Mike Hess Brewing - Miramar

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Mike Hess Brewing - Miramar
California, United States
Ranked #151
Ranked #24,696
3.68 | pDev: 10.05%
Mar 01, 2022
Jan 03, 2011
Notes: Claritas is our 2016 World Beer Cup–winning Kölsch ale. This refreshingly smooth, authentically German beer is light straw in color, infused with light fruit and bready aromatics from the German Pilsner malt, hops, and yeast. The result is a smooth and dry ale with a refreshingly clean finish.
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Rated: 3.5 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Mar 01, 2022
Rated: 3.75 by gefinley from California

Mar 21, 2021
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Reviewed by BucannonXC5 from California

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Type: 12-oz. can
Reviewed as: Kolsch
Glass: Modern Times 16-oz. Willi Becher glass
Price: $9.99 for a 6-pack
From: Windmill Farms in Del Cerro (San Diego), Calif.
Purchased: July 9, 2020
Consumed: July 11, 2020
Misc.: Canned on June 8, 2020

Spent way too much at Windmill Farms and then at North Park Beer Company, but happy with my selections. I’m mostly miss with Mike Hess beers, but I keep trying them. Was surprised that I hadn’t reviewed this, but looking it up I’d only had it once, giving a glass a 3.75 on Untappd on June 12, 2015. Their website calls it, “Claritas is our 2016 World Beer Cup–winning Kölsch ale. This refreshingly smooth, authentically German beer is light straw in color, infused with light fruit and bready aromatics from the German Pilsner malt, hops, and yeast. The result is a smooth and dry ale with a refreshingly clean finish.”

Poured a medium yellow clear color with 1-to-2 fingers of off-white fizzy head. Could see a few bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass at slow speeds. Below average watery lacing. Below average retention. (Sight - 3.25)

Smelled sweet grain, fresh baked bread, graham cracker, cookie and caramel malt. About the same from the can, maybe a little sweeter. (Smell - 3.75)

Taste wasn’t quite as good as the nose. Very flavorful for a Kolsch though. In order got sweet grain, graham cracker, cookie, fresh baked bread, biscuit, cereal and caramel malt. (Taste - 3.75)

Medium body. Creamy texture. Soft carbonation. Abrupt finish. (Feel - 4.00)

For a Kolsch, this was very good. Affordable for a 6-pack, too, at $9.99. (Overall - 3.75)

3.75 | 85 | B+
Aug 29, 2020
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Reviewed by mushroomcloud from Texas

3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
12oz can with a pull off top and a canned on date of 1/10/20. Opened 4/9/20.
1" eggshell white head with good staying power and a slow move down to a solid cap. Straw gold color with a slight haze. Thick, sticky lacing.
Grainy (feed store) and bready malt nose up front. Hint of floral or grassy hops. Simple and smells very good.
Bready, lightly sweet malt with enough hop to balance, there's a touch of tree fruit (apple or pear maybe) but nothing out of bounds.
Clean, light body, medium carbonation. Dry finish with a light lingering bitterness. Good drinkability, refreshing. Well done.
Very good.

Can #2 4-11-20 Lots of apple in the nose.
Apr 09, 2020
Rated: 3.63 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona

Dec 15, 2019
Rated: 3.56 by smithj4 from New York

Nov 02, 2019
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Reviewed by chuckyboomboom from California

4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
This beer pours a light straw color with a bit of cloudiness with a tight white head that dissipates quickly. The nose is malt, specifically German malt. The body is light, and the taste is slightly sweet malt which is more than balanced by a snappy noble hop finish. Well carbonated. This beer tastes like a real Kolsch and is perfect to follow up a hot summer day!
Aug 07, 2019
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Reviewed by timon from California

4.17/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Great and easy drinking beer! I looooove tripels and so this is lovely. It's like a light, bready tripel. The smell is fantastic. Very sweet, like apricots, lemon and pineapple with some bready background. The taste is of banana, lime, bread...and something else that I'm not good enough to identify. Very drinkable and refreshing. The look is nothing special with a glassy but slightly hazy gold color and mild lacing and it comes in a can (a great can with a big mouth). Still, it's underrated, imho.
Jul 05, 2019
Rated: 3.69 by tottel from Netherlands

Jun 08, 2018
Rated: 3.5 by eldoctorador from Chile

Mar 07, 2018
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Reviewed by elNopalero from California

3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Poured this from a can that I could have drank out of. There's a slight light candied cherry note on the aroma. Initially the taste was off putting, with the floral and fruity character overbearing. Mellows out as it warms.
Jan 25, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by krome from Illinois

Oct 20, 2017
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Reviewed by Red5StandingBy from Maryland

3.96/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Poured from 16oz can into Stange. Canned on April 24th 2017.

L: Pale yellow, two finger white head has good retention.

S: Pale bready like malts, with honey and lemon.

T: Again bready like malts with honey and lemon.

F: Light, crisp, semi-dry grainy finish.

O: Pretty good.
Jul 10, 2017
Rated: 3.79 by Lingenbrau from Oregon

May 07, 2017
Rated: 4.48 by mnine from California

May 06, 2017
Rated: 3.46 by Lucnifter from California

Apr 26, 2017
Rated: 3.87 by 2GOOFY from California

Mar 12, 2017
Rated: 4 by Stengelfoot from California

Feb 19, 2017
Rated: 3.67 by BrewNoob1 from Minnesota

Feb 12, 2017
Rated: 3.45 by StoutSnob40 from California

Dec 18, 2016
Rated: 4.44 by ChuckTom from Arizona

Dec 05, 2016
Rated: 3.01 by Mebuzzard from Colorado

Aug 31, 2016
Rated: 3.73 by Kurmaraja from California

Aug 29, 2016
Rated: 3.94 by 6thstreetbrewpub from District of Columbia

Aug 20, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by FLBeerGuy from Florida

Aug 07, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by Beernoobie from California

Jul 22, 2016
Rated: 3.46 by Donkster46 from Washington

Jul 17, 2016
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Rated by goldendenizen from California

4.09/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
A good Kolsch even if its a little on the malty side. Super tasty though.
Jun 17, 2016
Rated: 3.54 by acurtis from New Jersey

Mar 03, 2016
Rated: 3.25 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts

Feb 17, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by Vonerichs from Colorado

Feb 02, 2016
Rated: 4.03 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida

Nov 23, 2015
Rated: 3.75 by mrcraft from California

Sep 25, 2015
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Reviewed by sweemzander from Illinois

4.31/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
16oz can poured into a lager pint glass
(A)- Pours a hazy gold color. Some good white froth with good retention and lacing
(S)- Bright biscuit and cereal grains meets some dusty honey sweetness with a slight hint of orange and lemon peel
(T)- Some nice bright floral hop and citrus bits met with some biscuit-like grains. Faint sweetness on the finish
(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Dry bittering hops meets subtle citrus and grains. Faint sweetness helps bring this around
(O)- One of the better Kolsch style beers I have had in awhile. LIght, but flavorful and balanced well
Sep 10, 2015
Rated: 4.25 by bjouan from California

Aug 09, 2015
Rated: 3.15 by cannabispinoy from New Jersey

Jul 04, 2015
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Rated by beermeplz from California

3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
True to form - light and refreshing with some sweet/fruity flavors on the back end.
Jul 02, 2015
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Rated by GatorCoop from California

2.43/5  rDev -34%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
Got a variety pack from Costco. Come to find out I do not like the Kölsch type of beer. Very bad taste.
Jun 01, 2015
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Rated by DoubleJ from Wisconsin

3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Claritas is an honest kolsch that could make the locals of Cologne think that this is one of their beers.
May 27, 2015
Claritas from Mike Hess Brewing - Miramar
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 84 ratings