Bell's Baron Von Nordwestlich | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by SerialTicker on 07-08-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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With a nod to German brewing tradition, the Kolsch style is a comfort one for microbrewers who get to emulate the taste of lager but with the technique of ale. When done well, the Kolsch beer captures the best of both worlds.

Dragging the Baron Von Nordwestlich series out of the coffers, the Kolsch pour with a curious dark golden hue, striking the eye with ribbons of amber in the right light. And that darker color translates to savory toasted aromas and slight hearty sweetness. With the floral whimsy of honeysuckle wafting about, its perfume is delightfully fruity and candied.

Firm grain sweetness lays upon the tastebuds with fresh kilned barley, unlocking something almost of caramel, almost of honey, but medium-bodied with light bread and crust. Light nutty character chases the finish while the fruit of apple, lemon and pale orange lurk in its recesses.

Its delightful finish is quick to discard the bulk of sweetness and body, allowing the crisp, clean and fully attenuated malt character to dry the palate for high refreshment and drinkability without sacrificing flavor. Although the hybrid beer might be splitting the difference between Kolsch and Vienna lager, its procession upon the palate is very pleasing and effortless.

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Aroma is grainy, with slightly fruity kolsch yeast character.

Flavor is similar, but with an bitter, earthy, and minerally finish that's slightly offputting.

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3.01/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Had on-tap at Bell's Eccentric Cafe.

This is described as a "German Golden Ale", but that style isn't available to choose from on this site. I got this as a part of my paddle after seeing it on draft and having never heard of it before. Like most adjunct lagers, this beer has no head or lacing whatsoever. Deep, golden yellow color. It's crystal clear. Taking a smell, it smells like an adjunct lager... I'm not sure if this is supposed to be, but it just smelled of corn, and tasted of it as well. The taste, as mentioned, is a lot of corniness. There is even a bit of a lime (?) note, which makes me liken this beer to an improved Dos Equis.

Is this supposed to taste like an adjunct? I'm not sure, but the consensus at my table was that it tasted like one. Is it bad? No, not if you don't *hate* corn flavors in your beer. I wasn't expecting this, but I turned out to enjoy it for what I [think] it is.

An upgraded Dos Equis.

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