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Magnolia Kalifornia Kolsch
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RATINGS: 67   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.07   IBU: 15   EST. CALORIES: 141   ABV: 4.7%
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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


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
badhack (312) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 3, 2012
Served in an interesting, tall cylindrical glass. $3 for a 9oz drink. 4.7% and very drinkable. Golden in color, smells and tastes floral and fruity with light and medium malts. Crisp but not as crisp as a lager would be. Which I think is what I’d expect from a kolsch.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ads135 (2955) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - MAR 30, 2014
Light and crisp like your best kolschs. This one is more floral with a subtle sweetness. Tried at the Mikkeller bar in 2014.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
illidurit (2146) - Petaluma, California, USA - JAN 26, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2009 On tap at Magnolia. Poured into a cylinder glass, a finger of head atop a clear pale body. Light sweet malt and floral hops on the nose. Grainy malt taste, floral hops, mild fruitiness, subtle tartness. Great carbonation, drying and prickly but not too bubbly. Refreshing and smooth, light body, extremely easy to drink.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (7811) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 9, 2010
My Bottom Line:
Herbal hops, straw-like cereals and citrusy fruitiness coalesce for a fresh and almost rural example of the Kölsch style.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam skirts the hazy blond; this was served in the right glass for the style!
-The flavour profile is beautifully balanced.
-This was better when a tad warmer.
-The finishing hop bitterness was also grassy at times.
-This is either a brew which is not constant in quality or it is ridiculously underrated. .

On tap at the brewpub.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DYCSoccer17 (3319) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 18, 2012
9 ounce sample on tap at the brewpub in appropriate glassware. The aroma is faintly sweet with some cereal and some delicate metallic hop character. Really awesome nose on this beer. Transparent golden body with a small, white head and plenty of fine bubbles. Starts with some mildly spicy hop flavor. Becomes a bit malty with some primarily biscuit character. Finishes with some minerally character and a moderately spicy hop kick to finish. Uber refreshing. A really solid example of the style, and you can definitely tell they paid attention to the water profile with this brew.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tinco (566) - Linköping, SWEDEN - NOV 27, 2012
Beautiful golden clear color with a nice fluffy white head. Taste is very refreshing with some nice bisquity malts, some sweetness, nice hoppy character with citrus. Lovely and very refreshing!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rayOfBeer (670) - El Cerrito, California, USA - DEC 31, 2012
Growler: light golden pour with large white head. Nose is grassy with a nice spicy hop note. Flavor is crisp with a lightly tart grass, bisquit, hay, and some spicy hops. Palate is mostly dry with light bitter and just a dab of sweetness. I liked this kolsch. It is easy drinking with good flavor.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (10914) - Orange County, California, USA - DEC 1, 2010
A: The pour is a clear golden straw color with a nice creamy white head. S: A somewhat light nose that is fairly grainy with some hints of bread. A bit of a yeast, citrus peel, and floral and citrusy hops as well. T: Fairly bready without being all that sweet. A mild hop bitterness to it with nice floral notes, citrus zest, and a nice clean and crisp flavor. M: The body is light to medium with a lively carbonation. D: A nice well done, simple, and refreshing kolsch. Probably the best beer on-tap this day as well.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DJMonarch (9159) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - APR 3, 2011
From the Jug at the GABF, Colorado Convention Center Denver 18/09/2010 Floral hop aroma. White head. Clear golden coloured and hoppy with a hint of bitterness in a crisp malt finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - JUN 21, 2007
(06.21.07) On tap at Magnolia Pub and Brewery, San Francisco, CA 4.9% ABV. Clear straw colored beer with grainy aroma. No head. No carbonation. Starts dry with light nutty malt flavor. Slightly flat tasting. Quick finish with light malt fade. Light bodied. Good drinkable summer beer but on the watery side.


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