Dom Kölsch | Dom-Brauerei GmbH

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Dom KölschDom Kölsch

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Dom-Brauerei GmbH

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 12-27-2002

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Photo of BigGold
3.74/5  rDev +6.3%
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 -29.3%
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 torwart94
3.54/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
3.42/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BenBreeg
3.52/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SVD
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of IRONRakkasan
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of mmutantl
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Me2
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of vermilcj
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of maximum12
3.56/5  rDev +1.1%
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 -0.6%
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 herrburgess
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of paulpratt
4.75/5  rDev +34.9%

Photo of dwren89
4.15/5  rDev +17.9%
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 Beerstorian
4.75/5  rDev +34.9%

Photo of Beerman1977
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of gnikola
2/5  rDev -43.2%

Photo of Aixois
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of Brabander
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
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 slacker79
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Odri
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of rale
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of JHeskew
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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