Kölsch Lagered Ale | Steamworks Brewing Company

Kölsch Lagered AleKölsch Lagered Ale
BA SCORE
28.3%
Liked This Beer
3.6 w/ 53 ratings
Kölsch Lagered AleKölsch Lagered Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Steamworks Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada
steamworks.com

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Kölsch-Style Ale is fermented like an ale but matured like a lager, it goes down very easy, dry with a low but balanced bitterness and a light to medium body with a very delicate flavour. Our Kölsch has a clean, malty, chardonnay-like aroma with a dry, refreshing finish.

Added by Adamostella on 05-17-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#33,607
Reviews:
17
Ratings:
53
Liked:
15
Avg:
3.6/5
pDev:
8.06%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
5
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 53 |  Reviews: 17
Photo of wordemupg
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short bright white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of cracker malts are present in the nose along with some hints of green grapes.
T: The taste follows the smell, but has a better balance between the flavors of cracker malts and green grapes. A light amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation and dryness in the finish.
O: This beer is a rather good Canadian representation of a German beer style.

Serving type: can

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Photo of NeilW
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500 ml can from the LCBO – served cold in a pint glass.

Appearance out of the can is slightly cloudy golden colour with short (

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Photo of Roby923
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Had this brew as part of a lager tasting flight. Poured cloudy but very bright. Plenty of herbs on the nose.

Has a different character in comparison to the common lager or lagered ale with the presence of european hops and malts. Refreshing and worth the drink.

Canned from the LCBO.

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Photo of souvenirs
3.59/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StJamesGate
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

CAN
Platinum with white film + bubbles. 4
Flowers + clean grain. 4
Dough, tart lager hit, some hay, a touch of honey, and some very light grass. 3.5
Bit watery, light, crisp, fizzy. 3.75

Celeia, Magnum, Tettang

Clean, but is it just a lager? Missing the Kolsch complexity - smooth + flowery. Dies on the end, too. Dumb and easy. 3.5

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Photo of ikidunot
4.02/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of headlessparrot
3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

No one's ever going to rave about a kolsch, but this is really--nearly--as good as the style gets. Crisp, clean, grainy character, only slight bitterness, some cracker and pilsner malt . . . It's not a big beer, or a complex beer, but it's a lovely, balanced, easy-drinking summer beer.

Given that Steamworks makes (arguably) Canada's best pilsner already, I'm not shocked to discover they've pretty much nailed the milder, ale-ier sister-style as well.

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Photo of bumchilly25
3.69/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of S2K-Jeffrey
4.04/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium-light colour from a 500ml can. Crisp and clean tasting typical of Kolsch style. Very tasty and drinkable. Reasonably priced too at C$2.29. Highly recommended, especially if you want a quality alternative to the trendy over-hopped modern microbrews.

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Photo of Mack
3.74/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Boo-urns
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mousel
3.59/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of biegaman
4.06/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Steamworks Kölsch will immediately appeal to anyone with a sense of thirst. Its clear, pale straw colour and steady stream of bubbles imply a great deal of refreshment, while the decent amount of foam that sticks around indicates no corners were cut with regards to quality or ingredients.

Kölsch is traditionally served in tiny glasses (known as "stange") that are automatically refilled until the guest indicates otherwise. If that sounds at all odd, try the stuff - you'll understand. This is a style that, when done right, offers endless drinkability, solid flavour and ultimate gratification.

And while Steamworks may not be listed in the Kölsch Konvention, theirs is one that disappears just as quickly, is equally tasty and as satisfying an example you'll find anywhere inside Cologne. A little more 'New World' it has a dab of grassy, lemony hops and whippersnapper bitterness to keep things crisp.

But the star of the show, as expected, is a clean, wholesome and biscuity maltiness. There are notions of white bread crusts and raw cereal grain, both chased by a delicate, fleeting apple flesh-like sweetness. The body is relatively light but provides a wealth of texture, including quenching carbonation.

Given what a fantastic, true-to-form job Steamworks has done with their Pilsner, it's no surprise they knocked it out of the park with the Kölsch. I'd invite brewers from Köln to leave their feedback because, frankly, as a mere consumer of the stuff I have little of criticism to give. Solid job.

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Photo of Jotora
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of icormier
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of flagmantho
3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Poured from tall 500mL can into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: light golden-yellow hue with a light haze and a lazy effervescence. Head is a finger of frothy white foam which subsides pretty quickly. Not the worst, not the best.

Smell: lightly sweet malt with a dash of a plasticy element. It's basically got the aroma of a decent adjunct lager; maybe not the best for a Kölsch.

Taste: flavor is better than the aroma, but there's basically a lightly sweet, grainy malt along with not much else. The plastic is absent, but it's hardly wonderful.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good carbonation and a really quite decent creaminess.

Overall: this beer is not terrible at all. It's just ... uninspiring.

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Photo of Molson2000
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of papat444
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of OldBrewer
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 500 ml can.

L - Pale, clear (light gold). Only 1/2 inch head which lasts for 30 seconds, leaves a fine lace on surface for some time.

S - mild, pilsner, wheat.

T - malty, not sweet or bitter. Nicely carbonated. Mild hop flavour. Not bitter.

F - nothing too impressive.

O - Mild, but I actually enjoy it. Will buy again.

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Photo of BCborn
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kobold
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pale golden fleece interspersed with straw surrounded by a disinterested white nimbus.

Smell: An array of images: rain splattered grain sprouting endless grapes; empty raison packets; honeyed petrol in a lazy engine. Swathes of wheat wave in the background.

Taste: Barefoot, homeless Jasmine carrying a basket of grapes that have both bittered and sweetened on the vine. She gestures you away with a wry, tart, but not complete, sneer. There is time to ponder this taste.

Feel: Though thin, this is not indicative of any vapidity of taste. The unsubstantiated physicality is compensated by full aromatics and strong palatal impressions.

Overall: I am willfully lost in a kaleidoscopic Chinese wicker furniture shop. It is a cool afternoon, the sun is radiating green tea sweat, and I am gnawing on a table leg sweating a thousand years of emerging near-alien history.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Isaac420L
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jaisell
3.74/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Kölsch Lagered Ale from Steamworks Brewing Company
Beer rating: 28.3% out of 100 with 53 ratings
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