Kölsch 151 - Blue Mountain Brewery

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Ratings: 200
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 10.61%
Wants: 5
Gots: 16 | FT: 1
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Blue Mountain Brewery visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: wagenvolks on 06-02-2008

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Reviews by Clydesdale:
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of merlin48
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Photo of DerekP
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap and was impressed. There's an earthiness in the taste that adds to the body and made this highly quaffable. I'll be picking up a six-pack shortly.

Photo of KMcG
3.83/5  rDev +7%
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.

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 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 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 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 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 blackie
4/5  rDev +11.7%
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

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 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 HattedClassic
3.54/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Beer is fairly a pale clear straw color. Light hop notes and light sweet malt presence in the taste and smell. Not bad.

Photo of WineGuy3000
3.74/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Quick review. Typical Kolsch, done well. Smells of bready malt which carries directly onto the palate. Finishes crisp & pretty dry with no surprises. Looking good, Blue Mountain.

Photo of IBUnit63
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled as Kolsch 151 with BBD 6/2009. Purchased directly from the brewery. I tried this on tap and it was quite flavorful for a Kolsch...let's see how it measures up on the bottling line. Poured into a short, octagonal funky glass while sitting on the porch outside at my mom's place on a clear early evening in C-Ville...

There's a nice amount of effervescent carbonation pouring up from a honey/straw/hay-colored body up to a thin but lasting 1/4-finger head. Very clear indeed.

I get a lot of crispiness on this one - definitely a nice and fresh hop presence (not Saaz...per the label they're actually Hallertau) here, while the straw-like malts are very light and pleasant. There's a mild raw grain feel to this one and it's quite pleasant. So far I'm not losing a whole lot from tap to bottle.

With a taste the hops come out with a sharp piney bitterness - much less silage-ish than Saaz hops - I don't have a huge exposure to Hallertau but it's pleasant here. It's a little tighter than on tap but not bad at all. There's a slight dry presence - somewhere between slate and metallic - but for a Kolsch it's nice and flavorful.

This one is a little tighter than on tap - it's a little sharp bitterness from the Hallertau hops. The malt is so dry it takes a backseat to the hop bite but the finish, while a little bitter and tight, is cleansing and refreshing.

I must admit...I don't gravitate towards Kolsch or Kolsch-style ales, but having this on tap and now in a bottle has yet again proven that open minds prevail. This is a solid, easy-drinking, straightforward ale with good ingredients and fine craftsmanship. Glad I have some to bring home.

Photo of drtth
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in an nonic pint glass. A glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: The beer as served is a clear bright golden color with a ¼" white head and lots of bubbles. The head recedes fairly quickly leaving a small ring of foam and for most of the beer sipping leaves some modest small speckled lacing. The streams of bubbles are pretty steady throughout the beer.

Smell: The aroma has a nice bready character with a touch of sweetness and some spicy herbal hops. They blend together nicely into a pleasant mix that is subtle but nice.

Taste: The flavors involve some bready malt and light, almost honey sweetness with a touch of bitterness and spicy grassy character from the hops. The flavors are clean, crisp and refreshing.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium to light bodied and well-endowed with prickly carbonation for much of the beer. The finish is medium long and begins with the sweet bready flavor and then tapers off to some light, soft grassy bitterness. The balance of flavors is quite good.

Drinkability: This is a very easy to drink beer. Each sip leads naturally to the next and the glass is soon empty. It would be very easy to drink another and another.... I definitely will have this one again.

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 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 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 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 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 KeefD
3.96/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Another great extra from IBUnit63. Thanks Larry! Pours a golden yellow color with shades of orange in the middle, large frothy white head that fell slowly with good lacing. Looks great for a Kolsch! Aroma is husky and grainy, lightly herbal and grassy, not much in the way of sweetness. Taste is standard fare for a lager-type brew. Grainy malts, some light breadiness, hops are present but way int he background. Lightly malty and lightly hopped, but nicely balanced for the flavors that are there. This is a great summer drinking beer, an easy one to put down. Good stuff. I wish I had more local drinkable beers like this one near me.

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 irish
4.26/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just a lovely beer and beer style! I've always immensely liked a clear crisp hoppy beer, and this is one indeed. It proves that a beer doesn't have to be "big" to be very good.

It pours golden pale, with thin lace and clear small sparkling bubbles.

Not particularly strong to the nose, but I don't think smell deserves 20% of the value of the rating anyway.

VERY good taste: sharp and sufficiently hoppy (Surprisingly, is listed at only 18 IBU's--I would have guessed more. I guess it is the clean ale background that makes 18 IBU's stand out.)

Very easygoing mouthfeel. It all adds up to one drinkable beer. I am making a mental note to have more Kolsch's this summer.

Photo of ramseye4
2.87/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

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Kölsch 151 from Blue Mountain Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 200 ratings.