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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 65 | Ratings: 126
Photo of woodychandler
4.58/5  rDev +31.6%
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.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.35/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oh, I haven't had a Kolsch in a while. Good time to break it out today on our first warm day here.

Best by July, 08.

Slightly hazy dull light yellow body. Bubbly white head leaves sporadic patches of lace. Pretty nice aroma of bready, pils like maltiness and some spicy undertones as well. The flavor profile is simple and nice. Bready, cracker like pilsner base maltiness with shades of spice and hops underneath. Nice little dry fruitiness too. This is really quite good in its simple delicate nature. Body is easy going and carbonation fairly mellow. This is really going down too easy and is quite enjoyable. One of the better Kolsch beers I've had. This would be a great keg beer in the summer. If this was in six packs for around $8 a pop, I'd be hitting it up more in the summer. As it is, from a bomber for $4.30 a pop, I'll still grab one or two ocassionally this summer. (That equates to over $13 a six pack.)

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Photo of roblowther
4.34/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at the brewpub. It's pale straw in color, with no head and no lace. Very, very clear. The smell is honey & lemongrass and alright with me. The taste is creamy, malty and has a crisp, tart finish that really makes this beer a standout. It's smooth but with a nice tingle to it. I'd drink it all day long. And if at all possible, drink it in Durango. A great destination & a great beer destination.

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Photo of gcuneen
4.29/5  rDev +23.3%
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 tavernjef
4.25/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Clearest of lemony lighter yellows with a slow cascade of streams lining within the body. Starchy bright white of crunchy foam sits briefly thin before fading quickly to a thin collar and a whisp of white patches. A few straggly thick strings of lace stick to the glass.

Solid starchy tone to its aroma with a sweet and tender crisp tone of Pilsner malt that sides more with the Czech then the German style.

Same for the taste, quite Czech oriented with a crisp and quickened crunchy tender sweetness of malty starchyness and favorable little sweet breadyness to round it out. Stays present in its tone and lasts in flavor for a good duration. Its favorably lasting in its clean and breadish toned sweetness all the way to its finish which is quick to get, but lingers long after with a slight sticky leftover malt goo thats Pilnserificly satisfying.

Feel is crisp, crunchy, smooth, and tenderly full with a well toned freshness and sweetness that lasts long after each sip and/or gulp.

Totally drinkable and refreshingly so. A solid Kolsch.

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Photo of dcscientist
4.16/5  rDev +19.5%
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.

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Photo of gbontrag
4.1/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

beautiful spicy floral hop aroma.
That's a phat hop face followed by nice tang, and smooth cracker malt. This tends to be dry with lots of chardonnay character. Quite good, that. Tangy finish with a nasturtium bite. Oi vay, a very good beer.
It's an oily yellow with a full froth that quickly rests to fuzz on the surface. It leaves rings of lace as I quaff this in big gulps. Burpilicious. Very carbonated.

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Photo of kgotcher
4.07/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy straw color with active carbonation, Thin but durable head.

Aroma is mainly cracker with slight hint of tea. Goes down easy with a refreshing med to light body. Taste is pretty mellow, bit of cracker malt, slight honey-like sweetness, finished dry with a hint of bitterness.

This is a local beer for me and I drink it quite often, more of a hot weather session beer. Easy drinking and very refreshing.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
3.98/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured in my stange glass (yay, I like to use the glasses that I don't often use). I poured this into a pint glass also and I must implore you to use a stange glass when drinking this beer, or you will miss out A LOT.

Straw yellow color with a good head that leaves trails of lacing on the glass. I've never seen a kolsch with this good of an appearance.

Smell is hugely grassy with a lemony citrus twang. I never used to be a fan of kolschs, but the smell drive me wild. I want to go mow a lawn so that I can come in and whiff this and be in heaven. I'd like to give a higher score here, but I'll balance it out later. It's not quite a 4.5

Taste is just clean refreshing kolsch. The malts are very pale and have a citrusy twang. There is that slight sourness that one gets from citrus that is left on the tongue a tad.

I'll add points to the mouthfeel here, but the beer just isn't as crisp as I would like it to be. If this beer was more crisp the drinkability could even be higher. However, the flavors are on and this is a pretty decent kolsch. Give it a try.

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Photo of BadRockBeer
3.98/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type Sampled: 22fl. oz. brown crown top bottle. Features freshness date.

Appearance: Golden straw in color. Great 2 finger, snow white head that diminishes into a glass sliding, loose lace.

Smell: Doughy, pils malts slight grassy hops.

Taste: Very delicate yet complex, mild malt balanced with a very floral hop. This is a very refreshing Pilsner taste.

Mouthfeel: Light body, moderate carbonated.

Drinkability: Great. If you like a good Kölsch or Pilsner than this is the beer for you. Very refreshing and quite satisfying for such a mild beer. This is a great example of a session beer. I obtained this brew from the local brewery rep. after I had a bad bottle of their beer. Steamworks customer service is A+.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.96/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours clear clear straw yellow. Tight white head that slowly dissipates to a skim. Lacing is light and inconsistent.

S: Definitely hoppy, but nice and light. Pleasing balance with slightly sweet malts.

T: Citrussy hops up front. Sweet bready malts follow.Very smooth, good balance finishes pleasantly bitter

M: Light side of medium; may also say light. Not too carbonated as some of the beers with lighter mouthfeel.\

D: Great summer time beer. Found it flavorful, refreshing and very easy to drink.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Wilbur's Liquors in Ft Collins.

This pours from 22oz bottle(best by June 2007) a clear straw colour with a small head of foam and looks to be lightly carbonated.
The foam shrinks to a few islands in the middle after a few minutes with a little lacing.

The smell is hoppy and it's nice but it's light on the nose.

The taste has some nice citrus hops up front that is very tasty.
Swishing the beer in my mouth, I'm getting a touch of sweet malt and some bread...yeah...this is very tasty and very smooth drinking. Nice mouthfeel to it and the finish ends up on a slightly bitter note. I *like* this Kolsch and if it was available locally, I'm sure I'd buy it on a regular basis. It would be a great drinker for the upcoming summer season.

Bottom line: I don't have access to many samples of the style but, imho, this is a fine example of the style and it is *very* drinkable. I recommend it.

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Photo of russpowell
3.92/5  rDev +12.6%
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 BuckeyeNation
3.92/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pallid winter sunshine yellow with lemonade borders. No yeast so far... or ever. The firmly creamy crown is cumulus cloud white in color, lasts for a spell, and leaves an acceptable amount of lace in tattered sheets. Not a bad looking kolsch.

The aroma is fresh, clean, lightly lemony and moderately noble hoppy. More olfactory volume is needed because what is appreciated smells good. This has a chance to be pretty tasty beer.

To their credit, Steamworks BC has pretty much nailed the style. Now the only decision is whether Colorado Kolsch deserves the higher or the lower of the two considered flavor scores. It's simple and it's subtle, but then that's what kolschs are all about. It's also drinkable and refreshing, which is also what kolschs are all about.

In the end, it's a weak 4.0, not a strong 3.5. The malts are probably no darker than pale or pilsner. Upon that thin slice of white bread canvas are flavor swirls of lemon zest and herbal hops that probably originated from Deutschland. A sharper hop bite would be welcome and is the only improvement that comes immediately to mind.

The body/mouthfeel is unquestionably light. Considering the style, that's all well and good. More volumizing carbonation would have resulted in a higher score.

Steamworks Colorado Kolsch is one of the better kolschs in recent memory. I would have no trouble at all taking a bomber or two along on a summertime picnic. No trouble at all.

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Photo of knm
3.9/5  rDev +12.1%
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!

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Photo of allengarvin
3.89/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours out a limpid yellow with no head. It's moderately hazy as well, unusual for a Kolsch. The nose is pleasant though, fruity, lightly tart, with a light touch of hops. Light and refreshing sums up the flavor: Light, sweet malt (with some wheat?), lots of yeast character giving it a fruity, estery character with a hint of spiciness, and pleasantly acidic. The body is a bit watery and could use some more carbonation.

Tastes more like an American wheat than a kolsch, but it's still pleasant.

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Photo of humanawho
3.87/5  rDev +11.2%
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 rowew
3.84/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, new to 6 packs I think. Best before date notched on the label, as well as whether it was bottled at the Durango or Bayfield location. This came from the bayfield location.

Appearance: Light golden color, thin head fades quickly to nothing.

Smell: Smells a bit yeasty, but more like the smell of fermenting wine. I definitely get vinous notes out of this. Also kind of a straw hop aroma.

Taste: A bit fruity, with the same vinous flavors. This one is pretty drinkable, and different from most beers.

Overall impression: From the style descriptions, this one seems pretty spot on. Interesting beer, I'm glad to see this one in 6 packs now.

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Photo of stumac
3.82/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

got this bad boy as a gift. can't get this locally.

A - light, straw color. thin white had that dissapears quick. little if any lace retention

S - subtle hops, a little pear aroma as well.

T - smoothe, light hop spicyness, light malt flavor

MF - medium to light bodied. very spritzy carbonation. finishes dry. tastes crisp more so like a lager

D - im not a huge kolsch fan but it is a good brew for the summer

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Out of a bomber this beer was a yellow/gold color depending on the light applied. The head was two fingers of fluffy foam that retained fairly well but only left moderate lacing. The aroma was soft but clean and fresh, lemony hops and bready malt. The flavors were also a little light but enjoyable. Biscuity/bready pale malt and herbal/spicy hops closely blended. Could have used more punch but well balanced and tight. The mouthfeel was good and the body light and crisp. A good example of the style, quite spring-like and refreshing as well as very sessionable.

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Photo of Rayek
3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Stange on an unusually warm March day.

A: Pale straw with moderate carbonation and a significant chill haze. A pillow-like white cap is small, but retains nicely. Leaves a fair amount of lace.

S: Quite musty at first. Letting the beer breath a bit releases aromas of lemon and straw.

T: Starts out with a raw barley flavor that's quickly replaced by a subtle, yet tart lemon bitterness. A little bit of green grape comes through before the beer finishes dry, with an earthy cut grass flavor.

M: The medium-light body is syrupy and has a bit too much fizz going on.

D: To me, Kölsch is very hard style to pull off well because it's so subtle. Steamworks has done a very nice job with theirs. The relatively low ABV and general lightness make this an easy beer to drink multiples of in a sitting.

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Photo of brentk56
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, pale golden color with a modest, beaten egg white cap that retains nicely and leaves quite a few squiggles

Smell: Bready pale malt with a hint of lemony fruit

Taste: Opens bready, with a grainy lemon flavor arriving by mid-palate; after the swallow, the bitter flavors persist though the finish is bready and slightly sweet

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Though this beer lacks the crispness and hop levels that might make it great, it still is a very enjoyable example of the style and one of the better ones I have tasted that were brewed in this country

Thanks, wagenvolks, for the opportunity

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Photo of Willlong8
3.72/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of eallured
3.67/5  rDev +5.5%
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 gmcfarre
3.67/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into traditional pint glass

A - Pours a very clear, yellow straw color with a smallish eggshell colored head. A few streams of bubbles rise up from the bottom of the glass.

S - Smell is clean with pale malt and very little hop activity to speak of. It looks like a pilsner, but you don't get the noble hop nose that you might expect. Malt is actually a bit vinous as the style description would suggest. My first of the style, so its a bit interesting but still good.

T - Starts with some light, carbonated sweetness that turns to a grassy, grainy malt flavor. Light and refreshing, would be a good summer choice. Very little hop activity, if any.

M - Mouthfeel is smooth and actually somewhat medium bodied for such a light colored beer. Low carbonation with a mildly cloying aftertaste.

D - A clean, well crafted beer. Perhaps the first Steamworks beer that I've been impressed with, but then again this is my first Kolsch review. Worth picking up if you can find it as this is one easy drinking yet tasty brew.

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