Bottoms Up Kolsch
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

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3.52 | pDev: 9.09%
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
United States
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a more substantial take on the style than a lot of them are, this isnt a watery blonde ale at all, its a nice pale malty frothy flavorful glass of beer, with a wonderful lager type crispness, a cool mineral sort of complexion, and a high drinkability despite being a bit bigger for the style. i liked this a lot in a hot weather context, but its probably sturdy enough for all seasons, another point of appeal for this one. a dry but fresh european grain character here, cerealy, with a light pils type element, but also something a bit heartier. the yeast has a breadiness about it, has fermented this to dry, and brings a wonderful snap to the finish thats lending a lot to drinkability. very mildly hopped, as kolsch often is, but not without some appreciable balancing bitterness at the end and a light floral note. kind of creamy in the feel which is unique for the style, satisfying in every way. like gordon biersch or bjs or something, you are never going to get a bad beer from one of these brewery chains, they focus too much on quality to allow that, but its nice when a beer is so far ahead of expectations. this is a really well done kolsch, appealing to almost any beer drinker i would think.

Aug 18, 2017
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Groenebeor from California

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a clear golden color at the Portland location. Small eggshell colored head, medium level of lacing.

Pale malt and only the slightest touch of noble hops were present in the nose. Not bad, smells refreshing.

The taste at first appears to be a light pilsner, with a crystal
Clear pale malt dry start, pushing through to an even cleaner finish highlighted by a trace amount of noble hops.

Mouthfeel was spot on.

Overall an average beer; too bad rock bottoms
Pricing is more expensive than deschutes or rogue here in town. 5 bucks for 12 oz is out of the ordinary. Deschutes gives you around 18 ounces for that price.

May 31, 2011
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Redrover from Wisconsin

3.18/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this Kolsch at the Portland RB. It was served in a mug club mug... The beer is a light straw with an off-white, somewhat sticky head.

Nose of grains, flowers and something sweet.

The taste tracks the smell. Sweet grains, some floral notes and a bit of gummy bear at midglass. I would like to see some of the plum and apple notes other Kolschs have.

No off or odd notes. Drinkable but very memorable.

May 19, 2011
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champ103 from Texas

3.92/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear straw yellow color. A one finger white head forms, and sticks around for a second. Some lace is left behind.
S: Very fruity up front. Orange and lemon peal. Some spice and a lingering grapefruit bitterness. I like it.
T: Follows the nose. I nice peppery spice with some fruity flavors going on. A somewhat higher citrus hop content then what I was expecting. A lingering grapefruit bitterness.
M/D: A light to medium body that has crisp carbonation. Easy to drink. I can quaff several of these with ease.

This is really good. A substantial fruity and spicy character gives this a depth I was not expecting. Something I would recommend at the brewpub.

Jul 18, 2010
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jacobseyb from Alabama

3.47/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A=pours a hazy copper with a two finger head from a vigorous pour

S=lots of malts up front, some grainy smell and some faint fruits on the end.

T=not very bold on flavors, but not bad tasting, some citrus notes and relatively balanced

M=good feel note crazy carbonated, gentle aftertaste

D=overall the beer is drinkable, and even enjoyable, not outstanding but still worthy of a pour.

Jun 30, 2009
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spointon from Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this one on tap at the Orland Park Rock Bottom on 6/10/2009.

A= This ale poured a pale yellow color with decent clarity and a 3/4" dense white head. Lots of carbonation release present. The head eventually settled to a thin cap but never disappeared. Only moderate spotty lacing down the glass.

S= Aromas of pale Kolsch malt, light noble hops, and sulfur dominated. Simple and fairly muted but pleasant.

T= Nice Kolsch malt flavors up front, with a sweet dry biscuit character that was very style appropriate and tasty. Hops were grassy and light. The finish was clean and dry, with a lingering hop note and malty tang that made me crave the next sip.

MF= Light bodied for sure, with a crisp mouthfeel.

D= Really a solid Kolsch here. Not as superb as some German examples, but for a fresh brewed local summer beer, it doesn't get any better than this!

Jun 13, 2009
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Durge from Connecticut

3.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured a totally clear honey-gold color with just an outer ring of white and meager lacing. The aroma brings mediocre wheat rice. Not much else. The flavor is crisp wheat and mild citrus hop, a bit of a dry finish on the tongue. There's some rice and apple but everything is pretty delicate here, not overly satisfying. A tad thin even for this style but refreshing and lively carbonation keep it passable enough. My least favorite brew of the evening at Rock Bottom's Campbell location.

Jun 10, 2009
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Cyberkedi from Georgia

3.4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a pale, clear straw yellow with a nice, thick head, fairly typical of lagers except the head does hang around for a bit. Aroma is faint and typically malty. Flavor is crisp and lagery and has a buttery or banana hint plus a touch of hops. Smooth and refreshing.

Jul 02, 2008
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rhoadsrage from Illinois

3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a pale bright yellow crystal clear body with a snow white spongy head that last a good bit. There is a gentle carbonation of big bubbles.

S- This beer has a light smell of soft pale malt and a faint sulfur hint to it. As the beer warms there is a light noble hop note that comes through.

T- This beer has a pale malt flavor with a dry crisp flavor and a soft noble hop note at the finish. It has a pretty clean finish.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a big fizzy finish that adds a bit to the hop flavor at the finish.

D- This beer has a dry malt flavor and a some noble hops support but there are no Munich malt flavors that I love in a good Kolsch. This is more of another light lager.

Oct 08, 2007
Bottoms Up Kolsch from Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 19 ratings