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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of BigPlay1824
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

A: very nice, clear, light golden color with a slight amount of head
S: very nice light, crisp, lemony scent that is very typical of the style
T: nice and light, slight citrus or lemon back note
M: strong carbonation, very crisp on the palate, finishes extremely smooth
O: really think this is a great representation of the style, really happy sam adams gave it a solid shot

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Photo of mdfb79
3.11/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From 07/09/11 notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a transparent yellow golden color with one finger of white head and high carbonation evident. No real retention or lacing left on the glass.

s - Smells of corn, grain, wheat, and bready malts, with some light floral notes as well. Not bad but pretty average, and not a ton going on in the nose.

t - Tastes of bready malts, grain, corn, and wheat. The taste has some very light fruit to it as well. Again, pretty average.

m - Light to medium body and low carbonation. A little undercarbonated.

o - Overall a pretty average beer from Sam Adams. Not my favorite from them, but not offensive. Wouldn't seek it out again.

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

A: Pours a clear, golden color with one finger of nearly white head. Good retention and lace, active carbonation.

S: Sweet candy

T: Leads with a flavor that is somewhat tea-like as well as candy-like. Flavor is steady to the end where some soft minerals join.

M: Light, smooth, refreshing

O: 1st time with a Kolsch, and pretty impressed. A great Sunday throw down brew

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams pint.

A: Pours a clear, golden color with one finger of nearly white head. Good retention and lace, active carbonation.

S: Hay, light fruits, and sweet bubblegum.

T: Interesting-- leads with a flavor that is somewhat tea-like as well as bubblegum. Flavor is steady to the end where some soft minerals join. Almost like a light Tripel with the spicy bits removed.

M: Light, smooth, soda-like mouthfeel.

O: First time with a Kolsch, and pretty well pleased. Would love to have this again. Have only seen this as part of the Summer Sampler-- hope to see it as its own 6-pack soon.

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Photo of Pauly2X
4.17/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- One finger head with lots of bubbles. Clear straw gold color. The head faded to wisp maintained by the afforementioned bubbles rather quickly.

S- Clean, crisp and grainy, there's also an unfamiliar floral note that's quite exotic but mellow.

T- Smooth bready malt character is there from start to finish. Subtle citrus and floral notes pop in and out adding subtle balance to an overall delicate flavor profile.

M- Light and crisp, there's alot of carbonation without getting that carbonic bite.

O- A great summertime beer. Complex enough to think about yet very subtle as well allowing you to just sit back and drink it.

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Photo of MikeRa
4.38/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this from the tap.

A: This beer pours a excellent golden color

S: This beer has a nice clean floral smell

T: This beer has a unique blend of citrus and malt flavors to it

M: This beer has some lingering malt mouthfeel to it and it goes down real smooth

O: This is a beer that I will drink again

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Photo of LXIXME
3.06/5  rDev -16.2%
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 Bighuge
3.09/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Crystal clear light golden body. Moderate amounts of carbonation are noted streaming through the body. A nice creamy white head leaves some nice lace as well. Aroma is qutie light, even for a kolsch. Light malts. Dusty malt flavor with some lightly rustic hop accents. Not a lot going on here, even for a kolsch. Light medium body with moderate carbonation. Not bad but not that great either.

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Photo of hustlesworth
4.31/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

kolsch. stange. boom.

A- amazingly clear golden body beneath a huge column of barely off-white foam. great sudsy texture, head retention, and lacing. this is as good as a kolsch can look.

S- the jasmine perfume is smelled at a distance more than up close, and even then it's more of an essence in the air than a flowery addition to the beer. it's not jasmine tea. it's more than a subtle character. it's incognito. it's the perfect accent to the crisp grassy somewhat lemony hops and cracker like malt in the aroma. resting the brew on a bed of flowers sounds risky, but this is beautifully done.

T- jasmine carries over into the taste with even more subtlety than the aroma. it's a barely-there wisp of incense amid clean pale malt and nice assertive (although not overly bitter) hoppiness. citrus, lemongrass, and a cooked out bouquet garni come to mind with italian bread and water crackers. hop flavors glide long into the finish with tiny little jasmine blossoms opening and closing at random.

MF- dry and thirst quenching with just about medium carbonation that takes nothing away from the body, which is just a bit heavier than i would like. it's not terrible by any means, but i would prefer it to be just a hair lighter. clean all the way around and very refreshing.

D- hands down the gem out of this sam adams summer variety pack, i would love to see this one alone in sixers. far as my memory serves me, this may be the best american kolsch i've had to date. floral hops that i usually associate with the style are replaced here by spicier, grassier, lemonier alt spalt somethings and that tamed floral edge is instead provided by actual florals.. i like it. lower the abv a half of a percent and this would be a hum-dinger.

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Photo of ZAP
3.21/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Impressive bright regal gold color...good clarity

S-Floral...light citrus....not much in the way of malt

T-Lacks the delicate but tasty malt backbone I enjoy in this style. Or perhaps its just overtaken by the citrus notes.

M-A little jazzed up but it works.

O-This is a style I have come to enjoy and I have yet to find anyone close to Summit's Unchained Kolsch of last summer. This one just lacks a malt dimension I look for. Not saying it needs to be heavy handed on the malt side of things but I want a soft delicate malt flavor to be detectable and this doesn't have that. It is ok but not what I was hoping for.

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Photo of GossageBrewery
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured this Kolsch from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. This ale poured a nice clear straw/golden color. It produced a nice thick white creamy head. Very nice lacing left on the glass. The aroma of this beer had soft suggestions of grain, malt and had a nice floral hop smell. The taste of this beer was very refreshing, great mouthfeel and light in body. Perfect summer beer for someone looking for a nice alternative to American Lager. Nice malt base, some spiciness that quite can't put my finger on. The finish has traces of floral hops and it finish's dry- encouraging me to follow up with another gulp. As far as the Kolsch style goes- this gets top marks. Another very good beer from Sam Adams.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Stange glass.

Look - light golden color, clear, with about two finger's worth of off-white foam that dissipates somewhat slowly.

Smell - typical German style malts and hops. Not sure which hops are being used, but I'm pretty sure that Saaz is not among them. Just looked at the label and it's Alsation, never heard of that one, and I can't quite pick out the asian flower used.

Taste and Mouthfeel - hoppy in flavor, but not terribly bitter. Relatively low key in its taste, I don't feel the citrus notes claimed from the label. The texture is nicely well-balanced!

Overall - not a bad brew at all, but maybe not my top pick for Kölsch beers. Still, not bad tasting, and interesting in their interpretation.

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Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +9.6%
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 socon67
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours is a golden yellow. Inch high white foam that laces the glass. Bit of carbonation.

S - Smells of fresh herbs and has a floral component. It is quite earthy, and I think this is the beer's best trait.

T - Tastes malty, and with some corn and grain flavors. Not particularly hoppy. Ends with a slight bitter taste.

M - For a lighter style, this beer feels heavy. Makes for a beefy beer that is sessionable.

O - Not anything outstanding, but a curious style that works well in the summer.

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Photo of tykees88
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

a- macro lager with a bit more golden honey. minimal head, minimal lacing.

S- citrus and biscuit. it does smell corny too.

T- tastes like a no hop pilsener with a little citrus backing

M- thin thin thin. decent carbonation but that's to be expected it is sam adams

O- It's not special, but not totally forgettable. I'll drink it again and I have no qualms quaffing this on a hot day.

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

A - Yellow, like classic Miller High Life. (that's where the similarity ends) White head, decent lacing.

S - Smells like a toned-down tripel. Slight fruit. Smells fresh.

T - Much like a pilsner, only with a slight hint of fruit. A nice bite without any real bitterness.

M - Drinks like a pilsner. Thin, with a little residual stickiness on the lips. Refreshing.

O - An impressive offering from Boston Beer Company. Flavorful, sessionable, and very drinkable.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.36/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad

A: The pour is a golden straw color with a nice white head on it.

S: Not the best nose. I get a fair amount of corn along with lots of straw and grass. A little bit of yeast to go along with the bready malts. A fairly light hop aroma to this one.

T: I'm not a big fan of the flavor, either. Sweet and corny with some table sugar sweetness. A light grass and floral hop flavor to it as well. Strangely, mild pepper notes and just a bit of bitterness.

M: The body on this one is medium with a medium carbonation.

O: A real let down from Sam Adams. I was hoping for a nice, enjoyable glass of Kolsch and that's not what I got.

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Photo of gpogo
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Clear light yellow body with a large white head. Lots of bubbles.

A- Crisp light sweet malt aroma. Light lemony aroma.

T- Heavy jasmine flavor up front. Light malt flavor and finishing with a crisp bitterness.

M- Moderate-high carbonation. Medium body, mostly clean finishing, but a bit of mouth coating.

D- An enjoyable beer on a hot evening. Jasmine flavor is a bit heavy, but it is enjoyable.

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Photo of DannyDan
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out to a golden body with some good retention, fine lacing and good carbonation. It has a flowery, slightly grainy aroma to it. The taste has a sweet fruity taste to it (apples and grapes), along with a floral taste and a slight hops taste at the end. It does have some balance to it, but overall it has a sweet taste to it. The mouthfeel is a little watery and light bodied which is not bad for a summer beer. Overall a pretty good beer to enjoy on these hot summer days.

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Photo of Suds
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Crystal clear golden beer...fluffy white head that is relatively short-lived. This beer is a great summer brew. Mildly grainy aroma. Slight pilsner-like very pale malt aroma...some fruit (apple), a bit of yeast and sulpher, but not much hop aroma. Clean and flavorful taste. Very good balance...sweetish malt in the front, slightly dry in the finish. Very clean and refreshing.

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Photo of Hershdawg
2.93/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle into DB glass

A: blond golden ale with light head that quickly dissipates.

S: light malt with a heavy jasmine smell completely dominating the beer. Jasmine would work in a heavier style but not a German blonde.

T: the jasmine dominates the flavor. Not a good balance. Good try though BBC. Good to experiment though not the right style for the spice.

M: light which is expected for a Kolsch.

O: Too much jasmine too little kolsch. I like out of the box beers but this one over did it on the spice. Good idea bad execution.

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Photo of wheatyweiss
3.21/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a stange.

Pours a medium gold with a soapy two finger head that persists. Unparalleled clarity, this looks like a Kolsch.

Aroma is dusty husky grain. No discernible hop aroma, to style. Aroma of honey and lavender with a rider of crackery malt. Light on the nose.

Flavor is light fruity grain. Opens with a nice bready, husky grain with the middle yielding to a grape vinous character drying toward the end. Finishes with a spicy herbal character that actually brings more sweetness, killing the drying quality of the grape and chardonnay flavors. The finish is very floral, off putting and not to style.

A nice attempt, but whatever the brewer added to the steep is not in the norm, which is not always bad, but this adds nothing to an already wonderful style.

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

I wasn't sure what to expect from this beer. The color was rich and golden. The smell was nothing fancy. The taste however is really smooth at first but at the end there is a parade of complexities. There is a richness that comes through at the end, that is pretty nice. It's hard to pinpoint the flavor, but I like it. It's a very drinkable beer with a hearty finish.

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Photo of imbibehour
2.55/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass (my stange is out of commission ;) ). Good till Sept 2011, let's see if my Kolsch quest measures up.

A golden clear crystal body is presented with some large sticking rising bubbles. Some stick to the sides, what doesn't rises very quickly up top. After some examination some small rising little bubbles make their way continuously. Head is poured of a very simple white and some what foamy, but mostly it disappears really quickly. By the time I finish writing this paragraph it is nearly gone. Seems to maintain a thin puck going on as if to barely hang on.

Vegetative, grassy, a not very good smelling Kolsch let alone beer here. Faint hint of sweet grain on the nose, not even a sense of density or crispness.

So how does this taste? Missing a lot. Not a hint of bread, bubblegum sweet, I will give this beer some good mouthfeel cause it's got some body, but this is just borderline adjunct sweet tasting. Real bubblegum sweetness on the finish I just can't get past.

Wow this is the worst Kolsch I've had to date. Tastes nothing like it but an appeal to keep adjunct lager drinkers perhaps un-challenged without upseting them. Pass.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.12/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A very nice golden yellow with a orange tint (slight) and a half inch of foamy white head. Moderate lacing.

S - Pretty much the best part of this beer, I get a nice bit of floral hops, sweet malts and a very floral smell of Asian Jasmin flowers. I found myself sniffing more than tasting.

T - Pretty smooth. If you came to this beer expecting hops you better pass along with intense flavors is also absent. Just a honey like sweetness, touch of citrus hops and a clean body with hardly any abrasiveness from grains. I also enjoyed how the flowers complement the citrus hops in a harmonious way.

M - I knew this was a 5 percent beer, could be pretty succession able.

Overall I have never had the "Savor Flowers" but this seems to be a cheaper version in the same vain having just enough sweet flavors to make it interesting. I also have the Saison and can't wait to try it.

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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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