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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0
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15
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Ratings: 68 |  Reviews: 30
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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

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 liamt07
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Jason, 12oz bottle into a tulip.

Filtered golden orange, with a white head. Leaves a ring of retention and light lacing. Nose is fruity, some sweet grape notes, oranges, sweet breadiness and grains. Taste has more grainy bread character, mild fruitiness and some sweet malt in the finish. Mild bitterness. Medium body, medium carbonation. A nice fruitier lager.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.89/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The tail-end of Sydney's summer is wagging, so after a hot walk home this seemed like a sensible option. I've had it on tap here, there, and everywhere around the place but have never reviewed it, and I'm not sure I've ever had it from the bottle before either. This is a 330ml bottle purchased from Dan Murphy's in Alexandria.

Looks good, like it should: perfectly clear pale golden colour, with a firm, slightly frothy but fine head of pure white. Minimal streaking lace, fine carbonation which is actually rather languid in the glass. Body looks pleasantly light, except for those bubbles which seem swamped in a much thicker, heavier beer. I started with "looks good", and I've seen nothing to change my mind.

Nose is fine. Crisp, light grainy malt characters, with a light cereal greenness. Hops are muted, but noticeable: they're enough to provide a little balance at least. Some faint floral overtones, and a suggestion of metal. It's crisp, light and calm. Perfectly acceptable.

Taste is also perfectly acceptable: clean light malt jangles with faint grain characters, crisp firm hop tones provide a direct but tamed vector down the centre of the palate. Crisp finish with some husky flavours rounding it out: it's pleasant. Feel is really quite smooth throughout, carbonation is reigned in nicely but provides a subtle lift to the flavours, and aids the crispness on the finish.

In terms of clean, drinkable beers, it's pretty hard to fault this. Some might pejoratively say this is a "lager-drinkers ale" (perhaps spitting on the ground as they do), but I like to think that it's an ale aspiring to the true greatness that only a lager can provide. It's a good alternative in any case, and I'm happy this is getting a wider distribution.

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2.25/5  rDev -35.5%

Photo of dgilks
3.86/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very light malt aroma with slightly spicy hops.

Clear, straw colour with a nice white head. Great lace.

Light, crisp malt flavour. No graininess. Slightly too hoppy.

Light body with crisp carbonation. Slightly astringent.

Good, easy to drink and refreshing. Tasty.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

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 laituegonflable
3.42/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale straw colour, mild haze and light bead. Head is webbed out, pretty uneventful though; thin trail of lace. Pretty dull, really.

Smells fairly fresh and pleasant. Mild citric notes and some floral characters - grass and chamomile with notable cereal grain notes hiding behind as well. Not amazing but fairly fresh and enjoyable.

Taste is grainy for the most part, with plenty of cereal notes, oats and barley and a growing bitterness that starts midway and gets slightly more astringent towards the back. Fairly citric with lemon and grapfruit, developing a more phenolic, spicy bite on the finish. Hint of pepper to the very back. Decent, and intriguing, if not overly delicious.

Fairly light body lets the carbonation show through, not too severely though so it's OK.

Decent, interesting beer. Which is more than I can say for most Kölsches.

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

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of heygeebee
3.93/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

From notes @ Harts Pub

Pours a light straw colour, good bubbles with a half finger head. Head recedes. No real lacing.

Aromas of lemons, grapefruit - light delicate restrained

Taste is also light and restrained, malt driven, with a bitterness at finish. All of the above does NOT shout macro tho....

Mouthfeel is light, crisp, refreshing.

Overall, great cold beer, but also a very very good sessionable one. A real find on tap.

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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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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -28.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of snowmageddon
3.78/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of greg4579
3.17/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dansmcd
3.61/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Furiously effervescent with aggressive waves of bubbles surging upwards to the surface. Pale golden colour with a thick, soapy white head and sticky chunks of lacing all around. Really nice looking.

S - Quite sweet with some grassy hops, spice and faint yeast.

T - Low profile grain, corn and grass.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation. Refreshing and crisp.

O - Not a bad kolsch at all, which is far from one of my favourite styles. Holds up well from start to finish.

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

Photo of SmashPants
3.69/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Format: standard 330mL dark brown bottle, reasonable craft label.

Appearance: pours a clear light gold with a decent and strong half-finger of off-white head. Decent lacing also.

Aroma: some clean cereal grain aromas and a touch of fruit and floral. Quite light, but nice all the same.

Taste: pretty much follows the nose - very clean and quality cereal grains with that touch of floral and fruit again. Quality.

Aftertaste: the flavours hang about for a time - very easy drinking.

Mouth feel: medium in body with a moderate carbonation that brings the flavours through quite smoothly.

Overall: a decent version of the Kölsch - clean in feel and with a good flavour profile. Pretty damn good for AU$60 a case.

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Photo of danieelol
3/5  rDev -14%

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