Dom Kölsch | Dom-Brauerei GmbH

Dom KölschDom Kölsch
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Dom KölschDom Kölsch

Brewed by:
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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Reviews by soju6:
Photo of soju6
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of Thrasher
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank this a while ago and was waiting for it to be added. Brought as a souvenir from Germany. Very pale gold, good white head that sticks to head. A decent beer, pretty average in terms of flavor and quality, very thin body. Somewhat forceful malts but overall restrained in keeping with style. Like a pilsner, but there is very little hop presence - no bitterness or dryness. Quite sweet at the beginning, dries out towards finish, yeast presence provides some tautness. A bit bland but quite nice and would make for a satisfying if uneventful session.

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Photo of dwren89
4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
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 slacker79
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of Bierschenker
4.3/5  rDev +20.8%
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 paulpratt
4.75/5  rDev +33.4%

Photo of shbobdb
2.6/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Oh man, why-oh-why would anyone drink this beer? At a restaraunt I had to choose between this beer and Tsingtao. I went with Dom and, frankly, it was a mistake. Gone are the clean, refreshing qualities that I seek in a Koelsch. Man, even some freakin' cola couldn't make it go down any easier. Stick to Reissdorf, Frueh, or any number of other good Koelsches rather than drink this monstrosity.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
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 philipquarles
3.87/5  rDev +8.7%
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 Philipp
3.46/5  rDev -2.8%
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 david18
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
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 gnikola
2/5  rDev -43.8%

Photo of BigGold
3.74/5  rDev +5.1%
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 mtstatebeer
3.17/5  rDev -11%
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 Aixois
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of JanM
4.12/5  rDev +15.7%
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 Andreji
3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A fairly above average sorta Kölsch that is not really inspiring except for its personification of Köln's most important site, the Dom, but probably thats because I poured it from a big 50CL bottle into one of those thin, tall Kölsch glasses.

Ill skip right to the nose, which is abundantly hoppy and wheaty, a nice feel to it; the flavour itself is O-K, evidently, properly linking the nose's predictions on the taste.

I guess you gotta drink it in Köln. but its no fantastic brew.

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Photo of weissbierdrinker
2.53/5  rDev -28.9%
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 rale
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of kojevergas
2.49/5  rDev -30.1%
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 maltydog
4.08/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled this beer "vom fass" in Rudesheim along the Rhein down river from Koln. What a fond memory I have of drinking this beer. I tried it in a nearly deserted bierstube in mid-March (a time when the normally touristy Rudesheim is inhabited entirely by locals and business travellers) while discussing the World "American" Football League with some ardent German fans of the Rhein Fire. The beer was served in the typical cylindrical kolsch glass and, I believe, it was a little taste of heaven. From the dense, creamy white head to the spun gold body, this was an excellent quaffing beer. The taste upfront was malty and sweet, almost fruity, with a dry though not hoppy finish. This is a beer that you can enjoy glass after glass of, as I did that night. This may explain the difficulty that I had in strolling back to my room at the Ring Hotel Central (by the way, this is an excellent place to stay in Rudesheim). Definitely an enjoyable and almost memorable
experience !! : )

Prosit !

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Photo of vermilcj
3/5  rDev -15.7%

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 JHeskew
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of seanyfo
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
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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