Sunday, June 12th 2011
(Tallgrass Brewing Company)
I picked up some cans of Köld while I was out in Kansas not that long ago only to realize, just recently, that they've apparently stopped canning this beer. We'll categorize this as "retired" unless we hear otherwise. It's too bad as it was a great beer and the only lager they were brewing...which may have led to the decision to not can it anymore. Perhaps they'll bring it back? If not, they brew plenty of other good beers. Cheers!
From the Tallgrass site:
"Köld is a crisp, easy-drinking lager with a traditional Pilsner malt aroma and subtle notes of honey and citrus. Köld is brewed using the finest German malts and hops, making it reminiscent of German-style lagers."
Here we go...
Pour - floods the glass with a very pale, yellow, straw color. The head is a foamy half-inch of white foam on top. Clean and clear in appearance with some tiny bubbles at the bottom.
Aroma - grainy with some cereal notes and a bit of lemon peel. Not a whole lot in the nose but that is to be expected from the style.
Taste - crisp and light are the first two descriptors that come to mind. Some nice sweet honey flavors come out along with the grainy/maltiness that came out in the aroma. With this style we're looking for something that's light-bodied and dry in the finish without being too sweet or too flat. This hits all the marks quite well. Not a lot of malt y sweetness on the tongue but the carbonation and body make for a very refreshing beer.
Overall - easy drinking, light-bodied lager that is adjunct-free. This is not an easy style to produce so kudos to the folks at Tallgrass for successfully concocting this one. This dances down your throat and leaves you thirsty for more without being too full to throw your hand back in the cooler.
Would I buy more of it? - seems kind of trivial now unfortunately.
Note - Tallgrass currently cans their IPA, Ale, Köld, Oasis, Buffalo Sweat and Halcyon Unfiltered Wheat beers. We're still working our way through all of them! The folks at Tallgrass are good people. Cheers!
Posted by Russ
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