Flat Tail Tailgater | Flat Tail Brewing

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Flat Tail Brewing
Oregon, United States

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by zoolzoo on 09-29-2011

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Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.25/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of MeanMotaScootah
4.24/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

this is a very crisp, clean tasting beer. I don't have much experience with the kolsch style. It does have almost an hefeweizen character in that the hops are light and their is a tart finish. I will definitely buy this again!

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Photo of zoolzoo
4.2/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours hazy, straw colored. Three finger white head.

S: Smells clean. Pilsner malt, grass, hay. Touch of biscuit.

T/M: Thirst quenching, refreshing. Clean, crisp...really tight toasted malt, grassy hops. Some vague fruity aspect, almost tart but not really. Finish is extremely clean. Carbonation is high, mouthfeel is light.

O: A tasty, refreshing Kolsch.

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Photo of ivegot3Dvision
4.18/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I honestly don't know where these bad reviews come from... It's a Kolsch style ale, nothing more, nothing less.

It's refreshing, light, and easy to drink with a slight sweetness on the bottom end. I would definitely drink this again.

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Photo of warrenc
4.01/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BIll_Currie
4/5  rDev +17%

4/5  rDev +17%

Photo of ricke49
4/5  rDev +17%

Photo of BowWowWowYippyYoIPA
3.89/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy light gold with fizzy head that dissipates quickly. Smells of honey and steely noble hops. Slightly fruity taste with honey and cereal with slightly bitter finish. Thin refreshing mouthfeel. Overall a nice easy drinking warm weather beer.

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Photo of grnmtnman
3.82/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brotherloco
3.81/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lingenbrau
3.76/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Good Kolsch style offering. An easy drinking beer, but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of OregonGrown7
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bluckbeyes
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of mrcraft
3.73/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Fatehunter
3.72/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours super foamy, overflowing the glass, tons of head. The body is a clear straw color.
The aroma is a nice sharp lemon zest smell.
The taste is deep with lemon bitter and clean malt.
The texture is crisp with soft edges and a good fizz.
A nice and flavorful lager.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.72/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look - very good color as per the style. Light straw color, but a bit cloudy and good carbonation. Light-colored head.

Smell - crispness of a bohemian or bavarian style beer. Otherwise, nothing terribly prominent about the aroma.

Taste - the initial taste is a bit mild, but that might have a lot to do with the grains and/or hops being used. Still, it seems to be pretty true to the style. Almost tastes like a cereal grain has been used, but according to their label, there weren't any, so it might just be the overall dryness of the taste, which isn't a negative quality actually.

Mouthfeel - very light in its feel, but not too thin either.

Overall - this is a tasty beer, that's also very good as an everyday beer. They seem to have kept well to the style, but also held some character too.

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Photo of ummswimmin
3.71/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
3.66/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DefenCorps
3.54/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from New Seasons.

A clear light orange with a dense white head that falls off quickly leaving little lacing, this looks decent. The nose is solid. Bready and doughy with a pleasing lemony hop aroma. There's also some mild mint and a mildly fruity yeast character. Quite nice. The palate opens with a blend of bready and grainy malt, very lightly toasted, and a fruity, lemony hop flavor. While light in body, it does have a sense of grainy fullness to it, not unlike some decocted pilsners and hefeweizens I've had. The mid palate is s little flat with some sweetness but the mild hop bitterness on the finish I'd quite enjoyable. Solid stuff, I'd drink it again.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, the last one on the cooler shelf at Bridgetown Beerhouse yesterday (no bottling date). Poured to an imperial pint glass.

A: Glowing golden pour with a little haziness, more straw/pale at the bottom, deeper and a little more orange-colored toward the top. Starts with a 2-finger thick layer of white foam, but it drops pretty quickly. Besides an initial roil of bubbles, barely any carbonation. A slick, slowly falling lace that fractures as it tries valiantly to hold in bands.

S: Not much aroma (then again, that's not really off-style...). A simple baked bread scent, hay and grass. A nose-twitching dustiness.

T: A pleasant flavor of bready biscuit and drizzled honey, with enough spiced hop/bitter bite to even things out. Mild tang, a slight chalky/medicinal bitterness in the finish, although sweeter and even a little fruity mid-taste.

M: A low carbonation level just means a smoother, creamier feel and this beer delivers well. Body is a little on the light side, but that's kinda what a Kolsch is all about: refreshing, quaffable, clean-finishing (though a little starchy/grainy film).

O: 'Overall' is such a subjective thing, but I'll recall the old 'Drinkability' days and award a higher score because it's just so damn easy to drink! Moderate alcohol and a balanced flavor that keeps me coming back for more. Has the feel of Summer, and here in the midst of winter's greyness and wetness, I'll take it. Nice one & worth a try (especially at just $4/bottle).

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

they cant all be extremely heady india pales and wood aged wild beers. sometimes its nice to have something clean and sessionable in the land of insane beer, and i think this serves that rather adequately, although its definitely not my favorite example of the style. one of my first beers from these guys, i think it has some real pros. clean and clear, bright and light, and really pretty sessionable. a good compliment to heavy food, saucy, fried, spicy, and the like. its a little flat though, needs more carbonation, and very little about the grain base says german in origin to me. its too light there, maybe a little too sweet and sort of corny, not dusty and dry and cereal forward like i like it to be in this style. the yeast is also flavorless, which makes this a little one dimensional for me, but its easy enough drinking even despite all that, and when ice cold is actually a very refreshing brew. it looks like the other stuff these guys do is a little more robust, but this is a perfectly drinkable and unoffensive blonde ale. not as good as a kolsch to me, but thats a fine point of debate i suppose...

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Photo of kiki3drt292
3.52/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BurdockBoy
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of speak72
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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