Travelin’ Light
Left Hand Brewing Company

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German Kölsch
Ranked #86
Ranked #29,053
3.77 | pDev: 9.02%
Left Hand Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Very Good
Notes: Golden, crisp, dry and refreshing with herbal hops.
Reviews: 47 | Ratings: 124 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of Mindcrime1000
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can.

Pours a hazy gold with a nice pillowy head that lingers well. Solid enduring streaming carbonation.

The nose presents with clean grain, lemon/citrus, grass, and floral notes.

The flavor follows the nose, with simple restrained flavors without being bland. Clean grain and caramel sweetness balanced by grassy hop notes. As the brew warms, a honey note grows.

The brew's feel is excellent, particularly judged to style. Feels medium-light with a nice nearly dry finish and excellent carbonation.

A solid brew to be sure.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Klosch has become a style I dread lately they are either tasteless or bitter and unforgiving. While this may not be interesting like with added spices or fruit it didn't offend and went down pretty easy. Can't say I loved it but it was worth a try.

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Photo of BucBasil
3.49/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the kind of beer I wouldn't mind giving to a macro-loving friend to try to turn them on to craft beers. Very approachable with a crisp clean taste that wouldn't offend anyone. Good on a hot day. Not super adventurous, but also not trying to be.

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Photo of superspak
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into signature pint glass, canned on 9/9/2017. Pours fairly hazy/cloudy medium golden yellow color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Thick foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of lemon, cracker, white bread dough, and toasted biscuit; with lighter notes of peach, pear, red apple, herbal, floral, wood, grass, pepper, and yeast earthiness. A bit too fruity aromas, but not overwhelming. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of pale malts and light-moderate earthy hop/fruity yeast notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, cracker, white bread dough, and toasted biscuit; with lighter notes of peach, pear, red apple, herbal, floral, wood, grass, pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate herbal, floral, woody, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of lemon, cracker, white bread dough, toasted biscuit, peach, pear, red apple, herbal, floral, wood, grass, pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness, and balance of pale malts and light-moderate earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and no astringent flavors after the finish. Fairly crisp/clean finishing. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitterness and carbonation. Medium-plus carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth and moderately bready/grainy/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.8%. Overall this is a delicious kolsch, All around nice robustness, and balance of pale malts and light-moderate earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; very smooth, refreshing, and fairly crisp/clean to drink with the mellowly bitter/drying finish. Very flavorful and not watery for the ABV. Great clean Pale/Vienna malt showcase, balancing earthy hops, and restrained fruity yeast. Mild residual sweetness with crisp drying. A very enjoyable offering, and spot on style example. Held up nicely for the age of the can. I've had worse.

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Photo of defunksta
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear and bubbly light lager color with a strong, fizzy head that fades quickly but leaves a residual lacy component.
Aroma: Nice grassy and honey, floral aroma with some slight pine and red grape and berry. Pale cracker malt.
Taste: First you get hit with the lemongrass noble hops. Then, a slight berry and cherry sweetness evolves into a honey-cracker malt profile. Pale, but also Vienna malts detected. Some pepper to dry the palate at the end. Finishes rather dry. Alcohol is hidden.
Feel: Medium-bodied. Smooth. Strong carbonation and crisp. Carbonation dries easily dries the very pale malt profile.

Overall: A good take on a Kolsch. Slightly heavier-bodied and sweeter than I expected. Also, more lemon sweetness. Less floral & less tart fruit than I expected. More of a sweet cracker malt profile, instead of fruit. I think it could use more fruit and less malt sweetness to ease the body. However, the floral, grassy, and herbal hops are done decidedly well and impress me. Overall, a good take on a style that is becoming more popular.

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Photo of Lucular
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A clean, crisp Kolsch, perfect for a hot summer day (or a warmish spring day, in my case). Moderate-to-high carbonation, grassy/citrusy hops, nice breadiness. Refreshing.

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Photo of Parmesan
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Pours a very clear brilliant straw yellow with a nice white head with an inch that stays on top. With thick sheets of lacing around the glass.

S: Fresh grain, and some wheat mixed with a strong mineral note and a lighter floral hop.

T: Fresh grain, mixed with a stronger mineral note, a light floral hop and a light bitterness from that hop.

F: Light body and smooth carbonation. Very easy drinking.

O: This is a nice easy drinking beer.

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Photo of Squire
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Light golden color with white cap and lacing.

Aroma of somewhat juicy hops lightly spiced and a touch of lemon citrus.

Taste of mild malt with some more flavorful malt such as Vienna. Hops are not nearly so noticeable in the flavor as in the scent and in fact fade into the background as the malt builds toward the finish. Fairly simple flavors but well blended together.

Mild to medium texture with balancing carbonation.

This is a good example of a simple brew with flavors that please rather than surge.

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Photo of Tone
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear straw color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and good lacing. Smells of pale malt and slight wheat. Fits the style of a German Kolsch. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable dryness. Tastes of pale malt, slight wheat, hint of sweet malt, and a hint of floral hops. Overall, average appearance, aroma, and feel, with a good blend.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Almost the end of kolsch season. This looks awesome, with a huge white head that doesn't instantly die. Nose checks in with notes of honey and biscuit. Big sweetness controls the flavor more than I would expect. Some late fruitiness and decent crispness but I can't get over the candy like sugar rush. Not my fave in this style.

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Photo of beergoot
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Brilliant golden colored body; excellent slow rising, small bubble carbonation; head is thin yet dense and creamy. Nice grass and citrus aroma; some gentle light malt qualities. Clean tasting beer; mild cereal grain flavor with subdued hop bitterness; a bit of fruitiess at the finish. Light bodied; crisp and subtly dry.

A well-rounded, easy drinking light ale that should satisfy most kölsch fans.

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Photo of mike22ne
3.66/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a can.
Nice bready malts and herbal, lemony hop character. Light in body with a somewhat dry finish. Lively carbonation and easy drinking but not particularly impressive otherwise.

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Photo of tone77
3.59/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A thanks to the captain of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, corn. Taste is grains, malts, light hops, very easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a good beer for drinking outdoors in the summer.

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Photo of mrfosters
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Here we go ...poured a hazy gold with a decent head that quickly turned to a film, but ,left nice lacing. Aroma teased some bread and spiciness. Taste was bready , corny and lemony with a dry finish. Kinda thin mouthfeel ,but, all in all , quite acceptable. I shall try this again in the future , Mr. Mcfly!

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Photo of CTHomer
3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: crystal clear; pale gold in color; 1 finger white head that receded to a splotchy cap; nice lacing;

S: grain, corn, grass, slightly sweet; a hint of spice;

T: follows the nose from start to finish without the spice; a touch of lemon; very mild bitterness at the end;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish; fairly crisp;

O: easy drinking; a nice gateway beer;

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.59/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

L: Beautifully hazy golden in the glass, topped by a creamy, rocky white head with almost infinite retention. Sheets of lacing are left behind. A big stream of rising bubbles is always present. Gorgeous beer.

S: Crisp apple, pear, lemon, clean grainy malt, straw, light grass.

T: Like biting into an apple. Crisp, juicy; notes of pear and lemon; super clean with a crisp grainy, pilsner-like malt backbone. Slight honey sweetness. Touches of hay and grass on the backend, but no discernable bitterness. Finishes crisp, clean, and lightly dry.

F: Light, but not watery. Effervescent carbonation. Crisp, clean, and lightly dry. Endlessly drinkable.

O: A fantastic, refreshing, all occasions beer. I love it.

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Photo of ILeftNJ
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Actually never had an American Kolsch beer. My expectation was for something similar to pilsners I've been drinking and was pleasantly surprised at the overall taste. Slightly carbonized and fruity. Not too much just cleans the pallet. My first went down fast and next with some food. Really nice beer.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

It is always nice to come across a beer for inclusion in The CANQuest (tm), although in the current era, CANs are more prevalent than ever. I CAN no longer keep up & have no intention of trying, but nor will I just turn my back on a new one if I see it.

From the CAN: "Brewed on the banks of the mighty St. Vrain Est. 1993"; "Employee Owned, Righteously Independent (tm)"; "Golden, Crisp, Dry and Refreshing with Herbal Hops"; "22 IBU".

The Crack! unleashed a little bit of foaming through the vent so I decided to go with an inverted Glug just to see what might happen. It formed a quick finger of dense, foamy, bone-white head that quickly fell to wisps. Color was an oh-so-slightly-hazy Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5). Nose had a pronounced biscuit maltiness. Mmm. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was definitely malty, falling somewhere between bready and biscuity, hence the low IBUs. Finish was semi-dry, but very pleasant, refreshing & easy-to-drink. This would be a great lawnmower beer on a hot, humid summer's day.

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Photo of MrOH
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear light gold with nice white head and good lacing.
Smells like pilsner malt, with a hint of fruity esters and a touch of herbal hops.
Flavor follows aroma: bready, malty, little bit of fruit and herbs.
Very clean and light mouthfeel.
Nice light session beer.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.49/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear deep straw/pale gold with 7-8 streams of rising effervescence. The pour produces just over 2 fingers of somewhat lasting, frothy, white head that recedes to a very thin surface cap & a clumpy collar ring leaving behind a decent coating of streaky, webby lacing. Aroma is bready, pale malt, floral, thinly fruity, spice & some faint grassy hops. Taste is pale malt, biscuit, slight grain, a hint of sourness from the acidulated malts, herbal, spice, mineral & a grassy hint. Finishes clean & dry with a shortlived delicate aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with medium carbonation, dry, clean & delicate.

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Photo of smcolw
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy, whitish straw color. Moderate head but it leaves extensive chunky streaks and spots on the glass.

Malty aroma with both a refreshing presence and a bit of "chicken stew" smell. Good and a bit odd.

The flavor is malty and rich, certainly thicker than the Kölsches I had in Cologne. Very low hop presence which is appropriate for the style. There's just enough for balance. The carbonation is high like a typical Kölsch. The finish is lightly sweet, almost like corn, malt. Short lasting aftertaste.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 oz can in a pint glass. This rather nice easy drinker
flaunting the name of one of my favorite songs from the late great
J.J. Cale pours a pale clear amber tinged yellow with a nice head of
white foam that subsides to a thick ring, thin pool, and displays some
nice light lacing. Nose of subtle wheat, subtle honey notes, and subtle
floral and fruity notes. Flavors hit the nose with honey and soft light
wheat notes touched with light grain elements and a subtle lightly
fruity and floral finish with a touch of light herbal hops. Excellent
mouth feel; medium light body, medium carbonation that is lively,
and a clean grain touched finish.

Overall it is a solid brew from a great brewer.

Hey---it's a light beer, perfect for the uneducated beer noobs
out there as they traverse their way to the dark side. It is also
a great session brew perfect for some BBQ.


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Photo of feuematt
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Copper colored beer with a slowly fading head. Taste is malty and light citrusy fruit. Light bodied and goes down very easy. I would recommend to give it a try.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Left Hand Brewing Co. "Travelin' Light Kolsch Style Ale"
12 fl. oz. can without production codes or freshness dating
$2 @ Weis, Conshohocken, PA

Notes via stream of consciousness: First off I'm glad they called it a "Kolsch Style Ale" rather than just a Kolsch, that shows some respect and integrity. It pours a hazy golden body beneath a finger-thick head of creamy white. The aroma suggests grainy golden malt with some fruity, floral, and lightly herbal hops. The head seems to be holding well so let's take a look at the flavor. Ah, it follows the aroma exactly. It's a touch sweetish, and a little more fruity than I thought it would be, but there are no extra components to it. It's also a little less herbal than I though, but there's some earthiness in the finish instead. It's nicely balanced by a moderate bitterness that lets it lean toward sweetness but still finish dry. Quaffable is what I think of when I think of Kolsch and I think they've got that. It has to be interesting enough that there's something there that you want to keep going back to, but at the same time it also has to be so easily drinkable that you almost don't even notice that you've taken another sip. How does it compare to an actual German Kolsch? It's a little rounder, a hint fuller, and thus not quite as stiff but certainly on track; and it's also just a touch too fruity. I'm guessing this is unfiltered which is probably contributing to that perception, and I have to admit I've never had an unfiltered Kolsch to compare it to on those terms. Looking back the head has dropped to a standard collar with just a thin surface covering, and the lacing isn't that great with just a few spots and splashes here and there. I should note however that this is not one of my own beer-clean glasses from home so it could be the glass. I'd call it medium in body, leaning medium-light, with a softly crisp carbonation that warms to become smoother. Very nicely done. Well balanced and rounded.

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Photo of gandres
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce can from a variety pack to tulip glass Sight: light amber, slightly hazy, small to no foam Smell: good, not a lot of aroma, yeasty aroma Taste: very good, low bitterness, low sweetness Feel: very good, good carbonation, good finish, long bitter aftertaste Overall: very good beer ok to repeat, not look for

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Travelin’ Light from Left Hand Brewing Company
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