Mühlen Kölsch | Brauerei zur Malzmühle

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Brewed by:
Brauerei zur Malzmühle
Germany
muehlenkoelsch.de

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
65
Reviews:
24
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
14.08%
 
 
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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 nickfl
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.25/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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

Huge thanks to TurdFurgison for hauling some of this back from Germany. Bottled on March 15th, 2010. Served in a Struise tulip glass (as close as I could get to the shape of a stange).

A - Pours with two fingers of eggshell foam that sizzles to a thick ring and some light haze. Lots of bubbles visible in the golden straw body. Not much in the way of lacing - just a few spots.

S - White grapes and spicy German hop character. There's a slight touch of mustiness as well. Malt character reminds me of banana bread and light nuttiness. It's pleasant, and true to style, but nothing mind-blowing.

T - The taste is a little less exciting, with more generic grain character. There's some assertive hop bitterness mid-palate but it fades into the aftertaste. Some nuttiness, but not as much of the grape character as in the nose - it only shows up late in the taste.

M - Zesty, tingly, carbonation that starts to verge on harsh but doesn't get overly irritating. Surprisingly big body for a 4.8% Kölsch, but never gets too heavy. Finish is mildly drying, with a bit of light stickiness in the residual feel.

D - It was pretty easy to drink 500ml of this one, but I don't totally understand the amazing reviews. This bottle was pretty fresh, so perhaps it's one of those beers that doesn't translate well from draft. The heavier body and higher carbonation actually detract from the session character, even with the low alcohol content and solid flavor. Not bad by any stretch, but I've tasted better.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the brewery itself. On to the beer:

A thick creamy head tops this golden colored beer, and adding to the experience is a head which retains very well. The nose is soft and appealing, bringing the smell of milled malt and a drop of honey.

Something about the taste is beautiful. Perhaps it helps that I had been drinking a lot of different kolsch during my short stay in Cologne, because this one stands out. It's clean and crisp throughout, and birngs subtle honey, floral, and grape flavors. The bitterness brought to the table is clean, adding the final touch to this beauty.

A very fine kolsch that is very easy to drink. I helped myself to several glasses and had forgotten that the brewery also served two other beers.

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Photo of dar482
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of wl0307
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Having tried this brilliant beer on draught at the Mühlen Brauhaus two summers ago, it has deeply stayed in my mind as a spicy example of Kölsch. Two years from then, I was so surprised to see the bottled version at the UTOBEER stall in the Borough Market, S. London!! At 4.8%abv., the label seems to suggest it was bottled on 15/05/06 and best consumed by 15/08/06, hence non-filtration and non-pasteurisation!! Served semi-chilled in a weizen glass.

A: dark yellow-ish hue, the white beer head grows slowly and steadily to a 3cm thick sponge, pretty tight in texture... retreating very very slowy to a puffy cap on the top; lively but not fierce carbonation. All looking good.
S: super clean in maltiness added with plenty of complex fruity elements... the light malts--almost like lager malts, bear an enticing and chewy, semi-sweet biscuity aroma, coated by ve...ry pleasant fruit-esters: banana, mango, and a touch of green apple, almost like a weizen taken off the edge of strong spicy-yeastiness!! It's so different from what I can remember of the spicy Kölsch tasted at the Brauhaus, but without detailed notes I can't make responsible comments here. But all in all, for a Kölsch the aroma is just brilliantly complex.
T: the light-bodied malty palate is fast engulfed in a thick layer of liquid fruits, showing the same elements as on the aroma--mainly sour-sweet bananas though nowhere as pronounced as a weizen... as the fruitiness expands on the tongue, the palate has quietly proceeded into the next stage dominated by subtle yet evolving, dryish bitterness of abundant hops, intensifying in strength and leaving a fantastic dryish, almost tangy-zesty, palate and subtle presence of dried green tea-leafy and nutmeg-spicy kick in the end... the semi-dryish bitterness in the finish is very much like a Blond Bitter yet all the more subtle!!
M&D: softly-carbonated on the texture, the beer tastes so light but comes with a solid body. With its fruity features and an evolving flavour profile, plus a healthy input of subtly aromatic hops, I'd say this is one of the best Kolsch I feel so lucky to have come across. The mouthfeel, of course, is not comparable to the draught one poured straight from the small cask in the Brauhaus, but for its performance the so-called quaffability is simply sublime~~ making me almost want to go back to Cologne tomorrow only for those lovely ales!!

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.31/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finally I've gotten the chance to try this on draft at the brewpub, if for no other reason than to prove to myself that it must be better than the fresh bottle I had 6 months ago (consumed the very day I purchased it, in a hotel in Cologne after trying lots of competitor Kolsch samples). Well it's no different that I can tell, simply the same subtle beer that's had mystifyingly high raving reviews in the past.

Looks like a Kolsch, no lack of points for that. Very light flavors which is also per spec, but I get more flavor out of some of the imports like Reissdorf or Gaffel. Thus they are better, at least to me.

Muhlen is pleasant though, and it pairs well with the German fare that they serve, and before I knew it I'd had a liter of the stuff. I don't recommend anyone try to hard too find it, but if you're in Cologne you could maybe do worse.

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Photo of Sparky44
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of samEBC
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of vermilcj
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of chickenm
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of mdillon86
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of innominat
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of IRONRakkasan
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of pixieskid
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of hansavijaticar
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of NightINgale
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of aleigator
3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From bottle

Smells of grassy hops, wheat and a copper, malty hint.

Has light, very refreshing mouthfeel.

Tastes of hay, grassy, slightly dank hops with a metallic high carbonation. Finishes with a decent hop presence, while being well balanced by bready malts, resulting in a pleasant, dry finish.

Exellent example of a well made Kölsch. Light bodied, utmost refreshing with a nice hoppiness.

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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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Photo of clarknova
4/5  rDev -4.5%

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

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