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Kmita Kolsch | Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
darkhorsebrewery.com

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by jale on 10-06-2011

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#41,757
Reviews:
42
Ratings:
130
pDev:
16.52%
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Photo of BARFLYB
4.05/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A bottle into a Dark Horse pint glass. Picked this up as a single.

Kmita pours out Kolsch like with a bronzish brown with a tint of orange up to light. A nice amount of rising bubbles, An off white head that lasts till the end with minimal lacing on the sides. BOdy looks a tad bigger and darker in color than most in the style. Smell is caramel forward with some light floral and pale malt. Sweeter with warming drink this up quick. Taste is refreshing, this bottle is super fresh and this particular Kolsch delves into amber ale territory. Light flavor with a caramel backing. An earthy hop flavor at this fresh stage. This is just a bit bigger in all aspects than most Kolsch beer and I like the twist. Feel is light with a sparky carb and a refreshing quick finish. Glad to see new Dark Horse product in the area. I am going to come back to this.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.05/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2012-07-06 in Lancaster, PA at The Fridge

A - Hazy orange-brown with a 1-finger white head and mild lacing.

S - Pale malt, oranges, light floral. Not very strong.

T - Lots of flavors with a decent amount of malt, orange citrus, light grass and light spice. Good amount of lingering hop bitterness.

M - Light body and medium carbonation. Dries nice. Crisp and refreshing aa you'd expect from the style.

O - More malt, spice and citrus flavor than I expected. My buddy and I, kept commenting on how good it tasted. Worth seeking out.

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4/5  rDev +18%

Photo of champ103
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Blind Pig Brewery in Champaign, IL

A: Pours a clear golden yellow color. A two finger white head forms with good retention. Sticky spiderweb looking lace is left behind.
S: Toasted, pale, and bready malts. Light hops. A kiss of floral and grassy hops. Lightly sweet. Simple but very nice.
T: At first toasted and bready malts. A slight caramel sweetness. A bit more hops than in the nose. Finishes slightly bitter with a crisp grassy and lemony twang.
M/D: A light to medium body. Crisp, clean and refreshing. Very easy to drink. All day with this one.

This is very simple, but very nice. Pretty much spot on for the style. Something I really enjoyed and would recommend.

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4/5  rDev +18%

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4/5  rDev +18%

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4/5  rDev +18%

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4/5  rDev +18%

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4/5  rDev +18%

Photo of xnicknj
3.98/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at khyber

Pours a deep orange color with golden hues. Thick froth of white head bubbles up, retaining for a bit before dissolving into patchy lacing and film.

A snap of floral hops in the nose with orange peel and citrusy notes. Bready biscuit notes with grain. Faint sweetness.

Orange peel and citrus with a soft hop presence. Grain and biscuit malts with a touch of lemongrass. Soft bread malt backbone with a light sweetness. Finishes quick and refreshing on the tongue.

Lighter medium body, well carbonated, crisp and smooth on the palate. This is a really nice quaffer - perfect for the summer and well balanced.

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Photo of jale
3.88/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Crunchy's in East Lansing.

A: Pours a hazy light orange with a finger of off-white head.

S: Pale malt aroma and some grass.

T: Crisp and clean hop bitterness followed by some bready malt and a hint of honey.

M: Light body with good carbonation.

O: A nice lighter beer.

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Photo of tempest
3.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well this is interesting. Picked up a single at Abe's Cold Beer in Bethlehem. Poured an orange-amber with a short white head. I get a big toffee malt aroma and a hint of herbal fruit. It's that same sort of subtle, but earth, berry character I find in maibocks, which this beer tends to remind me more of than a kolsch. (Though I honestly don't know what a Polish kolsch should taste like.) There's a touch of roast in the dry finish, with a mild malty sweetness preceding it. There's a mild hop punch at the end. It's nothing too hoppy, just a tasty balance to the malt.

Certainly an odd beer and not like anything else I've tried. There are some distinct German (maybe Polish?) notes, but overall it's a well-balanced, drinkable amber.

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Photo of emerge077
3.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single of this as I was curious, and didn't want to commit to a six pack without trying it first. The idea of Dark Horse brewing a Kolsch was intriguing.

Pours amber orange with a slight haze, thin cap of foam up top, and the occasional stray rising bubble or two. Looks more like an amber ale, but whatever.

Smells like Kolsch yeast and lightly toasted grains.

Tastes a little fruity and toasty with a gently bitter aftertaste. If I had this blindfolded I'd say it was Bells Amber (a great beer). Dried fruit and light toasty malt flavors. Light feel, smooth and flavorful. It's a good beer, regardless of style. Craft beer is about bending rigid styles anyway...

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Photo of gratefulbeerhead
3.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of imbibehour
3.84/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a stange glass.

A murky brown light orange body is presented, some cola like sticking carbonation, but with a good amount of small white pinhead rising bubbles as well. Head makes two fingers, light tan in color and settles to a small thin puck.

Nose is interesting, light fruity esters giving to fig and raisins almost hinting of Belgian dark ale sensing sweetness, but much lighter and less sweet. Good solid hints of simple toffee and caramel.

Really nice crisp palate, with good dense malt and light club soda effervescent quality. Sharp hop mixing with a lime citrus astringent finish. Light toffee and fruity raisins match nicely in this very interesting style through the mid palate.

Real interesting beer, probably not what I want in a Kolsch, but it's a real interesting style a mix of light kolsch and sweet dark caramel flavors.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.84/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

I remember being so perplexed by the concept of a "Polish-style kolsch" this past summer that I ran out to the Whole Foods in Lincoln Park and grabbed a pint at their bar. Good times. Let's have another, shall we? This stuff pours a partly hazy copper-amber topped by a finger of glowing off-cream-white foam. The nose comprises toasted and buttery biscuit, candied orange zest, and a hint of fennel. The taste holds notes of tangelo zest, orange peel, light black pepper, toasted biscuit, and a dash of nutmeg. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a creamily drying finish. Overall, a tasty interpretation of a kolsch, even if it bears only a small resemblance to the base style.

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Photo of GRPunk
3.77/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tall pilsener glass.

A- Whoa! Not what I was expecting from a koelsch. Deep amber body with moderate carbonation. Since it's Olympics time, let's call it bronze. 1-finger, off-white head that settled to a foamy, 1/2-finger that left good rings on the glass.

S- Very "beery." Cracker-like with some grassy hops was my first impression. It was fairly sweet, something between Hawaiian bread and caramel. Some berry-like, fruity esters too.

T- Follows the aroma. Caramel and fruit at first. With a deeper sip, I pick out a doughy backbone. Nice, clean hoppy finish of grassy/herbal flavors.

M- Very clean. Full-bodied for style. Moderate carbonation and semi-dry finish.

O- It's noting like a traditional koelsch, making it somewhat difficult to judge on A,S,T,D ratings. Maybe the "Polish Kolsch" is meant as a joke? That said, it's a really drinkable beer. Full flavored while keeping a refreshing quality. One of the funniest labels I've seen in a while.

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3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of pb9613
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance – This beer pours an amber color with a light tan head. The head is dense after the pour but the retention is limited.

Smell – The beer has a heavy biscuit smell with a strong caramel overtone.

Taste – This beer is interesting with a Belgian amber driving force but the bread, caramel and toffee notes come through with a dry finish.

Mouthfeel – A dry beer that seems a little harsh for a kolsch.

Overall – I was a little leery seeing a can of Carling Black Label on the label. A solid beer. This is not what I feel a traditional klosch beer should be like but then again, they are claiming it is a Polish klosch so who am I to argue. I would buy this one again but since it is on a rotating basis who knows when I will see it again.

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3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

Kmita Kolsch from Dark Horse Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.39 out of 5 with 130 ratings
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