4 Pines Kolsch | 4 Pines Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
4 Pines Brewing Company
Australia
4pinesbeer.com.au

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by vancurly on 08-23-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
68
Reviews:
30
Avg:
3.49
pDev:
14.9%
 
 
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2.25/5  rDev -35.5%

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2.25/5  rDev -35.5%

Photo of Refloosh
2.27/5  rDev -35%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of pin
2.5/5  rDev -28.4%

Photo of DamienI
2.5/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of stevoj
2.54/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the brewery. Light, but missing most of the kolsch style. No crispness, no hop bite. As noted earlier, kind of bland, leans towards the Aussie palate of bland lagers

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Photo of CrazyDavros
2.75/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours golden amber with a large fading head.
Nose shows sweet bready malt, floral hops and hints of citrus. Quite soft, almost plain.
Similar flavours, hints of lemon, off-putting bready/grainy malt and a metallic bitterness.
Carbonation is too high.

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Photo of JKCooper
2.83/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of spicelab
2.97/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Golden honey, clear and bright, with a finger of airy white head that falls away completely in under a minute.

Tangerine, sweet pineapple and moderately sharp grassy notes underlaid by a dull metallic, grainy character.

Oh dear. The hops have taken their bat and ball and gone home. What remains has very little to differentiate it from a common Australian Lager. Reminds me of a couple of weekends back at the footy drinking Carlton Draught. There's just an ever so slight generic fruit presence that salvages it a bit.

Mouthfeel is again more reminiscent of an Aussie Lager, with busy soft drink style carbonation. It seems to work with the rest of the package however, and it's nice and crisp.

Meh. It's most redeeming characteristic is that it's clean and refreshing, otherwise it's dull and boring.

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Photo of soju6
2.99/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a slightly hazy light golden color with a good head that fades to some lacing.

S: Fairly mild aroma of citrus, malt sweetness and grain.

T: Taste of some malt sweetness with a bit of fruit and spice. Mild bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Light body, smooth with just a bit of crispness and somewhat refreshing although a bit bland.

O: A drinkable non-offensive offering for the style.

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3/5  rDev -14%

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3/5  rDev -14%

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3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of mulder1010
3.03/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330 ML poured into a globe glass

A-- Poured a clear, straw gold color. Good amount of bubbles from the pour. Very short lived bright white head that went to spotty film. Good head on swirling. Got a two finger head when swirled and that quickly died down.

S-- Got some spicy hops at first and once it warmed I started getting metal, soap, vegetables and a little bit of sweetness with this. Smells more like a better version of VB really.

T-- Very clean taste. No bitterness even with some spicy hops. Metal and stewed vegetables.

M-- Light, bubbly and crisp. A bit of a bread taste mixed with vegetables. Finishes with a sweet bread taste.

O-- Does not wow me, or impress me. First impression is a better version of Toohey's or VB. Am sticking with that. Makes me think this was branded a Kolsch to sound hip and trendy while they brewed a better version of an adjunct.

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Photo of argon
3.14/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Was sent a bottle direct from the brewery for sampling.

Very bright pale straw colour, well carbonated with an initially large white head that lightly laced the glass. Good looking beer that would appeal to the everyday drinker recognizable as a familiar beer.

Not much in the way of malt, nor hop aroma. Did get some very slight sulfur that persisted as it warmed up. Not a very exciting beer to smell. Again, nothing offensive, just reasonably unexciting. No light fruitiness at all.

The flavour, same as the aroma is nothing too exciting. It is very clean and crisp with a very light (hardly perceptible) slight mineral and sulfur character. Malt sweetness and hop bitterness balanced to the point of neither being present.

Well attenuated and dry to medium body, crisp with bitterness that is well balanced, leaving a very sessionable beer.

Overall i think it's a very well made beer. I would like the beer a little more if, using this base, a little more fruity fermentation character was present and maybe a touch more malt presence.

I can understand that this beer (and Kolsch in general) can be seen as a gateway beer to craft beer. However, there is a dilemma that the brewer faces, in that the average beer drinker won't go for it, cause it tastes very similar to the commercial stuff they drink all the time. Whereas the beer aficionado will be looking for something with a bit more character as a special one off, or even as a go to beer.

For mine, the beer right now, is too similar (although very well made and much more drinkable) to 90% of the stuff that is both cheaper and more widely available.

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3.17/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.19/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The beer exits the bottle a dark yellow color with thin white foam. It looks about right. The aroma is surprisingly strong with heavy notes of bread dough. Grass speckles the background. As time goes on, the aroma subsides some, but continues to be very strong for this style, although certainly not offensive. The palate presents a heavy dose of bread as well along with some nice grainy pale malt. A slight kiss of bitterness sends it on its way. Nothing wrong with this beer, pretty average for the style. A nice drinker on a warm summer afternoon.

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Photo of foles
3.21/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear golden yellow, with a white head. Slight citrus & lemon on the nose. Possibly pale malt, but not detecting pils malt. Some bitter lemony hops on a pleasant pale malt base. As a purist I can't see how its called a kolsch without german hops or pils malt. However, a nice drinkable beer for a warm day.

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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of magnusdave
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of vancurly
3.3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm a bit worried about the approach Aussie brewers have towards Kolsch. For some it's a license to brew Sauvignon Blanc; for others, a chance to brew standard fare, but give it a funny name.

For the life of me, I could barely distinguish this ale from certain Australian premium lagers. But this isn't to detract from the beer itself, it's just that Aussie Kolschs perplex me.

a) Clear, yellow straw, quick-sinking white head.
s) Metallic, sulfur. I'm thinking something between Crown & Cascade. Combo of pale malts and what I guess is PoR. It warms into fruity notes, fresh grain, grassy herbs.
f) Not far from the nose. Firmly bitter.
m) Quite dry, refreshing.
d) Good session beer. But at $6.50 a schmiddy, is very expensive for standard fare.

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Photo of ADZA
3.33/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a nice looking pale see through golden straw hue with beautiful carbonation that leaves behind a soapy,sudsy two finger head and leaves behind some sporadic lacing,the is fruit toast,cinamon and herbal spicy hops,it has a light bodied well carbonated mouthfeel and has gentle tastes of lemon zest,cinamon,pale malts and finished with a grassy,herbal,hoppy dryness and overall its alright and have had worse examples of this style.

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Photo of Kroehny_Loves_Hops
3.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.49 out of 5 based on 68 ratings.
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