High Country Kölsch | Mt. Begbie Brewing Co.

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High Country KölschHigh Country Kölsch

Brewed by:
Mt. Begbie Brewing Co.
British Columbia, Canada

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
High Country Kölsch is a pale, mildly hopped beer which originated in Köln, Germany. It is brewed with authentic Kölschbier yeast. It is the yeast combined with a portion of wheat malt that gives this beer it's unique, delicate characteristic flavour. It is an excellent choice on a hot summer day!

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-15-2003

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Photo of MaltyPythonsHopCircus
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nothing special to look at and the head does not linger. Aromas of light sweet malt with a hint of cracker and herbs. Bready flavour with faint herbal hops. Finishes with slight sweetness but remains fairly crisp on the palate

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Photo of derdtheterd
3.59/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

3.21/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of headlessparrot
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz can. Colour is a slightly hazy yellow-gold capped by a head of foam that recedes very quickly to a few islands. Not a lot of lacing.

Smell is lightly fruity (tart apples? Pears?), estery yeast, slightly grassy and biscuity. A touch of pepper. Taste is sweet and gently tart fruit, a touch of bready, crackers malt, and some faint hop grassiness. Moderate to high carbonation, good body. Very drinkable, and punches above its 4.5% ABV.

It's still a subtle beer, but that's pretty consistent with the style, and this is quite likeable. One of the better Canadian attempts at the kolsch style that I've tried, for sure--very accessible, but interesting, and would appeal to "new" craft drinkers.

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Photo of BcCraft710
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Brahdz_Von_Steiner
4.16/5  rDev +14%

The perfect summer beer. Nice flavour, goes down easy. You can drink this lovely Kolsch all day long on a hot summer day. Definitely my new go-to summer beer.

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3.6/5  rDev -1.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of ZachT
4.28/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sampled at Beer Revolution in Calgary, a recently tapped keg. A fairly pale golden brew with about an inch or so of stark white head. Although I am by no means a kolsch expert, this one has a different character to me as compared to some of the other Euro and North American takes I've sampled ... The malts were sweeter and the hops were somewhat bolder. Perhaps I was able to capitalize on trying this fresh on tap as opposed to from a bottle or can. Aroma was fresh and crisp, characterized by pale white bread style malt, a green mildly aromatic vegetable note like cucumbers and a hoppy fruitiness that evokes gooseberries. Tastes like sweetish pancake batter, tomato leaf, oilseed, floral tobacco, and floral soapy gum, with a sweet boiled graininess pervading the whole experience from start to finish. I like the currant-esque "genus Ribes" fruity vibe from the hops, and presumably this fruity character is further bolstered by the ale yeast. The malts taste less cracker-like than other kolsch, with more caramelized flavor apparent, although the thinnish mouthfeel and moderate to brisk carbonation remind you that this is technically a session beer. Pleasingly flavorful, at least in this capacity. The reviews below suggest that the bottled experience is rather more banal.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of BigBry
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another can for the collection, I'm so glad Zyn sells such a wide variety of singles.
Tan can with a black and white picture of a train engine and engineer, photo courtesy Revelstoke Museum and Archives (same as the bottle label pictured). "A light bodied, refreshing German ale. Craft brewed in small batches in the heart of the majestic Selkirk Mountains. Revelstoke's hidden gem..a real thirst quencher!
Pours slightly hazy, straw yellow with a short topping of white head. OK foam retention, thin lace lines. Smells grainy and grassy, hint of citrus, very lightly hopped.
Taste also lightly hopped, fresh wheat graininess, slightly fruit finish. Body light, finish dry, medium mouthfeel, good level of carbonation.
Light and crisp, easy to drink, a decent interpretation of the style. It was a real thirst quencher!

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Photo of leaddog
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours a hazy straw with finger width of white frothy head.

Smell- grains, white grape, grass, lemon zest.

Taste- You get pretty much everything from the aroma. Has a pleasant fruity finish.

Mouthfeel- Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall- A easy drinking and crisp Kolsch by Mt. Begbie. I enjoyed the presence of the white grape. I would have liked to see the hops more pronounced to make this brew stand out more.

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

Photo of wordemupg
3.13/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

355ml can poured into pint glass 25/1/12

A clear golden yellow with a short lived finger of foam leaves two random patches of lace

S some grainy cracker and lemon

T what I smell but with a little a little rice cake

M clean and refreshing, light and well carbonated

O pretty basic stuff, nothing offensive but no worth looking for

a summer beer at best, simple liquid but drinkable nonetheless

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of womencantsail
3.46/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer pours a rather pale yellow/straw color with a couple fingers of white head that dissipates somewhat quickly.

S: A light breadiness to the nose with some pale malts that are augmented by a definite corn presence. Floral and grassy hop notes as well as some mild yeast. Fairly sweet on the nose.

T: Sweet bread and pale, cracker type malts with a little bit of a biscuit flavor. Still some corn presence which amps up the sweetness a bit. Straw and grass hop flavors and just a very mild bitterness.

M: Light to medium in body with a moderate level of carbonation.

O: Decent enough, but not quite as good as many of the other kolsches out there.

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Photo of potterface
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 650mL bottle into Sam Adam's 'Perfect' pint glass. I'm unfamiliar with this style so I'm not sure what to be looking for.
Appears a pale golden, with a nice foamy head and good amount of carbonation.
Smells of grain and a hint of sweetness (plum? pear?).
Tastes as it smells, grainy with only a dash of hops. Very smooth (almost watery) in the mouth and a dry finish.
With an ABV of 4.5%, low hop profile and a nice, cold, wet mouthfeel that dries after you swallow, this beer is highly drinkable. This bottle finished in no time at all. Perfect for drinking at a lake, or in the back yard enjoying the sun. A great brew to share with Macro drinkers to try and get them to explore the delicious world of real beer.

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Photo of IllNate
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a cloudy straw yellow. With a good amount of pure white head. Not very good retention however. To style.

S - Very bready and yeasty. Hint of pear. Mostly smells of wheat and yeast. Bit high on the DMS as well.

T - Little to no hop flavor. Mostly tastes of very pale malt (wheat, pils, pale). Nice summer beer. Indistinct bitterness at the end.

M - Smooth. Beer doesn't have much body and is a bit watery.

D - Very high, one of my more favorite summer beers.

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High Country Kölsch from Mt. Begbie Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 48 ratings