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commercial examples of Kolsch
« on: January 22, 2014, 11:19:20 AM »
Wasn't sure if I should post this in commercial beer reviews...

Anyone have any good suggestions for commercially available Kolsch's that are not too hard to come by? I brewed one recently and would like something to compare it to since I really don't have that much experience with the category. Mine is pretty damn tasty but I would like to see if I am on the right track. I know my grain bill is not entirely authentic (not to mention the hops)

The only one that I see on a regular basis is Colorado Kolsch by Steamworks in Durango, CO (since I am in CO) and the only other one that I have really had is Alaskan Summer Ale. They both claim to be 'traditional German style Kolsch' beers. I think it may be hard for me to find an authentic kolsch from Germany but maybe I am wrong.
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Re: commercial examples of Kolsch
« Reply #1 on: January 22, 2014, 11:22:00 AM »
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Re: commercial examples of Kolsch
« Reply #2 on: January 22, 2014, 11:26:08 AM »
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Pretty sure I can't get that one. I will look around...

EDIT: Nevermind. Looks like I may have found it....haha. Thanks!
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Re: commercial examples of Kolsch
« Reply #3 on: January 22, 2014, 11:32:06 AM »
Okay so it looks like this is easier than I thought. I found these at the place I go to from time to time.

FRUH KOLSCH
REISSDORF KOLSCH
SUNNER KOLSCH

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Re: commercial examples of Kolsch
« Reply #4 on: January 22, 2014, 11:36:10 AM »
They distribute to Colorado according to their website. Check Whole Foods.

Saint Arnold is available in Texas and only in Texas and it will always be that way. And in Louisiana too. And in Colorado too! And Florida!

Franconia out of McKinney, TX has a traditional Kolsch as well. They do not list their distribution on their website, but I think it is primarily North Texas and Oklahoma.

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Re: commercial examples of Kolsch
« Reply #5 on: January 22, 2014, 11:36:37 AM »
Never had Sunner; Reissdorf is good; I prefer Fruh (barber pole looking cans).  A buddy brings them back from Germany when he flies there.  Good stuff.
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Re: commercial examples of Kolsch
« Reply #6 on: January 22, 2014, 11:37:52 AM »
Ballast Point Yellowtail Pale Ale. "Though sweeter and heavier than traditional versions, the SoCal beer is an excellent rendition of a kolsch."


I like both the Sunner & Reissdorf, I like the Sunner more. I haven't tried the Fruh, so I cannot comment.
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Re: commercial examples of Kolsch
« Reply #7 on: January 22, 2014, 11:45:17 AM »
Ballast Point Yellowtail Pale Ale. "Though sweeter and heavier than traditional versions, the SoCal beer is an excellent rendition of a kolsch."


I like both the Sunner & Reissdorf, I like the Sunner more. I haven't tried the Fruh, so I cannot comment.

Haha...I always wondered why Yellowtail didn't actually taste like a 'pale ale'. Never realized it was supposed to be a Kolsch. I have had it in San Diego but I have not see BP in Colorado.
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Re: commercial examples of Kolsch
« Reply #8 on: January 22, 2014, 11:59:51 AM »
This is another style who's finer points can get lost in translation on the trip from Germany. Domestic examples are best (when done well).

If you're in CO, find a good Rock Bottom location. Several locations make a kolsch, most of which are well done. The Indy College Park location brews the best kolsch I've ever had. Foreign or domestic.

Do you get Schlafly in Colorado? They make a GREAT kolsch.

I haven't had the Gordon-Biersch kolsch, but there other offerings are pretty authentic. Worth a shot. Same goes for Victory.

Trader Joe's makes a fair example (Summer Brew), but freshness counts since they don't refrigerate. Its seasonal (I think), so pick one up when it first hits the shelf.

Rogue makes a honey kolsch that is quite nice. If you can segregate the honey character in your head, its a good example of the BJCP style.

Goose Island Summertime used to be a decent example, but I haven't had it since ABI started brewing it.

If you find yourself in the Indiana/Chicago area, Calumet Queen by 3Floyds is superb.

Reissdorf is widely available but is on the bitter end of the style IMO. I usually have it on draft, so the bottle version may be less bitter (but also more skunky/oxidized).
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Re: commercial examples of Kolsch
« Reply #9 on: January 22, 2014, 12:31:22 PM »
The one at Maltzmuehle in Koeln was my favorite, but I have not had all.

The domestic that sticks in my mind is Sierra Nevada's Koelsch, unfortunately it is taproom only.
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Re: commercial examples of Kolsch
« Reply #10 on: January 22, 2014, 01:00:04 PM »
Harpoon Summer is an excellent example of the style, unfortunately you'll have to wait a bit to try it :) I'd put it up against any other Kölsch, but I do have the advantage of getting it super fresh up my way.
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Re: commercial examples of Kolsch
« Reply #11 on: January 22, 2014, 03:21:09 PM »
Sam Adams just put one out... ;D

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Re: commercial examples of Kolsch
« Reply #12 on: January 22, 2014, 03:42:44 PM »
I like the Reissdorf, but prefer the Sunner.
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Re: commercial examples of Kolsch
« Reply #13 on: January 22, 2014, 07:35:32 PM »
Lake Superior Brewing Company brews a Kayak Kolsch which is great.  Pretty regional though - Minnesota only I think. 

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Re: commercial examples of Kolsch
« Reply #14 on: January 22, 2014, 11:16:52 PM »
Fruh is the best I've had, and it comes in a can!