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Gold Spike Ale - Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

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Gold Spike AleGold Spike Ale

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144 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 144
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 4
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Berkshire Brewing Company Inc. visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: UnionMade on 06-27-2003)
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Photo of ThirstyBird
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours pale straw yellow with fluffy white head. Decent lacing.
S - Not a big nose - I get Malt , light hop, yeast.
T - Tropical fruit, mild hops on back end
M/F - Active creamy carbonation. Nice light body.
D - Nice easy drinking light ale. Great for summer time drinking.

ThirstyBird, May 25, 2009
Photo of Duhast500
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a pint glass.

The color was lighter then expected, a light yellow with a slightly foamy white head.

The smell was fruity with some citrus fruits such as lemon. A little hint of wheat.

The taste was light with a hoppy citrus feel to it. Somewhat floral feel to it as well.

The overall feel to this beer was very crisp, very refreshing and was lighter then expected. Good even bodied beer.

Duhast500, Mar 23, 2009
Photo of CrazyMacHarris99
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale, cloudy, straw yellow with a fluffy white head that leaves a thin cover. The smell is pale malts with some lemon and straw. The taste is light with a nutty dry taste followed by lemon citrus and a slight hop. This one is very refreshing. The nuttiness is a little watery which detracts a little from the flavor. It is tart yet a little creamy. The drinkability is great with it going down smooth and easy. I think if the nuttiness was a little less up front and maybe an afterthought this would be better. I like the tart dry finish though. Very well done, maybe I need to try it fresher as this is listed as summer and there is no date on the bottle.

CrazyMacHarris99, Feb 19, 2009
Photo of NEhophead
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 fl oz brown bottle; served in a pilsener glass.

Pours a clouded white, flaxen in color. Creamy, bright white head with stable retention as an intact sheet. Random whispy patches of lacing.

Lemongrass, lime, and faint pear esters over a stiff astringent, wheat base. Faint notes of adjunctory ingredients, but mostly just wheat aromas.

Clean, mild lime and lemongrass citrus with pear, kiwi, and faint melon as well. Thin malted wheat; again very clean, but not quite bursting with flavor. Biscuit-like malts that lead to a clean, slightly dry finish. Notes of tropical fruit and toasted malts in the aftertaste.

Light bodied; crisp and clean. A delicate, balanced body for delicate flavors. Fortunately for a Kolsch, the carbonation is kept in check.

A mild, clean tasting Kolsch with an equally delicate mouthfeel that provides a nice balance. A very good rendition of the style.

NEhophead, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of hopdog
3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle acquired in trade.

Poured a medium and clear yellow color with a smaller sized white head. Aromas of initial skunkiness then followed by breadiness, earthy, and grains. Tastes of straw, grains, and wheat. Has a light tart finish. I can see chilling this one way down and drinking it on a hot summer day.

hopdog, Dec 16, 2008
Photo of thekevlarkid
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Out of 22oz bottle this beer was a hazy light gold color with a nice white head. Good retention and moderate lacing. The aroma was an appealing blend of pale malt, fruity yeast and some light hops. The flavors started out with a lemony hop note that then became a little grassy and seemed to be resting on the pale malt backbone. Slightly doughy and slightly bitter. The body was medium/light, the carbonation on par and the experience generally refreshing. Nothing great, but a fine spring offering.

thekevlarkid, Dec 02, 2008
Photo of Reagan1984
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a bright gold color with little carbonation. It was crystal clear until the last pour from the bomber where some of the sediment made its way into my glass. I tried to save the sediment for the end and was only mostly successful. (My fault, not theirs) Wonderful thick well formed head that was creamy in texture and showed nice staying power. Some lacing remained behind, but not much.
Good looking beer.

Aroma was fresh and mostly of grain and light malt. Not much of a fruit or hop note at all. Very fresh and appealing.

The taste is best described as clean & light. There was a nice light malt flavor that was almost of cereal. The beer had a slight sweetness and the slightest spiciness. Finished very dry and with a cracker or sweet bread flavor. Reminded me of that Hawaiian Bread you sometimes see in grocery stores. (Orange Bag, kind of sweet)

A refreshing session beer if there ever was one. Light, crisp with little carbonation.

Extremely drinkable.

Reagan1984, Aug 08, 2008
Photo of williamherbert
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright but flat golden color. Finger of thin head that melts quickly. Has a nice, promising haze. Looks good.

The smell is a cross between a light blond ale and a typical pub ale. Has a mild hint of lemon. Seems to have some pale malts. Again, not bad.

The taste is a nice, sweet & fruity first sip; lemons and (blue)berries. Light and refreshing; sweet but with a bready malt base. Well-balanced. A very solid golden ale flavor with pale malts.

Like a light juice; a bit of thickness, but smooth enough. Absolutely the perfect consistency for summer. A major summery triumph. Flavor is nice, repeats required.

williamherbert, Jul 20, 2008
Photo of wwheeler
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - clear yellow in color with a thick, foamy head

Smell - muted, slight musky scent

Taste - certainly gave away the style of the beer as a german ale/kolsch

Mouthfeel - clean and crisp, slight, very slight hops

Drinkability - at first didn't know what to have while eating BBQ on a warm night, great choice in the end!!! Didn't take away from the great food, but the clean/crisp character of the beer certainly allowed me to feel "refreshed", cleanse the palate, but still have a good beer flavor.

wwheeler, Jun 04, 2008
Photo of woodychandler
3.1/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I will never forget last year, around this time, when one of the brewers was in attendance for the 20th Anniversary of Stoudt's Brewing and the Stoudt's "children", now all of age, kept referring to him as "Uncle Gary". Ha!

The color was a very cloudy, light yellow, like lemonade. The nose was very light, almost non-existent. The head was bone-white with low retention. The mouthfeel was thin-to-medium with a light, crisp flavor on the tongue. The finish was slightly dry, but otherwise unremarkable. This was a summer-weight beer - light, refreshing, but not terribly flavorful.

woodychandler, Jun 02, 2008
Photo of Wasatch
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to ampzilla for this brew.

Pours a hazy pale yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy white head, which does leave some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with some hop/yeast tones, some spiciness, with caramel notes. The taste is slightly sweety, malty/yeasty, with a slight touch of hops, spicy, with some caramel. Light-medium body. Drinkable, I'm glad I finally got a chance to try this brew, thanks Andrew.

Wasatch, May 26, 2008
Photo of blackheartbilly
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 OZ bomber poured into pint glass

A: Very hazy, like a Hefeweizen, didn't seem to carbonated. tiny head on this one.

S: very yeasty, I thought fruity, and I couldn't smell the hops, maybe I have a cold?

T: Definitely smooth, At first it is very fruity. The after taste to me reminded me or corn, but I see others saying bread, so umm, maybe corn bread, haha.

D: I remember thinking that this brew would be great for a family event, because it is not to strong for the beer drinkers that don't like high alcohol content (most my family thinks Bud is good) At the same time, a more sophisticated beer drinker could appreciate the bottle conditioning, and fruity hops. It was a great way for me to try what a Kolsh style beer is. With such a low alcohol content, I could have a few and not have the wife yell at me! haha

blackheartbilly, Jan 01, 2008
Photo of Brad007
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright pale yellow color with a thick head and some decent lacing. Aroma is malty, bready and reminds me of a pilsner for some reason. Taste is strong and bready upfront. Aftertaste is smooth and delicious. Kind of like drinking a loaf of bread. Goes down easily, very drinkable and I'm tempted to say that it's quite sessionable as well. Has to be the style for sure.

Brad007, Dec 07, 2007
Photo of fitzy84
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle. Very thin, clear pale gold color when poured out. The head, does indeed, stay with you for awhile, even when it seems razor thin. Herby aromas faintly float from the drink. Extremely refreshing: easily could be drank with heavy meals. Great carbonation. I would consider this definitely one of BBC's most light and refreshing beers.

fitzy84, Nov 21, 2007
Photo of plaid75
4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

The smell featured a light doughy malt and a healthy dose of grassy and herbal hops.

The taste was very well balanced and consisted of a light grainy malt and an herbal and grassy noble hop. Good residual doughiness.

The mouthfeel was average for the style with good carbonation.

Overall a flavorable and highly drinkable kolsch. Pretty true to style as well.

plaid75, Nov 20, 2007
Photo of tgbljb
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a bright golden color with monstrous white puffy head.
Smell is light and summer fruity with a touch of yeastiness.
Taste is light and refreshing. Just enough fruit tastes are present to keep it interesting.
Finished sweet and refreshing.
An enjoyable beer on a hot autumn afternoon.

tgbljb, Oct 04, 2007
Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

BBC has definaltey changed the recipe on this one within the last four months. When it first came out many people where appalled that BBC would let this go to the shelves as is. Times have changed.

Being a light style doesn't help in its “appearence" however, does have some positive, nie lacing, pretty active. Fortunatley this doesn't carryover to the mouthfeel. Nice crsip Europeon-type feel, strong wehat/pilsner finish. I do wish it were a little stronger though, at 4.2%, kind of week in that department, but on the other hand, makes it very drinkable.

FLAbeergutinMASS, Sep 08, 2007
Photo of WesWes
3.28/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a cloudy pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a wonderful pale malt scent along with some light hops and a slightly fruity yeast aroma. The taste is average. It has a bitter hop flavor laid over a light pale malt base. It's light and refreshing, but it's an off flavor. I think it's the yeast. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a low/medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is an average beer. It's got some hop character and a light malt feel, but it just has something going on here I don't like.

WesWes, Jul 10, 2007
Photo of albern
3.05/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I didn't realize this was a Kolsch until I read the header. The bottle gives no indication and I was expecting an American style ale. The beer pours into a frothy head that does linger. The color is a modest yellow on the pale-ish straw side. The smell is citrus some maltiness, I don't smell the hops at all. The taste is on the dry side, a little lemony, some hoppy bite towards the end with a little yeasty zing added as well. The mouthfeel is creamy and the aftertaste is not overpowering. This is not an overly interesting beer, but it is refreshing and quite drinkable. For a summertime ale, I prefer a wheat or hefe to this style, but that is just me.

albern, Jul 08, 2007
Photo of snafui
4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm a big BBC fan and have had this beer several times but before I really had an understanding and taste for the Kolsch style. Now I can pick out some of the reasons why this beer never made it into my fridge regularly.

The beer appears super clear with nice tiny bubbles. It reminds me of a budweiser level of clarity and carbonation which I can appreciate. It's a pale gold with a nice white head the dissipates at a good pace into an around the glass halo. Very nice appearance.
I smell something floral and yeasty. It's pleasant and it led me to expect something that the taste didn't provide.
The taste is what's throwing me off. I get a little acidity or tartness that I'm not very pleased with, along with a lemon flavor. I'm not very good with taste description so I won't pretend, I'll just leave this category with the thought that there's something here I'm just not fond of.
For mouthfeel I think it's a bit thin. I get a lot of carbonation on the tongue. On swallow everything's gone. I consider this all very good for the style.
I feel it's very drinkable. There's nothing truly offensive that would prevent you from pounding back a few bombers on a fine summer day. The acidity/lemon taste is the only drawback I can think of. Even still, there's other local and import Kolschs that I'd rather have. BUT if I were at a typical BMC serving restaurant and this was on tap, it'd be a clear winner.

snafui, May 23, 2007
Photo of Stimack
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another good offering from BBC, would I say it is one of their best, no way but it is a good beer. The brew poured to a somewhat cloudy golden yellow color with a solid sized head that had great retention that left a good amount of lacing. The aroma is nice as both malt and yeast scents come to the forefront. In the background I think I am picking up a citric scent that I think would be hops, just wonder if I am trying to hard to pick it up. The taste is nice as a few other things come out here. The malt and yeast flavors seem to clearly be there but also picking up a clear, though not dominant, hop flavor. Also some flavors of nuts, lemon, biscuit and others that all seem to come and go which lead to a complexity that I was not expecting. This would be a nice warm weather brew as it is very easy drinking.

Stimack, Apr 08, 2007
Photo of geexploitation
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours crystal clear and extremely pale with yellow highlights and a bright white head that sticks around well for the style. Slight, grainy aroma with some fresh hop characteristics but little else. On the palate, well-developed cooked grain note first off, but as the beer warms up this dissipates a bit, being replaced by a slightly sweet malt note, then some bitterness at the mid-palate and a slight flash of acidity before the finish dries out. Big carbonation throughout and light in mouthfeel. Overall, this is a fine example of an American kolsch. Not my favorite style by any means, but it's decent.

geexploitation, Apr 07, 2007
Photo of CharlieMopps
3.28/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Transparent goldenrod color, producing just over 2 fingers of foaming head that dissipated into about a centimeter.

S: A very clean, Pils-like smell. Citrusy hop smell barely, with a light malt aroma.

T: A flat and bland taste, somewhat watery. Some hop bitterness toward the end, but the flavors weren't standout. Similar in taste to a macro, only slightly better. For some reason, the complexities didn't present themselves to me in this one, and I believe it was still fresh.

M: Adequate carbonation for a decent mouthfeel, ends with an enjoyable dry finish.

D: It's possible to drink many of these, but in the way you could slam a six-pack of Bud or bottled water. Was not overly impressed with this one, but will give it another chance in the future.

CharlieMopps, Jan 13, 2007
Photo of jmz62565
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear yellow gold with a giant white foamy head. The smell has sweet malt with a background of citrus hops. The taste has sweet malt with just a touch of citus hops and floral flavors. Not bad,but there's not alot here. The m/f is alittle thin with all the flavors mixing OK. Not a bad beer,but there's nothing really memorable in this.

jmz62565, Dec 16, 2006
Photo of bigone4
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy yellow golden color. There is a nice light bright white frothy head with good retention and a mild lacing around the pint. Smells light and dough like. Yeasty sweetness with a mild pale malt hint. Seems to be nice and airy with good carbonation. Mild floral hints with a pinch of a citrus lemon hop smell. Very fine tasting brew. Nice rendition of the Krolsh style of beer. Funny label with the two owners on the Gary and Chris. Scene from when the Gold Spike brought together the two railroads. Not notched for freshness. Very smooth and light. Enjoyable beer and I would drink it again.

bigone4, Oct 16, 2006
Gold Spike Ale from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
84 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.