Big Rock Rhine Stone Cowboy | Big Rock Brewery

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Big Rock Rhine Stone CowboyBig Rock Rhine Stone Cowboy

Brewed by:
Big Rock Brewery
Alberta, Canada

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by schnarr84 on 04-26-2014

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Ratings: 31 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by CalgaryFMC:
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3.65/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Another Big Rock "Brewmaster's Limited Edition" offering. I condone what these guys are trying to do, wholeheartedly. I am also invested in seeing them succeed. Do they here? Well ... In some ways. I was not blown away by the prior ESB offering (see that review) although subsequent tastings have softened my stance somewhat. In this case, I think we see some improvements, notably a move away from that cloying Big Rock house yeast character (not absent but much reduced) and the delivery of a decent authentic take on the style, with some added malt character. A bright and clear golden yellow brew with a dappling of white foam, sparkling and fizzy but fortunately not macro-lager in character, with a grainy, "green malt", sweetish aroma, the noble hops delivering more floral than spice character. If one can knock this it is by playing the "too sweet" card, although the white bread element is nicely counterbalanced by some Vienna malt richness vaguely reminiscent of a malt beverage like Ovaltine. A rather assertive chalky white grape flavor also vies for one's attention and there is a little vegetal cucumber. Finishes reasonably crisp with some flinty minerals and floral hops, although the sweetness fails to completely abate. I seem to be provided a more rosy assessment than others and perhaps some homerism-type bias is creeping in. I do feel that Big Rock is on the right track here after the previous stab at a traditional style.

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Photo of Bunman3
3.21/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Like a rhinestone cowboy... Even the name suggests this beer is a "pretender". If this is a "Brewmaster's Limited Edition", one can only hope it's time is limited because the brewmaster has been replaced. BBTM - barely better than macro...

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Photo of FadetoBock
2.34/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of biboergosum
3.12/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

330ml, new-fangled, slimmed-down bottle for Big Rock.

This beer pours a crystal clear, bright medium golden yellow hue, with two fingers of weakly puffy, loosely foamy, and mostly fizzy and bubbly dirty white head, which leaves but a few stray specks of thought bubble lace around the glass as it steadily recedes.

It smells of grainy pale malt, yeasty sourdough, ethereal lemon pith, and some strange nose-twitching alcohol esters, especially grievous given the low ABV. The taste is bready, crackery, and grainy pale malt, a generally pleasant apple and dried pear drupe fruitiness, still present gasohol and fusel esters (the fuck?), and acrid weedy, leafy hops.

The bubbles are a bit tight in their plebeian frothiness, the body a decent medium weight for the purported style, and more or less smooth, little else being present (in this case, a good thing) to otherwise mess it up. It finishes barely off-dry, the sourdough notes from the malt making it through the looking glass, alongside a still weird-as-shit acerbic hop, and well, alcohol metric.

There are real Kölsch characteristics present here, but they somehow get stamped down and lost in the mire, of what I am starting to believe is an unforgiving house yeast - I really have no other valid explanation for why these cool style explorations keep falling so flat for Big Rock. Offensive? No. Potentially damaging for the education of a legion of new beer drinkers? Yup.

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Photo of jcubz
3.79/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ChrisCage
2/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A- This brew pours a golden color that reminds me more of urine when one is dehydrated.....the head, well it starts off about a finger in thickness, is fizzy, loud and disappears about as quickly as it forms....what is left is half ring around the top of the liquid....there is no lacing, but rather an oily film that sticks to the side of the glass. Carbonation looks to be reasonable enough I suppose but the columns that have formed are rising quickly. Overall, this is looks like typical Big Rock fare....

S- Better than I guessed it would smell like initially, however, this isn't really good. Lots of adjunct, such as boiled corn, dry grain, Diacetyl like butter/butterscotch sweetness, grassy must and not much else....the finish is almost non existent. Disappointing in the fact that it smells just like an AAL.....

T- This is probably, to date, the worst tasting Big Rock product I have had.....bland bland bland is the best description of this beer.....boiled corn sweetness, boiled rice cleanliness....too clean for my tastes! Dry dusty grains, brown dirty grass and stale bread all come to mind when attempting to figure out the flavor profile here.....just so plain....I feel like this is just a step above carbonated water.....blah!

M/O- Thin bodied, aggressive carbonation and low enjoyability all contribute to an unsurprisingly effort put forth once again by Big Rock. Does this brewery not even want to try any longer?....I could homebrew something better from a can of malt extract from Superstore! I traded another bottle of this swill to my buddy for a can of his Lucky Lager....I won that deal and he agreed! I've had Kolsch beer before and this is nowhere near that....this competes with the BCM lite lineups but it's twice the price. Pass!!

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Photo of DMR86
3.12/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Nice pour but really no head at all on this beer. Fairly smooth but yet a bitter aftertaste. Was really hoping for more out of this beer. Definitely one of the nicer Big Rock brews that I have drank. though. Really nice with supper, blends with chicken, beef etc.

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Photo of ikidunot
3.75/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ssmack
2.49/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clear light straw colout. 1/4 inch white head that went to a slick. Good carbonation. ALmost no lacing.

Sweet caky aroma. Tangy and musty yeast smell.

Mild flavour. The malt is not nearly as forward as it is in the aroma. Yeasty taste that is a bit off like over-cooked brocolli. Very mild flinty aftertaste.

Light crisp feel with a nice carbonation tingle.

Just barely OK. Certainly nothing special. Disappointing given the "brewmaster's limited edition" label.

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Photo of Derf36
3.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of headlessparrot
3.4/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BigBry
3.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

473 ml tall boy can, available as a single.
This beer pours a clear, bright yellow color, with a fluffy, white head. Foam is more fizz, minimal lace (just some bubbles) on the glass, quickly recedes.
It smells of some grains, and some citrus, touch of yeast.
The taste is grainy malt, cracker, some leafy hops at the end.
Medium body, smooth, light mouth feel, easy to drink.
Nice to see Big Rock trying lots of different styles.

Note to Self: Also available as part of the 2015 Summer Swinger Pack in 355 ml cans.

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Photo of kier
3.21/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of derdtheterd
3.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of BcCraft710
3.65/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kmat10
3.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Erik-P
3/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of wordemupg
3.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

330ml bottle poured into pint glass 4/7/14

A clear straw yellow with quick moving bib bubbles, just a thin film for head after a hard dump down the middle, nothing sticks to the glass

S corn flakes, honey, soda cracker, grass, and some yeast

T some wet leaves, strange yeast profile, earthy, somethings not quite right though but I can't put my finger on it, a chemical type thing that's all so familiar but I just can't place it

M light bodied, stops short of foam, a little slick on the palate

O pretty boring beer, I know its not the most exciting style but I've had much better then this

Another basic beer from Big Rock, nothing to really write home about

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2.24/5  rDev -29.8%

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2.25/5  rDev -29.5%

Photo of Electros
3.44/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Exeter
3/5  rDev -6%

Photo of IanSpindler
3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of ZachT
3.66/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

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