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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Added by Jason on 03-10-2011

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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 BeerBoss
3.61/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: An attractive golden color with a slight frothy ring.

S: Very mild, average for style.

T: Sharp carbonation with a delayed finish. Very clean.

M: Smooth on the tounge. Carbonation gives it a slight bite.

O: Not a big fan for the Kolsh styles due their lack of complexity but this one is very drinkable. Thumbs up!

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with a Best Before Date notched at Sep. Pours a clear golden color with a little bit of head. Aroma is floral and grassy. Some bread and grains as well. Flavor is much like the aroma. Floral and grainy. Slightly bitter with an earthy aftertaste. This is a pretty good pick for warm weather drinking. Crisp and smooth. Refreshing brew. Overall, I like it but probably wouldn't buy it on its own. I do like it in the summer mix pack,though.

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

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a Samuel Adams pint glass.

Looks just like a kolsch should, with a decent amount of head that sticks around, and minimal lacing.

The first thing that hits you with this brew both on the palate and on the nose is the fairly assertive floral notes. They are by no means overpowering, and actually intermingle well with some sweet, bread malt flavors and herbal notes from the hops. Per the style, it almost tastes like a good pale lager, with just a touch of pear like fruit ester from the ale yeast. Finish is semi-crisp, with a slight bite from the hops and lemon and herbal notes floating around.

Overall, this is a pretty damn good kolsch. The BBC did a good job at replicating the style, and best of all, it's great to taste one fresh rather than getting burned by a stale import, as Kolsch is relatively low ABV beer with low bitterness, so it does not travel well. A great, easy drinking, summer time brew. Wish it were available in six-packs. Oh, and most importantly, cheers to my 200th BA review!

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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 BEERMILER12
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Part of the new Summer mixed pack

A: Pours a clear straw yellow with a fingers worth of head that fades quickly

S: Floral and malty, with slight notes of citrus hops

T: Mostly get a semi-spicy floral flavor with some nice hoppy lemon citrus notes and some bready/buttery malts

M: Light bodied with moderate-high carbonation

D/O: Easily drinkable and a great summer beer. I'm enjoying these new additions to the Sam packs. Definitely beats the Blackberry Wheat or Pale Ale that it replaced from last years mixer in terms of a "Summer style"

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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 Kbogac
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured clear amber into a pint glass. Quick white 1/4 inch foam doesn't last. The scent is very subtle. I get flowers maybe a little malt but not much. Clean crisp light taste. It's hard to pin down anything specific. Easy to drink but not really memorable.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 fl. oz. bottle with September 2011 snipped off the label. Sampled on April 8, 2011. Wow, I cannot believe that I am only the fourth person reviewing a new Sam Adams brew. The pour into my Kolsch glass is a well-carbonated pale yellow with a a thin white head. The aromas are grainy and malty. The body is pretty nice in the medium range. The taste has a decent enough grainy character with a slightly assertive dry hoppy ending. It seems to emulate the style well enough.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.91/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased as part of this year's summer mixed 12-pack. Pours a crystal-clear pale yellow body with nearly an inch of white head. Hints of fruit and nut waft from the beer. Flavor is fruity, spicy, and floral. Balanced and tasty but not in-your-face, just as the style calls for. An awesome addition to Samuel Adams' summer offerings.

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Photo of jimlin
2.78/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Been staying away from Sam Adams given the amount of better craft brews available in the Eastern MA area these days, but saw the new mix pack (Lager, Summer, Saison, Kolsch, Lattitude IPA) and thought I'd try it.

Never had a Kolsch, so it's possible this is a very good example of the style. I can only discuss my impressions as a beer... not specifically as a kolsch.

There's really nothing there. It could have be a miller or bud product. Golden, not as crisp and refreshing as I would like in an extra pale style. Poured nice, with decent head and lacing. No real hop presence (which again may be true to style).

The label mentions Alsation hops "imparts subtle citrus note. Jasmine Sambac, a night blooming Southeast Asian flower, adds a delicate floral aroma and flavor to this layered and refreshing brew." The hops are subtle for sure, and the floral aroma may be the one subtle flavor I find lingering (which I don't really care for).

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Photo of Jason
4.05/5  rDev +11%
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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