Sunday, September 12, 2010
Swashbuckler Brewing Co
Manheim, Pennsylvania, United States
Commercial Description:A traditional German-Style Kolsch Ale that is light in both color and body. German Tettnang hops lend themselves to a soft and balanced aroma, while German wheat adds to the flavor. This crisp, light ale is perfect for all beer drinkers.
Background:I love Fair Season! This weeks offering from the RenFaire is the Swashbuckler Gold. I have never had this one so it will be interesting to see what it’s like.
I still do not have a Kolsch glass. I have even given up trying to use these that come close but are not quite there. So for this review I am just using a standard beer glass.
Review:The beer pours a clear light copper color with a white head. This seems a little dark for a Kolsch.
The nose is light caramel malts and floral hops. This smells more like a pale ale then a Kolsch.
Well, it tastes more like a pale ale also. This is really a good tasting beer but it is not a typical Kolsch. This is more like an American pale ale rendition of a Kolsch.
The taste starts out with sweet pale almost caramel malts upfront on the tip of the tongue but that is quickly replaced with a effervescence and tang on the tongue throughout the middle of the sip. There is also a building hop bitterness throught the middle of the sip. The back end is fairly easy drinking. The building hop bitterness does diminish during the swallow. The finish is dry with a pleasant hop bite. The final aftertaste is very hoppy. These hops do not have the typical American hop bitterness. These German hops are more tangy and floral.
This is really a good tasting beer. It may not have sounded good but I am really enjoying it. I really like these hops. As I have said many times before I’m not a hop head. I do however like the flavor of these German hops. They have a nice flavor and a good bite or tang to them without the excessive bitterness.
My only real problem with this beer is that it does not taste like a typical Kolsch, it tastes more like an American Pale with German hops instead of the American Cascades.
This rating will be another of those style conflicts. As a all around good drinkable beer this is a solid B. However for a German Kolsch I’m going to give this a C+. I have really enjoyed this beer but it is lacking some of those German earthy notes and crispness of the Kolsch. Still all and all this is a very good beer.