Ninkasi Wünderbier Kölsch-Style Beer

Reviewed by on July 24, 2015 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Ninkasi Brewing Company

  • Origin: Eugene, OR, US

  • Rated On: July 24, 2015

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 4.4%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: Kölsch

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

If there is a style that seems to have had a resurgence in the summer of 2015, I would proffer that it is Kölsch, a brew originating in Köln (Cologne), Germany, and now emulated by craft brewers around the world, such as Oregon’s Ninkasi, with their second entry here in as many days.

This 22oz bottle pours a mostly clear, pale golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, chunky, and bubbly off-white head, which leaves some craggy sea cliff lace around the glass as things evenly bleed away.

It smells of grainy, crackery pale malt, underripe apples and pears, a touch of hard water flintiness, and heady leafy, earthy, and grassy noble hops. The taste is more bready, doughy pale malt, a sort of biscuity graininess, still understated pome fruit notes, subtle field honey, and more prominent leafy, grassy hop bitterness. The bubbles are nice and peppy in their equally fizzy and frothy nature, the body medium-light in weight, and generally smooth, the hops agreeing to a gentleman’s version of detente. It finishes trending dry, yet with the grainy maltiness afforded more extra time here than the lingering hops.

A lower ABV, easy-drinking, and mostly balanced summertime tipple, is what we have here, folks. Nothing too complex or complicated, which is par for the (perhaps golf) course, and a nice segue into suggestions of where one might enjoy this offering right now. Oh, look at that – already done and done.

Brady White

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