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Old 05-08-2009, 06:20 PM   #1
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I wanted to get the Kolsch swap beer reviewed and posted before my daughter drops in and takes up any sort of free beer review time I may have. Nine days on the count down.

Not a BJCP judge, but I used that scoresheet for some sort of consistency in the reviews.



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Edcculus's Kolsch

Aroma

No malt/hop to speak of, very well balanced in that respect. Slight apple notes and a "wine" type aroma, maybe sulfur.

10 of 12

Appearance

Straw gold with a pillowy head. 1/2" pill of foam for whole 12oz "sample"

3 of 3

Flavor

soft, slight sweet aftertaste, little malt over hop, otherwise well balanced. would like a little more hop bitterness to present over the hop.

16 of 20

Mouthfeel

little malt, great carbonation but not quite "dry" finish

3 of 5

Overall Impression

Phenomenal head, great carb and "drinkablilty" I would buy this in a pub.

9 of 10

42 of 50

Awesome beer. I'm holding onto one of the other two for my wife after the baby drops.

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AnOldUR's Kolsch

Aroma

slight hop, little malt, little fruit apple/pear

9 of 12

Appearance

Straw gold, very little head/carb =(

2 of 3

Flavor

smooth with more pronounced hop notes than malt
clean with a very slight aftertaste of a grain tannin/bite

17 of 20

Mouthfeel

smooth, slightly malty maybe because of a lack of carb

2 of 5

Overall Impression

very tasty and if carbed for style would be a higher score. I'd like to try it properly carbed... maybe 2010 Kolsch swap is in order?

7 of 10

38 of 50


The carb issue made this score way too low for an otherwise very good beer. I'm worried about my BMBF bottles as a result.

I'll review the other bottles sent as well at a later date. Very interested in the Munich Dunkel. That's the SMaSH, right?

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GreenwoodRover's Kolsch

Aroma

slight wine/sulfur with a pear fruity note. slight sweet smell.

9 of 12

Appearance

straw gold head dissipates to slight 1/4" foam

3 of 3

Flavor

balanced with a slight malt/bready flavor little more hop maybe? slight fruit ester apple/pear.

15 of 20

Mouthfeel

smooth, slightly undercarbed, medium dry finish no aftertaste

4 of 5

Overall Impression

Slight ester and a little malty. Very drinkable. I'd drink this beer again and would serve this to friends/family at the bar.

7 of 10

38 of 10

I wouldn't be disappointed in this beer if I bought it at a brew pub. Little more malty that I like my kolsch-style but otherwise a very nice beer.

Holding onto the ESB per instructions. I'll have that near the end of May.

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Tasted everyone's Kolsch last night. I hand wrote everything, so I'll have to type up the tasting notes later tonight. I used the same format as MMB. I'm not a BJCP judge, but I think its the best critiquing tool available to us.

This was a great swap. Proabably one of my best brews to date. I had a lot of fun brewing this one. It took a lot of skill and planning to brew. Not one of those set it, forget it then keg it 3 weeks later brews. I'm really looking forward to more swaps. Maybe even a yearly Kolsch swap around the same time.

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MMB's Kolsch

Aroma

Little hop. Slightly fruity/tart. Wine. Reminds me of Sauvignon blanc.

10 of 12

Appearance

Pale straw gold. Pours with good head that dissipates quickly. Clear

3 of 3

Flavor

Pleasantly balanced. Very slight malt up front. Dry finish, slightly tart. Minimum fruity esters. Malt or hops do not stand out.

18 of 20

Mouthfeel
Light bodied. Slightly undercarbed

3 of 5

Overall Imperssion

Nice well rounded beer. Very easy drinking. The soft carbonation leads to a subtle sweetness. These samples won't sit around for too long.

8 of 10

Total: 42 of 50

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AnOldUr's Kolsch

Aroma

Slightly fruity. No hop aroma. Slight sulfer. Winey

10 of 12

Appearance

Pale gold. Slightly hazy. Pours with no head. No head retention

2 of 3

Flavor

Low malt with a subtle hop bitterness. Slight tang/sour taste. Fairly dry. Low carbonation makes the taste a little bland.

16 of 20

Mouthfeel
Almost no carbonation. Slightly astrigent

2 of 5

Overall Imperssion

The low carbonation greatly detracts from the beer. It is otherwise a balanced and good tasting beer. Lacks "pop".

5 of 10

Total: 35 of 50

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GreenwoodRover's Kolsch

Aroma

Mild pisner malt aroma. A little DMS. Winey

10 of 12

Appearance

Pale straw gold. Small white head that dissipates quickly.

3 of 3

Flavor

Malty and sweet up front. Balanced beer. not very dry in finish. Slight DMS.

17 of 20

Mouthfeel
Light bodied. Good carbonation. Slightly dry.

4 of 5

Overall Imperssion

Very nice beer. I really enjoyed drinking this one.

8 of 10

Total: 42 of 50

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I'm really looking forward to more swaps. Maybe even a yearly Kolsch swap around the same time.
Sorry I missed this one.
Kolsch is one of my favorites to brew and drink.


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