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
Photo of chrispoint
2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

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 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 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 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 yelterdow
2.77/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Bottled on 1/28/09. Served in a traditional German stange at fridge temperature.

Appearance- Wow... I know Kolsches are pale in color but this really takes the cake! A suggestion of light yellow/gold is all we've got here... the white crown fizzles quickly to just a thin, transparent mat.

Smell- Zippy and bready, the malts outweigh the hops on the nose... it's like walking past a bakery at 5 in the morning. There's really nothing much of anything else going on.

Taste- This one doesn't hit the mark. It's real lemony and hoppy, drying for sure... but it's also astringent to a fault. It's not balanced at all regarding the hops and malt, but the aroma had me fooled. I'm going to have to pass on this one.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- This beer blooms nicely in the mouth right from the outset, becoming full and frothy without going overboard or being *too* gassy. It's light enough to session, but I just wouldn't go here again with the flavor profile not being so great.

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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 Varkias41
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of NoLiberty
3.08/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very clear light golden color into the glass. a Small thin heads bubbles up and quick recedes into a moderate spotting on top with very thin light lacing. Small, but active carbonation churns up from the bottoms of the glass.

On agitation of the beer a subtle but pleasant aroma emerges - biscuity malt, light bready yeast, mild bitterness and a very understated alcohol presence that's actually quite a nice addition to the overall aroma.

As is expected with a Kölsch the beer is relatively well balanced and drinkable. The success of this beer isn't expected to come from it's extreme qualities or the outstanding flavor profile, but rather from the intricate flavors and delicate balance of malt, sweetness and mild bitterness. There is certainly an attempt here but the overall experience isn't as quaffable as I had hoped. It starts out nicely with a crisp freshness and moves to a more pale malt focused middle but as it finishes the flavors blend and twist creating a strange dry but sticky mouthfeel with lingering flavors of bark and stale bread. A subtle hop bitterness enhances things slightly, but drinkability isn't that great.

Sure, it's light, pretty refreshing and may go well with a fatty, flavorful burger but on its own I'm not invited back in to drink more after each sip, and that's certainly something I look for in a delicate and well defined style like this.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.1/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Yellow gold body, good clarity, no carbonation streams, and two fingers of level white shaving cream style foam. Decays rapidly.

Extremely mild aroma of grass/hay coming from a neighboring farm.

Light sweet beginning to the taste. Hint of lemon. Hint of wheat. Subtle noble hop zing at the swallow.

Light, crisp mouthfeel. Very easy to drink, though desirability is questionable.

Even for a kolsch, this seems a little on the light side (and dangerously close to macro lager). Certainly would work as a crossover beer. A beer I'm unlikely to purchase again.

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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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Photo of iceball585
3.13/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Bright yellow color, clear, very thin white cover that lasted well, lots of rising bubbles throughout

S- Grains, sugar, light malts, lemons, faint earthy hop smell

T- Pale malts, toasted grains, fairly sweet, grassy, citrus hops

M- Medium body, medium carbonation, smooth, oily/watery finish

D- Not bad

I wasn't too impressed by this one. Nothing really stands out but it's not bad either. I would consider this an overall average beer.

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Photo of billybob
3.17/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a clear golden color with almost no head and very little lace with herbal aromas in the nose. slightly sweet bready malt taste with a slight metallic hop finish. mouthfeel light carbonation just passes. not something i would run out to buy just didn't have anything special going for it.

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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 Kelp
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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.

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

This poured a nice golden color with a medium to small white head that didn't retain very well. The smell is lemony and hay like.
The taste is very crisp and hoppy. The hops are dry and sharp and while not exactly overpowering it certainly somewhat mutes the other flavors. This changes through out the session though as it balances out more. The malt quality is quite light throughout. The feel is moderate but crisp.

Will I ever find a Kolsch that i REALLY like? According to the style though its not bad. Its refreshing but in a weird way.

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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.

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

I am kind of shell shocked from too many different beer tastes this weekend. I bought this among the many others to give a little relief. I was hoping for something light, like it is, but a bit more aromatic. I think of Kolsch having better finishing hops than this.

It is very drinkable, and not a bad beer by any measure, but I had hoped for more. I would buy it again if I wanted to compare various of this style, but otherwise I would leave it.

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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.

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Photo of bkilpatr
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. 04/16/08.

Pours a clear light golden color with a very thin beige head. The head quickly receded leaving no lacing. Aroma is malt, bread, and some citrus (tangerine).

Taste is more wheat/bread and citrus. Tangerine, orange, lemon. A light sweetness to it. Not a whole lot of flavor. Very light body, good amount of carbonation, very crisp. Super drinkable - a good session beer.

Nothing too spectacular, though a few of these would be very nice on a hot summer day.

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Photo of cichief
3.47/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on drat at the Frisco Grille, Columbia, MD.

A- Pours a straw yellow with a snow-white head.

S- Some scent of citrus and fresh cut grass.

T- Subtle graininess, with a little citrus and lots of grass.

M- Thin in the body, but well carbonated.

D- Refreshing, but there are better Kölsch beers available.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.47/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into an Andechs weizen glass.

Not the most attractive Kölsch by any stretch of the imagination--hazy, lemon-blonde body with a listless carbonation level. The head is scant even with an aggressive pour, and all that collects is a thin wisp and ring of spittle-white bubbles. The aroma is headed in the right direction, though, with a light fruitiness of lemon zest and apples. Just a slight hint of sourness underlies a crisp malt profile that suggests wheat and bread dough.

I'll give Otter Creek's Kölsch the benefit of the doubt, as the one I had with dinner tasted substantially better than the one currently in front of me for a midnight cap. Pale malts taste crisp thanks to a lively carbonation level, and although the hops are muted, they do give off enough of a bite to add some pleasing grassy bitterness characteristic of the style. Mouthfeel is light on the tongue and effervescent with bubbles, while the finish is snappy and lingers with a hint of minerals. Not a bad beer, especially at the on-sale Specs price of $3.99 a six-pack (say whaaaat??). I'll enjoy the rest of my purchase, but probably won't be picking up this one again.

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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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