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Kölsch-Style Beer | Round Barn Brewery

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Round Barn Brewery
Michigan, United States | website

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-23-2008

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Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 67
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Brenden
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It looks like a Kolsch, hazy yet bright pale gold with a barely off-white pillow of head kept up by constant slow bubbling from the bottom of the glass. After reaching a full two fingers and looking like a shot of rolling hills, it very slowly ebbs to a full finger, from which it recedes no further. It's looking both fluffy and rocky, not to mention plenty tight. Lacing's not as sticky as I'd think given the strength and consistency, but it's not bad.
This is a good representation of the style: lightly lemony, dry, and vinous. Some grains come through underneath beginning in the middle and carrying through. The light spiciness and grassy notes of noble hops are present. The profile is here, with decent complexity. It's solid for a beer that's by no means a beast. That said, just a little bit more would give it something.
Carbonation is steady. The body is light but might lean just barely too close to medium for this cunningly subtle style. Crispness is biting and consistent.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The Kolsch from round barn is decent. It poured a clear yellow with white head that did not leave much lace. The scent was faint with hints of bread and touch of citrus. The taste was evenly balanced with biscuit base and slight lemon twang. The Mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it's sessionable but I have had better kolschs.

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of Skitowneric
2.68/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very bright gold. Smells of citrus and very mild hops right off the bat. Small head quickly faded. Flavor starts small and stays there. It does have an aftertaste that reminds you that it is a light European style of beer. Does not rank as highly as even some homebrew Kolsch's that I have had. Would not buy again.

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3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JamnesCameron
3.19/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stopped at the brewery location off exit 6 on 94, near the winery roadside spot. They had beers on tap: kolsch, summer wheat, cocoa stout, swartz, mutha pucker, and oaked IPA. Got a growler of kolsch to bring home. Tasted same day.

A - nice golden body with a thick white head that slowly dissipates slowly.

S - some malty aromas along with fruit (apples/pears) with a touch of hoppiness, but not noble hops. Brewery uses williamette, according to Brian at the brewery "outlet"

T - some astringency, toasted flavors, a little malty sweetness. Not the clean soft roundness you would expect from a kolsch. Has more of a dortmunder quality in the taste - a little grainy.

M - mouthfeel is moderate, with very little carbonic bite. Not as attentuated as expected.

D - overall very drinkable beer. Would make a good session beer, but not particularly representative of the style. Overall a good beer, if not a good kolsch.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of GbVDave
4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a corked and capped 750ml bottle into a 20oz imperial pint glass. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Pours a hazy, pale straw color sporting some active carbonation and a bit of suspended sediment. Covering this is a creamy, 1 1/2 finger, bright white head that leaves no lace behind.

S: Aromas of biscuits and lightly toasted bread that blend nicely with lemon-y noble hops. The yeast, malt, and hop aromas compliment each other nicely.

T: Crisp toasty malt and biscuit with an excellent citrus/noble hop flavor profile. Also noticed flavors of pear, green apple, and white grape. Not terribly complex, but incredibly well executed.

M: Pretty bright with a welcome creamy maltiness. Crisply toasted malt and lightly bitter hops wash over my tongue with a white pepper spicyness.

D: Such an excellent example of the style! Criminal drinkability. The Moersch family needs to push their Round Barn Brewery beers a little more. Every one that I've had has been excellent!

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in an Ohio State shaker pint glass.

Had some bad experiences with previous Round Barn offerings, but that don't stop me never. Ever. Call me crazy. Anyway, this stuff pours a clear straw-brass topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises flowers, vague bread, and a few mild touches of lemon and green apple. The taste brings in more of the same, the bread leaning toward sourdough without fully committing, and a vein of grass running through the proceedings. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a crisp finish. Overall, a pretty damn tasty kolsch, I must say. It's clean, it's crisp, and it's something I rarely say about beers: it's "refreshing". Good times.

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hazy golden color pour witn a small foamy white cap , quickly fading leaving some jagged lace , medium to high carbonation. Aroma is of dry pale malts with floral and fruit notes , and a hint of spicy hops . Flavor is of biscuty malt , lemonpepper , hops , spice and apple type yeast esters , light body with a crisp clean mouthfeel and dry finish . Very drinkable and would have been much better on a hot summer day . A nice beer .

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 1/29/2014. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy bright gold color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, cracker, toast, biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance of pale malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, cracker, biscuit, toast, herbal, floral, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pear, apple, cracker, biscuit, toast, herbal, floral, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and robustness of pale malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice kolsch style! All around good balance and robustness of pale malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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