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

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Samuel Adams East-West KölschSamuel Adams East-West Kölsch
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
samueladams.com

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.01%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Jason on 03-10-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
846
Reviews:
312
Avg:
3.65
pDev:
14.52%
 
 
Wants:
40
Gots:
35
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Photo of superdedooperboy
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12-ounce brown bottle poured into a Stange. Freshness date of September 2011 is notched into the label.

Pours sparklingly clear, light straw-gold in color, with a smallish head of bright white foam that leaves behind a thick web of lacing on the walls of the glass as it empties.

A bit of mildly spicy, floral hop aroma wafts into the nose, along with hints of pale malt, lightly bready and sweet.

Light-to-medium-bodied and mildly effervescent. Sweet, bready malt (Munich-type?) up front, providing a solid base all the way through to the finish. Upon the malt base are layers of flowery, herbal, and spicy notes that mingle with a hint of acacia honey character. Finishes long and semi-sweet, with a touch of biscuit and a mildly dry bitterness.

An absolutely spectacular quaffer, with just enough complexity to keep it interesting. Perhaps not exactly to style (though the addition of Jasimine Sambac flowers prevents that from the get-go), but certainly well-executed and a perfect beer for summertime drinking. Boston Beer Co. may want to consider bringing this out as a replacement for the venerable Summer Ale.

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Photo of ColdPoncho
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoy before September

A - A nice golden yellow body, small white head lingers as a film and ring.

S - Not really sure what to say about this...Fruity aromas, recalling grapes, a bit of a citrus tang. Kind of hard to describe

T - Light and malty and crisp. Bit of spice on the back with some fruit complexities mixed in. A charming summer beer.

M - A bit on the coating side, but somewhat lively with carbonation. Its a surprisingly heavy feeling beer.

O (D) - It's a tasty beer, I'd drink it and the rest of this twelver for the summer, probably.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A – Clear, light gold. Low white head and ok lace.

S – Very light. Soft cilantro, coriander and white bread.

T – Light. Coriander and white bread from the nose. Relatively crisp, but not exceptionally so. Soft sweetness.

M – Light body without being watery. Medium / light carbonation for the style.

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

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass from a mixed summer pack. Pours a clear golden straw with a thin cap of foam. Retention and apparent carbonation are quite light, reducing quickly to a surface ring.

Light grain aroma with a bit of noble hop characteristic. Bit fruity and floral and with a touch of sweetness. Flavor is crisp and and light, offering a firmer carbonation than the pour might suggest. Touch of fruit on the finish, followed by a lingering grain spice.

A quaffable brew with enough character to keep one interested and a good interpretation of the style.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a yellow-gold color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the wheat and grain with not too much else going on. The flavor is more exciting. I get some grain and grass notes, as well as some bready malt and a little bit of grape characteristics. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Decent, but not as good as I was expecting it to be.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I got this in the Summer Styles Variety pack.

Appearance- yellow gold color, very nice head

Smell- malt, fruit

Taste- bready malt mostly

Mouthfeel- light bodied, refreshing, great for summer

Drinkability- I thought it was pretty good. Great summer beer

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Photo of BrewCrew2010
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Zorro
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear golden colored beer with a good white colored head.

Smells malty with a slight smoky scent. Grassy hop with a fir amount of farm hay smell. Fair amount of yeast scent, nice bread smell.

Starts out slightly sweet with a good hit of hop bitterness at the end. Grass and yeast are the strongest flavors in this. Pretty much this is Nobel Pils with about twice the hop level.

Mouthfeel is good.

A nice refreshing beer with no real strengths or weakness. Wish the would drop the mediocre Summer Ale and make this the summer beer.

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

Samual Adams East-West Kolsch

Pours a clear straw in color, good foam and alittle lace stickage. Smells of biscuity malts, some fresh baked bread and doughy notes. In the flavor, crisp, clean, bready malts once again dominate. Alittle herbal hop presence but mainly light, malty and refreshing. A very solid kolsch and tastes like many imports only fresher.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.41/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Should be pretty fresh.
Brilliantly clear yellow gold with full white head. Very nice.
Rather clean malt aroma with the jasmine contributing a complex set of aromas including a little sweetness, fruit, flower spice and tartness.
Flavor has some complexity in its old incredibly mild way. A base of malt again with the interaction of the jasmine (which is softer than in the aroma). Malt flavor isn't as clean as I'd expect for style. Dryness rather apparent. Nice little jasmine flavor (a little sweet and flowery).
Nicely carbonated and smoothness in moderately light body.
I can't say it disappointing, cuz' it's fine, but it's typical of several SA beers of being underwhelming.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: crystal-clear golden hue with a thin layer of white foam. Looks quite nice but there's basically nothing in the way of head, despite an encouraging pour. Still, not bad.

Smell: sweet malt aroma with some dry, grainy undertones. The label says there is jasmine in this and I get just a hint of that. Light, but quite style-appropriate; I like the overall effect.

Taste: sweet, thorough malt flavor with a lot more of the jasmine than in the aroma. Quite floral with a balanced bitterness. The jasmine may not be to style, but I find myself rather liking this concoction.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a pretty good level of carbonation. The creaminess is pretty good but the body seems to fall apart a little.

Overall: a nicely drinkable, very decent beer. I like the combination of jasmine and Kölsch; it makes for a greatly refreshing brew.

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Photo of clemtig76
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This jewel was in the summer styles 12 pack. Regretfully there are only two. All I can say is WOW! The pour into my pilsner glass reveals a well-carbonated pale yellow brew with a billowing fluffy white head. The aromas is grainy and malty with a hint of grassiness. Taste is true to style,light and refreshing,a little grainy with a smooth hop finish. Jim, please make these available in 12 packs!

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best by Sept notched on the label.

It pours a clear and I'd say, a light golden colour, usual Sam Adams excellent head of foam and lacing. They may be America's most consistent when it comes to foam and lacing and I appreciate it.

The nose starts off with a note or 2 of citrus hops followed by a light malt presence that I'd say is of bread or perhaps biscuit. I always have trouble differentiating between the 2. ;^) Anywho, a light but pleasant aroma.

A nice taste follows. I like the the citric and floral hop that the label mentions..easy, smooth, yet still flavourful. The malt is slightly sweet, slightly bready and does a nice job of interacting with the hops and continues the easy, smooth taste of this Kolsch. Me likes!

Medium bodied, carbonation on the light side of medium, I'm thinking this has a great mouth feel. And man, this is so easy a brew to drink. Colour me impressed. I have 3 more bottles that I can enjoy!

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

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Best before September.

A: Clear golden body. Head is somewhat anemic and leaves a bit of lacing.

S: Malt with some floral spiciness.

T: Hoo-boy. The spices hit you right up front. Very floral and perfumey. Eventually recedes in favor of crisp malt and clean bitterness.

M: Light, crisp, and refreshing.

D: I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this. I'm not a huge fan of the kölsch style nor of the Boston Beer Company's more gimmicky offerings. But this was something that was definitely more than the sum of its parts. They should make this available outside the summer variety pack.

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Photo of greenmonstah
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into pint glass

A - Clear yellow with half a finger of white head.

S - Fresh grain, crisp and clean, really nice. A perfect clean aroma with some floral and citrus notes.

T - Again very crisp and clean. Sweet floral flavors. Some sweet citrusy hop. A deliciously biscuity finish.

M - Light and easy to drink. Good carbonation. A bit oily in the finish.

O - Overall I can't really imagine a much better Kolsch. This beer is wonderful for a hot day and can go well with any food. Intensely easy to drink, with some complexity, but overall it is best described as refreshing and delicious.

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Photo of sixerofelixir
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle notched with typical SA enjoy-by date. Part of the Summer Styles variety 12-pack.

Pours an almost crystal clear, light, yellow-gold. A white, foamy head rears back, but stays a quarter-inch and patches the glass. Smell is fresh, biscuity, lemony, and straw-like. Sugary.. many smells, very complex. Right away, I get the smoothness of honey. Then the typical, sour back-end of the kolsch. A sweetness tries to break thru, but doesn't quite achieve it. A bit of spice on the finish. Feel is sorta like a cut wine. Yes, there is a floralness about this brew as well. An odd choice of ingredients makes for a unique pour. Nice.

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Photo of bagpiper2005
3.27/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour: Clear, fizzy yellow-gold color with one finger of white head that had no retention or lacing. Much like an adjunct beer, really.

Smell: Sweet pale malt aroma, slightly grainy. Slight floral hop aroma.

Taste: Lightly sweet front end with a light-to-medium hop bitterness. Pretty one-dimensional taste. Nothing offensive, but uninteresting.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium, crisp, and clean. Very fizzy.

Drinkability/Overall: It's an easy drinking beer. Light and refreshing, but nothing stellar.

Final Notes: This beer just really isn't my style. It's definitely not a bad beer, but it lacks some character and depth.

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Photo of tigg924
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: moderate carbonation, 1/2 inch head, gold in color, clear

Smell: caramel and slight florals

Taste: toasted malt, grain, with a floral hop end

Mouthfeel: moderately sweet with a slightly hoppy finish, low carbonation, light body

Overall: This to me is an average beer and of Sam Adams special offerings this is with the Coastal Wheat as the least impressive of the bunch. Not a bad beer, but not enough to jump out. Has the characteristics of Sam Adams beers. Crisp, but this is a miss for for me.

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Photo of scoobybrew
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - super clear straw color with a decent white head with good retention

S - floral aroma with some grainy malt sweetness, no hop perceived

T - clean malt with floral flavors from start to finish, moderately light hop bitterness on finish

M - slightly crisp medium-light body with moderately high carbonation

O - This beer was reviewed as a herb/spice beer, as it is obvious from the description on the bottle. The floral presence is out front in this beer and lends itself well to the kölsch style. The floral taste really lends itself to a 'false' noble hop flavor, which make it work well enough.

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Photo of thatguy3579
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale straw color, little head / little lacing.

S: Sweet smelling, vanilla.

T: Very sweet up front, fates to a mild hop bitterness - mostly citrus. Biscuit finish. Nicely layered and tasty all around.

M: Thin and bubbly.

D: A nice refreshing beer, but sweeter than anticipated.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a Stange/Gaffel Kölsch glass.

L - clear yellow color with a white head that thins out but still leaves plenty of lacing behind.

S - floral, Euro-hops with a sweet malt background aroma.

T - nice balance of sweet malt and bittering hops make for a tasty beer.

F - medium bodied with crisp carbonation.

O - easy to drink, tasty and very refreshing.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a very clear gold color with a plump dollop of white head. Retention is decent and lacing very sticky.

Sweet grainy malts and the jasmine is plenty evident. I get a little bit of the pickling spice yeast aroma that I get with most good kolsches, but this one is notably fainter.

Grainy and bready with a light sweetness. Not too shabby, I am glad the jasmine does not impart much of a flavor. The yeast is not as prominent as I would like, but there is still an influence at least. Good, easy drinking with a little bit of character and a crisp finish. A pretty good effort from the BBC, I would buy a sixer of this in standalone format.

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

Glass - Pilsner

A - Appearance reminds me of a Bud. It's golden with lots and lots of C02 bubbles rapidly rising to the top of the beer. It produced a 2-3 finger soapy white head that held decently. No lacing was left on my glass.

S - Grainy with hints of apple skin and grape. I also get subtle floral notes, sweetness and a touch of biscuit. Opens up a bit more as it warms.

T - A very well balanced flavor profile that's very refreshing. I pick up bready/grainy flavors upfront and throughout the beer. It finishes with a soft floral flavor and apple skin with just the right amount of tartness that's not overdone. Bitterness is almost absent, and I also picked up a bit of dryness.

M - Medium-high carbonation but not to much bite, a bit of a smooth feel and a medium body.

O - Overall I think this beer is very refreshing and drinkable but doesn't offer much more than that for me. In fact I think I would rather have a Pale Ale or a Pilsner. Maybe I'm just not a fan of this style, I'll have to try more in the future. I think it's worth a try though, especially because it currently comes in a mix pack of other refreshing brews for the summer. Cheers!

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

glass: tall pilsner glass

Pours super carbonated with the head rushing to overflow. Golden pale color, clear and very inviting. The aroma bursts of bright apple, sugar and straw-like malt.

Hop bitterness plays a big role in the taste, follows by light toasted malt flavors, a little tang (not much though) and ends with a hint of alcohol, hop bitterness and that oh so delicious malt.

Fairly carbonated but still drinks very smooth. Light and refreshing. Good not great.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from the bottle into a pilsner glass.

A- Pours a clear pale golden yellow with a two-finger somewhat rocky head that left some droppy lacing that did not stick well.

S- Very floral, malted barley notes, and an indistinct fruit aroma

T- Barley, some decent hop presence, indistinct fruit flavor, mild floral taste, some spice, and almost a white wine kind of flavor.

M- Crisp, refreshing, finishes dry, and the carbonation tickles the tongue a little

O- A refreshing beer that does have a nice balance of flavors that would be good on a summer day. Everything meshes well together. The word I would use to best describe this beer is crisp.

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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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