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Tuesday, May 8th 2012

Three Kings Ale
(Stevens Point Brewery)

Stevens Point Brewery has been keeping its customers supplied with fine beers for over 150 years, and has offered many of those brews in cans for the better part of the last 50. Their striking blue cans of Special Lager have graced the shelves of many a can collector over the years, and we’re pleased that they continue to put more of their seasonals in our favorite lightweight recyclable containers.

Three Kings Ale is their latest seasonal to hit the market in cans and was just awarded a bronze medal at the 2012 World Beer Cup. Cheers!

From the Point site:

"Point Three Kings is a highly drinkable golden colored Kölsch-Style Ale inspired by the story of the three kings whose remains reside in the Köln Cathedral (see below) in Köln (Cologne), Germany. Köln is the birthplace of Kölsch ale, often referred to as the ‘crown jewel of brewing art’. Elegant and well-balanced Three Kings is hand-crafted with a delicate fruity aroma, clean soft maltiness, and crisp subtle hopping – an adventure fit for a king."

Here we go...

Pour – Very pale gold with a large, loose head on top.

Aroma – A very nice combination of summer-suited lemon citrus, freshly cut grass, and pale grains.

Taste – Round, medium-full mouthfeel with some sourness before a dose of wheat introduces itself to the palate. The hop presence is mellow and cuts ever so slightly into the sour fruit flavor at the finish, leaving us with a noticeable coating on our tongue between drinks.

Overall – Three Kings is an easy drinking beer that goes well with summer weather. It is refreshing and carries an ABV that is manageable for most drinkers. What stood out for us was the more noticeable wheat presence this one carries compared to the other Kölsch beers we’ve sampled. The wheat in combination with the clinging sourness at the finish reminded us a bit of what a very clean hefeweizen might taste like, and likely helped it stand out against other Kölsch beers at the 2012 World Beer Cup.

Notes - America’s 5th oldest brewery in continuous operation has one of the more informative websites we’ve come across. Want to know what hops went into the Three Kings kettle? Find out HERE. How many carbs are in a can of Nude Beach? Calories in your can of Drop Dead Blonde? Or maybe you want to find a sixer of 2012 Black Ale before the end of mankind arrives…their Brew Finder will point you in the right direction (pun intended).

an already imposing feature of the German city of Cologne,
Köln Cathedral dominates the war-torn cityscape during World War II (AP Photo)

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Three Kings Ale
Style: Kölsch
Brewery: Stevens Point Brewery
Stevens Point, Wisconsin  
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: 2-row, Pilsner, White Wheat, Munich 10
Hops: Northern Brewer, Hallertauer Mittlefrau
ABV: 4.9%
IBUs: 13
Date: May 8th, 2012

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Labels: Kölsch