Elevator Xtra | Elevator Brewery & Draught Haus

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Elevator Brewery & Draught Haus
Ohio, United States

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Dogbrick on 09-07-2005

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Ratings: 15 |  Reviews: 8
Photo of SDRedDevil
2.59/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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3.75/5  rDev +19.8%

Photo of LuckyLemans
3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

Photo of jgunther71
4/5  rDev +27.8%

Photo of krome
4/5  rDev +27.8%

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3/5  rDev -4.2%

Photo of jharkins07
3/5  rDev -4.2%

Photo of goblue3509
3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear straw yellow color with a thin head which gives way to little to no lacing. The aroma is of pale malt and graininess but it is faint. The taste has a grain and pale malt backbone with a slight taste of fruit and a small amount of honey sweetness. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated and dry at the end. Overall it is a crisp clean beer with nothing to make you dislike it and it is a very easy drink. However, there isn't a lot to keep you going and craving more.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.36/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A nice little lawmower beer here. Just in case you have a lawn to mow in downtown Columbus I guess.

This Kolsch begins with a brilliantly clear straw color, light head formation and retention with no real lacing. Think standard yellow beer.

Aromas are a nice blend of pilsner malts and graininess. Malt character gives a cracker-like crispness to the nose, taste, and texture that saves the beer from being confused with industrial beers. A mild fruitiness also give a touch of complexity and compliments the sweet maltiness nicely. The beer releases its creaminess at mid-palate and becomes quite drinkable with a light dryness from a growing hop bitterness and accentuated grain texture.

Not real sure if this is a Koslch but it'll pass for a nice little Blonde Ale.

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Photo of prototypic
2.73/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to csmiley for splitting the bomber. This one is labeled as the A.D. Farrow Commemorative V-Twin Ale. Chris was advised by Elevator that this is simply Xtra with a different label.

Appearance: It's a little hazy and is a light gold yellow, straw-like color. There's quite a bit of yeast or something jammed up in the bottle, but not much made it into the glass. The head is white and didn't quite measure up to one finger. Retention was very short lived. No lacing remained to speak of. Not impressive.

Smell: Saying the nose is modest in terms of strength is too nice. It's very weak. It is a little vegetal and features a light corn scent. There's a little sweet malt in there, but not much as far as I can tell. Smells grainy and earthy. I'm not picking up anything in terms of hops. No alcohol to speak of either.

Taste: There is a step-up here, but not a huge one by any means. It is very earthy and grainy. It has a decent grass-like taste. It is a little vegetal. A light corn flavor is really the main flavor there. There is some sweet malt there that has a decent flavor. No alcohol is noted. I don't know what the abv is, but it can't be that high. Overall, it's a little better than I was expecting at this point. The nose crashed any expectations that I had.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied. It's not quite a smooth feel, but it's not bad. Carbonation's pretty active and hinders it to a degree, but gives it a decent crisp bite. Drinkability is average. It goes down really easy. But, there's not enough flavor to really draw one back for more. It's okay, but nothing to get excited about.

Elevator's got a very, very average beer here. Probably a little below average. I had some hopes given its nice label and "commemorative edition" status. It just has too many glaring flaws to measure up to good beer. The nose is weak, it's short on flavor, and has no depth or character. Needs a lot of work. I'm also a little confused by the Kolsch classification. I'd call it a few things, but a Kolsch probably isn't one of them.

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Photo of csmiley
2.88/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pale yellow color. Not much head to speak of. What little there is is white and gone after a few seconds. No lacing. Average.

S - Aroma is very light. Some graininess stands out. A touch of pale malt and barely comes through toward the end. Not much going on with the aroma.

T - Grainy and light in the flavor. Very light. Cereal and pale malt are noted in the background. Might be some honey in there as well. No alcohol is present in the flavor.

M - Light bodied with decent carbonation. Crisp and somewhat refreshing.

S - Drinkability is average. This brew is clean, crisp, and bland. Alcohol is hard to detect. Then agian, any flavor is hard to pick up. I can see this one being made for mass consumption or maybe the non-craft crowd. Not something I would seek out agian.

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Photo of xare
2.3/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Comes as a pale golden color with no head whatsoever. Smell is of corn, taste is like corn, mouthfeel is smooth but nothing else and has an aftertaste of corn. Notice a pattern here?

Drinkability is average - but if you really like corn, you might be inclined to search this beer out and drink more. I won't be having this one again and will go on to try the rest of their offerings instead.

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Photo of blakesell
2.61/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the tap into a wine style tasting glass.

Appearance- Beer pours light and clear with tiny bubbles of carbonation rising to the top of the glass froming a tiny ring around the sides. Lacing is nowhere to be found.

Smell- Fruity and corny with light malt texture. Nearly no hop content. Corn is the strong scent, buttered corn on the cob.

Taste- Light and corny. Buttered corn is here again. Kolsh is an easy style to make, but very difficult to make correctly. Corn is way too dominating in this one. It's mean to score it like this, but I have to call it where it lies.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied, not warming, astringent with buttered corn, decently carbonated.

Drinkability- Corny, but very easy on the swilling needs.

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Photo of wvrich
4.15/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer during Ohio Brew week in Athens, OH. I consider myself a "stickler" when it comes to Kolsch style beers. I think this one is fairly authentic. There is a definite grainy/hay flavor along with enough bitterness to refresh. It was served with a nice soapy head, leaving large lace. Many poor versions are overly wheaty, this one tastes like all pilsener malt. This would fall into the milder side of the Kolsch beers I have tasted in Koln, There is also just enough "winey" taste to score it towards authentic. I can drink a few of these...

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Photo of Dogbrick
2.33/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As near as I can tell this is a cross between a Kölsch and Mich Ultra. A lot of brewpubs have these lighter-than-light beers now but I guess it pays the bills. Pale golden color and somewhat bubby with a thin white head. Thin spotty lacing too. Sweet caramel aroma with a hint of hops. Very light body that thankfully yields some flavor. Mild hops and sweet fruit flavors are very short-lived though. The finish is clean and earthy but not very flavorful. Better than most of the flavorless Mich Ultra clones but there really is not a point to this other than to appease the drinkers who are scared of real beer.

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Elevator Xtra from Elevator Brewery & Draught Haus
Beer rating: 3.13 out of 5 with 15 ratings
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