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

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Otter Creek Vermont LagerOtter Creek Vermont Lager

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186 Ratings

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Ratings: 186
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 13.33%
Wants: 4
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.25% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: UnionMade on 06-26-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 186 | Reviews: 94
Reviews by masterbruewer:
Photo of masterbruewer
2.96/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

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.

Photo of Todd
4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
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!

Photo of Jason
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of yankeeheel
3.6/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of NJpadreFan
2.88/5  rDev -20%
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!

Photo of jmz62565
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of schemb
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of scootny
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
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

Photo of KTCamm
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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.

Photo of TheJudge
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
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

Photo of akorsak
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Photo of philbe311
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%
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...

Photo of BeerSox
2.73/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into pilsner glass.

Crystal clear light honey color with a two finger off-white head that settles to a thick cap. The head wasn't very dense and leaves some wispy lacing on the glass.

Toasty malts, along with a little buttery diacetyl. Very herbal and tea-like hop aromas. Not very sharp.

The flavor, like the aroma, is lacking that characteristic hop bite. The hops have a little bit of bitterness, but the hops are very "flat". Full bodied. The malts have very little to them.

Not the best pilsner in my opinion.

Photo of wedge
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear pale golden color with a white one-finger head. Smell is sweet, biscuity...very aromatic. Taste expands on the scent though a bit more balanced. Lots o' malts, slightly buttery, a slight bit of hops linger behind along with subtle roasted malts. Medium body, creamy...actually fills the mouth well with flavor. Clean, smooth, and quite easy to drink.

Very nice for a lager. Bready malts give it a suprisingly rich flavor and aroma. Certainly a keeper from Otter Creek.

Photo of LPorter33
4.44/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased 6 pack from Martignetti's for 5.99

Appearance: Average looking clean golden hue of most lagers

Smell: Very pleasant scent. A flower petal like aroma with a pleasant sourness mixed in with a sweet sugary odor.

Taste: I REALLY like this brew. It feels amazing when it initially hits your mouth. First flavor that hits and dominates is a beautiful sweet, malty honey like flavor but not too sweet as to overwhelm the hops that follow. Sweetness lingers in the aftertaste. Very light and highly drinkable. I could have many of these without complaint.

Overall: A+ one of the better beers I've sampled in a long time. I'm extremely impressed with Otter Creek brewery.

Photo of SixpointJMH
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

talk about fresh! bottled on 06.17.03, and it's been sitting in my fridge for at least 10 days now. straight from the brewery to my place...i like it. anyway, pours a healthy golden colour, much lighter than i expected for a lager. the head is nice, but not lasting. strangely, portions of the smell and taste echo the cap'n crunch notion brought forth by the previous reviewer. i wasn't sure what to think when reading that but that's what's apparent here. i wasn't expecting to enjoy this as much as i did on a hot summer day, and i think it'll be just as good on a cold winter night. definitely recommended.

Photo of cubedbee
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright golden tellow with a thin white head that fades away fast, no real retention to speak of. Smell is a nice sweet bready malt, fairly strong. Taste is a nice solid malt, with a definite citrus edge and a crisp grassy hop finish. Simple, but nice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and rather smooth, a little less carbonated that I expected for a pilsner. Overall this is a really solid simple lager, easy to share with macro drinking friends, definitely has it's times.

Photo of timtheenchanta
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear light orangish yellow color. Slight white head with lots more lacing than I expected.

Smooth light malt smell with a slight hop balance.

Not a bad drink. Good mouthfeel. Nothing spectacular in the taste but easily a largely sessionable beer. I could sit down with a twelve pack of this one most days of the week.

Thanks to cooperrip for this wonderful sessionable lager.

Photo of blackie
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 3/02/05 Batch # 1695

Appearance: Pours from the bottle forming a 1/2" white head which slowly recedes to leave behind a thin blanket of bubbles. Bubbles continue to cascade upward from the bottom of the glass to support the remaining head. I love that the head just won't go away. Considerable lacing for a lager is left behind as the glass is drained.

Smell: Initial smell reveals the expected malty sweetness combined with something different. What is it? Something fruity maybe? Definately fruit: bananas maybe, but more of the mexican red variety, kind of sweeter. Bready. Smells kind of like a dunkelweizen. Hops are hard to find. Smells good, want to taste it.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is a little lighter than expected, body is medium.

Taste: Malty sweet well balanced with a hop bitterness. Some of the fruitiness evident on the nose is on the tongue as well. After swallowing, a kind of thick sweetness is left behind, with a lingering bitterness soon to follow.

Good overall, but more than three would be a little much.

Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear light yellow and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high bright white head that quickly died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles on the surface, a thin collar around the edge of the glass and lots of lacing down the sides.
S: Moderate aromas of noble hops are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of floral and spicy hops along with notes of bready malts and a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and rather clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The use of German Pilsen malts and Hallertau and Tettnang hops makes this beer taste like a true representation of the style. It's only flaws seem to be poor head retention and a light-bodied mouthfeel.

Photo of goz
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lightly cloudy golden in color, with a medium sized white head, mostly diminishes, leaving a fine film of lace. Aroma is loaded with biscuit malt, backed up with a good herbal hop presence. Flavor is pretty much the same, with a bit more of the hops noticed on the tongue. Medium body, very crisp and clean, semi-dry finish. A very nice lager.

Photo of plaid75
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium golden hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell was a very subtle grain aroma. A mild flowery hop aroma was detected as well.

The flavor was very smooth and subtle. A very good biscuity grain body. A spattering of hops kept the flavor interesting. Good doughy aftertaste as well. Overall on the light side.

The mouthfeel was light and clean. Crisp on the tongue.

Overall a very drinkable lager. Not the most flavorful, but certainly worth a try.

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