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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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#42,077
Reviews:
42
Ratings:
130
pDev:
16.52%
Bros Score:
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Ratings: 130 |  Reviews: 42
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I have no idea what a Polish kölsch is supposed to be like, but this is the darkest kolsch I have ever seen. Most brown ales aren't this dark. Super malty nose and tons on the flavor as well. Smooth feel, but quite thick. This is not really a kölsch so far as I am familiar with. Nice drinker but well outside the style parameters.

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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 DarthTremens
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of EL48823
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of Rostie
4.25/5  rDev +25.4%

Photo of BlissJunkie
4/5  rDev +18%

Photo of schmityl
4.75/5  rDev +40.1%

Photo of ROBSTARR
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of koes0024
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of barczar
3.35/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy copper with a fleeting half inch cream head. Darker than any kolsch I've seen.

Aroma is grainy, with sweet caramel malt and light floral hop notes.

Flavor reveals a fruity character, with bready, toasted malt, caramel sweetness, and a slightly dry, floral finish.

Body is moderate, with moderate carbonation and an astringent finish. There's significant alcohol warmth.

The fruity flavor is overwhelming. Review is not based on style, but personal preference.

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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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Photo of MN_Beerticker
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of KenC
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of jaidenjb
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of jlindros
2.9/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light fizzy head that hits about 1/3 finger and fades at a med pace, but leaves a thicker creamy head covering with a bit of lacing, over hazy sediment laden darker reddish nectar orange color.

Nose is light, a little creamy malt profile, light yeasty esters and a hint of a vegetal like aroma, light wet hay and touch of grass, little aromatic malt.

Taste is light and herbal, vegetative like flavors, light corn oil like, light rancid oil, fluffy malt, little reddish caramel like malt, some fruity esters again, with a touch of that flavor from yeast fermenting too hot.A touch of herbal hops come through on the finish, with a dry finish but still a bit sticky, little malty and vegetal again.

Mouth is med bodied, too much body even, but at least decent carb.

Overall not good. Like a somewhat inexperienced homebrewer making some mistakes, and nothing what I would expect for a Kolsch.

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Photo of Imperial_Sapient_Groat
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of sparx1100
4/5  rDev +18%

Photo of mquinn919
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.15/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a narrow pint glass, color is copper to amber, head is light tan and dense.

Smell is toast caramel, light biscuit, a little sweeter in the caramel note than most kolsch.

Taste is interesting, I'd put it at a mix of a belgian/french amber and kolsch; somewhat bready and toasted taste, with a solid caramel and toffee note and finishes pretty dry (bitterness from the hops?)

Mouthfeel is a little sharp for a kolsch, drying on the tongue in the finish but its preceded by pleasant balance.

Overall, an interesting take on a kolsch, as I mentioned more of belgian/french amber flavor profile with kolsch yeast flavoring and drying presence in the mouth.

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Photo of cwxc818
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of metter98
3.11/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is hazy yellowish amber in color (very dark compared to other beers in the style) and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head.
S: There are light aromas of grapes and biscuit malts in the nose that died down but never completely faded away.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has some flavors of toasted malts along with a light amount of bitterness and hints of spicy hops.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied, clean and quite dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The dryness persists through the finish.
O: This beer is quite unlike any other kölsch I've had before, especially in its appearance and amount of malts and dryness. It's also not very easy to drink.

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Photo of mrebeka
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of damndirtyape
3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a 200mL Rastel pokal glass. No date on bottle.

Appearance: Hazy copper-amber. Thin off white head at first, and then nothing. No lacing either. Poured slow and noted sediment in bottom of bottle - so I'm guessing some of the sediment came along which accounts for the haze.

Smell: Caramel and that was all I could pull out.

Taste: Caramel, sharp noble hop bitterness that becomes more tea-like as the beer warms up. Good, but significant contrast in flavors here.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation and little bit sticky on the teeth. Nice thickness underneath. Otherwise nothing special.

Overall / Drinkability: An unusual contrast of flavors in this beer. Not like any kolsch I've had before. Glad I tried, but I could not see myself having very many glasses of this in a sitting. Drinkability leaves a bit to be desired, but definitely worth a try.

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Photo of Brenden
2.88/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is the darkest Kolsch I've ever seen, being darker than amber, perhaps even copper in color. A fizzy head is pretty short-lived and, despite consistent activity, doesn't have lasting power. It does leave just enough spotty lacing from a light foam to let me know it's got at least some substance to it.
This...is an interesting one. After offering me a note up rubbing alcohol on front (which doesn't translate to the flavor, fortunately), it shows off lots of sweet malts and very mils floral notes. The taste moves from sweet corn to steel but not adjunct, per se. There's a floral and even a touch of herbal hoppiness to this beer, but it's not vinous and the malts keep it from being dry. I don't know what this actually is, only that it's not a Kolsch. It's not a bad beer, as there's a good balance and depth of flavor despite the weirdness of it, but it loses points for adherence to style.
The feel actually isn't bad but, again, adherence to style is an issue. While not a big-bodied brew, it's downright heavy for a Kolsch. It's also not particularly clean.
I think Dark Horse is a great brewery in general, but it really swings on the spectrum with their beers. This is on the lower end.

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