VCBW 2015 Campfire Kolsch – Red Truck Beer Co. (Vancouver, BC, Canada)


VCBW 2015 Campfire Kolsch – Red Truck Brewing, 5.5% ABV, 650ml, 20 IBU, (Chilliwack, BC, Canada) (*local craft beer*)

on the front-left label:

“In honour of this year’s lumberjack theme and official charity (Vancouver Firefighters’ Charitable Society) we’ve brewed a sessionable Kolsch style ale using an extremely subtle amount of cherry wood smoke malt and hops that give tropical fruit notes. In the end you can expect this beer to be reminiscent of a lightly BBQed pineapple.”


  • Style: (cherry wood smoked) Kölsch
  • Taste: Burnt astringent sweet lager malt
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $6 – 650ml., June 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: nope

Visual: Pours clear golden yellow with a very small head, thin micro layer of retention, several steady streams.

Nose: sweet liquid malt, hints of apple juice, traces of toasted marshmallow. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: subdued hops, incoming fruit

Mid-palate: burnt astringency, (lvl-4)-sweetness, (MAIN) lagered sweet barley malt, red apple

Finish: lingering soft hopped bitterness mixed with burnt bitterness.

Summary: Decent backbone but the burnt smokiness ruined it for me. Lightly BBQed pineapple? not even close.