Beer Tastings: Kölsch — Fisher Brewing

Beer Tastings - Utah Beer News

Welcome to Beer Tastings, a weekly series in which Utah Beer News highlights a particularly tasty local brew. This week we pop into Fisher Brewing to taste its Kölsch. What are you drinking? Let us know!

Beer Tastings: Kölsch

Tastings - Kölsch - Fisher BrewingTemperatures in Salt Lake hovered in the mid-40s as I sipped on a Kölsch from Fisher Brewing. Generally, this style is a warm-weather brew. But “rules” be damned; good beer is drinkable year-round.

Fisher’s offered a few kölsches — Citra Kölsch, Black Rye Kölsch, etc. — but this one is a classic. It pours a copper-yellow and I perceive a honey sweetness in the aroma, with plenty of bread/cracker notes.

The flavor is punctuated by doughy bread, yet some of the honey is present as well. And it’s finished with a pleasant herbal/hoppy character that cuts through the sweetness.

It’s a delightful way to quench your thirst on a 100-degree day or to usher in the first snowfall.

Fisher Brewing: Ubiquitous Apparel

We gave a brief rundown of The Fisher Story in a previous Tastings column.

Tastings - Fisher Brewing - Merchandise
An example of a t-shirt Fisher Brewing had created for Pride Week in 2018.

Worth noting this time around, I believe, is how well-represented the Fisher brand is in and around Salt Lake City (and elsewhere).

Talk to anyone in the industry — or even casual observers — and they’ll mention the ubiquity of the Fisher logo.

“Fish Counting” — I just named it that right now — is a fun game my buddy Mike and I like to play at beer events.

How many articles of clothing — hats, hoodies, t-shirts, etc. — will we see sporting the familiar Fisher Brewing “fish” logo?

Spoiler: It’s always a lot.

Steve Brown, one of Fisher’s partners, oversees merchandise for the Granary District brewery. He regularly works with local vendors to produce logo gear for Fisher’s fans to purchase on-site at the brewery.

It’s more than simply ordering merchandise and pushing it out the door, however. Thought and care goes into choosing high-quality materials, attaching brand tags, and creating a pleasant display.

Just last week — while I was sipping my kölsch, in fact — Steve was building shelving to house new flannel shirts and beanies for the winter. Fisher joked on Instagram: “Brewery or clothing store?” with a pic of the new apparel.

Fortunately, the brewery does beer and merchandise equally well.

And yes, feel free to add me in your “Fish Count.” I’ve spent a fair amount on Fisher gear in the two years the brewery’s been around.

Kölsch — Fisher Brewing
Tastings - Kölsch - Fisher Brewing

Product Name: Kölsch

Product Description: The flavor is punctuated by doughy bread, yet some of the honey is present as well. And it’s finished with a pleasant herbal/hoppy character that cuts through the sweetness.

  • Aroma
  • Appearance
  • Flavor
  • Mouthfeel

Overall Impression

A copper-orange kölsch delivers aromas of crackers and a perceived honey-like sweetness. Flavors of doughy bread and herbal/floral hops make this beer an easy drinker at any time of year.

  • Aroma: Crackers, some bread
  • Appearance: Copper-orange with a moderate off-white head
  • Flavor: Doughy bread, herbal/floral hops
  • Mouthfeel: Effervescence at the front gives way to more of a creamy finish

But you don’t have to take my word for it.

Notes: The tasting notes format is adapted from a Homebrew Academy Beer Tasting Mastery course I took in 2017. Utah Beer News is not compensated in any way for beers mentioned in the Tastings series.


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