Groovy Brew | Sand Creek Brewing Company

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Sand Creek Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: German Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by granger10 on 04-23-2006

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Ratings: 43 |  Reviews: 32
Reviews by cdkrenz:
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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More User Reviews:
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 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 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 bashiba
2.45/5  rDev -22%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured a hazy dark yellow with a small light white that left a soapy ring.

Smell has a very light grain bill.

Has a very light grain flavor with a very small hint of hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel is light and watery.

Overall just barely a step up from typical American Macro Beer.

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Photo of Kunstman
3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

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 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 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 Hopheadjeffery
3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

Photo of Jimboe
2.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of granger10
3.32/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was brewed at Pioneer but is now made at Sand Creek. Pours a transparent bronze color with a one inch head. No lacing and carbonation is moderate. Aroma is citric, a bit lemony and floral. Taste is more malt dominated than aroma would lead on. Bready, slightly honeyish, but strong on the yeast byproducts as well. Finish is still somewhat sweet and watery. The hoppyish aroma does not really carry through to taste. A bit watery and after the bottle I didn't crave anymore. Decent.

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Photo of wallrock
4/5  rDev +27.4%

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 brandoman63
4.25/5  rDev +35.4%

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 BrewClint
3/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of KarlHungus
3.68/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear pale golden color with a slighly reddish tint. The head is two fingers in height, thick, creamy and recedes slowly into good lacing. The aroma is malty with a slight fruitiness. The taste is a bit more fruity than the aroma. The mouthfeel is rather light bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, this is a pretty good Kolsch. It has enough pleasant relaxing flavor that I would buy it again when in the mood for something light.

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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 terrabyte
2.67/5  rDev -15%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is a light, off-yellow color.

I didn't pick up much smell. Just a hint of malt and maybe something citrus.

The flavor is dry, a bit citrus, and maybe slightly sour. With a name like Groovy Beer, I'm going to assume they have some other crazy stuff in there that I can't quite place with my inexperienced tongue. The aftertaste carries a long, faint wiff of orange.

I don't find lighter beers that interesting to begin with. At least the aftertaste of Groovy Brew keeps you guessing, but I couldn't really get in line for more of this in the future.

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Photo of EvilKeith
3.62/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After opening this one and pouring it I went to Sand Creek’s website to verify what they called the style of this beer. They do indeed call this a Kolsch. By the appearance, smell and taste I had assumed this one to be a Saison.

This one poured into the glass a lightly hazed pale golden color. The head was a short-lived finger of fine white foam that fell to a wispy cap before vanishing completely. Lace was non-existent.

The smell was what I would expect a Saison to smell like, not a Kolsch. Earthy, yeasty, a bit of spiciness, and a light fruitiness.

The taste was much the same as the smell with the addition of a moderate tartness and slight citrus acidity.

The crisp carbonation caused the tongue to tingle. Light bodied with a crisp and clean mouthfeel.

I remain confused on the style. This “Kolsch” is not too bad of a Saison. What can you do?

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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 harpus
3/5  rDev -4.5%

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 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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