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Zunft Kölsch - Erzquell Brauerei Bielstein Haas & Co. KG

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82
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52 Ratings
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Ratings: 52
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 9.7%
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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Photo of emerge077
3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
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 grittybrews
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

grittybrews, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.69/5  rDev +2.2%
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 bradcochran1234
3.5/5  rDev -3%

bradcochran1234, Jan 15, 2013
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -3%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
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 lsummers
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

lsummers, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of kornkid8600
3.5/5  rDev -3%

kornkid8600, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +10.8%

t0rin0, Sep 26, 2012
Photo of Nerudamann
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Nerudamann, Sep 25, 2012
Photo of gshackles
4/5  rDev +10.8%

gshackles, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of gpogo
3.9/5  rDev +8%
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
Photo of whartontallboy
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

whartontallboy, Aug 13, 2012
Photo of StoicBeast
3.5/5  rDev -3%

StoicBeast, May 03, 2012
Photo of sukwonee
4/5  rDev +10.8%

sukwonee, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of Bookseeb
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Bookseeb, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
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
Photo of hiku7
3.9/5  rDev +8%
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
Photo of Bubba83
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
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
Photo of onethirtyeight
4/5  rDev +10.8%

onethirtyeight, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of Halcyondays
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
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 musicman575
3.28/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

musicman575, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of Offa
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
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
Photo of DaveHS
3/5  rDev -16.9%
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
Photo of largadeer
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
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
Zunft Kölsch from Erzquell Brauerei Bielstein Haas & Co. KG
82 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.