Tart Peach Kölsch
Ballast Point Brewing Company

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German Kölsch
Ranked #36
Ranked #18,125
3.86 | pDev: 8.29%
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States
Very Good
Tart Peach KölschTart Peach Kölsch
Notes: Our Tart Peach Kölsch is a fresh take on one of our very first beers. The juicy aroma and flavor of ripe peach complements the subtle fruitiness from the Kölsch yeast in this bright, refreshing ale. Add a tickle of tartness to round out the senses, and you get a new brew that’s interestingly delightful.
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Reviews: 40 | Ratings: 162
Photo of JackieTH
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Ballast Point Tart Peach Kolsch
Orange hued with no lace or head to speak of. Smells lightly peach, citrus and salt. Taste is brightly tart with notes of peach and brine. Very good. Crisp mouthfeel is part and parcel with tartness. Overall this is an excellent kolsch. Delicious and easy drinking.

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Photo of npolachek
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours amber with a white head. A bit of sourness in this brew with fruity overtones. Peach taste comes through most strongly with a solid dry aftertaste.

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Photo of kitch
3.36/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A 12 fl. oz. can with a packaged on date of 7th August 2018. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.

Appearance: A clear golden colour with a two finger soapy white head that dissipated fairly quickly but left lots of nice lacing.

Aroma: Tart, gummy peach ring candy, with a touch of lemon.

Taste: Much like the aroma, tart, sour peach gummy candy, lemon peel, lightly sweet, and a touch of wheat.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: I like sour peach gummy candies, and this tastes and smells very close to that, but for some reason in liquid form, it just didn’t translate for me.

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Photo of D1noB
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

It doesn't lie the tartness is there, the peach is peaking out and grains and malts are hanging around to balance it out.

Taste rating in words: it's that perfect amount of people at a party we're you aren't scrambling to talk with everyone and you still get to enjoy yourself.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I tried this from the can poured chilled in a willybecker

the color is golden amber with a white head with fine bead and good clarity with lace that sticks to the glass.
The smell has light fruit aroma with a grainy odor and subtle sour scent.
The feel is moderately sour with a light sweet entry and dry almost chalky texture with a moderately low carbonation level.
The taste is good with semi-fruity and light peach flavor augmented by sour yeast flavor in middle balanced by sweetness and a semi-dry quality as if finishes with lingering tangy taste.
This reminds me of a peach flavored lemonade, not bad. I would drink this again but it is not smooth as far as the combination of flavors with sweet and sour taste-wise. the malt feel is on the dry side with semi-sweet peach

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Bright orange coloring with a silent amount of carbonation within. Foamy, bready pitted head is white, about ¼ inch and lasts only momentarily. Clean window dressing.

S: Tart lemony peaches on the nose, some musky oranges and fruitiness. Peaches come through nicely with an above moderate tone. Nicely lasting.

T: Sweet malt and yeastiness. Fruity tartness of peaches, good strength, with a slight touch of lemony sourness. Fruity, rather clean, mostly peaches as you may have guessed.

M: Crisp mouthful on the lighter side shows a touch of graininess.

O: Nice tartness overall and use of peaches. Light souring factor, good flavor, would not consider true to German standards, but a good beer none the less. Enjoyable in the summer time, crisp drinking, and one to just enjoy.

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Photo of russpowell
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an effervescent bronze with 3 fingers of rocky cream colored head. Minimal lacing, head went AWOL

S: Plenty of peach, sweet tart smell

T: Dryness, tartness, preaches not super sweet. More of the same as this warms, a little must & lemon sweet tart as well. Finishes tart, dry with a little peach

MF: Light/medium body, fairly firm carbonation

Very drinkable, nice intro to tart beers, very approachable

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Photo of hophugger
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Color and so forth is good. Aroma is full of fresh peach juice. Taste has a bold tartness and the peach flavor is so fresh it feels like biting into a perfectly ripe peach. Finish is fresh peaches again and a slight dry souriness. Only thing that prevents a little higher rating is that the souriness almost has a bit of a metallic feel to it, just a bit.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I suppose that it was inevitable that I would be looping back around to my cousin, Colby ChANdler, now VP at Ballast Point as a part of The CANQuest (tm). They had begun CANning their beers before their acquisition, but now, they seem to be going full steam ahead.

From the CAN: "Dedicated to the Craft"; "German-style Ale with Natural Flavors"; "Since '96".

Once again, following the Crack!, a Gussie Busch-style Glug really paid off. It formed a mountainous three fingers of foamy, rocky, tawny head that slowly fell away to wips, leaving loads of lacing in its wake. Color was solid Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was unmistakably of peaches! Mmm. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, not watery, but not much beyond it, either. They got it right when they identified it as "Tart" since just lifting it to my face for a sip caused my lips to purse. 8=* It tasted of peaches, but with a mild tartness as well as a brown sugar sweetness. It was like using slightly fermented peaches to make a pie! Finish was tart, peachy & rather dry. This is tough to rate to style as a Kölsch is meant to be vinous at most & adjuncts would not be part of the German equation. I'll do my best, but as always, my words are more indicative than my numbers. YMMV. A slight amendment - given what the Notes/ Commercial Description says, they certainly acCANplished that, but it just does not hew to style. Remember, rate to style & NOT to personal taste!

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Photo of atr2605
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-pours a clear golden straw color with a white head that fades rather quickly
S-lots of sour peach with subtle sweet nalt in the background
T-sour peach dominates follow by malt sweetness and finishes with more tart peach on the palate
M-light bodied with above average carbonation
T-tart, crisp and refreshing. I think it almost leans towards a Berliner from alot the tart flavor, but still a tasty summer brew

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Photo of KLHBB
3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a Jewel tone burnt sienna, moderate head. Smells of -- surprise! Cling peaches in heavy syrup. Taste follows on the front end, but a tart, sourness follows. Along with an alcohol taste which is off considering the low abv. Medium carbonation, overall very interesting, but I'm not interested in seeking this out again.

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Photo of basaywhat
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can. Pours a pale amber with moderate white head. Very prominent peach aroma. Flavor opens very sweet. Lots of peach, resolving into a tart finish with notes of citrus. Very slight hop bitterness present throughout, though this is overtaken by the tart fruit flavors in the finish. Finish is quite tart, somewhat dry.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear golden color, rapidly fizzing carbonation and a generous large thumb length foam head. Head dissipates within minutes and leaves a thin ring of lacing.
As advertised, the aroma of peach pervades. Besides that, there is a light funk and sour yogurt aroma of which the yogurt, in particular, compliments the peach beautifully. On the backend, the smell of Pilsner malt reminds you of its grain bill.
Tart on the tongue, the flavors of sour peach, lemon and lime compliment the fruity malt base common to the style. Beyond the acidity, the pilsner malt backbone subtly hints at breath malts balanced with a modest peppery middle palate. Dry and limey finish with the slightest hint of herbal hops resin.
Medium to light bodied with a nice crispness. Refreshing and easy to drink.
Interesting take on the style considering the tartness. Feels a bit like a Gose.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz can

Pourspale strawcor wothfoamy white head. Smells of peach gummy rings, slightly tart, earthy yeast. Tastes slightly tart up front, with flavors of peach funny rings and earthy yeast. Clean finish.

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Photo of teromous
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I don't see a date on the can. There is a number next to the Ball logo: "80206A4BB*"

Appearance: The body is a hazy amber and it has no real head. It has a bit of a white froth across the surface that pools mostly in a ring around the glass.

Aroma: It smells like fresh peaches.

Taste: It opens with a tart peach flavor which puckers the lips a bit and tightens the palate. Each subsequent sip is equally as tart. There is a light flavor of cream corn.

Mouthfeel: It is tart and dry with a light body and not a lot of carbonation.

Overall: It's a good beer overall. If you enjoy sour peach gummy rings then you will enjoy this a lot. It tastes a lot more like a candy than a beer, so I would caution drinkers to consider whether or not they prefer candy to beer or the opposite. It is really well made and if you enjoy sour candy at all you will probably build an affection to this beer while drinking it. It delivers just a bit of sweetness in the flavor of cream corn. Overall I really was impressed by this beer and it took me by surprise. I would drink it again.

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Photo of Suds
3.64/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

An appropriate name...tart and with notable peach. This brew i s a hazy yellow-gold color with a stable white head. Fruit, a little malt, some sweetness in the scent. The taste is semi-dry with a lot of fruit. It's a good beer, but not exceptional.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L - Golden, with clarity

S - Peaches, light hops

T - Peaches dominate. Easy drinking and light

F - Light body and carbonation

O - A good beer for a hot summer day. The peach is refreshing

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Photo of dipso123
3.28/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Peach is a nice addition to this beer, however, the acidity of this beer heavy handed and ruins an otherwise promising summer beer. I’m fond of sour beer but not these ham-fisted beers that taste like they have lactic acid added in post production.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. Can
PKG: 22FEB18

Pours a pretty nice clean/clear dark golden orange color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy one-finger plus white head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, slightly tart, nice touch of peach. The taste is malty, peachy, tart. Medium body, ABV is hidden nicely, with a slight dry/bitter finish. Overall, a tasty brew.

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Photo of beergoot
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Foamy, sudsy head; deep gold body. Aroma of dehydrated peach and apricot. Bright, tangy flavor of peach with some bready qualities; subtle hop bitterness that builds in strength with each sip. Medium bodied; somewhat watery; crisp with a slight tartness.

Not a bad beer yet rather pedestrian in the grand scheme of things. There seems to be too much overt sweetness and not enough balanced peach presence. Still, nothing horribly wrong with the brew. Personally, it was worth a shot. If you're a fan of BPs fruity take on many of the core beers, this one likely will satisfy you.

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Photo of hoppity
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Das ist ein Kölsch? Ach du lieber Gott!

I love Ballast Point's Sculpin Grapefruit and was expecting something similarly nuanced I suppose. Instead, I found the Tart Peach Kölsch to be much more in your face with fruit and tartness. It may have to do with the fact that this beer is a lower alcohol than the Sculpin, which might allow more of the fruit to come through. But... truth be told I found it a little over the top and much less balanced compared to the Sculpin. On the other hand, it looks beautiful, especially in the sunlight and has a decent aroma. Also... +1 for not being overly alcoholic. I will probably try it again some day and update this review if necessary.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.59/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Taste: Tangy, fresh, peach, tart, sour, clean finish. Stone fruit, peach and some yeast aroma to nose. Gold, clear, white head with a ring of lattice lace. Medium body. Thirst quencher. 23 IBUs

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Photo of jopezu
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

pours a clear, golden amber with a sparse head that poofs. nose; lager yeast, aluminum, & fermenting peach. taste; cracker malt, light peach, yeast, & light citrus hops. slight metallic aftertaste. medium carbonation & mouthfeel. not much to say here - it's gentle as the style goes, but nothing much to write about.

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Photo of AndrewMichael
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle poured into stemmed glass. L: Golden color, white carbonation. S: Definitely as labeled, peach notes. T: As labeled again, and expected, tart. F: Light body, and definitely a warm weather beer in my opinion. You get the combination of tart and some sweetness, with that refershing kolsch flavored mixed in. O: Enjoyed and would definitely drink again.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Traditional optics. Smell has a light yeast earthiness to it, germanic, but not any peach. Taste has a very classic german yeast profile with more noticeable peach flavor but nothing artifical. Didn't get any tartness. It is a solid kolsch and certainly fits into the summertime drinker category pretty easily.

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Tart Peach Kölsch from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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