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Kölsch - Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom

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Ratings: 77
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 9.84%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | 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:
"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

(Beer added by: ElGordo on 07-30-2007)
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

zestar, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

nmann08, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jul 25, 2014
Photo of mactrail
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

mactrail, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of tempest
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

tempest, Apr 21, 2010
Photo of mdaschaf
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

mdaschaf, May 06, 2013
Photo of dmorgan310
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

dmorgan310, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
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.


JohnGalt1, Dec 18, 2013
Photo of beertunes
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

beertunes, Mar 06, 2010
Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

LiquidAmber, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of flagmantho
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

flagmantho, May 18, 2013
Photo of dgilks
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy pale gold colour with a creamy white head. Fair head retention. Some lacing.

Very light grainy pils malt with a hint of fruitiness. Okay.

Smooth grainy malt with a touch of sweetness. Mild herbal noble hops. Good.

Medium body with moderate, silky carbonation. Fine.

A smooth, creamy light ale with some good flavour. Not bad.

dgilks, Aug 09, 2011
Photo of RedDiamond
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

RedDiamond, Sep 26, 2007
Photo of twelveinches
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

twelveinches, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of Reidrover
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Reidrover, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of msubulldog25
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

msubulldog25, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of scottfrie
4.28/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

scottfrie, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of shelby415
4/5  rDev +6.4%

shelby415, Oct 27, 2012
Photo of 2beerdogs
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

2beerdogs, Sep 30, 2013
Photo of jvillefan
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

jvillefan, Mar 28, 2014
Photo of ElGordo
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

ElGordo, Jul 30, 2007
Photo of jdense
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

jdense, Jun 17, 2010
Photo of grittybrews
4/5  rDev +6.4%

grittybrews, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of Bouleboubier
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
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

Bouleboubier, May 15, 2013
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Kölsch from Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom
85 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.