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 headlessparrot
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
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 Brahdz_Von_Steiner
4.16/5  rDev +14.9%

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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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.84/5  rDev +6.1%
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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Photo of BigBry
3.62/5  rDev 0%
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%
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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Photo of wordemupg
3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
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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Photo of womencantsail
3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
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%
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 -1.1%
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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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - nice tall white head, pale straw colour, constant bubbles allowed for lengthy retention, lacing negligible
S - buttery bread and corn with some leafy green notes and very subtle fruity sweet, generally subtle flavours
T - leafy green hops with a slight grape sweetness and lemon zest bitter and buttery bread malt throughout
M - decently carbonation but a little watery thin, finishes dry
D - hits the key elements of the kolsch style, subtle but well balanced flavours, and definitely goes down easy, both tasty and sessionable

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Photo of andrenaline
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up as I was sold on the Silver Medal they were advertising from the 2010 Canadian Brewing Awards. Let's see if this is medal material...

A - Pours a very light straw/golden colour, reminiscent of ginger ale, thin layer of head which quickly dissipates leaving no real lacing.

S - Bread, bread and bread. The bready malts dominate this one with some earthy undertones and the slightest caramel scent on the finish.

T - The flavours are textbook Kolsch, with leafy green hops coming through nicely and bitter grape-y malts coming through on the finish. Well done indeed.

M - This one is pretty dry, leaving your teeth sticking to your cheeks. Again, this is textbook for the style, though I'm typically not a huge fan of a very dry finish. Lighter bodied and goes down smooth.

D - Overall, I would agree that this beer is medal material for the style. The appearance, flavour and mouthfell are all textbook for the style and they complement one another to make for a pleasureable experience. A worthy offering to any Kolsch fan and I'm glad I picked up a 6-er of this.

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Photo of Shadman
2.99/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very pale hat straw yellow..bone white head with good retention and some good gobs o' lace as well.

Grassy with a hint of cooked veggies..certainly no great shakes.

Light graininess and oh so slightly sweet. Bite of a buttery taste aftereard. Does finish on the drier side with a slight astringency.

Smooth given the lighter body...if they upped the carbonation it would resemble a macro light lager too much I think...

worth a try, but I found it had too much of that " small western Canadian micro brew malt" flavour that turns up in everything from Amber's to Roughneck to Mt. Begbie.

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Photo of bludtek
3.04/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear straw yellow poured into my pint glass with a nice but short lived white head.

Initial earthy aromas are followed by a faint sweetness. I want to say there is a hint of honey.

Light maltiness is tasted first, with soda crackers coming to mind. Nothing else jumps out at me. The hops I didn't detect in the smell come through in the clean dry finish.

The lower level of carbonation is welcomed. There is a nice crisp characteristic to this thirst quenching beer.

This clean, crisp lager is very drinkable in the 650 mL bottle. Well balanced and at 4.5 ABV, it is a great summer afternoon drink.

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Photo of prosper
3.91/5  rDev +8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a sparkling clear straw-yellow colour with a small head.

Smells of neutral grains, not much else. Nothing 'off,' perhaps a very light malt fruitiness.

Taste - clean is the name of the game. Cleaner than a lot of light lagers, even. Slight acidic metallic/lemon character, probably just from the carbonation. Very faint malt character, almost none. Exceptionally clean, moreso than most mega-brew lagers, even. Very dry, but not puckeringly so. Thin body. Spritzy.

Good drinkeability, owing to clean, neutral character and clean, dry finish.

This is my first kolsch, but it's bang on what I expected a kolsch to be. Might get higher marks if I had any frame of reference.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.02/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

650ml bottle. Nice old-timey train imagery on the label.

This beer pours a clear, medium golden straw colour, with a few skinny fingers of puffy, bubbly, and soapy white head, which leaves a thin ring of lace around the glass as it steadily recedes.

It smells lightly of dry bready malt, a hint of sourdough, a bit of white wine must, faint indistinct citrus peel, and some soft floral, leafy hops. The taste is much bolder in its doughy, bready maltiness, and slight white cracker graininess, with some laid-back lemon esters, and earthy, leafy hops.

The carbonation is fairly mild, just a nice lilting frothiness, the body an ethereal medium-light weight, with an overall airy creaminess that makes this pint glass drain much more quickly than I had anticipated. It finishes off-dry, and generally crisp.

A fantastic summer patio beer, the well-rounded bready malt, the subtle touches of fruit and hop, all contributing to a healthy sessionability - if this rapidly emptying bomber is any indication.

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Photo of noeldundas
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

good clarity, not brilliant. nice straw colour. very slight hop aroma, with good malty tones and honey and faint pear notes.

deceiving mouthfeel, not as light as it looks. medium bodied and soft like a good bohemian pilsner which is very suprising, pleasant, and arguably the best part of the beer. minimal, but lasting head with some lacing. flavour is smooth, with no discernable fruitiness, or hop presence, just good, light, malt.

there is just the faintest hint of hops on the finish, very low bitterness and perhaps a wheaty finish.

overall very tasty.

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Photo of Voonder
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours very pale yellow, very clear with white bubbly head. Smell - malts and grainy hops plus hint of honey. Taste - pretty much the same, except hops are not there any more. Fresh, clean and crisp I think it's a good beer. Drinkability is very good - it's very light and smooth. I'd definately go back to it.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear light straw. Head is pure white and thick, creamy, well-retaining.

S - Soft grassy hops with hints of chalk and lemon.

T - Quite lemony. Both maltiness and bitterness are very light.

M - Light, fizzy and seltzer-like.

D - Very much an easy drinking, summertime brew. Extremely light, fairly smooth and inoffensive. Not overly flavourful though.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

These guys have been making a Kolsch since before it was cool to have an exotic summer beer in your lineup. Pours fresh and light with those ever so delicate citric notes on the nose. The beer is well structured and finished well. This is not a big beer but hey Kolsch is not a big style. Well done beer and a summer must for BC beer drinkers. (Oh yeah, it is kinda cool that this is not a seasonal but I wonder if sales would increase if you made it one?)

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Photo of Graham5161986
3.89/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a clear, pale, gold with 1 finger white head that dissapates quickly leaving little lace. Tons of rising carbonation bubbles.

S: bready malts and grainy hops with a touch of honey sweetness.

T: clean, crisp, and bready with quite a dry grainy finish

M: light, slightly creamy and nice tingly carbonation

D: A nice refreshing summer lager. Easy to drink and its flavours are nicely balanced. I will definitely have this one again.

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Photo of fisherman34
2.16/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

My wife brought back a bottle of this for me when she was in Calgary. Golden in colour with medium carbonation. Aromas of sweetish malts, corn, and a bit of canned peas. Flavors are of more corn, some cabbage/DMS and under-attenuated grainy malts. Medium bodied. Not even remotely dry... which is supposed to be the hallmark of a kolsh, right?

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Photo of elricorico
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear yellow gold colour with a fizzy finger of white head. The head doesn't last long, and is gone without a trace.

The smell is relatively sweet and grainy. A bit of pilsner like hop to it as well. Very very faintly reminiscent of peaches in the aroma's sweetness.

Well balanced in taste, nothing watery here, yet nothing overpowering. The sweet and grainy dominates the first half of the mouth, then blends in with a crisp hop finish. A hint of corn seems to be in there, but I could be imagining.

For a lager, this is a beer that others should aim to mimic in mouthfeel. Light and smooth, yet manages to be lively in carbonation. All this without feeling watery in any way.

I like this one. Tonight is a snowy and miserable Edmonton evening, but this one makes it feel like summertime. Goes down well and manages to entertain at the same time.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle: Poured a whitish yellow color beer with a big bubbly white head with average retention. Aroma of malt with some discernable hops are quite pleasant. Taste is refreshing and pleasurable at first with a good grainy malt presence and some light bitter hops. After a couple of sip I started to feel a creamy buttery taste reminiscent of dyacetil that was not overly enjoyable.

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Photo of Derek
3.37/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear straw; fizzy white head; no retention or lace.

S: Grainy; spicy floral hops; slight caramel sweetness.

T: Slight grainy sweetness, grassy and floral/spicy hops; hints of grainy astringency; a little buttery diacetyl; dry, slightly sweet finish.

M: Light to moderate body has a slight creamyness; slightly sweet, but dry; moderate carbonation.

D: Very approachable & light.

The slightly creamy body & quality hops are what separates this from a light (macro) lager.

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Photo of vanrassel
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't think this will ever become a regular in my rotation, but it's a pleasant beer nevertheless.

It poured from a 650 mL bomber a golden colour with a rocky two-finger head capping an effervescent, bubbly body. It had a grassy hop aroma that was well-balanced with a biscuity malt backbone.

The taste started out malty but yielded to a nicely assertive bitterness from the hops. The mouthfeel was smooth with the carbonation playing lightly on the palate. "Good call," as the BA rating system would put it.

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High Country Kölsch from Mt. Begbie Brewing Co.
3.62 out of 5 based on 46 ratings.
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