Kölsch Style
von Trapp Brewing

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von Trapp Brewing
Vermont, United States
Ranked #17
Ranked #12,957
3.96 | pDev: 7.07%
Apr 27, 2022
Jun 10, 2017
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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3.75 by Burt from Rhode Island on Apr 27, 2022
4.35 by datstankadank from New Jersey on Apr 11, 2022
3.55 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Feb 17, 2022
3.91 by TheEpeeist from Pennsylvania on Nov 26, 2021
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3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

12oz can into a pint glass. Best by 12/27/21, so plenty fresh.

Looks good in the glass. Hazy straw yellow body. Small white head shrinks to a ring and covering, but produces scattered lacing.

Light floral hop aroma.

On tasting, the floral hop becomes much stronger, slightly bitter and spiced. This is supported by a good sweet malt taste.

Mouth medium, finish fairly bitter and a little drying

Overall, a kolsch with some muscle, strong tasting, but well balanced and nicely put together.

Nov 20, 2021
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4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

Appearance: Pale gold, very lightly hazed, small white head, good lacing.
Aroma: Yeasty beginning yielding to gritty malts and a hint of floral hops.
Taste: Hops losing the floral edge and turning a bit more herbal. Malts stay gritty and grainy.
Mouthfeel: Crisp and dry, light bodied, well carbonated.
Overall: Appreciating this hard to find style in my neighborhood. More complex than I was expecting.

Nov 09, 2021
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4.11/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by smcolw from Massachusetts

Hazy, straw color. Good foamy, white head. Several wider streaks on the glass.

Mildly grainy. There's some brightness to the aroma.

Soft pale malt beginning to the initial taste. There's a heavier hop finish than most Kölsches. Fuller body as well. Continual neutral carbonation. Clean mouthfeel. Well-balanced aftertaste. Even though it's slightly more bitter than a typical Kölsch, this is a good, well-made beer.

Oct 24, 2021
3.94 by odenbr12 from New Jersey on Oct 23, 2021
4.49 by heerboth from Pennsylvania on Oct 17, 2021
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4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by brewerburgundy from Virginia

12oz can, paper cup, best by 12/27/21.

First off, screw you Marriott Short Pump, for not having glassware for guests. Beautiful light gold color with a large, puffy white head with some moon landing craters.

Grassy, crispy cracker. It smells crisp.

Grassy, spicy hops hit the tip of the tongue and then an expanse, like a prairie, of dry crackery malts.

Very drying with a biting bitterness. Medium carbonation.

Tasty example of what is a sometimes overlooked style.

Oct 09, 2021
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4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
by deleted_user_995920

Pours a mostly opaque straw color with a white sticky foamy head. Smell is grains, a vinous smell from the malt. Taste is medium hop bite , maybe some herbs linger in the background. Again the type of malts used produce a grape like or wine finish. Feels super carbonated and finishes dry,. Overall quite refreshing. This is an ale that has been lagered not sure if they cold fermented the ale yeast? Overall this seems to ring true to an authentic Kolsh. Not a bastardized American version; albeit this was made in Vermont. They say a little bit of Austria a lot of Vermont. Really good-

Oct 03, 2021
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4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by MrOH from Malta

Slightly hazy pale yellow, dense white head with excellent retention, rings of lace
Honey and bread malt, whiff of sulfur, a touch of fruitiness, some herbal hops on the nose
Herbal hops up front, then some sweet malt and fruity esters before a bitter finish
Medium bodied and appropriately carbonated
Well made and much more interesting than most Kolsch that you find nowadys

Sep 25, 2021
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4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Specialmick from Connecticut

Look...A little golden yellow slight haze. Lager looking
Smell...hop presence and more pronounced compared to other lagers i have tried. Sweet hint of wheat.
Taste... A bitter collapse of graininess on the front end leading to a crisp peppery dry finish
Feel...Ample carbonation with a prickly dryness. Slight lacing on the glass. a clean I really enjoy inviting more sips
Overall...Excellent expectation and delivery. a crisp lager that is truly enjoyable. I am loving this variety pack.

Sep 11, 2021
3.95 by bschmidt_37 from Illinois on Sep 05, 2021
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4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by pkalix from California


Sep 02, 2021
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3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by colts9016 from Idaho

Review 1605
von Trapp
Date: Best By Date 30 Sept 2021
This beer is 42 degrees, and I use a pilsner glass. The pour created a frothy and airy white head with excellent retention. The head dissipation left some lacing on the glass. The color charts around SRM 4, pale straw with light golden hues. The clarity is clear, with a few carbonation bubbles visible.

The aromas are malty sweetness, subtle toasted crackers, light floral esters, and bready.

I taste a malty sweetness, subtle toasted crackers, bready, floral esters, white pepper, and a touch of herbal.

The mouthfeel is crisp, clean, and dry.

The body of the beer is light, medium carbonation, and light finish.

The Kolch has a heavier floral present than the last couple of beers from this brewery. The mouthfeel is dry but has this subtle creaminess. Lastly, there is this slight pepperiness on the finish of the beer.

Sep 01, 2021
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4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Tucquan from Pennsylvania

Had this on 2021-08-30 near Pittsburgh, PA from a 12oz can with a best by date of 2021-09-09

A - Lightly hazy straw with a 1-finger white head that drops quickly leaving little lace

S - Biscuit, pear, touch of lemon, noble hop spice

T - Plenty of Kolsch/biscuit malt presence. Honey, pear and lemon zest with a decent amount of bitterness.

M - Light body and medium carbonation. On the dry side. Very refreshing.

O - Just a tasty, refreshing example of the style. Had this one after a walk in the heat and it really hit the spot.

Aug 30, 2021
3.99 by hozersr from Pennsylvania on Aug 19, 2021
4.09 by Gkruszewski from New York on Jul 26, 2021
4.42 by lakewy17 from New Hampshire on Jul 19, 2021
3.94 by Sulty from Massachusetts on Jul 16, 2021
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3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by metter98 from New York

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down, but consistently left a short head covering the surface and lots of specks of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate of green grapes are present in the nose along with notes of grassy/spicy hops.
T: The taste follows the smell, which the hops also contributing a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and crisp on the palate, finishing with lots of dryness. There is a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This Kölsch has a very dry mouthfeel compared to others in the style.

Serving type: can

Jul 14, 2021
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4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by sethmeister from New Hampshire

From 12oz can BB 11/03/21 0934

Poured into a pint glass this beer is a pale straw color with a 1 finger bright white head which fades to a skim leaving no lace.

Scent is fruity - apples, pears and lemon. Crisp herbal note of Noble hops.

Taste is apples and pears with a light vinous quality accompanied by spicy hop flavors and a hint of biscuit. Lemon zest. The malt note is there but is ever so subtle. Not especially bready. Subtle bitterness on the finish.

Mouth is a crisp light medium with lively carbonation.

Light and refreshing yet full of flavor. Well balanced and subtle. Crisp clean finish. Great stuff.

Jul 10, 2021
3.94 by M4CDO from Massachusetts on Jul 10, 2021
3.94 by AirBob from Massachusetts on Jul 07, 2021
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

Just below average body with plenty of carbonation.
Aroma is cereal and grain upfront followed by earthy honey and some herbal hops.
Taste has some very,very mild sweetness but also an almost mild hop bite. Cereal,grain,bready with some honey.
Excellent beer that I would get again.

Jul 07, 2021
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4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by HattedClassic from Virginia

The beer pours a nice white and foamy head that dissipates at a moderate pace. The beer itself is a clear metal gold that is clear.

The smell is pretty good. It has a good balance between a bitter flowery hop note and a bready and slight honey note that smell good.

The taste is pretty good. It has the same notes but leans stronger towards the flowery and grassy bitter hop note.

The feel is really good. It has a smooth and light body with a slight bit of heft. The finish is nice and refreshing with a bit of crispness to it.

Jul 06, 2021
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4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by ANIMOUL from Vermont

Poured from a 12 oz can; best buy 09SEP21. Pours straw yellow with a hefty amount of foamy head; rapidly recedes. Light and airy taste with biscuit & crackers. Good.

Jul 05, 2021
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3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

A very pale amber liquid has just been delivered inside a clear pint glass after requesting it to be drawn from a tap. Its white head is modest and enduring. The aroma is a bit bread-like, with yeast and malt, but most noticeable and hardest to describe, fresh. The Kolsch style is just so refreshing, that it's hard to fail to enjoy. Unfortunately, this one is a little bland, missing that little extra flavor, often described as "nutty", that separates a good Kolsch from lagers. It's there, but not at the level a sophisticated drinker would appreciate. This is a good Kolsch, but it's not among the best.

Jul 02, 2021
4.02 by cd34 from Illinois on Jul 02, 2021
4 by whatsgoody from Vermont on Jun 28, 2021
3.5 by trickynicky from Maryland on Jun 22, 2021
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

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.

Jun 21, 2021
4.2 by Casterbridge from Connecticut on Jun 21, 2021
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3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Roy_Hobbs from Connecticut

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.

Jun 19, 2021
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4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by DavetotheB from Pennsylvania

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
3.98 by avisong from Virginia on Jun 09, 2021
4.12 by Budlum from Maryland on May 31, 2021
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3.67/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Pineroom from New Jersey

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
3.25 by Noelito76 from New York on May 29, 2021
Kölsch Style from von Trapp Brewing
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 154 ratings