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 giblet
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

my first Kolsch. poured nice with about one half inch of head. nice light carbonation. light golden color, the smell was light but i can smell grains and kind of a bread and yeast aroma. the taste was quite good. smooth refreshing bread with a hint of hops to finish with. nice lacing down the glass. a good beer.

suckem up and movem out.


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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 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 plaid75
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

The smell featured a light grainy malt with some lemon zest and herbal hop.

The taste consisted of a grainy malt with some decent spicy and herbal noble hops. Some lemon bitterness as well.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness for the style.

Overall a tasty and very easy drinking ale.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this bottle in a trade with jwc215. Thanks Joe!

It pours a clear straw gold with a 2 finger and growing head of foam. More foam sipping is in order here. ;^) Heaqd retention is above average and there's some good lacing.

It has a nice malty/citrus hoppy nose going on. It *smells* refreshing.

The taste has a nice mix of bready malt and citrus hops that are nicely balanced and make for a very smooth tasting beer. Nice.

It's light bodied and the carbonation is lower than what I expected judging from how bubbly it looks in the glass, and it finishes with both some bread and some lemon zest. This is a very drinkable example of the style and I think it does the style proud. Well done Otter Creek!

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

Thanks goes out to jwc215 for this brew.

Pours a nice clean/clear golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger foamy white head, which does leave some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, slight hoppiness, some spices, and caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty/hoppy, spicy/caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad brew, would be nice on a hot summer day.

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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 jwc215
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 1/28/08 (printed on the neck):

Pours light golden yellow with a thin, lasting white head.

The smell is of cracker breadiness, sweet grain, restrained floral notes.

The taste is of sweet grain, light wheat tang, bready, with a restrained bitterness. Crisp and clean, with a refreshingly dry finish.

Appropriately light-bodied and refreshing. It has a sweetish, malty aftertaste that doesn't linger too long.

Nice interpretation of the style - on-target. Very drinkable. Hits the spot on a warm Spring day! An easy, yet tasty, "session" ale.

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Photo of riversider76
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden with a thin white head.Good retention,and lacing.Aroma is of bready malts. Body is medium with very light carbonation. Taste is sweet,and bready up front. There is also bit of spice espicaly in the finish. If you like this style,this will be very good.

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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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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 mhewes
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to cooperrip for sharing this one

A: Poured a nice golden color with a thick head which had good retention

S: Had a nice grassy smell. Pretty much what I expected

T: It has a nice, light taste with a little bit of the hops showing through. No flaws that I was able to detect. The only problem I saw was that it lacked the crispness of the style.

M: Medium body, good carbonation

D: Easy drinking, perfect for a nice warm afternoon.

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Photo of mpyle
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

App - very bright and clear, pale golden color, thick white head with good retention.

smell - Gentle malty sweetness, slightly apple ciderish and fruity, some vanilla. Fruitiness not completely out of line, but probably overdone here. I may be serving it too warm.

Flav - A bit malty sweet, doesn't really turn dry in the finish. Doesn't have enough hop bitterness, and lacks the crispness of the style.

MF - medium body and high carbonation.

D'ability - Not really to the Kolsch style, but a slightly malty, slightly fruity hybrid beer with no really offensive flaws. Not saying I would rush out to buy it, but I could drink it again.

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Photo of auxiliary
3.59/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance - Clear golden color, small head, that faded out towards the end. No lace, no bubbles here either.

smell - Smells of grains and hops here.

taste - Has some grain taste with a bread and slight bitter taste. Vert tastey.

mouthfeel - Medium body and carbonated.

drinkability - Easy drinking. Now i don't know if I was thirsty or it quinched my thirst, but I was jugging this. I never ever do that. I'm a sipper, but this is a tasty easy drinking beer.

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

The Spring Ale from otter Creek is a great beer to waste away the day with. I had this yesterday in recognition of the 75th anniversary of the return of beer. Liek they did in 1933, I did in 2008 and I enjoyeed the taste of a good American beer.

The bottle poured perfectly with a thick head and a pale yellow body.

The smell was that of a soft light day. I wished at this moment that I was in some summery locale so i could really enjoy this.

The Taste was a light and nice ale in the germanic style. There were no flaws which is what you want to see.

The true difference between this and a fizzy yellow beer is the deep body of the maltzs on the mouthfeel WONDERBAR!

I could and would drink this in very large quantities.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

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

S: The aroma is of light malts, grain and a touches of citrus and hops.

T: The taste is bready with a little spice and flavors of barley, grain and some citrus. There isn't a lot of sweetness, which is what you expect from this type of beer. There's a decent hops presence for the style, providing a little a bit of balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light body, medium-to-high carbonation, very clean finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easy, not filling at all, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a nice lighter beer that is worth drinking several bottles over a long period of time.

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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 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 Stimack
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Was looking for something a little different while at the beer store and saw this offering from Otter Creek and thought it was worth the try. The brew pours to a somewhat deep golden yellow color with a fair sized white head that has some retention. The aroma gives a nice mix of yeasty bread like notes, buttery, slight husk note, and grassy smell. Nice smells, fresh. The flavors are nice, have a nice crispness that ends with a fair hop presence that seems to cut off the other flavors and ends quickly itself leaving a nice dry feel in the back of my mouth. The flavors seem to mimic the scents that I noted a bit but the malt flavor seems to stand out a bit though they seems quite light. Nice bread like flavors, slightly toasted. Nice tasting brew, glad to have gotten this one to change it up a bit. Would not mind seeing this one transition into the summer months as it has a nice light feel while possessing nice flavors.

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