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

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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

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Photo of ummswimmin
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
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 +8.8%
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 -13.4%
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 +1.9%
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 -3.8%
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 +8.2%
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 +15.9%
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 gmfessen
4.17/5  rDev +14.2%
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 -1.9%
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 -8.5%
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 +1.9%
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 +9.9%
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 Jacobob10
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
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 +1.6%
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 +8.8%
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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Photo of wiegs4life
3.66/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had it from a variety case, and poured it into a cup. I was surprised by its flavor at first. I never had a kolsch so I had no base to judge it. I find it to be a great beer in the summer time because of its great taste and light feel. I only had one so its hard to be too specific with its characteristics, but i highly suggest it for those who like a good light summer beer with some flavor.

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Photo of Amalak
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. This is crystal clear and some bubbles. There's a slight white bubbly head with a bit of lacing.

S. Ever so malty scent.

T. It has a bit of a butter scotch taste to it, or caramel...or are they the same? There's a malty taste there with a bit of hop bitterness.

M. A slight tingle of carbonation. Semi-full bodied.

O. It has that familiar Sam Adams taste, but this is a bit better than some other offerings. Solid flavor to this one.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into SA sensory glass. Appearance is a slightly hazy pale yellow with generous 2 finger white head. Nice head retention and thick lacing left behind. The nose features fragrant lemony esters with notes of sourdough bread, pretty much right on for the style. Taste is light and refreshing with light fruity notes as well as bready malt notes. A decent amount of flavor is packed into this brew. The mouthfeel is light with high carbonation. Overall, this is a nice addition to the summer sampler pack. One of the better Kolschs I have had.

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Photo of CHickman
4.01/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours crystal clear yellow color with a big 2 finger snow white foamy head that faded slowly leaving very good foamy lacing with rings as it went down and a layer on top; tons of bubbles raced up the brew for a fine looking beer.

Smells very basic, with strong floral hops, sweet malt, grains, caramel, yeast and bread or cracker. Very light and refreshing aroma that’s almost musty, but well balanced.

Tastes like the nose with sweet malt, bread, floral hops, flowers, herbs, lemon, biscuit, caramel, grains, mild spices like pepper or coriander and a very faint yeast funk at the end. Overall it is light and crisp, refreshing and easy to drink.

Mouthfeel is crisp and light, with very mild fizzy carbonation, a very light body and sweet malty finish that trails off with a slight bitterness.

Definite session beer and perfect for the summer, it’s a great American representation of this style as there are not a lot of Kölsch brews in the US. Grab a giant glass boot and pound a few of these.

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Photo of atr2605
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a clear yellow color with a sudsy white head with good retention
S-nice clean aroma, with some mild malt in the background
T-bit of sweetness thats met with a nice balanced hop bitterness that finishes clean
M-light bodied and high amount of carbonation
O-very well balanced, clean kolsch. Pretty impressed with this coming from sam adams. Very drinkable, would buy it again depending on price

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
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 metter98
3.81/5  rDev +4.4%
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 StonedTrippin
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
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 adamette
2.4/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Notes: My 1,100th review.

Live review. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle that I bought as a part of a Sam Adams "Summer Series" or something like that from Sam's Club a few weeks ago into a clean, clear glass. "Best by" date of Sep 2012 so I am good.

A Very boring appearance. I realize that it must be to style but really, this is boring. Translucent yellow body under a thin, brief white head. I admit that I have never really liked the "look" of a Kolsch. 2.0

S Light barley malt and muted hops typify this style. This version is not particularly fragrant or notable. 2.0

T The same forgettable taste of every Kolsch that I can recall tasting. My belief is that this style is made specifically for drinkability which leaves its taste lacking for me. 2.5

M Smooth feel contributes to its drinkability but really the feel is rather forgettable. 2.0

D/O Very very drinkable and overall this is an average Kolsch, a style that I do not find particularly to my liking. 3.0

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Photo of zaphodchak
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A finger of white head and a pale, very light blond body.

Coriander and some spice (maybe cardamom) fill the nose. I don't think I get any jasmine or anything and I was hoping for more here.

Taste is great though, light and refreshing with a good balance, a bit of hops and a light, sweet floral character from the jasmine, maybe. Quite tasty and hard to improve upon, especially for the price.

Mouthfeel is also crisp, light and refreshing.

This is a pretty great Kölsch-style beer. I don't usually drink 'em, but this might've changed my mind if it came in 6-packs instead of buried in the Summer Seasonals.

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