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RATINGS: 43   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 27   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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Kolsch 45 is just what you need on a hot summer day. Kölsch beer originated in Cologne, Germany and is unique in that it is a warm fermented ale, but is aged like most traditional German lagers at a cool temperature. Though light in body and color, its prominent hoppiness and radiant yellow “straw” color sets it apart. As you taste Kolsch 45, you’ll notice that the head retains prominent, pleasant aromas. Light Pilsen and Munich malt aid in the crisp, refreshing nature of this beer. Hop bitterness is present without adding a lingering resonance.


3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
tom10101 (2664) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 30, 2014
Bottle (12 oz). Courtesy of czar, thanks! Hazy golden/orange with a small white head and little lacing. Aroma is of grains, light banana notes, biscuity malt and grassy presence. Taste is of grains, grass, moderate frutiness, light banana and malt. Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Light nail polish finish. Subpar Kölsch. Average/good drinkability, but not really tasty. The finish doesn’t help.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nephilium (1327) - Ohio, USA - JUL 12, 2014
A light lager aroma starts this beer off, it pours a hazy light amber, with a thin white head. The light fruitiness that you expect from a kolsch is there, as well as a lot more hops then are usual in the style. Light bodied, with a lingering fruity and bitter finish. Not quite to style, but a good solid beer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopmelt (160) - Painesville TWP, Ohio, USA - JUL 11, 2014
Pours hazy bright yellow, very slight thin head, nice lacing. Aroma sweet malt, banana, slight noble hop. Taste pilsner malt sweetness, nice sharp banana, spicy noble hop, all balanced very well. Mouthfeel thinish body, higher carbonation, slight tart and peppery spice, balanced finish on the dry side. Overall dead nuts for the style, one ofthe best examples of kolsch I?ve had, very tasty and balanced, not everyone?s favorite style.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (2480) - Michigan, USA - JUL 11, 2014
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 3/21/2014. Pours slightly hazy bright gold color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, straw, grass, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance of pale malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, straw, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light earthy/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pear, apple, cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, straw, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and robustness of pale malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester flavors; with a very clean malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with only a minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Kolsch style. All around good robustness and balance of pale malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BlowOffTube (444) - Michigan, USA - JUL 5, 2014
I liked this kolsch. Straw yellow pour off white head. Some spiciness malt aroma. Nice hop profile some spiciness, some hay and maltiness. Light body moderate carbonation. Enjoyable.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tectactoe (1535) - Michigan, USA - JUN 20, 2014
Bottle: Straw-yellow body, cloudy & translucent with a wispy white head that fizzles away quickly into a thin collar; small, spotty lacing. Aroma is mellow but pleasant; graininess, yeast, sweetbread, musty & floral hops, almost spicy like Saaz but with undertones of citrus pith & lemon zest as well. Clean yeast flavor, tastes similar to lager yeast (even though it uses ale yeast, I think?) with a crisp body. Mild grains, light sweetbread malt, citrus spritz, white grape skins, & a kiss of floral, musky hops in the finish. Though not my favorite kolsch, it’s very drinkable & pretty good overall.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fattybladdy (507) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - MAY 31, 2014
Pours a hazy golden orange with minimal head. Light aroma of grass and citrus. Taste follows suit with grass, lemon and light yeast. Pretty crisp and refreshing on a hot day.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
rumproasts (2734) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 5, 2014
tap. Pale golden with small head. Light bodied kolsch. Light sweetness with a crisp hoppy finish. Good for the style.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Mittenator (1252) - Michigan, USA - MAY 27, 2013
Bottle (from backlog). Light golden with a decent head. Some light citrus and hay flavors. Pretty mild.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dalekliz (866) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 18, 2013
On tap at the brewery. Pours a murky yellow with a foamy white head. Light crisp aroma, of lemons, yeast, and malt. Taste is clear and yeasty, with malt and citrus, that ends bready and with some bitter hops. Lingering clear bitterness. Nice kolsch.


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