Kölsch
Founders Brewing Company

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Style:
German Kölsch
Ranked #241
ABV:
4.3%
Score:
82
Ranked #34,243
Avg:
3.63 | pDev: 13.5%
Reviews:
5
Ratings:
17
From:
Founders Brewing Company
 
Michigan, United States
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Rotating
Wants
  2
Gots
  2
SCORE
82
Good
Notes: Southern German style ale. Crisp and clean, this light bodied brew showcases subtle hop notes at the finish.
Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 17
Photo of beersampler6
3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very nice light but flavorful beer sampled on tap at Founders. Light yellow color, some mild head and spotty lingering lacing. Smells very faintly of grain and malt. Tastes surprisingly flavorful - caramel, vanilla, grain, malt and a hint of some hops. Like the best AAL or light lager you’d ever have - but elevated. Clean smooth crisp finish, not too dry, mild mouthfeel. Great carbonation.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.42/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

On tap at brewery:
Pours a medium gold, a little darker than I’m used to, with only a thin ring of sustained white head.

Nose does have a light white wine grape note, but there’s also a little bit of spent malt involved. Something about it reminds me of the malt profile Green Zebra, for some reason.

A medium light, wet feel has a lightly present carbonation. Clean opening and fairly clean finish. The beer comes across more as a pale lager in flavor, though. It’s more malt-driven without too much influence from the dry grass bittering notes. These do actually linger lightly on a fairly dry palate.

Not as crisp or nuanced as other Kölsch I have had. An easy drinking, malty-to-neutral offering that doesn’t quite hold my interest.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This beer was served from the tap at Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY at their Goose Island vs. Founders Split Tap Takeover. It arrived in a Founders Stout Season pint glass, glowing a pale straw coloring. It held a one finger head of clean white bubbles, showing okay retention. This boiled down to light rings of lacing on the quick side. Carbonation appeared robust, with only a chill haze to mar its clarity. The aroma was simple, with pale grain, borderline adjuncty straw, light wheatiness, spicy musk, black pepper, coiny yeast, and light vanilla and white sugar to cut on the back. Our first impression was that there was nice freshness to the flavoring, with a clean finish to help even out a biting initial paleness. As we sipped, toasted pale malts, light citric hops, and raw sesame seeds mixed for the start. The peak came with more wheatiness, pale malts, lemony bite, and crisp coininess. The finish washed with more subtle grassy hops, raw wheat, equally as grassy malt, and a bittered raw lemongrass twinge. The aftertaste breathed of raw honey sweetness, straw, metallic coininess, light grassy funk, clean vanillas, light booze, and sweaty saltiness.. The body was light, and the carbonation was high. There was nice froth, slurp, sip, and smack to the sip, with big foaminess on the swirl. Crisp, chalky dryness came on the back, in the absence of any real coating, or crazy astringency. The palate was left cooled, with a light oily slickness to it. The abv was fine, and the beer drank easily.

Overall, what we liked best about this beer was its freshness. There really wasn’t too much bitterness by the end of the flavoring, which is definitely overdone for a lot of beers of this style. This helped to keep things drinking easily. Any big musk is also curbed a bit by the fresh and green hoppiness, and bright grassiness to the malts themselves. All of this keeps the mouth watering and the beer flowing, but there is nothing too standoutish about this offering.

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Photo of granger10
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium gold color with a medium white head. Good amount of lacing along the glass. Smell was hard to detect at first, I think b/c of the coldness of the beer, but I got some floral hoppiness and some hay in the aroma. This beer is what I'd expect a Kolsch to be. Medium in body with a slight grainy sweetness upfront. Hops are slightly spicy then become slightly bitter in the finish. The finish is dry and crisp. I actually liked this more as it got a little less cold but that might just be me.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.48/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Founders and took a growler home with me. Pours out to a beautiful straw golden with a very slight chill haze, forming a large rocky bone white head with exceptional lacing that clings tenaciously to the glass. Retention is awesome. Carbonation is medium-strong. Aroma of freshly mown hay, crisp and delicate pale malt, delicately floral and soft Saaz-like hops. Mouthfeel is spritzy and lively upon the tongue...extremely crisp and refreshing with a light body. The taste is really a recapitulation of the aroma...hay, delicate floral flavor hops, a very light residual husky sweetness, mild Saaz bittering hops, and a tart and crisp finish. Impeccably fermented...absolutely no off-flavors and alcohol is completely imperceptable.

This is just an exceptional brew. It's so easy to drink, yet full of flavor. The mouthfeel is exceptional and just makes me want to drink more. This should become a standard line-up, but then again, so should everything these guys brew. Stunning stuff and true to style.

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Kölsch from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 17 ratings