Sunday, July 26, 2015

Victory Kühl Kölsch

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (1415) - Albany, New York, USA - JUL 26, 2015
Kölsch is one of those niche styles I’ve been trying to appreciate in recent years, but haven’t really found any that have amazed me. Most tend to taste fine and drink pretty easy, much like Victory Kühl Kölsch.

I poured a 12oz bottle into a pilsner glass. It had an “enjoy by” date of 9/9/15.

Appearance: Pure golden color with near crystal clarity. Slow, fine carbonation can be seen drifting up. Pours to a fairly large, white, frothy head which retains and laces pretty well.

Smell: Light pale malt scent plus mineral water. Perhaps a hint of fruit. Otherwise mild.

Taste: I’ve really come to appreciate the pilsner style, so it’d seem like Kölsch would be right up my alley since they’re quite similar. This beer has a pretty simple recipe of only pilsner and wheat and two Noble hops and the palette certainly conveys this. Light lager-like taste up front with only the faintest bready character. Through the middle I detect a light spicy sensation from the hops, but it is not particularly bitter. The finish is a bit odd with a bit of a biscuit flavor and what seems like very hard water due to a high mineral content. Not much going on here aside from this, but I can dig it.

Drinkability: At only 4.9% ABV, Victory Kühl Kölsch is a relativelys light beer and drinks as such. The mouthfeel is crisp and thin with a very smooth finish. There is some lingering aftertaste of wheat, though. Refreshing while in the mouth, but not especially lively while in it. A fine summertime beer.

Score: 7/10