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Ottekolong | Freigeist Bierkultur

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3.89/5
Very Good
102 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Freigeist Bierkultur
Germany
bierkompass.de

Style: German Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#16,063
Reviews:
33
Ratings:
102
pDev:
9%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
11
Trade:
0
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Photo of robotic_being
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of HopsForBrains
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JackRWatkins
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Beautiful, pillowy white head with a hazy golden body.
S: Slight notes of wheat and lemon, a tad understated in the nose.
T: Wheaty tartness, notes of lemon and biscuity malt, with a pinch of sweetness that almost comes across candied like vanilla, very slight bitterness.
M: Medium body.
O: It's fine, but truly nothing special. Not much to say about this one. Doesn't stand out from the crowd.

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Photo of MephistosCafe
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of shelby415
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brookfieldglass
3.37/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The set up: Poured from an undated 500ml bottle from Happy's Wine & Spirits - Cedar Falls, IA into a Paulaner stange.

The look: The beer pours a murky light orange amber color with one finger foam head that dissipated quickly (no retention), and little to no lacing present on the glass as this beer was consumed.

The smell: Very musty, earthy, and somewhat fruity. Kind of a mixed bag, not terrible but also not conducive to the true Kolsch style.

The taste: The taste is much like the smell/aroma. I'm getting a mixture of earthy/fruity tastes.

Mouth-feel: Medium-light body with low to mild carbonation that starts somewhat dry and stays that way through the finish.

Overall: This is the 2nd or 3rd time that I've visited this beer. Since the bottle is undated, this may have contributed to the experience I had with it as Kolsch beers tend to not travel the greatest and I have no idea how long it has been from brewing, to it being distributed to the store where I bought it. While this beer wasn't a terrible beer, I don't believe it to be very true to the Kolsch style. To really give this an accurate rating, I'd have to get it fresh somewhere.

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Photo of Zazzi82
3.54/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of psmith161
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jacobier10
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

16.9 oz bottle, no date.

Deep gold color and hazy, showing signs of its unfiltered nature. A creamy head dies down to a thin lace and clings to the side of my stange glass.

The fruit in the aroma is explosive. Apple, pear, green grape and blueberry come to mind. There's a slight white wine element to it that comes out more in the flavor. As you dig a little deeper, some bready malts and grassy hops are evident, but the fruity yeast really takes over in this beer and hides most of the malt and hops.

Sweet in the finish with a creamy mouthfeel. Medium bodied. Not as refreshing or easy-drinking as I typically like in a Kolsch, but this unfiltered version has its own character and no shortage of flavor. It just feels a bit heavy and sweet. A unique take on the style.

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Photo of biegaman
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Ottekolong (pronounced "Eau de Cologne") uses no fining agents - and it shows. This flat, extremely turbid beer with its tempered, tarnished gold highlights looks nothing like the commercial export versions that are filtered to the point of brilliant, sparkling clarity. This must be what beer looks like before it puts makeup on.

The lack of filtration is evident in the aroma and taste too; a yeasty bread dough-like note is prominent throughout. It's not particularly overwhelming and not at all unpleasant, but it is a bit of a departure from the plain, easy-to-overlook grainy-sweet maltiness typically associated with a Kölsch. It also makes for a mouthfeel that's more medium than light.

Something else I'll attribute (rightly or wrongly) to the fact this is unfiltered are the undertones of mushy, overripe orchard fruit (pear, yellow plum). It's common to note dry white grape or even tart apple flavours but these fruits are halfway to being compote. Again, it's not especially acute but it does make an impression. It also tastes really under-attenuated.

Of course, there's another possibility that would explain the appreciable yeasty presence and fruit esters: old age. There's no 'best before' date so I can't be sure but the bottle itself looks a little worse for wear; it seems to have been a long, rocky voyage across the Atlantic and we know that Kölsch - evidently even the unfiltered ones - don't travel especially well...

If I were Freigeist I'm not sure I'd want this one exported - after all, a large part of the style's appeal is the place and fashion in which it's consumed. Ottekolong would definitely be the first thing I'd order if I were at the brewery but probably the last I'd pick up off the shelf here; you're more likely to be happy with one of their fantastic Gose or Lichtenhainer offerings.

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Photo of thepenguin
3.61/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Pours a very hazy, very dark gold with an ample sized creamy head and pretty good head retention.

S: Some lager-like vegetal/DMS notes, a bit of noble hops, some toasted, nutty malt notes. Very grainy, with some spicy hops and a bit of a fruity yeast character.

T: Very clean with some nutty toasted malt flavors. Pretty much your average run of the mill kolsch with a mild rustic character. Mostly dry, with substantial hop bitterness and a pretty long finish of cracker-like malt and bittering hops.

F: Light to medium body with medium carbonation.

Thoughts: This beer essentially sets out to do what a kölsch is supposed to and achieves just that. It’s highly-attenuated, easy-drinking with delicate malt and a just enough fruity yeast character to let you know it’s not a lager. Good yet unremarkable beer that you have to respect because it’s of a style that’s difficult to pull off.

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3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bigred89
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Philcassella
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BrazilianAussie
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.66/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

$ 4.24/16.9 oz bottle ($ 0.250/oz) at State Line Liquors, Elkton, MD
Undated bottle at 42 degrees into weizen
Aroma of wet grain, slightly sour
Head large (Eight cm, aggressive pour), off white, frothy, rapidly diminishing to four mm ring with frothy legs and a frothy layer
Lacing fair – a few thick patches of foam, tiny to medium bubbles
Body light yellow, slight haze (Unfiltered)
Flavor very grainy, a little malt; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light, watery, soft carbonation

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 3.75, Flavor 3.75, Palate 4, Overall 3.75

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4.16/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SCW
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Canada_Dan
4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into snifter.

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Ottekolong from Freigeist Bierkultur
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 102 ratings