Now that everyone is getting excited about the weather warming up, it’s only appropriate to take a look at another light beer. Koelsch ales are great when you want to sling back a drink that’s not too bitter and nicely malty.
Iron Springs Pub and Brewery’s Kent Lake Koelsch has a nice bright yellow color with a light, thin head. A grainy, bready aroma hints at the Hallertau and Tettnang hops hat give this beer its bitterness. That bitterness, however, is initially hidden by the sweetness of white grape and honey notes from the malts, with a nice dry finish. The medium body and medium carbonation, along with the moderate alcohol percentage (4.5%), make it all the more drinkable and refreshing. This beer stands well on its own and as a result may best be paired with light fare such as fish, poultry or leafy salads with citrus-based dressings.
In the end, I feel like this beer could have used either more malt or more hops to give it a more distinctive flavor. Regardless, it’s a comfortable sort of beer that I wouldn’t hesitate to drink more of. I give it a 3/5.
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