Kolsch 45 | Short's Brewing Company

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Kolsch 45Kolsch 45

Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: German Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Ratings: 162 |  Reviews: 33
Reviews by redleg64:
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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Photo of DanGeo
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tectactoe
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a yellow-straw color, cloudy and translucent with a wispy white head that hangs around for a few seconds before it fizzles away forever. Some spot lacing left from the white ring that settles on the circumference of the glass. Aroma is mellow but pleasing to the senses - noticeable graininess and strong yeast in the form of sweet bread. Musty and floral hops, along with some faint citrus and lemon zest, and maybe some other fruits, erring on the "peel" and "rind" side of things. Overall a pretty low-key aroma, soft and delicate, but good nonetheless.

Has a "lager-like" taste to it, both from the crispy effect it has on the palate as well as the clean flavor I'm getting from the yeast. Mild grains, sweet bready malt, light citrus zest, white grape skins, and a moderately floral and musky hop presence. Light bodied and on the heavier side with carbonation - easily drinkable from start to finish. Aftertaste is full of light yeast and grains, with a bit of dying fruit skins and Noble-like hops. This one went down the gullet pretty quickly.

Super-drinkable and light, although this suffers a bit from being just a tad uninteresting by the time you reach the second half of the beer. Nice example of the style and overall very enjoyable for what it is, no doubt.

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Photo of warnerry
4.14/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 5/16/12; into a pint glass

A - Pours light yellow/golden brown with ine finger of white head. Head dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing.

S - White grapes, light bread malts and some subtle earthy hops. A faint sweetness. Pretty striaghtforward, but quite nice.

T - Nice crisp taste, with an herbal hop bitterness throughout. Quite vinious, with white bread malrs. Very tasty. Lingering earthiness. Hops also have a nice spiciness.

M - Light, crisp mouthfeel with a nice earthy bitterness througout.

O - Excellent brew for a warm summer day. I'm not a Kolsch expert, but this seems relatively true to style with a bit morebl bitterness, which seems like a Short's hallmark. Also, Short's lists this at 5.5% abv, which seems right as I don't get any prominent alcohol from this.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.74/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12 oz can. Pours slightly hazy yellow gold with a medium creamy white head that retains well and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet bready bubblegum malts with some noble hops.

The flavor is sweet bready malts with a touch of fruit and some peppery grassy hops. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, just OK.

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Photo of MJ63
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of DruC4
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.64/5  rDev -4%

Photo of Diggy
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of dmorley21
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Beezee
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Short's Brewing Co. "Kolsch 45"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, packaged on 07/05/16 and sampled on 09/29/16
$2 @ Wegmans, King Of Prussia, PA

To celebrate my upcoming return to Germany I decided to go with one of my favorite styles, Kolsch. (Haha! I just got the name... Colt 45 / Kolsch 45... cute.) I'm wondering what the "Northern Michigan twist" is though.

Appearance: It's hazier than I'd expect of the style but the color seems right and the head retention is pretty good. The lacing, however, could be better.

Aroma: I get a pleasant malt note and grassy hops in the aroma, along with the requisite yeasty fruitiness. It's hoppier than many examples, so maybe that's the Michigan twist.

Taste: The flavor follows, adding in a bit of sugary malt sweetness and a light hoppy spiciness. I'm even finding some banana, which is a bit odd (I don't think this is normal, I'm guessing that the yeast in this bottle has been up to a little work on its own, probably left for too long in a warm area). Firmly bitter and drying in the end with a lingering hoppy spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light in body and gently crisp as it should be. Easy across the palate, but with enough zest to garner your attention.

Overall: Once again I feel like I've got a sample that's a little long in the tooth, or 'worn', despite that fact that it's not even three months old yet. Still, I can see what this beer could be on a better day, and I'm pleased. It reminded me of a Kölsch that I had in a tiny restaurant in Berlin, just around the corner from "Trabi World" (I didn't take a Trabant tour, BTW, that's for tourists and I was with family and had a brand new BMW!). I can't recall the name of that beer, I'd never seen it before, and haven't since, but I remember the flavor and aroma. So, perhaps a slight bit sweet, but quite good overall. Nicely done, and massively quaffable!

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Photo of 33nickadams
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is golden-yellow and not completely transparent. Very effervescent bubbles float rather quickly to the top. A 1/4 finger of white head. Smells bready, grassy and with some esters. Refreshing, clean with some fruitiness. Everything is subtle with not one taste overpowering another. Mouthfeel is light and airy. Overall, I enjoyed the pilsener like qualities of it and can appreciate the slight fruitiness the ale yeast brings. I would have liked to see it more clear though. A great beer for summer.

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Photo of rolandboy
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Dustin_A_Stoutdrinker
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of beergorrilla
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of mzeld
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of emerge077
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The last of a six pack that i've neglected to review until now. Hazy yellow orange pour into a tulip glass, a brief head of foam appears and ebbs away into a wispy web on the surface.

Yeasty aroma, shortbread sweetness, light orange rind citrus.

Creamy light feel, a crisp bite in the middle, dry bitterness in the aftertaste. Soft grains, light fruitiness of trace bitter orange peel, wondering if that's the twist mentioned on the label. Quenching and sessionable. Overall a nice Kolsch that is subtle and balanced.

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Photo of Jim67
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice Kolsch offering. Light on the pallet and refreshing

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Photo of jaydoc
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chrisbokmuller
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of kbarnes9
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Kolsch 45 from Short's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 162 ratings