Trillium Brewing Company

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German Kölsch
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Ranked #1,400
4.27 | pDev: 7.49%
Trillium Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Notes: 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
Reviews: 41 | Ratings: 234 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by hudsonvalleyslim:
Photo of hudsonvalleyslim
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kölsch? Well, I'll give 'em a pass 'cause they did say 'Kolsch inspired ale' and they're Trillium. A growler poured into a Devil's Purse pint, fresh today from the Canton brewery. A very flavorful sessionable brew at 4.9%, a cloudy, fruity, juicy brew that tastes like .... Trillium! It is delicious.

Glad that Trillium brews some 'midweek beer'. This is a nice addition to Launch for me, as I've got to keep my wits about me during the week!

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Photo of Damian
4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
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 tigg924
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap. Pours cloudy, caution light yellow in color with 1/4 inch head. Taste is melon, lemon, grapefruit rind and light cracker. Has a sweetish start with a bitter finish, light bodied, and moderate carbonation. Bitter by Trillium standards, loads of flavor for the abv. Tastes more like a session IPA than a kolsch. Really tasty beer. Could have several even though I would put this in the middle of the pack of what I have had from Trillium.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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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Photo of WanderingFool
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
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 brewandbbq
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16oz undated can.

Pours cloudy light gold with a short head and moderate retention. Aromatics are laced with peach, pineapple, and grapefruit pith. A bit dank. Medium bodied with a soft, smooth mouthfeel. Tropical fruit starts the palate with some crackery dryness following through. Grapefruit, hard peaches, a mild pineapple. Zero bitterness. Finishes crisp and crushable with lingering citrus.

Great beer but certainly quite hoppy for a Kolsch!

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Photo of morebeergood
3.94/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BColton1
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of irrevjim
4.51/5  rDev +5.6%
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 harsley
3.7/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of doremite
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of docacl
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of psweendogg
4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of griffey123
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Doomcifer
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of mnj21655
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
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 mendvicdog
3.74/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kniles38
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of angrybabboon
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 4/30/17

A: Golden straw to yellow with some orange highlights - hazy and opaque - pours with a medium size, white head, fades to a wispy cap, small collar

S: Bright and lightly fruity - some distinct Nelson, with some white grapes, white wine, citrus, and some lightly tropical notes - additional citrus, with some orange and light grapefruit - definitely not a Kölsch, but some interesting yeasty aromas - light spice, some fruity esters, pears - grassy - some pale and pilsner malts

T: Hoppy, as is just about every Trillium beer, with some orange and grapefruit zest - crisp white grape and white wine - touches of cantaloupe and passionfruit - pine needles - some earth - touch of spice, apples, pears - herbal notes - pale malts, dough, crackers - lacking the light biscuit flavor I would expect in a Kölsch, but it does have a somewhat clean, crisp finish

M: On the light side of medium, medium carbonation, smooth with a crisp finish

O: Spring Sprang Sprung

Last spring I drank a Big Sprang. So I guess it's about time I drank the original. It's not a Kölsch, but it's clean and refreshing. It's worth trying, even if it may be 2019 until Trillium makes it again.

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Photo of nas5755
4.57/5  rDev +7%
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 DefenCorps
3.96/5  rDev -7.3%
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 dar482
4.51/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mltobin
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mothman
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at canton. Hazy orange juice color.

Light bodied easy drinking kolsch that packs a lot of flavor. Grassy and earthy. Crisp and clean. Hoppy with a little citrus.

Smooth, crisp, and clean.

This is an awesome kolsch. Very enjoyable and easy drinking.

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Photo of Naughead
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Sprang from Trillium Brewing Company
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 234 ratings