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Kellerbier Kölsch | Mad Fox Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Mad Fox Brewing Company
Virginia, United States

Style: Kellerbier / Zwickelbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Kegatron on 01-30-2012

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3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Kegatron
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ the Mad Fox Brewing Company (Falls Church, VA) on 1/28/12. Served in a Weizen glass. This is an unfiltered version of the house Kölsch.

Pours an unfiltered pale gold, with a ½ finger of sudsy bright-white head. This retains nicely, maintaining at that level and leaving back some foamy swathes of lacing. Good look here. The aroma smells grassy, spicy, and bready, with a splash of lemon and a lot of sulfur type character coming out. You can definitely smell those proteins coming out in the nose.

The taste is lemon, crisp sweet grains, and a green earthy hop bite. Like the nose, the unfiltered nature of this comes out as an egg-like sulfuric flavor. It’s not really unpleasant in any way though. The finish on this has some strength though, with a dry spiciness and green pith that really sticks in the mouth for a bit. The mouthfeel is lighter-medium bodied, with a nice firm crispness mostly the whole way through this. There is a bit more of a bubbly creaminess along the back, ensuring that this stays easy in the mouth.

This was tasty and refreshing, with the unfiltered nature of this maybe taking away a bit of the crispness from the overall flavor profile but then added some unique qualities to this that more than made for it.

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3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

growler from the brewpub into a pint glass, same day

a: curvy pint glass serving, yellow straw in color with a thorough haze, great retention of a bone-white head

s: opens with sweet bread and lots of yeasty goodness, glimpses of sulfur, some light fruits, a mild grassy hop profile

m: body moving to the heavier side of light, carbonation a low moderate

t: fresh white breads and an appealing fruity yeast profile take the reins here, mild hints of yeast spice here and there, grassy hops, very nice

o: this one mutes the crisp/clean character of the standard kolsch with sweet unfiltered yeast and rich breads, my preferred of the two

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3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer has a great white head that takes a while to dissipate. Beer itself is a clear pale gold. Very nice and crispy looking.

Beer smell and taste has a nice yeast note to it. Hop bitterness is strong but not overpowering giving get it a nice bitter resin note.

Feel is light but slightly heavy and light body. Refreshing but dry at the end.

Overall, good.

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.17/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2011 GABF Gold Medal winner. On tap at Mad Fox. Served in a pilsner glass.

Pours a very hazy bright straw yellow with a good white head. Nice retention and quite a bit of lacing on the way down. The nose carries some nice pilsner malt and just a touch of hops. At that point, it's quite similar to the base kolsch. From there, however, there's a really nice dose of yeast and breadiness, really changing the dynamic of the beer.

The flavor is similar. Bread and yeast come forward with the base in the background. Nice yeastiness through the finish. Moderate hop component. Crisp, but not as much so as the regular kolsch; this is probably halfway between kolsch and hefeweizen in body and feel. Really a nicely done brew. Bill and company deserve the accolades on this one.

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3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Thorpe for the tick.

A - A clear, light yellow colored beer with a small white head that didn't leave much on the sides.

S - A little bready with some sweetness that comes in a touch fruity and tropical. Slight hops finish.

T - Taste is a lot like the nose, with a little bit of grass in there to give it more of a wet taste.

M - Light, crisp, good carbonation.

O - Nice beer, good for the style. Enjoyable to drink and easy to get down. Has some decent complexity for how low ABV it is.

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Kellerbier Kölsch from Mad Fox Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 54 ratings
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