Shallow Water Kölsch | Burial Beer Co.

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

Style: German Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed in collaboration with Big Chief Shaka Zulu of the Yellow Pocahontas the abundance of Louisiana-grown rice in this creamy Kolsch presents a depiction of early American light beer while offering the zesty presence of a mild dose of Amarillo hops. Here lays the ultimate, easy-drinking, celebration beverage.

* 100% of the profits of this beer goes to the LEAF Feather Fund to keep the Mardi Gras Indians dancing.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 19
Photo of Buck89
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Pilsner glass. A crystal-clear pale straw color with a large and resilient white head. The smell was lemony with some orange and also floral notes. The citrus notes were there on the palate but restrained and they blended well with the grainy, crackery malt. Medium-bodied with medium, sharp carbonation leading to a crisp, dry finish.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

With the use of rice and the overcast of Amarillo hops, the Burial Beer folks give this traditional Kolsch-style beer a couple unique American twists- one of an old industrial era and the other of new wave exotic taste.

Pale straw and brightly lit, the sparkling beer gleans in the glass, proudly showcasing its steadily streaming bubbles and its voluminous light froth. Fruit aromas pull ahead of grain with their citrus, orchard and spicy scents. The lightness of cereal carries a mild sweetness of honeysuckle and fresh baking bread.

A crisp, clean and refreshing middle palate carries an even keel balance between fading malt sweetness and growing hop flavors. Light grapefruit, orange peel and pineapple ride alongside a cracker-like breadiness with a taste of pie crust and cereal in tow. Floral and lightly bitter, the finish is of apple, melon and lemongrass.

Medium light in body, the beer is creamy yet dry, tightening into a spicy finish of citrus peels and light pine. A floral aftertaste returns with a quick, clean and highly refreshing taste to close the session equally effortlessly and rewarding.

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Photo of metter98
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high bright white head that died down, leaving some small patches of bubbles on the surface and a narrow ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of grassy and spicy hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste has lighter flavors of grassy hops along with notes of green grapes, hints of citrus, and bits of underlying biscuit malts.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The hops definitely change this beer around from being your typical type of Kölsch, but it easy to drink and has some interesting qualities.

Serving type: can

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Photo of Blackop555
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours light cloudy, light gold. Thick, short, white head that fades fast.

Smells doughy malt, lemon, citrus, light fruit and light grassiness.

Tastes Doughy malts, fruity yeast, apple, pear and hint of spice. Followed by lemon and light grassiness. Finish is dry with citrusy hop linger. Lighter body and fizzy Medium carbonation.

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a stange glass. #fiyawater March 2nd 2017.

Slightly cloudy and hazy body, but with a good amount of pin head bubbles and roaring just through the glass. Deep dark brass and brown colored, with a good solid soapy fine bleach white head of about two fingers. Settles nicely, to a finger, with pilled lacing occasionally.

Nice hop aroma but defnitiely on a more modern bent. Hits slightly citrus, with a good tangy brightness of herbs as well on the hop angle, and very pleasant. Clean if very neutral malt angle with not much estery presence.

Palate is quite solid and enjoyable. Slight hints of bready and lighter honey, but much more malt chewy qualities and some slightly vibrant hop character in the mid palate. Finishes a little dense but also clean, with a good bread dough like quality and perfectly touched balance of fruity citrus like hops. Nearly candy like, but subtle, a good density, and playful carbonation.

Very fine take on a Kölsch, if a bit different, very tasty.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

S: Light to moderate aromas of doughy malts with a hint of light fruit (pear) sweetness and light aromas of grassy hops with a hint of citrus/lemon hops.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of doughy malts with a hint of grainy sweetness and light fruit (pear) yeastiness. That is followed by light flavors of grassy + citrus/lemon which impart a light amount of bitterness which fades away fairly quickly.

M: Just slightly heavier than light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp and clean.

O: Easy to drink with well hidden alcohol. Enjoyable and refreshing.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce can - Bullock's Wine & Spirits in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a faintly hazed, light yellow-hued body with an inch of loose, white foam.

Smell: A little sweet hint of golden barley, a few tears of fresh dough. Lemony citrus, a small hit of spice.

Taste: Lightly bready, scantly doughy malts with a brushing of golden syrup for a bit of sweetness. Snippet of lemon peel, very minor spiciness with a low bitterness. Finishes fairly smooth with a bit of the malts lurking in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: A clean, engaging Kölsch.

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Photo of DVMin98
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of those sneakier styles that always get me is the kolsch, and this is a very very good one. Nice straw color. Nice sweet flavor. Malts. Delicious.

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Photo of wedge
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can stamped 3/2/17

Mostly clear straw color - a little haze near the surface - with a small head that dissolves to a patchy covering. Light lager-y aromas...pear, dough, grass. Soft, fruity yeast, light citrusy hops, and a doughy, pils malt sweetness. Smooth, medium-light, and crisp. This is a pretty nice, no-fills, to-style Kölsch.

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Shallow Water Kölsch from Burial Beer Co.
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 19 ratings