Kmita Kolsch - Dark Horse Brewing Company
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2.45/5 rDev -27.5%
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.
08-02-2012 04:45:40 | More by Ryan011235
2.8/5 rDev -17.2%
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.
07-30-2012 22:13:21 | More by rangerred
3.08/5 rDev -8.9%
12oz bottle, pours a ruddy amber color, with a very thin head that dissipates to nothing very quickly. I was expecting a golden color for the style. Aromas are malty grain, caramel, slightly medicinal. Tastes are again malty, with grain, caramel, slight spice, slightly medicinal. Would pair well with a spicy sausage. Mouth-feel is on the thinner side of medium, decent carbonation. Overall, I found this to be weird. I've never heard of a Polish Kolsch, but for a German Kolsch this was way off the mark for the style. Polish amber might have been received better. Sorry, passing on this one.
07-28-2012 15:58:53 | More by barnzy78
3.25/5 rDev -3.8%
I picked up a bottle of Dark Horse's Kmita Kolsch a couple days ago for $1.79 at The Lager Mill. This one just popped up in my area, I heard about it a couple weeks ago and have been wanting to try it since, so I was happy to see it on the shelf, lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date 2012 vintage, summer release.. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.
A- The label sure does stick out, but the guy on the label creeps me out a little. It poured a pretty hazy amber brown color that took on a nice orange/amber color when held to the light with three fingers worth of creamy off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and left a little lacing. The color is ok, but it's not the best look and it's for sure not true to style, but the head was really nice.
S- The aroma starts off with loads of very sweet malts that impart some grainy, brown bread, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, and dark fruits mainly cherrys, it starts off smelling like a Dubbel. Next comes a little more sweetness followed by some citrus rinds, with some floral and slightly spicy hops on the finish. The aroma is pretty complex and isn't what you would expect from a Kolsch, not true to style at all but not bad, just confusing.
T- The taste isn't all that similar to the aroma, it start off with a good amount of malts that a much lower amount of sweetness than the aroma led me to believe, they impart some nice clean malty and grainy flavors that are pretty Kolsch like. After that things start to get a little different and an unusual berry flavor starts to show up, I can't quite figure out what kind of berry it is. On the finish I get some spicy, but mainly floral hops that give this beer a medium amount of bitterness with a sweet, grainy, and somewhat berry like aftertaste. I don't mind the taste of this beer, it sure is different and it has more hops then you would expect to find in the style.
M- A little smooth, a little creamy, medium bodied, with a medium amount of carbonation. The carbonation is ok, but it isn't very Kolsch like, it's a little to thick.
Overall I thought that this was a decent beer, but it wasn't a good example of the style, there weren't that many things about this beer that shouted Kolsch, it would be better if it was just called Polish Ale and they left out the word Kolsch. This beer didn't have the best drinkability, it wasn't that smooth and the flavors don't hold my interest as well as they should, one is enough for me. What I liked most about this beer was that the taste actually had something that resembled a Kolsch unlike most of this beer. What I liked least about this beer was how confusing it was, this beer just didn't seem to be that cohesive. I don't think I would buy this beer again, it was interesting to try, but nothing I feel like I have to try, it's worth a try but don't expect a classic Kolsch. All in all this was one confusing beer that I really don't understand, but I do appreciate how different this beer is, it's always nice when the guys at Dark Horse start thinking out box, but unfortunately it just doesn't come together as well as it should.
07-25-2012 03:43:12 | More by StoutHunter
2.53/5 rDev -25.1%
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.
07-21-2012 23:33:38 | More by KarlHungus
4.68/5 rDev +38.5%
This is not a traditional kolsch, but it is light bodied, highly attenuated and well-balanced (which are kolsch qualities). I don't mind this labeled as a kolsch because it tastes so damn good.
Bitterness is not overpowering and compliments the malts well while maintaining a dry quality that is very desirable. I would like to know the variety of the polish hops used so I can try it in my own recipes.
The label is a nice tribute to family heritage. Overall, very well done and I hope it becomes available year-round.
07-15-2012 00:36:59 | More by Phinner
2.3/5 rDev -32%
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.
07-12-2012 23:04:34 | More by nicnut45
3.6/5 rDev +6.5%
Been a while since I had a new Dark Horse beer. Picked this up at the house of 1,000 beers for 3 bucks
A - Not to disturb the yeast a poured lightly giving just a mild lace ring. Lacing is good and the color is a muddy brown hazy like an old ale.
S - Smells mostly of sweet malts but I got caught off guard by some wood, pine hops, and some what I believe might be Elder Berries. Very interesting.
T - Taste starts off like a Kolsch with mildly bittering grains then quickly it's taken to a weird berry taste which I believe might be Elderberries or an off flavor from the malt. This clashes with piney hops and rounds out to a finish of Kolsch like grain which is very balanced and clean. Hops linger on the tongue long after each sip. Not bad.
M - It drinks rather good but I question session ability.
Overall Dark Horse did pretty good at creating a style of it's own. For what it's worth the Kolsch is clean and the added tastes are pretty interesting. Still it doesn't hold my interest to gain a repeated purchase.
07-11-2012 23:24:20 | More by DrDemento456
3/5 rDev -11.2%
Nice amber color, dark for a Kolsch. Pretty hazed. Nice crop of foam atop this'un. 4.0
Toasty aroma with some mignon wafts of hops. Sprig of citrus rind. 3.5
Very toasty, somewhat hoppy, and carrying an inappropriate sting of booze. Falters the drinkability, mostly. Some rooty flavors and floral hops that carry some astringencies, as well as a firm hop bitterness. Too booze-obvious to be any kind of refreshing, and the hop boost throws me off. Some prominent American hops showcased in this brew. Body is medium-light. Carbonation is on the level. 3.0, 2.5
Strange Kolsch. Hoppy, bitter, toasty, dark, and strong. Maybe if it was a pale ale. 2.5
07-08-2012 00:27:40 | More by thecheapies
4.1/5 rDev +21.3%
Had this on 2012-07-06 in Lancaster, PA at The Fridge
A - Hazy orange-brown with a 1-finger white head and mild lacing.
S - Pale malt, oranges, light floral. Not very strong.
T - Lots of flavors with a decent amount of malt, orange citrus, light grass and light spice. Good amount of lingering hop bitterness.
M - Light body and medium carbonation. Dries nice. Crisp and refreshing aa you'd expect from the style.
O - More malt, spice and citrus flavor than I expected. My buddy and I, kept commenting on how good it tasted. Worth seeking out.
07-06-2012 22:26:47 | More by Tucquan
3.88/5 rDev +14.8%
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.
07-04-2012 17:01:03 | More by tempest
4.05/5 rDev +19.8%
A bottle into a Dark Horse pint glass. Picked this up as a single.
Kmita pours out Kolsch like with a bronzish brown with a tint of orange up to light. A nice amount of rising bubbles, An off white head that lasts till the end with minimal lacing on the sides. BOdy looks a tad bigger and darker in color than most in the style. Smell is caramel forward with some light floral and pale malt. Sweeter with warming drink this up quick. Taste is refreshing, this bottle is super fresh and this particular Kolsch delves into amber ale territory. Light flavor with a caramel backing. An earthy hop flavor at this fresh stage. This is just a bit bigger in all aspects than most Kolsch beer and I like the twist. Feel is light with a sparky carb and a refreshing quick finish. Glad to see new Dark Horse product in the area. I am going to come back to this.
07-02-2012 02:38:29 | More by BARFLYB
4/5 rDev +18.3%
on tap at khyber
Pours a deep orange color with golden hues. Thick froth of white head bubbles up, retaining for a bit before dissolving into patchy lacing and film.
A snap of floral hops in the nose with orange peel and citrusy notes. Bready biscuit notes with grain. Faint sweetness.
Orange peel and citrus with a soft hop presence. Grain and biscuit malts with a touch of lemongrass. Soft bread malt backbone with a light sweetness. Finishes quick and refreshing on the tongue.
Lighter medium body, well carbonated, crisp and smooth on the palate. This is a really nice quaffer - perfect for the summer and well balanced.
06-28-2012 11:49:00 | More by xnicknj
3.69/5 rDev +9.2%
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.
06-24-2012 21:56:23 | More by oberon
4/5 rDev +18.3%
On tap at the Blind Pig Brewery in Champaign, IL
A: Pours a clear golden yellow color. A two finger white head forms with good retention. Sticky spiderweb looking lace is left behind.
S: Toasted, pale, and bready malts. Light hops. A kiss of floral and grassy hops. Lightly sweet. Simple but very nice.
T: At first toasted and bready malts. A slight caramel sweetness. A bit more hops than in the nose. Finishes slightly bitter with a crisp grassy and lemony twang.
M/D: A light to medium body. Crisp, clean and refreshing. Very easy to drink. All day with this one.
This is very simple, but very nice. Pretty much spot on for the style. Something I really enjoyed and would recommend.
12-27-2011 04:56:53 | More by champ103
3.9/5 rDev +15.4%
Had on tap at Crunchy's in East Lansing.
A: Pours a hazy light orange with a finger of off-white head.
S: Pale malt aroma and some grass.
T: Crisp and clean hop bitterness followed by some bready malt and a hint of honey.
M: Light body with good carbonation.
O: A nice lighter beer.
10-06-2011 18:07:05 | More by jale
Kmita Kolsch from Dark Horse Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.