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Kolsch 45 - Short's Brewing Company

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Kolsch 45Kolsch 45

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BA SCORE
86
very good

110 Ratings
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Ratings: 110
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 5
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: drabmuh on 06-03-2011)
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chrisbokmuller

Michigan

3/5  rDev -21.9%

05-10-2012 02:43:43 | More by chrisbokmuller
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tectactoe

Michigan

3.83/5  rDev -0.3%

Pours a yellow-straw color, cloudy and translucent with a wispy white head that hangs around for a few seconds before it fizzles away forever. Some spot lacing left from the white ring that settles on the circumference of the glass. Aroma is mellow but pleasing to the senses - noticeable graininess and strong yeast in the form of sweet bread. Musty and floral hops, along with some faint citrus and lemon zest, and maybe some other fruits, erring on the "peel" and "rind" side of things. Overall a pretty low-key aroma, soft and delicate, but good nonetheless.

Has a "lager-like" taste to it, both from the crispy effect it has on the palate as well as the clean flavor I'm getting from the yeast. Mild grains, sweet bready malt, light citrus zest, white grape skins, and a moderately floral and musky hop presence. Light bodied and on the heavier side with carbonation - easily drinkable from start to finish. Aftertaste is full of light yeast and grains, with a bit of dying fruit skins and Noble-like hops. This one went down the gullet pretty quickly.

Super-drinkable and light, although this suffers a bit from being just a tad uninteresting by the time you reach the second half of the beer. Nice example of the style and overall very enjoyable for what it is, no doubt.

02-13-2013 14:54:18 | More by tectactoe
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warnerry

Michigan

4.18/5  rDev +8.9%

Bottled 5/16/12; into a pint glass

A - Pours light yellow/golden brown with ine finger of white head. Head dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing.

S - White grapes, light bread malts and some subtle earthy hops. A faint sweetness. Pretty striaghtforward, but quite nice.

T - Nice crisp taste, with an herbal hop bitterness throughout. Quite vinious, with white bread malrs. Very tasty. Lingering earthiness. Hops also have a nice spiciness.

M - Light, crisp mouthfeel with a nice earthy bitterness througout.

O - Excellent brew for a warm summer day. I'm not a Kolsch expert, but this seems relatively true to style with a bit morebl bitterness, which seems like a Short's hallmark. Also, Short's lists this at 5.5% abv, which seems right as I don't get any prominent alcohol from this.

06-17-2012 19:12:11 | More by warnerry
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dmorley21

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

06-12-2012 18:09:05 | More by dmorley21
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Beezee

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

06-07-2012 21:52:33 | More by Beezee
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33nickadams

Michigan

3.98/5  rDev +3.6%

Appearance is golden-yellow and not completely transparent. Very effervescent bubbles float rather quickly to the top. A 1/4 finger of white head. Smells bready, grassy and with some esters. Refreshing, clean with some fruitiness. Everything is subtle with not one taste overpowering another. Mouthfeel is light and airy. Overall, I enjoyed the pilsener like qualities of it and can appreciate the slight fruitiness the ale yeast brings. I would have liked to see it more clear though. A great beer for summer.

06-01-2012 00:23:39 | More by 33nickadams
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rolandboy

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

10-20-2012 03:41:21 | More by rolandboy
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beergorrilla

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

07-07-2014 04:57:59 | More by beergorrilla
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mzeld

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

06-07-2012 20:54:21 | More by mzeld
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ScottRansom

Michigan

3/5  rDev -21.9%

07-18-2014 22:07:08 | More by ScottRansom
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Stu_Grimson

Michigan

4/5  rDev +4.2%

07-04-2014 14:33:16 | More by Stu_Grimson
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redleg64

Michigan

4/5  rDev +4.2%

09-03-2012 02:04:12 | More by redleg64
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emerge077

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%

The last of a six pack that i've neglected to review until now. Hazy yellow orange pour into a tulip glass, a brief head of foam appears and ebbs away into a wispy web on the surface.

Yeasty aroma, shortbread sweetness, light orange rind citrus.

Creamy light feel, a crisp bite in the middle, dry bitterness in the aftertaste. Soft grains, light fruitiness of trace bitter orange peel, wondering if that's the twist mentioned on the label. Quenching and sessionable. Overall a nice Kolsch that is subtle and balanced.

08-22-2012 23:44:07 | More by emerge077
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harripat

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

06-28-2014 05:07:14 | More by harripat
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tommy5

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

08-06-2014 00:21:54 | More by tommy5
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metter98

New York

4/5  rDev +4.2%

A: The beer is somewhat hazy and light yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured into a stange with a finger high white head that died down and left a bit of lacing on the surface.
S: There are light aromas of bready malts and least in the nose.
T: The beer has flavors of bready and grainy malts. There is a slight amount of bitterness towards the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and quite smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is easy to drink and has some refreshing properties.

06-07-2011 00:23:07 | More by metter98
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EL48823

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

01-28-2013 20:17:32 | More by EL48823
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cestlavie

New York

4/5  rDev +4.2%

06-25-2012 02:26:01 | More by cestlavie
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DMarlinJ

Michigan

4/5  rDev +4.2%

05-29-2014 23:54:32 | More by DMarlinJ
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Buck_Jones

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

07-19-2014 01:44:52 | More by Buck_Jones
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HardyA

Michigan

4/5  rDev +4.2%

05-31-2014 21:11:26 | More by HardyA
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StoutHunter

Michigan

4.15/5  rDev +8.1%

I picked up a bottle of Short's Kolsch 45 last week for $1.69 at The Lager Mill. This a newly released beer from Short's and the first time it has been bottled, so lets see how this Kolsch turns out. No visible bottling date, fresh spring release. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- I like name of this beer and the label is good too, it's nicely done and it shows what the number 45 really stands for. It poured a fairly clear straw yellow color that looked more gold when held to the light and it had two and a half fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and left some spotty lacing. This is a proper looking Kolsch, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with loads of malts that have a medium amount of sweetness and imparts lots of bread and biscuit aromas that seem to dominate the aroma of this beer. Next a get some doughy yeast aromas followed by some light citrus hop aromas. This Kolsch, had a nice aroma with some extra citrus aromas that I don't normally find in this style, I like it.

T- The taste is very similar to the aroma and starts off with loads of pale malts that have a lower amount of medium sweetness and impart lots of bread and biscuit flavors with the bread flavors sticking out the most. Next I get some slightly doughy yeast that is followed by a pretty light amount of citrusy hops that impart a very light citrus flavor. Towards the end I get more bread flavors with a light amount of bitterness on the finish and a very bready and grainy aftertaste. This was a nice tasting Kolsch that was just a little different with the light citrus hops addition, I like it.

M- Very smooth, crisp,on the medium side of being light bodied, and it had a nice amount of medium carbonation. There was nothing off with the mouthfeel, it worked nicely with this beer and was true to style.

Overall I enjoyed this beer and I thought it was a good example of the style, this beer had just about everything that this style is known for with just a slight twist to let you know that this is a Short's brew. This beer had great drinkability, it was very smooth and refreshing, with enough flavor to hold my attention, I could see drinking a bunch of these on a hot summer day, a good warm weather beer just as the style intends. What I liked most about this beer was that is was very well rounded and pretty true to style. What I liked least about this beer was nothing, but I do wish this beer wasn't so limited, my local beer store only got two cases that's not a lot when it comes to this style of beer. I would buy this beer again if there's any left when I go back, it's six pack worthy, but with it being so limited it will not last, I recommend this beer to anyone, just a clean, tasty, drinkable beer. Short's did a great job with this beer and they kept it pretty traditional but I did enjoy the slight citrus aspect that you don't normally get in this style, it was a nice addition to this beer and it worked well with the other flavors. This is now my favorite Kolsch, it was New Hollands Full Circle, but I find this beer to be slightly better. I am glad you guys decided to bottle this beer and I hope to see more of it next summer, good job guys this is another solid brew from one of my favorite brewery's.

06-03-2012 03:44:27 | More by StoutHunter
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zoso1967

Michigan

5/5  rDev +30.2%

11-25-2011 05:44:18 | More by zoso1967
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Zaphog

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

06-13-2012 01:52:41 | More by Zaphog
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Pandarus

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

08-24-2014 21:02:57 | More by Pandarus
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Kolsch 45 from Short's Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.