Killer Kolsch - Champion Brewing Company

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Ratings: 81
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 13.33%
Wants: 0
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Champion Brewing Company visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: jaymo18 on 02-28-2014

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Ratings: 81 | Reviews: 15
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Photo of Guden
1.66/5  rDev -51.9%
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.

Photo of HopsForBrains
4.9/5  rDev +42%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Closest American example of a German-style Kolsch.

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty, semi-cloudy golden color with a half of a finger of white-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Pretty good in the aroma department with lots of bready, toasted malt, imparting biscuit-like aromas as well as spices of black pepper, cardamom, as well lots of lemon and orange-like citrus. Quite nice.

Taste: Just as nice as the aroma. Bready, toasted malt up front, followed by some caramel-like sweetness, some citrus notes of lemon and grapefruit as well as spices of black pepper, cardamom, and honeysuckle. Finally, at the finish, there’s just a touch of grassy, floral hops. Quite delicious.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, smooth and crisp, as there is quite a bit of carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 5.0%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a very good Kolsh, which, in my opinion, is a very underappreciated, under-represented style. Lots of toasty malt and spices wrapped up in a crisp, refreshing, satisfying, quaff. Very drinkable, and highly recommended.

Photo of apasternak
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Great can art. Kolsches are not really my style

Photo of tone77
3.26/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A big thanks to the creator of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Great artwork on the can, by the way. Has a bright golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is very mild, picking up some light grains, not much else. Taste is grassy, lemons, some floral hops. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is decent but nothing special.

Photo of Beejay
3.05/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pale yellow, slightly hazy, with a small amount of white head.

S: Pale malt aroma with a little bit of a straw note. Somewhat sweet with almost a hint at a sulfur smell.

T: Sharp up front, with some light cracker notes, and a bit of a fruity tang in the finish. Something funky at the very end.

M: Medium light in body, the carbonation is fine and abundant. With a dryness in the finish.

O: Overall it feels a bit odd to me. It is certainly crisp and refreshing, but there is something in the flavor that I don't love...

Photo of smakawhat
4.11/5  rDev +19.1%
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.

Photo of Edmond-Bird
4.37/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from keg into a pint glass at Glens Garden Market in DC. This is a complex, flavorful, and refreshing beer. Golden color with a finger length head. Nice carbonation. Smells of dough and lemon. Chewy mouthfeel. Tastes clean to start then some subtle lemony citrus notes.

Many breweries in this country are claiming to make Kolsch style beers. Most, in my opinion, lack flavor and taste like water. Kudos to Champion for capturing the subtleties and complexity of the Kolsch style.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.52/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear pale yellow in color with heavy amounts of active visible carbonation and faint lemon yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall sudsy foamy bright white head that reduces to a large patch of thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of grainy and herbal + floral hops.

T: Upfront there is a light flavor of slightly sweet grainy malts and lighter flavors of cereal grains. That is followed by a light flavor of herbal + floral hops which imparts a minimal amount of bitterness which fades almost instantly.

M: Light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Crisp.

O: Extremely easy to drink and refreshing - a sessionable brew and a decent option in the can format for outdoor activities. I enjoyed this one but understand that it is not exactly to style and can still appreciate it.

Photo of woodychandler
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had written a Field Review while out with Doc Amanda in Norfolk, VA back in Augustand just never got around to transcribing it. In the interim, I returned to NORVA for a shipmate's burial at sea and scored a CAN at Total Wine & More for furtherance of The CANQuest (TM).

From the CAN: "A hybrid-style beer, this ale is fermented at lager temperatures that produce a clean, bright beer with mild hop characteristics and irresistable [sic] drinkability. 2-row pale malt and Vienna malt combine with Hallertau hops."

The CAN's graphics look like a noir illustration and I have The Doors playing "Riders on the Storm" as acCANpaniment. The Crack! emits a loud hiss and when I begin the Glug, it looks like blood! Nah, just kidding. It looks like yellow beer, but it should have been blood-like. There was initially quite a bit of head, but it settled into two fingers of dense, rocky eggshell-white foam with good retention. Color was a slightly hazy Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 -5). Nose had a lemony citrusiness underlain by a biscuity maltiness. Great lacing was beginning to form as the head fell. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, kind of soft on the tongue. The taste was very akin to a lemon poppy seed muffin, which I found to be quite pleasant. The finish was semi-dry and very refreshing. This would be a great beer with which to fill the summer cooler.

Photo of 57md
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Light straw color.
Easy drinking and light-bodied.
Nothing exciting, however.

Photo of B33randen
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of micromaniac129
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

A pleasing good tasting beer but also quite ordinary.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is very malty sweet to me. Smooth and easy drinking. Not much going on beyond the one dimensional aspect of it. A pleasant drinker.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.81/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

2.8/5: Rather out of wack - still, better than their IPA...

Killer Kolsch from Champion Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.