Endless River
Mother Earth Brewing

Endless RiverEndless River
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Style:
German Kölsch
Ranked #13
ABV:
4.9%
Score:
88
Ranked #9,959
Avg:
3.95 | pDev: 11.65%
Reviews:
109
Ratings:
361
From:
Mother Earth Brewing
 
North Carolina, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  50
Gots
  58
SCORE
88
Very Good
Endless RiverEndless River
Notes: A clean, crisp beer, Kolsch offers a very slight fruity flavor and aroma. It is light gold in color, with a delicate head. This light-bodied beer appeals to nearly everyone who samples it. Expect to enjoy a slight tang in the finish.

Our Brew Master Says…
"Kolsch is my favorite light beer style, hands down. Crisp, tangy and light on the palate: outstanding."

Food Pairings:
Leafy green salad with creamy dressing, broiled lobster, grilled or steamed shrimp, fried soft shell crab, peach cobbler.

Preferred Glass: Stange
Availability: Year Round
ABV: 5.0%
Calories: 164
Reviews: 109 | Ratings: 361 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of VABA
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a light golden color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has lemongrass and grain hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a lemongrass and grain flavor
M-A light bodied well carbonated beer
O-A good Kolsch

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Photo of Buckeye55
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden without much head or lacing.
A yeasty kinda sweet aroma.
Taste of lemon and grainy overtones.
Medium bodied and dry mouth feel through the aftertaste.
A very good example of this brew type.
Would rank a solid 'yes' on the would you like to sit down with a 12 pack of this brew scale

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Photo of Foyle
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass. A thin white head drops quickly with mild lacing. Pale golden color with moderate streaming bubbles. Mouthfeel is light with a dry finish. Flavors of yeasty bread, lemon, grass, a bit of honey. Overall a decent kolsch.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From notes 2/19/13: Pours clear pale gold with only a finger of somewhat lasting, tightly bubbled, white head that leaves on a hint of lace. Aroma is cereal, pale, cracker and biscuit, yeast, lemon, floral a a hint of grassy hops. Taste is sweet grain, biscuit, with notes of lemony citrus and grass; it finishes dry, spicy, peppery and bitter with a lingering bitterness in the aftertaste. There is an alkaline or mineral-like hint throughout the sip that becomes more prominent in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and dry with a strong carbonation bite that is lively on the back of the tongue.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.03/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Taste: crisp, slight fruit, some hop, smooth finish.. Funky grainy nose. Light golden hue, clear, average head and lace. Medium to med/light body. Would pair well appetizers.

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Photo of MMOSNN
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - pale yellow with practically no head but some spotty lacing after the first few sips.
Smell - earthy grains, grapes, and some light bread.
Taste - on point for the style with its earthy, malty, and grape notes.
Feel - medium carbonation, light body, and finishes very crisp and dry.

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Photo of nick_perry
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bright straw yellow color, thin white head. Light body with a hint of hoppiness but not certainly overpowering. Maybe some herbal notes. Dry finish. Great lunch beer, nice counterbalance to spicy food.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance- The beer poured a very pale yellow color with a white head. Little lacing was left behind.

Smell - The had a pleasant combination of light citrus and malts.

Taste - At first there was a pleasant lime note, before crisp dry wheat. Grass notes are also present with hidden notes of dry red grapes toward the finish. This is such an easy drinker.

Mouthfeel- The malts coat the mouth like glue.

Overall- For the style, this hits all the marks.

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Photo of AndrewMichael
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle, drank straight from it, while staying at The O'Neil in Kinston, NC. I enjoyed it, but I guess I was hoping for a bit more lighter, crisp refreshing-ness on this one. Definitely need to try again.

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Photo of ljdrinksbeer
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - Pours crystal clear, straw gold, with a quarter inch of head that quickly disappears leaving behind a rim of bubbles.
S - Some malty sweetness with a little bread/ biscuit. Slightly, fruity.
T - Malty and fruity. Slightly bitter finish.
F - light to medium body. Crisp.
O - One of my favorite light beers. Somehow today - when I am finally reviewing - it seems less flavorful than I recall. Still impressive how good this beer is in the age of double dry hopped, fruited, barrel aged everything.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Endless River has a very thick, white head, a hazy, golden-straw appearance, and lots of heavy lacing splotches left behind. The aroma is of pungent, spicy hops and pale barley malt. Taste is of sweet, biscuit malt, soda cracker, and bold, grassy hops. Mouthfeel is low-medium, and Endless River finishes crisp and highly drinkable. RJT

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice pale gold with a quickly fading white head. The smell is grainy and bright with perhaps s bit of lemon. The taste is pleasantly sweet with a lemon and wheat taste with a really nice bitter finish. This is a fine beer that is well balanced.

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Photo of Riff
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Have had it both from tap and from a bottle. If buying from a bottle it needs to be poured into a glass, do not drink from the bottle. Crisp kolsch that lives up to the style well. Easy all day drinker that paired well with west NC barbque. Would buy this again.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Double Barley can-shaped glass. Label says Bottled On: 092115

A- Pours a semi-hazy dark golden color with a 1/2 inch white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Not-so-resilient lacing leaves tiny specs behind.

S- Surprisingly fruity aroma reminds me somewhat of a Belgian. The usual grainy, bready malt character you get from lagers (yes, I know it's technically an ale style). Hint of banana.

T- Again, there's an undeniable fruity ester presence in this that's more akin to a Belgian pale than a Kolsch. Dryer than a BPA, yes, but the yeasty quality is certainly there. Again, a hint of banana plus a touch of bubble gum.

M- Crisp and clean with medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- Though not necessarily brewed to style, this is a good, easy-drinking yet flavorful take on a Kolsch that I would certainly recommend to anyone that likes a more mild ale or even lager.

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Photo of vabeerguy
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I rated this beer a few weeks ago but did not have the time to write a review. Brought back a bottle and opened just now so I thought I would complete the review. Poured from a bottle into a nonic glass. Cloudy light amber color. My wife says the smell is fruity and I say it is a little bit funky. The taste is good. Overall, I would buy this beer again.

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Photo of AtomicHippo
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A wonderfully refreshing beer. Aromas of grass and straw. Just enough hoppy bitterness to give it character and mouthfeel. Finishes with a pleasant white grape like taste. This one is a keeper.

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Photo of deg
4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The Bros call this beer world class. I'm not sure about that. It is an excellent Koelsch though. I poured it from the bottle into a koelsch glass. Looks like a koelsch should. It's got a good bitterness to it, with some herbal and floral flavors.

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Photo of Apellonious
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Pale golden color, clear, little to no head, slight lace retention.

S - Bread and grains, simple as that.

T - More of the same, with a slight "twang" on the finish. Sensing a touch of grape.

M- Light, crisp, carbonation is spot on.

O - Good beer. Looking to revisit some of the lighter styles in 2015.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy straw color. The head is a finger high, and white in shade. Texture-wise, the bubbles are fairly small, even if it isn't superbly creamy. Retention is okay. Little lacing is left behind, though. (3.25)

Smell: It has many of the characteristics I look for in a good kolsch: a nice amount of cereal grains, some lemon, grassy hops, and even a fruity tone. As it slowly warms up, its grape character grows bolder. Nothing about the nose bowls me over, but given the no-nonsense leanings of the style, it kind of does. (4)

Taste: It starts off with a touch of malty sweetness, and MAYBE some cereal grain. Then it becomes grassy - almost ridiculously grassy. Hell, perhaps even a touch minty. A slight fruity note (think white grape) finishes it off. It's hard to explain how this pops, but honestly it does. Put it like this: I'd rather just drink this brew instead of picking it apart. (3.75)

Mouthfeel: Crisp and light, this one goes down with absolutely no effort whatsoever. Some of the lingering sweetness could be cleansed off about 10% better, otherwise the general feel is excellent. It's not spoiled by excess carbonation, either. (3.75)

Overall: This tastes like a GOOD German-made kolsch. Enough said. (4)

3.94/5: Excellent example of an underrated style

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Photo of riversider76
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Pours a hazy light golden with a thin white head. Not much retention, and just a little lace. Aroma is of bready grains with hints or fruit. Body is light and crisp with a good amount of carbonation. Taste is fruiter than is typical for this style. Some hints of grain and a nice sweet finish. Really good!

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Photo of malvrich
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%

12 oz. brown bottle into a Foothills glass.
Bottled on 08/13/14
4.9% ABV
A: Hazy almost greenish gold color. Almost no head from a fairly gentle pour. Minimal visible carbonation. No lacing except around glass edge. Laces in thin sheets as drunk.

S: Musty funky stuff. Grapey. Dirty clothes?

T: Still grapey with a slight floral (?) hop bite. Wet cardboard maltiness. Distinctive and good.

M: Fantastic fine-beaded carbonation blankets the tongue. Slightly soapy going down but very good. Luxurious stuff!

O: Not much experience with the Kolsch style, but this will persuade me to try a few others. This is off the chain good and I will be buying more. M.E. hit this out of the park!

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Photo of ordybill
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Aroma- Smells of grain and fruit Appearance- Pours a murky straw yellow. Has a small white head. Taste- Tastes of malt and grass, real flavorful. Palate- A light bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Overall- An excellent example of a Kolsch.

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Photo of stakem
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a standard pint. The brew appears a clear pale with a white froth atop that fades slow leaving patchy lace.

The smell includes notes of fresh sweet bready grains like cereal with a faint herbal hop component blending to sulfur. A bit of a fruity touch across the backend.

The taste is lightly fruity with a cereal fresh bready grain aspect and mild herbal hops to contrast that does not offer up much bitterness which is fine for the style.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is super easy drinking and very crisp/refreshing. Per the style it is pretty mild and clean. If you want a beer you can down a sixer of with no regrets, this is the one.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.39/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden filtered, little large bubbled carbonation, a finger of white head fades fast.

S: Grapes, musty, malt, white grapes and offal.

T: White grapes, champagne, malty, dough like a pizzeria.

M: Light body with high carbonation, dry slightly powdery finish.

O: An excellent Kolsch. Got this one in Whole Foods, Raleigh NC today, June 13, 2014. Really enjoying this fantastic styled beer, true to form.

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Photo of barczar
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brilliant lemony straw with a billowing white head that lingers.

Aroma is lightly floral and perfumey, with hints of lemon adding character to the crackery pilsner malt.

Flavor is light and refreshing, with underpinnings of lemon contrasting crackery malt. There's a floral tone that surfaces in the finish. Light dms was initially noted, but it fades quickly.

Body is light with carbonation on the high side. Very easy to drink.

Nice example of the style. Very refreshing.

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Endless River from Mother Earth Brewing
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 361 ratings