California Kölsch | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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1,347 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
Ratings:
1,347
Reviews:
426
Avg:
3.55
pDev:
13.52%
 
 
Wants:
48
Gots:
288
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,347 |  Reviews: 426
Photo of Nichols33
3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of gamblebc
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
3.72/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a mixed 12-pack of Ballast Point beers at my local Trig's Cellar 70, and this was one of them. The packaging states that this one is good for another four months. Poured right from the fridge into my Lowenbrau Willi Becher glass.

L: Pours a golden amber--crystal clear--with about a half-inch of eggshell head that persists for a good long while and leaves very little lacing on the glass. There is a flaky particulate present, along with the profuse visible carbonation.

S: Bright bread-like grain notes in the nose--pilsner malts are clearly present. There are also some nice fruit notes of citrus and subtle banana. A bit of grassy hop notes coming through, as well.

T: Sweet bready malts with a definite pilsner profile are foremost on the palate. There are subtle notes of banana and lemongrass playing around the edges. The middle has a good deal of sweetness, with just a bit of that lemon-citrus and grassy quality continuing. The close has more of the sweetbread malt, along with a bit more of that grassy hop flavor and something a bit more astringent, leaving a bit of bitter lingering on the palate.

F: This one is on the lighter side of medium-bodied, with some nice creaminess thanks to a solid level of carbonation. There's just a bit of a watery quality that comes through toward the end of the glass.

O: I've had only a handful of Kolsch-style ales before, so my review should probably be taken with a grain of salt. I will say that I enjoyed the malt bill on this one--it's sweet and easy-drinking. The hops aren't too assertive, but they supply a nice counterbalance to the malts. While this probably won't be a beer I go out of my way to find again, I did enjoy it.

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Photo of zzachm18
3.81/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bjm94
3.74/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Acamusm
4.28/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mojohawk21
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ergbud
2.43/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I found this relatively tasteless. Sort of a Pilsner kind of taste. Not much happening. I would not buy it again.

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

Photo of Jacobus79
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of riotontheroad
3.02/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Jon_Hendricks
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This beer pours a clear gold color.

Overall: The aroma is a toasted malt smell with a hint of citrus. The taste has malt and citrus along with a buttered biscuits finish with a very slight hop bite. This is one refreshing beer recommended during the summer.

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Photo of Jmandrews35
2.85/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Too sweet.

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Photo of Dur921
3.32/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gobearswalter34
3.93/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brilliant yellow, with a thin, frothy, white head.
Smells of lemon and grassy malt and how.
A very pleasant kolsch that has a great mix of malt and hop.
A very smooth presentation that would improve making the hop and malt a little more prominent.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.39/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NickTheGreat
4.17/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L (4.25) - A bit more of an orangey yellow, and has a nice white foam on top.
S (4) - Not a lot of aroma, but a little bit of hops are noticed
T (4.25) - I find this very well balanced between hop and malt. If you think about the malt, you notice that, but start considering the hops and they pop out. Very well balanced.
F (4) - Easy drinking beer, carb'ed about right.
O (4.25) - All in all, I liked this beer. I'm kinda hit or miss on some BP stuff, and this is much more "hit."

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

Photo of Harrison8
3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, golden-yellow with a medium-thin biege head. LIttle to no lacing left behind. The aroma features a tasty backdrop of lemon, citrus, and a balance of light hops and malts. Taste is a smooth transition between lemon and citrus, and sweet malts and hops. Very well balanced and subtle, and yet fun to drink. Mouth feel is good. Not too harsh in the carbonation, it's easy to drink, and is not watery. Overall, a good rendition of the Kolsch style of beer. It's easy to drink on a warm summer day spent grilling, tail gating, or to wet your palette after a long run or ride.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of Beejay
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Yellow body with a slight amount of haze, light tan head with a rocky top.

S: A bit of malt, as well as some very pilsner like aromas. Light fruitiness as well as a touch of a syrup smell.

T: Lightly malty, clean, with a touch of a floral bouquet. Finish has some light caramel, and perhaps a touch of orange.

M: Medium body, fairly high carbonation, and a touch of cling in the finish.

O: Overall pretty good though somewhat basic, nothing wrong with that. A good beer if you don't want to think about your beer.

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

Photo of Strike00
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

L: pours light amber, almost yellowish.
S: smells sweet and lager style yeast
T: Malt driven with a nice hop presence. an underlying sweetness that I actually like
F: pretty smooth with fairly high carbonation. Dry finish.

O: Not too bad. im not going to seek it out but an enjoyable, refreshing beer.

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

Photo of Wer34truh
3.51/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a yellow fizzy color, featuring quite a bit of visible carbonation. The head is tiny, almost non-existent.

Smells predominantly of grains, but also some distinct malt-tones. Generally speaking, the smell is quite sweet with some fruits, primarily banana.

Taste is balanced, and quite subtle at that. Like the smell, moderate-to-low grains and malt dominate, with some distinct banana-sweetness being present in the aftertaste. Conventional and not very exciting, yet certainly enjoyable. Mouthfeel is very much in the German tradition, that being incredibly light and carbonation is kept at a medium.

Boring, forgettable, yet solid.

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California Kölsch from Ballast Point Brewing Company
3.55 out of 5 based on 1,347 ratings.
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