Groovy Brew | Sand Creek Brewing Company

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Sand Creek Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by granger10 on 04-23-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 32 | Ratings: 43
Photo of KajII
2.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

[Best served in a Kölsch glass]

The pour was a light clear yellow with a huge (3-4 finger) white frothy head that was mostly lasting with a little fair spotty lacing.

The aroma was a tad funky with a straw like malt, a grassy hop and a soapy yeast and had a mild note of citrus (lemon).

The taste was a lot like the aroma with a grainy feel and a bit acidic at first and finished lightly bitter with just a mild hint of citrus at the end. The flavor was short lived, very mild and faded fast.

Mouthfeel was light in body and watery in texture with a decent carbonation.

Overall a light funky tasting brew that would fit it rather nicely on a hot summer’s day...

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Groovy, man! (Dammit, I'm angry at myself for that one...) This stuff pours a clear pale straw topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises grass, wheat, very light caramel, and a touch of flower petals. The taste favors the wheat and grass in heavy amounts, leaving little room for much else. The body straddles the border between hefty light and light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly grainy feel. Overall, a pretty sad kolsch, one I don't find too "groovy" at all.

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Photo of richkrull
3.8/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this one at my wife's aunt & uncle's house. I had never heard of this beer and was surprised to see it was from Wisconsin.

I drank it straight from the bottle. I really enjoyed this beer. It had a great medium body and good flavor. Bit of a citrus taste. Very refreshing - I could drink a few more of these. I'll definitely try it again if I see it around.

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Photo of nightcrawler
3.54/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Poured the beer into a pint glass. Very light yellow with a bit of fizz and short lived lacing. While others were getting sweetness on taste, I was getting sweetness coming from the smell than from my tongue as I sipped the beer. I found the taste more straw-like than I expected, but pleasant.

The biggest downfall of this beer was the weak body and mouthfeel. To me, it seemed closer to beer-tasting water than having any sort of beer body. I understand the style is suppose to be light, but come on.

On the upside, I really do like the flavor. The drinkability is up there since they are refreshing and I can have a few without feeling bloated.

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.62/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - Gold and clear with no real head to speak of. Only a collar rings the edge of the glass.

S - Cornmeal, wheat crackers (Wheat Thins), and strangely ... biscuits and gravy.

T - Surprisingly fruity and fresh. This doesn't really strike me as a Kolsch so much as a fruit oriented Euro Lager. Whatever it is, it ain't bad. Green apple skin and green grapes. Champagne like. This is really complex for what I usually think of as a basic, but solid style.

M - Light bodied, effervescent, and lively. This is an easy going brew that goes down easy without mental interference. Now, that isn't always a good thing in craft brewing, but in this case there is enough substance to keep my mouth happy.

D - This is one of those "inbetweeners" that isn't a massively interesting complex creation, but neither is it some simple chig-lager. This is one of those brews that you pick up for a nice cookout evening at a buddy's house. You dig it, but don't feel like you have to savor every sip. Is it a great beer... no. But would I buy a sixer to bring to a party... hell yes.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.25/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - pours a muted golden color. Displays a thin cover of white that doesn't look long for this world but holds quite well.

Aroma - a clean, bright grainy sniff, fairly sweet.

Taste - pleasant soft graininess. An easy-going sweetness defines it. A bit of husk character, clean and fresh. Not much hop snap on the swallow, kind of lets down at this point. It doesn't have to grab like a pils but there should be something. A wet, unbalanced finish. That's about it, although it does show a little more depth of grain with some warming.

Mouthfeel - crisp lager feel, which I think is good.

Drinkability - okay. Needs a little work to hit the style better, but it's easy enough to drink as is. Thanks to the missus for bring a sixer back from Chi-Town.

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Photo of drpimento
2.7/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Guess it's ok. Can tell what they're trying to do - it's a bit like the Kolsch I recently had in Cologne, Germany. This one's a little heavier and not as fresh seeming. Anyway, served with a small to medium white head and a bit of lace. Color is a very clear light gold. Aroma is light grain, a hint of lemon, and soft. Flavor's the same. Body is soft and forgettable. Not one of their better beers. And the name- gimme a break

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Photo of birchstick
3.15/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - clear yellow without much of a head

S - smells of malt and some wheat and that's about it

T - it tastes of grainy malts, wheat, and a touch of citrus. It is light crisp and refreshing.

M - smooth and full; goes down nicely

D - easy enough to drink, perfect for a hot day.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz tap pour into an American Tumbler Pint @ Skippy's

A - Clear yellow straw with minimal head and bad retention with absolutely no lacing. Probably the pour but the beer doesn't look to fantastic anyway.

S - Light, crisp malts with a teeny touch of fruitiness and crisp hops.

T - Light adjunct beer with mild malts and a lingering light fruitiness with dry hops on the finish.

M - Crisp and light-bodied with a carbonation bite to finish it off.

D - Easily drinkable as it is a BMC equivalent for the most part. Perfect session brew I suppose.

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Photo of Florida9
2.92/5  rDev -7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured into a tulip. Half inch of fizzy, foamy, bubbly head comes and goes quickly settling around the rim of the glass. No lacing. Clear. Light yellow amber in color.

S: Bread. Yeast and pale malt with a slight lemon or orange scent.

T: There is something funky here. Light pale malts, a little fruity sourness. Very light in flavor. Minimal hops. Watery and light.

M: Light-medium in body. Medium carbonation. The slight sourness combined with the carbonation livens up the mouth. Crisp, but not dry.

D: I'm not familiar with the style, but I can say this beer is far from my favorite. It just seems wrong, the sourness seems out of place and the fruitiness has nothing to hang on. I think my bottle might have been missing its groovy.

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Photo of Opethsprite
2/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

I really wanted to like this beer. I appreciate the psychedelic imagery on the bottle, and was hoping to send some home to a hippie friend. Sadly, I didn't find it worth the while.

Pours a pale orangish yellow with a head that disappears almost instantaneously. Nothing special, but looks aren't everything. Smells very yeasty with hints of orange. Again, nothing special...kinda macro. There was more bitterness in a vegetative sort of way than expected, and very little orange that was noticed in the nose. Unfortunately, a good bit of macro sweetness was present, especially toward the end. I don't know about you, but the presence of that awful macro sweetness is highly off-putting to me, thus obliterating the drinkability score. For those who are accustomed to such swill, drinkability would be rated much higher.

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Photo of brfbeerdrinker
4.97/5  rDev +58.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Alright this beer i thought was going to be awful due to the reviews it has gotten. I was pleasantly suprised to find that it is actually very delicious. After pouring it into a standard glass, I noticed that there was no lace at all(not suprising seeing that is very watery in mouthfeel). after that i gave it a whif, come to find that it smells very similiar to a middle of the road lambrusco(a light table wine), meaning very fruity hop scent. As i tasted it i noticed that the flavor is very subtle. It had almost no foretaste, a strong mid flavor, and almost no after taste. The aformentioned midflavor is of fruit and i get a strong almond flavor aswell. It is rather murky which can be misleading to it's flavor. over all this will be in my fridge and will be shared.

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Photo of kickapoodude
2.13/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

If it wasn't a product of wise marketing, Groovy brew would not have made it beyond the first year of distribution.

Pours a grainy and golden yellow with a rapidly dissapting head. The flavors are acidic and sweet. I'd be happy if I homebrewed this, but for a great brewery like sand creek, it is a dissapointment.

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Photo of wheatyweiss
3.5/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a pale straw with a smallish head that settles to a cap.

Smell is of pale crystal malt with a touch of hpney.

Flavor is very sweet and sour at the same time. Dry and sweet at the same time like a chardonnay. There is a good deal of acid goin on here that lends the dryness to the beer.

Mouthfeel is quite slick for a Kolsch, almost borderline heavy body with a slick oily finish.

Not a bad beer, just not my style.

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Photo of chiapete
3/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a cloudy orange , with large carb bubbles. a head that faded quickly with no lace to speak of.

Faint sweet aroma , citrus from the hops .

not a lot of complexity in the flavor , not a whole lot of flavor . Hardly any bitterness .
As it warmed more of the hop bitterness appeared . Taste was watered down . A hard to describe flavor hanging out in the back ground.

Wasn't hard to get down , but not much there.

I think I will try this one again to see if a new bottle will be different .

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Photo of ibashmuck
2.59/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. Poured a small, quickly dissipating head on a golden body. Smell and tastes were primarily the same: citrus, floral, possibly honey, with a dose of stale/dustiness. Reminded me very much of some of the sorghum brews I've tried. Much fizzier than it looks. I would have rated it higher if it actually was a sorghum brew, but because it isn't, I wasn't impressed.

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Photo of tjkurz
2.11/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bought this in a mix six pack poured bottle into pint glass. Yellow haze with a thin head that holds nicely. Smells of fresh grains. Little taste but tastes fresh with a hint of hops. MF is smooth as its carbonation seems on the light side. Drinkability, I have to say that being so unimpressed with the taste - I don't find this beer drinkable. Perhaps if it was ice cold and I was very thirsty.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light, yet very clear golden amber with just a touch of head at first with some very weak bubbling. The aroma is a vey faint toasted malt with soe hints of a corn silo and some very faint, grassy hops. The taste has a light nutty quality with some herbal grass note and maybea touch of some citrus in the middle. The palate is just a very faint, wet sweeness. But with a bit of an adjuncty aftertaste finish. This beer is indeed flavorful and feels pretty good on the palate on a hot Summers day. But could make up for the look and aftertaste.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.25/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy golden color with minute white head. No retention, no lacing.

Smell is insignificant, with a light maltiness present.

Taste also presents with a light maltiness, but not much else.

A touch of dryness emerges at the finish, which is an improvement on the taste.

Very easy to drink, because there is not much there. I could see this beer as a hot afternoon thirst quencher, or with a bushel of steamed clams.

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Photo of riboflavin88
2.82/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This label will catch your eye across the room. Cool psychedelic tye-dye colors! The beer poured a golden, reddish-brown with a quick to leave head. Although I didn't particularly like this beer, its strong point would definitely be its smell consisting of a malty-fruity scent with a spicy background. This brew's taste was interesting, not great, just interesting. I tasted orange up front and smokey hops toward the end. Mouthfeel was pretty smooth and dry, but not a beer I would stock my fridge with.

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Photo of Tballz420
3.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pale straw gold, very slight haze. Little white head on top. Very light malt on the nose, nothing much going on. The taste starts with very light malt, grainy, slight touch of hops rounds it out. Thin mouth. Very light, delicate brew. This is one of those brews that you could start drinking by the pool at noon, and finish off a case-plus by the time you fall over.

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Photo of demcorhip
3.7/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to my nonBA buddy Boob for picking this up. My first kolsch, so will be referring to BJCP guidelines for the style.

Somewhat darker than style guidelines with a golden amber appearance. Also quite hazy, but did have a delicate two finger white head that quickly receded to leave a thin cap. Fairly active with finely bubbled carbonation.

Faint malt aroma of pale malts, a mild and somewhat muddled fruit aroma with some winy qualities. Noble hops appear and take up the rear of the aroma.

Interesting tasting brew. Pale malts quickly followed by apple and white grape. Might even be some wheat in here. Mild and fruity bitterness is slightly puckering, but overall this is pretty clean according to style. Im starting to enjoy this brew.

Ill score it a little high in mouthfeel as its scored slightly lower than i would like for taste (im thinking 3.75). Light bodied, clean, slightly dry, well attenuated, and very refreshing.

A good warm weather summer session brew. Quite refreshing and quenching with its dry yet fruity qualities. Certainly approachable, and may even appeal to those who like their bubbly white wine. Enough going on for fans of subtler beer styles to enjoy as well. Glad i got to try this one, and its one ill keep in mind when it warms up next summer.

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Photo of cdkrenz
4.13/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

$1.49 / Bottle
JR Liquor
Stevens Point, Wisconsin

Appearance - Medium colored golden brown with a 1/4 inch f head that lasted...well, it's

Smell - It has a fruity scent complimented by a malt aroma too. It smells quite inviting.

Taste - Complex flavors in this Groovy Brew. It starts out with a plum flavor and moves onto a malt afterspell. Then unexpectedly, a tinge of hops at the end.

Mouthfeel - Smooth at first sip and then it rolls over the center on my tongue letting me know it has some character. It has a great dry finish.

~ This beer which is brewed right here in my home state is a definite crowd pleaser. It has the character and complexity to intrigue the finest beer taster and the likeable flavor that any true beer lover will surely enjoy. Don't leave this one just to the Hippies, give it a try.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.71/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Textbook amber, bright and clean. Up top is a crown of foam that is closer to beige than it is to white. Although it's only two skinny fingers in height, even after an increasingly elevated pour, I have to give it credit for stubbornness. A lack of lace doesn't help.

I've never expected big things from a kolsch's nose, it just isn't that sort of beer. This nose barely meets those limited expectations. In fact, the more I sniff, the more I recognize it as below average. Lackluster pale malt with a meager amount of German hops simply doesn't cut it.

Groovy Brew isn't bad beer. Nor is it good beer. Due to a significant graininess, it tastes more like an all-malt lager than a kolsch. By the way, Sand Creek's website refers to it as a lager. I thought kolsches are ales. There's no real fruitiness to make me think an ale yeast was used, so I guess the brewery lagered what is typically an ale.

There just isn't enough going on within the bounds of what is an incredibly narrow flavor profile. Hoppiness is at a minimum, but there's enough to keep the beer from being overly malty sweet. Actually, there isn't enough malt present for it to be sweet. I'm reminded of a macro lager since warming brings about some amount of flavor degradation.

The mouthfeel is just okay. It doesn't impress and it doesn't disappoint (much). At least there are enough bubbles to keep things fairly lively all the way to the bottom of the bottle. Without that, the score would have taken an even bigger hit.

I like the name and the psycheldelic, 60s style label. It's just too bad that what's inside Groovy Brew's bottle isn't as groovy as what's outside.

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Photo of MrVisegrips
2.65/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The pour is a cloudy gold color with an almost non-existent head that quickly results in an almost non-existent lace. Aroma is light with a hint of citrus. Taste is a bit bland for my personal liking, but it does have a somewhat interesting slightly bitter finish. Mouthfeel is light and watery and drinkability is okay. Overall, this brew didn't hold my interest and I found myself thinking more about what to try next rather than what was in hand.

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3.14 out of 5 based on 43 ratings.
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