Kölsch | von Trapp Brewing

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von Trapp Brewing
Vermont, United States

Style: German Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
Kölsch is a German ale, famously Brewed in Cologne. A true Summer session ale, this kölsch utilizes new, experimental German hop strains all of which combine to provide a hoppy explosion packed in every bottle.

Added by Jacobier10 on 06-10-2017

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Photo of zotzot
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of woodychandler
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
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!

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Photo of nhdjinn
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

better than most of the kolsch beer on the market.

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Photo of RozzieBoy
3.86/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Abstractspirit
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LeftyMike
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of edward_boumil
4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Pours golden with tall, long lasting, fluffy, white head. Aroma is of grassy hops, some citrus fruit and biscuit malt. Body is medium and slightly crisp. Noble hops, biscuit malt and some citrus nicely balanced on the palate. Finish is long and dry. Good summer brew.

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Photo of Fettpopps
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of gbiello
2.64/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Nichols33
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BallsDeep
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Irrationalist
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of O-Meg
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MrDarcy
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ah the summer kolsch, tis the season for crisp blonde german beers like this, and as usual, these guys have nailed a traditional style. this is a little more rugged and raw than a lot of them that we see, too cleaned up to have any character, this for me is somehow more rustic, more an expression of the season, classic in its overall complexion and vibe, but a bit more layered than many, a treat. not quite all the way clear from the tap, and with a shorter head than i generally look for in the style, but its light and appealing visually. aroma shows the classic kolsch yeast right away, at least as forward as the pale malt, some minerals are evident, a cold conditioned crispness too, along with a somewhat generous hopping for the style, but remaining light and balanced. the flavor matches the smell, the yeast seems to drive this one, but not in a forced way, more of a controlled glide, still delicate, just more assertive than is often the case. the grain has a light body but a classic european sort of flavor to it, and the hops never really turn bitter, so this stays real drinkable. crisp like a lager, and even with a little lager yeast flavor here with the kolsch, a little crackery but clean at the end. nicely done overall, this is excellent for summer sessioning.

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Photo of Jacobier10
4.11/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, best before 9/4/2018.

Pale straw color, very light, even for a Kölsch. Mostly clear but with a slight haze to it, likely due to it being unfiltered. Small white head with good retention.

Subtle cracker malt with spicy hops. Lemon citrus notes as well, which plays well with the malt and hops. Balanced flavor with a pleasant cracker/citrus/spice combo going on. Very clean with a light bitterness in the finish.

Medium-light bodied, crisp, and easy to drink. A winner from Von Trapp. I could drink this all Summer long.

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Photo of bottmfeedr
3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tbeer40
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SmashAdams
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No one ever accused a kolsch of being exciting but this is a well made example of the style. Super clean, crisp, refreshing, so easy drinking. Goes down fast and easy and at a good price. yb

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Photo of chrishiker1409
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of waughbrew
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I think this was $10/6pk12oz when I picked it up at Grapes and Grains in Barrington, RI.

Clear light yellow with small white head that doesn’t stick around or stick around. Pleasant aroma of minerally apples and grapes. Soft, light body carries a balanced taste that has hints of dry cider, dry white wine, and a metallic finish that is complex and pleasant. Thankfully there is less sweetness to the taste than what the aroma suggests.

Very well-made beer in a style that I don’t expect much from. I still wouldn’t call it an “explosion of hops” like the label suggests, but its balanced finish makes this one I could enjoy anytime.

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Photo of lic217
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Very refreshing brew. Nice light floral and light citrus hop flavors and aroma. Also some light malty flavors. Very drinkable, but also complex. Will be a repeat buy

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