malt, corn, straw like quality, then what seems first like a metallic quality but turns clearly into white grape juice, much like white wine without the alcohol bite. Very mild and smooth. Not many hops, but where they are present is all the way through in a very mild way, contributing to the grape like quality.

M: Medium smooth body, virtually no carbonation in spite of huge gusher when opened and major foam.

O: Great brew, the only Kolsch I’ve been able to find in China. Looks like a nitrogen based drink much like a Boddington’s Pub ale- major foam and the dissipation of the foam in the glass looked like a tornado of whirling clouds which slowly settled to a virtually carbonation free drink with a large foamy head. Got a keg of this. I think its great and look forward to enjoying it over the next several days.

patre_tim, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of DaveHS
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours straw yellow with an inch of fizzy brilliant white head. Leaves soapy lacing.

S- Smells like a cheap macro from about a foot away. Super sweet malts and cornflakes.

T/M-More of the same. Cornflake-esque maltiness. An unpleasant metallic note mid-palate. The finish is bitter and unfocused. Not offensive, but certainly not memorable. Body is denser than I associate with the kolsch style. Light to medium bodied, with moderate spritzy carbonation.

O-Blah.

DaveHS, May 11, 2011
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

sukwonee, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of hiku7
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours straw to yellow with brilliant clarity. Has a pillowy white long-lasting head. Lots of streams of bubbles racing to the top.

Aroma is a light pils malt aroma, a whiff of corn-like sweetness. Also a light apple and lemony, possibly a bit sulfury smell. All understated and pleasant.

Flavor matches the aroma, with a light lemony fruitiness. Moderate noble hop bitterness that does not linger. Crisp, dry finish that has a slight tartness.

Light body, smooth, very easy drinking, but still flavorful. Moderately high carbonation, but appropriate for the style.

Understated, but more complex flavor than I would have guessed. Thirst quenching and delicious.

hiku7, Feb 04, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Greg_Nall, Apr 10, 2014
Photo of Bubba83
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Deschutes tulip at 45 degrees.

Clarity is good, straw colored body topped by a bright white two finger width head. Plenty of little bubbles floating vigorously to the top. Good retention, not much lacing to speak of however.

Smells like hay, straw, and corn. A little bit of a mineral aroma as well. Smells a little bit grassy as well, with some slight hints of stale bread.

Tastes like a fairly standard Kolsch, nice and light on the palate but has some bright notes to speak of the kind of taste as if you're tasting a field. I've had a lot more complex Kolsches though and a little bit bolder flavors from other companies.

Mouthfeel is done quite well. Consistency feels right. Good level of spritzy carbonation but doesn't get overly abrasive in the mouth.

Overall this is a nice Kolsch, but nothing to really get too overly excited about. I'd recommend giving it a whirl if you haven't tried it.

Bubba83, Jan 22, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

bradcochran1234, Jan 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

WynnO, Sep 17, 2014
Photo of Andreji
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ay caramba with em kolsches. contrary to common logic, you always know what you're gonna get.

Because the pour is poor, and doesnt really wary among them. The nose is as mediocre every time you just pick oth the next one from the fridge and realize you're stuck with a few more.

And the taste, watery, pisswatery....with lemon. whoop-dee-doo, only one kölsch to go now.

Andreji, Feb 11, 2004
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

Luiz0930, May 31, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

John_Squires, Aug 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Lovely85, Feb 05, 2014
Photo of gpogo
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Light golden yellow with a slight amount of particles. White head that dissipates rather quickly.

A- Light slightly grainy sweet aroma.

T- Grainy sweetness with a nice backing bitterness. Dry and clean finish.

M- Light body with a nice bit of carbonation.

D- Extremely refreshing.

gpogo, Aug 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

Kopfschuss, Jun 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

nygannon, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.69/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle purchase at Story Tavern in Burbank, CA.

Pours a hazy yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and some fruity aromas. Taste is much the same with a fruity flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty and refreshing.

UCLABrewN84, Feb 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Ingjald, Jul 15, 2013
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Zunft Kölsch from Erzquell Brauerei Bielstein Haas & Co. KG
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