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Colorado Kolsch - Steamworks Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
80
good

94 Ratings
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Ratings: 94
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 15.06%
Wants: 2
Gots: 8 | 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 emmasdad
2.48/5  rDev -29.5%
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.

emmasdad, Oct 22, 2010
Photo of RedChrome
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer is a hazy bright golden color. White head was less than an eight of an inch and died to nothing rapidly. Only a few small carbonation bubbles rising slowly.

Fresh bundled hay aroma with the sweetness of malt. A fair bit of a corn husk scent. Hop bitterness is very subdued and only appears towards the end of an inhalation.

Just what is found in the nose repeats itself on the tongue. Malt sweetness with a taste reminiscent of fresh cut hay. Hops presence is also subdued to the malt.

Thickness on the tongue is comparable to water. Taste hangs on a bit and is shifted only by small bursts of carbonation.

An average kolsch. Works well with a summer salad. Nothing here to excite either the bigger bear crowd or fans of the style. Just an average for the style.

RedChrome, Aug 12, 2010
Photo of mikereaser
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a pale straw yellow with a small white foam that stuck around for a bit

S - not alot of aroma for me, some grains and yeastiness

T - a little bit of grain and yeast, not much else, hints of some lemon as well

M/D - thin and crisp mouthfeel, flavor seems a bit thin, but not bad for a summer day

mikereaser, Jun 28, 2010
Photo of brentk56
3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, pale golden color with a modest, beaten egg white cap that retains nicely and leaves quite a few squiggles

Smell: Bready pale malt with a hint of lemony fruit

Taste: Opens bready, with a grainy lemon flavor arriving by mid-palate; after the swallow, the bitter flavors persist though the finish is bready and slightly sweet

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Though this beer lacks the crispness and hop levels that might make it great, it still is a very enjoyable example of the style and one of the better ones I have tasted that were brewed in this country

Thanks, wagenvolks, for the opportunity

brentk56, Apr 03, 2010
Photo of Rayek
3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Stange on an unusually warm March day.

A: Pale straw with moderate carbonation and a significant chill haze. A pillow-like white cap is small, but retains nicely. Leaves a fair amount of lace.

S: Quite musty at first. Letting the beer breath a bit releases aromas of lemon and straw.

T: Starts out with a raw barley flavor that's quickly replaced by a subtle, yet tart lemon bitterness. A little bit of green grape comes through before the beer finishes dry, with an earthy cut grass flavor.

M: The medium-light body is syrupy and has a bit too much fizz going on.

D: To me, Kölsch is very hard style to pull off well because it's so subtle. Steamworks has done a very nice job with theirs. The relatively low ABV and general lightness make this an easy beer to drink multiples of in a sitting.

Rayek, Mar 17, 2010
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Steamworks- Colorado Kolsch

A- Light clear bright yellow with a small soapy white head.
S- Light sweet bready malt with a sweet touch of butter.
T- Sweet malt, bready buttery and light earthy dry hay/ straw hops.
M- Light and watery up front with a sweet malty body. Dry earthy hops poke through while this finishes off sweet and malty.

Overall- Easy drinking and refreshing.

NJpadreFan, Feb 19, 2010
Photo of eallured
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear bright gold in color with white fluffy head that rises a good inch above the brew and decides to hang out for a while, slowly leaving a nice lacing.
Aroma is dominated by fruity esters as well as a little peppercorn or coriander-like spice. A very slight grainy aroma peeks through these fruit esters.
Flavor contains very little of the aroma. It is thinly sweet and has a little bread crust yeasty flavor. A slight hint of sulfur or SMS that is a little weird for an ale, but I guess it's kind of a cross style.
Moderate to high carbonation helps to sell the crisp flavor of this beer as well as keep any sweetness from becoming cloying.
Drinkable from a purely "sex in a canoe" standpoint but without much to draw you in for a second. This is just flavorful enough to satisfy craft drinkers while being light enough to convince macro drinkers.

eallured, Nov 08, 2009
Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
3.1/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

ArrogantDeadGuy, Oct 20, 2009
Photo of garcia2a
3.4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a very light yellow, light carbonation, clear with a thin head.

Not much on the nose. I got some grains and a hint of yeast. In a deep nosing, I got the faint hint of lemon zest and honey. In terms of taste, a little grain and yeast, not much else. Aftertaste is faint, yet pleasant.

The body seemed a bit light for the style, but with that said, this beer has excellent mouth feel and is very drinkable. This is a good beer for a humid mid-atlantic august.

garcia2a, Oct 04, 2009
Photo of ArrogantB
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at a local establishment for $3. Clear golden yellow, slight head. Smells liek a lager and not much else. The taste is a crisp lager-like flavor with a fruity finish. I could easily drink more than one of these at a time but then I can drink more than one of almost any beer.

ArrogantB, Sep 17, 2009
Photo of clayrock81
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light cloudy gold with two-finger white head. A light, airy, fruity smell along w/ minimal hops. A very light, not watery but really thin, body with a slight citric and sharp tart fruit taste along with a minor amount of sugary sweetness. Has a slight twang as well; an easy drinking Kolsch but not nearly as flavorful as some German counterpoints I've had.

clayrock81, Aug 10, 2009
Photo of treehugger02010
3/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

treehugger02010, Jul 22, 2009
Photo of allengarvin
3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours out a limpid yellow with no head. It's moderately hazy as well, unusual for a Kolsch. The nose is pleasant though, fruity, lightly tart, with a light touch of hops. Light and refreshing sums up the flavor: Light, sweet malt (with some wheat?), lots of yeast character giving it a fruity, estery character with a hint of spiciness, and pleasantly acidic. The body is a bit watery and could use some more carbonation.

Tastes more like an American wheat than a kolsch, but it's still pleasant.

allengarvin, Jul 10, 2009
Photo of argock
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. Freshness date notched on label. Single purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $1.65.

A: Clear, straw yellow with fizzy white 1-finger head that doesn't last more than a minute or two and leaves a skimpy line of lacing.

S: Aroma is reminiscent of a fruity pilsner with some apple and pear aromas mixed with bready, grain aromas and light noble hopping.

T: The flavor is more easy-going than most pilsners, but has some complexity to it. Breadiness is the chief flavor but there are fruity esters with mostly pear followed by light but clean noble hops. A light toasted edge is evident in the finish.

M: Crisp and clean with long, wet paper aftertaste.

D: Easy to quaff but not the most interesting beer of all time. Nothing wrong with a try in the hot summer months though.

argock, Jun 29, 2009
Photo of kgotcher
4.08/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy straw color with active carbonation, Thin but durable head.

Aroma is mainly cracker with slight hint of tea. Goes down easy with a refreshing med to light body. Taste is pretty mellow, bit of cracker malt, slight honey-like sweetness, finished dry with a hint of bitterness.

This is a local beer for me and I drink it quite often, more of a hot weather session beer. Easy drinking and very refreshing.

kgotcher, Jun 18, 2009
Photo of Risser09
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter - fridge - best by June 2009

Appearance: Pours a transparent golden yellow with a small white head. It has soapy large bubbles with tiny carbonation bubbles flowing to the surface. There isn't much lace at all.

Smell: A great malty, nutty and overall earthy smell. Big time Cheerios cereal grain aroma. Pretzels, slight minerals, and some fresh floral hops.

Taste: A refreshingly light flavor of pale malt and some hops. It's a light flavor of pale malt and some hops. It's a slightly sweet beer that is super easy to drink.

Mouthfeel: Light body, no noticeable alcohol, goes down very easily. A smooth finish is nice.

Drinkability: Great. This is a superb drinker, as kolsches are. I am a fan. A great session beer.

Risser09, Jun 10, 2009
Photo of botham
2.9/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

botham, May 12, 2009
Photo of Birdiebeagle
3.05/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

Birdiebeagle, Apr 07, 2009
Photo of humanawho
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A - clear light yellow with an average head of white

S - sweet slightly earthy with some grape fruityness

T - it has a nice sweetness and the grape flavors come through but not a lot

M - a little too thin for me

D - great session beer nice and light

humanawho, Dec 19, 2008
Photo of thekevlarkid
3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Out of a bomber this beer was a yellow/gold color depending on the light applied. The head was two fingers of fluffy foam that retained fairly well but only left moderate lacing. The aroma was soft but clean and fresh, lemony hops and bready malt. The flavors were also a little light but enjoyable. Biscuity/bready pale malt and herbal/spicy hops closely blended. Could have used more punch but well balanced and tight. The mouthfeel was good and the body light and crisp. A good example of the style, quite spring-like and refreshing as well as very sessionable.

thekevlarkid, Dec 05, 2008
Photo of JDV
3/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

JDV, Nov 17, 2008
Photo of drjay44
3.2/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

drjay44, Nov 16, 2008
Photo of rowew
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, new to 6 packs I think. Best before date notched on the label, as well as whether it was bottled at the Durango or Bayfield location. This came from the bayfield location.

Appearance: Light golden color, thin head fades quickly to nothing.

Smell: Smells a bit yeasty, but more like the smell of fermenting wine. I definitely get vinous notes out of this. Also kind of a straw hop aroma.

Taste: A bit fruity, with the same vinous flavors. This one is pretty drinkable, and different from most beers.

Overall impression: From the style descriptions, this one seems pretty spot on. Interesting beer, I'm glad to see this one in 6 packs now.

rowew, Nov 05, 2008
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.93/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pallid winter sunshine yellow with lemonade borders. No yeast so far... or ever. The firmly creamy crown is cumulus cloud white in color, lasts for a spell, and leaves an acceptable amount of lace in tattered sheets. Not a bad looking kolsch.

The aroma is fresh, clean, lightly lemony and moderately noble hoppy. More olfactory volume is needed because what is appreciated smells good. This has a chance to be pretty tasty beer.

To their credit, Steamworks BC has pretty much nailed the style. Now the only decision is whether Colorado Kolsch deserves the higher or the lower of the two considered flavor scores. It's simple and it's subtle, but then that's what kolschs are all about. It's also drinkable and refreshing, which is also what kolschs are all about.

In the end, it's a weak 4.0, not a strong 3.5. The malts are probably no darker than pale or pilsner. Upon that thin slice of white bread canvas are flavor swirls of lemon zest and herbal hops that probably originated from Deutschland. A sharper hop bite would be welcome and is the only improvement that comes immediately to mind.

The body/mouthfeel is unquestionably light. Considering the style, that's all well and good. More volumizing carbonation would have resulted in a higher score.

Steamworks Colorado Kolsch is one of the better kolschs in recent memory. I would have no trouble at all taking a bomber or two along on a summertime picnic. No trouble at all.

BuckeyeNation, Oct 28, 2008
Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This is the first time that I have seen this beer on the shelves. I picked it up at Spec's on Kirkwood and Westheimer while I was on that side of town for business. I always like a good Koelsch, and this is my first beer of the evening...so the ole palate is pretty fresh. Let's give it a shot.

Appearance: Pours a very clear pale straw color with very little head after a pretty aggressive pour. There are some bubbles clinging to the side of the glass inside the beer, but there are really no bubbles rising.

Aroma: I got some grainy aromatics when I first opened the bottle accompanied by a faint lemon. After the beer sat for a few minutes, the aroma really softened up. The lemon is gone, and there is some bready malts making up the majority of the aroma. As the beer warms up a little, the hops are starting to become noticeable. It is a little unusual for a Koelsch, but is still clean and inviting.

Taste: The flavor is somewhat sweet for this style. I am used to a Koelsch being more crisp on the palate and more attenuated. Higher carbonation would really help this beer as well. As the beer warms up some, the hops are coming out more. The type of hop seems noble, but is not Spalt or at least that is not what I am picking up.

Opinion: The overall impression that I get from this beer doesn't remind me of a Koelsch. It is a good beer, but is closer to an American Blonde. It has too heavy of a mouthfeel for this style, and that is really hurting this beer. I wish it had more carbonation for whatever style it fits into. It is a clean and well made beer...there is nowhere for any off flavors to hide in a beer this light. For that reason, I wouldn't mind drinking it again...hoping that it has more carbonation...but I won't be expecting a Koelsch.

SkeeterHawk, Oct 23, 2008
Colorado Kolsch from Steamworks Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.