Endless River | Mother Earth Brewing

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Endless RiverEndless River
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by atsprings on 11-08-2009

BEER STATS
Reviews:
98
Ratings:
337
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
22.11%
 
 
Wants:
46
Gots:
50
For Trade:
0
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Photo of wagenvolks
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (courtesy of a trade with atsprings) into a Michelob pilsner glass--currently the closest thing I own to a strange.

"Endless Rivers" of carbonation rise up through a clear, straw-golden body. Small yeast particles are stratified throughout, while the eggshell-white head starts small and retreats to an asymmetrical patch of large bubbles. Scant lacing. Sharp, crisp aromas of pilsner malt and herbal, grassy hops with a mineral-rich backing. Hints of white grape juice and orange peel thrown in the mix as well.

Somewhat bland flavor, even for a kölsch, and even as Endless River warms. Saltine crackers and pilsner malt lay down a light, bready foundation upon which a sharp, grassy hop bitterness is built (soapy-tasting on the way back up). Carbonation is big and bubbly, contrasting nicely against the light body, and adds a snappy, zesty, almost drying bite to the finish. An easy-drinking kölsch, for sure, but I expected a bit more out of Mother Earth considering the steep price tag and the precedent set by their Sisters of the Moon IPA.

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Photo of dedrinker
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale straw color with a thin white head.

Aromas of dry grassy hay, hops and some sulfur.

I taste some good authentic kolsch action going on with the above aromas as flavors, but there is a tip-of-my-tongue malt sweetness and body that step in to dampen the enjoyment of pure kolsch pleasure, for those of you who have appreciated a fresh quality German kolsch.

That malt body, sweetness and slight minty hop character come up on the finish to keep this one from attaining kolsch greatness, even though one can sense the skill and experience of the brewer in making this as good as it is. Even still, the delicate nature of German kolsch is missing here beneath the added malt body, sweetness and (relative to kolsch) hop bitterness.

It is only because I have drank plenty of kolsch in Cologne that I maintain a snobby line here. otherwise this is the second best kolsch I have so far found brewed in America.

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Photo of Wegomlegging
3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No head to speak of, clear yellow amber and minimal lace. Straw scent, not pronounced. Delicately understated fresh light barley flavor, with a pleasant almost metallic aftertaste. Not flat, but not zippy either. Overall a fairly good beer that is worth trying, most likely in warmer weather. Not as soft as a real Kolch, most likely due to water.

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

I had out of a 12 bounce bottle.
a- gold and hazy with no real head and lace. Some bubbles.
s- malty scent with some cara,el hints.
t- carbonates with a touch of tart lager. Some maltyness and a hint of sweetness, caramel. Kind of lacking in flavor. Not bad not great

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

On-tap at Flying Saucer Raleigh on Nov. 30 served in a standard pint glass and reviewed from notes. Served a crisp straw yellow with a thin diminishing head. Aroma is sweet malts and Earthy hops, taste is more of the same, holding pretty true to the style. The beer is quite light, crisp, smooth and refreshing. This one was quite enjoyable, one I'd love to enjoy more of, especially in the warmer months.

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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 SlowWideTurns
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Out of a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pale, clear yellow. Some light carbonation. 2 finger white head with decent retention and some lacing.

S: Bready malt and fruits, but pretty faint.

T: Tingly and sweet to start, then somewhat dry and hoppy to finish. Malty aftertaste.

M: Light and crisp, with some pleasant carbonation.

O: I'm not overly familiar with the kolsch style, but this seems in line with the style description. Being in NC, I'd be happy to have a few more of these this summer.

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Photo of Gushue3
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this as an extra, not too familiar with this style but here we go.

A- pours almost clear with a light gold hint. Hazy gold yellow in my glass with a 1 finger head. Head las lesser retention and lacing is about medium. Smaller carbonation bubbles fly toward the head.

S- spicy and yeasty. I get a smaller light citrus scent like lemon zest in the mix as well.

T- lighter flavor with a light bitterness thats almost tart. Much like the nose theresa smaller citrus presence in there as well.

M- light mouthfeel that seeems like it would be a great addition to a cookout or hot beach day. The carbonation is higher than average but the bubbles are small so it feels foamy or creamy when you drink it

O- not a bad beer. Definately appreciate the oportunity to try a beer i cant get around here.

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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 fastrodney
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from a pick-yer-6 @ Whole Foods. Poured into my trusty Sam glass.

A: Dark straw. Thick, light-colored head.

S: Straw with a hint of grain.

T: Sweet. Grain. Wheat and possibly corn?

M: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

O: A sweet beer with strong wheat and corn flavor. Only a hint of hops lurking somewhere. A very drinkable summer brew to be sure, but not a standout in its style. I was intrigued by the grain-like taste that I cannot describe better than "straw-like" but not in any sort of negative sense. Interesting.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.51/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

this is one that i've been sitting on for probably far too long. thanks mike for bringing this one when you visited!

a - opened the bottle and poured my capt lawrence taster tulip. poured a straw yellow clear with even bubbling. somewhat foamy...sticky lacing.

s - apple, green grape and a bmc'ish shine.

t - pretty good. still has a touch of that bmc'ish shine but the green grape flavor comes out more.

m - a touch fizzy, medium to light bodied, but an easy drinker.

o - overall not bad, not great. this is a style that i've begun exploring recently and this one is okay. bear in mind that i sat on this one for a while, so possibly it is past it's prime?

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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 TheTippler
3.46/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is light, clean, crisp, and easy drinking. It poured a golden color with a thin white head. Flavors of pale malts. This beer has a light body and is a pleasure to drink. This is a very approachable beer and is a great session beer for a hot day.

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Photo of JayQue
3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a style that doesn't get too exciting but the Mother Earth version is not bad either. Pours a clear gold with a decent size white head (on a hard pour). Lacing is pretty good. The aroma is mild maltiness, fairly subdued.

The taste is malty with a little grassy hops in the finish. Pleasant and refreshing. Mouthfeel is crisp, the little bitterness at the end is good. Drinkability is fine. Would be a decent enough session beer.

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Photo of jsanford
3.35/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass. Bottled on 3/29/11, so right around 3 months old.

A - Pours a slightly hazy straw-yellow with a thin white head that dissipates to a slight haze.
S - Grainy malt, bread dough, spicy yeast, and a bit of earthy hops. Nice and crisp.
T - More bready malt with a touch of sweet caramel for good measure dominates, with a bit of that spicy yeast and floral hops. Nice and balanced, just like a Kolsch should be.
M - Crisp and refreshing, with a thin body and medium-sharp carbonation.
O - Solid example of a Kolsch, perfectly sessionable on a hot day.

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Photo of ThirstyBird
3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Jwale73 for this bottle!

Appears pale yellow with a one inch white head that falls to a lumpy layer on top. The aroma is grassy, lightly malty and a little citrus sharpness. It is a hoppy Kolsch in taste. It starts with spicy hops up front some malt sweetness and fruitiness in the middle then it finishes dry and slightly bitter.

Light/medium body with crisp carbonation. A bit heavier than most kolsches. Overall it's decent - much more overt flavor than a typical kolsch which may be a positive or a negative depending what you expect from your kolsch.

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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 drewba
3.23/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for jbrew for sending me a mixed 6 of ME beers!

A - vibrant, translucent yellow. Pours with a tiny ring of head, then almost immediately dissipates.

S - Muted lemon and grassy hops.

T - This tastes exactly as it smells - spent lemon and grassy earthiness coming from the hops. I'm getting a slight bitterness similar to and orange or lemon peel and a touch of banana. I was actually hoping for a little more ester-y character, but it didn't show up. Extremely light and pale malt character.

M - thin and heavily carbonated despite the lack of head and bubbles. Very satisfying crisp bite.

D - Several of my non-craft drinking friends loved this beer, said it reminded them of GI Urban Wheat (uhhh, not sure about that), but this appears to be a great crossover beer. I wouldn't mind another one of these, but wouldn't seek it out.

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Photo of Dave1999
3.17/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very pale amber colour with a small white head.

The smell is grainy with just a little hint of bitterness.

The taste is grainy, finishing with a decent amount of bitterness. It's very light and easy drinking.

The mouthfeel is very light with medium carbonation.

This was a very easy drinking beer, a bit light and bland for my tastes though.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.16/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an Hannen Alt glass on 9/30/12

The color of pineapple juice, but not as cloudy. One thumb cap of white foam.

Buttered bread and grains are at the fore of the aroma, backed up with earthy hops. Hints of metallic hops and steamed veggies. The taste is mostly comprised of qualities mentioned in the former of the two prior sentences. Very grainy, and somewhat buttery. Hops are appropriately low. The metal and vegetal notions are absent here. The feel is a plush medium-light, with a rolling graininess and soft, billowy carbonation.

Overall: Though not the best take on a Kolsch in the region (COAST handily has that distinction), this is easily drinkable and better than I was expecting based on the aroma.

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Photo of righthereisay
3.14/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

OK, preface....Kolsch's are not my favorite style.

With that said, this was OK. Gto this while in Emerald Isle, NC.

I thought it smelled rather cheap. Almost like smelling a low end party beer.

Some citrus, lots of hops, a bit too grainy maybe.

Not too much body at all, like I said maybe this is the way it is supposed to be.

I rated the Drinkability higher as it does go down smooth and I could see drinking these all night.

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Photo of nukem5
3.13/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Mother Earth Brewing, Endless River, Kolsch

3.5 A: Great clean golden straw coloration with nice thin cap of white foam, slight lacing but not much and nice constant rise of bubbles to feed it.

3.0 S: The aroma is grainy and slightly grassy with a light lemon scent in there.

3.0 T: Taste is light and crisp with a refreshing lightly hopped and slight fruity taste in there.

3.0 M: Light body and crispy clean flavors make this a great summer beach beer, great in the heat of the day.

3.5 O: Overall, would definitely have this again, very refreshing.

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Photo of KajII
3.08/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Best served in a Kölsch glass]

The pour was a hazy medium yellow with an average sized (1-2 finger) white fluffy head that lasted a little while and had some nice lacing.

The aroma was super light of a grain malt, grassy and floral hops and a soapy yeast with a hint of lemon.

The taste was lightly sweet and mildly acidic with touch of lemon at first and slightly bitter with a large does of yeast and a hint of citrus at the end. The flavor lasted an average time with a yeasty-citrus taste lingering on for a little while.

Mouthfeel was light in body and watery in texture with the carbonation being rather soft.

Overall this was a nice light refreshing Kölsch. Although nothing special really stuck out it was quite solid for the style.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.03/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from tap into a sampler shaker. Poured golden yellow with a one finger pure white head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, banana, and wheat. The flavor was of sweet malt, banana, wheat, slight grain, and water. It had a light feel on the palate with low carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew, but that is being nice. This one was pretty weak in just about all aspects if I'm honest. Could definitely be A LOT more robust. It would make a good summer brew or gateway beer, but that is about it.

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Endless River from Mother Earth Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.
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