Freigeist Ottekolong | Braustelle

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Braustelle
Germany
braustelle.com

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Rifugium on 07-25-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
94
Reviews:
31
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
9.02%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
11
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 94 |  Reviews: 31
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 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 GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of jaydoc
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Knapp85
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out as a crystal clear looking yellow color with a nice bone white head on top. The head has a good retention and lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer is a bit more hoppy smelling than most beers of this style. The taste of the beer is clean, refreshing, it's light and easy going. Nice smooth mouthfeel, very drinkable beer. Overall this beer is pretty good. Enjoyable.

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Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy straw yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger and a half high bright white head that has very good retention properties and took a long time to die down.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of grassy hops in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of grainy malts and grassy hops; a moderate amount of bitterness is also present and lingers through the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied and very dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and the bitterness and dryness also make it quite refreshing. It seems to have a lot more hops compared to other beers in the style and the unfiltered nature makes the taste a bit more complex.

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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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Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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 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 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 Rifugium
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Teresa's, Wayne, PA

Poured a slightly hazy straw yellow with a dense white head that sank to a thin layer but still left some nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of pale malts, grassy hops, light, indistinct fruitiness. I'm not much of a kolsch dirnker, but this was definitely one of the tastiest ones that I've had. Nice pale biscuity malts, grassy hops, as detected in the nose, fruit skins--apple, peach, white grapes. Light body, crisp, tasty, refreshing. Very nice overall, even if it's not totally my style of choice.

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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 rolltide8425
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of smakawhat
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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

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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Photo of aasher
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of afsdan
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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 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 bigred89
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

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Freigeist Ottekolong from Braustelle
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