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

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Samuel Adams East-West KölschSamuel Adams East-West Kölsch

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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.01%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.67/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12ounce brown bottle freshness dated for December 2011

Jim Koch and his brewmasters have another great brew on their hit list!

The color is pale golden, the head is short lived though which lowered it's appearance points. The aroma is indeed Jasmine floral, crisp refreshing, definately a good summer quencher!

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Photo of KTCamm
4.54/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle out of the summer sampler pack into a pint glass. This one was a home run.

Pours a brilliant clear golden yellow. Good fizzy white foam builds, holds and recedes.

Beautiful floral smell. Like a fragrant meadow. Clean, inviting.

Taste has a perfect blend of citrus, malt, a nature-like flowering taste. Clean, crisp finish. Subtle hop close.

Hoping this one sticks around. Perfect summer beer - much moreso than the Sam Summer!

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Photo of Brad007
4.48/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'm delighted to see another kolsch on the market as there just aren't enough!

Pours a golden yellow color with a thick, frothy head into my glass. Great way to start off things!

A mix of slightly grassy hops and sweet/lightly buttered malt greet the nose. Similar to a good czech pilsener, though completely different styles.

Wow, where to start? Sweet, grainy, lightly buttered malt mingles with just the right amount of hop. Very tasty. Crisp. I can't get enough of it.

Mouthfeel has plenty of lingering, sweet malt to please the taste buds over and over.

The other ratings don't do this beer justice. It's a style that I feel is highly accessible and worth trying.

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Photo of Wamesit
4.47/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a light golden straw. Thin white head that disperses quickly but leaves a bit of lacing in its wake.

S - Aroma of biscuit malts with a lot of floral notes. There is an element of oily hops beneath the initial intake rounds things out.

T - A strong overall flavor spectrum. Really big. Crisp malts rush with deep spicy hops immediately in their wake. The floral aspect is a little harder to find in the flavor than it is in the aroma but it is there in the finish. It adds more body and excitement. Dry finish. incredibly refreshing.

M - Medium, a little more robust than expected. Strong carbonation keeps it lively.

O - Tremendous beer. A too rarely produced style done well and large. Great for a refreshing summertime beer but strong/spicy enough to have a place in any weather.

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Photo of tdm168
4.38/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours a clear gold with two fingers of head with great retention. Smell is wheat and hops precisely as a good Kolsch should. Taste is mild straw up front with a clean hop bitterness in the finish. This beer is well carbonated and very crisp. The mouthfeel perfectly accents the flavors. Mouthfeel is light up front while the flavors are mild, then crisp and bubbly as you swallow providing the perfect compliment to the bitterness.

Wow! I'm truly surprised. Sam Adams made a beer that is delicious, refreshing, sessionable, and true to style.

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Photo of BeerMeInMS
4.38/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drinking Date: 8/6/11
Best By Date: November 2011

Appearance: Clear yellow with a slight orange tinge; Bubbly white head that retains well and leaves some sporadic lacing. Lots of bubbles spiraling to the top in a pleasing way (wasn't the usual bubbles float straight up, don't know the reason...)

Smell: Mainly a sweet kinda of fruity smell, orange creamsicle if I had to name it; Also a yeasty smell. Very nice, interesting aroma.

Taste: Opens with a wonderful clean, crisp citrus flavor; a little spiciness in the back of the mouth and mild bitterness; ends with a semi-sweet taste reminiscient of the smell as well as some bitterness. The taste reminded me some of a non-sweet white wine, perhaps this is the "vinous grapey" in the style description. Very pleasing, delicious and refreshing taste.

Mouthfeel: bubbly, light-bodied and clean.

Overall: I enjoyed every drop of this brew. Very interesting and complex flavor. Seems like a true and quality representation of the kolsch style. Would like to have many times in the future.

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Photo of likethetaste
4.38/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great beer for summertime drinking. Just a near perfect balance of taste, mouth feel and appearance. Just a another winner from Sam Adams.

Pours a beautiful golden color with perfect carbonation.
A very crisp beer that feels great.

Perfect to drink with summer time light fair. Seafood, salads.

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Photo of chefhatt
4.38/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this beer into a perfect pint glass, it has a bright straw yellow body with just a little creamy white head. The smell has a nice maltiiness and some floral hints to it. The taste is very light and refreshing, with some floral tastes on the front and a little bitter hops taste on the back of the tongue. Great mouth feel, smooth just a little carbonated. I could drink this all summer long.

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Photo of MikeRa
4.38/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this from the tap.

A: This beer pours a excellent golden color

S: This beer has a nice clean floral smell

T: This beer has a unique blend of citrus and malt flavors to it

M: This beer has some lingering malt mouthfeel to it and it goes down real smooth

O: This is a beer that I will drink again

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Photo of russpowell
4.37/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light gold with 1+ finger of pear colored head. Good lacing & a bit of head retention

S: Perfumy & grassy hops, faint apricot & peach notes

T: Lemony & light grainy notes, plus floral notes from the Jasmin, I guess, up front. Slight white grape sweetness to this along with a hint of honeysuckle & delicate grainy notes once warm. Finishes crisp with slight honeysuckle sweetness & a slight peppery edge

MF: Light bodied & crisp, perfect balance

Super drinkability, a near perfect Kolsch. I could drink the hell out of this come summer time...

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Photo of TTAmod
4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into pint.

A: Clear gold with a two finger white head. Good retention and lacing.

S: Good kolsch smell: spicy hops, fresh cut grass, yeast, biscuity malt.

T: Yum. The taste brings forth something not present in the smell: fresh jasmine. It is reminiscent of a good tea. Along with this, there's a nice biscuity malt base and a bit of spiciness from the hops. Finishes with the nice, light jasmine taste again.

M: Silky smooth and medium/light bodied. Goes down way too easy.

O: Honestly, this is the beer I look forward to in the summer. If BBC released this year-round in a six-pack, it'd be all I'd ever drink. It has all the great kolsch flavors I love, but the added jasmine launches this one into the stratosphere.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best by Sept notched on the label.

It pours a clear and I'd say, a light golden colour, usual Sam Adams excellent head of foam and lacing. They may be America's most consistent when it comes to foam and lacing and I appreciate it.

The nose starts off with a note or 2 of citrus hops followed by a light malt presence that I'd say is of bread or perhaps biscuit. I always have trouble differentiating between the 2. ;^) Anywho, a light but pleasant aroma.

A nice taste follows. I like the the citric and floral hop that the label mentions..easy, smooth, yet still flavourful. The malt is slightly sweet, slightly bready and does a nice job of interacting with the hops and continues the easy, smooth taste of this Kolsch. Me likes!

Medium bodied, carbonation on the light side of medium, I'm thinking this has a great mouth feel. And man, this is so easy a brew to drink. Colour me impressed. I have 3 more bottles that I can enjoy!

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Delicious Kolsch! Pours a very pale golden color with generously sized creamy white head. Nose is literally like some Jasmine white tea I've had in the past, oh so delicate yet clearly there. Floral elements are noted quickly on the palate, but then a hearty herbal character takes center stage and carries through to the finish. Medium bodied and delightfully drinkable. More floral notes in the aftertaste too. Really, really like this Kolsch.

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Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Straw yellow color with perfect clarity. Bubbles stream towards the top continuously, feeding a rather sudsy head (very large bubbles). The head falls quickly, leaving some splotches of lace on the glass. A few patches of suds remains atop the beer.

S: Light cracker-like malt aroma with a very pleasant floral, spicy, and lemony hop fragrances. Some light fruity esters escape when I pour more beer into the glass.

T&M: Brilliant flavor! Incredible balance and nuance with a pleasant finish. Light cracker malt and a hint of wheat give way to a touch of lemony bitterness midway and a decent wave of floral flavor. Grainy sweetness returns on the finish. Light body with a light carbonation level. Perhaps a bit more carbonation could add to the zip, but that's a minor complaint.

D: Session beer from heaven. Brilliant balance and nuanced flavor with a moderate alcohol level and light body. Between this and the Noble Pils, Sam Adams is cornering the market and fantastic light session beers.

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Photo of thebrood1987
4.32/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I instantly get the smell of jasmine and flowers followed by some subtle citrus notes. Pretty unique smell for a beer. Its very smooth with a little spiciness up front followed by the jasmine flowery taste mixing with a wheat malt and then ending with a dry citric bitterness that melds together with the flowery jasmine taste really well.

I think whats so cool about this beer is obviously the jasmine smell and taste but whats even better is that it melds together with the hop taste so well! It ends kinda dry and chalky but I assume thats from the Samuel Adams yeast strain that I get in a lot of their beers.

I've had jasmine rice before and I was expecting that taste and I definitely got it. The sweet wheat like malt really balances out the flowery taste and gives it some sweetness. The sweetness really breaks up the taste and makes for a complex subtle beer. Samuel Adams is really good at making subtle beers that are unique. Not too subtle though because they make some tasty beers... this one being one of them. Excellent summer beer.

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Photo of hustlesworth
4.31/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

kolsch. stange. boom.

A- amazingly clear golden body beneath a huge column of barely off-white foam. great sudsy texture, head retention, and lacing. this is as good as a kolsch can look.

S- the jasmine perfume is smelled at a distance more than up close, and even then it's more of an essence in the air than a flowery addition to the beer. it's not jasmine tea. it's more than a subtle character. it's incognito. it's the perfect accent to the crisp grassy somewhat lemony hops and cracker like malt in the aroma. resting the brew on a bed of flowers sounds risky, but this is beautifully done.

T- jasmine carries over into the taste with even more subtlety than the aroma. it's a barely-there wisp of incense amid clean pale malt and nice assertive (although not overly bitter) hoppiness. citrus, lemongrass, and a cooked out bouquet garni come to mind with italian bread and water crackers. hop flavors glide long into the finish with tiny little jasmine blossoms opening and closing at random.

MF- dry and thirst quenching with just about medium carbonation that takes nothing away from the body, which is just a bit heavier than i would like. it's not terrible by any means, but i would prefer it to be just a hair lighter. clean all the way around and very refreshing.

D- hands down the gem out of this sam adams summer variety pack, i would love to see this one alone in sixers. far as my memory serves me, this may be the best american kolsch i've had to date. floral hops that i usually associate with the style are replaced here by spicier, grassier, lemonier alt spalt somethings and that tamed floral edge is instead provided by actual florals.. i like it. lower the abv a half of a percent and this would be a hum-dinger.

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Photo of Tballz420
4.29/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pillowy white head floating atop a very pale gold coler brew. I could smell this one feet away from the glass, nice sweet malt and a prominant floral hops. Grainly malt front, nice floral hop and a touch of bitterness. Nice smooth mouth. SA did a good job on this one, nice kolsch

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Photo of TheHopMonster
4.27/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Honey Yellow hue with a rocky pour and a very sudsy white head. The retention is very impressive with fast rising bubbles

Herbal characteristics of sage, clovers, and honey. Floral notes are present. Very pleasant and subtle.

Extremely crisp with some mild notes of malt, and then an intensely clean herbal characteristics up front with some lemon peel and citrus that borderlines an orange.

Mouth feel:
Decently carbonated but extremely drinkable, the herbal after taste is very refreshing.

My first Kolsch style beer that I have ever had and I must say I will be experimenting much more with this style of beer thanks to Mr. Adams

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Photo of GossageBrewery
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured this Kolsch from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. This ale poured a nice clear straw/golden color. It produced a nice thick white creamy head. Very nice lacing left on the glass. The aroma of this beer had soft suggestions of grain, malt and had a nice floral hop smell. The taste of this beer was very refreshing, great mouthfeel and light in body. Perfect summer beer for someone looking for a nice alternative to American Lager. Nice malt base, some spiciness that quite can't put my finger on. The finish has traces of floral hops and it finish's dry- encouraging me to follow up with another gulp. As far as the Kolsch style goes- this gets top marks. Another very good beer from Sam Adams.

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Photo of FlatRabbitRed
4.24/5  rDev +16.2%
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 brewdlyhooked13
4.23/5  rDev +15.9%
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 morehoppps
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle, into pilsner glass. Got the Summer Sampler Pack.

A: Pours a bright golden color, with a nice head. Plenty of carbonation.

S: Floral fragrance. Lemony. Earthtones, as well.

T: Crisp, Refreshing. A bit of a floral taste, but not as much as I was expecting based on the smell. Some Lemon as well. Very easy going.

M: Crisp. Light-Bodied, great for summer. Do they sell this in sixers? I hope so.

O: Very good beer, first Kolsch I've had, but I'm guessing it holds true to the style. Makes me want to try more Kolsch style brews.

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Photo of clemtig76
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This jewel was in the summer styles 12 pack. Regretfully there are only two. All I can say is WOW! The pour into my pilsner glass reveals a well-carbonated pale yellow brew with a billowing fluffy white head. The aromas is grainy and malty with a hint of grassiness. Taste is true to style,light and refreshing,a little grainy with a smooth hop finish. Jim, please make these available in 12 packs!

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Photo of mullenite
4.18/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear light golden color with about a finger and a half of foamy head that left lots of lacing on the glass.

Aroma was very light cereal grains, some spicy hops (also, very light) and a bit of fruit. Not your typical beer fruit aromas but berries and apples.

Taste was very fruity with lots of that same berry flavor, a little bit of tartness and a slight bit of lemon. Again there was a slight grain flavor and a little bit of spiciness I usually associate with noble hops.

Thin body without being too watery, perfectly spritzy carbonation.

Overall this was an absolutely fantastic beer for a hot and humid Miami day. I wish I could drink this stuff every day.

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Photo of IIKaRuII
4.18/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a straw color gold. with white fluffy head. Leaves a generous amount of lacing.

Smells sweet. has a subtle herbal hops quality. smells a little biscuity.

Taste is phenomenal. jasmine makes this a very sweet and flavorful drinker. the hops seem to flow onto the palate. You cannot drink enough of this really. has a kinda spice to it as well.

moderatly light, with almost the perfect carbonation. It clears the palate, and allows a fresh taste every time. the sweetness of the grains, and the tangy hops make for a refreshing and clean summer drinker.

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