Brothers Gold
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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German Kölsch
Ranked #76
Ranked #23,315
3.9 | pDev: 8.97%
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Very Good
Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 14
Photo of corby112
2.93/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the Devil's Den in South Philly. I have no idea how they got this beer but I was very excited and made a trip there last night just to try it.

Pours a slightly hazy dark golden amber orange with light golden yellow hues when held to a light source and a one finger frothy white head that quickly fades into a lasting ring. No lacing.

Very sweet citrus aroma that smells mostly of lemon juice. There is a healthy dose of citrus lemon peel as well as some biscuit malt, subtle hops and lemon zest.

Fuller end of medium body some some nice yeasty bready notes. Very sweet citrus peel presence that again is mostly lemon juice and lemon zest. Graham cracker biscuity malt and nice crisp hops lying underneath. The sweetness form the lemon flavor is way too overpowering, like someone squeezed an ounce or tow of lemon juice in my glass. This really hurts the drinkability and really ruins a lot of the positives of this beer.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light gold in color with a huge inch and a half rocky head.

Smell is all wheat and malt. Very strong wheat and malt. Taste is crisp, clean and light. Plenty of lemon zest and very light in the taste. This is a good, hot, humid summer day beer. Very true to the style. Decent.

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Photo of grub
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

sampled from a growler filled at the brewery the same day. listed at 5.1%, and my notes say "Brewers Gold", not "Brothers Gold". i'm guessing it's the same thing and my notes were off.

pours crystal clear pale yellow with big fluffy white head. the head drops slowly and leaves some chunky lace behind.

aroma is nice. super fresh. nice big bready malt. pleasant earthy hop aroma. light fruity character. bit of alchol.

taste is good. low bitterness level. nice light ale fruityness. earthy hops. bready malt. light crainy character. light alcohol.

mouthfee is ok. low very fine carbonation level feels a bit too low. nice light body.

drinkability is good. light, well balanced, and very enjoyable.

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Photo of CoSMoSYS
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Came in a regular beer mug. Poured a nice clear yellow gold with a small head. I didn't notice very much lacing when I partook in the drink.

S: At first whiff, it starts as though you are holding a bunch of bananas right up to your nose and ends with the smell of almonds. I agree with a few people that it does indeed have that "Mom just baked a loaf of bread" smell to it as well.

T: The taste was very almondy which surprised me a tad because of the intense banana smell that was coming from it. I don't notice the drink being very sweet but it is definitely not bitter either. A nice balance of things.

M: Wasn't very carbonated and was smooth. Medium in weight.

D: One of the first beers I tried at Kuhnhenn's and although not my favorite beer because of the almond taste, it is one I revisit every once and awhile just to say hello again.

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Photo of Crosling
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Sampled on draught @ Kuhnhenn Brewing Company in Warren, Michigan. Light golden color. Soft malty aroma, with delicate fruit, light grain and lightly floral/herbaceous hops. Fresh, incredibly grainy texture and flavor, with a light fruit character and a lush herbal hop flavor, though light. This beer redefines grainy. Although I have had several samples of Kolsch, I believe this was my first ever true rendition. The brewer is a BJCP judge, so he knows his styles, plus imported samples are usually always old and American samples just generally are not that great. This is how I would imagine beer in Cologne. Fantastic Kolsch.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle provided by Frozensoul327. Slightly past the suggested date on the bottle.

Pours a hazy yellow straw with a huge billowy head that fades to a thin layer. Thick lacing on the glass.

Has a very bready, sweet, and fruity aroma, almost like grapes in a field of yeasty breads. If I didn't know better, I would have guessed it was a Belgian style ale by the aroma.

Taste is mildly sweet and very bready in nature upfront. It's followed by a slight fruitiness, which is not as prominent as the aroma would lead you to believe. Finishes slightly dry.

Average body, plenty of carbonation. Burps come fast and furious.

Although it's quite drinkable, it falls short of my expectations for a Kolsch. I'd like to try it again sometime - if I can get my hands on a brewery fresh sample.

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Photo of macpapi
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single bottle of this beer from the local beer variety store. Have loved Kuhnhenn's efforts to date, wanted to see how this compared.

Pours a yellow-golden color with minimal head. Nice bubble action throughout the glass. A very sunny looking beer--perhaps more of a summer type. Smells of wheat, malt, bready is a good way to describe. Also present are citric hints along with an almost honeylike sweetness. Not bad. The taste is bready. There is also a strong fruit presence on the tongue. Citrus and a hint of apricot(?) are present. Almost too sweet though, for my palate. There is a relatively high amount of carbonation. Not terribly full-bodied either, although quite biting on the tongue.

Overall, this is not a bad beer. The dominance of sweetness on the palate is a bit of a detriment to me. Not terribly balanced either. Of course, as the 'tame' representation of this brewery, I guess I'm not terribly surprised that Brother's Gold did not live up the the extreme standards I've set for Kuhnhenns. Very drinkable nonetheless.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap, at the source. Appearance was a very nice slightly cloudy gold/yellow, with good carbonation. Aromas of bread dough and some orange and lemon notes. Nice. Taste was buttery and sweet, with overtones of citrus fruits and biscuits with a mildly dry finish. Good mouthfeel, making this a summer brew for after mowing the lawn or relaxing after a long day. I agree totally with Proc - this is begging to be a session beer. Recommended.

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Photo of ypsifly
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz brewed on 6-01-05 best before 10-01-05 poured into a stange.

Hazed gold with a thin white head that falls to a ring within a minute or so.

Smells very buttery with caramel with some vanilla and a pinch of orange peel. The nose reminds me of an ESB.

Smooth and malty upfront with a hint of butterscotch and cracker leading into a dry and clean finish. Thirst quenching. The malt and cracker flavors pair perfectly.

Nice light mouthfeel that has just enough malt and carbonation to let you know this is indeed a craft beer. Summer session brew...absolutely.

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Photo of proc
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out to an amber color in the glass with a decent-sized head. Aroma is that of light citrus and bread dough. The taste is superb with a caramel flavor coming to the forefront that finishes off with a light bit of citrus and baked bread (if that makes sense, but its what I tasted). The mouthfeel on the swallow is excellent and begs for another sip.

A highly drinkable offering from the Men of K. This one screams "session" beer.

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Photo of putnam
4.29/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz. bottle: “Kuhnhenn Brewing Co. Brothers Gold”; it bears the birth-date (I presume – because of its placement at the top of the front label): “November 2004.” This is the tenth date of that month.

What a blizzard of high-quality, interesting beer from this outfit. When will it end?

Hazy, burnt yellow with no frothing whatsoever. The aromas are seething with clarified butter, vanilla, caramel, sweet herbs and raw hazelnuts. Although the brewery’s website describes this as a ‘5.5% ABV, Cologne-style’ beer, to me, it is more comparable with certain southern English Pale ales (such as Hopback’s Summer Lightning or Adnam’s SSB) or Coopers Sparkling Ale from Australia.
Succulent, perhaps singed with the slightest oxidation, it reveals a heavy load of butter and charred carbohydrates in the flavors. It is lighter than medium-bodied and, as it comes to a lingering conclusion, there are multifaceted, characterful developments of flavor that suggest other fermented farm goods, such as salami, wheat crackers, citrus leaves and honey-yellow kernels of sweet grain.
No, it tastes nothing like Reissdorf, Mühlen, Früh, Gaffel or any other echtes Kölsch. But it’s a nice drink of light-colored ale. Fascinating.

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Brothers Gold from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 14 ratings