Colorado Kolsch | Steamworks Brewing Co.

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Colorado KolschColorado Kolsch

Brewed by:
Steamworks Brewing Co.
Colorado, United States

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.86%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Jason on 05-21-2005

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Ratings: 133 |  Reviews: 67
Reviews by RedChrome:
Photo of RedChrome
3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer is a hazy bright golden color. White head was less than an eight of an inch and died to nothing rapidly. Only a few small carbonation bubbles rising slowly.

Fresh bundled hay aroma with the sweetness of malt. A fair bit of a corn husk scent. Hop bitterness is very subdued and only appears towards the end of an inhalation.

Just what is found in the nose repeats itself on the tongue. Malt sweetness with a taste reminiscent of fresh cut hay. Hops presence is also subdued to the malt.

Thickness on the tongue is comparable to water. Taste hangs on a bit and is shifted only by small bursts of carbonation.

An average kolsch. Works well with a summer salad. Nothing here to excite either the bigger bear crowd or fans of the style. Just an average for the style.

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Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
3.1/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This pour was a pale straw yellow almost urine color with a weak head at best with similarly weak carbonation. The head is thin and provides a sparse lace. The aroma is nearly nonexistent and only toward the end of the pint can I detect any hint of beer scent, and even then it is generic. There is a dryish hop finish on a bland intial taste. Toward the end with a determined tongue and nose, I can detect slight hints of grass and grain. This is medium bodied and lacks a requisite crispness for this style. This brew was too much work to only moderately enjoy.

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Photo of Prospero
4.17/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gcuneen
4.29/5  rDev +22.6%
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.

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Photo of Snoopybean24
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of williamjbauer
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of timontheroad
3.41/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.52/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Steamworks- Colorado Kolsch

A- Light clear bright yellow with a small soapy white head.
S- Light sweet bready malt with a sweet touch of butter.
T- Sweet malt, bready buttery and light earthy dry hay/ straw hops.
M- Light and watery up front with a sweet malty body. Dry earthy hops poke through while this finishes off sweet and malty.

Overall- Easy drinking and refreshing.

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Photo of javlin624
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of dankabier1
2.95/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of pmcadamis
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I had this one at a Mexican restaurant at Denver's airport.

A - Crystal clear and solid looking with a thin white cap that left a lot of lace on the pint glass and showed some really nice retention. My fiance thought that this one "just looked like Bud Light," but then I pointed out that appearance is more than just color and clarity. She's used to seeing something dark or cloudy in my glass, and thought it strange that I would order something so clear and yellow. Admittedly, kolsch isn't the most exciting looking style, but the lace left on this glass was really pretty.

S - Light summer fruits (honeydew mellon), with some floral hops. Very fresh and girly shampoo.

T - Again, summer fruits and flower garden flavors. More assertive than the weakish nose, but still pretty mellow.

M - Light and fluffy with a mellow carbonation that matches the gentle nose and flavor perfectly. Soft.

D - Other than a hefe, you really can't beat a good kolsch for hot weather drinkability. I had a spicy venison sausage and this really slaked my thirst, but was a little too gentle to stand up to the peppers. Session beer fo sho.

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Photo of JoeAmerican77
1.73/5  rDev -50.6%
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.

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Photo of eallured
3.67/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear bright gold in color with white fluffy head that rises a good inch above the brew and decides to hang out for a while, slowly leaving a nice lacing.
Aroma is dominated by fruity esters as well as a little peppercorn or coriander-like spice. A very slight grainy aroma peeks through these fruit esters.
Flavor contains very little of the aroma. It is thinly sweet and has a little bread crust yeasty flavor. A slight hint of sulfur or SMS that is a little weird for an ale, but I guess it's kind of a cross style.
Moderate to high carbonation helps to sell the crisp flavor of this beer as well as keep any sweetness from becoming cloying.
Drinkable from a purely "sex in a canoe" standpoint but without much to draw you in for a second. This is just flavorful enough to satisfy craft drinkers while being light enough to convince macro drinkers.

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Photo of rclark69
3.26/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of chrishiker1409
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of russpowell
3.92/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at kinfolks.

Poured light golden with less than 1/2"of white head. Average head rention & lacing

S: Slight citric hops & bready malt

T: Lemony & grassy hops up front. Slight grainyness & lemon tarts follow as this warms. Finishes slighly lemony & floral with dryness

MF: Spritzy & very light, not thin for the abv

Drank too easy, a little more fruittyness & this would be spot-on as a Kolsch IMO. One that needs to be enjoyed when fresh

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Photo of needMIbeer
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of wellsnb
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of beer_bottle
3.82/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tone77
3.47/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Photo of Dikfour
2.95/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

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Photo of humanawho
3.87/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A - clear light yellow with an average head of white

S - sweet slightly earthy with some grape fruityness

T - it has a nice sweetness and the grape flavors come through but not a lot

M - a little too thin for me

D - great session beer nice and light

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Photo of firkingroovin
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Colorado Kolsch from Steamworks Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.5 out of 5 with 133 ratings