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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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Melkart (283) - Porto Alegre, BRAZIL - MAR 2, 2014
There is almost no aroma. You can taste slightly the hops, but no too much. Could have more flavor and aroma.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
jackfrost9p (258) - California, USA - FEB 17, 2014
Meh, not my favorite. I was expecting some hops. Confused... Ballast Point Pale Ale: Kolsch Style Ale. Why not just call it a Kolsch?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
islay (1093) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 9, 2014
12 oz. bottle. Fresh, floral aroma features green grape, white grape juice, fruity white wine, and tangy champagne scents. Very much a German beer smell; noble hops. Pours a mostly clear gold. The bottom of the bottle brings some haze and suspended particulate. Just a few bubbles. Small amount of thin, short-lasting, nearly white head. Limited lacing, but more and longer lasting that I expected. Not actively offensive in appearance, but about as boring as a beer gets appearance-wise. Refreshing, simple taste. It takes me back to football game day in Madison in my college days (On, Wisconsin!); this is the kind of German-influenced, accessible microbrew that played great in urban Wisconsin in the first half decade of the 21st century (see Capital Brewery’s entire original line-up). Dry flavor plus a sweet butter element, like a heavily buttered, artisinal white bread. Lightly dry aftertaste. Easy to drink. Light body. Frothy and silky int he palate. Nice but not outstanding palate effects. Ballast Point Pale Ale is a very professional, well made beer in a style in which a beer can be only so flavorful. The whole is better than the sum of its parts. I’m drinking this at about the worst time of the year to do so (February); this is a summer or fall beer. This beer will blow few away but satisfy and mildly impress most. Another solid effort from an impressive and consistent brewery. I suspect that unmet expectations of American pale ale flavors are holding down the ratings for this fine kolsch. Note to imbibers: There are different kinds of "pale ales," of which "American" and "English" are just two.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
renffisch (784) - london, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 8, 2014
Draft at the whiskey girl, San Diego. Expecting the usual punch of Ballast hoppiness I was rather shocked when I tried this, didn’t expect a kölsch and its not the best at it. However after the initial shock it was quite pleasant

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (1857) - Kyoto, JAPAN - FEB 5, 2014
Can picked up at Antenna America, served in a fluted glass. It pours a deep gold with a thick fizzy head, actually this gushed a bit which was a surprise as the can had been sitting in my fridge awhile. Malty, biscuity aroma with no real hop presence straight from the fridge I need to smell it again once it warms up. The label says pale ale but ratebeer says kolsch and judging from the look, smell & taste I’d say ratebeer is right. I hate it when the label misleads like that it affects how I enjoy the beer, I crack it expecting some west coast hops from Ballast Point only to find a middle of the road kolsch. Well made, tasty balance of malt & light earthy/spicy german hops with a mild earthy finish. Not doing it for me, just change it’s name to Ballast Point Kolsch and you’d probably get an extra .5 from me. I am rating this as if it was a pale ale which in that case it isn’t to style as it isn’t hoppy enough. Nitpicking a bit I guess but If I ordered this at a bar as the menu just said Pale Ale I’d probably be annoyed as it doesn’t taste like a pale ale at all. Lower score than if the label clearly stated Kolsch rather than Pale Ale. They made a kolsch the side of the can says kolsch why market it as a pale ale???

   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 (968) - 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 (2402) - 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 (2192) - 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 (635) - 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.

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