Sierra Nevada German-Style Kölsch - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada German-Style KölschSierra Nevada German-Style Kölsch

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117 Ratings

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Ratings: 117
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 7.93%
Wants: 12
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: rayjay on 11-09-2006

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Ratings: 117 | Reviews: 30
Photo of TheSixthRing
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours crystal clear and the palest of yellows with a white, finger width head. Fair retention gives way to a thin, broken layer of surface suds and a decent run of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass.

Smell - Strong bready aroma. Hints of grass and hop spice.

Taste - Follows the nose. Sweet and bready upfront. Back end hits on the hop character; fair spice bite that fades into light grass and hints of citrus. Touches on some fruity esters. Bittersweet finish.

Mouthfeel - Light in body with a vigorous, bitey carbonation. Slick texture with a crisp finish.

Overall - Not bad at all, in fact pretty good considering the style. Certainly a solid summertime option, and a good choice for their Summer Variety pack.

Photo of secondtooth
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clean yellow with thick white head. Loopy tree-line lace.

Aroma: Clean malts, with a hint of citrus and a tinge of tropical hops. Very pleasant already!

Taste: Clean and refreshing. The body here is light but there is a ton of flavor, with a bounty of hoppiness that puts this one well ahead of the pack, and proves to be a big success for Sierra Nevada. I’d buy this one again, yes.

Photo of 57md
3.47/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pale straw in color. The flavor is not quite as crisp as I would like. The finish is dry.

This offering is decent but very basic.

Photo of CTbrew32
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Golden yellow in color with crystal clear visibility. Pours a two finger white colored head with a soapy texture.

Aroma- Combination of citrus and spicy hops along with a grainy malt.

Taste- Starts off with a snap of spicy hops and then lemony citrus hops adding a light fruit component. After the initial hop flavors die down the malt finishes things out with a sweet grainy taste.

Feel- Medium bodied, a little fuller for a lagered beer maybe due to the ale yeast, or the malt. Carbonation is at a medium level.

Overall- Very nice hop forward kolsch from Sierra Nevada. The traditional aspects of this beer are well represented with a good twist of american hops that make this unique. Great option for the summerpack and hopefully it remains a seasonal offering.

Photo of barnzy78
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, PKGD 04/01/15
A - creamy white head holds good retention capping a pale golden body
S - spicy, floral, & grassy hops, faint yeast and lemon zest
T - grass, lemon, and spicy hops, pale malt, maybe a bit of pilsner too
M - lighter body, very dry with a mild bitter finish
O - nice tasting Kölsch. I'd buy this again if it was available. It's very refreshing and easy to drink.

Photo of Beric
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: Bottle into pint (...unfortunately don't have any Stangen)
Served: 10 June 2014

Appearance: Pours that really light, pale yellow so normal to a Kölsch, or Kölsch-style beer. Crowned with a soft, soapy, pearl head that leaves around a bit of sheen. Clear with visible carbonation coming from the bottom.

Smell: Not much happening in the nose to be honest- I get some light biscuity notes along with a hint of yeasty funk, a bit of fruity herbalness, but in all very muted.

Taste: Incredibly quaffable- the flavors are all there that you want: soft lagery biscuitiness but an ale-like fullness as well. Soft fruity notes from the unique yeast used for Kölsch and Kölsch-style beers. Soft herbal bitterness, but nothing crazy.

Mouthfeel: Soft and silky body with prickly carbonation.

Overall: One of Sierra Nevada's smoothest drinking beers, and another home-run lager from them.

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bright yellow body. Billowing pure white foam. Drippy lace.

Grass/hay and lemon aroma. Hints of cracker.

Lightly sweet up front. Bitter bite at the the swallow. The sweet and bitter entwine in the afterglow.

Light but prickly mouthfeel.

A Kolsch with a little more bite to it than most. Nice treat from the summer box.

Photo of vkv822
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden yellow with a foamy white head.

Floral, lightly fruity hops with a clean, grassy malt backbone.

Medium body, fizzy, foamy carbonation.

A very well done, and tasty Kolsch.

Photo of CraigP83
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice clear golden. Light and refreshing. Solid summer beer

Photo of tourdot
3.1/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Overall a decent light bodied beer but nothing that stands out and will make me seek it out again.

Photo of Nctide
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a clean and balanced beer with a nice dry finish. This is super refreshing and is a perfect summer beer.

Photo of microbrewlover
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a 50% transparent straw color with a minimal head; although some of it does last as a collar until the end. Lots of carbonation and even some lacing.

The smell is like straw and wet grass with some lemon. There are some peppery hops in there too. Cracker like and crisp.

The taste is surprisingly crisp and cracker like. Sweet malts and straw. There is a very slight caramel malt backbone and the peppery hop finish is surprisingly lager like.

I don't normally drink Kolsch but I will visit this one again. Good for hanging out outside on a hot summer day.

Photo of HoppyBastard
4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, "PKGD 4-2-15".

APPEARANCE: pours a clear, pale yellow color with one-finger white head that dissipated quickly leaving a thin, broken layer of bubbles, medium carbonation, almost no lacing on the glass.

SMELL: bread, flowers, some citrus and banana.

TASTE: not very sweet up front, malt bill is understated, then banana and bread, finishes with a nice hop profile that is more assertive than most in this style.

PALATE: medium body and carbonation.

OVERALL: this is a bolder interpretation of the Kolsch style for sure, I really enjoyed this, to be honest Kolsch is one of the most boring styles but I would have this one again no problem, Sierra Nevada makes everything better.

Photo of bsp77
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into pseudo-Stange.

Appearance: Bright straw color with very thick, bubbly, white head.

Smell: White pepper and a general spiciness. Dried out apple. A hint of citrus.

Taste: Crackery malts with strong apple undercurrents. Fairly hoppy for a Kolsch, with pepper, spicy & floral notes, and some nice citrus as well. A hint of sourness.

Feel: Pretty high carbonation with a fairly light body. Very crisp and dry.

Overall: This is the best Kolsch I have had, despite being a little off-style. I really wish I could buy a six pack of this, although the Summer Pack is nice overall.

Photo of cavedave
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful white gold, crystal clear, topped by a long lasting finger of white foam. Gorgeous.

A bit of tart yeast leads a lightly fruity and citrus aroma that balances some super crisp malt notes.

Really crisp light sweet grain meets lemony hop, floral hop, and a bit of really rounded tart in a full flavored (for a koesch that is) brew. Sip ends with a bit of fruity bitter and light tart.

Medium bodied, medium carb, excellent finish, not to style by any means with the hops so assertive in the linger but a refreshing and interesting take for sure.

Highly recommended, so juicy and good, just dry enough and just hoppy enough to blow the style but make for a delicious beer.

Photo of NickSMpls
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale color with modest head which quickly faded. Smell those Simcoe hops! A fine beer for the summer afternoons on the porch

Photo of steveh
3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The Summer Sampler Pack finally showed in my area and I'm excited to try the new Kölsch. Bottled on April 8, 2015.

A -- Pours a clear, bright gold with lightly dense white head that holds up well.

S -- Grainy malt with light DMS and light spicy hops.

T -- Taste is a mildly harsh graininess up front with balancing bitter hops following and finishing off the sample. There is a definite soft bready character that helps balance the dry bitterness from hops, but the earthy and piny character from the Simcoe hops is assertive.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft to crisp with a medium-light body.

O -- While the SN Kölsch takes the American side of hopping to make it a true Sierra Nevada beer, the use Simcoe and 2 Row keep me from really liking this beer to-style. On the other hand, the overall impression of the beer is that I find it very tasty and refreshing.

Photo of wedge
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear, shining yellow under a thick lumpy head that drops to a milky covering. Aromas are clean and earthy...hay, wheaty sweetness, and a little hit of sulfer. Grainy malts and spicy hops in the flavor. Grassy, crisp, and refreshing. Fairly light bodied and very drinkable. Good summer drinker.

Photo of BEERMILER12
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a bright yellow color with 2 fingers of head that slowly fade down to a nice cap that leaves some good lacing

S: Fruity, citrusy, and wheaty up front with some light spicy hops in the back. Hops are definitely very prevalent but don't take the characteristics of the style over

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a bit of fruitiness and light spicy notes then goes into a light bitterness and wheat notes. Finishes with lingering light bitterness and some fruitiness

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A nice hoppy take on a kölsch that is very drinkable and refreshing. Definitely cool seeing it in the summer pack

Photo of Philousa
4.31/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Imbibed at Burger on 2/3/13

Very clear pale yellow, like the sun on a foggy summer morning. White frothy head with good retention. Clean aroma with some nuttiness and slight bready grain to it. Mostly light though, even a little lemony. Lemon also extends to flavor, kicking things off, followed by a tart body, no doubt from the yeast. Nuttiness is mealy, like a walnut, adding to complexity without taking away from the "cleanliness" of the flavor profile. Noble hops have their place, bringing a flowery nectar-ish bitterness to the end. Finish is dry with feel tending towards watery. This is a great Kölsch that I want on a hot summer's day, but would have any time of the year.

Photo of tdm168
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at World of Beer Raleigh

A - gold with a big, frothy, white head that has great retention

S - musty, cereal grains

T - grassy, mild bitter hops, faint lemon

M - crisp, light bodied, smooth

This is a decent, highly drinkable example of the style. The flavor is on point and to style. This is a perfect trade-out for any American Lager.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap for the 4th Anniversary event at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a clear yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, grass, and hay. Taste is much the same with a mild amount of herbal hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is drinkable but very basic.

Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at the Blond Tiger, NYC.

Poured a medium straw hue with a one and a half finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light herbal hop spice a clean grain.

The taste was very well balanced and round on nature with a smooth light doughiness and complimentary noble hop spice.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall a nicely crafted kolsch beer. Easy drinking.

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled this for the first time at the brewery last night. FYI: every Thursday is cask night at Sierra Nevada.

Served in 20oz. imperial pint glass.

Appearance: The pale golden body displayed a cyclone of carbonation within: a swirling, mesmerizing, mass of bubbles. This kept up for quite some time, and was a real treat to watch. Ooohh... aahhhh. Three fingers of pillowy, white fluff sat serenely on top, apparently unaware of the storm raging beneath. This head had fantastic retention and drug a trail of bubble bath-like lace all the way down the glass. If the color was a touch brighter, this would earn a five. A solid four and a half though.

Smell: The bad part about a big, soft, head that won't go away: it makes it really hard to smell anything. I got sweet grains, lemon, and bitter barley and that was all.

Taste: Sweet mild grains and honey in the front, and lemonade and grass in the back. Mellow and enjoyable. The graininess intensified throughout the session, but the taste as a whole is light.

Mouthfeel: Very light and chewy. Carbonation felt a bit low for the style but was still adequate. Finishes clean with a light, grainy aftertaste.

Drinkability: A solid kölsch that I wouldn't mind ordering again. Would be better if it had a bit more flavor to it, but all in all a very easy drink.

Photo of adamette
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Winking Lizard in Mentor, Ohio about an hour ago. Review from notes taken at that time. Poured into a clean, clear pint glass, 12 oz. for $4.30.

A One inch creamy white head over a rather basic looking translucent yellow body with no visible carbonation rising up. There is good lacing as I sip this beer.

S Basic barley with some malt to the nose.

T Nice barley taste but with an added bonus: a nice light sweetness that I really like.

M Light, easy drinking.

D Very good with light feel, reasonable ABV and that nice touch of sweetness.

Notes: Entirely drinkable Kolsch from Sierra Nevada. I appreciate their exploration of different styles.

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Sierra Nevada German-Style Kölsch from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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