Samuel Adams East-West Kölsch
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German Kölsch
Ranked #206
Ranked #38,545
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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Reviews by Jadjunk:
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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

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S - It smelled of grains and caramel with a floral touch.

T - It tasted of sweet caramel and grains with a spicy bitter bite. A touch of citrus, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light bodied ale with a dry finish.

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A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a clear, golden body. The head settles down pretty quickly, but leaves decent lace.

S - A light, malty aroma with just a hint of herbal hops and little else. Not really getting anything in the way of the jasmine mentioned on the label.

T - Moderately sweet malt up front with some spicy, yeast like notes of pepper and what I assume to be jasmine. A bit more fruity sweetness in the middle with more pepper and some herbal hop flavor. The beer finishes with dry malt and more phenolic notes.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a fairly dry finish.

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