Kentucky Light
Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.

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German Kölsch
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3.22 | pDev: 20.81%
Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
Kentucky, United States
Kentucky LightKentucky Light
Notes: Kentucky Light is a light bodied easy drinker for a thirst quenching low calorie, low carb experience. The aroma is lively with a crisp, zesty finish. That’s because our specialized yeast, said to be the life force in beer, is the single greatest flavor contributor to this remarkably smooth and flavorful microbrew sure to be a Bluegrass favorite for years to come. Whether you’re strictly a light beer drinker or prefer a medium bodied microbrew, one taste of Kentucky Light will prove you can have a great tasting light beer full of flavor without all the calories.
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Reviews: 44 | Ratings: 96
Reviews by NEDmiller:
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3/5  rDev -6.8%

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.08/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #51 (April 2011):

Light beer moonlighting as a Kölsch? Frothy white head, perfect yellow straw clarity. Nose holds only a faint whiff of dry graininess, faint lemon peel and chalky yeast. Light body, crisp snap and a tight smoothness. Hint of cracker-like maltiness. Meek hopping with only a sliver of bitterness and flavor. Clean, grainy dry finish. Throw the “K” word on the label and expectations run high—a decent beer, but the flavor just doesn’t meet the specs of what it’s claiming to be. Simply, it’s a light beer with some flavor.

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Photo of Brent
3.4/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Although I have to lower my expectations for any light beer, this is a surprisingly good product for the class. Poured without any meaningful head, and was typically extra pale straw in color. A whif of hops in the nose, with some sweet grass. Body is light but crisp, some mild grassy flavors followed by a surprisingly bold hopping for the style. Finishes with a touch of cooked veggy/grain, slightly sweet.

I was impressed by the hopping in this beer, rather on par with Sam Adams Light. If I have to drink a light beer, this is one of the better selectons.

According to the company's website, this is a low carb, low calorie Kolsch style.

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Photo of chilidog
3.6/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

We picked this up while passing through Lexington. One of the more impressive light beers to be had. It pours a nice clear straw pale color with a average white head that does lace in spots. Carbonation is mild, so little to no fizz is noticed. Neither is this a flat beer at all. The aroma is alittle grassy. The taste is a sweet grain or grass backed by a crisp mild hop. The mouthfeel picks up on a slight watered body to the beer, while the mouth is left with a slight hop dryness. Again, at least something to by said for an impressive light beer.

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Photo of bditty187
3.68/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear yellow-gold in hue, there is a light stream of animation that dances to the white head. At the foam’s heights point the head was a half finger in height. The head then faded to a thin cap, after a few moments there was a slight collar. The subsequent lacing was unorganized and very spotty. This is a good-looking beer, for the style.

The nose is lightly grainy with a citrusy, minty hint. The nose doesn’t really say much, which is a damn shame. What I can smell is pleasant… I guess I could call it inviting. I do wish for more depth and more conversation.

Okay. The palate is very good. There is a marketing genius at work with the name of this beer… it is a Kölsch folks! It is light by nature, not by name. You know, this is a damn good Kölsch at that. Only a few a Kölsches have blown me away, while this isn’t one of those this is a damn good beer. It is very flavorful. The palate starts with lightly toasty malts, kisses of fruity sweetness, citrus, grainy, with a smattering of bitterness in the middle. Dry yet sweet at the finish and then the bitterness lingers. Subtlety complex. Tasty as hell.

Medium/medium-light in body, I like my Kölsch to have more body and more malty firmness. This one lacks that. Still the mouthfeel is solid even with the low but firm carbonation.

I found this to be very drinkable. It is a damn shame that I avoided this beer since it entered the Omaha market. I’m not a light beer drinker (I didn’t know this wasn’t a light lager). However, I took the plunge when I found a single for sale. Now I will look for a six-pack. Damn good. I purchased my bottle in Omaha, I want some more.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.23/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pale light golden color with a bright fizzy white head, dwindles quickly leaving minimal lace. This beer shows promise of being more than a standard light beer because it's labeled a Kolsch. Aroma some semi sweet malt notes nice fruitiness, herbal grassiness with a hint of yeast character. Flavor has a clean blank canvas of pale malt with light fruitiness and hints of metallic mineral notes. Mild earthiness, light herbal quality very light beer. Light biscuit malts finishes clean with a bit of carbonated water like texture. Light body with a strong level of carbonation flowing finishes pretty clean. Easy effortless drinking experience there's not much to analyze definitely a beer that would do well with the crossover or the BMC drinker.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.75/5  rDev +16.5%

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.55/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - pale straw color, wispy and basically non-existant head.

Aroma - basic grainy smell, like an average pale light beer.

Taste - grainy, slight lemony flavor on the side. A vague ESB-like butteriness. Not nearly as enjoyable as the regular Kentucky Ale, but it's okay.

Mouthfeel - light, crisp and bubbly. On par for the style.

Drinkability - pretty decent for a light beer, but for a craft product that's actually a downgrade. Not something I'd hunt down.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.48/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ultra-clear, super-light, pear-ish coloring, with a very slim serving of whitish foam.

Aroma, corny, vegetal, not terribly likable, but not terrible, either...tolerable.

Super smooth on the palate, easy -drinking, not to a fault to be found...Lightness is key, and the only main intent in this brew. There's a huge market for that, so for those who desire this type of beer, enjoy.

Not me, though...I like more flavor, more malt, more hops...I'm weird that way...

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Photo of KroMagnon
3.11/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at the 2004 Knoxville Brewer's Jam. The beer was very light in color, yellow-golden, and very clear. There was a slightly fruity aroma but it was very faint. The flavor features a touch of hop bitterness but not much, along with some faint maltiness that struck me as rather cracker-like and slightly sweet without being cloying. The dominant impression was crispness and a dry mouthfeel, refreshing, but rather timid. Overall this was obviously a well-made beer, but not terribly inspiring at all. I have no doubt its about what they wanted to make it, however.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.98/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A bottle from kmpitz2.
I am drinking a cold bottle poured into a pint glass.
The beer pours a light clear gold color with minimal bleached white head foaming up and fading quickly to a thin edge layer.

The aroma is light with a hint of caramel and some grainy malt. Mixes with spicy or herbal hops . Overall the aroma is fairly mild.

The first sip reveals a lite body with fine and mild carbonation that barely tickles my palate on the swallow.
The flavor starts with a bit of sugary sweetness and some grainy malt, a hit of the spicy hops in the middle and finally finishes with some white grape and a bit of herbal hops. The beer is VERY easy to drink and fairly crisp.
Quite a nice beer and pretty good example of a underrepresented style.
DOnt be thrown by the label or name not a lite beer but a good kolsch!

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Photo of clvand0
3.9/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear yellow color with very little head and doesn't leave any lacing on the glass. The aroma is full of graininess and has the faintest hints of citrus. Clean, mostly. The flavor follows suit. Has a grainy flavor along with some hop character and a hint of citrus. The body is light, as a Kolsch should be and the drinkability is very good.

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Photo of merlin48
3.7/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The folks at Lexington Brewing insist that they wanted this beer to be labeled as a Kolsch, but marketing(corporate ownership) wanted a "Light" beer in their stable, thus the name. This 12 oz bottle pours a clear, pale yellow body with a minimal, offwhite head that disappears in seconds. Some spotty lacing is left on the glass.
Aroma is subdued, with some grainy malt, a hint of caramel, some floral hops, and a note of grass.
Mouthfeel is light medium bodied with crisp carbonation.
Taste has some biscuity, pale malt sweetness that is well balanced by subdued floral hop bitterness and some fresh grassiness. Finishes crisp and clean. Not at all watery.
Well constructed for the style and very sessionable. Not your average "light" beer. The brewery folks love to tell you about all the hours and trouble they put into this ale in trying to nail the Kolsch style, only to have it labeled as "Kentucky Light". It's been a few years since I've had this style in Cologne, but this one is a decent effort. Not my favorite, but very drinkable. An ideal summer ale. Thanks to kmpitz2 and clvand0 for the brewery tour on 5-21-05.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.82/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale maize topped by a firm alabaster cap. A steady stream of bubbles ensures that the head doesn't disappear within the first few minutes. When it finally fades, a respectable amount of lace is left on the glass. A good look for a kolsch and an even better look for a kolsch-style light beer, which is what Kentucky Light actually is.

Without a doubt, this is the best light beer nose that I've ever experienced. Fresh grain is paramount. There's also an herbal vibe and, even better, a bright, snappy citrusiness that puts it far ahead of the pack.

While the flavor isn't quite the equal of the nose, it's a near thing. I can appreciate the same fresh cereal grain presence with at least as much bright, lemon peel citrusiness; especially on the finish. In order to get this much (good!) flavor from a low-calorie, low-carb beer, the quality of the ingredients has to be high.

As it warms, Kentucky Light progressively improves, as opposed to the usual progressively deteriorating nature of most light beer. As a result, I find myself drinking faster and faster; always the mark of a good beer. The mouthfeel is understandably light. I'm more than fine with it since it fits the style and the flavor profile perfectly.

I've often wondered why brewers don't break out of the light lager mold and brew light pale ales or light hefe weizens or, as in this case, light kolschs. Maybe the 'I'm scared of flavor' BMC drinkers won't care for this beer, but anyone with functioning taste buds who appreciates craft beer most certainly will.

Kentucky Light is light years ahead of the next best light beer (Sam Adams) to have ever crossed my lips. Lexington Brewing Co. should be proud of this one. Thanks to bditty187 for the bottle.

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Photo of stewart124
3.6/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter it is light yellow with a whisp of head.

Cereal, straw and slight veggie notes in the nose.

Taste is soft with more straw and a mild bready chracter. Tasty and very easy to drink. Some lemon and a little spice. Did I mention this is easy to drink? Kentucky light got it right here.

Plenty of taste and very approachable. I need to get the father-in-law to try this one out.

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Photo of Dithyramb
4.5/5  rDev +39.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours perfectly clear. The color is a pale amber. The only downside of the brew was a limited carbonation, retention and lacing.

Smell: Limited, with doughy base topped with toasted grains

Taste: Very controlled brew. Complex with citrus malts, lingering around with doughy bready malts, and a finishing hop bitterness. Detected a little sulphur as it warmed up while sitting on the deck.

Mouthfeel: Heavier than I expected, but very smooth and crisp.

Drinkability: This is a pretty darn good swillin beer, one that would go nicely in the hot weather.

Note: All my numbers were increased after noticing that this was a kolsch. All my notes just about perfectly matched the style guidelines. Most "light" beer fans out there wouldn't understand the complex and/or subtle nature.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.23/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle obtained via trade with kmpitz2. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 3/8" of bright white head over the clear very light golden brew. Head fades pretty quickly down to an uneven bubbly coating, and lacing was not too bad for the style. Aroma is lightly of sweet pale malt, and a tinge of hops. Taste is is like the nose but more so, with pale malt sweetness giving way to a dry, light yet crisp close. Mouthfeel is okay for the style, but watery as expected, and the drinkability is good in that there is nothing detracting from the brew, just lacking what a non-Light brew would impress with. Not a bad light beer.

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Photo of mattcrill
3.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Aroma: A touch of metallic crispness, some biscuity graininess, maybe a touch of apples (acetylaldehyde?)

Apperance: Brilliant light golden pour with a bone white head that quickly dissapates.

Flavor: Graininess like biscuits or corn (but not nasty corn like BMC), more metallic, light ripe fruit notes (apples and pears).

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, medium-light body, with a bit of slickness on the palate. Finishes dry but lingers on b/c of the diacetyl.

Overall impression: It's hard as heck to brew a beer like this. You can't hide a darn thing. While it does have some flaws, it's intensely drinkable and huge on the refreshing scale. Isn't my style but for what it is, it's good. I'd give this to my non-BA friends and be happy that they got a decent hand-crafted product. Worth a try.

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Photo of chugamugofsud
3.92/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Kentucky Light is also brewed here in Lexington and I've only had it in the bottle, but it is exceptional for a light beer. This may actually be better than Kentucky Ale, Kentucky Light is a belgian wheat/white beer that has a slight hint of orange both in the smell and taste. It pors exceptionally light in color with a nice frothy head and drinks exceptionally fast when cold. I recommend this beer highly to anyone who has had Kentucky Ale and liked it, to those who want a cheap Belgian-white style ale and to those who like Light beer.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.45/5  rDev +38.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Unlabeled shortfill bottle from helping bottle at the brewery. Very fresh.

Pours a solid yellow color with a noticable lack of head. Nose is rather doughy, lightly grainey with a touch of lemon citrus. Flavor matches rather well. Zesty lemony grainyness, very clean lines. Nothing seems out of place. Finishes with just a slight bitterness from the hops. Feel is moderate with a moderate carbonation. One of the more drinkable beers around. Flavors are not intense, but that's not what the style is about. Everything really works in harmony with each other making a solid beer overall. I think they earned their medal at the GABF with this brew.

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Photo of SCW
4.19/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

actually really enjoyed this beer...

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Photo of whartontallboy
3.68/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Last review of the year for me.

Pours out a clear straw-golden color with a medium-sized creamy white head. Held pretty well and leaves a bit of lace.

Smell is pretty mild, but typical of a good kolsch, with just a hint of fruitiness and toasted grain leaving a clean impression in the nose.

Taste is light, crisp, and slightly toasty. The clean grain flavors come through very clearly and pleasantly, although it had a somewhat off note until it warmed a bit, almost like rubber. Slight grassy hoppiness keeps it tasting authentic. Mouthfeel is lively with carbonation and quite crisp.

Overall: Probably the best domestic kolsch I've had; not at all watery, just a crisp, well-made brew.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Upon second sampling, the beer continues to impress. Spectacular colors and clarity. Very light and very clean. Could use more head retention. Less metalic (from hops) flavor than thought. More emphasis on light citrus crispness and cleanliness. Nearly a perfect kolsch.

Labled as a 'light' beer for marketing purposes, it is absolutely a kolsch. Pours a pale yellow with moderately dense carbonation that held good retention and laced well. Smells lightly malty, a bit tart and a bit grainy. Tastes the same malty sweet but less grainy than the aroma. Slight vegetative and bready flavors. Light body that kept better firmness than most light beers. More creamy than expected. Finishes quite crisp, clean, and sudden, without the watery flavors. Aftertaste is very light and slightly malty. A very refreshing summer quencher.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle courtesy of kmpitz2

Pours a super clear and very pale straw color with a white head that vanishes. Specks of lacing on the glass.

Very mild and crisp malt aroma.

Light malty flavor that has a nice crispness to it. Finishes very clean.

Light body, could stand a little more carbonation.

Easy enough to drink, but just an average Kolsch...

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Photo of skizziks
3.81/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a shaker glass. 1/2inch white head recedes quickly to a thin ring around the glass of very fine bubbles. The beer is a pale to very pale gold. Very clear, I can read the monitor through it with no problem. Aroma is very faint, a little noble hop, just a little of the vinous fruit character that is expected of the style. Really have to get my nose in there to get it. More apparent as it begins to warm.

The flavor is very light, dry, with some carbonation bite and a little sweetness coming through. The fruity aroma is inhaled and contributes to the flavor. Clean finish, almost evaporates off the tongue with just a bit of bitter in the back.

Light body. Carbonation is medium, but seems like more because of how light the beer is. A real easy drinker. Too bad the brewery wasn't able to put Kolsch in big letters on the bottle instead of "Light", but they work it into their promonotional materials enough. I didn't try this for a long time because of the Light stigma. I didn't know whether this was a true kolsch or a kolschy light, or light kolsch, or what. It's a kolsch.

This is such a delicate style that it really requires a lot of attention to appreciate. Almost seems a shame to use it for summertime swilling, but then again, it does that job well, respectably, and for 6bucks a six. Not bad.

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Kentucky Light from Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
Beer rating: 75 out of 100 with 96 ratings