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 ColoradoBobs
3.39/5  rDev -2.9%
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 tavernjef
4.25/5  rDev +21.8%
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 Bighuge
4.35/5  rDev +24.6%
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 stumac
3.82/5  rDev +9.5%
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 roblowther
4.34/5  rDev +24.4%
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 gmcfarre
3.67/5  rDev +5.2%
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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Photo of pmcadamis
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
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 Pegasus
2.8/5  rDev -19.8%
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 russpowell
3.92/5  rDev +12.3%
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 Bitterbill
3.95/5  rDev +13.2%
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 BadRockBeer
3.98/5  rDev +14%
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 jsimon816
3.61/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Rolled into Durango thirsty after a 5 hour drive from Denver. On a warm spring night the Colorado Kolsch was right up my alley. Paired with a burger it was exactly what I needed, easy drinking light beer with a great refreshing taste. My only complaint with most brew pubs is the lack of head & lacing from the beer. Don't know if it wasn't a beer clean glass or end of the barrel.

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Photo of RoBotGod
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was refreshing. It wasn’t too bad for the style, but also not a lot of competition. The beer had a good smooth bitterness. The finish leaves a little bit of a honey sweetness in your mouth. This would be a great cross over beer for someone still drinking Bud light or any other macro lagers. It would be easy for some one to pick out the craft quality of the beer. In the summer I would pound a few of these.

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Photo of HardTarget
2.12/5  rDev -39.3%
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 gbontrag
4.1/5  rDev +17.5%
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 Dogbrick
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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