Köld | Tallgrass Brewing Company

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Tallgrass Brewing Company
Kansas, United States

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by russpowell on 07-22-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by BigRedN:
Photo of BigRedN
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from the 12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass. The beer is clear and golden yellow in color. A slow pour produces a fluffy white head about 3/4 inch in height. Head fades to a covering on the liquid that leaves a little patchy lacing.

Smell: Scent leans to hop related aromas. I get grassy and citrus hop aromas (lemon) with a little grainy malt (as it warms).

Taste: Light malt backing, with a light hoppy (citrus fruit, perhaps a little lemony) bitter finish. Overall, in line with the style.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a moderate carbonation. Still, not too fizzy or bubbly. Crisp and clean finish.

Drinkability: A very drinkable, sessionable lager. THis beer goes down quickly, a wonderful alternative to most macro lagers. I liked it. It's nice to see a bottle beer from Kansas here in Lincoln, worth a try.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #37 (Feb 2010):

Dazzling clarity paired with a healthy dollop of white head makes for a handsome-looking beer. Delicate aromas of fresh-cut hay, lemon zest and nutty, sulphury yeast say, "Yes, I am a lager." Big bold snap of crispness lets the full range of maltiness come forward; bready, biscuity and grassy. Hops chime in firmly with a spicy bitterness that's seen far into the aftertaste. Relatively clean for a lager, the lemony hop flavor rides out the spicy bitterness. Only a faintness of cooked veggies, sulphur and barley husk on the palate ... just enough to make it interesting in the dry finish.

A lager that flexes outside of the norm. While it does not have that pristine, clean lager aspect, we have come to believe that not every lager needs it. Being a little rough around the edges can be a great thing; it seems to be working here.

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Photo of russpowell
3.54/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This won a Gold at the recent "American Open Beer Championship" in the German Pils category for what that's worth...

Pours straw colored with 1 finger of pearl colored head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Grassyness, slight signature & perfumy hops

T: Grassyness, crackery notes, lemons, & lemon grass up front. Lemons & some grapefruit sneak through as this warms. Finishes semi-crisp, crackery & a bit watery

MF: Light/medium bodied, soft carbonation & decent balance, thins out too much in the finish...

Drinks easy, but lack of malt depth would fail to keep interested unless I was outside in the heat

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Photo of Kegatron
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can into a Pils glass. This is from an assortment of KS brewery selection generously traded to me by JeepCop. Thanks Dale!

This pours an extremely crystal clear straw gold, with 1 ½ fingers of bright-white head. A the thin foamy retention on this stays rich and leaves back a frothy cascade that slowly creeps back down, leaving some light spotty lacing behind. The aroma is grassy and touch spicy, with notes of lemon zest and light earthiness. A sweet graininess lends support along the back.

The taste has a bit of a hoppy bite to it up front, with bitter citrus and spice that is quickly followed by a smack of tart lemon. This then segues into a backbone of grainy and husky feeling sweet malts. The finish on this is very dry with some light lingering spicy bitterness. The mouthfeel is lighter bodied, with a sharpness that prickles the roof of the mouth but then turns into more of a foamy creaminess as you swallow. Low alcohol leaves this easy drinking and approachable.

While not the most full flavored Lager that I've ever had, this had a biting and refreshing quality to it that I can't ignore and this glass disappeared much quicker than I anticipated. Maybe I benefited from a super fresh can but this was just the refreshing fix that I needed at the moment.

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Photo of akorsak
3.2/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to woodychandler for this can.

A: The pils opens with a hiss and generates a great deal of soft white head, including 3 plus fingers in the glass. On second pour, the craggy lace is swallowed up, leaving a minimum amount behind. The pils is cloudy and pale, a straw color that seems limp, not quite the crystal clear pils variety.

S: The nose is citric, tarter than a pils should be, at first. Hoppiness is evident, a citrusy grass aroma atop the pale biscuit.

T: The lemony flavors continue, you sure this is a pils? Grassy hops, with a side of citrus, define the lager. Biscuity malts support the flavor, with a citric tang that makes me think of wheat. That tanginess subsides as the beer warms, eventuallyy replaced by the grassy citrus hops. The pale biscuit is soft, a light flavor amongst the hops. I'm not sure which aspect I liked better, the citric start or the hoppier finish.

M: Despite the large head, the carbonation is minimal. That hurts things a bit. The strong hoppiness is a redeeming factor.

O: It's no pils but it tastes good.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of mikesgroove
2.98/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

OK. So the can would lea me to believe this is a kolsch, but your telling me its a german pilsner, I really o not buy it as either, but thats my deal. Served cold and poured into a pint glass on 07/25/2010.

The pour was decent, crystal clear golden hay in color with a huge and pillowing head of white that quickly fades into a bare top with token lacing down the sides.

Aroma is practically non existent with light floral hops and a touch of light bready grains, but your searching to find it to be sure. Quick hitting the flavor, feel, and drinkability are all fleeting as i could throw this one down in no time.

Overall this is a macro lager clone type beer in my opinion. Decent flavors were there, but there was no full profile and follow through. When its 107 like today it works, but only as a refreshment.

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Photo of eclaycamp
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce tallboy can. Tallgrass gets bonus points for a sweet color scheme and for putting the umlat onto the label itself. Poured into a standard pils glass. Köld pours the color of light hay, with lots of bubbly carbonation. Nice head that looks somewhat like the stuffing out of a teddy bear. Sadly the head dissappears pretty quickly, though there's some that clings to the sides of the glass. The nose is what I would describe as that classic American pilsner aroma. Basically you get cereal malt with some hops off in the distance. Likewise the taste is that of cereal, with a few bready notes and some light citrus and floral hops in the background. Drinking Köld is a fizzy, almost tingly mouth experience. It's light but very refreshing. That said, the beer isn't perfect. seasoned beer drinkers may ntoice a little bit of odd sourness and some metallic notes, especially in the finish, buried in the background. Perhaps my palete is off today. Still, it remains a very accessible, very drinkable, lager beer, especially on a hot summer day like today. The term "lawnmower beer" gets tossed around a lot, but to me that's the perfect description for this beer. Unassuming, inoffensive, and perfect when you want to down a few Köld ones.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.24/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle without any sort of freshness stamp on it. Pours a slightly hazy medium yellow color with a huge cap of airy white foam. Retention is one of the best I have seen on a lager as it leaves a large mesa in the middle of the glass. Lacing is decent as well. Lack of clarity is the only thing keeping this beer from a 5.

Nose is light grainy malts with a notable orange and lemon citric kick. Smells a bit pithy though and a bit too fruity for a German pils.

The fruitiness is not limited to just the citric hops, but rather has a Smartees candy flavor and even journeys in to the realm of 'homebrewy' for lack of a better term. Yeast esters are too prevalent for what should be a crisp, clean lager. The base maltiness is good, carbonation level is perfect and does have some nice hop characteristics to it. Work out some of the kinks on this beer and Tallgrass might have a nice summertime lager on their hands.

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Photo of ShanePB
3.23/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pint can poured into my pint glass, and this beer is courtesy of Tallgrass themselves, so thank you.

A - Pale yellow, crystal clear with a small head that has weak retention, though nicely forms a stable ring. Lacing is decent and unexpected.

S - Muted and musky. Straw, sulfur and a touch of lemon zest. Not too much going on here...

T - Bready and grainy malt profile of a Pilsner with some understated accents of German hops. Overall a weak profile though the elements that do shine through are well balanced and can stand on their own.

M - Light to medium bodied, carbonated nicely though on the heavier-side but nothing to worry about.

D - Easy drinking and a great ABV to have a few of these if you need a sessionable beer. I'd personally get tired after two pints, due to the lack of complexity in this flavor profile.

This German Pilsner/Lager (Tallgrass has a hard time categorizing their beer) is a good example of something "light" on the terms of craft beer and is appealing due to it's easy of drink-ability and tamed flavors.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a transparent straw colored body with plenty of white head and lace.

Smell: It smells like herbs and grass with some citrus zest.

Taste: Very bitter sweet and sour fruity. Bread like malt tones and grass.

Mouthfeel: It is very light with some crisp carbonation.

Overall: I think it is a great twist on traditional style.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can a very faint yellow with two fingers of bright white head.

The aroma is lightly hoppy with floral and grainy notes.

Mush like the aroma the taste is mildly hoppy with light cracker and floral touches. Finishes very clean.

Light bodied and a crisp mouthfeel.

Very drinkable but a bit on the lighter side of Pilsners for my tastes.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The CANQuest (TM) takes us to Manhattan, KANsas, beginning today for a five-CAN tour of their current wares. CAN you dig it?

From the CAN: "Curiously crisp. Profoundly refreshing. Pour a pint ..." "Drink. Enjoy. Recycle." Would I not?!?

Following the Crack & Glug, I was left with better than two fingers' worth of thick, foamy, bone-white head with good retention on a sweltering afternoon. Color was a pale lemon-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose was faint with Noble hops. Mouthfeel was medium with a grassy, almost fresh-mown hay quality in the mouth. It was not unpleasant, but it seemed a bit odd for the style (mentioned because so many style mavens seem to exist on this site these days.). Finish was a little thin with the hops really not sparkling the way they should. It just struck me as being a bit bland overall.

An aside to the brewery: If you are going to have an umlaut over the "O" in Kold, then why not brew a Kolsch instead? That or label the CAN as a German Pilsener instead of a generic "Lager".

Unless it requires an update ...

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.97/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

Thanks to ThirstyHerf for this can!

The last of my mid-American cans. Something tells me I'm gonna haveta get my hands on a few more of these sometime in the future... For now, though, this stuff pours a clear pale straw topped by over a finger-and-a-half of bright white foam. The nose comprises wheat, pineapple, and a touch of flowers and grass. Actually rather pleasant, despite the total lack of strength. The taste holds notes of lemon zest, cracked wheat, light flowers, even lighter grass, and a twinge of orange peel. The body is pretty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a wet feel. Overall, a surprisingly nice kolsch, something really easy and pleasant to drink. Good times.

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Photo of jar2574
2.85/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very little head, pale yellow color. Nothing remarkable in appearance or smell. Taste was crisp, metallic, tasted a lot like a Kolsch, which is what I thought this beer was aiming for, judging by the name. I'm just not a fan of that style of beer though. I thought there was some liveliness to the flavor, but it was too dry and metallic for me.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.7/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden and crystal clear, medium head that didn't last long, some lacing, rising bubbles.

It's got a bit of a lemony, grainy, grassy smell to it. The smell is fine but it's not the strong point of this brew.

Taste and mouthfeel are this beer's strong points. I really like the smooth, lemony grain flavors, a blend of what seems to be two parts malts and one part hops, low bitterness but a slightly sweet, pleasant aftertaste and surprisingly good body for a lager.

Drinkability is very good. Being that it comes in cans, this would be a terrific fishin' beer.

Another fine beer from Tallgrass.

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Photo of 2ksport
4.76/5  rDev +36.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Most describe this as a Pilsener. I think it's a Kolsch because of the slight Wheat taste on the back of the tongue. I'm a home brewer and made a Kolsch this Spring and it had the same hint of Wheat/Grain taste. Mmmh. Damn I love Kolsch.

Clean and crisp.

Pilsener aroma when cold. Kolsch aroma when warmer.

Better then Goose Islands "Summertime".

Tallgrass, if you are reading this, PLEASE make it year round!

Why does the spell checker keep underlining beer style names as misspelled?

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Photo of Groenebeor
3.52/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Pint glass from the new cans. I like!

Pours much clearer than it did when this beer first came out. Still quite hazy for a lager.

Tastes quite odd, as it smells odd for a lager. It's most like a wheat kolsch if such a thing existed. Really not a lager, and certainly not a pils. '

A very odd beer overall.

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Photo of Hellpop65
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of Nachojon
2.52/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A- Looks just like a Kolsch should. Pale straw colored. Has a watery look to it compared to other beers. White, thin head. Unless you really like Kolsh beer, this one doesn't look great, not bad either.

S- Very citrusy. Kind of like lemon water. Some grass as well.

T- Overbearingly sweet. I just can't deal with the almost syrupy sugar taste here. Is there corn syrup in this beer? I had drinks at the all inclusive pool bar that tasted more natural than this.

M- A Kolsh should be a lot more crisp. MEH.

O- I like Metropolitan Krankshaft just fine, but this just isn't a style that I enjoy. Glad to see I am not the only one that had this forced upon them by an Oklahoma trader. This beer sucks.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.07/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Does the phrase "Kolsch" have marketability or point toward greater quality than other style names? Where this is a fine Blonde or Golden Ale, it misses major marks when compared to true German Kolsch Biers.

The over-carbonated and fizzy pour doesn't hold much promise and the stark white bubbles quickly rise and equally as quickly, fall. No lacing and really slacking on head formation and retention. Bright yellow look though. Could be mistaken for High Life.

A nice floral hop aroma is burried under high sulfur (match sticks), light vegital, and strong scents of wet grains.

Part malt and part grain flavors remain undecided and weak. Grainy and bitey, the beer has some harsh bitterness and sulfur flaovrs.

The high carbonation, raw sulfurs, and bite causes the beer to be quite harsh to the mouthfeel despite it's watery flavors.

Kold suffers quite a bit throughout, but the floral hop aroma being a bright spot in the session.

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Photo of craigmj7
2.5/5  rDev -28.4%

Photo of chocosushi
3.78/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz->Hoegaarden Hexagon glass

A ~ Absolutely beautiful pale gold/dark straw. Head is abundant and dissipates in craters.

S ~ Wheat, Citrus, Golden Delicious Apples, European Hops

T ~ Great grain flavors (wheat/oat/barley), an abundance of Apple fruit/skins, & Spicy hops make up the bulk of the body. Grass & White grape w/ a touch of citrus make an appearence

M ~ Slightly cloying, but very crisp. Fruit flavors are pleasant.

D ~ I enjoyed this beer, & it is a shame that they are not canning it anymore. Somewhere between a Kœlsch, American Pale Lager & a German Pils, this is a nice lager.
Great can!

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Photo of zeff80
3.78/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a very fizzy, highly carbonated, pale, golden-yellow color with a small, pillowy, white head of foam. It left some patchy rings of lace.

S - It smelled of caramel, grains, honey and a touch of citrus.

T - This is a nice sweet pils with good caramel and citrus flavors. There is a very subtle bitter hop spice.

M - It was very crisp and sharp. A light-bodied, easy-drinking lager.

D - This is a pretty good pilsener. I'm impressed with this one from Tallgrass.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Semi-cloudy pour at 40 degrees. Big foamy head. Looks like a great lager, but would have liked to have seen less cloud. Head settles to a lacing. clean.

Musky malt aroma with small hints of pear, caramel and lemon zest. Very small.
I think this beer could use more carbonation. It has a soft malt backbone and refreshing hops presence, but feels a bit soft. A good zing from bubbles could make things crisper. Yet, that's not this style. But within this style it falls short on the malt. It seems crossed between German and Czech pilsener.
Still, this is a good beer. Easy drinking.

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