1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Yellow Kite - Bristol Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Yellow KiteYellow Kite

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
76
okay

29 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 29
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.17
pDev: 23.03%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bristol Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  ABV ?

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: emmasdad on 07-12-2010)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | next › last »
Ratings: 29 | Reviews: 14 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by GarrettB:
Photo of GarrettB
GarrettB

Colorado

1.45/5  rDev -54.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Garret Oliver’s tome on beer and beer pairings has enlightened me. That touch of sulfur, that wisp of eggy stench is actually an appropriate addition to a good pilsner. I can see that. One of my family’’s favorite recreation spots growing up as a nearby town featuring natural hot springs, including one that smelled like a vat of long forgotten Easter eggs. I became inured to the smell, and became fond it, a sort of bizzaro Madeline of road trips long past. Consequently I don’t shy away from sulfur when it rears its jaundiced head. It’s a tolerable smell, even welcome. I affiliate it with sub-surface geologic healthiness, and know that it is simply a mineral, which in my head sounds much more sterile than rotting eggs or decomposing road kill. Unfortunately, Bristol Brewery’s Yellow Kite is cursed with such a strong aroma and taste of sulfur that it goes way beyond what my palate can tolerate. The smell is both crisp and light, a nod to the pilsner malt, but there’s a lurking smell of sulfur and a hit of a septic aroma. Images of lightly used portable toilets appear in my head with each smell, putting me off from the beer entirely. This off-taste carries over to the flavor too, where ample carbonation makes its best efforts to cleanse my palate of the unpleasant septic taste, but it never works hard enough. While I enjoy Bristol Brewery and think of them as a gift Colorado College’s craft beer drinkers, the Yellow Kite is disappointing and even a little gross.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2011 20:46:19 | More by GarrettB
More User Reviews:
Photo of R_J_FearNoBeer
R_J_FearNoBeer

Colorado

2.75/5  rDev -13.2%

06-04-2014 20:10:24 | More by R_J_FearNoBeer
Photo of maniaczak
maniaczak

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev +2.5%

06-02-2014 03:39:56 | More by maniaczak
Photo of 19SKHJR57
19SKHJR57

Colorado

3.89/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Clear bright gold, slightly hazy, poured into a flared pilnser glass with a Bristol Brewing logo. A finger's worth of cappy white foam diminishing to thinness, leaving ribbons and streaks of fine lacing.

S - Slightly lemon scented. Faint background sweetness of oranges. Definitely not skunky.

T - A little bitter rush from the noble hops, quickly mellowed by delicious biscuit like malt. Emphasis is in the hops of course, but nicely balanced. Pleasant, mildly bitter aftertaste that quickly dissipates.

M - Light to medium body, more towards medium I suppose. Interestingly low to moderate carbonation adds to the enjoyment.

O - Great take on a German pils. I remember this beer from several years ago - it was all hops with little balance. Bristol must have changed the recipe, as the percent ABV has increased slightly from earlier years, and has a much better balance than before. Maybe different malts?
Regardless, this is a very nice pils from my favorite local Colorado brewery.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2014 04:15:32 | More by 19SKHJR57
Photo of wroberts42
wroberts42

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -5.4%

04-12-2014 23:17:00 | More by wroberts42
Photo of jtennyson99
jtennyson99

Ohio

3/5  rDev -5.4%

10-28-2013 01:13:17 | More by jtennyson99
Photo of MinorThreat
MinorThreat

Nebraska

3/5  rDev -5.4%

10-02-2013 01:39:25 | More by MinorThreat
Photo of backslide311
backslide311

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +42%

09-02-2013 09:09:58 | More by backslide311
Photo of drewfromboulder
drewfromboulder

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev +2.5%

07-21-2013 00:29:26 | More by drewfromboulder
Photo of Gerred
Gerred

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev +2.5%

06-24-2013 03:12:43 | More by Gerred
Photo of JamesStreet
JamesStreet

Louisiana

3/5  rDev -5.4%

05-12-2013 16:49:11 | More by JamesStreet
Photo of MeisterMayhem
MeisterMayhem

Colorado

2.75/5  rDev -13.2%

04-15-2013 20:54:27 | More by MeisterMayhem
Photo of Ispeakforthetrees
Ispeakforthetrees

Colorado

2/5  rDev -36.9%

09-27-2012 01:30:21 | More by Ispeakforthetrees
Photo of chernozem
chernozem

Ohio

3/5  rDev -5.4%

08-22-2012 20:55:57 | More by chernozem
Photo of envinoveri
envinoveri

Oregon

4/5  rDev +26.2%

07-28-2012 02:35:08 | More by envinoveri
Photo of kojevergas
kojevergas

Texas

2.13/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are below average given the brewery. Bottle the fourth week of April.

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

A: Pours a 1.5 finger head of beige colour, okay cream, okay thickness, and average retention. Colour is a predictable clear translucent yellow. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Creamed barley, straw, and clean malts. Not appealing. An average strength aroma.

T: Straw, clean barley, and water - with some indistinct clean malts thrown in for good measure. A vague urine hint. Horribly simple. Quite boring and bland. A failure within the style. No yeast or alcohol come through. Somewhat stale.

Mf: Too smooth, too wet (watery), and too thin. Adequately carbonated. Weirdly faux-coarse in the third act.

Dr: Drinkable to an extent. It's so simple and boring it's unbelievable. I wouldn't get this again, even on draught. Only slightly better than an American macro shite lager.

D

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2012 03:18:00 | More by kojevergas
Photo of stampfler07
stampfler07

Colorado

4/5  rDev +26.2%

06-19-2012 01:21:46 | More by stampfler07
Photo of theisnj52
theisnj52

Colorado

2.75/5  rDev -13.2%

06-16-2012 14:20:52 | More by theisnj52
Photo of StonedTrippin
StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

real basic german style pils. a good summer refresher, but perhaps even a bit malty for my lighter beer palate. smells like german bread malts, balanced hops at the end. flavor is the same, more malt that hops, but not unbalanced. tastes quite generic and nondescript. feel is pretty good, bright carbonation makes it go down easy, less than medium body. overall its a pretty good down easy summer beer, but definitely not my favorite. best enjoyed ice ice cold. i thought bristol would have put something a little more spirited out for summer, but this isnt it. maybe in bombers?

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2012 21:54:35 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of MsRif
MsRif

Pennsylvania

2.03/5  rDev -36%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Had on-tap at their brewery. Poured a very pale yellow with a light head that fizzled away. No lacing. Smelled of grains and malts. Tasted grainy...slight hop flavor but overall, watery.

LIGHT bodied...I'm glad I only got a sample. Basically flavorless to the point that it was like drinking water. Bland. Not recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

10-30-2011 17:27:45 | More by MsRif
Photo of tempest
tempest

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a pint at Spring Orleans in Colorado Springs. Poured a clear gold with a short white head. This is a clean, basic lager. There's a touch of caramel toast but largely there's a big lemon and grapefruit hops hit with an herbal edge. Overall, a fine summer pils, just as the brewers here intended.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2011 00:08:17 | More by tempest
Photo of Rifugium
Rifugium

Pennsylvania

2.05/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

First had: on tap at their brewpub / tasting room

Hmm... Poured a light, clear straw yellow, with a little fizzy head that fizzled out quickly. This is the kind of beer I can just tell right off the bat that I'm not going to like. But sometimes I'm proven wrong, so I go for the glass anyway. Light aroma of grains and pale malts. Very weak taste, light, simple pils malts, lightly hopped, straw-like and more of a skunk/metallic/adjunct flavor than anything. Very light body, and very low drinkability, unless bland and watery is your thing.

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2011 11:36:50 | More by Rifugium
Photo of ClimbingClay
ClimbingClay

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A little low on carbonation. The nice straw color and lacing on the glass is pleasant. I enjoyed the predominant malt flavor typical of this classic style. Clean and refreshing. In learning that I need more characters for my comment, I noticed that atypically of pilners this Yellow Kite is unfiltered. I am now curious if they bottle carbonate.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 22:53:58 | More by ClimbingClay
Photo of allforbetterbeer
allforbetterbeer

Colorado

3.53/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an antique Czech pilsener glass. "Bottled on" date clearly marked on the label. Thanks Bristol!

Pours a very pale and slightly cloudy straw color (chill haze) with a small white and fluffy head. Some swirling revives the head into a pillowy layer capping the body.

Smells of fresh noble hops and nicely layered toasty malts. Clean and fresh, but not quite as energetic in the nose as the best of this style can be.

Wow, this flavor is better than I expected. Fresh, lively, and lush. The hops and malts are in an off-centered balance, tipped slightly in favor of the hops, which are green and floral in quality, with just a little touch of the spiciness that I would expect in this style. The malts are pale and present a nice array of biscuit and light toast flavors. The aftertaste is quite nice, with more leafy hops melding with the malts. Interestingly, this beer doesn't taste as "clean" as a typical beer of this style, and in a blind taste I would have labeled it as an ale, not a lager. I wonder if the fermentation temp was a little high?

The mouthfeel is smoother than I would expect, with less carbonation than is usual for this style (in my opinion, this is a good thing). Medium to light bodied.

Conclusion: This is a nice drinking beer, and I am enjoying it while hiding indoors from the summer heat. This is not a masterful brew however, as it just doesn't taste clean enough. I wonder if there is a slight problem with the yeast or the fermentation temps...

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2011 18:06:56 | More by allforbetterbeer
Photo of meeekyh
meeekyh

Colorado

3.88/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bristol, from Colorado Springs, does make a few very nice beers. As this is a newly favored style of mine I will happily review one.

I picked a tulip type glass and poured the beer which is very pale clear and yellow and has a slight, white head that laces up just a bit.

Smell is crispy-clean and pilsnery. I can really smell the malt and the floral notes from the hops. Really nice.

Taste is understated and very balanced. Malts and hops and just a bit of yeastie goodness are all there but nothing overwhelms.

Mouthfeel is just over light into the medium range and the finish is clean and dry save for just a bit of remaining malt flavor.

This is a good pils and on par with the Czech style pils from Lagunitas.

Slainte.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2010 00:27:16 | More by meeekyh
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | next › last »
Yellow Kite from Bristol Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.