Killer Kolsch | Champion Brewing Company

Killer KolschKiller Kolsch
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Killer KolschKiller Kolsch

Brewed by:
Champion Brewing Company
Virginia, United States

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by jaymo18 on 02-28-2014

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2.75/5  rDev -20.3%

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3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #91 (Aug 2014):

Biscuity, Smooth, Level, Bready

A beautiful looking brew, perhaps a bit darker than expected. Grainy nose goes slightly biscuity. Toasted, grainy, and husk character is on the palate throughout. Herbal hop balance and the fermentation seems clean though the use of Vienna malt is more than noticeable. A decent sip but it quickly slips away from the style.

STYLE: Kölsch | ABV: 5.0% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

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Photo of Guden
1.66/5  rDev -51.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.25

A- lemon yellow with a small and quickly fading white head. Just a little haziness.

S- herbal hops and a big grainy, sweet, stewed cabbage character. Something is way off.

T- the beer tastes better than it smells but that canned/stewed vegetal character still persists. Some light grainy sweetness and soft bitterness are hiding behind the off flavor.

M- medium body, low carbonation, who cares this beer is awful.

O- really hoping this was a bad can because this is one of the worst beers I have ever had with some obvious flaws.

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Photo of HopsForBrains
4.9/5  rDev +42%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Closest American example of a German-style Kolsch.

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3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty, semi-cloudy golden color with a half of a finger of white-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Pretty good in the aroma department with lots of bready, toasted malt, imparting biscuit-like aromas as well as spices of black pepper, cardamom, as well lots of lemon and orange-like citrus. Quite nice.

Taste: Just as nice as the aroma. Bready, toasted malt up front, followed by some caramel-like sweetness, some citrus notes of lemon and grapefruit as well as spices of black pepper, cardamom, and honeysuckle. Finally, at the finish, there’s just a touch of grassy, floral hops. Quite delicious.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, smooth and crisp, as there is quite a bit of carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 5.0%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a very good Kolsh, which, in my opinion, is a very underappreciated, under-represented style. Lots of toasty malt and spices wrapped up in a crisp, refreshing, satisfying, quaff. Very drinkable, and highly recommended.

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3.9/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of tdm168
3.77/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WoodBrew
2.83/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of let8it8grow
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of needMIbeer
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.89/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a stange. The appearance was a hazy burnt yellow color with a two finger white foamy to bubbly head that quickly dissipated leaving no lacing. The smell had a sweet light lemon lacing around a sweet grassy hops. The taste was mainly the same as the smell leaving no aftertaste nor finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light on the body with a super sessionability about it. Carbonated appropriately as a kolsch, this one had a smooth sweet appeal rolling over my tongue. Overall, kolsch fans need to jump on this one. I would have it again.

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Photo of MGibbons
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of macpfb03
4.4/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -20.3%

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3.04/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of apasternak
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Great can art. Kolsches are not really my style

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3.02/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of tone77
3.26/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A big thanks to the creator of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Great artwork on the can, by the way. Has a bright golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is very mild, picking up some light grains, not much else. Taste is grassy, lemons, some floral hops. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is decent but nothing special.

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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Beejay
3.05/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pale yellow, slightly hazy, with a small amount of white head.

S: Pale malt aroma with a little bit of a straw note. Somewhat sweet with almost a hint at a sulfur smell.

T: Sharp up front, with some light cracker notes, and a bit of a fruity tang in the finish. Something funky at the very end.

M: Medium light in body, the carbonation is fine and abundant. With a dryness in the finish.

O: Overall it feels a bit odd to me. It is certainly crisp and refreshing, but there is something in the flavor that I don't love...

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Killer Kolsch from Champion Brewing Company
Beer rating: 29.5% out of 100 with 112 ratings
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