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 Kromes
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: A clear light straw color with a thin soapy head. Nice color to it.

S: Biscuity malts with a little bit of citrus fruitiness.

T: More of the biscuity malts up front with a nice smooth balanced sweetness and touch of fruit (strawberry or grape) and earthy, citrus hop in the background. Might be a touch buttery at times.

M: Actually has some weight to it. I thought it would be lighter. Smooth with lower carbonation. Very easy drinking beer. Goes down way too easy.

O: Some nice flavors in this beer. It is very well crafted to bring out just the right amount of sweetness and fruit.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer is gold, lacing is steady with a white head that rose to maybe a fingers length during the initial pour.

Smell: Light hops, but not something worth bragging about.

Taste: Malty and slight bitter. Has a marzen type of taste to it which I do really like.

Mouth: Medium to heavy, incredibly smooth and very sticking flavor to it.

Overall: Great beer to have after a burger which is what I just did, It isn't too hard to drink and it is quite tasty. Salud!

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Photo of Arithmeticus
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured chilled in ale glass

A: clear yellow with small carb bubbles drifting up daintily; thin, creamy head
S: good kolsch aroma, with a hint of the slightly off yeasty smell one gets with east European lagers
T: outstanding, mature, flavorful beer; savory spicing from the hops combines with floral notes; alto and soprano flavors are dominant

Nice little beer!

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Photo of bnes09
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear urine color with descent head. Fairly weak retention and some lacing. Citrus and floral aroma. Flavor is well balanced and mildly malty. Hint of honey sweetness balanced by citric hop bitterness. Light bodied with aggressive carbonation. Crisp finish. Refreshing and complex for the style.

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Photo of PhantasIPA
4.02/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance of this beer is very light color with no poured head whatsoever. There is also no lacing at all.

The smell is dominated by the floral notes of the beer. They are pleasant yet subtle. There is a hint of sweetness but only a hint.

The taste is better than the aroma; hints of grapefruit and orange mix with the floral taste to create a distinct flavor.

The mouthfeel is good, very smooth with little carbonation makes this beer easy to drink and very refreshing.

Overall I enjoyed this beer. It is moderately strong with a solid taste and nice aroma.

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Photo of Jamesthebrit
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours light with little head.
S: Not getting a lot of smell. Some subtle fruitiness.
T: Pretty good. A fun sour smack with some interesting and unique spice notes. A little fruity a little spicy. I like it.
M: Sits with a pretty good body. Bubbles are a little much but not bad. Some fun lingering flavors.

Overall not a bad beer. Certainly above average and worth checking out. Not mind blowing, however.

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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 12stepCornelius
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pub-style glass.

Appearance- deep golden-colored with a nice frothy head, that diminishes to a frothy cap leaving a good bit of lacing as it goes down.

Smell- Malts and hops. A bit of the floral aroma is there too.

Mouthfeel- Pretty average beer type mouthfeel. Slightly watery with carbonation.

Taste- I could really taste the Jasmine Sambac in this. I didn't quite know what I was tasting at first until I read the label. This beer has some hop, floral, and citrusy bite to it. Not sure if I like the Jasmine or not, but it is definitely interesting, which I'm sure will grow on me. Other than that, I taste the malts and a somewhat smoky flavor, maybe from toasting. Very interesting taste, this beer.

Overall- I found this to be a fairly good beer. Spicy and hoppy, yet the citrus lends to the refreshing quality that would make this a very good beer to relax with on the beach or by the pool on a hot summer day.

I give it a 4 out of 5.

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Photo of jsisko01
3.26/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a clear golden color with a thin frothy head that dissipates quickly. Has very nice lacing.

Smell - Citrus and light spices. The aroma is too feint to be specific.

Taste - Slightly sweet with citrus, maybe some clove, biscuity hops, and a floral taste.. I can't really point out much else.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied with mild carbonation. Pretty refreshing..

Overall - This is actually a pretty good beer. I enjoyed it.

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

Samuel Adams East-West Kolsch has a thick, white head and a clear, bubbly, yellow-golden appearance, with just a bit of lacing. The aroma is of light, sweet malt, sugar, hops, and lemon. Taste is of water, white bread, sweetness, and hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Samuel Adams East-West Kolsch finishes crisp, refreshing, dry, and very lager-like. Overall, this is a good beer.


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Photo of Fatehunter
3.24/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. Thin layer of head on top of a clear, golden colored ale.

Nice fragrance. Like a flower bouquet.

Dull bitterness, then a deeper bitter, no sign of malt. Bounces around in the profile.

Higher carbonation, medium body.

Maybe it's the style, maybe it's the beer. Either way I have a tough time liking it.

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Photo of ToddT
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Clear golden yellow topped with a medium off white head. Head fades slowly to a ring and leaves some nice spotty lace on the glass.

S- Light spice, citrus, and floral hops. Not a strong aroma, but subtle and complex.

T- Biscuit malt and a light note of toffee or caramel to start, floral hops soon edge out the malt, the finish is where the real surprise is. Unusual floral and spice notes close this beer out. A close read of the label revels that jasmine is an ingredient and I'm figuring that is the final note that closes this out.

M- More than I was expecting in a Kolsch, just a hair below medium in body. Decently carbonated and very refreshing to boot

D- Great summer beer, the 5.0% ABV makes it a session candidate and one that everyone would be a fan of.

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Photo of SawDog505
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass. Pours a clear yellow straw color, with a half inch of white head, that leaves some nice lace. Smell is clove, grass, biscuit, and some coriander. Taste is crisp and clean, with clove and biscuit in the start and coriander in the finish. Body is light, nice amount of life, lush not dry, and so drinkable. This was a great choice for the summer mix pack. It is the best Summer mix they have put together, starting with the Noble Pilsner.

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Photo of tvljr
4.06/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle out of the Summer Sampler with freshness date.

Good head with nice lace on the glass. Clear, golden color you'd expect from a summer beer.

Not a particularly strong aroma considering the ingredients.

But...the first swig brought all the ingredients to bear. Crisp, malty, jasmine taste. A real thirst quencher.

They should make this their summer beer over Summer Ale.

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Photo of jaasen64
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from Sams Mixed 12 Summer Pack

A- Pours a translucent yellowish golden, little carbonation, virtually no head.

S- Not too aromatic, however fairly complex smell. Slightly spicy, a little bit of hops, a little bit of citrus notes.

T- Light citrus notes, slightly sweet, lightly hopped, a little bit of yeast, some mixed spices.

M- Medium to light bodied. Alcohol well hidden, goes down easily, easily sessionable.

O- The East-West Kolsch is a decent beer. Not too much for the aroma and taste. About average for the style. Could have definitely used more flavor, seemed like it was slightly watered down. Easily drinkable and sessionable.

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Photo of welldigger888
3.66/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice cyrtal clear straw with an emaculant snow white head that laces very well, best when rockin to the KINGS!!!

Quite padestrian with a minamal noble hop presence that paves the way for a way cracker type malty goodness, again best when rockin to the KINGS!

Seems lagered with a hint of sulfer but well balanced smooth lager like ale that is very approuchable.

a bit full as expected from boston beer, well played kolsch style ale, NOT COAST KOLSCH but well enough.

Worth the price of admission.

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Photo of NHGrafx
4.17/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle.

Pours an amber color with nice head with floaty bits suspended in the liquid. It also makes lots of nice lace.

Smell is flowers, citrus, hops and some malts.

The taste is different. The combination of jasmine and the hops makes for an interesting flavor which seems to complement nicely. There is a bit of a citrus note with slight bitterness. Mouthfeel is good, slight oily feeling on the tongue. Drinkability is very good. Overall I was very pleased with this one.

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Photo of iabeerbaron
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This came out of the summer sampler and was by far the best of the bunch. Would rather have this as their summer seasonal than their summer brew. Nice white head on the pour, smell is biscuity and fruit with some spice. Flavor is somewhat hoppy and sweet. Nice and refreshing; could drink a few of these.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Look: Yellowish orange in color and slightly transparent with a 1/4 inch head and no real retention

Smell: Very light floral nose

Taste: The beer starts with a light jasmine character and finishes with a light citrus note

Mouthfeel: Thin body and medium carbonation

Overall: It's actually not that bad of a kolsch I would recommend this for sure

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Photo of aepb1
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Clear golden body with a small white head

S- Sweet bready malts with some spices in there too

T- Sweet malts up front. Floral and citrus hops in the middle and a little bitter finish

M- Light and crisp with moderate carbonation

O- Glad this was in the summer pack as I'd not have tried it otherwise. Solid beer, a nice light summer beer.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.87/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Situation: A successful back-to-school night and a welcome back to my sense of smell and taste!
Glassware: Ayinger willibecker...
Appearance: Golden orange effervescence with a thin unbalanced off-white head...
Aroma: Yeast, fruity esters ring in the experience of a hops bouquet--subtle herbs and citrus punch...
Palate: smooth, soft and pleasantly easy drinking--a hops crunch on the teeth is softened but palpable....
Taste: fresh hops and light, soft malts combine to power a beautiful balance...some bread and pear/apple to it too...
Overall: I haven't bought a case of a single S.A. brew in a while--but in the summer heat we had this year, I could see quenching a thirst with this kolsch nightly....

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Photo of woodychandler
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
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 mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bright golden yellow with a nice two finger head of white foam that quickly dissipated into a batch of nothing, a broken crown lining the sides was all that I would get out of this one. Nice carbonation and a bit of residual side lacing helped to push it over the top and made a really nice addition to the overall presence of it.

The aroma was rather bright and summer like, with a light grain and herb like fruit note in the nose. A touch of clove and banana highlighted this one and really did a nice job at bringing the whole thing together. The flavor was much of the same. Surprisingly sweet, with a touch of maybe honey or light caramel, hints of apple and light fresh hay. The banana coming though nicely on the finish with a quick, clean, and very crisp cutoff in the overall taste.

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Photo of jondeelee
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

East-West Kolsch opens with a yeast, floral aroma, much like a baking loaf of wheat bread with just a touch of lavender and jasmine. A good helping of orange and apricot fruit esters add to the bouquet, and a strand or two of wet wheat stalks adds an earthy tone. The aromas are good, and nicely nuanced, but quite light, and tend to disappear when one attempts to sniff them repeatedly (such as when trying to write a review).

On the tongue, the beer opens with a mainly-malt flavor profile, bringing fresh Grape Nuts cereal, toasted wheat bread, and biscuit flavors. Hops kick in after a few seconds, adding very slight bitterness, as well as a faint citrusy backing. The added Jasmine Sambac (from the label: "a night blooming Southeast Asian flower") comes into play next, adding a delicate petal-on-water tinge of jasmine, which does bring a nice complexity to the brew. The jasmine flavors are, however, the first to fade off, leaving the rest of the mouthful mainly dominated by the grains. The aftertaste is mainly grains, with a few remaining (and very faint) jasmine touches, and fades with medium quickness. Mouthfeel is medium-light, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is decent fare, though I can't honestly say that I would have known of the Jasmine Sambac addition if it hadn't been pointed out to me on the label. It doesn't help that the floral notes are so delicate that they're easily overpowered by even the moderate grain flavors, and in subsequent mouthfuls are almost entirely subsumed. Still, the flavors in this beer are developed, and the apricot and orange notes are delicious.

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Photo of samie85
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours a clear golden color with two fingers of white head.

S-Smells of green apple, some pear, and light crackery malt notes.

T-Bitter hop notes upfront with a light, crisp, dry grainy malt note.

M-Light, crisp feel with drying finish.

D-Honestly this is one the least enjoyable of the Kolsch that I've had. Feel is way too dry and the hops seem to take over this one.

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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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