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Ölsch | Outer Banks Brewing Station

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Outer Banks Brewing Station
North Carolina, United States

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 28 | Ratings: 77
Photo of Cavanaghty
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass.

Appearance: Light golden color with a thin white head.

Smell: Light hops with grassy notes.

Mouthfeel/ Taste: Smooth light bodied. Taste of Hops with hints of grassy/earthy tones.

Overall: Good refreshing beer.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap at the brewery in a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, crystal clear, straw gold coloring with carbonation throughout the body, and a clingy, foamy, white head. Nose of subtle toasted grains, floral highlights, and hints of fruity esters. Flavors are toasted forward, with a tangy sweetness of butter and honey, and a bitter hops bite in the backbone. Light and smooth bodied, with a roasted and bitter aftertaste. Smooth, slightly sweet lingering finish.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served on-tap at Outer Banks Brewing Station in Kill Devil Hills, NC

A: Pours a hazy pale to medium lemon yellow in color with light amounts of visible carbonation and some golden yellow highlights. The beer has a half finger tall off-white head that reduces to a medium patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of slightly sweet malts with slightly stronger aromas of herbal, grassy, and floral hops.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of slightly sweet malts (slightly bready/grainy) with a light to moderate flavor of herbal, grassy, and floral hops - though the herbal hops are most dominant. There is also a slight hint of lemon/citrus in the background.

M: Light to medium bodied with slightly more than moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Pretty easy to drink and enjoyable but if I'm at Outer Banks again I will not be choosing this one - the Lemongrass Wheat is just so much better than anything else I will not be able to resist it. There is almost a hint of a pilsner in this kolsch.

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Photo of stakem
3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draft offering at the source. The brew appears a straw yellow color, quite clear with streaming bubbles that maintain a white film across the top. Some patchy lace sticks to the glass.

The aroma is mostly composed of sulfur with a fresh grain inclusion. Some hints of cheese and a touch of noble hops. Overall not bad but I could do without the sulfur.

The taste is mild with a fresh grainy quality mixed with a touch of sulfur and noble hop bitterness that is mildly grassy with herbs and a bit of pine inclusion.

This is a light bodied brew that is fully carbonated. Crisp and easy drinking that makes for a solid beach beer for sure. A little reworking here could make this outstanding.

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Photo of Jimmys
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

tasted on-tap at the brewpub while visiting this past weekend. review from notes.

A: bright gold. good lacing, not a great head.

S: mild hop aroma. spicy black pepper. malts are present as well, but mild.

T: rich pilsner malts hit and last long into the finish. decent german hopping to offer some balance.

M: average carbonation on a light body.

D: very drinkable. refreshing and quaffable.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color and is slightly hazy.
It came to me with an aveage size head that was white and pretty dense. Sticks well to the glass leaving good lacing.

Arma is lighter but you can pick up floral hops and toasted malts.

Flavorful with grainy or bready malts and some floral hops.

The beer was smooth going down and was pretty clean and a tad dry mo aftertaste.

I thought this beer was pretty good. After a long day looking at lighthouses it hit the spot.

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Photo of adamette
2.74/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Review from notes taken last night. On tap at the brewery, poured into a clean, clear glass.

A Light colored head which sticks to the inside of the glass reasonably well over a boring translucent yellow body. Kind of boring look really. 2.0

S Basic Kolsch smell, strong with the bitter hops and barley, light on much sweetness of any kind. 3.0

T Nothing remarkable here. Your basic Kolsch which did not take many (if any) chances. 3.0

M Light feel, again nothing remarkable. 3.0

D/O Good drinkability with the manageable ABV but this beer overall is boring. 2.0

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3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - The one part of the beer that I felt was on-target. Bright, clear yellow with a small but fluffy head and ample lacing.

S - The smell has a little bit of biscuity malt underneath some hops that I can only characterize as funky, and to a lesser degree floral.

T - The taste is as light and delicate as you might expect, but too hop-forward in my opinion. A little tropical fruitiness is present right at the tip of the tongue. The flavors are too out-of-balance for me to call it a good Kolsch. More like a mild APA or maybe a blond.

M - Not crisp enough to match the flavor or style. Not quite creamy, but somewhere just shy of it.

O - A Kolsch is a beer that should be to style, and this one is too hoppy, too thick feeling, and just not quite right. It's not necessarily bad, but probably not one I'd get again.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clean, crisp and quite drinkable, the signature brew at the OBX Brewing station does not dissapoint.

Pours crystal clear golden yellow, but the taste has a nice body to it that lets you know this is no adjunct lager. Creamy mouthfeel.

Very easy to drink, great summer beer.

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Photo of plaid75
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a vibrant noble hop and grainy malt.

The taste consisted of an upfront herbal noble hop followed by a clean, yet biscuity malt.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty and quaffable ale.

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Photo of Onenote81
4.12/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The first of 4 beers I had at this place the other night. Came out a slightly hazy light gold with a thin white head on top. No lacing sticking to the glass. Smells of grass, cheap grains, and a slightly sour fruitiness that I like. Not too bad. The mouth is crisp and clean. The grassy hops come out right away, but this finishes mildly bitter and tame. This is very refreshing and one of the better Kolsch beers I've had. I could drink these all summer.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A light gold body with good carbonation and a one-finger head. Minor fruit notes that are also a little floral and minor sweet malts make up aroma. Gives off sharp fruit tastes thanks to carbonation, and some of the tastes seem to be heavy fruits like grape and also some citric like lemon. Has a minor pinch of sweetness that balances the beer and makes this an easy-going thirst quencher, as it is light-bodied and almost watery, on a summer day.

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Photo of TheTrevor
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer came out a pale golden color with a single-finger head. The smell was some light citrus with a backbone of hops. The taste was similar to the smell, light and fruity with a nice bit of hops in the finish to balance it out. The mouthfeel is nice and crisp, and I could probably drink this beer all day.

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Photo of AleDrinkToThat
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pale golden hue under a two finger white head that laced nicely.

Smell: Citrus, pale malt, floral hops

Taste: Like a sweet, mild pale ale. Exactly as it should be (though it's my first of the Cologne-inspired style).

Mouthfeel: Sweet up front, and a little tart once it's hit, and the hops provide an appropriate dry finish.

Drinkability: This was a tasty ale, and it worked pretty well as a quencher with some wings that I was having. I usually choose a lager for such food, but I'd never had this style. Great choice, paired with spicy food.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From my limited notes when at the Outer Banks this past summer.

Pours a hazy golden color with a decent head, some lacing.

Smell is similar to the Lemongrass Wheat Ale that OBBS also puts out, but the lemon aroma is more subdued.

Taste has a moderate citrus taste contributed from the lemongrass and the hops, not overwhelmingly sweet like the Lemongrass Wheat though, a good alternative, very light with a crisp carbonation.

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Photo of mmmbeer
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

5 oz. sample on-tap at the brewery - brewed with Saaz, Spalt, and Perle. It's a lightly-hazy pale gold with low carbonation and a thin head. Smells of light malts and noble hops, but not very aromatic. Mostly hops on the palate, contributing fruity/floral and grassy/spicy notes, with a dash of pine and earth, and imparting a medium bitterness. It has a light to medium body with medium carbonation and finish. Overall a pleasing summer ale that makes for a nice starter.

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Photo of Fish113d
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from tap into an english pint glass.

Pours a lemon-peel color with a thin, white surface layer which clings to sides of the glass even after it dissipates; slightly hazy body.

Aroma reminds me of lemongrass with a slight bitter hops on the nose as well. Citrus tones through and through.

Flavors are of lemon peel and some biscuity malts. Bitter hops with a slightly floral tone. Basic and light.

Sipping it, it quickly bites the tip of my tongue (carbonation), but a nice smooth, and somewhat crisp body. Refreshing brew on a hot summer's day.

Highly drinkable especially if it's hot and sunny. A roofer's delight!

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Photo of JayQue
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A refreshing but very average beer. A bit more crisp and hoppy than a macro lager, definitely more flavor but this style don't do much for me. I had a 5 oz sampler at the brew pub. Basically a pale yellow beer with a small white head...very little aroma and a mild but smooth, crisp taste. Not one I would seek out, but not a bad beer either.

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Photo of
3.81/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at OBBS.

Clear, straw yellow with a small white head. Some lacing as I drank.

Fairly mild aroma. Touch of citrus and bread.

Nice balance, perhaps a bit more hop/citrus than a Kolsch should have, but still very mild. Citrus/lemon, touch of sweet flavor, bread.

Light and crisp body. Medium carbonation. Very refreshing.

Excellent, light, summer beer.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the brewpub on September 16 with my Happy Hour appetizer. Reviewed from notes.

Poured a thick and gold haze. not particularly clear but also not completely thickened with haze. No real lace but for some dotting around the edges of the glass. Nose is very mild with just some tones of light malts coming through.

Very nice kolsch flavors. Malts come through as overly cooked bread and crackers. Very mild hops presence gives just enough bitterness to balance out the sweet malts. I did pick up a slight tartness like lemons that seemed a bit out of place. Mouthfeel is fairly light but not really dry at all. Very nice beer on a wet and steamy late summer day.

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Photo of akorsak
3.13/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is a glass of Olsch served at OBBS in Kill Devil Hills, NC. The ale is cold.

A: The ale is a very pale yellow color with a good retention of head.

S: The ale has a faint biscuity nose with no hops.

T: The taste is faintly biscuity with very grainy finish. Light hops help impart a dry apple taste.

M: The mouthfeel is darn near nonexistent. Not a beer full of flavor.

D: For having 5.7% abv, there is not a lot going on here.

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Photo of vtfan77
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Light straw color with minimal head and just a touch of lacing.

S- Not a big fan of the smell here. Malt is fairly prominent, although it almost smells kind of adjuncty, like a macro lager. Nice noble hop aroma saves this one, though.

T- Much better here. Nice spicy, herbal and citrus taste from the hops complement the bready malt quite nicely. Finishes dry, crisp and clean.

M- Pretty thin here, but for this type of beer I think that's a good thing.

D- Very good drinkability. Its light body and low ABV make it an excellent session beer.

Nice summer thirst quencher here. Very refreshing with temperatures on the beach reaching the mid 90's. It won't blow you away with flavor or complexity, but it's a solid summer brew. Recommended.

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Photo of brentk56
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a cloudy pale lemon color and a modest head that fails to leave much lacing behind

Smell: Grassy, noble hop aroma that reflects the Saaz hops (Spalt and Perle are also used)

Taste: Grassy, herbacious flavor that builds through to the finish; really tastes more like a Pilsner than a Kölsch

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with plenty of carbonation

Drinkability: Refreshing and flavorful, although I prefer a bit of fruity flavor in a Kölsch; nevertheless, a great crossover beer for the beach crowd

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.61/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer arrived on the table crystal clear pale straw with a white frothy head that lasted darn near forever.

The aroma was fruity with a slight sulphur component.

The flavor was watery and a bit husky and grainy. The beer was missing some malt flavor, but had a nice spicy hop bite.

The finish was dry with lasting reminants of that spicy hop character. The body was medium light with a very nice carbonation level. Just missing some flavor and aroma characteristics of a really great Kolsch.

The ABV must have dropped, the beer menu now lists it as 4.8% ABV.

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Photo of Gavage
4.32/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: arrived in a pint glass looking yellow in color with a mild haze. Nice white 2" head.

Smell: the aroma was nice as lemon and malt were easily detectable.

Taste: the flavor sported a refreshingly crisp citrus, grass, and mild bitterness tones with decent malt backbone.

Mouthfeel: light / medium in body. Crisp start with a clean, crisp finish.

Drinkability: superbly drinkable. This was a great tasting and refreshing beer after a hot humid day in OBX.

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Ölsch from Outer Banks Brewing Station
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