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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
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 2, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2009 A very mildly hopped pale with bland flavor and aroma. A basic pale ale with no hidden surprises.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerRunner (144) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 24, 2003
Nice, golden color with a medium, fine white head. Sweet, mildly hoppy with some nice malty taste as well. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 4, 2003
Good fruity aroma, but nothing came out in the taste. Finish and aftertaste were a sketchy bitter, really not appealing. They should not have brought this to a festival.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 27, 2003
On Draft at Brewery. Light golden color, small white head with some lacing. Understated aroma of malts and fruit. Mild malty flavor, with light hops. Light body with moderate carbonation. Not my favorite style, but a clean, fresh plae ale.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUL 22, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 23, 2003 Decent head, very white with good lacing. A yellowish/amber color. Light hops and malt nose. Slight bready aroma. More bitter than I expected with an average finish. Very dry and fizzy on the palate.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Kathy (241) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 18, 2003
Deep, clear, gold color. Mildly fruity (orangey and spicy) and mildly yeasty aroma with some hop in there. Gentle, orangey hoppy flavor with a sour, yeasty finish. Good, balanced. Not terribly complex, but complex enough to be interesting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - JUL 18, 2003
Very slight malt aroma. Nice lightly malted body, which finishes slightly sweet. A good example of the style, but not what I was expecting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
argo0 (11555) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 7, 2003
Clear golden with small white head. Aroma is medium sweet, some fruity (apricot), some bitterness. Taste is mild sweet, grassy hoppy. Light/medium body. Accessible beer, but with some meat on its bones.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - MAY 15, 2003
Not much of an impresive color to this beer as it is mainly based upon the color of yellow. Not much to say for head either. Kind of a boring aroma on it with maybe some figs. Not much else to say for the taste, slightly malty, some hop hints. So this is better than a pilsner, but not better than much else, but for a weak light beer it tastes decently good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerguy101 (5287) - Newark, California, USA - MAR 29, 2003
Medium yellow color. Medium head. Aroma is malty and sweet. A medium bodied ale. Malts are mild, fruity and kind of sweet. Hops are present, but kind of hidden. They pop out at you every once in a while. Very smooth. More of a Kolsch than a pale ale. It’s a great hot day/lawnmover beer. Mild and interesting. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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