Kolsch | Independence Brew Pub

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Brewed by:
Independence Brew Pub
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-26-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 13 |  Reviews: 13
Reviews by resirob:
Photo of resirob
3.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is light all around: faint malt, faint fruitiness, faint bitter hop.

Light pale/straw color with a thin, short-lived head that left almost no lace.

Taste: A very clean beer. Bitterness is low, but still manages to keep the malt at bay. The malt comes through at times, but just does not quite make it past the hops. The finish is dry and slightly sweet.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp - very much like a pilsener. Drinkability is good - the dry, crisp finish helps here.

Overall, a good attempt to capture the subtlties of the Kölsch style, and a drinkable beer. The finish is there, but the malt profile seemed a little weak. I will have to try this one again in a few months and compare...

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.1/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear strew color with medium head that went fast,smell was slightly malty but kinda bland.Taste was slightly citruisy and really really malty and had a lingering malty aftertaste.Not all that great wont venture into center city for this one again for sure.

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Photo of Sammy
3.47/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

some wheat, light bodied, lower alcohol. Pale yellow colour. A little head and lace. Some malt, floral taste. Bit of bitter aftertaste. Nice strong carbonation, not creamy as would be on tap. Very acceptable however not outstanding. Better beers to be had here.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.1/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The Kolsch is Independence's best selling beer because it's the lightest. However, it's nowhere near to being a true example of the style. It's more of an American Blonde. The malt is too heavy and the hops don't come through. That said: Clear, nice golden color with a foamy white head that dissipates almost immediately. Aroma is mainly malt, with a very light touch of hop. Not really much fruitiness, however. The mouthfeel is good although the body seems heavy for the style. The carbonation level is good. The flavor is, again, primarily malty with a light passing of hop flavor at the middle. Not really bitter. The finish is OK with a bit of malt. Really an OK beer considering they're pushing it out really quickly, but not to style.

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Photo of frank4sail
2.8/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

No head retention at all. Not very impressive. They have seemed to miss the spot with this limited release. Seemed flat and had a flat taste. Not refreshing like the style would determine.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.02/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer came a bright golden orange that looked ever so minimally foggy with a thin white head.

Smelled really bright and clean. I’ve never described a smell this way, but it was a lot like a really clean finish in a beer. If left its smell, then was gone. What was there was a really crisp ambiguous grain and a hint of apricot, but it had a certain glow to it.

Tasted much like the rind of a watermelon. You know, when you get way past the red part into the green. There was also a sour electric sting on the back of my tongue paired with a nice combination of vanilla and saltines (sans salt).

The mouth feel was light to medium bodied with a sparse tingly small bubbled carbonation.

This one was all right. It was solid, but not very noticeable.

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Photo of soupyman10
3.12/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - light yellow straw color, low head, some lacing, mostly clear

S - Sweet malty smell, some yeast, very mild overall but not bad

T - Mild glavor, some light bitter aftertaste, sort of macro-lager corn taste, not great especially given the smell wasn't bad

M - Fairly weak thin-bodied, but coated the mouth fairly well, somewhat light carbonation

D - A fairly light, mild, beer, nothing I'd go out of my way for but not particularly offensive

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Photo of RBorsato
2.5/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Tasted On-Tap 03/08/06 at the Independence Brewpub.

Light yellow color with virtually no head and low carbonation. Light malty aroma and taste with a funky off-flavor and no hop character. Light and watery in body. Very non descript Lighter Ale.

Very Blah ! Please Pass !

Per IB blackboard: 10.7 OG

Per IB website: 10% Wheat Malt, Tettnang hops.

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Photo of Gavage
3.1/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The pint glass sported a very light clear yellow beer with a minimal head. The aroma was basically undetectable, but not many that I have tried excite the nose anyway. A sweet malt was apparant on the tongue with some bitterness detected. It was crisp and very light feeling in the mouth. The carbonation was weak, and the head quickly disappeared. Most people were drinking this, and it seemed to be more a people pleaser than a true Kolsch style. Drinkability is good because it is so light and crisp, but the flavor will leave you wanting more.

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Photo of stegmakk
2.97/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a clear light gold with almost no head.
The aroma was weakly sweet malt.
The taste was all malt, with just a hint of bitter on the end. Just a hint mind you. The overall taste was fairly faint though.
The feel at least was good. Not watery (perhaps less watery than the stout).
Drinkability was again alright if you wanted to drink alot just to drink.

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Photo of aquatonex
2.93/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got this while at AIIM 2005 in Philly.

Pours medium-light amber, small bubbly head that quickly dissipates. Some lacing. Quite carbonated. Nose consists of light malts, hops, alcohol, and a little skunk. I was expecting a fuller flavor, was a bit watery in taste with some mild malts, hops, and skunk. Mouthfeel was sorta smooth and bitter.

Eh. I was expecting more.

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Photo of stirgy
3.86/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served as part of a sampler tray at their brewpub. Very light, clear and golden yellow in color. Small and lively head with a decent amount of carbonation. This is decent example of a true kolsch, which can really run the gamut in this country. The aroma gives off a bit of it’s sweet grainy character while the taste is light, crisp and has a slight fruity hop bite. Some of the traditional dry and winy character can be detected. This is a tasty, bitter smooth and refreshing beer. Like a fine lager with a touch of the fruity esters added. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.2/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A very nice example of the kolsch style. Smooth as a baby's bottom. Very nice mouthfeel.

Slight fruitiness and clean tasting. I haven't had too many kolsch's in my time, but based on the few I've had this seems to be very much in the same ballpark. The cleanness reminds you of a pils. Maybe its the German style. Who knows? Just replace noticeable hop bitterness with yeast ester fruitiness.

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Kolsch from Independence Brew Pub
Beer rating: 3.27 out of 5 with 13 ratings