Golden Arm | Piece Brewery & Pizzeria

Golden ArmGolden Arm
BA SCORE
27.8%
Liked This Beer
3.47 w/ 79 ratings
Golden ArmGolden Arm
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Piece Brewery & Pizzeria
Illinois, United States
piecechicago.com

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by jackndan on 11-09-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#38,956
Reviews:
22
Ratings:
79
Liked:
22
Avg:
3.47/5
pDev:
12.39%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
4
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 79 |  Reviews: 22
Photo of ystazi
3/5  rDev -13.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

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4/5  rDev +15.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served at the brewpub.

Figured if I was in the area, I'd give ol' Piece a visit and see what's what. Started with this guy, who pours a clear pale straw topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises lemon zest, light orange zest, light wheat, and a tiny touch of light toffee. The taste brings in more of the same, with a bit more orange zest and a hint of biscuit. The body is fairly light, with a very light moderate carbonation and a sorta watery-ish feel. Overall, a decent little kolsch, nothing too spectacular, but pretty drinkable on such a warm day.

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Photo of RustyBoltz
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of Treebs
3.57/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Got a growler with their Sunday Special. Split the pizza and growler with the GF. Served in a pilsner glass.

A: Pours a clear golden yellow with a lively and bubbly body. A one finger pure white head forms on the pours and recedes to thin collar. Pretty standard.

S: Standard kolsch yeast with a light grassy hop flavor profile, pale malts and little hay.

T: The kolsch yeast hits you in the mouth right away and smooths out to nice light grassy hope profile on a pale malt backbone. The finish is light and hay-like.

M: Very light bodied with a nice carbonation with a clean and crisp mouthfeel. Refreshing to say the least with a high drinkability.

O: Easily drinkable with a balanced flavor profile. On a hot summer day this is a great beer.

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Photo of veris
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

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4/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of NeutroMan
3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale golden straw color with good clarity. A hard pour yielded a solid white head that quickly vanished.

Aroma consists of grainy malts, wet hay, and cooked veggies. Maybe just a hint of smokiness, too. Flavors of bready malt, very crisp, with a slight sour twang at the end. A little thin on the palate, but overall this is a good attempt by Piece at a notoriously difficult style.

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Photo of Northsider
3.56/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Piece Brewery in Chicago.

Got this for my wife as she wanted something light and crisp on the hot day. This beer was definitely light and bordered on flavored water. However, it was surprisingly good and refreshing. No much smell to it, but it didn't have that gross smell of American Macros. Very smooth, slightly carbonated. Overall I'd get this one again if I didn't want anything heavy.

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Photo of zeff80
3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a clear, golden-yellow color with a small, short-lived white head of bubbly foam. It left sudsy residue on the glass.

S - It smelled of grains and sweet caramel with a touch of floral notes.

T - Good grain flavor with sweet caramel as a backbone. It had just a touch of spicy bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and fairly smooth. A light to medium bodied brew with a dry finish.

O - This is a pretty nice Kolsch-style ale. It would be nice and refreshing on a hot Chicago day.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours very light and clear with a bit of yellow coloring. White head and minor lace. Nose is straw and some very delicate fruit. Taste is mostly just straw and grain. Light and crisp. Lawnmower beer without much flavor and does not have any defining characteristics.

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Photo of megahurts4
3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Piece Brewery Golden Arm served on tap

Kolsch style, clear amber in color. Medium head. Warm malts and lots of carbonation. It has a fair bitterness to the finish with some hops flavor. It was very light, which is typical of a Kolsch, but I expected more fruit flavorings.

This is an ok pale ale. It didn't feel like a true Kolsch with the lightness.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.13/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap into a tasting glass at the brewery...One word describes this beer LIGHT. A light straw light in color super clear, light in aroma and taste, and the feel is lighter than water if that's possible. Now it is smooth to drink with a crisp finish. However, the taste is almost dead, light hops, but skunk is there.

nothing special here, can't even endorse as a session at this point.

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Photo of spointon
3.91/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this one on tap at the Piece brewpub on 2/21/2009.

A= This Kolsh poured a crystal clear gold color with a 1/2" snow white head and lots of carbonation release.

S= Light malt sweetness with a bready character and a blessedly faint sulphur smell.

T= Taste was bready and mildly sweet. No hops to speak of, but the sweetness stayed in check and lead to a dry finish.

MF= Thin side of medium bodied with a big crisp effervescence.

D= This was a really good kolsh that was totally refreshing and went very well with Piece pizza.

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Photo of Stonebreaker
3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Sent to me with no head, I mean this is a brewpub right?Wtf. Very light gold, sparklingly clear.

Smell: Faint aroma of the hops.

Taste: The taste was good for me, hoppy, crisp refreshing, I could see chugging this at a barbeque. My first conscious example of a Kolsch, so admittedly I don't really know what to expect.

Mouthfeel: Fizzy.

Drinkability: My least favorite beer of the night but still a good beer. Very drinkable.

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Photo of JDV
3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this brew on tap at Piece. Pours very golden with a whitish light head. Smell is bready, lagery maltiness and slighty sweet. Taste is on the sweet malty side and is very crisp, refreshing and bubbly. Very easy drinking and a pretty damn good kolsch, I thought. Solid beer.

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Photo of neonbrown82
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A decent Kolsch. This was the first beer I tried at Piece, after having drank Dark Lord all day. I really needed something lighter at that point, and this satisfied my craving.

The beer pours to a very clear yellow with a thin white head. Retention and lacing are poor, but it has a nice carbonation.

The smell is good. Some pilsener malt with a good amount of noble hops. A slight fruity ester profile, though it is very clean and nondescript. The flavor is very similar. The beer is quite bitter for the style, which I don't find to be a bad thing. Spicy, herbal hops. Light berry esters.

The mouthfeel is odd. Has a bit of a chalky mouthfeel that I noticed in all of Piece's beers, as if there is a thin layer of dust particles that are washed down after the swallow. Almost fuzzy like a wine with LOTS of tannins, yet it lacks the astringency. The carbonation is sharp. Pretty big in body for the style. Easy to drink, but nothing too interesting, and still plenty of other beers to try.

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Photo of granger10
3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Straw golden with moderate white head and good lacing throughout. Smell is a touch grassy but more biscuity than anything else. It's really quite weak though the place isn't the best for smell. Taste is better than weak aroma lets on. Good solid grain husk flavor. Grassy flavors are in place and show themselves but aren't overdone like they easily can be. Slight fruit esters in there. A touch sweet toward the back. Finish has a slight off flavor that can be ignored for only so long. A really good beer until the end.

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Golden Arm from Piece Brewery & Pizzeria
Beer rating: 27.8% out of 100 with 79 ratings
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