RATINGS: 150   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.87/5   EST. CALORIES: 141   ABV: 4.7%
This lager like ale is modeled after the official beer of Köln, Germany. Kolsch is delicate and refreshing with a slight fruitiness and supportive, yet unobtrusive hop bitterness

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CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 10, 2007
Sampled on tap on 7/15/06 at the downtown location: Pours a bery pale lightly effervescent golden with nicely-lacing white head. Aroma has mild grainy and noble hoppiness. Real dull, nearly flavorless, bland, grainy and bitter. Not very true to style and needs a more authentic yeast strain, and more body.

shrubber85 (11322) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - FEB 6, 2007
Growler poured same day. Sour milk and malt aroma. Light yellow color with nice big head. Creamy malt flavor with a moderate hops finish. A very nice Koelsch - would stand up to most of its German brethern.

Honaker (2) - USA - FEB 2, 2007 does not count
I like light american beer. I like Capitol Kolsch. Make it three Capitol Kolsches. I didn’t taste any orange -blossom honey. Tasted like good beer to me.

ClarkVV (6639) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 31, 2007
Draught pint, downtown location on 1/20/07
Small but well-retained white head tops a very clear, well-conditioned body with the color of orange-blossom honey. Little to no lacing left behind, light carbonation in the liquid.
Right away the nose smells lightly estery and perfectly distinct of authentic kolsch yeast. Not just some lame attempt to glorify your crappy brewpub light beer. Soft pears and light apples give way to lightly grainy, biscuity two-row and a hint of dough. Some minerals and just a pinch of acidity lay on the finish. The aroma strength is quite high for a draught beer served in a convex pint glass. Absolutely no flaws, I dont even find traces of corn or vanilla. Light, fluffy honey malt notes arise with warming, and the fruitiness intensifies somewhat, as well, but the beer never loses its crisp, clean, lightly bitter bite on the end. Hops are very subtle, just soft flowers and herbs that add light aromatics and mild bitterness at most.
Quenching and very crisp on the end, with a cleanliness throughout and moderate bitterness. Soft hop flavors of moss, fresh grass and light herbs provide an undercurrent of complexity without disturbing the nectarine and pear fruitiness that seems to shine the brightest. Malt ranges from lightly nutty to mildly sweet/honey-like. Very authentic offering and again, no flaws in flavor. Medium carbonation is reserved instead of lively or biting. Smooth, lightly watery texture is appropriate for the style.

radagast83 (8002) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - DEC 9, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2007 Capitol Hill location. Light flavor, lemon and floral hops. Very light yellow color. Very refreshing. I also had this at the Shirlington location about a month later and my memory of it is more fonder. Not sure if it really was better, or if my palate was already tainted from other beers the first time I had it, but from my opinion it’s quite good.

Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 20, 2006
Tap at the Capitol Hill location. Pours a very clear, very light straw with a thin lasting pure white head. Aroma is lightly herbal hop, spice and a bit of esters as it warmed. Very light flavor- hay and light pils malt profile with a lightly floral hoppiness. Very clean and well made Kolsch.

jsquire (4420) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2006
On tap at the downtown pub. clear, light straw color with attractive bubbles working up through the beer. Light lemon citrus with bready malts. Very easy drinking beer. A good thirst quencher.

OldMrCrow (2435) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 3, 2006
Tap at the Capitol Hill location.

Pours incredibly light clear yellow with a small white head. There is essentially no aroma here, just a dry, bready flavor with some spicy hop whispers and some dusty hay.

While is not an amazing beer, nor is it so bad. On a previous encounter, on a 100-degree summer day, I found this quite a nice thirst quencher.

wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 18, 2006
Draught. Very pale, white head. Aroma is very weak malt. FLavor is similar. Not a Koelsch. This is obviously the beer on tap for Bud drinkers.

PorterPounder (7886) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 15, 2006
On tap at the brewpub in DC - NY Avenue location. Light golden pour, good bubble action, tight white head. Neutral aroma. Buttery flavor, some sweet creamy notes. Thickish mouthfeel. Very decent brewpub Kolsch.

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