Passion Fruit Kolsch | New Belgium Brewing

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3.7/5
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15 Ratings
Passion Fruit KolschPassion Fruit Kolsch
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States
newbelgium.com

Style: German Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Passion Fruit Kölsch is a crushable, refreshing fruit-forward beer ready for fun in the sun. Traditional Kolsch brewed with passion fruit juice and tropical American hops.

Malts: Pale, Pilsner
Hops: Nugget, Azacca, Calypso
Yeast: Kölsch
Other: Passion Fruit Juice
13 IBU

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
6
Ratings:
15
pDev:
4.32%
 
 
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1
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Ratings: 15 |  Reviews: 6
Photo of Darkmagus82
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a pint glass
Appearance –The beer is served an orange amber color with a one finger head of fizzy foam. The head fades relatively quickly, leaving a few rings of lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma is lighter overall with some smells of passion fruit and a lightly grainy aroma. Along with these smells comes a little bit of caramel and a hint of harvest fruit and lemon.
Taste – The taste begins with slightly bready and grainy taste that has a lightly tart passion fruit flavor. As the taste advances the sourness increases a little bit all while some more grain and some herb comes to the tongue. At the end, a little bit of a hay taste as well as a slight increase in passion fruit and some other light fruit tastes come to the profile, to leave on with a light and slightly tart and crisp taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the slightly thinner side with a carbonation level that is high. For the style and the lightly fruited and grainy taste the feel is nice and makes for an easy drinking brew.
Overall – A rather easy drinking and quite sessionable brew overall.

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Photo of dexterk1
3.54/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dcbeers
3.61/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
3.66/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz can with a best by date of 7-28-19 (opened 4-21-19)
1" white head on a pale gold clear, clean kolsch. Good retention at 1/4".
Big, bold lilikoi / passion fruit aroma - smells natural / real, not artificial at all in my limited interaction with passion fruit this is right on.
The passion fruit flavor comes through although not as potent as in the aroma. The beer is built on a light malt base...it's clean and carries the fruit but doesn't give anything to you in the way of identifying it as a kolsch.
Light bodied, medium carbonation, clean but quick finish.
Really enjoy the aroma on this one.

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Photo of nater919
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bschmidt_37
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of robotic_being
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WickedBeer
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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

Photo of superspak
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into signature globe glass; canned on 3/17/2019, best before 7/28/2019. Pours slightly hazy pale golden yellow color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big juicy/tart/tangy passion fruit juice, fruit skin/seeds, tangerine, red grapefruit, lemon, lime, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, red apple, papaya, mango, melon, guava, berries, citrus peel/rind, peppercorn, pine, cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, wood, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of passion fruit juice, citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops, pale malts, and light-moderate fruity yeast notes; with great strength. Taste of big juicy/tart/tangy passion fruit juice, fruit skin/seeds, tangerine, red grapefruit, lemon, lime, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, red apple, papaya, mango, melon, guava, berries, citrus peel/rind, peppercorn, pine, cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, wood, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate herbal, floral, woody, grassy, peppery bitterness; and fruit tang/tartness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart/tangy passion fruit juice, fruit skin/seeds, tangerine, red grapefruit, lemon, lime, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, red apple, papaya, mango, melon, guava, berries, citrus peel/rind, peppercorn, pine, cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, wood, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of passion fruit juice, citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops, pale malts, and light-moderate fruity yeast flavors; with an awesome malt/bitterness and tart/tangy fruit balance; with no astringent hop/fruit flavors after the finish. Fairly crisp/clean finishing. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitterness and tart/tangy fruit. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy/sticky, and fairly acidic/tangy/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is fantastic. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.3%. Overall this is an excellent fruited Kolsch. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of passion fruit juice, citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops, pale malts, and light-moderate fruity yeast flavors; very smooth, refreshing, and fairly crisp/clean to drink with the modestly bitter/tart/tangy drying finish. Very flavorful and not watery for the ABV. Great Nugget, Azacca, Calypso profile. Great balance between juicy/vibrant hops/fruit, with some dank/earthy notes; great clean pale malt backbone, restrained fruity yeast, and minimal residual sweetness with crisp dryness. A very enjoyable offering, and spot on base style example. Not overwhelming on any aspect, pretty much perfectly balanced between all flavors.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

With a broad spectrum, mass marketed appeal, the brewers of New Belgium set their sights on a summer beer with the help of the always seductive passionfruit for a tropical exotic overlay to a standard foundation of flavor.

Hazy gold and topped with a creamy white froth, the beer looks the Kolsch-styled ale well aside from its heavy pectin fog. Fruit aromas abound in of course the passionfruit family with juicy hints of tartness, wine, citrus and that special zing that only tropical fruits provide. To taste, the early impressions of bread and dough along with a cereal grain sweetness coats the tongue with a non-descript blonde ale-euro later-cerveza beeriness.

As the hybrid beer steps through a light grassy and herbal bitterness and a slightly floral flavor, its crispness and refreshment is offset by a cereal creaminess that's reminiscent of cream ale. With enough fruit tartness, the senses want to draw on a more sour and crisper taste that seems to be sorely lacking with a merely adequate light beer character.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CTHomer
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: crystal clear; pale gold in color; 1 finger ivory head that receded to a wispy cap; little lacing;

S: quite aromatic; loads of passion fruit;

T: the passion fruit is balanced by grain; a touch of tartness; no bitterness;

M: light bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: very nice for a fruit beer;

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

a weird choice for these guys to brew i think, seems kind of cheap and forced, they have been doing better lately in my experience, and this seems like a regression of sorts. the beer is crystal clear, holds an inch of white head, and looks beautiful actually. the nose is lots of passion fruit, watered down german malt, and a certain metallic property i cant make sense of. sweet a little bit up front in the flavor, dried out and refreshing by the end though. the passion fruit seems natural when the beer is cold, but not so much when it warms up in the glass. my real issue here is that the fruit takes over the kolsch, its so light to begin with, that it loses its identity to the fruit, not enough malt character or german yeast, two things i definitely want to taste first and foremost in this style, so to lose them i think is a flaw. that said, its easy drinking if you want something fruity and light, and the carbonation is excellent. somewhat safe and uninspired, which is what i have been critical of with these guys, but not a bad beer from an objective standpoint.

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Passion Fruit Kolsch from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 15 ratings