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

Samuel Adams East-West KölschSamuel Adams East-West Kölsch
846 Ratings
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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Added by Jason on 03-10-2011

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Ratings: 846 |  Reviews: 312
Photo of russpowell
4.37/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light gold with 1+ finger of pear colored head. Good lacing & a bit of head retention

S: Perfumy & grassy hops, faint apricot & peach notes

T: Lemony & light grainy notes, plus floral notes from the Jasmin, I guess, up front. Slight white grape sweetness to this along with a hint of honeysuckle & delicate grainy notes once warm. Finishes crisp with slight honeysuckle sweetness & a slight peppery edge

MF: Light bodied & crisp, perfect balance

Super drinkability, a near perfect Kolsch. I could drink the hell out of this come summer time...

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Photo of OhYesILoveBeer
2.75/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

SA E-W Kolsch 12oz into pint. Pours piss yellow, crystal clear, with a 1/4" white head. Smells weird, unlike any other Kolsch Ive ever had before. A weird floral, sweet note, almost like a apple jolly rancher sits in the background, along with the standard biscuit malts that I usually detect. No hops are present here. Taste is close to the nose, with the weird sweet character coming through. Overall I'm not a fan of this beer at all, and I probably will just save the other five from the few cases I have, and pass them out to family when they are over. I truly don't think this is a solid representation of the Kolsch style, but I guess a few out there could see this as a mediocre summer beer.

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

Honey-gold upon pouring into my ale glass. Nice white head. I got no lace here.

Nose is unusual...hard to pin down. Malty, yeasty, an odd herbal presence. Must be the Southeast Asian Jasmine Sambac flowers...

Taste is certainly malty...smooth. Refreshing to drink, but has a funky taste that takes some getting used to.

Not a bad beer, but not one I'd pursue further, either.

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

Pours a clear gold body -- one finger of bright white head has good retention and lacing properties. Aromas are predominantly grainy, with strong notes of an apple bear claw and small hints of something that remind me of the time I drove through a Utah desert with the windows rolled down. You don't expect much in the way of aromas from a kolsch, and these sniffs are simple but good. In terms of taste of weight, this beer is nearly simple but terrifically enjoyable. If only it had more assertive/balancing hops, it would exemplify everything that kolsch is intended to be. Body is light. Flavors are predominantly [lightly] malty and devoid of challenging corners or anything even mildly offensive. Having tried several dozen kolschs, I consider this to be in the top 5% of the style.

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

12 oz bottle from the 2011 summer variety pack poured into a Gaffel Kolsch stange.

Look: clear, pale golden body with small carbonation bubbles and a thick, white foamy head that dwindles down to about half a finger's worth of head that retains until the beer is done, leaving behind some lacing. I won't begrudge a beer some good retention and lacing but I've been under the impression that Kolsch isn't supposed to have much head retention. Still, a good looking beer.

Smell: slight spicy hops with some pilsner malt providing bready, biscuity aromas. Good.

Taste: follows the nose with a light hop character lending some spice and floral tastes, some light, bready malt and a bit of tartness from the Kolsch yeast. Pretty much nails what a Kolsch should taste like.

Feel: light body though a bit bigger in terms of mouthfeel than I am used to in this kind of beer. Moderate carbonation, crisp, dry and refreshing. I could see this being a great session beer.

Overall: fairly impressed by this Kolsch from Boston Beer Company. Before cracking it, I thought that this was a style that they could pull off. Usually, I am disappointed by Sam Adams beers not being flavorful enough. Well, Kolsch is supposed to be light so it worked nicely. This Kolsch is as good as any other I've had to date. Now, if only I didn't have to end up with two bottles of Sam Adams Summer Ale and Blackberry Witbier to get this... Cheers!

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Photo of ZeroSignal
3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured in to a sam adams perfect pint

A - Clear golden pour with about a finger and a half of bright white head. Good retention with a loose lace.

S - Nose is on the lighter side with hints of citrus and a bit of breadyness.

T&M - Crisp and lighter bodied. Very easy drinking with a refreshing bit of citrus and a touch of bread. Hints of a light grassiness and an overall light bitterness.

O - My initial impressions are that overall this one is a little light in the flavor department. Style wise I prefer Stoudt's offering, but the incredible refreshing and crisp nature of this brew would have me coming back for another. An excellent choice for a session.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i had this on tap --served chilled and allowed to rise in temp slightly.

The color is golden with great clarity and thick cap of light beige the bead is fine and carbonation is visible, lace sticks ok. The smell has a bit of German yeast mineral elements with the mild spice notes that seem slightly peppery/earthy. The feel is light and malty with a slight spice element adding to the feel overall making it seem like a cross between Kolsch and Wit.

East west kolsch has some interesting flavors happening, while I can still see a pretty ordinary Kolsch as the base, the added grain of paradise actually does give the beer a bit of a boost. I like how the earthy/peppery elements buoy the malt keeping it interesting and at the same time complimenting the yeast which has a mild German mustiness. the malt is generally light and inoffensive, but all in all I found this to be something I could see working in a cookout setting mid-summer to go with ribs or brats to cut some grease and deliver a nice amount of flavor at the same time similar to a Witbier.

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Photo of AdamBear
2.5/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A-pale gold with a white head that thins quickly. lots of bubbles.

S-grassy, herbal, honey, malty. smells like it was brewed from Sam Adams. faint smelling.

T-comes in with a light taste of grass and transforms in to a smooth honey taste. it becomes bitter with herbs and has an after-taste of burnt corn. the tastes are light and not full flavored.

M-medium to high carbonation with a dry finish

O-this is an extremely boring and pointless attempt from Sam Adams. i'm thinking it was their goal to make a lawn mower beer. this might hit someone's soft spot on a hot summer day, but not mine. its just an average beer thats only slightly better than BMC beers.

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Photo of nickfl
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a clear, golden body. The head settles down pretty quickly, but leaves decent lace.

S - A light, malty aroma with just a hint of herbal hops and little else. Not really getting anything in the way of the jasmine mentioned on the label.

T - Moderately sweet malt up front with some spicy, yeast like notes of pepper and what I assume to be jasmine. A bit more fruity sweetness in the middle with more pepper and some herbal hop flavor. The beer finishes with dry malt and more phenolic notes.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a fairly dry finish.

D - This is not really what I expected, I didn't notice the jasmine addition noted on the label until I tasted the beer and decided something was off. The jasmine is clearly noticeable and it kind of makes the beer taste more like a saison than a kolsch. It isn't a bad beer, but I would have preferred that they just make a traditional kolsch instead. I can't help but think that adding something like jasmine is the kind of thing that one might do when a homebrewed kolsch turned out poorly and I came up with a last ditch idea to save it.

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Photo of tkepx182
3.96/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This sam has a nice round flavor that is not overly complex. It has a nice aroma that i have not smelled in recent beers, I like it. It has a nice clear color. with a smooth head when it was poured. It had a nice feel in my mouth and was rather smooth. I would definitely drink this again

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Photo of LiquidBread219
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a pale gold body with a moderate white head, nice clarity, and light lacing.

S: A simple nose of floral hops and some sweet pale malts.

T: Malty sweet upfront with notes of grains. Middle is slightly fruity. Finishes with a slight floral hop bitterness and dry.

M: Very clean and crisp mouthfeel; Light body; Decent carbonation.

O: Thought this was a good beer, but I don't ever see myself wanting more then 2 of these at a time because it's pretty basic and simple would use this beer to have after I had a heavy beer.

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Photo of chilidog
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This east-west summer collection box.
Poured a nice clear golden, well carbonated to form a generous white head that laced well.

Aroma's of floral and buttered bread.

Taste of flowered grain heads and a citric hop base.

The mouth is smooth with just enough dryness to crisp this beer nicely.

A good summer/warm weather brew. It would be nice to have more available for one could sit a spell with this refreshing kolsch.

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Photo of jneiswender
2.58/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a stange glass. Served cool.

A-bright white cap, golden clear yellow body.

S-floral, jasmine is very strong, fresh unbaked bread

T-jasmine tea flavor, sweet malt, but one dimensional


D-I would rate this beer possibly a little higher if it were in the correct category. Its a nice "fruit/vegetable beer but not a very good kolsch. I prefer a little more bite from the hops and a touch bit more complexity in the malt department.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes.

A: Pours a clear golden/straw color with a large white foamy head. Moderate retention, leaving about 1/2 finger for most of the time drinking it. Some nice lacing.

S: Light citrus hops, some lemon, and a good bit of doughy/biscuit malt.

T: Light citrus and floral hops with a little bit of a grass flavor. Sweet malts, a good bit of breadiness and a little bit of grain.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Very crisp and goes down easy.

O: Impressed. Liked this one a lot, getting into Kolschs and this one is right up there so far.

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Photo of wedge
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid golden yellow hue with a fluffy white head. Soft fruity aroma with a light, spicy hit of leafy hops and some warm cereal grain. Spicy, crisp floral hops meet a cracker-like maltiness. Subtle biscuit and grass. Light bodied, appropriately bitter...very refreshing. Certainly a worthy addition to the summer mix pack.

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Photo of gkunkle
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a transparent golden color with a very visible carbonation. Head is about the density of a soda head, when I poured it into a pint glass it rose to about an 3/4 of an inch. This head quickly recedes leaving me with a ring around my glass. The smell is of light sweet malts and a slight floral smell. Upon first taste I get that same sweet malt taste, but I also catch some citrus hops along with the slight floral taste. The mouthfeel is light and refreshing. This is a wonderful substitute for your friend's BMC, it still has the refreshing qualities and the ABV is pretty reasonable. This is what I'll be bringing along to drink with my buddies this summer.

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Photo of wingman14
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours straw yellow with a foamy white head that fades fast. The smell is not very potent, but you get some subtle citrus and malt. The flavor starts subtle and sweet, with some citrus notes. The flavor is crisp and refreshing. The beer finishes with the floral notes, and the aftertaste is somewhat malty. The mouthfeel is light, and has a great balance with carbonation. This beer is a great summer beer, not too much flavor, but still hits the spot.

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Photo of Rayek
3.47/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

East-West pours a brilliant gold into my Stange. A fizzy white cap quickly falls to a ring of foam while leaving no lace behind. This is definitely the beer's weakest link.

Things get better when the aromas and flavors get going. As suits the style, the overall experience is light. Sweet malts meet floral hops in perfect balance. The jasmine adds an extra floral quality . The light body keeps things extra drinkable. As the beer leaves the mouth, it finishes quite clean, with just a bit of lingering flowers.

Overall, a pretty nice beer. The appearance is the weak spot.

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Photo of JayS2629
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A great example of a fresh, summertime, light and crisp beer. Lots of floral qualities and a hint of citrus in the nose. I smell an aroma of a faint sweet flower I assume is jasmine. It is subtle enough that the beer remains drinkable. A subtle crisp, citrus touch with herbal and floral notes. Kind of watery, but goes with the territory of a light session beer. Nice malty background. Overall easy to drink and refreshing.

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

Pours a slightly darker straw color than I anticipated, but the head, though soft and melty, is significant in volume. Oodles of visible carbonation but I exect that in the style. Nose has sweet biscuit at the malt end and floral spice at the hop end. Neither is overpowering.

Pleasant and malty initially, with mellow sweetness and just enough balance to make it interesting. Clean, tame finish that never breaks with noble bitterness like a pilsner or pale ale. Carbonation is very manageable. Extremely easy to put away in quantity, especially outside in the summer. However, don't go looking for a whole of of complexity here.

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Photo of wahhmaster
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass.

Appearance: Pours a very pale, almost white color. Has a small, fizzy head that dissipates quickly and leaves some nice rings of lacing.

Smell: Smells grainy and slightly floral (I assume from the Asain jasmine flowers it's supposedly aged in).

Taste: Has a crisp, spicy hoppiness up front. Develops into a smooth, sweet maltiness at the back with a significant floral flavor from the jasmine.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and refreshing.

Overall: A great example of the Kölsch style and an excellent summer seasonal. A nice addition to the Sam Adams stable.

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

Pours a pale golden hue in the body appears much like any other quality Kolsch style, bright white fluffy head. Fine speckled lacing surrounds the glass. Aroma has a biscuit malt breadiness with hints of citrus and herbal hops, with a notable floral aspect. Clean drinking Kolsch style beer with hints of breadiness, grassy mild citrus hops, with a kiss of flower additions going on. Mouthfeel is light bodied sturdy carbonation going strong, with a effervescent texture backend. Overall not bad, tastes pretty good, for what it is, the Rustic Saison satisfied my tastes buds much more though.

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Photo of Looneybiz
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass. A medium golden hue with a one finger head and some decent lacing.

Aroma was pleasant and was like freshly cut grass. I got the impretion this beer was very fresh from the smell.

The taste was excellent. I really enjoyed this beer from start to finish. Subtle hops with a bit of flora and citrus. Nothing overpowering but perfect for a summer style beer.

Would recommend this one and Sam Adams can stick a feather in his hat. Enjoy one of these while sitting outside taking in the sun.

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Photo of FrankenBeerStein
3.42/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very strange beer to review. Poured out to a golden strawish color. Nice white foamy head with good retention and decent lacing. Dominant scent when breathing it in is bread/grain. Taking a taste, the hop spice is what definitely hits you first. Not hard, but it is what one notices. After a few more sips, the citrus notes start to kick in. The flavors definitely develop as you get further into it. There is still an aftertaste I can't quite name that throws off the finishing balance, but it doesn't stay with you as you continue. All in all, a decent summer beer.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
2.93/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Good standard golden color. Lacing and foam are ok, but carbonation is good.

Smell: Smell is also ok. Pretty neutral graininess.

Taste/Mouthfeel: More graininess in the flavor and feel. It's pretty forgettable. A bad sour and bitterness at the end.

Drinkability: Basically a step up from macros.

Overall: Not worth the extra $$$.

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