Keller Kölsch | Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon

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Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
Ohio, United States

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by IronCitySteve on 08-30-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of jampics2
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ Fat Heads Cleveland.

Fat Heads Keller is an unfiltered beer but is still very clear.  It's a golden color with straw edges and has acceptable head retention and lace.  Overall, the appearance is just a touch above average for a Kolsch.      

When it comes to the smell, there's really not a lot going on.  Some subtle grain and mild earthy noble hops are there, but they're turned down in the mix. I'd like a bit more expression. 

The taste, however, is much better than average.  It's slightly fruity at first from the malt, then finishes very clean. There is a nice interplay between the slightly sweet grain and noble hops.  Very well balanced and refreshing.  

In my mouth, Keller Kolsch has a decent crisp feel with nice carbonation enhancing the lighter body, but the star of the show is the awesome finish.  A very nice beer a although it is one dimensional, a Kolsch shouldn't have too much complexity. I'd like just a touch more prominent smell (for a world-class product of this style, check out COAST brewing's Kolsch if you can find it. Keller offers a good drinking experience for someone just getting into better beer, and the finish makes it a winner. 

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at the brewpub. The menu notes: "This is our unfiltered version of a highly drinkable golden ale style that originated in the German city of Cologne. A crisp, well-balanced beer with a delicate fruity aroma, soft maltiness, and subtle noble hop aroma."

The beer pours a pale golden color, about 2-3 SRM, clear with ~1cm of foam that lasts and laces. It smells pretty authentic to me, having tried maybe 15 or more kolsch beers in my short career. Not as fruity or lightly funked as my favorites (Fruh, Reisdorf), even more muted like some of the second tiers (still good though, they're all muted).

It tastes fairly neutral which is about right for a Kolsch, more malty than anything. A little bitterness in the aftertaste but not much. I found the body to be more carbonated than usual, at least it had more of a peppery and prickly mouthfeel.

Pretty good, once again Fat Heads brings a good representation of the style.

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Photo of IronCitySteve
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Fatheads Cleveland. Not sure if this will be brewed just once or not...

A: Pours a bright yellow color with a thick 2 finger white foam head that lasts. There is a significant amount of lacing.

S: There is some light fruit scents, citrus hops and a little amount of bready malt.

T: A very well balanced beer. Some light citru hop flavor hits the palate first, followed up with a nice malt back bone. Quite balance.

M: A very light crisp beer. Leaves a very clean taste on the palate.

D: This is extremely easy to drink. Goes down smooth with not much after taste. Perfect for a summer day.

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Keller Kölsch from Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 3 ratings
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