Atlantic Brewing Company out of Bar Harbor, Maine will soon be releasing a limited edition beer. Spring Ginger Kölsch is an ale brewed in the traditional German style with a cool fermentation and then lager conditioned. This Kölsch is brewed with fresh, pressed Hawaiian ginger and German Saaz hops, the beer weighs in at 4.4% ABV. Spring Ginger Kölsch will be available exclusively on draft at select locations around Maine starting on April 3rd, 2014. Thank you to Atlantic Brewing Company for getting a sample in my hands prior to the beers official release.
Name: Spring Ginger Kölsch
Brewed By: Atlantic Brewing Company
Ginger Kölsch pours a beautiful shimmering straw-gold color with a bone white head, the beer is crystal clear.
A pleasant smelling beer, light crackery malt, a touch of earthy hops and a slightly sweet, fresh ginger aroma.
Easy drinking, the malt body is light with a slight sweetness up front followed immediately by a delicate ginger spice. There is just a hint of bitterness that rounds out the sweetness from the malt and the spice from the ginger. This beer has a crisp, clean mouthfeel and finishes dry with a pleasant ginger aftertaste.
I am very happy to have had the opportunity to try this beer before it’s released to the public. Overall a superbly balanced, delicately spiced spring offering that would drink like a champ all summer but I don’t think will last that long. The pressed ginger addition in the kettle has given this beer a perfect fresh ginger flavor that is not overpowering in the least, combined with a cool fermentation and lagering to leave the beer crisp and clean. I could see this beer pairing quite well with seafood, sushi in particular.