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Thursday, June 28th 2012

Colorado Kolsch
(Steamworks Brewing Company)

Our third review of Steamworks’ canned offerings and, coincidentally, the third of almost a dozen canned Kölsch in the CraftCans database. We’ve always liked the design of all three of Steamworks’ cans - not to mention the contents of those containers - so we’re happy to give this one a try and place another colorful can on our shelf.

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From the Steamworks' site:

"Colorado Kölsch has earned two silver medals at the Great American Beer Festival and another silver medal at the Word Beer Cup. It is a light and crisp derivative of German-style Kolsch bier with a hint of sweetness. This quenching ale is a perfect outdoor companion!"

Here we go...

Pour - Pale gold with a perfectly level half finger of tight bone white foam on top.

Aroma – Notes of sour grapes and a nice whiff of pale malts here and there. All aromas are very reserved and if pressed to describe it in just a few words we’d have to go with “lightly malted white wine.”

Taste – A thin-bodied, slightly carbonated taste of light malt kicks things off. Tea-like flavors emerge in the middle before the carbonation returns at the finish to dry things out a bit leaving a barely sweet and pale grain aftertaste.

Overall – Kölsch beers may be viewed as rather unremarkable in today’s sea of hop- and malt-bombs (all of which we love, by the way). The 2008 BJCP guidelines use words like “clean, balanced, subdued, and subtle” to describe a well-crafted Kölsch. Steamworks’ offering fits that description perfectly. If you aren’t “wowed” by this beer or any other made in the same style it’s because you shouldn’t be. We found it to be refreshing as the brewer promised, and a good brew to just relax with and appreciate one of the simpler styles of craft beer.

Notes: There’s nothing unremarkable about the Colorado Kölsch package. We weren’t surprised that the Colorado Kölsch can took home a 2012 Canny Award for Best Local Tie-in. Congratulations!

Colorado Kölsch
Style: Kölsch
Brewery: Steamworks Brewing Company
Durango, Colorado  
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: ???
Hops: ???
ABV: 4.9%
IBUs: 17
Date: June 28th, 2012

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Labels: Kölsch