Freigeist Ottekolong | Braustelle

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Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Rifugium on 07-25-2012

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5/5  rDev +28.9%

Photo of KC9LDB
5/5  rDev +28.9%

Photo of GrindFatherBob
4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

Photo of NinjaJesus
4.68/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of ZachT
4.51/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JasonFromLA
4.5/5  rDev +16%

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 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 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 Philcassella
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MarkJBurch
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of Thomas_Picton
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of psoriasaurus
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of afsdan
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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 SonictheBeerhog
4.16/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 Canada_Dan
4.11/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of outdoor7or24
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into snifter.

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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 BrazilianAussie
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mklisz
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft in a goblet glass, review from written notes.
Glowing pastel yellow, a thin layer of skim on the surface and a webby collar of lacing hangs around the edges of the glass.

Light barnyard aromas of wild yeast and wet hay, reminiscent of Jolly Pumpkin or Anchorage's Brett forward wild ales. Flavor is lightly tart and grainy, some yeast and fruity white grape traces. Chardonnay, dry floral Brett yeast, dandelions, hay. Crisp and tart, pretty drinkable. Overall an interesting wild twist on the base Kölsch, even if miles away from the traditional style.

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