Kölsch | Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom

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Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom
Oregon, United States

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
"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

Added by ElGordo on 07-30-2007

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of crob3888
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
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 jvillefan
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of Julesdc
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of ckeegan04
4.37/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MisterClean
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at horsebrass.

A - Poured a yellow-golden hue with 2 fingers of white head. Dissipated slow and left ample lacing.

S - Pilsener malts, lemon esters, and some honey sweetness at first whiff.

T - Pilsener, lemony esters, honey, breadiness, and some bittering hops.

M - Moderate-full bodied, well-balanced, sweet, smooth, and a creamy mouthfeel.

D - Another excellent ber from 2X Mountain. I am really digging their beers.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looking for a place to watch college bowl games today; found this on tap at Jax in downtown Portland. Have had this at least one other time, but have not reviewed.

A: Arrives a light-colored golden, faintly hazy, crowned with just about one fingers-worth of pillowy white fluff. Retains well, compacting slowly to a denser, pock-marked cream. Abundant carbonation rises inside, replenishing that tighter head and strengthening the heavy bands of sticky lace glued to the sides. A beauty.

S: Lightly sweetened bready and yeasty aroma of sourdough rolls with a careful dose of dry and spicy hop zest and citrus rind.

T: Similar sourdough as in the aroma, a spritz of lemon with a drying bite of herbal hops. Finish is more crackery - do I detect some salt? Very nice balance, but with a bit more of a hop bite than a typically malty kölsch.

M: Crisp, clean and quenching. Mouthfeel has a very pleasant carbonation level, staying spritzy and rather light, but followed by a lingering fresh bitter bite, with a dash of cracked black pepper dryness.

D: So very drinkable. Despite the winter chill outside, this is an 'all-seasons' session beer...and it paired nicely with a Cuban pulled pork sandwich on this day. Beautiful in its simplicity and definitely recommended.

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4.28/5  rDev +10%
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 Spikester
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served cloudy gold with a small white head. Fair amount of lacings. Aroma is floral hops. Taste is earthy, leather, light citrus bitter hops with a decent malt profile. Not very traditional but better for that flaw IMO. Very sessionable and judging by the short time I spent at DM Brewpub it is quite popular too. A blonde light bodied easy drinking beer with plenty of complex hop bitterness. Very nice beer.

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Photo of RedDiamond
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first beer at Double Mountain was a gem and it always pleases me to get off to such a good start at a new brewpub. Their Kölsch strays somewhat from the German tradition by amping up the hops to Northwest American levels. But the risk pays off in this stormy beer of lemon gumdrop color with elegant lager-like properties throughout. Though it’s shy on the suds, the beer’s sharp defining edges deliver tremendous flavor, making for a clean, invigorating, and highly drinkable northwest-style kölsch. And it’s brewed with organic malts.

Purists may argue that the subtle fruity nuances of a true kölsch are concealed here by the 40 IBUs of Perle hops. To some extent this is true. But I wouldn’t change a thing with this recipe. Just accept it as non-traditional and drink hearty. 5.2% ABV.

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Photo of udubdawg
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of LXIXME
4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of snowmageddon
4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mudboneINla
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ivegot3Dvision
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Justin-m
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of grittybrews
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Cuakaz
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Slightly fruity finish. Very drinkable.

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Photo of ElGordo
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pint poured on draft at Belmont Station's Biercafe. Slightly hazy golden body topped by a sizeable creamy head that sticks around for the duration, leaving beautiful lacing on the glass. Aroma of light Euro hops and some slightly off adjunct malt in the mix, along with a light sweetness of pale malt. Palate is well-balanced up front, but the malt succombs to the bittering hops by the end for a nice, bracing finish. Body is nice and creamy, but certainly not heavy. A great session beer - I could drink this all day. And I do.

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Photo of metter98
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
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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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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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4/5  rDev +2.8%

4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Andrew24
4/5  rDev +2.8%

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