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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 11/20
johnnygm (55) - Santiago, CHILE - FEB 4, 2014
Pours clear and golden with a small head. Cereal, floral and some sweet aroma, On mouth it feels full bodied with some sweet butterscotch hints and some fresh fruit, slightly spicy. Medium bitterness. Very good for a hot day.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cmonster (966) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 3, 2014
Pours clear, light orange with minimal head. Nose is light and fruity with a hint of wheat. The palate is even lighter. Light body, nice creamy texture, and a soft dry finish. Could be a good Kolsch-style is it were made to spec. Not an APA at all. Enjoyable nonetheless/

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DedicatedToFun (2334) - Santa Monica, California, USA - FEB 2, 2014
Kind of a disappointment from the infamous ballast point, not a very good pale ale

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
luttonm (2170) - Belgrade, SERBIA - FEB 1, 2014
12oz bottle in Seattle. Pale gold, white head. Soft sour nose. Pale lager sweet malt aroma. I get the Kolsch reference. Pale wheat, sour malt. Crisp and bitter enough. Not my favorite, but refreshing.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bwa5879 (616) - 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 (3271) - 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 (1643) - 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 (1699) - 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.

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