Zunft Kölsch | Erzquell Brauerei Bielstein Haas & Co. KG

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Zunft KölschZunft Kölsch

Brewed by:
Erzquell Brauerei Bielstein Haas & Co. KG

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 02-11-2004

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Photo of kojevergas
2.13/5  rDev -41%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Review from notes taken in Koln in March 2016:

.5L brown glass bottle from the Biermuseum kiosk in Koln, Germany. 4.80% ABV. Branded pry-off crown cap. Green and white label.

Served cold into a pilsner glass. Reviewed live as a Kolsch per the name and label (appellation).

HEAD: ~2cm wide white cap. Somewhat frothy, though less so than most Koln-brewed Kolschbiere. Head recedes within 2 minutes, leaving no lacing. The consistency could be creamier, frothier, and more robust.

BODY: Clear clean yellow with pale copper hues. Looks rather ordinary for a Kolsch - not as vibrant as the best expressions of the style I've seen.

Carbonation seems off; the head recedes in the usual 2 minutes but the body is teeming with over-active carbonation bubbles.

AROMA: Muted, even a bit stale - the opposite of the fresh Munich & pils malt aroma you want in a great Kolsch. A bit grainy, nodding towards budget premium lagers.

There's no hop aromatics at all. This isn't seeming like a very good Kolsch, but maybe the taste will be up to par?

Aromatic intensity is low.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Stale Munich malt, stale pils malt, and off-putting graininess comprise the entirety of the flavour profile. No hops in sight here. The mouthfeel is anything but fresh, coming off stale, overcarbonated, and overly spritzy and fizzy on the palate. Not the soft, refreshing, light-bodied, crisp, clean, balanced Kolsch I've come to expect from beers with the official Kolsch appellation.

Build is quite poor.

O: This isn't the worst official Kolsch I've had thus far (that distinction belongs to Richmodis), but it's close. Drinkable, but disappointing.

D (2.13) / AVOID

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Photo of GRG1313
2.79/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Fatehunter
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Poured two fingers of head on a clear, golden colored body.
The aroma has a clean grain smell with just a touch metallic.
The taste is lacking body. Watery and grainy with a little malt sweet.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
The less than good flavor really brings this beer down.

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Photo of Gonzoillini
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of DaveHS
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours straw yellow with an inch of fizzy brilliant white head. Leaves soapy lacing.

S- Smells like a cheap macro from about a foot away. Super sweet malts and cornflakes.

T/M-More of the same. Cornflake-esque maltiness. An unpleasant metallic note mid-palate. The finish is bitter and unfocused. Not offensive, but certainly not memorable. Body is denser than I associate with the kolsch style. Light to medium bodied, with moderate spritzy carbonation.


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Photo of Azpittil57
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Andreji
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ay caramba with em kolsches. contrary to common logic, you always know what you're gonna get.

Because the pour is poor, and doesnt really wary among them. The nose is as mediocre every time you just pick oth the next one from the fridge and realize you're stuck with a few more.

And the taste, watery, pisswatery....with lemon. whoop-dee-doo, only one kölsch to go now.

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Photo of EdTheEdge
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of drpimento
3.13/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Having this at die berliner republik in mitte, berlin. Great place! Served in a zunft kolsch glass w/ big white fine foam head & lots of lace.aroma is weird- mint & tea. Flavor has lots of biscuit w/ more traditional kolsch profile.body's a touch flat. Had better, had much worse

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Photo of emerge077
3.19/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

BBD: 22/10/13

Bought this for the sexy blackletter label, needed a wildcard for a three way Kölsch tasting. This took 2nd place after Lowdive Zuström and ahead of Reissdorf in 3rd.

Transparent gold with racing carb streams, compact inch of soapy white foam, leaves behind minimal spotty lacing in the glass.

Papery malt aroma, vague grass element of noble hops that's barely there.

Lightly bitter taste, and seemingly the most hoppy of the three tasted. Papery malt taste, pretty ho-hum, but with a bitter grassy edge to it. Carbonation seemed ample, finished dry. Overall ok, would try a fresher sample but wouldn't go out of the way for it.

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Photo of BVukelich
3.19/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Honestly, I've been thinking it isn't quite fair for us in the States to review the Euro brewed beers. They'll never arrive in their freshest state and who knows what light, heat, etc. they experience on the trip from brewery to my glass. Anyway...I poured from the bottle in traditional Cologne form into a stange to give it every chance possible to shine. Decent head but not a trace of lace. Aroma fell flat. Color was a decent straw, light golden hue. Taste was average. Sames goes for palate and mouthfeel. No lingering aftertaste. Overall pretty average. I won't go out of my way for it but I wouldn't pass if someone offered me one. I suspect that it is much better served locally, enjoying in a German cafe.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Comes out of the tap a beautiful clear golden amber with a thick, fine-bubbled off-white head. Aroma is not strong but fruity, rather sweet and a bit malty. Flavor has a strong apple overtone, rather like applesauce or cider, with hoppy and malty hints. Texture has decent, if average, body and fizz. Overall, not great but worthy of a try. Happy Oktoberfest!

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Photo of Greg_Nall
3.25/5  rDev -10%

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3.25/5  rDev -10%

Photo of seedyone
3.25/5  rDev -10%

02/02/14 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Nice & creamy for a kolsch. A touch of a bitter aftertaste but all-in-all a good beer. See you in August.

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3.25/5  rDev -10%

Photo of musicman575
3.27/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

What a rare (or at least seldom-reviewed) drink.

A: Had a 0.4 liter serving on tap in a kolsch glass. Color was pale yellow with no head. I had to stir it up to get any bubblies.

S: A little bit of green apple with a lot of buttered popcorn, especially when I breathed out of my nose after tasting. Also smelled sweet, almost floral, with a light biscuity malt.

T: Light grainy with a moderate herbal hop finish. A bit of tartness throughout plus the acetaldehyde made it pretty fruity and refreshing. Would've been more refreshing if it were more carbonated.

M: Again, wou;d've liked more carbonation, but it was as easy to drink as any other kolsch. Slight alcoholic warmth going down.

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Photo of stevoj
3.37/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On draft from Prost at Alefort. Freshly mown hay comes to mind, pale golden body, frothy head, minor hops bite, some mustiness. Pretty standard for a kolsch.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.47/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'll have 500 ml, please. On to the beer:

A half-inch of soapy head forms on top this paler than gold beer. A few bubbles show beyond the body, little head retention on top as time ticks on. While the aroma is soft, it brings pleasurable notes of honey, hay, and some grass. Tasting it, the beer has a dry crackery character at the base. Grape and hay notes make small footprints to the base. The intensity of the overall flavor is strong for a kolsch, but not as smooth as others. That said, it is still satisfying, , even with little carbonation .

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Photo of IRONRakkasan
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bradcochran1234
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of WynnO
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of Lovely85
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of StoicBeast
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -3%

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