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Colonial Kölsch | John Harvard's Brewery & Ale House

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Brewed by:
John Harvard's Brewery & Ale House
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-11-1999

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 11 |  Reviews: 11
Photo of MuddyFeet
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a pale gold and very flat looking. No head in the 16oz pint glass. Malts were very sweet with the hops providing some balance, but not quite enough. Some lemon rinds came through as well. Also, picked up hints of the yeast--it was not so much flavorful as just simply present. Medium body to this beer and with a nice dry and crisp finish. This beer almost feels like it is tiptoeing around the room trying not to wake me up. Overall, a nice light beer to enjoy after walking for hours around the city. Went well with my mozzarella sticks.

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Photo of Truh
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found wandering the streets of Cologne with a stange with this one on 4/27/2005. 16-oz. pint at the Harvard Square location.

Fungal, petri dish coat of very light head, but with a surprising amount of stick. Very pale, washed out yellow hue that is looking glass clear with some great bubbling. Light, wet malt rub on nose with some lemon rind thrown into the mix and a touch of yeasty molé. Light hop pin prick, like an allergy test, on the mouth and things come back mostly negative; malt is equally light on the tongue with some wheat chaff frisking things up only a bit.

Given the above qualities, they all add up to a rather approachable brew.

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Photo of mschofield
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a sparkling gold, well carbonated with a two finger puffy white head. Leaves partial rings of lacing.
Clean and light aroma, good example of the style, light malt and grain, a bit fruity.
Subtle fruitiness to the taste, grass, mild citrus zest, very mild malt - very light toasted quality.
Light bodied and very mild, easy to drink, but it's very subtle.

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Photo of PatandDavid
3.24/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had a half of this last evening at the JH in Cambridge. Clear pale gold in color, I was surprised by the aroma of pears. There's some additional fruitiness to start (I'll guess pear-like), but it descends into grainyness that while not unpleasant isn't going to help the drinkability.

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Photo of taez555
4.27/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a white head with a crystal clear yellow body.

The nose had a soft malt tone with a slight fruitiness.

The taste was very light and refreshing. Loads of flavor for such a small beer. A beautiful present slight toasted nutty malt with subtle hop and fruit. Very light but present bitterness. A slight creaminess even. There’s a soft wheat touch as well that balances nicely against the malt.

I wish I could say more about this beer. It’s really a fantastic beer. Maybe not your classic German kolsch, but oh so tasty and flavorful. One of my favorite standards at John Harvard.

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Photo of chaduvel
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a crisp and refreshing brew. Smells are of citrus and grains. Tastes clean and fresh, with hints of granny smith apple. Went down easily. While my German friends who were sharing a pitcher tell me that this tastes nothing like a real Kolsch, they agreed that it was a tasty offering. Having yet to try a Kolsch in Koln, I'll have to take their word for it.

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Photo of Jdiddy
4.08/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This was a great Kolsch that was extremely drinkable especially on one of the first hot days of the year. Very thirst quenching. Had a nice nutty taste to it. Very crisp and clear with not much complexity. Nice golden color. Perfect beer to start with or drink throughout the night. Goes down smooth.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very ligth body, very pale color, head was there left some lace but didn't last. An okay Kölsch but not enough beef for me. The hops and malt seemed balanced but not a lot of each.

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Photo of BillyBrew
3.28/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I guess this brew missed my fancy. Golden pale/ straw colour with a sticky, fizzy head that leaces lacey rings. Light nose with very slight mlat and slight hop. A mostly grainy taste with Euro-tasting grains and malt with slight hops and mild bitterness. Light, fizzy and dry mouth.

Light body and taste, highly carbonated and summery dry. I should not have had the porter beforehand. I should have drank this on my sunny porch instead of dark, climate-contolled brewpub. Cheers

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Photo of Jason
3.47/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clean and crisp upfront, light and grainy in the malt department. Twang of hops and fermented wheat in the middle with a quick bite of hop bitterness. The colour could be a bit lighter and a bit more of a bready malt flavour would bring this closer to being par to the style.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.1/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: On tap.

Appearance: Very clear golden straw in colour with a creamy white lace.

Smell: Some malt and grain with hints of alcohol and veggie hop.

Taste: Light with a light maltiness, grainy some veggie herbal hop. This brew finishes clean and dry.

Notes: Very light and refreshing yet not as close to the actual German style, still a comfortable brew none the less.

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Colonial Kölsch from John Harvard's Brewery & Ale House
Beer rating: 3.61 out of 5 with 11 ratings
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