Tree House Brewing Company

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German Kölsch
Ranked #31
Ranked #16,832
4 | pDev: 8.25%
Tree House Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Very Good
Notes: utlier is a Kolsch-style ale brewed to be eminently drinkable yet loaded with nuance, character, and individuality. It pours a glowing translucent yellow color in the glass with a puffy head that sticks around while you enjoy it. We taste a kiss of lemon, earthy noble hops, doughy malts, a hint of pear, gentle minerality, and a pleasant whisper of wheat that sticks around on the finish. Outlier is a beer brewed with tradition in mind, and the idea that nuanced, carefully crafted beers can enhance living in ways that few other beers can. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do.
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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz. can. Pours mostly clear pale golden. Smells of bright doughy malts, light acidic and earthy hops. Tastes of bright sharp hops up front, doughy bready malt that turns to grainy, spicy hops in the back end. Light body. The sharp finish means it never feels watery. This is quite a surprise. I haven't enjoyed most of Tree House's departures from their IPA wheelhouse, but this is well done.

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Photo of mnj21655
4.01/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear pale golden straw in color with maybe a half finger of soapy head that quickly disappears leaving a rather still and uninteresting looking beer. The aroma is very subtle but that maybe partly due to the lack of head; I do get some faint lemony and bready notes. Taste has a little punch of lemon zest upfront, waves of doughy malt, a touch of malty sweetness, bread crust, and a light earthiness along with a hint of bitterness in the finish. This feels medium bodied with moderate plus carbonation that adds some chew. I’m just surprised that this beer poured and appears almost still in my glass yet there is a definite perceptible carbonation when drinking it. After reading the back of the can this seems to deliver on the brewer’s intent; it’s absolutely a beer for drinking. It’s one that can be enjoyed in the background rather than something to be contemplated. If this had better head retention and a little more punch in the aroma I’m sure I’d rate this higher by a fair amount.

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Photo of beersampler6
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Interesting beer from Tree House. My first one of this style from them. 2/24/20 date printed on can, obtained straight from the brewery. Pours a slightly darker golden color with some fluffy white head and spotty lingering lacing that faded moderately quickly. Clean, crisp grain and cracker notes, bready malt, some faint muddled fruity hops. Maybe a little vanilla and caramel. Taste follows the nose, quite smooth and clean, easy to drink. Smooth mild slightly thin mouthfeel with good carbonation. Not bad, good for the style but I definitely prefer Tree House's IPAs and stouts.

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Photo of The_Other_Brother
4.31/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wonderfully Light and refreshing taste with crisp flavor and no poor after-taste. It holds its flavor sip after sip. Glad that TreeHouse has a lower alcohol offering in this non-IPA category that is basically like a high quality and glorious light beer. I will head back there next week and grab a case! Well done.

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Photo of jlindros
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to rudzud
Light fizzy head, semi chill hazed golden blond color

Nose brings bread dough, grainy sweet malt, cracked wheat like dough notes, cereal, light floral grassy hop notes

Taste grainy sweet malt, doughy cracker and cereal, mostly grainy with fair bread dough, mild herbal floral hops, low bitterness, dry finish that gets a touch astringent, hops bring sight higher but mild bitterness

Mouth is med to lighter bod, med carb, soft lager and pillowy soft like kellerbier

Overall this was more like a kellerbier without off flavors, or German wheat based lager, enjoyable but not really a kolsch

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Photo of rudzud
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a can of this at the brewery and shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into my Kate the Great tulip a nice golden chill hazed hue with a thin, fizzy white head that faded quickly to leave light wisps.

S - Aromas of nicely cracked grains, pilsner malts, flashes of noble hops, Nice slightly sweet malts as well. Pleasant and straight forward.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with more of those good cracked grains, slightly sweeter, good faint corn like flavour, the hops are light and grassy. Finish is slightly astringent which is rather odd.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely cabonated, crisp, clean, and bright.

O - Overall this was a somewhat disappointing beer. I was really hoping to have a readily accessable (for the time being anways) well executed Kolsch down the street, however, there are various minor details that really prevent that. This is more of a 'kolsch style' type of beer as opposed to one that is stylistically true. A shame.

Serving Type: can

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Outlier from Tree House Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 22 ratings