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Old 06-07-2009, 07:38 PM   #1
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Default What's a Kolsch supposed to taste like?

Being new to brewing, I'm attempting to brew as many different types that I can. I'm drinking my Kolsch as of writing this and I am wondering if this is what a Kolsch supposed to taste like. The Kolsch I've bottled is flat. I don't think this is normal and may be due to me accidently freezing it during the cold crash.

At any rate, does anyone know of any Kolsches (or Kolsch replicas) on the market that would be a good example for me to taste.

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Old 06-07-2009, 08:34 PM   #2
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Old 06-07-2009, 08:45 PM   #3
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Not sure where you are located, but if you are in the Northeast, Harpoon's Summer is Kolsch. Quite a tasty one too.

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If you are on the West Coast, Trader Joe's just had a large shipment of kolsch to tons of their stores. $6 for a bottled 6er I think. Not sure if its good to "to style" but it was labeled Kolsch. A lot of their microbrew and Trader Joe's brand beer is pretty good and relatively inexpensive.

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If you're in the south try Saint Arnold's Lawnmower Ale.

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If you are on the West Coast, Trader Joe's just had a large shipment of kolsch to tons of their stores. $6 for a bottled 6er I think. Not sure if its good to "to style" but it was labeled Kolsch. A lot of their microbrew and Trader Joe's brand beer is pretty good and relatively inexpensive.
+1 I saw some today. Also their Trader Jose Dark is very good and cheap!
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If you are on the West Coast, Trader Joe's just had a large shipment of kolsch to tons of their stores. $6 for a bottled 6er I think.
Excellent, thanks! I'm there twice a week, I'll watch for it.
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I brewed a Kolsch twice. First time was good. I compared it to a kolsch on tap at Ram's head Tavern in Maryland. My second one was better. I cold crashed it in my keezer for a few weeks, then kegged it. My first on was bottled. I had decent carbonation after the cold crash. Did you let it carb up at warmer temp? (70 degrees)? Mine took about 4 weeks in the bottle to be great.

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Thanks for all the responses to this post. Very helpful. I'm located in Indianapolis and have a Trade Joe's nearby.

I did let it warm up to 70 degrees and probably should have repitched before bottling. It was my first time lagering so lesson learned. I do have my first Pilsner lagering right now(it's been lagering since March) and I may repitch a small amount of yeast to ensure carbonation.

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OT a bit...those Trader Joe's micros are usually brewed by an established microbrewer and labeled as TJ's. It depends on the variety, but I know for a while they had 3 different lagers and the package said they were brewed by Trader Joe's brewery (or something like that) in San Jose, CA which meant Gordon Biersch. This was a few years ago and they may have expanded since then, and it might be different elsewhere in the country. But yes the beers are pretty tasty for the price.

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