Kölsch | Mad Fox Brewing Company

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Mad Fox Brewing Company
Virginia, United States

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 36
Photo of Thorpe429
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
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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Photo of mdfb79
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
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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Photo of TMoney2591
3.83/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at Mad Fox Brewing Company into a large pilsner glass.

A great shiny crystal clear body of brass yellow with small rising carbonation. A slight tiny bubbled white head is presented but falls slowly and eventually. Collar is maintained and kept throughout drinking.

Nose is kind of small and muted, very tiny all I get off or this is a light malt.

Taste is quite impressive. A very tight and sharp palate sensation and feel of incredibly crisp hop and malt. Slight bread off the swallow, but also very vinous and grape like tasting. Very tight hop bitter in the finish almost borderline lime astringent. Palate really jumps around with very lively carbonation.

Overall extremely refreshing with a varied and interesting palate. I just wish this beer had some degree of bouquet on it. I am still in the search for my ultimate Kolsch, the quest continues in earnest.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at the brewpub. Beer is yellow and really hazy, I don't know if I got the last or what the deal was. No real head, no lacing, carbonation moderate to low.

Aroma was nice, things are looking up. Clean, crisp, mildly malty sweet.

Beer is light in body, clean finish. Mildly bitter, drinkability really high. Great lawnmower beer. I love sessionable light beers. This is definitely a repeat for me.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub.

One of my favorites from this visit. Pours a clear light golden color with a white head. Flavor and aroma are clean, dry and crisp with mild fruity sweetness. Light hop presence in the finish, medium body with effervescent carbonation. A nice kolsch, very sessionable, one of the best options currently available here.

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Photo of Daniellobo
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
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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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of CrellMoset
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
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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Photo of Eriktheipaman
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A great example of the style.

The smell is slight fruit from the hops and just a nice crispness to it.

The taste was great, overall clean and refreshing. Nice one sided malt backbone and a good bitterness to it. Reminded me a lot of Sierra Nevada Summerfest.

I think this with the low ABV will be my go to beer whenever I'm here.

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Photo of dedrinker
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale, slightly hazy yellow/ straw color with white head.

Mild aromas of sulfur and grainy malt/ honey.

Tastes fairly clean with a floral brightness and itsy bitsy tartness that quenches. such a delicate ale that almost tastes like a German pilsner.

Light body, easy going in the mouth, slam dunk thirst quencher on the finish.

The only better kolsch I've had was brewed in Cologne.

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Photo of timtim
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this is the one that Bill Madden is known for around these parts, and on a hot summer day, kolch sounded perfect. nice, slightly hazy golden with a little white head that diminishes to a donut ring that hangs out for a while. nose is grainy malt with a mild honeyish sweetness, a touch of euro-hoppiness and a hint of inner-earthy, wet rock stinkiness that really gives it some character. taste is crisp and fairly dry with a slight twang that reminds me of the twang that comes from good wheat and a proper not-too-bitter european hop thing going on in the finish. very well executed and quite tasty... i'll agree with the reviewer who said that they'd have to go to cologne to find a better kolch. not too impressed with the other beers i tried there that day, but the kolch is a winner for sure.

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Photo of jjboesen
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On a recent October afternoon, I made my first visit to Bill Madden's Mad Fox Brewing Company. (See Review) At the front door to greet me were several glistening tanks of stainless steel, from which came Bill's signature beer, the kolsch. Served in a pilsner glass - rather than the customary stange - it appeared light golden body with a razor thin head; from within was a steady stream of carbonation bubbles rising to the top. The nose detects an intense aroma of freshly cut grass (a "lawnmower" beer, perhaps?) and the palate experiences a biscuity chewiness prior to a subsequent malt finish. This kolsch is a nice, tasty and refreshing quaff that is offered courtesy of Mr. Madden.

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Photo of fields336
4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: brilliant clarity, light yellow with little head to speak of. Carbonation streaming off of the bottom. Little lacing to be found

S: slight apple skin to tart lemon, floral, very very light malt smell

T: tart and citric at first, grassy noble hops give it a nice bitterness. There is a sturdy bready malt backbone if you search for it

M: really dry and carbonated, nicely done to style

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Photo of novajeepfreak
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
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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Kölsch from Mad Fox Brewing Company
3.91 out of 5 based on 36 ratings.
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