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Zunft Kölsch - Erzquell Brauerei Bielstein Haas & Co. KG

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51 Ratings
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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

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(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 02-11-2004)
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

t0rin0, Sep 26, 2012
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
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 09, 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 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 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 nickfl
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

nickfl, Feb 05, 2014
Photo of Halcyondays
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Halcyondays, Nov 15, 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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3/5  rDev -17.1%

Gonzoillini, Jul 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

Evil_Pidde, Apr 26, 2013
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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!

Cyberkedi, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of drpimento
3.1/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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

drpimento, Jun 19, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

whartontallboy, Aug 13, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Lovely85, Feb 05, 2014
Photo of Offa
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Offa, Jun 24, 2011
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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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4/5  rDev +10.5%

Kopfschuss, Jun 29, 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
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

WynnO, Sep 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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

NickThePyro, Feb 26, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

JoeMans, Aug 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

gshackles, Sep 01, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

nygannon, Aug 03, 2013
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Zunft Kölsch from Erzquell Brauerei Bielstein Haas & Co. KG
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