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Killer Kolsch - Champion Brewing Company

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14 Reviews

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Reviews: 14
Hads: 89
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 16.96%
Wants: 1
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Champion Brewing Company visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jaymo18 on 02-28-2014

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3.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #91 (Aug 2014):

Biscuity, Smooth, Level, Bready

A beautiful looking brew, perhaps a bit darker than expected. Grainy nose goes slightly biscuity. Toasted, grainy, and husk character is on the palate throughout. Herbal hop balance and the fermentation seems clean though the use of Vienna malt is more than noticeable. A decent sip but it quickly slips away from the style.

STYLE: Kölsch | ABV: 5.0% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round (458 characters)

Photo of Guden
1.66/5  rDev -50.6%
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. (534 characters)

Photo of HopsForBrains
4.9/5  rDev +45.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Closest American example of a German-style Kolsch. (50 characters)

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3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.88/5  rDev +15.5%
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. (1,161 characters)

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3.9/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

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3.77/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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2.83/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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3.4/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

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3.04/5  rDev -9.5%

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

Great can art. Kolsches are not really my style (47 characters)

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3.02/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.26/5  rDev -3%
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. (370 characters)

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3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

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3.05/5  rDev -9.2%
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... (532 characters)

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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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4.11/5  rDev +22.3%
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. (911 characters)

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2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

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3.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

Update: bought a 6 pack of this beer and it tasted different than from the tap. Flavors are much more muddled. Still easy drinking but lacks the complexity I tasted in first review. (670 characters)

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Killer Kolsch from Champion Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.