Archive for the ‘Kolsch’ Category

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.


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.


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.


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.


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

Shiner Kolsch

Posted: October 12, 2014 in Kolsch, Reviews, Spoetzl Brewery

I’m surprised the score is only 3-0 Broncos right now. The Jets have been awful the past few weeks and I expected that the Broncos would wipe the floor with them. The Eagles play the Giants tonight and I’m worried. The Giants have been playing pretty well as of late. Anyways, the other half picked up the Shiner Family Reunion pack awhile back when we were going to BYOB sushi. I’ve gotten the mix-pack one other time, but it had a few different beers in it. Let’s see how this one went.


ABV: 4.9%

Style: Kolsch

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Inspired by the legendary biers of Cologne, Germany, this Kolsch-style ale honors our old-world roots through warm fermentation and cold aging, crisp and refreshing, it’s a reminder that good things come in small batches.”

Random: I keep flipping between the game and QVC because I like watching “In the Kitchen with David.”

This beer poured with a thin, two finger white head that dissipated slowly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, golden-yellow with very light carbonation which was strikingly odd given the style. The nose was really pungent. There was a lot of sweet grain with a touch of fruitiness that was a bit much for me. The taste was filled with bready, sweet cereal grains along with a touch of honey and flowers. The body was thick and chewy, which was weird for the style and definitely needed a lot more carbonation on it. The finish was long and very sweet with the same bready notes. This beer really didn’t do anything for me and I wouldn’t have it again.

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0

So, I’ve been working on the blog for the past couple of days, not only updating the reviews, but also updating the “Beer Bars/Restaurants” section as well. Since I’ve been going to a lot more beer spots on the weekend with the other half, the page has gotten pretty sizeable. After today, I should be pretty much up-to-date. This beer was what the lawyer had at Memphis Tap Room from another brewery that I wish we got in Jersey. Let’s see how it went.


ABV: 4.7%

Style: Kolsch

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The Half Acre brewery consists of a three-vessel 15bbl Century brewhouse, one hot & one cold liquor tank, 19 fermentation vessels, three bright beer tanks, a 5-head canning line and a battle axe bomber filler. We brew many beers throughout the year. Our focus is brewing raw & basic ales & lagers rich in material and undisturbed by process.”

Random: I’m not looking forward to going back tomorrow. I definitely need a vacation soon.

This brew poured with a one finger, pure white head that dissipated quickly. It left some lacing on the glass. The body was a straw yellow color with surprisingly little carbonation visible. This had me a little bit worried as this is normally a highly carbonated style. It had light grain on the nose with some grass and not much else. The taste was clean with hops and a little honey sweetness. There was grass as well. It had a light body with high carbonation on the taste, which made this really easy to drink. It had a quick finish with grass. This brew was pretty good. It was an easy drinker, especially on a summer day.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

What a day at work today. Well, I guess I shouldn’t really say that as I’m still here. I have one of my dispatchers on vacation and I have to close. Of course, since I’m closing this week, drivers are insanely late. I haven’t left one day before 8 PM so far, and technically my shift ends at 5:30 PM. Add to this, that I’m salaried and you can see the suckage amplifying. The only good thing about this is that I get to update the beer blog. This is a brew that I got on draft at Surf Taco last time my sister and I were there.

ABV: 4.8%

Style: Kolsch

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The Terrapin Road Warrior is brewed in honor of the Athens Terrapin Twilight Criterium, a professional bike race held in downtown Athens. Spike mimicked the exact process and ingredients that make a German-style kolsch great. Kolsch is a light-bodied, lightly hopped style that hails from Cologne, Germany. This particular example has a wonderful golden color and clarity, with subtle yet present hop character. Look for it on draft exclusively in the Athens area and at the Terrapin Twilight Criterium!”

Random: It just got crazy dark here…it looks like there is going to be a major storm.

This brew poured with two fingers of white head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the pint glass. The body was a clear, yellow color with medium carbonation. The nose had a sweet pilsner smell with a touch of honey added to it. The taste was sweet too. I got some honey and malt with a bit of lemon right behind it. The body was medium thickness with light carbonation. The finish was relatively quick with lemon. This was a really clean and crisp beer that was most definitely sessionable. I would have this all the time in the summer if I could find it easily. Go grab one on a hot day this summer.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0