Yellow Kite
Bristol Brewing Company

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Bristol Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
German Pilsner
Ranked #553
Ranked #29,518
3.21 | pDev: 20.25%
Oct 07, 2021
Jul 13, 2010
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Notes: Our summer seasonal is not your father’s pilsner. Bright gold in color, this pilsner harkens back to its true European origins with a flavor that's light and refreshing, yet absolutely memorable. Pilsen barley lends a traditional malt component, while fine Czech and German hops add a nice snap.
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Rated: 3.25 by Scott17Taylor from Iowa

Oct 07, 2021
Rated: 3.23 by dexterk1 from Illinois

Jul 03, 2019
Rated: 3 by DerwinWentworth from Utah

Sep 02, 2018
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Reviewed by Parmesan from Colorado

3.87/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
L:. Pours a very straw yellow color with a small white head and no lacing on the glass.

S: Toasted baked bread, a bit of lemon rind and floral from the hop, smells inviting.

T: Beaked bread, a bit of lemon rind and floral hop, with a slightly stronger than expected bitterness.

F:. Light body, good carbonation.

O:. It's a little more bitter than I like in my pilseners, but still a very nice beer.
Aug 19, 2018
Rated: 3.5 by COBEERHUNTER from Colorado

Aug 03, 2018
Rated: 3.69 by spoony from Colorado

Sep 07, 2017
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Reviewed by Wasatch from Colorado

4/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12 oz. Bottle

Pours a slightly cloudy yellow color, pretty nice carbonation, with a nice small thick/creamy off-white head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is slightly hoppy, with some malt notes, nice little citrus going on. The taste is hoppy, kinda malty, kinda citrusy. Medium body, with a nice little dry/bitter finish. Overall, a tasty brew.
Apr 05, 2017
Rated: 3.5 by corywalston from North Dakota

Jun 24, 2016
Rated: 2.34 by DrAnnaNemis from Illinois

Jan 25, 2016
Rated: 3.05 by WDJersey from Colorado

Jul 11, 2015
Rated: 3.75 by nathanmiller from New York

Feb 18, 2015
Rated: 2.94 by TheOldMachines from Vermont

Dec 23, 2014
Rated: 3.96 by DocLeatherneck from South Carolina

Oct 23, 2014
Rated: 2.75 by Darhawk from Utah

Sep 18, 2014
Rated: 2.5 by GRG1313 from California

Sep 14, 2014
Rated: 2.75 by BDeibs from Colorado

Sep 14, 2014
Rated: 3.26 by Mullins83 from Colorado

Aug 29, 2014
Rated: 3 by LXIXME from New Mexico

Aug 14, 2014
Rated: 3 by thereal_adam from Texas

Jul 31, 2014
Rated: 3.25 by Carl_R from Oklahoma

Jul 27, 2014
Rated: 2.75 by R_J_FearNoBeer from Colorado

Jun 04, 2014
Rated: 3.25 by maniaczak from Colorado

Jun 02, 2014
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Reviewed by 19SKHJR57 from Colorado

4.56/5  rDev +42.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A - Clear bright gold, slightly hazy, poured into a flared pilsner glass with a Bristol Brewing logo. A finger's
worth of capped white foam diminishing a little, leaving ribbons and streaks of fine lacing.

S - Slightly lemon scented. Faint background sweetness of oranges. Definitely not skunky. Wonderful aroma! Very fragrant.

T - Lemon grass bitterness followed by a slight malty sweetness makes for a well-balanced pilsner. 2022- Probably the best version of Bristol Summer Pilsner I've ever had!

M - Light to medium body, more towards medium. Moderate carbonation. Somewhat dry, but goes down really smooth.

O - The combination of well balanced hop bitterness and evening-out maltyness makes this pils an exceptionally well produced domestic lager for your summertime enjoyment, and even in to the Fall!
May 03, 2014
Rated: 3 by wroberts42 from Wisconsin

Apr 13, 2014
Rated: 3 by jtennyson99 from Ohio

Oct 28, 2013
Rated: 3 by MinorThreat from Nebraska

Oct 02, 2013
Rated: 4.5 by backslide311 from Colorado

Sep 02, 2013
Rated: 3.25 by drewfromboulder from Colorado

Jul 21, 2013
Rated: 3.25 by Gerred from Missouri

Jun 24, 2013
Rated: 3 by JamesStreet from Louisiana

May 12, 2013
Rated: 2.75 by MeisterMayhem from Colorado

Apr 15, 2013
Rated: 2 by Ispeakforthetrees from Colorado

Sep 27, 2012
Rated: 3 by chernozem from Ohio

Aug 22, 2012
Rated: 4 by envinoveri from Oregon

Jul 28, 2012
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Reviewed by Jugs_McGhee from Louisiana

2.13/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5
12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are below average given the brewery. Bottle the fourth week of April.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger head of beige colour, okay cream, okay thickness, and average retention. Colour is a predictable clear translucent yellow. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Creamed barley, straw, and clean malts. Not appealing. An average strength aroma.

T: Straw, clean barley, and water - with some indistinct clean malts thrown in for good measure. A vague urine hint. Horribly simple. Quite boring and bland. A failure within the style. No yeast or alcohol come through. Somewhat stale.

Mf: Too smooth, too wet (watery), and too thin. Adequately carbonated. Weirdly faux-coarse in the third act.

Dr: Drinkable to an extent. It's so simple and boring it's unbelievable. I wouldn't get this again, even on draught. Only slightly better than an American macro shite lager.

Jun 30, 2012
Rated: 4 by stampfler07 from Colorado

Jun 19, 2012
Rated: 2.75 by theisnj52 from Colorado

Jun 16, 2012
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.4/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
real basic german style pils. a good summer refresher, but perhaps even a bit malty for my lighter beer palate. smells like german bread malts, balanced hops at the end. flavor is the same, more malt that hops, but not unbalanced. tastes quite generic and nondescript. feel is pretty good, bright carbonation makes it go down easy, less than medium body. overall its a pretty good down easy summer beer, but definitely not my favorite. best enjoyed ice ice cold. i thought bristol would have put something a little more spirited out for summer, but this isnt it. maybe in bombers?
May 10, 2012
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Reviewed by MsRif from Pennsylvania

2.03/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
Had on-tap at their brewery. Poured a very pale yellow with a light head that fizzled away. No lacing. Smelled of grains and malts. Tasted grainy...slight hop flavor but overall, watery.

LIGHT bodied...I'm glad I only got a sample. Basically flavorless to the point that it was like drinking water. Bland. Not recommended.
Oct 30, 2011
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Reviewed by GarrettB from Colorado

1.49/5  rDev -53.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5
Garret Oliver’s tome on beer and beer pairings has enlightened me. That touch of sulfur, that wisp of eggy stench is actually an appropriate addition to a good pilsner. I can see that. One of my family’’s favorite recreation spots growing up as a nearby town featuring natural hot springs, including one that smelled like a vat of long forgotten Easter eggs. I became inured to the smell, and became fond it, a sort of bizzaro Madeline of road trips long past. Consequently I don’t shy away from sulfur when it rears its jaundiced head. It’s a tolerable smell, even welcome. I affiliate it with sub-surface geologic healthiness, and know that it is simply a mineral, which in my head sounds much more sterile than rotting eggs or decomposing road kill. Unfortunately, Bristol Brewery’s Yellow Kite is cursed with such a strong aroma and taste of sulfur that it goes way beyond what my palate can tolerate. The smell is both crisp and light, a nod to the pilsner malt, but there’s a lurking smell of sulfur and a hit of a septic aroma. Images of lightly used portable toilets appear in my head with each smell, putting me off from the beer entirely. This off-taste carries over to the flavor too, where ample carbonation makes its best efforts to cleanse my palate of the unpleasant septic taste, but it never works hard enough. While I enjoy Bristol Brewery and think of them as a gift Colorado College’s craft beer drinkers, the Yellow Kite is disappointing and even a little gross.
Aug 24, 2011
Yellow Kite from Bristol Brewing Company
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