Kid Kölsch
New Glarus Brewing Company

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Ranked #9
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4.07 | pDev: 5.65%
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
Very Good
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Notes: You hold an enlightened throwback ale brewed in the Kölsch tradition of yesteryear. Beautiful floral Spalt Hops were chosen in the field by Brewmaster Dan Carey. Crisp bitterness dries quickly into a clean finish. Double decoction mashing of specifically blended German and Czech barley and wheat malts naturally create a golden bready center. Old world open top fermentation imparts lilting fruit notes to softly round out this 100% naturally carbonated live ale with a friendly bounce. Prost!
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TedHead from Illinois

4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent darker gold with a white head that refeeds to a fingernails thickness after about two minutes. There are also a few columns of bubbles rising throughout the glass. Smells like thicker bready malts with hints of floral hop bitterness. The taste is a slightly thicker bready taste followed by a great complimentary hop bitterness. It's slightly more carbonated than other beers but it goes down incredibly easy and it's very refreshing. Overall and awesome smashable beer.

Oct 22, 2020
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cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours yellow orange with a small white head. Smells of wheat and other fruit, slight banana. Tastes of sweet wheat grain, some fruit. Beer is light bodied and easy drinking, good carbonation. Overall, a very good beer.

Oct 03, 2020
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Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 12oz bottle into a Nee Glarus pilsner glass. pours a bright gold with a little more than three fingers of firm white foam head. aromas of buttery popcorn, white bread, light grass and lemon. taste is similar with a doughy, bready finish. a fairly full and effervescent mouthfeel round out an easy drinking but flavorful kölsch. delicious!

Sep 06, 2020
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle reads 'K090'

Pours an effervescent, clear lemon gold body topped with a finger and a half of frothy, off-white foam; decent head retention yields a vague curtain of cap, a small yet frothy collar, and a spattering of defined, webby lacing around the glass.

Aroma opens with a myriad zesty citrus meeting musty grass and even suggestions of spent white grape for a truly unique start; honeyed grain bursts over the middle, subtly evening to snappy cracker and a touch of lemon adding to the close.

Taste brings out grassy hops and tangerine peel upfront into light tones of lemon evenly dispersed across the mid-palate; toasted biscuit takes a more prominent role into an increasingly bready, robust back end, highlighting a crisp, malty character.

Mouthfeel shows a light body with full, rounded, and spritzy carbonation; thinning in a wafery sort of texture over the mid-palate, though remaining prominently spritzy on the back end before a lemony snap peaks into a clean swallow.

A light yet full-flavored kölsch, this beer emphasizes a rounded robustness throughout without faltering in any sense of simplicity; an impressive take on the style, both casual in structure and layered in easygoing detail.

Aug 15, 2020
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Decently active crystal clear golden pour with three fingers of pearl white foam and lacing. Biscuit malts, slight lemon and apple, grains and honey in the nose. Taste follows, adding a touch of earth to balance, biscuit has more breadiness to it, almost like a popover now. Crisp, clean, higher carbonation aids this, a well balanced crushable kolsch. Well worth your time, perfect for the lake in summer

Aug 09, 2020
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Beginner2 from Illinois

4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Leave it to New Glarus to know how to innovate a provincial style, particularly if it's in the German tradition. Having had more uniques from NG than any brewer (and possibly more repeats), I'm glad finally to have gotten a copy of Kid Kolsch.

The Kid Looks good, a classic golden with a healthy head... good clarity for a top fermenter. Smells are mostly about bread, but there are some vine fruit (grapes) and hops as the aromas fill out. Tastes also are balanced; every ingredient playing its role nicely next to the other. In the mouth, bubbly and wonderfully refreshing.

From a NG sampler gotten on a beer run to very southern Wisconsin (Woodman's in Kenosha), I'm glad the sampler has a second copy because I next get to taste it in my stange.

8/3/20 Good. I had the 2nd copy in a stange. And the change to a stange glass actually does highlight the malt and hop nuances that New Glarus seems to intend; but the hop aromatics seem more concentrated. Since I am satisfied enough with this review's edit and while NG is still my #1 now with 61 uniques, these Kids are now counted over at UnTappd.

Jul 18, 2020
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HopHippie from Wisconsin

4.62/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Bright yellow with a nice big white head, cloudy.
S: Light but refreshing scent of hops, grain and fresh bread.
T: Very pleasant non bitter hops with an amazing sweet grainy flavor, super refreshing while being flavorful.
F: Light body, very refreshing, carbonation is kind of high, not very dry.
O: Not very familiar with the beer style but this was insanely refreshing while being packed with good flavors.

Jun 22, 2020
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a really wonderful kolsch, although kind of obviously a new glarus beer if you are familiar with their stuff at all. not a knock on it, i love that, but its yeasty in their own way, very much not from germany or anything, even as sort of old worldy as this tastes. its an easy drinker but with a ton of character, way more going on than in the conventional kolsch, their yeast really shines here, its doughy and raw and rustic, even almost a little funky without being wild, like unpasteurized milk or something, which i have noticed in other lighter beers from these guys in the past. this is exactly what i want in the style, even if its weird, an appreciable yeast profile, a light, european, crackery dry cereal malt base, and some soft bittering hops with a hint of something different, here its light citrus and lemongrass from them, even chamomile and clover. sudsy and frothy in feel but so light in body, drinkable as can be, snappy dry and lagered feeling, effervescent in carbonation, and fresh to me through and through. i love light beer with this much character, and for all the new glarus beer that only seems special because its hard to track down, this one actually tastes special. i could drink fifty of these, no kidding. i loved it! the fermentation profile is so unique yet still fitting for the style!

Nov 07, 2019
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kevanb from Illinois

4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, undated, poured into a 16oz tumbler glass.

The beer pours a bright golden color, a touch of cloudiness with a foamy white head that has great retention and yields some spotted lacing. The aroma is very pleasant, cereal grains, grassy noble hops and mineral water, simple but bright and inviting. The flavors are great, biscuit and cracker malt, pale and light with a soft earthy kiss of hops, grassy and herbal with a touch of floral bouquet and a lingering mineral water. The mouthfeel is great, coating and crisp, lighter body that is super quaffable and finishes with a lingering dryness.

Verdict: An excellent Kölsch from New Glarus. Bright, balanced, crisp and refreshing that makes for a super refreshing beer.

Oct 20, 2019
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Jason from Massachusetts

4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz brown bottle, media sample from the brewery.

Nearly crystal clear with quite the white head on top. Bready nose with a faint grape-skin aroma, hops and more maltiness fill the nostrils with each sniff. Dry maltiness lays down a delicious foundation, hop flavor and bitterness is very balancing with an herbal and peppery tone. Its breweries like New Glarus that help show the way when it comes to classic styles, by far one of the best US brewed versions.

Sep 23, 2019
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FBarber from Illinois

4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very light straw color. Completely clear and somewhat effervescent, albeit more so early on as the effervescence dies down. Thick three finger white head dissipates leaving a thin spotty layer of foam on top of the beer.

Aroma has nice airy notes of grains, somewhat sweet on the nose, with some light floral notes.

Taste follows the nose with light grainy notes, hints of golden baked bread, floral hops on the back end, with a slight bitterness that builds as the beer is consumed providing a pleasant slight bite. Not sweet in spite of a hint in that vein on the nose. crips dry finish.

Feel is light, crisp and super refreshing. semi-dry finish.

This is both a very nice kolsch as well as a supremely refreshing and drinkable beer. I hope NG ensures that this one does not go on as long of a hiatus as it has in the past.

Sep 13, 2019
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wheatyweiss from Wisconsin

4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip.

Pours a murky pale straw. Thick head recedes to a thick cap and spots nicely.

Aroma is fruity yeast with a substantial malt backing. Ghost of a hop presence on the nose.

Flavor is vinous and fruity. Hint of noble hop presence. Malt comes in the middle and then the beer dries down to a chardonnay, grape and apple, slight citrus. Finishes dry and quenchingly sour.

Mouthfeel is crisp and light with lively carbonation.

This is a Kolsch with some of the best I've had phenomenal!

Sep 02, 2019
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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Tasted in a Gaffel kolsch glass from a 12 fl oz bottle on August 17, 2019. Crisp bitterness dries quickly into a clean finish. Double decoction mashing of specifically blended German and Czech barley and wheat malts naturally create a golden bready center. Old world open top fermentation imparts fruit notes.

Aug 29, 2019
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steveh from Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Remembered this was supposed to be out as I was perusing the beer section of legendary Kenosha deli, Tenuta's. Sure enough, bountiful sixers were waiting.

Poured into my tall Becher ('cause I still don't have a Stange).

L -- Hazy pale yellow with a very dense, long-lasting white head.

S -- Light lemon to pear citrus with doughy malts and sulfur character (something I've heard is prominent in very fresh Kölsch), along with the "fresh" rendition of DMS.

T -- Same citrus notes up front with spicy hop flavor and light breadiness. The finish is hop bitterness without overwhelming the full flavor of the malts and light citrus. Aftertaste is more of the spicy and bitter hops with doughy malts in balance.

F -- Mouthfeel is very soft with a medium-light body. Lightly crisp to dry finish.

O -- A very nice rendition of the style -- double decocted and fermented openly, no less. Having never tasted Kölsch at the source, I have to wonder how close this is to the real thing; carries a good breadiness and that subtle touch of fruitiness that are notable hallmarks of the style.

Aug 13, 2019
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, New Glarus glass. Cloudy golden body, one and half finger white head. Has a bit of a lemon yellow quality to it. Fair bit of retention. Not much lacing. As far as kolsch body goes, it's fairly light colored and really looks more like a kellerbier. Smell is mild aromatic esters, crisp mineral, light biscuit, baked grain. Mild lemon and herbal hoppy bite. Flavour follows- so clean, full of flavor and delicious. It has a bit more of a substantial body to it, mild lemon zesty dryness, less of the herbal bite that the nose suggests. Overall, a crusher of a beer that needs to come around as often as possible in the summertime.

Jul 28, 2019
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GoBearsWalter34 from Illinois

4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, gold with a big, white, fluffy head. The head really sticks around for a while.
A big, sweet, grainy and yeasty smell. Lots of lemongrass and German hop smell.
Sweet tasting kolsch. Quite refreshing. Sweet grain and malt bill. Sweet fruit. Nice German hops.

Jul 27, 2019
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Bshaw22 from Wisconsin

3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours clear yellow golden with big white head. Almost merengue like.
Smell is very muted - sweet grass.
Flavor is crushable. Sweet up front with a slight bit of malt. Maybe a touch of lemon. Finishes smooth. Carbonation level is high. Easy to drink
Super true to style. Good beer, but not the best Kolsch I've every had.

Jul 23, 2019
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GoofyBoots from Wisconsin

4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very solid American made Kolsch. Crisp and clean body with nice natural carbonation and medium mouth feel. Nice bready and biscuity malt flavor is dominant with some German hops coming through on top. Very refreshing and drinkable. Not sure of the abv (not listed online or the bottle) but I would guess around 5.5%.

Jul 20, 2019
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