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Portsmouth KölschPortsmouth Kölsch

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Portsmouth Brewery
New Hampshire, United States

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This light-bodied, golden German style ale features a light hop profile. Brewed with an authentic yeast from Köln, it is quite drinkable.

Added by lordofthewiens on 07-21-2007

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Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 31
Photo of Bendurgin
2.79/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. This one pours a hazy golden color with a cap of white head that settles quickly.

Candied sugar in the aroma. Kind of has a bubblegum aroma to it with some aspertain. Reminds me of the sticks of gum that used to come in packs of baseball cards. Better on the pallet. It has a little bit of a cardboard flavor but overall a nice grainy flavor with a touch of sweetness. A slight finish of metallic hops.

The body is light and the carbonation is a bit low. Nothing great here but nothing special either. Not one of Portsmouths better offerings in my humble opinion.

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Photo of JAXSON
3.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a bottle, pours clear gold with a small head. Nose is grain, peach, lightly sweet, interesting kind of grainy mash thing. Mouth is at first a fairly sharp contrast of fresh cracked grains, light bittering hops, and a lightly sweet, peachy component. A bit heavy on the sugars here, at some points it reminds me of a malt liquor. Interesting, pretty vibrant flavor, but I wanted this to be drier and more grainy. The peach sugars remind me of those in some of the lighter Portsmouth beers, though I've only had a few.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a shaker pint glass.

Out of the bottle a nice creamy just right white one finger head. Body is a cloudy dull yellow gold though, quite cloudy.

Bouquet on this is muted and small. Nice sweet airy grain, smells a little wine like, but not bready at all.

Taste is juicy in texture, with a mild soft bread. Chewy dense feel more impressive than what is on the palate, swallow brings a good tolerable bitter hop presence.

Overall this is alright not too bad here pretty good. It's one of the few that seemed to hit the vinous quality like taste that I have had.

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Photo of dbossman
3.67/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Light golden hue with a frothy white head that dissipates; almost no lacing or bubbles

S: Lots of grassy, hay-like aromas with lemon citrus hops dancing not far behind; in the end the grains win out

T: Grassy and lemony hops go back in forth and then the grainy--almost herbal--backbone takes over; so subtle and yet crisp and refreshing

F: A crisp, light bodied Kolsch; I just wish it had a bit more body so it could stick to the mouth and not finish so thin

O: A decent little Kolsch that is extremely refreshing

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Photo of stakem
3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A bomber picked up at the brewery and poured into a snifter. This brew appears a clear light golden yellow color with a frothy white cap that dissolves in a short amount of time. A swirl revives a finger of fluff and spotty lace sticks to the glass.

The smell of this brew is quite grassy with citrus hop notes, a tinge of sweet grain character also mixes with some sulfur scents. There is a fruity alcohol inclusion present through the back of the nose.

The taste is grassy with hops that brings forth flavors of lemon and rind-like characteristics. A little bit of an herbal note contrasts the grainy sweetness. As the nose suggests, there is a fruity amount of alcohol that is noticed and warming through the back of the throat. It is suspiciously evident for a listed 4.5% abv.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation that is easy drinking. Overall it lacks the clean crisp finish you would look for in the style. It is more bold than expected almost like an imperialized version if there was such a thing. However, it was well rounded and I had non issue throwing back a glass of this.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle into a couple of pint glasses.

Pours a clear gold, with a finger of foamy bright-white head. This sticks around with a thin fizzy looking retention that leaves back a light frothy cascade of lacing. The aroma smells floral and spicy in the nose, with a tangy underlying blend of fruit and bread. This has some thickness in the nose.

The taste is very similar, with a notes of fruit (lemon zest is coming out fairly strong) and toasted bready malt flavors. This is mostly well balanced by bitter citrus rind, while spiciness lingers in the finish with some gritty dryness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a crisp and lively feel to the carbonation but the overall body here has a thickness to it that seems a bit larger than a 4.5% ABV would indicate.

While certainly not the worst take on a Kölsch that I’ve ever had, this one just kept me wanting more after each sip. It just lacked the type of breezy crispness that would have really kept this approachable and much more drinkable than it was. Maybe this one didn’t translate well to the bottle. I’d be willing to check this out on draft there at the brewpub if I ever got the chance.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.05/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a golden pale color with hardly any head and not much lacing.

Smell is pretty much all sweet malt, not much of a hop presence at all which is a bit disappointing because it might have added some balance.

Taste starts out with the sweet malt body with a touch of breadiness, while the hops were not present in the nose there does appear to be some grassy bitterness on the tongue but nothing overly assertive, carbonation is light and crisp which adds a refreshing quality to it, sadly it's the best thing about this beer, finishes quite dry.

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Photo of sisuspeed
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up a few weeks ago from the brewery.

Poured into a Portsmouth tulip glass. Clear, pale-yellow/orange body with a thin film of white bubbles. A few small patches of lacing here and there.

The nose has a sweet, slightly earthy, maltiness to it. Touch of citrus and very light leafy hop. Light overall, but pleasant.

Earthy, slightly hoppy, white wine notes on the tongue. Grainy, bready malts up front.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp and finishes fairly dry. Carbonation is fairly assertive. The body could probably be beefed up a little bit, but not bad.

Overall, this is a fairly tasty beer. I've only had a few beers from this style and this offering from Portsmouth seems to fall in line with those. I think this beer would pair well with most light foods and would be quite refreshing on a hot summer's day. Nothing earth shattering, but easy drinking.

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Photo of abuliarose
3.34/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter, revealing bright gold body, barely hazy, under a thin finger of white head. Decent looking. Smells slightly malty and slightly dry with a little fresh white grape juice but not much else. For what it is, the smells are good.

Tastes slightly sweet and with an obscure grape drink flavor to it. Not at all bitter or drying, really. Filling but mild malt backbone. Mouthfeel is a little thicker, almost medium-bodied, with a full-bodied carbonation that adds to it. Very drinkable but could be a little drier.

Overall it's a decent beer. Admittedly I am not a connoisseur of this style, but from what I have seen I would expect it to be a little drier and hoppier.

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Photo of jlindros
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hmm, a pretty low grade, but then again I think most Americans don't understand what a kolsch really is, so hopefully it is just misunderstood.

Pours a light fizzy 1/2 finger head that fades semi quickly, over brilliantly clear pale watery yellowish golden colored beer.

Nose has light crisp lager aromas, light wheat, a slight pilsner malt aroma, a straw aroma, very light grassy hops, some sweet malts with a light lager sweet malt aroma.

Taste is subtle and light, but actually a little heavier than most koslch style beers, comes strong with a grassy and slightly earthy spicy hop profile, some noble hops a little heavy, then some light crisp malts, wheat, straw, pilsner malts, semi sweet lager malts, somewhat crisp, very light fruit. Finishes dry with a slight bitter flavor lingering, some grassy and slight earthy noble hops, bit of lingering malts and wheat.

Mouth is lighter bodied with a crisp feel and decent carbonation.

Overall not bad, but a perfect example of the style, little too much on the noble hop profile on the flavor, little too bitter, some nice crisp lager flavors, a bit more on the pilsner malts and crisp lager flavors would help, and less on the hops. Not sure why this has a lower raiting it's actually pretty decent, definitely has it's flaws but not bad. And yes, after reading the other reviews, most of them just don't seem to understand what a kolsch is, which may be the most misunderstood style for Americans, although I get a lot of the same negatives on the beer as most of them do, so I guess it's a draw. Yes mostly the hops are a little too dominant, and even get slightly astringent. Not their best.

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Photo of MMansfield
3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased from brewery in early sept. 2008.

Appearance: Pours a very pale straw colour with a thin bubbly bone white head. Diminished to just a ring rather quickly. Leaves a bit of lace. Slight chill haze.

Aroma: Not much of a nose, a little grainy with some floral hops.

Taste: Quite estery, yeast is quite interesting. Pretty grainy, a little too much bitterness, pretty astringent.

Mouthfeel: Med-light body.

Final Statement: First experience with this style. Not the best beer from this brewery.

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Photo of Durge
3.35/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at the downtown Portsmouth Brewpub this one shows a clear golden color with a very whispy white layer and some lace. The aroma is very light cereal wheat. The flavor is rice cereal and sorghum, sort of a viscous feel. Drinkable, but not so apetizing as the other beers I had that night at the brewpub.

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Photo of mentor
3.11/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a half-finger nearly white head over a nearly clear sun-bleached-straw colored liquid. Smells clean hoppy strawberry hallertauer. Pils malt and creamed corn. Touch of actid with deep searching. Not much otherwise.

Tastes hop aromatic and hop sour flavor. Essentially no hop bitter. Finish has an ester touch. A bit phenolic and a touch metallic, of nickel. Non-flavored thickness holds sweet to the tongue in the finish as carbonation prickels the tastebuds to fight it from becomeing too sticky.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.13/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I love The Brewery, and think that they brew wonderful beers. This is just an average beer. Poured into a pint glass, it was a golden color with a small head. A grainy aroma, somewhat sweet. Sweet taste, just a little hops. I expected something a little more aggressive, and this was just too passive. An OK beer.

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Portsmouth Kölsch from Portsmouth Brewery
3.39 out of 5 based on 31 ratings.
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