Saturday, September 23, 2017

Früh Kölsch

ChadPolenz (1845) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - SEP 23, 2017

DOK: ?

2015 BJCP Category: 5B Kölsch

AROMA: Light fruity notes, especially of white grape with slight pear or apple notes. Clean, grainy-malt but with no residual sweetness. No bready character. Noticeable sulfur character (acceptable for style). Low floral/spicy hops. Clean fermentation. 10/12

APPEARANCE: Beautiful golden hue (2-4 SRM); brilliant clarity; effervescent. Large white foam mostly dissipates but still laces some. 3/3

FLAVOR: Soft malt palette throughout. White grape flavor is noticeable up front with a constant peppery taste and dryness in the background which bites a little as it finishes. Slight sulfur character is noticeable, but not distracting (acceptable for the style). No bread or dough character. Clean fermentation. Clean aftertaste. 17/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light body; medium-high carbonation. Smooth, crisp, refreshing, quaffable and sessionable at 4.8% ABV. 5/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Delectable, fun to drink, and a fantastic example of the style. Almost perfect. 9/10

My review of an old bottle:
ChadPolenz (1844) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - SEP 21, 2017

DOB: 2/5/17?

2015 BJCP Category: 5B Kölsch

AROMA: Lightly sweet honey malt (likely oxidation) with a bit of a white wine character. No hops. Clean fermentation. 7/12

APPEARANCE: Brilliant golden hue (2-3 SRM). Effervescent. Moderate white foam retains and laces fairly well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Lightly-sweet clean grainy malt presence with a subtle toast-with-honey character. Medium-low bitterness throughout with a light, dry peppery taste. Seems to be slightly oxidized with minor sherry flavor. Well-attenuated. Clean fermentation. To spec; just old. 13/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light body; low carbonation. Should be very effervescent and crisp, this feels a bit flat. Not refreshing, but aftertaste is clean. Sessionable at 4.8% ABV. 3/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: I can tell this is a classic example of the style at the core, but not when it's 4-7 months old. 6/10