Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom

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German Kölsch
Ranked #71
Ranked #26,858
3.79 | pDev: 9.5%
Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom
Oregon, United States
Very Good
Notes: "In Cologne, Germany, many a brewery produces a light-bodied ale with a delicate fruitiness and rounded maltiness, attributable to the unique yeast strain commonly used. Our Kölsch is unfiltered and more generously hopped than its German cousin."

Brewed with Gambrinus Organic Pilsner and Munich malt and Perle hops. 5.2% ABV, 40 BU
Reviews: 33 | Ratings: 114 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a really well done kolsch here, everything from these guys is always good, and this has more flavor than a lot of the other american made examples of the style, i really dug it. its real pale wheaty looking blonde to me, not quite crystal clear, and under a huge two inches of white head from the tap, super airy. the nose is pretty classic, the yeast is right, the grain is decidedly german, and there is a crackery pils vibe to it with some herbal noble hops and some minerals evident. the flavor is crisp and clean, well conditioned, dry and bubbly, and with a summery pale cereal taste on the malt side, fresher than it ever seems to be from the imports, and maybe a little lighter overall too, without the more assertive malt flavor many kolsch types showcase. i like the little bit of bitterness for balance at the end, and with the high carbonation, this basically stops on the swallow, refreshing and clean, sort of minimal too, but i like a lighter version of the style and this is one i could drink a dozen of without much trouble. its awesome to be living in a place where double mountain beer is more available, i am always pleased with whatever i have from them. this is a perfect kolsch for summer, expertly crafted and affordably priced.

edit: unsurprisingly, this was even better at the brewery, super fresh, maybe a little lighter and cleaner tasting and feeling than it tends to be elsewhere, just a really good example of the style overall. these guys can do no wrong as far as i am concerned. my new wife loved it too!

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Photo of warrenc
2.79/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This is an alright kolsch but compared to its German counterpart, it's a bit sharp. Still a nice beer. I drank a nice bunch in Cologne, so I may be a little sentimental.

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Photo of stevoj
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Awesome kolsch! Brewers in Cologne would be proud to have this. One of the best American kolschs I’ve tried. Light and bready, lots of pale malt, biscuits, crackers. Tall airy head (poured into my Fruh stange), Pale golden and effervescent. Right from the first sniff I knew this was going to be good.

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Photo of metter98
4.01/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger white head that died down, leaving a collar of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of green grapes are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of green grapes along with hints of biscuit malts and a bit of chalkiness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish.
O: This kölsch is packed with lots of aromas and flavors of green grapes and is a good representation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of ricke49
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh, light, crisp. Mouth feel with just the right amount of carbonation. Restrained hoppiness. Another excellent example of a European style beer with guaranteed NW freshness (non cryptic "bottled on" date").

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Photo of AnitaBrewski
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this beer at Portland Penny Diner before touring Lewis and Clark with my son and his girlfriend. A righteous German-style beer, very fresh and clean, a perfect match with my Cobb salad.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Golden with a big rocky white head that clings. Smells earthy and sweet. Taste is sweet with a touch more bitterness than normal for the style, but works. Very dry finish. Solid Kolsch. Prost!

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Photo of crob3888
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear yellow with ample white lacing. Subtle fruitiness, some floral hops, and a rounded mealtimes that makes this extra drinkable. Delicious!

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Photo of muldersha
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap @ Kay's Bar in SE Portland

A super hazy, almost electric golden straw colored brew with a solid white head and impeccable lacing.

The light grain aromas were somewhat muted with spicy, herbal, leafy, and grassy notes, plenty of peppercorn, lemon and citrus fruit as well as a touch of apple.

Very much like a wit beer or hefe on the palate with plenty lively citrusy acidity and a subtle spiciness. Really soft, pleasant, and well balanced.

I ordered the beer twice as i was almost convinced they had served me the wrong beer the first time. Not your average, American brewery kolsch, but a fantastic session brew. Good stuff.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle, quite stoked to see this brewery now represented up here in Alberta!

This beer pours a hazy, yet bright pale golden yellow hue, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and somewhat bubbly dirty white head, which leaves a broad array of coral atoll lace around the glass as things genially bleed away.

It smells of grainy, slightly doughy pale malt, lightly buttered biscuits, white and black pepper dust, faint apple cider notes, and earthy, leafy, and prominently grassy hops. The taste is more bready, lightly biscuity pale malt, a pie-friendly apple fruitiness, some mild wet stone path minerality, ethereal pepper mill detritus, and more pleasant leafy, weedy, and grassy hops.

The bubbles are fairly subdued in their plain as the day is long frothiness, the body a generally solid middleweight, and mostly smooth, just a wee acerbic grassiness picking and prodding, as it were. It all finishes trending dry, the malt lazily holding on, while the fruity and hoppy notes assume the right to run amok.

A well-rendered version of the style, with the grain, fruit, yeast, and hops all intermingling like they're old-school hipsters, or something. Anyways, an agreeable summer quaffer, for a day when a drop of 10-ish degrees still means uncomfortably warm - so I shall be off now, contemplating purchasing another of these for as yet unseen August patio needs.

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Photo of hopsputin
3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

a: slightly hazy bright golden yellow with a large 3 finger slightly marshmellow-like head

s: slightly pepper-like yeast right away. bright sweet lemons, tons of that nice bready dough aroma. balanced out by some nice sweet malt. finishes with some earthy mellow hops

t: that sweet citrus and pepper spice hit you right away. fades to a burnt bread flavor followed by some smooth sweet malts. finishes with a pretty nice earthiness - not bitter. a bit wheat

m: light and pretty carbonated

o: a nice lawnmowing beer. this is crisp and refreshing, yet at the same time offers a nice blend of flavors that provide a good taste without complicating it. very refreshing in a good day

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4


Picked up at Brewforia Meridian last week for a very pricey $5... But well made. Pours a slightly hazed straw golden below a 1 finger stark white head that sticks around for a while and leaves good lacing.

Nose is pretty traditional... light pale maltiness ... slight bigger than standard grassy hoppiness.. Light fruitiness and a touch of sulfur.

Fairly dry throughout the palate, but there is enough residual maltiness to bring out a minerally/sulfur quality and accentuate a bigger than expected bitterness.. a little malt sweetness shows on the finish with warmth... hops are sorta spicy/grassy, but overall pretty light.

Body is light with a good carbonation.... very drinkable... I would buy this again if it wasn't so damn expensive.


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Photo of mactrail
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pale golden brew in the Saxo tall tulip. Big frothy head and plenty of lacing along the glass. Richly carbonated with a tangy hoppiness from the first mouthful. The aroma is quite pronounced with flowery and resiny hops.

Sweet and crackery taste with the perfumey hops not far behind. A touch of light fruit, like pears. Mouthfeel is a little coarse. Full of aromatics with a nice balance between malt and sharp and hoppy notes. Rather tart finish. From the 500 ml bottle purchased at Bine & Vine in San Diego.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy light yellow with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and some grassy and hay aromas. Taste is much the same with grain and grassy flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but I wish there was a bit more crispness in the mouthfeel.

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Photo of rastamendi
3.64/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 500mL bottle into a .5L glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep golden color, with a tenacious and dense head! Kudos for the retention, but it's pretty hazy. Since you labelled it a 'kolsch' and not 'kolsch-style', I can only give you a 3/5.

Smell: Beautiful pilsner malt character, interlaced with a notable fruity ester and subtle noble hop character. 4/5

Taste: Not as crisp as I would like. Wonderful pilsner malt flavors, although it seems a little too big for a kolsch. It doesn't taste like its a 40BU beer - as listed on the label. It does have a firm hop bitterness, but it appears to be tempered by the higher intensity overall of this beer. As a kolsch, it seems too big for style. From the perspective of a thirsty beer drinker, it's a very tasty, refreshing beer. 3.5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-light to medium body. Carbonation seems on point, but as previously stated, it's just too big for style. 3.5/5

Overall: I really enjoyed this beer. I brought back a few kolsch-style beers from my recent trip to Seattle, and this one was the best. The beer demonstrates the skill of the brewers quite well, but it just falls short style-wise. However, I will not hesitate to order it if I ever come across it again. 3.75/5

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sester stange. Pours a light golden amber with a fine three finger white head that is kept full by constant carbonation; lots of lacing during drinking. Aroma of crackery biscuit malt, wheat and light grassy hops. Flavor follows with well melded biscuit, slightly bready malt and grassy hops, finishing with a light pleasant hop bitterness. Light bodied as expected. A nicely made, to style, balanced kolsch, possibly a bit more hopped than traditional, but not by much. Its been a little while since I've had a German kolsch, but this really seems to be spot on. Nicely done.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 500mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: light golden hue with a little touch of haze and a pretty strong effervescence. Head is two fingers of frothy white foam which leave a thorough and chunky lace. Nice!

Smell: lightly sweet malt with a little bit of tart graininess and a definite soapy character. It's a little bit funky for me when it comes to Kölsch, but it's not bad, overall.

Taste: mildly sweet with quite a lot of graininess, there's still that soapy business going on in the flavor, although it's not as pronounced as in the aroma. Noble hops may be contributing somewhat to this; bitterness is high for the style but not unpleasant. This ticks all the boxes of a good Kölsch, but I'm not personally in love with it.

Mouthfeel: good body with a big carbonation and a wonderfully exuberant creaminess. Love it!

Overall: the aroma and flavor of this beer just aren't my bag, really. I love the mouthfeel, and actually I would love to try this beer on tap at the height of freshness. The bottle doesn't have a freshness date on it, so I'm in the dark on that front.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I want to give this higher marks, however, the beer was super cloudy, and I'm not quite sure from what and/or how it affected its flavor and body....

A: yellow-gold with the faintest highlights of chartreuse.... cloudy, as in nearly hefeweizen cloudy.... whatever was floating in there affected head formation and retention, ha!... i guess that last part's to style

S: golden grain juice, leafy hop, mild fruity esters.... muddled overall

T: actually not too bad... leans a bit toward bready malt, whereas I'd prefer a more crisp, clean malt flavor balanced in concert with white grape esters (that's what I normally taste on the imports).... at least there is a discernible "Kolsch" characteristic - not hopped out the ass like the joke of a Kolsch from Lagunitas.... the flavors are more or less right, however, there lies a gritty (unfiltered) quality that, while tasty in itself, is not what a Kolsch is about... but I can't penalize too much because, aside from that, it's what it needs to be.... oh, and upon noticing it was 40 IBUs, I could taste an undercurrent of grassy hops (one doesn't look for that normally in the style - gotta stay on my toes!)

M: kissing medium-bodied.... slightly gritty and chewy (as I'd mentioned)... has a residual graininess that I could take or leave... sadly not clean or crisp, but enjoyable nonetheless

O: clean this sucka up and you got a winner.... Double Mountain does has pretty good stuff

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Photo of vkv822
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

16.9oz : tulip

Lightly hazy, golden yellow with a foamy, thick white head.

Cracker, biscuit malts with a light fruity tone and spicy, grassy hop profile.

Medium+ body, foamy carbonation.

A well done Kolsch. Full malt body, with an accentuating hop profile. A beer well suited for warm weather.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle into SN imperial pint. Thanks Ryan!

A: Pours a lightly cloudy lemon-golden with a thick, dense, and lasting bright white head at faded into a lasting and thick film.
S: Dry grains and bready crackery yeast and malts fill my nose. Very light, pale and crackery smelling. Earthy hops and a faint sugary sweetness poke through as well.
T: Follows the nose with clean flavors of pale malts, dry roasted grains, bread, crackers, earthy hops, light pepper and just a faint balancing light malty sweetness. The finish has a crisp hoppy bitterness and the aftertaste is quick, spicy and lightly sweet.
M: Light body, smooth and quenching mouthfeel, soft carbonation. Drinks well.
O: A clean and refreshing kolsch, one that I could drink all day. Thanks again Ryan.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle from "Lifesource" in Salem $3.99 Appearance..its a bright yellow,slightly hazy with a nice sized bubbly white head. Aroma of fresh cut hay,slight caramel and some hazelnut Creamy caramel,biscuit taste with a nice grassy hop backing,finished fruity. Good smooth and slightly thick mouthfeel perhaps the best thin about this beer! Overall a very nice light drinkable beer.

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Photo of Andrewseher
3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Pints Urban Taproom at 412 NW 5th Ave in Portland, OR.

A: Golden-yellow with a frothy, white head that settles into a spotty, bubbly snowcap.

S: Citrus hops, orange and grapefruit.

T: A wonderful, easy drinking ale with some signature northwest hops that add a nice citrusy flavor.

M: Light-bodied and easy finishing. I could drink this all day:

O: The color and taste are top-notch. Somehow, it tastes just like it looks. A ray of sunshine that is good for all seasons.

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Photo of dgilks
3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy pale gold colour with a creamy white head. Fair head retention. Some lacing.

Very light grainy pils malt with a hint of fruitiness. Okay.

Smooth grainy malt with a touch of sweetness. Mild herbal noble hops. Good.

Medium body with moderate, silky carbonation. Fine.

A smooth, creamy light ale with some good flavour. Not bad.

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Photo of CaptainIPA
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap @ Little Bird restaurant in downtown Portland. Pairs well with Duck Confit.

Pours a pale, straw yellow color with a nonexistent head. Grassy, herbal aromas with a hint of yeast.

Light-bodied and crisp opening with notes of grain husk, sourdough biscuit and lemon citrus zest. Suggestions of yeast, malt and creamed corn surface. Delicately dry finish.

Crisp, clean and refreshing, consider Double Mountain Kolsch the perfect summer patio pounder.

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Photo of jdense
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Whiskey Soda Lounge PDX 6.12.2010.

A finger and a half of white head, fairly slow lacing with significant lacing. Clear golden body, visible carbonation rising from bottom of glass. Sweetish malts in the nose, balanced with floral hops. Taste is a bit on the sweet side, finish is dry and clean, not bitter. Fairly full mouthfeel, almost creamy. Very drinkable and refreshing, a nice beer for a hot summer day.

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Kölsch from Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 114 ratings