Travelin’ Light
Left Hand Brewing Company

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German Kölsch
Ranked #86
Ranked #28,883
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
Reviews by pvibeer:
Photo of pvibeer
4.24/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Photo of utopiajane
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shy fruit on cracker. Sweet fresh flowers. The hops smell like fresh air. No off flavors, no off scents. A tiny bit of pepper in the clean finish. This was minimal, stylish and fragrant.

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Photo of Dalbeast
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of funku2
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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 jkrich
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz. freshness dated can: clear, bright and golden hue with a very nice, sustained creamy head. I don't recall having a beer from a can or bottle that had such a creamy, long-lasting can.

More of a Euro-lager like aroma, though there are some faint citrus aroma evident.

Very easy drinking and mild with a satisfying and crispy flavor of cracker-like malt and lemony citrus hops. I wish the hop profile was more pronounced but this is intended as a light, Kolsch style ale.

For such a light ale, it has a pleasant, well-rounded mouthfeel. The flavors don't linger on the palate very long, but what is there is sweet and faintly bitter.

This is not a very complex ale but it does offer some subtle and enjoyable flavors such as the hints of lemon and vanilla. At 4.8 % ABV, it is quaffable and is refreshing for the warm and hot days down here in Florida.

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Photo of Suds
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Golden light and hazy, nice white head...herbal, with a little fruit and a little baking bread. Light and crisp taste. Delicate sweetness. Light to medium in body and very refreshing. Nice for a warm and sunny late-spring day.

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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 Bitterbill
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Best by November 14th. Pours from 12 ounce can a clear pale gold, plenty of foam, long lasting foam. Lemon citrus and kinda spicy hops, biscuit malt. Smells like a Kolsch. Tastes fruity, dominated by lemon, can sense some pomegranate. Malt is biscuit that integrates with the hops pretty darn well. On the high end of light bodied, suitable carbonation. This is good!

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Photo of RBorsato
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Noelito76
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 Hellpop65
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

This is a decent representation of the style. It isn't outstanding in any way, but it is totally competent.

It's a cloudy yellow (just faintly cloudy( with low fizz. The aroma is sweet beer smell.

The taste is a nice yeast-touched malt with a tiny hops profile. The style. The nailed the whole feel and I guess one will be enough of this.

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Photo of zeff80
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear, bubbly, straw-yellow color with a small, white head. It smelled floral with grainy notes. Sweet floral flavors with caramel-like taste. A light bitterness for balance.

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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 dacrza1
3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

DATE: June 2, 2017... OCCASION: a quiet night after a long short week (back from NOLA), and in need of something soft and pillowy... GLASSWARE: Ayinger willibecker.... pours a crisp, crackling golden body that cascades upward to craft a white webbing of head that holds serious clout... two fingers descends in time, but leaves a resilient reminder that the beer is fresh and ready... lemon grass and yeast strains mingle with banana and light biscuit to suggest a pilsner, thought the hops are not assertive at all in that way.. first sip rolls straight to the throat, refreshing with a bit of lingering texture...light bodied, suitable for slamming, but fizzy and creamy enough to be acknowledged...the flavor is lemon grass, hay, a bitterness that holds sway and the maltiness of something stronger... oats, cereal, or some other grain makes for the weightier flavor... at 4.8%, a nonthreatening drink to mow down before or after yard work... could be a bit crisper or cleaner, but the style begs for a bit of simplicity...

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

Photo of Kahlerbock
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jsh420
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Travelin’ Light from Left Hand Brewing Company
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 124 ratings