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Otter Creek Vermont Lager - Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's

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Otter Creek Vermont LagerOtter Creek Vermont Lager

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BA SCORE
82
good

178 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 178
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 13.06%
Wants: 4
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.25% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: UnionMade on 06-26-2003)
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Reviews by masterbruewer:
Photo of masterbruewer
2.93/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light golden color with light carbonation and no head to speak of. Faint Lacing.

The smell was pleasant, kind of malty and musky.

The taste is smooth and creamy with an oddly harsh aftertaste that doesn't really seem to be hop bite. The harshness fades as the beer sits in the pint glass.

Mouthfeel is smooth with a bit of late harshness.

This is decent stuff. Probably a good cross-over beer.

masterbruewer, Jan 03, 2005
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this a few weeks back at the Sylo in West Dover,VT.Pours a hazy light golden color with a pretyl light head,the aroma was really lightly sweet but not much there.I found this beer to be a little bitter wich was way unexpected there was some bready notes but the bitterness overshadowed everything.Iam not sure if there keg was old or if its a bad beer I tend to think its the former because all of the other Otter Creek brews I have had were pretty good.

oberon, Nov 18, 2003
Photo of Todd
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle. Bottled on and batch # on the back label. Pours a very pale golden brew with a touch of haze, moderate carbonation, and a a fizzy foam head that quickly settles to a thin bubble lace. Haze clears up as the beer warms.

Aroma is malty, with bready notes, and sweet colver polen floral hop nose beneath.

Smooth upfront. Surprisingly malty and rich (for the color), with a very unique touch of clover / honey-like sweetness, a wonderful bold toasted malt character with freshly baked bread crust flavors. Herbal, earthy and rind bitter flash, backed by a quick seltzer carbonation, provides a refreshing crispness. Flavors soften into light metallic notes, grain husks, some hop leaf in the feel, and a slight roughening of the palate. More bready notes at the finish with a residual light hop oil character.

A most quaffable and enjoyable lager, packed with interesting and complex flavors. In New England this is a rare treat, so kudos to Otter Creek for brewing a craft lager!

Todd, Jun 24, 2004
Photo of Jason
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz brown twist off bottle with bottled on date and batch # on the back label.

Appearance: Nice sticky lacing, fine clarity off of a bright and pale copper hue.

Smell: Very malty, dough aroma up front with mild toasted notes in the back. A clean herbal hop is noticeable as well.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Lots of malt flavour, solid medium body and real smooth. Malt sweetness is up there but the hops creep in right after the juicy wave of malt in the middle goes by. Toasted malt all around the palate. Herbal with a soft bitterness, the hop character lingers far into the finish.

Notes: Solid and tasty, nice to see an other New England lager that shines just as much as the multitude of ales.

Jason, Aug 20, 2003
Photo of GreenMountainBoy
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

GreenMountainBoy, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of yankeeheel
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear yellow with a fat head that is white as the driven snow. Settles out nicely in to a sheet of lace. Dissapears about halfway down the brew.

Smells a little hoppy and a little bready.

Tastes very nice. I'm not a big lager fan, especially clear ones, but this one is decent. Slightly malty with a little buttery diacetyl undercurrent. Weakly hopped and done. Clean and tasty.

For the style it has a very nice mouthfeel. Right on target.

You could drink this all day long in summertime. A good craft brew for the clear beer set.

yankeeheel, Mar 03, 2004
Photo of acurtis
2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

acurtis, Jan 20, 2014
Photo of NJpadreFan
2.9/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Otter Creek- Vermont Lager

Appearance- yellow with a soapy white head. Slight lacing on the glass.
Smell- sweet malt.
Taste- sweet and watery, malt was weak.
Mouthfeel- watery with slight carbonation.

Overall- a blah lager that must be drank very cold. Nothing special here!

NJpadreFan, Sep 10, 2004
Photo of Varkias41
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Varkias41, Oct 01, 2013
Photo of jmz62565
3.23/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This pours a clear yellow straw with a small white foamy head. The smell is a "bisquity" aroma with some floral and wheat scents. The taste has a floral and malt sweetness to it. It's not too flavorful,but it's like your typical lager. The m/f is light and alittle watery. This is an Ok summer beer,but nothing to go out of your way to get.

jmz62565, Feb 26, 2006
Photo of KenC
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

KenC, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear deep golden. Short cap of white. Decent retention. Decent lacing.
S: Lager sulphur and lightly toasted malt with a hint of floral and grassy hops in the background.
T: Clean, slightly toasty malt. Spicy and grassy hops. Solid bitterness.
M: Firm, medium body with a crisp, fine-bubbled carbonation.
D: A well done, well balanced lager. Refreshing and satisfying. Kind of like a cross between a Dortmunder export and a Czech pils.

NeroFiddled, Feb 06, 2007
Photo of CharlesTDabkowski
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

CharlesTDabkowski, Feb 28, 2014
Photo of cliff1066
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

cliff1066, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of Lanstrum
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Lanstrum, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of schemb
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this fresh at the Otter Creek Brewery tap and it was pretty dang impressive. Nice lively cascade(?) hops flavor but not overwhelming, nicely balanced hops and malt. Reminds me of when American mass Market Beers didn't suck as much. I hope it stands up as well in the bottle.

schemb, Sep 07, 2005
Photo of scootny
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful gold with a majestic head. Lacing a little less than the head would lead you to expect but decent. Little carbonation visible.

I saw no indication on the bottle that this was a pils but my nose knew immediately. A sweet and lightly buttery malt is the main player. A traditional Czec hop profile follows. Earthy with a light spiciness.

Taste showcases an excellent malt base by the brewer. This flows light a lightly sweet honeybun over the tongue. A breakfast pastry like yeast and bread core. Herbal and earthy hops give good balance with a touch of spiciness in the finish that also squeezes some grapefruit juice out to wet your whistle. Feel is smooth and with a tingly light creaminess. Spot on weight gives it a supple feel as it flow across the mouth.

A great session beer that goes down easy and with pleasure.

Thanks to The Rowan for this one

scootny, Dec 20, 2009
Photo of KTCamm
3.74/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass on a hot sunny day.

Pours bright gold, active bubbles, layered white foam. Steady upward stream. Pils like smell, notes of citrus. Lemony taste backed by a biting hop. Great balance. Crisp. Highly refreshing. Down and done very quickly. Summer at its best.

KTCamm, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of apasternak
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

apasternak, Sep 24, 2013
Photo of jtierney89
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

clear bright yellow color with 2 fingers of sticky bright white head. Biscuity nose, with lots of hops. Herbal and spicy hops. A super bitter pilsener. Light wispy graininess followed by lots of herbal and spicy hops. Light to medium bodied with super bright crispness. Big bitterness lingers. Really nice actually. ton of flavor, good drinkability, and lots of clean bitterness. No rough astringency or harsh flavors, smooth yet bold. I like it.

jtierney89, Aug 19, 2013
Photo of TheJudge
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This pours a very light yellow, what you would expect. The smell has some bite to it, raising the expectations. The taste is pretty good. Malty, but with enough hops to make it drinkable. It has more body than it looks like it will. Little carbonation bubbles make it feel fluffy in the mouth, and I could not decide whether that was good or bad. But I had no problem finishing the 6 pack, so obviously a good beer. Nicely balanced and tasty for a lager

TheJudge, Sep 14, 2004
Photo of Mattgruv
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Mattgruv, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of akorsak
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a 12 oz bottle served in a Celtic Fury tumbler. The lager is cool.

Appearance: The lager is a pale yellow color with just a hint of orange tint. There is a ring of head at the top of the glass from the first pour but nothing else in the glass.

Smell: The lager has a grainy biscuit aroma with no sign of any hops.

Taste: The beer has a very restrained flavor with a biscuity malt taste dominating. The aftertaste leaves a slight hoppy bitterness but not much.

Mouthfeel: Sits on the palate like a malty lager, no hops are to be found here.

Drinkability: The drinkability is decent as the beer does not taste bad and it is fairly refreshing.

akorsak, Jul 26, 2006
Photo of bonbini26
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

bonbini26, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of philbe311
2.73/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a hazy golden yellow with a very thick head...

S - Wheat and malts dominate...

T - Grainy and weak... I struggled to find any complexity or hints of flavor...

M - Smooth and refreshing...

D - I hate to be critical, but this is a beer that I wouldn't drink again... I was unimpressed from the get go... I would reach for a macro-brewed light beer before having another... Sorry, but it's the truth...

philbe311, Mar 16, 2008
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Otter Creek Vermont Lager from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
82 out of 100 based on 178 ratings.