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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Added by msubulldog25 on 08-13-2011

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
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 nmann08
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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 SocalKicks
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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 mactrail
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Attractive golden color with a big foam in the Pilsner glass. Plenty sudsy on the tongue with a nice sparkle. The head is quite long lasting. A big suds-up with every pour.

This is the resiny rather than perfumey variety of Kölsch. Some crackery malt and a pleasant tang. Just slightly tart to go along with the distinct malty sweetness. Faintly lemony. A nice quaff on a hot afternoon but not an example of the style to seek out. It's what you wish a Blonde Ale would be, but not such a great Kölsch.

From the 16 oz can purchased at Market of Choice on 29th in Eugene. Cost was three bucks.

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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 Erik-P
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of stevoj
3.42/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Can from the Brew Shop in Bend. Pale golden with abundant foamy head. Aroma is mostly grains, cereal, taste is pure grain, malt, some hops present in the finish, very dry and chalky. A decent representation of the German original. Light in body and palate, refreshing

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Photo of Donkster46
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 wordemupg
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kscaldef
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of DefenCorps
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
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 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 ZachT
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of elNopalero
4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
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 msubulldog25
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A first taste from a young brewery that recently found its home in North Portland's St. John's neighborhood ~ they embrace traditional malt-focused Germanic styles, which is a kinda cool angle to take in hop-loving Portland. This is a 10 oz. glass, poured at Bailey's Taproom.

A: Served in an hourglass-figured half pint with a short, lazily ebbing creamy white cap. Milky, unfiltered wheat-golden, the finest hazy fog, no visible carbonation. Ripples of ribbon-like lace with long tongues that reach downward to reconnect with a hugging ring.

S: A bright and mildly spicy nose, plenty of bread/crust and hints at fruit.

T: Expectedly bready, crackery and bone dry in the finish. Mild fruit, crisp apple, and sturdy spice... really peppery! Honeyed moments for some balance.

M: Creamy in feel overall, but a spark on sharper carbonation with each sip. Light/medium body. Exceedingly refreshing.

O: Kölsch isn't a style many get excited over; though I'm not turning cartwheels over this, I'm pretty impressed by flavor, feel and all the subtleties layered inside a seemingly simple 'session beer' like this. Will gladly have this again.

[Aside] A perfect name for Summer 2011 in Oregon, in all its cool/overcast grayness...

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Photo of sharpski
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of CoryR
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of South2NW
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Soto
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of MaximumYuks
3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Kölsch from Occidental Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 64 ratings
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