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Kentucky Kolsch | Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.

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Kentucky KolschKentucky Kolsch
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Brewed by:
Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
Kentucky, United States | website

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.72%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by jlindros on 08-10-2013

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Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 109
Photo of BEERchitect
3.42/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.23/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle, part of the rather inexpensive six-packs these are sold in, exclusively at the local liquor chain's outlets.

This beer pours a clear, very pale golden straw colour, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and mostly fizzy off-white head, which leaves little beyond a few specks of remote islet lace around the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of bready, doughy pale malt, corn cereal, a not so subtle sour fruitiness, mineral water, and weak leafy, weedy, and grassy hops. The taste is more corny than grainy in its still-rising bready malt sweetness, the basic drupe fruitiness more or less pulling out of its skanky spiral, and the noble-leaning hops carrying on with their understated leafy, grassy and herbal character.

The carbonation is fairly sprightly in its tightly-wound frothiness, the body an adequate medium weight for the style, and a bit too tacky to be considered all that smooth. It finishes trending dry, the corniness becoming even more cereal like, and the fruitiness fading into obscurity.

I would imagine that this is made with the traditional ingredients, but every other sip or so, there's that Matrix-like reality shimmer, where the ghost of a typical adjunct lager comes a little too close to the surface. Grainy, fruity, and plainly hoppy, yeah, but only if you don't look too closely, or think too hard about it.

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Photo of jlindros
2.73/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.94/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of smcolw
2.38/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

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.

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Photo of Tone
2.86/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, gold color. 1/5 inch head of a white color. Poor retention and poor lacing. Smells of pale malt, hint of sweet malt, hint of hops, and slight adjunct. Does not seem to fit the style of a Kolsch, but rather a Light Lager or an American Pale Lager. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, hint of sweet malt, hint of hops, and slight adjunct. Overall, weak appearance, aroma, body, and blend.

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Photo of tone77
3.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a very pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, malts, grains. Taste is the same, grains and malts, some crispness, easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall a refreshing beer, but lacking any real punch.

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Photo of tigg924
3.21/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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.

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Photo of hophugger
3/5  rDev -6.3%

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

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.35/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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.

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Photo of ordybill
4/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear, pale straw yellow color with a medium sized white head. The aroma is full of grain and wheat. The taste is grain and wheat. Overall, a real good beer.

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Photo of Lemke10
3.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This pours a pale, light yellow color with a slight white head. The aroma is light with grains. The taste is smooth, light, and full of grain. This is a much better tasting that the rating would suggest. Well made for the style.

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Photo of leantom
2.46/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of BeerDocT
3.43/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Retroman40
3.15/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 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.

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Photo of mmmbeer89
3.48/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It has a good flavor but it gets boring quickly. It's too light for my preference but it tastes better than most beers that are on the lighter side.

Sidenote: My bottle says it's 4.3 ABV% not the 4.72% listed on this site.

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Photo of DrMullet
3.29/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a very pale yellow. Mildly fruity aroma. The taste is sour fruit with faint citrus notes. Sour malt aftertaste. Overall a little disappointing.

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Photo of Swilliky
2.99/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

The Kentucky Kolsch comes from the Kentucky Ale brand and puts an interesting twist on a malt beverage. The beer first struck me as having a chocolatey taste with only a hint of lemon. I drank this without a garnish and found it very filling. The beer does not always go well with any types of food but does taste well on it's own.

At 4.72% ABV the beer won't really get you going with three but it is a surprisingly pleasant beverage to have during the evening while relaxing.

The look of the beer has a cool label and fits in well with the Kentucky Ale brand. The smell is not too strong and reflects the taste of the beer. The beer is thicker in feeling but doesn't feel as strong as a dark stout since it is a pale yellow.

See more reviews like this at swilliky.com

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Kentucky Kolsch from Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
77 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.