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Summit Kölsch - Summit Brewing Company

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Summit KölschSummit Kölsch

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54 Ratings

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Ratings: 54
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.82%
Wants: 11
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Summit Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: wagenvolks on 07-08-2009)
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Reviews by HammerofThor:
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4.53/5  rDev +11.6%

This is a great summer beer. Close to what you might imagine you'd get at a brewpub in Koln.

The aroma is of slight malt with some hop.
It pours a full golden orange color with a pure white head. It's fairly dry and easy drinking with an initial full, rounded, toasty, slightly bready malt flavor. This develops into a very noticeable hop flavor with just a touch of bitterness. It finishes clean and quenching.

08-17-2009 18:03:13 | More by HammerofThor
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #32 (Sep 2009):

This is a new series that Summit has brought to us beer geeks. Good to see that not every specialty series has to be a massive, in-your-face style.

A beauty of a head, and the lacing is amazing as well, a bright and clear golden color that has real appeal. Aroma is of grape skin, bready grain and a delicate herbal hop. Deep and refreshing smoothness rolls over the palate. Clean grain throughout with some cracker-like maltiness. Hop bitterness has a nice bite and then drops some soft herbal flavor. A faint fruitiness and faded vinous quality from the yeast middle to end. If someone put a blindfold on us and told us this was from Germany, we'd have no doubt about that at all. Finishes dry with a long trail of hops and malt that makes us want to keep on quaffing.

Comparable to its German counterparts, if not better. This is a beautiful beer.

11-12-2010 19:13:23 | More by BeerAdvocate
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4.43/5  rDev +9.1%

Purchased from Cash Wise grocery store in Owatonna, MN. Pouring into a pint glass yields a bright, gold body with a rocky, white head. Aroma was sweet pilsner-like malts and faint hops. Medium bodied with crisp carbonation, this beer boasted rich malt flavors with a slightly bitter and dry finish. Superb drinkability.

09-15-2009 19:09:03 | More by blackearth
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

08-02-2012 21:23:52 | More by ryancl
Photo of bsp77


4/5  rDev -1.5%

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into new Summit glass.

Appearance: Bright, burnished gold with moderate head and nice lacing. Very active bubbles continue throughout.

Smell: Semi-sweet malts with notes of apple and grass; fresh, spicy noble hops.

Taste: Just slightly sweet apple, pear and fresh cut grass, countered by a nice level of spiciness. Ends primarily with a spicy hop bite. Make sure to drink this fresh, as I am sure the spiciness will fade.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, pretty smooth body, dry finish.

Drinkability: Very refreshing but with a nice amount of flavor. Finally, a Kolsch I truly enjoy. I would prefer this year round over Summit's Pilsener.

Ready for Unchained #2!

08-12-2009 01:19:49 | More by bsp77
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3.25/5  rDev -20%

09-29-2012 04:44:49 | More by NilocRellim
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4.1/5  rDev +1%

(Served in a strange)
A- This beer pours a crystal clear copper orange body with a gentle carbonation of big bubbles and a beige head.
S- There is a nice dry flinty aroma but it is pretty faint and a very faint decomposing leaves and bright noble hop note in the finish.
T- The soft dry Munich malt flavor has a light sulfuy finish. The nice Noble hop bite has a hop pellet freshness an a slight green pungency to it. There is a faint lightly toasted malt bite in the finish that compliments the hops nicely.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a slippery texture. D- This beer has great depth with a light crips flavor and a good support from the malt.

01-06-2010 22:27:29 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of cokes


3.63/5  rDev -10.6%

Light golden colored with a sturdy rise of white suds.
Floral, perfumed nose with backing crackery malt.
The crackers are first through the mouth. Dry throughout, but a bit of apple sweetness peeks out. Hay through the middle, then emphatic floral hop ring out. Lots of lingering flower petal bitterness with some grassy pulpiness.
Light bodied, beginning highly carbonated, but petering out as it rests.
This might be over hopped per the style and lacks the quaffability and balance of some of the more refined versions. Though it makes more of a statement than most.

10-06-2009 05:10:11 | More by cokes
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4.35/5  rDev +7.1%

Finally, finally Summit's released a great beer and it's a about time. Yes, they're good at making middle-of-the-road session beers, but they've always lacked real character. This kolsch blows everything else they've ever done out of the water, even the oatmeal stout.

Most American kolschs seem to be just fruity blond ales, but this beer goes a lot deeper into the yeast character with subtle earthy and herbal notes over the bready grain character and light sweetness. This is no simple beer and had I drank it blind I would have assumed it came from a small brewery in Cologne. The complexity matched with drinkability reminds of another favorite new beer that's come out, SN Keller Weis.

Heck of a beer Summit. Please keep this up.

11-03-2009 16:42:07 | More by tempest
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4.4/5  rDev +8.4%

Pours a clear golden color with a large white head that had excellant retention before settling to a thick cap. Large amount of sticky lacing is left on the glass. Has a spicy and grassy hop aroma. Smells very much like a German Pilsner as other reviewers have noted. The German hops give a lot of flavor as well. It has a peppery and slightly grassy flavor. The malt gives a cracker like quality. Extremely dry overall which I particularly enjoy in session beers. The body is light with carbonation being slightly on the harsh side. Nothing bad but it distracts from the consumption a bit. Very refreshing beer. Kolsch is not a style to receive high scores but this one is better than most I have tried. Plus it does it without any adjunct additions.

08-16-2009 17:57:47 | More by morimech
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3/5  rDev -26.1%

12-03-2011 20:12:29 | More by FreshmanPour77
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4.22/5  rDev +3.9%

Nothing fancy, just a well made Kolsch. Appearance is a nice off yellow color, with minimal head or lacing. Looks very clean in the glass. Smell and taste are similar, with the taste being just slightly more hoppy and sweet. Mouthfeel is on par, lighter with a healthy amount of carbonation. Drinkability is quite good, just as it should be in this style.

09-18-2009 04:21:09 | More by supercolter
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North Dakota

5/5  rDev +23.2%

11-15-2011 01:56:59 | More by dizztracted
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2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

Thanks to hopdog for the opportunity...
Appears a transparent, light gold with a small white head that quickly fades into a mild collar. Tiny spots of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of caramel, cracked grain, wet hay, and cereal.
Taste is of sweet malt, sweaty salt, grains, and corn-like dried maize.
Mouthfeel is mildly oxidized, sweet, and slick on the finish.

02-07-2010 01:43:58 | More by weeare138
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3.83/5  rDev -5.7%

nmbr 1 in the series pours a clear golden yellow color with a minimal head and little lacing ..the smell is slight.. its fruit some spice some malts..the taste is a crisp slightly fruity beer with some sweet malts and some nice floral hops..this kolsch is pretty well balanced and flavorful the fruitiness and the malt and hops blend together for a crisp clean taste..its very drinkable a session brew for sure

11-21-2009 04:29:31 | More by gatornation
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4.43/5  rDev +9.1%

A style that a cultural impaired cretin could identify as German just by looking at the name. I have fond memories of this style as I was an exchange student in high school and managed to fall in love with style. I do not know what has happened since then, but I feel like it's a style I should revisit, especially once this frozen tundra is removed from our lovely city.

This beer comes for the ferocious "UNCHAINED SERIES", laughable name, but whatever. Batch 01 that I bought as a six-pack.

A: Very typical beer appearance that isn't going to look like anything crazy black and hellish, but for the style is pleasant to look at. Off white head that fades back to it's sunglow orange color with slight lacing. Light shines through quite easily, crystal clear.

S: Smell is not opposing but has it's lightly breaded malt, apple, and charming yeast.

T: This beer is off the charts drinkable and hits the style on the head for what memory and the description serve me. The beer is fruity apple-like up front then comes a nudge of earthy dry grain/ The finish on the beer is on the dry side, but nothing that screams bitter or overly hopped. Very mellow.

M: Completely see through body makes this beer look and feel light. Ample carbonation that gives it a little characters.

D: Sessionable beer here, get your sessionable beer here. Low ABV, affordable, and a maybe a slight-biased towards the style. I will have to finish these off and at minimum drink some of this brew come summertime...so so so so far away.

12-10-2009 07:57:39 | More by MPLS
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3.08/5  rDev -24.1%

A - Clear amber with lots of bubbles. Not much of a head, what was there was mostly large carbon bubbles.

S - Grainy backbone and some mild malts. Pretty crisp and light.

T - Grainy with a slight fruity taste. Small hop bite at the end, pretty simple, straight forward, not bad, not great.

M - Light/medium bodied, can really feel the carbonation on the tongue. Pretty crisp.

D - Light and refreshing, pretty easy to get down. Could session these easily. Not a great beer, but don't mind drinking it if it's around.

11-16-2009 01:14:54 | More by AgentZero
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Just found my notes on this guy.. not sure when it was tasted, bought several packs of this beer, so it could have bene any time last fall:

Into a pint glass, pours a clear golden straw color with a quickly receding white head. which leaves some nice lacing on the glass. The aroma is lovely, slightly grainy, grassy hops with a twinge of bitter. Very subtle, mellow, its spot on for the style. The taste is also done very well, a nice light base of bready malts, cracker-like, but the grassy hops take most of your attention. Crisp and clean, a light carbonation on the tongue. Very nice. A very good start to their 'Unchained' series. Now, if only they'd make this a summer seasonal, all would be righted in this world...

01-14-2010 03:20:05 | More by objectivemonkey
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3.8/5  rDev -6.4%

Summit Unchained Kölsch pours a disk of foam over a clear golden brew. Carbonation is moderate, nose is clean light barley malt. The flavor is mild sweetish light toasty malt with peppery, herbal hops off the back. Mouthfeel is light, crisp, trending dry. Pretty solid rendition of the style.

11-13-2009 09:28:59 | More by shadow1961
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3.2/5  rDev -21.2%

A good look with a fluffy white head, clear yellow pale, nice pour into a Sam Adams glass.

The nose is ok, a bit off from usual. I compare this to the new Krank Shaft kolsch from Metropolitan Brewing, which is better on several levels than this one. The taste here is closer to a pale ale, wheat is there but not very "fresh". More like a big lager than a solid kolsch, but not bad.

Soft and full in the mouth, better than average, as the drinkability, but I would not buy this again in favor of the Metro one. If I had a summer choice between this and a Bud, this wins hands down.

10-12-2009 23:33:34 | More by robbyc1
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

This beer pours a clear spun gold color. The head is an inch in height, and recedes into decent lacing. The aroma is spicy noble hops, and bready malt. It is a very balanced aroma, and very pleasing too. The taste is a lot like the aroma, with a mildly hoppy finish that lingers a while. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this is a good beer. I was a bit apprehensive when I heard Summit was doing a Kolsch, because I've had multiple bad experiences with American brewed versions of the style. Summit Kolsch is on par with the German versions I've tastes, and I appluad Summit for that.

09-11-2009 21:44:58 | More by KarlHungus
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

05-18-2012 23:18:07 | More by herman77
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4.18/5  rDev +3%

Pours perfectly into Sam Adams glass. Brilliantly clear bright gold. Dense full off-white head. Good looking.
Strong yeast character to the aroma, holding a slight sourness. This is backed by malt aroma that holds minimal sweetness.
Yeast character continues in the flavor with an ample drying finish that seems malt driven. Mild hop flavors that also linger in the finish. Both lend a pleasuable thirst quenching quality. Nice touch of sweetness in the malt with some drinks which contrasts the sourness noted at other times. Being an ale it warms up nicely in this summer weather.
Carbonated very softly and nicely. Lends an overall softness to the drink that adds to the pleasure.
Very nice drinker. Very good summer drink. Well done first go with the "Unchained series".

08-22-2009 01:29:38 | More by garymuchow
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4.28/5  rDev +5.4%

A nice beginning for the Summit unchained series. Nice appearance - golden blond with a very small head (bottler poured into pint glass). Nice aroma. Excellent flavor - more carbonation than expected, giving it more bite than others of the same style.

10-11-2009 03:06:51 | More by tniless
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3.48/5  rDev -14.3%

I just drank a Hell, so my expectations are high.

Poured from a 12oz brown stubby twist off, into a pub glass. Less then a half inch of white cola like head forms. Fizzling down quickly to leave a smallish layer on the top.
Color is actually pretty nice with a deep golden yellow, mostly transparent.

Aroma is of sweet cereal grains, with a bit of caramel and toffee mixed into it. Some un-fermented honey maybe? Aroma is good, I like it, but its seems to be missing somthing, its a bit one dimensional. There is a mild bit of hops there in the smell, but its so mild its almost undetectable.

Taste is better then expected. Some good grain flavors up front, with a touch of honey, burnt caramel, and lemon zest. Grains get a bit husky into the swallow, mixing with bitter grassy hop leaf flavors.

Mouthfeel is a bit too carbonated and thin with a watery touch.

This is a pretty grand example of the style, just a touch to husky though. But all in all a beer I would return too. Not really one that I would seek out, as I like to have my pallet blasted with flavor, aroma and feel.

08-24-2009 19:53:08 | More by Buebie
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Summit Kölsch from Summit Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.