147 Calories per serving
Hops: Strisselspatt and Aramis
Malts: Samuel Adams two-row pale malt, acidulated malt, flaked barley, and carafoam
From: Boston, MA
Brewer’s Note: “Escaping from winter’s darkness, this hazy golden, unfiltered Kölsch style creates a fresh start. Our take on the classic hybrid style from Cologne Germany combines the subtle fruit notes of an ale with the smooth crispness of a lager for a bright, refreshing brew to help escape those lingering cold days.”
The beer pours a clear, darker orange-yellow with a white head of medium sized rocky bubbles that sit about a finger’s width above the glass. It leaves a string of fluffy lacing on the sides of the glass, and smells of clean cracker malt and subtle herbal hops with a minty hint. There is even a buttery bread quality to everything. On the tongue, the beer tastes nicely crisp with sweetness and herbal, grassy bitterness. Very soft acidity gives a bright tingle at the sides of the cheeks. In flavor, the beer begins with soft cracker malt, opening into almost cidery sweetness and grassy bitterness that mingles to nearly-cool mint herbal flavors. The finish is cidery and dry with a touch of herbal mint. The beer ends with a balance of sweet and bitterness. In the mouth the beer feels on the light side of medium in body with a nearly crisp mouthfeel, a prickly carbonation. The mouth is left dry yet sticky with lots of saliva running in the pouches of the cheeks. Overall, this is a nice, crisp and refreshing kölsch. It’s a little too sweet for my taste, but is refreshing and a nice example of the style. Another nice beer from Sam Adams.