California Kölsch | Ballast Point Brewing Company

BA SCORE
81
good
1,345 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:
1,345
Reviews:
426
Avg:
3.55
pDev:
13.52%
 
 
Wants:
48
Gots:
288
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,345 |  Reviews: 426
Photo of Schmuckles
3.64/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SimcoeKid
3.51/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dleigh
4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dank203
4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

the original. one of my favorite kolsch style beers. slight bitter and tart fruitiness. crisp and clean

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Photo of Tapioju
3.52/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Smconnor
3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of KensWorld
4.06/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 10Crumra
3.04/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of jborgschulte
3.82/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of brandoman63
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of sinodux
3.05/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Photo of mig100
3.56/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RyanK252
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours golden yellow with a frothy off white head that settles to a nice layer and laces well.

S: Floral, a little spice, light fruity notes, faint citrus, a little grainy, and a hint of sweetness.

T: Kinda fruity, floral notes, lemon zest, a touch of spice, and light crackery malt.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, pretty crisp and refreshing.

O: Slightly misleading label, but a very solid kolsch.

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Photo of JMUbrewz
3.77/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.57/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear yellow-straw body with ample carbonation. Impressive, big head comprised of fine bubbles, and some pockets of blanketing 3D lace. Where's the can art??

S: Pretty light. Some grain, light citrus rind.

T: Ditto. Lemon, light malt and husk, verging on something skunky/yeasty.

M: Light bodied. Goes down like water.

O: It's good for the style. No flaws, but the rubric for the style keeps it from being something more. Still a great easy drinking hot weather beer.

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Photo of Lagerquestrian
3.59/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mattmarka1
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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

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

Photo of GatorCoop
2.68/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Didn't like the taste of this beer. Found out that I'm not a big Kolsch fan.

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Photo of d5001986
2.9/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of ShawnL
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jweaver95
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I actually enjoyed this one. It's nothing like the pales out here in the Midwest, but it's good nonetheless. It almost tasted like a Pilsner mixed in with a few subtle hops to me. It was very smooth and refreshing and I'd definitely drink it again.

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Photo of Tlloyd417
4.04/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

California Kölsch from Ballast Point Brewing Company
3.55 out of 5 based on 1,345 ratings.
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