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

Rainy Sunday prior to Memorial Day and cracked open the new (at least to the Chicago area) East-West Kolsch from a mixed pack of Sammy A.

A - 4.0 it is a clear golden beer with modest carbonation and very thin white head.

S - 3.5 not as aromatic as I thougtht is would be. can smell floral hints and very subtle citrus

T - 3.5 it is ok on the taste the start is very common to most Samuel Adams beers then there is a floral finish with hints of lemon

M - 3.5 its easy on the mouth...I just think that after several it would feel as if one was chewing on Pot Porri all day

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Photo of KTCamm
4.54/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle out of the summer sampler pack into a pint glass. This one was a home run.

Pours a brilliant clear golden yellow. Good fizzy white foam builds, holds and recedes.

Beautiful floral smell. Like a fragrant meadow. Clean, inviting.

Taste has a perfect blend of citrus, malt, a nature-like flowering taste. Clean, crisp finish. Subtle hop close.

Hoping this one sticks around. Perfect summer beer - much moreso than the Sam Summer!

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

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. Part of the summer mixed case.

Pours a clear dark yellow with a finger of foam that fades quickly. Aroma is minerally hops with a touch of fruitiness.

First sip has a distinct floral hoppiness and decent amount of lingering sweetness. Not quite as dry as i'd prefer. Still a nice flavor overall. A nice addition to the mix pack.

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Photo of AJacob81
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Last non-SABL from the Summer mix pack. Poured into my handsome cervoise glass.

A - Golden straw, effervescent, with a tight foam cap that is easily recovered with a vigorous swirl.

S - Muted bouquet of wheatfields, zesty lemon and overripe banana, biscuity malt, and the slightest hint of flowery clover.

T - Sweet bread and crackers balanced by grassy, vaguely floral hops. Finishes sweet and a touch dry, with a hint of lemon meringue pie.

M - Medium body, oily and surprisingly creamy. A real treat to drink, could easily session with this thanks to the reasonable ABV.

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Photo of DrJay
3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Faint haze, light gold with a short white cap. Decent head retention and a bit of spotty lacing. Crackery malt with a sweet floral and spicy aroma, slight grassiness and mild lemony citrus. Delicate bitterness was balanced by spicy and floral notes as well as cereal grain sweetness. Lingering floral and spicy character. I found the body too heavy for a kolsch, it wasn't as crisp as I would like, more medium bodied than light. Carbonation was on the creamy side. Overall, I liked the flavours, but the mouthfeel didn't work for me.

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

OG=11.2° Plato, 5.01% ABV, 3.93% ABW, Calories/12 oz.: 147
Brewed with Harrington, Metcalfe, and Copeland pale malts, wheat, and Bohemian pils malt, Hopped with Spalt Spalter and Strisselspalt, then fermented with "Samuel Adams ale yeast" on a bed of Jasmine Sambac flowers. Part of the "Summer Styles Variety Pack"

Pours out to a sparklingly clear pale golden, forming a white head with average retention and good lacing, with brisk carbonation. The aroma is of delicate floral hops with that mild but characteristic Kolsch ale yeast strain and some distant flowery notes, but I wouldn't have picked out flowers unless I knew they were in there. The mouthfeel is crisp and bright with a nice acidity and a light body. The taste is that of pale malts with a touch of huskiness and biscuit malt with a delicate floral hop flavor and mild bitterness. Crisp clean finish with extremely subtle afternotes of chamomile and lemon.

This is a good beer, but I prefer straight up Kolsch's if you can find them. If not, home brew them, because they are a great summer beer.

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Photo of JMad
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured this beer into a pint glass...

The beer was a bright yellow color with a filmy white head that left a ring of lacing after each sip. The aroma is mostly lemon, with some hay and barely a hint of jasmine. The taste is grassy with lemon and orange, with a bready aftertaste. This beer is light with prickly carbonation and a pleasant lingering aftertaste. This is a perfect summer beer, I really enjoyed this beer after a long stressful day.

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Photo of Gmann
3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear straw color with some honey highlights. The head is fairly small and settled into a light cap.

The aroma is quite bready, almost doughy. There is a bit of a non-descript spice. Also a hint of cereal and honey.

The taste is of a bready malt with a very light grassy hop bitterness. Not as hoppy as other Kolschs that I have had. There is a floral presence from the Jasmine Sambac. It brings some honey and herbal spice.

The feel is moderate with prickly carbonation. Drinks fairly crisp and clean. Light bitterness in the finish.

An easy drinking beer. No heavy flavors or alcohol to get in the way of drinking a few of these

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Photo of mothman
2.85/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a layer of white head. Color is a bright golden yellow.

Aroma: Herbal notes with some fruity citrus flavors. It is yeast and a bit bready. Not really too funky.

Taste: Lemon zest and spices. Coriander. Some crushed pepper. Yeasty and bready again. Light flavored.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and refreshing. Lighter bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends fairly clean.

Overall, it was decent, but nothing style-breaking. I saw this on tap somewhere for $7 a pour and glad I passed and had a chance to grab a bottle for a lot less. Easy drinking, but lacking a little flavor.

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Photo of BennyL1
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Alrighty, another one from the Sam summer pack. Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass with a date of September 2011.

East-West pours a crystal clear golden color. A nice amount of sudsy white head forms but disappears rather quickly. Leaves some nice lacing on the glass. Very good looking beer.

The aroma consists of grassy hops with a bit of biscuit malt undertones.

A bit of lemon up front with a slightly bitter floral hop bite at the end. The jasmine is also evident in the taste as well. Nice malty finish wraps everything up making for an easy drinking brew.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side but very crisp with the carbonation on the stronger side.

I was very pleased with this brew overall. A nice addition to the summer pack for sure and I could absolutely see myself having one in the future.

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Photo of mithrascruor
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a nice, clear straw/gold color. Light film-like white head.

Smell: Mild aroma; hints of grass, and caramel.

Taste: Lots of grains and some grasses with caramel flavors beneath. A bit of lemon towards the finish and into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied with mild carbonation, and fairly smooth.

Drinkability: Easy to drink, with mild ABV.

A decent, but ultimately uninteresting, Kolsch. It isn't too sweet, which is a problem I have with many beers in this style, but it honestly doesn't have much flavor to it.

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Photo of yesyouam
2.32/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Samuel Adams East-West Kölsch is a crystal clear, pale golden ale with a thin white head that quickly vanishes, leaving a small white ring and nice lacing. It has an aroma of lemon and light grain. It's light bodied and very lively. It leaves the mouth slightly scratchy. There's not really much flavor here. It's a touch funky and slightly bitter. There's almost a touch of sweetness and something like herbal tea going on. Maybe that's the jasmine sambac. This is not really my thing, even after mowing the lawn.

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

A nice golden color with a bright white head that reduces to a thin layer in my glass.

Grape-like aroma with hints of hops and spice.

Dry flavor with hints of grape, a little bit of biscuit and other flavors that must be from the Jasmine Sambac, a flower I just learned existed! Overall mild in flavor, by design of course.

Body has a bit of heft to it.

Overall an interesting beer from Samuel Adams. I can't say it's one to seek out, though. I'm enjoying the second one more than I did the first when I drank it a few days ago.

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Photo of bonkers
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a SA perfect pint glass. Pale yellow pour with a medium white head. The aroma is lemony, grassy. The flavor is light, bisquity. There are floral notes, and hints of sweetness. The body is light, good carbonation. A decent kolsh, nothing exciting.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pretty standard Kolsch appearance, pale golden with a finger's worth of head that doesn't retain for too long. The aroma is alright, grains, noble hops and citrus primarily. The taste is also pretty good, it's a little lacking in intensity, but otherwise nice. Hops and citrus dominate until the signature grainy Kolsch finish. The mouthfeel is nice, it's brisk and well-carbonated. The drinkability is very good. Overall, a solid Kolsch.

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Photo of zeff80
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, bubbly, golden yellow color with a small, white head of bubbly foam. It left little to no lace.

S - It smelled of grains and caramel with a floral touch.

T - It tasted of sweet caramel and grains with a spicy bitter bite. A touch of citrus, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is an okay kolsch-style ale. Not a lot of depth of flavors or complexities but it is easy drinking.

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Photo of Vixie
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm not really sure what this style is supposed to look like. This one was mainly yellow with a white head that quickly dissipated to some lacing.

This smell has me baffled. It has a strong smell, but can't decide what it is. I will say it reminds me a bit of the smell of fresh mown grass. Not a bad smell, just different for a beer.

I do like the taste of this one. Has a lot going on, I can detect fruit, and spices like clove and pepper. There are layers I can't quite identify, but give the beer a nice complexity. There are hops at the finish, and has a nice dry finish.

Pretty solid feel to this one.

Since I have no basis of comparison, I have to rate this on its own terms. I found myself enjoying this one, it is a style new to me, and one I may have to explore more. This is a fairly spicy brew, but has a nice mix of flavors.

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Photo of steveh
3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New offerings for the Summertime pack -- grabbed my attention.

Um. Asian Jasmine Sambac? Can't anyone just try to brew a good, to-style beer anymore?

Best by September.

A -- Clear, golden color with a dense, long-lasting white head.

S -- Spicy hops -- surprising, no Jasmine -- maybe vaguely back with a deep whiff, but nothing distracting. Still, pretty light aroma.

T -- Bready malts up front with a vague grape character. Blends into a light flowery (Jasmine?) and finishes with a light grainy, wheat character. No big hop character except maybe a little spiciness between the breadiness and mild fruitiness. Very clean aftertaste of the graininess.

M -- Light body with a light and crisp mouthfeel.

O -- Happily surprised that the Asian Jasmine Sambac doesn't overpower this beer. It's a very easy drinking, good take on Kölsch and perfect for today's 80 plus temps.

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle at 42 degrees into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: It pours a clear golden color with vibrant carbonation and a finger and a half of snow-white head. It clings a little to the sides but there isn't much lacing going on.

S: Light lemon, grassiness, and some light noble hops.

T: Light floral hops, citrus, grassy flavors, and a little taste of green apple.

M: The body is light with strong carbonation and a crisp and quick finish.

O: This is not the best in the Summer 12 pack but I'd drink it again.

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

Clean, fragrant pale beer.

Another surprise in a lighter style. I had to read the label to see what they did to it (aside from the "Alsation" hops!) The touch of jasmine is subtle but fragrant and came out a winner. Very clear and bright in the tall glass. Nice beery nose with something intriguing behind it. Hops are quite restrained, which keeps it from tasting anything like a Pilsener.

A fun and totally drinkable beer. Great addition to the Summer 2011 twelve-pack.

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Photo of Groomsy
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle from Summer Styles Pack poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. "Best by" date of September.

Appearance: The body is a beautiful and shimmering golden (almost yellow), topped by a fluffy and pillow-like head of about two fingers. Lots of carbonation races up from the nucleation points, making the beer look lively and inviting. Although the head fades fairly quickly to a cap of foam, which stays persistent throughout the session, loose rings of lacing are left behind. An absolutely gorgeous-looking brew.

Smell: I've never had a Kolsch before, but it reminds me of a good pilsner in a few ways. I pick up some fresh grassy notes from the hops, as well as bread/grain-like sweetness from the malt - a very good balance. What enticed me, though, were the underlying and delicate floral notes (see bottle neck and label for the Jasmine flowers or whatever they're called) and the almost apricot-like fruitiness of the beer. Also some spicy notes from the hops. Really liking the nose on this one, layered and complex.

Taste: A nice dose of cracker-like and biscuit malts hit the front of the tongue, followed by a dash of fresh grain flavors and sweetness, which is then countered by an assertive - but not overpowering - spicy hop bitterness which gives way to a delicate but lingering floral finish. I'd say the finish has to do with the flowers advertised on the bottle neck, and they add a nice layer to this brew. For my first Kolsch-style ale, I'm impressed. A very crisp, refreshing, and complex brew.

Mouthfeel: Well-carbonated with a medium body, a little heaver than I expected. Very smooth and crisp with a drying finish, maybe a little too dry for what I would call a thirst quencher. Nice lingering of floral notes in the finish. Not bad, but I was expecting something lighter.

Overall: I want six packs of this, like, now. Excellent beer which has "summer" and "session" written all over it. Layered and complex, but simple enough to kick back with on a summer evening. Get this brew while it's available.

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Photo of jar2574
2.67/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pale yellow color, what little head there is disappears quickly leaving nothing on top. Average carbonation. Unimpressed.

There just isn't much to the smell. Maybe a hint of malts. Again, unimpressed.

Taste is dry, crisp. It does seem to a have a touch of hop bitterness to it, and a touch of bready malts. But overall there isn't much flavor.

The crisp dryness makes the mouthfeel interesting, and it's probably the best part of this beer. It's pretty drinkable, but I wouldn't buy it again, so that hampers the overall rating.

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Photo of drinkiusmaximus
2.81/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- clear and golden with a pillowy two fingers head, no lacing and next to no retention.

S- Even with my nose stuffed in it I am not picking up much. Slight spiciness and floral hop crackery malts.

T- slight spice and tad floral hop, somewhat one dimensional.

M- big bodied for a summer style.

D- wish there were more flavor going on, slightly subdued for my preference but still drinkable. Overall not something I would tell anyone about but it goes down easy enough.


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Photo of Tballz420
4.29/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pillowy white head floating atop a very pale gold coler brew. I could smell this one feet away from the glass, nice sweet malt and a prominant floral hops. Grainly malt front, nice floral hop and a touch of bitterness. Nice smooth mouth. SA did a good job on this one, nice kolsch

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

A- Poured into my DFH chalice... starts with a white cushiony head, half inch thick, that mostly disappears leaving little lacing. Beer is a crisp straw colored yellow with light activity

S- Not much there... little floral hop aroma

T- Light hop flavor with some bready malt, and sweet notes

M- LIght body with medium carbonation

O- I've really been getting into Kolsch's lately... this one didn't blow me away. Not bad, but not a standout


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Samuel Adams East-West Kölsch from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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