Sprocket Kolsch | The People's Pint

Sprocket KolschSprocket Kolsch
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Sprocket KolschSprocket Kolsch

Brewed by:
The People's Pint
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
From the label:

A blonde ale, crisp and refreshing all year long. This is Greenfield's variation of a German-style lager using fresh Hallertau hops.

Added by FLAbeergutinMASS on 03-24-2006

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Ratings: 15 |  Reviews: 15
Reviews by Litterbean:
Photo of Litterbean
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale yellow/slight orange with a nice frothy head that stick around throughout the lifespan of this beer, which isn't long considering this goes down like water.

The presence of mild spicy hops is prominent in the nose. I enjoy the herbal, floral aroma the Hallertau hops impart.

Taste is light and smooth, but with a good simple flavor of clean biscuity maltiness and grassy hops. Hops aren't bitter but rather impart a slight twang to the beer.

This is a good, drinkable session brew with a lot to enjoy about it.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Sammy
3.02/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Very light, even watery. C hop here, a little crown. Dry with malt backbone. I was not getting the taste sensations of the earlier reviewers, so I imagine it was a happy accident that could not be repeated. OK carbonation. Average beer. I certainly have had some good examples in this style.

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Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Was very surprised to see this addition to The Pint's menu. I was a little hesitant because I have not really liked this style in the past. However, this one was different. Lively carbonation throughout the life of the beer. Big lemony nose. Fortunately that's where that ends and other tropical fruits appear. Orange sweetness at the beginning finishing dry. Very easy on the palate. I am looking forward to this as the weather warms.

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Photo of Franchise
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark gold leaving a clear body with a thick frothy white head. The aroma is tart, under ripened fruit, laided with a dry citrus hop profile. The taste starts tart, dry, and refreshing with a citrus rind bitterness. The finish is semi-sweet lemon, honey, grassy, with a tad bitterness in the back of the throat. This is a classic summer drink crisp, refreshing, I'll def go back to this one.

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Photo of fitzy84
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought the 22 oz at Spirit Haus. Great looking appearance of murky golden "blonde", excellent sized bubbly head. Aromas of grassy, earthy hops give it a citrus sweet smell. Nice, dry hop flavors with a good wheat-like aftertaste. Mouthfeel is great carbonation; very, very refreshing. Overall, nothing overtly powerful in flavor, but its great carbonation makes this an excellent drink with meals and relaxing.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a pale yellow color with a large foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of wheat, yeast, spice, light malts and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a light bready flavor, and then goes into a spicy and slightly hoppy flavor but without the hops bitterness. The malt character is very thin but there’s a little bit of sweetness mixed in. There’s very little after-taste, just some spice and a slight breadiness.

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

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not filling at all, this is a good “lawnmower” beer. It’s refreshing and has a good amount of flavor for a beer so light.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased from Spirit Haus, Amherst, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" bright white head over the slightly cloudy dark golden brew. Head holds nicely, with surprisingly lasting lacing. Aroma is lightly grassy crisp hops, with a citrus twinge. Taste follows the nose, light sweetness, but dominated by the crisp yet softly citrus hops, with a bit of a harsh aftertaste. Mouthfeel and drinkability are pretty good, but I liked htis one better out of the growler.

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Photo of smcolw
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden color with moderate haze. A fairly light head, but good retention with solid lace.

Lemony and creamy in the smell department. Crisp and inviting. Good hop touch.

Great flavor with a strong hop touch. Lands like a superior hoppy pale ale. The body is fuller than the style suggests, but is offset by a higher-than-expected carbonation. This is very dry brew.

I seem to be a sucker for good Kolsches. This is a delicious beer.

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Photo of NEhophead
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 fl oz brown bottle; served in a tumbler. ('Brewed on' date is not notched).

Pours a slight cloudy, dirty-sunshine in color, beneath a foamy, porous quarter-inch white head. A few traces of thin/patchy lacing.

Notes of citrus: lime, lemon, astringent grapefruit. Notes of tropical fruit-scented hops: melon, apricot. Buttery, toasted malts; with some sweet off-flavors; artifically sweetened.

Sweetened lime and lemon up-front with notes of melon and pineapple. An adjunctory grain-base with some stiff astringency amidst areas of semi-sweet toasted malts. The slight sourness returns in the not-quite crisp finish.

Light bodied; more smooth, than crisp for the style. Almost a slick mouthfeel due to the artificial-tasting sour flavors.

Don't get me wrong, this offering is quite flavorful for a style that can be pretty bland; however, some flavors are out of balance. At times, this one can seem like a light Pale Ale given the hop profile.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Ryan & Casey's in Greenfield on 6/21/08. Served in my Harpoon IPA glass. Poured a translucent orange-gold with a half-inch off-white head composed of tiny bubbles. Head was refreshed with each pour but eventually subsided into a thin skim. Some strands of lacing with fair adherence throughout the session. Scent of wheat, citrus and hops. More citrus up front in the mouth, followed by a slight hops bitterness, finally yielding to a crisp wheaty flavor at the back. Hops bitterness lingers between quaffs. Mouthfeel is light and lively. Drinkability is fair; a little too hoppy for me (and for a kolsch IMO), but I could see this being a nice choice for consumers with more of a predilection for hops.

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Photo of Nipitato
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Medium gold hue. Splotchy thin white head. Slightly cloudy with visible yeast.

S: Malty aroma is perceptible and mildly sweet. What really comes through is a fruity lemon aroma that is quite nice. A touch a sulfer aroma lingers in the background.

T: Light malty sweetness up front but very subtle. Fruity esters -citrus pop through and add complexity, dryness, and puckering bitterness at finish.

MF: Smooth and light -medium light body. Well carbonated.

D/Overall Impression: A fine beer for drinking on a hot summer day. People's Pint has better offerings than this but I wouldn't turn it down.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber. This brew pours a moderately hazed straw color with a towering 2.5 fingers of head that sticks really nicely atop the brew. A heavy dose of carbonation pours up the inside of my glass helping to keep the head steady and solid. This is a good looking brew. The nose is nice and spicey, with a healthy dose of peppery noble hop sitting over a lightly honey sweet and grainey malt base. This one is hitting all the right notes for what I like in a kolsch. The flavor brings a very solid noble hop spiceyness that sits over a very mildly grainey malt base. The hop really shines here, but it seems to be a little too much. I would prefer a more subtle hop with a more forward light sweet and grainey malt base. This one really is tasty and drinkable, so don't think this is a bad beer by any means. The finish is mildly bitter, nothing more than a mild tinge that really accentuates the flavor of the hop. It is tasty. Mouthfeel is moderate with a moderate carbonation of small bubbles that really don't come out of solution, just sort of hit my tongue and gives it a little carbonation zip. This one is a really drinkable brew. I could easily sit down to a handfull of these, even out of the bomber. Kolsch beers are really a beer I would like to see more of, and this one really hits the spot to me.

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Photo of jamie2dope
4.19/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Figured I'de grab something a little summery, as it is approaching rapidly. Poured into a Rapscallion chalice a gold champaign color, with a large white head that faded fast, and a bunch of little dots that looked like pepper almost. Aroma had lots to offer...it starts off sort of dry and peppery, then becomes really sweet, with honey due and a hint of vanilla. Taste wasn't quite as sweet...it leaned a bit more towards the bitter side of things. Mouthfeel was crisp, bitter and refreshing. A very drinkable beer I have here. Perfect for the warmer weather. Cheers

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.57/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When I poured this beer that was an aggressive thick foamy white head with a great deal of structure. This head remained for quite a long time. The beer was bright gold in color with the slightest of haze and some visible carbonation. As I drank the beer there were clumps of lacing left behind. Nice looking beer, but I couldn't believe the staying power of the head.

Aroma was very nice and of fresh hops. Also got a sense of grass or an open field. Also a light citrus aroma more like lemon peel vs. the often sensed grapefruit.

The flavor was pretty good, but I definitely noticed a slight off flavor from my homebrew days. I remember that this flavor was an indication of fermentation temps being too warm. (slight sour/off taste near the end) There was a fresh hop flavor that brought a subtle spice to the party. Also a sense of very light malt or wheat...

Light crisp mouth feel and very drinkable.

A pretty good effort.

I'd like to try another at some point to see if the same off flavor is present.

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Photo of rousee
3.27/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pretty good up and coming brewery.Kolsch is one of my favorite styles so maybe I'm a bit extra critical here but I cannot fully endorse this beer. The Peoples pint has some other beers that I like much better.

Clear gold-straw color pour. Small head and no lace to speak of.
Nose is saltwater taffy with some fresh bready malty aspects. Very slight hint of a muddy skunky czech or german style hop.

The taste is much the same as the nose but there is a tartness noticed on the palate--nothing real negative. Mouthfeel is a little too dry and chalky. Drinkability is slightly better than avg.

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Sprocket Kolsch from The People's Pint
Beer rating: 46.7% out of 100 with 15 ratings
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