California Kölsch | Ballast Point Brewing Company

California KölschCalifornia Kölsch
BA SCORE
3.55/5
1,361 Ratings
California KölschCalifornia Kölsch
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States
ballastpoint.com

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Yellowtail Pale Ale and Pale Ale The Original.

There's no wonder why our Pale Ale is so popular--it is skillfully crafted in the style of the Kolsch beers of Cologne, Germany. We've chosen German hops for aroma, and rounded out the recipe with a blend of American and German malts.

While it is very much like a pilsner, our Pale Ale is fermented at ale temperatures, giving it a subdued fruitiness--a perfect compliment to the crispness of the wheat and maltiness of the Munich malt. If you like a lighter brew but also like the complexity of craft beers, then our Pale Ale is for you.

23 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-26-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#39,289
Reviews:
427
Ratings:
1,361
pDev:
13.52%
Bros Score:
3.88
 
 
Wants:
49
Gots:
296
Trade:
0
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,361 |  Reviews: 427
Photo of Finkline
3.19/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of a77cj7
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DerwinWentworth
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of billab914
3.56/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Red5StandingBy
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of guzzleacoldone
3.74/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of IDABEERGUY
4.19/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Superheatnsubcool
3.81/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MinerBob
3.77/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A very nice offering from Ballast Point. Beer pours a golden color with a small white head. No discernable smell that I can tell but a nice smooth clean taste. Only a 23 IBU rating so you know it's not harsh.

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Photo of kitekid
3.84/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

-poured a clear golden orange with a moderate, creamy white head
-yeast and some hoppiness on the nose
-bready flavor with subtle fruits and spice
-crisp with a slightly sweet, pleasant finish
-enjoyed this on a hot NorCal day ... for which it is ideally suited

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Photo of Dinglehacker
4.19/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into stange.

Appearance: Nice thick white head. Dull gold color.

Nose: Grainy, with slight creaminess.

Taste: Lots of smooth grain, with crisp hop on the finish.

Mouth: Smooth, but a bit full. A little dry on the finish.

If you're looking for a lighter German-style ale, a great place to start.

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Photo of gmcb_5
3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dekkar
3.06/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of AJSherick
3.31/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of beaulabauve
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mojopin88
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Lorgeous
3.49/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy dull gold. The scent of bread and yeast are what my nose catches. The taste is very refreshing with small amounts of citrus notes. Moderately carbonated and goes down smooth.

= An average Kolsh brew but it does the job. The citrus after taste really helped my rating.

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Photo of Kahlerbock
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Kurzman
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mkh895
3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of jibrahim414
3.66/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tugdriver7
4.18/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was a pleasant surprise. Poured a hazy yellow in the glass, with a nice light yellow foam. Mostly malt in the nose, with enough hops presence to provide a burst of freshness. Taste was very well balanced and wonderfully drinkable. Some Kolsch offerings tend to be bland or boring. This was quite the opposite. For the style, a very good choice. You could put a few of these away and enjoy every drop.

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

Photo of DreDay
3.54/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mark-Leggett
4.06/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

California Kölsch from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.55 out of 5 with 1,361 ratings
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