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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Ratings: 48 |  Reviews: 33
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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.27/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(served in an American pint glass)

A- Crystal clear body with pale gold color. A thin white head that settles to a ring around the edge. I would like to see a bit more head on this one.

S- I thought it had a coffee aroma when I first smelled it. I then realized it’s a very faint almost biscuit malt hint with just a whiff of spiciness from hops. Very nice light aroma.

T- A lovely mild sweet malt up front with a very clean finish. This has a nice soft yet unique taste. The flavors are subtle but complex.

M- very clean and crisp mouthfeel with a bit of carbonation fuzziness at the end.

D- This is an excellent example of a Kolsch and I have had some weak Kolsches over the years. This has a great soft round taste that is distinct from light lagers and pilsners. I have a feeling this is a fresh bottle and I will have to find more. Really a well crafted beer.

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Photo of chickenm
2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

Photo of biboergosum
4.02/5  rDev +10.1%
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 Sammy
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Their beers are milder and unoffensive, and this the most so of three I have tried. A bit of malt, light brown, reasonable head appearance, watery. Butterscotch in the malt. Like a wheat, a bit creamy, but "pales" in comparison to the great kolschs I have had in the US recently. Thank you Irondjinn.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
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 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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Photo of vanrassel
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
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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Photo of elricorico
3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
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 -45.2%
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 tatterdash
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this on my trip to Vancouver. Note to self: next time, bring and extra carry-on to stock up. 650ml bottle with quaint historical picture on the label. Pours a slightly hazy golden with a thin white head that disappears a little too fast. Smell was a bit of honey and lemon, almost herbal hops and a bit of grass. Taste was exactly what I'd like to have on a summers day after the hefeweizens have gotten too filling. Light sweet start with citrusy malt and a subtle wine-like finish. The mouthfeel was lightly carbonated, and the water quality really adds to its refreshing quality. I tried many hop monsters in my all-too-brief trip to Vancouver, and this was a nice change and hope to try it again, just as I hope to visit again.

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Photo of IronDjinn
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I just want to start off by saying that Mt. Begbie should really consider selling more of their fine beers in Alberta, of which we only have their Brown and Cream ales available to us so far. I'm not sure if it has to do with trade barriers or not, and as much as I like travelling through B.C., it's kind of pain to have to go to B.C. to pick up the rest of their line, such as this fine High Country Kolsch. I would rather spent my dollars on quality beer than on gasoline.

Pours out of its 650 ml brown bottle a clear pale gold, only a quick floor show of bubbley white head before the curtain drops. Mild grains on the nose at first, then light honey sweetness becomes detectable along with faint grassy hops. Something of a butterscotch malty aroma starts welling up after it warms up for a bit. More robust malt flavour than is hinted at in the aroma, a sweet and bready, almost caramel-like malt at first, shadowed by some crisp grain tones, with a lighter honey sweetness presenting itself in the middle, with a grassy, and somewhat herbal hop finish. A crisp aftertaste, both for the flavour and mouthfeel, the grains appear for an encore. Although there is sweetness within the flavour, the mouthfeel is dry throughout, with just the right weight and balance to it. A fantastic job on this kolsch, I wish I would have picked up more bottles when I had the chance.

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

Photo of joepimms
4/5  rDev +9.6%

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 Bryn
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 noeldundas
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
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 derdtheterd
3.59/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Voonder
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
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 BcCraft710
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bumchilly25
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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 Derek
3.37/5  rDev -7.7%
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 Noxious26
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650ml bottle poured in a pint glass. I like the historic photos that Mt. Begbie puts on their labels. A nice tip of the hat to the history of the area surrounding the town of Revelstoke where the brewery is located.

Clear, and pure gold in colour. Foamy white head is 1/4 inch on the pour, but quickly recedes to a thin ring around the edge. Looks great except for the lack of head retention.

Nose is a little sweet, but very fruity. A grassy hops undertone gives this an almost wine like quality.

Nice solid biscuit flavour off the start with a light sweetness and subtle malt backbone. As it warms up a nice balancing herbal/grassy hop character appears through the middle. A grainy quality shows up in an off-dry finish and aftertaste.

Light bodied with little carbonation. Almost seems a bit flat as there is only a brief, faint carbonation that prickles across the tongue. This could be because I picked up the bottle a couple months ago, but everything else seems good with the beer, so I doubt it.

This is quite an interesting beer. Just to look at it, you would think that it's a golden coloured macro lager that shouldn't be very special, but the aroma and flavour profiles are not only different, but much more complex than a macro lager. A nice smooth, mellow brew that would lend itself nicely to a sunny hot summer day on a deck or patio.

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Photo of bludtek
3.04/5  rDev -16.7%
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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High Country Kölsch from Mt. Begbie Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 48 ratings