Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Dundee Kolsch Style Ale

Dundee Kolsch Style Ale

Brewed by:
Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.

Rochester, New York, USA


5.70% ABV

Commercial Description:
In Germany, Kobes(brewery waiters) have been serving Kolsch since 1906. But they’re notoriously tough to pin down, always rushing past with grilled potatoes, cabbage, sausages, sandwiches, and big round trays of their namesake brew. And while you might need to speak Germanto order a Kolsch in Koln, you don’t need any such skill to enjoy one here. Ours is light and refreshing with subtle "biscuity" notes and a clean refreshing finish. It’s also considerably less difficult to order. And thats something we can all drink too. Prost! 14°

I received a variety case of Dundee Craft Beer for my birthday. The only Dundee that I have had is the Honey Brown and it’s been a long time since I’ve had one of those. (Like 5 years or more) I did not know that they made any other craft beers so these next few reviews will be interesting as I sample my way through the case.

Today I’m doing a deck side review is the Dundee Kolsch Style Ale. I’m vacationing at my sister-in-law’s house in Front Royal VA. It’s been a long hot day playing with the kids in the poor. It’s now late in the afternoon and a perfect time for a “Deck Side Review”. I’ve chosen the Kolsch to review today. Seems like a good time for a refreshing Kolsch.

Sorry another Kolsch review without the proper glass. The Stange glass is still the only style beer glass that I don’t have. So today I’m using a pilsner glass.

The beer pours a crystal clear pale golden almost straw color with a modest bright white head. This beer is highly effervescent with a tremendous amount of tiny bubbles rising up from the bottom of the glass.

The nose is modest with pilsner type malt aromas along with a slight floral hop presence and an underlining earthiness that I can’t put my finger on.

That’s a refreshing beer. I’m not picking up “Kolsch” but it’s nice and there is an interesting earthy final aftertaste. It’s not Gaffel or Reissdorf but it close enough to enjoy as a Kolsch.

The taste starts out with just a slight hint of malt sweetness on front on the tip of the tongue. Then there is the most pleasant effervescence over the tongue in the middle of the sip. The back-end is extremely easy drinking with an effortless swallow. There is also another carbonation release during the swallow. The finish is clean and crisp with just a hint of hops to dry but there is no bitterness whatsoever. There is a distinct earthiness to the finish and final aftertaste. All and all what a pleasant and refreshing experience.

I often describe a Kolsch as an earthy pilsner. This one does have a touch of that earthiness. However if I did not read the label I would not have called this a Kolsch. It drinks more like an American summer ale but without the citrus notes. At any rate I am enjoying this nice and refreshing beer.

That first one went down so easily I think I’ll have another as I work on my final thoughts and summary.

Even though this is lacking some of that Kolsch flavor I’m still going for a B maybe even a B+. This is very refreshing light and crisp beer that is highly carbonating and extremely easy drinking.

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