Burnside Lime Kölsch

Reviewed by on August 15, 2016 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Burnside Brewing Co.

  • Origin: Portland, OR, US

  • Rated On: August 15, 2016

  • Best Before: October 5, 2016

  • ABV: 5.4%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: Kölsch

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Portland, Oregon’s Burnside Brewing makes this summertime favourite, with, wow, a whole lotta limes!  They also toss in some kaffir lime leaves and lemongrass, just for fun!

This 22oz bottle pours a glassy, medium golden yellow colour, with two chubby fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat creamy eggshell white head, which leaves a bit of streaky rain on the windshield lace around the glass as it quickly bleeds away.

It smells of zingy fresh limes, spicy lemongrass, grainy and doughy pale malt, a bit of estery yeast, and more leafy and hay-like hop bitterness.  The taste is crackery and doughy pale malt, acidic key lime pie, earthy lemongrass, and more herbal, leafy, and slightly floral green hoppiness.  The carbonation is quite hefty in its palate-coating frothiness, the body a respectable middleweight, and actually fairly smooth, with maybe a wee spiciness taking the sheen off of things here.  It finishes off-dry, the robust malt still fending off the lime and lemongrass advances.

Overall, it seems that the guest ingredients do go a long way in obfuscating the underlying Kölsch to a certain degree, but hey – ‘Lime’ comes first in the name, so what did we expect?  Enough of the base beer character is present to prevent having to make alco-pop or sports drink analogies, thankfully.  Refreshing and zesty, is what I’m taking away from this offering.

Brady White



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