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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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3.75/5  rDev +17.6%

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3.28/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -21.6%

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4/5  rDev +25.4%

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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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3/5  rDev -6%

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3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

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 rangerred
3.07/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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2.5/5  rDev -21.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -21.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -21.6%

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2.47/5  rDev -22.6%
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.

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1.89/5  rDev -40.8%
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.

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3/5  rDev -6%

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4/5  rDev +25.4%

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3/5  rDev -6%

Photo of adman08
3.5/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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