Kent Lake Kolsch | Iron Springs Pub & Brewery

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Kent Lake KolschKent Lake Kolsch

Brewed by:
Iron Springs Pub & Brewery
California, United States

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by mjl21 on 05-30-2009

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Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 42
Photo of flagmantho
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: light golden hue with a moderate haze and effervescence. Head is a finger of super fizzy white foam that doesn't stick around too long.

Smell: lightly sweet malt with a pretty prominent adjunct corniness and lightly plastic-smelling element. Thankfully it's light enough not to be super offensive, but it's not particularly enticing.

Taste: mild, a little corny, and a little sweet. Not as bad as the aroma; it reminds me much more of a cream ale than a Kölsch.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a light carbonation and creaminess. Not terrible; it's a little bit refreshing, but it's not exciting.

Overall: the aroma is a little bit off-putting, but overall it's OK and it has the advantage of being low ABV and inoffensive enough to be quite sessionable. Points for drinkability.

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Photo of duffgardens
3.54/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Surprisingly bitter with metallic and straw notes (could be an older bottle). Not as balanced, and frankly drinkable, as other Kölsch (and Kölsch-style) brews I've had; e.g., Magnolia Kalifornia and Fort Point Kölsch.

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Photo of elNopalero
3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Tried this on tap at the brewery one fine day. This poured a crystalline gold, clear and bright in the glass. Light aroma, and a quick finish on the palate. I suppose all those qualities are desired in a kolsh, although I could have used a taste more on my end.

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Photo of samtrillo
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 5/27/14 drank on 5/29/14

A - Yellow with a bit of a orange tint in there for good measure. Microscopic rim of head around the glass with no lacing.

S - I'm getting cereal malt and grassiness. Buttery.

T - Refreshing cereal malt. It has some breadiness, aftertaste is biscuity, pleasant and clean.

M - Crisp, clean and under control. Bouncy amount of bubbles.

O - Seems like a very nice, refreshing kolsch.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy yellow with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and grass aromas. Taste is much the same with grain and grass flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of lsummers
4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours super clear and clean, lots of carbonation and with an aggressive pour you get a two finger tall head that dissipates.

Smell is very nice and subtle, lots of dough and buttermilk biscuit notes. Has a sweetness in the smell that goes very nice with the malt and very subtle fresh cut grass notes.

Taste is also outstanding. If you like the Kolsch style then you will really appreciate the subtle nuances in the flavor. Tons of the malty buttermilk donut flavors. And I say donut just because it has a great amount of honey like sweetness character that goes nicely with the very very subtle floral grassy hops. Mouthfeel is crisp, clean and has some moderate amount of carbonation give some great slight bite.

Overall, I would definitely have this on tap, in a growler, and in more bottles. It may not be my ultimate favorite Kolsch but it's up there.

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Photo of mactrail
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light body, biscuity flavors. Nice malty aroma with a hint like honey and pollen. A bit sweet and murky. Some sharp flavors. Really just a beery beer. Not as crisp at first as one might expect in a Kölsch, but it does have a tart lemony touch. Slight hop flavor, more on the perfumey side. Looks nice enough, and tastes better at first pour when it's cold and streaming with foam.

A very drinkable and pleasant quaff if you just think of it as a slightly off-kilter lager.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a clear, golden color, very thin white head.

S- Light, grainy malts. Some citrus. Grassy, slightly floral hops.

T- Light citrus, grassy, floral hops produce an even but not overpowering bitterness. Lots of grainy hops. Finishes crisp and dry.

M- Medium to light bodied, well carbonated, very crisp.

O- A solid Kolsch, represents the style very well. Very drinkable. This is a great choice for summer or to pair with lunch.

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Photo of avaldivia
3.94/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted at Whole Foods in Novato, in their tasting area. Poured into a snifter.

A: Light golden color. Not much of a head with very little lacing.

S: Reminds me almost of a Pilsner. A bit grassy, citrusy but not in a heavily hoppy way. Nice malt smell as well.

T: Malty, grainy, crisp flavor. Definitely grassy and herbal notes.

M: Very clean and crisp. Good carbonation. It is a beer I would definitely buy around the summertime.

O: I enjoyed this guy. I thought it was nice and crisp without being flavorless. For the price, I will for sure be getting more of this guy.

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Photo of lionchow
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy, pale, light yellow. Many carbonation bubbles rising in the glass.

Aroma - a slight sulfur note, lightly malty, very nice.

F - Malty, grainy, with mild earthy hops. There is a light citrus tang. It is initially sweet from the maltiness, but finishes dry.

M - Med/high carbonation plus a medium level malty mouthfeel make it very enjoyable.

Overall a very enjoyable kolsch.

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Photo of Offa
4.01/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a very good kolsch with nice character if unimpressive appearance, at least from the bottle.

Deep gold, it has a smallish fizzy white head quickly thinning to nothing at all.

Aroma is grain, mineral, some apple, grass.

Taste is a good, full kolsch character, light, crisp but flavourful. It has a full grain, fruity character with hints of grass, wild herbs, weeds, etc., and is nicely balanced. It is highly drinkable. Feel is light but firm, zesty, not watery.

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Photo of SolomonGrundy
2.76/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Last of the Iron Springs haul....Sad day...ANyway, Pours a rich golden-ish yellow. Head disappears as quickly as it pours, no lacing. Nose is, as my pal commented, something akin to dirty laundry. So far, not so good...Flavor is a weakish, heaty mixture of maltiness with a touch o' da hops. Finish is short and watery. Not great, but refreshing...

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Photo of chickencoop
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Whole Foods/ Petaluma, nice selection by the way. This was a nice pour, clean golden pour with a bright white head. Smell was a bready crisp hop, very clean. Taste came off the same way, very simlilar to Heiner from the Big Easy, very tasty. Overall the beer was solid, had some of the others and was not impressed but this was good, i'll pick it up again.

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Photo of popery
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I haven't had much kölsch (many kolsches?), so maybe it's just the style, but this is only ok for me. It's light, relatively dry and there's a very mild vinous quality to the malt, but I bet that there's more than that to a great kölsch. I'd prefer a stronger vinous note and a richer malt flavor. The hopping is nice, but I always like Hallertauer hops. There's an acrid flavor to the beer that prevents it from being good for a session for me. I'll need to try more beers in the style and revisit this one.

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Photo of mjl21
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub. Poured into a pint glass. Comes in at 4.5%.

A-Pours copper with a smaller off white head that sticks around as a nice layer.

S-Pick up on pilsner malt, some Hallertau hops, and a tad bit of cat pee. The cat pee sibsides as it warms.

T-Lots of German flavor immediately come out from the pilsner malt and Hallertau hops. Get some wheat taste. At the finish it has a nice tart and tangy feel.

M-Medium bodied and quite crisp. Tart and tangy.

D-Very refeshing and has a low abv.

A pretty good version of a kolsch. I prefer their pilsner over this one.

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Kent Lake Kolsch from Iron Springs Pub & Brewery
3.67 out of 5 based on 42 ratings.
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