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Angry Angel Kolsch | Big Boss Brewing

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Angry Angel KolschAngry Angel Kolsch

Brewed by:
Big Boss Brewing
North Carolina, United States

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Summer

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Added by cvstrickland on 06-13-2008

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Reviews: 67 | Ratings: 151
Photo of Walkersan
1.67/5  rDev -53%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

If you gave me this beer and didn't tell me what the style was, Kolsch would be the LAST thing I would ever guess. It's cloudy and has heavy biscuit flavor. I don't mind those two things so much, but they have no place in a kolsch.

In addition, the beer is very inconsistent. I've had it on several occasions now, and it has been very notably different every time. Last night I had two in a row, at the same restaurant, as an experiment. They tasted the same, but looked like totally different beers.

In all fairness, the beer itself isn't TERRIBLE (which is why I gave it an above average drinkability rating), but as a representative of the Kolsch style of beer, it is a complete and utter failure. My ratings for smell, appearance and taste are based on how far off the Kolsch target this thing was.

Bud Light is more like a Kolsch than Angry Angel is.

SUMMARY: the beer is decent if you stand it alone. it' fails hard when you try and call it a kolsch.

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Photo of TheKingofWichita
2.62/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a bright golden color with a bright white head, no lacing apparent.
Smells of hops and fruit.
Tastes like a blast of bitterness that never settles down at all.
Not a very smooth beer either, with a somewhat thin feel.
Fairly drinkable, for those who can deal with it, it could be a session beer.

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Photo of rockyfire
2.76/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Apperance: pours a light orange with not much carbonation. The beer had no head.

Taste: It was rather bland followed by a slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Very light beer. Too light for the style.

Drinkability: This is not a bad beer but I have had better. I will try again, maybe it was a bad batch.

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Photo of RWLawman
2.76/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Goldenrod, with almost non-existent head.

S- Smells of white grape, citrus, and grain.

T - Grape, apple, citrus, bitter fruit. Light grain profile. Dry aftertaste.

M - Moderate, to maybe a little watery.

O - Not my favorite beer by any stretch. Not repulsive, but definitely not even close to something I'd look for again in the future. Maybe it's the style, being more of a fan of malty, dark beers. However, I do enjoy a good pale ale from time to time. This Kolsch was a no-go for me.

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Photo of jrstamp
2.78/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: Golden, clear, light carbonation.

S: Very estery, fruity banana, kinda over the top. Good hop / malt balance. Get some English hop character.

T: Tastes more like an English Bitter, but a little too estery for that. Really feel like this is fermented with an English ale yeast.

M: Low to medium moulthfeel. Fairly dry

O: Would not give this high marks as a Kolsh. Malt and hops would be good for a bitter, but even still would be a little estery.

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Photo of smakawhat
3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pilsner glass as a slender makeshift stange.

A pale lemon yellow body clear as all get out with constant rising carbonation. Very good retention foamy cap of white and even some sticky clumps on the glass.

Smell is predominantly baked bread, as buttered on with sweetness from a bakery, maybe even like a white cocoa. Interesting.

Taste is really weird, but with a big toasted bread sense on the finish. Palate is just dry DRY and grain, extremely medicine bitter, with grassy sense and not tasting hop bitter. Light bodied almost wet but dry palate scorching extremely dry in feel.

Kind of a strange one, seems like it would have been alright but this is pretty strange tasting Kolsch. I'll pass.

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Photo of jgalbjr
3.03/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice nose, starts out easy drinking. Something on the back end though...a sourness that is not proper for this type of beer. Instead of crisp fruitiness, I get crisp lemon. I like Kolsch ales, but this one doesn't quite do it for me. I think the ABV is a bit low also, doesn't quite carry the beer on the finish.

Tasted on 2 different occasions from an establishment that goes through alot of beer, including this one.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.09/5  rDev -13%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, rather wan straw yellow with a typical and not persistent white head. Malty aroma is more hopeful, though, with hints of apple, butterscotch and hops. Flavor is malty with subtle fruity and hoppy notes, nothing special. Texture has below average body and average fizz. Guess this isn’t Big Boss’ best, or maybe my bottle came from a bum batch.

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Photo of Axnjxn
3.13/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on draft at Sam's in Durham.

Pours a golden color with a light head. Very light, almost nonexistent aroma of malts. taste isn't much better, drinkable but nothing at all to write home about. very dry and very "light" taste. not much flavor to speak of. it goes down easy enough though.

Overall would not have this again. it's not impressive in any way. Maybe better for non craft beer drinkers to introduce them to something other than Bud Light.

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Photo of KajII
3.14/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Best served in a Kolsch glass]

The pour was a hazy medium amber, almost gold in color with a very small white fizzy head that disappeared in a matter of seconds and had some really poor lacing.

The aroma was very mild of a light bread malts, a light floral hop and had a slight scent of an earthy yeast with a hint of citrus (lemon).

The taste at first was slightly bitter and mildly acidic with a nice malt characteristic, it then became a bit bitterer and had a nice dose of wheat and just a very light touch of citrus at the end with the flavor lasting only a short time on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was creamy and a little dry in texture with a light to medium body and a nice soft carbonation.

Overall a mild/flavorful tasting brew that is very easy to drink...

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Photo of tdm168
3.16/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery's tasting room.

Pours a clear gold with no head. Smells faintly of straw. Taste wheat/straw with very light bitterness. The flavors are so light as to almost call it nondescript. Little carbonation and light bodied.

Too thin and light. There are better Kolsch-style beers out there.

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Photo of sabrills70
3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle with a bottled on date of June 2008. Pours a hazy deep gold/medium amber. Has a 1 finger head, OK longevity and decent lace. Not a ton of aroma but honey and rich malts come through. Nice malt flavors mixed with honey and a touch of citrus. Hop flavor and a touch of bitterness come through in the finish. Somewhat rich. Not a great beer but quality made and tasty.

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Photo of kkipple
3.21/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big Boss breaks into a little known style and I pickt up a bottle. Lesse here....

A. Fizzy pale gold, filtered but not brilliant, lingering small foamy white head. Pretty.

S. "Light" all the way around, but subtlety is the order here. Sweet and pale toasted grain, a touch of lemon sourness and esters, the barest kiss of noble hops. There's a little musty grainy quality here that is ok, but I'm not sure is intended. Still alright.

T. Tenatively sweet, but there's a weird sour-lemonhead things going on that I'm not sure was intended. Otherwise it's light and bouncy and drinkable... but I need to have this again nearer the source.

M. Light, tight, freshy, drinkable.

Decent, not great, the sourness hurts this brew a lot, perhaps an off batch? As with many beers, the solution is obviously to have it again!

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.23/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass. A rather dark, almost copper colored beer emerges and is topped with a mostly white head. Not much retention and very little lacing. This one seems to have a little too much "color" to it as most Kolschs are quite pale.

Nice aroma. Some caramel aromas and some toffee as well which I assume are not typical of the style. A slight cola smell as well with white grapes. Different for sure.

I like the flavor although I dont think it is really to style either. More caramel flavors followed by some sweetness. Very clean on the palate but not overly dry. Slightly watery and thin but that is expected with a 4.5%abv beer. A nice beer and a definite quencher for summertime consumption. Slightly recommended.

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Photo of ccrida
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark gold with a big bubbled, small white head that quickly dissipates, leaving very light lace.

Smell is light, sweet, a hint of herbal hops.

Taste has a light, fruity ester, some hop bitterness on the finish, a hint of tobacco leaf. A little generic though.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp.

Drinkability is pretty high, a light session ale, on the sweet side, just nothing interesting.

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Photo of cbros
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving type- 12 ounce bottle poured into a tom collins glass.

My friend brought this to me from the brewery in Raleigh. The beer pours a straw pale yellwo with a small one finger lace that doesn't seem to stick around for very long. There is alsol very little cling to the glass which makes it seem to be a rather weak looking beer. The smell and taste of this beer are light and noncommital. I am getting some of the hop presence but rather weak in nature. This beer does finish with a dry, almost champagne like taste. This is a different tasting beer and not a style I usally go for but I must admit the differences in this beer are intriguing. I probably wouldn't pick up a sixer of this on a regular basis, however with the summer months approaching this is an alternative to the usual fair and a decent session beer offering.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Straw color with a slight haze. Poured a 1 finger shite head that dissipated to a thick skim. Some sticky lace in spots.

S: Sweet, bready malts. Even, subdued bitter.

T: Biscuity malts up front; slightly sweet. Wet grains and muted flavoring hops. Sweet malt lingers through an even bitter.

M: Light to medium body. Moderate carbonation. Crisp, with a lingering sweet malt flavor.

D: Easy to drink, just a little sweet that minimizes refreshment.

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Photo of mactrail
3.34/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pleasant pale spritzy beer.

Big foam up but retains a lot of head. Quite carbonated on the tongue. Almost not beer colored. Chill haze. Hoppy initial taste, extremely light bodied. Bitterness fades but leaves a faint dishwatery taste. Rather tart.

When there is not a lot of flavor to deal with, it ought to be more pleasing. I would not want a big schooner of this. I wish it had an interesting aftertaste, at least.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.37/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a style that I know little about, actually, this is my first experience with it.

Pours a very pale, clear, light gold with a thin popping white head on top. Pops away to nothing very quickly. No lacing. Smells of corn adjuncts, grain, and hints of honey sweetness.

Mouthfeel is poppy and fizzy as well. Pretty high carbonation. Flavor is of roasted grains, and biscuits. Finishes very tame with no lingering aftertaste at all. Slight bitterness, but not much. Drinkability is high, as I could see this being a good summer thirst-quencher. Not bad. I'll have to check out more of this style. I'm now interested.

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Photo of oberon
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a cylinder glass a clear dull light golden with a thinner white head atop,very clean aromas just a hint of white grape and some toasted grain.Flavors are much different than expected,white grape and a butteriness that I dont think should have been there but it wasnt all that bad just not supposed to be that way.Its gotta decent toasty cereal-like finish but I cant get over the buttery-caramelly flavors,this is a kolsch style right?

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Photo of Proteus93
3.42/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clean blonde... just the slightest bit of haze - not chill haze, but very light.

S: Fruity, toasty malts, light notes of canned pineapple - but not with the big citrus thing going on. Really reminds me of those little Dole fruit tins with the peel back tops.

T: Not so fruity, but there does seem to be alittle tinniness there. Pale malts with a lighter toastiness. Not a lot of depth, really.

M: Somewhat dry, could be a little crisper to come across as more refreshing.

D: Not too bad, but nothing that I'd find myself going out for again. Needs to have a little more refreshing feel to be more satisfying.

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Photo of raszputini
3.42/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle to a pils glass. Pours a very light amber with a light foamy head that sticks around. Solid malt backbone with a little fruitiness. Light and crisp mouthfeel - missing the creaminess I would expect. Finishes slightly bitter after a slight blast of hops. This is a very easy drinking ale, but I question its pedigree as a kolsch.

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Photo of CampusCrew
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good for a Klosh. Good for the light drinkers that want to try something new. I liked it too.

appearance: light yellow

smell: slight hops to almost zero smell

taste: Little to none, clear

mouthfeel: good carbonation

drinkability: very easy and smooth.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a shaker. Poured straw yellow with a one finger pure white head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, wheat, and earthy notes. The flavor was of sweet malt, wheat, earthy, nutty, and subtle spices. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a nice brew. It was not awe-inspiring by any means, but still good. It had a fairly weak aroma to it, but the flavor was pretty complex and refreshing for a Kölsch. I would recommend this to a person coming to the craft beer scene, but not for a die-hard craft beer junkie though.

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Photo of tone77
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, some breadiness. Taste is crisp, hops, floral notes, some malts, bitter at the finish, refreshing. Feels light in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

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Angry Angel Kolsch from Big Boss Brewing
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