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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Reviews: 19 | Ratings: 47
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
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 MeanMotaScootah
4.24/5  rDev +25.8%
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 Spikester
3.05/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear gold with one finger of white head that goes away fast. No lace.
Light bread crust malt a tiny touch of grassy hop.
Taste is bread malt with a very small amount of hop bitterness.
Mouthfeel is smooth and carbonation level just right. So it goes down easy. No hint of alcohol in the taste.
Overall an alright beer but for tail gating the regular suspects would do as well. Might get points for the craft brew pedigree.

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Photo of BowWowWowYippyYoIPA
3.89/5  rDev +15.4%
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 UCLABrewN84
3.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a murky light yellow with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, fruit, and slight grass aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, fruit, and slight grass flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable, but nothing too exciting for the style.

Serving type: can.

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Photo of dwagner003
2.3/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Very bland and watery, even for a Kölsch. Looks like Coors Light, but with less of a smell. Got nothing on the nose. The taste was much of the same..

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Photo of Ozzylizard
2.89/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Undated 12 oz can at 40 degrees into nonic
Aroma of wet grain
Head small (1 cm, aggressive pour), fizzy, white, quickly diminishes to partial layer and no ring
Lacing none
Body light yellow, hazy
Flavor weak, a little malt, a little hops, mostly blah. No alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate light, watery, soft carbonation.

Appearance 3, Aroma 2.75, Flavor 2.75, Palate 3.5, Overall 3

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Photo of ivegot3Dvision
4.18/5  rDev +24%
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 DefenCorps
3.54/5  rDev +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 Fatehunter
3.72/5  rDev +10.4%
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 constantine_272
3.32/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: highly carbonated, but extremely pale yellow. Decent foam retention.

S: Light grain and yeast smell. Mild carbon smell. Not much.

T: Tastes like rice at first. Light mellow lemon tartness follows it up with even a little green apple. Tiny bit of rye finish with a copper mineralness. Some complexity with a dash of nutty cashew. Nothing bad, just want more of it.

M: Extremely light. Cool, mellow, juicy and refreshing. Finishes clean and crisp thanks to the bubbles.

O: Too light for my taste. It has a good flavor profile and the finish is great, but I like a little more strength to my beer. As per the style, I was hoping for a bit more of the sour tartness at the end; this tasted like a domestic mixed with a kolsch.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.72/5  rDev +10.4%
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 artoolemomo
3.08/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- Pours up a decent amount of head that is disappearing as I type. This seems to be common with Flat Tail's beers. The head is a weak but pure cotton white while the body is a pale straw that is pretty much the same when held up to the light (some weak lemon, I suppose). No lacing at all.

Nose- Pretty much as boring as the appearance. A little more exciting than an AAL but not by much. Some cracker and biscuit, some cereal (cornflake). A bit of sourness that is a bit disagreeable. Mostly grain- seemingly no input from the hops.

Taste- Well, this beer seems to have one thing down- consistency. Unfortunately for it, it's consistently boring. The flavor profile, however, is a tad more interesting. The front is fairly reflective of the nose (cracker and grains with a bit of sourness) while the finish shows some subtle but definite noble hops characteristics. Some earth, grass, and herbal notes that come against a chalky and mineral dry finish. The hops seem to be an afterthought but this beer is pretty clean. Maybe not crisp and refreshing but close. Slightly above average and no real flaws as far as taste goes. Some light vinous notes, as in white grape.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with suitable carbonation. No real complaints in this department.

Drinkability- Pretty easygoing as in it doesn't really taste like much. Okay price but not good enough for me to return to this beer.

Overall- Mediocre. Doesn't do anything really wrong but doesn't excite in anyway. Give it a try or don't- it doesn't really matter. There are better beers in the style out there.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber from Capital Market,Salem. $3.99 Slightly hazy yellow bodied beer with a nice lasting tight white head. Not any aromas at all to speak off perhaps a touch of wheat and honey. Taste is better sweet honeyish with a pisner hop aspect ..semi dry finish. Nice mouthfeel quite good and trad for style. Good drinkable well executed example

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1.16/5  rDev -65.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Bomber to pint glass. Thanks to Chip for the obscure extra! Sampled 10/11/11.

Before the review begins, this beer was well into an infection. And my scores above reflects rating to style. Here's how I would have otherwise rated this beer:

As a Kolsch:
2 - 1 - 1 - 2 - 1
As a label-less bottle:
3 - 1 - 4 - 3.5 - 3

A: Upon uncapping, orange colored yeast is uncovered on the rim of the bottle and underside of the cap. There is a thick yeast cake firmly in place on the bottom of the bottle as well. On the pour, 4 fingers of head erupts from the bottom of the glass and nearly fizzes away immediately. A vigorous effervescence keeps a 1/2 finger thick, pure white head alive. The body is a light gold yellow and lightly hazy. Lacing is spare.

S: Highly phenolic and plasticky. The yeast aroma is robust - consuming any would-be hop or malt character - but also introduces a crisp acidic fruity note.

T: A small burst of bright acidity keeps the palate fresh. Short lived flavor is lightly sweet with mild vinegar-like acidity. Not at all like a Kolsch, but pretty darn tasty in its own right.

M: Very light body, thin and minerally. Effervescence is as fizzy as can be.

O: See precursor above. This beer isn't drinking the way it was intended. With out of place descriptions like "almost tart" and "mild tang" it seems like other reviewers noticed the beginning stages of an infection as well.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
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 MaltsOfGlory
3.17/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A pretty standard pour only yields a quarter finger head into my standard pint glass. The head is pretty much all white and it's pretty soapy looking. Head retention isn't that great, the head is pretty much all gone. Then again, there wasn't much to start out with. Can't see how the lacing will turn out, but my guess is not good. The body is your standard bright yellow lager color, maybe slightly cloudier than an average lager, and maybe some orange in here too. Carbonation looks high. I'll have to see how the lacing goes, but overall this doesn't look fantastic. Then again it's a lager, and the head is actually hanging in there, even if it is just a few bubbles now. The look is kinda low then high, I'll let the lacing be the final judge of this. The smell is pretty much just sweet malts. It's not a bad malt sweetness, it's not gross, and it's not a adjuncty sour maltiness either. Still, it would be nice to have a little bit of hops in here, or really anything else to balance things out. Somewhat of a honey smell too. It's just very sweet all around, but like I said, not a gross sweet, not too sweet. I wish there was more to talk about here but there really isn't. I understand it's a kolsch, so it's not supposed to be too complex, but this is still disappointing considering that. I'm going to try to be unbias and say that it smells decent for the style. It'll give it a 3.5 as a kolsch, and a 3 as a beer. Take your pick, I'll be generous and put the 3.5 in the "official" review box. The taste is for sure better than your average kolsch, it's not just a lager, there is a bit to it. Still, it's really nothing amazing. You get that malty sweetness, which isn't over the top at all, it's pretty nice. There is a little honey taste to it. Then comes the small sour taste that you get with some lager, followed by a watery carbonation taste. Not really anything in the way of hops at all. I mean, it's not a bad beer, but there just isn't much to it at all. I could give this a 3.5 for taste, just because there isn't anything wrong with it, but it's really a 3 for sure, and I already cut it a break on the smell. The mouthfeel is actually pretty nice for this style of beer, and frankly for any beer. The body is pretty dang thin, but it has a few slightly thick parts to it. The carbonation at times makes the beer taste like mineral water, but overall it's a pretty good level of carbonation for the beer. Very small bubbles in the carbonation, and a medium carbonation all around. When I first started analyzing the carbonation I thought a 4, but it does have some bad parts, so 3.5. The drinkability is obviously super high, it's low ABV, very light, and not a bad tasting beer, so it's very easy drinking. Overall, I mean this is a pretty standard kolsch. Yes there is a nice sweetness that you don't always get in kolsch's, but overall it's a pretty standard interpretation of the style. Nothing really else to say here, ok beer.

The appearance turned out to be....ok, just like the rest of the beer. The lacing was really not anywhere to be found. There were a little bit here and there, but it was patchy at best. The head wasn't very good from the start, and the body was ok at best. Overall an average looking beer, AT BEST.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: bottle as a trade/throw-in from SVDave. Thanks!

Thanks to Dave, the brewer at Flat Tail who gave me a bunch of this as part of a trade/sharing. I proceeded to share several bottles with the folks at Beermongers in Portland.

Kolsch isn't really my style, but this was a good one, I must say. Poured a hazy straw-yellow, with a sizable head that calmed down after a minute or so. Crisp aroma, biscuity pale malts, grassy hops. Light mouthfeel ushered in a good balance of crisp grassy hops and sweet malts, light citrus notes. While still not really my thing, this beer goes down light and easy. Very good for the style.

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Photo of zoolzoo
4.2/5  rDev +24.6%
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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Flat Tail Tailgater from Flat Tail Brewing
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