Colorado KölschMarch 1, 2010 Durango, CO
Steamworks Brewing Co.
Available: Al, AZ, CO, MS, NM, PA, TX, VA, WI
Colorado Kölsch is derived from the German Kölsch style, an ale-lager hybrid that was created in response to the popular pilsners being produced in the Czech Republic in the 1840s.
Original gravity: 1044
Bright in color and bright in personality, too, with an aroma of lemon zest, ginger, fresh grass and a kiss of honey. The lemon is more reserved on the palate, but still there, with additional bready/dough notes and a soft, dry finish. I’d love to try this on draft. An easy-going, unpretentious thirst quencher.
- John Hansell
Bright light gold and clear as a bell, this ale offers a very gentle fruitiness on its dry aroma, with fragrant hints of peach and yellow plum accompanying notes of well-dried grain and just a whiff of sulphur. In the mouth, it’s also true to the spirit of kölsch, with an off-dry, lean but gently rounded body and mild bitterness, though still with a bit of that sulphury character. A finish that’s damn close to bone dry completes a most appetizing picture. Get out the stanges!
- Stephen Beaumont
John Hansell writes about beer, wine and spirits. He is the creator, publisher and editor of Malt Advocate, a magazine for the whisky enthusiast.
Once described as “beerdom's Brillat-Savarin,” Stephen Beaumont is the author of five books and countless articles on beer, spirits, food, travel, and how it all goes together.
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