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Love Street Summer Seasonal | Karbach Brewing Co.

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Love Street Summer SeasonalLove Street Summer Seasonal

Brewed by:
Karbach Brewing Co.
Texas, United States

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
20 IBU

Added by champ103 on 05-16-2013

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Photo of goochpunch
1.62/5  rDev -53.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours out a clear pale gold. Not a whole lot of head. Smells like burnt hair and boiled vegetables. Weird buttery aroma too. A touch of sulfur. Reminds me a lot of Shiner's old summer kolsch, but way worse. Grainy, sweet, gross mess. What the fuck is this? Mouthfeel is undercarbonated, slick, and just gross. I hate this. Is there such a thing as a good American kolsch? This is the worst Kolsch I've had, hands down.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.96/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12 fl oz aluminum can with colorful hippy-esque label art acquired as part of a 6 pack earlier tonight for $13.00 at the Growler Room here in Austin and served into a Spaten stangenglas in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are average given its current ratings as well as the brewery. No ABV is listed on the label. Reviewed as a Kolsch because it clearly identifies as such.

Served cold, straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a 4.5 finger wide head of white colour. Nice creaminess. Decent thickness. Not as frothy as I'd like for the style. No lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is slightly above average - about 2-3 minutes.

Body colour is a clean clear yellow with vague copper hues; of above average vibrance. Translucent and transparent. No yeast particles are visible.

Sm: Pilsner malts, clean barley, a kiss of peppery spice, a bit of lemongrass, generic floral hop character (seems like Saaz if I had to guess), and the clean crisp graininess that tends to define the style. A pleasant aroma of mild strength.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

T/Mf: It's got a pleasant foundation comprised of pilsner malts, clean barley, lemongrass, and crisp graininess. Complementary generic floral hops (Saaz), some crystal malt, and a bit of lemon zest also make an appearance. A kiss of white grape when I look for it. A biteen too sweet. The balance isn't great, admittedly.

A good Kolsch requires delicate subtlety and careful attention. You won't find that here. A simple attempt at the style that hits some of the elements right, but ultimately doesn't hold a candle to good traditional versions of the style.

No yeast character or alcohol comes through.

Smooth and wet. A biteen overcarbonated. Crisp, but it needs to be moreso. Decent body and presence on the palate. Mouthfeel certainly doesn't feel custom-tailored to the style, but it suits it okay. Lightly buttery, which isn't ideal.

Not biting, hot, boozy, gushed, or harsh.

Dr: A simple attempt at a Kolsch which isn't quite up to par with traditional beers in the style. This'll scratch your Kolsch itch I guess, but I wouldn't get it again at this price point. That said, it's certainly drinkable and I'll enjoy finishing the 6 pack. There are definitely far better examples of the style at a better price point (even as imports). Refreshing and enjoyable for what it is. A decent summer seasonal from Karbach. Hides its modest ABV well.


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Photo of Agriverbear
3.13/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

It is an OK Kolsch. A lot of carbonation, almost like seltzer water, and somewhat citrus aftertaste. Karbach seems to have the middle of the road taken care of.

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Photo of BryanCarey
3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from the can, Karbach Love Street is a yellow/gold colored brew with a slightly hazy body and a decent level of foam. The white head of foam doesn’t last very long and the carbonation is on the light side. The nose on this beer is one of light citrus, wheat, lemongrass, and some bread/biscuit.

This beer has a flavor that emphasizes the taste of grain, biscuits, and some light citrus. There is a little bit of yeasty flavor plus some grassiness from the hops. The beer finishes clean without much bitterness and it offers a good deal of refreshment.

Love Street is a summer beer and it does seem well- tailored to fit the style. It is more refreshing than the average beer, but it would be better with a little more carbonation. It isn’t one of my favorites in the Karbach lineup, but it does have enough going for it to make it a worthwhile choice for the season.

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Photo of 1ale_man
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured a clear gold from can to tulip. Moderate head.
Smells of bread and malt and floral. Slight sweet smell.
Taste follows smell with the bread and floral. Wish I could distinguish this floral taste. Really like this beer and at 4.9% abv you can drink more than one.
Feel was good. Smooth with good carbonation. Would recommend this beer and will have again myself.

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Photo of chamberscreek
3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I get that this is a summer blonde, but I still expect more personality from a Karbach, and for me, Love Street is lacking a bit. Nice light feel with a bit of a citrus edge, but it's too much of an "all treble and no bass" beer for me, even for summer. Rather drink the Weekend Warrior Pale Ale...

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Photo of OKbrew89
3.42/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Hazy straw color with minimal head that doesn't last at all and leaves no lacing. Smell of grass, some lemon, and pepper. Taste is grassy wheat, spices, and a touch of spicy hops that work in harmony. Light body and medium-light carbonation.
My first though was lawn mowing beer. Light, crisp, and refreshing is the best part. It's a drinkable Kolsch that is not fully baked.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.49/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with a 2 finger width carbonated head. Head retention is mild as is lacing. Sweet, bready aroma. Maybe some tropical fruit. Standard lager stale odor. There is a little peppery spice up front with a strong bready taste at the end. Not much of a fruitiness to it but is mildly sweet. Dry aftertaste. Light to medium bodied with high carbonation. Refreshing beer but not really my style. Could use a little more citrus flavor to even it out.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

This was definitely part of a recent package from the Mighty JenRay in support of The CANQuest ™, now back in full (fool) swing!

From the CAN: "Brewed in Texas"; "It’s Hotter Than …”; "Proudly Brewed in Texas"; “Recycle Dammit!”; “feel good”; “In the 1960’s on Allan’s Landing sat Love Street: a hot spot of music and social impact. The venue hosted eclectic characters ranging from open mic’ers to the Lizard King himself. Love Street was not only a place, but a state of mind. A place to unwind and let the music refresh your soul.”; “Likewise, Love Street Summer Seasonal is a state of mind. Brewed in the Kolsch-style and hopped delicately with floral German hops, this beer boasts a clean malt profile that refreshes to the core, without sacrificing character. So crack one open and find your own Love Street!”

The Crack! was nice and loud, so I initiated an inverted Glug to kick things off in Week 1 of the 2014 NFL season. I initially had two-plus fingers of puffy, bone-white head, but they quickly fell to wisps, leaving loads of sticky lacing in their wake. The visual was unbelievable! The CANstant flow of carbonic bubbles looked like a lava lamp in this Straw-Yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4) beer with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled like the end of summer on the farm – mown hay and grass with biscuits cooling on the sill. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full with the extreme carbonation helping it to achieve a near creaminess. The taste was more grassy than hay, but I still got biscuit malt on the tongue. It was a very light, easy-drinking version of a Kolsch and I wished for some citrus flavors to amp it up just a tad. Finish was semi-dry, very refreshing, making it a good CANdidate for the Summer cooler.

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Photo of vickersspitfire
3.54/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Light blond with a faintly hazy (its mostly clear) and occasional bubbles floating to the top. The head is thick white and thins out to about a half finger thick. There’s a nice thick lacing in this beer!
Smell: Light floral smells with stronger citrus fruits.
Taste: Well balanced, bready malts up front with a stronger hop presence as you swallow. It gets mildly tart on the corners of the mouth. There a yeasty bitterness in its aftertaste that leave wanting another sip almost immediately.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied, strong carbonation and a slightly oily covering.
Overall: Pleasant to drink over all nothing too overwhelming and well balanced.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pretty clear pale yellow color with white head. Cereal grains and floral notes on the nose; follows onto the palate. Light bodied on the palate. Finishes with bready and floral notes. Light for the hot summer.

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Photo of Premo88
3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. can poured into craft beer glass (wide stick)

L: yellow, crystal clear, 1/4-inch or so head of white foam that isn't overly thick or fluffy; almost no lacing

S: grain ... lots and lots of grain; stale grain; the malt doesn't show up in the nose until the last 1/3 or 1/4, and while it's sweet, it's very understated.

T: sweet grain (barley, maize, rice ... no major corn notes); just a hint of dry, spicy hops -- not floral/citrus/pine hops. gives it a bit of bite, just to remind you it's beer. very nice hints of sweetness at times ... good sweet malt, very light and easy going down. yes -- as it warms up a little, the malt really makes this thing smooth out with a great sweet finish.

F: strong carbonation and solid weight for such a "light" beer

O: it's good ... definitely worth a try and a perfect summer beer. i love it super cold to begin with to help fight the heat, but the beauty of this beer shows up as it begins to warm -- the malt starts coming through and gives it a great two-way flavor of spicy hop bite with the sweet malt finish.

my bet is it won't replace your favorite summer standby if you've already got one. but if you don't have one, this might be it. a solid brew and at 4.7% ABV, it's a great option for a session.

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Photo of Bluestar
3.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap both at the brewery and Onion Creek in the heights:

Appearance - Bright golden yellow color, nice clean white head, persistent. Looks gorgeous in the glass.

Smell - Not much to comment on here, a little bread and yeast flavors dominate, grassy notes in the background. Clean smell.

Taste - follows the nose, but the grassy flavors are a little more dominant. Nice and light, not hard on the palate.

Mouth - very well carbonated, little bit of deviation here from the usual Karbach offerings. Almost sharp/prickly on the tongue.

Overall - A well done Kolsch. Very true to style.Exactly what the beer needs to be for a summer seasonal in Houston, TX. I see a viable alternative to SA Summer pils for Houston beer drinkers. I will down a lot of these in the coming months.

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
3.79/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This one pours a pale golden color that is a tinge opaque and has a thin short lived head with virtually no lacing down the glass.

The nose is peppery and sharp with a moderate hop nose and a subtle yet dominant malt sweetness that everything else floats on.

The taste is a classic kolsch with a dryer maltiness than the nose that has peppery and bitter hops.

The moutfeel is a tab nit watery for this style but still acceptable and unremarkable.

Overall a drinkable beer but not my favorite. Karbach has many more to choose from that are better.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

a very clean light gold in color with 2 fingers of fluffy white head revealing a nice amount of sticky lacing.. this is a wonderful looking beer with lots of vibrant carbonation bubbles shooting up the middle of the glass like there's a party going on in there!

the smell is of pilsner style malt base, lemongrass, wheat, slight citrusy lemon-like scent. as for the flavor, it's the same.. very basic, with a hint of bittering hops.. citrusy and very bready.

this is a very refreshing kolsch, basic and straight to the point - a summer beer. high carbonation, light in body, and extremely refreshing on a hot summer day.

for the style, it's one of the best i've had.

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Photo of Spikester
3.82/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear pale gold with not much head or lace.
Smell is mild bread crust with a light touch of spice from the hops.
Taste is where it begins to shine. Light refreshing and not a single off flavor. Light bready malts a wee bit of lemon and some herbal grassy hops with a light spice element.
Mouthfeel is super clean light body good carbonation. Finish lightly dry with a touch of bitterness in the end.
Overall one of the most impressive beers of this style so far. My can was dated 6/12/15 and had to travel by truck for about 4 days and many miles to get here. Not a Kolsch expert by any means but this is a really clean easy drinking beer with no off putting flavors. I really liked it and I don't often drink these lighter type beers.

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Photo of htown_engineer
3.92/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This happens to be one of my favorites from Karbach, it's no longer a "summer seasonal" and is now one of their year round beers so that's a plus.

Appearance: pours as a light blonde/golden clear color, there's not much of a head so there's no real lacing.

Smell: kind of floral, but definitively not overpowering, however I just wish the hints of citrus would shine through a little more than it does, simply because I love that smell. Otherwise ot's fresh and clean.

Taste/Feel: pretty much your standard Kolsch, the hops and malt come out nicely. What can I say it goes down smooth, the carbonation is highly prevalent, but it's light and clean and finishes without much bitterness.

Overall: It's a great beer and it's easy to see why it's one of my favorites by Karbach and why they put this in their permanent year round brews. My only criticism is that because I've gotten it countless times at the brewery (sometimes hours old) drinking it from a can that I picked up at the grocery store takes a tiny bit of the freshness away. However, it's not enough to really put a dent in how it tastes. It's still solid and well worth drinking anywhere; at the brewery, in restaurants or on your back porch. So if you can find it locally or trade for it, I recommend it!

If you're ever in Houston, Texas make one of your brewer stops the Karbach Brewery!

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Photo of htownbeerhound
3.92/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pour is light gold straw with solid 1/4 inch head and lasting evanescence with the bubbles.

Smell is light pitted fruit and grassy

Taste is ever so slight apricot and grassy

Mouthful is soft on palette and smooth

Overall an outstanding summer beer in Houston Texas by an outstanding brewer in Houston texas

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Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
3.93/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into pint glass.

A - Pours a hazy yellow straw color with one finger of white head.

S - The aroma has grassy and grainy notes with a bit of citrus hops.

T - The grain is prominent in this, followed by grassy hops and some lemon. The taste is very clean with a slightly peppery end.

M - Light body with high carbonation. It's very crisp and refreshing, making for a great summer session beer. Citrus and grass on the aftertaste.

O - A great beer for summer with a refreshing hop profile.

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Photo of champ103
4.08/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Cottonwood in Houston.

A: Pours a clear golden/orange color. A two finger pillowing white head forms with good retention. Nice lace is left behind as well.
S: Bread and biscuit like malts. Just a bit of dry, peppery spice and bitterness in the finish. Simple, but really nice.
T: Follows the nose. Mineral like yeast, bread and biscuit. Just a touch of hops. I am thinking Saaz hops. Very clean with spicy, grassy flavors. Very nice and simple.
M/D: A light to medium body. Very crisp, dry and superbly clean. There is not much to this, and that is the point. Very easy to drink, without thinking about it. One of my go to's during the summer.

Spot on for the style, in America that is. Simple, really enjoyable, and the definition of moerish. I love this style, and I highly recommend this one if looking for a local option in Houston.

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Love Street Summer Seasonal from Karbach Brewing Co.
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