Columbia Kölsch | Ice Harbor Brewing Company

Columbia KölschColumbia Kölsch
20 Ratings
Columbia KölschColumbia Kölsch

Brewed by:
Ice Harbor Brewing Company
Washington, United States

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by stirgy on 05-17-2002

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Ratings: 20 |  Reviews: 12
Reviews by chugamugofsud:
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2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

More User Reviews:
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear with some light chunky sediment from bottle conditioning - OK. A very nice golden robe is topped by a bright white head that holds well. The aroma is more of boldly fruity fermentation than noble hops and, in fact, I don't find any hops in the nose.The label says it's "styled after the Kolsch beers of Germany" - they just didn't do a very good job of it! The body is just slightly fuller than expected, but appropriately medium-light. The carbonation has a delicate crispness to it and leaves a light tingle on the tongue. The flavor offers a big, overly agressive fruitiness for the style, which carries throughout the palate and seems to detract from the beer as a whole. The fruitiness is very wine-like, leaving little room for the malt & hop character to come through properly - although there is clearly some nice malt & hop underneath. The bitterness is well balanced and the finish is smoothly dry with just a touch of lingering fruit. Although this is a good beer in itself, it's far too much of a "bull-in-a-china-shop" to reflect the delicate fruitiness, gently hoppy maltiness, and dryish finish of a true "Kolsch-style" ale. More of an American blonde. Still, a decent, engaging beer that's enjoyable in it's own.

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Photo of Superheatnsubcool
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Spikester
3.56/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear gold with a massive white head that leaves big clouds of lacing on the glass sides. The head lasted for a good 10 minutes.
Smell is lemons grassy hops with a light cracker malt.
Taste is similar to the smell very light and delicate.
Mouthfeel is light with high carbonation. A very tiny hop bitterness in the finish.
My bottle said 4.8% abv. instead of 4.4%.
Very enjoyable summer beer.

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Photo of BlueSpader
3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rrock44
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Reidrover
3.56/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle from Grocery Outlet in Salem for the ridiculous price of $1.79 Not sure if the same this as the last beer from Ice Harbor of this type was 3 years ago and lower in abv. Clear,bright golden beer with a large candy-floss white head. Strong honey, nutty caramel aromas. Favor is similar to the aroma..pleasant honeyish and caramel..slight hop very slight grassiness. Nice mouthfeel to this one..i think they got the carbonation right on. Overall a nice drinkable kolsch great for $1.79

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Photo of texascarl
4.7/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I tried this several times while on vacation last year, and really loved this beer. Color = a copper-bronze, medium creamy head.

Aroma very pleasant, yeasty, fruity.

Taste = fruity, dry (expected it to be sweeter) crisp and delicious. Light body + great taste, this kolsch did not leave me feeling filled up. I would finish a beer and want 'just one more'. I've reviewed the list of similar Kolsch brews and realized that I haven't tried many, so I won't comment on this brewer's adherence to proper Kolnish style, but I know what I like. I like this beer. Wish I could find it on tap near here.

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Photo of jreitman
4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(at brewery, from notes) Nice golden color. Nice medium bitterness to the beer. Fruit undertones with a nice dry finish. This beer is only available at the brewery in keg's or in local restaurants/bars. Overall, a fantastic beer. I was quite upset that I could not take it home and share it with friends.

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Photo of weerezboy
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of beerguy101
2.78/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Medium golden color, small head. Aroma is fruity and sweet. A German style Kolsch golden ale. Slightly hoppy, crisp ale. Some maltyness with a slight bitterness in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slighlty sweet.

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Photo of tbeck
3.2/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a straw yellow with a decent white head that collared nicely into an excellent laciness. Smell was of cereal grains. The taste had a balance of hops and cereal grains. It was thin but not bad texture. I felt the flavor was good for a 'light' beer that was crisp and very refreshing. Recommend trying, good session beer on a hot day.

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Photo of fishguyac
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of woemad
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not being an experienced Koelsh drinker (I briefly visited Cologne 4 yrs ago, but was drinking Alts as I'd just discovered them), I'm making no attempt to hold this beer to any style standards. Rather, this review concentrates on what I liked and disliked about it as a beer - period. Poured a slightly dark hue of gold. Small white head that didn't hang around. Very floral in the nose, along with a breadiness from the yeast. Taste is floral and crisp without the hops being overpowering. Slightly marred by a mineralish taste lingering in the background. Finishes very dry. A little thin on the mouthfeel for my porterish tastes. Seems very drinkable. This is a nice beer, nothing earthshattering, but certainly adequate.
Bought another bottle of this, and it tastes very different. Taste was totally dominated by a grapefruit flavor. It was so strong it could have been marketed as a "grapfruit beer," if such a thing could exist. I really hope this was a random bad bottle, as the taste was way too overpowering.
Tried another bottle of this today. It's very good, and proves that the bottle I had in November was bad. In fact, I think this is better than my first positive review, as I'm not getting the mineral/metallic taste I detected before. While I am glad that this does appear to be a good beer on the whole, I can't help but think that IH has some quality issues with this beer. Their pale and stout don't seem to be inconsistent, so maybe this is a tough style to get right. I haven't had enough Kolsches to know.

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Photo of stript
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of beertunes
3.3/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to woemad for this one. A bit on the cloudy/hazy side for style. Good grain scent, with a nice hop counter-point. A bit sweeter on the the tongue. Smooth, even body. Good, easy drinkability. Worth trying if you see it.

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Photo of dnichols
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I sampled this beer at the brewery pub in Kennewick, WA with imacoug.

A: It poured a very pale clear yellow with a bone white head that receded fast and barely left any lacing.

S: It had a sweet fruity malt aroma that was dominated by oranges and white cherries. There were very slight undercurrents of floral hops.

T: The initial taste was dominated by sweet and tart fuits including ripe oranges and tart rainier cherries. There was a tangy hop flavor that had no bite or bark, and simply complemented the tartness of the fruits. despite a low ABV the finish was clean and dry.

M: Very light body with a sweet front, tangy back and clean refreshing aftertaste.

D: The low ABV and IBU and clean finish make this a beer one could drink long into the night. It was somewhat unremarkable but that is also one of its virtues.

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Photo of piclee
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of RedDiamond
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another exceptionally clear beer from Ice Harbor. This kölsch is – and I do have to say this – piss-yellow, and so polished I could almost read a newspaper through the glass. (As a lens, a pint of beer inverts imagery and print.) The body afforded slight carbonation and sported a film head that faded and trailed no lace.

Aroma is yeasted with a modest beefy flavor that comes across clean and drinkable. The taste isn’t particularly strong, but it approximates something along the lines of a cream ale or lager with a note or two of haybale. A gentle, approachable beer with a fairly full body.

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Photo of jdense
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle purchased at brewery poured into shaker pint glass 2.22.10.

Hard pour resulted in 1 1/2 fingers white creamy head, quick dissipation with minimal lacing, clear light golden body, a good bit of visible carbonation rising from bottom of glass. The nose is lemony, floral hops, dry. Taste is fairly sweet, meyer lemon, wheaty chewiness, a bit of bitterness on the backend. Mouthfeeel is fully carbonated with a dry finish. Certainly a very sessionable beer, but lacking in character. A good entry style for craft newbies, but not the most flavorful of versions.

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Columbia Kölsch from Ice Harbor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 20 ratings
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