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Thursday, April 20, 2006 

Eight Spring Seasonal Beers to Check Out

Kerry R. Callahan in the Hartford Courant reviews eight seasonal beers, He notes that at this time of year, there are traditionally three beers that really fit in with the spring season, Bock, Doppelbock and Kolsch. Of these he says:

Bock, German for "goat," is a medium- to full-bodied lager, cold-conditioned at length and known for its smooth texture and even, subtly changing flavor profile. Doppelbock, first brewed as Lenten sustenance by German monks, is a sort of bock concentrate, rich, hearty and quite potent. Kolsch represents Cologne ale brewers' answer to the pilsner brewers who, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, were gobbling up market share. Like pilsner, Kolsch is light in body and color and hopped to be fresh and clean, although not terribly bitter.

He then reviews eight seasonal beers.

S'muttonator ( 4 stars, Pictured, Brewed in my hometown, so I'm partial)

Copper Hill Kolsch (3 stars)

Highland Fling Spring Ale (3 stars)

Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale (4 stars)

Harpoon Kellerbier (3 stars)

BBC Maibock Lager (3 stars)

Cerveza Cacao (2 stars)

Hofbräu Maibock (1 star)