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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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BA SCORE
88
very good

66 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 66
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 8.61%
Wants: 10
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: rayjay on 11-09-2006

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Ratings: 66 | Reviews: 17
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Photo of bsp77
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
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 tdm168
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
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 brewmaster411
3.36/5  rDev -14.9%
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 wedge
3.95/5  rDev 0%
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 +6.3%
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?

:P

Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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 flexabull
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
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 +3.8%
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 +4.6%
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 -2.3%
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 -11.4%
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 +1.3%
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 +3.3%
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 ThreeWiseMen
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
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 Philousa
4.31/5  rDev +9.1%
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 adamette
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
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.
88 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.