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Kalifornia Kolsch - Magnolia Pub & Brewery

Kalifornia Kolsch
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40 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 14.75%

Brewed by:
Magnolia Pub & Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: chugamugofsud on 05-20-2004)
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Ratings: 40 | Reviews: 23 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by earthling:
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4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This Kolsh, highly drinkable, was well enjoyed on a warm summer day. One could drink this beer all afternoon without getting wasted, its crisp, well-balanced flavors not fatiguing after several glasses. Magnolia properly serves this well-crafted beer in a thin-walled, straight, 10oz Stange.

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2010 19:23:39 | More by earthling
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3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a 9oz stange glass at the brewpub with hilarious descriptions regarding a kölsch's easy-going manner of consumption.

Pours a yellowish, slightly unfiltered at the center that turns amber, in a way that resembles the same appearance of wheat beers. Not much carbonation, surprisingly enough. A half finger of fizzy head covers the top, which, as in most beers in the style, dies down hilariously quickly. Watery and plain. Some lacing! Enough. Let's move on to beer itself.

The aroma is mainly of crisp grains and slightly grassy hops, but there's a banana-y ester that I can't get myself over for whatever reason. No grape-y profile that I love in the style. Definitely really breezy, with no off flavors to speak of, but is there any way they could have made this a little bit more complex?

The flavor consists of the same banana predominant flavor, which soon follows with notes of freshly squeezed lemons, cereal grains, and lightly dried hops. Little astringency and absolutely no complexity at all. Despite being light flavor-wise, it was slightly creamy enough to make it very easy to drink. Not my favorite in the style, but it's inoffensive enough to enjoy.

A ridiculously light rendition of a kölsch here, it still was easy enough to pair with food, and for the $3 price, was something that I ordered twice in the same night. Its light character does undermine what these kinds of beers are capable of doing at their best, but it's best to be left untouched for now.

Serving type: on-tap

08-08-2013 19:49:59 | More by magictacosinus
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2.63/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Served on-draught into a 9 oz glass at Magnolia. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a half finger head of slight cream, fair thickness, and decent retention. Colour is a clear gold.

Sm: Light barley. I'm surprised there aren't spices. Mild. No esters?

T: Clean barley as a foundation. ...but there're no notes atop that foundation. It's not complex, but it's nicely refreshing. Decently balanced. Okay for a kolsch, but built too simply.

Mf: Smooth and wet. A kolsch should be more crisp. Not really complementary of the flavours of the body.

Dr: Very drinkable, of low ABV, and low quality. Why's it so damned simple? Avoid unless you're a hardcore fan of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2011 03:29:45 | More by kojevergas
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3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery, review from written notes. Listed at 4.7%.
Served in a traditional cylindrical stange glass, not strange at all.

Bright gold color, drippy arcs of lace in the glass. Clean, grainy aroma, hint of grapes from the yeast. Light and crisp feel, tasted good, but more like a dry pilsner than a kolsch. Very dry and herbal hop flavor (mild), some apple notes also. Very clean and easy drinking, the small glass disappears with little to no effort. Would have had another, but the dozen or so other house beers beckoned.

Serving type: on-tap

10-13-2011 00:09:56 | More by emerge077
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3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Kalifornia Kolsch is served in an actual strange, which is neat. I will say, however, that 8-10 ounces of Kolsch after a hot walk was a little bit disappointing. Oh well, I shouldn't complain about a brewpub doing things the right way, especially because I very seldom see strange glasses anywhere. The beer in its personalized cylinder is a dull, golden-yellow color and is crystal clear. The bright white head is only about a finger thick and is quite thin looking, but it manages to lay down a few pieces of lacing. Retention is OK at best.

Some grass and lemon from the hops and cereal from the malt.

Hops come through first, with more grass and lemon, but followed by a metallic flavor and a low amount of bitterness. The malt is lightly sweet and bread-like, with hints of cereal to it also.

Light and crisp.

This is a decent kolsch and it hit the spot on a hot day.

Serving type: on-tap

08-25-2011 18:02:02 | More by Hojaminbag
Photo of HopHead84


2.75/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2


On tap at Magnolia.

A: Translucent blond with perfect clarity. Big creamy head. Lots of lacing.

S: Grain with a blend of mineral and sulfur. Light grassy note.

T: Sulfur and grain up front and initially seems clean. Finish has too much sulfur and mineral with a lot of grain. Some lemon as well, not too clean.

M: Light in body with high carbonation. The mouthfeel is crisp and dry.

Overall: I'm not a fan of this. The finish is really strange.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2011 18:29:36 | More by HopHead84
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3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Magnolia, served in adorable little kölsch tubes.

Pours very clear, and very brigh and light. The apparent haze turned out to be condensation on the tube. Head is fine and thin.

Pours cleat, in a kolsch tube. Skiht haze, very light yellow. Head is fine and thin.

Nose is mild, with a light cheesy funk and some bright crisp pilsnery grain notes. Minimal hop character, and overall the deeper buttery notes tend to win out.

Taste is alternately buttery and crisp, but there's no true sharpness, or anything to give a point to the beer—it ends up mild and blandly lagery. Greenness is present, but very muted. Feel light.

Eh. I've had way better kölsches. This is a bland example that feels as though it exists only to have a lighter beer on their roster.

I also wonder if the examples I tried at Magnolia were a little old. Others speak of pleasant fresh characters which were noticeably absent in the beers I tried.

Serving type: on-tap

05-16-2011 05:40:13 | More by lacqueredmouse
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Kalifornia Kolsch from Magnolia Pub & Brewery
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