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Kolsch 45 - Short's Brewing Company

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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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zoso1967

Michigan

5/5  rDev +30.2%

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

Illinois

5/5  rDev +30.2%

12-05-2011 22:25:25 | More by McCranky
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GoldenChild

Michigan

5/5  rDev +30.2%

11-15-2011 14:54:56 | More by GoldenChild
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alexgash

Connecticut

4.6/5  rDev +19.8%

12 oz. bottle.

Rather hazy, dark lemon body. Small, tight-laced, eggshell white head. Minimal lacing. Honey wheat bread malts, along with corn flakes, light citrus, and maybe a touch of pine on the nose.

Light, slightly toasted malt up front. Clean, bready, almost cereal-y. Maybe a touch of honey. Herbal, peppery, spicy hop bitterness arises and crescendos. Hint of pine in the finish. Dry and clean and very thirst-quenching on this hot evening! Moderate body with a crisp feel. Very tasty and perfect for the summer.

05-29-2012 22:01:03 | More by alexgash
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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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atone315

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

08-01-2012 09:53:01 | More by atone315
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alexanf

Mississippi

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

07-27-2013 15:36:38 | More by alexanf
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +14.1%

On tap at Churchkey. Served in a snifter.

Pours a clear golden color with a good, lasting white head. Good retention and a bit of spotty lacing on the way down. The nose brings forward a slight bit of grain plus some slight floral hops. Really good balance between those two. The flavor really nails the grain with light hop flavor and smooth hop bitterness. Light body and good carbonation. Really well done. This rivals COAST's 32/50 as the best Kolsch I've ever had. One day I'll go to Germany and we'll see how they compare to the real stuff.

06-04-2011 14:30:59 | More by Thorpe429
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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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Drk93TT

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

07-23-2013 19:46:44 | More by Drk93TT
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claminat420

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

A- a slight tansparent straw color. nice frothy white head. left medium amount of lacing.

S- just a biscuity malt scent.

T- a light biscuit malt dominates with a slight floral presence.

M- light bodied. good carbonation.

Drinkablity- not my style but on a hot day this would be like water.

Overall- like i said i'm mostly a hophead but this beer seems very refreshing. the floral hops come out at the right time. got a growler to take home so i'm happy.

08-16-2011 18:19:13 | More by claminat420
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RyanCFriedrich

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

06-25-2014 06:07:23 | More by RyanCFriedrich
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blazinworm

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

10-14-2012 02:04:28 | More by blazinworm
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HopHeadHerman

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

07-06-2014 18:13:46 | More by HopHeadHerman
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Brad7132

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

07-13-2014 00:39:35 | More by Brad7132
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fgilbert2

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

05-22-2013 04:15:18 | More by fgilbert2
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adamant1912

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

01-29-2013 19:21:49 | More by adamant1912
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WastingFreetime

Wisconsin

4.23/5  rDev +10.2%

Somewhat murky golden straw color with a two finger creamy soft textured head that mirrors the texture of the brew itself. Fairly decent retention time and lacing qualities.
Smells mostly of a light cereal graininess with a lemon twist, faint amounts of grape aroma garnish and a light cracker malt aroma.
The flavor starts out with a herbal / lemon peel sting that turns into a biscuit malt mid-sip, which further transforms into a quasi-woody yet lightly resinous extended finish. Did I already mention the soft creamy texture? Well, it bears repeating.

Although it is not quite as "clean" as a traditional Kolsch, this offering is quite tasty in it's own right.

08-29-2012 20:53:06 | More by WastingFreetime
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.22/5  rDev +9.9%

On tap at Churchkey DC, this beer was truly amazing. One of the best Kolsches I've ever had. I was pleased to find out that it was a hit with others in attendance as well.

Beer is yellow with a mild haze and a thin white head that leaves spotty lacing with mild to moderate carbonation.

Aroma is mildly sweet with this nice yeast / grain mixture that is really appealing.

Wet, thin, watery but all in a good way. This beer is a quencher for sure. I could kill a keg of this stuff. It has a great mildly bitter finish. Mild but appropriate sweetness. Probably one of my favorites from the night.

06-03-2011 15:33:21 | More by drabmuh
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GRPunk

Michigan

4.2/5  rDev +9.4%

Bottle pored into a tall, slender pilsener glass.

A- A careful pour resulted in a 1-finger, bone white head that settles to a 1/4-finger and leaves pretty good rings on the glass. The body was a clean, golden color that nears straw. There was a heavy carbonation.

S- I got a lot of grape right off the bat. Almost a white wine with some berry-like scents. Solid malt backbone lends a doughy aroma. It's somewhat delicate at its coldest. Hints of organic, herbal, medicinal hops. Wafts of lemon zest. Warmth excentuates doughy, grainy qualities. It's pretty clean, without coming off as sterile.

T- Very balanced. Flavorful without overpowering and keeping in the stylistic parameters. Doughy, grainy malts lend a sweetness. There's a solid dose of aspirin-like (in the most complimentary way possible) hops that meld into an herbal flavor, even hinting at black pepper. An underlying lemon flavor persists throughout, and really "pops" in the finish to dry it out.

M- Medium-light body with moderate-heavy carbonation. Solid hop bite is unexpected, yet pleasant.

O- Pretty straight forward, especially for Short's. Maybe a little hoppier than some. Awesome hot weather beer. I'm going to grill some chicken in a bit. It should pair nicely with my second bottle. This could beer an everyday drinker. Worthy of a case, much less a full sixer.

06-03-2012 21:55:25 | More by GRPunk
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webmanspidey

Michigan

4.2/5  rDev +9.4%

This is a cloudy golden color and only slightly fizzy. Smell has a mix of sour lemon, slight hops, and some sweet honey and grain. Taste is a very balanced mix between sweet honey, sour lemon, and bitter hops and orange peel. This is very drinkable and refreshing.

06-02-2012 18:57:34 | More by webmanspidey
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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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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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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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superspak

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 3/21/2014. Pours slightly hazy bright gold color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, straw, grass, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance of pale malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, straw, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light earthy/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pear, apple, cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, straw, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and robustness of pale malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester flavors; with a very clean malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with only a minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Kolsch style. All around good robustness and balance of pale malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

07-13-2014 22:34:20 | More by superspak
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Kolsch 45 from Short's Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.