Hale's Kölsch
Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub

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German Kölsch
Ranked #193
Ranked #36,285
3.68 | pDev: 12.23%
Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub
Washington, United States
Hale's KölschHale's Kölsch
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Photo of hreb
2.76/5  rDev -25%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12 oz can of Hale's "Rhein Bier Style" Kolsch (no umlaut any more). Served in pint glass. Beer pours bright yellow in color with lots of carbonation and a medium white head. Flavor is gently of caramel with a bit of a toasted grain note. A mix of crisp and cloying. There's some bitterness in the center of the palate, but the finish is most definitely not dry. Overall this is not really what I want in a Kölsch bier. Kölsch should be crisp and light, well attenuated, with a distinctive yeast profile, but this beer is more like an adjunct lager. Disappointing.

I picked up a variety pack case of Hale's and I have to say I think it's not lived up to my expectation's from Hale's. Not to bash cans generally, but I wonder if the Hale's quality control on their canning line matches their bottled and keg distribution.

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Photo of Taybeh
3.44/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap at Anthony's in Gig Harbor. Served in a pokal. Grain, a little hint of apple, good carbonation, modest body for the style. Seems to be be crafted well enough, and fairly refreshing in the summer but fairly middle-of-the-road all things considered.

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Photo of ColdBassHonkey
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%

Lots of carbonation with the pour, but head settled oddly fast. Very balanced with grassy, hay, apple/pear flavors that coincide with the hops. I'm not necessarily a big Kolsch drinker, but Hale's did okay on this one.

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Photo of BVukelich
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm a pretty big Hale's fan and would rank Kolsch (as a personal style preference) as a bit above average. Never get too excited about it but enjoy them when I do. This one has good color, ok aroma and very decent mouthfeel. To its defense, I had it with lunch and wasn't sure if it was the best pairing for it. Clam chowder and a blackened rockfish/poleta dish. If you like Kolsch-style beers, this one will do the trick but won't blow your mind.

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Photo of vkv822
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz : tulip

Bright, clear golden yellow with thick, foamy white head with great retention.

Grainy, slightly sweet malt notes balanced nicely with mild grassy hop character in both the aroma and taste.

Medium body, mild foamy carbonation.

A really well done kolsch. Simple flavors, but well balanced and quite tasty.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sester stange. Pours a light straw amber with a fine two finger white head with great retention and lacing. Nice wheat aroma with hints of bready malt and yeast. Flavor is wheat with biscuit malt, finishing with good dry wheat and a hint of hops. Light to medium bodied with good carbonation. A nice domestic version of this style that hits all the style points, may be a bit fuller bodied than a traditional Kosch, but is still light and refreshing to drink on a warm day.

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Photo of corby112
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden straw color with visible carbonation and a two finger frothy white head that very slowly settles into a lasting ring.  Glass is left coated with chunks of soapy lacing.

Earthy, grassy aroma with floral hops, straw, hay, pale malt, bread and light fruit. Hints of apple, pear and faint alcohol.  Nice hop presence countered by sweeter notes and pale malt.

Medium bodied but fuller than I expected for the style with tight carbonation and a spicy, earthy hop presence up front that lingers over the sweeter notes into slightly dry finish.  Grassy, earthy hops up front along with slight funky yeast, grass and straw. This is countered by pale pilsner malt, biscuit and light fruit notes.  Hints of apple and pear give sweetness before the finish. Strong hop presence but complex, well balanced and easy to drink.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

picked up as a single as it is probably a summer left over. Poured nice and foamy with a pleasant yellow colour and a nice yeasty hoppy nose. This is a well done Kolsch with the right flavour profile and a full mouthfeel. Not a complex beer but rather a summer beer that works within the style parameters

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Photo of ElGordo
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the12oz bottle into a pint glass. Body is pretty cloudy with a nice, golden straw color. Aroma of light pale malt, a touch of wheat, dry yeast, and a mildly fruity character that has a hint of white grapes.
Palate is a blend of pale malt and fruity hops. Notes of white grapes, cereal grains, and a very dry yeast quality. Body is a touch thin, even for a thin style, but still carries the flavor alright. A refreshing option on a hot summer night - fairly authentic for the style from an American brewery.

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Photo of harrymel
3.12/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled unk

A: golden straw ale with only a central cap of bone white foam. Excellent clarity. No lace.

S: dry grain and hints of grass. Pretty simple to do, and nice.

T: sweet and creamy. Corn and hints of yeast.

M: light and sparkly. Body is right. Carb a hint low.

O: easy drinking.

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Photo of Elimination
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very yellow, not so clear, has a bit of haze in it, but not enough to say it is cloudy

Smell is deinate pils malt, bready, grainy, a bit of sweet, some slight apple like fruit notes.

Taste is a very soft bread, sweeter, the apple like flavors are there, golden delicious almost. A tad bit of vanilla. A bit of tart, not sour, but just a sting of something.

Mouthfeel is pretty high carbed, despite it sitting on the counter for a few minutes, thin, doesnt have a lot of presence, but is to style

Overall, I love kolsh's but this felt more like an american blonde ale. I didnt get any yeast character suggesting it was a kolsh, felt very neutral really. A good beer, if possibly labeled different

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Photo of draheim
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into my weizen glass. No bottled-on or best-by date but this is a 2011 batch.

Very pale greenish-yellow color with a 1-finger head. Nice carbonation, champagne-like bubbles.

Aroma is very faint, not much to go on there.

Taste is crisp, light, refreshing. Grainy, faint lemon. Tastes like a 3% ABV light beer, but somehow better. Slightly bitter aftertaste, clean finish.

I haven't had many versions of this style, Gaffel and Reissdorf I think - not sure this quite measures up but still pretty good for a local offering. Would be perfect for a hot late July afternoon, I could drink a 6-pack of this if the conditions were right.

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Photo of grittybrews
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark straw gold into a pint glass with a thin film of white head. Light aroma of lemon and grass.

Moderate carbonation and a smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Strong lemon citrus up front with some subtle notes of honey/caramel malt sweetness, grass, and gentle hop bitterness on the finish.

Light and quite refreshing, if not especially memorable.

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Photo of industrialswill
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this for $6.99 at the Co-op in Everett.
A nice shade of "beer yellow" with a minimal head.
The smell is fragrant, somewhat flowery.
Tastes like every budget brand American Lager should! If I didn't know any better, I'd guess that I'm drinking something closer to what the original brewers of our standard swill brought with them to this country.
What I like most about this beer is the nutty aftertaste and the overall drinkability that invites over indulgence.

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Photo of DHirning
4.17/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I taste some belgian yeasts. I agree with the other reviewers, in that it is a little strong for a kolsch (but then, I've asked people to define a kolsch and no one really can). I think Hale's is a good brewery... not a great one. But my standards are high.

This is a drinkable beer. And when I say "drinkable" I mean that it goes down fairly easy--not too strong. You could drink a pitcher of this easy. Refreshing. Medium body. Some zip. I'd say you can give this to a lager drinker and say, "Here, here's a beer with a taste." And don't scare them with something strong :-)

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Photo of NickH44
4.4/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Date Tasted: 8/16/2010
Name of Beer: Hale's Kolsch
Style of Beer: Kolsch
ABV: 4.5%
Brewery: Hale's Ales Brewery
Brewery Location: Seattle, WA
Where I acquired it and price: Central Market in Poulsbo, WA for 7.99/six-pack.
My Location: Living room. Watching bad TV late at night.
Draught/Bottle/Can: 12 oz. bottle
Glassware: Pint glass
Appearance: Light, golden, but not clear.
Aromatics: Grainy, with fruity notes. Detecting some apple scents.
Flavor: Crisp, clean, refreshing. Bready, and mildly fruity.
Score: 8/10.

So Kolsch beers aren't exactly "my style". The beers I'd say are "my style" are the beers I'd start my night of drinking with. Kolsch beers are the kind of beer I'd end my night with. They're also the first style of ale I'd recommend to someone who is getting into beer but prefers American style lagers. Hale's is a really solid brewery, probably the best in Washington State. I say that reluctantly, and completely partially. But I've had enough beers from almost all WA breweries to make such a declaration. Like I said, this isn't anywhere near one of my favorite styles of beer, but they have their place, and this is probably the best of the style I've ever had. This beer should be consumed while doing yardwork... or desk work.

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Photo of appenzeller
3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light gold with low clarity, substantial and thick head. Smell is of honey and grass, the taste is similar, a nice sweet maltiness and moderate hops. This beer is thick and substantial for the style, too much really to fit the "kolsch" style. Very refreshing, though, as a kolsch should be.

I'd prefer Hale's just market this as a spring ale or something like that--kolsch really isn't the right designation. Nonetheless, this one's a keeper.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a deep straw yellow color with good carbonation and a nice white head

S: Nose is nice with little bit grain, fruit and grass

T: Nice. Has a crisp taste, little bit of hops, light alcohol, fruits, bit of wheat and grass

M: Lighter bodies but good and crisp

D: Try one.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

this one courtesy of fthomasl and a recent Beervana vacation, thanks Frank! 12 oz bottle without a freshness date pours a surprisingly clear and dark gold color. Head is fairly dense and lasts for a good while. Lacing is great.

Nose has a very nice, distinctive kolsch yeast aroma. It's a bit on the sweet side, but it is one of the more powerful smelling versions of the style I have had. Sweet cream and green peppercorns come to mind.

Certainly one of the more interesting interpretations of the style, it is pretty much bursting with flavor and the body is big, bold and creamy. Kolsch yeast is very assertive and has a zesty, spicy floral feel to it. Malts are grainy and sweet and are balanced by a strong hop bite on the finish that lingers a good while. Sometimes a thirst-quenching, simple smooth kolsch is what you want....for the rest of the time, try this one. I like it, I think it works, especially in a style that has traditionally been pretty narrow as far as flavor profiles.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: ever-so-slightly opaque pale straw hue with a 1-finger white head.

Smell: subtle; malt, earthy hops and a chalky aroma.

Taste: nice sweet malt; again some mild earthy hops and an interesting chalky/creamy taste that is frankly more appealing in taste than aroma. Malt has a slight tree fruit character.

Mouthfeel: medium-to-light body with an appropriate level of carbonation. That chalkiness lends to a creaminess whick I like.

Drinkability: quite good. They have this on tap at my local watering hole, so I think I may have to get a couple pints next time I'm there.

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Photo of jkdrummer
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden straw hue and little hazy (might have been served too cold to begin with) not much of a head either. The carbonation was very light. The smell was actually malty with a grassy aromas. Taste was very light sweet -- I hate to say this but it really reminded me of a Budweiser. Little hops and a nice beer for a summer day. Might be a good beer for those Bud drinkers looking for an adventure.

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Photo of IceEyes
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straw yellow with some haziness. Smells of grain with a light touch of fruit. Thin white head and lively carbonation.

Taste has a framework of cereal and bread with a gentle wash of sweetness. The finish has some balance but isn't overly bitter. On the whole, this kolsch is very refreshing. I could drink this all day.

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Photo of kraven
4.47/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Was able to enjoy two pints of this wonderful at the front door in boise id.

Mike from hales was there, big hales night it was.

I enjoyed two pint of this wonderful ale. One of the best Kolsch style ales i have had the pleasure to enjoy.

Pours wonderfully into the the glass. I wish i had the words to describe how it smelt, but it smelt wonderful, i just do not have the vocabulary to describe it, it has that spicey Belgian taste that is hard for me to describe.

Usually I am a hop head but every now and then a beer burns into my taste buds and makes me remember why beer is the best beverage.

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Photo of dukew456
3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my Lazy Magnolia glass

Pours a clear, bright straw color with a decent head that leaves a little bit of lacing down the glass. The head doesn't stick around for very long, and is very dispersed, but it's a pretty acceptable look.

Smell is pretty one dimensional, with a grainy, corn husk malt scent hitting heavy and a slight sour, metallic finish. This is kind of odd

The taste of this has a sort of pilsner-style bread thing going on, but without the clean finish. Also, there's a weird kind of fruit thing going on here, not what I expect out of most kolsch-style stuff. Mouthfeel, however, is about what I expected, with a medium body.

I could see myself drinking a few of these in the summer, but for the price one can do much better.

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Photo of beertunes
2.21/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into pint glass. Poured a deep straw color, darker than expected for the style. Minimal head with minimal lacing.

Basic "light" beer aroma with a certain tang. There was an acidic flavor, not found in most Kolsch beers, that was unpleasant. The body was as expected for the style, as was drinkability. Except for the fact that drinking several is not what I think any beer lover would want to do.

This is perhaps the weakest beer I've had from this brewery. While Hales is not among the best local breweries, this is the first time they've ever let me down.

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Hale's Kölsch from Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 81 ratings