Archive for the ‘Kolsch’ Category

I’ve never heard of this brewery, so I was curious to see how it was. Let’s crack it open.

hatersgonnahate

ABV: 8%

Style: Kolsch

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Haters Gonna Hate is an extra-strong interpretation of our flagship beer Lug Tread, which is a Kölsch-style lagered ale. Tropical aromas and a mildly ‘catty’ character are contributed with the addition of some Nelson-Sauvin hops. Haters Gonna Hate is a tribute to the very first batch of Lug Tread, which ended up getting accidentally imperialized – that is, brewed to higher strength and intensity – due to some faulty beer-making equipment. The results were super tasty and ended up winning ‘Best of the Fest’ at the Golden Tap Awards. Ten years later, we’ve recreated this happy accident with Haters Gonna Hate. Haters Gonna Hate is unfiltered, strong, and has a golden orange hue. The aroma suggests funky tropical fruits such as mango or papaya, and is also enhanced with some mildly musky Nelson Sauvin hops. A clean malt presence allows for full display of the hop-driven fruit flavours and balanced moderate-to-high bitterness.”

Random: I never get sick of watching “Top Chef.”

The beer poured with a two finger, white head. It dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, straw yellow with a lot of carbonation visible. The nose was very floral and fragrant with some pilsner malt. The taste had a little bit of funk with flower petals and mineral water. It had some tropical fruit as well with mango. The alcohol was well-hidden. It had a moderately thick body with high carbonation. The finish was lengthy and floral. A bottle of this was $8.99, which came to $.41 per ounce. I enjoyed this beer a lot and the label being adorable was just a bonus. If you see this on the shelf, I would give it a shot.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

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This was another one of the beers that I had out in Ohio that I can’t manage to find a picture for. Can you tell yet how much it’s irritating me? The Virgo in me is being driven absolutely insane about the fact that the pictures disappeared off my phone.

1862ale

ABV: 5.3%

Style: Kolsch

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “In 1862, President Lincoln signed the Morrill Act into law, giving the American populous the opportunity to seek a higher education. It called for one great state university in each state, and inadvertently led to tailgate parties, marching bands, fight songs and Bowl Games. Our 1862 Ale –a dry-hopped American take on the classic German beer– combines the crisp clean flavor of German Noble hops with the floral aromatics of American hops.”

Random: I’ve been watching a show about women in prison on Netflix while Val is at work.

The beer poured with a half a finger of white head. It dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body had a lot of floaties in it. The color was straw-yellow and it had a lot of carbonation. The nose was crisp and clean with grain and not much else. The taste was a lot of crystal malt up front with some mineral water. It also had white bread crust too. It had a medium thick body, which is much heavier than I’m used to for the style, but still had a lot of carbonation. It had a lengthy bread crust and white flour finish. This was a good beer, I just wish that it was lighter.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

This was another selection that I had in Ohio. One of the managers that I was training wanted to come out for a beer, so I took him to Hop Yard 62. He lives in the Short North, which is a really cute neighborhood in Columbus that he took me to watch a Blue Jackets game. One thing that struck me at the bar is how many random conversations I had at that bar. Everyone in Ohio is ridiculously friendly, which I’m not used to, but was a welcomed change. I had a lot of great conversations about beer at the bar.

sunraze

ABV: 5.7%

Style: Kolsch

Trivia: This comes in at 42 IBUs.

Random: The bar also had a great soundtrack going. One afternoon, we played “Guess That Tune.”

This beer poured with a quarter of a finger of pure white head. The head was really thick and took awhile to dissipate. It left a decent amount of lacing on the glass. The body was slightly hazy and bright yellow. There was a lot of carbonation visible. The nose was filled with grass, river stones and mineral water. The taste had a touch of citrus, but was dominated by a grainy malt. It also had mineral water and river stones. The body was light and bright with lots of carbonation, making it very drinkable. It had a quick finish with mineral water. This wasn’t the best kolsch that I’ve ever had, but was a great beer to kill during Happy Hour. I would have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

I’ve been getting into lighter beers lately. I’ve heard the evolution of the craft beer drinker discussed on many a podcast and I definitely fit that. I started with the big hoppy beers, the higher the IBUs the better. I transitioned into the barrel aged beers and then the funky, sour ones. Now, I’m back into the land of pilsners and kolschs. A really good pilsner or kolsch is quite refreshing and I’m hoping this one is up to the challenge.

aleoftwocities

ABV: 4.7%

Style: Kolsch

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The next beer from the family brew project is a Kolsch-style ale using American hops, with the two cities being Cologne in German and Lexington, VA where our Outpost brewery is located. Enjoy this crisp golden ale.”

Random: This beer came in at 18 IBUs.

The brew poured with a finger of white head that dissipated quickly, but left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, straw yellow with high carbonation visible. The nose was very grainy and had a honey-like sweetness. There was some grass, but the grain took over. The taste was also on the sweeter side with milled grain and honey. It had a lightly toasted white bread note with mild hop aroma. The body was light with high carbonation and had a quick, toasted grain finish. This beer didn’t really do it for me. It didn’t drink like a typical kolsch and it couldn’t decide where it wanted to go. I won’t be having it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

It’s getting closer and closer to Christmas. I usually wait until the very last-minute to start my Christmas shopping and I wrap gifts like a blind child. It always annoys me how much time I put into wrapping gifts and how little time that it takes to unwrap them. I have an aunt whose gifts look like they were wrapped professional. I don’t have the time nor the desire to do that, but I do give her a lot of credit. My parents and sister usually coordinate wrapping paper to the person that the gift belongs to, which I have tried on occasion, but then I still end up getting tags to put on the gifts. Now that you’ve heard all about my aversion to gift wrapping, it’s time to talk about beer.

kungfuhobo

ABV: 5.5%

Style: Kolsch

Trivia: The website calls this beer a “track-side kolsch” and says that it is best with beans.

Random: This was another beer that I picked up in Maine.

This brew poured with a one finger, pure white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. If left a very modest crown on top of the clear, straw yellow body. Light carbonation was present. The nose was very subtle with hay and grain. There was a vegetal hop note as well. The taste had a herbaceous hop note with hay and cracker. It had a slight, yet pleasant bitterness. The body was medium thickness for the style with high carbonation. It had a quick finish with the same slight bitterness and hay. This tall boy was $2.25 a single ($.14 per ounce), which isn’t a bad price for the beer. I liked this beer. It had nice flavor and went down easily. It wasn’t the best that I’ve ever had, but worth a shot.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Vault Kolsch

Posted: November 8, 2015 in Kolsch, Reviews, Vault Brewing Company

Kolsch isn’t a style that I tend to gravitate towards. But, for some reason, I was really in the mood for one and Vault had theirs on tap. Let’s see how it was.

kolsch

ABV: 4.5%

Style: Kolsch

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Our German ‘lagered’ ale. Clean and crisp with notes of white grape, fresh grain, white cracker, and a hint of tree fruit.”

Random: It’s been almost a year since I reviewed a kolsch.

Vault had an Oktoberfest event where you could buy a glass (or in this case, a tankard) for $10 and you got $5 fills for the rest of the day. I really liked the tankard, so I got one. As a result, there will not be a lot of commentary on the color or head of the beer. From what I could see from the top of the mug, it appeared to have a thick, white head that was about two fingers. It dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing. The nose was very clean with grass, grapes and saltine crackers. The taste was light and clean. It had the same grass, but also some white grape juice, cracker and a hint of sweetness at the end. It had a thinner body with high carbonation. It had a quick and clean finish with cracker. This was a really light beer, but had a lot of good flavor. It was really crushable and went well with the wurst platter that I got to eat. I would definitely have this again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

The other half opened this one, which we picked up from Half Time. For some reason, the label didn’t look like it would be a kolsch. Either way, I was interested to give this one a try. This is a relatively new brewery that only offers three different types of beers. They have a brown ale, a West coast IPA and this kolsch. Let’s see how it was.

IMG_2920

ABV: 4.7%

Style: Kolsch

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This crisp, light-bodied golden ale has hints of citrus and white pepper and is lagered to give it a smooth, crisp finish. This Brew’s promiscuous drinking appeal makes it the easy choice for a smooth, light beer.”

Random: The last time I had a kolsch was October. I thought it was longer than that. Before that, it was in June 2014 in Philly.

This beer poured with a relatively thick for the style, one finger, white head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, straw yellow with moderate carbonation visible. The nose was more grassy than expected with some grain and herbaceousness. The taste had a very intense medicinal quality for the style that was not only unexpected, but unpleasant. It was grassy as well with some bread. The body was light with moderate carbonation. It had a long finish with grass and bread. For $2.19 a bottle, this beer wasn’t worth it to me. The flavors were a bit off for a kolsch. I wouldn’t have this again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0