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Occidental Kölsch

Occidental Brewing, Portland, Oregon

Portland is home to some of the most creative and delicious beers in the country. Occidental is among the breweries producing said beers. They say they're producing traditional brews in the "continental tradition" but I think it's safe to say that they're not particularly tied down by that tradition. And that's a good thing! What they brew as a Kölsch errs more on the side of lager than ale. It's a bit malty, with a mild bready quality to it. But thanks to a touch of hops, there's also some earthy and grassy notes grounding the flavor. It's a nice complexity for a subtle brew.

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  • Snooth User: JerzJerry
    490279 38

    Just had a Saranac Kolsch from their Summer Seasonal 12-Pack....Was quite decent !!

    Aug 21, 2013 at 12:45 PM

  • Snooth User: wortsup
    1334079 8

    This article is the biggest load of BS ever. Why you ask. For one Kolsch... real Kolsch can only come from KOLN, Germany, just like Champagne and Burgundy can only come from their respective regions. Snooth should do some research before spewing articles that make no sense and just make them look silly. This list should be Gaffel, Reisdorf, Sunner, and Fru all of which are from Koln. SMH

    Aug 21, 2013 at 12:57 PM

  • Hey Wortsup -- thanks for the comment. I actually did point that out in the opening paragraph. While yes, the Kolsch convention does state that Kolsch can only come from Koln, the style of beer has caught on with a lot of domestic breweries. Thanks again -- hope you keep reading.

    Aug 21, 2013 at 1:45 PM

  • Snooth User: larrylee13
    459444 54

    Interestingly, just had a "Kolsch-style" beer from Alaska Brewing on my return trip from Alaska (on Alaska Airlines, of course!). Quite decent!

    Aug 23, 2013 at 10:50 AM

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