Dismiss Notice
We're celebrating 10 years of BeerAdvocate magazine with $10 print subscriptions for US residents.

Subscribe now!

Colorado Kolsch | Steamworks Brewing Co.

Log in or Sign up to start rating.
65 Reviews
no score
Send samples
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by Jason on 05-21-2005

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 65 | Ratings: 126
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.

 555 characters

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

 662 characters

Photo of LXIXME
3.52/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

 447 characters

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.


 1,848 characters

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.

 1,437 characters

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

 468 characters

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.

 1,417 characters

Photo of tone77
3.47/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

 286 characters

Photo of corby112
3.52/5  rDev +1.1%
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.  

 588 characters

Photo of clayrock81
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light cloudy gold with two-finger white head. A light, airy, fruity smell along w/ minimal hops. A very light, not watery but really thin, body with a slight citric and sharp tart fruit taste along with a minor amount of sugary sweetness. Has a slight twang as well; an easy drinking Kolsch but not nearly as flavorful as some German counterpoints I've had.

 366 characters

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.

 917 characters

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.

 508 characters

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.)

 922 characters

Photo of ArrogantB
3.56/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at a local establishment for $3. Clear golden yellow, slight head. Smells liek a lager and not much else. The taste is a crisp lager-like flavor with a fruity finish. I could easily drink more than one of these at a time but then I can drink more than one of almost any beer.

 282 characters

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.54/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

 466 characters

Photo of Dogbrick
3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade. I like a good Kölsch at this time of year. The beer is dark gold with a thin white head and tiny rising bubbles. Thin lacing that races down the glass. The aroma is lightly hoppy with a bit of hay/grass. Light-bodied with touches of hops, wheat and sweet malt. None of the flavors are overly assertive. The finish is Lager-ish, lightly bitter at first but lingeringly sweet. Despite falling a bit short of the mark, I had no trouble drinking this bomber in no time.

 486 characters

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.

 1,045 characters

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.

 942 characters

Photo of argock
3.57/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. Freshness date notched on label. Single purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $1.65.

A: Clear, straw yellow with fizzy white 1-finger head that doesn't last more than a minute or two and leaves a skimpy line of lacing.

S: Aroma is reminiscent of a fruity pilsner with some apple and pear aromas mixed with bready, grain aromas and light noble hopping.

T: The flavor is more easy-going than most pilsners, but has some complexity to it. Breadiness is the chief flavor but there are fruity esters with mostly pear followed by light but clean noble hops. A light toasted edge is evident in the finish.

M: Crisp and clean with long, wet paper aftertaste.

D: Easy to quaff but not the most interesting beer of all time. Nothing wrong with a try in the hot summer months though.

 848 characters

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.

 507 characters

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.

 403 characters

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.

 388 characters

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.

 377 characters

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.

 681 characters

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.

 564 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Colorado Kolsch from Steamworks Brewing Co.
3.48 out of 5 based on 126 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • 10 Years of BeerAdvocate Magazine

    We're celebrating 10 years of BA mag with $10 print subscriptions for US residents!