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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
vyvvy (3904) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUN 21, 2008
Thanks to terminus for picking up this fine kolsch for me. Pours light golden with an off-white head. The aroma has clean lightly sweet pale malt with a hint of hops. Medium / light crisp body with fairly soft gentle carbonation. The flavor starts off with the clean smooth malt with a hint of toastiness, some spice along some creaminess that fills the mouth, but isn’t over assertive with it. The finish is linger with spicy hops that are gentle and pale / caramel malt. This is a great easy drinking beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
topherh (1911) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - JUN 11, 2008
Pours golden light malts and flowery hops in the aroma. Grainy, tart, slightly sweet flavor

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bgburdman9 (857) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - JUN 11, 2008
Aroma was pretty much like a pilsner with a light malt background. It also had a little fruitiness around in there too. Flavor was pretty smooth and easy to drink. Not bad for a kolsch but nothing special. A light weird tang to it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
blklab2007 (1940) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 10, 2008
bottle poured a light golden color color with a thin white head and heavy carbonation. aroma has champagne yeast, wheat, and sweetness. flavor is a typical lager, sweet with some wheat. light skunk and little body finishing watery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cale422 (28) - Timmonsville, South Carolina, USA - JUN 10, 2008
Visit to San Diego... great brew scene. This brew a crystal clear straw yellow. Slight hop bitterness corn like flavor and very lager like. great session brew

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
WISEGUY572 (1372) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2008
Unremarkable. Surprisingly like a lager, except that a Kolsch is pretty much indistinguishable from a lager unless you watch the yeast do their work. Looks ike a crystal clear filtered mass market lager. Nose of floral hops, taste a little too floral and a little too metallic for my taste. A little thin in the mouth. Probably a good representative of the form, even if it is not my favorite form.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rastacouere (6122) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 3, 2008
Objectively speaking: A Kölsch that felt more like a golden ale.
I like: Fresh ingredients, but very timid hops.
I dislike: A bit overly fruity and malty example. Strawy and sweet cerealic maltiness. Biting carbonation is a bit too pronounced.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
biznizness (1071) - Mooresville, North Carolina, USA - JUN 3, 2008
Well, I usually don’t score a beer off of a small sample, but this is an exception because I doubt I’ll get back to San Diego anytime soon. Had some of Derrick’s Yellowtail and... it wasn’t very good. Pass on this, especially if they have a Stone on tap.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Radek Kliber (6378) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUN 3, 2008
Bottle at Mondial 2008
Appearance: Deep gold going into sunny amber , fizzy small top.3-
Nose Sweet malted base with deep clean hop profile
Flavor/Palate : Medium bodied , clean sweet malty front. Nutty-hoppy coating. Clean ale with slightly high carbonation.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JUN 1, 2008
Bottle. Pours a straw yellow body with a 3 finger head. Sweet malt and not much else. Not very good.

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