Wheelhouse Brewing – Smokehouse Kolsch

Wheelhouse Brewing – Smokehouse Kolsch


3.75 out of 5
3.25 out of 5
3.75 out of 5
3.25 out of 5


3.5 out of 5


  • Type: Kolsch, Smoked
  • Brand: Wheelhouse Brewing
  • Pros:

    Smoky flavour is surprisingly light and subdued compared to the malt and hop tones

  • Cons:

    Strong smoky aroma can turn off some drinkers

  • Conclusion:

    Interesting addition to the smoked beer category with surprisingly light smoked flavour that makes the beer even more drinkable

Wheelhouse Brewing Smokehouse Kolsch BottleWheelhouse Brewing – Smokehouse Kolsch Review

Part of their “Smokehouse” series, the Smokehouse Kolsch from Wheelhouse Brewing uses beechwood smoked malts in addition to traditional german malts and hops to create a unique offering in the smoked beer category.  The beer pours from the bomber bottle a hazy yellow colour with two and a half fingers of lasting white head that leaves behind significant lacing on the glass.  The aroma is of prominent smoke, but with some bready tones, grainy malts and grassy hops are present as well.  The flavour is initially bready, followed by earthy tones, a bit of grass and then finishing with smoky notes.  A medium bodied Kolsch, the beer finishes clean with lingering smoke flavour and mild bitterness.

Alcohol – 5.0%
IBU – 32
Hops – Hallertauer, Tettnanger
Size – 650mL

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