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 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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Photo of Onenote81
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Went to a friends house this last weekend for a cookout, and he had a mixed pack of SA brews. This one caught my eye as I am a sucker for Kolsch-style beers. 12oz bottle.

Pours a moderately dark sunny gold. A small cap of white foam rests atop. Sweet floral nose - cut flowers, malt, citrus zip. Cool, crisp mouthfeel. Bubbles add a refreshing wash on the palate. The added flower-characteristic to this beer is notable in the flavor. Definitive herbal notes, but they are delicate and add a nice adjustment to the profile. Biscuity malt and a fresh finish of lemon. Mild bitterness make this one an easy beer to down on a warm afternoon. Nice work, BBC.

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Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass at cellar temperature.

L - Pale gold color with a 2-finger bubbly white head. Medium retention but some great lacing. Clear with lots of carbonation bubbles.

S - Bready malt and spicy, earthy, and floral noble hop aromas. Well-balanced between the two.

T - Sweet cereal and biscuity malt flavors with mildly bitter citrus, spicy, and floral hops. There’s some subtle and sweet pear or apple esters in here as well. Again, well-balanced and tasty.

F - Medium-bodied with pretty good carbonation, a creamy mouthfeel, and a spicy, dry, and crisp finish. Sweetness and mild earthy hop bitterness lingers. Refreshing.

O - This is a very good summer session beer and actually a great example of a Kolsch. It’s well-balanced between the malts and hops and has a crisp, refreshing finish. Very tasty and drinkable. Nice beer from Sam Adams.

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Photo of VncentLIFE
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now this one I might have faith in. Me and Kolsches havent gotten along in the past, but Ive read good things.

Super light yellow body with very low carbonation.

Smell is super light (as expected). Clean with light malt.

The taste is definitely a kolsch, but its much more German feeling and tasting. Its more sweet than I expected. Its crisp as well, which is really good as well. Its balanced, but I do get just a surprising amount of a spicy floral flavor that I can only think is those flowers they mention on the label.

What a damn fine beer from SA, and definitely up there with Double Pumpkin.

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

I got a bottle of Samuel Adams East-West Kolsch in their summer variety pack for $11.99 at Krogers. With it starting to feel like summer I am finding that I have a bigger interest into Kolsch's, so lets see how this one turns out. Best by October 2012. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label on this beer looks good, it's not the most eye catching but it's still nice. It poured a nice clear golden color that looked the same when held to the light and had three fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and left some lacing. This is a good looking Kolsch, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with large amount of doughy smelling yeast that is followed by some pale malts that had a higher amount of sweetness and impart some grainy and bready aromas. Towards the end I get some earthy, spicy, floral, and slightly citrus like hops, the earthy and spicy hops stick out the most. The aroma of this beer was good with just a little more hop aroma then normal to make this beer stick out a little.

T- The aroma seems to be pretty similar to the aroma. It starts off with some pale malts that had a much lower amount of sweetness and imparted some grainy, bready, and biscuit like flavors that were pretty clean tasting and were followed by a little bit of doughy yeast. Towards the end I get little bit of hops that impart some light grassy, floral and slightly lemon like citrus hops. It had a very low amount of bitterness with a bready and grainy aftertaste. This was a good tasting Kolsch, that had some nice simple and clean flavors, just what I expect from the style.

M- Very smooth, crisp, clean, on the medium side of being light bodied, with just the right amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was good, it worked well with this beer and was very true to style.

Overall I thought that this was a good beer that I was a little impressed with and I thought that it was a good and proper example of the style, it had all the things that I look for in this style with nothing that seemed off. This beer had great drinkability, it was very smooth, clean, and with just enough flavor to hold my attention, three or four of these on a hot summer day would be very nice, drinkable as hell. What I liked most about this beer was that it was good all around, simple, tasty, and clean. What I liked least about this beer was that it's only available in this mixed pack. if any of the beers in this mix pack are six pack worthy it is for sure this one. I would buy this beer on it's own, but for now I have to get the summer variety pack to get it, I recommend this to anyone looking for an easy drinking summertime beer. I have to say that I am impressed with this beer, I came into this expecting and average Kolsch and what I got was an above average Kolsch that is up there with some of the best I have tried of that style, but I think I like Short's Kolsch 45 a little more, but since this will be available all summer chances are I will be drinking more of this. Good job guys, you made one simple, clean, and very drinkable Kolsch, I like it.

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Photo of TempeBeerMan
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass.

A – Clear light yellow, with a white one-finger head.

S – Yeast and floral/spicy hop notes. Overall aroma is light.

T – Very much like a pilsner, with Ritz cracker like malt and spicy hops forward, but with an extra semi-sweet floral element starting in the mid-palate from the addition of the jasmine. It’s a little strange but actually kind of works and carries the finish, adding an extra layer of depth.

M – Light bodied, with lively carbonation. The slightest hint of butter creaminess, which given the other characteristics here is both unexpected and highly enjoyable.

O – I started out thinking this was a little weak, but as it warmed I found myself finding some hidden depths and enjoying it a lot more. Cant say I’m a huge fan of this style, but this was a decent enough little beer.

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Photo of neenerzig
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my stange glass out of a 12 oz bottle. This beer pours a clear light to medium golden color with lots of little bubbles rising to the surface of the beer. White head is about 2/3 inch thick when poured before starting to settle very quickly to a fairly thick ring lining the inside of the glass with a pretty decent film later of foam covering the surface of the beer. Not too much lacing to speak of either. Aromas of some caramel, wheat, and biscuit,rounded out with a bit of citrus ops. The taste pretty much follows suit, nice slight caramel-esque sweetness followed by some biscuit malt and a hint of wheat that is rounded out with a fairly light citrus hop presence. Nice balance of flavors. Has a crisp, smooth, slightly prickly, light to medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Easy to drink in the way good beer ought to be and a most refreshing beer on a warm summer night here in Cleveland!


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Photo of dbrauneis
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
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 rfgetz
3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden straw color, full white bubbly head, little retention. Scent leads with some notes of must grain and corn, light citrus hops, grassy, faint sweetness. Disjointed scent leads to disjointed taste. Body fuller and slicker than most others in the style. Confused as to the goal of this rather than another lighter beer, lacks much in comparison to the true style.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a style that if not done well, turns into a bad American style beer. This one has enough going on in the hops department to keep it from slipping into that badness, but just barely.

This is a well balanced, mild kolsch. It doesn't make any mistakes - the aroma, taste, aftertaste are all appropriate - but it doesn't excite. I would not turn one of these down but I also would not seek one out or consider it a prime example of the style.

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Photo of therica
3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A= golden yellow, foamy white head.

S= subjectively? - bubble bath followed by laundry starch. A touch of fruit note floats in.

T= watery and that's about it, sadly. This not only has little in common with a true Köln Kölsch, it has little in common with any desireable beer in my honest and respectful opinion.

M= watery, with slight sweetness, slight carbonation and slight dry notes. I rated this 3.5 until I noted that my tongue was numbing and astringent a few moments after clearing palate.

O= pretty much average. Nowhere near a real Kölsch or even any of the US-clone Kölsches.

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Photo of Reaper16
3.19/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

served on-tap @ The Alcove, Tuscaloosa, AL into a tasting glass

Pours a nice goldenrod color. This Kolsch looks great. It's light in body and very clear. 3/4 of a finger of white head that laces like a Victoria's Secret catalog.

The rest of the beer is merely average though, even for the style. Lots of cracker and biscuit notes. There's supposed to be, I know. But better Kolsch beers, such as standard-bearer Reissdorf Kolsch, are much brighter than East-West Kolsch is. This beer lacks that apple brightness in the aroma and taste. There's a light hop bitterness here and, thankfully, some white flowers for some added complexity. It's a fine beer, but it needs some extra spark.

The mouthfeel is, like the appearance, pretty dead-on for the style. It's light and crisp and thin. Refreshing. Overall, I just wish that the beer were brighter. As it is, I'd rather drink Alpine Spring.

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Photo of tweeder263
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

poured out a clear golden beer with a 1 finger head.Highly carbonated.Has a grassy smell reminicent of some better macros.Taste is very light,lager taste, some mild hops,very well balanced.Mouthfeel is plain nothing fancy.Overall a pretty decent session beer.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: bubbly straw body, white finger head,
nice lacing

S: lemon, grain, faint floral

T: lemon peel/grass, mild floral, earthy grain, refreshing
crisp finish

M: med/light body, smooth/semi-dry mouth

O: SURPRISE! This was really nice, got it
in Summer Variety pack. Will be getting again
and recommending it. Excellent summer
option/session brew and perfect for picky newbies.


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Photo of Darkmagus82
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a medium golden color with a slightly orange hint. Upon pouring it has a medium white head which fades at a moderate pace to give a small amount of lacing.

Smell – Citrus notes mixed with a somewhat biscuit aroma are the base. With these aromas are some floral and sweet caramel aromas as well.

Taste – A drier biscuit malt flavor is the first to meet the tongue. A little bit of citrus taste works its way into the taste early on. Hints of lemon are the most prevalent, but there are slighter orange flavors as well. More towards the middle and the end, the citrus subsides and a more flowery/greenish taste mixed with some caramel sweetness come to the tongue. A rather unique and interesting flavor combo.

Mouthfeel – Light in body with a slightly higher than average level of carbonation. The light body and carbonation make it quite refreshing and make for an easy drinking brew.

Overall – Some interesting taste combinations make this a brew to try. It is easy to drink and refreshing.

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Photo of cousineddy
4.04/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance-Rich deep golden color with a thin white head the dissapates rather quickly.

Smell- Citrusy, lemon peel, with a nice mix of malt, hops and florals

Taste: Very drinkable, good amounts of citrus, a little malt sweetness, not as many hop notes as i expected.

Mouthfeel-Pretty thin, good in a summer beer imho. More carbonation than expected, but overall a nice feel.

Overall-Good selection for summer, with that sam adams would have more of this instead of filling variety packs with Boston Lager that i can get anywhere.

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Samuel Adams East-West Kölsch from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.65 out of 5 based on 846 ratings.
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