Samuel Adams East-West Kölsch
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German Kölsch
Ranked #204
Ranked #38,451
3.67 | pDev: 14.44%
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
Samuel Adams East-West KölschSamuel Adams East-West Kölsch
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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.11/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Yellow pour, some haze, 1/4" white head. Aroma hit the kolsch yeast spot.

Taste was alright, not flavor country other than the yeast, which is pretty much the engine for a kolsch from what I can tell. Mild lemon tree. Pair it with food or hot weather.

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Photo of Raime
3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes I took a few years ago.

Look - Medium golden with a two finger white head. Retention is fairly good and it leaves a good bit of lacing.

Smell -Quite flowery, A tad bready.

Taste - Follows the nose completely. The floral aspect opens up and becomes more respectable. Finishes a bit juicy.

Feel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall - As you can tell, I didn't go into nearly the depth I do now days haha. but I do remember this one being pretty good.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Clear medium golden in color, with a large off-white head, which fades only slowly. Lots of fat bubbles drift lazily to the surface. The lacing leaves thick, irregular tide marks.

Aroma: Floral notes, and an abundance of biscuit and bread aromas.

Taste: Opens with lots of bread-like malt and abundant citrus and floral hops. The hops strike me as being a bit more aggressive than in traditional German example, but this is very good, nonetheless.The malt and hops strike a harmonious balance throughout the taste. Finishes with a mild citric and floral bitterness, and a flourish of sweet malt.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, quite pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: Nicely-done, very drinkable, even a bit over-the-top.

Presentation: packaged in a custom twelve-ounce brown glass long neck bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

review from notes

smell is very flowery, with some dry lemon, jasmine, and yeast. taste is wheat and yeast, with flower incense, lemon, white bread, rose, spice, cinnamon rolls. light feel, cloying bitter finish.

weird, not bad tho. wouldn't buy again.

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Photo of FlatRabbitRed
4.24/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Good beer, great addition to the varity pack. I am used to not paying to much attention to the name on the bottle with Samuel Adams, the discriptions can be misleading ....which has no effect on my judgement, knowing that. Is it a Kolsch?.... more like a take on one which is ok, pretty good beer beer.

Floral ...mmmm slight sweet note?

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Photo of hosehead83
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Clear gold in color, with a moderate head of bright white foam.
Aroma-Pilsner malt
Taste -soda cracker, pilsner malt, floral notes, faint citrus. Very refreshing and light-bodied. Would make a decent session brew. Subtle and pleasant. Certainly worth a try.

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Photo of cbutova
3.13/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Can't say I am hugely familiar with this style but I have had my fair share over the years. Part of a mixed summer 12-pack.

A- A golden beer pours into a pint glass with a white head. The head is fairly small, maybe about one finger in size. The foamy cap has below average retention and only leaves small spotty lace.

S- Pretty much just a faint aroma consisting of light malt sugars, light fruits and a tiny bit of spicy hops. Not much going on at all.

T- Easy going flavor mostly consisting of a vinous light fruit note, cereal grain and yeast breads. Apple, buttery, grassy, floral, citrus zest and spicy hints also deserve some mention.

MF- Foamy and creamy feel to a very light body. Carbonation is nice and high and helps carry the very laid back flavors. Tiny bitterness in the finish.

A very light beer but nothing bad comes to mind and it balances out nicely, no adjunct flavors and it isn't devoid of all flavors.

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Photo of clemtiger8202
3.21/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a beautiful light gold with a thick finger and 1/2 width of white head. The aroma was a slight floral aroma and a little bit of malt/bread. Hard for me to detect anything else really. Flavor had a slight malt sweetness upfront and a slight hop bitterness with some herbal/floral presence, but neither really stands out. Clean, dry finish.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.42/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

One of the returning Summer Seasonal varietals in the Samuel Adams Summer Styles variety pack. As per the label, "Our version of the traditional German Kölsch style is fragrant and complex. The Alsation hop we chose imparts a subtle citrus note. Jasmine Sambac, a night blooming Southeast Asian flower, adds a delicate floral aroma and flavor to this layered and refreshing brew. Cheers!" Date on bottle is ticked Mid-Late August 2012.

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Served in the low 40º's.

(Appearance) The head leaves a lot to be desired. I got no more than a 1-finger depth at an above average intense pour and the consistency was at first a medium fizzy but as it whittles down to the surface, a thin foamy cover. Retention could certainly improve. The color is a strikingly clear pale gold. Carbonation is plentiful and relaxed. I just can't seem to get over the lackluster head appearance, which detracts from what a beer of this style is capable of. 3

(Smell) The aroma is quite subtle. There are light traces of caramel malt on the base, but most discernible is a floral aroma that must be of the Jasmine Sambac Flowers. Hops are tougher to smell, but I can get a mild hop range from mildly grassy to slight whiffs of citrus, particularly lemon zest. It borders slightly on the sweet side from the aroma due to the maltier body. There's a lot of subtleties to be found here. Potency falls short of where it should be. On the whole, it's an appealing and lighthearted aroma, and certainly approachable as a summer ale. 3.5

(Taste) Light honey and caramel malt character is rounded out with a combined bitter citrus and floral finish. The body, even though the most potent of all in the nose, is surprisingly shallow here. The tones still reveal that signature caramel-malt flavor Samuel Adams has in most of it's beers. This beer has drinkability going for it due to a low body and relatively mild flavors but the Citrus and Jasmine have a small profile, making for a not-so exciting Kölsch. Hop character is slightly citrusy, slightly spicy, but neither are as bold as I would have wanted, and either would have been perfectly suitable for the style. While I can appreciate the highly drinkable nature of this kölsch, I am left wondering why Samuel Adams didn't go all the way with some of the flavors in this beer. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) A bit prickly on the tongue; the carbonation isn't close to tied down in this beer. The body is light. I found it a bit lighter than the average kölsch, especially in the mild malt profile. Overall, this has a very spritely mouthfeel, yet I can see it pairing well with the ingredients and flavor that the beer has to offer. I personally wouldn't mind taking the carbonation down just a notch, as I think it overshadows the pleasant subtleties of the hidden hops and Jasmine in this beer. 3

(Overall) I didn't find this a terrible kölsch, but a simple one. You may not easily find the flavors that are most unique to this brew, like the jasmine, which is quite faint. The hops, while providing a decent level of bitterness to the beer, does little to diversify the flavor, and the spiciness and citrus characters are very mild. As a session beer, this one is a very nice option for kölsch fans, as the flavor is mild, but enjoyable. Sessions for this beer may come as a challenge to the drinker, as the only place I can see getting this is in the Samuel Adams variety pack, and two bottles is hardly a decent session. For a more impressive take on this Kölsch, amp up the body a notch, dial up the jasmine and bring some hop flavor into the mix. The drinkability may drop a bit, but you'll certainly have a much more enjoyable, memorable and unique kölsch as a result. 3.5

Boston Beer Company's
Samuel Adams East-West Kölsch

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Photo of woosterbill
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a 668 tulip. Thanks to JM for bringing this one direct from the brewery.

A: Clear gold body under an inch of creamy eggshell head. Good retention, ok lace. Nice.

S: Crisp breadiness, honey, and faint herbal hops. Ok.

T: Malty + yeasty up front, with some minerality and bread crust. Mild, herbal bitterness on the bittersweet finish. Good, not great.

M: Light-to-medium-bodied with plenty of frothy carbonation. Pleasant.

O: Drinkable and enjoyable, but a bit sweeter than I'd like for the style. Not one I'll be seeking out, but I wouldn't warn anyone against it, either.


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Photo of ummswimmin
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this beer into a shaker pint. It just seemed appropriate for this beer (sorry if I offended the beer gods). It is a deep yellow color with no visible haze. I thought it looked awfully clean with about two to three fingers of head.

In the nose I get a bunch of Saaz hops. There really wasn't much more there. The bottle listed jasmine flowers, but I don't pick up any of that (or western smell for that matter).

The flavor goes back and forth between being kind of boring and being unbalanced. I get those Saaz hops (more this time) and still no jasmine. There is also a bit of grainyness and some bitterness.

Not really a good beer. Not bad, but really unexceptional... and hardly a decent example of a kolsch.

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Photo of ChrisPratz
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear light amber color, pours to a fingers worth of head that dissipates to a very light and thin blotchy patch of lace around the top that sticks around for a bit.

S: Nice citrusy grain aromas right off the bat, scream "Summertime Cookout". Sweet lemon and lime flavors drift about and a light scent of fresh cut grass and grain is mixed in as well. Very enjoyable.

T: Light citrus notes from the nose come thru in the taste very nicely. Same as with the fresh grains as they float around as well and then make way to a nice biscuity maltyness at the end.

M: Light carbonation works well with this light and crisp brew. Biscuit like feeling left on the tongue with little to no dryness.

O: Very enjoyable brew. I'm not really a fan of their Summer Ale but this def takes over for a great summertime cookout brew of choice. Great job!

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Photo of BigCheese
3.16/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pale Straw In Color, some lacing with a smallish white head.

S: Some floral grassy notes, mostly "beer" smell.

T: Some biscuity malt, I get hints of the jasmine flowers in the finish, crisp noble hop bite is there but pretty faint. Rather bland overall.

M: Light, Highly Carbonated, Sessionable, within style.

O: Its a good summer beer I guess, pretty uninteresting and lacking flavor probably accurate representation of style. In the Summer Mix I like Belgian, Noble and Summer better.

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Photo of wcudwight
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden in color with some amber and orange hues when held up to the light. Tiny fizzy head that quickly disappears. Smells like buttered crackers and straw with a hint of spiciness. Smells better than I just described but that's what I thought of when I whiffed. Heavy malty backbone with lot's of sweet honey, banana flavors and a spicy finish. Creamy mouthfeel. Another good summer beer from Sam Adams.

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Photo of brewcore
3.51/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Aggressive pour yields a huge 2.5 finger white head with surprisingly good retention. Excellent lacing. Clear gold color with little carobonation rising up the glass.

S: Quite sweet and faintly bready. Cracker-like malt base becomes dominant. All in all fairly faint.

T: Similar to the nose. More sweet breadiness. Grassy hops in the middle. Finish is clean and dry.

M: Slightly creamier mouthfeel than I am used to in a kolsch. Not to say it is creamy, just more than usual. Moderate carbonation.

O: A bit heavy for a kolsch in my opinion. I like this style, but I don't particularly think this one is the best I've found. Definitely drinkable, but there are better.

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Photo of Dodt
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

another of the mix six beers poured from its bottle into a nice clean stange glass. a nice fluffy head (that goes away rather quickly)and a clear golden color.a light and crisp beer . sort of wishing that summer wasn't soon over . i hope it is avaible next year as a six pack.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.23/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - copper-tinted gold beer, a good finger of white foam to start. That fades quickly but a frothy bead from below is heloing a thin head to hang around. A few stray legs of lace.

Aroma - a brief, light fruitiness on the first whiff upon opening, like grape Kool-Aid. Goes very light upon setup, faint grains with an occasional note of fruit.

Taste - this is a hop-forward beer, the cones hitting right away. They're not intense as much as just flavorful. At times I think I taste the Jasmine Sambac, other times I can't tell. One of those things you need to know about in advance. Anyway, the hops give the grain a robustness up front, then develop into fine balancing bitterness on the swallow. There is no mistaking the jasmine as this warms up. Wow, be patient, its worth the added subtleness there, very nice florals. Ends with the dryness of the hop and the touch of jasmine.

Mouthfeel - decent crispness and smoothness, about average body.

Drinkability - outstanding take on the style. I vote to make this a seasonal in its own sixer.

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Photo of gmfessen
4.17/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, East-West is a crisp golden yellow color with a white frothy head that crackles like rice krispies; lots of fine carbonation rises from the depths of the glass. The nose is all malt; grainy and fruity - apricots and pears. The taste reflects the same with a bit of peach showing through on the finish, could be a bit more balanced but not bad. Mouthfeel is medium to full in body with a minimal carbonation. Overall a good beer, worth a try if you can get your hands on some.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-light golden color with a decent white head and some lacing

S-malt and floral aromas

T-toasted malt, slight sweetness, floral, mild dry finish

F-light body with moderate carbonation, nice crisp feel

O-not compelling, but easily drinkable beer, perfect for a summertime session

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.34/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Got this in the Summer Variety pack ... poured into a Sam Adams pint glass. I'm sippin' on it right now...

Appearance: Almost exactly like the last S.A. I drank -- Noble Pils. Same color. Same carbonation. Same non-existent head and lacing.

Smell: Fairly pleasant, but like the rest of the beer, very mild. Slightly floral.

Taste: It tastes like a light beer to me. Being a Kolsch, it's not a TERRIBLY popular style of beer -- as far as I know -- and I don't know anything about the style. But to me, it tastes like a light beer. Albeit a GOOD light beer. Also almost no aftertaste -- very clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Much like a light beer. Watery, but nicely carbonated and HIGHLY drinkable.

Overall, like I said, this tastes like a light beer to me. Mild in flavor and aroma. I have another one in my twelve-pack, so my taste may change a bit. For now though, I'd just give it an average rating. Good beer and everything, but nothing about it makes me say 'WOW.'

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Photo of jmarklan
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear pale golden, two fingers of head dissipate quickly and leave no lacing.

Faint aroma, malty with a slight hop kiss. Clean.

Malts dominate the taste, slight caramel but largely grains. A bit toasty. Slight kiss of hop bitterness adds balance.

Light body, crisp, easy on the palate and very drinkable.

Overall: Not bad at all. Typically i like a brew with a little more body and flavor but this was very pleasant.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.01/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: very thin head on a clear pale golden body.

S: lots of honey, some grains and barely but these are light. molasses notes as well.

T: sweet honey, syrups and maple, light pale malts and sweet corn.

M: light to medium body and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: this is not only a surprisingly good Kolsch but a surprisingly good beer from a popular but recently disappointing brewery.

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Photo of Jacobier10
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear gold color that you can see right through. Fizzy white head that does not disappate too quickly. Nice, clean appearance like a kolsch should have. Little to no lacing on the glass. Biscuity aroma with a touch of spice. Medium bodied and a bit heavy for the style. Dry finish and a bit cloying. A decent offering from Sam Adams but strays too much from the style for me.

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Photo of mattcrill
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Light mineral-like aromatics up front. Faint bread-like character that opens up as the beer warms. Cracker-like malt base becomes dominant.

Appearance: Clear gold color with a low white head that retains moderately. Dissipates to a thin white sudsy film layer.

Flavor: More bread and cracker malt character comes through. Moderate earthy, slightly pepper hop character builds mid-tongue. Balance is slightly bitter. Finish is clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with high carbonation. No creaminess, warmth, or astringency.

Overall impression: Enjoyable but seems a bit heavy-handed for a Kolsch. Was surprised at the amount of Noble hop character that was evident in the flavor. Not bad but not sure it's 100% accurate. Happily will enjoy in a pinch.

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Photo of JustinAniello
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a see-through pale yellow with a one finger head. Dissipates to a very light cap and decent lacing.

S - Malt, bread, and yeast mix with sweet floral notes, a very crisp aroma.

T - Sweet caramel at first turning to soothing spices and a dash of honey. Slight bitterness in the background, dry aftertaste.

M - Medium body and carbonation, goes well with the flavor.

O - This is a good summer beer, having a little depth in the flavor without being overpowering. Crisp and refreshing, nice to not be too heavy in the yeast flavor like many of their other beers. Would certainly have a couple on a hot Friday night to cool off.

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Samuel Adams East-West Kölsch from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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