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Kentucky Light - Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.

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95 Ratings
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Ratings: 95
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.19
pDev: 21%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co. visit their website
Kentucky, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  4.32% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Brent on 09-18-2003

Kentucky Light is a light bodied easy drinker for a thirst quenching low calorie, low carb experience. The aroma is lively with a crisp, zesty finish. That’s because our specialized yeast, said to be the life force in beer, is the single greatest flavor contributor to this remarkably smooth and flavorful microbrew sure to be a Bluegrass favorite for years to come. Whether you’re strictly a light beer drinker or prefer a medium bodied microbrew, one taste of Kentucky Light will prove you can have a great tasting light beer full of flavor without all the calories.
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Ratings: 95 | Reviews: 44
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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.08/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #51 (April 2011):

Light beer moonlighting as a Kölsch? Frothy white head, perfect yellow straw clarity. Nose holds only a faint whiff of dry graininess, faint lemon peel and chalky yeast. Light body, crisp snap and a tight smoothness. Hint of cracker-like maltiness. Meek hopping with only a sliver of bitterness and flavor. Clean, grainy dry finish. Throw the “K” word on the label and expectations run high—a decent beer, but the flavor just doesn’t meet the specs of what it’s claiming to be. Simply, it’s a light beer with some flavor.

More User Reviews:
Photo of merlin48
3.7/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The folks at Lexington Brewing insist that they wanted this beer to be labeled as a Kolsch, but marketing(corporate ownership) wanted a "Light" beer in their stable, thus the name. This 12 oz bottle pours a clear, pale yellow body with a minimal, offwhite head that disappears in seconds. Some spotty lacing is left on the glass.
Aroma is subdued, with some grainy malt, a hint of caramel, some floral hops, and a note of grass.
Mouthfeel is light medium bodied with crisp carbonation.
Taste has some biscuity, pale malt sweetness that is well balanced by subdued floral hop bitterness and some fresh grassiness. Finishes crisp and clean. Not at all watery.
Well constructed for the style and very sessionable. Not your average "light" beer. The brewery folks love to tell you about all the hours and trouble they put into this ale in trying to nail the Kolsch style, only to have it labeled as "Kentucky Light". It's been a few years since I've had this style in Cologne, but this one is a decent effort. Not my favorite, but very drinkable. An ideal summer ale. Thanks to kmpitz2 and clvand0 for the brewery tour on 5-21-05.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.23/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pale light golden color with a bright fizzy white head, dwindles quickly leaving minimal lace. This beer shows promise of being more than a standard light beer because it's labeled a Kolsch. Aroma some semi sweet malt notes nice fruitiness, herbal grassiness with a hint of yeast character. Flavor has a clean blank canvas of pale malt with light fruitiness and hints of metallic mineral notes. Mild earthiness, light herbal quality very light beer. Light biscuit malts finishes clean with a bit of carbonated water like texture. Light body with a strong level of carbonation flowing finishes pretty clean. Easy effortless drinking experience there's not much to analyze definitely a beer that would do well with the crossover or the BMC drinker.

Photo of Brenden
3.7/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It definitely looks the part, though very slightly on the darker side for a style that's traditionally very pale. It's a deep shining white gold color with fantastic clarity. The head is pure white, fluffy and thick though small. Retention is just above-par, and lacing is slightly more than moderate.
The smell has some not-quite-toasty grains with light fruit notes, a bit of citrus, and a zesty tartness. It is dry, even to the point of chalky, as the leafy vinous character makes me think Kolsch is in fact the correct designation.
The flavor doesn't bring it quite as well, grains more substantial and the light, almost effervescent dry note almost lost. Malts are still dry, pretty crackery, with some toast as well. Leaf does add a touch of bitterness. The taste just seems to have lost some of the finesse and depth the aroma had.
It's crisp all the way through, and strongly at that, but it's creamier than I would think. It has a feel that the ample carbonation leads toward fluffy, the bite just keeping it shy of being too filling in its light body.

Photo of secondtooth
2.2/5  rDev -31%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This light and transparent pale golden kolsch was brought out in an ale glass with no visible head or lace.

Aroma very typical adjunct, with the requisite corniness. Not a lot going for it so far.

Flavor pretty unremarkable, malty corn with a hint of hops presence, but not much. Kinda flat and plain.

Overall, only a slight bit more drinkable than a mainstream lager or light beer. Didn't enjoy this one.

Had a bottled version, and it, too, reminded me of PBR. Nah.

Photo of RomaniIteDomum
3.71/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up while in Lexington. I can't remember if it was in the magnificent box from BEERchitect or if I decided to grab one myself. Either way, more thanks is due to Kevin.

Pours a very familiar shade of yellow, but with a magnificent white head the macros can't touch. The head hangs out for a bit, too.

Ok, the smell is the sweet and sour of fresh grain and fermentation. Nothing special.

After a while the taste has grown on me. The fresh barley is nice, but there isn't much else going on aside from the light hoppy finish.

The feel is a bit light, which is to be expected, I suppose, but it still isn't anything notable.

After a while this has grown on me. There are certainly better for the style, but this is much better than other beers marketed as "light".

Photo of bditty187
3.68/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear yellow-gold in hue, there is a light stream of animation that dances to the white head. At the foam’s heights point the head was a half finger in height. The head then faded to a thin cap, after a few moments there was a slight collar. The subsequent lacing was unorganized and very spotty. This is a good-looking beer, for the style.

The nose is lightly grainy with a citrusy, minty hint. The nose doesn’t really say much, which is a damn shame. What I can smell is pleasant… I guess I could call it inviting. I do wish for more depth and more conversation.

Okay. The palate is very good. There is a marketing genius at work with the name of this beer… it is a Kölsch folks! It is light by nature, not by name. You know, this is a damn good Kölsch at that. Only a few a Kölsches have blown me away, while this isn’t one of those this is a damn good beer. It is very flavorful. The palate starts with lightly toasty malts, kisses of fruity sweetness, citrus, grainy, with a smattering of bitterness in the middle. Dry yet sweet at the finish and then the bitterness lingers. Subtlety complex. Tasty as hell.

Medium/medium-light in body, I like my Kölsch to have more body and more malty firmness. This one lacks that. Still the mouthfeel is solid even with the low but firm carbonation.

I found this to be very drinkable. It is a damn shame that I avoided this beer since it entered the Omaha market. I’m not a light beer drinker (I didn’t know this wasn’t a light lager). However, I took the plunge when I found a single for sale. Now I will look for a six-pack. Damn good. I purchased my bottle in Omaha, I want some more.

Photo of beveritt
2.97/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. The metallic label depicts a horsehead and reads "a handcrated beer brewed in sixty-barrel batches in Lexington, Kentucky." It also says average analysis: 124 calories. Whew, I can sleep tonight.

Appearance: Pours with next to no head, maybe 1/8 of an inch if you are feeling particularly generous in your description. Leaves a ring around the glass that sticks when you tip for a drink. The beer itself is a very pale straw color. Perfectly clear with a ton of bubble activity.

Smell: Grassy and herbaceous hops with a medium body malt background. A slight sour twang.

Taste: Lots of carbonation bite upfront. Very slight, herb hop flavor. Followed by sligthly sweet malts and a very, very slight bitterness. A little bit of lemony citrus flavor overall.

Mouthfeel: As mentioned in taste, lots of carbonation. No appreciable body.

Drinkability: While not my cup of tea, this beer manages to squeeze some taste out of the light beer category.

Photo of KYGunner
3.23/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

One of the more interesting appearances, in that, the head appeared thick and creamy but was airy and light to feel. Nonetheless, it sat atop a darker golden color.

Very simple cereal malt scent with a little toast like aroma.

The taste is ultimately Kolschy, with strong cereal grain, toast and biscuity maltiness. For a light beer it's quite good with a nice smooth flavor but it ends as most light beers taste....with a strong metallic aftertaste. Otherwise it is easy to drink, thirst quenching and tasty.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.28/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 ounce bottle. Served in a Kentucky Light glass, the beer pours a mostly clear straw gold color with about a quarter inch white head that stayed around for a bit. There's a small amount of lacing. The brew smells like grainy/bready malt and some light grassy/herbal hops. Taste is just like the aroma, mostly grainy with a clean finish. Mouthfeel/body is light, it's nice and refreshing, and is well carbonated. It's easy to drink, it certainly wouldn't be a problem to drink a 6-pack of this. I think it's a nice lighter beer, it's worth a try.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Hinterland stange. Dietary info, 4.32% ABV, Jun 25 10 on the neck.

Thanks to BEERchitect for shooting some locals my way including this bottle!

A - It pours as pale straw yellow as beer can come, carbonation rushes up the glass to a loose bright white head. Moderate retention and a bit of lace left on the glass.

S - A harshly grainy nose is first and foremost with a little bit of rice and dry straw following through. Pale malts bind and hops seem to be absent. Very crisp nose.

T - Extraordinarily light in flavor, there is a bit of pale malt going on with a pinch of pils as well perhaps. A mild sweetness cuts through the faded dry husky straw.

M - Heavily carbonated and very light-bodied, this light is thin in flavor and crisp going down with a very small lingering sweetness. Beyond that it finishes clean.

D - It might not be the best tasting beer in the world but on a hot day at the track, anyone could crush these no problem. It's not offensive, just sort of bland.

Photo of peabody
2.91/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out into a glass with very little suds and little to no lacing. but the clarity remind me of a budweiser pilsner.
Smell is very slight but can detect slight hops and some yeast.
No alcohol present.
Taste is light like a pilsner with very little going on.
Mouthfeel is clean but the carbonation doesn't carry over into the aftertaste. Flat and watery is what this brew is about.
Bud is better.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice pour with a golden and pale straw color coming through right away with loads of carbonation bubbling up toward the surface. Head of white capped it nicely but faded off very quickly leaving almost nothing in its wake. Light aroma, lots of grain and light bready notes, hints of wheat and a touch of light hops around the edges but nothing really jumping out at me here. The flavor was clean and crisp though, very light and refreshing it drank like water. Light bready flavor accented with a touch of piney hops that really did not go very far at all. It was a quick hitter and the flavor was gone almost before it started. Still more then a decent body on it and drank superb so you cannot really knock it for that.

Overall I thought it was good, just a touch forgettable for me. Needed just that extra little bit to really push it out and over the top.

Photo of scooter231
2.46/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Pours a pale gold color with almost no head. Pretty clear, with the slightest of haze. Minimal lacing. Kinda looks like a heartier version of bud.

Smells malty and sweet, bready. Not a strong nose, not too much going on. Taste is similar. Some bready, some sweet. That's about it. Heineken, anyone? It's not awful, it's not bad tasting, just... bland. Really bland. I'd rather have a pabst.

Mouthfeel is painfully thin. Meh. I know it says it's a light beer, but I still expected more out of this. If a 6pack was pretty cheap it would be a great beer for a super hot day- but otherwise- go for the pbr.

Photo of Brent
3.4/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Although I have to lower my expectations for any light beer, this is a surprisingly good product for the class. Poured without any meaningful head, and was typically extra pale straw in color. A whif of hops in the nose, with some sweet grass. Body is light but crisp, some mild grassy flavors followed by a surprisingly bold hopping for the style. Finishes with a touch of cooked veggy/grain, slightly sweet.

I was impressed by the hopping in this beer, rather on par with Sam Adams Light. If I have to drink a light beer, this is one of the better selectons.

According to the company's website, this is a low carb, low calorie Kolsch style.

Photo of Cresant
3.5/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Reissdorf stange. Bottled on July 30 10. I have avoided this one for a while. Marketed as a "light beer" it didn't really appeal to me. However, it is a kolsch, not a light lager. The head was tall and frothy. Egg-white white. The body was clear, pale yellow.

The smell was of hay bales and faint lemons.

The taste was nice soft but crisp hops, grassy but not very bitter. Light malts gave it a cracker flavor. Very drinkable and better than expected. This one seems pretty accurate to the style.

The mouthfeel was soft but had plenty of carbonation.

Photo of Dithyramb
4.5/5  rDev +41.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours perfectly clear. The color is a pale amber. The only downside of the brew was a limited carbonation, retention and lacing.

Smell: Limited, with doughy base topped with toasted grains

Taste: Very controlled brew. Complex with citrus malts, lingering around with doughy bready malts, and a finishing hop bitterness. Detected a little sulphur as it warmed up while sitting on the deck.

Mouthfeel: Heavier than I expected, but very smooth and crisp.

Drinkability: This is a pretty darn good swillin beer, one that would go nicely in the hot weather.

Note: All my numbers were increased after noticing that this was a kolsch. All my notes just about perfectly matched the style guidelines. Most "light" beer fans out there wouldn't understand the complex and/or subtle nature.

Photo of MaltyGoodness
3/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle courtesy of kmpitz2

Pours a super clear and very pale straw color with a white head that vanishes. Specks of lacing on the glass.

Very mild and crisp malt aroma.

Light malty flavor that has a nice crispness to it. Finishes very clean.

Light body, could stand a little more carbonation.

Easy enough to drink, but just an average Kolsch...

Photo of ppoitras
3.23/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle obtained via trade with kmpitz2. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 3/8" of bright white head over the clear very light golden brew. Head fades pretty quickly down to an uneven bubbly coating, and lacing was not too bad for the style. Aroma is lightly of sweet pale malt, and a tinge of hops. Taste is is like the nose but more so, with pale malt sweetness giving way to a dry, light yet crisp close. Mouthfeel is okay for the style, but watery as expected, and the drinkability is good in that there is nothing detracting from the brew, just lacking what a non-Light brew would impress with. Not a bad light beer.

Photo of Spidey13
3.38/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kentucky Light pours a clear, light straw-yellow with a white head that quickly goes away. Not much lacing left on the glass. The nose consists of spicy, sour, grainy notes and hints of green apple - not that good. The taste somewhat redeems the beer. It has a very light flavor, but it has a nice sweetness in there along with a bit of spicy hop flavor. A quick finish follows. The body is somewhat thin with mid-high carbonation.

Though this beer is not great, it is very refreshing and would be a good lawnmower alternative to macro lagers.

Photo of TheHoppiest
3.41/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass, which is the closest I have to a strange. Pours a light straw yellow with a 1" white foamy head that reduces like a pile of soap bubbles. Plenty of active carbonation keeps this beer looking alive.

Has a grainy, grassy, almost skunky smell to it. There's a tart/sour smell of top of a wet straw smell that I do not find very appealing.

Taste is light and creamy, with none of the "skunk" smell coming through on how it tastes. Lightly grassy, somewhat airy, with a hint of lemon and very little bitterness,

Mouthfeel is light, airy, and relatively clean, though not terribly crisp.

Decent, though not memorable, I imagine this must taste better on a hot day next to the racetrack than it does sitting in my kitchen.

Photo of sulldaddy
3.98/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A bottle from kmpitz2.
I am drinking a cold bottle poured into a pint glass.
The beer pours a light clear gold color with minimal bleached white head foaming up and fading quickly to a thin edge layer.

The aroma is light with a hint of caramel and some grainy malt. Mixes with spicy or herbal hops . Overall the aroma is fairly mild.

The first sip reveals a lite body with fine and mild carbonation that barely tickles my palate on the swallow.
The flavor starts with a bit of sugary sweetness and some grainy malt, a hit of the spicy hops in the middle and finally finishes with some white grape and a bit of herbal hops. The beer is VERY easy to drink and fairly crisp.
Quite a nice beer and pretty good example of a underrepresented style.
DOnt be thrown by the label or name not a lite beer but a good kolsch!

Photo of Tone
2.57/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear, straw color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Slight retention and poor lacing. Smells of pale malt, slight sweet malt, and grain. Fits the style of a Kolsch. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, grain, and hint of sweet malt. Overall, poor appearance and weak in body. More reminiscent of a Light Lager, than a Kolsch.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.55/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - pale straw color, wispy and basically non-existant head.

Aroma - basic grainy smell, like an average pale light beer.

Taste - grainy, slight lemony flavor on the side. A vague ESB-like butteriness. Not nearly as enjoyable as the regular Kentucky Ale, but it's okay.

Mouthfeel - light, crisp and bubbly. On par for the style.

Drinkability - pretty decent for a light beer, but for a craft product that's actually a downgrade. Not something I'd hunt down.

Photo of Stinkypuss
2.76/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Lexington Brewing : Kentucky Light

LOOK: Pale, straw yellow. Small bone white fizzy head. Some lace.

SMELL: Lager yeast, cereal grains, faint flowery hop.

TASTE/FEEL: Light lager all day, with cereal grains, malt sweetness, a flash of bitterness, and no real finish. Light bodied, highly carbonated.

OVERALL: Pretty mainstream lager, but would go just fine with a BBQ or sandwich as a cleansing rinse.

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Kentucky Light from Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
74 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.