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Colorado Kolsch - Steamworks Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 86
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 14.86%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Steamworks Brewing Co. visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  4.86% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 05-21-2005)
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Photo of JoeAmerican77


1.7/5  rDev -51.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

The pour yields a beautiful light golden draught with a half finger of white head that quickly retreats for no lacing...

I'm picking up some grass and citrus in the aroma but nothing else
honestly it kind of smells like the yellow fizzy stuff

Slight hops and malt hits the palate.... it actually tastes like the big beer as well..not bad, its just nothing.

Light body like water with a soda pop carbonation

Ok this beer is not worth more words but I have to hit the minimum so here it is. If you are looking for any sort of flavor do not hit this. Save your money for keystone light as it is the same to my mouth.

Serving type: can

04-14-2011 00:17:43 | More by JoeAmerican77
Photo of ZoomanCru


1.89/5  rDev -46%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Colorado Kölsch – Kölsch (4.86%) – Steamworks Brewing Co. (Colorado)

App: Extremely pale, with a slight straw yellow in the center. Looked almost like water when poured. Okay one finger head that goes soapy pretty fast with big bubbles, but boasts some retention. Even lighter than a many AALs, which is not something I typically expect from an ale.

Smell: Grainy and uninspired. Slight chalky smell. Not a lot to say.

Taste: Totally bland, but not “bad” per se. Essentially a better crafted american lager. Slight hop bitterness and a little bit of malt, but neither is prominent or complex. Lazy.

Mouth: Decently carbonated. Light, no lingering sensation.

Home tasting, 12oz can into Stem Glass. 1/2/14.

Serving type: can

01-03-2014 05:42:29 | More by ZoomanCru
Photo of HardTarget


2.13/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Bottle Inspection: Best by July 05 (I’m a touch late at Sept 05) Hand carried back from Albuquerque.

Aroma: Peanut butter?!?! That was odd. After a whiff of that, all I could find was a hint of apple cider. Very mild aroma.

Appearance: Hazy yellow glass with no head at all.

Flavor: Bready with some slight fruit notes and a bit of cola. The cola flavor really came out toward the end of the bottle. Something about this beer just said “artificial” to me.

Mouthfeel: Low to flat carbonation which was disturbing, medium body and texture.

Overall Impression: Disappointing. Flat, slightly bitter, like a mild apple cola of some sort. Really didn’t do much for me.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2005 05:35:19 | More by HardTarget
Photo of IPAston

2.25/5  rDev -35.7%

11-18-2012 04:54:56 | More by IPAston
Photo of emmasdad


2.48/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had a pint of this one last night at the Skylark Lounge here in Denver. Poured a crisp, clean, medium yellow color, with a decent white head. On the nose, this one was lightly hoppy, biscuity and clean. On the palate, this one is light bodied and well carbonated, rather pedestrian, simple, subtle and crisp. I switched to Pabst after this one, to give you an idea of how impressed I was.

Serving type: on-tap

10-22-2010 00:23:40 | More by emmasdad
Photo of MeisterMayhem


2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

07-02-2013 22:17:36 | More by MeisterMayhem
Photo of Pegasus


2.8/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Hazy, light golden color, with a small white head, and slight, fine carbonation.

Aroma: Light, slightly sweet, mildly spicy.

Taste: Light slightly tart wheat notes, slight lemon and grassy hop notes, finishes dry with a mild hop bitterness.

Mouth feel: A bit thin, crisp, with lively carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: An average example of the style, not bad, but could be better.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2007 14:57:05 | More by Pegasus
Photo of kojevergas


2.86/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12 oz aluminum can acquired at a local bottle shop and served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me parents’ gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado during my annual Christmas tasting. Reviewed live. Expectations are average. 4.86% ABV confirmed. Reviewed as a kolsch because the label clearly identifies it as such.

Best by: 14 Jan 2014.

Served cold – straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it’s poured.

Pours a one finger wide head of white colour. Nice thickness and creaminess. Smooth consistency. Soft complexion.

Body colour is a translucent transparent yellow of average vibrance. No floating yeast particles are visible.

Overall, it’s a decent appearance for the style. I’m looking forward to trying it.

Sm: Lemongrass. Crystal malt. Pilsner malts. Lightly floral. A pretty timid aroma, but a pleasant one. Mild in strength.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

T: Pilsner malts, crystal malt, very limited floral hop character, and some grains. Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. It's a pretty closed-off kolsch. Painfully simple, with none of the subtlety of a great kolsch. Not particularly nuanced or intricate. I like it and it's pleasant to drink, but it's not great.

No yeast character or alcohol comes through.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Not as crisp as the best brews in the style. Well-carbonated. A bit thin. Decent presence on the palate. Decent body. Texture suits the flavour profile decently, but doesn't feel custom-tailored to it.

Not oily, astringent, gushed, hot, boozy, rough, or scratchy.

Dr: Meh. Drinkable but forgettable. A pretty standard boring kolsch. I wouldn't get it again, but it drinks easy enough. Not a remarkable beer by any means. Hides its ABV decently.


Serving type: can

12-24-2013 00:48:12 | More by kojevergas
Photo of botham


2.9/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pub glass. pours a pale yellowish amber color with a half finger of thin white head. moderate retention.

aroma is mainly of pale malts with light touches of caramel and cream. no hop quality here, with a crisp overall feel.

taste follows the nose with a watered down quality that lacks any real defining quality. not much of an aftertaste, and lightly stale on the palate.

mouthfeel is light bodied with a mild effervescence and a thin and watery finish.

drinkability is moderate. a decently proportioned kolsch with a lightly stale quality and a watery texture. a bit more concentration and some freshness would make this a solid example of the style, but this bottle fell short of being noteworthy.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2009 02:51:42 | More by botham
Photo of Snoopybean24


3/5  rDev -14.3%

11-03-2013 23:25:12 | More by Snoopybean24
Photo of Northtexan


3/5  rDev -14.3%

06-14-2014 18:02:14 | More by Northtexan
Photo of JDV


3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light clear golden color with a big lasting white head in a kolsch style glass. Smell is minimal but would be grassy faint hops and lightly sweet malt. Taste is crisp, clean malt with a lightly sweet finish and subtle bitterness to balance. A bit of a lingering honey like malt sweetness, but overall a very friendly, non-offensive beer. Overpriced at nearly $5 a bomber for what it is, though.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2008 02:44:47 | More by JDV
Photo of 3Pope7


3/5  rDev -14.3%

04-27-2013 22:35:19 | More by 3Pope7
Photo of hopfacebrew


3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Euclid Hall the beer arrives in an oversized wine glass. A bit hazy with a pale yellow golden color. A decent 1 finger head with some retention and little lacing. Looks average. The nose is a mix between cereal malt flavors and a earthy hop tone. Grassy. Hints of fruit with apple and pear. Again, average. The flavor is exactly what the nose would detail, a strong cereal malt base from which grassy and earthy hop tones build. Crisp and clean and lighter end of medium bodied. Well carbonated. Overall, a very average beer. Nothing exemplary not worth noting. I will not be back, likely.

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2012 19:16:51 | More by hopfacebrew
Photo of treehugger02010


3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I got this out of the variety case, which I bought from Bryn Marw beverage in Rosemont, PA. I poured it into a pint glass.
A: The body is a cloudy yellow color. The head is a finger tall, a white color, poor retention, no lacing and small size bubbles.
S: The aromas are sparge, rubber and carrots.
T: The flavors are dms, water and carbonation.
M: The mouthfeel is thin and crisp.
D: This is an ok beer.
Don't drink and review.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2009 02:13:48 | More by treehugger02010
Photo of andreasmwatt


3.05/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5






Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2008 01:08:21 | More by andreasmwatt
Photo of StonedTrippin


3.05/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

this is a fine brew, bit its painfully boring. in my mind its just a beer, simple as that. lacks all of the malty complexion required of a good kolsch style beer. nothing remarkable in the nose or the palate. mouthfeel is fine, plenty carbonated and easy drinking, but its putting me to sleep in a sober sort of way. again, not a bad beer by any stretch, but this is at best a craft beer for the budlight drinker and makes almost no appeal to an evolved beer palate. maybe if i go golfing on a 100degree day ill bring these, but other than that nevermind.

Serving type: can

01-09-2012 19:45:20 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of Birdiebeagle


3.05/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle Pours a light yellow with a large white head. Strong yeast aroma. Has a vey light taste. Lacks flavor and very watery/ Has a light body. Decent carbination. This one just lacks depth. Sarts out okay but there isn't anything to back it up, could use more depth.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2009 19:48:16 | More by Birdiebeagle
Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy


3.1/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This pour was a pale straw yellow almost urine color with a weak head at best with similarly weak carbonation. The head is thin and provides a sparse lace. The aroma is nearly nonexistent and only toward the end of the pint can I detect any hint of beer scent, and even then it is generic. There is a dryish hop finish on a bland intial taste. Toward the end with a determined tongue and nose, I can detect slight hints of grass and grain. This is medium bodied and lacks a requisite crispness for this style. This brew was too much work to only moderately enjoy.

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2009 01:45:22 | More by ArrogantDeadGuy
Photo of atomicbeer

New Mexico

3.13/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Draft pint at the Steamworks brewpub in Durango. GABF silver medal 2010. Arrived bright clear gold with big fluffy white head. Sweet hay aroma with slight clove/spice and is it a hint of peach? Clean crisp grassy hop flavor. Find it disappearing rather quickly.

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2012 15:49:30 | More by atomicbeer
Photo of drjay44


3.2/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

650 ml. bottle. My rating is to the Kolsch style which means I am not comparing it to double IPA's.

Pours a thin head with long duration, with some lacing, over a clear pale yellow body....nose is mild, with some slight yeast, some mild hop, with a hint of spice...taste is again mild, with some malts and hops finishing with a bit of hops and some spice....mouthfeel very light. Balance over all is good and since Kolsch types are supposed to be light and refreshing this fits the bill.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2008 23:22:24 | More by drjay44
Photo of wellsnb


3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

04-16-2014 23:48:34 | More by wellsnb
Photo of jstevep00


3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

06-14-2013 15:46:06 | More by jstevep00
Photo of DelMontiac


3.33/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from the can I purchased at Wilbur's in Ft. Collins into a pint glass.

Very pale yellow with barely two fingers of white fizzy head that disappears very quickly. Scant lace left behind. It looks like so many of the adjunct lagers. A bit disheartening.

The aroma is most faint cracked grain, weak mild hops and straw.

The flavors are mostly sweet malt, mild hop spice, and a light toasty grain aftertaste.

Feel is probably this beers greatest attribute - medium light and full of bubbles. Almost a clubbin' brew.

Overall pretty mediocre. Given the Kolsch style characteristics, this beer is not what I call bad. It just isn't what I want very often. It's very Coors-like.

Serving type: can

08-04-2013 19:24:19 | More by DelMontiac
Photo of ColoradoBobs


3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the Durango Steamworks brewpub. This is a terrible place overall, even though this brew is *slightly* above-average. Best thing about this beer is its easy drinkability. Totally sessionable. The only problem is that this particular brewpub doesn't bottle its beers (at least I didn't see any evidence thereof, though apparently another of the Steamworks locations does bottle), so you have to have it at the joint, and the joint is awful. Overpriced average beer and overpriced below average food in a grungy dirty loud unpleasant place.

So . . . if you like pretty average-tasting but very easy-to-drink beer that is way overpriced in a crappy environment, go to Steamworks in Durango and order one of these.

Serving type: on-tap

06-18-2008 04:36:18 | More by ColoradoBobs
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Colorado Kolsch from Steamworks Brewing Co.
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