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Kalifornia Kolsch | Magnolia Pub & Brewery

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Brewed by:
Magnolia Pub & Brewery
California, United States

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by chugamugofsud on 05-20-2004

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Ratings: 75 |  Reviews: 27
Reviews by chrisgalvin:
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4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the best examples of a true Kolsch being brewed outside of Koln. Dave and his team truly know what a true Kolsch taste and is all about. This is a great beer in the true sense and yo'd be lucky to drink this if you have a chance. Sit down at the bar, order a Kolsch and have the burger. Doesn't' get any better then that. Perfect malt character, hop balance and carbonation.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale yellow gold. Rising carbonation. Lemon, Hallertau, and bready aromas. Mild and delicate toast and bready flavors. Almost unintelligible hop bitterness but decent hop flavoring lending itself toward grass and a pinch of lemon rind. Mouthfeel is biting. Carbonation is too aggressive. This could do to be a touch more creamy. As a result drinkability suffers slightly. Authentic tasting yeast. Light and refreshing overall, as it should be.

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Photo of Jason
3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz can sample from the brewery.

Nearly clear, thin lacing but it stays. A whole lot of bready character here both in the nose and on the palate. Fresh grain, yeasty undertones, gushing of pale malt. Kiss of hop bitterness and herbal spicy flavor. Grassy throughout, clean enough for the style. As crisp and smooth as it should be and quite drinkable. A fun brew to knock back and wouldn't have a problem having more than one.

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Photo of rastaman
2.06/5  rDev -44%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Tap, Magnolia Pub and Brewery, San Fransisco- some lemony bitterness, pretty grainy and really not much else, pretty boring. I'm pretty sure this was my first US kolsch, and was pretty dissapointed, but then i found out they all taste pretty much like this.

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Photo of joe_sf
3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of watermelonman
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This arrived as a bright and light gold color with almost no head. There's no lace either.

Pale malts, citrus, and honey provide a nice combination of flavors in both the smell and the taste. The mouthfeel is a bit thin. Appealing flavors and low alcohol combine for good drinkability.

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Photo of Cvdl42
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dertyd
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dannydetox
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

average kolsch style beer. golden yellow in color, with a rapidly dissipating white head, the aroma is faintly fruity, with cereal grain notes as well. very little bitterness. thin, with lower carbonation. easy drinking, but that's about it.

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Photo of kdoc8
3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the brew pub in San Francisco, CA. It had a thick foamy head, and was highly carbonated. It looked and smelled a lot like a pilsner, golden/clear in color and with a bit of lacing. It had a yeasty smell and taste - refreshing but kind of tasteless.

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Photo of jmccraney
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of paulpratt
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of mc4z
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of jcruelty
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of earthling
4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This Kolsh, highly drinkable, was well enjoyed on a warm summer day. One could drink this beer all afternoon without getting wasted, its crisp, well-balanced flavors not fatiguing after several glasses. Magnolia properly serves this well-crafted beer in a thin-walled, straight, 10oz Stange.

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Photo of emerge077
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery, review from written notes. Listed at 4.7%.
Served in a traditional cylindrical stange glass, not strange at all.

Bright gold color, drippy arcs of lace in the glass. Clean, grainy aroma, hint of grapes from the yeast. Light and crisp feel, tasted good, but more like a dry pilsner than a kolsch. Very dry and herbal hop flavor (mild), some apple notes also. Very clean and easy drinking, the small glass disappears with little to no effort. Would have had another, but the dozen or so other house beers beckoned.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of imbibehour
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at the Mikkeller bar in San Francisco into a large sort of half tumbler shaker glass. Very odd glass.

Deep brass gold and bronze with crystal clarity. Nice one finger head given bright and white, slightly frothy and foamy whipped a bit. Real dark for a Kolsch.

Simple light bready aromas and a hint of fruity lemon zest slightly. Fairly basic but solid, hard to determine some more powerful character or unique quality.

Palate does have a wonderful classic bready malt of white bread. Not much toasty or yeasty esters on this. Feels like a German pilsner more so with lots of bakery density which is nice. Good long and lasting lingering bready finish surprisingly, which is very impressive. Some popping carbonation a bit, but this malt body is hard to break through. There is a bit of sweetness that is a little more noticeable.

An overall very solid Kolsch but has a bit more sweetness than I would prefer on the finish.

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Photo of Brian_Pheiffer
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of largadeer
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of SpongeKA
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Staro
3.54/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BabaBeer
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dbrauneis
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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