Kmita Kolsch - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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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

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(Beer added by: jale on 10-06-2011)
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Photo of CWhite
4.25/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of Zaphog
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.55/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Dogfish Head pint glass. The pour is light amber and slightly clear (dark for the style) without much head. I'm getting a little bit of malt aroma with a touch of apple fruitiness.

Very firm mouthfeel and nice, medium body. I get clean, sweet, fruity malt notes up front and a soft, balancing hop spiciness in the back of the mouth. The hops add just that touch of spice and do not make the beer the least bit bitter. It almost tastes like a Vienna Lager, except the malt is not as pronounced. Here, the malt sweetness is very subtle and delicate and merely adds body and a fruity component to the flavor.

A very easy-drinking and refreshing pour. I'm not sure how authentic this is to the style (it's so dark it doesn't resemble any Kolsh I've had), but it's quality is beyond dispute.

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?

Photo of SalMineo
3/5  rDev -11.2%

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.

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.

Photo of emerge077
3.88/5  rDev +14.8%
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...

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.

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.

Photo of gpawned
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Dyerseve
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of shamrock071521
4.25/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.7/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange-ish to amber color with a light tan head. In the aroma, faint lager notes, yet quite fresh. In the taste, small caramel notes, quite similar to a Vienna lager. Quite smooth and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dryness and light caramel roast in the aftertaste. It was more a Vienna lager than a kolsch, but it was enjoyable nonetheless.

Photo of akttr
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of ruckus232
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of horshack7
3.08/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Rather dark amber in coloraround and inch worth o fhead which thins out quick.

Aroma: Grainy, buttery with light toffee notes, twinges of molasses and caramel malts. Not too much in the fruit end bits of prunes.

Taste: Caramel malts, grainy notes, light sticky mouthfeel. Slight brown bread, dark fruits.

Notes: Well it's not to bad. The light dry finish does add a nice touch. Cheers.

Photo of superspak
3.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours cloudy orange amber color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Some light spotty lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of apples, pear, caramel, toast, bread, herbal, floral, grass, and light earth. Ok aromas but they were fairly weak and unbalanced; possible fermentation issues due to apple in aromas. Taste of pear, caramel, toast, biscuit, grass, floral, apple, and light herbal spiciness. Light spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruit, caramel, toast, biscuit, grass, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a short bit. Fairly dry on the finish. Pretty good flavor balance and complexity; no cloying sweetness. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and slightly crisp mouthfeel that is ok. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Very easy to drink as expected. Overall this is an ok brew. Definitely not a kolsch, but has some decent flavor and balance. Pretty enjoyable.

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.

Photo of rlee1390
3.43/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

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3/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Kmita Kolsch from Dark Horse Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.