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Otter Creek Spring Ale

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Otter Creek Spring Ale
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Formerly brewed at Otter Creek Brewing
Style: Kölsch
Middlebury, Vermont USA

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RATINGS: 87   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.88   SEASONAL: Spring   ABV: -
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Spring Ale Special Release is a German-style Kölsch: a bright golden ale originating in Cologne.

Craft brewed with 2-row malt and malted wheat, and hopped with Tettnang and Liberty hops, this beer is crisp and refreshing with a dry finish.


muzzlehatch's rating

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - FEB 16, 2008
12 ounce bottle from City Market in Burlington, VT (February 2008) served a little below cellar temperature from a Coors Banquet glass. Pours very clear gold, the head fills half the glass, white and chunky and lacing thickly as it subsides....nose is quite light, almost indistinct, herbal and grassy, some nice touches of biscuity malt, no problems really except that its so vague....body is fairly dry up until the somewhat bitter, spicy finish; noble hops and pils malt character are in evidence, this is certainly an attempt at authenticity, but it’s a bit too thin and watery and yeah, I get a touch of that metallic character that others mention, though the beer sweetens a bit with warmth and more malt presence counterbalances the harshness somewhat....like most of this brewer’s beers, not bad enough to irritate me, but not good enough to try again either.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
generallee08 (717) - New York, USA - JUN 24, 2014
The body has a light golden color with good clarity and some visible carbonation. On top sits a small bright white head that fades quickly, down to just a thin ring of slick lace. Its aroma is clean and light. There are some light pale malt notes with some modest clean hope notes. The flavor starts with a light to medium body, crisp pale malts with maybe just a hint of fruit notes and mellow hops in prefect balance. The carbonation is soft yet active giving it a fun lively texture with a quick, crisp and dry finish.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
dfinney23 (1761) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 9, 2011
Pours hazy yellow with a thick white head. Faint aroma of yeasty bread dough. Sweet and quite creamy but it doesn’t add up to much.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
djd07 (3820) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 13, 2011
Bottle. Pours a cloudy gold with a small frothy white head that leaves good sticky lacing along the glass. The aroma is a corn malt and honey. Medium mouthfeel with a honey malt and grain. Not much going on with this one

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JoeMcPhee (8534) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 6, 2011
Very hazy, golden pour. Thin white head. The nose is quite doughy and bready. A lot of fairly yeasty character. There is a little bit of grassiness on the back of the palate but there is an odd sweetness to it. It’s not really all that authentic due to the maltiness and the lack of clarity. It’s not really bad - it’s just not very kolsch-like.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
j12601 (6743) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JAN 6, 2011
Bottle. Pours a lightly hazed golden hued amber with a small white head. Sweet and grainy, with a faint hint of citrus and some toast. Caramel, sweet, a bit old, grain and sweetness. Finishes with a bit more sweetness. Probably sat on this a bit too long.

1.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Mora2000 (5834) - McKinney, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2010
The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is grain and nothing else. This smells about like a BMC lager. I wish I could say the flavor was better, but I can’t. I get a ton of grain notes as well as some corny sweetness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. This beer has nothing in common with other kolsches I have tried.

2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
BarZigKin (511) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - DEC 14, 2010
12oz bottle from mora2000. Spring ale? Really?? Poured a clear, pee yellow body with a quickly receding head. Aromas are musty, grainy and cardboard. Flavors were slightly better: grainy and light to medium sweetness. Medium mouthfeel with active carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Thorpe429 (5011) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2010
Bottled on 02.10.2009 A: Pours a ver light golden color with a large, two-finger bone-white head. Plenty of carbonation bubbles visible throughout. Okay lacing. S: Mild grains along with some very mild, tart fruit sensations. T: Soft malt and the tiniest bit of sweetness. Mild bitterness. Very few hop. M: Light and refreshing, though a tad bit over-carbonated. D: Pretty good--I wouldn’t mind knocking back a couple of these once the weather’s nicer. At the same time, I don’t think it stacks up with the Goose Island Summertime.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bottles (16) - Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 1, 2010
AROMA IS MAINLY PINE AND DOUGH. IT POURED A SLIGHTLY HAZY YELLOW WITH NO LACING. THE FLAVOR WAS BALANCEED BETWEEN VANILLA, BUTTERSCOTCH, BREAD AND LEMON NOTES. THIS BEER HAS A LIGHT MEDIUM MOUTHFEEL. THERE IS A GOOD BALANCE BETWEEN MALT, HOPS, AND ALCOHOL. OTTER CREEK SPRING ALE GERMAN STYLE KOLSCH IS A GOOD BEER WITH A REFRESHING DRINKABILITY. RECOMMENDED!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
harrisoni (14020) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 14, 2010
Bottle at Chriso’ Blue Mountains of Virginia tasting. Gold colour with lasting white head. OK beer, in fact very good beer with sherbert hop on end. Pretty decent and very drinkable. Refreshing at 2am in the morning


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