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Kolsch 45 - Short's Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

96 Ratings
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Ratings: 96
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.95%
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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dfillius

Michigan

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Aggressive pour yields 1/4 finger of white head with poor retention. More head please. Liquid is clear pale lemon yellow. Color is right on for the style.
S: Lime, mostly hops, some clean bready malt. More diversity please.
T: Some bread and clean malt. Modest hopping in the center and finish. Slightly metallic finish that I don't remember from the last one I had. Hops seem to be from the noble group.
M: Dry finish, a bit of sweetness precedes that.
O: Refreshing and generally enjoyable. Metallic taste is a bit off-putting. I would like another and I did buy again. Nice to have on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2012 21:19:48 | More by dfillius
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rolandboy

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

10-20-2012 03:41:21 | More by rolandboy
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robbyc1

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

10-19-2012 18:00:31 | More by robbyc1
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blazinworm

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

10-14-2012 02:04:28 | More by blazinworm
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redleg64

Michigan

4/5  rDev +3.6%

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

Colorado

3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single at Butch's Dry Dock in Holland, MI

A - poured a very light, clear golden yellow and lacking a head

S - nose is grainy malts with some spicy hops

A - opens up with the sweet, grain malt flavors that hold strong throughout most of the beer. On the end, a little bit of citrus and spicy hops round it off. Not the most complex beer out there, but then again this isn't a style that is supposed to be.

M - mouth is a little watery with a good amount of carbonation on the back end

D - this is a pretty good Kolsch. Not as refreshing as others I have in this style, but pretty good to drink on this 94 degree day.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 01:26:19 | More by birchstick
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WastingFreetime

Wisconsin

4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2012 20:53:06 | More by WastingFreetime
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Lemke10

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a mostly clear, yellow color. Not too much of a scent with some grains and wheat. Taste is rather malty while the texture seems a little too thin. There are some hints of citrus. Being my first Kolsch style beer, I’m not sure if this is good or not for the style. Quite drinkable, just wish there was some more volume and taste to the beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2012 03:56:28 | More by Lemke10
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emerge077

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +3.6%

08-20-2012 03:28:00 | More by theholdsteady
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Scotthuller

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

08-15-2012 19:53:02 | More by Scotthuller
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atone315

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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

Michigan

3/5  rDev -22.3%

07-27-2012 22:18:39 | More by Dyerseve
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MattBreight

Michigan

4/5  rDev +3.6%

07-15-2012 23:01:18 | More by MattBreight
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david131

California

3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a slightly hazy yellow liquid with a very thin and splotchy white head. Very quiet looking.

S- Light fruit such as apples and pears, lemon, white bread, and a touch of pepper. A bit simple, but it is nice.

T- Exactly the same as the aroma but not as sweet as I was expecting. Tasty and smooth.

M- Light carbonation and very clean flavors. The alcohol is well hidden considering the lightness of the beer.

O- A tasty beer on a scorching summer night. Drinks really nicely.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2012 03:33:19 | More by david131
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MasterSki

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to FlandersNed for this random Shorts offering. Served in a Hill Farmstead glass.

A - White foam settles to a thin collar and a few wisps on top. Hazy peach flesh body.

S - Smells like a Kölsch alright - musty and mildly vinous, with yeasty bread, and toasted cereal grains. Hop presence is minimal, and I'm not sure what the Michigan 'twist' was.

T - Taste is a bit sweeter, with some nice buttered biscuit pilsner malt and vanilla flavors and less overt grain. Hops show up in the finish a bit too.

M - Zesty carbonation, grainy texture, medium body. I can imagine this being quite refreshing on a hot summer day.

D - A nice American-made Kölsch that I'd happily drink again. Seems quite tame for a Short's offering, but based on some of their recent output that may be a good thing.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2012 17:11:54 | More by MasterSki
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cestlavie

New York

4/5  rDev +3.6%

06-25-2012 02:26:01 | More by cestlavie
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aaronblain22

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

06-24-2012 23:36:00 | More by aaronblain22
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Supergenious

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

06-19-2012 23:03:33 | More by Supergenious
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warnerry

Michigan

4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2012 19:12:11 | More by warnerry
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jmich24

Michigan

4/5  rDev +3.6%

06-15-2012 23:57:07 | More by jmich24
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beerdilly


4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE - golden pale, noticably hazy which is also a result of bottle conditioning. not common for this style, but a little creativity is appreciated. nice white head which dissipates quickly.

AROMA - some citruis and fruity notes. noticable yeast. the yeast scents really shine in a good way with this beer as a result of the extra conditioning and is not inappropriate by any means. very little pils aroma which doesn't show until later in the glass.

FLAVOR - low to moderate fruity/yeasty flavors which contribute to a nice crisp and dry finish. minimal to no hop character up front but it might be identified later in the glass.

MOUTHFEEL - dry finish, crisp, moderate-strong carbonation. medium light body.

OVERALL IMPRESSION - the yeast presence definitely adds a nice twist on a style that might need a kick in the ass every now and again. I always like to see what Shorts is up to and I think they typically push boundaries in a good way. i was definitely pleased and i wouldn't mind drinking more of these at a lake instead of a computer.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2012 04:44:42 | More by beerdilly
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Zaphog

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

06-13-2012 01:52:41 | More by Zaphog
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ryantho00

Michigan

3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice hazy straw gold with little head. I get nice grainy notes on the nose with a nice dose of peppery spice. I get an undertow of wheat and more spicy grain as I inhale. The taste follows the nose closely, a deep grainy taste and sweet malts infused with a light spice. Good wheat and spicy hops as a baseline. Good medium body, nice refreshing summer brew, great balance and very very clean, almost aspirin like as another reviewer noted. A little offputting at the end of the aftertaste.

Overall a nice refreshing beer with good balance.

Cheers!!

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2012 23:19:05 | More by ryantho00
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dmorley21

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

06-12-2012 18:09:05 | More by dmorley21
Kolsch 45 from Short's Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.