Beer Review: WA: Snoqualmie Falls Schooner Zodiac German-style Kolsch, Is A Should Try

How's the Summer treating you so far? Been to enough barbecues, baseball games, or outdoor concerts? Or did you instead enjoy it from the confines of a backyard, patio, or porch? Chances are if you in the Northwest you have found some way to give this year's weather a thumbs up. Yes there have been some overcast days filled with rain, thunderstorms and wind. But that alter your mood on what to enjoy during all this.

Psychologically this time of year inspires one to seek not dark-colored beers. Instead people feel compelled to drink beers that have hue more akin to the rays of the sun. For some that's an ale or lager that reminds of dusk or dawn, while others feel more drawn to a beer that reminds them of boating or tubing on a body of water.

Whichever sun-kissed color you go with, we thought we would remind you another beer that just came onto the scene.

Snoqualmie Falls Schooner Zodiac Kolsch is a German-style (some might say German-inspired) Kolsch from the makers of Stream Train Porter and Wildcat India Pale Ale. Here's what the brewery had to say about this beer.
Brewery Description
Our Zodiac Kolsch is a straw-yellow color that has just a bit of wheat malt in the grist bill, and prominently but not excessively hopped with Spalt hops from Germany to insure its pedigree.  The palate is light-med bodied, biscuit malt with herbal spiciness from the Spalt, and the finish is emphatically dry and crisp
Original Gravity – 1.046 (11.5 Plato) 
International Bittering Units 26
Alc. By Vol 4.9% 
Unfiltered and Unpasteurized  Please Refrigerate
Built for the heirs to the Johnson & Johnson family; the Zodiac was designed by William H. Hand, Jr., to epitomize the best features of the American fishing schooner. In 1928, she competed in the Transatlantic Race for the Kings Cup where she finished in fourth place.  During the Depression, the Zodiac was sold to the San Francisco Bar Pilots, and renamed California. She worked the rugged waters outside the Golden Gate for forty years, retiring in 1972, as the last working pilot schooner in the United States. In late August 1946 Willard Carroll was returning from Pearl Harbor aboard the troopship USS Hermitage. The California (Zodiac) came out and put the pilot aboard.  In the mid 70s, the Vessel Zodiac Corporation was formed to operate and maintain the schooner, whose maiden name was promptly restored to Zodiac. Drawing on an experienced crew of sailors and shipwrights, the ship was restored to her former beauty and sailing strength. In 1982 she earned a spot on the National Register of Historic Places. She continues to work the waters of Puget Sound, San Juan and Gulf Islands to this day.
Suggested Style Guidelines for a German-style Kolsch
Kölsch is warm fermented and aged at cold temperatures (German ale or alt-style beer). Kölsch is characterized by a golden to straw color and a slightly dry, subtly sweet softness on the palate, yet crisp. Good, dense head retention is desirable. Light pearapple-Riesling wine-like fruitiness may be apparent, but is not necessary for this style. Caramel character should not be evident. The body is light to medium-light. This beer has low hop flavor and aroma with medium bitterness. Wheat can be used in brewing this beer. Ale yeast is used for fermentation, though lager yeast is sometimes used in the bottle or final cold conditioning process. Fruity esters should be minimally perceived, if at all. Chill haze should be absent.
Our Thoughts
You Should Try It
. On a 70 or 80 degree day a Kolsch can take the edge off. This writer would like you to try Schooner Zodiac Kolsch with some seafood or a nice steak. Feeling peckish? You might consider this alongside some cheeses like Gouda.

Snoqualmie Falls poured from the (twenty-two ounce) bottle or on draft appears pale gold with a strong clarity. Resting on top is an initial two-inches of off-white foamy 'head'. As the beer warms up the white cap recedes, allowing some lacing to remain inside the glass.

As this writer gives this German-style Kolsch a swirl notes of lemon zest and toasted white bread are recovered. Taking a small sip allows one to reflect on lemon zest, toasted,, dry, white bread and some sweetness. Overall Snoqualmie Falls Schooner Zodiac has a medium weight as rests on the tongue and there is some stickiness.

In accordance with new FTC regulations regarding bloggers and endorsements, the aforementioned company has provided me a free sample that was used for research prior to writing this review
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