California Kölsch | Ballast Point Brewing Company

BA SCORE
81
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1,355 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:
1,355
Reviews:
426
Avg:
3.55
pDev:
13.52%
 
 
Wants:
48
Gots:
291
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,355 |  Reviews: 426
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

Photo of mribbens
4.11/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mothmanscott
3.61/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear deep straw producing 2+ fingers of frothy, white, moderately lasting head that leaves motes, sheets & streaks of lacing. Aroma is biscuit, honey, graham cracker, hints of lemon rind, grass, onion & a very faint sourness. Taste is biscuit, citrus (particularly lemon), grass & earthy floral hop notes, light pepper, finishing with a dry mineral hint backed by a slight hoppy bitterness that become the dominant characters of the lightly bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with medium-high carbonation but only a thin pepper bite, dry & lightly astringent in the aftertaste. I'm not sure but I think this brew represents the initial offering of Ballast Point which has also been called Yellowtail. The label on the bottle did not say Yellowtail but the fish on the label appeared to be a Yellowtail.

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Photo of CJNAPS
3.13/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a huge fan of this style, but this one surprised me.

Most of the reviews on this are the same so I'll just add that it was a delicious beer one that I'll have again.
Really drinkable you could drink these all night.

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Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerAndFilm
3.28/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

somewhat of a hybrid of styles here between a true german kolsch and an american pale ale, a neat and subtle fusion. this is a little darker, slightly more copper hued and robust on the malt front than you might find in a traditional kolsch, but it has the right yeast and the right fermentation temperature, just a but more body and flavor from the malt, pretty cool evolution really. the flavor is quite a bit more hoppy than you would be likely to find in an import, this is where the american pale aspect comes in, notes of citrus and a substantial bittering component as well, mostly in the finish. the various elements, including the european flare, really mesh well together here, its not overdone, and seems unique without trying too hard to be. a little bit of an apple juice fruitiness to it before the finish, and a bit of body to go with it, but overall quite light and drinkable, even if it lacks the refreshment value of a more traditional kolsch type. i liked this pretty well, especially with spicy pork green chili, surprised it isnt rated more favorably here...

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Tasted in a 16 oz snifter from draft at O'Tooles on December 28, 2016. Look is bright gold with a thick foamy head and sticky lacing.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a straw yellow color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a small cap

S: Lots of fruitiness up front along with some wheat notes and Munich maltiness that gives it a bit of a boost

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a nice mix of the wheat and fruity notes with the backing of the Munich holding everything up. Grainy notes lead to the finish, which is a combination of grain and fruitiness

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A solid kölsch with a good bit of fruitiness and malt backbone. Very easy to drink with enough going on to keep you interested. Good to session with

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Photo of Rice_Nate_25
3.49/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of cmbeddoe7997
3.84/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bankboy66
3.16/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Looks and smells great with a decent head. The taste is ok but the feel is weird....there is a citrusy fizzy quality I'm not really liking. Once it goes down there is more citrus and grassy notes. If you want to try a proper kolsch try a Fruh.

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Photo of SoCal_Matt
3.79/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MFMB
3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark golden yellow. Nose is of fresh cut hay and light herbal tea. Taste of fresh malts, grass, herbal tea and a tiny bit of fresh lemon. Medium body crisp and clean finish. A refreshing beer.

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Photo of BEER88
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of zenithberwyn
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KJV1963
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clean, crisp, refreshing. Will buy again.

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California Kölsch from Ballast Point Brewing Company
3.55 out of 5 based on 1,355 ratings.
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