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Kölsch Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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Kölsch AleKölsch Ale

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BA SCORE
87
very good

64 Ratings
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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 14.83%
Wants: 28
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rotsaruch on 09-07-2003)
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -2.8%

Kölsch
Victory Brewing Company
Style: Kölsch
ABV: 4.60 %

LOOK: Clear golden color, with a foam cap and leaving plenty of lacing.

SMELL: Distinct lager yeast smell, grass, cooked veggies, stewed hops, fresh bread and a bit buttery as well.

TASTE: Clean bready malt flavor like a typical German Kolsch. Herbal tea like hopping with mild grassy, leafy flavor and bitterness. Bready, well balanced, very lightly bitter lager.

FEEL: Light bodied, stinging carbonation. Light, easy to drink , very mellow.

OVERALL: A pretty nice kolsch, but does not separate itself from many others in the style. Pretty standard, not that there's anything wrong with that.

09-03-2012 15:37:19 | More by Stinkypuss
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.8/5  rDev -2.8%

Poured on tap at Pizza Paradiso Dupont, into a shaker pint. Victory tap takeover for DC beer week!

A white hot colored head is presented sittings on a classic fourteen carat gold crystal body. Carbonation rises from the middle, never seen that before .. looks great, but with no lacing while drinking.

Bouquet is crisp sense and light malts but mildly grassy, and mostly closed. Not much of a nose on this.

Taste brings light bread classic taste, even slightly doughy. Mild pronounced hop but noticeable presence. Strange crazy finish with mild sweetness and noticeable white sugar. Interesting mild soda and lime like finish.

Overall, distinct, different easily sessionable, fairly pleasant. A obit odd just wish this was more breadier. The ultimate Kolsch quest continues in earnest...

08-16-2011 23:11:00 | More by smakawhat
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tobelerone

Connecticut

4.1/5  rDev +4.9%

On-tap at the brewery. Pours a very clear, very light golden color with a small, quickly settling white head and patchy lacing. Bready, grainy malt aroma with floral, spicy hops.

Taste has floral and somewhat fruity hop notes that give the beer an appealing, assertive bitterness in combination with crackery malt and a nice spicy note. Low overall sweetness. Lightly lingering bitter aftertaste.

Overall an excellent example of the style. Very crisp, clean and dry. Lively carbonation on a light body. Highly quenching and refreshing, probably the best American-made kolsch I’ve had.

07-13-2012 05:15:52 | More by tobelerone
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RBorsato

Virginia

4/5  rDev +2.3%

Tasted on-tap 9/25/06 at Tria in Philadelphia, PA.
Advertised as "rare" at 5.1% ABV.

Gold colored with a low white head. A nicely balanced malt, fruit, and hop aroma. Similar in flavor with malt dominating, a touch of ale fruitiness, and just enough hops to balance. Light bodied with a fairly clean finish.

A fairly nice Kolsch -- wish I could compare to a true German example.

($5.50 / Pint)

09-28-2006 20:48:44 | More by RBorsato
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francisweizen

Alaska

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

This is Victroys new and excellent Kolsch beer. Davo was nice enough to bring a growler of this for us to enjoy at the BA BBQ this past Saturday, so we all partaked of its wonders. This was a light, golden beer with some nice fruity, hoppy aromas. The taste was hoppy, fruity and mild all at the same time. The mouthfeel is perfectly balanced and carbonated and the drinkability is excellent!

A great Kolsch from the fine folks at Victroy Brewing!

Prost!

09-25-2003 02:05:01 | More by francisweizen
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.05/5  rDev -22%

Reviewed on 7/10/08. On tap at Blind Tiger. Pours a light golden yellow with a small white head. Aroma of light fruits, light malts, wheat. Flavor is initially lots of spices, followed by bread/wheat malts. Finish of stale wheat. A decent beer that was ok except for the finish.
6/4/6/3/13 (3.2/5)

12-20-2008 18:12:17 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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tgbljb

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +4.3%

Served as a bright golden colored beer with moderate white puffy head.

Smell shows a light fruitiness combined with a touch of flowery hops.

Taste is light, yet crisp. A fruity sweetness is moderated by a pleasnt hop presence.

Very refreshing and easy to drink.

Went well with my meal. Complimented it well.

08-09-2008 21:13:04 | More by tgbljb
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Boto

Connecticut

3.88/5  rDev -0.8%

Draught @ Victory: This one pours a slightly hazy golden color. There was a small white head on mine. It did lace down the glass a bit. The aroma was rather mild. Light notes of wheat and citrus. The taste was a little bit of wheat and citrus. A very refreshing beer. Subtle, yet well done. Very Good!

09-08-2004 22:38:29 | More by Boto
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brez8791

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -23.3%

08-04-2012 01:52:29 | More by brez8791
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bigfnjoe

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

06-10-2013 11:48:12 | More by bigfnjoe
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Oakenator

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

12-11-2011 14:09:56 | More by Oakenator
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AltBock

Ohio

3.53/5  rDev -9.7%

Victory's Kölsch Ale was on-tap at the brewery on 7/26/2008. Instead of drinking it there, I decided to take this one home with me in one thier growlers.

When poured into a Victory pint glass, this Kölsch is a clear pale lemon yellow. When I say pale, I mean pale! On top of this pale beer was a creamy 3/4 of an inch head of white foam. This head of foam had excellent retention that left behind a spotty white film and an abundance of sticky white streaks of lace around the glass.

The aroma was light and too faint. The only things I got out of the aroma was malted wheat witha splash of lemon zest. That was it. The aroma was the only problem I had with this beer.

The taste was on the malty side with lightly burnt malted wheat, a touch of lemon zest, subtle dried grapefruit, a hint of dried citrus hops, and then finishes up with a taste of wheat bread. Not too many flavors in this beer, but in the end it was nice little malty beer.

This was clearly a light bodied beer with a malty aftertaste of malted wheat, wheat bread, and the slightest touch of bitter citrus hops.

A light beer that's not light in flavor. Session beer all the way! I didn't have any problems drinking a growler of this beer. A great Kölsch!

07-27-2008 17:50:23 | More by AltBock
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WynnO

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

08-07-2013 22:46:45 | More by WynnO
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dgherm

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

07-21-2013 11:27:58 | More by dgherm
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phishbone23

New York

1.75/5  rDev -55.2%

01-23-2013 18:08:05 | More by phishbone23
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Jason1337

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -23.3%

04-17-2013 18:00:57 | More by Jason1337
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drtth

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +10.7%

Served in a kolsch glass. A glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a clear bright golden yellow color with a ¼" to ½" white finely bubbled white head that lasts for most of the beer as small ring and light layer of foam over the surface of the beer. Throughout most of the beer, sipping leaves lightly speckled scattered lacing.

Smell: The aroma is both hoppy and malty with some light earthy and floral notes and some bready and honey sweetness.

Taste: The clean, refreshing flavor is grassy and herbal with some biscuity sweetness and some light bitterness

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is light to medium body with some long lasting carbonation. The finish begins with the mix of sweet malt and bitterness from the hops and then fades to a dry finish.

Drinkability: This beer is an easy drinking kolsch and a tasty brew for drinking several with good conversation and friends over dinner. I'd be happy to have another.

09-21-2009 00:26:55 | More by drtth
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cfrances33

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +1%

On tap at Varga Bar in Philly on 8/3/12, served in a shaker.

Pour: Completely clear yellow orange with a finger and a half white head.

Smell: Grassy hops with a light caramel sweetness. Not very substantial on the nose.

Taste: Bready malts sweetness to the max, with a pleasant floral and grassy hoppiness.

Mouthfeel: Really light and drinkable, but still packed with flavor. Very, very refreshing.

Overall: My first kolsch and I thoroughly enjoyed this one.

08-03-2012 21:45:36 | More by cfrances33
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touchmeimsac

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +27.9%

11-18-2011 18:51:34 | More by touchmeimsac
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RobertColianni

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

11-06-2013 14:07:57 | More by RobertColianni
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pezoids

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +13.8%

Fresh from a growler, this beer poured a very clear pale golden color. A soft graininess emanates from the beer. This is certainly one of the smoothest and easiest drinking beers in recent memory. I believe this beer has captured the true essence of a Kolschbier, at least from the few other imports I have sampled. A simple, slightly fruity light beer with just a hint of hop bitterness. Lightly carbonated with a delicate and soft malt and slightly oily body. The finish is crisp. Victory has again hit the mark and continues to make truly outstanding and distinctive beers.

10-02-2003 03:10:36 | More by pezoids
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HopDerek

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +13.3%

Served on tap at Union Jacks Inn on the Manatawny as of this review.

Poured a clear golden yellow color with a nice 1 finger's width of fluffy eggshell colored head, long lasting retention and good lacing. Smells strongly of floral hops, with some honey sweet hints. Taste is a lightly sweet maltiness with lots of grainy notes followed by a big crisp floral hop finish combined with a little extra punch of more bitter hops at the end. Medium light in body wth good carbonation. Very smooth and creamy, yet with a crisp finish. A very sessionable ale with good flavors and a nice balance, looking forward to having more when it is in season this summer.

03-29-2008 00:45:13 | More by HopDerek
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briandaube

Delaware

4/5  rDev +2.3%

06-02-2012 22:17:30 | More by briandaube
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tkdchampxi

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -23.3%

08-22-2013 18:26:20 | More by tkdchampxi
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JAXSON

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -0.3%

On tap at Victory. Pours very clear gold with white head. Nose is strange lemon, grass, almost an eggy component, minerals in the vein of wet stone. Mouth is sharp carbonation, fairly sharp grassy hops, very grainy. Some spicy qualities come through, not sure if it's through the hops or something else. Very long bitter finish. Sharp, bright, and a bit unusual.

07-16-2011 02:30:22 | More by JAXSON
Kölsch Ale from Victory Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.