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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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - AUG 9, 2006
Pours golden w/ medium sized creamy froth. Aroma is pure and fresh. Medium nectar w/ creamy soft residual effers. Flavors are uncommonly mellow with a fresh and clean fruit character. There is very little bitterness here, just slightly on the finish. As I was drinking it I was surprised how the flavor profile insisted on such a mellow disposition. I could drink this all day long. Now that I am writing this, I see the commercial description and it explains everything. It’s a Kolsch. Overall: I really like this brew. The flavors are bright and clean yet soft and creamy. I highly recommend this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 22, 2012
Originally reviewed: 7/27/09. This beer pours a clear gold with a good-sized 2-finger head on top. Decent retention leaves some pretty lacing spots and rings. Smells of grassy hops, and buttery grains. The mouth is crisp with a medium-high amount of carbonation. Flavor is of buttered biscuits finished with a sharp hop bite. This is one of the more refreshing beers I’ve had this summer. This will be a regular for barbecues and ballgames.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Frank (2814) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 5, 2014
I am biased against beers labeled as koelsches since they are typically just crappy blond ales w/ a cute name but this is pretty excellent. It is clear pale golden in color and is more or less headless after a minute or so. Nose is bready and slightly herbal. This is a very clean beer for an ale, as is befitting the style, and there is only a hint of fruitiness from the yeast along w/ a touch of sweetness that brings out a lemon note from the hops. It is a crisp refreshing brew that was brewed with skill and an obvious attention to detail. It has a subtlety few craft brewers even attempt let alone succeed at.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TAR (2449) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JAN 10, 2005
Light golden. Compact, thin-layered white foam. Well balanced aroma between toasted pale malts, minerals, maraschino cherry, and perfumey hops. Densely crisp, slightly fuzzy texture. Soft body. Sizeable dollop of lightly glazed malt sweetness harmoniously meshes with delicate hop acidity and understated Tettnang spiciness. Center shows more biscuity sweetness, which highlights the beautifully rounded, body-softening melon fruitiness. Hops continue to contribute more body, as they shower the palate with more juiciness, while attaining even more range of softness from the husky wheat. Glazed malt sweetness shrinks into a firm blend of minerals and peppery hops toward the mistily dry finish of juicy hops chased with perfumey hop burps and muted malt residuals. They’ve nailed this very difficult style with precision.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hihosteveareno (9) - - SEP 1, 2013 does not count
Smooth and tasty with a yellow color and a white head. Very drinkable especially super cold. No headache or hangover, just a little on the expensive side. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2010
Poured a nice golden color with a fairly-large white head. The nose has a lot of malt, especially for a beer being labeled as a kolsch. Along the same lines, this is pretty hoppy, so it seems like BP is right in describing this as a pale ale. Bready malt and some citrus hops come through in the nose and taste. Mouthfeel is very nice and refreshing, with more of the German lager-type carbonation atop this softer pale ale. Drinkability is good. Serving type: on-tap Reviewed on: 02-17-2010

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nuplastikk (4321) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 26, 2013
Orange-tan classic beer color. Steady creamy white head. Really nails the style, maybe even improves on it, adding a nice hoppy edge. Clean, doughy golden malt, balanced fruity yeast tones and restrained hop bitterness. Excellent balance, refreshing on the palate. Served in a frozen mug unfortunately that really detracts from some of the mellow tones. Well done!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
poisoneddwarf (1701) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - AUG 23, 2013
12 oz bottle, thanks Brenn79. No mention of the word Yellowtail on the label, just Ballast Point Pale Ale. Aroma is doughy, chalky. Pours golden with a light haze; has a medium white head with good retention. Taste is lightly sweet with a touch of bitterness; hoppy and toasty with faint fruitiness. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Definitely the best Kolsch I’ve ever had. I went into this skeptical, because I’ve never really had a good one. Guess I’ve just never had the right brewery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SpaceMonkey (182) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 4, 2002
Very clear, light golden color. Yellow-ish with a lean toward the lighter side of gold. Minimal head. Light malty aroma with a slight whiff of hoppy undertones. Clean, crisp, cool with an excellent subtle aftertaste that creeps up and says ’Hi, here’s the hops, but we’re not going to stay to long, just thought we’d pop by and say hello and give you a little bitter bite.’ Then it gracefully fades away... There’s also a very unique, but not too strong, malty hue I can’t quite place. Good, but I can’t pin it down. Nice choice for a taste filled beer that doesn’t get too bogged down in being too big. It should be excellent with fish, light shellfish, or some grilled fowl, giving a refresh without overkilling more subtle foods. Or just have one all by itself on a hot day. Mmmm-hmm.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimrockford (56) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 2, 2006
Pitcher at Pizza Port. Aroma: Light citrus hops, wheat and corn. Appearance: Clear pale yello with small white head Flavor: Very light slightly sweet with corn and wheat flavors. Palate:Extremely light, thin and fizzy average finish Overall: Although the comments above seem like a fair rating I believe this beer is exaclty what was supposed to be. It is described as a Kolsch, and I have had beers in Cologne and they are very similar. Session Beer???

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