Freya's Gold | Odin Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Odin Brewing Company
Washington, United States
odinbrewing.com

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by RedDiamond on 02-28-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
63
Reviews:
17
Avg:
3.58
pDev:
13.69%
 
 
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2
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Photo of biboergosum
3.84/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Curious what this 'great food' is that would supposably go with this brew - I guess I'd have to check their website for that - moving on.

This beer pours a clear, bright pale golden yellow colour, with two chubby fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and well bubbly bone-white head, which leaves some random honeycombed lace around the glass as it gently subsides.

It smells of crisp, crackery pale malt, raw cereals, fresh hay, dry clover honey, a tame earthy flintiness, and leafy, floral hops. The taste is bready, and still rather crispy grainy pale malt, mild drupe fruit, saltine crackers, subtle floral honey notes, and earthy, grassy hops, with an ethereal wisp of pine astringency.

The carbonation is nice and frothy in its generally supportive nature, the body an adequate middleweight for the style, and plainly smooth, the hops not really in a muckraking mood, and the booze, well, y'know. It finishes dry, dry, dry, the crispy, crackery malt having its 'I'm a star, I really am' moment.

A pretty tasty and engaging new-world Kolsch, with more than a simple nod being paid to the old-world greats. The overall dryness really elevates the genial drinkability, and makes me duly wonder (ok, fantasize) about putting back rounds of these on a nice summer patio. Or, given the chance, in a golden sun-flecked lea, picnic-style - that's MY idea of a great food accompaniment for this one.

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Photo of mactrail
3.13/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Golden yellow with a very modest head in the Stella Artois goblet. Starts out prickly but the carbonation seems to evaporate after a couple short pours. Just a touch of hay and flowery hops in the aroma.

This is more of a hoppy Blonde Ale. While it's some kind of summery lower-alcohol brew, it just doesn't taste light. It's also quite malty with a bready taste. There is a touch of lemony hop bitterness and just a hint of the perfumey taste that is typical of a Kölsch. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Fred Meyers in Burlington.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of rolltide8425
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of smakawhat
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Gaffel Kolsch stange glass.

A real simple but very nice brassy golden/bronze body, clear with some mix of rising cola fast carbonation and slow rising pin head bubbles. White rock head settles nicely and slowly, with some ring like lacing. Very beautiful looking Kolsch.

Nose hits with a nice ripping grain, dry, with a mix of balanced sourness. Light and airy, a little musty also with a hint of earth. Bouquet smells very inviting.

Palate is intensely crispy and dry. So dry that it feels like drinking a bucket of ice. Finish is very grassy hop with a lingering dry bitterness. Malt presence is very hammered down with this finishing almost pine like hop blast, going to earth and grass.

Overall this is not really a bad Kolsch, but it really needs that bready bakery finish of malt to just bring it out.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a pint of this on tap at Hooverville in Seattle.

Appearance: clear, medium golden hue with one finger of foamy white head. Seems a bit darker than a lot of Kölsches I've had, but still pretty nice looking.

Smell: light malt with earthy hops and some unidentifiable fruity-spicy aroma. Not sure what this is supposed to be; not really authentic to a Kölsch but not entirely unpleasant, either.

Taste: dry malty flavor with medium bitterness and earthy hops. The weird aroma I got is not present in the flavor at all. Overall, a pretty solid example of the style.

Mouthfeel: medium light body with medium carbonation. Not bad; it works for me.

Drinkability: light, slightly hoppy, entirely refreshing. I would have this again.

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Photo of NickThePyro
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of DucksFan16
2.95/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

05/06/2016

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a straw yellow color with good carbonation and a small white head

S: Smelled of grains, floral hints and lighter hops

T: Starts out with a sweet crispness, some butter, grains, light hops, floral and citrus

M: Lighter bodied with almost a buttery feel, not as crisp as the draft version I had but still good

D: Very good, low abv lets you drink several and its tasty so why not?

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Photo of Donkster46
3.27/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DefenCorps
2.4/5  rDev -33%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

On tap at Chucks. My first exposure to this brewery.

Pouring a clear golden yellow with a dense white head that falls off leaving little lace in my mason jar, this looks fine. The nose, though, is anything but. It brings to mind the Nader Sadek song, Sulfer. A kolsch should have none, but this has a ton. In addition, the malt and hop character are poor. The hops, particularly, are way too low, without the soft bitterness and flavor the beer needs. The malt is rather simple too. This is the same story on the palate. Sulfur, insufficient hops, and over-attenuated, this feels thin, lifeless and watery. A piss-poor interpretation of the style.

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Photo of twelveinches
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of bumchilly25
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of KTCamm
4.28/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a perfect pint glass. Pours pure gold with very light haze and a good 1/4 inch thick head of creamy foam. Active bubbles. Pleasant floral smell. Extremely clean flavorful light bodied taste with a hidden hop that emerges halfway through. Good carbonation. Expertly balanced, light, full on flavor.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.59/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a finger and half of head on a clear golden colored body. Looks amazing.
The aroma is light and floral.
The taste has a mild lemon bitterness at first, grapefruit bittering, mild honey to balance it out, finishes on a bitter note.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
Quite enjoyable and tasty with a low ABV.

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Photo of cherche
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of vermilcj
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of canucklehead
4.54/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First beer from this brewer and by the freshness of the nose it must have come straight from the brewery ( Their beers have only showed up in Vancouver in the last week). I love the fresh brewery smell that stayed till the last drop. The fresh hop notes and the citrus flavours really showed off how great this style can be for session drinking. I will buy other beers from Odin on the basis of how they treated a underappreciated style.

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Photo of Drknight
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RedDiamond
4.35/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Odin detours the kölsch style away from its more traditional dry qualities in favor of a defining residual sweetness. The beer is uncommonly pale sunshine yellow with filtered clarity and a beaming white head. Fruitbowl aromas emerge with a note or two of sulfur - enough to define Freya as a kölsch even with one's eyes closed. It is clean finishing with a light sweetness hinting at ginger. A refreshing summer beer and ideal food companion.

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Photo of Moose90
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Adamostella
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of sharpski
2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

Photo of chickenm
3.13/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Freya's Gold from Odin Brewing Company
3.58 out of 5 based on 63 ratings.
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