Kölsch 151 | Blue Mountain Brewery

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Kölsch 151Kölsch 151

Brewed by:
Blue Mountain Brewery
Virginia, United States

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.56/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Part of a flight of 10 at the brewery. Pours a hazy straw color, with a thin white head. Initial impression is grassy lemony hops, with a biscuity malt presence. Mouthfeel is medium and quite smooth. Medium carbonation. OK but I like SN better.

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Photo of smcolw
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Straw colored with the lightest of green hues. Hazy. Small head that leaves a couple of larger spots on the glass.

Oddly, I smell fried eggs as the dominant note. There are also a variety of malted and raw pale grain smells as well.

While the nose had no hop, the taste certainly features some bitterness. The paler malts stand out until the swallow when a melange of pepper bitterness comes through. The aftertaste fades but lingers. Full bodied for the style with moderate carbonation.

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Photo of Kubishark
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I give this 4s across the board for being an all around solid and enjoyable beer. Poured from a can into a pint glass, light golden yellow appearance with nice carbonation bubbles. Smells of sweet malts and light grassy hops. Tastes the same. Very crisp and light and refreshing. A lovely take on the style.

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Photo of tigg924
3.57/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazy, gold in color with 1/3 inch head. Taste is lemon, grass, and a bit of breadiness. Hits all of the expected kolsch notes. Really easy drinking, light, summery beer. I will get this again.

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Photo of Riff
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

My favorite kolsch overall, have had it from a tap, bottle, and cans. Light straw color with a thin head, easy drinking with a slight sweet up front flavor with a little bit of spice following it up. A nice easy drinking beer that is as flexible for events as a lager is, but lighter than a lager. I just about always keep some on hand.

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Photo of Pantalones
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Writing this one from notes I took last night, since my computer is dead and I wasn't able to type it up then. This was my 3rd bottle of this beer, "best by" date of January 2016.

Poured pale yellow, settling into a darker golden color in the glass. Perfectly clear, shiny, lots of rising bubbles -- this is a nice-looking beer! Little bit of white foam on top at first, which shrinks away into a thin coating on top pretty quickly but doesn't totally vanish. Left a few stray trails behind on the sides of the glass as I drank.

Smell is initially pretty nice -- lots of grassy hops right away, with a bit of a malt sweetness (almost caramel-y) hiding behind them. Strangely, around halfway through the glass the smell started to remind me very much of chicken broth... not sure why that would be. Not an entirely unpleasant smell even after that shift happens, but definitely a bit odd.

Flavor starts with a slightly-sweet, crackery malt... and then loads of grassy hops come in, much like in the smell. A bit of spiciness from the hops comes in on the end, too. Maybe a tad milder than the Sierra Nevada Kolsch I had this summer, but similar flavors overall and they blended together and worked very nicely together.

Nice mouthfeel too -- soft and bubbly, no harsh or prickly carbonation despite the massive amount of bubbles rising up through the glass at all times. Light and incredibly drinkable without ever feeling watery. I found myself taking pretty big gulps of this even when I was trying to slow things down a little -- not a "sipping" beer for sure. I could probably drink a quarter or a third of a glass without stopping, and I'm someone who doesn't generally chug down beers quickly.

Overall, while I think I liked Sierra Nevada's Kolsch more, this one was also a very good beer, and has the advantage of being available year-round in six-packs rather than only in a summer variety pack. I predict that I will definitely be buying more of this one in the future.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a shaker pint, the beer is a crystal clear, straw yellow coloring, with a solid flow of carbonation throughout the body, and a filmy, white halo of head. Aromas of toasted grains, floral highlights, subtle grassy notes, and an earthy highlight. Flavors are toasted grains and subtle honey forward, with grassy and peppery hops in the backbone, some corn and cracker notes, and hints of char. Pretty roasted tones, overall, even into the slightly bitter and floral aftertaste. The body is smooth, with a crisp undercut from the carbonation. Smooth, crisp, clean finish, with a subtle bitter linger. Very refreshing.

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Photo of willic
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Before you read this, this is not my typical beer to drink... This is a very "German" kölsch, as true to most all Blue Mountains creations, VERY enjoyable! Crisp, refreshing, lots of flavor, more so than most kölsch. Close your eyes and you would never think you are drinking an American beer. A+ for a kölsch

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Photo of DerekP
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap and was impressed. There's an earthiness in the taste that adds to the body and made this highly quaffable. I'll be picking up a six-pack shortly.

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.54/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The beer has a fairly clear pale straw color. The smell and taste have a light bitter hop note with some honey sweet malt presence. The beer feels a bit light for the style but still pretty refreshing. Overall, not a bad kolsch and given how rarely the style is brewed; gives this beer a reason to be gotten.

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Photo of MUTINY
3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Quick review. Typical Kolsch, done well. Smells of bready malt which carries directly onto the palate. Finishes crisp & pretty dry with no surprises. Looking good, Blue Mountain.

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Photo of seedyone
4.43/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

08/20/13 At Rattle N Hum on tap. Lovely & light in texture but full of flavor. This is a kolsch that pushes the boundary in a good way. A good choice if you have the chance.

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Photo of IronLover
3.89/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light, clean, pilsner malt aroma. No hop aromas. No diacetyl or esters. Pale yellow with a slight haze which is acceptable for the style. Solid, rich, white foam with low retention as it quickly reduced to large soapy bubbles. Medium-light body and smooth, with medium to high carbonation through the middle and slight puckering sensation near the finish. No warming effect. Light pilsner malt flavor up front wit a crisp, clean, dry finish. Good attenuation. No diacetyl. Light, citrusy, hop bitterness at the end. Finished crisply with a light, bready, pilsner malt flavor. No esters. A light, malty beer that is nicely balanced by light bitterness near the finish.

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Photo of hophugger
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Not a bad beer. Pours a beautiful orange-amber color with a decent head. Aroma is extremely light. Flavor is also very mild with hints of hops and a touch of citrus. This beer is very refreshing and easy drinking. Crisp, clean finish.

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Photo of beerdedking
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

From variety case, best buy date 9/14

This is very light and crisp. No remarkable characteristics, but thirst quenching and easy to drink.
Give one of these to your BMC pals, they'll love it.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.4/5  rDev -7.9%

8/9...pours medium dark copper. White foam layers, settles with a ring. Clean crisp nose but light. Taste has a nutty start, then fades into a light hop. Clean finish. Chewy. Bready. Much happening for something so simple.

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Photo of tfbelden9
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good Lighter Summer Beer, like the Kolsch style,
did not realize it was a distinct, German Style
Went well with Brunch, had the Sausage Gravy over Yummy Biscuits
Liked the Pear, Fruit Like Crispness
Blue Ridge Mountain has an excellent Brunch, and Gorgeous Views!

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Photo of bluedognever
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a chilled mug. Pour was a clear golden color with a small head that didn't last long. Delicate but slightly fizzy mouthfeel. More flavorful than I expected with a slightly bitter finish. Hints of citrus throughout. The bitterness wasn't a hoppy bitterness. Overall a nice refreshing, very drinkable beer

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Photo of ONUMello
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can best by 4/14
A: Golden color with a one-finger head that quickly settles
S: Mostly cereal malts, light bitter aromas, light herbal notes and just a touch of lemon
T: Matches the nose. Delicate but subtly complex
M: Light-bodied, an herbal bitterness throughout
O: The more I drank this beer the more it grew on me, I just had to re-adjust my palate from the usual hop-bombs I have. It takes a quality touch to make a clean kölsch and this one is successful

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Photo of obywan59
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the beer cave at Kroger 401, Brambleton Ave. and Colonial Ave. Roanoke, VA. I think this was the last holdover from summer 2013. Best by 03 2014.

Pours a clear straw yellow with a slightly off white head of 4 fingers (from a hard pour) that recedes quickly with initial thick, clingy lacing. Numerous carbonation bubbles of various sizes, very fine, medium and huge.

Fresh and bready with some light herbals or spice from the hops. An impression of warm milk. A bit of nutty malt.

The first glass was very bitter at first, but it becomes much more palatable as the taste buds numb up. Light sweet malt with a bit of tart citrus from the hops and a bitter follow through. Taste is almost vinuous, approaching that of a dry white wine.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly medium thick, almost viscous. Carbonation is very evident. Rather drying. Descent burn.

Much more impressive by the second glass. At first I was afraid it was too old, but this beer grew on me. Might have been even better in the summer.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.76/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I am glad that tone77 and I got to review this from a CAN as rumor has it that they maybe cutting down on their CANning of beers in 2014! I know, boo hoo. Hey, it amazed me that craft CANs exploded the way that they did. It may be that people just CANnot overcome their prejudices to the point of sustainability for microCANners to succeed.

From the CAN: "Real Virginia Beer"; "Demand Fresh Beer: Check My Butt to Make Sure I'm Not Older Than I Look."; "18 IBUs"; "Mountain Water, Valley Hops."; "Drink the Good Stuff."; "At Nelson County's original brewery, we've always been big on the water. Nothing quite like a brew that starts in a deep mountain well. As it happens, our Kölsch-style beer in a [CAN] is the best beer you could have while floating in water - river, lake, ocean, pool, bathtub, whatever - [CAN]templating all this liquid beauty. So dip in your toes and crack another one. It's smooth, y'all."; "Virginia's First Craft Brewery in a CAN"; "Pack It In[,] Pack it Out".

There I was, attempting yet another Stupid Human Trick, doing the inverted Glug near the keyboard, but the Crack! left me anxious to begin the beguine. The resulting two fingers of foamy, French Vanilla-colored head were already fizzing and foaming by the time that I sat the CAN back down. I had low expectations for its sustainability and i was not disappointed, either, as it rapidly fell to wisps. Color was a deep golden-yellow (SRM = 4 - 5) with NE-quality clarity and suddenly, Mammon, Croesus and Midas were across from me, wearing party hats and shouting, "Faisons la Fete!" I had no idea that those idiots were bilingual, but "Let's Party!" means "Drink up!" to me. Nose had a clean, biscuit maltiness. Mouthfeel was medium with a biscuit/bready flavor on the tongue. I did not sense much in the way of hops, but then again, that is not the purpose of the style. Finish was semi-sweet, so there must have been some hops in the mix, keeping the malt sugars from overwhelming the beer. I know that it is a summer beer which I was drinking in early winter, so that makes me CANsider what it would be like on a hot, humid day. I would be willing to bet that it would be nice and refreshing. Tonight, it just makes me want to drink another beer.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.07/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz can into a pint glass.

A: Pours a pale yellow color. The head is a one finger white shade with a great fluffiness and even some decent retention for the style. There are also some decent rings of lacing left behind.

S: The first thing I note is some pleasant cereal grains meshing with a pale malt sweetness redolent of sugar cookie. There are also some lemony hints here and there. Not bad by any means, but I wished it were a bit hoppier and fruitier.

T: The flavor works better, I think. It starts of with some sweet lemony touches, while the finish brings grainy touches. These aforementioned grainy touches work well, I must say. After a while, a twinge of herbal bitterness makes itself known. While it's simplistic, this isn't some 14% bourbon barrel aged monster brewed with coconut, coffee, the tears of Jesus, kombucha, green goddess dressing, and some old Dark Angel cassette tapes. Just like with the nose, it could use a touch more hop bitterness and fruit esters, but there's nothing wrong here, either.

M: It's a bit sweet on the finish for me - this would be hella refreshing on a hot day regardless. It has a light texture and goes down quite easily without ridiculous carbonation, and that's what I like from the style.

O: I could definitely see this being a rock-solid refresher on a warm day. There isn't much place for this beer in my fridge right now; but give me a couple friends, 100 degree weather, and outdoor work, and I guarantee a case of this will get killed faster than you can say "gimme that wheelbarrow, ya jackass."

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Photo of Clydesdale
3.84/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a bright, clear yellow-gold color. The fluffy, patchy head is rather tall, with a light texture. Retention is solid, and some splotchy lacing sticks to the glass.

S: Some doughy, lightly sweet malt aroma up front. A bit tangy in the nose. Hop aromas are primarily herbal and grassy, with some faint lemony tang.

T: A nice dose of doughy, grainy, and malty flavor up front. Lightly sweet and toasty before hop bitterness shows up and takes over. Bitterness is firm but not extreme, lending a dry overall impression. Herbal, grassy, and mildly lemony hop flavors are noticeable.

M: Perkily carbonated. This beer finishes dry, thanks to its carbonation, light body, and moderate hop presence. Refreshing.

O: This is a nice American kolsch from Blue Mountain. It's straightforwardly refreshing and tasty, while including some unique character to separate it from other lighter beer styles.

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Photo of delta490
3.69/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- poured a clear medium-light gold with a slightly fizzy white head. Decent retention and a steady stream of carbonation provide some lacing

S-pale malt, earthy hops and a biscuit-esque quality. Subtle, but not absent

T-very mild. The hops is fairly prominent, but not too strong and balanced well against the malt

M-surprisingly full. Not at all watery. A little bit of fizz, but not at all bad.

O-a really good, light bodied but well-flavored beer. Definitely could be an easy drinker during the spring and summer.

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Photo of Beer-A-Lot
3.69/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A nice refreshing beer. Not as exciting as the best in class, but enjoyable nonetheless. Light and fairly crisp. If you want something light to go with food, this is not a bad choice. It could stand more in its flavor profile but goes down easy. Not bad.

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