Cölner Hofbräu Früh Kölsch (4.8%)

I picked this up in Waitrose the other day as it jumped out at me against the usual array of lagers.
Perhaps it’s a new addition to their range, perhaps it doesn’t matter.
What does matter is that this is a really nice zippy little lagered beer.
Früh Kölsch smells of straw and summer playing fields, and is a lovely bright sunny gold that sparkles feistily.
The beer begins with a very soft caramel, warm and runny, a hint of sweetcorn and a great big helping of heather honey that adds a nice bittern greenness to its sweet backbone.
There are the usual peppery notes, but here it’s more radish dry heat than crushed peppercorn burn, and you also a celery and chard clean fresh crunch.
The hops here are by turns floral and herbal, equally sweet and pretty, fresh and bitter.
A good twist of lemon juice, some round and rich clementine peel and a splash of thick mango juice add tio the mix before the finish goes metallic, dry and long.
I’ll be buying this again, that’s for sure.

About Simon Williams

Founder of CAMRGB. Member of The British Guild Of Beer Writers. Leftist bigmouth. Old and grumpy.
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