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RATINGS: 637   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.98   EST. CALORIES: 138   ABV: 4.6%
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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
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 21, 2005
2005 bomber as a generous bonus from Herbjones, consumed on 11/12/05. Pours a gold-to-light-copper, with some deep hay-yellow tinges, clear, bubbly and with a large amount of white head that has low to moderate retention and creates minimal spotty lacing. Aroma smells of dry, lightly sourish wheat malt, dry yellow fruit skins, apples and just a bit of honey. Hops are sweaty/musty. Some light sourdough notes as well. Flavor shows the similar sweaty/musty hops, with a fair crisp yeast presence, husky grains and a touch of yellow apple skins and wheat dryness. Very foamy texture, as in their amber (and probably most of their beers), showing forced carbonation. Not quite as substantial and wheat-chewy as I expect a kolsch to be. Low bitterness. Some dry, papery notes on the texture muddle the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 1, 2005
Thanks to Dark Elf for this one. Pours gold with a white head. Smells of yougurt and slightly citrussy. Tastes of pine, sugar cane, orangey and some apple. Finish is slightly bitter and not as foamy as I like in a kolsch, but still quite tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mustangjoe (183) - redondo beach, California, USA - SEP 25, 2005
Nice, bold golden color with a small white head on top. Malty aroma and flavor. Very simple beer but refreshing. I could drink several of these.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 6, 2005
Clear, golden beer witha white head. Light aroma of malt and honey. Tastes sharp like a pilsner, but with equal malt flavors. I don’t know why they call this a pale ale, because its not.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 1, 2005
Straw-colored body with moderate carbonation and a loose, fading, sudsy white head. Grainy pale malt aroma with a light note of honey and some musky hop character. Nutty pale malt flavor that is mostly dry with apparent bitterness. Hint of diacetyl, something I’ve never recognized in a kölsch before. Fairly clean and crisp overall. Decent lawnmower beer and one of the better kölsch biers I’ve encountered.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - AUG 23, 2005
Clear golden with a medium white head. Aroma is lightly grainy and floral. Grain, lemon/citrus and a solid caramel background make up the flavor profile. Very moderate to light hop bitterness. Medium bodied with a very smooth texture and lively carbonation. Nothing great but not bad either.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - AUG 9, 2005
Nose of weak hops. Yellow colored beer, small white head. Hoppy flavor, some sweetness.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Tom Servo (424) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUL 31, 2005
Not impressed with this one. Very sour flavor and smell, and the fruit elements are subdued to the point of nonexistence. Hazy yellow body under a medium off-white head. Again, not an APA, which should be taken into consideration by both the brewer and the consumer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JUL 23, 2005
bottle 12 oz obtained in a trade with Foolish_Mortal - Thanks Brandon!! - Pours golden with a nice short white creamy head and lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom. Nice malty aroma with a touch of grass. Sweet malty flavor almost like frosted flakes. Light and carbonated perfectly for a great summer beer. This one was just what the doctor ordered after mowing the lawn. Crisp clean and refreshing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Papsoe (25085) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 23, 2005
(Bottle 65 cl) Beautifully fully golden beer with a small, creamy head. Pronounced sweetish, malty nose. Very pronounced sweet, malty flavours and a very light body. Absolutely no bitterness. A true beer for summer. 170705

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