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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!!

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Valgreen (657) - - JUN 22, 2013
Bottle at home, 22/6 2013. Pale yellow, with medium white head. Aroma, like a lager, bread, straw/hay, sort of fruity, slight hops. Taste, bready, fruity, some hops, sweet, hay. Light body, bitter finish, oily mouthfeel. I had hoped for something more hoppy, but it’s still a okay beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
gschrade (678) - Collinsville, USA - SEP 17, 2014
I had this at Global Brew. Pours gold with a white head. Taste sweet, citrus. I thought this was good. I would drink this again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ordybill (92) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - SEP 7, 2014
Ballast Point Yellow Tail is my favorite Ballast Point brew to date. Aroma- a toasted malt smell that had a follow on of citrus. Appearance: a great clear yellow to orange color, that had minimal white head. Taste: I could really taste the malt and citrus flavors with a medium bite. A thoroughly enjoyable flavor. Palate- A lively carbonated light bodied brew that was pretty sweet Overall- A great beer, I highly recommend it, excellent for warm days.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Marheb (2049) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 21, 2014
Mielleux, fromagé, agrumé et moyennement amer dans un corps douillet. Un peu trop machable pour être engouffré, un peu trop peu pour être mémorable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Bork (170) - Rosewood, Georgia, USA - AUG 11, 2014
Rather bitter for a Kölsch and not as round and fruity as one would expect. Watery ending.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Arve_Christian (3069) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 6, 2014
On bottle from Dos Altos Pinheiros, São Paolo. Golden color, good foam. Aromas of fruits, light citrus and light hops. Medium body & complexity. Good bitterness and balance. Enjoyable

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
visionthing (2733) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 6, 2014
35,5cl bottle shared by Arve_Christian - thanks. Pours slightly hazy deep golden to orange with a small, white head. Mild malty aroma with notes of dried fruits and hints. Medium sweet with flavour of ripe fruits and notes of malt. Some lightly sour notes present too and a fairly light bitterness. A bit strange, but drinkable enough.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
salvaticas (437) - - JUL 31, 2014
On tap at BGH. Pale ale? Really? More like a lager. BP is usually so on point but this was a let down. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
chinchill (1873) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 23, 2014
12 oz bottle served in a pint glass (from Feb. 2011 notes). Small amount of sediment at bottom of the bottle added mid-tasting. Near clear golden liquid with a substantial amount of fine-grained carbonation visible. Small white head has moderate retention. More lacing than expected, given the head. Smells like a malty lager, albeit with a fruitiness that is much more characteristic of ales. The flavor is not as expected. Both the aroma and the "pale ale" labeling led me to expect something with much more hop flavor, but there’s only a rather subtle touch of spicy hops in the taste. If I hadn’t tried the beer before seeing the description "crafted in the style of the Kolsch beers of Cologne, Germany" I would have been surprised. This beer is mild in flavor, as per the kolsch style. In fact, I had a quite similar, but perhaps even less flavorful kolsch last weekend at the Pisgah (NC) Brewery. It has a nice, if near watery, mouthfeel with excellent carbonation and some dryness in the finish. Slightly bitter balance, yet more malt than hop flavor. O - a highly drinkable and refreshing beer. Plenty flavorful for the kolsch style.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
BBHansen (97) - Køge, DENMARK - JUL 15, 2014
Bottle @ home while brewing: Pours clear golden with white head and medium carbonation. Aroma contains grain, bread, hay, grass and some floral/fruity notes. light body, medium bitterness and dry finish, overall refreshing, but not all that you would expect from a US pale ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
stevoj (2160) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 14, 2014
Straight up kolsch, light malt and crisp. Clear pale golden with tight white head. Nice bready taste, crackers. Short, sharp finish.

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