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Mühlen Kölsch | Brauerei zur Malzmühle

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Mühlen KölschMühlen Kölsch

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Brauerei zur Malzmühle

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Der ganze Stolz der Malzmühle ist natürlich das unverwechselbare Mühlen Kölsch. Es gehört zu den ältesten und beliebtesten Kölschsorten der Domstadt.

Mühlen Kölsch wird seit 1858 im Stammhaus der Brauerei zur Malzmühle am Heumarkt auf traditionelle Art und Weise in Handarbeit gebraut und abgefüllt. Zum Einsatz kommen ausschließlich natürliche Rohstoffe bester Qualität – Gersten- und in einem geringeren Anteil Weizenmalz, hochwertiger Aromahopfen, Brunnenwasser und Hefe.

Die Kombination der Zutaten und die Herstellung nach altem Familienrezept verleiht unserem Mühlen Kölsch seinen typischen und charakteristischen kräftigen, malzigen und vollen Geschmack.

Added by allboutbierge on 11-05-2003

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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Photo of smakawhat
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a pils style glass. Bottled Aug 8th 2014, good till Dec 8th 2014.

Deep brass gold, with wonderful thin streams of slow rising carbonation. Head is a three finger fluffy and bleach white with a thick fluffy cap of about a finger. Light lacing in rings on the glass, as it is consumed. Real nice with a fantastic look.

Great fantastic nose. Hints of deep bread and chewy like malt, with a wine like spritzy quality of lemon and herbs. Dense and nice light hop aromatics, even almost floral. Fantastic smelling.

Palate just sings wonderfully. As wonderful as a malt density hits, with a light carbonation and aromatic herbality. Hints toward light green herbs with a big bakery density sweetness. Light bodied feel but with a huge controlled honey coating.

Lip smacking good, and a perfect example of the style. Hits the bakery notes with a light control and feel, and a great interesting but muted and noticeable hop quality. Excellent beer, I could drink a lot of this.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.53/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-draught @ the brewpub on Koln.

HEAD: Pours 2 inches of white frothy goodness. Retention is good - ~5-6 minutes. No lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

BODY: Clear clean yellow. Obviously filtered. Nice vibrance.

It's spot-on for the style, and this appearance suggests a clean drinking refreshing brew.

AROMA: Munich malts, faint floral and grassy hop notes. Slight graininess and creaminess.

Simplistic but effective, again suggesting a clean refreshing beer. Aromatic intensity is average. I'm cone across Kolschbiere with more subtlety and nuance in terms of aroma, but this is quite pleasant nonetheless.

T: Matches the aroma, which is to say it's simple for the style without coming off plain. Superb balance and a pleasant flavour profile make this quite enjoyable and approachable. Hop profile is pronounced by German standards, but this isn't as pungent hopwise as, say, Paffgen's offering in the style.

TEXTURE: Clean, light-bodied, delicate, smooth, wet, and above all refreshing, with a crisp spritzy presence on the palate. Complements the taste nicely, but I do wish the flavour profile offered more nuanced notes for the mouthfeel to accentuate. It is a bit overcarbonated, though, to be fair.

OVERALL: The mouthfeel's quality exceeds that of the taste, though this beer's balance and insane drinkability alone make it a must-try when in Koln. I'd certainly recommend giving it a go, though it's not the best beer I've had in the style. That said, it surpasses almost every American expression of the style I've tried to date.

No doubt, this is best from a stange on-draught at the brauhaus.

Low B (3.53) / GOOD

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Photo of innominat
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of shbobdb
4.85/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ahhh, the secret Koelsch. How many of us have seen the brewery, right as we get off the S-bahn, but how many of us have really considered this beer? I mean, with Frueh and Reissdorf so prevalent, tasting another Koelsch just seems silly, now doesn't it?
Do it! This beer has the grainy mouthfeel of 'fluessiges Brot' that I associate with the highest quality of german beers. This beer is also slightly more complex than it's more famous cousins in terms of overall flavour.
Once again, don't expect anything too spectacular. I love Koelsch-style beers, but I also know that they don't have any of the pazzazz that many BA's are looking for. A good beer for good friends, not a good beer for contemplating the wonder of beer and expanding the palate.

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Photo of PaF
2.25/5  rDev -46.3%

Photo of mdillon86
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of MarkJBurch
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Liquoric3
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of foles
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my favourite Kolsch, which was thoroughly enjoyed from the barrel at the brewery in Cologne.

Served perfectly, nice head, nice glass. Most balanced combination of spice & fruitiness I have encountered for the style, with a fresh malty backbone. This is really drinkable and a rare treat I've not been able to source since.

This is one of those beers for me that has a real mystique about it.

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Photo of beerpirates
2.8/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

33 cl bottel poured into my tulip glass

Pours clear,pale golden with a small white head. Grainy aroma. Rather sweet and grainy flavours, some piney hop as well. A hint of lemon. Standard Kölsch in my opinion. Not much going on , to watery , to soft , it's just not my style / kind of thing i guess

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Photo of digita7693
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of BcCraft710
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DaveJanssen
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of dbalsock
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer was great. It was served in a cylindrical glass with about an inch of white, rolling head. The head left before I would finish the glass and contributed a lot to the aroma and the taste. The smell was of sweet grains, with some very light caramel and honey. The taste picked up where the smell left off with the slightest hint of honeydew melon combining with a firm nuttiness that backed up the honey aroma. The carbonation was perfect and left me both wanting more to drink and refreshing my palate after every sip. I wish I could have this beer all the time, but alas, I will not even be back in Köln on this trip.

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Photo of tjd25
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fine dense head, fading on a powerful yellow golden color body. The smell is malty and round, a little bit bready. Some light fruity and floral notes. The taste was malty with some notes of mash. Wet grain reminding me of breakfast cereals. Caramel. Some subdued sweetness. Mouthfeel is heavier than other beers of the style and not as crisp and clean. Seltzer water like in some aspects. Hops are not too noticeable, and quite earthy.
An enjoyable beer, but that didn't impress me as much as the other reviewers.

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Photo of rale
3/5  rDev -28.4%

Photo of dar482
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of vermilcj
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of seanyfo
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

0.2l gravity serving at Brauerei zur Malzmuhle on the Heumarkt in Koln.

A- Gold colour with excellent clarity. Poor head retention and lacing.

S- Nose is slight toffee malt, with a hint of sulphur and vanilla.

T- On the tongue it still has a hint of malt sweetness which turns to a faint hop bitterness with a semi dry finish.

M- Moderate carbonation and medium body.

D- Excellent drinkability with a nice flavour profile while retaining the clean mouthfeel of a good Kolsch.

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Photo of haz77
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a dark gold with plenty of streamers and large bubbles. A couple of fingers of bubbly off-white head fall to a thin layer.

S - Banana, other light fruit, some spice, nuttiness, biscuity malt.

T - Matches the smell. The initial bisuity malts subside into the banana flavour. Sweet fruits build from the middle out, along with a flavour of boiled sweets. Finish is clean, dry, refreshing and satisfying.

M - Medium bodied, with a cleaning carbonation. Has a fair amount of creaminess.

D - Perfect drinkability. I'd love to try this on draught or even a fresher bottled version. Excellent beer.

Note: The beer was a few months outside of its short 'best' period.

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Photo of HughinJette
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Definitely my favourite Kolsch- an opinion shared by my aussie brother in law who had spent 10 years living in Koln.

I've had both on tap at their brew house in Koln city centre, and on bottle. Scores based on tap.


Served in 200ml cylindrical glasses straight from the barrel. Pleasingly sparkling and clear with about 2cm of head when the glass is plonked down in front of you.

Best thing about it is the freshness- in nose and in mouth.

it is currently the basis of my beer fridge as well- brought a crate of the (brown glass) 500ml bottles back from our last visit (24 bottles for €18!) and am slowly working my way through them.
For the bottles, i'd probably mark down the smell just by one mark- naturally, not as fresh from the bottle and the beer loses it's extra special quality just a litte bit.

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Photo of putnam
4.97/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled on 9.29.04 -- consumed on 10.8.04.
Straw gold with a very active, durable foam on top (owing to "Weizenmalz" I presume. This is unique among Kölsch interpretations I think). Biscuits, spicy, dried herbs, toasted hazelnuts and almonds, green melon fruit and fantastic, helium-like, finely-milled bubbles characterize this seamless Kölsch experience. The flavors are perfectly transparent while concealing any sense of raw ingredients. No grain, alcohol or hop elements can be isolated in the aromas or flavors. Instead it presents an artful finished form that seems at place in any picture of primeval pleasure. Dry, light and deliciously permanent.

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Mühlen Kölsch from Brauerei zur Malzmühle
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