Otter Creek Spring Ale: German-style Kölsch - Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's

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Otter Creek Spring Ale: German-style KölschOtter Creek Spring Ale: German-style Kölsch

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BA SCORE
83
good

82 Reviews
THE BROS
90
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Reviews: 82
Hads: 94
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 10.16%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  4.85% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bitterbill on 01-20-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 82 | Hads: 94
Photo of Sammy
2.71/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On cask at Rattle 'N' Hum. Good grapefruit colour. Sour bitter(that was the lemony part) though creamy mouthfeel. Not hitting the spot.
Should have worked as a cask if it was good. May be better enjoyed in the summer in lieu of lemonade. Just lacking in taste. (260 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: It poured crystal clear pale yellow in color with a finger-sized creamy bright white head. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible.
S: The smell isn't very strong, but there are aromas of grainy malts and grapes.
T: Like the smell, there are mostly flavors of grainy malts and grapes along with some notes of bitterness from the hops. The overall taste has a little bit of sweetness.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate but isn't very crisp or dry due to the subtle presence of hops.
D: The beer is very drinkable and goes down smoothly. I could definitely have a few of these back-to-back. (600 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 02.10.2009

A: Pours a ver light golden color with a large, two-finger bone-white head. Plenty of carbonation bubbles visible throughout. Okay lacing.

S: Mild grains along with some very mild, tart fruit sensations.

T: Soft malt and the tiniest bit of sweetness. Mild bitterness. Very few hop.

M: Light and refreshing, though a tad bit over-carbonated.

D: Pretty good--I wouldn't mind knocking back a couple of these once the weather's nicer. At the same time, I don't think it stacks up with the Goose Island Summertime. (539 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with a fluffy head that shows good retention and deposits a few dots of lace

Smell: Crisp, with hints of lemon and biscuit

Taste: Biscuity up front, with a hint of lemon developing; after the swallow, the finish is clean, with just a hint of fruit

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A very nice example of the style which some brewers have difficulty pulling off (441 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Otter Creek's German-style Kolsch is quite a change from their previous spring style, the Mud Bock. Obviously, bock was brewed for spring as is tradition, but I think the Kolsch style may be a little more...

It pours a clear, very deep golden body at 8 or 9 SRM, just slightly darker than the normal 3.5 to 7 SRM range of those brewed in Germany. The creamy white head rises shortly, and then drops fairly readily. Lacing about the glass is limited to spots and streaks.

The nose expresses floral hops and fruitiness over grainy maltiness.

In the flavor it's pretty much right on for the style with a little bit of yeasty fruitiness to it. It still has a clean, lager edge to it, but there's that nice dollop of fruitiness to lend it character. On the other hand, the malt is a little bit more flavorful and full than those I've had from Cologne. This is not necessarily a bad thing, just an observation. It's grainy, not caramelish, and gives a fuller, wider flavor. The bitterness is pretty solid with Bu's in the mid to upper 20's, and it finishes dry with some lingering grainy malt that passes quickly leaving flowery hops behind.

Overall: accessible; full flavored enough to keep you coming back; drinkable. (1,217 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light malts, grain and a touches of citrus and hops.

T: The taste is bready with a little spice and flavors of barley, grain and some citrus. There isn't a lot of sweetness, which is what you expect from this type of beer. There's a decent hops presence for the style, providing a little a bit of balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light body, medium-to-high carbonation, very clean finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easy, not filling at all, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a nice lighter beer that is worth drinking several bottles over a long period of time. (802 characters)

Photo of jwc215
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 1/28/08 (printed on the neck):

Pours light golden yellow with a thin, lasting white head.

The smell is of cracker breadiness, sweet grain, restrained floral notes.

The taste is of sweet grain, light wheat tang, bready, with a restrained bitterness. Crisp and clean, with a refreshingly dry finish.

Appropriately light-bodied and refreshing. It has a sweetish, malty aftertaste that doesn't linger too long.

Nice interpretation of the style - on-target. Very drinkable. Hits the spot on a warm Spring day! An easy, yet tasty, "session" ale. (555 characters)

Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice gold color with a 1/2" white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a grainy pale malt scent along with a bready yeast aroma. It's light, yet sweet smelling. The taste is good as well. It has a very smooth and malty flavor. It's not particularly heavy, but it's complex and quite enjoyable. It has a wonderful pale malt taste that goes down easy and finishes dry, yet malty. It's a bit grainy with some light breadlike notes. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a highly drinkable spring ale; an excellent choice. (605 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
2.58/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is grain and nothing else. This smells about like a BMC lager. I wish I could say the flavor was better, but I can't. I get a ton of grain notes as well as some corny sweetness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. This beer has nothing in common with other kolsches I have tried. (343 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yummy. Pale, bready, biscuity grains with a hint of yeast and grassy hops. Clear golden body with a white head that too quickly disappears. The aroma is a mild version of the taste with mild grains, a little fruit, and hops. The carbonation is on the high side of medium and it's very very drinkable. This is a great pairing for sautéed vegetables or a rich salad. (365 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a three-finger white head that fades quickly leaving some lace. Clear amber color. Barnyard nose. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is mild, inoffensive, some malty sweetness, almost a clean finish. $1.50 for a 12oz bottle from Capital Convenience Concord, NH. (283 characters)

Photo of plaid75
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a medium straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light grainy malt with some lemon zest and herbal hop.

The taste consisted of a grainy malt with some decent spicy and herbal noble hops. Some lemon bitterness as well.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness for the style.

Overall a tasty and very easy drinking ale. (391 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to jwc215 for this brew.

Pours a nice clean/clear golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger foamy white head, which does leave some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, slight hoppiness, some spices, and caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty/hoppy, spicy/caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad brew, would be nice on a hot summer day. (378 characters)

Photo of DrJay
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yellow/gold with a light chill haze and a sticky white cap. Solid sheets of lace clung to the glass and it had good head retention. Aromas of floral hops, cereal, and crackers. Moderate bitterness with floral and crackery malt flavours, plus a hint of fruitiness. Light bodied with carbonation a little more than average. A bit dry, nice texture overall. Refreshing and tasty, a decent kolsch. (393 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden. Dirty white head. Sporadic lace. Nose is grainy, sweet and worty. Quite herbal on the taste buds. Also some biscuity malt nuances and spicy hoppiness. Pretty solid for a kolsh. Medium bodied and moderately carbonated, this could make for a nice quaffer in the summertime as it's got some flavor too. (312 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this bottle in a trade with jwc215. Thanks Joe!

It pours a clear straw gold with a 2 finger and growing head of foam. More foam sipping is in order here. ;^) Heaqd retention is above average and there's some good lacing.

It has a nice malty/citrus hoppy nose going on. It *smells* refreshing.

The taste has a nice mix of bready malt and citrus hops that are nicely balanced and make for a very smooth tasting beer. Nice.

It's light bodied and the carbonation is lower than what I expected judging from how bubbly it looks in the glass, and it finishes with both some bread and some lemon zest. This is a very drinkable example of the style and I think it does the style proud. Well done Otter Creek! (709 characters)

Photo of Brad007
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color: Pours a yellow color with a thin one-finger head.

Aroma: Clean and malty. Smooth. Like a kolsch.

Taste: Malty/bready upfront with a tiny bit of hop bitterness. Not much beyond that. Smooth.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and bready with a tiny bit of bitterness. Goes down very smooth.

Verdict: Drinkable. A good spring beer but I wonder if it would be better suited as a summer beer (I miss the ESB from last year).

I would choose this over a macro lager when it comes to a beer you drink after/while mowing the lawn or kicking back on a hot day. (548 characters)

Photo of Durge
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured cold into a pint glass is a yellow gold color with a minor white foam that dies to a mere ring with a bit of lacing none the less. The aroma comes off as a pretty typical wheat affair with some hints of clove and ham and a touch of floral bouquet I would say. Once committed to the tongue, it's a tangy but relatively smooth, clean feel for the style. There's a touch of floral sweetness over the grainy roughness. I don't have too much more to say. It's refreshing and reasonably drinkable but it's no taste treat to me. Kind of dry in the finish, a bit harsh to my tastebuds but it grows on you and seems to mellow a bit as you go. Definitely worth a try but I'm no expert on Kolsch style beers.

New bottle a year-and-a-half later...
A nice clear amber color with steady bubblage and a fair white cap and very nice blanketing lacing. The aroma brings nice malty lemon bread with even a hint of milk chocolate with illusions of salt water taffy! Quite nice. The flavor offers a simple but refreshing mouthful of cardboard malt and subtle lemon hop. Mildly but pleasantly carbonated the malt dominates but the dry citrus hop balances out nicely. It's medium light bodied with a refreshing and sturdy feel for the style. There's a little nuttiness, some oaky touches. Just a solid offering all around that's plenty drinkable. Nice job by the Otter. (1,366 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with a code of 262421010510, bottled Jan 5th? Pours a hazy light gold color with a rapidly vanishing white foam. Lacing is pretty nice though.

Sweet grains with the typical spiced yeast kolsch aroma. Sweeter smelling than most of the style and a bit more bready. Hops are faint to non-existent here.

Taste follows suit very well with a bit more floral tettnanger hop profile showcased. This is one of the sweeter kolsches I have had and the yeast does not seem to do as much work as I like to see in the style. Still though, this is a decent stab at one of my favorite warm weather styles. Body is full enough and even has a little bit creamy texture that is nice. Goes down very easy, not too shabby - I am not regretting my six pack purchase at all. (766 characters)

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass

Pours a pale golden straw color with a fluffy, two finger bone white head. The cap dissipated quickly and left little behind.

Aroma is of toasted cereal grain and a faint floral hop aroma.

The taste mimics the nose. Toasted ceraeal with a faint floral hop flavor. Very dry, not as bitter as I would like. Very subtle.

Light bodied with a little too much carbonation for my taste.

After doing some yardwork, this was a perfect quencher. (480 characters)

Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a nice beer, but I still prefer Geary's Summer Ale as an example of a good kolsch.
In a pint glass the beer was a hazy gold color with a medium white head. A bit of lacing.
It had a citrus and sweet malt aroma.
Taste of lemon, some bread, and a bit of late hops.
Crisp and dry.
Nice beer. (298 characters)

Photo of Pencible
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This poured mostly clear gold with a bit of white head.
S: It smelled like light lemon and banana with lots of bready yeast.
T: It tasted like clean and light citrus with some bready yeast. The aftertaste had very light bitterness.
M: It was watery with a little carbonation.
D: This was a very ligth and clean beer that was super easy to drink. It had no boldness or complexity or unique elements, but that's ok for a simple summer beer. I'll probably never have it again, but there was nothing wrong with the beer either. (526 characters)

Photo of Gmann
3.49/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear straw color with an average white head which dissipated into a slight ring. The smell light; I pick up doughy malt and grassy/peppery hops. The taste is of bready malt, grassy hops, a bit buttery and has a honey like sweetness. A bit of grain can also be detected. The feel is light almost watery with fizzy carbonation and a fairly balanced finish. The very light and refreshing brew. No real off-putting flavors can be found and is a nice change of pace summer type brew. (487 characters)

Photo of blackie
3.12/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a: tyranena pint, fizzy white head on a golden colored beer, very poor retention

s: grainy pale and lightly nutty wheat malts, underripe peach or green grape, very mild hop presence, seems a bit on the sweet side

m: carbonation prickly but seems to be underdone, light-medium body, lingering presence in the finish, comes across as dull for the style and a bit heavy-footed

t: brief glimpses of a wheat malt crispness with a heavier, more sugary pale malt flavor making up the bulk of the body, white grape juice, mild aged hop flavors come out after swallowing, the malts would be enjoyable were they countered with an adequate hop presence

d: not up to par for a kolsch, too much body and unchecked malt flavor

single from Trader Joe's, Reston, VA (754 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue II:

It's nice to see any early spring release--this one came out in January. Makes the winter seem less wintry. It's also nice to see a spring seasonal offering that's not another Belgian Wit or other wheat beer.

Clear and bright golden-colored brew, white head that drops to a translucent lace. Fresh grain and a touch of green grass in the nose. Very smooth on the palate with a near medium body. Crisp snap up front, with a moderate carbonation level. Hint of mineral opens up to a biscuity malt profile, followed by a hint of honey and bread. Dry overall, mildly sweet. Soft herbal hop character, more grass. Dry and biscuity in the finish, with some lingering grain.

A well-built Kölsch. Balanced. Very refreshing beer. Quite the session beer. The world needs more. (818 characters)

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