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Style:
Kölsch
Ranked #49
ABV:
5%
Score:
86
Ranked #22,562
Avg:
3.86 | pDev: 10.62%
Reviews:
25
Ratings:
101
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Devil's Purse Brewing Co.
 
Massachusetts, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
  33
SCORE
86
Very Good
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Reviews: 25 | Ratings: 101 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by TheManiacalOne:
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

May 28, 2017
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Newbeergeek1 from Maine

4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice light easy to drink brew. Well done. I went to the brewery just wanting to get the IPA and was very pleasantly surprised at how good this beer is.

Sep 17, 2015
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Holderness from Massachusetts

2.96/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Canned 3 weeks ago.

L -- Quite hazy straw color with a two finger head produced with aerated pour. Minimal retention and some lacing.
S -- Straight up AAL. Not very pleasing
T -- Also straight up AAL. A little doughy sweetness on the finish makes it tolerable.
F -- Good carb, light mouthfeel, very crushable
O -- Just buy a sixer of Narragansett. This stuff is very overpriced

60/100

Jun 02, 2017
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Iski100 from Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Oct 02, 2019
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redsoxjim from Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Jun 13, 2020
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BallsDeep from Florida

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jun 29, 2019
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woodchipper from Connecticut

3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured to a Pils glass from a chilled 16 oz can labeled "best by 2/1/2020.
Appearance is almost classic Pilsner/Kolsch -light straw, tiny bubbles rising constantly to a frothy white head however it is not crystal clear.
Straw, grass, a hint of white pepper hit the nose.
Taste is malt front, mild hop finish. Texture is slightly oily, a little distracting from a desired crisp sensation,.
Overall fair to good.

Dec 08, 2019
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EatonHops from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aug 12, 2020
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wc94wc from California

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Jun 24, 2019
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djrn2 from New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

May 03, 2019
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BrewAskew from Oklahoma

4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Appearance:
16 oz can, best by date 4-13-19, purchased at the Pawtucket Guild brewery.
Frothy 2 finger head with varying-size bubbles and moderate retention and lacing. Light gold color. Very slight turbidity.

Aroma:
Sweet pale malts, slight pear and honey aroma standing in admirably for the expected white grape or wine note, nondescript and low hop aroma.

Flavor:
Grainy, bready crackery, biscuity and a nice balancing charge of what tastes like noble German hops in flavor and aroma. The bitterness is soft, acidic and fades back to let the pleasingly delicious grainy maltiness linger in the finish.

Mouthfeel:
Light Mouthfeel. Nominal carbonation for style. No astringency or weirdness. Easy drinking and refreshing as it should be.

Overall:
Although the look and smell had some deviations, I thought this was a really good Yankee Kölsch overall. It conforms to the style about 90% of the way which is more than you can say for most US beers marketed as "Kölsch style" which are really American Blond ales. I will add the malts REALLY shined when sampled out of the tap at the brewery. If you like this style, along with ESB, stouts and all things barrel aged and IPA you would do well to visit the awesome brewers co-op they have at THE GUILD in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.

Dec 11, 2018
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sulldaddy from Connecticut

4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Sampling from a cold crowler poured into an English pint glass. The beer pours a bright gold color with just a bit of haze, definitely not cloudy, and several streams of carbonation rise steadily to the surface. The bleached white creamy head of 2 cm foams up and fades to a weak edge layer after the pour.
Aroma is crisp clean lager malt with bit of spicy hop character, but overall a mild nose.
The first sip reveals a light crisp body with gentle rolling carbonation that rolls easily across my palate. Good physical traits for a kolsch.
Flavor is a bit of grainy lager malt and some general sweetness with just a bit of spicy hops on the finish with a bit of grass on the finish. No alcohol presence anywhere and a great summer brew in the can. Glad to have tried this beer and it is well made and has no flaws. I would recommend to anyone in the area for the summer, the can makes it beach and boat friendly and safe.

Jul 29, 2016
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear, straw colored (light gold). Small starting head and it settles to film and leaves no lace on the glass.

Like a true Kölsch, the smell is part raw barley grain and very pale malt.

The taste is grainy and mildly sweet. The flavors are subtle and nearly devoid of any hop. Richer than most Kölsches but the carbonation keeps it balanced. The finish is more of the same, soft nearly raw grain and a light sweetness. Short, but satisfying aftertaste.

With a second tasting, I do pick up on a distinctive, but subtle, hop bitterness. This gives the beer excellent balance which I didn’t recognize the first time I tried it.

Feb 18, 2018
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BeerForMuscle from New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jun 27, 2015
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seanh99 from Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

nice and refreshing and now that I can get it in cans near by it is like I can be on the cape whenever I want

Sep 17, 2018
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LessThanHKY10 from Rhode Island

4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aug 16, 2016
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

All the standard flavors here, wheat, lemon, honey, and a bit of sourness. Super clean and light, even for the style. Very good, a perfect summer beer. Glad I got a crowler.

Jul 15, 2015
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Reagan1984 from Massachusetts

4.55/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Aug 20, 2017
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liquorpig from Massachusetts

3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

May 28, 2016
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cbutova from Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Tallboy pours into a glass with a clarified pale golden body and a frothy white head. The cap makes it up to about a finger high with poor retention before a tiny ring leaves spotty lace.

S- Bready and grainy with most of the aroma coming from the grains and the yeast ferment. Basically no hops besides a bit of a spicy Noble hop character. Hints of pale fruits like pear as well but they are minimal along with a vinous character.

T- Gets a bit fruitier here from the yeast with pale fruits and a vinous pale grape quality. Crackery pale base grains, light bread, a light sweetness, a hint of spiciness and herbal grassy hops. Simple and light but follows the style.

MF- A light and crisp body with a medium-high carbonation. Ends bittersweet with an herbal bitterness lingering. Texture is just a bit frothy and creamy.

Light and straightforward with a pale graininess and slight Noble hops.

Nov 27, 2017
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jbertsch from Massachusetts

4.31/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jun 08, 2018
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TripelMark from North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sep 13, 2015
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bfitzge2 from Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aug 05, 2015
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Oct 11, 2018
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AGust82 from Connecticut

3.05/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Jan 16, 2021
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Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 101 ratings