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

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74
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87 Ratings
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Ratings: 87
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.18
pDev: 20.13%


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:
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.

(Beer added by: Brent on 09-18-2003)
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Brenden

Ohio

3.68/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-14-2014 17:56:16 | More by Brenden
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KYGunner

Kentucky

3.24/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-12-2013 19:21:40 | More by KYGunner
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bluejacket74

Ohio

3.28/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2013 23:08:23 | More by bluejacket74
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Kolsch seems to be a difficult style for American brewers to pull off. This one is par for the course with more grass, grain, and hop influence than I have experienced in German kolschs. Thus is a decent beer, but as a kolsch, it doesn't really work for me.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2012 00:56:40 | More by RblWthACoz
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-22-2012 21:25:57 | More by Stinkypuss
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

3.2/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2012 21:02:54 | More by WVbeergeek
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rangerred

Tennessee

3.13/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance is a very slightly hazy pale yellow with a tiny head that is quick to disappear.

Smell is a little corn and a lot of bready grain with some grassy hops thrown in there as well.

Flavor is much like the smell. Bready grain along with a little bit of cooked vegetables. Light hay and grass along with a slight bitterness towards the finish. Finishes pretty crisp.

I'm don't think this is a really great example of a kolsch but tastes more like a dirty pilsener. Flavors aren't all that great but it is an excellent thirst quencher.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 01:46:58 | More by rangerred
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WastingFreetime

Wisconsin

2.48/5  rDev -22%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from notes.

Appears a pale faint yellow in color with a single finger of foamy froth that falls apart in less than a minute, smells faintly of grassy hopping and mild wispy pale malts, tastes of much the same, only with the added accent of a minute twist of lemon and a brief flash in the pan of hopping, thin bodied and, quite frankly, rather boring. I've had simplistic Kolsches before, and even they had a greater depth of malt flavor than this brew has, I won't be revisiting this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2011 18:17:36 | More by WastingFreetime
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bobhits

Kentucky

1.85/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Clear as a summer days, and about as dull as beer gets. A bit of carbonation keeps this one from being lifeless thankfully.

Really not much to write about on this. It is dull, lacks any hop character, grain based sweetness with some slightly bitter notes that barely shine through. An extremely lightly flavored beer that lacks enough character to be considered good by my rather low standards in the style.

Hot summers day, yeah I can see this one not being a bad choice, but I don't see myself with this as my only choice.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2011 21:54:34 | More by bobhits
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adman08

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a clear, pale, golden straw color with moderate white head that leaves a thin layer of foam on the surface of the beer.
S-There's a sweet and acidic smell, similar to cider.
T-Very crisp, flavor of noble hops and a slight malt sweetness.
M-Very good body for a light beer. Good carbonation. Starts and finishes slightly dry.
Overall, a very refreshing beer which is what you expect from a light beer. This has a very solid flavor and really doesn't taste like a light beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2011 03:02:28 | More by adman08
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

3.08/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2011 01:20:26 | More by BeerAdvocate
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Tone

Missouri

2.58/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2011 20:57:21 | More by Tone
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Cresant

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2011 14:06:26 | More by Cresant
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TheHoppiest

Ohio

3.43/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 01:17:22 | More by TheHoppiest
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.1/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2011 01:35:16 | More by mikesgroove
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secondtooth

Indiana

2.23/5  rDev -29.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-20-2011 15:23:52 | More by secondtooth
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stewart124

Ohio

3.65/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter it is light yellow with a whisp of head.

Cereal, straw and slight veggie notes in the nose.

Taste is soft with more straw and a mild bready chracter. Tasty and very easy to drink. Some lemon and a little spice. Did I mention this is easy to drink? Kentucky light got it right here.

Plenty of taste and very approachable. I need to get the father-in-law to try this one out.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 03:10:25 | More by stewart124
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

3.15/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2010 13:11:19 | More by BeerFMAndy
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RomaniIteDomum

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +17.9%
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".

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2010 20:16:45 | More by RomaniIteDomum
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Onenote81

North Carolina

3.33/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a bottle of this at Wolf's Premium Nuts and Fine Wines in Findlay, OH. Poured into a stange glass.

Pours a crystal clear pale yellow. A huge white heads rests atop. Retains perfectly, but leaves little-to-no lace behind. Scents of lemon cleaner, cheap grains, and whiffs of skunk.

The mouth is crisp. Body is light. Decent citrus flavors make this up. Also noting some light bread, and hints of hop bitterness on the finish. At 4.00%, this beer is plenty quaffable. Perfect lawn-mowing beer...which is what I had it for. Not bad.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2010 21:23:46 | More by Onenote81
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Beerbythepool

Missouri

3.95/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to nonic pint glass. I can hear the head forming as I finish the pour. About 1 finger of head that continues to pop as it receeds.

Light straw color with a slight haze to it.

Fruity smell with a citrus note.

Good mouthfeel for me. Fills the mouth, but cleans out smoothly.

Rice, honey and barley dominate the flavors.

Good summer beer, not too light compared to others, and still has some flavor. Goes down easy. Not sure if it is strong enough to be a kolsch, but could be a good everyday beer if you live in Kentucky.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2009 02:19:05 | More by Beerbythepool
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scooter231

New York

2.45/5  rDev -23%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2009 03:27:40 | More by scooter231
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Spidey13

Kentucky

3.43/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2008 23:47:53 | More by Spidey13
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mattcrill

Ohio

3.15/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Aroma: A touch of metallic crispness, some biscuity graininess, maybe a touch of apples (acetylaldehyde?)

Apperance: Brilliant light golden pour with a bone white head that quickly dissapates.

Flavor: Graininess like biscuits or corn (but not nasty corn like BMC), more metallic, light ripe fruit notes (apples and pears).

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, medium-light body, with a bit of slickness on the palate. Finishes dry but lingers on b/c of the diacetyl.

Overall impression: It's hard as heck to brew a beer like this. You can't hide a darn thing. While it does have some flaws, it's intensely drinkable and huge on the refreshing scale. Isn't my style but for what it is, it's good. I'd give this to my non-BA friends and be happy that they got a decent hand-crafted product. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2007 18:45:57 | More by mattcrill
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

2.58/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2007 17:44:49 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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Kentucky Light from Alltech’s Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
74 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.