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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bwa5879 (601) - Portage, Michigan, USA - JAN 27, 2014
Slightly cloudy pale peach color pour with quarter inch white head. Sour rubbery british malt and bright strong citrus hops in scent. Lively carbonation, thick mouthfeel, dry finish. Taste very similar to scent with addition of rich carmel malt flavor and some pine hops. Nice pale ale that keeps the british malt going strong with a good amount of american hops too.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pyrmir (3189) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JAN 22, 2014
On tap. Golden with big white head. Aroma malty, grain, crisp and nice, some grassy and flowers. Taste is thick and grainy, sweet malt with floral and grassy hops. Decent

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
cards04 (1599) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 10, 2014
A solid kolsch. Reminds me of st James pale ale by half pints in Winnipeg. Pours golden with white head and lacing. Aromas and flavors are sweet grains a bit apple in there too. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Brandon1989 (239) - Euless, Texas, USA - JAN 7, 2014
pours a yellow color with a small white head. the aroma is malts and grassy and taste wasn’t all that great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Westmeister (1650) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 6, 2014
You know when you go into something that you think is going to be real nice, and you are taken back bc its completely different than you thought. Well, this beer was that for me. Loved Ballast POint’s hoppy stuff thus far and thought this would be a nice West Coast pale ale. Sipped and and immediately thought what the hell happened to the hops damnit. Looked at the bottle closer and read "kolsch". Ah. Made sense. In the end, this is a pretty good kolsch. LIght fruity, summer session type, grains. Overall, kolsch is still a style that I can’t give or take.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
cduncan14 (138) - Sandy Springs, Georgia, USA - JAN 6, 2014
Yeasty, funky notes with a bit of fruity ester. Not necessarily unpleasant, but just a bit off. Really pretty clear golden color with a foamy white head. Easy-drinking. Doesn’t do anything magical, but if you like kolsches you’ll probably like this one. Yeasty and malty flavors of cereal. Not quite as crisp as I’d like. Definition of a middle-of-the-road beer. Probably a good alternative for mass-market domestics for those just getting into craft beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
SNL (197) - - JAN 5, 2014
Bottle. Light golden pour, small off-white head. Not much nose, a little malt. Taste is crisp malts, not much else. As expected, it is much like a pilsner. Average carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jw0406 (728) - atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 27, 2013
12 oz bottle pours a golden color with a nice white head. Aromas of grass, light hops, hay. Light and refreshing

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ibrew2or3 (6767) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 26, 2013
Poured up on tap at Flanny’s in Tempe where it has a crystal clear deep gold body that supports a white head and leaves behind bits of lacing. The aroma offers up sweet malts, some sweet Pilsner like malts and then floral hoppiness. The taste starts a bit sweet with a dash of sweet pear like fruity esters. To midway it picks up some malts with a thin grainy edge and soft floral hops. If, and only if, this was a little less sweet and a bit more crisp this would be a pretty darn solid Kolsch. For an American made Kolsch it is one of the better ones I’ve had.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bergstaden (1170) - Røros, NORWAY - DEC 19, 2013
Golden with a white head - malts and some fruite hops in the aroma - Nice malt body and a fruity hop in there as well - Short finish with some fruits - This was quite nice

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