Appearance: straw-gold with bubbly white head
Aroma: lightly sweet, faint wheat
Mouth feel: delicate body
Taste: crisp, lemon-y, some bitterness
Finish: dry, crisp
Our version of the traditional German Kolsch-style ale. This beer, which is light and refreshing, appears to resemble a lager rather than an ale. The Kolsch style is a testimony to the broad spectrum of characteristics an ale can produce, as well as the brewer’s art. The body is soft and delicate with a dry, crisp finish.
|We decided to brew this beer after Rich and Dan visited Cologne, Germany, the birthplace of the Kolsch style. They loved the subtlety of the flavor and appreciated the craftsmanship required to make a beer like this consistent and good. We were on the lookout for a new summer seasonal at the time and the Kolsch, with its refreshing flavor and crisp finish, seemed like a perfect fit.
|We started the Harpoon Brewery in 1986 because—like today—we loved beer and wanted more quality choices.
There was only one problem: we were beer lovers, not brewers. We knew what we wanted to drink, but we needed some help actually brewing it. So we enlisted our first brewer, took over some warehouse space on the Boston waterfront, and began introducing fresh, local craft beer to Boston drinkers. We tried to do it in a way that captured the spirit of fun that had brought us to beer in the first place. From that warehouse, surrounded by fish companies on the docks of South Boston (neighboring what is now the Seaport District), we couldn’t imagine that craft brewing would become what it has today.
We still remember our days on the other side of the bar, and have spent as much time spreading the joy of beer drinking as we have focusing on recipes, ingredients, and brewing equipment. Hopefully our sense of gratitude is reflected in both the quality of the beer and the spirit of fun and enjoyment surrounding our beer and breweries.