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Kölsch 151 - Blue Mountain Brewery

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189 Ratings
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Ratings: 189
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 10.89%
Wants: 5
Gots: 15 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Blue Mountain Brewery visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: wagenvolks on 06-02-2008

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Ratings: 189 | Reviews: 42
Photo of seedyone
4.43/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

08/20/13 At Rattle N Hum on tap. Lovely & light in texture but full of flavor. This is a kolsch that pushes the boundary in a good way. A good choice if you have the chance.

Photo of IronLover
3.89/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light, clean, pilsner malt aroma. No hop aromas. No diacetyl or esters. Pale yellow with a slight haze which is acceptable for the style. Solid, rich, white foam with low retention as it quickly reduced to large soapy bubbles. Medium-light body and smooth, with medium to high carbonation through the middle and slight puckering sensation near the finish. No warming effect. Light pilsner malt flavor up front wit a crisp, clean, dry finish. Good attenuation. No diacetyl. Light, citrusy, hop bitterness at the end. Finished crisply with a light, bready, pilsner malt flavor. No esters. A light, malty beer that is nicely balanced by light bitterness near the finish.

Photo of hophugger
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Not a bad beer. Pours a beautiful orange-amber color with a decent head. Aroma is extremely light. Flavor is also very mild with hints of hops and a touch of citrus. This beer is very refreshing and easy drinking. Crisp, clean finish.

Photo of beerdedking
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

From variety case, best buy date 9/14

This is very light and crisp. No remarkable characteristics, but thirst quenching and easy to drink.
Give one of these to your BMC pals, they'll love it.

Photo of KTCamm
3.4/5  rDev -5%

8/9...pours medium dark copper. White foam layers, settles with a ring. Clean crisp nose but light. Taste has a nutty start, then fades into a light hop. Clean finish. Chewy. Bready. Much happening for something so simple.

Photo of tfbelden9
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good Lighter Summer Beer, like the Kolsch style,
did not realize it was a distinct, German Style
Went well with Brunch, had the Sausage Gravy over Yummy Biscuits
Liked the Pear, Fruit Like Crispness
Blue Ridge Mountain has an excellent Brunch, and Gorgeous Views!

Photo of bluedognever
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a chilled mug. Pour was a clear golden color with a small head that didn't last long. Delicate but slightly fizzy mouthfeel. More flavorful than I expected with a slightly bitter finish. Hints of citrus throughout. The bitterness wasn't a hoppy bitterness. Overall a nice refreshing, very drinkable beer

Photo of ONUMello
3.71/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can best by 4/14
A: Golden color with a one-finger head that quickly settles
S: Mostly cereal malts, light bitter aromas, light herbal notes and just a touch of lemon
T: Matches the nose. Delicate but subtly complex
M: Light-bodied, an herbal bitterness throughout
O: The more I drank this beer the more it grew on me, I just had to re-adjust my palate from the usual hop-bombs I have. It takes a quality touch to make a clean kölsch and this one is successful

Photo of obywan59
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the beer cave at Kroger 401, Brambleton Ave. and Colonial Ave. Roanoke, VA. I think this was the last holdover from summer 2013. Best by 03 2014.

Pours a clear straw yellow with a slightly off white head of 4 fingers (from a hard pour) that recedes quickly with initial thick, clingy lacing. Numerous carbonation bubbles of various sizes, very fine, medium and huge.

Fresh and bready with some light herbals or spice from the hops. An impression of warm milk. A bit of nutty malt.

The first glass was very bitter at first, but it becomes much more palatable as the taste buds numb up. Light sweet malt with a bit of tart citrus from the hops and a bitter follow through. Taste is almost vinuous, approaching that of a dry white wine.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly medium thick, almost viscous. Carbonation is very evident. Rather drying. Descent burn.

Much more impressive by the second glass. At first I was afraid it was too old, but this beer grew on me. Might have been even better in the summer.

Photo of woodychandler
3.76/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I am glad that tone77 and I got to review this from a CAN as rumor has it that they maybe cutting down on their CANning of beers in 2014! I know, boo hoo. Hey, it amazed me that craft CANs exploded the way that they did. It may be that people just CANnot overcome their prejudices to the point of sustainability for microCANners to succeed.

From the CAN: "Real Virginia Beer"; "Demand Fresh Beer: Check My Butt to Make Sure I'm Not Older Than I Look."; "18 IBUs"; "Mountain Water, Valley Hops."; "Drink the Good Stuff."; "At Nelson County's original brewery, we've always been big on the water. Nothing quite like a brew that starts in a deep mountain well. As it happens, our Kölsch-style beer in a [CAN] is the best beer you could have while floating in water - river, lake, ocean, pool, bathtub, whatever - [CAN]templating all this liquid beauty. So dip in your toes and crack another one. It's smooth, y'all."; "Virginia's First Craft Brewery in a CAN"; "Pack It In[,] Pack it Out".

There I was, attempting yet another Stupid Human Trick, doing the inverted Glug near the keyboard, but the Crack! left me anxious to begin the beguine. The resulting two fingers of foamy, French Vanilla-colored head were already fizzing and foaming by the time that I sat the CAN back down. I had low expectations for its sustainability and i was not disappointed, either, as it rapidly fell to wisps. Color was a deep golden-yellow (SRM = 4 - 5) with NE-quality clarity and suddenly, Mammon, Croesus and Midas were across from me, wearing party hats and shouting, "Faisons la Fete!" I had no idea that those idiots were bilingual, but "Let's Party!" means "Drink up!" to me. Nose had a clean, biscuit maltiness. Mouthfeel was medium with a biscuit/bready flavor on the tongue. I did not sense much in the way of hops, but then again, that is not the purpose of the style. Finish was semi-sweet, so there must have been some hops in the mix, keeping the malt sugars from overwhelming the beer. I know that it is a summer beer which I was drinking in early winter, so that makes me CANsider what it would be like on a hot, humid day. I would be willing to bet that it would be nice and refreshing. Tonight, it just makes me want to drink another beer.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.07/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz can into a pint glass.

A: Pours a pale yellow color. The head is a one finger white shade with a great fluffiness and even some decent retention for the style. There are also some decent rings of lacing left behind.

S: The first thing I note is some pleasant cereal grains meshing with a pale malt sweetness redolent of sugar cookie. There are also some lemony hints here and there. Not bad by any means, but I wished it were a bit hoppier and fruitier.

T: The flavor works better, I think. It starts of with some sweet lemony touches, while the finish brings grainy touches. These aforementioned grainy touches work well, I must say. After a while, a twinge of herbal bitterness makes itself known. While it's simplistic, this isn't some 14% bourbon barrel aged monster brewed with coconut, coffee, the tears of Jesus, kombucha, green goddess dressing, and some old Dark Angel cassette tapes. Just like with the nose, it could use a touch more hop bitterness and fruit esters, but there's nothing wrong here, either.

M: It's a bit sweet on the finish for me - this would be hella refreshing on a hot day regardless. It has a light texture and goes down quite easily without ridiculous carbonation, and that's what I like from the style.

O: I could definitely see this being a rock-solid refresher on a warm day. There isn't much place for this beer in my fridge right now; but give me a couple friends, 100 degree weather, and outdoor work, and I guarantee a case of this will get killed faster than you can say "gimme that wheelbarrow, ya jackass."

Photo of Clydesdale
3.84/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a bright, clear yellow-gold color. The fluffy, patchy head is rather tall, with a light texture. Retention is solid, and some splotchy lacing sticks to the glass.

S: Some doughy, lightly sweet malt aroma up front. A bit tangy in the nose. Hop aromas are primarily herbal and grassy, with some faint lemony tang.

T: A nice dose of doughy, grainy, and malty flavor up front. Lightly sweet and toasty before hop bitterness shows up and takes over. Bitterness is firm but not extreme, lending a dry overall impression. Herbal, grassy, and mildly lemony hop flavors are noticeable.

M: Perkily carbonated. This beer finishes dry, thanks to its carbonation, light body, and moderate hop presence. Refreshing.

O: This is a nice American kolsch from Blue Mountain. It's straightforwardly refreshing and tasty, while including some unique character to separate it from other lighter beer styles.

Photo of delta490
3.69/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- poured a clear medium-light gold with a slightly fizzy white head. Decent retention and a steady stream of carbonation provide some lacing

S-pale malt, earthy hops and a biscuit-esque quality. Subtle, but not absent

T-very mild. The hops is fairly prominent, but not too strong and balanced well against the malt

M-surprisingly full. Not at all watery. A little bit of fizz, but not at all bad.

O-a really good, light bodied but well-flavored beer. Definitely could be an easy drinker during the spring and summer.

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
3.69/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A nice refreshing beer. Not as exciting as the best in class, but enjoyable nonetheless. Light and fairly crisp. If you want something light to go with food, this is not a bad choice. It could stand more in its flavor profile but goes down easy. Not bad.

Photo of tone77
3.2/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A thanks goes out to woodychandler for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is very light, a tiny bit of malts, not much there. Taste is malts, grains, light floral notes, refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer, but nothing special.

Photo of metter98
3.56/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is crystal clear deep yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of doughy malts are present in the nose—notes of bready malts become perceptible as the beer warms up.
T: The taste follows the smell and has lots of flavors of bready and doughy malts.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. Slight bits of dryness are noticeable in the finish.
O: This beer is easy to drink but seems like it could use a little hops.

Photo of dar482
3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

The beer comes in a straw yellow color with a fluffy white head.

The aroma has crackery malt as well as grassy and herbal hops, a bit of citrus.

The flavor follows with lots of grain, grassy bitterness and floral spiciness. The finish is clean, but the flavor falls off a bit quickly.

Not a bad beer, but not a really great representation of the style. Flavor is a bit weak and the grainy malt stands a bit out in the flavor.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.84/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Love the drink-by sticker placed on the bottom of the can. Nice touch. And apparently this is beer #3,200 for me.

A bit cloudy on the pour. Minimal head. Pretty good flavor profile, for an American made kölsch. Nice level of sweetness. Seems slightly thick in a way that seems unfiltered, which is reflected by the somewhat cloudy tone of things. I like this. Very easy to drink. This is one to have more than one of

Photo of stephenjmoore
4.02/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Crystal clear golden body with lots of carbonation bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. Frothy bone-white head that stays around.

S- Doughy, bready malt aromas along with hints of fruit. Slight grassy hop presence too.

T- Really similar to the aroma. Bready malts come through with hints of sweet fruit. The malt is the showcase, with the lager-like yeast adding to the flavor.

M- Smooth, medium-light bodied with medium carbonation.

O- A very nice kölsch. Refreshing with nice flavor for a lighter style.

Photo of nofunyons
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Crisp and bold with a fruity nose. Fresh. A keeper

From Blue Mountain Brewery website;

"A light German-style ale indigenous to Cologne. This ale is treated like a lager, undergoing extensive cold aging to produce a clean, crisp beer. German Pilsen and Vienna malts and Hallertau region hops lend a balanced flavor to our lightest beer."

Photo of Jimmys
2.78/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle into pils glass. best before 08 2013.

A: a deep golden body. I wouldn't call this thing clear, but not exactly hazy either. head is tightly bubbled and has average retention. lacing is minimal.

S: a decent amount of pils malt interacts with a slightly tired kolsch yeast aroma. struggling to get any hop character.

T: a lot of fruit to start off. there is a really interesting flavor going on here and I cant quite put my finger on it. finish is very grainy. not a lot of bitterness, not that there should be per say, but some would be appreciated.

M: carb is mellow on a light, almost medium body.

D: I wish I could pinpoint this aroma/flavor, but I have to guess it is not desired. not sure exactly what it is, but I know I don't desire it. I have had this at the source, much better than this.

Photo of Rifugium
2.56/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

First had: on tap at Blue Mountain, Afton, VA

Clear golden pour with an average, fizzy white head. About as good as it gets for a kolsch, as far as looks go. Aroma of sweet pale malts, toasted grains, distant grassy hops. About the same in the taste, pale malts, corn sugar, toasted grains, light grassy hops with a slightly metallic aftertaste. Light in body, and easily drinkable, but mainly for the less adventurous imbiber. German. Kolschy.

Photo of Shumania
3.64/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle poured into a Alchemist strange

a: pale yellow fizzy beer. Lots of carbonation.

s: clean smell, slight sweetness. not much there.

t: similar to the smell, sweet malt, light caramel, white grapes

m: highly carbonated and easy drinking!

This would make a great lawnmower beer. Nice, refreshing, straight forward beer!

Photo of dbrauneis
3.87/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Blue Mountain Brewery in Afton, VA.

A: Pours a crystal clear medium golden yellow in color with heavy amounts of visible carbonation and some brighter yellow highlights visible. The beer has a half finger tall white head that reduces to a very thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a couple of smaller slightly thicker patches and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of bready malts with some light to moderate amounts of grassy and herbal hops.

T: Moderate flavors of bready malts with lighter notes of citrus/lemon, grassy hops, and herbal hops. Light to moderate amounts of lingering bitterness.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with heavy amounts of carbonation.

O: Extremely easy to drink with the lower ABV, refreshing taste, and pleasant flavors. Definitely worth having again and something I could see being easily sessionable on a warm summer evening sitting out on the patio. Pretty well balanced as the beer is not too sweet.

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the brewery. Review from notes.

A: half finger head on a hazy golden body with slight copper hue.

S: sweet and grainy, slight lemon note.

T: semisweet, clean finish. No unwanted aftertaste. grains, pale malts and light sweet corn throughout.

M: light body and high carbonation.

Overall: very refreshing and drinkable. a nicely flavorful for beer for the style.

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Kölsch 151 from Blue Mountain Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 189 ratings.