Kentucky Kolsch - Alltech’s Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
Ratings: 39 | Reviews: 9 | Display Reviews Only:
3.94/5 rDev +26.7%
12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours out a light yellow-hued body, good clarity, and a medium-sized, soft white head.
Smell: Meager whiff of maltiness, a little whisper of implied cereal sweetness, and a hint of lemon.
Taste: Very clean, well-attenuated malts, with little sweetness throughout. The hop character and bitterness remains rather low. Faint spritzy lemon hint. Lightly minerally, clean, crisp finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation.
Overall: A very decent, quaffable Kolsch.
04-27-2014 00:47:21 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.44/5 rDev +10.6%
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
3.43/5 rDev +10.3%
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
3.34/5 rDev +7.4%
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
3.25/5 rDev +4.5%
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
3.15/5 rDev +1.3%
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
Kentucky Kolsch from Alltech’s Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
74 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.