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

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Reviews: 44
Hads: 96
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 11.11%
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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Reviews: 44 | Hads: 96
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.08/5  rDev -7.5%
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. (594 characters)

Photo of Tone
2.57/5  rDev -22.8%
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. (383 characters)

Photo of Cresant
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (592 characters)

Photo of TheHoppiest
3.41/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (769 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.1/5  rDev -6.9%
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. (861 characters)

Photo of secondtooth
2.2/5  rDev -33.9%
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. (470 characters)

Photo of stewart124
3.6/5  rDev +8.1%
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. (399 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.13/5  rDev -6%
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. (1,012 characters)

Photo of RomaniIteDomum
3.71/5  rDev +11.4%
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". (771 characters)

Photo of Onenote81
3.31/5  rDev -0.6%
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. (540 characters)

Photo of Beerbythepool
3.92/5  rDev +17.7%
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. (532 characters)

Photo of scooter231
2.46/5  rDev -26.1%
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. (604 characters)

Photo of Spidey13
3.38/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (544 characters)

Photo of mattcrill
3.16/5  rDev -5.1%
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. (809 characters)

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.55/5  rDev -23.4%
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. (478 characters)

Photo of beveritt
2.97/5  rDev -10.8%
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. (1,032 characters)

Photo of peabody
2.91/5  rDev -12.6%
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. (403 characters)

Photo of MaltyGoodness
3/5  rDev -9.9%
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... (366 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.48/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ultra-clear, super-light, pear-ish coloring, with a very slim serving of whitish foam.

Aroma, corny, vegetal, not terribly likable, but not terrible, either...tolerable.

Super smooth on the palate, easy -drinking, not to a fault to be found...Lightness is key, and the only main intent in this brew. There's a huge market for that, so for those who desire this type of beer, enjoy.

Not me, though...I like more flavor, more malt, more hops...I'm weird that way... (473 characters)

Photo of skizziks
3.81/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a shaker glass. 1/2inch white head recedes quickly to a thin ring around the glass of very fine bubbles. The beer is a pale to very pale gold. Very clear, I can read the monitor through it with no problem. Aroma is very faint, a little noble hop, just a little of the vinous fruit character that is expected of the style. Really have to get my nose in there to get it. More apparent as it begins to warm.

The flavor is very light, dry, with some carbonation bite and a little sweetness coming through. The fruity aroma is inhaled and contributes to the flavor. Clean finish, almost evaporates off the tongue with just a bit of bitter in the back.

Light body. Carbonation is medium, but seems like more because of how light the beer is. A real easy drinker. Too bad the brewery wasn't able to put Kolsch in big letters on the bottle instead of "Light", but they work it into their promonotional materials enough. I didn't try this for a long time because of the Light stigma. I didn't know whether this was a true kolsch or a kolschy light, or light kolsch, or what. It's a kolsch.

This is such a delicate style that it really requires a lot of attention to appreciate. Almost seems a shame to use it for summertime swilling, but then again, it does that job well, respectably, and for 6bucks a six. Not bad. (1,342 characters)

Photo of whartontallboy
3.68/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Last review of the year for me.

Pours out a clear straw-golden color with a medium-sized creamy white head. Held pretty well and leaves a bit of lace.

Smell is pretty mild, but typical of a good kolsch, with just a hint of fruitiness and toasted grain leaving a clean impression in the nose.

Taste is light, crisp, and slightly toasty. The clean grain flavors come through very clearly and pleasantly, although it had a somewhat off note until it warmed a bit, almost like rubber. Slight grassy hoppiness keeps it tasting authentic. Mouthfeel is lively with carbonation and quite crisp.

Overall: Probably the best domestic kolsch I've had; not at all watery, just a crisp, well-made brew. (703 characters)

Photo of sulldaddy
3.98/5  rDev +19.5%
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! (824 characters)

Photo of clvand0
3.9/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear yellow color with very little head and doesn't leave any lacing on the glass. The aroma is full of graininess and has the faintest hints of citrus. Clean, mostly. The flavor follows suit. Has a grainy flavor along with some hop character and a hint of citrus. The body is light, as a Kolsch should be and the drinkability is very good. (349 characters)

Photo of kmpitz2
4.45/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Unlabeled shortfill bottle from helping bottle at the brewery. Very fresh.

Pours a solid yellow color with a noticable lack of head. Nose is rather doughy, lightly grainey with a touch of lemon citrus. Flavor matches rather well. Zesty lemony grainyness, very clean lines. Nothing seems out of place. Finishes with just a slight bitterness from the hops. Feel is moderate with a moderate carbonation. One of the more drinkable beers around. Flavors are not intense, but that's not what the style is about. Everything really works in harmony with each other making a solid beer overall. I think they earned their medal at the GABF with this brew. (649 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.82/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale maize topped by a firm alabaster cap. A steady stream of bubbles ensures that the head doesn't disappear within the first few minutes. When it finally fades, a respectable amount of lace is left on the glass. A good look for a kolsch and an even better look for a kolsch-style light beer, which is what Kentucky Light actually is.

Without a doubt, this is the best light beer nose that I've ever experienced. Fresh grain is paramount. There's also an herbal vibe and, even better, a bright, snappy citrusiness that puts it far ahead of the pack.

While the flavor isn't quite the equal of the nose, it's a near thing. I can appreciate the same fresh cereal grain presence with at least as much bright, lemon peel citrusiness; especially on the finish. In order to get this much (good!) flavor from a low-calorie, low-carb beer, the quality of the ingredients has to be high.

As it warms, Kentucky Light progressively improves, as opposed to the usual progressively deteriorating nature of most light beer. As a result, I find myself drinking faster and faster; always the mark of a good beer. The mouthfeel is understandably light. I'm more than fine with it since it fits the style and the flavor profile perfectly.

I've often wondered why brewers don't break out of the light lager mold and brew light pale ales or light hefe weizens or, as in this case, light kolschs. Maybe the 'I'm scared of flavor' BMC drinkers won't care for this beer, but anyone with functioning taste buds who appreciates craft beer most certainly will.

Kentucky Light is light years ahead of the next best light beer (Sam Adams) to have ever crossed my lips. Lexington Brewing Co. should be proud of this one. Thanks to bditty187 for the bottle. (1,742 characters)

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Kentucky Light from Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
78 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.