Love Street Summer Seasonal | Karbach Brewing Co.

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Love Street Summer SeasonalLove Street Summer Seasonal
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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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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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2.96/5  rDev -14.2%
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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3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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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3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Crushing a 6er on a covered patio at my air b&b in Austin. Near perfect.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Single 12 ounce can that was purchased in Dallas and consumed at home, on to the beer:

This middle of the pack kolsch is light yellow colored and topped with a head that leaves a little lacing around. It's a little more cider-like per style, but still with a modest note of hay in the back. Being light and gently carbonated, it's a solid beer with the main goal of hydration, and quick.

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3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
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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look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Love Street Summer Seasonal from Karbach Brewing Co.
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