Billows
Burial Beer Co.

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From:
Burial Beer Co.
 
North Carolina, United States
Style:
Kölsch
Ranked #33
ABV:
4.9%
Score:
88
Ranked #14,899
Avg:
3.93 | pDev: 9.16%
Reviews:
23
Ratings:
62
Status:
Active
Rated:
Aug 17, 2022
Added:
May 23, 2016
Wants:
  3
Gots:
  11
SCORE
88
Very Good
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Notes: Brewed with Pilsner and Flaked Wheat, and fermented with Kolsch ale yeast this essential beer is dry-hopped with an abundance of Mandarina Bavaria and Centennial. It is our smoke signal to all brewers, our brethren in craft, and all who enjoy a light quaffable ale with hearty aroma: this is your beer.

It is your salient moment. Walk the path of righteousness, or wear a cloak of apathy. It’s a choice we all must make. So what is real? The answer lies within your belief in an ideal and a thirst to search out that which is pure. Take in your hand this humble vessel, stand against false idols, and fortify the beauty you helped build as a lover of craft. A simple ale made of barley, wheat, and a delicate dry-hop. Find pride in your light beer. Follow our smoke signals. [We were excited to score some killer new hops this year, and so we now showcase hand-selected Comet and Cashmere hops in this limited run of 2020 Billows.]
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Rated: 4.45 by alexworsnip from North Carolina

Aug 17, 2022
 
Rated: 3.99 by Zaphog from Michigan

Sep 02, 2021
 
Rated: 3.47 by Eman17 from Illinois

Aug 25, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by jschott75 from Illinois

Jun 22, 2020
 
Rated: 3.8 by jburlew from Pennsylvania

Jun 09, 2020
 
Rated: 4 by hoosier222002 from Illinois

May 19, 2020
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Reviewed by VABA from Virginia

4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Pours a light clear golden color with a nice head and lacing
Aroma has wheat and lemongrass hints
The taste follows the nose with a pleasant wheat and lemongrass flavor
A light bodied very well carbonated beer
A good Kolsch
May 17, 2020
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Reviewed by mushroomcloud from Texas

3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
12oz can, no date. Opened 4-25-20.
"Occasional" release according to the brewery's website, this version hopped with Cashmere and Comet.
Poured with a huge 4 finger meringue like white head with a substantial portion rising over the rim of the glass.
Fantastic retention - doesn't budge. Heavy lacing.
Insane amounts of carbonation rushing upwards. Looks like potentially too much (?).
Light straw golden color with good clarity.
Fruity nose with lemon-lime hops and a cereal grain malt aroma.
Flavor similar to the aroma, subtle but substantiated by the aggressive hops.
Light, thin body, high carbonation. Hint of sweetness early that's dried out in the finish.
Good to Very Good.
Apr 26, 2020
 
Rated: 4.06 by Mikemcgrath4 from North Carolina

Aug 31, 2019
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Reviewed by drtth from Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
The clear pale yellow colored beer pours out into a Duvel glass with a 1/2” white head that recedes slowly but visibly recedes to a ring of foam and a thin irregular layer that partly covers the liquid. Sipping creates two slender arches and lots of small patches and legs of lacing.

The aromas are both citric and floral with some tangerine, lime and lemon. The malt has some honey like sweetness and some grainy character.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with some honey-like grainy malt sweetness and some light bitterness. The bitterness both citric (tangerine, lime and lemon) and floral.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied and fairly smooth with only some light carbonation. The finish begins as the hop flavors and and grainy sweetness begin to fade allowing the light hoppy bitterness to close the show while

Overall this was a reasonably well made and interesting beer to try given the base recipe was a Kolsch except for the hops. I found it reasonably drinkable but probably won’t be having it again since I prefer the more traditional Kolsch hopping.
Jun 02, 2019
 
Rated: 3.94 by Apellonious from North Carolina

May 24, 2019
 
Rated: 4.09 by stephenjmoore from Maryland

May 03, 2019
 
Rated: 4.21 by bylerteck from Canada (ON)

May 02, 2019
 
Rated: 4.06 by MephistosCafe from North Carolina

Mar 28, 2019
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Reviewed by metter98 from New York

3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
A: The beer is hazy yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with with a finger high white head that quickly settled down, but consistently left a dense, short head covering the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of tangerines are present in the nose along with notes of floral hops.
T: The taste follows the smell, except that the floral hops are a bit stronger and there are also some hints of green grapes.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is quite a well hopped Kölsch and has so much hops that it nearly obscures most of the underlying beer. Luckily the Mandarina Bavaria hops and green grape flavors still kept it tasting a hopped version that could of as well been inspired by a German brewer.

Serving type: can
Oct 07, 2018
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Reviewed by jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
12 can, into glass

clear, pale yellow color, white foamy head. clean, grainy aroma, mild earthy hop. mild malty flavor, pale malt. thinner bodied, easy drinking.
Aug 07, 2018
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Reviewed by ChainGangGuy from Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Appearance: Pours a lightly hazed, delicate-looking, light yellow body with an inch or so of amiable, white suds.

Smell: Scantly grainy nose, doesn't seem to facilitate any aromatic implied sweetness. Gently winy, stirred up with sparkling mineral water and housing very faint notes of finely-ground spice, orchard fruit and dried herbs.

Taste: Modest maltiness, a thin streak of graininess and a clean, light touch of honeywine for a touch of sweetness. Fruity accent of pear. Minute touches of herb, spice and florals that, with the bitterness aided by the light pop of carbonation, helps divert one towards the dry, minerally and almost cleansing finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: Light, breezy, keenly drinkable and delicately flavored but brings about a good complexity.
Aug 06, 2018
 
Rated: 3.5 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts

Jul 30, 2018
 
Rated: 3.64 by GreenMind from Pennsylvania

Jul 08, 2018
 
Rated: 3.93 by meatyard from Florida

Jun 30, 2018
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Reviewed by hopalongcassidy2 from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A very tasty session beer. Not exactly a true Kolsch (Fruh, Reissdorf, Gafel), but a wonderful, tasty, session beer. I guess I would call it more of a Pale Ale, with just the right amount of hops (25 IBU) to keep it interesting without turning into an IPA.
Jun 10, 2018
 
Rated: 3.75 by BEER88 from North Carolina

May 11, 2018
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Reviewed by deg from New Hampshire

2.42/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5
I didn't pay close enough attention to the label when I bought the beer. "Hoppy"? For a Kölsch? I gave it a try despite my misgivings.

It looks good. Really good, like a Kölsch should. The smell is hoppy. The taste is hoppy. Neither are right for a Kölsch.
May 01, 2018
 
Rated: 3.74 by ninaturner from Florida

Mar 26, 2018
 
Rated: 4.09 by Kdouble from Tennessee

Dec 28, 2017
 
Rated: 3.68 by greencovesteve from North Carolina

Nov 12, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by GarthDanielson from Virginia

Oct 30, 2017
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Reviewed by Smakawhat from Maryland

3.64/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Poured from the can into a stange glass. Canned August 24th 2017.

Rusted muted brass color, with good clarity in the body, with a bit of darkness and maybe a touch of hazy opaque appearance. Bright white head, slightly three fingers with soapy retention, but also good staying power.

Very hop forward but enjoyable nose. Hints of floral grass and light sweetness of hop herbs that is very inviting. Hop dominant that masks much of the kolsch character though. A faint bit of dense sweet malt makes a nice touch as well.

Palate seems to take a bit of an unexpected turn. Faint hints of toasted malt, with a hop angle that seems to go to a powdery clove muted flavor. Finish is quite wet, but also surprisingly chalky tasting, that is very dry and lingering unfavorably. Very roof palate dry, almost with a parching burnt brown spice aftertaste. Much of the hop character that was so unique is not really coming out on the palate either unfortunately. A faint touch of tea and herbal sensations, which while interesting come of out of place.

This is a pretty odd brew, and it certainly doesn't remind me of a Kolsch. More so, it comes off slightly disappointing even as a hopped up style.
Sep 19, 2017
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Reviewed by twage04 from North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a light gold/straw yellow with medium carbonation. Aroma is a sweet candy hoppyness and flavor is much the same. There isn't much bitterness and the hops are restrained from being too much. Overall this thing is drinkable and keeps things balanced, as far as hoppy light ales go.
Sep 18, 2017
 
Rated: 2.59 by M_chav from New Mexico

Sep 13, 2017
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Reviewed by nick_perry from North Carolina

3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Golden yellow color. Foamy white head which dissipates pretty quickly. I feel a lot of carbonation on the tongue - almost too much for my preference. Flavor is grassy and slightly tart, with some lemon or other citrus notes sneaking in on the finish.
Aug 15, 2017
 
Rated: 3.75 by MasterRigger from North Carolina

Aug 12, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by plaid75 from New York

Aug 10, 2017
 
Rated: 4.12 by reebtaerG from Maryland

Aug 07, 2017
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Reviewed by utopiajane from New York

3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Excessive bubbles slow to fall. slight haze. Pale straw gold body with a fat white head that clings.

Nose is lemony citrusy spicy with some hop pepper. Malt is crackery. No way to perceive the fruity ester from yeast that defines the kolsch because it's too hoppy. And the hops are not too much more than modest. No bite from bubbles. Soft fruity lemony. A light twinge from bitterness. Drinks like a blonde. Lemon pepper and white bread.

This was good and I think that centennial and mandarina bavaria are nice together. It's how delicate they are that says forget your preconceived idea and say this fruitiness is that fruitiness? I say this beer tempted the original guidelines when it said often mistaken for a blonde, so can we say a regional hop and it's flavors?
Jul 30, 2017
 
Rated: 3.71 by Jsalz21 from New Jersey

Jul 16, 2017
 
Rated: 3.19 by cuvtcuv from Florida

Jul 06, 2017
 
Rated: 3.78 by The_Beer_Guru from New York

Jul 04, 2017
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.72/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
this might just be my new dessert island beer, replacing the miraculous one claw from westbrook, which seems to have been not as compelling in the latest batch here. this absolutely floored me, it almost makes me want to never drink another kolsch again, if we can even call this that. its so delicate yet so evolved, much like their pils, but even to an additional degree in both respects. its just a little hazy in my teku glass, otherwise lightly orange and very bubbly, building a tall white head that rises high above the rim and stays up, its like a wispy white cloud, just hanging there. aroma is amazing, i get both the hops right away, the clean and tidy citrus profile of the mandarina bavaria, and the piney wet wood element i always get from centennial, but both are just so delicate, teasing the nostrils and then showing up in the finish again in full flavor. bitterness is light here, but there is enough of it against the light grain backdrop. i think the wheat in here is a wonderful addition, it gives the beer a little more body and malt complexity than almost any other kolsch out there, but at the same time respecting the kolsch base and promoting those flavors in a new way. its grassy and lemongrassy and as dry as can possibly be, satisfying my need for beer to be interesting, but also being about the most drinkable beer on earth. rapid fire carbonation, complete disappearing act after the swallow, i taste the anew on each sip. the absolute new gold standard for the style, even if it is a little evolved beyond the traditional, this is special beer, i wish i had an infinite supply. go find some now before i scour the market and buy all i see. this is a new favorite beer of mine!
Jul 02, 2017
 
Rated: 3.67 by beaulabauve from Louisiana

Jun 25, 2017
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Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 85 ratings