I did this mini-mash with DME in March and just finished drinking the 5-gallon batch. I was pleasantly suprised by this one - I was expecting a straightoward "lawnmower" type of taste, but found this recipe to produce a zesty hop bite and subtle fruity flavor from the kolsch yeast. The flavor is complex. This recipe is definitely not something you can replicate with a store-bought beer, which it made it a particular favorite with my friends. A few points of caution, however - it's summer now, so beer careful about letting your fermenter get too warm (the kolsch yeast is finicky and when I brewed this my temp was borderline too high). Also, the liquid kolsch yeasts take a very long time to clear in the secondary. Putting your secondary in the fridge supposedly helps, but unfortunately I didn't have room in my fridge for it - after three weeks in the secondary, my kolsch was still hazy. It was delicious, but cloudier than a stylistic purist would call for.
Reviewed by: Old Site Reviewer from United States.