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Kalifornia Kolsch - Magnolia Pub & Brewery

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Kalifornia Kolsch
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BA SCORE
83
good

43 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 14.44%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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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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.

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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.

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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.

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3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Kalifornia Kolsch from Magnolia Pub & Brewery
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