Lime Kölsch | Burnside Brewing Co.

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Lime KölschLime Kölsch

Brewed by:
Burnside Brewing Co.
Oregon, United States

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Spring

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Added by vkv822 on 06-14-2013

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Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 40
Photo of biboergosum
3.89/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle - wow, that's a lotta limes! Also made with kaffir lime leaves and lemongrass.

This beer pours a glassy, medium golden yellow colour, with two chubby fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat creamy eggshell white head, which leaves a bit of streaky rain on the windshield lace around the glass as it quickly bleeds away.

It smells of zingy fresh limes, spicy lemongrass, grainy and doughy pale malt, a bit of estery yeast, and more leafy and hay-like hop bitterness. The taste is crackery and doughy pale malt, acidic key lime pie, earthy lemongrass, and more herbal, leafy, and slightly floral green hoppiness.

The carbonation is quite hefty in its palate-coating frothiness, the body a respectable middleweight, and actually fairly smooth, with maybe a wee spiciness taking the sheen off of things here. It finishes off-dry, the robust malt still fending off the lime and lemongrass advances.

Overall, it seems that the guest ingredients do go a long way in obfuscating the underlying Kölsch to a certain degree, but hey - 'Lime' comes first in the name, so what did we expect? Enough of the base beer character is present to prevent having to make alco-pop or sports drink analogies, thankfully. Refreshing and zesty, is what I'm taking away from this offering.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.71/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

very surprised to see this rated so low, maybe they have recently tweaked the recipe and improved upon it, but the one i had at the brewery was outstanding. pale and clear yellow as it should be for the style, not much head on it after the initial pour, and a lot of carbonation racing up to the surface. it smells like fresh lime zest, nothing plastic or artificial. i suppose that does come at the expense of the base beer, i mean, this is really limey, and maybe the purists are unhappy, but i was intrigued right away. the flavor is good too, lime all the way, bitter enough but more just juicy. definitely hard to taste much kolsch through the lime, which might be where the ratings drop, almost more of a sports drink than a beer, but its super light and refreshing, and i happily enjoyed it. maybe a little less body than i would like, even in a kolsch, but carbonation is there, and if this was designed to be a lawn mower beer, a patio pounder, whatever people are calling them these days, they have certainly succeeded.

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Photo of Brackh
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Pours a very light yellow with a foamy head. Smell isn't great. Smells like a Pilsner for sure. Taste is very light with a hint of lime. Nothing overpowering here. Feel like I should have cut the grass before drinking this. Ok. Won't seek it out again.

Wife's Review: "I like it. It is refreshing and the lime flavor is just right."

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Photo of chinchill
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

22oz. bottle.
Very hazy amber; Decent off-white head

Wonderful smell mixes lime with fresh baked bread.

The flavor is much less balanced, with the lime components dominating. Good sweet/bitter/sour balance, with all three present at near equal levels.

Refreshing. Light body with appropriate medium carbonation.

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Photo of Yuliya
4.24/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear golden, smells strongly of lemongrass and lime leaves. Taste is crisp, grassy, with lemongrass and lime leaves again very obvious and almost overpowering. I had this with curry prawns, and it was a very good complement, however I would suggest maybe using either lemongrass or Kaffir lime leaves since they are very similar in taste and smell and combining the two doubles the effect. In contrast, the lime zest almost did not come through. Overall, this is a very unusual and enjoyably refreshing summer beer and is especially good with spicy foods.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle from "Lifesource" in Salem. $4.99 Pours a hazy bright yellow with a large frothy and thick white head. Aromas of creamy lemon,lime zest and honey malts nice enough MMmm very refreshing first beer of the week and its zesty,salty,honey and crisp,dry pilsner finish nice stuff!! Good palate it is not too thin yet goes down a treat. Very nice refreshing summer beer. I was unsure so held off all summer but this is nice.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
3.36/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served from the bottle into a pilsner glass

A- Poured a clear pale golden color with tons of streaming carbonation, soapy bright white head that left some spotty lace.

S- Very light aroma of lime and grassy notes.

T- Slightly acidic lime flavor and mint is most prominent, some grassy and fruity notes. Not much in the way of traditional Kolsch flavors, the Kolsch seems to serve as a blank template for the lime and herb additions.

M- Soft carbonation, lighter bodied, and pretty watery.

O- Not much complexity and definitely a lighter beer. It drinks like a really easy and nice craft alternative to Corona.

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Photo of CookstLiquor
3.21/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 650ml bottle. Pours a slightly orangish yellow colour. A unique nose with herbaceous scents of funk, grass and citrus. Definitely reflects the ingredients list. Taste is similar with a big hit of tart lime. Spicy notes show up on the pleasantly dry finish. Any kolsch characteristics are pretty much obliterated by the lime and herb notes, but that's probably the point. This is fruity, light and refreshing.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a growler (3x) at a friend's weekend get-together, into a pint glass. Notes will be brief. Have had this a few times before, at local fests and on tap at Burnside's taproom.

A: Hazy golden pour with a thin skim of white film. Scant lace, a broken and dripping band.

S: Grassy and hay/straw scent with a subtle lime sweet citrus.

T: A fairly sugary-sweetness; fruity and breakfast cereal grains. Lime is almost floral, like honeysuckle, tartness is minimal.

M: Decent effervescence, nice creaminess, a little thin.

O: Extremely likable, rather sweet but also rather sublime. On a warm/hot afternoon, quite drinkable.

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Photo of vkv822
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

22oz : tulip

Clear, golden-yellow with a thin, foamy white head.

Wow, some serious lime upfront in the nose, followed by some grassy notes and crackery malts.

The palate follows the nose, lime zest upfront with the base beer quite clear in the backing with grassy hops and a prominent, crackery malt base.

Medium bodied, foamy carbonation.

An interesting beer, plenty of lime. Enjoyable, though I don't really have a strong urge to have it again.

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Lime Kölsch from Burnside Brewing Co.
3.55 out of 5 based on 40 ratings.
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