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MadTree Brewing
Ohio, United States | website

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by patpbr on 03-09-2014

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Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 126
Photo of Brenden
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

There's a thick haze to this white-gold brew initially, one that clears up to show a moderate translucency. It's as pale as a Kolsch should be, something that's often an indicator of how true a beer is to this style in particular. The head is pure white, fluffy and softly bubbly, and it sits at half a finger before loosening. A foam remains on the edges and some pretty good brussels lace sticks, particularly in a soft ring where the beer settles.
The aroma shows a good dry, white wine, pale fruit flesh, softly tart character with some underlying grains, and the lagering shows through (if that makes sense). A bit of lemon / lemongrass shows, going both zesty / citric and grassy. The taste follows suit, with a good mix of softness, dryness, and tartness overall. Grains flash in and out but don't overburden it, and the finish isn't completely clean but pretty solid.
This one is appropriately light-bodied, dry with just enough sweetness to balance, crisp but still fairly soft, and smooth. It really gets the style down well.

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Photo of goldenbooter
5/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great summer beer or beer for the lighter drinkers. Much lighter in color than other Kolsch styles. Lots of head. Sweeter, hops not very present. Perfect for anytime there are high temps outside

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Photo of madelfonatree
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Canned 6/26/15 enjoyed 7/22/15 in a pint glass.

Look - See through, even when cold. Pale yellow. Medium white head. Thick bubbles, light lacing. For the style, expected. My preference, no.

Smell - Non-roasted malt. When stirred there is a faint sour aroma. Citrus. Not my "smell".

Taste - Very thin taste. A large part is grass. Faint citrus. Not my taste.

Feel - I like the feel here. I would expect it to be overly carbonated but it is not. For the style, this is better than the normal.

Overall - This is not my favorite MadTree brew. Far from it. Is it something to suggest to a wheat lover, yes. Is it something to suggest to one that still likes to drink Coors Light, yes. Is it something to suggest to a beer lover, no.

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Photo of UKBeerman
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The many reviews seem to hit it on the head. I am not a huge fan of the style...but this is pretty reminiscent of a european kolsch. Subtle flavors. Light aroma. Not much on bitterness or hops. Tastes like something a volunteer in a marathon would hand to you in a dixie cup as you ran by....and i don't mean that in an insulting way. It is a light, refreshing summer day drinkable beer

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Photo of buschbeer
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 FL. OZ. can
Served in a MadTree becker glass

It pours pale yellow in color and is clear. It is topped with two inches of white head. It leaves some decent lacing around the edges.

I get a floral aroma with hints of lemon.

There is very little taste. As I search, I come up with a little grain, lemon, and grass.

Thin mouthfeel

This beer is very light and easy drinking.

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Photo of do_ob
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. can into a Sam Adams glass. Pours a crystal-clear pale golden with about 1 finger of fizzy foam. Fades down into a light lacing fairly quickly. Not much of an aroma, but I get hints of wheat, spice, grass, orange, and lemon. Light weight, and very crisp and refreshing. A bit malty/grassy initially on the taste, but follows through with notes of orange, lemon, and hops. Has a decent bit of malt on the back end with a clean, crisp finish. Dry on the aftertaste with lingering lemon zest.

Overall, pretty darn good. I could definitely see drinking 6 of these on a Saturday afternoon while cutting the grass, working around the garage, etc. This one's a bit underrated, in my opinion.

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Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer has already been summed up. Clean, light, enjoyable and great for someone not looking for a punch in the face of flavor. Would see pairing this with some good food. Not sure this is true to style but good all around.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Pies & Pints, Worthington, OH. Imperial pint glass.

Appearance - Bright gold, 1 finger bright white foamy head. Little visible carbonation. Nice lacing.

Aroma - Notable malty yeastiness. Definitely an ale. Pear; definitely very Kolsch, very "ale-y".

Taste - Clean malt arrival with straw-like estery bitterness. Straw, pear, ale yeast. Clean, lightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Creamy, frothy.

Overall - A very nice summer beer. Very "German" in character. Very "ale-y." Will be buying again, for sure.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This is a nice beer. Tastes kind of bready and floral with some dough in there. Not really characteristics I would expect to see in a kolsch, but it's a nice drinker.

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Photo of Beer_Loving_Brandon
3.29/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Not particularly impressive. Tastes and smells like a pilsner... Not sure even what a "Kolsch-style Ale" even is, but if this is a good example of one I have no choice but to assume that Kolsch-style Ales are really just Pilsners with another name.

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Photo of metter98
3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy light yellow in color and has some hints of visible carbonation. It poured with a short white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: Light aromas of bready malts and green grapes are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, but the green grape flavors seem to be a bit stronger and linger into the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This kölsch doesn't seem to be as flavorful as some of the other beers in the style, but is refreshing and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce can, canned on 11/03/2014 (date stamped on bottom of can). Served in a stange/Kölsch glass, the beer pours a gold color with about an inch white head that stuck around a while. There's also a good amount of lacing. The aroma is nice, the brew smells like bready malt, grassy hops and some lemon/orange peel. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's the addition of some honey and light floral hops. Mouthfeel/body is light, it's crisp and it's also easy and refreshing to drink. I'd probably enjoy this more on a hot day, but it was in the 50's here today (which is nice for mid-December) so that's close enough for me. So far I'm 3 for 3 with MadTree brews that I'd like to try again. $1.67 a can at Grain and Grape.

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Photo of GPHarris
4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-poured a three-fingers thick, rocky off-white head into a tulip glass that left great lacing throughout. The body is a bright golden color.
S-kolsch yeast with oranges and honey. The honey is very strong and adds a lot to this beer.
T- same as aroma.
M-crisp and quaffable.
O-tasty and complex kolsch.

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Photo of jlindros
4.11/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I do enjoy a well done Kolsch, and from a can... interesting. Hopefully this hits nicely. Thanks to crapturds (reddit). No date, but that's typical for a can.

Pours a decent fizzy bubbly 1 finger airy head that tries to fade quickly but keeps getting knocked back with a nice column of bubbles streaming up to continue the head's reign. touches of whispy pacing, over crystal clear lemon cereal yellow color.

Nose is actually very well done for a Koslch, nice crackery grainy malts, toasty cereal grains, a mild lemony fruity like cereal note, little grassy, hay, etc, with a nice light crisp airy feel to it even in the aroma, faint hints of noble grassy slight floral hops.

Taste is pretty nice too, again more cereal grains, toasty and crackery, grainy, with a mild to fair sweetness, some hay and grassy flavors too. Fruitiness really comes through, a lager-like fruit flavor, can't really pinpoint a specific fruit but generic fruitiness, and hint of lemony cereal note. Mild grassy hops note, again noble like with hint of floralness. Mild soft crisp center, crisp finish with fair dryness, mild bitterness lingering, hint of a salty note.

Mouth is soft and crisp, bit lighter body, nice carb.

Overall pretty nice for a Kolsch, most American Kolschs are not well done, but this was pretty well done. A little sweet, and a bit on the fruity side, but that's not a big issue. Nice malts, nice hops, crisp, dry tasty, well done.

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Photo of rangerred
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a clear light gold with a one finger white head. The head fades somewhat quickly but leaves a thin cap of lacing on the beer.

Aroma is extremely bread with some very light floral and citrus notes from the hops. Overwhelmingly malty though.

The flavor has lots of malty goodness but it is not sweet and remains restrained. Light lemon and orange is present in the background along with a light bitterness. Mouthfeel has some body to it but is light enough to be refreshing.

Overall, a nicely done Kolsch style beer. The breadiness is wonderful and it is very refreshing. Good job.

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