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

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

Light honey color with a small, but dense white head. Aroma of lightly toasted grain and hint of hop spice. Flavor is light, crisp toasty bread with just a hint of earth hop. This is a Kolsch, which means light color, light body, light-hearted. As such I found it to be quite refreshing and tasty - fresh. However this does taste like most brew-pub's standard offering for craft beer amateurs - light and inoffensive, but relatively much more body and flavor than a macro. This is a great brunch/ lunch/ fishing, or just lurking about the river bank on a spring day.

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice gold color with a 1/2" white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a grainy pale malt scent along with a bready yeast aroma. It's light, yet sweet smelling. The taste is good as well. It has a very smooth and malty flavor. It's not particularly heavy, but it's complex and quite enjoyable. It has a wonderful pale malt taste that goes down easy and finishes dry, yet malty. It's a bit grainy with some light breadlike notes. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a highly drinkable spring ale; an excellent choice.

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Photo of erosier
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a sun colored yellow with a light white head that laced a bit down the sides of the glass. The aroma is of light malts and a bit fruity at the end. The taste is pretty good too. It starts with a nice light malty base with some fruity taste and some hop bitterness that rounded the flavor pretty good. The mouthfeel was average and the drinkability was pretty good. Worth a try.

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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 Brad007
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color: Pours a yellow color with a thin one-finger head.

Aroma: Clean and malty. Smooth. Like a kolsch.

Taste: Malty/bready upfront with a tiny bit of hop bitterness. Not much beyond that. Smooth.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and bready with a tiny bit of bitterness. Goes down very smooth.

Verdict: Drinkable. A good spring beer but I wonder if it would be better suited as a summer beer (I miss the ESB from last year).

I would choose this over a macro lager when it comes to a beer you drink after/while mowing the lawn or kicking back on a hot day.

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Photo of sraimondi
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aggressive pour into a pint glass. About a 2 finger white head which dissipates quickly but hangs around as a nice surface head. Some spot lacing sticks to the sides of the glass. Medium gold color, a bit darker than the BJCP guideline, but quite close. Very high clarity.

No real tell-tale aroma, but some faint cherry notes do come through.

The taste is pretty close to the classic examples (Reissdorf, Gaffel, etc.), with some bitterness in the finish, but not enough to "pucker" which is what the classic versions impart. Still quite nice. Drying.

Mouthfeel is also quite nice, rounded and nicely crispy.

This is a very good version of a beer style which is "protected" by an appellation, the Kolsch Konvention, and also generally misunderstood. It is also a style which is a challenge to brew. This style is a truly great (the best??) lawn mower beer. Hats off to Otter Creek for brewing a very good US version.

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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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