Okanagan Spring Honey Kölsch

Reviewed by on April 29, 2016 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Okanagan Spring Brewery

  • Origin: Vernon, BC, CA

  • Rated On: April 29, 2016

  • Best Before: bottled March 4, 2016

  • ABV: 4.8%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Kölsch

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

The Honey Kölsch is Okanagan Spring Brewery’s Summer 2016 seasonal, released about a month ago, and thus probably the first of the year, then!

This 341ml bottle pours a clear, bright medium golden yellow colour, with two chubby fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and mildly creamy eggshell white head, which leaves a bit of electrical storm lace around the glass as it gently subsides.

It smells of grainy and crackery pale malt, a certain petrol-like astringency (ahhhh, old-school German!), some subtle apple and underripe pear fruitiness, ethereal floral honey, and plain earthy, leafy, and sort of skunky weedy hops. The taste is bready and doughy pale malt, partially fermented honey, a lesser gasohol thing, muddled light orchard fruit, dried honey, and more understated leafy, weedy, and grassy hoppiness. The carbonation is fairly active in its probing fizziness and more laid-back frothiness, the body a so-so middleweight, and generally smooth, with only a bit of that now low-key skunk getting handsy here. It finishes off-dry, the honeyed malt starting to put the hammer down on the various other edgy esters.

Overall, a decent enough version of the style, the guest sweetener clashing with the Teutonic pilsner goodness, to make well, a Kölsch. Whatever – for the first time in a long time, when I popped the cap on this one, and took a customary whiff, all I could think was – that smells like a beer!

Brady White

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