Sprang | Trillium Brewing Company

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Trillium Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Originally brewed as our hoppy welcome to Spring after the long, dark months of winter, this low ABV, kölsch inspired ale is cool fermented and dosed with Nelson Sauvin. Lower fermentation temperature slows the yeast's metabolism and provides balance by gently subduing super-fruity esters and spicy phenols. Sprang is refreshingly light bodied with aromatics of earthy evergreen, passion fruit, and faint doughy malt. Flavors of concord grape, mango, and herbaceous white wine interweave with cracker-crisp, pilsner malt character and minimal bitterness. The finish is dry with a lasting touch of grain.

MALT: Pilsner, Valley Danko Rye, Dextrine

HOPS: Nelson Sauvin, Citra, Sterling

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Photo of irrevjim
4.51/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

from a bottle to a beer tulip
look; cloudy bright golden yellow, tiny bubbles, 1" head, moderate retention and curtain lacing
smell; apricot citrus fruity hops, a little barnyard, sweet fresh mowed grass, passion fruit
taste; grassy passion fruit, a little barnyard, sweet clean malt, honeybun and tart finish
feel; bubbly, full bodiied but crisp
overall; mmm, big sprang indeed, aptly named hoppy fruity clean malty bomb.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.1/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is a hazy gold coloring, with a foamy white head. Nose of grassy hops forward, with herbal highlights and a toasted backbone. Flavors are crisp and grassy forward, with a floral hops and honey blend, and a subtle sour tang. Crisp body, with an effervesced feel. The aftertaste is grassy and fresh, on a frothy, light end feel. Good beer!

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Photo of thampel09
4.59/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Trilliums take on a kölsch? Sure I'll taste it!this beer is packed with a lot of juicy aromas and taste full of citrus fruit from pineapple to grapefruit. Body was lighter coming from the kölsch malts but the hops filled in all the voids.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.59/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I didn't know what to expect and was shocked by how hoppy this kolsch inspired beer was. This was pure grapefruit. Rounded bitterness. Very crisp body. Quenching. Really interesting and enjoyable. A hit with Radler fans in my house as well.

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.47/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 25.4 oz bottle purchased from the brewery.

Ok, this beer is gorgeous. It pours a slightly hazy, golden straw color with the most beautiful soapy white head I've ever seen in my life. It looks like Gandalf the White's beard after his monthly bath. The retention is very good and when the head finally decides to leave, there's plenty of spotted lacing around the glass. Just a beautiful looking beer.

The Nelson hops are very present on the nose, but are followed by notes of citrus and pine. Not as much of a malt character as I would expect but it is present.

The sweet, bready malt character shines through on the flavor however, and is accompanied by a lot of tropical fruits. I get notes of pineapple and mango, as well as a hint of white grapes. Very crisp.

The mouth is light bodied with moderate carbonation. Incredibly creamy and smooth, albeit very dry on the back end.

Overall, a surprising and impressive change of pace from the typical Trillium brew. I expected this to be a juicy hop bomb but the hops, while ever present, were not overpowering and all the flavors came together very well. This is such an easy drinking beer and one I wish could be available in smaller bottles and/or cans.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.96/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from psweendogg. Thanks, Patrick!

An almost clear light yellow with a dense, frothy, eggshell white head with excellent retention and lacing, this looks great! The nose is delicious with a sharp hop note of perfume, lemon peel and a little fresh cut grass. Some grape and semi-ripe mango is present. Bitterness is mild. The malt character is soft, doughy and whelmed by the hops. The soft yeasty fruitiness that the better Kolschs have is missing, dominated instead by the hops (not necessarily a bad thing!) and a touch of soap. The palate opens with a big, fruity hop character with a lovely malt dough/grain/chewy character. Flavors of mango nectar, grape, lemon peel are present along with a mild bitterness. The mid-palate has the malt character nicely expressed. Dough and honey are present, though it does feel a little thin and mineraly as well. Thankfully, the soap that i smell is absent. Long, fruity finish with crisp, clean carbonation, this beer is solid. Interestingly, it also has the same green hop messiness that I found perplexing in their Congress Street IPA. Wonder what that's about- beer or my (slipping) palate.

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Photo of Kramerbarthomer
4.54/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm a long time Trillium fanboy and I admit I was curious to see what they did with this "Kolsch imspired" ale.

This was the best sessionble beer I've ever had. Huge Nelson Sauvin hop present with a body that was light, but avoid that dreaded hop water flavor I get with most other hoppy session beers.

Loved this one!

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Photo of SebastianOwl
4.36/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated 11/4/15; drank in a tall tumbler on 11/14/15; have not really caught on to the allure of the Nelson Sauvin craze in pale ales or IPAs but it really works for me in this beer

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Photo of eaglephile
4.36/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Hazy in appearance with a quarter inch of white foam head that sticks around. Smells and tastes like like limes, white wine and ripe peach, followed by some pine resin. I loved this beer and big sprang the first time around and was excited to see it again. The Nelson sauvin hops are a nice change up from the normal trillium flavor, and this beer works

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Photo of Flounder57
4.27/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a slightly hazy pale yellow color with good clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Frothy lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Lemony, herbal, spicy, toasted, bready, pilsner, and pale malts.

Taste: Nice lemony hop flavor, toasted, bready, and pale malts. Light chewy notes and light bitterness in the rear.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light, crisp, refreshing, a little chewy, light light bitterness, and medium carbonation.

Overall: I like this beer so much that I'm going to get more.

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Photo of WunderLlama
3.91/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Growler poured into tasting glass

Hazy golden yellow, steady stream of mini bubbles, white foam cap recess to a layer of white bubbles, good lacing

Aroma of tropical fruits, mango, peach, citrus

Taste of citrus on the back of the tongue, strong hop notes, musty, winey

Mouthfeel is light with gentle sudsing

I love most of everything that Trillium produces. To label this a Kolsch is very surprising to me. I think of a Gaffel, Fruh or a Reissdorf and this beer is nothing like any of those. The hop profile overpowers anything that the malt of Kolsch produces. This is false advertising. More like an IPA than Kolsch.

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Photo of Damian
4.68/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Drank from a 25.4 fl oz (750 ml) bottle purchased at Trillium Brewing Company, Boston, MA
Served in a stange

Fantastic appearance. The slightly hazed, golden colored liquid was topped by a fluffy, four finger tall crop of bright white, meringue-like froth. The head slowly receded, leaving a thick, drippy curtain of lacing in its wake.

The nose was pure Nelson hop amazingness. Super fragrant and bright. Really intense and unique. White wine notes dominated. Loads of grape must. The mustiness was really over the top. Uber dank. Marijuana notes were in full effect. White grapefruit was also quite noticeable. Slightly lemony. Tropical fruits came through as well.

The flavor was less extreme than the nose but still amazing. Crisp, winey and dry. Loads of grape must on the front end. Citrusy in the center. White grapefruit dominated. Quite lemony as well. Fairly tart. There was a dank, weed-like mustiness. Touch of mango and passionfruit. The beer finished with some crackery, German style malts and grapefruit peel. Moderately bitter.

The mouthfeel was crisp and frothy. Medium bodied. The liquid contained a bubbly, moderate effervescence.

Nelson hopped beers seem to be more and more popular these days but none in my opinion show off this hop better than Trillium Brewing's Sprang. This beer displays some fantastic and unique notes that I never knew could be found in a beer.

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Photo of mnj21655
4.34/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

32 oz growler (filled earlier this evening) poured into a tulip.

Pours a slightly hazy pale yellow-gold in color with an inch of white head, decent retention and moderate lacing. Aroma is pleasant but subdued, some mango and peach. Taste is great, lots of hops, mostly mango and peach. Biscuity malt as well. Medium-light light body and medium carbonation give a creamy texture. Overall an excellent beer, its not truly a kolsch and not presented as such. If you allow yourself to appreciate it just as a beer and don't worry so much about styles you'll enjoy it.

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Photo of rudzud
4.18/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

Enjoyed on tap at the Armsby Abbey.

A - Poured into a standard pint glass a nice not quite crystal clear golden straw hue with a one finger head that faded to leave a thin blanket and some creamy lacing.

S - Aromas of juicy tropical fruits, tutti fruity like with absurd amounts of pineapple and mango, tangerine, Clementine. Not really getting the biscuit malts that I'm used to though. Regardless this smells delicious.

T - Taste is a fun combo, I get the malty cracker of a kolsch and then an assault of tropical fruit, big big Nelson notes going on here. Tasty pineapple and mango with nice citrus. Very fruity and refreshing.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, alcohol hidden, super drinkable.

O - Overall this beer was a fun one. A kolsch inspired beer with Nelson hops, tasty, though not really a kolsch. Just call it a hoppy German pale lager.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sprang pours a hazy yellow with a small, creamy white head on top. The foam fades quickly leaving lines of lace on the glass. For a Kolsch this beer is awfully cloudy.

The aroma is loaded with tangerine and orange citrus with some dank tropical fruit, pine and grass mixed in for good measure.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is smooth, creamy with mild carbonation. The flavor is loaded with tangerine citrus, lemon rind, and mango. Bready wheat comes through in the background. It finishes a bit dank with a touch of peppery spice. Grassy bitterness finishes off the flavor. Once gone the dank fruit, tangerine and tangerine citrus lingers on the palate.

This is a fantastically delicious beer. It's a terrible example of a Koelsch, but a great example of a full flavored, sessionable IPA.

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Photo of joesinboston
3.56/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer on tap at Deep Ellum in Allston. The keg had just kicked and I got the first glass from a fresh keg. It was served in a willi becher glass.

It poured an incredibly cloudy pale yellow that in certain light almost appeared grey. The head was frothy and light and lasted a good while. It smelled very herbal and lemony with a very faint hint of breadiness. The taste wasn't too far off from the aroma, the hops dominated the flavor upfront and there was some spiciness that lingered on the back of your throat in the aftermath. Combined with a grainy mouthfeel, the best way to describe this beer I think is earthy. It was drinkable, but it was nowhere near what I expected.

I typically love Trillium's beer, but was very let down by this considering it was labeled as a Kolsch. Maybe it was because it was the first pour and there may have been sediment at the bottom of the keg, but I detected very few Kolsch-like aspects to this beer. If I put this next to a Reissdorf and told someone that they are the same style of beer, they would think I was mad.

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Photo of Resuin
4.63/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 32 ounce growler into a willibecher. This was filled at the brewery an hour ago.

Appearance: Pours a translucent yellow/pale gold and leaves a finger of light, white head that fades slowly to a layer atop the beer, leaving some white lacing.

Smell: Big floral hops, honey, a touch of mango and peach. Lovely and quite refreshing aroma.

Taste: Mmm. Citrus/floral hops, light biscuity notes, mango, peach, and finishes juicy - really lovely finish. Ridiculously refreshing, and really nice flavor profile. Highly, highly drinkable.

Mouth-feel: Medium to well carbonated with a light to medium, creamy body. Fits the style wonderfully. Finishes smooth and juicy.

Overall: Really well balanced light, but really nicely hopped beer. Super sessionable and with one of the smoothest flavors I've ever encountered. A fantastic brew, especially for the summer months, but I would drink this every day, year-round.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.41/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours some light white and foamy head that dissipates quickly. The beer leaves a lot of lacing behind. The beer itself is hazy but clear enough to see through it. The beer color is a nice golden yellow that looks very clean even if it is a bit hazy. The notes from the beer smell are aggressively hoppy but not very aggressive that it dominates the notes. The hop notes are tropical citrus but with a hint of sweet pale malt as well. The notes also contains hints of spice that mix very well. The taste notes are similar but that the hop notes are stronger and the dry malt taste comes out in the end. the spices seem to last through the drink. The mouthfeel is medium bodied but on the lighter side of medium bodied. The feel is smooth with biting carbonation. Overall, a very easy drinking beer and great on a warm day.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.22/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is labelled a Kolsh. If all Kolshes tasted like this, I could give up Pales/IPAs.

Poured out of the growler, I nice pale yellow. About 1 finger of a bright, white head.
Huge punch of hops right off the bat. Fruity, but not tropical. Just really pleasant smelling.
Really good balance of the hop flavor with the light, biscuit malt character. Almost drinks like a pale ale. Like their Fort Point, but brewed solely with Nelson Sauvin. Ultimately super crushable. Could down a ton of this stuff on a hot day.

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Photo of nas5755
4.57/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A damned delicious beer.

A hazy, golden blonde, nice head. Solid.Nose is spicy, some nelson hops, grapey, citrus, some spice .Hoppy, but not overdone. For the style, I almost wanted less hop presence but I am fine and really love drinking this beer. Very clean, nelson hop flavors, lots of rye bite, spritzy carbonation. A really easy drinking beer, might be the perfect lawnmower beer. Hopped up nicely, but not overdone, clean. Love this beer and would/will drink this all summer.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.68/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-Pours a hazy yellow color. Thinner white head. Head is a soft, fluffy blanket that sits atop the pretty illuminated body of the beer. Light lacing.

S-First I must say, once I found out this was Nelson Sauvin hopped I was really excited. Nelson is my favorite hop varietal. Upon first whiff, I am immediately ecstatic. A Kolsch hopped to the brim with perhaps the most unique smelling hop in the world. The Nelson hops explode with herbal, onion and lemon hops. The hops smell green and vinous but they also impart some wonderful fruity, tropical notes. Hops are spicy, too; or is that the rye? Such a wonderful aroma.

T-The flavor of the hops are fruitier and more tropical. I still get that vinous flavor but the more coercive 'green' hop elements found in the nose have softened and turned into a medley of passion fruit, mango, and white peach. I really do understand why people equate the flavor to white wine in some essences; it gives off a Sauvignon Blanc flavor. Hey, that's where the name came from, right? The Kolsch aspects of this beer are hidden by the shocking hoppiness but I can pick them up to some extent. It finishes with a crisp, cracker and grain flavor along with a spiciness that I will attribute to both the hops and the rye.

M-Light bodied with noticeable bitterness. Soft carbonation. Frighteningly drinkable. I would substitute this water any day. It maintains the thirst quenching qualities of a Kolsch but it almost has a cask feel with its light carbonation (especially as it warms). Ultimate session beer.

O-One of my favorite breweries utilizing my favorite hop within a style that deserves more attention. An absolute gem of a beer and one of my favorites from Trillium. This may not be for everyone but it's definitely, definitely, definitely for me; what a unique brew!

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