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RATINGS: 22   MEAN: 2.94/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.9   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
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This is a smooth, soft-bodied, golden ale that is lightly fruity with a pleasing dry finish. It is styled after the Kölsch beers of Germany. The yeast culture is a hybrid between a lager and an ale. Extended cold conditioning is used to develop the dry finish characteristic of lager beers, and yet retains the fruitiness found in ales. The lower alcohol content makes this a very refreshing, thirst-quenching ale. The Columbia Kölsch is our best-selling draft beer.


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
maxwelldeux (3806) - Everett, Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2014
Draught in a flight at the brewpub. Pours a very clear golden color with almost no head on it at all. Nose has some corn and grains in there. Taste is light and fairly crisp, the way a lot of lagers are advertised. Nothing all that special about this one.

0.9
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
SummerRoseAnn (2) - Kennewick, Washington, USA - JUL 28, 2014 does not count
Generally only consumed by non-beer drinkers. Ice Harbor characteristically serves a full bodied beer, the Kolsch is bland and boring. Generally I recommend the Lighthouse Lager over the Kolsch to someone who isn’t a beer nut, as the Lager at least has some of the body and hoppy-ness that characterizes most IH beers.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 7, 2010
Bottle, thanks to Rachel for bringing this back to Alberta for me. Pours clear yellow, with a 1.5-finger white head on it, medium persistence, but gradually it reduces to a ring. Lacing is average to slightly above. Nose is sweet malt and yeast, faintly "sourdoughy", which suggests the Kolsch-influence, perhaps? Flavours are clean and bright, no sign of adjunct here, the "gunsmoke" finish I normally associate with Kolsch was notably absent at fridge temperature, but gradually emerge as the beer opened up and warmed. Not my favorite Kolsch, needs to be somewhat more assertive, but noticeably different from the Pale Lager crowd. Decent, if unremarkable.

1.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
Jkripp (141) - Washington, USA - JUL 4, 2010
My second Ice Harbor beer I had the Columbia Kolsch Ale was a major let down after my first beer with this brewery. I tasted empty and boring, no substantial favor. I would compare this beer to domestic brews like Coors and Miller.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
riversideAK (5626) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAY 25, 2010
Nose is nice and fruity with light grain, soft grass, corn nuts, bread. Lots going on actually. Pours golden with a soft head and little lace. The flavor has grain, corn nuts, bread, light fruity sweetness, soft grass and crisp hops in the finsh. Clean and super drinkable. I have been enjoying kolsch lately and this was a great example.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (6265) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAY 22, 2010
draft at naked city. pours a clear dark gold with a loose white head. mild tosst, caramel, and light roasted caramelized vegetables in a good way on the nose. creamy light body, if that makes any sense, with lively carb. toast, corn nuts, and caramel on the mid palate with herbal hop finish. clean easy drinking kolsch.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcwattsrugger (11227) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAR 19, 2010
-on tap-pours a white ring for a head and yellow color. Aroma is grassy, sweet, some spice hops. Taste is sweet grain, secondary grassy/spice hops, some rock candy.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - DEC 16, 2009
Not a style I’m really into, but this was more enjoyable then the average Kolsch you find in the US since it had some extra hopping going on. Rather than being bland and balanced this had a more assertive citrus hop presence of the soft bready malts. None of that grape yeast flavor garbage going on, not just something brewed to appease the macro crowd, pretty solid.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BrewDad (5040) - Olympia, Washington, USA - NOV 6, 2009
Ice Harbor Brewing – Kennewick, WA
Aroma: Light malt with a lingering hops aroma.
Appearance: Golden in color, clear with a thin head.
Flavor: Nice Kolsch flavor crisp with some hops to give some extra flavor.
Palate: Dry with a smooth light finish.
Overall: Another summer easy drinking beer for this area that can get very hot.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
skoisirius (1763) - Earth, Washington, USA - AUG 19, 2008
On tap at the brewery. You know, I don’t say this often, but this Kolsch I really liked! See through gold as it should be, with a very light watery malt aroma with a bit of butter. Flavor is smooth and simple with light fruit malts that swiftly gives way to a grass heavy hop bite that lingers in the finish. Seriously...the finish is great!


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