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Kmita Kolsch - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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78
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129 Ratings
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Ratings: 129
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 16.57%
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jale on 10-06-2011)
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Photo of innersanctum
1.25/5  rDev -63%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Ya know when your cleaning lady gives you those chocolates at Christmas time and you really *want* to like them, but they just don't taste good, and you end up throwing away half the box, well meet Kmita Kolsh!

Sampled 3 bottles from two different 6-packs. The first bottle was best and served cold on a hot summer day. While the taste was initially heavier with a fuller biscuty mouthfeel than the Kolsh's which I've had, the flavor dissipated toward a boozy/acidy finish the last quarter of the bottle. The appearance was a nutty brown which is much darker than other offerings from this style, and there was a lot of sediment at the bottom of the bottle.

The second bottle was finished, but the boozy taste was persistent throughout. It is somewhat suprising that a 5.5% APV offering would exhibit this flavor, but it was loud and clear. The third bottle was poured into a glass, and after one sip it was poured down the drain. All bottles were purchased at Barneys Market, New Buffalo, MI.

If you're reading this over at DH, please note that I'm trying to offer some honest feedback, and you can see from my other reviews that I admire your work.

innersanctum, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of AleWatcher
1.73/5  rDev -48.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Grabbed as part of a mix a 6 pack... I love Kolsch as a style...

This is the darkest looking Kolsch I've ever seen. Deep coppery amber colored body with a small splattering of nearly white bubbles atop it. The head subsided quickly to leave a thin collar but no lacing.

Smells really too malty. Almost like a barleywine somehow.... Minus caramel malts. Some sweet bready malt and some harsher grainy malt lead the way. Some leafy, vegetable, and spicey hop notes come in on the backend. Yikes. The finish is surprisingly bitter, and as it warms it gets quite boozy.

Feels overcarbonated, yet oily. Like too many bubbles on the tongue, but it's surprisingly full-- at least more full than medium bodied.

Not very refreshing. Not very Kolsch-y. Not very good. In the future I'll avoid this one like it was made by White Birch.

AleWatcher, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of mwbrady12
1.75/5  rDev -48.2%

mwbrady12, Jul 17, 2013
Photo of Filabee
2.25/5  rDev -33.4%

Filabee, Apr 05, 2014
Photo of BEERchitect
2.28/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The act of pulling a bottle from the six pack carton brings immediate joy as a jolly polish mafia-like aristocrat, equipped with a cigar, bow tie, and what looks like a Black Label can greets the eye. Can I get some extra cheese with that? But what's important is on the inside, so let's go there...

The beer opens with a rich copper hue that's a better display for amber ales or pale ales. I had to do a double take to make sure that this was supposed to be a kolsch-style ale. Its short-lived foam stance yields no real retention and collapses within half the session.

Grainy-sweet aromas rise to the nose with foreground notes of caramel candy, cinnamony alcohols and corn. Lightly starch scented, the beer delivers an aromatic combination that reminds me as much of colas as that of beer.

Saccharine sweetness thrives in the taste of left over malt. Caramel and cola nut rise in taste reminds me in no real way of traditional kolsch. Vegetal corn and an overall cereal grist taste migrates over the palate more like a cream ale that balances toward the maltier pale ale side. With little of the spice that shows up in the nose, the hop balance that finishes the beer provides a woody, minty bitterness.

Starch and residual sweetness frames the mouthfeel and forbids the clean crisp pilsner malt dryness or mild hop bitterness to close the beer with crispness or cleanliness. Finishing semi-sweet and weightedly, the beer never convinces me of kolsch textures.

Dark Horse could convince me that Kmita is a cream ale, an amber ale, or even a non-descript pale ale. But it's not a very good beer, and certainly not a well made kolsch.

BEERchitect, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of TurdFurgison
2.28/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

First off, I love Kolsch. I'm also a fan of most things I've tried from Dark Horse. And I'm a HUGE fan of the label on this bottle! But despite all of that I cannot give this beer a good review if I'm rating to style.

The beer is way darker than any Kolsch I've had, an amber color that isn't close to the golden hue I expect. Looking back to the label I see that it's a "Polish Style Kolsch Ale", maybe that accounts for the color. I've never seen a Polish brewery in Cologne.

The aroma is sort of worty, strong grain and sweet malt. It tastes overly sweet too, nothing like the delicate malt and light hop balance I'm used to. Again I get strong grains in the flavor along with the smell. The body is likewise too heavy, this misses the mark on every single attribute. Is this an inside joke at Dark Horse?

I don't recommend this, my first "don't buy" comment on a Dark Horse beer.

TurdFurgison, Sep 13, 2012
Photo of nicnut45
2.3/5  rDev -32%
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 Ryan011235
2.45/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Capital Brewery glass on 8/1/12

I'm shocked to see such a dark kolsch. This thing is a deep tobacco color and has some cloudiness. The head is fizzy, topping out at half and inch and dropping back down from there. No lace or retention.

The aroma is various and sundry shades of wrong. Toasted bread - lightly spiced, dark-ish bread. Apples. Plastic. Cured meats (salami). Sporadic wisps of smoke.

I'll mark it in the lucky category that the taste doesn't entirely follow the path of the aroma. Here, the bready flavors are emboldened, as is the spiciness. While it doesn't taste like rye, it has the dry spice that rye often has. Grainy with dusty yeast. Earthy, grassy hops.

The body is leaning toward full; the feel has a slickness to it. Carbonation is moderately low, but has a liveliness to the edges.

What's the deal with this beer? It drinks much better than I was expecting, but it's not much of a kolsch (and I'm dinging it for style). There are far worse beers to drink, but I wouldn't seek this out.

Ryan011235, Aug 02, 2012
Photo of beernads
2.5/5  rDev -26%

beernads, Aug 21, 2013
Photo of KarlHungus
2.53/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This beer pours a cloudy light amber color with a small white head that vanishes within seconds. It is very unappealing to look at. The aroma is of toffee, caramel, and a hint of roasted malt. It is a pleasant aroma, but is in no way the aroma of a kolsch. The taste is similar to the aroma with a lingering bitterness in the finish. Again, it is actually quite enjoyable, but it is not a kolsch. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with virtually no carbonation. Overall, when I see a style designation on a beer's label I expect it to at least vaguely represent that style. I have no idea what a "Polish Kolsch" is supposed to taste like, but I thought it was reasonable to expect something similar to a real kolsch. This beer tastes much more like an altbier than a kolsch.

KarlHungus, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of tectactoe
2.64/5  rDev -21.9%
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 Gschaf
2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

Gschaf, Mar 01, 2013
Photo of malfunxion
2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

malfunxion, Aug 21, 2014
Photo of THECPJ
2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

THECPJ, Feb 14, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

tommyguz, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of rangerred
2.8/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy dark orange with a thin off white head that fades quickly.

Aroma of sweet caramel and toasted malt. A little bit of Earthy hops.

The taste is fairly sweet with toasted caramel. Some honey and dark bread make an appearance along with a little bit of hay. Strong bitterness takes hold and lingers through a pretty dry finish.

A decent beer but nothing like any kolsch I have ever had. Is more like an Amber. Nonetheless, not something I would really seek out again.

rangerred, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of Bitter_Echo
2.85/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured weirdly. I didn't manage to break up the flocks into finer light reflecting things, and it was darker than the few of the style I've had and it seemed a bit not cool and not inviting and like I said, weird. I get malt and biscuit and a bit of ripe fruit and maybe some floral notes. Again. A Kolsch? Tastes actually ok average, or even maybe a bit better. Not undrinkable for sure, but I really don't have much positive to say about this., sorry, loving DH brews and all. I wonder if the Polish has something to do with this?

Bitter_Echo, Sep 14, 2012
Photo of Brenden
2.9/5  rDev -14.2%
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 jlindros
2.9/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light fizzy head that hits about 1/3 finger and fades at a med pace, but leaves a thicker creamy head covering with a bit of lacing, over hazy sediment laden darker reddish nectar orange color.

Nose is light, a little creamy malt profile, light yeasty esters and a hint of a vegetal like aroma, light wet hay and touch of grass, little aromatic malt.

Taste is light and herbal, vegetative like flavors, light corn oil like, light rancid oil, fluffy malt, little reddish caramel like malt, some fruity esters again, with a touch of that flavor from yeast fermenting too hot.A touch of herbal hops come through on the finish, with a dry finish but still a bit sticky, little malty and vegetal again.

Mouth is med bodied, too much body even, but at least decent carb.

Overall not good. Like a somewhat inexperienced homebrewer making some mistakes, and nothing what I would expect for a Kolsch.

jlindros, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of KenC
3/5  rDev -11.2%

KenC, Nov 29, 2012
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3/5  rDev -11.2%

BigJim5021, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of beergorrilla
3/5  rDev -11.2%

beergorrilla, Mar 14, 2013
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3/5  rDev -11.2%

ROGUE16, Sep 17, 2013
Photo of jaidenjb
3/5  rDev -11.2%

jaidenjb, Nov 11, 2012
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Kmita Kolsch from Dark Horse Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.