Herkules
Schilling Beer Co.

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Style:
Kölsch
Ranked #15
ABV:
5%
Score:
88
Ranked #11,270
Avg:
4.1 | pDev: 9.76%
Reviews:
11
Ratings:
28
From:
Schilling Beer Co.
 
New Hampshire, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  1
Gots
  4
SCORE
88
Very Good
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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.
Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 28 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can. Pours a has, but bright yellow color. Head grows then dies to essentially a thin ring of uniform white fuzz. No lace. Soft aroma but still a bunch to unpack. I almost get a faint hint of tartness from probably the yeast. Slight rustic quality. Semisweet malts. Grains. Flavor is definitely one of the best I have had from a Kolsch. Initially a bit sweet but it dries out. As it dries you get this incredible medley of dried grains, light tartness, yeasty nuance, noble hop and a bit of honey. The flavor really sprouts on the palate. Has a dry bakery pasty flavor. I could absolutely remove hundreds of these from existence in a sitting. Such a welcoming body, carb level, and aftertaste/feel. A 'wow' level beer in a style that is underrated but often unexciting.

Apr 03, 2021
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cbutova from Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- 16oz can pours into a tulip glass with a clear pale golden body. The head ascends to one finger high and has good retention and a stable foamy consistency. A large sheet of lacing towards the top and some webs drizzled down below that.

S- Not super subtle as far as overall strength but well balanced and on point for the style. The vinous note is up front alongside herbal and spicy hops as well as pale crackery grains. A touch sulfury but it goes so well with the rest of everything. Light fruity esters. Approaching a Pilsner in some regards.

T- Balance once again struck between the yeast, hops and grains with the hops again taking a slight edge over the rest. Floral, herbal and spicy hops open up for vinous, crackery, grainy, pear and light sweetness.

MF- Light bodied and not quite creamy but does have a solid fluffy and frothy texture. Carbonation is at a medium level and it ends with an herbal bitterness.

Schilling just brews really solid beers of a lot of different styles. This Kolsch is on the hoppier side but never leaves the realm of what Kolsch is with vinous yeast and some Pils qualities. Crushable.

Aug 16, 2020
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metter98 from New York

4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is crystal clear golden yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down, leaving a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of green grapes and biscuity malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has flavors of green grapes along with notes of biscuit malts and hints of herbal hops, the latter of which also contribute a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish.
O: I really liked the light amount of dryness in this Kölsch, which seemed to give it an extra dimension.

Serving type: can

Aug 09, 2020
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sulldaddy from Connecticut

4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Sampling a cold 16 oz can poured into my mug. Excited to finally try a beer from this brewery and wish I could make the run to visit, but its so far from me in coastal Connecticut.
The beer pours a bright crystal clear straw gold color with several large-bubbled active streams of carbonation rising to the surface.
A frothy bleached white head of 2 cm foams up on the surface of the beer after the pour and fades to a scattered surface layer as I drink the beer.
The aroma on this brew is some bready malt and a light white grape character and hints of floral hop notes. Mild nse overall, but everything seems to fit for the style.
The first sip reveals a light bodied yet crisp textured beer with fine and gentle carbonation. The beer drinks very easy and my mug is empty faster than anticipated.
Flavor is some bread or scone like dough notes, a bit of light fruitiness, white grape mostly, and then some drying and crisp hop bite that reminds me of a black tea flavor.
the drying finish makes me want to take my next sip, combined with the high drinkability, this beer is certainly crushable.
Glad to have gotten this beer and would recommend to those that are fans of the kolsch style.
nice balanced brew.

Aug 03, 2020
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

3.86/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Can dated 7/8:
Review on second can also pours quite clear and golden, i.e. looks close to, but a tad darker, than a beer that most of us in America grew up on. The head struggled a little even with a more aggressive pour than my first beer, but clings to the side to provide a slow-motion replay of the sip I just took. The light body with its clarity is refreshing to my eyes, though.

Nose is light, as expected, but maybe a little too light. I have to search for nuance, and there's some wet hay with hints of bread that seems to drive the aromas. Beyond that, a little light white wine grape, or maybe some apple flesh and some lightly floral hops (my excessive use of light is intended).

A light, near perfectly effervescent liquid greets my tongue. There's a good bit more bread in the taste - baked recently with hints of yeast. There's some apple and unripe nectarine high atop the malt flavors. The bitterness is typical for the brewery, in my experience - a grassy and somewhat dirty, with the stem of the flower that really doesn't want to participate in the taste.

I thought this beer, of all the beers I've had from this brewery, had the least amount of what I am thinking is a signature "metallic" note, which is obviously good. It was also most nuanced because of that.

Jul 25, 2020
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brureview from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

May 28, 2020
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
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

May 20, 2020
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malrubius from Vermont

2.61/5  rDev -36.3%
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.

Jun 05, 2019
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Apr 04, 2018
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Brewhaha from Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
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!

Feb 16, 2015
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beuchelt from Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +22%
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.

Feb 28, 2014
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Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 28 ratings