Kolsch 45 | Short's Brewing Company

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

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by drabmuh on 06-03-2011

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Reviews:
28
Ratings:
147
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
28.43%
 
 
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6
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19
For Trade:
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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 3/21/2014. Pours slightly hazy bright gold color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, straw, grass, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance of pale malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, straw, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light earthy/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pear, apple, cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, straw, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and robustness of pale malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester flavors; with a very clean malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with only a minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Kolsch style. All around good robustness and balance of pale malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of beerdilly
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE - golden pale, noticably hazy which is also a result of bottle conditioning. not common for this style, but a little creativity is appreciated. nice white head which dissipates quickly.

AROMA - some citruis and fruity notes. noticable yeast. the yeast scents really shine in a good way with this beer as a result of the extra conditioning and is not inappropriate by any means. very little pils aroma which doesn't show until later in the glass.

FLAVOR - low to moderate fruity/yeasty flavors which contribute to a nice crisp and dry finish. minimal to no hop character up front but it might be identified later in the glass.

MOUTHFEEL - dry finish, crisp, moderate-strong carbonation. medium light body.

OVERALL IMPRESSION - the yeast presence definitely adds a nice twist on a style that might need a kick in the ass every now and again. I always like to see what Shorts is up to and I think they typically push boundaries in a good way. i was definitely pleased and i wouldn't mind drinking more of these at a lake instead of a computer.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this one in a variety pack a few years ago, so happy it's back again so I can give it a proper review. Pours a hazy pale gold color with a few fingers of fluffy head that dissolves to a white cap. Streaky lacing is left behind. Aroma is bright and big: biscuit malt, lemony cream, and some yeast esters reminiscent of Belgian ales. Surprised at that, I didn't recall that last time. All these are found in the flavor, as well as pear/apple and a peppery zip on the finish. Medium feel, fuller than I remembered, too. All in all, delicious and refreshing.

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Photo of dfillius
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Aggressive pour yields 1/4 finger of white head with poor retention. More head please. Liquid is clear pale lemon yellow. Color is right on for the style.
S: Lime, mostly hops, some clean bready malt. More diversity please.
T: Some bread and clean malt. Modest hopping in the center and finish. Slightly metallic finish that I don't remember from the last one I had. Hops seem to be from the noble group.
M: Dry finish, a bit of sweetness precedes that.
O: Refreshing and generally enjoyable. Metallic taste is a bit off-putting. I would like another and I did buy again. Nice to have on a hot day.

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Photo of MasterSki
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to FlandersNed for this random Shorts offering. Served in a Hill Farmstead glass.

A - White foam settles to a thin collar and a few wisps on top. Hazy peach flesh body.

S - Smells like a Kölsch alright - musty and mildly vinous, with yeasty bread, and toasted cereal grains. Hop presence is minimal, and I'm not sure what the Michigan 'twist' was.

T - Taste is a bit sweeter, with some nice buttered biscuit pilsner malt and vanilla flavors and less overt grain. Hops show up in the finish a bit too.

M - Zesty carbonation, grainy texture, medium body. I can imagine this being quite refreshing on a hot summer day.

D - A nice American-made Kölsch that I'd happily drink again. Seems quite tame for a Short's offering, but based on some of their recent output that may be a good thing.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Churchkey in D.C.

The beer appears a golden yellow and pretty clear with a thin white head that leaves random traces of lacing on the snifter. The aroma brings some grain, malty sweetness, and subtle fruit & floral notes. The flavor is quite good, and well balanced. This is one of the better examples of a kolsch I have had, especially from an American brewery. The sweetness is there, but I couldn't see this beer becoming cloying. Nice grain and yeast flavors as well. I could put away a liter stein of this. Well done.

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Photo of metter98
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is somewhat hazy and light yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured into a stange with a finger high white head that died down and left a bit of lacing on the surface.
S: There are light aromas of bready malts and least in the nose.
T: The beer has flavors of bready and grainy malts. There is a slight amount of bitterness towards the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and quite smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is easy to drink and has some refreshing properties.

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Photo of 33nickadams
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
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 Slay40
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great spring time style beer, smells great looks great and taste great. Bottled for the first time in 2012 wish they had bottled it in 2013 but is currently at the pub and worth a growler fill for sure. Not my favorite style of beer but done well enough that I like it.

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Photo of ryantho00
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice hazy straw gold with little head. I get nice grainy notes on the nose with a nice dose of peppery spice. I get an undertow of wheat and more spicy grain as I inhale. The taste follows the nose closely, a deep grainy taste and sweet malts infused with a light spice. Good wheat and spicy hops as a baseline. Good medium body, nice refreshing summer brew, great balance and very very clean, almost aspirin like as another reviewer noted. A little offputting at the end of the aftertaste.

Overall a nice refreshing beer with good balance.

Cheers!!

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 3/21/14. Poured 7/1/14.

Appearance: Aggressive pour gave about a finger of white head that went away pretty quickly. The beer is banana yellow in color with a pretty big haze. Just about no lacing.

Smell: True to the style and then some. Spicy. Biscuity sort of malt. Hay sort of quality. Maybe a banana-y ester. Nice bit of hopping. Smells excellent.

Taste/feel: Damn that is tasty. First, the beer has an unexpected semi-creamy texture with some good prickly carbonation. The taste is great. Biscuity malt, spiciness from the hops, a banana sort of flavor, a little wheat character... finish is super clean and not bitter.

Really nice. I haven't had many Kolsch's at all, but this is my favorite so far. It's just a great beer.A light ABV beer that isn't light on flavor is always a plus. For the style, this IS outstanding.

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Photo of drxandy
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

on tap @ reno's west, lansing mi - pint
a nice golden peach shade with a tinge of red, white head fades
smells of malty goodness, maybe some adjunct, floral hops, smells good
tastes of dry bitter hops, followed by the roasty malt, finishing with hops and slight adjunct - aftertaste is grainy and the hops linger on. Dry and refreshing, the hop balance is well done, higher hopped than most kolsch's but not overboard - the malt bill is excellent.

mouthfeel is dry and a bit astringent on the finish from the hops, easy to drink, overall an excellent take on the style and if it were bottled i would buy it during summer often.
kolsch's are awesome.

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Photo of david131
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a slightly hazy yellow liquid with a very thin and splotchy white head. Very quiet looking.

S- Light fruit such as apples and pears, lemon, white bread, and a touch of pepper. A bit simple, but it is nice.

T- Exactly the same as the aroma but not as sweet as I was expecting. Tasty and smooth.

M- Light carbonation and very clean flavors. The alcohol is well hidden considering the lightness of the beer.

O- A tasty beer on a scorching summer night. Drinks really nicely.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
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 buschbeer
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 fl. oz. bottle
Served in a pilsner glass

L - This beer pours golden and crystal clear. It is topped with a couple inches of eggshell head that loves some lacing as it recedes.

S - The smell has some milled grain characteristics. I also get a little lemongrass.

T - The taste features more of the lemongrass. There is a grain taste with a slightly bitter metallic finish.

M - Smooth and creamy.

O - Kölsch beers are not my favorite style. This is a decent beer. Reminds me of the old rust belt lagers of the 1970's with a little more flavor.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.67/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: a light yellow color. strong haziness. small white head that leaves a little bit of a lacing.

Smell: spicy pilsner matls. more lager malts. some citrus

Taste: opens up with malts, a spicy one and a bready one. slight citrusy hops that finishes with a musty grassy taste

Mouthfeel: no hop bitterness. pretty light but not quite clean enough

Overall: a solid beer but not outstanding.

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Photo of birchstick
3.47/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single at Butch's Dry Dock in Holland, MI

A - poured a very light, clear golden yellow and lacking a head

S - nose is grainy malts with some spicy hops

A - opens up with the sweet, grain malt flavors that hold strong throughout most of the beer. On the end, a little bit of citrus and spicy hops round it off. Not the most complex beer out there, but then again this isn't a style that is supposed to be.

M - mouth is a little watery with a good amount of carbonation on the back end

D - this is a pretty good Kolsch. Not as refreshing as others I have in this style, but pretty good to drink on this 94 degree day.

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Photo of Lemke10
3/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a mostly clear, yellow color. Not too much of a scent with some grains and wheat. Taste is rather malty while the texture seems a little too thin. There are some hints of citrus. Being my first Kolsch style beer, I’m not sure if this is good or not for the style. Quite drinkable, just wish there was some more volume and taste to the beer.

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Kolsch 45 from Short's Brewing Company
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