The Publican House Ale | Publican House Brewery

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The Publican House AleThe Publican House Ale

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Publican House Brewery
Ontario, Canada

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
The Publican House Ale, our flagship brand, at 4.8% alcohol is a traditional German table beer made exclusively with Wyermann malts and Continental noble hops. Flavorful with a broad general appeal to beer drinkers, this product is in production year round and is available in 1.9 litre growlers as well as 473ml. cans. Our signature ale carries the name of the brewery and pub. The term 'publican' dates back centuries to early England and was the genesis of the local brewery and watering hole for town residents as well as travelers through who could stop and refresh themselves and get to know some of the locals in the 'public house'.

Added by Sammy on 10-17-2008

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Ratings: 28 |  Reviews: 11
Reviews by cfalovo97:
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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Photo of Sammy
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This will be offered in cans. Advertised as an all-malt, its Jon's "kolsch blond". a craftier Stella Artois, its got a decent bitterness in the finish. Average mouthfeel. Apple cider colour, no head. Neutral aroma.Clean and fresh, and if so in the mass produced cans people should be fine with it. Understated carbonation.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.83/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a bright pale yellow color lager with an average size pure white foamy head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of grainy malt with light sweetness. Taste is not overly complex with some grainy malt and some light sweet. Light adjunct seem noticeable but I could be wrong. Body is pretty full for the style with good carbonation. Easily drinkable but lacking some complexity.

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Photo of ThinkAgain
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of liamt07
2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

Photo of thehyperduck
3.89/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tallboy can from the LCBO; packaged Nov 14 2015 and served well-chilled. I enjoyed their Square Nail PA, so did not hesitate to grab this can of "Pub House Ale" while shopping in London last month.

Pours foggy golden-yellow, topped with one centimetre of soapy, white-coloured froth that recedes within the next two minutes. A modest-sized collar and filmy cap remain, along with minimal lacing; nothing to get excited about visually. Light notes of lemon zest, apple skin and apricot on the nose, set upon a backdrop of grainy, crackery pale malts and some grassy hay.

A solid session beer; clean and crisp, somewhere between a blonde ale and a pilsener. Grainy pale malts provide a crackery, doughy-biscuity sweet base for the flavour profile, with subtle, fruity hints of red apple skin and apricot surfacing by mid-sip. The back end is rampant with grassy, mildly floral noble hop bitterness, of the stripe that you'd expect from an imported German pils. This aspect lingers beyond the finish, setting the stage for a mostly-dry aftertaste that compels you to take another sip. Light-bodied, with moderate carbonation levels that result in a lively, refreshing mouthfeel.

Final Grade: 3.89, a B+. The Publican House's Pub House Ale might not be the most traditional example of a kölsch, but that sure isn't stopping me from enjoying it. This one makes up for its lack of exciting, novel features by being exceptionally clean-tasting and having universal appeal - you need not be a hardcore BA in order to enjoy this one. While the can I sampled was not particularly fresh, it is still drinking very nicely and I would definitely be interested in trying a fresher sample at some point, either another can from the LCBO or on-tap.

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Photo of grub
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

64oz growler purchased at the brewery june 28/2010 and sampled july 1/2010.

pours crystal clear with a big white head. the head drops fairly fast and leaves lots of spotty lace as it falls.

aroma is nice. light alcohol. white bread and cracker. big floral and lightly perfumey hop character.

taste is good. wheat bread and cracker. bit of grain. light alcohol. hint of nutty character. bit of grapey character. lightly lager-ish, but nice and clean. lightly perfumey floral hop character.

mouthfeel is great. light and crisp. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is good. great balance. nice and refreshing. definitely worth checking out.

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Photo of Rukeli76
3.52/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MasterOfArgos39
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of eberesford
3.19/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours old gold with thin head and light lacing. Aroma: sweetish, malty. Flavour: malty, bready, yeasty. Shortish mouth.

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Photo of Viggo
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to grub for sharing this growler.

Pours a very lightly hazed yellowish golden, very thin white head forms and settles to a thin ring around the glass, a few lace spots stick.

Smell is real nice, honey, quite sweet and malty, big biscuity, very clean light fruit, good maltiness, light floral, a touch of grape, a bit of citrus zing, really refreshing.

Taste is nice too, a bit musty, white grapes, some toast, lightly fruity, perfumey, honey sweetness, a bit of citrus, balanced bitterness in the finish, very drinkable and refreshing.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation, goes down super easy. A pretty damn nice kolsch. Thanks Russ!

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Photo of Boo-urns
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jaisell
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of biegaman
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Publican House Ale has a golden shine, spotless clarity, a small legion of bubbles, with a perpetual head that tags the glass like a street artist. The beer is poised for mass appeal and, indeed, has an appearance that wouldn't look out of place with most mainstream lagers.

The beer has a fresh bread note and very soft, airy apple-like esters. I've yet to come across a Kölsch that smells bad, though, at the same time, I've yet to find one with any panache either. It's a predictably safe style and this one seems just that: good but uninteresting.

The taste features a strong but plain maltiness, its dry, white bread flavour enlivened only by a little bit of stale pineapple or oxidized apple taste (the flesh of the fruit but with hardly any of the sugars). That carefully rationed sweetness allows the water minerals to show a little.

Typical of German-style lagers, Publican House Ale is not sexy but it get's the job done right and with efficiency: thirst is quenched yet the next sip can't wait long; it is substantial enough to be satiating but is not so ample as to be bloating or over-filling. Multiple servings is conceivable, though one will suffice if it must.

The concept of a brewery named after an English tradition having a German beer as their flagship brand is odd to me; the name, the marketing, the can design - they don't suit the beer itself. With such an excellent recipe on their hands, however, you can't fault The Publican House for wanting to put this Kölsch front and center. Good beer.

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Photo of Electros
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NV9
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice golden, yellow colour with about a half inch of foam that leaves some lacing as it goes.

Sweet grainy smell, the hops are quite prevalent in the aroma as well.

Hops of front, definite nut taste, full flovour

Medium carbonation, pretty easy to drink but not a session beer in my opinion.

Overall, I liked this less than their square nail pail ale, but still a good ale.

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Photo of scott2269
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of CRObighit2
4.02/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MasterSki
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First off, thanks to grub for hauling this back from Peterborough. Next - pretty sure this is a Kölsch and not a Vienna Lager. Served in a Unibroue tulip glass.

A - Pours with a few fingers of eggshell foam that dissipates to a thick ring and thin cap, leaving behind spotty lace. The transparent body is the color of straw, with a golden glow to it. A bit more lace and it'd be perfect for the style.

S - White grapes and wine notes, toasted grains, a touch of bread and honey, and a bit of that mustiness that all good Kölsch needs.

T - The taste is more honey and bready malt, with less of the grape flavor. Pretty clean, and not as interesting as the nose.

M - Tingly carbonation. A light refreshing body that finishes clean, but not particularly dry.

D - This was a really easy beer to drink - I filled my glass a couple times. A promising first encounter with Publican House - looking forward to trying some of their brews.

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Photo of JPNesker
4.42/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25


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Photo of EricVonStein
3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pale straw yellow, like sunlight through clouds. Bright white finger of head that settles to a thin covering immediately.

Lemon citrus on the nose. White pepper. Faint grain. Subdued.

If anything defines this beer it must be its softness. Soft honey with a slight earthy herbal hops. Citrus nose doesn't come through so much in taste. More herbal and green straw tartness. Beautiful layer of soft rolled light malts in the background. Finishes dry and a bit tart like underripe Apple skin.

Amply carbonated with fine bubbles. Med body and soapy soft on the tongue.

Very nice beer, simple but elegant. Not overly complex flavours but what it does it does very well. Excellent mouthfeel.

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Photo of Bf_89
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Molson2000
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of slitherySOB
3.64/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler, this ale pours a pale golden colour with little head to speak of. Lacing, however, sticks to the glass. Smells of sweet grain, bitter hops, and crackers. Tastes a bit nutty and hoppy. Medium carbonated, easy to drink; an excellent session lager.

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