Kölsch | Occidental Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Occidental Brewing Co.
Oregon, United States

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews by Chris-MOC9:
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Malty, Bready, Balanced, Simple

Pale, straw, yellow with a touch of chill haze (clears up) and a creamy white foam head. Clean aroma, soft bready notes. Crisp, semi-sweet, malty and bready, caramel suggestions, with just a hint of herbal and a faint bitterness. Dry, crackery finish. If you seek balance and simplicity, this beer delivers.

STYLE: Kölsch | ABV: 4.5% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #95 (DEC 2014)

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Photo of dimitrov
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of chossboss
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of BGDrock
4.01/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear gold, full white head like a frothy bath

Aroma: bubblegum, fresh peach, pineapple, apple - loads of sweet pulpy fruit, super vibrant

Taste & Mouthfeel: satin smooth, a pleasure to drink, caressing the tongue; flavour matches the aroma perfectly with same lip-smacking fruit; somehow it's not cloying despite this sweetness, with just enough dry bitterness cutting through

Overall: unexpected flavours for the style, but welcomed; ridiculously easy drinking and a great session beer for the summer

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Photo of biboergosum
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
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 seanthornton152
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of jmccraney
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.32/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 oz. can poured into a Boneyard taster.

Appearance - Clear yellow body. Nice white head. Great retention. Sticky lacing.

Smell - Not much aroma, but a dynamic malt and hop aroma. Nutty, grainy, earthy hops, slightly sharp. Muted, but good.

Taste - Sharp hop flavor. Malts get nuttier as it warms. Finishes with a touch of bitterness and a slight sharpness.

Mouthfeel - Easy drinking, but very light. Not much body.

Overall - Decent. Interesting malt flavors.

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Photo of jason_nwx
2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

Photo of Spikester
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear gold with one finger of white head.
Smell is not major but no corn or apple juice!
Taste is bitter euro hops with just enough malt to keep it an easy drinker. A bit of pepper from the hops.
Mouthfeel is plenty good for such a low alcohol beer and carbonation is just right.
Overall a very tasty beer. I might raise the numbers after I have enjoyed a few more.
It was very warm today and this one was just what I needed. Wish I had more.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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 Kobold
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
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 ThirstyDutchman
4.5/5  rDev +24%

Photo of constantine_272
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
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 BrewtalHonesty
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.91/5  rDev +7.7%
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 vkv822
3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I am reviewing their 16oz. can merely labeled "Kolsch". I am assuming this is the same beer, just renamed/packaged.

Clear, golden yellow with a fizzy, foamy white head that dissipates within a minute or so of pouring.

Predominately bready malts upfront, with light grassy, spicy hop notes. Simple, but quite enjoyable.

Medium+ body, fizzy foamy carbonation.

As stated above, there is nothing too complex about this style of beer, but the flavor profiles are well executed and enjoyable. A good easy drinking, warm weather beer.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NWHopinator
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of vmauery
3.11/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of SocalKicks
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of nmann08
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of RHVC59
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On a hot day there is nothing better than a Kölsch from Occidental Brewing Co.
After biking to the Mississippi Neighborhood Street fair and back this afternoon I headed over to Occidental Brewing Co. Tap room for a growler of their Dunkelweizen, one of my preferred beers, and decided to try the Kölsch. In addition to the growler I took home a four pack of tall cans.

Pours a nice foamy head that dissipates fairly quickly. Nice mouth feel. Also it is not overly hoppy, a fault I find in many of the beers produced here in Portland. The color is a light golden, and the fizz continues to rise after poured into a tall glass. It has a nice lite citrus finish.

Again, a Great beer for a hot day!

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Photo of eggmaggi
4.75/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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