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Kmita Kolsch - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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126 Ratings
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Ratings: 126
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 16.81%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: jale on 10-06-2011)
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Reviews by TMoney2591:
Photo of TMoney2591
3.86/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

I remember being so perplexed by the concept of a "Polish-style kolsch" this past summer that I ran out to the Whole Foods in Lincoln Park and grabbed a pint at their bar. Good times. Let's have another, shall we? This stuff pours a partly hazy copper-amber topped by a finger of glowing off-cream-white foam. The nose comprises toasted and buttery biscuit, candied orange zest, and a hint of fennel. The taste holds notes of tangelo zest, orange peel, light black pepper, toasted biscuit, and a dash of nutmeg. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a creamily drying finish. Overall, a tasty interpretation of a kolsch, even if it bears only a small resemblance to the base style.

TMoney2591, Feb 05, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.69/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Love the label,being a Polack from Michigan who's grandfather drank Carlings Black Label in the red can I can appreciate the label.True to the label this is nowhere near a German Kolsch it pours more of a burnt orange color with a thinner white head atop.Aromas are much more to style with lightly toasted grain and some mild floral hops.the flavors are not as delicate as the style goes but I really like them with some lightly toasted grain,light fruit,and quite a shot of leafy hops in the back end,it's pretty refreshing like a true Kolsch.It's different and the meaning behind the beer is pretty cool,something to drink while grilling or watching a game.

oberon, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of tectactoe
2.64/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Had this one along time ago. Had again recently thanks to Jeff. Pours a murky copper color with the slightly beige head. What the hell? This doesn't look like any other Kolsch I've ever seen. Much, much darker and heavier looking. I had to double check to make sure it was really a Kolsch. Apparently so. Hmm, weird.

The aroma contains some fruits with a mild sourness that seems to grow a little bit as the beer gets warmer. Cherries and lemons seem to be the most prominent fruits, maybe even some grapes. Kind of nebulous overall. Some graininess resides in the back; pretty sweet and malty when all is said and done, with no real hop character that I can find in the aroma. A bit of alcoholic warmth comes through also, some else that's quite strange for a Kolsch - typically lighter, heavy-drinking beers.

The light sourness from the aroma is also the first thing to show up in the taste - not puckering or anything, mind you, just a light tartness that hits the tongue right away. Apples, cherries, and I'm getting a big-time plum flavor out of this, too. Right behind the tart beginning, there's a staunch bitterness that hits quick and fades into a more earthy sweetness. Malts are heavy all around; biscuits, faint caramel. Some weird steel/metal flavors that probably shouldn't be there. The taste is also surprisingly "boozy" and hits a little bit light nail polish remover on the back of the tongue at times. How can this be, when the beer is only 5.5% ABV? Medium body, leaving a sticky coating on the palate (again... what?) with a heavy bready aftertaste.

This beer wasn't awful, but it wasn't very good, either. And I don't understand how this can be labeled as a Kolsch. It resembles a Kolsch in almost no way. Is Dark Horse trying to play a joke on us? I'll be sure to pass this one up next time.

tectactoe, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of bpfrush
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

bpfrush, Jul 31, 2012
Photo of Brenden
2.9/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is the darkest Kolsch I've ever seen, being darker than amber, perhaps even copper in color. A fizzy head is pretty short-lived and, despite consistent activity, doesn't have lasting power. It does leave just enough spotty lacing from a light foam to let me know it's got at least some substance to it.
This...is an interesting one. After offering me a note up rubbing alcohol on front (which doesn't translate to the flavor, fortunately), it shows off lots of sweet malts and very mils floral notes. The taste moves from sweet corn to steel but not adjunct, per se. There's a floral and even a touch of herbal hoppiness to this beer, but it's not vinous and the malts keep it from being dry. I don't know what this actually is, only that it's not a Kolsch. It's not a bad beer, as there's a good balance and depth of flavor despite the weirdness of it, but it loses points for adherence to style.
The feel actually isn't bad but, again, adherence to style is an issue. While not a big-bodied brew, it's downright heavy for a Kolsch. It's also not particularly clean.
I think Dark Horse is a great brewery in general, but it really swings on the spectrum with their beers. This is on the lower end.

Brenden, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of nicnut45
2.3/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. No freshness dating indicated on the bottle.

Pours a red amber color. Hardly any head at all upon pouring. Looks like a soda pop.
Smell is not strong and needs a bit of stirring to evoke a good whiff, wet wood comes to mind, some yeasty mustiness, grape sucker, a slight overipe banana comes to clash with all this. Hops are not prevalent at all in the nose, malt dominates.
Bitterness prevails in the taste, not really any interesting hop flavors. Just bitter for the sake of being bitter and robs the beer of any interesting subtleties you might notice. Maple syrup tasting malt comes in and clashes with this as well. A slight saltiness/sour comes to mind as I drink, a bit like plain yogurt or kefir. A stinging carbonation drives home these strange flavors.
This is a strange muddled beer to say the least. I know it is their version of a kolsch, but there is little in this beer that even remotly reminds me of a kolsch. Perhaps they messed up brewing a real kolsch and felt bad about dumping this mess and so decided to label it a polish Kolsch. A properly brewed Kolsch is anything but boring. This contrasts to what was written on their six pack. I will not be buying this again.

nicnut45, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of KenC
3/5  rDev -11.5%

KenC, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of whatname
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

whatname, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Ciocanelu, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of tempest
3.88/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well this is interesting. Picked up a single at Abe's Cold Beer in Bethlehem. Poured an orange-amber with a short white head. I get a big toffee malt aroma and a hint of herbal fruit. It's that same sort of subtle, but earth, berry character I find in maibocks, which this beer tends to remind me more of than a kolsch. (Though I honestly don't know what a Polish kolsch should taste like.) There's a touch of roast in the dry finish, with a mild malty sweetness preceding it. There's a mild hop punch at the end. It's nothing too hoppy, just a tasty balance to the malt.

Certainly an odd beer and not like anything else I've tried. There are some distinct German (maybe Polish?) notes, but overall it's a well-balanced, drinkable amber.

tempest, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of BigJim5021
3/5  rDev -11.5%

BigJim5021, Apr 26, 2014
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3/5  rDev -11.5%

beergorrilla, Mar 14, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

mzeld, Jul 24, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

DarthTremens, Feb 01, 2013
Photo of Rostie
4.25/5  rDev +25.4%

Rostie, Jan 16, 2013
Photo of emerge077
3.88/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single of this as I was curious, and didn't want to commit to a six pack without trying it first. The idea of Dark Horse brewing a Kolsch was intriguing.

Pours amber orange with a slight haze, thin cap of foam up top, and the occasional stray rising bubble or two. Looks more like an amber ale, but whatever.

Smells like Kolsch yeast and lightly toasted grains.

Tastes a little fruity and toasty with a gently bitter aftertaste. If I had this blindfolded I'd say it was Bells Amber (a great beer). Dried fruit and light toasty malt flavors. Light feel, smooth and flavorful. It's a good beer, regardless of style. Craft beer is about bending rigid styles anyway...

emerge077, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of mdillon86
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

mdillon86, Aug 12, 2012
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.54/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Hinterland stange.
5.5% ABV, no date.

A - Kmita Kölsch pours out a surprisingly copper amber color, hazed with fine particles; much darker than any Kölsch I've ever seen. The beer's creamy ivory head lingers on the surface for a while leaving some attractive lace before it collapses into the beer.

S - Dusty, dirty, and dry, this Kölsch has a toasted malt aroma with caramel undertones and spicy rye-like notes with lingering broad Connecticut Shade leaf tobacco and faint hop notes. I'm not sure what a "Polish Style Kölsch" is supposed to be like, but this is pretty off base for a Kölsch though not bad as what it is.

T - Lots of maltiness when a typical Kölsch is considered, there's toffee, caramel, and bread flavors which all overwhelm the minor hoppiness that's in the beer. The finish is filled with dusty, almost chalky dry dirt and the same rye-like spice the nose offers. Again, the plethora of flavors really pushes this beer beyond the realm of what a typical Kölsch should be.

M - Medium-bodied and smooth, this beer has a nice mouth feel with a dusty, dry finish and spice note that is nice but it's far from the crisp, clean German-style Kölsch beers.

O - I'm not quite sure what a "Polish Style Kölsch Ale" is but this beer doesn't measure up to what a Kölsch should be if styles are considered. By no means is it a bad product, in fact, Kmita Kölsch is a very well-made beer, it just doesn't fit guidelines. I'd love to know the story behind this beer; I feel that it might make the experience make a little more sense. In the end Kmita Kölsch is drinkable but not as drinkable as a typical Kölsch.

BeerFMAndy, Apr 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

Goldndomer, Feb 10, 2014
Photo of smakawhat
3.83/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a stange glass.

A murky brown light orange body is presented, some cola like sticking carbonation, but with a good amount of small white pinhead rising bubbles as well. Head makes two fingers, light tan in color and settles to a small thin puck.

Nose is interesting, light fruity esters giving to fig and raisins almost hinting of Belgian dark ale sensing sweetness, but much lighter and less sweet. Good solid hints of simple toffee and caramel.

Really nice crisp palate, with good dense malt and light club soda effervescent quality. Sharp hop mixing with a lime citrus astringent finish. Light toffee and fruity raisins match nicely in this very interesting style through the mid palate.

Real interesting beer, probably not what I want in a Kolsch, but it's a real interesting style a mix of light kolsch and sweet dark caramel flavors.

smakawhat, May 19, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

tommy5, Aug 30, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

DMax90, May 08, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.1/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is hazy yellowish amber in color (very dark compared to other beers in the style) and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head.
S: There are light aromas of grapes and biscuit malts in the nose that died down but never completely faded away.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has some flavors of toasted malts along with a light amount of bitterness and hints of spicy hops.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied, clean and quite dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The dryness persists through the finish.
O: This beer is quite unlike any other kölsch I've had before, especially in its appearance and amount of malts and dryness. It's also not very easy to drink.

metter98, Oct 20, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

mikediesel124, Oct 04, 2012
Photo of rlee1390
3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Cloudy orange, some carbonation two finger head that doesn't stay around long

S-Pale malts, some grass, bread, butter, like a better smelling macro-eqsue brew.

T-Grass, off tasting bread/butter notes. No bitterness Bland.

M-Light in body, borderline over carbonated. Tries to be crisp but falls just short.

O-As the beer warms the flavors no longer mix as well and the buttery/bread notes take over and worsen the beer.

rlee1390, Aug 16, 2012
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Kmita Kolsch from Dark Horse Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.