Colorado Kolsch | Steamworks Brewing Co.

Colorado KolschColorado Kolsch
BA SCORE
3.5/5
133 Ratings
Colorado KolschColorado Kolsch
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Steamworks Brewing Co.
Colorado, United States
steamworksbrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#39,407
Reviews:
67
Ratings:
133
pDev:
14.86%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
25
Trade:
0
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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

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1.85/5  rDev -47.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Colorado Kölsch – Kölsch (4.86%) – Steamworks Brewing Co. (Colorado)
☆½

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 kojevergas
2.88/5  rDev -17.7%
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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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

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3/5  rDev -14.3%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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Photo of DelMontiac
3.3/5  rDev -5.7%
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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2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

Photo of woodychandler
4.58/5  rDev +30.9%
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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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

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3/5  rDev -14.3%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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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 atomicbeer
3.15/5  rDev -10%
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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4/5  rDev +14.3%

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

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