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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Photo of JoeAmerican77
1.73/5  rDev -50.3%
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 ZoomanCru
1.85/5  rDev -46.8%
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.

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Photo of HardTarget
2.12/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Bottle Inspection: Best by July 05 (I’m a touch late at Sept 05) Hand carried back from Albuquerque.

Aroma: Peanut butter?!?! That was odd. After a whiff of that, all I could find was a hint of apple cider. Very mild aroma.

Appearance: Hazy yellow glass with no head at all.

Flavor: Bready with some slight fruit notes and a bit of cola. The cola flavor really came out toward the end of the bottle. Something about this beer just said “artificial” to me.

Mouthfeel: Low to flat carbonation which was disturbing, medium body and texture.

Overall Impression: Disappointing. Flat, slightly bitter, like a mild apple cola of some sort. Really didn’t do much for me.

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Photo of emmasdad
2.53/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had a pint of this one last night at the Skylark Lounge here in Denver. Poured a crisp, clean, medium yellow color, with a decent white head. On the nose, this one was lightly hoppy, biscuity and clean. On the palate, this one is light bodied and well carbonated, rather pedestrian, simple, subtle and crisp. I switched to Pabst after this one, to give you an idea of how impressed I was.

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Photo of Pegasus
2.8/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Hazy, light golden color, with a small white head, and slight, fine carbonation.

Aroma: Light, slightly sweet, mildly spicy.

Taste: Light slightly tart wheat notes, slight lemon and grassy hop notes, finishes dry with a mild hop bitterness.

Mouth feel: A bit thin, crisp, with lively carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: An average example of the style, not bad, but could be better.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.88/5  rDev -17.2%
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.


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Photo of botham
2.92/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pub glass. pours a pale yellowish amber color with a half finger of thin white head. moderate retention.

aroma is mainly of pale malts with light touches of caramel and cream. no hop quality here, with a crisp overall feel.

taste follows the nose with a watered down quality that lacks any real defining quality. not much of an aftertaste, and lightly stale on the palate.

mouthfeel is light bodied with a mild effervescence and a thin and watery finish.

drinkability is moderate. a decently proportioned kolsch with a lightly stale quality and a watery texture. a bit more concentration and some freshness would make this a solid example of the style, but this bottle fell short of being noteworthy.

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Photo of Dikfour
2.95/5  rDev -15.2%
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 andreasmwatt
3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5






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Photo of JDV
3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light clear golden color with a big lasting white head in a kolsch style glass. Smell is minimal but would be grassy faint hops and lightly sweet malt. Taste is crisp, clean malt with a lightly sweet finish and subtle bitterness to balance. A bit of a lingering honey like malt sweetness, but overall a very friendly, non-offensive beer. Overpriced at nearly $5 a bomber for what it is, though.

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Photo of hopfacebrew
3/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

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Photo of treehugger02010
3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I got this out of the variety case, which I bought from Bryn Marw beverage in Rosemont, PA. I poured it into a pint glass.
A: The body is a cloudy yellow color. The head is a finger tall, a white color, poor retention, no lacing and small size bubbles.
S: The aromas are sparge, rubber and carrots.
T: The flavors are dms, water and carbonation.
M: The mouthfeel is thin and crisp.
D: This is an ok beer.
Don't drink and review.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.05/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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 budlight drinker and makes almost no appeal to an evolved beer palate. maybe if i go golfing on a 100degree day ill bring these, but other than that nevermind.

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Photo of Birdiebeagle
3.05/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle Pours a light yellow with a large white head. Strong yeast aroma. Has a vey light taste. Lacks flavor and very watery/ Has a light body. Decent carbination. This one just lacks depth. Sarts out okay but there isn't anything to back it up, could use more depth.

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Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
3.1/5  rDev -10.9%
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 atomicbeer
3.15/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

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Photo of drjay44
3.2/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

650 ml. bottle. My rating is to the Kolsch style which means I am not comparing it to double IPA's.

Pours a thin head with long duration, with some lacing, over a clear pale yellow body....nose is mild, with some slight yeast, some mild hop, with a hint of spice...taste is again mild, with some malts and hops finishing with a bit of hops and some spice....mouthfeel very light. Balance over all is good and since Kolsch types are supposed to be light and refreshing this fits the bill.

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Photo of DelMontiac
3.3/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
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 ColoradoBobs
3.39/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the Durango Steamworks brewpub. This is a terrible place overall, even though this brew is *slightly* above-average. Best thing about this beer is its easy drinkability. Totally sessionable. The only problem is that this particular brewpub doesn't bottle its beers (at least I didn't see any evidence thereof, though apparently another of the Steamworks locations does bottle), so you have to have it at the joint, and the joint is awful. Overpriced average beer and overpriced below average food in a grungy dirty loud unpleasant place.

So . . . if you like pretty average-tasting but very easy-to-drink beer that is way overpriced in a crappy environment, go to Steamworks in Durango and order one of these.

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Photo of Tripeldeez
3.39/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of garcia2a
3.4/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a very light yellow, light carbonation, clear with a thin head.

Not much on the nose. I got some grains and a hint of yeast. In a deep nosing, I got the faint hint of lemon zest and honey. In terms of taste, a little grain and yeast, not much else. Aftertaste is faint, yet pleasant.

The body seemed a bit light for the style, but with that said, this beer has excellent mouth feel and is very drinkable. This is a good beer for a humid mid-atlantic august.

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Photo of rawfish
3.4/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of timontheroad
3.41/5  rDev -2%
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 Risser09
3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter - fridge - best by June 2009

Appearance: Pours a transparent golden yellow with a small white head. It has soapy large bubbles with tiny carbonation bubbles flowing to the surface. There isn't much lace at all.

Smell: A great malty, nutty and overall earthy smell. Big time Cheerios cereal grain aroma. Pretzels, slight minerals, and some fresh floral hops.

Taste: A refreshingly light flavor of pale malt and some hops. It's a light flavor of pale malt and some hops. It's a slightly sweet beer that is super easy to drink.

Mouthfeel: Light body, no noticeable alcohol, goes down very easily. A smooth finish is nice.

Drinkability: Great. This is a superb drinker, as kolsches are. I am a fan. A great session beer.

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