Killer Kolsch - Champion Brewing Company
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2.8/5 rDev -16.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
12 oz can into a pint glass.
A: Pours a clear gold color. The head (via aggressive pour) is around three fingers high, with a shade barely off-white and a texture closer to soda than beer. Despite the latter, retention isn't terrible.
S: The grainy aromatic touches are typical of the style, as are the hints of noble hops. There's a unique floral quality to this, as well - and some diacetyl to round it off. Maybe a bit too much diacetyl, actually. Could use some cleaning up, but the hops are nice.
T: On the sweet side for a kolsch. Diacetyl, cereal grains, and touches of caramel sweetness at the front end are offset by its gently hoppy finish. Just like the nose indicated, there are some decent flowery hops lurking around, and even a bit of lemon. Ends nicely - shame it opens so sloppily.
M: This actually seems undercarbonated. That - along with the sweeter malts - should render this syrupy (a big no-no for the style), but the finish is so dry that it compensates nicely. I'd even call it creamy and soft. It gives it a richer feel at the cost of drinkability (and as far my style demands go, I want the latter over the former).
O: It's not quite the stinker Missile IPA was, but neither is it remotely impressive, either. Simply put, it's too sweet (and frankly, messy) for me. 0 for 2, guys, 0 for 2.
Serving type: can
07-24-2014 20:41:20 | More by ThisWangsChung
1.65/5 rDev -51%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.25
A- lemon yellow with a small and quickly fading white head. Just a little haziness.
S- herbal hops and a big grainy, sweet, stewed cabbage character. Something is way off.
T- the beer tastes better than it smells but that canned/stewed vegetal character still persists. Some light grainy sweetness and soft bitterness are hiding behind the off flavor.
M- medium body, low carbonation, who cares this beer is awful.
O- really hoping this was a bad can because this is one of the worst beers I have ever had with some obvious flaws.
Serving type: can
06-29-2014 22:10:31 | More by Guden
3.64/5 rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
One of the best Kolshes I have tried, yet I'll be the first to say that the Kolsh isn't my favorite style. My personal opinion as a lowly consumer is that Champion should have gone for a more drinkable second beer to choose to can (other than the Missle). I would recommend for anyone that prefers lighter beers to go with one of Champion's Goses before this.
The Kolsh itself has more or less of a spice kick to it. I have heard my college friends with unrefined pallets refer to its slightly spicy aftertaste as "bitter" - which is something you never want to hear about a Kolsh. I'm a big fan of Champion, but if I have a choice between the two canned beers, 9 out of 10 times I'm grabbing the Missle.
Serving type: on-tap
06-26-2014 19:51:09 | More by B33randen
4.09/5 rDev +21.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from the can into a Gaffel stange glass. May 13th 2014 batch.
Excessive head out of the can. Giant fistful and growing, beach white and soapy. Lots of staying power and retention though. Body color though is real nice, crystal brass clear with sudsy pinhead carbonation and slow rising bubbles. After settling looks pretty good.
Real interesting nose. Big herbal hop presence, and spice quality. There's this real great garden hot herb and floral like presence going on. Spicy and nice malt dough, this is real winner.
With that great nose, you would think we'd hit the stratosphere, but instead we something just solid and good. Good malt presence with a classic spice hop herbal kick. Simple bodied with moderate carbonation and a good neutral finish, and only slightly bready. Big on hop. Lingering light body making for easy drinking.
Final result is just a solid Kolsch, with a great spicy kick.
Serving type: can
06-26-2014 01:49:36 | More by smakawhat
Killer Kolsch from Champion Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.