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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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Added by Jason on 03-10-2011

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Photo of nicnut45
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a clear light hay color. Not much of a head upon pouring but a nice fluffy white head just coats the surface in splotches. Head fades as you drink and leaves behind a nice lacing on the glass.

S- fruity gummi bear scent takes center stage, some mild sulfur notes. This smells a bit rustic to me, almost like a wild yeast got in here grains are masked by the fruitiness.

T-Suprisingly good. Fruitiness is well controlled at first sip and kind of dries out giving way to a nice smooth graininess. Sulphur is well controlled and seems to aid in the pleasing driness. Fruitiness does not linger to long and you are left with a clean palate.

M.F.-Carbo seems a bit low, a slight driness clears the palate.

O-A nicely developed beer. Its a fruity kolsch and I prefer mine on the clean side. I think this gives a little bit of both worlds. The fruitines shows up beginning palate and then quickly dries out. I think this should replace summer ale

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Photo of akorsak
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle poured into a a plastic cup.

A: The kölsch is a light, a golden pale color that is easily translucent. A fluffy white head blankets the ale and is slow to dissapate.

S: The kolsch is biscuity; hops aren't a big factor. I was expecting a more floral, spice aroma thanks to that jasmine but it didn't really come through.

T: Smooth, the ale pushes its biscuity side admirably. The pale breads are light but steady. Floral sweetness is more apparent here, an upper for the otherwise subtle kölsch. A mild hop finish overtakes the breadiness.

M: The mouthfeel isn't half bad. I'd love to taste the jasmine sambac in more concentrated proportions though.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at some bar in New Bedford. 16oz pour served in 20oz imperial pint.

A- Big fluffy white head takes up the headspace in the glass and then some. Bartender has trouble with the head- but when I get the glass it looks very much in order. Head floats atop a bright golden body.

S- Light toasty grain, sweet malt, and some fresh cut grass. Faint, though, I'm really reaching to pick up anything substantial.

T- Hop bill is mildly earthy and green, with some sweeter fruit coming through on top. Malt is ever-so-slightly toasty, very light grains, very crisp and finishes rather dry.

M- Very crisp. Moderate body, heft of the malt is felt, but the carbonation keeps things moving. Goes down easy.

O- Went perfect with some bar food. Easy drinkin', flavorful. Would love to see this around more often, before tonight I'd never heard of it. Will have to keep my eyes peeled, indeed.

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Photo of BeerdedEric
2.89/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Golden body with a nice white foamy head.

Not much of the way of smell at all, completely lacking.

I get grain, grass and buscuits. That's about it. Not good but not bad just kind of boring.

The mouth feel is pretty nice. Probably one of the only highlights of the beer. Light in body, smooth, crisp and easy to drink despite the boring taste, it is a total summer beer.

Overall, boring taste, okay looking but the feel is probably the best thing about the beer. I wouldn't seek this again.

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Photo of musicforairports
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a completely clear straw color. Small head and little lacing.

Smells of flower petals and honey.

Lemon and other light citrus flavors enter in the flavor, but there's still a strong floral component. A bit sweet up front and finishes quickly, leaving nothing on the tongue. It seems like it's going to be sweet, but it's not. I confess I'm not too well-versed in the style, but this reminds me of a lighter version of SA's Longshot Honey Lavender beer.

Mouthfeel is light-medium, not very carbonated.

This beer is an easy drinker. Better than a lot of other equally light beers you can find, but nothing spectacular.

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Photo of budgood1
3.99/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours out a crystal clear light straw yellow colour. meager head and slight lace. biscuity malt aroma steeped in some flower petals about sums up the nose. very pleasant. taste is a delicate ballet of crystal like maltiness, a touch oily and earthy...some floral and lemony/herbal hoppiness intertwined by those damn flower petals again. it does work well and screams summertime quencher. sturdy backbone of a body on this one, and a really impressive mouthfeel...it actually outshines the taste profile. it feels like you are drinking a bigger beer than you actually are. finishes dry with an odd, but not unpleasant, note of herbalness no doubt imparted by those flower petals. great drinkability. this will be a fantastic summertime drinker.

overall an intriguing twist on an underappreciated style. i love beers like this in the summertime!

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Photo of rlee1390
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From Sam Adams Summer Styles

A-Clear deep yellow, one finger, not much carbonation.

S-Some wheat and lemon

T-Lemon, wheat, not much bitterness or bite to it

M-Light with some carbonation

O-A session beer, a light one for the summer. Worth a try.

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Photo of JizackFH
3.41/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - This beer pours a clear golden straw color. It has a nice 2-finger white head on it. The head has decent retention, and it leaves behind some specs of lacing on the glass.

S - It smells of light grain and lemon. Theres not too much more to the smell then that.

T - The taste mostly consists of light grains, noble hops, citrus, and some grape. It's not super flavorful, but it is a nice easy going beer.

M - This has a light to medium body and average carbonation. it goes down smooth, and I thought it was pretty refreshing. The finish is clean, leaving just a bit of lingering hop flavor.

O - This has good drinkability. It goes down easy, and would be super refreshing on a hot summer day. Overall, I thought that this was a pretty good beer. It's not very flavorful, but I could see this being a great transition beer for people just getting into craft. I would drink this again though.

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Photo of MrOH
4.17/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Brilliantly clear gold with a single finger white head. Good lacing.

Interesting nose. Some pilsner malt, light esthers, floral, and a touch of citrus. A lot going on.

Bready malt, then fruity (green apple?) and floral flavors, then crisp bitterness leads to a dryish finish.

Round feeling, but not full-bodied, great carbonation leaves it clean.

Very enjoyable beer for the summer. The SA summertime mix pack always seems to be the most approachable for the non-craft drinker, and this one fits in nicely, but still has plenty to offer for the more discerning palate.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.64/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear and golden in color, head was ok but lacing was mostly absent.

Smelled somewhat grainy with a smidge of hops and a floral background.

Taste was decent but not as good as I had expected. There's a pinch of jasmine, some floral hops, some herbal notes and a touch of graininess.

Felt medium bodied and bubbly, a bit heavier than other of the style that I've tried, but amply good enough.

Overall it's pretty decent but not spectacular. Still a quite drinkable selection from their summer pack.

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Photo of IIKaRuII
4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a straw color gold. with white fluffy head. Leaves a generous amount of lacing.

Smells sweet. has a subtle herbal hops quality. smells a little biscuity.

Taste is phenomenal. jasmine makes this a very sweet and flavorful drinker. the hops seem to flow onto the palate. You cannot drink enough of this really. has a kinda spice to it as well.

moderatly light, with almost the perfect carbonation. It clears the palate, and allows a fresh taste every time. the sweetness of the grains, and the tangy hops make for a refreshing and clean summer drinker.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden in color, clear, with a nice white lace. Clean aromas of flower petal and pepper. Could use a little power here to set it apart.

Again, very subtle and clean. Hefty for style. Starts with biscuity pale malt, hint of adjuncts. Hop bite in the middle with a full floral finish. Easy drinking summer ale although it's not up my alley.

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Photo of dbossman
3.17/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pale yellow and bubbly with a huge, steady head; the lacing on this beer is okay but the head dissipates to nothing

S: Subdued yet grainy and grassy with a touch of lemon zest; there isn't a whole lot going on here but it's subtle and pleasant

T: Rather simple and grainy up front and it quickly fades; it's actually a bit soapy on the back end--lemon soap; there is a pleasant grassy, hay, grainy quality but in the end it's just all right

F: Decent bubbly medium body with enough beer clinging to the mouth as it goes down

O: Not the best example of the style; drinkable but fairly boring in the end; not Sam Adams best by any means but okay for a hot day, I suppose

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Photo of jiggahertz
3.61/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear straw yellow beer with a decent finger head on it frothy but small. Good soapy lacing throughout.

S: Not much here, clean, wheaty, some yeast very faint though.

T: Subdued malts up front, mostly wheat, some grapiness, good amount of hops and a nice dry finish.

M: Clean, crisp, dry, light bodied.

D: Not a bad beer, nothing complex or intriguing but a very decent session beer.

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Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Given a bottle from my best friend and fellow BA Member, Pat. Thanks, buddy! Always appreciate the beers!

Bottle was part of a SA Summer Style variety case.

Enjoyed in a DFH Signature Glass.

A - Pours a transparent, light golden color. A slight head upon pouring that quickly fades. Little to no lacing left on the glass.

S - A malty, clove-like smell.

T - A malty beer with hints of clove and floral notes. Slightly spicy. Not overly sweet. A hint of hops. The alcohol isn't noticeable at all.

M - A medium thickness. Low carbonation.

O - An OK beer. Not my favorite style but not bad. Nothing special that would make me want another one but a beer that you could drink quite a few of if it was your style.


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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Part of the Samuel Adams Summer Styles multi-pack - $13.79 at the nearby Publix in Canton, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, golden body with a sizable, white head that eventually levels out leaving thin sheets of lace on the descent.

Smell: Restrained sniffs of a Trebbiano white, lightly malted grains, and round floral hops accented by the added jasmine.

Taste: White bread-bready malts with a light touch of graininess. Maybe a smidge of wheat in there. Softly sweet, hinting a bit at honey. Half a drop of lemon juice, along with some spicy, floral hops. Small splash of white grape juice. Jasmine character remains light throughout. Mild tastes of the various flavors as you reach the just-less-than crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Just under medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: EW suits the Summer Styles sampler box. A respectful nod was given to the fiercely traditional Kölsch style, while going for some good ole experimentation by dry-petaling the brew with jasmine flowers.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.66/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a glass mug.

Brought over the Summer Styles pack to a cookout on Memorial Day, and cracked this one first. It pours a clear golden straw topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises orange peel, light soap, sweet flowers, and wheat. The taste holds notes of lemon peel, orange zest, wheat, sweet flowers, and slightly faint light greens. The body is a heavy-feeling light, with a moderate carbonation and a crisp, dry finish. Overall, a very nice kolsch, though I feel the smell was just a bit too faint and plain. Not at all bad, though.

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Photo of Wamesit
4.47/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a light golden straw. Thin white head that disperses quickly but leaves a bit of lacing in its wake.

S - Aroma of biscuit malts with a lot of floral notes. There is an element of oily hops beneath the initial intake rounds things out.

T - A strong overall flavor spectrum. Really big. Crisp malts rush with deep spicy hops immediately in their wake. The floral aspect is a little harder to find in the flavor than it is in the aroma but it is there in the finish. It adds more body and excitement. Dry finish. incredibly refreshing.

M - Medium, a little more robust than expected. Strong carbonation keeps it lively.

O - Tremendous beer. A too rarely produced style done well and large. Great for a refreshing summertime beer but strong/spicy enough to have a place in any weather.

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Photo of rapidsequence
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from the Summer mix pack.

Appearance: Brilliant clear yellow. Tightly bubbled head with pretty good retention and some sticky spots of lacing.

Smell: Sweetish, crackery, grainy malt. Citrus and somewhat herbal hops. Spicy, potpourri-like floral aroma I assume from the asian jasmine. This aspect is distracting, out of place, but not a total deal breaker.

Taste: Clean tasting malt flavor with a little sweetness. Snappy citrus hops flavor provides a nice balance. I'm much less annoyed by the jasmine in the flavor as it seems less prominent.

Mouthfeel: I'd like it a little drier and crisper.

Overall: I wish Sam Adams would just stick to making beer and not adding unnecessary weirdness like Asian jasmine. Overall its decent.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of the summer mixed twelve pack.
Pours a deep golden straw color with a thinnish white head that dissipates rather quickly. Smells grainy, herbal with hints of lemon and maybe apricot, a bit of floral notes as well. Taste is bready grassy citrusy herbal. Creamy watery mouthfeel, medium to light body and level of carbonation. This is a light refreshing brew that seemed to go down rather quickly on this hot day. If this was in a six pack it might make it into the summer rotation.

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Photo of TheHopMonster
4.27/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Honey Yellow hue with a rocky pour and a very sudsy white head. The retention is very impressive with fast rising bubbles

Herbal characteristics of sage, clovers, and honey. Floral notes are present. Very pleasant and subtle.

Extremely crisp with some mild notes of malt, and then an intensely clean herbal characteristics up front with some lemon peel and citrus that borderlines an orange.

Mouth feel:
Decently carbonated but extremely drinkable, the herbal after taste is very refreshing.

My first Kolsch style beer that I have ever had and I must say I will be experimenting much more with this style of beer thanks to Mr. Adams

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of the new Sam Adams offerings in the summer variety pack. Always found a kolsch to be an interesting style, here it goes. Pours a bubbly golden color. Mouthfeel is pretty good, great crispness to this beer. Nice clean finish, super refreshing. Spot on with a lot of the other kolsch's I've had before and definitely has that "Euro" taste to it. A great addition to a summer pack, hopefully it stays around.

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Photo of nickthegun12
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i like this beer...its different from anything that sam has spit out before!

appearance is much like a kolsch....straw yellow...not much head....but very nice lacing...

smell is very pleasant almost reminds me of heather ale...a Scottish variety....mild and easy smell

taste is almost mild....yet that sam yeast creaps in the background...still very pleasant...

the feel is almost creamy still very dry

overall this beer is pretty damn good...wish they would brew this all year round

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Photo of bubseymour
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Nice yellow straw German/east Euro appearance. 1 finger head with nice foamy appearance.

Smell - crisp straw, hops, bread smell. German all the way.

Taste - Very pleasant light flavorings, slightly malty with nice finish. No overpowering flavors but a great summer drinker. Ever so slight crisp hop bite at end but very faint. Very refreshing.

Mouthfeel - Nice

Overall - Somewhere between the Boston Lager and Noble Pils you have the East-West Kolsh. Definitely a nice go-to summer or warm weather option. Nice job Jim.

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Photo of emerge077
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Label notched best by October.
Brilliant straw gold in a pint glass. The white foam on top has a creamy texture to the surface. Retention is good, lasting for the duration. Slow ascending trails of carbonation in the glass.

Mellow yeast aroma, minerals, grain, fairly nondescript.

Light bodied with a creamy texture to it. Faint maltiness, dry crackers, raw barley, cereal grains, apples. Easy going with simple flavors, it has some overall balance to it. Light and easy to drink, sessionable for some. Didn't really notice the jasmine listed as an ingredient. Not my favorite Kolsch, but better than some.

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Samuel Adams East-West Kölsch from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 846 ratings
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