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Lightning Kolsch Style Ale

Lightning Kolsch Style Ale
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RATINGS: 10   MEAN: 3.01/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.91   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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At the Lightning Brewery we make Lightning Kölsch style Ale in a way that respects the German appellation and their fine beers, while still clear on the fact that this is Kölsch beer much in the same way as “Kölschbier” in Germany. We use local untreated water, the finest available German pilsner and wheat malts, and traditional strains of German hops. Those ingredients coupled with our selected strain of Kölsch yeast and our traditional method of cool fermentation, natural carbonation, and lagering of Lightning Kölsch style Ale make for a beer as close as you can find to an original without having to travel to Cologne.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jandd1983 (2842) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - OCT 27, 2014
On tap at the brewery. It poured a golden color with a white head. The aroma was of sweet grains, malts and hops. The taste had a little fruit with a light sweet grain backbone with a touch of fruity esters. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 1, 2008
On-tap at Stone as Lightning Kellar Kolsch. Pours cloudy orange with a creamy, white head, weird filmy lace. Smells yeasty and bready grainy, sweet. Tastes malty and grainy bready sweet, slightly spicy. Medium body, ok carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chrisafari (100) - Orange, California, USA - AUG 20, 2008
Pours medium golden with thin rim of a head. Aroma is sweet fruit and estery. Flavor begins with sweet bananas and dry hops and finishes with a dry hoppiness. Medium bodied. Seems a little off style for a kolsch.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (8803) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 7, 2008
Sample at San Diego Brewing Company. Pours a murky dark gold color with a minimal white head that diminishes to nothing. Top stringy ring of lacing with nothing under it. Sweet fruit and spices in the nose, plus a bit of malt. Light-bodied with a fruity character and flavors of spice and earthy malts. The finish is sweet and fruity leaving a sweetness behind. Decent overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - JUN 29, 2008
On draft at San Diego Brewing Company. No head, thin lacing. Great flavor for type. Thick, sweet & spicy. A nice drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
riversideAK (5650) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAR 28, 2008
Yellow gold colored beer with a big bubbly head reminiscent of every Lightning beer I have drank. Sweet grainy aroma. Light fruitiness. Light sweet grain flavor with a touch of fruity esters.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - FEB 11, 2008
On tap at pizza port san clemente clear yellow with a white head. It was the beer they were selling folks who came in asking for Bud, Miller or Coors. Sweet flavor that I just didn’t like.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badlizard (5536) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUN 11, 2007
Tasted at Lightning. Light golden amber with white head. Malty aroma and a sweet malty taste with a hint of banana and a good clean finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bartzilla (552) - La Mesa, California, USA - JUN 10, 2007
Not usually a kölsch guy, but this stuff is pretty good. When faced with the tremendous onslaught of mega IPA’s, this is like a nice, refreshing treat that doesn’t disappoint. I like it because I can DRINK it and not have to sip it. Solid all around.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
alafito (334) - tijuana, MEXICO - SEP 3, 2006
On tap at the Liars Club, Insipid and common tasting beer, couldnt really diferenciate from this and an MGD. Mi first and probably last Kolsh if there all like this. Could be refreshing for a newcomer, would probably go well with a lime and some salt.

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