Bug Dope Kolsch | Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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Brewed by:
Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Minnesota, United States

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Summer

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Added by feloniousmonk on 06-11-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 5 |  Reviews: 5
Photo of ADR
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub...

Clear and bright yellow appearance, early head of a flat and shining 1/4 of an inch powers down in half a minute or so. Minimal lacing on the pint glass. Fresh aroma, doughy with hints of lemon and green apple. Flavor is light and clean, as appropriate to style, light hay and floral tones from hops that are well-done in their balance. Malt is subtle in its sweetness. Just a touch of graininess to the texture enhances the light mouthfeel and reminds you that that this beer is a cut above an ordinary Lager entry. Very drinkable and a nice beer to have around in the Summer months.

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Photo of bditty187
4.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear, gold-straw in hue, there is a slight tawny highlight, minimal animation. The white head was served with a paltry foamy cap, thin in the middle. The head retention was fair, holes in the foam developed over time and there was almost no subsequent lacing. The nose is pleasant with a good deal of toffee maltiness, some soft sweetness too, the hops are at the back and they are not very forceful but I could notice some light grassy notes. For the style the bouquet is talkative and thus inviting. As nice as the nose is, it is still a tad mundane. The palate, on the other hand, is anything but. This is a very tasty Kolsch. The malt is delicious with tons of toffee, hints of caramel, and ample maltiness, cracker/biscuit flavors too. This is damn lovely, great malt construct and now the hops kick in, while they are not overly bitter or succulent, the modest herbal and grassy notes do wonders for this beer. It is spicy at the finish. This is very refreshing, tasty, and enjoyable. Medium/medium-light in body with a healthy malt backbone. Moderately low carbonation. Ideal mouthfeel. This is one of the finest Kolsch beers I’ve ever had and probably the best U.S. made example. This is a great summer seasonal; actually this would be great year round. Seek it out… just ignore the odd name!

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Photo of Bighuge
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice looking light golden tone. Sunny hues. Good sized dirty white head leaves bountiful lace in ringlike patterns. Aroma is quite nice. Fruity (peaches and banana), yeasty and doughy to a slight extent and a little hay character as well. The taste is quite quenching. A respectable malt backing gives the beer body and flavor. Some light fruity tones mix in with a little lemongrass and subdued pepper. Hops add just enough floral qualities to the mix. Nice blend that is superbly refreshing.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.52/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On-Tap at the brewpub: Not sure about the name, Bug Dope?
Clear glowing straw gold color, small based whitish firm cap, minimal spotty lacing.

Aroma is quite nice, dullish sweet malt and pale malt, a touch candish, not all that strong, but very nice to take in, clean, mild, fresh, fruity, with a baked honey wheat bread quality.

Taste is just as nice as the smell would leave you to believe, very well handled malt profile, dullish, mild sweetness that brings in fresh bread dough; slick and chewy in some regards. Honeyish and candy-like without the sugars. Very inticing little flavor nuances located throughout. Touches of hops delicately breach the finishing area with calm grassy/floral notes. Its effortless smoothness and easy taste just begs to be drank.

Easy going, creamy smooth feel, lightly carbonated with a certain textured give in areas. Solid medium body and quite quaffable. A quenchingly quaint quintessence of quality.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.32/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The kolsch style is one that took me awhile to really appreciate, in that so many of the American craft-brew varities I'd encountered seemed so different , and they lacked any true cohesion to essential characteristics. Some bottles straight from Cologne helped fixed the real nature of the style, and I've got to say that Mr. Hoops did a fine job nailing it down.
Appearance: bright golden color, good 1/2" head of snow-white foam atop.
Aroma, quiet, but pleasing hops, delicate fruit, notes of pear and green apple. Very sophisticated and serene, light, yet but with a delcious, honeyish tone that tickles the nose.
Taste: a tidy hop buzz begins, then slowly slides off, leaving a slim fruitiness that softly dries on the palate. Light bodied, crisp finish, excellent flavor. This was a good one to try out for the summertime, and an alternative option for those who stumble in looking for the closest thing to their normal light lager (you know the type, "what do have that's close to Coors Light?").
Of course, it's nothing like that stuff, but the flavor is so subtle, but still noble, that it can just whiz past the less-discerning.
Mouthfeel is just right for the style, largely clean and supple, but still possessing a low-key spark that rewards with each sip you take. Drinkability is huge.
The name comes from the amusing notion put forth by the beer's creator that not only will this be excellent relief for strenuous acts of grass-cutting, but stands in as a useful repellent for our true state bird, the mosquito. I guess there's only one way to find out!

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Bug Dope Kolsch from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
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