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

Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing
Vermont, United States

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.85%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Bitterbill on 01-20-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 82 | Ratings: 95
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 megahurts4
4.08/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Otter Creek Spring Ale

Appearance: golden, smell head, and good lacing.

Smell: pleasant light grain and malt.

Taste: mild hops and grain.

Mouthfeel: medium-light and smooth with a creamy finish.

This is a nice kölsch. Full flavored and creamy smoothness make it one to try for kölsch fans.

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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 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 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.

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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 allengarvin
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a NB chalice, this beer is a bright but slightly hazy gold, with a quickly fading head. The nose is pleasantly malty, though a tad grainy. The flavor is sweet, with light malt, with moderately fruity yeast character. Bitterness is moderate with little hop flavor. Light, refreshing beer.

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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.

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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 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 jhammel01
4.07/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden clear yellow color with a soapy head that doesnt amount to much. Not even much lacing at all! Other ones in the 6 pack were fine so maybe I did something wrong...
Still nice and fresh looking. No cloudiness at all.

Smells of yeast but honestly, not much else.

Makes up its ground in the taste! Nice and light tasting bodied beer with moderate carbonation. At 1st taste there's plenty of malt and yeast pushing through with a bit of clean hops. Not overwhelmingly so but just enough. Very well balanced. Also lemon zest with a nice bready finish. Perfect for a spring/summer afternoon.

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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 Walken
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Otter Creek: Spring Ale, Kolsch (Bottled: 01/05/10) (Tasted 04/12/10)
12 oz. bottle, poured into a dimple mug.

Appearance: Bright, lightly hazed golden liquid with a squat soap-bubble head that leaves a few strands of lacing on the sides of the glass.
Odor: Lemon zest, hints of rich maltiness and a smattering of floral hop aromas wafts up into my nose.
Consistency: Crisp feel with a moderate level of carbonation which lends a fluffy feel to the beer.
Flavor: That 'ol familiar Otter Creek bread-crust yeast flavor kicks things off, it works extremely well for this style. Citric, slightly waxy hop flavor phases in and out, adding a hint of lemon zest, as noted from the nose. Finish is dry, yeasty and short. Bit of lemon and bread-crust lingers.

This is a good beer, no glaring flaws, in fact, it's a great thirst quencher. For my money though, I prefer more depth to the malt flavor in a kolsch, more dough/bread pils malt goodness.

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Photo of DNICE555
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at flatbread with Larsontyle

A - Cloudy golden color with a decent white head. A nice looking spring Kolsch.

S - Lemon, Bread, subtle hop presence.

T - Bread, lemon, fruit.

M - Light body, medium carbonation, crisp mouthfeel.

D - A decent Kolsch. The rain has died off finally and this is a nice kickoff to celebrate the spring season.

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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 EStreet20
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of several Otter Creek/Wolaver's brews my sister brought home from a recent trip to Vermont.

12 ounce bottle. 20 ounce "becker" style glass (tall straight walled pub glass).

A - Slight chill hazed golden/yellow. Small white head forms then fades to a thin cap.

S - Subdued grainy smell.

T - Nice laid back flavor. The graininess is there but subdued and a tiny hop kick balances it out. Smooth flavor with some quenching tart fruit flavor and a subtle bready aftertaste (great use of wheat malt in here for sure).

M - Light bodied, lively carbonation.

D - I consider drinkability the name of the game for a Kolsch.Goes down easy. Flavors aren't too complex, which is not what the style calls for, but it's a straightforward, thirst-quenching session brew with enough flavor to be tasty and interesting.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear golden with a 1 finger white foamy head and some decent lacing. Good bubbles in the glass.

Grassy aromas and some floral hops. Nice scent, but where is that grapey element you get in Kolsch?

Some light malt, grassy sweetness, light grain, some dry bread sweetness, and some hop bitterness. Clean and drinkable, with enough carbonation and body to make this well rounded. Goes down very easy. I wonder how long into the grilling season this will be available... A great beer to drink on a warm day while flipping burgers. Not exceptional, but very very decent beer.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Possibly my favorite post-run beer.

Clear gold with a white head that leaves good retention and splashy lacing. Nose is light grai, and mild hops-- a little grassy, a little herbal.

Not as crisp as I would anticipate from a kolsch but pleasantly smooth, light and biscuity. Light herbal/floral (jasmine-esque?) hop peeps up in back.

Perhaps the perfect post-run beer.

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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 JohnPan
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm surprised at the amount of poor reviews of this beer. Discovered in February 2010 and, since I love the Kolsch style, I grabbed a 6-pack to try. My overall impression is that this is a very good beer, one that I look forward to having again. My only complaint is I think it misses the Kolsch flavor (a little too strong) and body (a little too heavy) profile. I'll put it in a horizontal of mixed Kolsch this spring and see what my friends think.

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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 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 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 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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