What’s up guys? Once again it’s time for another craft beer review. This time I’m going to be trying the Freigeist Ottekolong produced by the Gasthaus-Brauerei Braustelle located in Koln, Germany.
This is a brewery that I’ve just recently discovered. As a matter of fact, this is only my second brew from these guys.
The website, braustelle.com, is rather limited on information about their beers, so let’s just try it and see for ourselves how it is.
This beer came in a 16.9 oz. bottle and it had an ABV of 4.8%.
It poured a very cloudy, hazy, golden/yellow color. Some brighter yellow highlights were apparent around the bottom of the glass. The crown was white, fluffy, soft and semi-creamy. It was sized very well and the retention time was excellent. The lacing was outstanding too. This beer had a great presentation for an unfiltered Kolsch. Very attractive.
The nose consisted of a lot of grass and grain. It was somewhat musty smelling as well. Some bready hints and a little bit of orange citrus helped out. As I continued to stick my nose in it became overloaded with aromas of wet hay and stale crackers. Hmm. Not the best bouquet I’ve ever experienced.
The flavor contained more of a “wheaty” type of taste. A lot of Pilsner-esque malts with a subtle citrus sweetness and day old bread. Again, significant amounts of musty grain, grass and hay. Oh well… it is what it is I guess. Not horrible by any means though.
The mouthfeel was medium to medium/thin bodied. Smooth, fairly dry, quite crisp, thirst quenching and refreshing. The carbonation was prime for the style and a befitting amount of flavor was left covering the palate after each gulp of the liquid.
Well… this beer was ok I guess. I’m not sure how fresh it was however. It seemed a bit stale in both the taste and the aroma. Although, not anything that I couldn’t work my way through. The beer looked fine, the taste was alright, the mouthfeel was very good and the drinkability was quite good, however the aroma took a little getting used to. I’d like to try it again sometime to see if my interpretation changes with a second tasting. Have any of you guys ever tasted the Freigeist Ottekolong? What did you think of it? Please leave a comment and tell me all about it. I’d like to see if any of you had the same experience I had.
Thanks for reading and commenting everyone. I really appreciate it.
Until next time. Cheers.
Score: 3.3 out of 5