Colorado Kolsch
Steamworks Brewing Co.

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3.51 | pDev: 15.1%
Steamworks Brewing Co.
Colorado, United States
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BeerMePlz93 from Colorado

2.23/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Tried to give this one a chance and maybe a kolsch like this isn't for everyone, but I couldn't drink more than one.

Super light and carbonated. For taste, you have citrusy notes like lemongrass, floral-y and very slight honey.

Sep 21, 2020
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beerN3RD from Colorado

3.29/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I have heard good things about this kolsch. I didn't find anything about it that was stand out. Hopefully I can have this on draft sometime to give it a better examination.

Mar 29, 2019
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KLHBB from Colorado

3.66/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Light, refreshing, easy drinking. Palest yellow with a half inch head, lots of bubbly carbonation rising. Smells of malt, faint hops. Floral, grassy taste, light feel, overall delightful.

Jul 02, 2017
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Wasatch from Colorado

4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Bottle

Pours a nice yellow color, nice carbonation, with a pretty nice small off-white head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, grass/wheaty. The taste is malty, yeasty, grassy/wheaty. Medium body. Overall, a pretty tasty brew.

Apr 05, 2017
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gcuneen from Pennsylvania

4.29/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

They served this at the World Beer Cup awards dinner at the end of CBC in Philly a few weeks back. I loved the aroma and taste - great representation of this style. Easy drinking. Looking to see if I can get a case on the east coast - Philly area.

May 25, 2016
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Tripeldeez from Colorado

3.39/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Canned version:

Look: 2.75 Very light, watery yellow; very few bubbles. Moderate white foam head which quickly dissipates.

Smell: 3 Rather faint scent of hops, typical Kolsch.

Feel: 3 Mild acidic bite subsides quickly; Feeling of light suds on tongue.

Taste: 3.75 Taste of light hops with increasingly bitter aftertaste. Refreshing and smooth.

Sep 02, 2015
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twiggamortis420 from Texas

3.54/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can pours an uber light yellow color with a fizzy cap of white head. Poor retention and little lace.

Nose is light and grainy, very faint....not much going on here, nothing offensive either though.

A little more on the flavor with a light floral hop and decent little zest from the kolsch yeast. Clean and fresh, it goes down easy as intended. The yeast doesnt have as much influence as most in this style, but you go do worse for a 12-pack chillin outdoors.

Jul 25, 2015
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Dikfour from Colorado

2.95/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Look: Clear, pale straw. two fingers of bright fluffy white head dissipates slowly. No lacing.

Smell: Light tinny hoppyness that exemplifies so many great German beers. A little wheat, a little bready malt

Taste: Bready malt up front, light tinny bitter finish. A little lemon zest in there. Crisp and refreshing.

Feel: Really light body. Medium Dry finish. Pretty watery

Overall: Not really indicative of the style. It drinks more like a watered down Pilsner. Meh. It is a crushable sixer that would be pretty good for yard work but there are much better options.

Jun 21, 2015
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timontheroad from Colorado

3.41/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Clear straw yellow color with a fluffy white head, decent retention and lacing. Biscuity/cracker aroma, very little else. Taste is grainy, light malty, just a slight hop bitterness present. Mouthfeel was pretty light, but fairly normal for the style. Overall, this one really didn't appeal to me, probably wouldn't buy again.

Apr 11, 2015
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dcscientist from Colorado

4.16/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't usually go for beers this light, but I really enjoyed this Kolsch. So easy to drink, so smooth and light. When it's a hundred degrees outside, you pretty much need a beer like this. I think this one is much better than the masses seem to, so if you're willing to give it a try, I think you'll like it.

Sep 26, 2014
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ZoomanCru from Colorado

1.85/5  rDev -47.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Colorado Kölsch – Kölsch (4.86%) – Steamworks Brewing Co. (Colorado)

App: Extremely pale, with a slight straw yellow in the center. Looked almost like water when poured. Okay one finger head that goes soapy pretty fast with big bubbles, but boasts some retention. Even lighter than a many AALs, which is not something I typically expect from an ale.

Smell: Grainy and uninspired. Slight chalky smell. Not a lot to say.

Taste: Totally bland, but not “bad” per se. Essentially a better crafted american lager. Slight hop bitterness and a little bit of malt, but neither is prominent or complex. Lazy.

Mouth: Decently carbonated. Light, no lingering sensation.

Home tasting, 12oz can into Stem Glass. 1/2/14.

Jan 03, 2014
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Jugs_McGhee from Colorado

2.88/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12 oz aluminum can acquired at a local bottle shop and served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me parents’ gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado during my annual Christmas tasting. Reviewed live. Expectations are average. 4.86% ABV confirmed. Reviewed as a kolsch because the label clearly identifies it as such.

Best by: 14 Jan 2014.

Served cold – straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it’s poured.

Pours a one finger wide head of white colour. Nice thickness and creaminess. Smooth consistency. Soft complexion.

Body colour is a translucent transparent yellow of average vibrance. No floating yeast particles are visible.

Overall, it’s a decent appearance for the style. I’m looking forward to trying it.

Sm: Lemongrass. Crystal malt. Pilsner malts. Lightly floral. A pretty timid aroma, but a pleasant one. Mild in strength.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

T: Pilsner malts, crystal malt, very limited floral hop character, and some grains. Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. It's a pretty closed-off kolsch. Painfully simple, with none of the subtlety of a great kolsch. Not particularly nuanced or intricate. I like it and it's pleasant to drink, but it's not great.

No yeast character or alcohol comes through.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Not as crisp as the best brews in the style. Well-carbonated. A bit thin. Decent presence on the palate. Decent body. Texture suits the flavour profile decently, but doesn't feel custom-tailored to it.

Not oily, astringent, gushed, hot, boozy, rough, or scratchy.

Dr: Meh. Drinkable but forgettable. A pretty standard boring kolsch. I wouldn't get it again, but it drinks easy enough. Not a remarkable beer by any means. Hides its ABV decently.


Dec 24, 2013
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DelMontiac from Oklahoma

3.3/5  rDev -6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from the can I purchased at Wilbur's in Ft. Collins into a pint glass.

Very pale yellow with barely two fingers of white fizzy head that disappears very quickly. Scant lace left behind. It looks like so many of the adjunct lagers. A bit disheartening.

The aroma is most faint cracked grain, weak mild hops and straw.

The flavors are mostly sweet malt, mild hop spice, and a light toasty grain aftertaste.

Feel is probably this beers greatest attribute - medium light and full of bubbles. Almost a clubbin' brew.

Overall pretty mediocre. Given the Kolsch style characteristics, this beer is not what I call bad. It just isn't what I want very often. It's very Coors-like.

Aug 04, 2013
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

blargimus had sent me a box of CANs and although I was quick to get tone77 his share, I put mine in the reefer to chill and then got caught up with both school and a heavy influx of bottles, all of which are now put to rest.

From the CAN: "Colorado Kolsch German-Style Ale", plus a beautiful representation of the state flag. MUCH more visual than the paper label on the bottle in the picture.

The Crack revealed another brimful CAN and I was glad that I was cautious in its opening. The inverted Glug was perfect and two fingers of bubbly, bone-white head with moderate retention quickly formed. Color was a pale straw-yellow with NE-quality clarity and loads of CO2 bubbles in evidence. I wonder how Greg Koch feels about CANsumers of this fizzy yellow beer ... I feel CANfident in my beer CANsumption so it really does not matter what other think of me. I think that the nose had an interesting grassiness to it, undoubtedly Noble hops, along with a light biscuit maltiness. The mouthfeel was light and bubbly, just effervescent enough to give it a tingly feeling on my tongue. Tee hee. The flavor was veddy dry, slightly vinous as the style description mentions, with a light biscuit flavor also. Finish was like having drank a dry white wine spritzer. It was light, airy, highly refreshing. This would be a dangerous beer to have in my cooler on a hot summer's day as I could really plow through some of these.

Jun 23, 2013
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Woodychandler comes through again with this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a light golden color with a 1/2 inch head, lots of carbonation. Smell is malty, grassy. Taste is crisp, grains, malts, light and easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.

Feb 15, 2013
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LXIXME from New Mexico

3.52/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A small to medium white head settles into a thin lacing above a clear straw golden colored kolsch.

Some sourish grains, very light citrus, and a little sweetness in the aroma.

Light citrus lemonish hops with an almost grassy or straw taste coming through.

A dryish aftertaste that seems to have some light bittering aspects to it on this well carbonated light bodied beer.

Light but decent tasting, worth a nod if you like beers of this style.

Oct 03, 2012
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atomicbeer from New Mexico

3.15/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Draft pint at the Steamworks brewpub in Durango. GABF silver medal 2010. Arrived bright clear gold with big fluffy white head. Sweet hay aroma with slight clove/spice and is it a hint of peach? Clean crisp grassy hop flavor. Find it disappearing rather quickly.

Oct 03, 2012
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hopfacebrew from Colorado

3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Euclid Hall the beer arrives in an oversized wine glass. A bit hazy with a pale yellow golden color. A decent 1 finger head with some retention and little lacing. Looks average. The nose is a mix between cereal malt flavors and a earthy hop tone. Grassy. Hints of fruit with apple and pear. Again, average. The flavor is exactly what the nose would detail, a strong cereal malt base from which grassy and earthy hop tones build. Crisp and clean and lighter end of medium bodied. Well carbonated. Overall, a very average beer. Nothing exemplary not worth noting. I will not be back, likely.

Feb 26, 2012
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

this is a fine brew, bit its painfully boring. in my mind its just a beer, simple as that. lacks all of the malty complexion required of a good kolsch style beer. nothing remarkable in the nose or the palate. mouthfeel is fine, plenty carbonated and easy drinking, but its putting me to sleep in a sober sort of way. again, not a bad beer by any stretch, but this is at best a craft beer for the bud light drinker and makes almost no appeal to an evolved beer palate. maybe if i go golfing on a 100 degree day ill bring these, but other than that nevermind.

edit: this has gotten better, its drier and crisper now, and positively gushing with carbonation. when its ice cold, i mean really freezing, it hits the refreshment mark just right, and is actually far better than any macro sort of equivalent. i was a little too harsh on the initial review, and have amended some scores to reflect a better context drinking experience and more of a mind toward comparing it to its peers instead of all craft beers. this fills an important session beer niche.

Jan 09, 2012
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Willlong8 from Oklahoma

3.72/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at steamworks, the color got me really excited, straw yellowish. Smell was decent and faintly sweet could not pick out anything in particular. Taste was a little sweet for the style.

Overall its not a bad brew but there isn't anything that is very special in this one. Would drink again but I'm not going to be hunting it down by any means.

Jan 05, 2012
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tronester from Oklahoma

3.62/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear yellow with a thin white head. A sweet, lemony aroma is present. Taste is initial bready sweetness up front, followed by some lemony, piney hops. Mouthfeel is smooth, low carbonation. Overall a good beer, I would get this again. Nice and refreshing.

Nov 03, 2011
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corby112 from Pennsylvania

3.52/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly cloudy, very pale golden yellow color with straw cored hues and 1.5 finger white foam head that slowly settles into a lasting ring.  Streaks and spots of lace.

Sweet, slightly earthy aroma with hints of light fruit, grass and straw .  Subtle spice with bready yeast, apple and pear.  Faint alcohol.

Medium bodied but fuller than expected with slightly dry earthy hops and some zesty spice.  Peppery with pale malt, earthy grass, straw and crisp, light fruit.  Hints of apple and pear as well as some banana and subtle alcohol.  Crisp, clean and easy to drink.  

Jun 23, 2011
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rawfish from California

3.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an incredibly pale clear straw color capped with a thin one finger white head which fizzles down quickly very little retention or lacing.

Light aroma admittedly a bit like yellow fizzy stuff, noticeable bundled hay and corn husks with some bready malts on the back end. Light hop character embodies earthy grass.

There's more to this than aroma and appearance indicate, sweet bread malts with a substantial amount of raw grains which carries over smoothly and a wheat twang. Ends crisp with some drying. Medium hop character dry and grassy some muscat acidity detectable.

Light body and very well carbonated. Ends crisp and a bit slick, could be drier.

First experience with kolsch and it's subtleties force me to grade by style and prevent me from giving a lower grade. Very much like a light german lager but that tart grape/wine acidity sets it apart as it's own. Decent beer but I'd like my lagers with a bit more hop character.

May 04, 2011
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JoeAmerican77 from Colorado

1.73/5  rDev -50.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

The pour yields a beautiful light golden draught with a half finger of white head that quickly retreats for no lacing...

I'm picking up some grass and citrus in the aroma but nothing else
honestly it kind of smells like the yellow fizzy stuff

Slight hops and malt hits the palate.... it actually tastes like the big beer as well..not bad, its just nothing.

Light body like water with a soda pop carbonation

Ok this beer is not worth more words but I have to hit the minimum so here it is. If you are looking for any sort of flavor do not hit this. Save your money for keystone light as it is the same to my mouth.

Apr 14, 2011
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knm from New Mexico

3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap is the only way to drink this beer! At the ski area to make it even more perfect!
It pours super light, with a good head that subsides quickly. A very pretty color of golden.
The taste is light, refreshing, and very clean.
A perfect morning beer!

Jan 21, 2011
Colorado Kolsch from Steamworks Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 140 ratings