Kirby's Kolsch
Muskoka Brewery

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3.62 | pDev: 11.05%
Muskoka Brewery
Ontario, Canada
Kirby's KolschKirby's Kolsch
Notes: We made this easy-drinking kölsch in honour of our late friend Kirk Evans. He loved life, and where he was, the laughs were there too. Kirby’s Kölsch is a crisp session beer with a hint of peach, best enjoyed with friends. Cheers to Kirby!

Crisp malt character blends with hints of fruit notes from the fresh peach juice. Lively carbonation with a clean and crisp finish

IBU: 25
Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 54 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Easton70 from Canada (ON)

3.1/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A standard Kölsch. It’s good, it does the job to help me relax as I make the dinner on a cold Sunday evening in January but it’s not great. The Kölsch I used to drink in Vancouver at Cactus Club was great: or was that the ambiance? Who knows. This is worth a try though

Jan 22, 2018
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I bought a single from the NBCO store located near my hotel in Oakville, ON. It poured a clear golden with white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent is non-descript. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink. Nice slight biscuit base. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall its a solid beer.

Jun 07, 2017
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swim from Canada (ON)

3.17/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Translucent pale straw yellow colour. Bubbly and a considerable amount of off white foamy head that eventually receded slightly but lingered.

S: Faint in smell but quite pleasant. A herbal slightly leafy spicy funky yeast and alcohol aroma with hints of resiny pine.

T: Fruity with some apricot and peach flavors. Spicy and leafy hops. Some sweet and toasty toffee malt towards the end. Almost not at all bitter. A faint but lightly lingering aftertaste.

F: Despite the head and bubbles this beer is nearly flat. Very smooth and just a little coating.

O: Not the most refreshing or crisp in terms of taste or feel. Sort of seems watered down. Drinkable but I think there are going to be better tasting and just as drinkable beers out there.

May 15, 2017
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flaskman from New York

4.04/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased 3 cases from my favorite ghetto grocery store at 2.99 a six and 5 days out of date. I was afraid of it due to the peach but as I was staring at the pile of cases 2 dudes pulled up and filled their carts. They said if you like a Kolsch buy it. I grabbed a 4 pack, cracked one open in the parking lot and went back in an bought 3 cases. Now I am not a "tootie fruity" beer guy but if you didn't tell me it was peach I would not had picked it out. I found it true to form. It has that sweet German beer taste up front - but not too much - and a bitter finish - but not too bitter. It was very tasty for a 4.6 ABV beer. Poured an attractive golden color with ample head. I enjoyed it very very much.

Jan 29, 2017
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Muskoka Brewery "Kirby's Kolsch"
11.5 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "ENJOY BEFORE 08 FEB 2017" and sampled on 17 JAN 2017
$1.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Although it's unfiltered Kirby's Kolsch pours a fairly clear golden body beneath a frothy head of bright white. The head retention is good, and it leaves small spots and splashes of lace as it goes.

The aroma is clean and bright, expressing golden, grainy malt and grassy and spicy hops with just a little bit of peach that appears more like apricot.

It's medium-light in body, and delicately crisp and then smooth across the palate with a fine-bubbled median carbonation.

The peach is fuller in the flavor, and like peach, not apricot, although if you didn't know it was in there to begin with you might not notice it, or would perhaps imagine that it was fruitiness from the yeast. That's a good thing because it doesn't distract from what is a really nicely done, well-balanced Kölsch-style beer. On the other hand, maybe that's bad because they may have wasted their money in adding the peach juice. Or not, the peach does show in the finish and that's fairly nice and pretty unique.

Overall it's far more like a Kölsch than a fruit beer, and nicely done at that. Drinkability is the goal of a Kölsch, and they've nailed it on that point. Worth trying.

Jan 17, 2017
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fscottkey from New York

3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: [3.75] The bottle has a best by date (01/27/2017) it also lists the ABV (4.6%). Really transparent yellow colored beer. It forms a tiny 1/4 finger of head. The head is white and has ok retention given how small it is.

S: [3.50] A little skunky kick - that is the main odor. A little white grape skins and crackers underneath.

T: [3.75] Nothing skunky in the flavor. Lemon grass, white grape skins, corn, crackers.

M: [3.50] Crisp and a decent body for 4.6%.

O: [3.50] The skunky odor went away quickly and didn't detract too badly from the beer. The beer has a really nice scent and flavor of white grapes. It is an interesting departure from what I am used to and I like it. Overall this is a decent beer and I'd drink it again.

Nov 15, 2016
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CAMRAhardliner from Canada (ON)

4.17/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours straw gold with vigorous streams of carbonation. The big frothy cap lasts the whole glass and coats it with chunks and ridges of lace. Wet grains, bread dough and rye spiciness in the aroma. The taste leads off with clean, bready pale malts followed by herbal, sea air hops. Light vegetal or sulfury notes in the back, sort of like a pilsner, but pleasant, not a detraction. The mouthfeel is light bodied with a full, active carbonation. Medium to light bitterness and some grainy, cracker maltiness in the finish.

This is an excellent Kolsch. Great depth of malt character and a perfect hop accompaniment. Try it, it's straightforward but excellently executed.

Oct 21, 2016
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PorterPro125 from Canada (NB)

3.94/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type: 473 mL Can

A- Pale, hazy golden pour topped by a 2 finger foamy white head with great retention. Lots of lacing.

S- Malted barley, slight lemon, slight peach, and earthy hops.

T- Identical to the aroma, perhaps with the peach coming through a bit more.

M- Medium Light Body and moderate carbonation. Definitely a good fit for the style.

O- I was quite happy when I came across this brew as Muskoka is one of my favourite Canadian Craft breweries and I've really been digging Kolsch lately. I'm happy to report that this beer is well done and indeed true to the style. No surprises here, just good solid Kolsch flavours.

Oct 01, 2016
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Nevena from Canada (ON)

3.17/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Kolsh - Ah yes, the ale that wants to be a lager is what they used to say in Germany :-)

Poured from 473 ml can
A: light golden colour with nice white head and a decent retention; fine lacing
A: malted cereal, a hit of earthy notes, nothing much...
T: mild impact - and what you don't get on the nose, you can taste it - stone fruits, peach apricot, but also a bit of dried seasonings; it has earthy notes as well...
When it comes to body, i would go with medium (-). You can definitely feel the weight, and if you just give it a few seconds, it will get just a little bit oily.
Pair with Spanish cheese& fresh Basil & olive oil
Overall I am very glad to see Canadian breweries making Kolsch - it is very drinkable and no surprises style of beer.

Sep 17, 2016
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Lewnanny from Canada (NB)

3.54/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The hop taste is.just enough and not too much for my appreciation. very good and I can.said that I start to appreciate the hop taste.of some beer.

The smell have a nice.touch of peach.

Sep 04, 2016
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TheHammer from Canada (ON)

1.9/5  rDev -47.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.75

Appearance: Poured with a single finger of head that did produce some lacing but didn't really stick around. The body doesn't look paticulairly healthy as extremely low carbonation, a more yellow then gold color and plenty of floating particulate is to be found.

Smell: Practically nothing going on here, some faint pepper and muddy hop notes. That's it, nothing really to see or report here, even after warming.

Taste: Starts with some sweeter malt that is already combating a murky wave of peppery mud as excessively earthy hops and even overpower the peppery note.

Mouthfeel: This beer is pretty much the polar opposite of crisp, the carbonation only appears when you first sip the beer, the muddy taste lingers and builds upon itself in the aftertaste, the flavours feel like they are combating a muddy tide and you are even left with a slight dry note that makes you feel parched. The only positives I can find are at least there was some head and it doesn't taste aggressively harmful.

Drinkability: On the heavier end of medium body, which isn't a great place to be for this style, it's not exactly refreshing because the dry note and while it is sedate after drinking, that's only because of the lacking carbonation.

Final Thoughts: I didn't think I'd see the day when I drank a Muskoka brew that I hated, but I suppose I felt the same way about Wellington Silver Wheat. It's almost like Muskoka made one of those "Older style" muddy tasting beers and added pepper to it. Anyways, this got drain poured at the half way mark, so stay away from it.

Aug 20, 2016
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weswideman from Canada (ON)

3.51/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

l- hazy yellow, to style
s- nice biscuit
t- bitter side of the style
f- small bubbles
o- refreshing, but still a good amount of character
not as clean as i like

Jul 15, 2016
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taxandbeerguy from Canada (ON)

3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

473 ml can served cold into an MGD glass. Purchased from the LCBO for around $3 CDN.

Appearance - Pours a mostly clear, but slightly hazy golden straw colored beer, with modest carbonation and an impressive finger or so of brilliant white head. Quite a bit of spotty lacing left behind and the head retention is pretty good.

Smell - Rather grainy with a bit of an earthy funk. The faintest hint of peach mixed in although a vinous grape-like aroma is also lacking. Peach shows up a little more as it warms.

Taste - Clean and easy to drink. Starts plenty of grainy, a healthy bitterness, and just some subtle peach and fruity notions. Grape is more present on the back end. Earthy bitterness makes this drink like a top notch pilsner. Just a bit of mineral flavor at the end.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, light bodied, refreshing, carbonation is just right and even a drying finish.

Overall - Kirby's Kolsch is a beer, that while it doesn't quite strike all the right chords for me personally, there's is almost a visceral "You can taste the quality" notion about this beer that brings everything together in a way that is hard to explain. A fine beer that is worth a try, especially given Muskoka's good track record in all of the brewing endeavors.

Jul 08, 2016
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TerryW from Canada (ON)

3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm not generally a fan of the style, but this one works some for me. Not so sweet, not so doughy, not so chewy. Reasonably well balanced malt and hoppiness. A little fruity on the nose. Slightly bitter citrus finish. Drinks well enough and would probably be suitable as a transition beer if you're trying to wean somebody off of macro crap.

Pale hazy yellow under a moderate head that settles to a ring. Some nice spotty lace. Looks good enough.

Jun 21, 2016
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timmy2b from New York

3.02/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On draft. Poured almost a clear golden color with minimal head which did not linger. Very mild taste which was light in the mouthfeel and easy to sip. Slight bitterness, but not a lot going on here.

Jun 16, 2016
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Duke’s Refresher. Just another premium lager. Good malting though that’s similar to their cream ale. Lots of lace. Good summery offering.cheese in aroma.

Jun 16, 2016
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thehyperduck from Canada (ON)

3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

473 mL can included in Muskoka's most recent Survival Sampler pack; best before Aug 23 2016 and served well-chilled. Last year it was session IPAs, but it looks like this is the Summer of the Kölsch in Ontario.

Pours a foggy golden colour with a bit of an orange tinge to it, causing an inch of loose, soapy white head to rise up from the surface. Retention is average; it has mostly evaporated by the 2 minute mark, leaving behind a thin collar and a couple of patches of lace. Very subtle aroma, with notes of grassy hops, grainy, gritty malts and slight hints of peach and orange citrus. Unremarkable up to this point.

A decent refresher, though not terribly interesting - the peach is more of an afterthought, but I suppose this isn't really supposed to be a fruit beer. More gritty, cereal grain pale malt sweetness, with hints of biscuit and apricot before the profile takes a different turn. Grassy hay, floral hops and earthy bitterness characterize the latter half of the sip, which results in a drying aftertaste. Light in body, with crisp carbonation and a prickly mouthfeel appropriate for this sort of light, refreshing pale lager-esque beer. Drinkability is this one's main strength, and it's got that in spades.

Final Grade: 3.74, a B. Kirby's Kölsch is a respectable attempt at this increasingly-popular style, but I'm not sure it manages to beat out most of the competition. For instance, I might pick this over Lug Tread in the future, but that's mostly because this kölsch comes in a more affordable format - the difference in terms of quality is not exactly stark. The peach doesn't really add a whole lot, either. I like this better than their Craft Lager and probably the Cream Ale, too, but it's still not something I'm likely to buy on the regular.

May 18, 2016
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Borbly from Canada ()

3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a barely hazy, light orange body with a nice bit of soapy, well-retained head at the top. The aroma has lots of citrus notes, as well as peach and apricot hops, and only a faint sweetness over a rich malt backbone. The taste brings up a fair bit of citrus from the hops with just faint bitterness and floral at the back. The malt is quite strong in its biscuity nature, similar to other Muskoka ales. The feel is altogether alright, though the high carbonation clashes a bit with the delicate floral notes that remain on the palette. Overall the beer is alright, and something I'd consider drinking again. Cheers, Kirby.

May 16, 2016
Kirby's Kolsch from Muskoka Brewery
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 54 ratings