Basement Brewhouse Kolsch


65133785_1118499611667516_2020060502427697152_n“This German-style ale is a light gold in colour with a smooth, crisp mouthfeel. The addition of Noble and American hop varieties post-fermentation lends to subtle citrus aromas, which makes this brew a perfect session beer.”

Glassware: Tumbler.

Appearance: Bright gold with 100% clarity. Really healthy co2 streams up to the surface but it fails to retain any head. Wet streaky lace clings to the glass as it subsides.

Aroma: Clean yet discreet scents of floral hops, peppery spice, some wet cardboard and light estery notes like freshly cut pear and green apple. Subtle Noble hop characteristics and crisp and somewhat crackery malt also coming through. Don’t know why but we keep getting this hint of synthetic material…kind of like nappies or polystyrene. Weird. Very weird.

Flavour: Ultra muted…we’re struggling to get any flavour out of it to be honest. What little malt that does come through hints at mild sweetness with an undertone of grain and crackers. Hardly a hop quality in cooee…there’s an inkling of bitterness but it’s gone in seconds while the finish is a little sweet but again falling way too short.

Mouthfeel: Soft, inoffensive and a little watery. Mild co2. Like the rest of the beer…MIA!

Overall: We really hate panning beers but this is just sub-standard. The aroma at least had something to tangle with but the rest seems watered down and lacked any stand out flavours, character and texture. Very disappointing.