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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: 29
Gots: 2 | 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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Photo of JAXSON
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

JAXSON, Jul 16, 2011
Photo of Soonami
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Local 44.

Victory Kolsch is a bright, straw yellow with rocky head white head that brings up that cereal grain aroma. The beer is very clean and crisp with just a little barley flavor with woody spicy bitterness that is under control. This is a very refreshing kolsch

Soonami, Sep 24, 2010
Photo of BARFLYB
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

32oz growler from Whole Foods.

A- Bright gold almost coors light gold with a nice bubbly white head, dragging lace.

S- A really nice nose full of citrus and earth with light spice. Small oranges with grain and earthy hops, A spicy background. A great nose.

T- Really digging the simplicity of this while being bold. Getting a nice mix of orange, grapefruit drops and grassy hops, all being extremely light. A grainy middle finishing dry and lightly yeasted with a bready quality.

M- Very Very Very light and refreshing and gulpable. Carbed up to the point that it's known this beer is not dead. Not bitter in the least sense.

D- A drinker for sure, a whole growler would not of been enough. This just went down real easy and Im glad I picked it up.

BARFLYB, Sep 08, 2010
Photo of Kegatron
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ the VBC on 7/24/10. Served in a Willibecker glass.

Pours a crystal clear gold, with 1 ½ fingers of foamy tight-white head. This retains with a ½ finger of foamy richness that doesn't quit, leaving the walls of the glass coated with thick sticky swathes of lace. The aroma is almost perfume-like in the nose (just as a good Kölsch should be) with a fruity and floral presence that effortlessly breezes up the nostrils. Bright textures of spice, earth, and citrus peel, with a sweet graininess that rises up underneath. I'm also getting that classic smelling egg/bread mix of the flavors here from the yeast as well. Just a nice tightness to the flavors in the nose, which makes this feel spot-on.

The taste is tangy sweet gains intermingled with softer fruity flavors and some lightly earthy and green tones shining through as well. Earthy rind and spice are present, spreading bitterness out into a dry and parching finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a fantastic crispness to that gives the flavors an assertive crackle on the palate, while some smooth slickness on the edges of the profile really keeps things moving easily. This feels great.

This is one of those Victory beers that I seem to always miss each summer but I must say that this more than met my expectations after finally getting to try it. With tight flavors here in the nose and mouth and a crisp and dry body keeping the drinkibility here VERY high, this is definitley in the top tier of American-brewed Kölschs that I've had. Well done indeed.

Kegatron, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tall cylindrical glass at the brewery. It appeared clear, brilliant gold with a tall white head.

This is the best kolsch I've ever had. No question about it. It's a light, dry, and imminently sessionable beer with all the subtle nuances the style has to offer: fresh-baked biscuits, mineral-rich water, golden bread, peppery hops, and a light fruit punch. The malt taste is clean and the hops provide a delicate but delicious finish. I wish I'd found this early in the summer, it's a fantastic beer for any season, but this would be sublime on a sweaty, sunny day.

tempest, Oct 12, 2009
Photo of drtth
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

drtth, Sep 21, 2009
Photo of treehugger02010
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I got this at Victory Brewing company in Dowingtown, PA. It came in a tumbler glass.
Appearance: The body is a clear yellow color. The head is a finger tall, bright white in color, small sized bubbles, fine retention and stellar lacing.
Smell: The aromas are not much of anything.
Taste: The flavors are malty, earthy and pine.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is crisp and dry.
Drinkability: This beer is very drinkable.
Don't drink and review.

treehugger02010, Sep 01, 2009
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.05/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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)

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of tgbljb
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

tgbljb, Aug 09, 2008
Photo of AltBock
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

AltBock, Jul 27, 2008
Photo of HopDerek
4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

HopDerek, Mar 29, 2008
Photo of bierman2000
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Straw color and seemed a bit flat.
Not much nose to it.
The taste was lacking besides being a bit sweet. Not much finish to the beer or anyhting in the front it's smooth.
Very thin mouthfeel and was disappointed.
I would have 1 and it was sampled at the bewpub. Maybe my tatse buds were off. Good lawnmower beer.

bierman2000, Aug 01, 2007
Photo of akorsak
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at the restaurant.

A: The ale is a pale yellow, crystal clear brew with a slight ring of head.

S: Earthy noble hops are the dominant aroma in the nose.

T: The ale starts with a grainy malt flavor that soon gives way to a crisp, dirty hop flavor that is intriguing. Those hops definitely have the subtlety of noble hops and add a firm, biting finish to the ale.

M: Very clean on the palate, this is a good pounding beer.

D: Very drinkable, too bad it is not bottled.

akorsak, Oct 01, 2006
Photo of RBorsato
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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)

RBorsato, Sep 28, 2006
Photo of HugoGrim
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at the Victory brewery in Downingtown, PA.

A clear pale golden body with a large fluffy marshmellow head. Lots of carbination visable in the glass. Head dissapated into a thin, bubbly trace which laced down the glass a bit.

Aroma is clean and muted. Yeasty bread with sweet malts, some flowery hops, and a hint of citrus.

A nice subtle flavor. Crisp and clean. Full flavors of grainy bread and a dash of spicy hops to accent. Sports a dry finish which I enjoyed.

HugoGrim, Sep 19, 2006
Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very nice clear golden yellow and has puffy white head. On the nose there are scents of pine needles, citrus fruit,flowers, hops, spices, and dry malt. On palate...a citrusy fruity hops and a nice biscuity malt flavor going on. Crisp...really enjoyed this one.

WilliamPhilaPa, Apr 13, 2006
Photo of Gavage
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Clear yellow in color with a white 1/2" head. The head disappeared rather quickly and there was no lacing to be found. The aroma was of sweet malt and grass. The flavor was sweeter than expected, but it worked as there was a nice bitterness to balance it out. Grass tones lingered in the background. Light bodied.

Mouthfeel was clean and refreshingly crisp. No lingering aftertaste. The drinkability is as high as you can get, as this is truely a tasty afternoon session brew.

Gavage, Oct 25, 2004
Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is just a top-notch kolsch. Probably the best kolsch I've ever drank. Come a nice golden color with a sizeable head. It has a nice, spicy taste. Similar esters to German wheat beers. It makes for a very tasty beer, since the esters are pleasant but not too overpowering. The mouthfeel is very smooth. Definitely the best and most drinkable kolsch I've ever tasted.

GeoffFromSJ, Oct 05, 2004
Photo of goindownsouth
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A solid Kolsch, to be sure. This one has definately seen some improvements since the last time I had the pleasure to try it. The crisp looking brew offered a well carbonated appearance wrapped in its golden color and one-finger head. The aroma was slightly sweet and more hoppy than I expected. Although a wee tad on the stringent side on the palate, still a fine brew to pair with any of Victory's fare.

Prosit!

goindownsouth, Oct 03, 2004
Photo of Boto
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Boto, Sep 08, 2004
Photo of Gasp100
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Grabbed a growler of this and have a sixtel on order. This pours a deep true golden color ---- I'm talking Midas, pure gold. A nice fluffy white head a disipates quickly. There is little sticky lacing on the glass all the way down. There really is not too much of a scent that I can pick up; wheat, grains, flowery. The taste is very clean, balanced and smooth ---- this is what a great American Lager should taste like. Maltiness, dry and a nice bitter aftertaste. The mouthfeel is very sharp and crisp ---- brilliant. The drinkability factor with this is fantastic. I'm half way done with the growler and I just got home 10 minutes ago... another beauty from Victory. This is a really great summer / fall seasonal.

Gasp100, Sep 02, 2004
Photo of maybrick
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great head that lingers a while. 4.6 abv let's you drink this very nice beer for a long time. Nice to mow the lawn with. Stong hops. Is a true German lager. In fact, all of the ingidients are imported from Germany. I especially like the finish, very crisp, true and clean. Ron does it again!

maybrick, Nov 25, 2003
Photo of PSUDREW
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

opqaue straw in apperence. had a "wet leaf" hop flavor to it. for some reason, nodding head's 700 level seems like a cheap imitation of this beer Had nice lace, limited head retention. Going down it was clean all around, and a very crisp taste when you finallly finish it. It is a very light beer, so it could be used as a trasition very easily. had nice small bit of spice, the tang of the hops, and a hint of malt. well put otgether, must get some more to fully apreciate the beer and it's style

PSUDREW, Nov 08, 2003
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A crystal-clear straw-gold body is capped by a short lid of bright white foam that drops shortly but continues to leave nice lace. Bright floral hops appear in the nose over a delicately bready malt. It's quite enticing, and it continually begs you to bring the glass back up to your nose where, it just so happens, your mouth is located! The body is light-medium and its very fine, median carbonation leaves it lightly crisp in the mouth. The flavor seamlessly bonds the floral and spicy hops with the malt and a firm bitterness. It finishes dry and refreshing with a swirl of hops and a dollop of residual malt. Clean, refreshing and satisfying!

NeroFiddled, Oct 06, 2003
Photo of pezoids
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

pezoids, Oct 02, 2003
Kölsch Ale from Victory Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.