Tzara | Thornbridge Brewery

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Thornbridge Brewery
England, United Kingdom

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by jazzyjeff13 on 01-07-2012

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Photo of kojevergas
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

[Reviewed from notes taken in Summer 2014.]

On-draught @ Craft Beer Co. Clerkenwell, London, England.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Quarter finger in height. Beige colour. Recedes quickly, dying within 30 seconds. Leaves no lacing on the sides of the glass.

BODY: Clear watery weak yellow of below average vibrance. Clean, lacking any visible yeast or sediment. Appears filtered, crisp, and refreshing.

Looks adequately carbonated. Not a unique or special looking beer, and far from great looking within its intended style.

AROMA: Crisp clean barley. Pilsner malts. Grassy/Noble hop aromatics.

No overt yeasty or off-notes are detectable. I find no overt booze.

Quite light in terms of intensity; it's not a horribly evocative aroma.

TASTE: Clean crisp barley. Pils malts. Grassy hops (probably Noble). I love that it's not too malty or syrupy, as foreign-brewed expressions of the German style often tend to be.

Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour.

Cohesive, ableit simple. Balanced enough. Decently built.

Its biggest drawback is its simplicity and lack of impressive depth of flavour. I do like it, though, and it's consistent with the lesser quality Kolsch biere I had in Koln. But it's not a great expression of the style.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, crisp, aptly carbonated, light-bodied, and of near ideal thinness/thickness.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, scratchy, or rough.

Suits the taste well enough, but fails to elevate the beer as a whole. The crispness is nice, but specific flavours aren't accentuated by this texture.

OVERALL: It comes off feeling a bit...empty? It's fairly insipid, lacking the subtle hop character and obscene drinkability of a good traditional German expression of the style. Were it more refreshing, I might be able to get past its relative blandness. Certainly drinkable when trying it once, but I wouldn't buy it again. That said, I could see myself quaffing this by the stangenglas for a night, and that elevates it above overhopped American attempts at the style. Worth trying if you can find it fresh on-draught.

Low B- (3.28) / WORTHY

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of dcmchew
3.8/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of wl0307
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of StJamesGate
3.84/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Champagne blonde with fast-fleeing loose snowy foam.
Waxy lemon peel and Noble spice nose.
Saltines, some tin, slight apricot/yellow apple then grassy hop bite.
Lemon sorbet finish and cardamom linger.
Crisp, dry, slight chew, light.

Past date from the discount bin, which is ironic for a style that's not supposed to be tasted even in the bottle. Nevertheless, the style points are all in place: fruit, hops, yeast. Hurt by almost dead flat body and just generally being underpowered. But good in summer.

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Photo of FLima
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bright golden color with a thin head with short retention.
Light aroma of vanilla and floral hops.
Flavor of biscuit malt, vanilla and floral hops. Spicy sensation on the tongue. Dry aftertaste with an elegant bitterness.
Light body with medium carbonation with tiny bubbles.
A super refreshing and well executed Kolsch.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.49/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber bodied with foaming white head that doesn't stay long
Quite a bready taste and thin fizzy MF
to me this is an interesting lager twist rather than an ale

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 500ml bottle with a BB of July 2012. Picked up from my local beer specialist. Described on the label as a Köln-style beer; a top-fermented brew that is subsequently lagered.

Poured into a tulip pint glass (I don't have any stangen). A bright straw-yellow colour with low carbonation and fine sediment. Yields a large head of brilliant white foam with a fine texture and good retention; it takes a few minutes to subside to a surface layer. Aroma of light malt with notes of fruity yeast, wheat, flowery aromatic hops and a faint buttery whiff.

Tastes of light, fruity malt with a subtle aromatic hop character. Notes of yeast esters, flowery hops and wheat. A mild, crisp bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth and slightly tingly. Faintly astringent. Aftertaste of fruity pale malt.

Pretty good, a tasty brew with a restrained character. Somewhat less hoppy than the offerings from some German kölsch producers. Light on carbonation. Would go down well in warm weather - worth trying.

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Photo of steverx8
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of flyingpig
3.37/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

500ml Bottle from Valhalla's Goat, Glasgow:
This one seemed more German than English which can only be a good thing with this type of beer. The taste was a smooth and clean one with a good balance that helped it go down quite easily. It's probably not one I'd go back to but it was an good beer and one worth trying if you get the chance.

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Photo of YvesB
2.47/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of CwrwAmByth
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of vinicole
3.51/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BcCraft710
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Spike
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Golden. Light nose. Super refreshing. Clean, dry, crisp, with a rich, smooth finish. Best served cold and in large quantities. On a summer afternoon, this beer could easily turn a pub in Derbyshire into a brauhaus in Cologne. Particularly if served with black pudding, a rye roll and onions.

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Photo of windypete
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Brob245
3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mizx
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of risenz
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of psm90
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

Tzara from Thornbridge Brewery
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 25 ratings