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Kölsch | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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3.85/5
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386 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
sierranevada.com

Style: German Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#18,836
Reviews:
96
Ratings:
386
pDev:
9.09%
 
 
Wants:
34
Gots:
93
Trade:
0
HISTOGRAM
 
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Ratings: 386 |  Reviews: 96
Photo of BlueShepard19
2.85/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of click2exit
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Nurt20
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bogdawg
3.54/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tcsox
3.54/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mojohawk21
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mustela_Man
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of DOCRW
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mikeycibelli
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mugman8
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....

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Photo of vette2006c5r
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.

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4.11/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dirtyharry2489
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Mikemcgrath4
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of EMV
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.

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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.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of edthehead
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Act25
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.

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3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of babaracas
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.

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Kölsch from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 386 ratings