Kölsch 151 | Blue Mountain Brewery

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Brewed by:
Blue Mountain Brewery
Virginia, United States

Style: German Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 59 | Ratings: 236
Photo of Navanation
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.39/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Photo of MrOH
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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Photo of 88caprice
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
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 +1.1%
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 +10.2%
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 -1.7%
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 +8.8%
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 +6.9%
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 +1.1%
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 +4.1%
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 +8.3%
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 -2.5%
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 +3%
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 +22%
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 +7.2%
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 -3.6%

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 -3.6%

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 -6.3%

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 -0.3%
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 +7.4%
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 +2.2%
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 +3.3%
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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Kölsch 151 from Blue Mountain Brewery
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 236 ratings