Spectra Trifecta
Founders Brewing Company

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Ranked #235
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3.67 | pDev: 13.08%
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
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Notes: Kolsch-style ale brewed with chamomile, ginger and lemongrass.

20 IBUs
Reviews: 67 | Ratings: 283 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by bwood06:
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bwood06 from Wisconsin

3.99/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a small pint glass (multiple pours)

A - Normal pour produces a frothy white head that dissipates rather quickly and levels off at a thin lacing. The beer itself is golden with an ever so slight yeasty haze to it. Light, slow rising carbonation is easily visible. 3.75/5

S - Just as the bottle says there is a definite aroma of lemongrass and ginger with a bit of chamomile. The lemon and the ginger really stand out and mute anything else that could possibly be in the aroma. 4/5

T - Lemongrass and ginger are the first two notes I get in the flavor profile with the flavor of ginger steadily increasing to a crescendo that crashes suddenly into an herbal and floral note (chamomile). There is a slight light fruity sweetness throughout the flavor profile reminiscent of underripe pears until the very end when the beer finishes with a very clean light cereal grain note. There seems to be a slight bit of clove and pepper as well. Interesting combination of flavors that really work well together. 4/5

M - Light bodied beer that features a slight carbonation burn. Finishes very clean with no drying. Leaves the mouth ready for more and not weighed down in the slightest. 4/5

O - The combination of flavors and aromas in this beer speaks more of a smooth elegance that the Founders brew masters feature in comparison to many others brewers who try to beat the drinker over the head with flavors. This beer is very complex but also very light at the same time, almost like a fine wine as compared to a 2 Buck Chuck. 4/5

Nov 23, 2015
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yemenmocha from Arizona

2.25/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Carbonated, alcoholic herbal tea is what this stuff tastes like. Horrible, and probably a waste of a perfectly decent Kolsch underneath.

Good color, but perfumey herbal nose with the expected chamomile, ginger, lemongrass. On the palate it was like drinking a straw colored potpourri basket, nearly inducing my gag reflex on a couple of occasions. What a horrible concoction of additive flavors to make this instead of a lovely kolsch, like they quite possibly could have done.

Pass on this one, or serve it as a white elephant drink to unsuspecting Christmas party guests.

Dec 12, 2015
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GreesyFizeek from New York

2.75/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at The Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a a golden dark-ish yellow, with a half inch head, and a small amount of lacing.

Smells pretty typically Kolschey, with some spicing and grassiness. The aroma here doesn't tell the whole story of this disaster of a beer.

Does anybody remember that scene in a Christmas Story, where Ralphie drops the F-Bomb (Fuuuuuuuudgeeeee), and his mom makes him put the bar of Lifeboy soap in his mouth? That scene is akin to the flavor profile Founders constructed here. The chamomile flavor just does not sit well with the Kolsch base, to my tastes, it just makes everything taste so soapy and gross. I can tell there's a decent Kolsch underneath here- but the added flavors, the ginger, the lemongrass, and ESPECIALLY the dreaded chamomile, are just unnecessary and detract from everything.

It was all over - I was dead. What would it be? The guillotine? Hanging? The chair? The rack? The Chinese water torture? Hmmph. Mere child's play compared to what surely awaited me.

On to the mouthfeel, it's fairly crisp and Kolschy, but not all that drinkable due to the horrid flavor. I couldn't finish the pint, and I can usually finish anything.

This was a disgrace. It...it...twas...soap...poisoning!

Oct 09, 2015
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robear from Wisconsin

2.8/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Very appropriate color for Kolsch but with little to no head, reminiscent of a soda. Cereal and grains in the aroma with apparent chamomile. The flavors blend together but leave me with the impression that I'm a very strange herbal soda and not a beer. Finish reminds me of sweet bran.

I love ginger in my beer but I'm glad I got a taster bottle before springing for a 6 pack. I just can't imagine a situation where I would crave a glass of this beer. No apparent off flavors but I think straight ginger or even ginger/lemongrass would have served this beer better.

Sep 18, 2015
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Raime from Greenland

4.23/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Another quicky from the box. No huge review. Perfect tea beer.

EDIT : Again no true review so delete as you may..but a horrible beer based on top comments? Did you guys even read the description? No shit it isn't a typical kölsch. Your eyes were the only thing taking a guillotine while drinking this one on seeing that you couldn't read.

Dec 31, 2015
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Dustin_A_Stoutdrinker from Michigan

3.84/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Feb 07, 2016
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doc_logic from Ohio

3.54/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nov 13, 2015
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QuadriderMX from Michigan

2.51/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Jan 30, 2016
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Domvan from Texas

3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Sep 15, 2015
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italianstallion from Wisconsin

3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nov 26, 2015
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Hohnbaum from Kansas

3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Sep 30, 2015
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Jpinoniemi from Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nov 25, 2015
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TangoJuliet from New York

3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sep 24, 2015
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AlpacaAlpaca from New York

3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Oct 02, 2015
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clager from Michigan

4.09/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oct 27, 2015
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zachpaschal from Indiana

3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Oct 22, 2015
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snowmageddon from Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Oct 23, 2015
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PBRmeasap1980 from Indiana

3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Smells like soap and tastes like an IPA with ginger.

Nov 16, 2015
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Jordanmtate from Illinois

3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Apr 18, 2016
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Sparty1224 from Michigan

4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Serving: 12 oz. bottle poured into a Founder's taproom pint glass. Bottled on 8/21/15, making this just over a month old.

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color. Faint bubbly white head that fades quickly.

S: Awesome aroma on this. Lots of chamomile tea, ginger, nutmeg, pumpkin. Very nice for a fall ArtPrize beer.

T: Strong ginger up front, followed by tea leaf, chamomile, pumpkin, nutmeg, lemon zest. The dryness and bitterness of the Kolsch-style is masked by all the ginger and lemongrass sweetness.

M: Full body. Medium carbonation. Very, very light, almost sessionable at 5.9%.

O: I've come to like the ArtPrize beer series. Having lived in GR for 4 years, it's always fun to see how they'll interpret the competition in their beer. Their first two have been home runs, the decadent Inspired Artist Black IPA and then last years wonderfully hoppy Mosaic Promise. This one again caters to the general public and the season: it's light, fresh, crisp, and zesty with some hints of pumpkin and nutmeg. For the style, I'm not too crazy about it. The traditional Kolsch gets buried in the sweetness. And I just don't like chamomile or ginger. But as a representative of an amazing art competition, this beer gets it done yet again.

Recommendation: The limited distribution is probably best for this beer, as I'd only recommend it for the locals or those visiting this month.

Sep 28, 2015
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Loudog1411 from Michigan

3.61/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Feb 12, 2016
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Tripel_Threat from Michigan

4.04/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this gem at a Founder's event at Ashley's in Westland. Pour came in a shaker pint, with a ring of white foam capping clear, golden straw colored liquid. The aroma was something: floral, lemongrass was prominent, with white bread/cracker underneath. The chamomile made itself present in the flavor, sweetness right upfront, balancing the lemon. Ginger came on the finish, but the spiciness was kept in check. It was ginger flavor, but without the burn. Perfect as a refresher. This one deserves more than a limited run.

Sep 14, 2015
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elm_tree from Arizona

4.26/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sep 25, 2015
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kuishinbo_tantei from New York

3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

May 13, 2016
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Nucleosynthesis from Massachusetts

3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jan 30, 2016
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