Style: blonde ale
Serving style: kegs, cans and bottles
Availability: year-round throughout Washington
Appearance: “I’d say it’s a light straw color. There’s a nice one-inch high head of white foam. Actually, it looks pretty much like any other glass of just-poured beer.”
Aroma: “Maybe not a whole lot of nose to it. Certainly nothing like that piney or citrus quality shown by many IPAs.”
Taste: “The body seems light-to-medium, but it doesn’t come across as insufficient. There seems to be a spiciness in the background. No, I can’t identify which spices—maybe it’s just more perception than reality. It finishes clean and crisp. It’s almost like a typical American-style lager, but there’s something extra to it.”
Food Pairing; “Like a wine with good acidity, the crisp nature of this Kolsch would likely complement food very well. Sausage slices, Munster cheese, rye bread all come to my mind—or my palate, I should say. If you were thinking of something more than just snacks, it might be interesting served with a mild Indian curry.”
--Guest Reviewer Georg Scheutzel enjoyed many a kölsch in Köln (Cologne) before emigrating to work in the U.S. tech industry.