Gold Spike Ale
Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

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German Kölsch
Ranked #150
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3.71 | pDev: 10.24%
Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
Massachusetts, United States
Gold Spike AleGold Spike Ale
Notes: A pale golden ale featuring a crisp, clean malt flavor, Gold Spike is the perfect quaff for a warm day or when you are just looking for something a bit more refreshing. Brewed true to style, this interpretation of a German Kölsch uses an authentic yeast strain tracing to the beer’s ancestral home of Cologne.
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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Can. Pours a crystal clear yellow. Looks macro. Thin head-ring. Aroma is much like several of the style I had before. Buttery bread. Flavor is pretty clean. Has a nice, fairly crisp finish. Pleasant aftertaste. Really simple, really light, really easy to put down. A pretty solid Kolsch.

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Photo of DefenCorps
2.83/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Can from Bantam Market

A clear straw yellow with a thin, white head that falls off rapidly leaving little lacing, this looks decent. The nose is mildly fruity and unfortunately, mildly buttery and a hair metallic. A pleasant lemony hop character is present. The palate opens soft and doughy with a mild creamy, rustic dough character, along with a mild fruity note. The mid palate is where all the off flavors are most prominent. A little butter, a mild grainy tartness and a very thin and disjointed feel. Drying on finish, this beer is mildly carbonated. Disappointing.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the 650 ml. bottle best by 11/05/15. Sampled on July 22, 2015.

Straw yellow pour under a boisterous white fizzy head that fades to a ring.

Aroma of crusty malts, crackers, toast, dank cellar, and a little bit of grassy hops.

Light to medium body.

The taste is mildly sweet and toasty with a mild to moderate earthy or grassy bitterness coming up from behind.

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Photo of CTHomer
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: crystal clear; light gold in color; 1 finger white head that receded to a wispy cap; very little lacing;

S: grainy; a little bready; a little sweet;

T: follows the nose; very little bitterness on the finish;

M: light bodied; moderate carbonation; dry finish;

O: straight forward; refreshing;

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Photo of DrinkNewport
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden pour with a moderate head.

Very mild aroma of sweetness.

It's a light flavor with high carbonation.

This is a lighter style of ale, but I find it very similar to a lot of pilsners. Recommendable as a summer seasonal for hot weather, but if you like big dark beers, you'll find it unremarkable.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
2.87/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Slightly hazed pale straw. Bright-white and fluffy head. Drops to a small cap and collar. Moderate carbonation.

Smell: Slightly sweet light malt base. Crackers with some floral backing. Light yeast adds a crisp earthy character to the back everything. Light and sweet. Some biscuit dough. Some slight corn and grassy notes. Lightly hopped. Clean, but ultimately a bit sweet and lacking depth.

Taste: More of the same. A bit of baked cracker sweetness. Some light earthy undertones. A bit more floral than the style would usually indicate. A bit grassy. Clean and easy going. Sweet light malts take a bit more as the beer warms. Some corn and light husk.

Mouthfeel: Clean and light with a moderate carbonation. Lacks a bit of crispness on the finish.

Overall: More like a stone spike.

Easy drinking and light, but missing some depth and crispness. Nice sweetness. Average.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
3.49/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Cask Republic, New Haven, CT:

The beer appeared a slightly hazy straw yellow color with a foamy white head with some retention. The aroma was a pleasant sweet malty smell. The taste had a definite German tilt to it, as expected, but wheat and banana...reminded me more of a Kristalweizen than a Kolsch. The beer had a light feel to it, but it was smooth and easy to drink. Overall, a decent beer and one that I would get again, but may not be my first choice.

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Photo of MistahBeah
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pale hazy straw colored. Pours a thick foamy head with some retention. Some tiny bubbles rush to the top and forms a small layer at the top of the glass.

Aroma: Pale malts. Grapes. Some floral hops. Sweet smelling. Pretty inviting

Taste: Tastes like wheat. Weizen yeast. Earthy spiciness in the middle. Some hop bitterness on the finish. Tart grapes.

Mouthfeel: Bubbly. Vinous. Slightly sticky. Decent

Overall: A decent offering. A good starting point from pilseners for the uninitiated. Good for summer and its mostly light body and low abv make it a good session beer. Berkshire makes much better beer but this is a decent example of this somewhat obscure (at least in America) style

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Photo of tronester
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear golden, with a thin white head. Aromas of light grassiness. Taste begins with a lemon flavor, then some raw grain, then an earthy, grassy finish. The aftertaste is a bit tart. Decent mouthfeel. The carbonation is a bit low. Overall a nice beer.

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Photo of JustinAniello
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours straw colored with a one and a half fingered head. Lots of bubbles stick to the sides of the glass. Quickly dissipates to minimal lacing.

S - Dark caramel and malt. Very sweet smelling.

T - Light and sweet, some fruity esters, possibly banana. Very mild bitterness in the aftertaste.

B - Very light body and carbonation, almost a bit watery.

O - A bit of a letdown, definitely needs more depth in both the aroma and flavor profile, along with a slightly fuller body to prevent it from feeling like a light beer. Would probably not get again.

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Photo of bum732
3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

S: Floral and spicy hops, clean pils malt

L: Hazy golden yellow, white dense head that dissipates quickly.

T: Fairly clean malt with some herbal undertones. Medium low spicy bitterness leads to a clean maltiness, light. Finishes slightly spicy with a prominent cereal note. Quite dry in the finish, some fruitiness as it warms.

M: Medium low body, medium carbonation.

Not bad, not one of BBC's best efforts.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a pilsner glass.

A: Pale yellow. Great clarity, though the dregs of the bottle will make the beer cloudy should you choose to pour it. Highly carbonated, and as a result a nice rocky white head forms. Good retention, small globs of lacing cling to the glass.

S: Pilsner malt, straw, perfumey floral hops. Subtle hint of lemony citrus zest.

T: A light dose of grassy and herbal hops kick things off. Pilsner malt, biscuit, and yeasty bread. Vague sweetness and a slight hint of toasted malts. Floral hop tastes and a light citrus zest come out toward the end. Finishes dry with grainy tastes and grassy hops.

M: Light bodied. Lush, well carbonated, and refreshing. Good.

O: A pretty good example of the Style. Perfect for summer.

Notes: A great summer choice. I'd take it over their Czech pilsner.

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Photo of JAXSON
4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle, pours hazy straw with a small head. Nose is grainy, fresh, with light citrus. A lot of fresh grains in the mouth with some light lemon. Fluffy texture, has a wheat edge to it. Very crisp, I guess this is a hybrid ale/lager or something and it comes across as a little of both. Must be drank fresh of course, but a really nice beer in that case.

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Photo of Monkey962
3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy gold-silver mix. Something like a dirty champagne. Yields a white bubbly head with delicate lacing.

Smell: Minimal aroma of flowery hops. Almost reminds me of a middle-of-the-road lager.

Taste: Flavors reminiscent of both a bitter American IPA and a more balanced English IPA. Big grapefruit flavors are present, but don't take your head off like a strong American IPA. Finish leaves a nice bready note. Leaves a bit of sweetness on the lips.

Feel: Lovely mouthfeel. Seemingly minimal carbonation, but a really good balance between watery and thick.

Drinkability: A very refreshing ale with light flavors. The slightly minimal bitterness creates a sort of spicyness that invites you to take another swig. A good choice for a warm summer evening.

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip.

Why does this remind us of chili peppers? (in terms of flavor at the finish.)

Anyway... A golden color with a little haze to it. One finger of white head... No lace sticks, but the legs are nice. Retention is good-- the head settles to a fluffy collar

Smells grainy like light malt, maybe even some pils malt? The yeast offers a little fruitiness, but not too much, and just hints of apricots. The beer finishes nice and dry, a good refreshing finish.
This is a decent summer beer, but not one I would seek out again. I much prefer Krankshaft.

The body is light and airy, almost effervescent in terms of carbonation.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.06/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a 2" head which eventually dissipated completely. Hazy sandy Naples yellow color. Smells of sweet malt. Flavor is not sweet, in fact it's a lot like most BMC mass offerings. Which leads me to say this is a good looking beer which happens to taste like many others you've had before. Upper average.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from Berkshire bomber into a pint glass. Picked up at Anconas in Ridgefield CT.

Pours brilliant clear gold with fast acting white foam. Clean smell, lemongrassish. Taste is clean crisp smooth. Some citrus at the close. Flavorful yet simple. Very nice.

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Photo of hopheadjuice
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, Best by 3/22/11

Golden in appearance and a 1 finger white whispy head that gets the job done.

Smells crisp. Some lemon grassy like hops with a nutty bready malt scents popping out as whiff further.

Very crisp and very refreshing, this Kolsch displays a crisp hop bill being slight citric quality. Bright nutty grainy malts make this beer so well balanced.

Medium bodied with very n ice crisp carbonation. Slightly dry finish has you coming back for more.

Extremely drinkable and very crisp and refreshing. I will be looking for this beer during the summer for sure. Great job BBC!

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Photo of Sam21
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, best by 1/25/11.

Appearance - Clear golden straw body with a creamy white head that last only a short time before mellowing out. Leaves a creamy sudsy with light wisps of lace.

Smell - Subtle fruit notes of pear, apple, and some faint cherry. Clean overall with a light hop zest hidden beneath.

Taste - Notes of pear and apple caress the taste buds first with dry grains and earthiness coming in midway. Snappy fruity hops adds just enough spice to round it all out. Dry doughy finish.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied with a crisp mouthfeel. Carbonation is lively, but not overwhelming.

Drinkability - Highly drinkable with a great balance. Would be a fantastic beer to have on hand for the warmer months, but is doing me just fine on this cool November night.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a Sam Adams pint glass the beer was a hazy yellow color with a medium-sized white head.
A fresh, outdoors, grassy aroma. Some citrus.
Spicy lemon taste, a little bit of hops.
Crisp and refreshing. It went down pretty easily.
Good summer beer. Would drink this again.

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Photo of tempest
3.56/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a bomber for $11 at the Wild Colonial in Providence. As one friend pointed out, it does smell a touch like feet, but I think that's mostly the mild sulphurs from the German character. Overall it's a decent session beer with a lot of subtle spicy notes. As the beer warmed, that foot-like aroma did intensify, but it's otherwise a decent stab at the style. I'd rather have my kolsch have too much spice than too little.

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Photo of muttyd
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Clear yellow with a thin white head.

S - Grainy malt, slight earth hops. Somewhat reminiscent of an American macro lager, but without the corn / roasted vegetable aroma.

T - Crisp, clean slightly fruity malt flavors dominate the palate. Some earthy/grassy hops in the finish.

M - Light body with a refreshing carbonation.

D - Drinks like a 4.2% ABV beer. Nothing too exciting, but still very enjoyable (for the style). A solid go-to for a hot summer night.

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Photo of brianjay
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A light thin head which fades out quickly leaving some lace circling the top. Cloudy, golden body with some hints of life.

Smell is lively, somewhat hard to place. There are some muted spices, but the most pronounced are hay/grass.
Crisp and clean taste. Citrus and some light earthy tones. Well balanced; each taste hits at the right time.

Subtle aftertaste. You definitely want the next sip. This is a light refreshing ale with just enough going on to be interesting, but it does not overpower.

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Photo of Jayli
3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 6/19
Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a clear, straw yellow with a one finger of bright white, sudsy head. Head recedes immediately leaving minimal spots of lacing.

S: Nose is of grain, corn, and hint of fruitiness.

T: Taste is grainy up front with a light bready middle to it. Finish has a bit of fruity sweetness to it, with a hint of light grassy hop notes.

M: Light body, medium carbonation, clean and crisp body.

D: Goes does easily, very mild kick, this is a highly drinkable kolsch, and perfect for a hot summer day.

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Photo of alleykatking
4.07/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this from the Local BIF from ppoitras. Thanks Pete for the entire package.

A- Pours a clear light straw color. One finger white head comes crashing down rather quickly. No lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Aroma is a little more than most Kolsch styles that I have had. Bigger grassy notes right off the bat. Light lemon aroma right with the grassy notes. Some herbal hops in the backend with a light sweet grainy note.

T- This tastes a little better than a typical Kolsch. Nothing huge and standout in the flavor profile. Some light pale malts with a bready flavor along with some light grains. Hops are light in the tail end with some herbal flavor to them.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Light bready yeasts are left on the palate with some interesting hops in the aftertaste. Flavor profile was blended well and no off flavors I thought were in the beer. Clean and crisp tasting.

D- Very drinkable beer. This has to be one of my favorite Kolsch styles. I am not a huge fan of the style but this beer is good. Berkshire has been making fantastic beers and this just proves it once again.

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Gold Spike Ale from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 166 ratings