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

Samuel Adams East-West KölschSamuel Adams East-West Kölsch
846 Ratings
Samuel Adams East-West KölschSamuel Adams East-West Kölsch

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.01%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Jason on 03-10-2011

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.01/5  rDev +10.5%
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 UCLABrewN84
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden yellow with a small 1/2 inch foamy off-white head that fades to a thin film. Small rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grains, flowers, and spicy herbal hops. Taste is of sweet grain, floral notes, and a slightly spicy citrus zest hop flavor on the finish. Very mild bitterness lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good kolsch with a nice flavor from the jasmine sambac flowers that were added to the beer.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a curious experiment in the summer pack thats made the cut for the summer 12er again. pours a bronzed color with a lacey white head, clear as day with lots of bubbles rising to the surface. smells a bit floral, jasmine or something. also some yeasty spice and fresh bread notes, much more aromatics that i am used to in a kolsch. flavor is equally obscure, some flowery essences on the front end with a lot of interesting spice in the middle, maybe some cardomom and orange rind. mouthfeel is the letdown for me. this has too much body for the style, which was orignially brewed to be an easy drinker (correct me if im wrong here). not to say its heavy, just that it isnt light. carbonation is fine but goes almost dead as it warms. overall not my favorite from the summer pack, but its a nice attempt at something different.

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Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours out as a nice clear yellow color, the head looks good, not much lacing. The smell is sweet has a light floral aroma and some honey on the nose. The taste of the beer is sweet also with just a touch of hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is light and lightly carbonated. Overall it's a pretty good Kölsch style. Rather enjoyable for the summer season.

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Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of the new Sam Adams offerings in the summer variety pack. Always found a kolsch to be an interesting style, here it goes. Pours a bubbly golden color. Mouthfeel is pretty good, great crispness to this beer. Nice clean finish, super refreshing. Spot on with a lot of the other kolsch's I've had before and definitely has that "Euro" taste to it. A great addition to a summer pack, hopefully it stays around.

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Photo of metter98
3.81/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. A hard pour into a pint glass resulted in a finger high white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and a collar and lacing around the sides of the glass..
S: There are light aromas of biscuit and bready malts in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but the flavors are a little more assertive and there is a slight hint of bitterness.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied and somewhat smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very sessionable and a good representation of the style. It reminds me of some of the Kölsch beers I had when I was in Köln.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

33cl brown glass bottle served into an imperial pint glass in high altitude Denver, Colorado. Reviewed live.

A: Three finger head of slight cream, fair thickness, and good retention. Transparent yellow colour. Generally appealing.

Sm: Slight cream, full barley, and a wonderful fullness of pleasant light hops I can't adequately describe; forgive me. It's very inviting; I can barely wait to try it. The aroma is mild to moderate in strength.

T: Very pleasant subtle hops are present from the open but blossom on the climax. The foundation is a full barley that is complemented by the unobtrusive cream rather nicely. I quite fancy it. There's some slight floral notes that linger as long as they should without overpowering. Wondrously balanced and nicely built. A very refreshing summer beer.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with enough thickness to allow flavour without being overbearing. Complements the flavours quite nicely.

Dr: A simple but very effective and carefully built beer. This is one to enjoy on a patio over good conversation in the summertime. Bravo.

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Photo of emerge077
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Label notched best by October.
Brilliant straw gold in a pint glass. The white foam on top has a creamy texture to the surface. Retention is good, lasting for the duration. Slow ascending trails of carbonation in the glass.

Mellow yeast aroma, minerals, grain, fairly nondescript.

Light bodied with a creamy texture to it. Faint maltiness, dry crackers, raw barley, cereal grains, apples. Easy going with simple flavors, it has some overall balance to it. Light and easy to drink, sessionable for some. Didn't really notice the jasmine listed as an ingredient. Not my favorite Kolsch, but better than some.

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Photo of zeff80
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, bubbly, golden yellow color with a small, white head of bubbly foam. It left little to no lace.

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.

O - This is an okay kolsch-style ale. Not a lot of depth of flavors or complexities but it is easy drinking.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.06/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this from about 2 1/2 or 3 inches above the glass giving my clear golden colored beer a big white head which took a couple minutes to settle into a pretty decent lacing. Making for a very good looking glass of beer if you are liking lighter colored beers and lagers.

A light sour citrus, some floral, with a lighter grain malt aroma a smell I compare to a lot of the European beers of similar styles.

Some corn syrup sweetness blends in nicely with a light sour citrus and grain maltiness taste.

A light bodied lightly carbonated Kolsch that finishes slightly wet with a teeny bit of sour/bitterness.

Well some things I kinda liked about this beer but not enough to buy it over any other beer of this style or even similar styles.

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Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of mothman
2.85/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a layer of white head. Color is a bright golden yellow.

Aroma: Herbal notes with some fruity citrus flavors. It is yeast and a bit bready. Not really too funky.

Taste: Lemon zest and spices. Coriander. Some crushed pepper. Yeasty and bready again. Light flavored.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and refreshing. Lighter bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends fairly clean.

Overall, it was decent, but nothing style-breaking. I saw this on tap somewhere for $7 a pour and glad I passed and had a chance to grab a bottle for a lot less. Easy drinking, but lacking a little flavor.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear golden yellow in color with light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall fizzy white head that quickly reduces a small patch of extremely thin film in the center of the glass. No lacing is observed.

S: I get notes of cracker/biscuit malts with some light notes of earthy and citrus hops. There is a light amount of sweetness present as well.

T: The beer starts out with flavors of biscuit malts and then there are some very light hints of lemon citrus. Next, you can taste a little almost honey-like sweetness and some earthiness. There is a light lingering bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Slightly dry in the finish.

O: This beer is very easy to drink and could easily be sessionable. I enjoyed the flavors of this beer but it is not a classic example of the style (maybe I was spoiled drinking these while over in Germany).

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.52/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a very light gold color, with a very thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains light caramelized malts, grain and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with a mild malt sweetness up front along with some grainy breadiness. Then a decent hops bitterness comes in. The malt character is a bit on the thin side even for the style, but provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: A little tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, this is a beer worth pounding for a while but there are better alternatives within the style.

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Photo of nickfl
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

D - This is not really what I expected, I didn't notice the jasmine addition noted on the label until I tasted the beer and decided something was off. The jasmine is clearly noticeable and it kind of makes the beer taste more like a saison than a kolsch. It isn't a bad beer, but I would have preferred that they just make a traditional kolsch instead. I can't help but think that adding something like jasmine is the kind of thing that one might do when a homebrewed kolsch turned out poorly and I came up with a last ditch idea to save it.

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Photo of mactrail
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clean, fragrant pale beer.

Another surprise in a lighter style. I had to read the label to see what they did to it (aside from the "Alsation" hops!) The touch of jasmine is subtle but fragrant and came out a winner. Very clear and bright in the tall glass. Nice beery nose with something intriguing behind it. Hops are quite restrained, which keeps it from tasting anything like a Pilsener.

A fun and totally drinkable beer. Great addition to the Summer 2011 twelve-pack.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A – Clear, light gold. Low white head and ok lace.

S – Very light. Soft cilantro, coriander and white bread.

T – Light. Coriander and white bread from the nose. Relatively crisp, but not exceptionally so. Soft sweetness.

M – Light body without being watery. Medium / light carbonation for the style.

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Photo of russpowell
4.37/5  rDev +20.4%
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 ChainGangGuy
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Part of the Samuel Adams Summer Styles multi-pack - $13.79 at the nearby Publix in Canton, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, golden body with a sizable, white head that eventually levels out leaving thin sheets of lace on the descent.

Smell: Restrained sniffs of a Trebbiano white, lightly malted grains, and round floral hops accented by the added jasmine.

Taste: White bread-bready malts with a light touch of graininess. Maybe a smidge of wheat in there. Softly sweet, hinting a bit at honey. Half a drop of lemon juice, along with some spicy, floral hops. Small splash of white grape juice. Jasmine character remains light throughout. Mild tastes of the various flavors as you reach the just-less-than crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Just under medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: EW suits the Summer Styles sampler box. A respectful nod was given to the fiercely traditional Kölsch style, while going for some good ole experimentation by dry-petaling the brew with jasmine flowers.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My local trader, tone77, keeps bringing me new bottles to review and I have to admit, they keep me from going CANcrazy. It seems like a Sam. Adams night here at Chez Woody so stay tuned if you like that sort of thing.

From the bottle: "Our version of the traditional German Kolsch style is fragrant and complex. The Alsation [(sp?)] 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! [undersigned] Jim Koch"; "A Kolsch style beer aged with southeast Asian Jasmine Sambac flowers".

My pour into another of my Perfect Pint glasses not only produced two rocky fingers of bone-white head with good retention, but it showcased a beautiful beer! It was a bright sunshine-yellow with NE-quality clarity and lots of bubbles like a poor man's lava lamp. Nose had a sweetish cereal-like quality, malty but not cloying, with an underlying perfume-like scent. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium and the taste was unlike any kolsch in my memory. It was semi-dry, which is standard, but it had a perfume-y sweetness that reminded me of herbal tea. Wild! The more I drank this beer, the more the semi-dry sweetness of the malt commingled with the flowery perfuminess of the Jasmine Sambac and I just could not reconcile this as a Kolsch. The finish was semi-dry and refreshing but I just kept thinking of it as more of a summer beer. Not bad, interesting, but should be a summer seasonal.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes.

A: Pours a clear golden/straw color with a large white foamy head. Moderate retention, leaving about 1/2 finger for most of the time drinking it. Some nice lacing.

S: Light citrus hops, some lemon, and a good bit of doughy/biscuit malt.

T: Light citrus and floral hops with a little bit of a grass flavor. Sweet malts, a good bit of breadiness and a little bit of grain.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Very crisp and goes down easy.

O: Impressed. Liked this one a lot, getting into Kolschs and this one is right up there so far.

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Photo of Jason
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date on the label.

Ample amount of suds, lacing on the glass and a perfectly clear ale golden color. Spicy oily hop meets a delicate but pronounced floral aroma, some fresh cracker like maltiness as well. Crispness is there and the body is a bit bigger than I expected though I really should have expected it ... its a Sam Adams trait. Heavy spoonful of malt followed by a spicy herbal hop and then a more unique spicy jasmine floral tone which balances the malt and provides some depth. Spicy and dry malty finish.

The ale has "Extreme Session Beer" written all over it ... thanks Sam Adams for continuing to define what an extreme beer can be and that it can be subtle. Being this beer is aimed for summer time consumption I highly recommend it.

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