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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113 Ratings

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Ratings: 113
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 7.93%
Wants: 12
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
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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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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 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 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 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 brewmaster411
3.36/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What can you expect from a light bodied, light flavored beer? While this beer was very well made and drinkable, it was not exceptional. By comparison, Hollywood Blond was more definitive of the traditional style. I cannot fault Sierra Nevada for their effort, but this is the lightest bodied beer they have created.

The appearance, aroma and flavor were very nice, and I believe on target for the style.

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 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 PEBKAC
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I saved this guy for the 4th, but mother nature didn't agree with me. Two days later, a hard twist lets go a nice spurt of pressure. A couple relish dogs in, & I'm good to go.

Soft, paper mache head, golden wheat body. Lightly fruity; Betty Crocker lemon-pepper muffins come to mind.

Again, very saturated with "40 minutes @ 375" on the way in & down. Salty Cheez-Its, with just a touch of over-baked bitterness lingering at the end. Like those fake "butter flavor" pretzels that come in 14lb bags for .79 cents. :P

Excellent fizz, though a bit weak, when compared to most everything else SN has in their repertoire. It could have been the time sitting in the jug, but considering how tightly I tuck them in at night, I doubt it. :) Body is almost non-existent. You only notice something pouring down your esophagus, by how refreshed & satisfied you suddenly feel. I would drink it straight out of the bottle, but the neighbors are watching. Anyways, who would hold my tongs... & this plate of sausages?


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 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 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 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 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 flexabull
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice to see this here in Redding. Especially with the high 90's temps we've been hitting lately.

Pours a very light crystal clear gold color, with a small but sturdy white head.

Aromas are light and fruity.

Taste is very crisp and very dry. This is has a zesty fruit quality, a bit creamy, and with a slightly sharp hop tbite on the finish. A very refreshing, tasty, and light beer.

Mouthfeel is good. There is a touch of weakness to it, but it's certainly not bad.

Drinkability is great. An excellent summer thirst quencher. I like their Summerfest, but this is just as tasty, and even easier to drink. Very session worthy.

Photo of rayjay
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A new style for SN, everyone at the brewery described it as "something alot lighter than anything else we've ever done." Curiousity, of course, got to me, and I had to try it!

Light golden in appearance, almost transparent.

Very smooth, light, bready body with the *faintest* hop bite, perhaps a bit more than a traditional kolsch. Very refreshing. There is a slight yeasty profile that reveals it's ale heritage.

A very different SN beer, excellent for sessions, or those with palates too sensitive for a PA. Before, the lightest beers on tap were the Gold and the Wheat, and this definately beats them both for lightness.

A great refreshing beer, but not good enough to keep me from the hoppy stuff!

Photo of calir1
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When I tasted this beer I was actually too drunk at the time to really know how to review this, but I was just supprised they make this beer, I am always shocked to see new beers all the time from SN, last time it was the "Torpedo". I saw this beer at my local brew fest 2 weeks ago, I remember it tasted a lot like a kolsch though!!!

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.

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