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Kölsch - Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom

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26 Reviews
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Reviews: 26
Hads: 98
Avg: 3.89
pDev: 19.02%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ElGordo on 07-30-2007

"In Cologne, Germany, many a brewery produces a light-bodied ale with a delicate fruitiness and rounded maltiness, attributable to the unique yeast strain commonly used. Our Kölsch is unfiltered and more generously hopped than its German cousin."

Brewed with Gambrinus Organic Pilsner and Munich malt and Perle hops. 5.2% ABV, 40 BU
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Reviews: 26 | Hads: 98
Photo of crob3888
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear yellow with ample white lacing. Subtle fruitiness, some floral hops, and a rounded mealtimes that makes this extra drinkable. Delicious!

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Photo of MisterClean
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at horsebrass.

A - Poured a yellow-golden hue with 2 fingers of white head. Dissipated slow and left ample lacing.

S - Pilsener malts, lemon esters, and some honey sweetness at first whiff.

T - Pilsener, lemony esters, honey, breadiness, and some bittering hops.

M - Moderate-full bodied, well-balanced, sweet, smooth, and a creamy mouthfeel.

D - Another excellent ber from 2X Mountain. I am really digging their beers.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looking for a place to watch college bowl games today; found this on tap at Jax in downtown Portland. Have had this at least one other time, but have not reviewed.

A: Arrives a light-colored golden, faintly hazy, crowned with just about one fingers-worth of pillowy white fluff. Retains well, compacting slowly to a denser, pock-marked cream. Abundant carbonation rises inside, replenishing that tighter head and strengthening the heavy bands of sticky lace glued to the sides. A beauty.

S: Lightly sweetened bready and yeasty aroma of sourdough rolls with a careful dose of dry and spicy hop zest and citrus rind.

T: Similar sourdough as in the aroma, a spritz of lemon with a drying bite of herbal hops. Finish is more crackery - do I detect some salt? Very nice balance, but with a bit more of a hop bite than a typically malty kölsch.

M: Crisp, clean and quenching. Mouthfeel has a very pleasant carbonation level, staying spritzy and rather light, but followed by a lingering fresh bitter bite, with a dash of cracked black pepper dryness.

D: So very drinkable. Despite the winter chill outside, this is an 'all-seasons' session beer...and it paired nicely with a Cuban pulled pork sandwich on this day. Beautiful in its simplicity and definitely recommended.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle into SN imperial pint. Thanks Ryan!

A: Pours a lightly cloudy lemon-golden with a thick, dense, and lasting bright white head at faded into a lasting and thick film.
S: Dry grains and bready crackery yeast and malts fill my nose. Very light, pale and crackery smelling. Earthy hops and a faint sugary sweetness poke through as well.
T: Follows the nose with clean flavors of pale malts, dry roasted grains, bread, crackers, earthy hops, light pepper and just a faint balancing light malty sweetness. The finish has a crisp hoppy bitterness and the aftertaste is quick, spicy and lightly sweet.
M: Light body, smooth and quenching mouthfeel, soft carbonation. Drinks well.
O: A clean and refreshing kolsch, one that I could drink all day. Thanks again Ryan.

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Photo of Spikester
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served cloudy gold with a small white head. Fair amount of lacings. Aroma is floral hops. Taste is earthy, leather, light citrus bitter hops with a decent malt profile. Not very traditional but better for that flaw IMO. Very sessionable and judging by the short time I spent at DM Brewpub it is quite popular too. A blonde light bodied easy drinking beer with plenty of complex hop bitterness. Very nice beer.

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Photo of RedDiamond
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first beer at Double Mountain was a gem and it always pleases me to get off to such a good start at a new brewpub. Their Kölsch strays somewhat from the German tradition by amping up the hops to Northwest American levels. But the risk pays off in this stormy beer of lemon gumdrop color with elegant lager-like properties throughout. Though it’s shy on the suds, the beer’s sharp defining edges deliver tremendous flavor, making for a clean, invigorating, and highly drinkable northwest-style kölsch. And it’s brewed with organic malts.

Purists may argue that the subtle fruity nuances of a true kölsch are concealed here by the 40 IBUs of Perle hops. To some extent this is true. But I wouldn’t change a thing with this recipe. Just accept it as non-traditional and drink hearty. 5.2% ABV.

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Photo of ElGordo
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pint poured on draft at Belmont Station's Biercafe. Slightly hazy golden body topped by a sizeable creamy head that sticks around for the duration, leaving beautiful lacing on the glass. Aroma of light Euro hops and some slightly off adjunct malt in the mix, along with a light sweetness of pale malt. Palate is well-balanced up front, but the malt succombs to the bittering hops by the end for a nice, bracing finish. Body is nice and creamy, but certainly not heavy. A great session beer - I could drink this all day. And I do.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sester stange. Pours a light golden amber with a fine three finger white head that is kept full by constant carbonation; lots of lacing during drinking. Aroma of crackery biscuit malt, wheat and light grassy hops. Flavor follows with well melded biscuit, slightly bready malt and grassy hops, finishing with a light pleasant hop bitterness. Light bodied as expected. A nicely made, to style, balanced kolsch, possibly a bit more hopped than traditional, but not by much. Its been a little while since I've had a German kolsch, but this really seems to be spot on. Nicely done.

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Photo of muldersha
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap @ Kay's Bar in SE Portland

A super hazy, almost electric golden straw colored brew with a solid white head and impeccable lacing.

The light grain aromas were somewhat muted with spicy, herbal, leafy, and grassy notes, plenty of peppercorn, lemon and citrus fruit as well as a touch of apple.

Very much like a wit beer or hefe on the palate with plenty lively citrusy acidity and a subtle spiciness. Really soft, pleasant, and well balanced.

I ordered the beer twice as i was almost convinced they had served me the wrong beer the first time. Not your average, American brewery kolsch, but a fantastic session brew. Good stuff.

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Photo of jdense
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Whiskey Soda Lounge PDX 6.12.2010.

A finger and a half of white head, fairly slow lacing with significant lacing. Clear golden body, visible carbonation rising from bottom of glass. Sweetish malts in the nose, balanced with floral hops. Taste is a bit on the sweet side, finish is dry and clean, not bitter. Fairly full mouthfeel, almost creamy. Very drinkable and refreshing, a nice beer for a hot summer day.

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Photo of mactrail
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pale golden brew in the Saxo tall tulip. Big frothy head and plenty of lacing along the glass. Richly carbonated with a tangy hoppiness from the first mouthful. The aroma is quite pronounced with flowery and resiny hops.

Sweet and crackery taste with the perfumey hops not far behind. A touch of light fruit, like pears. Mouthfeel is a little coarse. Full of aromatics with a nice balance between malt and sharp and hoppy notes. Rather tart finish. From the 500 ml bottle purchased at Bine & Vine in San Diego.

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Photo of tempest
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a few samples (kept coming back for more) of this at the brewpub. This was a pleasant surprise in a land where typically the hops rule brewpubs. This had a lot of the subtle notes of a great Kolsch, such as that hint of sulfur. In this case the sulfur was just barely perceptible, so it didn't take away from the otherwise tasting floral and herbal Perle hops and bready grain. I'd be happy to drink a few pints of this. Heck of a session beer.

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Photo of hopsputin
3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

a: slightly hazy bright golden yellow with a large 3 finger slightly marshmellow-like head

s: slightly pepper-like yeast right away. bright sweet lemons, tons of that nice bready dough aroma. balanced out by some nice sweet malt. finishes with some earthy mellow hops

t: that sweet citrus and pepper spice hit you right away. fades to a burnt bread flavor followed by some smooth sweet malts. finishes with a pretty nice earthiness - not bitter. a bit wheat

m: light and pretty carbonated

o: a nice lawnmowing beer. this is crisp and refreshing, yet at the same time offers a nice blend of flavors that provide a good taste without complicating it. very refreshing in a good day

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4


Picked up at Brewforia Meridian last week for a very pricey $5... But well made. Pours a slightly hazed straw golden below a 1 finger stark white head that sticks around for a while and leaves good lacing.

Nose is pretty traditional... light pale maltiness ... slight bigger than standard grassy hoppiness.. Light fruitiness and a touch of sulfur.

Fairly dry throughout the palate, but there is enough residual maltiness to bring out a minerally/sulfur quality and accentuate a bigger than expected bitterness.. a little malt sweetness shows on the finish with warmth... hops are sorta spicy/grassy, but overall pretty light.

Body is light with a good carbonation.... very drinkable... I would buy this again if it wasn't so damn expensive.


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Photo of Andrewseher
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Pints Urban Taproom at 412 NW 5th Ave in Portland, OR.

A: Golden-yellow with a frothy, white head that settles into a spotty, bubbly snowcap.

S: Citrus hops, orange and grapefruit.

T: A wonderful, easy drinking ale with some signature northwest hops that add a nice citrusy flavor.

M: Light-bodied and easy finishing. I could drink this all day:

O: The color and taste are top-notch. Somehow, it tastes just like it looks. A ray of sunshine that is good for all seasons.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle, quite stoked to see this brewery now represented up here in Alberta!

This beer pours a hazy, yet bright pale golden yellow hue, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and somewhat bubbly dirty white head, which leaves a broad array of coral atoll lace around the glass as things genially bleed away.

It smells of grainy, slightly doughy pale malt, lightly buttered biscuits, white and black pepper dust, faint apple cider notes, and earthy, leafy, and prominently grassy hops. The taste is more bready, lightly biscuity pale malt, a pie-friendly apple fruitiness, some mild wet stone path minerality, ethereal pepper mill detritus, and more pleasant leafy, weedy, and grassy hops.

The bubbles are fairly subdued in their plain as the day is long frothiness, the body a generally solid middleweight, and mostly smooth, just a wee acerbic grassiness picking and prodding, as it were. It all finishes trending dry, the malt lazily holding on, while the fruity and hoppy notes assume the right to run amok.

A well-rendered version of the style, with the grain, fruit, yeast, and hops all intermingling like they're old-school hipsters, or something. Anyways, an agreeable summer quaffer, for a day when a drop of 10-ish degrees still means uncomfortably warm - so I shall be off now, contemplating purchasing another of these for as yet unseen August patio needs.

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Photo of beertunes
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a slightly cloudy yellow with a fluffy white head that had medium retention and lacing.

The aroma was a mostly neutral, grain scent with a delicate hop scent in the background. The taste was also primarily grain, with a little bit of yeast taste. The beer had a clean,dry finish.

The body was very good, clean and dry. Drinkability was also very good, the beer went down smoothly and easily. Having several would be easy and enjoyable.

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Photo of vkv822
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

16.9oz : tulip

Lightly hazy, golden yellow with a foamy, thick white head.

Cracker, biscuit malts with a light fruity tone and spicy, grassy hop profile.

Medium+ body, foamy carbonation.

A well done Kolsch. Full malt body, with an accentuating hop profile. A beer well suited for warm weather.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy light yellow with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and some grassy and hay aromas. Taste is much the same with grain and grassy flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but I wish there was a bit more crispness in the mouthfeel.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle from "Lifesource" in Salem $3.99 Appearance..its a bright yellow,slightly hazy with a nice sized bubbly white head. Aroma of fresh cut hay,slight caramel and some hazelnut Creamy caramel,biscuit taste with a nice grassy hop backing,finished fruity. Good smooth and slightly thick mouthfeel perhaps the best thin about this beer! Overall a very nice light drinkable beer.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.69/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I want to give this higher marks, however, the beer was super cloudy, and I'm not quite sure from what and/or how it affected its flavor and body....

A: yellow-gold with the faintest highlights of chartreuse.... cloudy, as in nearly hefeweizen cloudy.... whatever was floating in there affected head formation and retention, ha!... i guess that last part's to style

S: golden grain juice, leafy hop, mild fruity esters.... muddled overall

T: actually not too bad... leans a bit toward bready malt, whereas I'd prefer a more crisp, clean malt flavor balanced in concert with white grape esters (that's what I normally taste on the imports).... at least there is a discernible "Kolsch" characteristic - not hopped out the ass like the joke of a Kolsch from Lagunitas.... the flavors are more or less right, however, there lies a gritty (unfiltered) quality that, while tasty in itself, is not what a Kolsch is about... but I can't penalize too much because, aside from that, it's what it needs to be.... oh, and upon noticing it was 40 IBUs, I could taste an undercurrent of grassy hops (one doesn't look for that normally in the style - gotta stay on my toes!)

M: kissing medium-bodied.... slightly gritty and chewy (as I'd mentioned)... has a residual graininess that I could take or leave... sadly not clean or crisp, but enjoyable nonetheless

O: clean this sucka up and you got a winner.... Double Mountain does has pretty good stuff

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Photo of SurlyDuff
3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at their taproom/brewpub on-tap.

Pours a cloudy unfiltered light pale yellow/tan.

Bright lemon/citrus yeasty aroma. Bit of grain (noticably wheat) as it warms up a bit.

Taste is refreshingly bright. Yeast and some rice grain notes.

As it warmed up, I noted some floral and spice in the background. Overall a good Kolsch. Though it isn't one of my prefered styles, this one really impressed me. Nothing bland about it.

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Photo of rastamendi
3.64/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 500mL bottle into a .5L glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep golden color, with a tenacious and dense head! Kudos for the retention, but it's pretty hazy. Since you labelled it a 'kolsch' and not 'kolsch-style', I can only give you a 3/5.

Smell: Beautiful pilsner malt character, interlaced with a notable fruity ester and subtle noble hop character. 4/5

Taste: Not as crisp as I would like. Wonderful pilsner malt flavors, although it seems a little too big for a kolsch. It doesn't taste like its a 40BU beer - as listed on the label. It does have a firm hop bitterness, but it appears to be tempered by the higher intensity overall of this beer. As a kolsch, it seems too big for style. From the perspective of a thirsty beer drinker, it's a very tasty, refreshing beer. 3.5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-light to medium body. Carbonation seems on point, but as previously stated, it's just too big for style. 3.5/5

Overall: I really enjoyed this beer. I brought back a few kolsch-style beers from my recent trip to Seattle, and this one was the best. The beer demonstrates the skill of the brewers quite well, but it just falls short style-wise. However, I will not hesitate to order it if I ever come across it again. 3.75/5

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Photo of flagmantho
3.61/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 500mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: light golden hue with a little touch of haze and a pretty strong effervescence. Head is two fingers of frothy white foam which leave a thorough and chunky lace. Nice!

Smell: lightly sweet malt with a little bit of tart graininess and a definite soapy character. It's a little bit funky for me when it comes to Kölsch, but it's not bad, overall.

Taste: mildly sweet with quite a lot of graininess, there's still that soapy business going on in the flavor, although it's not as pronounced as in the aroma. Noble hops may be contributing somewhat to this; bitterness is high for the style but not unpleasant. This ticks all the boxes of a good Kölsch, but I'm not personally in love with it.

Mouthfeel: good body with a big carbonation and a wonderfully exuberant creaminess. Love it!

Overall: the aroma and flavor of this beer just aren't my bag, really. I love the mouthfeel, and actually I would love to try this beer on tap at the height of freshness. The bottle doesn't have a freshness date on it, so I'm in the dark on that front.

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Photo of CaptainIPA
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap @ Little Bird restaurant in downtown Portland. Pairs well with Duck Confit.

Pours a pale, straw yellow color with a nonexistent head. Grassy, herbal aromas with a hint of yeast.

Light-bodied and crisp opening with notes of grain husk, sourdough biscuit and lemon citrus zest. Suggestions of yeast, malt and creamed corn surface. Delicately dry finish.

Crisp, clean and refreshing, consider Double Mountain Kolsch the perfect summer patio pounder.

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Kölsch from Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom
86 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.