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Kentucky Kölsch Style Ale | Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.

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Kentucky Kölsch Style AleKentucky Kölsch Style Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
Kentucky, United States
kentuckyale.com

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.72%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by jlindros on 08-10-2013

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Ratings:
128
pDev:
16.72%
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Ratings: 128 |  Reviews: 21
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3/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of kjkinsey
3/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of Knapp85
3.58/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BEERchitect
3.42/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Designed to resemble lager but built like an ale, the common confusion which is Kolsch rounds into a delicate beer of floral whimsy, grain sweetness and comforting drinkability. At least that's what the Lexington Brewing Company has in mind for the beer that was once branded as "Kentucky Light" but now more aptly carries its true style sake, "Kolsch."

Easily mistaken for pilsner, its light golden hues simple gleam while its cottony froth floats above- an easy transition to taste yields a partly-malty, partly-grainy taste and aroma that's indicative of baking bread. Though its floral delicacy is light, the aromas start with light citrus and orchard fruit.

And that continues across the middle palate as the hybrid beer trends grainy and light, opening the door for apple and lemon esters to weave in. Balancing hops lurk in the background and only offer the tepid support of herbal lemongrass and a mild spicy bit.

Increasingly dry and herbal, its crisp finish is aided by light mineral, sulfur and the distinct spicy bitterness of noble German hops. Its light body is sure to find favor in lager-lovers, especially those seeking a sweeter cereal tilt.

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3.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle, part of the rather inexpensive six-packs these are sold in, exclusively at the local liquor chain's outlets.

This beer pours a clear, very pale golden straw colour, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and mostly fizzy off-white head, which leaves little beyond a few specks of remote islet lace around the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of bready, doughy pale malt, corn cereal, a not so subtle sour fruitiness, mineral water, and weak leafy, weedy, and grassy hops. The taste is more corny than grainy in its still-rising bready malt sweetness, the basic drupe fruitiness more or less pulling out of its skanky spiral, and the noble-leaning hops carrying on with their understated leafy, grassy and herbal character.

The carbonation is fairly sprightly in its tightly-wound frothiness, the body an adequate medium weight for the style, and a bit too tacky to be considered all that smooth. It finishes trending dry, the corniness becoming even more cereal like, and the fruitiness fading into obscurity.

I would imagine that this is made with the traditional ingredients, but every other sip or so, there's that Matrix-like reality shimmer, where the ghost of a typical adjunct lager comes a little too close to the surface. Grainy, fruity, and plainly hoppy, yeah, but only if you don't look too closely, or think too hard about it.

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3.25/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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2.75/5  rDev -14.9%

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3.44/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jlindros
2.73/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Not sure if they just changed the name from Kentucky Light, but looks a bit different, new name, new label, hopefully better than the ratings show for the Light. Tall boy can is nice. The Bourbon ale wasn't bad, but a bit too overpowering, but a nice attempt. Hopefully this is nice, a very misunderstood style.

Pours a light fizzy bubbly head that fades pretty quickly, crystal clear watery looking Berlinnerweiss pale water color.

Nose starts almost nonexistent, but some deep nosing and patience reveals light aromas of wheat like toasted grain, little straw like, a touch of a fruity aroma, and hints of grassy mild hops.

Taste is also pretty light, even for a Kolsch. Light toasty grain and wheat like flavors, little straw and wet hay, with more fruity flavors and hint of fruity grassy hops. There is also a bit of a sulfury flavor, light tin flavor too, and not nearly as clean and crisp as I expected, little sticky finish with more light bitter and sulfury flavors lingering.

Mouth is light bod, lighter carb too.

Overall not very good, I don't think thye really tried very hard with this, way too light even for a Kolsch, off flavors, not very enjoyable.

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Photo of paulish
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of smcolw
2.38/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

Small head that leaves a couple of spots on the glass. Clear gold color.

The smell is definitely off--quite sour. Behind this is some softer malt aromas but you have to play hide-n-seek to find it.

The flavor is only marginally better. I find this beer to be too sweet for the style, yet the sourness is still around. Good body with ample carbonation. The aftertaste is short-lived, soured malt. A bit like a SweetTart.

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3.62/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

It is going to take some time (clearly), but inroads are being made as far as eradicating the Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody are concerned. I am now setting my sights on the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

From the bottle: "A full-flavored Kolsch style ale true to form of the German beer style originating in Cologne".

A Pop! of the cap, a semi-gentle pour & I was off & running. An in-glass swirl raised a finger of foamy, bone-white head with modest retention. Color was Straw-Yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was malty sweet, very bready and slightly grassy. Mmmm. Mouthfeel was medium, but very soft and caressing on the tongue. Taste was bready, grassy and just slightly tart, maybe grape-ish, maybe sour corn, but either way, fairly unobtrusive. Finish was semi-dry, more bready than grassy and again with just a slight tickle of tart/sourness. Given its low ABV, if they would begin CANning this, I would happily put a bunch into a cooler on a hot, humid summer's day.

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3.94/5  rDev +22%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a light yellow-hued body, good clarity, and a medium-sized, soft white head.

Smell: Meager whiff of maltiness, a little whisper of implied cereal sweetness, and a hint of lemon.

Taste: Very clean, well-attenuated malts, with little sweetness throughout. The hop character and bitterness remains rather low. Faint spritzy lemon hint. Lightly minerally, clean, crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: A very decent, quaffable Kolsch.

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Photo of Tone
2.86/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, gold color. 1/5 inch head of a white color. Poor retention and poor lacing. Smells of pale malt, hint of sweet malt, hint of hops, and slight adjunct. Does not seem to fit the style of a Kolsch, but rather a Light Lager or an American Pale Lager. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, hint of sweet malt, hint of hops, and slight adjunct. Overall, weak appearance, aroma, body, and blend.

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3/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of tone77
3.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a very pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, malts, grains. Taste is the same, grains and malts, some crispness, easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall a refreshing beer, but lacking any real punch.

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Photo of sendbeer
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of Karibourgeois
3.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Latarnik
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of tigg924
3.21/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: 1 inch head, straw yellow in color, clear, high carbonation

Smell: light straw--very faint

Taste: straw, sugar, pilsner malt, and wheat

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, light bodied, sweet with light bitterness

Overall: When I have a kolsch I look for cleanliness, lightness, and a good smell. The beer meets two of the three, but the smell is so faint it takes away from the rest of the experience. This is odd because this brewery usually excels in providing excellent smelling beers. Not a bad beer, but I have had way better in the style.

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3.01/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Jason_cs
3.46/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Zazzi82
3.18/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of threedaggers
3/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of cdwil
2.75/5  rDev -14.9%

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Kentucky Kölsch Style Ale from Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
Beer rating: 3.23 out of 5 with 128 ratings
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