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Kölsch - Mad Fox Brewing Company

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Kölsch
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85
very good

33 Ratings
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Ratings: 33
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.94%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mad Fox Brewing Company visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 07-13-2010)
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3.54/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Kolsch, on tap at Mad Fox brewpub in Falls Church, VA. The first brew I tried this evening, this one was enjoyed on 09/05/10.

Appearance: Arrives a pale crystalline yellow, delicate, with the remains of a half finger head and gentle swirls of off white lacing. Slow but plentiful carbonation rises upwards towards the surface, and some streaks and tendrils of lacing do put up quite a struggle along the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Simple golden pilsen notes and a faint amount of grassyness. Rather weak.

Taste: On the sweet side, with a nice simple grainy undertone, a few husky notes and some biscuityness. A soft bitterness and a good amount of grassy hoppiness compliment a slight amount of fruity yeast esters.

Mouthfeel: Immaculately smooth and soft. Well carbonated, but the thickness of this one evens it out very well. Its not the ideal Kolsch feel, but it is how I like my beers to feel - even, creamy, and with enough lift to keep up the intensity.

Drinkability: Hard to knock the drinkability of a Kolsch unless it's just downright terrible. This one's fortunately not - it's well-made, light, zippy, and though perhaps a little sweet for me, on the whole very nice. A bright refreshing summer beer that I could see myself going back for another of.

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3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Decent beer. I'll take a Kolsch any day over anything mass produced when I want something light and to kill a sweat....light, small white head....very crisp and clean on the palate...I might have to try it again as the first beer I get....a porter then a wee heavy first didnt allow me to get the full flavor of this much lighter beer.

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3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery. Very mild nose with some beany hops and light malt. Crystal clear pale yellow with thin white lacing head. Medium light body to this one with light-medium carbonation. Starts with light acidity, beany hops flavor, and not much malt. Salty notes with an underlying fruity character. Near crisp but not there yet refreshing. Finish is medium bitter with light acidic tang with some dryness after.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pilsner glass.

My first beer at this new, extremely local brewpub. It pours a slightly hazy, very pale straw topped by a finger or so of white micro-foam. The nose comprises light grapefruit, kiwi, lemon zest, and a touch o' coriander. The taste follows slightly, with notes of spicy coriander, lemon, grapefruit, and a slight piney and floral bitterness. The body is light, with a stinging moderate carbonation and a crisp, dry finish. Overall, a very solid kölsch; easy to see how it's the brewer's signature.

Photo of mdfb79
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From 04/23/11 notes. On tap at the brewpub.

a - Pours a clear yellow-golden color with high carbonation evident and an inch of white head.

s - Smells of wheat, grain, bready malts. Pretty light, but enjoyable for a kolsch.

t - Taste follows the nose; grain, wheat, earthy/grassy notes, and a tiny bit of sourness, but not much at all. Again, pretty light and nice.

m - Light body and high carbonation. A little bit too carbonated which hurts it.

o - Overall a pretty nice kolsch that was very easy to drink. Something I would have again and worth a try, though it didn't blow me away.

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4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub.

Pours a light, crisp straw color with plenty of visible carbonation. Some sticky lacing on the way down. The nose brings a bit of light fruit esters without too much else. Pretty mellow but definitely present. The taste adds in a bit of light grain, which lends a nice dryness and is carried quite well by the light body and prickly carbonation. Finishes very well. Drinkability is really high. This is a nice, flavorful, low-abv beer that nearly anyone could enjoy.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice light brew, great sense of flavor, and very quaffable.

Presentation: Growler from Bill Madden´s Mad Fox. Menu offers a good description of the general characteristics, and main ingredients. Shows Alc. by Vol. (4.4%) Served in a pilsner glass.

A - Straw pour, small finger of a frothy head with fair retention, fair surface memory, and good lacing.

S - Soft and shy nose, fruity-grassy hint with a grainy touch.

T - Gentle grainy touch, small grass note with nice citric hint of hops. Soft and nice bitter sense.

M - Light body with ample carbonation, slight dry finish.

O - Great light brew, which drinks very uncompromisingly, and makes a great social entry quality ale.

Notes: Sure, I´m not well versed at all in the virtues of Kölschs, but this one seems like quite the deserving take on the style. Flavorful, sessionable, great for a social instance… And true, in a sense this is far from what I´m typically after in a brew, but it hits the mark well and makes for a well deserved brewing hallmark. Thanks Mr. Madden :)

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Kölsch from Mad Fox Brewing Company
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