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BC Beer – Spinnakers Swan Lake Kolsch

December 3, 2010

An early ale style, distinctive to its Cologne appellation, from the days before lager beers, appearing like a Pilsner, silicate, gently fruity, a slightly sweet malty biscuityness and a slight spice from whole leaf Czech hops. Refreshing, serve at about 8°C. Swan Lake Kolsch celebrates the original site of William Steinberger’s Victoria Brewing Company, Western Canada’s first commercial brewery, established at Swan Lake in 1858.

Currently available on tap (and 650 ml bottles early November), this beer was made as a fundraiser for Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary’s Bridges to Nature Campaign. Ten percent of proceeds from all pints and bottles of Kölsch will go towards this great initiative. This ale is distinctive to Cologne from the days before lagers, appearing like a Pilsner, delicate and refreshing, gently fruity, with a little sweet biscuityness.

Pretty apt description. This beer made an appearance at the Epic Beer Dinner 3 I attended last Saturday. I can’t remember what it was paired with it, but it really worked. I think it might have been that wicked sandwich that Jeff prepared.

At first whiff Swan Lake Kolsch smelled salty and tart. If the label didn’t say Kolsch I’d have guessed it was a Gose I was about to pour. This follows through on the taste. Kinda salty, some light floral notes and a gentle biscuit malt flavour. A fairly creamy body with a slightly honey-like sweet finish. An interesting beer. Simple and refreshing. It was summer I might buy another bottle, unfortunately for Spinnakers it’s not.

Rating: Average
Style: Kolsch
ABV: 4.8%
Serving Temp: 6-8ºC
BCL: 162859


From → Beer, Limited Release

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