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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 12/20
STEPHENDR (478) - California, USA - MAR 23, 2007
12 oz. bottle- color of honey yellow , with a decent frothy off white head - nose of citrus (orange) , sweat , slight hops , and malts – taste of grapefruit , dough , hops , and slight minty-ness - body is medium , dry chalky-ness, and with medium carbonation – aftertaste of stale hops , sweat , and salty

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
brianprentiss (675) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 17, 2007
Pretty decent Pale Ale, about average for a California microbrew, nothing special but good session beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rmussman (1702) - California, USA - MAR 3, 2007
Sampled while in San Diego. A nice brew. Mouthfeel is a little on the bitter side. But this beer has a nice flavor that is smooth and light on the hops side. Overall worth a try but nothing special.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Tmoney99 (10585) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 17, 2007
Draft at Downtown Johnny Browns. Poured pale color with a minimal frothy white head that mostly diminished with fair lacing. Light sweet hoppy aroma. Light to medium body with soft carbonation. Medium sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of short duration. I would recommend this as the first drink.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
jazz88 (2553) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 8, 2007
Bottle. A golden color with a foamy white head. A musty malt aroma that fooled me with the pale ale label. Bland, cardboard and light malt flavors.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
scanman (149) - Santa Cruz, California, USA - DEC 11, 2006
Pours a deep yellow with a small head. Tastes very lagerish, with more malt than hop flavors. Not bad, but not really a pale ale. More pils than anything. I can’t really recommend it for the price of a $2.89/bomber.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dwyerpg (4528) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 15, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2008 Re-rate. Little aroma but looks great. A bit floral, and some hops, a bit sweet. Seems odd for a pale ale. First rate 2.8Head tastes very lagerish - not good. Taste is not hoppy like it should be given the name, but, now that I see that it’s a kolsch, this makes since. Okay, but not really good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SpringsLicker (3127) - Tennessee, USA - NOV 12, 2006
Thanks to droopy49 for this one. This medium copper brew is topped by a large white head that leaves sticky patterns on the glass. Light bready malt aroma. The flavor is lightly sweet with a bit of hop bitterness. Light palate that finishes dry. Overall this beer just never gets going. Very light, thin and bland. Below average for the style and way below the expectations I have for what this brewery can do.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
limalimamoli (52) - Oceanside, California, USA - NOV 7, 2006
Low malt aroma, subtle fruit aplle aroma and noble hop aroma fro eithe Tettnanger, Spalt or Hallertauer, or one of their clones, Light yellow straw low OG 1044-1050 and a fairly dry finish 1007-1011. light white head that dispated quickly. Slight corn flavor or wheat flavor.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fordest (1972) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - OCT 7, 2006
12 oz bottle at Casa Picante. Aroma was a bit soapy. Some hoppy citrus too. Flavor was actually similar, but more citrus and less soap. Not horrible, but I’ve had better.

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