Franconia Kölsch
Franconia Brewing Company

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3.55 | pDev: 15.77%
Franconia Brewing Company
Texas, United States
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Tucquan from Pennsylvania

2.91/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Had this on 2019-03-01 in Grapevine, TX from a 12oz bottle

A - Clear gold with a short white head

S - Bread, pear, honey. Pretty mild but pleasant.

T - Stale apples, cornbread, pear, peppery spice.

M - Light-medium body and carbonation.

O - Didn’t dig the flavor. Maybe an old bottle. No date stamp.

Mar 01, 2019
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MinerBob from Oklahoma

3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I'm beginning to think all beers brewed under Germany purity laws are smooth beers. Pours a hazy golden color with a small white head. The smell is bread and malts. A very crisp, clean and smooth flavor.

Sep 30, 2017
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sokol_1993 from California

3.59/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Got this on tap at the brewery. Very malty, with little taste of hop. A good, refreshing one for the summer, but nothing too special. The malt was too dominant though.

Jul 25, 2016
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a0lbudman from Alabama

3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A- clear golden color with a snow white head
S-fruity banana smell
T-a slight hop taste with a banana taste
F- medium carbonation and light body
O-smooth and refreshing beer

May 31, 2016
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mjurney from Texas

4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden color, clear. Lots of small bubbles streaming. Thick bright white head.

Pale malts, grassy, some spicy hops, a little fruity.

Sweet pale malts, bready, grassy. Slight fruit (green grape skin) character. Mild hop bitterness towards the end. Finish is dry, very crisp. Body is light-medium, crisp, refreshing, dry.

It's an excellent Kolsch.

Mar 29, 2015
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Joe_Howard from Texas

4.08/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

pours a light yellow beer with a small white head. Smells like most kolsches. Tastes pretty delicious, and is well balanced. Overall a very enjoyable beer.

Feb 17, 2015
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allengarvin from Texas

3.83/5  rDev +7.9%

A: 3.5 A small head on top of hazy straw color.
S: 3.75 Pilsner type malt aroma, a tad grainy, with light hops
T: 4 Tasty! With a good mix of moderate bitterness against light malt.
M: 3.75 Neutral texture, light body
O: 4 Something of a boring style, but this is highly drinkable and a great session beer.

Weighting: 20%,20,40,5,15. Overall: 3.83

Aug 21, 2014
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lsiberian from Texas

3.61/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Franconia Kolsch is a cloudy yellow beer with almost no head which I found hard to move past at first. It smells like a light nutty sweet grain as you'd expect from this style, but it falls short of outstanding. On the tongue is a bit flat, but still refreshing and smooth. It's unique enough to warrant an outstanding rating for it's sweet grain flavor. Overall it's a good beer, but with a little better carbonation it could be a great beer.

Feb 05, 2014
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BryanCarey from Texas

3.46/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Franconia Kolsch pours to a yellow/straw color with almost no foam. The nose on this beer is one of sweet grains and a touch of lemon. The body of the beer is slightly cloudy and there is little or no lace on the glass as you drink.

As for the taste, Franconia Kolsch tastes about the way you would expect. The flavor of grains, cracker- like, lightly toasted malt, and fruits such as pear, apple, and a touch of lemon are evident with each sip. I could also detect some coriander when I opened up and sampled a second bottle. The beer is lighter, but sweet and highly drinkable.

This kolsch beer is a decent example of the style, even if it is somewhat lighter than I prefer. Its appearance could stand to be improved, as there is almost no foam to speak of, and the sweetness level could prove too much for some. I don’t rank it among my favorite examples of this style, but I can agree that it is extremely drinkable and it would make a good choice of beer for a hot summer day.

Dec 12, 2013
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monnik from Texas

3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I like this style and am happy to see more brewers attempting it.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head and showed little lacing but does have quite a bit of leg (clinginess to glass after taking a drink). The color is a perfect pale and slightly cloudy.

Smell: There is the expected grapey smell of this style but not as pronounced as I had hoped. For me, this is one of the main characteristics I associate with this style. Sometimes I will pick up a grassy smell as well but didn't with this beer. Overall however a pleasant odor.

Taste: This is where the beer could best be improved but I still felt it did a reasonable job being a Kolsch. It was a bit lemony (hop note) and grapey (malt note) with very little aftertaste, but none of it stood out. For me personally, I like the grape flavor to be pronounced.

Mouthfeel: Nice. A bit chewy (good) but with the light finish of this beer it dissipates quickly.

Overall: Better than average but with a few tweaks it could be outstanding.

Nov 02, 2013
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GeneralZod from California

3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clear goldenorange color. No too much head rentention, but well carbonated.

Has a sweet smell with a slight hopiness to it.

The sweetness is not over powering like some Kolsch. It is not too hoppy either.

Slightly carbonated and watery.

Although, I'm not a fan of the Kolsch.
It is one of the better Kolsch I've had.

Jan 04, 2012
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Mora2000 from Texas

4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery. The beer pours a golden yellow color with a white head. The aroma is wheat and grain with some lemon and grass notes. The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of wheat with some lemon and grape notes. There is a little bit of grass and earth from the hops, but they contribute basically no bitterness. Light and refreshing, this is a very easy beer to drink. Medium carbonation. A great beer for a hot summer day.

Jul 23, 2011
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htomsirveaux from Texas

3.62/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried on tap at WhipIn, 7 Aug 2010. Served in a shaker pint.

Slightly hazy golden in color with just a hint of green. Small white head quickly dissipates. Lightly carbonated. Light aroma, lemony and jammy. Light and refreshing. Touch of grainy malt, slight bit of apple and lemon. Finish and aftertaste become a little bready with a hint of bitterness. Light body, light alcohol.

Good on a warm summer day.

May 14, 2011
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nickhiller from Texas

3.23/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: straw colored, slightest suggestion of head, no lacing

S: juicy juice,

T: sickly sweet, malty and very lightly hopped.

M: light, but not watery and decently carbonated. Refreshing.

D: pleasant, a little sweeter than than I like my Kolschs. Maybe even a little macro brewer-y.

Oct 11, 2010
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Redrover from Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was happy to see this on tap at the Gingerman in Austin. I'm a sucker for this underappreciated style.

As with most beers at this great bar, it was served in a standard pint. The beer is chill hazed gold with a fairly clingy white head.

The nose is grainy with pear and a bit of citrus.

Nice crisp Kolsch. There are grains, apple, pears and sweet crackers. Interesting with good balance.

The mouth is a perfect blend of carbonation, heft and a touch of slickness.

It is extremely easy to drink especially in the 104 degree heat.

Well done!

Aug 19, 2010
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armock from New York

3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured a straw color with a white head that fades quickly to a ring leaving some lacing behind

S - Is pretty light some sweet malt and some grassy hops

T - The taste is also light theres some sweet malt and some slight hops in the flavor

M - This beer has a light body with medium carbonation to it

D - This is the definition of a ho hum beer and yes I know its not supposed to be big and bold but my ADD is to strong for this beer its average, boring, and just not worth it to me

Mar 16, 2010
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champ103 from Texas

3.97/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear straw yellow color. A small white head forms, and recedes to nothing in a second. Light lace is left behind.
S: At first, sweet malt. Some fruity aromas as well. Lemon, apples. Some grassy hops and some yeast. Deceptively complex.
T: Follows the nose. Sweet malt at first. Light fruity flavors of lemon and apples. Grassy and floral hops. Some yeast as well.
M/D: A light to medium body. Crisp, dry, and smooth. Easy to drink. I can quaff several of these with no problem.

I think this a very good Kolsch. There is a lot going on here. A surprisingly and deceivingly complex brew. Light, but enough body and flavor to satisfy. A great beer for the hot Texas summers, or just for an easy session. Recommended.

Mar 15, 2010
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fjordhook from Texas

3.97/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer a few weeks ago, so this review is from the notes I wrote about it. It poured with a light light golden color with a clear body. It a nice hoppy smell with hints of fruits, which I thought were mostly apple. I was surprised with the taste though because the fruits were not nearly as strong as they were in the smell. It was very light and crisp in the mouth. It would be a good replacement for any light beer on a night out. Definitely worth a try.

Jan 24, 2010
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rtepiak from Poland

4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a very consistent beer. not riddled with a taste of corn like most american kolsch style beers. crisp... some apple malt qualities and some very subdued hop that just clears everything out. simple, and not astringent or acidic. tight in form and mild in taste.

Nov 08, 2009
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thirdeye11 from Texas

3.18/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this on tap into a pint glass at J&J's pizza in Denton.

A: mostly like a pale lager but decent 1 finger head and mild lacing when cold.

S: not much going on here. Smells like sweet pale malt, and coriander.

T: heavy on lemon, nicely sweet if unbalanced in that direction slightly. Spices like coriander, and maybe spicy cinnamon too.

M: lingers nicely on the mouth, no bitterness. Carbonation is slightly low, and slightly thin body but overall solid.

D: very high. Easy to drink beer but can become slightly cloying with the sweetness. Otherwise off the chart.

A recommended kolsch but not in the upper tier of the style.

Jun 21, 2009
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