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Samuel Adams

Escape Route

Escaping from winter’s darkness, this hazy golden, unfiltered Kölsch style creates a fresh start.  Our take on the classic hybrid style from Cologne Germany combines the subtle fruit notes of an ale with the smooth crispness of a lager for a bright, refreshing brew to help escape those lingering cold days. Available beginning in January.

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HOP VARIETIES

Strisselspalt and Aramis

MALT VARIETIES

Samuel Adams two-row pale malt blend, acidulated malt, flaked barley, and carafoam

YEAST STRAIN

Top-fermenting Ale

COLOR

Golden, veiled / 7 SRM

SPECIAL INGREDIENTS

ALC. BY VOL/WT

5.0%ABV - 3.9%ABW

IBUs

30

CAL PER SERVING

147

AVAILABILITY

Limited Seasonal

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TASTING NOTES

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This classic Kölsch style has a subtle fruitiness and hint of sweetness from the malt varieties used.
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This brew has a light and smooth taste with subtle notes of honey from the pale malts and flaked barley.

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  • THE TOOLS

    Like a light at the end of a long winter, this hazy golden Kölsch-style is bright, fresh, & crisp, making it perfect for emerging from winter’s hibernation.  The classic Kölsch style, from Cologne Germany, is less bitter than a pilsner with a subtle fruitiness and hint of sweetness.  For our version we wanted to compliment the beer’s light crispness with the bright yet delicate freshness of Alsatian Strisselspalt & Aramis hops.

  • THE TRADE

    Golden & hazy, this unfiltered Kölsch has a light and smooth taste with subtle notes of honey from the pale malts and flaked barley.  To create this brew we used the traditional yet unique Kölsch yeast.  This hybrid style yeast ferments at ale-like temperatures to develop delicate fruit notes but is then stored cold like a lager to develop a dry, crisp finish.  To complement the brew’s crispness we used Strisselspalt & Aramis hops from Alsace, France. These little known hops, derived from nearby Bavarian Noble hops, have a bright lemony, grassy hop flavor. 

  • THE LEGACY

    The Kölsch style originated in Köln (Cologne) Germany as their local specialty. To this day officially designated Kölschs must be from this area similar to Champagne in France.  This bright, golden beer is traditionally served in small narrow glasses called "stanges" with rounds served automatically until your coaster tops the glass. Kölsch’s brewing process is similar to the neighboring Altbier, from Düsseldorf.  Both use warm fermenting ale yeasts but then employ cold lager-like storage. The only difference is Altbier’s slightly darker malts and higher bitterness.

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