Kölsch | Occidental Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Occidental Brewing Co.
Oregon, United States

Style: German Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by msubulldog25 on 08-13-2011

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Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheMole
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of B_B
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Phoodcritic
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PhilKeller
4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of schopenhauerale
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Lingenbrau
4.04/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Kölsch. A welcomed style by yours truly, at any time. And this one is no exception. It pours beautiful, like a freshly polished trumpet. Straw gold, clear as a whistle, little streams of bubbles supporting a bone white pillow above that enjoys the glass' company.

It smells right. Grainy, bready, with pinches of honey, butter, and dried wildflowers, and just a tad pissy.

Tastes spot on in those regards. The honey and butter is definitely dialed down, which is a good thing in my opinion. Lightly toasted white bread with a pinch of spicy and floral hops. Nuff said.

Spritzy is a word often associated with the Kölsch. This is close, but feels just a touch softer. Still well carbonated, light bodied, and crisp with superb balance.

This may not be the hands down best US representative of the classic style, but it's good. Drink by the boat load good. Yes sir, may I have another. Prost.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of biboergosum
3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

473ml can - another brew from this Portland, Oregon operation that was made in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Hmmmm.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, pale golden yellow colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, loosely foamy, and mildly bubbly bone-white head, which leaves some random streaky and splattered lace around the glass as it steadily sinks out of sight.

It smells of semi-sweet, bready and doughy cereal malt, a bit of underripe apple and pear fruitiness, subtle earthy yeast, and some plain leafy, weedy, and musky floral green hop bitters. The taste is gritty and grainy pale malt, muddled citrus and pome fruity notes, ethereal earthy honey, and more well understated herbal, musty, and floral verdant noble hoppiness.

The carbonation is adequate in its palate-coddling frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and generally smooth, with just a touch of wayward son yeast making a bit of fuss here. It finishes off-dry, the malt and fruity esters waltzing out into the sunset together.

Overall - this is an agreeable and enjoyable enough version of the style, nice and crisp and clean in its bearing. Worth checking out for its Teutonic earnestness, even if I'm still a little leery of how this one arrived in my local Alberta bottleshop, and how much it differs from the ones that you Yanks are drinking.

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Photo of fardog
4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of elNopalero
4.18/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a crystalline gold. Slightly nutty, floral, clean, crisp. Hits all the right notes and then some.
Easy drinker, one you don’t have to think about… but if you do you’ll appreciate it.

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Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.91/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can, canned 2 months ago

Pours a finger of white head into my willi glass. Head dissipates quickly. The body is a pretty classic pale yellow, not too light in color though. Clarity is very high, basically completely see through. A crap load of carbonation. Looks ok so far.

Nose is relatively sweet, quite perfumey. A little bit of DMS I think, not very offensive here. Caramel malt. A small, but noticeable presence of that dry, kolsch yeast. I generally prefer Kolsch’s to be on the dryer side, but sweeter ones have been growing on me. This is a nice nose regardless, pretty clean, and it smells very yummy. Not to mention – a pretty large nose for a lighter style beer.

The flavor is possibly even better. Starts off with that perfumey sweetness, which leads into a nice moderate dryness and a subtle, but assertive hop finish. Has a little bit of a dry mineral finish to it as well, very German-esque. The flavor is slightly less pungent than the nose, which is a mild let down. It is far more balanced though, and it really lands right in the middle of the sweet – bitter/dry scale. I like the taste and the nose for different reasons, and because of that, I can’t say I like one more than the other. It’s a great beer any way you slice it.

Mouthfeel is very nice, it has a lot going on for such a light beer. Sweet and slick at times, and dry, bitter, and mineraly at others. Body is pretty light, as would be expected. Carbonation is a little on the low side, which is probably the only down side. I would usually knock a beer quite hard for a low carbonation (given it is inappropriate for the style), but this has so much going on that it’s still very nice regardless.

The drinkability is very high. It tastes good, and it’s very light and refreshing.

The appearance turned out ok. The head died very fast, then it left a small soapy film on top of the body – not super awesome looking, but not uncommon for a German light beer. The lacing was alright, good in some areas, inconsistent in others. Overall it looked ok.

This is a super good Kolsch, I’m glad it was more balanced than I was anticipating from the nose – now I can sleep at night. I would have liked it regardless though, the nose was quite nice as well. Overall very nice.

Temperature update: as this beer warmed, the DMS came through VERY heavy. Possibly even some diacytl here too. Really not sure what to do about the rating now. It still tastes good, but this is a little ridiculous. The DMS comes through way bigger on the nose for some reason. I guess I will drop the nose from a 4.25 to a 3.75. The flavor is actually not really affected too much, so I will only drop that from a 4.25 to a 4. Overall will also drop from a 4.25 to a 4. It still tastes good, but this is a pretty noticeable flaw.

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Photo of Skrumpy
3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pale yellow color with a foamy, white head. Streak lacing. Aroma is grass, herbs, and cracker malt. Flavor is pepper and bread, then has a floral, sweet sort of finish. Crisp and refreshing. A decent beer overall.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours polished golden with a short-lived white head... grainy with hints of corn.. Very balanced with none of the hoppiness that clouds many American takes on the style.. This is fantastic.

All 4s

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Photo of devilmakesthree
4.41/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DefenCorps
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can from New Seasons.

A crystal clear yellow with a dense, white head with good retention and lacing, this looks great. The nose is soft and doughy with a mild lemony hop character, a little bit of a fruitiness, a little bit of dust and a mild floral note. The bready note is really pronounced here, with a blend of honey and mildly yeasty dough, bordering on a Helles in some ways. The palate opens with a mild, fruity sweetness, a little jasmine essence, earth and a touch of lime. The mid-palate does have some doughy and bready notes before a mildly bitter drying finish takes over, with a lingering leafy and earthy bitterness. Really, really soft and silken on the palate, though it does feel a little thin at times. Carbonation is crisp and ample. Delicious stuff.

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Photo of constantine_272
3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Clear light straw. Pineapple tropical fruit and wheat on the nose. Sweet grain, straw and a touch of lime on the taste. Steel mineral with a syrup swryness lingers on the finish. The sweetness lingers a bit too long on the tongue. I prefer a sharper finish to my kolsch; just too sweet for my taste.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

my very first beer from these guys and one of the lighter craft beers i have ever had really. it looks more like water than beer in the glass, and has very little flavor really, even compared to other light kolsch styles, i was blown away how delicate and simple and clean this was, and i mentally go back and forth on whether i like it because its a great spicy food beer, a hot weather crusher, and more to drink than think, or if i dislike it because there is so little german authenticity to it in the flavor, no mass at all, and really pretty unimpressive as a beer. leaning toward the first one, but this could definitely use a little more of the german pale malts here as well as some of a minerally crackery yeast that tends to define these beers more often than not. i could drink it forever though, it doesnt fill up the belly even a little bit, and the carbonation is pretty on point actually, so its hard to hate on, even though there really just isnt much here. ill give this one a pass, but will look for a whole lot more robustness next time i have one of their beers...

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Photo of ZachT
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MaximumYuks
3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of South2NW
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kobold
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: stubborn pockmarked two finger head levitating above a field of golden wheat from which swarms of carbonation ascend into the stratosphere.

Smell: peppery hops of the Old World spice a crips, clean air before it dissipates into candy and bubblegum after thoughts.

Taste: a mouthful of dirty honey and sweet fruit, bready malts surrendering to a bed of weak, almost sleepy, disinterested hop tang.

Feel: quite creamy and deep for such low potency

Overall: a giant among a typically dainty class of brews. the foretaste is especially chromatic, and the feel much more substantial than that of usual kolsch species.

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Photo of Ish1
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Erik-P
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Kurmaraja
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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