Kölsch 151
Blue Mountain Brewery

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Blue Mountain Brewery
Virginia, United States
Ranked #195
Ranked #26,697
3.61 | pDev: 10.8%
Aug 11, 2022
Jun 02, 2008
Kölsch 151Kölsch 151
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Reviewed by puck1225 from Texas

3.49/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Had this beer from a bottle poured into a tall snifter glass. Hazy pale yellow with a decent initial head and decent lacing. Smell and taste of corn and lemon. Some hoppy bitterness at the finish. Not as crisp as I would expect.
Aug 11, 2022
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Reviewed by BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.49/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
From the can, it pours a hazy light amber color with a modest, soon diminishing, white head. The nose gets a dose of brerady malt. The mouth gets a bit of malt and a touch of fruitiness.
May 31, 2022
Rated: 3.92 by needMIbeer from Virginia

Nov 28, 2020
Rated: 3 by TheBigBoy from Pennsylvania

Sep 11, 2020
Rated: 3.85 by bigbutter from Virginia

Dec 27, 2019
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Rated by Peko from Virginia

5/5  rDev +38.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
I like classic Kölsh. Very well done.
Sep 08, 2019
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Reviewed by Navanation from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Tasty. Well balanced malts and hops. Bready smell. Golden yellow color. Light carbonation. Minimal head and no lacing on the glass. Smooth, easy drinking. Can't stop with one.
Jul 11, 2019
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Reviewed by Beginner2 from Illinois

3.39/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
My first brew on tap upon landing at Reagan Airport before 9AM (don't tell my wife.)
An undistinguished kolsch, except for a good cleansing of my palate with bubbles and modest hops.
While the kolsch is something of a hybrid, 151 seems more like a lager. Cleaner and less fruit than an ale.

Blue Mountain, it turns out, just bought another brewer (South Street in Charlottesville) that I had at that same bar.
Blue Mountain started 11 years ago in an ex-urban area, so it is good that it saved and can continue to spread the gospel of craft beer. Another Mom 'n Pop shop (with close friends) makes a go of it with diligence and passion.
Apr 01, 2019
Rated: 3.65 by DonaldVelazquez from Virginia

Mar 24, 2019
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Reviewed by MrOH from Malta

3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5
Clear straw, not much white head, but it sticks around, and leaves nice lace
Smells like pils malt
Bready, a touch fruity. Not really much going on beyond that
Light bodied and refreshing.
I'm guessing that this became a mainstay after selling well in the brewpub. Folks coming in there just got finished hiking, and needed a light, refreshing beer. Would be damned good in the summer, not sure why it was included in the winter mixed pack.
Dec 19, 2018
Rated: 3.79 by informaticsDoc from Pennsylvania

Jul 28, 2018
Rated: 3.5 by Jason_cs from Florida

Jan 25, 2018
Rated: 3.56 by iRun2Beer from Minnesota

Dec 06, 2017
Rated: 4.19 by MisledTitan from England

Oct 05, 2017
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Reviewed by 88caprice from Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a bottle into a slender glass.

Good overall for the style.

Light golden color. Fizzy soda-like head that dissipated. Smell is quite vineous. White grapes and a little winey. Taste is grassy with a hop zing and a winey quality. Minimal malt finish. Medium bodied and sparkly.
Sep 13, 2017
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Reviewed by VABA from Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pours a light golden color with a nice head and lacing
Aroma has floral and lemongrass hints
The taste follows the nose with a floral and lemongrass flavor
A light bodied decently carbonated beer
A decent Kolsch
Jul 09, 2017
Rated: 3.63 by 6thstreetbrewpub from District of Columbia

Jun 25, 2017
Rated: 3.5 by ejimhof from Pennsylvania

May 04, 2017
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Reviewed by Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Appearance - Pours clear golden color with nice dense white head. Sparse lacing around the glass.

Aroma - Nice salty brine aroma, lots of lemongrass and biscuit.

Taste - Typical Kolsch nice salty flavor along with lemon and a good amount of biscuit. Getting a good but of malts on the back end as well.

Feel - Light bodied, carbonation seems a little high but still easy drinking.

Overall - A well done Kolsch true to the style.
Apr 22, 2017
Rated: 4.28 by Cyrano41 from Virginia

Dec 13, 2016
Rated: 4.16 by Vylo from New Jersey

Nov 01, 2016
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Reviewed by dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

3.56/5  rDev -1.4%
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.
Sep 26, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by bigred89 from Maryland

Sep 08, 2016
Rated: 3.74 by MGibbons from Maryland

Aug 18, 2016
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Reviewed by smcolw from Massachusetts

3.67/5  rDev +1.7%
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.
Jul 16, 2016
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Reviewed by Kubishark from Maryland

4/5  rDev +10.8%
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.
Jul 02, 2016
Rated: 3.28 by BrewskiBuds from Virginia

Jun 28, 2016
Rated: 3.81 by Hockey_Fan from Maryland

Jun 05, 2016
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Reviewed by tigg924 from Massachusetts

3.57/5  rDev -1.1%
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.
Jun 03, 2016
Rated: 3.65 by vabeerguy from Virginia

May 27, 2016
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Reviewed by Riff from Virginia

3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
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.
May 12, 2016
Rated: 3.61 by BBQWhisperer from Maryland

Feb 01, 2016
Rated: 4 by myouman from Virginia

Dec 20, 2015
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Reviewed by Pantalones from Virginia

3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
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.
Nov 04, 2015
Rated: 3.62 by macpfb03 from Virginia

Oct 02, 2015
Rated: 2.45 by justintcoons from Pennsylvania

Sep 10, 2015
Rated: 4.04 by Lagerhouserules from New York

Aug 19, 2015
Rated: 3.5 by jrob21 from Georgia

Jul 29, 2015
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Rated by beerrat from Virginia

4.58/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Pretty good tasting beer here.
Jul 26, 2015
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Reviewed by GarthDanielson from Virginia

3.67/5  rDev +1.7%
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.
Jul 23, 2015
Kölsch 151 from Blue Mountain Brewery
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 242 ratings