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Kolsch - Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

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Ratings: 141
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 13.94%
Wants: 0
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
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United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  4.83% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: BuckeyeNation on 07-16-2008

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Ratings: 141 | Reviews: 19
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Photo of watermelonman
3.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This arrived wearing a nice pale gold, quick ring of head and not much lace. I am no kolsch expert but that seems to be to style.

The smell was lightly toasted malt with a hint of citrus. The taste brought more of the same, with hops to complement rather than flavor on their own. Light and refreshing in the mouth, this was not the most intriguing of beers but reasonably well done.

Photo of KYGunner
3.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I went to the Rock Bottom in Cincinnati, though because it's a chain I am going to assume the beers carry over the same. I ordered a flight of six of their standard beers and as I tried each one I found that each was spot on to the style. The remarkable thing is how unremarkable the beers are. Don't get me wrong, they are well worth the try and certainly above average but they are produced for a mass market. So as lazy as it may be I am going to simply say that this beer was a text book example of the style without breaking out and setting itself above.

Photo of stampfler07
3.31/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear golden with many rising bubbles, nice frothy white head

S- Not much to speak of

T- Light throughout, building grain flavor like a crusty french loaf, very light bitter component to finish

M- Moderate carbonation, light body, slightly dry and crisp

O- Not bad, refreshing, fits well with style

Photo of DrDemento456
3.59/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a very lager light bright yellow with a 1/2 inch of rocking foam. Almost too much since they are all forced carbonated.
S - It smells on style very grainy, has some citrus hops which surprised me and some toasted malt.
T - I did not like it at first very dry and grainy but by the end of the sampler it was very enjoyable. Still wish it has more citrus hops and sweeter malt base.
M - Light to medium a very sessionable ale.

Overall I guess its too "on par" with the style since I found it grainy and lager like. Not my favorite of the night.

Photo of AleWatcher
3.98/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When my friends go here, they always drink the lousy light lagers-- that all changed when I made them try this Kolsch. They all love it now and ask my about other Kolsch beers they can buy...

Anyway...
Clear light straw golden with a bubbly white head. Decent lace and retention.
Smells of grainy malt with a slight musky quality that tends to appear in a lot of german styles-- I dont know what it is, but in my head I chalk it up to the yeast...
The taste follows the nose with some light fruit notes hiding in there as well.
The body is light and airy-- a perfect summertime beer.

Overall, this is pretty nice.

Photo of smcolw
3.87/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Decent frothy, white head that leaves extensive lace. Pours on the dark side of gold. Mild haze.

Clean creamy initial aroma. Just a touch of hop in the background.

The flavor matches the smell, although the hop is more pronounced in the swallow. The body, while rich for the style, is strongly cut by a high carbonation level. Short aftertaste.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap @Rock Bottom Pittsburgh

22oz mug. Pours a crystal clear straw yellow, soapy white head and little in the way of lace. Aroma is light, bready and floral. Tastes crisp and refreshing, crystal malts, flash of noble hop bitterness, grainy with a slightly sour, macro finish. mouthfeel is light bodied. Overall, a decent kolsch, and a good way to start the day.

Photo of uvachief
2.5/5  rDev -24.2%

Clear crisp Kolsch with a very mild hop finish. Sporting event beer on a hot afternoon. Slight flavors of fruit. Can't tell what though. Very clean with no after taste. Sort of like a fruitful, heavier Miller Lite. Better than that sounds though. Lucky would drink it.

Photo of jsprain1
3.88/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a clear golden. Firm white head lasts well and leaves some lacing.
S- Smell is fairly clean. Other than a large grassiness, it's just a light sweetness.
T- The flavor is on the assertive for the style. Big grassiness, with an apple and pear componant as well.
M- Medium body, assertive carbonation. Semi-dry finish.
O- A good kolsch. Easy drinking and tasty.

Photo of Cylinsier
3.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

tap

Pours a light gold with a white, fine head.

Sweeter barley malt aroma with some notes of citrus.

Light grassy malts with some mild citrus notes in the flavor.

Light body with a prickly carbonation.

A pretty average but very sessionable ale. Pretty good paired with food, not so much on it's own. Gets the job done as a thirst quencher. Probably wouldn't turn my nose up at this in the future, but not a groundbreaking experience.

Photo of HopHead84
3.8/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

5/18/2011

On tap at Rock Bottom La Jolla. Who is retiring all these Rock Bottom beers? This is brewed regularly.

A: Very light yellow gold with a creamy white head. Good retention and a little lacing. Good clarity.

S: Apple and a dash of cherry with a subtle noble hop aroma. Sulfur is light and there's a little mineral.

T: Soft on the palate. Well attenuated with a subtle apple fruitiness and a little sulfur. I detect wheat and a little mineral. Low noble hop bitterness. The finish is smooth and dry with light yet noticeable apple.

M: Light in body with high carbonation. Mouthfeel is smooth and dry. I had a bunch of terrible to mediocre beer at Rock Bottom La Jolla today, but this was pretty good.

Photo of IronCitySteve
3.77/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On tap Denver Airport

A: Pours a very light crystal yellow color with a thick foamy white head with moderate retention. Eventually it gives way to a film. There is some spotty lacing.

S: Very light scents. There is some light biscuit, toast and grassy hops.

T: Starts off and finishes the same. A decent amount of light grassy hops with a moderate undertone of biscuit and bread.

M: Perfect mouthfeel, light, crisp and very refreshing. Excellent carbonation. Leaves a clean taste slightly grainy taste on the palate.

O: This is a really nice Kolsch. Easy to drink, very refreshing and quite tasty. Nothing overly complex, but well balanced.

Photo of droomyster
3.46/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light gold body with one finger of white head. Aromas are very subdued but reminiscent of English muffins. Flavor is primarily grassy with light malts and a lemony finish. Light body is right on the mark. A great session starter at Rock Bottom.

Photo of Surufka
3.96/5  rDev +20%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Lots of floral and fruity notes, while still covering that really great hoppy bitterness. Gorgeous pale golden color and a very nice, light, crisp taste with a small but full head. The embodiment of what a Kölsch should be. Overall, a genuinely good beer.

Photo of CJNAPS
2.49/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Not a big fan of the style, but it was in the flight.

Photo of mothman
1.85/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Cincinnati location.

White head. Color is a very clear pale yellow.

Flavors are very minimal. Light grassy hop flavors. A bit of biscuity malts. Not much else to note.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean. Very light bodied. Ends dry.

Overall, a very boring kolsch. Just not much here.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

this one is way too light, even for the style. it pours an almost clear watery yellow color with about 30 seconds worth of white foam before it goes flat. the nose is really understated as well, a touch of german malt and some mineral heavy water is all I really sense. indeed no yeast or hops makes it into the flavor profile, and while kolsch is a lighter style by nature, it isn't supposed to be a dumbed down beer for the light beer crowd. that's what the rock bottom version is, and I was disappointed. carbonation was a little weak, and the body was just far too thin. it was an easy mug to drain, but I derived very little satisfaction from this one. the first rock bottom beer that I haven't really enjoyed, I think they've got a good thing going, especially for a chain, but this kolsch is a let down.

Photo of omahawk
3.85/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On Tap at Rock Bottom at MSP airport.

Appearance light golden, perfectly clear (filtered Kolsch?)

Nice bready smell, great malty, slight biscuit flavor. Nice dry but malty finish. I like the taste, but it's not true to the German examples I've had. Very flavorful, pilsner lager profile.

Carbonation dissipated quickly. Seemed appropriate. Very little head remains after initial pour.

Overall, very good summer beer.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.07/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sunshine-drenched haystack when the pint glass was held up to the brewpub's windows. The head was barely present when the beer was placed in front of me and was gone by the two minute mark. A few dots of lace lasted about twice that long. To state the obvious, when it comes to appearance, the pour matters.

This offering smelled like fresh barley and German hops. Summit was used for bittering. Perle, Tettnang and Mt. Hood for flavor and aroma. The nose was bright, clean and snappy, which was a whiff of good things to come.

Here is why doing a review from a two ounce sample (which I've never done) is a lousy idea. On my last visit to Rock Bottom, several days ago, I was given a sample glass of this beer. A nice bonus, but I wasn't impressed. The full pint (consumed today) was a whole 'nother story. It might as well have been a different beer.

Kolsch was packed with flavor. Lightly toasted cereal grains led the way, followed closely by the flavors imparted by the hops listed above. Who says that beer has to be complex to be good? This one had two basic notes, but what wonderful notes they were.

Those flavors were extremely well-defined, while meshing in complementary fashion. The hop bitterness was greater than the style average, but the beer wouldn't have been as good without it. This is *exactly* how macro lagers would taste in a perfect world.

Each mouthful resulted in a rush of lightly sugared grains on the bottom end, then a rush of semi-raspy hoppiness on the top end. The beer was incredibly clean, crisp, quenching and drinkable. The next highest flavor score is sooo tempting.

The mouthfeel was at least medium for the style, thanks to a sneaky amount of malt sugars that lightly coated the tongue. The carbonation was on the high side, but came across as sparkly more than fizzy. In the end, it matched the snappiness of the flavor very well.

I think Alien Kolsch would be a more appropriate name. If little green men ever landed in my back yard, knocked on my door and asked me what beer tastes like, I'd drive them to the West Des Moines Rock Bottom and buy them pints of Kolsch. This is simple (in a good way), straightforward, very well-crafted beer.

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Kolsch from Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 141 ratings.