Zunft Kölsch - Erzquell Brauerei Bielstein Haas & Co. KG
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4.16/5 rDev +14.6%
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.
01-22-2014 19:44:55 | More by NeroFiddled
4.11/5 rDev +13.2%
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.
11-02-2013 11:49:17 | More by patre_tim
4/5 rDev +10.2%
This one started out great, Had a traditional kolsch smell followed by that banana bready clove taste that turns into a caramel spicy aftertaste. It's such a traditional beer and one that sticks to the nature of what it is. It is an instant favorite of mine. Too bad this one is not very common or else this might be a usual for me.
11-12-2012 05:28:41 | More by lsummers
3.95/5 rDev +8.8%
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.
04-16-2011 19:27:30 | More by largadeer
3.9/5 rDev +7.4%
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.
02-04-2012 21:53:58 | More by hiku7
3.9/5 rDev +7.4%
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.
08-24-2012 05:50:42 | More by gpogo
3.85/5 rDev +6.1%
Appearance is a slightly hazy orange yellow with a sparkling thin to nil head. Smell has an earthiness to it with corn and some hay in the background . Taste seems the same as of the aroma that is very refreshing with a moderate hop and malt backbone. Mouthfeel is light to medium with a good spike of carbonation. A nice beer for the style, easy to drink and flavorful.
03-09-2012 02:46:54 | More by Bookseeb
3.7/5 rDev +1.9%
This is a very good kolsch, but not close to the best I’ve had.
Gold, it has a medium-big, off-white head steadily shrinking to a ring and no lace.
Aroma is a nice full fruity grain, hints of yeast, lemon, sulphur and herbs.
Taste is a pleasant, firm, full fruity grain with hints of bread and a firm but light zesty-grassy-herbal bitterness. Overall, it is dryish. It’s a solid kolsch, but not great and a bit thin in character compared to some others.
06-24-2011 20:54:53 | More by Offa
Zunft Kölsch from Erzquell Brauerei Bielstein Haas & Co. KG
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