McNeill's Green Mountain Gold | McNeill's Brewery

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McNeill's Green Mountain GoldMcNeill's Green Mountain Gold
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McNeill's Green Mountain GoldMcNeill's Green Mountain Gold

Brewed by:
McNeill's Brewery
Vermont, United States

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Summer

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-23-2002

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Ratings: 24 |  Reviews: 14
Reviews by wyllder:
Photo of wyllder
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, light apricot with a small head that fades out and leaves plenty of sticky lacing as you go.

Nose is a slightly candied malt with a bit of fruitiness, perhaps apricot, to it. Smell has a slightly metallic/coppery tinge to it.

Taste is tart, with a slightly bitter edge. Very little carbonation. Leaves pleasant, slightly dry and bitter aftertaste.

Not great, but not bad at all.


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More User Reviews:
Photo of Jason
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: On tap @ Redbones BBQ in a pint glass.

Appearance: Moderate chill haze with a lively carbonation, good head retention that leaves a long lasting white lace.

Smell: Fresh rising dough aroma of yeast and grain flour.

Taste: Moderate body with a doughy bread maltiness, crisp mouth feel. Subtle hop bitterness yet it balances, yeasty with hints of fresh Syrian bread. Finish is nutty and yeasty with a husky grain also.

Notes: Obviously not as clean as a Kölsch should be but still an intriguing brew, lots of complexity and flavour for such a light brew.

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Photo of far333
3.51/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle found at a Mobil station off Exit 3 off I-91 heading through Brattleboro. The guy running the cashier packed this and two other bottles in ice for me for the ride home.

Hazy, pale straw yellow color, with a white low head that drops quickly, but leaves spotty lace on the glass. Aroma is very light, a bit sweet with some yeast and floral notes. Flavor is light, crisp and flowery, with hints of flowers and corn. As the glass warms, highlights of apricot and light citrus emerge. Low carbonation, smooth mouthfeel.

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Photo of metter98
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of Noelito76
2.25/5  rDev -37.7%

Photo of Rastacouere
4.15/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This looks like clear liquid gold wearing a rocky white head that sticks to the glass like I love it and displays rather heavy carbonation. Nose of cereals, grass, firm citrus and barnyard. In mouth, there's a light yet nice biscuity maltiness reminding me of my lemon&poppy muffins. What strikes me in this beer is its uniformity, the flavor development is very uniform. While this removes from the complexity, I found it very original and don't remember any other beer providing such linearity. The bitterness follows a constant intensity from the beginning until the end. Pleasant surprise, I'd definitely like to have a few Kolsch in Germany to clean my palate before the big doppelbocks! Great beer, as crisp as it gets.

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Photo of IBUBrew
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 7/28/2012 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

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

S: The aroma is faint but contains grain, light caramelized malts and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with bready flavors of grain and a thin but hearty malt character. Then a mild sweetness comes in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a nice beer to pound for a while.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.66/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22ozer from Brattleboro Co-Op, Brattleboro, VT.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" white head over a slightly cloudy golden brew. Head lasts well, which can be an aberration for McNeill's bottles, with ample sticky lacing. Aroma is pale malt sweet, with some buttery notes. Taste starts with the same pale grains, then eases back where the hops and buttery notes take over, lasting to the "bitter" end. Some light lemon comes out as the brew warms. Mouthfeel is is pretty good, and this beer is easily drinkable. Not a waste of time here.

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Photo of patrick802
2.25/5  rDev -37.7%

Photo of garymuchow
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Acadia- identified as Green Mountain Kolsh. I'm assuming it's the same thing.
Soft malt aroma with a very mild yeast quality.
Clear with a darker gold color. White head that settles at a slower pace.
Surprised by the hop flavors and bitterness that show as it is colder. As it warms the malts become more dominant and it smooths out quite a bit. There is a clean and bready quality to the malt flavors. There also appears to be a wheat quality-noted more when it is cold.
Nice soft feel (again with the wheat?). Carbonated softly.
In the end I enjoyed this beer on a hot day sitting outside. Seemed to have fit finely.

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Photo of scottum
4.31/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale straw with a HUGE white head. I can't get over how big this head gets with just a light pour. Mouthfeel is sooo smooth! Goes down easy. Gots that sweet fruity maltness going on with a slight hop tang. One of the better Kolsch beers I've sampled. Certainly worth picking up if you run across it.

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Photo of jealmanzar
3.25/5  rDev -10%

Photo of Bandi
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of JLK7299
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jwale73
3.41/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a standard pint. Poured a honey-gold with a half inch, frothy white head that dissipated into a creamy, bubbly slick. Thick, yet delicate, concentric bands of lacing were exposed as the brew was consumed. Nose was very subdued - some light, citrus notes. Taste was predominantly citric acid and yeast. Mouthfeel was light/medium, with a slightly oily texture and an even background carbonation. I didn't find this beer to be particularly style consistent. As such, my rating is more to personal taste. A true Kolsch, this is not. Closer to an American Blonde, so in the same family, but lacking some of the delicate nature I've come to associate with the style.

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Photo of Longstaff
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ray just nails these Rhineland German styles and the Kolsch is no exception. Pours a nice deep yellow body (although slightly cloudy) with a bone white thick head with tiny bubbles that lingers to the end. Nice sweet malt flavor up front with a grassy bitterness at the end that balances. Has a slight fruitiness and low carbonation like its Koln brehtren. This is an awesome beer when cold, but when it warms up, the malt gets sweeter, the hops get grassier and more bitter, and it gives the impression of sourness on the tounge. But if you drink it out of a proper kolsch glass (.2 -.3 liter) it should never have the chance to get warm.

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Photo of dunix
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of thekevlarkid
4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gave this classic German style from Koln (aka Cologne to us Staters) a shot at the brewery in Brattleboro. Off the tap it poured an appealing deep golden color with a half inch of white head. Good lacing and good retention. Carmale mlts and some bitter hops notes in the nose. The flavors were spot on for the style. A proper malt backbone and some pale grains with a slightly sour character and a crisp hop finish. Gets slightly bitter as it warms. Fizzy and light mouthfeel is perhaps a little over carbonated. Still, I find this Kolsch very refreshing and a great example of the style. This brew tastes like Spring!

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Photo of Citadel82
3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a very hoppy Kolsch. I really like this style and while I find this a bit too hoppy for my palate. Perhaps closer to to a pilsner IMHO. Pours a hazy sunshine yellow with a short-lived white head that leaves plenty of lacing. Taste is a fruity, doughy with pale malts and a longer dry finish than I expected. I find it crisp, refreshing and more complex as it warms, but it also gets buttery and slick?? I like this beer and applaud their efforts. I will definitely try again as it is a solid brew there are not many domestic ales of this style that I have seen.

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Photo of sonata2008
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew was named McNeill's Green Mountain Gold on the list of tap beers. The server said it was a kolsch, so I assumed that it's this one.
Appearance: Cloudy light yellow in color. Not much of a head, 1/8" at most. Virtually no lacing. But this seems to fit the kolsch style.
Smell: A very delicate smell with a bit of fruit, a bit of hops, and a little light malt.
Taste: Seemed closer to a pilsner than a kosch because of the hops presence. Even for a pilsner, it was hoppier than would be expected. The beer had a dry hops taste with really no sweetness.
Mouthfeel: An OK mouthfeel with a bit of tingle and a dry finish.
Overall: Tastes very good even though it had a bit more hops than you usually find in a kolsch.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of egajdzis
4.55/5  rDev +26%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy pinkish gold color with a small white head, with big bubbles and light lacing. Lemony malt, dry earthy nose. God damn thats a nice Kölsch! Very subtle in every way, hops, tart citrus, doughy, dry finish... simply awesome. Quite refreshing.

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Photo of HRamz3
3/5  rDev -16.9%

McNeill's Green Mountain Gold from McNeill's Brewery
Beer rating: 3.61 out of 5 with 24 ratings
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