Endless River | Mother Earth Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mother Earth Brewing
North Carolina, United States | website

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by atsprings on 11-08-2009

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Reviews:
98
Ratings:
337
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
22.11%
 
 
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Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear pale straw color with a billowy cap of white foam; great retention and a moderate amount of lacing

Smell: Fresh grass and biscuit

Taste: Biscuity, up front, with just a hint of vanilla; a touch of fruit by mid-palate, but the hops are rather grassy; doesn't finish as crisp as the Germans, as a bit of the sweetness lingers on the palate

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Not particularly Germanic in style, but very approachable; a great summer crossover beer

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Photo of oberon
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Days like today here in Carolina are days to drink a good kolsch,warm and lazy.Poured into a standard pint glass,a light pale yellow with a thinner but well defined white head,quite spritzy looking.Toasted grain aromas with a hint of vanilla tinge,flavors are again lightly toasty with a cereal grain-like note,a light quenching tartness in the finish.A nice kolsch here,not just something to throw back by any means,nice flavor.

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Photo of jlindros
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to crunkchiggin2002 for this interesting beer.

Pours a light fizzy 1/2 finger head that fades at a med pace with spotty lacing, over brilliantly clear golden straw yellow color.

NOse starts with light grainy malts, little straw and toasted hay, a pislner like nose to start, a hint of a fruitiness, slight wet hay like, just a touch of grassy hops I think. It almost seems like a pilsner like lager, not Kolsch.

Taste start with light grassy noble like hops interestingly, little fruitiness that builds and gives a weird but interesting tangy almost overripened borderline soured fruit flavor. Some light malts, little straw and toasted grain, hint of wet hay, all very light. A light clean and crisp demeanor, and juicy soft malt profile. Finish is is dry and crisp, a decent bitterness in the background with light grassy flavor, and a bit of that fruity slightly soured like flavor.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied, soft and creamy, layered almost decoction like, decent carb.

Overall fairly impressed. Most places try to go overboard with a Kolsch, or way under and it has no flavor. For an ale this is loaded with lager like flavors which is great for a Kolsch. Nice malts, soft almost decoction layered feel, and interesting fruit flavor that gives and interesting and weird slight tangy like flavor.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear gold, with 2 fingers of foamy bright-white head. This retains with a rigid ¾ finger cap, which lathers the sides of the glass with some thick swathes of frothy lacing. The aroma is grassy and lightly spicy, with a crisp twang of lemon rind and wheat. Not a ton of force to this or anything but it does keep the flavors airy feeling in the nose.

The taste has a gentle tang to it of lemon zest and toasted bread. A gritty citrus peel like bitterness runs through, lingering along with some leftover fruitiness. This finish is moderately spicy and dry. The mouthfeel is lighter bodied, with an easygoing smooth crispness that gives a refreshing quality to this.

Totally acceptable Kölsch here, that while maybe not the most full flavored version of the style that I've had, still stayed mostly tasty and quaffable. I wouldn't turn down a glass of this on a hot day.

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Photo of mactrail
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Breezy crisp light ale.

Great aroma of alfalfa and that pollen smell of early fruit tree blossoms. Honey in the malt. Very light body. Really reminds me of Kolsch we tried in Germany; more authentic to me than some other American versions. Rather hoppy with a lingering bitterness. Tangy with nice hint of malt in the nose.

Tasted on tap at Louella's BBQ place in Asheville, NC. Worth a visit if you're hungry and want to try a decent selection of beers on tap.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle from Bruisin' Ales in Asheville, North Carolina. Bottled on: 08/10

Appearance: Pours a faintly hazed, golden body with a large, sudsy, near white head.

Smell: Sweetish, grainy blend of pale and pils malts with notes of hillside flowers and citrusy lemons.

Taste: Pale malts with some light sugary flourishes and hints of crisp grains. Soft florals tones and a taste of lemon verbena. Light bitterness, then a pop of acidity. Medium minerality throughout. Touch of honeysuckle precludes the dry, crisp, yet still smooth finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation provides a modest bit of tingle on the tongue.

Drinkability: A fairly likable Kölsch. Good for the dog days of Summer, but suits me just fine during a coolish mid-afternoon in Autumn. Paired well enough with a grilled shrimp po' boy.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bright golden yellow with a nice two finger head of white foam that quickly dissipated into a batch of nothing, a broken crown lining the sides was all that I would get out of this one. Nice carbonation and a bit of residual side lacing helped to push it over the top and made a really nice addition to the overall presence of it.

The aroma was rather bright and summer like, with a light grain and herb like fruit note in the nose. A touch of clove and banana highlighted this one and really did a nice job at bringing the whole thing together. The flavor was much of the same. Surprisingly sweet, with a touch of maybe honey or light caramel, hints of apple and light fresh hay. The banana coming though nicely on the finish with a quick, clean, and very crisp cutoff in the overall taste.

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Photo of chinchill
3.47/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 18 April 2011 and served in a pint glass.

A: Light yellow gold, clear but with a slight haze. White short head dissipated quickly leaving a thin partial coat, ring and little lacing. Visible fine carbonation. Tiny bit of sediment added mid-taste.

S: Grassy and floral grains with a hints of lemon, biscuits and hay.

T: Lightly flavored but typical for style; really a 'light' beer but with a notable bit light malts and some lasting hop presence and mild bitterness on the back end.
M: Light and crisp. Moderate carbonation. Clean, slightly dry finish.

O: Very good for style but ... As is typical for style, not enough flavor here to really enjoy in quantity on its own. I.e., doesn't make a good sipper. Best used to quench a thirst or accompany a mild flavored meal.

{revised with Nov. 2014 sample on tap).

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Photo of mothman
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jahuneyc for this extra

Poured into Sam Adams Sensory Glass

Pours 1/2 finger of white head that fades to a thin layer. Very light lace left. Color is a hazy pale straw yellow.

Aroma: Crisp, pale malts, a light fruit aroma flavors. Some herbal earthy hop flavors.

Taste: Pale malts, crisp fresh fruit flavors. Maybe a hint of apples and grapefruit. Herbal spiced hops. Refreshing for a nice summer day. Also get some lemon flavors

Mouthfeel: Crisp with a touch of bitterness. Lighter bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Very nice feel to it. Ends a bit dry.

Overall, a very easy drinking Kolsch. Lots of nice flavors with an easy drinking body. Very refreshing. This is one for the lakes! Thanks Jason for this new beer!

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Photo of womencantsail
3.28/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks for sharing this one, Bobby.

A: The beer pours a pale straw color with a short lived white head.

S: The aroma is lightly sweet with a mild corn note. There is some cracker malt with a slight floral hop aroma. A bit of yeast and hints of white grapes.

T: A really strong flavor of white grapes which gives is sort of a crappy white wine taste. Other than that, there is some sweet bread and pale malt with a hint of biscuit malt. A fairly mild bitterness with a hint of grass

M: The body is medium, as is the carbonation.

O: Not sure where that white wine/grape flavor came from, but it really ruined the beer.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served in a bottle at The Scullery in Greenville, NC

A: Pours a clear medium to dark golden yellow in color with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some brassy highlights. The beer has a finger tall sudsy white head that reduces to a medium sized patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Overall the aroma is light with light to moderate notes of cracker malts with just a hint of light fruit (white grape). There are light amounts of floral hops as well. Slightly sweet smelling.

T: Upfront there is a lightly sweet cracker malt flavor that also includes some notes of white grape sweetness. There are light flavors of floral and grassy hops that impart a light to moderate bitterness which lasts through the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Another enjoyable brew from Mother Earth - these guys make some really enjoyable and easy drinking beers. Super easy to drink and refreshing on a warm day - matched well with the BLT and black bean burgers at lunch.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an almost clear golden color with a one finger white head. Moderate retention, reducing to a thin layer on top. Nice white lacing down the sides. Small bubbles released from the bottom.

S: Nice grassy aroma combined with some pilsner and doughy malts.

T: Very crisp flavor profile. Light grains, some lemon/grassy, and light citrus hops.

M: Light to medium bodied with solid carbonation. Leaves a slight bubble feeling on my tongue. Slightly dry.

O: A very sessionable kolsch. Great flavor, nice and light.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pretty foggy yellow. White head. Nose is airy grass. Seems almost like lemon on there too, which comes on the flavor profile as well. Beyond that it’s fairly crisp, though it seems somewhat unfiltered. Kind of grassy. Very mild earth tone. A nice drinker. This style gets chopped up pretty badly a lot, but this is a nice example.

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Photo of stakem
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
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 tdm168
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pure gold with half an inch of loose, soap-like, bubbly head that has decent retention. The nose is faint and musty with some grassy aromas. The tasty is musty with a great deal of grassy hop character. The mouthfeel is light and crisp with a good amount of carbonation.

Kolsch is not my favorite style, but this is a damn fine beer. The hop character is great, and it drinks well.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a small stange glass.

A real nice golden and supper brassy body. Lots of sticking cola carbonation and crystal clear, with some small rising as well. Eventually the cola bubbles disappear leaving a mix of small and fast rising bubbles . Head is bleach white and very soapy, but has real good staying power even after a good period of time and rest. A real nice looking brew.

Nose is a bit of sticky yeast. There's a bit of earth quality to this with a mild earthy soily dirt and hop front. Hints of toasty white bread and baked oven quality. Fairly solid.

Palate hits the right notes. Light bodied with a wine like dry white simple table but without the sourness. Crisp malt and a fruity grape like finish, but gives a great toasted white bread taste. Extremely clean, but has a real solid malt backbone. Malt aspect creeps up slowly, not much of a big rush though, but subtle and pleasant.

Overall a real solid Kölsch, and probably one of the few that I've had that reminds me of ones that are German. Always in search of the ultimate Kölsch, the Kwest continues in earnest.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a very pale, goldenrod coloring with a thin, clingy, frothy, white layer of head. Aromas of toast and peppery hops. Light and clean on the nose. Flavors are toasted forward, with a bolt of pepper and dry, resinous hops. Very clean and extremely balanced palate. The aftertaste is more heavily toasted, with cut grass and bitter characteristics. The finish is dry, clean, and crisp.

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Photo of tempest
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single bottle while at the Outer Banks. Bottled in 5/10.

This is surprisingly hoppy for a kolsch. It's full of dull grapefruit and herbal spice. The typical, subtle fruit flavors are gone for a dark bread crust malt flavor. The beer doesn't taste bad, it just doesn't taste like a kolsch at all. It's good, but don't expect anything traditional. Worth a try.

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark straw hue with a two finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light grassy hop and soft, yet grainy malt.

The taste well balanced with a relatively assertive noble hop and moderate grainy malt.

The mouthfeel was perfect for the style.

Overall a very well done kolsch.

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Photo of rudzud
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to JLindros to giving me a bottle of this as he had extras. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a crystal clear golden hue with a light one finger head that quickly faded to leave a thin white blanket and minimal side lacing.

S - Nice malty bread/biscuit notes, slightly floral earthy hops.

T - Taste isnt bad, above average. More of the lgiht, bready malts and sweetness, along with floral earthy hops. Not bad. Not stellar, but not bad.

M - Mouthfeel isnt all that bad either. Quite nice and drinkable.

O - Overall this was a nice Kolsch. Not my favorite representation of the style, but its still pretty good.

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Photo of akorsak
3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My second run-in with Mother Earth, a 12 oz bottle from Chip's.

A: The kolsch is a golden yellow color, watered down apple juice. Despite the pale color, the ale is hazy. A finger of white head from the initial pour has left interconnected strands of lace around the glass.

S: The nose is driven by pale malts and a mild fruity aroma. Very delicate, the ale struggles at times to muster up any aroma.

T: Thankfully the taste doesn't shy away, offering up clean breadiness and a moderate hoppiness from the start. The hops are crisp and floral, small in stature but long in presence. The dry bitterness that they bring to the table lasts long after a sip is gone.

M: The mouthfeel is controlled by the hoppy side of the ale. A nice bite lingers. The bready malts tamp down any unusual flavors.

D: Another nice session with Mother Earth. Solid drinkable beers if you were to ask my opinion.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A good, clean orangish body that is well-carb'd w/ sticking head on top of a strong, peppery almost sour fruit like aroma as well as minor sweet malts. Light-bodied and slightly smooth and creamy w/ some minor fruit sweetness like grape can candy apple as well as sour notes. Mixed w/ a touch of sweet malt for balance and hop bitterness and carbonation lead to a sharp spicey backbite. A fairly good and sessionable kolsch that is decent rep of this style.

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Photo of barczar
3.85/5  rDev -1%
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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Photo of Immortale25
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
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 Jwale73
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Courtesy of Bucketboy. 12oz. bottle served in a stange. Bottled on 08 10 indicated on the label. Pours a translucent yellow-gold with a loose, one inch, bright white head composed of tiny, compressed bubbles. Head eventually dissipates into a frothy skim, with delicate swaths and spots of lacing revealed during the session. Nose expresses light grains with perhaps a trace of citrus - an extremely clean presentation. Taste follows nose with a light, lingering skunky quality - not bad and somewhat characteristic of the style from my limited experience. Mouthfeel is light-medium, consistency is perhaps a little heavier than I've come to associate with the style, with a lively effervescence. All and all, a very nice and drinkable domestic kolsch. Perhaps not as delicate as some of it's German cousins, but very approachable and sessionable.

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