Kentucky Light | Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.

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Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
Kentucky, United States

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.32%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Brent on 09-18-2003

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5/5  rDev +56.3%

Photo of Dithyramb
4.5/5  rDev +40.6%
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 kmpitz2
4.45/5  rDev +39.1%
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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4.44/5  rDev +38.8%

Photo of Sixpoint
4.19/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

actually really enjoyed this beer...

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4/5  rDev +25%

Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +25%
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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4/5  rDev +25%

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4/5  rDev +25%

Photo of sulldaddy
3.98/5  rDev +24.4%
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 chugamugofsud
3.92/5  rDev +22.5%
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 Beerbythepool
3.92/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to nonic pint glass. I can hear the head forming as I finish the pour. About 1 finger of head that continues to pop as it receeds.

Light straw color with a slight haze to it.

Fruity smell with a citrus note.

Good mouthfeel for me. Fills the mouth, but cleans out smoothly.

Rice, honey and barley dominate the flavors.

Good summer beer, not too light compared to others, and still has some flavor. Goes down easy. Not sure if it is strong enough to be a kolsch, but could be a good everyday beer if you live in Kentucky.

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Photo of clvand0
3.9/5  rDev +21.9%
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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3.85/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.82/5  rDev +19.4%
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 skizziks
3.81/5  rDev +19.1%
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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3.75/5  rDev +17.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of JJFordick
3.75/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of RBorsato
3.75/5  rDev +17.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +17.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of RomaniIteDomum
3.71/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up while in Lexington. I can't remember if it was in the magnificent box from BEERchitect or if I decided to grab one myself. Either way, more thanks is due to Kevin.

Pours a very familiar shade of yellow, but with a magnificent white head the macros can't touch. The head hangs out for a bit, too.

Ok, the smell is the sweet and sour of fresh grain and fermentation. Nothing special.

After a while the taste has grown on me. The fresh barley is nice, but there isn't much else going on aside from the light hoppy finish.

The feel is a bit light, which is to be expected, I suppose, but it still isn't anything notable.

After a while this has grown on me. There are certainly better for the style, but this is much better than other beers marketed as "light".

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Photo of merlin48
3.7/5  rDev +15.6%
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 Brenden
3.7/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It definitely looks the part, though very slightly on the darker side for a style that's traditionally very pale. It's a deep shining white gold color with fantastic clarity. The head is pure white, fluffy and thick though small. Retention is just above-par, and lacing is slightly more than moderate.
The smell has some not-quite-toasty grains with light fruit notes, a bit of citrus, and a zesty tartness. It is dry, even to the point of chalky, as the leafy vinous character makes me think Kolsch is in fact the correct designation.
The flavor doesn't bring it quite as well, grains more substantial and the light, almost effervescent dry note almost lost. Malts are still dry, pretty crackery, with some toast as well. Leaf does add a touch of bitterness. The taste just seems to have lost some of the finesse and depth the aroma had.
It's crisp all the way through, and strongly at that, but it's creamier than I would think. It has a feel that the ample carbonation leads toward fluffy, the bite just keeping it shy of being too filling in its light body.

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Kentucky Light from Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
Beer rating: 3.2 out of 5 with 96 ratings