Green Beacon Cross Knot Kolsch

Total Score: 7.55/10 Lemon1Flowers1Bread1PokalStange1

Kolsch (or “Kölsch” if we’re going to name it correctly) has always been a hit n’ miss Ale for me. Some have been delightful with floral/citric notes and a reasonable body, and others have been no different to a typical adjunct Lager. I’m talking about actual German (not just Aussie) brewed ones too! So really I go into a Kölsch review with no expectations lest I am disappointed again and again. However now I’m reviewing Green Beacon’s take on this maligned style, and they really know how to put up excellent examples of any style they touch – so I’m looking forward to a good Kölsch, one that isn’t trying to be an insipid Lager without any body. Cheers to GB!

Poured from a 375ml can into a stange (the traditional drinking vessel for a Kölsch).

A: Hazed golden-straw yellow body with a nice white 1 centimetre sea foam head that crests and quickly dissipates to a thin lace ring. Tried to agitate the head, no dice… so yeah, head retention could use a little work. 7/10.

S: Bread yeast/dry cracker forward with a light grainy note… look it’s not the best aroma for a Kölsch (or any beer)… at least it’s not offensive or skunked, but it could perhaps be a bit more in your face – this is a beer that needs something bolder aroma-wise. However I’ve smelled far worse… then I bought some deodorant, which seemed to help. 5/10.

T: Then: BOOM! In comes Captain flavour to give old man aroma a kick up the backside, with notes of: Lemon, floral hops, dry cracker/bread yeast, slight grainy note, and a hint of crisp apple peel (just a hint!). Finishes slightly dry with a tinge of citric hop bitterness. For a 4.6% ABV Kölsch this bad boy means business! [what type of business?] Something e-commerce… with hats… yeah, that. 8/10.

M: Mid to light, almost medium bodied, with a sharp but light carbonation. 8/10.

D: Mmmm, lemony… GB brought the goods yet again! This is one Aussie Kölsch that I could definitely see myself partaking in on yet another hot Queensland summers day. The question is: When is it no longer considered a heat wave but normal summer weather when we keep getting days like today? Who knows… [a meteorologist perhaps?] All I know (apart from a great many things) is that as these summers grow longer my taste for Lagers/Pilsners/ Kölschs grows with it. If this keeps up pretty soon I’ll have to give up reviewing Russian Imperial Stouts [NOOooo!!!] – but let’s not forget the words of Ned Stark: “Winter is coming!”. Damn hope it is! 9/10.

Food match: Something light and summery – grilled chicken salad or seafood.

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