Kentucky Kolsch - Alltech’s Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
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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
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
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
2.48/5 rDev -20%
Well, I saw this in the store and, it being the summer, decided to give it a shot. Here goes:
A: Yellow and somewhat cloudy. Pours a small head that readily dissipates. It is not as clear as other kolsch beers, as I cannot see other side of the glass clearly through the beer.
S: Lame. I'm used to very fruity and interesting smells from the light and base malts in my kolsch beers. This beer, however, contains no such complexity. I instead smell a faint (emphasis on the word "faint") presence of Bavarian hops. I hesitate to call them pilsner, as pilsner beers usually have a more robust smell.
T: OK, but I've had much better kolsch beers. There's some hop presence, but it's rather muted. Also, there are none of the fruity and refreshing byproducts that are typical in beers of this style. There are light malts, but I can't detect any white pepper, coriander, banana, spice or sweetness. Really, really disappointing.
M: Light carbonation. Not too thick and not too light. Overall, nothing interesting or worthy of note.
O: Big disappointment. I wanted to like it but didn't. I definitely won't be purchasing this beer again.
06-06-2014 19:43:12 | More by leantom
3.94/5 rDev +27.1%
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
Kentucky Kolsch from Alltech’s Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
74 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.