RATINGS: 24   MEAN: 3.34/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22/5   SEASONAL: Special   ABV: -
"We are proud to present homebrewer, Brandon Dana’s Kolsch Style Ale as best of show in the third annual Highland Cup. This beer will be entered into the 2010 Great American Beer Festival’s Pro-Am Competition held in September and will only be sold in North Carolina. Unlike its classic lager cousins, this Kolsch Style ale is top fermented at warmer temperatures and then cold conditioned. This process melds the sweetness of the Pilsner malt with the mild bittering of Sterling hops to create a delightfully balanced session beer. It has a golden straw color with a slightly floral nose. This Kolsch Style ale is best enjoyed served at cellar temperatures alone or as a complement to salads, aromatic cheeses, and other delicate dishes.”

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maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 1, 2014
Bottle at 14th Richmond Ratebeer Gathering on 03/19/2011 courtesy of Butters. Slightly hazy pale golden body with a small white head. Sweet dry malt and light floral aroma. Dry fruit and dry caramel flavor with some caramel. Medium-light body with moderate carbonation.

kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011

Name: Brandon’s Kolsch
Date: August 26, 2010
Mode: Draft
Source: The Pint House, Asheville
Appearance: clear gold, fine white head, streaks of drippy lace
Aroma: light sweet malt aroma, touch of cereal, light floral hops
Flavor: sweet cereal flavor, lots of fresh corn, light bitterness, sweet finish
Aroma: 4/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 4/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 8/20
Rating: 2.3/5.0
Drinkability: 6/10
Score: *+ /4

Cletus (6368) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 29, 2011
Pours yellow/gold with a rapidly dissipating white head, Smells of hay, grassy, strawberries, spring meadows, some light malty undertones. Tastes of hay, straw, floral, earthy with a light crisp malty finish. Great job on this one!

brewski519 (644) - Morrisville, North Carolina, USA - APR 22, 2011
22 oz bomber - Pours a clear straw yellow with a thin white head. Aroma is grass, hay and citus notes with some bready malt. Flavor is bready and sweet, caramel malt and grassy hoppiness. Crisp, clean and refreshing.

CanIHave4Beers (4224) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - APR 5, 2011
Bottle thanks to Durhambeer, Gracias! Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a respectable enough fluffy head that settles down to a respectable enough small tight head. Man does that ever have that genuine Kolsch smell... The minerally character, the bread dough, the citrus rind, the clay, it’s nice to hold your nose up to a glass of golden beer that smells like this as (at least for me) it is not the most common of occasion. The flavor is strikingly nice as well with a good bit of bitterness, fruitiness, and peppery spiciness. Of course that mineral character is throughout as well. The hops seem American, well maybe not American as in Pacific Northwest Hops, but they seem to be employed in a way akin to say an American Pale Ale... if that makes any sense. All together the beer is clean and has a good deal of delicate simplicity but is somehow still remarkably flavorful, which after all is what this style is at it’s very best. Thanks Bob!

BeerandBlues2 (13813) - Escondido, California, USA - MAR 23, 2011
Bottle at the 14th Richmond Gathering. Pours clear gold with a medium, fizzy white head, medium-short retention with light lacing. Aroma and flavor are heavy malt (grain, meal, cereal), spicy hops, corn, and clean lager character. Light body, low warmth, medium carbonation and a dry finish.

Butters (4176) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 19, 2011
Sampled at the Richmond 14 gathering. Clear golden pour with ring of clearish head. Definitely corny, but it is actually good for the style. I’m sure this would be spot on for style if I had had this fresh. Still pretty good for style.

KajII (801) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - FEB 21, 2011
Bottle. Poured a cloudy light amber with a very, very small white fizzy head that dissapated in seconds and had no lacing to speak of. The aroma however was very enticing with the scent of flowery hops and a soapy yeast with nice notes of citrus. It tasted rather refreshingly sweet and mildly hoppy from the onset and then progressed into a slightly more biitter flavor with nice notes of wheat and citrus with the flavor resting on the tastebuds for a decent amout of time. Mouthfeel was light to medium in body and dry in texture with a nice lively carbonation. Overall a great tasting Kolsch, most definetly worth drinking a few!!

NachlamSie (3568) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 8, 2010
Bomber picked up from Common Market in Charlotte. So in Highland’s homebrew competition a cream ale won the first year and a kolsch the third year. Clearly the judges have different taste than I do. This is a hazy straw colored beer with a small head. Aroma is typical of what I’d expect from a golden lager or a lager imitation in this case. Plenty of veggies are in the nose, corn especially, and a husk-like bitterness. The flavor is where it gets a little interesting. There is a subtle spice character that isn’t necessarily powerful but stands out because it’s so unexpected. It reminds me of German yeast perhaps with a modest clove flavor. Malts are light and sweet without being offensive and notes of crackers and corn on the cob activate my palate. It’s certainly not a bad beer, per se, though I honestly believe I’d much prefer some of the other entries in the competition. I guess it is much better than that cream ale.

Suttree (6504) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 31, 2010
Clear yellowy gold, nice sized white head., very loose and foamy. Lightly fruity aroma, mixed with some notes of grain. Flavor is pretty much the same as the aroma, except perhaps a bit more fruity. I kinda get notes of cherry and grape. Tasty and sessionable brew.

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