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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
bb (6858) - Alamo, California, USA - JUN 13, 2005
Draft. Amber beer with a nice white head. Faint malt/hop aroma. Malt flavor comes through (somewhat bready). Low hop bitterness, and what there is shows up as grassy and citrus.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Pailhead (4809) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JUN 9, 2005
Bottle: Courtesy of Foolish_Mortal in a trade. Aroma has a strong Euro-lager presence, with a light skunkiness, and light citrus. Pours a transparent orangish-gold with a small white head. Flavor is light as I expect a kolsch to be. Lightly sweet with fruit up front with an even lighter hop finish. Your average kolsch flavor-wise with a rather unpleasant aroma.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - JUN 9, 2005
Bottle from Pailhead. I wish breweries would label their beer to style. Golden yellow in color with no real head formation to speak of. No lacing. Aroma is musky bordering on Eurolagergreenbottle aroma. Light bodied. Flavor is slightly fruited, finishes pleasantly dry. Once past the aroma this is a fairly decent beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopdog (8940) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 3, 2005
Bottle acquired in trade with DarkElf (thanks!). Poured a clear gold color with a smaller sized white head. Aromas of grass, citrus and some fruits (apples). Somewhat fruity tasting with light grass and wheat. Medium sweet with a very light hop bitterness finish. Watery body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Brad (364) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - MAY 27, 2005
Bottle: Transparent golden color with a tannish head. Aromas were light and fruity. Flavor is slightly watery with grains and citrus. A good session beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAY 27, 2005
Bottle from eyedrinkale. Pours a nice yellow color with a foamy white head. Nose is lemony, citrus. Mouth is watery with some notes of citrus fruits and hops.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - MAY 22, 2005
In trade from Foolish_Mortal.Clear golden brew with a n aroma of hay and straw.Taste like Pils to me.Not my style as I need a little more to work with.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
SNOB (13) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 17, 2005
Throw in from Foolish Mortal. A light beer, light golden in color with a creamy head that disappears quick. It’s lively and has decent feel and texture, just not my style. A good lawnmower beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
steview (1019) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 9, 2005
on tap at a couple locations in San Diego / this is good for beginner geeks. crisp, but tame enough in flavor and bitterness to start your session. a bit sweet, and like a better BMC.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BBB63 (6038) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 23, 2005
Bottle via Foolish Mortal: Pours a golden hue with a small fizzy but mostly lasting head. The aroma has notes of grassy and noble hops, bready malts, dusty and vegetable esters. The taste starts with a nice light bitterness and undertone of apple. I got a dose of twangy rye and a leather yeast note. The feel is crisp and fizzy, rather understated. The choice of making this a Kolsch is wrong IMO, it’s a golden ale and not a true pale ale. Quaffable enough.

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