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HooDoo Kölsch Style Ale - Uinta Brewing Company

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HooDoo Kölsch Style AleHooDoo Kölsch Style Ale

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Reviews: 44
Hads: 174
Avg: 3.44
pDev: 28.2%
Wants: 1
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Uinta Brewing Company visit their website
Utah, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Wasatch on 10-23-2011

This crisp kolsch-style ale is golden in color and exhibits refreshing hop character.

25 IBU
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Photo of bennetj17
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright, golden-yellow appearance, thin head, looks a bit hazy throughout. Aroma has a grainy, crackery bite, with faint notes of citrus.

The taste has a mostly clean, biscuity malt flavor. Touches of dry bitterness at the back, hop balance is pretty non-existent. Alcohol is not discernable. The mouthfeel is a bit thin but has a zesty carbonation to compensate.

Overall a decent hot weather brew, but it doesn't distinguish itself well enough for the style. For all I would know this could be some sort of pale lager. Despite it not being a great Kolsch, it's still doable.

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Photo of Zorro
3.32/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Clear golden colored beer with a small white colored head.

Smells of toasted grain and malt with a bit of a bake sweet bread scent. Faint apple butter scent to this.

Starts out slightly sweet with a fruity flavor. Medium bitterness and lots of toasted grain and caramel.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall way decent for a 4% Utah supermarket beer.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

nothing special here, a very standard an unexciting pale beer. pours clear and washed out yellow looking with a decent white head. smells like a beer, a bit of euro malts but nothing memorable in the nose. flavor is equally dull, its crisp and refreshing, but it doesnt taste like much. this is a style of beer that can be quite exciting when done properly, im not sure why this one is so flat. feel is fine, well carbonated and very very light on the body. i wont buy this again, not because its bad, but because its boring. i prefer the hop notch from uinta

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Photo of chodinheaven
3.26/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amazing clarity and lots of carbonation from the bottom. Straw-amber color with a silky little shock white sheet of a head on top. Lacing in patches down the glass. Smells light and summery, with some very light bready malts and a touch of floral hops.

Light and refreshing in body and feel, not much hop presence other than a very faint hoppy taste in the back. The malts aren't sweet and have a biscuity quality to them that ends up leaving a slightly weird aftertaste and linger. Effervescent mouthfeel in its light airiness, but manages to be crisp to the tongue and a little bit prickly in carbonation. Not the best Kolsch I've had, but then again its not bad. Just nothing all that exciting about it, unlike Uinta's other low ABV selection in Baba Black Sheep. I thought that one was very unique and well done, whereas this one is a little on the bland side.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.24/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This beer from served from the bottle, thanks to StonedTrippin. It poured a cleanly yellowed straw coloring, holding a fizzy one and a half finger tall head. This retained decently, leaving wet spots of white lacing dripping down the sides of the glass. Carbonation appeared active, and no haze or sediment was noted. The aroma was simple, with pale and pilsner malts, white chalk, floury adjuncts, crisp grassiness, metallics, and yeast that approached the soured side of life. Our first impression was that this was an easily sippable beer, without too much bitterness of malt. As we sipped, the flavoring opened with that bittering malt bill, giving solid pales, big metallics, and dried, mildly puckered wheatiness. The sip came to a watery peak, with mineral and soft lactic bite washing the meat of the grains away. This easiness pulled us to the finish, where the grains returned, but with less bite and robustness. They were met by flashes of white sugar, light booziness, and faint spice of phenol air. The aftertaste breathed of chalk, faintly soured grassiness, tin, flour, and corny adjuncts. The body was light, and the carbonation was medium, but packed a good prickle. The mouth was left creamy and coated with those active bubbles, following decent slurp and smack, but less froth. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank decently.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its ease of drinkability. While the aroma and flavoring were rather simple and clean, with warmth the bitterness mixed oddly with the watered-through middle, causing the ultimate blend of flavors to become muddled and unattractive. If kept towards a colder temperature this beer can be your typical “drink from the bottle on a hot Summer’s day” type of beer, but otherwise there are more refined and flavorful beers for the style, and from this brewery.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.2/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Golden yellow with sudsy, foamy white head. Decent retention. Grain and berries or even grape or perfume on the nose. Fruitiness most likely a yeast quality, although perhaps influenced by hops. Quite the same on the taste, maybe a little less fruity and more grainy, with mild hop bitterness yielding a scented soap-like flavor overall, and I mean no disrespect, for it's not too strong and works well with the lighter body and medium level of prickly carbonation. This one's all bubbles going down the hatch.

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Photo of JeffH
3.17/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

American style Kolsch- slight darker and heavier than the classic German variety. The aroma is biscuit and hay with a slight sweetness. The beer pours a crystal clear gold with a bright white, thick head that dissipates quickly. The carbonation is noticeable on the palate. The flavor is clean and refreshing with a nice balance of malt and hops with the slightest tip towards the malt sweetness. Overall, this is certainly not a German Kolsch but is a very drinkable beer that is quite refreshing cold and becomes more complex as it warms.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.16/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Clear yellow color, minimal bubbles with a couple rising to the surface. Smells sort of grainy. Flavor is grainy malt, cereals, not very crisp and not very hoppy despite what the label says. Very easy to drink though since the ABV is so low. This was a decent beer but is my least favorite for the style and I won't make a repeat purchase on this one.

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Photo of smcolw
3.14/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Extra cloudy, almost white, to the yellow color. Good head that leaves ring lace.

A very poor smell that comes closest to dishwasher water.

Fortunately, the flavor is much improved. There's some fruity sweetness to the initial taste. Light bitterness in the swallow for balance. Short aftertaste. Full bodied with a high level of carbonation.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Drinking Hoodoo Golden Ale in Bryce Canyon Campground after hiking through the hoodoos - how cool is that! Like drinking bourbon in Bourbon County or Champagne in Champagne.

Aesthetically pleasing brown compass bottle with a pretty painting of what I believe is “the fist,” one of the more popular hoodoos. Gold color. Smells like what I think of when I think of general beer smell: bread dough and golden malt.

Taste is golden malt with an ample black pepper hop in back for balance. Green apple sweetness. Bit of a ‘tweener in the mouthfeel department. Not as crisp as a kolsch but not as smooth as a golden ale. I guess that’s why it’s a kolsch style golden ale.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.99/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap acquired at a local SoCal bottle shop and served into a New Belgium stem-goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are fairly high; I like Uinta and I love a good Kolsch. Best before 03/05/13. I don't see an ABV listed. Clearly labelled a Kolsch.

Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Paired with salted pretzel twists.

A: Pours a two finger white colour head - fairly thin - without any real cream. Retention is above average (~3 minutes). Body colour is a clear pale yellow-copper. Translucent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Pretty typical for the style; there's nothing unique or special here. Standard fare.

Sm: Fragrant crystal malt, buttery notes, pale malts, perfumey preservative hops, bready notes, light grape, and dry grains. A mild strength aroma. Typical of a kolsch, but surprisingly unrefreshing. No yeast or alcohol is detectable.

T: Dry crystal malt body redolent of pear. Light white grape. Dry pale malts. Clean and simple. Not quite refreshing, but close. No yeast or alcohol comes through. It's balanced, if simple. I do like it. Rather neutral in flavour. Lacks complexity and subtlety.

Mf: Crisp, with near perfect dryness. Smooth. Decent palate presence. Good carbonation. It's typical of the style but doesn't feel custom-tailored to the flavour profile.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable. It's not bad for a Kolsch, but I'm far from impressed. Hides its ABV well. I expected better from Uinta. This doesn't scratch my Kolsch itch. Leaves a lot to be desired. I'd try it on draught. Few will have any trouble quaffing this one. Decently priced for what it is.

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Photo of Profchaos20
2.96/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into snifter, best by 2/8/13.

A - Pours light gold with a one finger head that dissipates quickly. Leaves some lacing down the glass.

S - Not a lot in the nose. Light malt aroma is the most prevalent. Bread, a hint of herbal and earthy hops, slight spicyness.

T - Same as the smell, not a ton going on here. Slightly sweet malt upfront, bready, finishes slightly sweet.

M - Light body, medium carbonation. Smooth, very easy to drink.

O - I enjoy subtlely flavored beers but this one is a little too subtle for me. Pretty average across the board. Maybe I'll have to revisit it again sometime to see if I missed something.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
2.91/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer #28 in my great Utah Brew Hunt.

This is a kolsch? Really? Way too far into ale territory, in my opinion. Body is quite thick, profile is quite intense, for the style. Too leafy, too earthy, and not filtered enough, I want to say. As a beer, sure it works. But this tastes like generic homebrew to me as opposed to something refined, as a kolsch should be.

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Photo of busternuggz
2.85/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Center poured into a pilsner glass from a 12 oz. bottle. Best before date of 5-22-13.

Very clear straw/golden color with a bubbly, foamy head.

The aroma is mostly earthy, kind of musty? There's a bit of grass and a little caramel/light toffee scent. Not bad but kind of odd...

The taste is much more what I expect from a kolsch. Grassy and floral with a little lemon. Comes on with some grainy malt sweetness, ends with a nice bitter grassiness. But, those odd toffee and earthy/musty note comes out in the end too, and it comes out more as it warms and becomes distracting. Tastes oxidized, maybe some other kind of off influence.

Nothing particularly wrong with the texture, but it's a bit heavy for a kolsch and could use more carbonation.

I feel like there's a good kolsch to be had here but this particular bottle at least had some off flavors going on. I'll update if I try a better one in the future.

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Photo of Ryan011235
2.77/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into an Olde Hickory glass on 9/19/12

Bottled on 06/11/12

Sun-faded golden yellow color. Rather clear. Pours a one thumb cap of fluffy white foam. Thin retention with some scattered lace.

The aroma finds notes of toasted grains, grass and floral hops, buttered bread, biscuit dust and a hint of dough. Fairly clean overall and tilted in favor of the grains. The taste is similar in terms of grain, though the hops are dulled and have something of a metallic twinge on the finish. Perhaps it because it's three months old. The feel is light and somewhat thin, staring off smooth with soft, rolling carbonation moving in mid-body.

Not a bad little beer, but the aroma is the high point. If I ever come across a fresher bottle, I'll revisit.

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Photo of rastamendi
2.66/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- A beautiful gold color, brilliant clarity, with a lingering lace and subtle head that lingered to the end.
A- Very muted aroma. No noticeable hop or malt aroma. The esters typically associated with the style are missing.
T- Taste is subtle grass with a slight bitterness that borders on astringent. The bitterness is firm for the style, but lacks any hop flavor or aroma.
M- Carbon level was acceptable/appropriate, and the mouthfeel was dry and crisp.
O- Disappointing. Kolsch is my style, but every time I try a new American interpretation I'm left wondering if any of them have ever had a traditional example from Koln. Cant recall the last good one I had! Colorado Kolsch is the last one that came close

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Photo of lastmango
2.58/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured a light hazy straw color into a pint glass. White fizz 2" head dissipating to thin consistent head. I detected an almost detergent smell at first that changed to grass. Initial light malt flavor with very light hop bitterness on the end. Light and crisp feel with higher sensation of carbonation than what you would expect from looking at it. Further sips produced a sensation of seltzer water.

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Photo of jtmartino
2.04/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Had this on tap at Grape and Grain in San Mateo, CA.

The only thing I can say about this beer is DME. Dried Malt Extract. There is an overwhelming smell of malt/malt extract wafting from this beer. At first I thought it was just a bready character, but then as the beer warmed it it really showed its true colors. It literally smelled like hot wort during the boil when I used to make partial mash beer on my stove.

I'm not sure if the beer is extract brewed or not, but I can't get that taste or smell out of my head. Not the worst beer I've had, but I will not be reaching for this one again.

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Photo of cottonkoozie
1.86/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Poured with very little head. Dissipated quickly to a very light cap and left very little lacing. Color is a very clear slightly golden yellow. High levels of carbonation are visible.

S - Very sweet smell is overpowering at first, but as you get into it, there is a cereal adjunct smell, and then a slightly boozy smell, surprising for a 4% ABV.

T - Fruits and adjuncts, taste like a cheap macro adjunct lager with tart pear juice mixed in. Not impressed at all. No quality malt or hops notes to speak of.

M - Club soda?

O - Not impressed with this one, and although I've never been blown away by a beer from Uinta, this one is not up to par. Maybe I got a bad batch or something, but it is enough to scare me away from buying this one again. Glad it was part of a make your own 6 and I only have one bottle of it. Not up to the quality of other Kolsch style beers I've had.
You may say I'm being to hard on this one, and it isn't horrible, but it taste like something I would drink while grilling or tailgating, and given a choice I would rather have a cheap, American light beer than this.

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HooDoo Kölsch Style Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.