Kölsch Style
von Trapp Brewing

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3.97 | pDev: 7.56%
von Trapp Brewing
Vermont, United States
Very Good
Kölsch StyleKölsch Style
Notes: Kölsch Style Ale famously originated in Cologne, Germany and is fermented with German ale yeast, yet finished with time to lager. Our Kölsch continues this tradition, true to style, crisp, and refreshing. Brewed with natural Vermont spring water, the resulting beer is a perfect balance of German malts, hops, and Vermont craftsmanship.

28 IBU
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Kolsch from Von Trapp Brewing. Received on /21 in Ninja box from @Roy_Hobbs. 12 oz can stored at home at 42 degrees. Reviewed 21/6/21. Note that I use DD/MM/YY protocol.
Bottom rim stamped “BB 09/30/21”. Served at 51.2 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter. Final temperature 60.6 degrees.
Appearance – 3.5.
First pour – Pale Straw (SRM 2), clear.
Body – Pale straw (SRM 2), very slight haze. When rear-lite, same with a just noticeable greenish tint.
Head – Large (Maximum five cm, aggressive center pour), white, low density, short retention, diminishing to leave an undulating four to six mm crown and a rocky partial cap.
Lacing – None, except an half-dozen irregular islands and drag marks.
Aroma – 4 – Smells like Nobel hops. No malt, no yeast.
Flavor – 3.75 – Begins with slightly sweet malt and light hops, no yeast. No ethanol (5% ABV, as marked on container) taste or aroma. Gastric warming does not occur. No dimethylsulfide or diacetyl.
Palate – 3.25 – Medium, watery, soft carbonation.
Final impression and summation: 3.75 Unremarkable Kolsch.

Monday at 01:02 PM
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Roy_Hobbs from Connecticut

3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a mostly clear, very light straw color with a finger of fizzy white head that mostly dissipated quickly except for a thin layer that lasts and lasts. Aroma is bread and grass and really pops from the glass. Would I have known it was a Kolsch style ale vs. another German pilsner? No, but it smells nice.

On the palate, it's clean, crisp and refreshing. The grass, floral and herbal notes carry through from the aroma and make for an easy to drink beer. Happy to have a few more of these sitting around.

Saturday at 11:50 PM
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DavetotheB from Pennsylvania

4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a 12oz can dated best by 9/9/21 into a pint glass.

Pours a translucent pale yellow with about two fingers of white head. Ok retention, ok lacing.

Smells similar to a pilsner...bready, grainy, corn, slight bitterness. But there also a faint sweet fruit smell, maybe grapes or apples in there too.

Taste follows the nose with everything mentioned above. Mostly the bready but also that touch of sweetness in the background. Slight amount of bitterness.

A little bit of a bitter bite in the mouthfeel and aftertaste. Light to medium bodied.

Overall, for a style I'm not super familiar with, this was quite pleasant. Since von Trapp does these styles well, I'm assuming this is on point.

Jun 12, 2021
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Pineroom from New Jersey

3.67/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap in the Pine Room poured into a 20oz Mets mug.

Nice summer brew. Not great not bad. Sorta bland but in a good way. Very drinkable and perfect for watching the game on a warm summer day.

May 29, 2021
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jonphisher from New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very cloudy dirty straw color big airy bubbles of head that popped very quickly, no retention or lacing. Not the most appetizing looking beer but it’s just looks so let’s see how it tastes and smells.

Aromas of white bread, honey, and some pleasant fruitiness.

The taste is fruity, pear and a white grape to me, and crackery, with a very small amount of sweetness.

I would describe the mouthfeel as light but a little hefty and full for the style IMO. It is a clean finishing beer with no bitterness.

May 08, 2021
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Siriusfisherman from Vermont

4.26/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Clear golden with a thin ring of foam and decent lacing. Aroma is bready, fruity, and herbal peppery. The flavor follows suit with nice peppery apricot, round breadiness, and a crisp finish. Excellent beer.

Mar 21, 2021
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Urk1127 from New Jersey

3.15/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Semi hazy super pale yellow. Smells of wet white bread, vines, dried moss. Saltine. Tastes of saltine, plus salt, alcohol tinge present. Vinous hops. Feels dry hopped almost. Dry for the style.

I will say not my favorite in the style but can not complain. Would drink again

Jan 09, 2021
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can poured into a pint

A- pours a clear pale golden-yellow color with a one-finger foamy white head that reduces to a ring around the glass

S- clean toasted barley, herbal and slightly spicy hops, grassy, white grape

T- crisp toasted barley up front gives notes of crackers and bread crust. Mid-palate gives notes of white grape, grass and peppery and spicy hops. The finish is clean with more toasted malt and spicy hops on the linger

M- medium-light body with medium carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into a crisp dry finish

O- the best American made kolsch that I've had, outstanding

Nov 21, 2020
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a stange

Best Buy 12 29 20, opened 10 14 2020

Opaque golden yellow with active carboantion streams crowned by a fluffy, rocket two finger white foam cap, good retention

Aroma is straw, grass, hay,

Taste is grassy, slightly peppery , tangy

Clean , crisp

Good beer, this is a beer you drink on a hot summer day after pushing the lawn mower around the yard

Oct 15, 2020
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

(12 oz can, BB 09/22/20; purchased six-pack off shelf... poured into a 14 oz mug)

L: mildly-hazy, yellow-amber liquid; 1/2 finger-high, glossy-white foam sponge... head retention lacking; no lace at all

S: bold pale malt aroma with underlying fruity (apricot?) note; subtle spicy-herbal noble hop undertone... overall moderate intensity, above average depth

T: again, the pale malt shines - bold, cereal-like expression... hops lend a firm bitterness, coming forward toward the end of the finish, following a brief flash of a floral, fruit-skin essence... lightly-peppery bitterness and toast of the grain lingers long in the aftertaste... overall relatively dry; fruity notes add depth where its low grain sweetness fails to

F: lovely dryness in the aft; up front: tight, silky-fuzzy texture, its body softly swelling a touch midway, book-ended by a light, sedate, shapeless flow; weak carbonation

O: been awhile since I was regularly drinking Kolsch, but this brings back memories of that time, and it stands up rather well in comparison to the import standards... definitely will enjoy (and share) the rest of the sixer (1697)

Sep 25, 2020
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Todd from California

4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz can with a best by 09/28/2020. Sample from the brewery.

Bright, clear, pale, golden with a thin foam head. Soft herbal, floral, and doughy nose. Crisp, clean, and incredibly refreshing. Light-bodied. Bready malts, a touch of honey, a bit earthy and minerally, kiss of citric peel bitterness, some grassiness, light peppery note, and a dry, biscuity finish.

This is a damn good Kölsch. One of the best from an American brewer.

Sep 23, 2020
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JohnWesolowski from Connecticut

4.51/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best non-IPA that I have tasted. Best at the brewery. Very good in cans.
Clean and light taste. The rating scale for a Kolsh is hindered because it it not supposed to have a great smell.

Sep 04, 2020
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Amendm from Rhode Island

4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A strong pour is needed to reach a finger of off-white soapy foam with average retention and no lasting lacing.
Clear yellow straw color, lots of fine fast rising bubbles. A thin cap persists.

Mild smell of wheat bread greets the nose, cracker, dough and very faint hops follow.

Semi-dry with average bitterness, hop flavor is herbal and lightly spicy. Malt flavors shine with nothing in their way.
Maybe a hint of lemon but other than that it's all malt and some hops. The finish is Lager-like quick and clean with spicy hops lingering during the slowly diminishing aftertaste.

Medium light body with abundant and lasting carbonation. Crisp, refreshing and balanced as the description states.
True to style in every way, alcohol is well hidden. This Beer warms well, the mild flavors reach their peak.

BB 12/29/20

Sep 01, 2020
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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.31/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the can into a Gaffel stange glass.

Deep bright gold yellow body color, with excellent clarity and a mix of fine and fast, big and small rising carbonation. Good producing bleach white head, with expected minimal staying power and retention. Real nice crowned collar as the beer settles with no lacing.

Real great aroma. Supper bready and soft bakery like malt sensations on the nose. Faint hint of fruity ester but comes off a bit more clean and lager like on the nose for a great mix. Smells like a great classic kolsch.

Palate hits the right buttons. Soft sweet malt sensation on the tongue, and a flavor of honey and baked soft bread hit the palate real nicely. Bubbly crisp finish with a light green herbal hop aftertaste, popping and spicy and one that lingers. Real unique finish, gets a faint touch of citrus mixing with the herbs to provide some even mint like qualities.

Very nice Kolsch, would drink a lot of this in a sitting as a kolsch fan.

Aug 21, 2020
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.26/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a clear and clean looking straw yellow color, with a small head, and a lot of lacing.

This smells like lemony and grassy hops and doughy malt.

This brewery is pretty aces at German-style beers, so it's not surprising that this is good stuff. It's a bit hoppier than the typical traditional kolsch type thing, with lemony and citrusy bitterness, along with a slightly spicy and grassy bitterness. There's some doughy sweetness and a nice crispness on the back end.

This is light bodied, crisp and very clean, with a fantastic drinkability.

I could drink many pints of this and be happy with it.

Aug 20, 2020
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IronLover from Pennsylvania

4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pale yellow in color with a light hazy appearance. Poured with a short, creamy, bright white foam with medium low retention. Fresh pilsner and bready malt aromas. No hoppy or fruity aromas. Medium light with medium light carbonation and light creamy feel. Pilsner malt and fresh bready flavors followed by assertive but restrained medium earthy hop bitterness. Herbal and light minty notes on the back end as this finished cleanly with a semi-dry finish. Light, malty, and refreshing with pleasant bitterness and a fantastic lager finish.

Jul 28, 2020
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mikeinportc from New York

4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a can, poured into a (Black Bear Winery) stange .

Slightly hazy, pale gold, with substantial white head, that leaves 1 1/2" of streaky lacing, and a 5/16" ring of foam.

Smell is bread dough, wet straw, and a spicy herbal aroma . (Coriander+sage?) A slight sweet fruitiness is also present , in the aroma from the open can.

Taste is lightly sweet grain (Crust of a toasted muffin , with a touch of honey) , white grape juice, though less sweet , spicy/herbal Noble hops, though leaning more sage than in the aroma, with moderate pleasant bitterness.

Feel medium-light, with relatively soft carbonation , that gives a little bite at the end, on the tip of the tongue. Carbonation + bitterness gives a drying finish.

Overall , pleasant & easy-drinking. A nice end-of-a-warm-summer-day beer. :)

Jul 02, 2020
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57md from Pennsylvania

3.64/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pale straw color with two big fingers of head. The nose is a tad soapy. The flavor is crisp and clean.

This offering does not light the world on fire but it is very drinkable and would make for a good summer picnic beer.

Jun 13, 2020
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: crystal clear; pale gold in color; 1 finger white head that receded to a thin collar; light lacing;

S: grass and apple; a little spice;

T: follows the nose from start to finish; mild bitterness at the end;

M: light bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish; crisp;

O: refreshing; esay drinking;

May 26, 2019
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drtth from Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

The pale yellow colored beer pours out into a Duvel glass with a foamy 3/4” white head that soon recedes to a cap and then a thin irregular island of foam with a ring around the glass while leaving a scattered web of lacing on the sides of the glass. Sipping creates

The aromas have a nice biscuity malt character that is backed up by some light grassy herbal hops.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose but with some interesting additions. The biscuity malt and it’s sweetness are supported by the grassy herbal hops but there’s also a bit of spicy, fruity character and a bit of bitterness.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied, clean and fairly crisp with the moderate finely bubbled and active carbonation. The finish is semi dry, lightly grassy and herbal with some restrained light bitterness that persists quite a while before it ends in the back of the palate.

Overall this is a very nice Kolsch that is both easy to drink and enjoyable. This would be a light crips refreshing choice as a nice summer refresher. I could see having a few of these over the course of an evening.

May 19, 2019
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

S: Fruity esters up front along with some light bready maltiness. Some light spicy hops in there as well

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the fruity esters and spicy hop notes and then goes into some bready malt and floral hops. Finishes with Lingering hop character

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A very nice kölsch that is super easy to drink. Definitely one of the better American-brewed ones out there

Apr 19, 2019
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Kölsch on Happy Loads of New (Mainly) Lager Beers Sunday (Week 718)?!? I know that Kölsch is an Ale, but I wanted to include it anyway. I purchased several bottles from von Trapp Brewing at Hunger-n-Thirst & as the eradication of the Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody rolls on, these are next in line.

From the Bottle: "'A little of Austria[,] a lot of Vermont'"; "A true summer session ale providing a crisp, hoppy explosion"; "By the family that inspired 'The Sound of Music'"; "Brewed on the grounds of Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vermont, this lager is crafted with the finest traditional ingredients and our pure Vermont spring water."; "IBU: 28".

Ooh, a Kölsch! I know that I should drink this style more often, but they are not generally readily available, except as spendy imports. I am kinda excited to Pop! the cap, give it a slow, gentle C-Line pour & tell yinz all about it. 8=) I watched in rapt fascination as it puffed up to form just under two fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, bone-white head with good retention, leaving behind nice acing as it fell. Color was Pale-Straw (SRM = 1 - 2) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a toasty, biscuit maltiness and a light, grassy Noble hoppiness. Mmm. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, about on par for the style. The taste was really interesting with a grape-y and minty flavor to go with the grassy biscuit tastes as noted on the nose. I have gotten grape flavors in other commercial Kölsches, so it is not a revelation, just a bit of a surprise. Whoops! It is actually a part of the style's description so it shouldn't even be a surprise. 8=( Whoops! It was very clean and smooth, quite easy-drinking as evidenced by the way that I was running through it. They mention its being intended as a "summer session ale" & I would agree, as long as they put into CANs. Finish was clean, crisp, semi-dry to dry & very refreshing. Today is shaping up nicely!

Nov 25, 2018
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RozzieBoy from Rhode Island

3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Molson stange.
L - Poured a near clear golden with three fingers white carbonated head. Good lacing and the carbonation lasts all the way through.
S - Lemony, grassy and pear.
T - Follows the nose very closely.
F - Crisp and tingly with a light mouthfeel. Slight dry finish.
O - A nice refreshing beer.

Oct 11, 2018
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

3.81/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours to a straw yellow body, though the white cap shies away from building up and ends up as a medium collar fairly quickly. White bubbles easily reform briefly on each sip, but there's only a spot or two of lace that fade fast, as well.

Nose is a floral hop-leading slightly malty scent. There's a slight hint of honeydew melon as a fruity aspect to join with a dry white bread like base.

The taste is a bit more distinguishable and basically follows the nose. There's a clean, slightly bready sweet malt upon which a honeysuckle-like note is joined by a weak strawberry/honeydew fruit note. The floral/fruit note is so intertwined, the fruits aren't that distinct, but something along the line of a neutral to slightly sweet fruit is involved. A neutral to earthy spice to maybe even slightly grassy bitterness finally pokes its head out by the end.

A very smooth and easy drinking beer, I would like the bitterness to assert itself a little sooner or a little stronger. Not much, though, as it would likely disrupt the feel too much otherwise. Definitely a summer day thirst quencher.

Sep 23, 2018
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edward_boumil from New York

4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sunner stange.
L: Pale golden colored, originally pours a small head but with minimal retention. Slightly turbid, carbonation brisk within the glass
S: Pretty subdued. Get notes of grass and cracker-like malt. Slight yeast notes, touches of bread that you'd expect to find in a wheat ale, although this is rather faint to me. And a bit of that kolsch pear fruitiness, some peach and sweet apple.
T: Spot on for the style. These guys continue to amaze, reminds me a lot of Gaffel. Fruitiness is readily apparent, notes of pear, apple, maybe a touch of peach. Earth notes and light honeyed grain finish things out, some grassiness. Dry/lightly bitter hop notes, present herbal and lightly peppery.
F: Upfront this is very crisp, bubbly carbonation. Body is very light. Despite a dryness it is very refreshing and easy to drink. Well balanced.
O: Gotta love a nice kolsch, and this one certainly is brewed as per the style. Much better than a lot of the more gimmicky domestic versions which are essentially just fruited lagers. This one truly presents the proper ale fruity character that denotes the style. Another great beer by the Trapp family.

Aug 15, 2018
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Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 123 ratings