Wild River Harbor Lights Kolsch | Wild River Brewery & Pizza Company

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Wild River Harbor Lights KolschWild River Harbor Lights Kolsch

Brewed by:
Wild River Brewery & Pizza Company
Oregon, United States

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2001

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Ratings: 9 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by gwfrankpsu:
Photo of gwfrankpsu
3.1/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Too cold!! This is a refreshing place to stop - about hald way between Grants Pass, Or and Crescent City, CA. Just before the beautiful and twisty Smith River. This was nice once warmed up.

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Photo of chinchill
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the brewpub in Grants Pass OR. 4.7% ABV.

Pour was very pale golden, clear with a very good head and lacing.

Aroma: lightly sweet baked bread.

Flavor: mild noble hops become more obvious in the lingering finish and aftertaste.

Feel: lively carbonation goes well with the light body. Semi-dry.

O: very nice version of style with a light bump up on the hops.

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Photo of DOCRW
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JohnGalt1
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice looking brewpub... Nice people... I picked this up at the Grants Pass location. Pours clear lite golden with a thin white head... no lacing ... no cap.

The nose is grainy pale malt and an interesting fruitiness.. No real hops to speak of.. probably too much maltiness for the style.

Bready maltiness.. for the style, a bit too much apple essence.. decent malt profile.. a bit minerally..

Really.. This one is walking a razor edge.. "a bit too much of this, a bit too little of another".. really, it is damn good..

All 4's... No doubt "American", but still very well done and very fresh.

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Photo of BrewnZ
2.6/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

11 Feb 08

A: Very clear straw with white head that collapses slowly.

S: Neutral, bit grainy.

T: Also neutral . . . slight woody malt with med to high hop bitterness. Rough finish with some ethanol poking out. Just very pedestrian gold beer for the masses.

M: Medium bodied with high CO2

D: Medium die to rough finish, taste like straight US 2-row.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted at the 2003 Oregon Brewers Fest as Harbor Lights Kolsch. Light gold color. Medium head. Aroma is malty sweet and somewhat fruity. . A medium bodied Kolsch. Malts are fruity and sweet. Hops are slightly spicy and fairly mild. A nice flavorful Kolsch. Light and refreshing. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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Photo of BeerManDan
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bottle says, "Colgne-style very pale beer. Dry and lightly-hopped, a refined and delicate drink". It was light golden in color with hardly any foam. Lightly hopped with a hint of bitterness. A very smooth and pleasant tasting pale ale. This is also knowned as "Harbor Lights".

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Wild River restaurant in Grants Pass, OR.

Pours a very pale yellow colour, with very little head. What's there is white, fine, bubbly and inconsistent. Lace forms in tiny vertical streaks. Fine bubbles of carbonation. It's OK, no better than that.

Nose is very light. Mild, with some lightly sweet grains, and a clean carbonation cutting through it slightly. It's light and clean, but quite dull.

Taste is sharper (in fact, my notes read "pointy"), with slightly biting German phenolics on the back. The brunt of it is a mild husky grain character, but mostly, it's just light and inoffensive. Feel is crisp, with some effervescence on the tongue.

It's not going to surprise you, but it's solid. Dull, unquestionably dull, but solid. On a hot day in Grants Pass, it went down nicely.

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light, dry, clean, refreshing, and infused with lively carbonation, this ghostly pale yellow brew is an enjoyable summer crossover beer. It scores well for good head retention and its clean, dry refreshment value. Good thing I gave this one a second chance as my first try was lifeless and indistinct. Winner of the 1997 GABF Gold Medal for a kölsch-style ale.

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Wild River Harbor Lights Kolsch from Wild River Brewery & Pizza Company
Beer rating: 3.56 out of 5 with 9 ratings
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