Magnolia Kalifornia Kolsch
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RATINGS: 70   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.06   IBU: 15   EST. CALORIES: 141   ABV: 4.7%
Our tribute to Cologne’s unique, crisp, golden ale/lager hybrid. We start with German malt and hops and tie it all together with a true Kolsch yeast from Cologne to impart some subtle fruit and wine flavors while producing the smoothness of a lager. Served in an authentic Kolsch stange to enchance the crisp, cool, effervescence of this thirst-quenching beer. Malts: German pilsner, Munich and wheat Hops: German Spalt and Hersbrucker

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
omhper (21423) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 15, 2006
Draught at the brewpub. Clear pale golden, no head. Fruity, perfumy nose. Sweet and fruty with some grassy hops and sparkling mouthfeel. Some unfortunate notes of syrup before a grassy, salty finish. A very decent kölsch.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 29, 2005
On tap at the brewpub. Medium yellow, small white head - a few nice streaming bubbles as well. Very light grain aroma with slight hops. Light active mouthfeel. Interesting dry hop (not dry-hopped) taste - makes the finish very short. Hops are almost white wine like in their bitterness - I’m having a hard time describing it, but this is my first Kolsch, perhaps this is a characteristic of the style? I thought it was like a thicker pils. Ok, not sure if it is to style, but it is quenching and drinkable, just a little bland and non-existent aroma.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PorterPounder (6293) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 19, 2005
On tap at the San Francisco "Brews on the Bay" Festival. Light golden pour, crisp white head. Aroma is lemony and buttery. Flavor has some good buttery and salty notes, very sweet and refreshing. Very flavorful Kolsch. Highly carbonated.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Hooker (467) - Coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 4, 2005
Clear pale yellow colour with thin stark white head. Pungent fruity nose with hints of yeast. Tangy bitting fruity taste with dry tangy pils like finish.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
motelpogo (7244) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - AUG 13, 2004
the first american koelsch i tried and things didn´t improve much from that point on. lemonade with faint bitterness and plain flour taste

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
3fourths (8639) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 16, 2004
Light yellow, grainy, stinky pils aroma... light and crisp, corn and grain/cereal flavor. Crisp, but bad overall flavor.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 25, 2004
Tap, Magnolia Pub and Brewery, San Fransisco- some lemony bitterness, pretty grainy and really not much else, pretty boring.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
lunaticharness (183) - Torrance, California, USA - MAR 5, 2004
a very bland buttery bread like lager that didnt seem to please or satisfy at all, very poor beer!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 16, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2003 Not the best Kolsch I"ve had but it"s getting better by the batch. Fairly dry, slightly winey, subtle hop bitterness, aroma, and flavor, cloudy. A little lifeless compared to other Kolsches. Contains a little of the trademark Magnolia"s breadiness, which detracts from the clean, crisp quality desired in most Kolsches and doesn"t really work in this beer.

2002-12-16 - Yet another rating of this beer. Still bready. Still grainy. Not a great kolsch. These guys brew some killer beers but should stick to what they do well -- English-style cask conditioned ales.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jazz88 (2613) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 10, 2002
Tap. A dry wine like flavor. Pale yellow with a white head.

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