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RATINGS: 640   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.98   EST. CALORIES: 138   ABV: 4.6%
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It is made very much like a pilsner, except that it is fermented at warm temperatures with ale yeast. It is then lagered like a pilsner. It tastes very much like a pils, except for the subdued fruitiness of the ale yeast, the tang of the wheat (in some), and the lack of lager-like sulfur aromas.

So where can you taste a Kolsch? There are no Kolsches being imported into the United States. So you could fly to Cologne. A better idea is to come to Ballast Point Brewing Company and try our Yellowtail Pale Ale Kolsch. We make it with 5% Wheat, finish hop it with Liberty and Tettnanger hops, and ferment it with a yeast we borrowed from a brewery in Cologne. So come on in and enjoy a taste of the Rhineland!!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
penstemon (127) - - JUN 1, 2014
Pours clear gold with a white head. Aroma is crisp, some grain, grass, earthy, lemony citrus, mineral, light apple juice, a hint of sulfur. Taste is doughy grain, cracker, lemon, orange, grass, apple seeds, mineral, and light bitterness. Light body, nice carbonation, dry finish. Refreshing. A fair amount of subtle flavors going on, but I imagine this will disappoint people looking for an APA.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BlackHaddock (3797) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 22, 2014
19th March 2014 on the terrace of the san Diego Fish Market Bar, sat in the warming afternoon sun. Ordered this thinking it was a Pale Ale! The beer is light golden with a fading white head. Like almost all Kolsch it was almost odourless, this had mild bready notes in the nose but very little else. Refreshing but bland in flavour (again like most Kolsch I’ve tried and I have been to Koln a few times). A sunshine beer with not much going on, some hints of malty sweetness and a weak hop finish is the best I can come up with.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TXBadger (1398) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 15, 2014
A typical kolsch style beer. Pours a clear golden color with white head. Cereal grains, some citrus, and a little floral note on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with some floral notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KoNrRiI (468) - Århus, DENMARK - MAY 8, 2014
0.355 bottle. Slightly hazy, orange color and a small, white head. Strong aroma, mostly sweet and sour with yeasty and hoppy notes at the forefront. Taste is sour rather than sweet but it doesn’t offend; citrus and flowers but later emerge some butter, leather, and cellar impressions characteristic for an Altbier. Light to medium body, slick texture, and lively carbonation. Finish is short-lived and also sour. All in all the beer is alright for a Kölsch but in general does not impress.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Clownoisseur (216) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - MAY 1, 2014
On tap at a San Diego Padres game. Light bodied-yellow color...average white head...lots of carbonation. Aromas of light hops, grassy and a light yeasty sweetness. Taste is thin, watery, slight lemon with some floral hops. Minimal bitterness in a decently crisp finish. Not a bad beer to sip on at a ballgame while eating some nachos.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hanuta06 (327) - Washington, USA - APR 19, 2014
Serving: from bottle--purchased at Full Throttle Bottles. Aroma: light floral hop. Appearance: average-sized, frothy, off-white, initial head with fair lacing and fully diminishing longevity. Clear, medium yellow body. Taste: lightly acidic initial flavor and finish with average duration. Palate: light body, watery texture and lively carbonation. Overall: not bad.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 3/20
rxeight (1333) - Illinois, USA - APR 15, 2014
Ugh. Last time I pick a beer without checking here first. Saw pale ale. Assumed like IPA. Nope. This is a kolsch. Sawdust. Like a stronger Mgd. Good thing it was only in a mixed 6. Drain pour this some bitch.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jhamp9 (1055) - Corinth, Texas, USA - APR 13, 2014
Clear gold with a nice white head. Aroma is grainy, honey, vegetables, and some plastic. Taste is sweet and grainy with slight cardboard and vegetables. Dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JHeath99 (968) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - APR 12, 2014
Bottle from Lazy Dog. Pours a super transparent gold with a medium layer of cream colored head. Aroma of malts and grass. Slightly floral. Taste of malts and citrus.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
cafgen (134) - California, USA - APR 6, 2014
Gold color with a white head. Aroma is a slight hoppiness and piney. Taste is smooth, just a hint of hoppiness. Nothing great. A blah beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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