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Kolsch Style Ale | Mother Road Brewery

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Kolsch Style AleKolsch Style Ale

Brewed by:
Mother Road Brewery
Arizona, United States

Style: German Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

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Ratings: 59 |  Reviews: 15
Reviews by Canada_Dan:
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3.56/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

More User Reviews:
Photo of arizcards
3.32/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Picked up a single from Craft Beer Hop Stop 10-9-17 for $2.25. Canned on 8-10-17, best by 12-8-17. Looks like the brewery dropped the "Gold Road" from the name.

Beer poured golden with a nice white head with the initial pour that dissipated quickly.

Nose had light hints of fruit esters.

Taste was very faint fruit over a modest malt base.

Mouthfeel was light and but not as crisp as hoped.

Overall not a bad beer but misses the style mark a tad bit.

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Photo of azdback
3.4/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brentk56
3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: An impressive pour, with a full three fingers capping the clear golden liquid; splashes of lace remain above the long lasting head

Smell: Grainy with hint of caramel; slightly fruity, slightly vinous

Taste: Biscuity malt forward, with a hint of caramel; a slightly fruity, vinous flavor emerges, with pear, apple and white wine grape tones arrive; a little grassy, after the swallow with e relatively dry finish; some sweetness lingering, perhaps from corn in the grist

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: I imagine this beer goes down great on a hot Arizona summer day; well put together though not as dry as I would have preferred

Thanks, kevindp9, for the opportunity and the chance to revisit

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Photo of 2beerdogs
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of emerge077
3.28/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of russpowell
3.12/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Nothing special, seemed disjointed & too fruity

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.49/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This beer was a gold color with a small white head.
There was a sweet fruit and grassy aroma.
Taste of pear and fresh cut grass.
Sweeter and less crisp than I expected.

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Photo of jwc215
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pint-sized can - Canned on 03/22/18, best by 09/19/18 - had two days before:

Poured into a straight-sided glass:

Pours clear deep golden. A thin lasting head leaves lacing.

The smell is grainy, slightly nutty, a hint of fresh pear.

The taste is malty - grainy. Slightly nutty. Biscuit. Noble hop fruitiness (lemon and pear) in the semi-dry finish.

It is smooth. Light-bodied.

A nice example of a Kolsch. Easy to drink and light with a firm character.

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Photo of Pinto21
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of coldriver
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of LXIXME
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of biboergosum
3.66/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, and the first Arizona-based brewery to make it up to (now) snowy Alberta, a general reversal of the typical travel flow, as it were.

This beer pours a clear, rather bright medium golden yellow colour, with two fingers of puffy, somewhat chunky, and bubbly dirty white head, which leaves some wan cannonball splash lace in places around the glass as it gently subsides.

It smells of grainy, gritty pale cereal malt, juicy red apple and Bartlett pear fruit, a wee earthy yeastiness, and pleasantly sedate leafy, floral, and herbal hop bitters. The taste is bready, faintly doughy pale malt, wet breakfast cereal, stale (I know, it can't really be) honey, muddled pome and stone fruit, and a still good to go earthy, leafy, and floral hoppiness.

The carbonation is fairly low-key in its plain and underdeveloped frothiness, the body on the light side of yer typical middleweight, and generally smooth, just the hops, weirdly, stepping on the roses a bit too heavily here. It finishes off-dry, but not by much, as the malt continues to bleed out, and the hops and lingering fruitiness consider ordering another round.

Overall, a somewhat Americanized version of this venerable Teutonic style - the fruitiness is kind of pushy, and the hops, while mostly agreeable, seem a little out of sorts at times. Anyways, easy enough to drink, and even easier to forget about, and I mean that in a good way.

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Photo of strohme2
3.52/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium golden color with tiny bubbles forming a half inch of white head that quickly disappears. Smell is lemony, some grains and a bit of corn. Taste is similar. Grainy, lemony, corn with a slight taste of a cream ale. Somewhat of a cloying, unpleasant aftertaste. Drinkable, yes but better options exist.

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Photo of busternuggz
3.42/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Slowly center poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass. No bottle date.

Very clear, golden color with a puffy, creamy 1 1/4" white head. Leaves nice strings of lacing.

Nice fruity and grainy aroma, with some tangerine and pineapple notes.

The taste comes on with peach pit and spicy pineapple, a little sweet grain/honey kind of taste and some grassiness. Ends fairly clean with a little lingering sweetness.

Medium bodied but smooth. Could stand some more carbonation, ends a little sticky. I think this bottle may be a bit old so I'll give it the benefit of the doubt here.

Good looking beer with some interesting American hop influence. Not traditional, but not bad. I'll try to get a fresher bottle and give this another try, but without bottle dates who can say.

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Photo of cbutova
3.64/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Live review at our campground in Colorado Springs, CO. Random grab at Haugh's in Flagstaff, AZ.

A- Poured from the 12oz bottle comes a pale golden bodied brew with just a bit of haze. White fluffy foam crowns the beer to about half a finger with decent retention. A medium ring remains leaving spotty lace around the glass.

S- Light cereal grain and sweetness comes from the malts with just a bit of cracked grain aroma as well. Pale fruits mostly like apple come to mind but not much else, it is a Kolsch after all.

T- This Kolsch rides a balance between a few main flavors for me. It is not exactly mild but simplicity describes it. Light fruit esters like apple and slight unripe pear are the emphasis paired with cereal grain malts and spicy hops. Yeast bread also comes to mind.

MF- Light-medium bodied with a substantial foamy slightly creamy texture that holds the beer together. Carbonation is fairly high but works out with the flavors at hand.

For me the main theme is apple and pear light fruit esters paired with cereal grain malts. There is nothing in your face about it but that is Kolsch for you I suppose. Perhaps a bit too much from the yeast but I think overall it is nice.

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Photo of mactrail
2.74/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Quite a yellow color, not the usual golden to amber shades. An average head that dissipates before long, but attractive enough for awhile. Pleasantly carbonated in the mouth. A little slicker than others in this style. Not much aroma.

A dirty, scratchy sort of flavor. Whatever these hops are, they don't give any sense of the Kölsch perfumey hoppiness. A slight biterness. This isn't a really bad beer, but for the Kölsch category it's wildly overshadowed by so many vastly better examples. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Whole Foods in Chandler.

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Photo of ovaltine
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of charlesbiel
4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Stumbled on this in Kingman, AZ looking for something local (AZ) while getting my kicks on Route 66. I simply downed the first bottle, and it was enjoyable enough to get me to looking on here for reviews. In a nutshell, I concur that it is indeed crisp and refreshing on a hot summer day.

A - Looks refreshing. Clear golden hue, I'd say it's aptly named. Minimal head, strong carbonation dissipates quickly. Actually, excitedly sloppy pouring of the 3rd 12 oz bottle reveals quite amazing head if desired, and respectable lacing even. If you want to celebrate that, pour accordingly. It's there if you want it.

S - Smells refreshing too. Mild aroma of hops and a vague sweetness. The above sloppy pour gives a a more pronounced aroma, still hops and a sweetness that reminds me of Martini and Rossi Asti (a good thing).

T - Tastes refreshing. Consistent with the smell mild hops and a vague sweetness, nothing heavy and when I'm looking for end of a hot summer day refreshment as was the case today, this actually is a remarkable find.

F - Mouthfeel is, well, let me start on a third bottle now. I have these ice cold, which ups the hot summer day refreshment factor, but per my experience with Belgians, I might be selling this short. It's still excellent, much better than I expected, honestly.

In closing, I quite enjoyed this and was surprised to see it only has 7 review so far, which is why I've bothered to add one. This is my first taste of something claimed to be Kölsch Style, and it makes me want to explore others, which is a good thing. The only other beer that surprised me like this in such a good way was Cleveland's Edmund Fitzgerald Porter.

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Photo of gtermi
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of bsuedekum
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of denver10
3.37/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of paresis
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ucsbmullet
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of SweetChicken
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Kolsch Style Ale from Mother Road Brewery
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