Kölsch
Henniker Brewing Co.

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Style:
German Kölsch
Ranked #47
ABV:
4.6%
Score:
86
Ranked #18,944
Avg:
3.98 | pDev: 9.8%
Reviews:
8
Ratings:
17
From:
Henniker Brewing Co.
 
New Hampshire, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  1
Gots
  3
SCORE
86
Very Good
KölschKölsch
Notes: Crisp, refreshing, clean, and extremely drinkable. Just the way the style was intended when it originated in Cologne, Germany at the Sunner Brewery in 1906. We stay true to those German roots with a blend of Pilsner and Cologne malt, German Magnum hops, and Eastern European Saaz. We drink this beer in respect to those brewers who helped pave the way. Look to pair it with chicken, salads, or a brat!
Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 17
Photo of woodychandler
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Welcome to the opening salvo in New CANned Henniker Beer Sunday (Week 733)! I have an affinity for these guys ever since we beCAN getting their distro here in S-Central PA a while back. I love the understated nature of their CANs & I look forward to trying each of their beers. Here goes!

From the CAN: "Crisp, refreshing, clean, and extremely drinkable. Just the way the style was intended when it originated in Cologne, Germany at the Sunner Brewery in 1906. We stay true to those German roots with a blend of Pilsner and Cologne malt, German Magnum hops, and Eastern European Saaz. We drink this beer in respect to those brewers who helped pave the way."

Crack!ing open the vent revealed a brimful craft CAN so I was slow & gentle in terms of my Glug. I still wound up with two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, bone-white head with marvelous retention! I CAN't get my meringue to stand up like that. 8=( Color was a gorgeous Straw-Yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4) with NE-quality clarity & a look of sunshine on this dreary, cloudy, overcast day. 8=) Nose smelled like freshly-baked biscuits cooling on my maternal grandparents' porch on a Summer afternoon. Biscuity, malty, light hay, freshly-mown grass. Mmm. Gosh, I miss those halcyon salad days. Mouthfeel was light & ethereal, just the way I would expect a beer in this style to be. It was nicely understated with just a hint of bitterness to acCANpony the malts & would be a perfect cooler-stuffer on a hot, humid Summer's day. Finish was light, crisp, refreshing & semi-dry, which simply added to its pleasantness. Too dry & it would be less CANpelling. Mmm.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.14/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Pouring a cold 12 oz can into my NYJ mug. Purchased the beer at the brewery.
Beer pours a bright clear golden color with fluffy bleached white head of 2 cm foaming up in my mug. The foam fades away slowly and remains as a thin surface layer.
Aroma is grainy malt with a bit of biscuit and light fruit note. I always think of white grapes with this scent, slightly spicy hop character comes through too.
First sip reveals a light crisp body with very fine and tingly carbonation. Texture is thin but fits the style. Definitely a crusher brew here.
Flavor is also what I would expect. SOme grainy and biscuit malt, a bit of that light white grape hit, and then some spicy hops. The finish has a hint of biting hop character but comes back to the grainy malt that lingers even as my palate dries out on each swallow.
no hint of the low ABV here, this is a great summer brew and a fine example of an underappreciated style. Well worth a purchase.

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Photo of bret717
3.56/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before 12/24/18, reviewed 11/10/18

Look- cloudy pale straw with a frothy one finger head and a lot of lacing

Aroma- crackery malt and mild floral hops

Taste- follows the nose with slightly sweet crackery malt and floral hops along with moderate bitterness

Feel- medium-light bodied with a semi-dry and mildly bitter finish

Overall- decent kolsch with nice balance, but the body's a bit heavy and the beer is surprisingly hazy for a kolsch

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Photo of deg
2.72/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer is too cloudy and dark to be a Kölsch. The taste is pretty good though the hop bitterness is a bit stronger than I'd expect for a Kölsch. It was an easy drinker as I'd expect.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the can, it pours a nice very slightly hazy golden color with a modest white head. A bit of bread in the nose and the mouth. Very nice flavor overall. Yum!

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Photo of johnnnniee
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can from Whole foods Bedford.
Mostly clear light golden color with a tightly bubbled white head. Bready pilsner maltiness with bits of ripe fruit and hints of earth and flowers. Pretty nice kolsch

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a narrow water glass: color is very light, very pale straw, a bit of haze, head is white to bright white presenting a bit thin for style (only 1/4 head that dissipates quickly).

Smell very pleasant - light breadiness, great pilsner malt, touch of fruitiness (grape like) but subtle.

Taste follows aroma with some crisp bitterness - flavor is bready and pilsner malt notes, not much fruitiness as aroma might note, hops are crisp and earthy, some herbs noted as well.

Mouthfeel is quite crisp, good strong carbonation and lingering presence on tongue.

Overall, a great take on the style with bready malt character and crisp fermentation.

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Photo of Jason
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

12oz can, sample from the brewery.

Love that currently brewers are breaking away and embracing classic styles, staying true to them, and doing them really well. At the same time still chugging along with the rest of the portfolio. Big on crispness, mild breadiness, maltiness is there but very clean. Perfect amount of hopping, subtle bitterness cleans the palate. This beer is pretty damn special.

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Kölsch from Henniker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 17 ratings