Beer: Kölsch-Style Ale
Brewery: Ful Circle
Serving Style: Bottle
Drinking Establishment: Chez Wood
Primary Consumer: Kerensa
Sight: Slightly cloudy, golden body with a large fluffy head that recedes to small bubbly rim.
Smell: Crisp, metallic aroma with a hint of alcohol, spice, raisins, and sparkling apple cider.
Flavor: Mellow, underwhelming flavor compared to its smell. Some might not agree, but there is a slight glue and cleaning product flavor.
Feel: Medium, creamy body with low carbonation. Quite a strange mouthfeel for the style.
Concluding Remark: Well, this is my first go at an American Kölsch-style ale, and really, what was I expecting from a German beer made solely for drinking at ein brauhaus? I’m nowhere near Cologne right now, and on a slow night in suburban New Jersey, seemingly even farther away from a beer garden. While drinking some beers evoke memories of beer halls and debauched nights in Germany, Full Circle’s Kölsch just reminds me of drinking an unmemorable beer. Which means I’m reminded of nothing and instead painfully aware of my present, which consists of drinking this average beverage.
So, it’s totally not a bad beer–it does capture the sweetness and subtle malt flavors of a standard Kölsch. However, it falls short of what makes the style so drinkable: its exceptionally crisp, fresh, and light qualities. Oh well. Stick with the authentic brews certified under the Kölsch Konvetion. That is all.
*Ironically, I drank this beer before I photographed it while waiting for my camera to charge because I was just so gosh darn excited to try it and clearly couldn’t contain myself. Not worth it.