Zunft Kölsch - Erzquell Brauerei Bielstein Haas & Co. KG
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2.93/5 rDev -19.3%
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.
09-21-2013 19:34:09 | More by Fatehunter
3/5 rDev -17.4%
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.
05-11-2011 01:26:00 | More by DaveHS
3/5 rDev -17.4%
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.
02-11-2004 16:09:02 | More by Andreji
3.1/5 rDev -14.6%
Having this at die berliner republik in mitte, berlin. Great place! Served in a zunft kolsch glass w/ big white fine foam head & lots of lace.aroma is weird- mint & tea. Flavor has lots of biscuit w/ more traditional kolsch profile.body's a touch flat. Had better, had much worse
06-19-2009 12:08:47 | More by drpimento
3.18/5 rDev -12.4%
Honestly, I've been thinking it isn't quite fair for us in the States to review the Euro brewed beers. They'll never arrive in their freshest state and who knows what light, heat, etc. they experience on the trip from brewery to my glass. Anyway...I poured from the bottle in traditional Cologne form into a stange to give it every chance possible to shine. Decent head but not a trace of lace. Aroma fell flat. Color was a decent straw, light golden hue. Taste was average. Sames goes for palate and mouthfeel. No lingering aftertaste. Overall pretty average. I won't go out of my way for it but I wouldn't pass if someone offered me one. I suspect that it is much better served locally, enjoying in a German cafe.
01-12-2014 03:04:31 | More by BVukelich
3.2/5 rDev -11.8%
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.
04-19-2013 02:22:00 | More by emerge077
3.23/5 rDev -11%
Comes out of the tap a beautiful clear golden amber with a thick, fine-bubbled off-white head. Aroma is not strong but fruity, rather sweet and a bit malty. Flavor has a strong apple overtone, rather like applesauce or cider, with hoppy and malty hints. Texture has decent, if average, body and fizz. Overall, not great but worthy of a try. Happy Oktoberfest!
01-01-2013 22:50:43 | More by Cyberkedi
3.28/5 rDev -9.6%
What a rare (or at least seldom-reviewed) drink.
A: Had a 0.4 liter serving on tap in a kolsch glass. Color was pale yellow with no head. I had to stir it up to get any bubblies.
S: A little bit of green apple with a lot of buttered popcorn, especially when I breathed out of my nose after tasting. Also smelled sweet, almost floral, with a light biscuity malt.
T: Light grainy with a moderate herbal hop finish. A bit of tartness throughout plus the acetaldehyde made it pretty fruity and refreshing. Would've been more refreshing if it were more carbonated.
M: Again, wou;d've liked more carbonation, but it was as easy to drink as any other kolsch. Slight alcoholic warmth going down.
08-13-2011 00:17:09 | More by musicman575
3.53/5 rDev -2.8%
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.
01-22-2012 04:15:37 | More by Bubba83
3.55/5 rDev -2.2%
500 mL bottle,
A: Pours a clear gold with a medium white head, solid retention, no lace.
S: Grassy hops, nice bready sourdough malt. Classic German ale smell.
T: Bready malt with a pretty big hop character for a German brew. Well balanced.
M: Medium-bodied, crisp and smooth.
O: My 4th true German made Kolsch. I like the beer. Not as complex as some of the other Kolsches I've had, but I enjoyed this half liter.
11-15-2011 06:18:58 | More by Halcyondays
3.6/5 rDev -0.8%
Poured from a bottle into a Stange glass.
Look - light golden color, clear, with about two fingers' worth of frothy cream-colored foam that dissipates slowly.
Smell - earthy and floral in aroma. A bit like a pilsener but more subdued.
Taste - very smooth tasting, and slightly dry. There is some bite that you get from the hops, which shows up around the early middle of the taste. Slightly sweet finish.
Mouthfeel - very smooth and well-balanced. Not leaning too far on the creamy or watery sides.
Overall - very interesting brew and good taste. Seems like it might be a pretty good representative of the style.
09-25-2012 04:54:07 | More by Nerudamann
United Kingdom (England)
3.63/5 rDev 0%
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.
03-08-2012 14:40:22 | More by BlackHaddock
3.69/5 rDev +1.7%
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.
02-17-2013 00:37:15 | More by UCLABrewN84
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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