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Kölsch 151 - Blue Mountain Brewery

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Ratings: 111
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 10.99%

Brewed by:
Blue Mountain Brewery visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: wagenvolks on 06-02-2008)
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Photo of ONUMello


3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
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

Serving type: can

02-08-2014 21:41:55 | More by ONUMello
Photo of obywan59


3.75/5  rDev +3%
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.

Serving type: can

01-03-2014 02:34:38 | More by obywan59
Photo of woodychandler


3.75/5  rDev +3%
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.

Serving type: can

01-01-2014 02:22:05 | More by woodychandler
Photo of ThisWangsChung


3.09/5  rDev -15.1%
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."

Serving type: can

12-29-2013 21:14:45 | More by ThisWangsChung
Photo of Clydesdale

District of Columbia

3.84/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Serving type: can

12-21-2013 01:47:15 | More by Clydesdale
Photo of delta490


3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: can

12-16-2013 01:51:49 | More by delta490
Photo of Beer-A-Lot


3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-15-2013 14:32:35 | More by Beer-A-Lot
Photo of tone77


3.21/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Serving type: can

12-08-2013 03:18:26 | More by tone77
Photo of metter98

New York

3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Serving type: can

11-24-2013 22:22:54 | More by metter98
Photo of dar482

New York

3.21/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Serving type: can

10-15-2013 01:29:49 | More by dar482
Photo of RblWthACoz


3.86/5  rDev +6%
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

Serving type: can

10-12-2013 19:00:51 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of stephenjmoore


4.01/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Serving type: can

10-06-2013 21:59:19 | More by stephenjmoore
Photo of nofunyons


3.86/5  rDev +6%
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."

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2013 00:43:58 | More by nofunyons
Photo of Jimmys


2.78/5  rDev -23.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2013 02:19:07 | More by Jimmys
Photo of Rifugium


2.55/5  rDev -29.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-31-2013 03:49:47 | More by Rifugium
Photo of Shumania


3.66/5  rDev +0.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2013 21:14:26 | More by Shumania
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-19-2012 03:43:45 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of kylehay2004


4/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-27-2012 00:28:10 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of TechTriumph


3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes on 03/10/12:
On-tap at the brewery/restaurant; Poured in a pint glass.

A - Came with a thin layer of white, creamy head that disappears quickly; Very clear appearance and straw colored; Pretty good lacing left behind

S - Though not a lager, the refreshing aroma reminded me of one with wheat and grain-like notes; I also smell a bit of Hallertau-like spice as well

T - Light amount of herbal and spicy Hallertau hops with hints of lemon-like citrus fruit and a bit of cracked wheat

M - Plenty of carbonation; Light bodied; Crisp and fairly dry finish

O - Overall, I enjoyed having this crisp, refreshing beer that paired nicely with the fish sandwich lunch special. As light and easy-drinking as this beer is, I could certainly have had a few more while enjoying my time at Blue Mountain Brewery at the foot of the Appalachian Mountains.

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2012 22:38:08 | More by TechTriumph
Photo of KMcG


3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: very light yellow in color; the head disappeared quickly, nice bubbleage.

Smell: slightly hoppy with hint of grass, maybe lemon-apple too.

Taste: crisp, malty beer that has a slightly sweet grain flavor

Mouthfeel: Crisp, clean, dry

Drinkability: As with other Kölsch, this one is great for summer. It was easy to drink and light to the belly.

Serving type: on-tap

08-01-2011 15:35:46 | More by KMcG
Photo of blackie


4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: served in a cylinder glass, the kolsch is a clear, medium golden in color, topped with a finger-width of bone white head, retaining a full layer and producing light lace

s: clean pale lager malts with a slightly sweet breadiness, hops mild but nicely complimenting - herbal grasses mostly with a very slight citrus pith, good start

m: lively carbonation, on the upper side of the medium range, lighter bodied but not thin

t: clean lager malt body with a touch of grainy german malt sweetness that hits in the middle but is quickly removed by a crisp, refreshing noble hop finish, bready, very clean, grassy/herbal with hints of citrus

o: a very nice kolsch, clean, easy drinking and flavorful and once, highly refreshing and well crafted

sixer from WF Arlington

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2011 04:41:24 | More by blackie
Photo of merlin48


3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pours a crystal clear light goolden body with a small white head. Poor retention and just a few specks of lacing on the glass.

Aroma is subtle but features grassy and herbal hops, a hint of fruity green apple, and some toasted grain.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and crisply carbonated.

Taste has a prevailing herbal and grassy bitterness that is balanced by just a hint of honey sweetness. Clean but slightly grainy malt base. Finishes crisp and dry.

Very well crafted kolsch. One of the better warm weather beers I've run across in awhile.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2011 22:40:37 | More by merlin48
Photo of ramseye4


2.9/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle with an enjoy by date. 5% abv, not listed on site.
A=Pours a very thin looking golden color, thin head, completely transparent.
S= Lots of grainy malt, faint butterscotch, very faint smoky aroma as well.
T=Huge mounts of hardy malt, very dry tasting, biscuity malt as well, very simple but not bad.
M=Very light in the body and a tad creamy, subdued carbonation.
O=I love Blue Mountain, but this is so-so compared to the other beers they put out.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2011 02:37:02 | More by ramseye4
Photo of mdfb79

New York

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 02/06/11 notes.

a - Pours a transparent golden color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of wheat, grain, light spice.

t - Tastes of wheat, grain, and pale malts.

m - Light body and moderate carbonation.

d - A pretty average kölsch; nothing really stood out in the smell or taste. Wouldn't seek out again but might give another shot.

Serving type: growler

02-08-2011 00:39:41 | More by mdfb79
Photo of Onenote81

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great little bottle received from CrellMoset in a recent trade. Thanks!

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a pale yellow/gold with a thick 2-finger white head on top. Decent retention; some minor sticky lace left behind. There's a good amount of particles suspended in this beer. Odd. The nose is sweet and fruity. Some fresh-cut apples, faint pineapple, honey, and mealy grains.

The body is crisp, wet, and refreshing. Perfect for this light style. The fruit comes through in the flavor, mirroring this nose with notes of Granny Smith apples, honey, white bread, and a grassy finish. There was a bit of a hop kick on the back end as well. Nice change of pace. Good beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2010 18:58:53 | More by Onenote81
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Kölsch 151 from Blue Mountain Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.