Monday, July 7, 2014

Laurelwood Brewing Company - Kölsch 45

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According to Wikipedia, a Kölsch is a local specialty beer brewed in Cologne, Germany. It's supposed to be "clear with a bright straw-yellow hue and a prominent but not extreme hoppiness and is less bitter than the standard German pale lager." That's what it says!

I was at happy hour at Laurelwood Brewing's taproom today. (Get the pork nachos!) I was interested in trying a new (to me) beer and was immediately drawn to the name of one of the seasonal releases: Kölsch 45. Ha ha, see what they did there? Colt 45 is a horrible malt liquor sold in giant 40 ounce bottles and eagerly consumed by gangstas and toothless hillbillies. It's a funny play on the name. Of course, I was hoping that was the only similarity--and that the beer didn't actually TASTE like Colt 45. How was it, you ask?

The beer was presented in a nice, heavy-bottomed pilsner glass. It was indeed a bright straw-yellow hue. The white head was about a finger thick and dissipated slowly. Thin, webby lacing was left behind. Quite a lovely beer, I must say.

Aroma was lemony citrus and mild, grassy hops on first uptake. Floral notes with some light, bready, biscuity hints in the background.

Taste followed the nose. Slightly spicy, light lemon zest with pleasant hops bitterness. Nice!

Light to medium body with a crisp, clean finish. It's an easy drinker. Very mild hops bitterness left on the palate at the end. Very refreshing on a hot summer day!

Overall, Kölsch 45 is perfect for what it is. The description on the menu at Laurelwood says that in Germany, they'll keep bringing you glasses of Kölsch until you ask them to stop. I could definitely drink a boatload of this particular beer, that's for sure. Absolutely nothing like Colt 45. *wink* I'm giving this one a BeerGuyPDX rating of 3 1/2 crushed cans out of 4. Good stuff!


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