Lift | MadTree Brewing

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MadTree Brewing
Ohio, United States

Style: German Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Whether taking a break from a hard day of work or just a huge day of hops, this crisp refreshing beer with a hint of orange will lift your spirits without lowering your expectations for what a craft beer should be.

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Photo of Caveworm
4.06/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lift | MadTree Brewing. Poured from the can into a glass, this has a two finger thick head, lateral lacing, and a light gold body.

Smells like bright malts with the orange mentioned on the labeling.

The taste is light cracker malts and a light touch of the oranges. Smooth, clean finish.

Medium-light mouthfeel with carbonation.

Lift | MadTree Brewing gets a solid 4 from me.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enamored by pilsner, many cultures couldn't make a beer in quite the same way, so some improvisions were needed. Kolsch is just one of those beers and its slightly unique and understated charm took hold in and around Cologne. Its a time honored taste that Mad Tree Brewing honors with their Koslch-style version of this hybrid beer.

Light and airy, Lift pours with a slightly clouded straw appearance. As an arid, cottony froth forms, the beer's light floral scent brings a notion of honeysuckle along with fresh baking bread and a hint of herbal grassiness. Subtle sweetness graces the tongue with a light and bready sweetness, delicate honey and a mild cereal quality.

In a nearly lager-like fashion, the sweetness drifts away through the middle palate and the light hops bring a light estery character of apple, lemon and pear. Hops slowly roll into the taste, trending floral early but trending lemony, and then grassy, peppery and botanical on the late palate.

Light in body, the beer uses a higher carbonated rate to facilitate dryness and to highlight the hop bitterness that effectively frames the taste of lemongrass and lemonpepper. A light hint of sulfur tucks nicely behind the grassy hops while the ale applies an evaporative cooling, minty taste on the after palate.

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Photo of russpowell
3.4/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent gold with 2 fingers of cream colored head/

S: Bready, grainy, a little citrus, kiss of yeastyness

T: Follows the nose up front. Grassyness, grainyness & dryness as this warms. , Finishes, crackery, grainy & dry with a little grassyness

MF: Light body & delicate carbonation

Easy drinker, nothing special

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lift brewed by MadTree Brewing with an ABV of 4.70% This Kolsch pours out a nice golden amber color with a nice white head. There is also a nice amount of lacing to this brew, it sticks to the side of the glass well. The smell is rich with grains and malts malts. You also pick up on some nice mild hop bitterness and sweetness in the smell as well. Really digging the smell of this brew. The look and smell of Lift are really inviting. Now for the taste, it is Bold with cream smooth grains and malts. There is a lot going on in lift. This is one smooth drinking brew. There is nothing overpowering about this brew, it has a super nice balance to it. This brew would go nice lunch or dinner. I like how smooth this gose down . The body of lift is a solid medium, not more nothing lless.Lift mouth feel is Creamy, Bold, Smooth, Rich, Clean and Refreshing. Overall I'm giving Lift a 4.25 out of 5. I would definitely look this brew up again giving the opportunity to. MadTree Brewing, did a real nice job with this brew.

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Photo of superspak
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into pint glass, canned on 8/17/2017. Pours slightly hazy pale golden yellow color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a large cap that lasts. Thick soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of wheat, cracker, white bread dough, and lightly toasted biscuit; with light notes of honey, lemon, orange, pear, apple, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with bready malt and light earthy hop/fruity yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of big wheat, cracker, white bread dough, and lightly toasted biscuit; with light notes of honey, lemon, orange, pear, apple, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of wheat, cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, light fruits, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great robustness of bready malt and light earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Moderately crisp/clean finishing. Lightly increasing dryness from bitterness. Very clean on lager flavors, not too fruity/yeast. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, bready/grainy, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.7%. Overall this is an excellent Kolsch style. All around great robustness of bready malt and light earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink with the minimal bitter finish. Clean and flavorful wheat/pils malts; with very well restrained yeast ester character, and mild hop balance. A very enjoyable offering, and spot on style example.

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Photo of Try-em-all
3.99/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straw yellow with a little cloudiness less than a finger with head slightly Singh little bit of orange but not as much as I would like. Has a touch of banana clove and pear a nice beer a real winner.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.56/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Slightly cloudy straw yellow with a fluffy white head that clings in thick lace.

On the nose I get banana, apple, wheat and a little clove making it come off like a Hefe, but there's a touch of corn as well.

Wheat, corn, pear and toast come through on the palate bringing it back into Kolsch territory.

Body is soft and light with a moderate froth and a semi-dry finish.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
3.51/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I got this beer via a beer trade (in a can). I thought this was a pretty good Kölsch, perhaps a bit thin.

Look: semi-clear very light golden with a very thick bubbly white head.

Aroma: sweet malts, slight citrus

Taste: It's malty crisp/bready, sort of like crackers, sweet and fruity with some citrus.

Feel: Light a bit thin, a tad watery, but easy drinking, good for hot weather.

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Photo of Myotus
3.64/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured at 45°F from a 12oz can (canned on 08Aug16) into a stange. Consumed on 28Aug16.
SMELL: Mild aromas of unsalted crackers and earthy hops are supported by subtle scents of peaches, white grapes, pears, honey, oranges, and grass.
3.75 out of 5
TASTE: The profile starts with a mild maltiness of unsalted crackers. Mild earthy hop flavors quickly bring a noble hop balance. A subtle sweetness emerges from flavors of peaches, white grapes, pears, oranges, and honey as the cracker graininess develops a mild bitterness. Subtle flavors of grass trail lastly while the white grape flavors are somewhat strengthened.
3.5 out of 5
NOTE: This was a good rendition of a Kölsch. It was grainy and had a great hop balance. The sweetness was subtle, but was expected from the style. I was not fond of the bitter end of the graininess, though.

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

Really well done Kolsch. True to the style it pours a straw gold with a puffy, light-as-air head. Aroma is light hops, a little floral and toasted malt. Taste has that familiar Pilsner profile - lightly toasted malt, cereal, cracker, spicy hops, lemon zest. Easy to knock back, this beer begs to be followed by another. Drinks clean and finishes dry.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.49/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought a can of this at Andersons in Reynoldsburg, OH. It poured a slightly hazy yellow with thin white head that is not leaving any lace. The scent had hints of lemon and yeast. The taste is almost a sour dough with hint of lemon. The Mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it's ok...not my favorite beer Style.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.84/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a really good beer from MadTree, maybe the best I've had from them. The only issue is the trueness to style, which seems pretty far off.

It is cloudier than any I've seen of this style, looking pale. It has a nice head. The aroma also is nice pungent tangy smell. It smells a little hoppier as it approaches room temperature (my preferred temp for this style).

The taste similarly hits a yeast vibe almost like other style wheat beers, but not showing an unusual malt taste. The burp is pretty good, a usual feature for a kolsch. The taste is too delicate to stand up against most foods.

This kolsch seems somewhat unconventional. I am glad it's not boring.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.47/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

16oz pour on tap at South Park Tavern, Dayton OH. Served in a Nonic glass.

Appearance: Pale straw color. Thin white head with persistent sheets of lacing.

Smell: Faint hint of noble hops and not much else.

Taste: Clean cracker malt, nice complement of noble hops. Mild flavor overall.

Mouthfeel: A bit thin and watery. Finishes dry. Good carbonation.

Overall / Drinkability: A no frills beer. Maybe a bit too mild in flavor. Easily drinkable with a calzone. Not something I would want another of - not because it was bad, but because it was a bit boring to my taste buds.

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Photo of dcotom
4.47/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12-ounce can into a straight-sided mug. Beautiful pour, pale yellow with a fluffy white head and clouds of bubbles continuously rising from the bottom of the glass. Aroma is light bread and just a hint of yeast. Very light and crisp, nice bitterness, dry finish. This is an outstanding beer, worth seeking out.

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Photo of Brenden
3.95/5  rDev +7%
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 +35.5%
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 +2.4%
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 -5.7%
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 -3.5%
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 +4.3%
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 -0.5%
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 +6.2%
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 +0.3%
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 -10.8%
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 -7%
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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