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Endless River | Mother Earth Brewing

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Endless RiverEndless River

Brewed by:
Mother Earth Brewing
North Carolina, United States

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 98 | Ratings: 337
Photo of Riff
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
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 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 Gilly1980
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brewery is local to me and I have been wanting to sample their wares for a while now. Pours a hazy pale yellow with a white head that is impressive at first but doesn't stick around. Smells of butter and biscuits with a hint of grass. The flavor is bright and pungent. Lots of malt up front and. Aftertaste is floral and herbal with a great hop tingle. Mouthfeel is robust and slightly filmy. Drinkability is great with a low alcohol content and great, well-balanced taste. However, at $9.99 a six pack I'll save this one for special occassions.

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Photo of malvrich
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%

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 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 Dodo2step
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

P-Thanks to my buddy Trask for this brew!

A- some what clear yellow green in color. Anice fluffy head that is about a finger with nice sticky lacing on the pint.

S- doughy floral hops. This is very nice, love the aroma. light on the malt as well.

T- A very nice floral and biscuity flavor. This is very smooth and very good. A perfect complement i dare say.

M- light and creamy. It is very smooth yet slightly chewy.

O- Honestly one of the best Kolsch's i have ever had....phenomenal!

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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 FriedSlug
4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
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 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 ordybill
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
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 Zach136
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Mostly clear yellow with a white head, solid lacing.

Aroma/Flavor: Light hay and noble hop earthy was.

Mouthfeel: Light crisp, refreshing.

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Photo of burnheartsMKE
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours a light golden blonde like a morning sunrise pushing through the hazy morning dew. An inviting aroma of toasted wheat bread gently reminds me I picked the perfect beer. Light in taste with a slight sweet hop spice perfectly placed at the end each sip. Inoffensive in every way possible. Kinder than a Michelob Ultra but made to be enjoyed rather than profited from.

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Photo of daliandragon
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy straw color with off white head. Visible carbonation slows after the initial rush. Lace is wet but persistent. Nose is crystal malt and spicy hops with a grapeskin vibe.

Full bodied flavor with biscuit notes that matures into a noble hop finish and a clean aftertaste. Carbonation is a little high in my eyes but I realize that is being true to the style. A lot to like here, overall. Not a thin yellow lager, this has complexity and drinkability, and certainly qualifies as refreshing as well. i'm not sure i'd drink it mowing the lawn but certainly after.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Growler - Overall, a very solid beer. Light and refreshing...a great summer beer. A nice floral aroma and taste with a nice malty backbone as one would expect from the style. The beer was very easy to drink...not sure how they could really improve on this beer.

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Photo of jsprain1
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pretty much clear golden, slightly lighter than honey. Head is thin one finger that lasts not quite long enough.
S- Aroma is reminiscent of apple peel, a touch floral (actually not altogether different than Easter lillies I smelt today), and a bit of crackery malt.
T- Initially I'm picking up some doughy and crackery malt, with just a touch of sweetness in it. There is a bit of slightly tart apple flavor in there. Just a touch grassy.
M- Light, but you expect that from the style, pretty even-keeled carbonation, perhaps a touch prickly. Clean finish.
O- Right near the top of the list of kolschs. Definite recomendation for a sessionable beer high on flavor.

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Photo of AtomicHippo
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
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 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 PDXHops
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a shaker pint. Slightly hazy gold with a modestly sized white head that sticks around for a while. Lazy streaks of lacing.

Floral hop notes among a mix of malty aromas both crisp and lightly sweet- dough, sugar cookies, toasted flatbread. Shockingly flavorful; this is pretty delicious stuff. Floral hops take a backseat to stronger grassy and herbal flavors. Nice yeasty tang. Husky at times. Plenty bitter thru midswallow, but the finish is dry and features lingering grass and grains.

Overall impression: A great brew. I gotta get some more of this pronto.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.39/5  rDev +12.9%
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 Teleweizen2
4.39/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Interesting color. Very pale straw yellow at the bottom but with much stronger golden highlights near the head. Bright pearly white foam dissipates rather quickly though, just a bit of lacing.

S - soft yet very fruit forward aroma. Notes of citrus, lemon and white grapes with just a hint of fresh bread.

T - just a touch of malt sweetness on the tip of the tongue followed by a touch of tart lemony acidity and citrus with a mellow woody, earthy hop character. Tartness lingers after the finish.

M - light bodied and slick but still rounded out with a spritzy carbonation.

D - this beer goes to show that simple can often be incredibly flavorful. Perfect for summer drinking.

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Photo of ExMachina1
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow! This is a fantastic Kolsch. Very surprising, as this is a new brewery and the Kolsch style is not too forgiving when it comes to flaws and shortcomings.

The beer pours a nice, clear golden straw color with plenty of carbonation and a nice head that settles into a continuous layer of light foam during the drink. Lacing is moderate.

Aroma is fruity and floral with a vague hint of yeast. It's malty and mildly sweet on the palate. A perfect, crisp finish.

Low ABV makes it a real champ on a lazy afternoon--I went through bottles and was none the worse for wear. This is what a Kolsch is all about!

Impressive beer from an impressive new brewery. Looking forward to watching Mother Earth Brewing grow.

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Photo of ncvbc
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Good looking. Clear golden. Medium head. Moderate lacing. Smell is clean with earthy, bready, grainy undertones. Some hop character and vinous. Excellent taste. All aspects of nose displayed in balance. Mouthfeel is also quite nice. Light tingle, good dryness in the finish. Could easily drink this one as a session brew. A style that I consider a favorite when done right. This one has that covered.

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Photo of serotoninronin
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a regular ole pint glass.

A: Pours crystal clear out of the bottle, shifting to a bright yellow, almost some neon green hue shooting through. Really a beautiful color. Just the tiniest bit dusty in the glass. Very short and thin head, but with some lily pads of foam left floating. Almost no lacing.

S: Tons of lemon-limey tang going on here, with a shade of sea water. Definitely a lot of light graininess as well. Like saltine crackers. Floral hops with a sweet coating lazing around in the background. I'd hang this from my rear-view mirror for sure.

T: For me the salinity and minerality really show up front here, briny oysters with a squeeze of lemon. The hops wake up with a spike of bitterness at the back of the throat, and some attendant crisp, dry, prairie grass.. Very low sweetness, that mostly manifests itself in a starchy depth, like a lightly glazed croissant. Elegant and clean.

M: Playful, with carbonation that fluctuates around the palate. A really nice fluid shape that doesn't force itself anywhere or stick around for too long. Has its fun and moves on, for the most part. Almost too ephemeral.

O: This is an outstanding brew, and an exercise in care and subtlety, and it had to be given the transparency of the style and the ease with which it can be flubbed. If you don't like this, then you just don't like Kolschs.

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Photo of Luigi
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out hazy straw color with a two finger white head that retains and sticks around the glass for the life of the ale.

The aroma is light with doughy slightly sweet malt, honey like. That malt is matched with a bright clean citrus hop.

The taste is light a clean, with out compromising any flavor. Biscuit malt and soft grassy grain. Lemon zest, probably from the perfect use of citrus hops.

Light in body, crisp and clean on the palate, with a small amount of citrus lingering of the tongue.

I held for a long time to try this new brewery out and was not disappointed. Glad to get fresh batches being only an hour away.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #36 (Jan 2010):

Extreme pale yellow color with a light haze; crackling white head has good retention. Aromas of shortbread, biscuit dough and a delicate floral hop. Quick on the crispness. A lot of malt flavor crammed into this brew; doughy with fresh-baked crackers and a hint of grassiness. The hops sting the tongue gently with bitterness, and the subtle flavor goes from floral to wild herb. Ghostlike sulfur in the middle. Dry grassy grain and herbal hop finish.

It's impossible to hide potential flaws in lighter beer styles. Thankfully, Mother Earth did not have to worry about this--no flaws. A great example of the style.

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Endless River from Mother Earth Brewing
3.89 out of 5 based on 337 ratings.
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