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Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Jwale73 on 05-08-2013

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Reviews: 3 | Ratings: 10
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of 77black_ships
4.31/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

200 ml draft @ Braustelle. It is hazy! & clearly unfiltered, looking absolutely nothing like the other Kölsch’s I tried in Cologne. It also sports a smaller creamy white head. Nose is full of hops, raw onion & barnyard hops, slightly zesty, lots of fresh hops, freshly made it seems, lovely. It is almost IPA-like. Taste is pretty hoppy (& extremely so compared with everything else I tried within the style), bitter grass, onion, barnyard, tad milky, raw herbs, lighter sweet malt underneath, fruity, it is not brutal or anything, very easy to drink. Distinctly nothing else like all the other Kölsch’s, a completely unique take & break from tradition just like everything else at Braustelle. Body is creamy & way fuller than other examples of the style. Great stuff, interesting take on style, seems like a mix of modern influences and what Kölsch probably was 100+ years ago before they started changing it to compete with pils / lager.

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Photo of leitmotif
3/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of kojevergas
3.54/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Hazy! Is it Kolsch or wiess - because it looks like a wiess!

White frothy cap. Fluffy and soft as the finest Kolsch heads out there. Retention is good - ~7 minutes or so.

Aroma brings notes of fresh vitaminy biscuity fresh yeast - again, on par with a wiessbier. Floral Hops, fresh Munich malt, maybe Pilsner malt, I'm not ruling out even wheat malt (though I doubt it), orange citrus...this isn't your typical Kolsch. Just as fresh as the best Kolschbiere out there, but it definitely seems like a wiessbier nodding at a weissbier. I think I even catch a subtle banana ester poking its head in. Aromatic intensity is average.

Fresh as can be, with a flavour profile that delivers on all the promises of the aroma. Balanced, with plenty of subtlety in terms of ale yeast esters (yes, Weissbier-redolent banana!) and malty intangibles.

Mouthfeelwise, presence on the palate is rudiculously soft, and it's one hell of a smooth, wet, refreshing brew, boasting a medium body and an approachable texture. Not oily, astringent, boozy, or otherwise flawed - though it is overcarbonated. Okay, it's not the fragile delicate feel of the best traditional Kolschbiere, but this ain't traditional.

Overall, it's a great wiessbier...yeah, I'm calling it - there's no way this is filtered. Not as ludicrously drinkable as, say, Paffgen or Malzmühle, but nevertheless a must-try when in Koln.

Low B

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Photo of windowside
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Jwale73
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served in a stange at Braustelle on 4/10/2013. Described as an unfiltered Kolsch. Appearance is bright yellow-gold with a hazy clarity. Head is a dollop of bright white cream, similar to a latte. Nose is light, delicate and clean with a pleasant yeastiness. Taste consistent with nose - clean and simple with a touch of hops bittering at the finish. Mouthfeel is light in body with a pleasant, even carbonation and a semi-crisp finish. Overall, a little off-style in that it is unfiltered, with just a bit more flavor than is typical of the style. Quite good, but needs to be served in a larger format than a .2l stange - I ended up drinking three.

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Photo of samEBC
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Braustelle Helios from Braustelle
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