Lime Kolsch – Burnside Brewing (Portland, OR, USA)


Lime Kolsch (Kölsch) (ale brewed with lime zest, kaffir lime leaves, & lemongrass) – Burnside Brewing, 5.4% ABV, 18 IBUs – 1pt. 6 fl.oz., (Portland, Oregon, USA)

on the front left-side label:

“Lime Kölsch is a German style beer made with Pilsener malt and Tettnanger hops. With our Burnside twist, we add the zest of 200 limes and then infuse with the essence of kaffir lime leaf and lemongrass. The result is a crisp, dry, and pleasurable summer ale with hints of exotic flavours from the East.”


  • Style: (lime zest, kaffir lime leaves, lemongrass + Kölsch) Spiced Ale
  • Taste: Tangy light-sour lime leaf + zest lemongrass barley malt
  • Where I got it : W.16th Liquor Store
  • How much: $6 (after 10% off) – 1pt. 6 fl.oz., September 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: Pours translucent pale orange with a small head, a thin layer of micro CO2 retention, clusters of very active streams, no lacing.

Nose: mellow kaffir lime leaves, lime zest, overall bright citrus. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: incoming sourness

Mid-palate: very tangy, light-med sourness, fizzy-tingly, (MAIN) kaffir lime leaves, lime zest, barley malt, *hints* of lemongrass.

Finish: lingering acidity, bitter lime peel, subtle bitter hopped barley malt finish.

Summary: Discernable bright flavours just as advertised with a somewhat thin mouthfeel. Nevertheless, kudos to Burnside for creating a uniquely tasting yet very drinkable brew. It drinks like a better tasting Corona & Lime.