Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
3.85 | pDev: 9.09%
Jun 13, 2020
Nov 09, 2006
Very Good
Notes: Our Left Coast take on a crisp, classic German-style ale is hopped up with zesty American and European hops for a twist on a traditional light-bodied beer.

From Cologne to California, Kölsch-style beers are a favorite around the world, prized for their incredible drinkability while maintaining a depth of flavor. As our stamp on this style, this Kölsch style has a punch of bright, citrusy American whole-cone hops to add West Coast character to this well-traveled ale.
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Rated: 3 by BrinkingDeer from California

Jun 13, 2020
Rated: 3.75 by BEER88 from Washington

Jan 12, 2020
Rated: 2.85 by BlueShepard19 from Kentucky

Mar 01, 2019
Rated: 4.22 by click2exit from California

Feb 08, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by Nurt20 from Illinois

Jan 26, 2019
Rated: 3.54 by Bogdawg from Massachusetts

Jan 14, 2019
Rated: 3.54 by Tcsox from Massachusetts

Jan 14, 2019
Rated: 3.7 by mojohawk21 from Missouri

Dec 08, 2018
Rated: 4.01 by Mustela_Man from California

Nov 12, 2018
Rated: 3.6 by DOCRW from Washington

Nov 10, 2018
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Rated by Mugman8 from New York

3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Smooth, crisp with ample carbonation....
Oct 11, 2018
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Reviewed by vette2006c5r from Minnesota

3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Kolsch pours a lighter straw color, but with a huge lacing and long lasting head. Creamy and malty aroma. Flavor is big and full, nice and creamy, crisp malt notes, with just a hint of hops. Good body and feel. Overall, its a bigger kolsch, and a top notch example.
Sep 14, 2018
Rated: 4.11 by redsoxjim from Massachusetts

Sep 02, 2018
Rated: 4.1 by dirtyharry2489 from West Virginia

Aug 27, 2018
Rated: 3.93 by Mikemcgrath4 from North Carolina

Aug 27, 2018
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Reviewed by EMV from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Pale golden pour with 2 fingers of fluffy white head. Nice thin rim of lacing.

S: Lemon citrus and cracked grains.

T/F: Pale malts and light grains. Strong lemon citrus flavor.. grassy. White grape skins and mild spice. Light bodied... crisp and clean.

O: A really nice clean/crisp Kolsch... and it tastes like something you'd get in Germany. Not much higher praise I can give it.
Aug 13, 2018
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Reviewed by Gmann from New York

3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25
This has to be the lightest looking beer I have seen. There is barely any color to it. The head is soapy and dissipated quickly.

The aroma has a light cracker aroma with a touch of grass. A bit of a limey hop.

The taste is of a crackery malt with some general fruitiness from the yeast. The hops are light with grassy and limey hops.

The feel is light with tingly carbonation. Sweet on the palate with a light grassy bitterness. Drinks easy.

A very light beer. Needs some more Pils malt and hops.
Aug 12, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by informaticsDoc from Pennsylvania

Aug 02, 2018
Rated: 3.77 by O-Meg from New York

Jul 30, 2018
Rated: 4.23 by rangerred from Tennessee

Jul 28, 2018
Rated: 3.77 by edthehead from New York

Jul 26, 2018
Rated: 4 by Mojopin88 from Mississippi

Jul 22, 2018
Rated: 3.69 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida

Jul 21, 2018
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Reviewed by Act25 from New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
As expected clear straw body, with fizzy white head, and not much lace.
s) Grassy, clean with biscuity malt body.
t) Follows smell but as good, clean and grassy a Kolsch as found in Koln. Bravo.
f) light to medium, clean, and chewy texture, with a dry finish. Refreshing.
o) Cannot go wrong with SN Kolsch.
Jul 21, 2018
Rated: 3.67 by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

Jul 16, 2018
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Reviewed by babaracas from Florida

4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a clear straw yellow with thin soapy white head, splotchy lace trailing. Smell: sweetly grainy and mildly spicy, white grape, nectarine, notes of grass, pine, lemon. Taste: lots of white grape, white nectarine, notes of pine and earth, lemon candy, punchy grain, mildly bready and grassy closer. Light-plus bodied, crisp. Delicious.
Jul 16, 2018
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Reviewed by metter98 from New York

3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
A: The beer is clear light yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short bright white head that died down, leaving a small patch of bubbles on the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of biscuit malts and green grapes are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell, except that the flavors of green grapes are a little stronger, which stand out in front of the biscuit malts.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink, but seems like the aromas and flavors are a bit weaker compared to other beers in the style.

Serving type: bottle
Jul 12, 2018
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Reviewed by Amendm from Florida

3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12-oz bottled PKD 05/09/18 takes an easy pour into a 16-oz. mug. 1 full finger of creamy white long lasting head eventually shrinks to a cap with moderate lacing.
Very pale slightly yellow color.
Pale wheat malt and citrus up front with bitter and spicy hops to the smell.
Taste is similar with a more pronounced malt, citrus plus apple at first. Slightly bitter/floral finish from the hops.
Light body with medium+ carbonation and then a dry finish.
Light yet flavor full, plenty of hops but not too bitter. Another summer easy drink.
Jul 09, 2018
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Reviewed by jadpsu from Georgia

3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Kolsch style appearance of an extremely faint, pale straw color. About as light pale as a beer color could be. Copious sticky white head shows good retention and side glass lace.
AROMA: Fairly sharp grass, husk and some tart aroma as well.
TASTE: Easy drinking, crisp, dry tart.
This is a simple beer that nevertheless a great Kolsch style experience.
Jul 07, 2018
Rated: 3.6 by YonDeLuis from Texas

Jul 07, 2018
Rated: 3.85 by TheRock7755 from Georgia

Jul 05, 2018
Rated: 3.97 by socon67 from New York

Jul 05, 2018
Rated: 3.5 by Navin-Johnson from Texas

Jun 28, 2018
Rated: 4.04 by John1985 from Tennessee

Jun 26, 2018
Rated: 3.51 by JamieDuncan from Maryland

Jun 26, 2018
Rated: 3.81 by orprince from New York

Jun 25, 2018
Rated: 4.1 by GlennWB from West Virginia

Jun 24, 2018
Rated: 3 by bundy462 from Texas

Jun 24, 2018
Rated: 3.92 by brewnme from Maine

Jun 22, 2018
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Reviewed by chinchill from South Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
12 oz bottle, bottled last month.
Pale light golden body with a decent white head.
Flavorful for style with very good balance between bready malts and spicy-herbal hops. Hints of lemon.
Jun 22, 2018
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