Kölsch Lagered Ale
Steamworks Brewing Company

Kölsch Lagered AleKölsch Lagered Ale
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3.64 | pDev: 8.52%
Steamworks Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada
Kölsch Lagered AleKölsch Lagered Ale
Notes: 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.
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leaddog from Canada (AB)

4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a straw gold with four fingers of bubbly frothy white head.

Smell - grassy, leafy, and herbal noble hops, bready malts, cereal grains, lemon, and earthy yeast.

Taste - grassy, leafy, and herbal noble hops upfront. The lemon, cereal grains, and bready malts come through next. The brew is rounded out by the earthy yeast.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes crisp and dry with the lemon and cereal grains lingering.

Overall - A crushable kölsch that delivers on the flavours reminiscent of the style. A true summer patio beer.

Dec 27, 2019
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metter98 from New York

3.75/5  rDev +3%
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

Jul 14, 2017
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Roby923 from Canada (AB)

3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Dec 28, 2016
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StJamesGate from New York

3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Sep 08, 2016
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headlessparrot from Canada (ON)

3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Aug 13, 2016
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S2K-Jeffrey from Canada (BC)

4.04/5  rDev +11%
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.

Jul 25, 2016
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biegaman from Canada (ON)

4.06/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Jun 17, 2016
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flagmantho from Washington

3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

Apr 13, 2016
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OldBrewer from Canada (ON)

3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

Mar 25, 2016
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Kobold from Canada (BC)

3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Feb 27, 2016
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TerryW from Canada (ON)

3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Not much to look at, clear pale yellow, no much of a head. Fruity, hoppy, grassy. Interesting mix of flavours. Fruity, grassy nose, appetizing and bright. Nice and hoppy to drink. Finishes grapey, then dry. Interesting brew.

Jan 30, 2016
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al_al1357 from Canada (ON)

3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served from can. Pale/straw golden colour with solid carbonation that is quick to dissapate. Smell and taste reminiscent of a sparking wine. Taste is very clean with fruity (grape) and grassy notes near the end. Finish is very clean and fresh with nice carbonation and pleasant dry-finish. A very drinkable beer.

Jan 11, 2016
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DaveBar from Canada (ON)

3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased at the LCBO for just under $3.00 for a 500ml can. Served at 6deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours 1" high white head that is gone in seconds. Very light gold colour and filtered clear. Has to be one of the least gold colored brew I have ever seen.

S- Has an overpowering metallic scent to it

T- Interesting blend of styles. Mainly a lager but has a nice banana after taste

M- Ok I guess. Nothing to write about

O- Ok brew but will not buy again. Nothing special

Food Pairing

This ok brew went well with........ Spicy tuna bites. Tuna from a can, bread crumbs, egg, diced green onion, parmesan cheese and hot sauce. Pan fry in oil, serve with homemade tartar sauce- mayo and relish.


Jan 09, 2016
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taxandbeerguy from Canada (ON)

3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

500 ml tallboy can picked up for around $3 CDN. Served at cellar temperature into a pint glass. Advertised as 4.8% ABV.

Appearance - Very clear, pale golden colored. Capped by three quarters of a finger of white head on top. Some visible carbonation, although retention is mediocre.

Smell - Plenty of grassy, slightly floral notes, very clean and a vinous like backing. Some graininess interspersed, but the grassy and grape notes are king.

Taste - Very clean, with some light fruit flavors and a slightly more concentrated grape flavor. Light grains and a floral aspect round out this beer.

Mouthfeel - Very clean, medium-dry with decent carbonation. A good example of the Kolsch.

Overall - Steamworks Kolsch Lagered Ale, is a well executed sample, that's easy to drink, and retains some of the signature floral and vinous flavors associated with a Kolsch beer. Certainly worth a try for an underrepresented style.

Dec 24, 2015
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thehyperduck from Canada (ON)

3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

473 mL can from the LCBO; listed at 4.8%. Packaged Oct 13 2015 and served slightly chilled.

Pours a clear straw-yellow colour, topped off with one finger of soapy, bright white-coloured head. It manages to hold together for only a couple of minutes, steadily dissipating until only a foamy cap and collar remain; a few splashes of lace are also deposited. Very subdued and clean on the nose; so much so that I am having trouble coming up with descriptors. Grainy pale malts and wheat come to mind, along with hints of grass and apple. Par for the course so far.

The flavour follows the nose closely - despite this one's simplicity, the end result is not bad at all. More clean, pale barley malt and wheaty graininess dominate the flavour profile, with a mildly bready, doughy sweetness shining through. The hops, detectable on the back end, provide notes of grassy hay, lemon peel and a subtle herbal bitterness that fades into the finish. Off-dry aftertaste that keeps me sipping. Light-bodied, with moderately assertive carbonation levels that prickle the palate, and a crisp, refreshing nature. I served this one warmer than I probably should have, but I still found this to be a respectable, highly sessionable kölsch.

Final Grade: 3.74, a B grade. Steamworks' Kölsch Lagered Ale is a worthy example of this somewhat obscure style that I'm excited to see available in Ontario. With few year-round kölsch alternatives available, save for perhaps Lug Tread, this is a welcome addition to the shelves. Clean-tasting to a fault, and quite well-made. Reminds me of Kilannan's Kölsch, and the near-identical price point make that a pretty sound comparison, IMO. Not a game changer, but still fine for what it is, and a yummy selection for my 1100th review.

Dec 13, 2015
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LampertLand from Canada (BC)

3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Steamworks Brewpub 'Kanadische Kolsch' @ 4.8% served from a 500 ml can purchased for $2.50
A-pour is a light gold from the can to glass with a thin white head leaving a spotty lace along the stange
S-very mild
T-mild , somewhat refreshing
MF-low/mild carbonation , weak medium body
Ov-ok beer , weak Kolsch
prost LampertLand

Sep 24, 2015
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Derek from Canada (BC)

3.21/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

4.8% in a new can.

Clear, golden yellow, bit of a fizzy head.

Crisp apple aroma, floral and a hint of sour dough bread. Similar flavour, but a bit flat and oxidized.

Light to moderate body, off dry finish.

After their stellar Pilsner, this was a real let down.

Jul 27, 2015
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.91/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1L howler from Sherbrooke Liquor in Edmonton.

This beer pours a clear, pale golden yellow hue, with two fingers of puffy, frothy, and certainly bubbly eggshell white head, which leaves some decent receding wave collision lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of crisp, just under-baked yeasty white bread, grainy pale malt, a bit of husky corn, lemon zest, dried floral field honey, and plain earthy, leafy, and weedy hops. The taste is big grainy cereal up front, in a mixed bready, corny, and wheaty breakfast staple sort of way, a fading lemon acridity, and some pleasantly off-setting grassy, leafy, and oh-so-mildly skunky hops.

The carbonation is pretty sedate in its underwhelming attempt at engagement with my various palates, the body medium-light in weight, and generally quite smooth, with a hint at creaminess as things move along. It finishes on a strong drying trend, the biscuity and crackery pale malt asserting itself with vigour, and the grassy, hay-like hops lazily aiding and abetting.

An enjoyably accurate (from what I know, at any rate) version of the style, one I'm seeing more and more of lately, which is an apparent boon, given our overly (I know) continental summer weather of late. Easy to drink, balanced, and a veritable cornucopia (no pun intended) of malt goodness. Worth a try, if you're searching for a Kolsch, and are of the more agreeable type who don't give a shit if it's crafted domestically.

Aug 17, 2014
Kölsch Lagered Ale from Steamworks Brewing Company
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 56 ratings