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Cambridge House Copper Hill Kölsch | The Cambridge House Brewpub

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Brewed by:
The Cambridge House Brewpub
Connecticut, United States

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Smooth, easy drinking with subtle noble hop character.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-30-2005

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Ratings: 30 |  Reviews: 21
Photo of s35keith
2.75/5  rDev -32.8%

Photo of 311bulldog
3.38/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of lemonlime311
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of frosted33
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of jfcaa193
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of agreenman19
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got a growler of this a little while ago and just decided to review it here.

First off, Kolsch's aren't one of my favorite brews but this is by far the best one I've had, although I haven't tried too many. Pours a light golden color with a high amount of carbonation. This is a super drinkable beer nice on a hot day because of its light body. Taste is refreshing but almost non existent. Better than average but I wouldn't pick this beer first thing.

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Photo of BigGold
3.86/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First had at The Cambridge House Brew Pub, on draft into pint tumbler. Based on memories from Köln, this is a rather authentic Kölsch, from color and head, to aroma and flavor.

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Photo of NEhophead
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A thin white head by the time it was placed on the table, followed by some condensed lace. A slightly hazy, crisp golden in color with noticeable carbonation.

Light and semi-tart citrus aromatics; lemon, orange. A faint hint of wheat, grain, and oats.

Citrus flavors that provide a nice tartness to this mild ale, but do not go any further. This is followed by a moderately wheat driven flavor with some mustiness. Very crisp with a slightly dry finish. The wheat and grain flavors are much more delicate than most 'average' versions of the style, where these components can come off as coarse and adjunctory. An aftertaste of lemon and earth tones.

Light bodied; grainy yet smooth. Crisp and clean on the palate.

A light ale with enough flavor to warrant another taste, especially on a hot and humid summer day.

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Photo of Boto
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught @ the Brewpub: This one pours a hazy, golden color. There was a decent amount of a white head on it, with a bit of lacing. There is a bit of lemon to the nose. There is also faint hints of spiciness and grainy. The body is a little lighter, with a hint of lemon. No real bitterness at all. A very refreshing beer. Nice for an afternoon on the deck!

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Photo of Homebrew35
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brew pub. Served in a pint glass. Came with a half finger or white head, pale and slightly hazy body. A thin cap of head remains for a bit. Smells faintly of grainy malts, maybe some earthy hops but thats about it. Tastes malty sweet, touch of earthy hops, some bready yeast. Medium/thin bodied, light carbonation. Just about quafable, very pleasant on the palate. Overall a good beer that I would get again.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am assuming this is the beer I had at Cambridge House, but I did not jot 'Copper Hill' for the name and the abv on the menu listed 4.8% as the abv...on to my review anyway

Served chilled in a standard pint

A - A mildly hazed golden color w/ very small white head. Lace sticks in a film w/ a bead that is tiny

S - The aroma has a slight sulfuric yeast quality w/ subtle fruit esters and mildly grainy malt scent

M - The feel is lightly spiced w/ moderate carbonation and dry, no more like semi -sweet finish. The maltiness and yeast texture is well balanced w/ light hopping and mild bitterness

T - This is a tasty beer, w/ gentle grainy and mildly spiced flavor - the maltiness is balanced by a white grape-like hint and yeastiness has a gentle tannic edge w/ a mellow herbal hop note. The subtle toasted grain effect on the flavor is lightly sweet which makes it seem fuller in body than it tastes

D - I like it, it drinks well. I think this is pretty good representation of the style- I could handle a session of these @ 4.8% and the spritziness cut the fat of the cheesesteak I paired with it well

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Photo of ffejherb
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Cambridge House on 3/2/10.

A - Pale golden with a slight haze and hint of orange coloration with a slim white cap on top that reduced to a patchy veil and thin net of lace around the edges.

S - Really clean nose with honey sweetness, light citrus hops, grassy notes and a subtle biscuity malt character. There is also a hint of lemon zest and toasted grains in the background.

T - Copper Hill is a citrus-forward Kolsch with grainy malt accents and a biscuity character. Hints of grassy hops mingle with a honey sweetness, then finishes bittersweet with a light hop bite.

M - Light bodied, crisp and sweet with moderate carbonation and a slight oily texture. Finishes with subtle hop bitterness on the palate.

D - I found this to be a good enough Kolsch that hit the spot on this particular night. Crisp, smooth and easy drinkin'... what more could you ask of this style?

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Photo of Tiernan
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of connecticutpoet
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer had a low head over a clear, pale yellow body. Looked a little light for a kölsch, but very nice.

Aroma was light and lemony. Very very nice.

Flavor was of light malts, with a hint of acidic bitterness. A perfect thirst quencher.

Mouthfeel was light and refreshing... this one was really good.

Drinkability was excellent. I could easily have had several pints. A great session beer, and easy to see why this one was a gold medal winner. There are many wonderful menu items that this would compliment perfectly.

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Photo of Hagbard
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in a pint glass, it is a fairly hazy straw yellow color with absolutely no head...it probably disappeared on the way to my table. The aroma is very subdued, soft florally hops and maybe a little lemon/lemon rind. As the GABF Gold proves, this is fantastic tasting beer. A strong malty base supports a multitude of flavors. Chief among these being a beautiful noble hop element, florally, lemon zest, a little bit grassy and toasty. A small amount of bitterness enters at the end. A fantastic food beer, it goes with just about anything. Extremely quenching, it goes down very easily. Another bonus is it makes a good choice to suggest to people who really aren't into beer. The tastes are not over the top and there are no "weird" tastes that would turn someone off. This is probably my second favorite beer here, behind the hefe, which unfortunately is not on anymore.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a pint of this on my visit. The beer is served chilled in a pint glass. The beer is a slightly hazy gold color with a thin bleached white edge layer of head. Maybe it needs a little longer to brighten/clear? Aroma is lite with some grainy notes and a bit of spicy hops and a bit of lemon. First sip reveals a lite refreshing body with fine crisp tingly carbonation. Flavor is a bit grainy up front, rolls to a faint sweet hit in the middle and finishes with some bitey citrus hops. A bit dry on the finish also which entices me to take another sip. The beer would be very nice on a hot summer day. Another nice brew.

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

Photo of MarineHokie
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pale bright yellow, slightly cloudy. Thin white head leaves thin lacing.

S- Fresh grainy scent, faint hop aromas.

T- Fresh grains up front, hint of lemon. Smooth finish with just a touch of noble hop bitterness.

M- Light body, with good smooth mouthfeel.

D- Immensely drinkable. Had two wanted to take a growler home for later. I've been to Köln, this is the closest I've had in the US.

Not sure why but the sample I had at the NEBF (one of the first few beers that day) was even better than this...

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Photo of Koolbreeze2
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance-Very light yellow and somewhat cloudy. Not a filtered beer. I like the looks of it.

Smell-Some hops. Nothing overpowering.

Taste-Very refreshing beer. Nice finish. Nice blend of hops and yeast (I think).

Drinkability-Yup. Great with food or on a hot summer day. Really liked it. I look forward to another. It looks different at first but a quick taste and all is well in Beerland. Keep up the good work. I'll be back.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I would love a growler of this after mowing the lawn or getting back from a long bike ride. Crisp, juicy and refreshing. Poured a yellow snow in color. At first there was some lsightly sweet hops followed by a slight hop tang. Really juicy--almost grape-like. Nose was sweet and a little hoppy. Nice crispish finish that held up even as the beer warmed from sitting on the bar as I nursed my way through it. Fairly light body. Solid and true to the style--nothing crazy and out of hand going on in my pint glass.

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Photo of Jimct
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bigone4
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A few nice pints served up after work from an afternoon trip to the Cambridge Brew House during my lunch break. I wish I had had the time to enjoy a pint with my lunch. Well this one holds true to all the medals it holds. It pours a nice hazy yellowish tint with a great frothy clean white head. Very impressive looking for such a light styled brew. This one has potential and will pave the way to win over many stubborn Bud drinkers. This beer smells of a light pale malt mixed with a rather dough like yeast smell. Subtle fruit hints maybe some light citrus tones cascade to the front line. The smells are constantly changing in the nose and carry a great anticipation to the taste. Many variations of a light hop mix with the slight doughy yeast essence. This beer has a great taste and an unbelievable smooth flavor that flows effortlessly over the tongue. Extremely smooth flavor with nice mild pale malt tones. Subtle light hop after taste. Once you taste it you know this is a very drinkable and enjoyable beer. The well rounded flavors of this brew make for a great compliment to any meal or occasion. Well recommended!

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Photo of DNICE555
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a 16oz pint glass

If this beer were a chick... She'd be a 9 out of 10... very good lookin.

Smells like yeast and noble hops. I also detect some citrus.

"This is a tasty beverage" (Samuel L Jackson from Pulp Fiction) Lots of nice hops,yeast, and citrusy high notes.

Light mouthfeel - very smooth and refreshing.

Very nice session beer. Light without being bland.

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Photo of poppercherry
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is golden yellow in color. Nice lacing around the glass. The first sip of his beer was a nice suprise. Initially a strong citrus taste followed by a subtle hop finish. Light carbonation and a very smooth drinkable beer. This is a beer I could drink all night long.

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Cambridge House Copper Hill Kölsch from The Cambridge House Brewpub
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