I picked this Billows Dry-Hopped Kolsch-Style Ale, 4.9% ABV from my local pasta shop, Pasta and Provisions. This beer is from Asheville, North Carolina. This beeris brewed by Burial Beer. This Kolsch is dry-hopped with Mandarina, Bavaria, and Centennial hops. It is also fermented, with Kolsch yeast. This beer pours a vibrant yellow with a three finger fluffy bight white head. The head fades slowly into decent lacy curtains. The aroma is hoppy, a little lemony, clean but dry. The taste is also hoppy with a lemon and a dry little chalkiness. This Kolsch is smooth, clean, and refreshing as well. The mouthfeel is light. This one doesn’t sit heavy on you. The aftertaste is slightly dry with a bit go hoppy notes. Then comes an aftertaste of hops and a light lemon dry flavor. This dry hopped Kolsch really surprised me with how good it is. It has superb flavors that meld together, making for a delicious beer. I give this an A+. It is fabulous, and I really recommend this beer. Please be kind, stay safe, and remember to enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
Kolsch is a lighter German-style ale. This beer from Heist Brewing here in Charlotte, NC. This beer is Because Stone Kolsch Said So, 4.8% ABV. I have not had a lot of beer from Heist. This beer pours a clear golden color with a one-finger white head that fades steadily into a white halo. The aroma is of light bread, some sweetness, with a clean smell. The flavor is dry but light, clean, and sweet. The mouthfeel is light and refreshing. Then this Kolsch ale finishes with a dry flavor that has a hint of sweetness. The aftertaste is also dry. But less dry with a nice light sweet note. This Heist Brewery Kolsch is good, but it didn’t blow me away or wows me. It was a little above average. I give Because Stone Kolsch Said So a C+. It is refreshing and clean, but the flavors are muted. This Ale isn’t a beer I wouldn’t tell you not to buy. I am warning you that it’s just slightly above average. Please be kind, be safe and remember, always enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
I don’t know how many things are in the world that are key Lime flavored, but Birdsong Brewing has made one called Key Lime Kölsch, 4.3% at 40 IBU (International Bittering Units). This is a seasonal beer offed late summer. It’s has Key Limes and Vanilla with malts such as 2-Row, Dextrin, Flaked Oats, and Branch malt. It also has El Dorado hops. This Kölsch pours an orange color with a thin one finger fizzy clear white head. It quickly fades. The aroma is sweet with a citrus lime. The flavor is sweet from the lime upfront and then you get a sweet graham cracker like flavor with a bit of vanilla toward the back of your mouth. The mouthfeel is light. It finish like a piece of Key Lime pie. That same finish carries on over to the aftertaste and does linger for just a second. This beer grew on me. The more I drank the more I enjoyed it. I’d give Birdsong Brewing Co. Key Lime Kölsch a B. I was very similar to Key Lime pie, which I like and if you like it too then this beer is for you! Please be kind, be safe, and please enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
Originally posted July 4th, 2014.
In the summertime, brewing companies use the term summertime ale or summer ale on their summer seasonal beers. Those two, summertime ale and summer ale are broad when being used in a descriptive use. There are so many different kinds of summer type beers out there. There is wheat, wheat with a fruit, Klösch, white (wit), fruit beers, shandies, radlers, lagers, pilsners, and IPA. These summer type beers tend to have a lower abv than other seasonal beers. I look forward to all the summery beers. So here is one Summer Ale from the Blowing Rock Brewing Company in Hickory North Carolina, this is there Summer Ale (Belgian Witbier), 5.0% ABV. Their Summer Ale is brewed with sweet orange peel, Curacao bitter orange peel, and coriander. Blowing Rock Summer Ale pours a medium orange goldish color with a three-finger fluffy white head that sticks around for a nice amount of time before fading into somewhat thin lacing on the glass. I found some light coming through a bit, not a whole lot and there is a decent amount of carbonation bubbles to it. The aroma is a bit spicy on my nose from the coriander. There is also a sweet and bitter orange peel scent clashing together. The taste on this Summer Ale is a tiny bit sweet at first for a second or two then becomes slightly bitter and the spice coriander hits. I found the taste to be more of the coriander then anything else. It wasn’t so bad but just a bit too much in my opinion. There is some citrus flavor the quickly fades in and out on the back. The mouthfeel is medium and has a spiced coriander finish that leads into a slightly bitter orange and big spiced coriander aftertaste. With every sip of Summer Ale, I really tasted a big-spiced coriander wave with a tinge of orange peel. This beer wasn’t what I was expecting it to be, but not really a letdown. I mean I didn’t think it was so bad, it’s somewhat good, just not great. So I would give this a B-. I mean I’ve had some world glass Belgian style Witbiers before and this is that, but it sill somewhat good, but needs to have less of a big spiced flavor. I would have this again soon. So if you have not had Blowing Rock Brewing Companies Summer Ale, then go out and try it for yourself. Have a happy and safe Fourth of July Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!
NoDa Brewing Company Lemon Shortbread Kölsch, 4.8% is brewed right here in Charlotte, North Carolina with plenty of lemon zest to have a Girl Scout cookie flavor, I think they are going for a Lemon Up which used to Savannah Smiles but anyway. Lemon Shortbread Kölsch pours a yellow color with a one and a half finger white head that fades rather quick giving off big lemon aromas with a sours note to it, almost like a Lemonhead candy. Taste is somewhat similar to the aroma with big lemony notes with a bit of sourness with a hint of a spice to it with very little to no shortbread flavor that finishes with a sour lemon flavor and continues on to the lemony spiced aftertaste with a lighter mouthfeel. NoDa Brewing Company Lemon Shortbread Kölsch is like a big lemon that does take over all other flavors I give it a C+. It’s not a bad lemon flavor just onesided on the beer’s flavor profile and yeah found it a bit refreshing and tasty, but not really a lemon Girl Scout cookie. The other three I’ve had have tasted more cookie-like than this one. But I would recommend trying it, I think it would be good on a hot summers day. Please stay safe at home and please enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
I have not had a Mother Earth Brewing, (Kinston, North Carolina) in a long while, and This is Endless River Kolsch-Style Ale, 4.9% ABV which I pick up from Whole Foods. This beer pours a clear golden color with a thin one and a half finger white head that fades away into a thin ring on the edge of the glass giving off a semi fruity sweet aroma with a crispness to it that leads into a clean fruity semi sweetness with a little dry note in the middle that grows on the back of the mouth that then finishes smooth with a nice touch of light fruited sweetness and a lingering light sweetness with a light mouthfeel. Overall just a good average Kolsch with good flavors but nothing that really stands out. Endless River Kolsch- Style Ale is a B-. I enjoy it and I think that this is a beer that you can drink many of without it being overwhelming or your mouth, I recommend Mother Earth Brewing Endless River Kolsch- Style Ale. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!
I haven’t had many Kolsches lately until I came across Boulevard Brewing Co. American Kolsch Köln Style Golden Ale, 4.6% ABV out of Kansas Missouri. American Kolsch pours a deep golden color with a one finger white head that fades into its self rather quickly giving off a dry sweetness with a faint crisp fruitiness that leads you down to a dry sweet taste with a little fruity note nothing really note-worthy on the tase, and American Kolsch finishes crisp and dry with a little sweetness and a light aftertaste of some sort of fake sweet fruit with a light mouthfeel. Overall Boulevard Brewing Co. American Kolsch Köln Style Golden Ale is not so bad but I’ve had better so I give it a C, yeah it’s just average tasting. Nothing really memorable with this beer, and I would not recommend this beer so much. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!
I just found a new local North Carolina brewery Gizmo BrewWorks. They haven’t been open very long, something like a quarter of a year. But I have heard that this new brewery in Raleigh, NC brews pretty wonderful beers. So I pick up this from Reids Fine Foods at South Park Mall, Union Lavender Kolsch, 5.1% ABV. The brewery says this is a good wedding season beer. I didn’t know a thing like that existed. Union Lavender Kolsch pours a somewhat clean and clear yellow color with a thin white quickly dissolving white head with very little left behind. The aroma perfumed with a slightly sweet floral note and some sweet crispness as well and gives you a similar taste. There is nice sweet crisp floral flavor but Union isn’t overly floral. I have had some beers brewed with lavender and they taste like you’re drinking perfume, this does not, but it does finish with a slightly sweet floral note that is also crisp and has a nice lingering after taste of the said Lavender, with a nice lighter mouth feel. Over all this was a good beer an A-. But if you were to have three the Lavender flavor would be a bit much, so two is enough to enjoy. Going into this beer the Kolsch drew me in and I was slightly hesitant about the Lavender part, but I gave it a try and was pleasantly surprised how well balanced it was. I recommend Gizmo BrewWorks Union Lavender Kolsch. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!