Otter Creek Spring Ale: German-style Kölsch | Otter Creek Brewing

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

Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing
Vermont, United States

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.85%

Availability: Spring

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Added by Bitterbill on 01-20-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 95 |  Reviews: 82
Reviews by deanhead:
Photo of deanhead
3.66/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer was a nice golden color with a white, wispy head. Plenty of effervescence.

Slight hop aroma, even less malt aroma. Did have a flowery nose along with some spicy hints.

Crisp, clean tasting all with some slight hop bitterness.

Light in body, but not watery.

While I enjoyed this extremely drinkable beer, it simply wasn't very memorable. Don't get me wrong I liked it, but it's nothing special.

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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.

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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.

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

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The bottle has a born on date of 2-5-09 and it was sampled on 6-3-09.

Appearance: The body has a light golden color with good clarity and some visible carbonation. On top sits a small bright white head that fades quickly, down to just a thin ring of slick lace.

Smell: Its aroma is clean and light. There are some light pale malt notes with some modest clean hope notes.

Taste/Mouth: The flavor starts with a light to medium body, crisp pale malts with maybe just a hint of fruit notes and mellow hops in prefect balance. The carbonation is soft yet active giving it a fun lively texture with a quick, crisp and dry finish.

Notes: The light crisp and fairly clean character makes this a nice average tasting summer drink.

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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.

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

This offering from Otter creek is certainly an above average beverage. It pours a nice clear golden color, with a rather small white head. The smell brings to mind rising pizza dough (yeasty). The taste is slightly on the bitter side. The initial mouthfeel is crisp. This Kolsch is neither here nor there in taste, being a tad disappointing. While I would not recommend rushing out to buy one of these, I can see this as an occasional alternative as Summer brew on a hot sweaty day after mowing the lawn.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Otter Creek- Spring Fling

A- Light clear orange with a small filmy head.
S- Light dry bread crust grain and caramel malt.
T- Dry toasty bready malts, caramel malt, and grassy hops.
M- Very light and watery with a dry woody tannin hop finish.

Overall- Starts off with a nice malty graininess but fizzles.

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Photo of Varkias41
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz twist-off bottle> 16 oz SA glass.

This one is a clear pale golden color with sweeping and quick bubbles with a one-finger all-white bubbly and foamy head with slow dissipation that looks really good.

I was actually pretty impressed with the aroma of this stuff, a rich, wheatie but buttery malt scent...buttered toast to be exact with a mildly sweet scent too. wild mint, herbal and sweet scented berries comes to mind. all-spice...smells like a warm, wet spring time hay field.

This one has a very nice malt flavor, it's rich with a buttery toffee, wheat and grain flavors, very herbal and earthy hop that adds just the right amount of balance. It finishes with a sour-yeastie effect, much like a Pilsner.

Light to medium feel, smooth and lively with a dry finish. Pretty nice.

sometimes you just crave that highly quaffable brew that's really easy to drink but had good flavor...well that's this brew in a nutshell.

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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.

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Photo of hreb
2.89/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cold 12oz screw-cap bottle poured into pint glass. Beer pours pale Mountain Dew yellow with a trace of a white head. Very faint aroma is vaguely floral/grassy.

Taste is like a light lager. Actually, it's not that offensive. But it is mostly bland, not too bitter, not too sweet. Not skunky, stale or dry. Refreshing, but not crisp. Might make a better summer lawnmower beer than a "first day of spring" beer.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of cliff1066
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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.

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Photo of bum732
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear straw yellow, decent head that dissipates. Smells of light breadiness, touch of grassiness, very light fruitiness. Tastes of sweet malt with a nice earthy and herbal aspect. Moderate bitterness with a fairly clean finish.

A decent beer, great on a warm day. Not exactly traditional, the light fruitiness i was expecting was maked by the sweetness of the malt and the herbalness of the hops. Still, not bad.

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Photo of matth33
2.53/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Otter Creek Spring Ale poured to a pale golden yellow color with little if any head. Average taste that did not "wow" but was mild and pleasant. No distinct aroma but was light and finished that way. Don't know if it was me or mother nature, but just not ready for spring on a chilly March evening. Good/average and have had other Otter Creek products that have made more of an impression.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.24/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours very pale transparent golden yellow with crazy high white foam. The head stays around and recedes very slowly. Lacing everywhere.

Smell is a grassy/pine-y/hoppy aroma.

Clean taste - a tad watery with a mild hop finish. No buzz from carbonation in the mouth, Finishes dry.

Good representation of the style. Not earth shattering, but definitely a beer you could have a few of.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass, the liquid is light yellow will good carbonation. The head is 2 fingers, white, creamy and leave good lace.

The smell is crisp clean, lemony.

The taste follow slightly more bready, maybe biscuity.

The mouthfeel is ok, light body crisp clean with good carbonation.

The drinkability is good, not bad for a warm spring day.

Prosit, MK

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

It's a Kölsch-style ale. It is what it is, so if you go into it expecting simple, refreshing golden beer, you'll enjoy this one. Otter Creek does such a good job with their beers, and this one is no exception. Nice gold color in the glass with a mild malt in the nose and just a hint of hops bitterness in the taste. Dry finish, not too sweet, extremely drinkable and highly recommended. A much better alternative than the typical lawn mower beer for your summer BBQ.

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Photo of B967ierhunter177
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Otter Creek Spring Ale pours a clear gold with a thin layer of white foam. The aroma has vanilla, fruit, and yeast notes. It's flavor again has a bit of vanilla leading to hints of coriander and pine. Well balanced between bitter and sweet, it has a slightly tangy aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium over the entire palate. This beer has a high drinkability and is a good representative of the kolsch style. Recomended.

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Photo of AsburyParkJMH
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium golden colour with a smallish head that leaves a decent amount of residue on the glass after each sip.

The aroma is chalky, sweet and a bit grassy, with some earthiness to it as well, perhaps even a bit bread-like.

The flavour is much like the aroma: grass flavour leads the way along with a general hop bitterness. Bread flavour comes through after that and blends at the finish with a bit of an unexpected slightly juicy fruit flavour. Mouthfeel is light bodied and fairly crisp overall.

A pretty good attempt at the style that doesn't stray too far, if at all, from the basics of the style. Just a good beer all around that's a nice addition to the Otter Creek lineup.

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Photo of scooter231
2.58/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a very clear, light rusty color with no head, no lacing. Nose is dry and malty, and slightly piney. Also a little lemonyness as well. Not too hoppy. Taste is not as potent as the nose, the pineyness is lost, as is most of the maltyness. It kind of bland.

Mouthfeel is thin, watery, and weak. Overall this is probably great ice cold on a super hot day, but mostly, it's just kind of boring and uninteresting.

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Photo of jmarvin4189
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle to a glass

Appearance - a cloudy golden color

Smell - has a fruity and sweet smell

Taste - it has a fruity taste with not much after taste... it stays for a little while but not too long

Mouthfeel - light bodied, medium carbonation, makes my mouth water. feels great when you're sitting on your porch on a beautiful summer day

Drinkability - easy to drink, since the after taste doesn't stay too long it makes you go back for more soon, if you're just chillen you might find yourself drunk unless you have self control, which i do not.

This is a a good beer for a nice summer day, i even found it for $7.99 a 12 pack so i would much rather drink this than bud light or anything thats the same price usually.

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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

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Otter Creek Spring Ale: German-style Kölsch from Otter Creek Brewing
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 95 ratings