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

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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 17.42%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Alltech’s Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co. visit their website
Kentucky, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  4.72% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jlindros on 08-10-2013)
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Reviews by BeerDocT:
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3.44/5  rDev +11%

Appearance 3.25: Poured out a hazy, very light yellow. Opaque. Slight head with no lacing whatsoever.

Smell 3.25: Very subdued bouquet. It's difficult to smell anything beyond the honey/grain scent and even that is very low-level. Still, there is no harsh or distracting smell in the bouquet of this beer and that is a major plus.

Taste 3.5: Front is slightly tart with relatively no distinction other than this. Middle is light (regarding the weight in the mouth) and there are slight hints of barley sweetness and a very light noble hoppiness. Finish is slightly sweet with a very subdued grassiness and subtle adjunct taste that is probably from the kolsch yeast.

Mouthfeel 3.5: Light, fizzy and well within the style.

Overall 3.5: Bit of a mixed bag, but certainly not bad. This kolsch (where is my umlaut hot key?) is light, refreshing and enjoyable. In other words, a good representative of the style. Still, there is a certain taste emptiness inherent in this particular beer that is a style deviant. This beer would be excellent with food or for sessioning and I would recommend it for those activities. I would not, however, pay "handcrafted ale" prices (say, $8+ per six) for this beer just to try it.

12-24-2013 05:26:46 | More by BeerDocT
More User Reviews:
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3.25/5  rDev +4.8%

Appearance: 1 inch head, straw yellow in color, clear, high carbonation

Smell: light straw--very faint

Taste: straw, sugar, pilsner malt, and wheat

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, light bodied, sweet with light bitterness

Overall: When I have a kolsch I look for cleanliness, lightness, and a good smell. The beer meets two of the three, but the smell is so faint it takes away from the rest of the experience. This is odd because this brewery usually excels in providing excellent smelling beers. Not a bad beer, but I have had way better in the style.

06-28-2014 13:30:34 | More by tigg924
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New Mexico

2.75/5  rDev -11.3%

08-21-2014 18:45:02 | More by LXIXME
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2/5  rDev -35.5%

01-08-2014 22:27:39 | More by DrewBest
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1/5  rDev -67.7%

12-17-2013 01:11:11 | More by javlin624
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3.15/5  rDev +1.6%

16 ounce can poured into a pint glass.

A - Poured out a cloudy yellow/orange with a strong lasting head and decent lacing.

S - Very fruity with some grains in the background.

T - Tart, fruity and some wine-like character.

M - Tangy but still a bit on the thin side.

O - My first Kolsch experience. If the BA description is accurate, this is a decent enough representation of the style. It just seems overall to be a bit "thin". Still, I wouldn't turn one of these down ice cold and will certainly drink the remaining 3 from the 4 pack I purchased.

02-05-2014 11:37:56 | More by Retroman40
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3/5  rDev -3.2%

pours light gold color with a foamy white head from the ample carbonation. Taste is a bit sweet with citrus and a tad bit of maltiness. the finish is crisp and clean and holds a touch of bitterness. Aroma is light and citrusy

08-21-2014 17:50:11 | More by hophugger
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3/5  rDev -3.2%

08-10-2014 21:28:25 | More by JustinSparks
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3/5  rDev -3.2%

03-16-2014 23:50:04 | More by Gregvg
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3.5/5  rDev +12.9%

10-20-2013 02:43:29 | More by Rod_J
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3/5  rDev -3.2%

05-28-2014 01:54:41 | More by kilobees
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3/5  rDev -3.2%

06-01-2014 05:02:47 | More by aasher
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3/5  rDev -3.2%

03-06-2014 00:32:39 | More by threedaggers
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2.73/5  rDev -11.9%

Not sure if they just changed the name from Kentucky Light, but looks a bit different, new name, new label, hopefully better than the ratings show for the Light. Tall boy can is nice. The Bourbon ale wasn't bad, but a bit too overpowering, but a nice attempt. Hopefully this is nice, a very misunderstood style.

Pours a light fizzy bubbly head that fades pretty quickly, crystal clear watery looking Berlinnerweiss pale water color.

Nose starts almost nonexistent, but some deep nosing and patience reveals light aromas of wheat like toasted grain, little straw like, a touch of a fruity aroma, and hints of grassy mild hops.

Taste is also pretty light, even for a Kolsch. Light toasty grain and wheat like flavors, little straw and wet hay, with more fruity flavors and hint of fruity grassy hops. There is also a bit of a sulfury flavor, light tin flavor too, and not nearly as clean and crisp as I expected, little sticky finish with more light bitter and sulfury flavors lingering.

Mouth is light bod, lighter carb too.

Overall not very good, I don't think thye really tried very hard with this, way too light even for a Kolsch, off flavors, not very enjoyable.

08-10-2013 18:33:39 | More by jlindros
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3.5/5  rDev +12.9%

09-21-2013 05:29:22 | More by Heavy_D
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2.38/5  rDev -23.2%

Small head that leaves a couple of spots on the glass. Clear gold color.

The smell is definitely off--quite sour. Behind this is some softer malt aromas but you have to play hide-n-seek to find it.

The flavor is only marginally better. I find this beer to be too sweet for the style, yet the sourness is still around. Good body with ample carbonation. The aftertaste is short-lived, soured malt. A bit like a SweetTart.

06-28-2014 19:16:10 | More by smcolw
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2.6/5  rDev -16.1%

08-14-2014 23:49:19 | More by KYIPAfreak
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3.43/5  rDev +10.6%

Designed to resemble lager but built like an ale, the common confusion which is Kolsch rounds into a delicate beer of floral whimsy, grain sweetness and comforting drinkability. At least that's what the Lexington Brewing Company has in mind for the beer that was once branded as "Kentucky Light" but now more aptly carries its true style sake, "Kolsch."

Easily mistaken for pilsner, its light golden hues simple gleam while its cottony froth floats above- an easy transition to taste yields a partly-malty, partly-grainy taste and aroma that's indicative of baking bread. Though its floral delicacy is light, the aromas start with light citrus and orchard fruit.

And that continues across the middle palate as the hybrid beer trends grainy and light, opening the door for apple and lemon esters to weave in. Balancing hops lurk in the background and only offer the tepid support of herbal lemongrass and a mild spicy bit.

Increasingly dry and herbal, its crisp finish is aided by light mineral, sulfur and the distinct spicy bitterness of noble German hops. Its light body is sure to find favor in lager-lovers, especially those seeking a sweeter cereal tilt.

07-07-2014 17:36:49 | More by BEERchitect
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3/5  rDev -3.2%

05-20-2014 22:14:25 | More by tsgooch79
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3.75/5  rDev +21%

05-28-2014 12:50:36 | More by ThurstonHowell3
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3.25/5  rDev +4.8%

04-21-2014 21:06:35 | More by sendbeer
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3.5/5  rDev +12.9%

10-21-2013 00:11:44 | More by MacStinson
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3/5  rDev -3.2%

04-27-2014 22:02:23 | More by kjkinsey
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3.34/5  rDev +7.7%

16oz tallboy can poured into a stange.

A: Very dull, straw color. Almost to the point of looking white. Slight chill haze. Tight foamy white head persists very well in the narrow glass.

S: Dry and biscuity, cracker malt scents. Bready and wheaty undertones. Slight waft of sulfur. Hops are lightly herbal and floral. Very clean.

T: Some dough, lots of cracker and dry biscuit. Wheat on the mid-palate briefly. Slight sulfur and minerals. Hops are floral with a dry garden herb edge. Wheat comes back and rides into the quick finish, along with a kiss of spicy hops.

M: Light in body, Full and fluffy in the mouth. Crisp bite of carbonation.

O: It's more technically sound than I thought it would be, though it does get more wheaty than any other kolsch I've ever had. Not bad, but I can see it getting lost in the more competitive beer markets.

09-27-2013 03:00:35 | More by ryan1788a5
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3/5  rDev -3.2%

03-27-2014 23:53:06 | More by chrisroarshack
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Kentucky Kolsch from Alltech’s Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
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