Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Samuel Adams East-West Kölsch

Today I'm drinking Samuel Adams East-West Kölsch brewed by The Boston Beer Company in Boston, Cincinnati or Breinigsville, Pennsylvania. A pair of these beers was in one of their summer styles packs. The label looks out of date, and I'm not sure why they even bothered with the blurry photo buried behind enormous brand lettering. I don't even know what is supposed to be depicted. The neck label describes the beer. "Alsation hops and night-blooming Southeast Asian Jasmine Sambac flowers." I knew it when I tasted them! LOL. Enjoy before September.

Floral, lemony citrus, clean and a little sweet aroma. Very flowery to start, yet not overdone, and nicely matched with some crisp lemon flavors. Fresh, too. Bready malt does answer that initial hoppy bitter burst. Carbonation is strong and prickly, adding to the beer's refreshment. The finish is spicy and tangy, lightly bitter, and a great way to finish. I enjoyed this terrifically!

Jasminum Sambac 'Maid of Orlean' ~ Live Jasmine Plant

Farmhouse Ales: Culture and Craftsmanship in the Belgian Tradition

This body needs a Kolsch transfusion Black T-Shirt


Royce said...

This beer sounds interesting, I'll have to give it a try. I sometimes find with kolsch beers that they have an almost dusty quality that can be kind of off-putting. I'm sure someone who knows something about beer could tell me what causes that.

When that dusty thing doesn't pop up, though, I think kolsch can be a really interesting style. Excited to try this one.

Beer Drinker Rob said...

Hey Royce. I am not very familiar with this style of beer at all, but I do know it was pretty tasty. All in that mixed 12 pack are good or better, even the Sam Adams Light.

dale said...

It sounds pretty tasty. I'm going to look for a pack this weekend. Cheers!

Beer Drinker Rob said...

I bought it at Publix. Likely cheaper at Total Wine and others, but $14.99 was still OK for the convenience. Let me know what you think.

Not Bob said...

Just had my first taste and found your blog (which I'm now following, nice work). I would say that this is something like a fancy Budweiser that swings both ways (not that there's anything wrong with that)

Beer Drinker Rob said...

Hi Not Bob.

I guess all good beer is fancy Bud. But really they are nothing alike. Bud is a cheaply produced flavorless alcoholic liquid. They cut a lot of corners and substitute traditional brewing grains for the real deal.

Sam Adams did a really nice job here. They ventured into a new style and did a great job.

Philly Beer Nut said...

....unfortunately, this is a seasonal beer and from what I've seen, not available by the case. This was the absolutely PEFRECT beer to quaff after mowing the lawn on a hot day.... completely refreshing. Amazing stuff.

Beer Drinker Rob said...

Sam has a way of testing out their beers in mixed seasonals and if they are successful, bringing them back the next year in six packs.

I'd hope to see this one stand by itself next year as I enjoyed it as well.