Dom Kölsch | Dom-Brauerei GmbH

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Dom KölschDom Kölsch

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Dom-Brauerei GmbH

Style: German Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 36 | Ratings: 62
Photo of BigGold
3.74/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Probably first had in June 2006, in Köln, Germany, on draft, and again today at Phantasialand, Brühl, Germany, "vom Fass" into 0.3l clear plastic beer cup. Maltier than usual for a Kölsch.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.49/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

500ml brown glass bottle purchased at a kiosk in Koln, Germany. The best before date is 09.16, which is odd seeing as I bought it today (March 21st, 2016) - and German Kolsch breweries usually emphasize freshness even more than American breweries do with IPAs. Red and gold label design. Branded red and gold pry-off crown cap. Notes below are regrettably brief given a less than ideal review environment:

A: ~5cm wide head of white colour. Not as frothy or robust as most Kolsch heads, but certainly above average within the style (especially when comparing to inferior American attempts at the style). Retention is above average - ~3-4 minutes. Leaves no lacing as it recedes.

Body is a clear yellow-copper of average vibrance. Clean; no yeast floats within.

Appears well-carbonated.

I notice no unique or special characteristics, and the appearance is inferior to most Koln-brewed Kolschbiere, but it's generally appealing.

Sm: Muted and reticent, suggesting a shallow simple brew. Generic malted barley, a bit of sweeter Munich malt, maybe some pilsner malt. No graininess here, but it does hint a bit at corn sugar. Slightly syrupy judging by the aroma.

I find no overt hop profile. There are no obvious off-notes, but this is already seeming like a middle-of-the-road Kolsch at best.

T:'s decently balanced, but the subtle hop profile usually observed in the best Kolschbiere is absent here. There's some Munich malt sweetness, some crisper pilsner malt, and a hint of corn syrup-like syrupy sweetness, but I wouldn't go so far as to suggest adjunct was actually utilized. It's an unremarkable build for a Kolsch, and doesn't drink horribly fresh.

Mf: Smooth, slightly syrupy, wet, unrefreshing, medium-bodied...this isn't the crisp, refreshing-as-hell, light-bodied mouthfeel you'd hope for in a great Kolsch. Lackluster, overcarbonated, and not at all ideal for the style or flavour profile.

O: A mediocre expression of the style, and really disappointing considered it's brewed right here in Koln, the home of the style. I've had worse Kolschbiere with the official Kolsch appellation (see Richmodis), but this is quite poor nevertheless - even less appealing and drinkable than, say, Zunft Kolsch. That said, I'm sure it's better fresh on-draught.

High D+ (2.49) / NOT RECOMMENDED

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Photo of maximum12
3.56/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Stapelhaus.

Presented by a very cheerful chap in .2L glasses, brewery branded. Lovely clear yeller, minimal carbonation. Nose was faint hay, grass, weakest part of a pleasant experience.

Döm kolsch; ain't no kolsch like this in America. Clean, lighly fruity, slight sweet malt, mild sugary grass. Effervescent, and silly easy to sip. We had three in short order, and I can see drinking this in the square all day long.

Good, solid beer that did me the favor of changing my outlook on a style. Fresh kolsch? Happy to have another.

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

Appearance: Golden straw; clear; effervescent; medium frothy white head

Aroma: Malty; grassy; herbal; hoppy

Taste: Juicy malt; smooth; refreshing; ends with nutty, slightly hoppy notes; a little thin

Remarks: metallic notes in this bottle, but I could tell the beer wouldn't be bad if it was a good sample

Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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Photo of dwren89
4.15/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I ventured to Cologne, Germany recently, and was lucky enough to enjoy their native drink on tap, straight from the Dom Brauerei-ausschank. Going into the tasting, I knew that kolsch style ales are not supposed to be particularly aromatic or flavorful. Therefore, I judged this kolsch against how the style is supposed to be, rather than against more flavorful and "big" ales.

Appearance: disappearing head, impressive clarity, light gold color, serving it in a .21L stange was perfect to admire the clarity and beautiful color. Kolsch is a beer to be admired visually, possibly even more so than tastefully

Aroma: smells clean, corny, balanced, very little aroma or head though (as it should be)

Taste: light, delicate, flavor of corn, average bitterness, very refreshing,

Mouthfeel: light bodied, crisp, refreshing, biting carbonation

Overall: This is a well crafted kolsch whose snappy mouthfeel and light body make it perfect for consuming on a hot summer day. This is a great example of German brewing-- nothing particularly creative, but a great reverence for traditional and style. If you're a hop head or extreme beer fanatic, this beer is not for you. However, if you are interested in beer history and the German art of delicate, restrained brewing skill, then this kolsch is for you.

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Photo of Brabander
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was in Germany yesterday and stayed in a hotel in Köln. They had this one on tap so i had to try this. Where better than in Köln!

Tapped fresh in a small 2 deciliter original Dom glass. Nice head but little carbonation. For the rest it feels like a Kölsch and tastes like a Kölsch. Not very spectacular because this is not my favourite style but i enjoyed it!

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Photo of kjc51478
2.03/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light pale yellow with a fizzy head which dissipates quickly. Aroma is sweet with a touch of grassy hops. Taste is the same with a very predominant sweetness, almost honey-like and then a light bitter finish. Flavors, however, are pretty monotone even for a Kölsch.

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Photo of dasenebler
3.18/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crystal-clear gold. Good two-finger head, and great lacing for the style.

Aroma is inoffensively clean with crisp and lightly malty notes. Meh.

Flavor is clean and smooth, with a good maltiness for a Kölsch. I get more of a bready, crusty backbone, something many Kölsch don't have, in addition to the sweet, biscuity flavors. Though, I have also had Kölsch with better hop flavor. And cleaner ones, too. This is not bad though. Not bitter, but definitely dry and not too sweet as well. Far from impressive, but very drinkable.

Kölsch is a delicate style, and Dom is an average example.

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Photo of lstokes
3.72/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Have I really not reviewed a Kölsch before? Huh.

This one had a very nice apple juice and malt nose to it, and it's also a very refreshing beer style--this is a subtle take on the style, there's not really a note that stands out, just a little bit of citrus, a little bit of hops, a little bit of sweet biscuit. Mild carbonation and a mouthfeel on the light side.

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Photo of david18
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a 1/3 litre at a spring festival in Paderborn Germany. It was a little cold out to be drinking a beer this light but I enjoyed it a lot. Very light gold color with a short, less than one finger, head. Aroma was sweet but not strong enough. Mouthfeel and drinkability were both great but were not as good as many other Kolsh's.

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Photo of soju6
3.3/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer has a yellow color with a light wispy head. it had a light grainy aroma. The taste was slightly bitter but was easy to swallow and was a bit refreshing. It is a decent beer if you want just a couple.

I was expecting something unique, but is was a nice change from other North German beers I have tried.

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Photo of Travlr
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Bright golden yellow with a small white edge head.
S: Malty aroma with a slight background of floral hops.
T: Refreshing flavor, very slight bitterness, some black pepper and good malts.
M: Decent enough body.
D: Not quite as good as previous tasting in Koeln, but I'll chalk that up to the atmosphere, drinking it in front of the cathedral.

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Photo of Philipp
3.46/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had it on-tap, poured into a 300 ml Kölsch-Stange.

A - It doesn't look too impressive, pale Yellow with a fizzy white head, that lasted for quite a good amount of time.
S - Very weak hoppy smell.
T - Biscuity, hop-bitterness, slight hints of malt, dry overall.
M - Watery, but it's a nice watery mouthfeel, hard to describe.
D - Good drinkability but a matter of opinion.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a .5L bottle to a small beer glass the liquid is summer straw with good carbonation. The head is a nice 2 fingers white and leaves nice lace.

The smell is lite biscuit and a mild hops.

The taste is good, mostly biscuity hints of citrus hops.

The mouthfeel is medium lite with good carbonation.

The drinkability is good, and worth a try.

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Photo of weissbierdrinker
2.53/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear yellow color with a white head that dissipates quickly leaving near to no lacing.

Smell is of faint corn husk.

Taste starts out with carbonation and a wet rag like mouthfeel that changes to some watery tones then toward the end the flavor, that is there, starts to come in with caramel like butteriness that fades leaving a buttery after taste.

Overall an ok beer but there are much better examples of kölsch beers out there. The beer up front is what turns me off about it. It's not until midway through the mouth full that any flavors starts to come in. If it had something up front then this would be a much better beer. The finishing half of the beer is better though.

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Photo of mtstatebeer
3.17/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

50cl bottle. Pours a lively straw golden-yellow color with a small, quickly diminishing frothy, white head with pretty good lacing. Aroma is mainly pale malts, straw, grain, a touch of fruitiness, and a fairly light earthy hop aroma. Flavor is sweet malt, grain, a bit of fruit, also a bit metallic, and a touch of citrus hops. Light in body with a fairly active mouthfeel, bitter finish. Very drinkable beer.

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Photo of etherashe
2.51/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The appearance is yellow, translucent daisies. Dense head made of fine bubbles. Great endurance. The smell is slim, the barest hint sweetness.

The taste is sallow, watery. Hops and carbonation barely show through in the middle, but the feeling of water dominates at the beginning and and.

The mouthfeel is weak. An easy beer to swallow, but not much flavor to keep me from wandering. One of the most boring German beers I have had.

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Photo of JEdmund
3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden yellow, 1/2" white head, clear

Not much different than a regular pils

Taste & Mouthfeel
Similar to most pilsners in flavor profile, but it has noticeably better flavor and texture; hops and malts are more pronounced and well balanced

Good option when wanting a light draft beer in Germany.

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Photo of philipquarles
3.87/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a stange, this perfect clear gold beer has zero head retention. Lacing is decent though.

Smells of malt, barnyard (in a good way) and very slight citrus.

Taste is much the same. The grain is very pronounced in comparison with others of this style, and I quite like this take on it.

Mouthfeel is on the thick side of watery, which is again better than the average kölsch.

Overall, a very good, very drinkable brew.

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Photo of Bierschenker
4.3/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a « Stein »

All Kölsch beers have a golden yellow colour, similar to pilsners. This Kölsch has quite some carbonation, but not enough to sustain the creamy white head
The scent gives the bitter dry sensation of the combination of yeast, malt and hops. It resembles watermelon.
The taste is medium dry. It's subtle and flows over the tongue as silk. Slight malt element, some hop bitterness and the watermelon sensation is still present.
The aftertaste is drier. The malt becomes stronger.
Very drinkable.

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Photo of seanyfo
3.62/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

0.2l gravity serving at the Kolsch-Treff at the Koln hbf.

A- Blonde with creamy head and good retention

S- Lots of aromatic maltiness.

T- Maltiness apparent, not overly watery

M- Medium carbonation and body

D- Average kolsch, but i prefer paffgen for the creamier finish

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Photo of dherling
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

If only this beer were as great as the cathederal it is named for. Out of all the German Kolschs I have tried ont his trip, this is probably my least favorite. Poured out a golden color with a slight orange twinge to it. Stark white head. The nose was somewhat bitter,not as much fresh grain as I'm used to in the style, has a kind of off smeel to it, like mild garbage. That's a harsh description, it's not toally bad, but it is lose to the impression I get. The taste offers some fresh grain and mild hoppyness, but is cloying despite its clean dry mouthfeel.

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Photo of BeerNutta
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dom Kölsch

A = Pours a pale straw colour with a thin foam head.

S = Slight grassy smell with faint hop undertones. A slight damp rag smell can also be

T = Initial dry grassy taste with a slight grain flavour. This follows through to a slightly citris/sour aftertaste.

M = Moderately carbonated. Good.

D = Drinkable. Sour aftertaste puts me off a little.

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Photo of JanM
4.12/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Having had the opportunity to plow through a handful of different Kölsch on tap, and on location near Cologne earlier this year the bottled version of Dom gave me a very positive surprise.The bottle was tapped in the end of May so it was not a simple matter of freshness. When I opened it, it poured with a cascade of bubbles (no pun intended, it is made with Saß hops) and with a nice yellow color. It had that kind of coarse foam so typical of Kölsch and smelled of hoppy herbs and citrus. The taste was surprisingly well developed mith a multitude of fruits and herbs tumbling around in my mouth. It was sweet and citirc with strong bread notes as well. It tops my Kölsch list now.

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Photo of bark
4.08/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Ah, a Kölsch. It must have been 10 years since the last time.

The colour is clear straw yellow; the two finger head is white and airy. Lots of lacing.

The smell is bitter with fruity-spicy with notes of junipers, Saaz hops, fresh malt with a sour touch of grass. And an odd touch of alcohol (it’s just 4.8% ABV?).

The taste is very malty with some sweet notes of French loaf. The body is medium. There are sour-bitter notes of lime, corn flakes, apricots and a touch of gin. The aftertaste is fresh with notes of white bread, herbs and a clean bitterness.

The carbonation is on the mild side. Large bubbles.

Kölsch is probably the most lager like ale there is. And a damn refreshing one, too. Imagine this one on a hot summer day!

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