Schilling Beer Co.

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German Kölsch
Ranked #27
Ranked #14,835
4.09 | pDev: 11.98%
Schilling Beer Co.
New Hampshire, United States
Very Good
Notes: Herkules is crafted from Cologne-malted barley, German noble hops, and a traditional Cologne ale yeast. Refreshing and malty with background notes reminiscent of white wine, it finishes dry and lager-like. Named after the enormous crane that looms over the Cologne harbor.
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a light, transparent gold color in a Stange glass with a 2F head.
Very fruity/malty aroma.
Quite carbonated which gives the beer a lot of character.
Deep noble hops/fruity taste.
Dry, lager like finish. The brewery notes this, and I agree.
Schilling is one of my favorite New England brewers.

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brureview from Massachusetts, Thursday at 12:55 AM
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4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

NO can date
Pours a light fizzy head with lower retention, no real lacing, brilliantly clear med-gold color

Nose light grainy malt, a little sweet malt character, hint of hop character barely, clean like lagering, hint of honey

Taste brings nice clean lagered-ale yeast, grainy gristy malt, cereal and straw, a bit doughy and light sweetness, touch of floral herbal hops with med-lighter bitterness, little honey as well, very dry finish, little herbal earthy hop lingering and getting med to higher bitterness

Mouth is med bod, med-higher foamy carb

Overall a well done kolsch, except the finish gets a bit too bitter, but that's their take on it so OK since it's not overboard, otherwise a well done koslch

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jlindros from Massachusetts, May 20, 2020
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2.61/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Can. Gold. Head fizzes off immediately leaving a flatish cloying cereally slick mess. Nice leafy herbal noble aroma at the start though. Just not enjoyable without some texture.

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malrubius from Vermont, Jun 05, 2019
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4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 32 oz crowler filled at the brewery.

Pours a cloudy bright gold color with a huge effervescent white head. The head leaves a few cobwebs of lacing before settling into a thin sheet.

The aroma is grassy and faintly tart, with a hint of grape jam. The back end is exceptionally yeasty and malty with some more subtle spice notes.

The taste brings notes of white grape skin, grass, and bitter hops with a yeasty, doughy malt backbone.

The feel is light bodied with hefty carbonation. Very crisp and dry, and exceptionally drinkable.

Overall, a great German ale that is both flavorful and highly drinkable. It's nicely balanced and the dry finish keeps you wanting more.

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ScaryEd from New Hampshire, Apr 04, 2018
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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Came to the brewhouse on a local tip:
This Koelsh stood out:
- Nice amber color with a finger of tight, tart head.
- Crispness up front, a little tartness
- Nice yeasty zest in the middle
- Crisp at the finish.
Refreshing, would look for this again and again!

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Brewhaha from Massachusetts, Feb 16, 2015
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5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Outstanding Koelsch-style beer that compares well with the originals from Cologne. It is light and crispy, brewed (as far as I know) using top-fermenting yeast straight from Cologne. Served in a original "Stange" glass, it comes extremely close to some of the best known names such as Frueh. Adding a local touch to it, it is a great addition to the Schilling repertoire.

Currently, it's a single batch, but I am hoping that Jeff and John will turn this at least into a seasonal - timing is good, since it is carnival season in Cologne right now.

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beuchelt from Massachusetts, Feb 28, 2014
Herkules from Schilling Beer Co.
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 17 ratings