Session Ale #05: Kvass | East End Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
East End Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Kvass

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by WVbeergeek on 10-18-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 13 |  Reviews: 11
Reviews by ccrida:
Photo of ccrida
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'll admit I was a bit sceptical, as I just had no idea what to expect of a bread beer. As it turned out, the East End Kvass was just fantastic, from the first whiff to the last whisper of aftertaste.
Poured from the cask at the Sharp Edge, it settled into my pint glass a cloudy whitish tan, light bodied and creamy in appeance.
The aroma was all yeast and fresh bread.
The breadiness is much more assertive in the taste, which is primarily that of sweet bread dough, tempered by some mild finishing hops, but leaving an very pleasant affertaste of bread pudding. The aftertaste is subtle but really lingers, calling you back for more.
The mouthful was nice, silky, light and creamy, and with the low ABV and refreshing quality of the Kvass made for a highly drinkable beer. I hope I get the opportunity to truely session with this one before it's gone!
As an update, retrospect has made me really miss the refreshing, full flavor of the Kvass!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of jcdiflorio
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer at the East End open house. Had several samples in a row on a hand pumped cask in the East End pint glass from the open house.
The color was a tan to a really light dirty brown,very mirkey looking like fresh unfiltered cider.A very thick and creamy off white seemed like it would last forever.
The taste was hard to describe,it was so different then I could expect.
It was breaddy,yeasty,carmelly,bit of a rye taste.Aromas of
baked bread,a sweet carmelly smell,bisqiutty,a hint of smokeness also detected in the aroma.A nice pleasing mellow aroma.
The mouthfeel felt a bit thick at first,seeming to end feeling light.
The drinkablity was surprisingly good from the look of the beer.
Very smooth and enjoyable,so different from other beers,would love to drink this beer again.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

East End Brewing continues to promote craft brews in the Burgh like it's never been done from the bottom up...Scott Smith and his small cohort of loyal supporters began pedaling there brews in the Pittsburgh market by going bar to bar...Is this the most effective way to market your beer, well I'm not sure on the statistics but it seems pretty real and grassroots in my opinion...I guess the fact that they operate on that scale, and that they make some pretty good friggin' beers has escalated into what we all experienced at the East End Open House this past weekend, enough of my beer soliloquy and onto the Russian Bread beer...Kvass. Appearance comes nice and textured from the hand pump with a cloudy golden hazed apricotish beige tone about it and large fluffy off white head, looks good enough to bite into especially with the texture of the rocky creamy head going on from the cask. Lacing is left behind and coats the sampling pint glass pretty evenly. Aromatics come on full with a bready doughy fullness not so much straight rye but the spiciness is noted in the whole experience with some herbal I'm told rare noble hop presence with a balanced liquid bread sweetness also noted light chocolate and mild roasty presence from the specialty malts thrown in for good measure. Taste is more of the same, how lucky are we mild spicy rye/herbal hop flavors mesh very well with the dominant bready yeasty characteristics taking over and really holding up to it's bread beer stylistic quota flows nicely soft roasty chocolate twang also noted in there. Mouthfeel is creamy light - medium bodied range with airy natural carbonation comes of fluffy on the palate in a very good way. Drinkability is incredible we should have surely gotten at least a growler of this innovative tag team Smith/Baker combo, I'm sure I will hunt some more out soon.

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Photo of nunzo
5/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of Treyliff
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Gratitude release

A- pours a murky golden color with no light seeping through, small creamy white head that reduces to a ring

S- rye bread crust with some toasted malt aroma, sweet and malty

T- toasted rye bread flavor follows the nose with lots of toasted bread notes with some earthy yeast, clean finish

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel and a slick finish

O- an interesting style, very bready and simple

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Photo of weeare138
4.52/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Much thanks to jasonm for the trade...
Appears a hazy, murky, non-transparent light gold with an orange hue and a small white head that fades into a film and collar. Spotty lacing is left all around the glass.
Smell is yeasty, doughy, creamy, sugary, with mild citrus and hints of caramel. The brew ultimately shines through with a freshly milled grain aroma that is addictive to smell. Very's like a honey infused cracked wheat and barley aroma.
The taste? Man, this is good stuff. Creamy goodness of the doughy, sugary bread and grain feeds the tastebuds' need to be glorified. These flavors stimulate the hypothalamus into believing it's a candy in a glass..."liquid bread", indeed.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, light amount of sugar touching the front of the tongue and running along the sides into a yeasty, semi-dry finish.
Bravo to Scott and Tom for having the courage to actually brew this style in the U.S. I really enjoyed it and feel that it has been very under-rated checking out some of the other reviews.

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Photo of Phatz
4.52/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had the amazing opportunity this evening to try two of the most unique beers I have had since ... I don't know when. The first was a home brew experiment by weeare138 that most of you will never get to try :(
The second absolutely unique experience that I had this evening, again thanks to weeare138, was East End Kvass. What and experience. Having never before experienced a Kvass I cannot say if they are all this good or if this one stands out. I can say I was eating a fresh bread bowl, a huge load of fresh French White bread (made with beer;-) bread pudding, etcetera; I had bread in my mouth with every sip though there was no bread in sight. (except on the pizza). This beer was awesome. I hope you all get a chance to swarm the brewery and load up on it. It's availability is questionable as this (to my understanding) was a collaborative effort of Scott Smith and Tom Baker. Personally, I wish I had a keg. The best thing about the beer is nothing extreme. It is actually quite simple. The brilliance is in the simplicity and the uniqueness of this tasty session beer. This beer is so easy and refreshing that I would drink it by the buckets, and at 3.9% you can do that.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy lemon gold with a white head.

Smell: A sweet biscuity bread aroma lift proudly out of the glass, loading my nose with fresh backed bready, yeast, a bit of doughy sweetness and what may be a drop of honey or butterscotch spread lightly on my THICK slab of fresh white bread.

Taste: The taste is hard to describe without sounding repetitive, but it is true, this is a bread beer that taste like bread. Yeastiness and the innate sweetness that comes from the bread, cracked wheat, sough dough, and a smooth balancing dryness in the back end that may be a hint of rye.

Mouthfeel: Light in the mouth, smooth and refreshing.

Drinkability: The feature of the beer! There is no mistaking, this is not a wheat beer, it is in fact BREAD BEER! It is a very easy drinking refreshing beer I'd love to get hold of this again. Well done Scott. East End continues to impress. Clearly the attention and care to creating quality unique beer is greater here than some of the larger places can manage. I hope you grow and in the process I hope you stay the same =)

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of drinknewbelgium
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from the cask with a nice head. saw difference in color from the top to the bottom a browinsh yellow on top to an almost pale yellow on the bottom. smelled of yeast and bread. first taste is full of rye and some yeast finishes with a nice hoppy kind of sharp a sharpness like that of bleu cheese (if that makes sense haha) mouthfeel very good indeed and i believe i could have a few of these

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Photo of dawg
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a growler into a pint glass.

Minimal head. Got the growler yesterday from the brewery. Like all of Scott's beers that I've had this is cloudy. Looks like a very light homebrew.

Aroma of sugar and yeast.

The mouthfeel is very light bodied and has big bubbles that burn the mouth.

Tastes very good like a normal malt beer to me. I don't get too much from the rye bread, but overall the beer tastes very good. A bit dry.

Drinks good.

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Photo of psinderson
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler filled direct at the brewery. This brew was a collaboration with Tom, formerly of Heavyweight Brewing.

Appearance: Murky golden tan with a nice, thick off-white head. Some stickiness to the glass.

Smell: As expected, very bready and yeasty. There are some mild toasted notes, maybe even a bit of chocolate??

Taste: Rye bread in a bottle. Well, not completely, but you can really distinguish the rye flavor. There's also a hefeweizen flavor that's probably the result of the bread character. A little citrusy, too with a clean, mild hop finish.

Mouthfeel: A little thin, but it goes well with this easy-drinking beer.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. Low in alcohol and clean.

I enjoyed this beer. This may be one of the only times I may have to try this rare style. I'm glad there is East End in my hometown!

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Photo of jasonm
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a growler of this unique offering, brewed with the help of former Heavyweight Tom Baker.

A - Cloudy, almost sludgy tan/yellow color. Pours with an impressive two finger width white dense foam head.

S - Sweet bread dough, with a touch of chocolate malt. Touch of phenolics as well.

T - Complex bready malt flavor, with a mix of sweeter wheat bread and the spicy notes of rye bread. The bready flavors complement the more traditional chocolate and pale(?) malt flavors. The small amount of hops even make an appearance, adding a subtle but welcome bittering to the finish. Sweet notes of rye bread linger long after the beer is gone.

M - Not as big as I expected, a tad watery.

D - While not brewed in the pure Kvass style, this American take is a remarkably smooth, tasty, sessionable beer. The extra malts and hops really enhance the rye flavor.

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Photo of randylangford
3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of aaronh
3.87/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Tan, hazy body topped by a thin whitish head. Aroma of rising bread dough is really appealing, and it smells fresh. Taste is also bready, with a light sweetness. Hops not really noticeable except toward s the finish. Mouthfeel is a bit crisp, perhaps coming from the rye, but also a bit on the thin side. Perhaps typical for the style; can’t say for sure. Drinkability is very good. A nice solid beer from East end, and one that pushes the traditional brewing envelope.

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Session Ale #05: Kvass from East End Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 13 ratings