OMB Kölsner | The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery

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Brewed by:
The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery
North Carolina, United States

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
Hybrid of a Kölsch and Pilsner.
"Also a lagered ale, Kölsch is the Altbier's golden cousin. Kölsner is OMB's interpretation of what a Kölsch can be; full flavored, truly refreshing beer. Kölsner is super satisfying all year round, and can also provide that cool pause you need during the hot summer months. Especially by the pool!"

Added by AlexJ on 04-29-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 15 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by botham:
Photo of botham
4.42/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

growler fresh from the brewery poured into a tasting glass. pours a deep straw color with two fingers of loose white head that leaves rocky lacings and has good retention. looks great in the glass.

aroma is of rich floral hops with a touch of pale malts along with a touch of bready yeast. everything a macro lager should be. very fresh in the nose.

taste is more of the same with a supurb freshness and a wonderful floral bouquet that carries through to the finish. a fresh lager done just right on the palate.

mouthfeel is light bodied and crisp on the palate; true to the greats of the style.

drinkability is solid. a wonderfully fresh and crisp kolsch that goes down smooth and exhibits a great floral character. cheers!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of whitekiboko
2/5  rDev -44.6%

Photo of dailyminefield
2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

Photo of Kegatron
3.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

*Edit* Updated on 5/29/10.

I recently enjoyed this on draft at the brewery again and was pleased to find that they had tweeked their recipe for this beer and it is now much more hop foward than before, adding a richness to the flavors that wasn't there previously. This is much more like an easy drinking Pils now. I've adjusted my scores to reflect that.

On tap @ the OMB on 9/5/09. Served in a 1/2 pint.

Pours a clear gold, with a 1/2 finger of soft brite-white foam. This stays creamy around the edges, with some thin wisps in the center, leaving back some thickish foam which slowly slides down the sides of the glass. The aroma is sweet bready grains, with a bit a perfumey mix of grass and fruity esters. Pleasant but seems stretched a bit too thin in the nose.

The taste is crisp sweetness, with fruity citrus mixed in, and a moderate drying bitterness. Finishes very dry, with some leftover tang left on the lips. The mouthfeel is lighter-medium bodied, with a mellower and bubbly carbonation that is intertwined with more of a crisp feel.

I kind of get what they were going for here, with a Kölsch/Pilsner hybrid, and for the most part I think they pulled it off. The only problem, is that the flavors and feel seemed a bit too watered down at times, with no particular character absolutely taking control of this. Still though, this is crisp and unoffensive, but they have some other selections at OMB that are more worth your time.

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Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of CBlack85
4.17/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into an OMB Stange.

Pours a clear yellow/straw color with a big foamy white head. Good head retention and spotty lacing.

The aroma has the same bready malt profile of most of thier beers. The grassy, floral hops definately have a big presence. Really quite nice.

The flavor is clean and crisp, although a bit dry. Not a huge flavor, but not weak or thin by any means. A good summer beer. Medium/light bodied with moderate carbonation.

This beer is more like a pilsner than a kolsch, but characteristics of both styles are definately present. OMB never fails to impress

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Photo of KerMUDGEon
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of sendbeer
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of Joeybland
5/5  rDev +38.5%

Photo of GJ40
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at The Flying Saucer in Charlotte.

Yellow with great clarity and a moderate white head and lots of bubbles racing to the top. Good lacing as the glass empties. The aroma has a nice German spice to it. That follows through in the flavor as well. It's slightly bitter with a hint of sweetness. The consistency and carbonation are moderate.

This is a smooth, drinkable beer with a nice flavor. Makes for a solid, local session beer.

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Photo of CampusCrew
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

They claim this to be a lagered hybrid pilsner/klosh. It properly should be changed to pilsner since it's a lager and resmebles that more.

appearance: pale golden with little head rentention. some lacing. very typical lager look

smell: typical pilsner malt aroma.

taste: low bitterness and maybe a little more pilsner malt flavor. decent

mouthfeel: light bodied, but more body than an average pils.

drinkability: solid well done pils lager

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of MetlGuy
4.12/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice golden color with a creamy white head that laces down the glass as it is consumed.

S - Nice malty aroma with a hint of yeast fruitiness.

T - A little dry and thin for my tastes to the style. The fermentation temp could be a little higher to allow some more ester production, IMHO.

M - Clean and crisp. Nice lager like qualities.

D - Very drinkable. Light and refreshing.

If they would only fill growlers.

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Photo of TheInfamousElGuapo
3.25/5  rDev -10%

Photo of craytonic
2.98/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours like a pilsner, clear and golden. Aroma, like the taste and mouthfeel, is a bit thin - stretched hops and malt. Decent grainy taste. Mouthfeel is a bit watery, goes down decently but no need to ask for another. Hopefully they will branch out into more styles.

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OMB Kölsner from The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery
Beer rating: 3.61 out of 5 with 15 ratings