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Judge's Review: 89 Rating - Kölsch Style Ale by pFriem Family Brewers

July, 2018
Judges Rating: 
21 / 24
5 / 6
36 / 40
10 / 10
Overall Impression: 
17 / 20

Kölsch Style Ale by pFriem Family Brewers was judged as Kölsch (5B). A grainy and slightly sweet aroma is present in this beer. Just a touch of diethyl sulfide makes it smell a little bit like cooked corn. It is a pale yellow, and bubbles rise up in an effervescent fashion, though there is almost no head. The flavor is slightly sweeter than a Kölsch that you may get in Cologne, Germany, with some sweetness that holds into the finish. The malt expression is delicate, a little bready, and balanced by appropriate hop bitterness and only a little earthy/noble hop flavor. It also tastes like there is a mineral quality from the water. The mouthfeel is medium with moderate carbonation that provides a tiny bite. Overall this is a quite good Kölsch, though slightly American influenced with the a touch more sweetness character than desired. With the temperatures that most of us have been experiencing this summer, this is a wonderful choice for relaxing with during an outdoor activity as it is very refreshing.