True South Killer Python Kölsch
True South Brewery

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Style:
Kölsch
ABV:
4.8%
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Avg:
3.91 | pDev: 15.35%
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2
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3
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laituegonflable from Australia

3.56/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale straw colour, bit of haze with white, foamy head, about a finger's thickness on a sampler. Excellent kolsch look.

Smells of... Killer Pythons, yeah. Apple/pear and pineapple are the closest things, but it's just fruit candy really. Could use more beeriness.

Taste is a little more beery, but not really to its credit. There's a hint of that fruit candy character on here but only around the midpoint and it ends up quite bready and yeasty, like a lot of kolsches I have. Not bad, but could have fused the killer python candy notes in better here, it's swung a bit too much the other way from the nose.

Body is thin, but has a light carbonation which goes well with the style.

Interesting take on a kolsch, but ultimately a little weird, and not quite fulfilling its promise.

Dec 09, 2013
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lacqueredmouse from Australia

3.41/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A kölsch, brewed with 10 kilograms of Killer Pythons, those chewy, gelatinous, artificially flavoured giant snakes I remember so fondly from my childhood. Tried on-tap at the 2013 GABS festival in Melbourne.

Pours a hazy and very pale straw colour, with a light body and a white head that forms a firm ring. Stretchy rings of lace form as the beer goes down. Looks decent for a kölsch, but nothing out of the ordinary yet.

The aroma, though? Killer Pythons! Lots of artificial sweetness, lolly green and raspberry, above a grainy, slightly pilsnery basis. The Killer Pythons certainly give off their chemical, nostalgic aromas here.

Once I get over the nostalgia, though, it becomes quite clear what a bad idea this is. Light grain comes forward on the palate before a fruity sweetness builds up with clinging artificial flavours. This is then set upon by a musty wet grain character and a shot of yeast that makes a rather unpleasant mess. Finish is slightly cloying, with the artificial sweetness coming through attaching itself to the residual yeast flavours.

Feel is very light: wouldn't be so bad in a straight Kölsch, but it leaves some of the less successful characters bleakly exposed.

This was an extremely interesting experiment. Was it successful? I mean, it got me interested in this one-off beer for a festival, but it isn't something I'm that keen to try again. Sadly, I doubt that Killer Python Kölsch is likely to be a style we're going to see take off.

Jun 13, 2013
True South Killer Python Kölsch from True South Brewery
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 3 ratings