Spinnakers Happy New Beer Honey Kolsch

Happy_New_Beer_Bottle-WEBBrewer: Spinnakers Brewery, Victoria BC
Style: Kolsch
ABV: 4.5%

Description: A limited release that is brewed for the holidays, the Honey Kolsch is a twist on the popular Cologne-style of ale. In addition to Canadian Pilsner malt and a touch local honey, the end product is lagered, cold fermented, and on the lighter side as far as alcohol content is concerned.

Tasting Notes: While very refreshing, this beer was a little on the light side for my taste. While the honey certainly comes through in the delightful scent, there was little honey flavor to speak of. What’s more, the hop flavor is muted, which leaves the drinker with a malt base that tastes less like champagne (which is what they were going for) and very much like mineral water. A refreshing brew, and well-paired with spicier dishes, but not what I would expect from a holiday beer.

Appearance: Light golden, clear, good foam retention and carbonation
Nose: Light malt, notes of honey, mild hops, minerals
Taste: Gentle malt, mild tang, reminiscent of mineral water, touch of honey
Aftertaste: Lingering mineral flavor, tang and malt flavor
Overall: 7.5/10

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