Kölsch
von Trapp Brewing

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Style:
Kölsch
Ranked #17
ABV:
5%
Score:
88
Ranked #12,270
Avg:
3.96 | pDev: 7.07%
Reviews:
36
Ratings:
104
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von Trapp Brewing
 
Vermont, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  6
Gots
  15
SCORE
88
Very Good
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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
Reviews: 36 | Ratings: 104 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by Bouleboubier:
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
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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cavedave from New York

4.11/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle into tall pilsner glass produces three fingers of white foam atop a light straw colored beer. Head comes down pretty quick but a decent cap remains for the ride.

Aroma is mostly crackery malts with lightest lemony tart and some hay like hop aromas rounding a simple bouquet into an alluring sensation.

Full flavored for style, with the flavors of the aroma here, balanced well, plus light contribution of spicy noble hops joining the fun. Classic Kolsch style taste. Yummy.

Perfect mouthfeel for the style makes this a refreshing and interesting beer that is subltle yet full of flavor and finishes excellently.

Just right. Refreshing and delicious. Grab some if you see it and enjoy, you won't be disappointed.

May 20, 2018
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Jacobier10 from New Jersey

4.11/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Jun 21, 2018
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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16 oz can. Canned on 6/8/17. Opened on 7/29/17

A cloudy, white straw golden color. Some floating from no filtering is fine by me. A solid white foam cap stays for total coverage.

A classic, musty earthy and herbal nose. A varied collection of herbs and spices, dry golden wheat and an ever so light sweetness to the malt.

There are certain aspects that Von Trapp does amazingly well: The feel and flavor is always so crisp and CLEAN. Perhaps it's the Vermont spring water they use?? Crisp and clean is a major spect to this style and they have nailed it stylistically. Von Trapp also seems to execute the traditional styles perfectly. No fluff, no extra hops just....quality traditional style. In that aspect, Von Trapp is going against the grain of the beer geek world by sticking to and nailing traditional styles, but with major quality.

The mouthfeel is amazingly light, crisp and refreshing. The flavors are bold, yet in perfect balance.

Easily one of, if not the very best Kolsh versions I've had.

Jul 29, 2017
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Jun 25, 2018
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LeRose from Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours straw colored, very slightly hazy, lucious head that falls to a thin layers, laces pretty nicely.

Smells very inviting. Cracker and bread, floral component is pretty strong, peppery spice, mild citrus. Citrus is more orange and very mild.

The taste more or less follows, with this stopping just short of being a pilsener. Nice, clean bready taste, a little bitter early on, then a very nice layer of floral hops that is very aromatic...almost perfume. Just a bit of orange that builds a little. There is a nice level of peppery spice, bitter comes at the beginning just a bit and stronger at the end but nicely tempered by the malts.

It is to the lighter side of medium, cabonation appropriate, a bit of a citrus and spicy aftertaste lingers pleasantly. Very slightly chalky. Not super-refreshing, but very solid and enjoyable to drink.

Overall, an enjoyable beer that would fit any occassion. I can see a bunch of cans in the cooler for a cookout, or stocking the fridge for the weekend. Recommended.

Sep 04, 2017
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mikeinportc from New York

4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
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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beerrat from Virginia

4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Apr 17, 2020
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Manfrombelmonty from Massachusetts

4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Jun 09, 2020
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maxarvo from England

3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Nov 16, 2019
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JohnWesolowski from Connecticut

4.51/5  rDev +13.9%
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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AElfwine_Nerevar from Connecticut

4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Sep 28, 2020
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Todd from California

4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
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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Satsuma from Florida

3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

May 21, 2019
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The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jul 21, 2020
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JakerLou from New Hampshire

3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

May 30, 2020
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Phoodcritic from Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aug 11, 2020
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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.31/5  rDev +8.8%
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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Velivolus from Vermont

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

Jun 01, 2020
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probert from New York

3.76/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Jun 01, 2019
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oct 15, 2020
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drtth from Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +3%
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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Jsalz21 from New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Jun 07, 2019
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Arg914 from New York

3.87/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jun 28, 2019
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Velivolus1 from Vermont

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

Aug 09, 2020
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Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 104 ratings