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Brewer's Alley Kölsch | Brewer's Alley Restaurant & Brewery

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Brewed by:
Brewer's Alley Restaurant & Brewery
Maryland, United States

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This style originated in the area of Cologne, Germany. It exhibits the more desirable features of both ales and lagers. Our Kölsch is pale gold with light body and a slightly dry palate. It has a mild bitterness and delicate hop aroma. This beer is a clean and pleasant thirst quencher, which earned a Bronze Medal at the 1998 Great American Beer Festival.

Added by Todd on 10-31-2003

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Ratings: 86 |  Reviews: 35
Reviews by ToAzwethinkweizm:
Photo of ToAzwethinkweizm
3/5  rDev -15%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Date: 7 March 2011
Glass: 5oz pilsner
Type: On-tap

Drank on tap at Brewer's Alley in Frederick, MD. Taken from notes:

This is pretty much another 'tick' beer, as there is nothing extremely special about it.

Appearance: Apple juice color, no head, runny lacing.

Smell: None? Like a cheap adjunct aroma.

Taste: Smooth pils flavor without the skunk.

Mouthfeel: Just like a Miller Lite, without skunk!

Drinkability: Oh yeah. Smooth-drinking, but that's all it has going for it.

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Photo of chOAKbarrell
3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I suppose this is pretty good as far as a Kolsch goes. I've only really ever had 2 or 3 other beers in this style. It seems to be pretty consistent with the others, which means it features the light golden color and the straw/grass-clippings smell/taste, followed by a cardboard finish. I dont really understand how anyone could be super-into this style, but I am sure it is refreshing on a hot day. Probably the best thing at Brewer's Alley that you could recommend to a Bud/Miller/Coors fan.

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Photo of LXIXME
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of kgammell1
3.35/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ITK4ever
3.77/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tried this at the brew-pub on a hot Saturday afternoon.

Nice head, smooth rich color, slightly cloudy. Deinitely a Kolsch nose to it and nice lacing on the glass. This place uses quality ingredients and it shows.

You can tell they went for the Kolsch, but something stopped them from going all the way with it. Perhaps they were trying to appeal to the Fredneck market where all you can really sell is Bud. There's a Kolsch sense, but I do like it a little dryer, a little more Kolschy. I'd get it again, but I prefer BA's IPA.

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Photo of MacEnvy
3.16/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: Not a large head, dissipates quickly, no lacing. Lovely gold-orange color.

S: No hop aroma to speak of. Malt apparent but subdued. Sweet smelling, perhaps unusual for a kolsch.

T: Relatively sweet for the style. Some tea, light caramel, grass. Very little hops at all. Sweetness approaches sickly after most of the glass.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth.

O: A very drinkable beer that even my wife (who drinks exclusively Belgian ales) enjoyed. It's honestly a little too sweet for the style - most kolsches outside of Dom are crisper. The malt presence is forward and could be balanced with a bit more hop character. Overall, a pretty enjoyable beer though.

I really enjoy Brewer's Alley as a restaurant (if you're ever in Frederick look them up), but they make finer beers than this. It's just "okay" for a craft brew.

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Photo of Skabiski
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tempest
3.64/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle while stopping in Frederick. The right flavors are there to elevate it from a blonde all—doughy malt, earthy undertones, crisp finish with a hint of hops. But it tastes like the volume isn't turned up all the way. Solid beer, but there are better kolschs.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.35/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint.

Pours a clear gold with several foamy fingers of brite-white colored head. Retains with a thin fizzy layer foam, which leaves light spotty lace back. The aroma smells of buttery bread, with accents of fruity citrus and a gentle floral spicy feel in the nose.

The taste is toasty sweetness with a splash of citrus, along with a firm (and just a touch spicy) bitterness. Gentle dryness in the finish. The mouthfeel is lighter-medium bodied, with a bubbly carbonation that sits on top of a much prickier feel underneath. Good eveness between the two feels.

This was OK. It lacked the real dryness that I like in a good Kölsch but the flavors and body made this quenching enough. I'd like to give this a dry on draft sometime down at the brewpub.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap to a pint glass. The liquid is a dim shade of yellow kind of average. Good carbonation, white head and a little lace. Not bad

The smell is citrusy, lemon, a little yeast and bready.

The taste is of some very smooth malt and a dose of lemon. Hops lay real low here. Not much but they and a kind of dry taste.

Mouthfeel is smooth with a slight bubbly bite. Very beer like.

Drinkability is good, Not a bad example of the style. MK

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Photo of dexterk1
3.47/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance once in a glass is a little average overall. Mostly yellow with some orange. Head is not very thick and is not really impressive.
Odor is not too bad. Malt and some grain. Slightly fruity as well.
Taste is actually pretty good. Bready and malty. Slight fruityness detected as well. Mouth feel is light and carbonated. Not a bad beer for summer and warmer weather(as kolsch is intended). Overall, not a bad kolsch, but not the nest I have had.

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Photo of Hockey_Fan
3.66/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tone77
3.18/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, slightly sweet. Taste is crisp, some malts, finishing a little bitter. Not an overly flavorful beer. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has decent drinkability. Overall this is a fairly good brew.

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Photo of bonbini26
3.01/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

on tap @ the brewpub 01-02-09

A= golden clean honey-yellow, almost no head.

S= nice florals, malts, traditional bready scent.

T= Mild bitterness and light finish

M= clean, enough mild hops bite and florals with light sweetness to savor for a while.

D= pretty easy drinking, clean and a plesant thirst quencher

Would recommend for someone who is used to drinking bud light or something along those lines.

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Photo of VeganUndead
3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Beejay
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale golden amber in color, with a very small white head that turns into a ring quickly.

S: Light toffee, some earthiness, and a touch herbal.

T: Lightly fruity, with a nice malt flavor. finish is a little bit herbal, and lightly fruity on the citrus side.

M: Light and crisp body with a high level of carbonation.

O: Not a bad brew. light, crisp and refreshing. But nothing to write home about.

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Photo of imbibehour
3.92/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Gaffel stange glass.

An off white yellow head is formed rich is really soapy, and doesn't stick around for very long, sitting on a clear gold crystal clear body of about orange/dark brass color. Head looks like weak shampoo.

Nose is a mild malt, small sour grain, and slight toasted white bread. Pretty good, not too bad.

Taste though is really dam solid. Big bread punch hinting with a crisp malt and finishing with doughy baked white bread. Texture has just the right amount of thickness to go along with the malty punch. Light hopped grass on the finish also.

Overall this feels pretty exciting considering it seemed like it started off so poorly, but they did a real solid job here. Good for the local gang up in Frederick, more for me please!

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.24/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

This one pours a straw yellow, with a half inch head, and just a little bit of lacing.

Smells like bready malt and lager yeast, not much here, but doesn't smell bad.

This one tastes like mild grassy hops, with a fruity Kolschy yeast flavor, and bready malt. Not bad but very very bland.

It's very drinkable, with a crisp bite, and a moderate level of carbonation.

Not bad, but there are many better kolsches out there.

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Photo of Beer-A-Lot
3.81/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DrBier
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Octoberist
3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ECsurfattic
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of bubseymour
3.35/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - very unattractive in the glass. No head or retention at all. Plenty of carbonation and bubbles sticking to sides of glass. Clear pale orange.

Smell - Very off putting sulfuring smell with some bready and cracker scents.

Taste - Very grainy flavor but very easy to drink. No bitterness at all. Not bad at all.

Mouthfeel - watery

Overall - This is too much like an American Macro to spend the extra money for craft. Its easy to drink swill none-the-less.

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Photo of yankinwis
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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