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Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of Jacobob10
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

16.9 oz bottle, no date.

Deep gold color and hazy, showing signs of its unfiltered nature. A creamy head dies down to a thin lace and clings to the side of my stange glass.

The fruit in the aroma is explosive. Apple, pear, green grape and blueberry come to mind. There's a slight white wine element to it that comes out more in the flavor. As you dig a little deeper, some bready malts and grassy hops are evident, but the fruity yeast really takes over in this beer and hides most of the malt and hops.

Sweet in the finish with a creamy mouthfeel. Medium bodied. Not as refreshing or easy-drinking as I typically like in a Kolsch, but this unfiltered version has its own character and no shortage of flavor. It just feels a bit heavy and sweet. A unique take on the style.

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Photo of biegaman
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Ottekolong (pronounced "Eau de Cologne") uses no fining agents - and it shows. This flat, extremely turbid beer with its tempered, tarnished gold highlights looks nothing like the commercial export versions that are filtered to the point of brilliant, sparkling clarity. This must be what beer looks like before it puts makeup on.

The lack of filtration is evident in the aroma and taste too; a yeasty bread dough-like note is prominent throughout. It's not particularly overwhelming and not at all unpleasant, but it is a bit of a departure from the plain, easy-to-overlook grainy-sweet maltiness typically associated with a Kölsch. It also makes for a mouthfeel that's more medium than light.

Something else I'll attribute (rightly or wrongly) to the fact this is unfiltered are the undertones of mushy, overripe orchard fruit (pear, yellow plum). It's common to note dry white grape or even tart apple flavours but these fruits are halfway to being compote. Again, it's not especially acute but it does make an impression. It also tastes really under-attenuated.

Of course, there's another possibility that would explain the appreciable yeasty presence and fruit esters: old age. There's no 'best before' date so I can't be sure but the bottle itself looks a little worse for wear; it seems to have been a long, rocky voyage across the Atlantic and we know that Kölsch - evidently even the unfiltered ones - don't travel especially well...

If I were Freigeist I'm not sure I'd want this one exported - after all, a large part of the style's appeal is the place and fashion in which it's consumed. Ottekolong would definitely be the first thing I'd order if I were at the brewery but probably the last I'd pick up off the shelf here; you're more likely to be happy with one of their fantastic Gose or Lichtenhainer offerings.

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Photo of thepenguin
3.61/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Pours a very hazy, very dark gold with an ample sized creamy head and pretty good head retention.

S: Some lager-like vegetal/DMS notes, a bit of noble hops, some toasted, nutty malt notes. Very grainy, with some spicy hops and a bit of a fruity yeast character.

T: Very clean with some nutty toasted malt flavors. Pretty much your average run of the mill kolsch with a mild rustic character. Mostly dry, with substantial hop bitterness and a pretty long finish of cracker-like malt and bittering hops.

F: Light to medium body with medium carbonation.

Thoughts: This beer essentially sets out to do what a kölsch is supposed to and achieves just that. It’s highly-attenuated, easy-drinking with delicate malt and a just enough fruity yeast character to let you know it’s not a lager. Good yet unremarkable beer that you have to respect because it’s of a style that’s difficult to pull off.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.66/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

$ 4.24/16.9 oz bottle ($ 0.250/oz) at State Line Liquors, Elkton, MD
Undated bottle at 42 degrees into weizen
Aroma of wet grain, slightly sour
Head large (Eight cm, aggressive pour), off white, frothy, rapidly diminishing to four mm ring with frothy legs and a frothy layer
Lacing fair – a few thick patches of foam, tiny to medium bubbles
Body light yellow, slight haze (Unfiltered)
Flavor very grainy, a little malt; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light, watery, soft carbonation

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 3.75, Flavor 3.75, Palate 4, Overall 3.75

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Photo of Chico1985
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - 500ml poured to a mug. Light orange color with some haze and a white head. Good retention and bits of lace.

S - Wheat bread crust, cereal grains, light fruitiness and herbal hop, some grassy tones as well. Little bit of sweetness.

T - Lots of flavorful and clean bread/wheat/grain with some honey-like sweetness. Hops seem a bit tamer here but herbal and grassy tones still abound along with light fruitiness. Nice bread-fresh-out-of-the-oven finish.

M - Good body, clean lager-y feel, refreshing and easy drinking. Carbonation a bit on the lower side for the style but fine.

O - Been drinking a good amount of Freigeist lately, this is definitely a solid one. Straight-up kolsch, little bit on the hoppy side, nice lager with a good amount of flavor.

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Photo of oberon
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a cylinder a hazed brass color with a fluffy white crown that was gone pretty quickly.Pizza dough aromas with some toastiness,very doughy.Light and grainy in the mouth with grainy toasted cereal flavors,there is some herbal/grassy hop notes but they are on the lighter side,maybe a little sweeter than expected.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

(on tap at Tria Taproom - served in a British-shaped 16 oz pint)

A: apparent chill haze on the pour, clears up a bit... yellow-golden liquid... starts with a fluffy pad of fuzzy foam that takes awhile to drop, never coming close to disappearing, leaving connecting bands of lace in the glass... very nice

S: doughy yeast on the nose, not unlike a Bavarian hefe... subtle floral hops - more a classic "hoppy" hop scent - green, pasture-al

T: uncommonly assertive noble-hoppy for the style - satisyingly herbal-bitter all the way through... delicate flare of honey and caramel in the finish... vaguely sweetish cereal-like malt flavor at its base... white fruity esters are there, just woven into the background

M: lightly frothy and smooth, moderately dry in the finish... it being unfiltered lends more body to an otherwise light, crisp ale

O: what a lovely brew!... undeniably a Kolsch in its overall constitution, however, it very nearly has a British real ale bitter character

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Photo of babaracas
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy dark gold with big fluffy white head, much of which stays for the duration, with rings of wispy lace halfway down. Smell: semi sweet pale, lightly grainy and grassy. Taste: fairly substantial herbal hopping, with snappy grain, lemon, mildly doughy, a bit fruity with grapeskin towards the finish. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of nickfl
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A lightly malty aroma with a bit of herbal hops. Herbal hops and some musty malt character up front, finishes with more of the same character and a touch of yeasty character. Seems like it may be a bit past its prime and the point of an unfiltered kolsch may have been lost in this case.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thick and full white head with excellent lacing on a slightly hazy golden with hint of a copper hue body. Aroma is fairly musty and earthy with notes of sweet lemon custard, pale malts, wheat and candy sugar. Flavor follows from the German hops are mostly herbal and semi sweet, pale malt base, additional notes of sweet breads. Light to medium body and light to moderate carbonation. About as good as a Kolsch gets for me.

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Photo of magictacosinus
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of a 500ml bottle into a wine glass as part of the Freigeist Bierkultur tasting flight at Trappist Provisions.

Golden in color, with a slight haze, and yet still making this the cloudiest kölsch I've seen to date from out of Germany. Contains decent head retention, but like all beers in the style, it's charmingly fragile and struggles to keep it up with a mere white ring atop the glass. Leaves behind playful shrapnel-like lacing across the glass after each sip. Definitely eye candy for what it is.

The aroma is quite varied and complex, especially for a kölsch. Bananas, white grapes, dried raisins, green apple, as well as notes of light toffee, wet straw, and grass. There's a sharp sweetness from the malts, as well as a light funk from the yeast at hand. Very fruity, and quite refreshing to whiff on in between sips.

The flavor indicates that this is quite an experimental kölsch - other than strong notes of bananas and white grapes, there's a lingering pear and apple flavor that soon follows, as well as a notable and present herbal and slightly funky flavor that accentuates the fruit and spices. Quite grassy, and bittered in the same vein of dried citrus peel. Leaves behind a dried sensation on the palate, which, combined with the higher-than-average bitterness, creates a crisp and zesty sensation that's pleasing alongside the fruity sweetness from the grains. The texture is a little thin at the finish, but the crispness makes this irresistible. Not a chore to finish at all - I daresay my sample was gone in about 5 minutes.

Without a doubt one of the most memorable kölsches I've ever had - I should have tried this on tap as well, but I was pretty satisfied with this overall. This contains everything I want in a kölsch and more: crispness, fruity, sweet flavors, rustic grassiness, and then a bit of funk and spices that keep things interesting. It's interesting how these guys are based in Cologne, of all places. They're pushing the envelope for sure, even in this case.

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Photo of alphagnome
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a stange glass reveals a beautiful hay colored Kolsch, topped by a fluffy white head that billow out of the glass. The body is hazy in appearance, which is to be expected (it is unfiltered afterall). The head slowly recedes, leaving a nice amount of lacing behind.

Very typical Kolsch aroma - light yeast and grain presence with a hint of hop character. A nice, crisp honey flavor rounds out the aroma. Simple, but it works.

A very nice, bready malt base lays way to a sublte citrusy hop presence. Its semi-sweet up front and finishes with light bitterness from a slightly grassy hop. Refreshing - exactly as this style should be.

Creamy, smooth, and crisp! Fantastic carbonation and light-bodied. Again, exactly as this style should be.

I love the Kolsch style - I brew it often. When it comes to commercial representation of the style, this is the one to get! It's light enough to enjoy multiple on a hot day and it's refreshing as can be. Find it. Buy it. Love it.

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Photo of BethanyB
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy and dark yellow, with a white foamy dollop as a head. The haze and slightly darker color were to be expected as this beer was unfiltered, but the airy, not so sizable head was disappointing.

Smell: A pleasant combo of pale and toasted malt, with a spritz of citrus. Balanced and beckoning.

Taste: Polished, yet complex, with a slight mineral quality that brought balance to a multifarious malt profile. Bitterness was moderate, and a barely-there fruit taste put the perfect finishing touch on an already well-rounded recipe.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light, with medium-high carbonation and a crisp, clean finish.

Overall: An excellent kolsch--sessionable, yet flavorful, and extremely well-balanced. The best I've had of the general style.

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.44/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a one litre bottle into a mug- pours a hazy golden color with one finger of head, modest retention and streaks of lacing.

Nose is mild but defined- pale malt base with some accentuating hop notes.

Taste's great! Certainly more bitterness than other examples of the style. Bitterness hits up front followed by some citrus and pepper notes, pale malt graininess, finishes with about even malt and hop flavors.

Mouthfeel is very nice- light body, moderately carbonated. I really like this beer- super easy to drink, doesn't have that low alcohol content lack of flavor, nice hop flavors. Almost tastes like a pils. Would definitely get again.

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Photo of mactrail
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color in the Cristal Alken nonic with a very nice white head. Nicely spritzy, which is what you want in the style that depends so much on being crisp and bubbly. But attractive too, an inviting glassful.

This has that classic Kölsch perfumey taste with a nice hoppy burr. Nothing rude or overly bitter. More resiny than some Kölsch, I would say. Warm and a little malty with some biscuity notes. For the last pour I swirled up the sediment which adds a nice yeasty zing. I hadn't tried an unfiltered one before, but this one is certainly one of the better examples. This is a deceptively simple style that is not usually so well done by our eclectic local brewers. From the 500 ml bottle bought at Bine and Vine in San Diego.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From: The Andersons, Columbus, OH
Date: None on bottle
Glass: Ayinger willi glass

Ottekolong is a very good and expressive Kolsch, about as much so as the style can get without starting to become a hybrid with something else (hoppy kolsch, imperial kolsch, etc). The flavors focus on a light sweetness and graininess from the malts, along with a modest German hop character that is pleasantly herbal, woodsy, and bitter. I would get this again, if the price tag weren't $4 for a bottle of a fairly low alcohol, mild flavor beer.

Beer pours a 1cm tall head of fairly clean, white foam that has average retention of about one minute. The head fades to a thick ring around the perimeter of the glass and some small islands of wispy foam lingering atop the body. Lacing is present, though modest, a sparse mix of dots and lines clinging to the walls of the glass. The body is colored a hazy (60-70% opacity) yellow, with light bringing out a more brilliant, but pale, yellow-orange hue.

Aroma is of biscuit-like and grainy-sweet malts with moderate German hops, which lend an herbal, woodsy, and lightly spicy bite. Somewhat simple, but surprisingly pleasant and light, good for this warm, humid evening.

Front of palate is of grainy and sweet pale malts with a touch of biscuit, yeast, and slightly flowery and herbal German hops. Mid-palate is of grainy pale malt with hints of biscuit, slightly grape-like, and notable, though mild, German hops that contribute a light herbal and woodsy character. Back of palate is of smooth pale malts, moderate grape esters, and moderate German hop bitterness. Aftertaste is of pleasing, moderate hop bitterness with a lightly grainy and slightly grape-like palt malt base.

Beer is medium-light in body, with medium-low levels of carbonation, resulting in a smooth mouthfeel that is slightly foamy, perhaps a bit stagnant and watery. Closes dry, with light stickiness remaining on the palate and lips.

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Photo of seand
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a hazy light amber with half an inch of bubbly white head. This dissipates to a thin film fairly quickly, but the larger ring around the side of the glass is enough to leave a few strands of lacing.

S: High fruit notes over a yeasty, grainy, bready base.

T: Yeast and bread notes, and mildly sweet. Nice balance and flavors, especially at the ABV.

M: On the light side of medium bodied, medium carbonation.

Overall, a quite good lower ABV beer, and I like what's added (or, rather, not taken away) by the unfiltered aspect.

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Photo of NardiByNature
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Hazy (unfiltered...) gold with a small white head that settles into a resilient collar. Aroma's faint, but unusual: big sweet honey notes and very musty. The lemon/grassiness expected was in the background. Hops, like this beer, are subtle but satisfying. Honey is prominent in the taste and comfortably proportioned to grassy, spicy hops. Drinkable, so I'm glad there's more in this oversized bottle.

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Photo of smcolw
3.51/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Large, white head. Settles with a dome and leaves lots of webby lace. The liquid is very cloudy, Whitish yellow color.

Sour and mildly earthy. Some pale malt nose. No hop.

Soft, fruity upfront flavor. The sourness is more muted than the smell indicates. Fairly bubbly, but the body is rich. The aftertaste is short and dry.

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Photo of avalon07
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from a bottle to a cylinder glass. Had a pale yellow color and a hazy texture. There was a big, foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A slightly sweet, slightly hoppy aroma. Pretty much what you expect from a kolsch.

T: Tasted of light hops (kind of like a pilsner), a good amount of malt, and a sweet, almost fruity quality. Not quite as sweet as some other beers of this style, but still a refreshing and light flavor.

M: A decent amount of carbonation with a silky finish. Light-bodied.

O: Not a bad beer at all. This isn't the best kolsch I've tried, but it is certainly drinkable.

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Photo of Sammy
3.56/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unfiltered light grapefruit appearance. Big bubbly head, some lace. A pilsner aroma. Noble hops delivering a light orange citrus flavour. Medium mouthfeel. Decent drinkability. Would be interested in trying this fresh, as likely not in prme condition..Thanks for sharing Radek.

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Photo of lsummers
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I wasn't expecting much from this Kolsch seeing as how it was displayed as a halloween beer. But this one surprised me, the smell and look of it was great. Lots of fruity malty smells with a great pale yellow color that an unfiltered beer gives. Can't quite see through this one, and it leaves some nice lacing.

Tastes of banana and bubblegum with some malty backbone and a touch of clove. Leaves me wanting another sip.

Mouthfeel is light and refreshing, just what I want in a kolsch.

Overall, I will definitely try this again. Can't wait to try it again.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle,

A: Pours a light gold, hazy, looks a lot like a witbier. Fizzy yet frothy white head, some lace.

S: Grassy hops, some nice minerality and bready malt character.

T: Tastes a lot like a keller. Big minerality, rocks, sourdough bread, grassy spicy hops.

M: Crisp, frothy, soft carbonation, light-bodied, a refreshing effort.

O: The flavour is good, though not a lot of complexity to the overall beer. I liked the unfiltered feel, and I would be quite interested in seeing how this compares to a fresh draft in Germany.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a perfect pint.

4.0 A: Faintly hazed wheat yellow color. Two and a half fingers of pillowy white head. Retention is pretty good and plentiful lacing is left.

4.5 S: Big nose on this. Tons of grassiness to the point that it comes off like a funk. Grainy maltiness with a moderate sweetness. Pithy lemony fruitiness. Hay and apple orchard.

4.5 T: Taste is equally impressive. Again grass and hay are the main attractions. Grainy malts with nice neutral sweetnss. Lemon rind. Really tasty.

4.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Very creamy and incredibly smooth.

4.5 D: So drinkable that I feel like an ass for only having this one bottle. Really high quality kolsch.

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Photo of MasterSki
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from West Lakeview Liquors. Served in a Pipeworks snifter.

A - White foam settles to a splotchy cap, thicker collar, and spotty lace. Surprisingly hazy for the style, with a golden straw color to it.

S - Smells like a Kölsch, but doesn't have the funky note that the draft version I tried did. Toasted grains, a bit musty, some white grape skins, and light grassy hopping.

T - The taste is sweeter, with fruity notes, a bit of honey, light biscuit, and toasted grains. Pretty clean in the finish.

M - Medium-bodied, lightly grainy texture, crisp, clean, and smooth finish, and no obvious alcohol.

D - It's a Kölsch, but nothing particularly special. There's a bit more flavor and heft than Calumet Queen, but I preferred the slightly bretty draft version that West Lakeview Liquors had on-tap a few weeks ago.

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