The Six Pack Review – Sierra Nevada Kölsch

Sierra Nevada Kolsch

Sierra Nevada Brewing

Kölsch

5% ABV

Kölsch. That sounds foreign. Isn’t Sierra Nevada an American brewer? Yes, but their kölsch ale is a foreign style of beer. How foreign? Kölsch is a German style. That’s great. Germans are known for beer. But still, what is a kölsch?

 

Kölsch is a German beer but I’ve said that before. It’s typically lower in alcohol. It’s light in color. It can be both a lager or an ale.  I won’t tell you how that is possible because I don’t even understand. It’s basically a lagered ale. Taste wise, it is similar to a pale lager. Now what’s a pale lager? Most of the beer that is sold are pale lagers. Bud Light is a pale lager. PBR is a pale lager. Stella, Heineken, and even Corona are all pale lagers. Kölsches are very light in flavor and very simple. There’s a little bit of hoppiness and a the rest of the flavor comes from the malt.

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So how does Sierra Nevada’s attempt of this style stack up? When I compared the taste  to a pale lager I wasn’t saying they were similar quality. This beer is made with better ingredients and more craft than your typical mass produced beer. It’s not awful.  There’s not a ton more to say about it though. Even if it’s the best Kölsch ever made it would not be a great beer. It does serve it’s purpose. Sierra Nevada’s Kölsch is a summer release and it’s almost perfect as a summer beer. It’s light on flavor, light on alcohol, and best served very cold. There are many beers you wouldn’t want on a hot summer day at the beach or at a barbecue but this is not one of them. Really, those would be the only times you should want this beer.

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No this beer will not bring peace to this world. You would never expect a Bud Light to change the world. However, a few of these beers might bring us a little closer. Try it if you want.  It’s better than a Heineken, just not that much better.

Score:

5.7/10

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