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Sierra Nevada German-Style Kölsch | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada German-Style KölschSierra Nevada German-Style Kölsch
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Sierra Nevada German-Style KölschSierra Nevada German-Style Kölsch

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

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by rayjay on 11-09-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 144 |  Reviews: 32
Reviews by Philousa:
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4.31/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Imbibed at Burger on 2/3/13

Very clear pale yellow, like the sun on a foggy summer morning. White frothy head with good retention. Clean aroma with some nuttiness and slight bready grain to it. Mostly light though, even a little lemony. Lemon also extends to flavor, kicking things off, followed by a tart body, no doubt from the yeast. Nuttiness is mealy, like a walnut, adding to complexity without taking away from the "cleanliness" of the flavor profile. Noble hops have their place, bringing a flowery nectar-ish bitterness to the end. Finish is dry with feel tending towards watery. This is a great Kölsch that I want on a hot summer's day, but would have any time of the year.

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Photo of wedge
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear, shining yellow under a thick lumpy head that drops to a milky covering. Aromas are clean and earthy...hay, wheaty sweetness, and a little hit of sulfer. Grainy malts and spicy hops in the flavor. Grassy, crisp, and refreshing. Fairly light bodied and very drinkable. Good summer drinker.

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Photo of cavedave
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful white gold, crystal clear, topped by a long lasting finger of white foam. Gorgeous.

A bit of tart yeast leads a lightly fruity and citrus aroma that balances some super crisp malt notes.

Really crisp light sweet grain meets lemony hop, floral hop, and a bit of really rounded tart in a full flavored (for a koesch that is) brew. Sip ends with a bit of fruity bitter and light tart.

Medium bodied, medium carb, excellent finish, not to style by any means with the hops so assertive in the linger but a refreshing and interesting take for sure.

Highly recommended, so juicy and good, just dry enough and just hoppy enough to blow the style but make for a delicious beer.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bright yellow body. Billowing pure white foam. Drippy lace.

Grass/hay and lemon aroma. Hints of cracker.

Lightly sweet up front. Bitter bite at the the swallow. The sweet and bitter entwine in the afterglow.

Light but prickly mouthfeel.

A Kolsch with a little more bite to it than most. Nice treat from the summer box.

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Photo of TimBeaulieu
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SanFranJake
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CaeserTits
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Doomcifer
4.37/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of bsp77
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into pseudo-Stange.

Appearance: Bright straw color with very thick, bubbly, white head.

Smell: White pepper and a general spiciness. Dried out apple. A hint of citrus.

Taste: Crackery malts with strong apple undercurrents. Fairly hoppy for a Kolsch, with pepper, spicy & floral notes, and some nice citrus as well. A hint of sourness.

Feel: Pretty high carbonation with a fairly light body. Very crisp and dry.

Overall: This is the best Kolsch I have had, despite being a little off-style. I really wish I could buy a six pack of this, although the Summer Pack is nice overall.

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Photo of innominat
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of briandaube
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tux_alin
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours crystal clear and the palest of yellows with a white, finger width head. Fair retention gives way to a thin, broken layer of surface suds and a decent run of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass.

Smell - Strong bready aroma. Hints of grass and hop spice.

Taste - Follows the nose. Sweet and bready upfront. Back end hits on the hop character; fair spice bite that fades into light grass and hints of citrus. Touches on some fruity esters. Bittersweet finish.

Mouthfeel - Light in body with a vigorous, bitey carbonation. Slick texture with a crisp finish.

Overall - Not bad at all, in fact pretty good considering the style. Certainly a solid summertime option, and a good choice for their Summer Variety pack.

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Photo of tdm168
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at World of Beer Raleigh

A - gold with a big, frothy, white head that has great retention

S - musty, cereal grains

T - grassy, mild bitter hops, faint lemon

M - crisp, light bodied, smooth

This is a decent, highly drinkable example of the style. The flavor is on point and to style. This is a perfect trade-out for any American Lager.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clean yellow with thick white head. Loopy tree-line lace.

Aroma: Clean malts, with a hint of citrus and a tinge of tropical hops. Very pleasant already!

Taste: Clean and refreshing. The body here is light but there is a ton of flavor, with a bounty of hoppiness that puts this one well ahead of the pack, and proves to be a big success for Sierra Nevada. I’d buy this one again, yes.

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Photo of Justdoit1234
4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BigJim5021
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KarmicSkrambl8
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of breadwinner
4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It's SN, so this one has some hops, to be sure, floral and limey citrusy, but they manage to balance out with the malt to keep things light and satisfying. Probably a touch heftier than a traditional kolsch, sure, but still super drinkable. Would love to see this one appear in future seasonals/mix packs.

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Photo of brewmaster411
3.36/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What can you expect from a light bodied, light flavored beer? While this beer was very well made and drinkable, it was not exceptional. By comparison, Hollywood Blond was more definitive of the traditional style. I cannot fault Sierra Nevada for their effort, but this is the lightest bodied beer they have created.

The appearance, aroma and flavor were very nice, and I believe on target for the style.

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Photo of vancean2
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Acforster2
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tourdot
3.1/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Overall a decent light bodied beer but nothing that stands out and will make me seek it out again.

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Sierra Nevada German-Style Kölsch from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 144 ratings
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