Billows | Burial Beer Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Burial Beer Co.
North Carolina, United States
burialbeer.com

Style: German Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#15,498
Reviews:
19
Ratings:
74
pDev:
10.74%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
10
Trade:
0
 
User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 19 | Ratings: 74
Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev -2%
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

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of hopalongcassidy2
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of deg
2.42/5  rDev -38.1%
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.

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Photo of Smakawhat
3.64/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Photo of twage04
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
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?

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.72/5  rDev +20.7%
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!

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Photo of Omnium
4.46/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Can > Tulip Glass

A - Straw yellow with a finger of fizzy white head, medium lacing. Appearance is spot on to this style.
S - Wonderful aroma, lots of fresh floral and citrus hop aromas, slightlly grassy and earthy, a little grain/wheat as well. Very bright and welcoming aroma.
T - This is such a beautifuly balanced beer, light crisp vibrant hop flavors burst right up front, floral and citrus being the key flavors, then you get some wheat and peppery grain flavors that just blend perfectly on each side. Finishes dry and wheaty.
M - Light, crisp, refreshing, a little dry on the end, but this is something you can put down with ease.
O - This may be one of my favorite versions of a Kolsch that exist, I absolutely love this style, and with the addition of some perfectly balanced hops, this is a delicious, crushable ale, that wants you to drink more.

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Photo of MMOSNN
4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - hazy straw with a huge white head, great retention, and spotty lacing.
Smell - subtle aromas but citrus, floral, wheat, and sweet honey.
Taste - follows the nose and ends dry.
Feel - high carbonation, medium body, very smooth and drinkable.

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Photo of afroskully
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Delicious take on a standard German Kolsch. Light crisp and hoppy without it tasting like hop water. Perfect summer beer. I hope these keep making their way up to NYC via NC.

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Photo of chrishiker1409
4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours golden yellow with less than a finger of white head which dissipates quickly.

S: grassy, earthy, pepper, some lemon.

T: Follows nose with a nice light bitterness. Finishes dry.

F: High carbonation, light body.

O: If I can get this regularly, it will be one of my go to beers.

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: A very effervescent beer that pours a translucent golden yellow with a big two finger billowing satin white head of rocky foam. Leaves exquisite webs of lacing all the way down the glass.

Aroma: Lemon meringue with notes of creamy, biscuity malt and mild honey. Hints of orange sorbet.

Taste: Wow, quite exceptional, yet very simple and straightforward. The flavor has a dry, cracker like taste to it upfront intermingled with tangy notes of lemon custard and key lime pie. There is also a subtle vinous white grape flavor on the aftertaste.

Feel: The body is very crisp, bubbly and clean with a dry, slightly tangy finish of fresh squeezed citrus. At the same time it's got a decent weight to it. The beer doesn't feel thin or watery on the palate, probably from the addition of the barley malt. Medium bodied with high carbonation.

Overall: A really delicious example of a Kolsch, which is a favorite style of mine. Something I would most certainly buy again and even seek out in the future. This is my first taste of the brewery but I'll be keeping my eye out for more offerings from Burial Beer Co.

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Photo of Gavage
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: pours a crystal clear pale yellow color with a 1" head that slowly falls to a spotty surface covering.

Smell: lemon, grass, and a floral bitterness rise from the glass.

Taste: grainy malt profile with grassy tones, lemon zest, a hint of cracked pepper, and a hearty bitterness for the style.

Mouthfeel: light in body. Super crisp throughout with a clean dry finish.

Overall: this is one of the better hopped-up Kolsch style beers I have had. Very refreshing and you can easily drink a few in a session.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Double barley can-shaped glass. Bottom of can says 1/5/17.

A- Pours a light golden color with a 1/2 inch white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves large clots behind.

S- Floral hop aroma with notes of pear, apple and apricot. Also quite clean and dry.

T- Crisp flavor of grainy malt with the fruitiness of the hops coming in afterward. Very drinkable and, again, clean with a very light bitterness.

M- Also crisp and dry with medium carbonation and a light body.

O- Hopefully they come out with this again in the summer since this is my idea of the ultimate lawnmower beer. All the mildness you expect from a kolsch but with the extra dimension of fruity hops.

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Photo of wedge
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can stamped 1/5/17

Crystal clear yellow color with a small sticky white head. Smells floral and spicy over a doughy base. Flavor is almost like a hoppy pils...flowery citrus, peppery grass, and tangerine with a touch of grain. Crisp, light body - super easy to drink. Nicely done.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear pale yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of fine active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and faint pale golden yellow highlights. The beer has a two finger tall pillowy foamy bright white head that reduces to a couple of small patches of medium thick film surrounded by a large patch of thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of citrus/lemon zest, citrus/grapefruit, and floral hops over the top of light aromas of grainy + wheat malts.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of grainy + wheat malts with a hint of honey sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of citrus/lemon zest, citrus/grapefruit, and floral hops which impart a light amount of bitterness which does not linger.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: This is my second Hoppy Kölsch and I think I'm a fan of this hybrid style - this might be what I wanted out of Session IPAs (light bodied and refreshing without feeling thin/watery). Super easy to drink and perfect for this very warm January evening. Definitely worth grabbing and a beer I could easily have a couple/few of in a session.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours golden yellow color with thin white head that quickly dissipates

Aroma - Very light hints of wheat/barley, light hop aroma, lemongrass.

Taste - Light barley just a touch of malt, a little citrus seems to be there as well.

Feel - Very light and well carbonated

Overall - A good beer light and tasty good summer beer.

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Billows from Burial Beer Co.
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 74 ratings