Summit Kölsch | Summit Brewing Company

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Summit KölschSummit Kölsch

Brewed by:
Summit Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by wagenvolks on 07-08-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 57 |  Reviews: 47
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3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PlacementSix
4.8/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of heyheymdn
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -20%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of herman77
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of PorterPig
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of Shango42
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of FreshmanPour77
3/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of dizztracted
5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of BeerLover99
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: medium yellow, fluffy head

S: subtle citrus, pine, malt, crisp.

T: Lemon, trace amount of floral, pine, with faint bitterness

M: Medium body and carbonation. Not too heavy. Seems like a fine Summer beer, strong enough to stand alone or be sessionable.

D: Solid representation of a beer often missed by brewers and beer drinkers alike. Definately worth trying and keeping on hand during the warm Summer months.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #32 (Sep 2009):

This is a new series that Summit has brought to us beer geeks. Good to see that not every specialty series has to be a massive, in-your-face style.

A beauty of a head, and the lacing is amazing as well, a bright and clear golden color that has real appeal. Aroma is of grape skin, bready grain and a delicate herbal hop. Deep and refreshing smoothness rolls over the palate. Clean grain throughout with some cracker-like maltiness. Hop bitterness has a nice bite and then drops some soft herbal flavor. A faint fruitiness and faded vinous quality from the yeast middle to end. If someone put a blindfold on us and told us this was from Germany, we'd have no doubt about that at all. Finishes dry with a long trail of hops and malt that makes us want to keep on quaffing.

Comparable to its German counterparts, if not better. This is a beautiful beer.

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Photo of Chronofied
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

About fifty degrees, poured in a pint glass.

Appearance - Very crisp golden hue, clear and transparent, with lively carbonation visible.

Smell - Smells like a Kölsch should; light, clean and full of grains. The aroma suggests light fruit, with faint hops.

Taste - A clarion clear, grassy taste, with lightly fruity hops and yeast, and a fresh mountain-air maltiness. Yeast is prominent, hops is sublte, they blend into a complex and delicate bitterness for the finish.

Mouthfeel - Very light and smooth. Carbonation is not as bouncy as it looks, but definitely opens up the beer. A good pull of this will leave the inside of the mouth feeling invigorated.

Drinkability - Awesome drinkability. Carbonation and alcohol level slow it just a touch, but the other components are so smooth that you need another before you know it.

NB - I found the complexity in this beer to be more than I expected. Half the glass was gone before I felt confident in my assessment of the taste. A very good effort for MN's Summit.

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Photo of darklordlager
4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a medium golden with 3/4" bright white head of tiny bubbles with butter coloured accents. Looks crisp.

S: Delicate. Lightly fruity, pale malt, pepper, lemon.

T: Light pale malt, light fruity yeast, cracker, corn bread. Lemon is there as well. Delicate hoppy bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium body but with lively carbonation to make it light and "fluffy."

A very nice "non-extreme extreme" beer.

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Photo of weeare138
2.5/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to hopdog for the opportunity...
Appears a transparent, light gold with a small white head that quickly fades into a mild collar. Tiny spots of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of caramel, cracked grain, wet hay, and cereal.
Taste is of sweet malt, sweaty salt, grains, and corn-like dried maize.
Mouthfeel is mildly oxidized, sweet, and slick on the finish.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
4.49/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Just found my notes on this guy.. not sure when it was tasted, bought several packs of this beer, so it could have bene any time last fall:

Into a pint glass, pours a clear golden straw color with a quickly receding white head. which leaves some nice lacing on the glass. The aroma is lovely, slightly grainy, grassy hops with a twinge of bitter. Very subtle, mellow, its spot on for the style. The taste is also done very well, a nice light base of bready malts, cracker-like, but the grassy hops take most of your attention. Crisp and clean, a light carbonation on the tongue. Very nice. A very good start to their 'Unchained' series. Now, if only they'd make this a summer seasonal, all would be righted in this world...

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Photo of alexgash
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle.

Deep golden body. Clean and clear. Small, gauzy, off-white head. Nose of honeyed malts, lightly-powdered sugar fruits. Spicy, peppery, sea-air hops. Grains, lightly toasted, up front. Spicy, peppery hops bite as well. Honeyish malts fill in with a hint of apple. Drying hop bitterness in the finish. Delicate, yet complex. Moderate body with a crispy, lively, refreshing feel. Very well done!

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a strange)
A- This beer pours a crystal clear copper orange body with a gentle carbonation of big bubbles and a beige head.
S- There is a nice dry flinty aroma but it is pretty faint and a very faint decomposing leaves and bright noble hop note in the finish.
T- The soft dry Munich malt flavor has a light sulfuy finish. The nice Noble hop bite has a hop pellet freshness an a slight green pungency to it. There is a faint lightly toasted malt bite in the finish that compliments the hops nicely.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a slippery texture. D- This beer has great depth with a light crips flavor and a good support from the malt.

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Photo of Atron67
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a chimay glass, came out a beautiful crystal clear golden straw color. has a fizzyish light white head that faded quickly.

has a bit of a grain flavor on the early finish, light malt throughout. very smooth and tasty. the lingering delicate flavors are really nice.

extermely smooth and very clean. hops are barely noticeable other than balancing


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Photo of trbergman
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

A - Pours a clear yellow-orange with one finger of fluffy white head. A bit dark for the style.

S - Cracker-like malt, toast, grass, floral hops.

T - Clean, with light, bready malt, hints of toast and cider, grassy and floral hop flavor, and low - but noticeable - hop bitterness.

M - Light body, good carbonation, a bit peppery.

D - A solid effort on an underappreciated style. Quenching and tasty.

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Photo of slyke
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Summit Kolsch pours a clear golden yellow color with a finger of white head that falls to a cap of about 1/8-inch, sticking and lacing quite well.

The smell is light with notes of bread and mild apple.

The taste is light and refreshing. The bit of bread comes in again but there is a snappy taste of hops in there. Nothing overpowering.

Mouthfeel is light with only a tinge of aftertaste.

This is a very drinkable beer with little to keep you from wanting two or three. Recommended.

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Photo of TeamSeinfeld
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer was on sale for 3.99 I assume because it was at the end of its batch, boy was it a steal. Usually all Summits taste very similar with the exception of the winter ale and the porter, all their beers have that same generic micro hop. The kolsch however was not overpowering whatsoever and opened me up to a new beer style, Kolsch, provided this actually tastes like an authentic kolsch which I have no idea if it does. But a great beer anyways. I went back to the store the next day and bought the rest of their six packs at that great price.
Thanks, Summit looking forward to the next line in the series.

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Photo of MPLS
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A style that a cultural impaired cretin could identify as German just by looking at the name. I have fond memories of this style as I was an exchange student in high school and managed to fall in love with style. I do not know what has happened since then, but I feel like it's a style I should revisit, especially once this frozen tundra is removed from our lovely city.

This beer comes for the ferocious "UNCHAINED SERIES", laughable name, but whatever. Batch 01 that I bought as a six-pack.

A: Very typical beer appearance that isn't going to look like anything crazy black and hellish, but for the style is pleasant to look at. Off white head that fades back to it's sunglow orange color with slight lacing. Light shines through quite easily, crystal clear.

S: Smell is not opposing but has it's lightly breaded malt, apple, and charming yeast.

T: This beer is off the charts drinkable and hits the style on the head for what memory and the description serve me. The beer is fruity apple-like up front then comes a nudge of earthy dry grain/ The finish on the beer is on the dry side, but nothing that screams bitter or overly hopped. Very mellow.

M: Completely see through body makes this beer look and feel light. Ample carbonation that gives it a little characters.

D: Sessionable beer here, get your sessionable beer here. Low ABV, affordable, and a maybe a slight-biased towards the style. I will have to finish these off and at minimum drink some of this brew come so so so far away.

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Photo of Pooter
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is , I think, the best beer that Summit has done.

I haven't been to Köln in quite a few years but I immediately had a flashback to being introduced to this style of beer there years ago.

A-Appearance is amber, slight haze. Nice head with some lacing, dissipates

S - Nice fruity aroma with some malts.

T - Not much hops, but has a great yeast/malt balance - not too sweet, that screams "drink me"!

D - Too bad I discovered this in October, would have been good to have this summer, could displace my favorite Pilsners.

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Photo of gatornation
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

nmbr 1 in the series pours a clear golden yellow color with a minimal head and little lacing ..the smell is slight.. its fruit some spice some malts..the taste is a crisp slightly fruity beer with some sweet malts and some nice floral hops..this kolsch is pretty well balanced and flavorful the fruitiness and the malt and hops blend together for a crisp clean taste..its very drinkable a session brew for sure

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Summit Kölsch from Summit Brewing Company
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