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Chuckanut Brewery

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From:
Chuckanut Brewery
 
Washington, United States
Style:
Kölsch
Ranked #22
ABV:
5%
Score:
89
Ranked #13,449
Avg:
3.96 | pDev: 10.35%
Reviews:
36
Ratings:
45
Status:
Active
Rated:
Nov 26, 2022
Added:
Jul 29, 2009
Wants:
  4
Gots:
  5
SCORE
89
Very Good
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Reviewed by NickSMpls from Washington

3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Bought as a growler. Clean, clear light amber color. Light head. Light odor of biscuits and grassiness. Taste is very clean. Light, but definite hop right upfront with just the right background of malt. No off flavors, superclean finish. Carbonation is mild, maybe use a touch more.
Nov 26, 2022
 
Rated: 3.5 by BigIronH from Michigan

Nov 12, 2022
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Reviewed by Pivopijak from Washington

3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
draught
IBU: 20
Thin, white head. Quite a light gold appearance. Quite subtle, light toasted malt and a little floral hop aroma. Moderate and pleasant, light malt and floral hop flavor.
Oct 10, 2022
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Draft at Hill's. Pale golden, with small creamy head. Heady, grainy aroma. Taste is big and full, bready, crisp, nice bite at the finish. Smooth. Right on style and very well done.
Oct 08, 2022
 
Rated: 4.15 by westcoastbeerlvr from California

Jun 06, 2022
 
Rated: 3.68 by mig100 from Texas

Jun 05, 2022
 
Rated: 4.02 by jakecattleco from California

May 01, 2022
 
Rated: 3.28 by StoutSnob40 from California

Mar 10, 2022
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Reviewed by FBarber from Illinois

4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
Pours a crystal clearbright golden straw color. A lovely pillowy white head forms on the beer. A thin layer of white foam is retained and lingers. Aroma has notes of sweet white bread - like wonder bread - with hints of straw, grassy, slightly fruity hops.

Taste follows the nose with notes of white bread, biscuit, straw, and light grassy hops on the back end. There is a moderate amount of sweetness to the beer. Feel is light, crisp and vivacious. The carbonation is bright and prickly.

Overall this is an excellent kölsch. You could 100% order a kranz of this and drink it yourself.
Feb 13, 2022
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Reviewed by WunderLlama from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Can received from @snaotheus and his shenanigans associated with Bif14, poured into a stange

Crystal clear golden liquid , active streams of carbonation, creamy Fluffy two finger white crown

Aroma is straw, grassy, biscuity

Taste is malt, grain, grassiness, hint of lemon

Clean, crisp, “ a little too quaffable”

Good beer
Feb 06, 2022
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Reviewed by Whyteboar from Michigan

4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured crystal clear amber with a huge and slowly dissipating head; beautiful looking beer!
The aroma was biscuits and herbs, or maybe lemongrass, is that an herb? No idea. But it was appealing.
The taste even more so- lemongrass tang and biscuit malts frolic and play for every sip. The balance and levels are amazing.
Too quaffable; says so on the can. And they are not wrong. My sole complaint is that there is only 12 oz of this to be had.
A Kolsch that I had tried earlier left me thinking it wasn't a style I could appreciate yet, but this beer proved that thought wrong. Really well done.
Feb 03, 2022
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Reviewed by snaotheus from Washington

4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
2022-01-30
12oz can served in a footed pilsner glass. Bought it a couple weeks ago at the brewery. Don't see a date on it.

Pours crystal clear, light yellow, with a big fluffy head and a ton of carbonation. Head lasts for some time. Smell is lightly grainy, bready, yeasty. Hint of honeysuckle.

Taste is clean, light, continues in the bready direction. Moderate grassy finish. Very clean.

Mouthfeel is super light and clean. Overall, very nice beer.
Jan 31, 2022
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Reviewed by jonphisher from New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Perfect look for a kolsch, incredibly light pale and crystal clear with lively carbonation bubbles dancing throughout pour, it was quite pretty to watch. Big quick forming head that dissipates to soapy cap of white.

Big hit of white grape, pears and light apple; hint of white bread.

Tastes is similar to the nose but the white bread note sort of carries the fruit notes. Sort of revers from the nose.

Light body, lively effervescent carbonation, no sweetness or bitterness, incredible clean finish, really nice aftertaste lingers, zero bitterness. It’s funny I just noticed on the can they say “a little too quaffable” I agree 100%
Jan 30, 2022
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Reviewed by Beersnake1 from California

4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured at fridge temp. Pours a beautiful transparent yellow/gold with white head. No lacing, and bubbles throughout the glass. The nose is subtle. Wheat, honey, and a bit of lemon. A nice delicate sweetness. A slight floral note as well.

The taste is super smooth. Also fairly light. The sweetness is there, but a nice light hoppy note on the tail end is there as well. Wheat, honey, slight tropical fruit (papaya), and wet grass.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp. Overall, a really nice beer.
Jan 28, 2022
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Reviewed by ovaltine from Indiana

4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
An aggressive pour reveals a crystal clear beer that is a beautiful gold color and sports a sudsy white head that evacuates the premises almost immediately and provides minimal lacing. One thing that really stands out is the carbonation - there are bubbles EVERYWHERE in this beer.

The nose is dominated up front by a nice lemongrass note, but there is a subtle biscuity malt note in the background, which I really dig.

Extremely crisp taste, that lemongrass is forward, but the biscuity malt is definitely present (and welcome) at the back of the palate. Delicious stuff, IMHO.

As I mentioned, the mouthfeel is very crisp in this flavorful kolsch. An excellent summer “fridge beer,” I’m a Chuckanut fan after the first sip.
Nov 25, 2021
 
Rated: 3.75 by BEER88 from North Carolina

Jul 09, 2021
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Reviewed by Limazulu from Idaho

4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
A-crystal clear, light gold with substantial snow while head
S- malts, lemon pith
T-Crisp, just a little happy
M- light body as appropriate, lively but not overly carbonated
O-my first of the style so not qualified to offer strong opinion.
Jul 07, 2021
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Reviewed by larryi86 from Delaware

4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Thank you beertubes for this
500 ml bottle poured into a pint glass

A- A clear golden straw with a two finger white head.

S- Sweet bread, some toasted malts, floral/herbal, hints of light fruits.

T- Sweet bread, toasted malts, some fruits, getting both apples and pears, floral, a little herbal.

M- Smooth, light body.

O- A tasty Kölsch, it might be simple and straightforward but that’s not a bad thing. Very well balanced and easy to drink.
Sep 27, 2020
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Reviewed by Stevedore from Oregon

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Lighter golden body, slight haze. Slight fruit esters, slightly damp and grainy malt, mild herbal and floral hop bite. Pretty solid, easy drinker, appropriate lighter medium body and carbonation.
Aug 28, 2020
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Reviewed by TheBricenator from Oregon

4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Look: Clear, rich yellow with a billowing head that recedes quickly leaving good lacing
Aroma: Straw, cut grass, herbal hop notes, warm bread, light fruity esters
Taste: Follows nose well though more pronounced – bready and grassy, herbal hops intermingle. Soft finish with lots of fruity esters
Mouthfeel: Light to medium carbonation, light but not at all watery – full flavor, and a soft ale-like finish
Overall: This is some tasty stuff and only my second beer from these folks since they started showing up in my neck of the woods about a year ago. Very enjoyable and I hope to try more offerings here soon. A delicious take on one of my favorite styles and definitely a re-buy for me and highly recommended
Jul 04, 2020
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Reviewed by kemoarps from Washington

3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Light golden yellow that is crystal clear enough that I can read the label if I hold the full glass in front of it. Fluffy egg white head that gets as big as two fingers for sure before settling down to just a nice thick coating. Sticky egg white lacing along the edges as well.

I'm still figuring my way around this side of beer and its traditional presentations and descriptors, but this is pretty much exactly what I expect of the style. Bready, grassy, some spicy noble hops. I saw someone mention chamomile and I can see that.

Flavour is really well balanced between pale bready and straw-like malts, and the light noble hops which offer some mild spice and mild grass and even a touch of mild floral character. It's well balanced and well executed, but I don't find myself enjoying it as much as I do that aroma.

Carbonation swells aggressively and lends it an almost spicy/sharp feel over an otherwise creamy body. Finish is more sticky than dry while the lingering impression is bready and an almost faintly lime-like citrus hopping.

A solid entry in my self-education on this side of the brewing world.
May 09, 2020
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Reviewed by Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
L: An impressive display of bubbles through a crystal clear straw hue, like wearing orange-tinted glasses. The head is taller and dense white foam leaves temporary lace.

S: Straw, grain, white bread and some honey sweetness.

T: Tastes similar with a little lemon rind and a wonderful malt.

F: Moderately light and smooth with a bit of crispness.

O: Smoother and less zingy than I like, but a well crafted beverage showing the skill and refinement of the brewer.
May 06, 2020
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Reviewed by Reidrover from Oregon

3.45/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Ok pint glass from a growler purchased at Westside Taphouse in West Salem.
$14
Pours a pale yellow body with a very large and frothy white head.
Aroma seems trad for the style ..cake malts and a bit of grassy medicinal hop.
Taste nice..mellow kolsch..bit sweet lemon maybe.
Mouth feel average for style..little sticky in the end.
OK kolsch..nice to see traditional styles .
Apr 11, 2020
 
Rated: 4.89 by jason_nwx from Oregon

Apr 08, 2020
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Reviewed by Roguer from Connecticut

4.41/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Perfectly clear straw body, with excellent head production, and nice retention and lacing.

Nose is indefinably sweet, with impressions somewhere in between honey, peach, white grape, and white bread. Style appropriate.

On the palate, this beer is, well, damn near perfect. It's sweet yet balanced; the hops balance the brew while adding little flavor of their own, and even that a grassy, bark-like, neutral tone. Malt tones are grassy, peachy, fruity, and sweet, but lacking any of the pungency or skunkiness of a lesser take on this difficult-to-nail style.

Crisp and lively, with plenty of bite. Smooth and silky.

This is almost certainly the best Kölsch-style ale I've had by an American brewer. There's nothing out of place, not a single note amiss. It's very difficult to find a flaw here. The nose, perhaps, doesn't deliver on exactly what I expected, but that's a very minor quibble.
Mar 28, 2020
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Reviewed by Lingenbrau from Oregon

4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Absolutely stunning in the glass with picture perfect clarity through the polished brass body. Streams of bubbles support a massive, smooth, and shimmering snow cap of foam above. Excellent retention and good lacing.

Aroma and flavor can be described in unison as the fresh baked bread and dried grass translate seamlessly.

The perfect balance of sweet to bitter is well perceived in part by the spritzy carbonation. The only knock might be that's it's a bit watery, which mutes the flavors like a melted ice cube.

Another outstanding classic style cones out of the masters workshop at Chuckanut. Prost.
Jan 02, 2020
 
Rated: 3.73 by Ajlvt from Washington

Dec 18, 2019
 
Rated: 3.96 by BlueSpader from Washington

Sep 02, 2019
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Reviewed by DefenCorps from Oregon

4.51/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Growler from the Growler Guys.

A crystal clear straw yellow with a dense white head with good retention and lacing this looks great. The nose is fantastic. Soft, delicate, mildly fruity, firmly hoppy ,delicate dough and mild honey notes are all present. Notes of straw and biscuit are present. On the palate , this beer exudes a quiet confidence with brilliant balance. Soft, mildly doughy with fresh baked biscuit, straw. A mild, minty, lemony hop character, mildly bitter and with enough flavor to pair beautifully with the honey and mild straw notes from the malt. Drying, soft, mildly fruity and mildly bitter on the finish, this beer is spectacular on the palate, with a delicate but firm feel. Carbonation is medium light, rather perfect for the style. Wonderful stuff.
Nov 23, 2018
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Reviewed by thebeers from Pennsylvania

3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Pours a clear, light-straw color with low effervescence and a half finger of white head that’s quick to dissipate.

Lemon, camomile, grass and a light twang of funk on the edges in the nose.

The flavor is very light, again with rounded edges. Lighter lemon, a softer, almost soapy tang. A light grassy or herbal element... lemongrass and Noble hops, maybe? A hint of mineral water, and maybe even a little salt. Very light, earthy, grassy bitterness in the aftertaste

The mouthfeel is really nice. Light to medium bodied with a strong punch to the carbonation that gives it a certain crispness despite the “softer” taste.

Overall, it’s very light and easy drinking. It has certain lager-like Euro feel and aftertaste to it, but the nose was more Saison-like.
Nov 04, 2018
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Reviewed by John_M from Oregon

4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
I'll freely admit that the Kolsch style has never been one of my favorites, and it's a style a very rarely am interesting in ordering. With one exception now. Chuckanut Kolsch.

On tap at Growler Guys.

The beer pours a bright golden amber color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose, there's something of a biscuit and citrus fruit aroma, but with some light pepper and even some light cherry as well. The aroma is very clean and enticing. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, but there's some noticeable light honey as well. There's just a kiss of light bitterness in the finish, which seems to hold everything together in the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is very light, and there's a clean, fresh, thirst quenching quality to this beer that is just delightful. Alcohol is pretty much unnoticeable in this beer, and so drinkability is very, very high.

Just an altogether excellent effort from the folks at Chuckanut. This is a beer I now order pretty much any time I see it on tap.
Sep 05, 2018
 
Rated: 3.85 by drews240 from Rhode Island

Jul 25, 2018
 
Rated: 3.79 by shelby415 from Oregon

Apr 14, 2018
 
Rated: 3.75 by Red_Zeke from Washington

Mar 17, 2018
 
Rated: 3.78 by LloydDobler from Indiana

Nov 10, 2017
 
Rated: 4.24 by Sound_Explorer from Washington

Oct 28, 2017
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Reviewed by dipso123 from Oregon

3.25/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
On tap:
Tastes more like a Blonde ale than a Kolsch. It is entirely missing characteristic Kolsch yeast and crisp finish. Weak flabby malt character and thick sticky mouth feel. Not a Kolsch.
Aug 29, 2017
 
Rated: 3.75 by thornburyslasher from Illinois

Jun 13, 2017
 
Rated: 3.65 by BeerForMuscle from New Jersey

Apr 25, 2017
 
Rated: 3.5 by SpAiReArGsEonNE from New Jersey

Feb 02, 2017
Kölsch from Chuckanut Brewery
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 81 ratings