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

Otter Creek Vermont LagerOtter Creek Vermont Lager

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141 Ratings

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Ratings: 141
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 12.85%

Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: UnionMade on 06-26-2003)
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3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recipe was changed this year...

A: Straw golden with a 1 finger white head and lively carbonation

S: Fresh cut grass and hay.

T: A hoppy German pilsener. Hopped with Apollo, Hallertau, and Tettnang. Grassy hop profile with a bready malt flavor and dry finish. Adding some more spiciness would really make this great. Tastes like a more tame Prima Pils.

M: Light bodied slight lingering bitterness.

O: Crisp and refreshing pilsener. Great for summer.

Serving type: on-tap

04-11-2014 22:12:17 | More by Givemebeer
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3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Look - Poured a light pale yellow with a small foamy head that retained a small layer on the top. Clear and filtered, bubbly, good lacing.

Smell - Aroma was hard to pull off of this one, slight sweet malt, some faint breadiness.

Taste - Smoky, full flavored lager feel, this element was nice.

Mouthfeel - Again full flavored lingered here, sits slightly bitter and a little sticky but not boozy. Good drinkability.

Overall - Solid lager, woodsy and hearty (as hearty as a lager can be), would drink again.

Serving type: on-tap

06-17-2013 11:28:30 | More by JMScowcroft
Photo of Flounder57


3.79/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Having on draft at the Union Brewhouse in Weymouth. Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a minimal head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a golden straw yellow color with great clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass. Super tight lacing on the glass as the beer wad drank.

Smell: bready and sweet malts and mild hops.

Taste: Same as above with mild hop tingly action in the back.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, crisp, refreshing, medium to high carbonation, and low to medium bodied.

Overall: Pretty solid pilsner or later. Nice mild hop tingly action and great on a warm weather day or when your palate needs a break from all the hoppy beers.

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2013 04:22:49 | More by Flounder57
Photo of donniecuffs

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

At the OC/Wolaver's promo at Vito's, the brewery rep in attendance was jumping from table to table announcing to everyone that the recipe for this beer was recently revamped, so we shouldn't rule it out. I was impressed by this because (a) it showed that the brewery was admitting that the previous iteration of this beer (which I had had years ago) was terrible, and (b) it showed that the brewery gave a damn and was willing to improve the quality. Therefore I ordered one to give it a fair shake. In short, I was pleasantly surprised.

Into a pilsner glass, it poured golden with two fingers of bright white head that laced fairly well. Healthy carbonation was evident as well. The smell revealed some floral Noble hops qualities, as well as grass and hay. The taste revealed this in abundance as well, then dissolved to malt, and then finished on a very dry note. In fact, the finish was probably the most impressive aspect of the flavor. Very well done. The body was just a touch below medium, with a pronounced carbonation presence. I could certainly see myself sessioning this in the future. Kudos to the brewery for the new recipe.

Serving type: on-tap

12-04-2009 17:05:46 | More by donniecuffs
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New York

3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2006 16:02:53 | More by plaid75
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3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-07-2005 19:56:24 | More by schemb
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-18-2003 21:52:04 | More by oberon
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is a golden honey color, topped with a thick frothy white head. Tons of lace as you drink, clinging to the glass like a champ.
Aroma is very clean and malty, with a solid toastiness. Slightly grainy, with a bit of breadiness. Hops are much more pronounced on tap, with a fresher, more herbal aroma. Clean and impressive.
Flavor is also very clean, with a bit of graininess and some toasted malt presence. Possibly some caramunich malt. A touch of sweet corn malt flavor in the middle, fading into a clean german hoppiness. Moderate bitterness, tastes like hallertau, maybe spalt. Very herbal. Some graininess in the finish, mostly hops. Very smooth, mild carbonation, with a medium body. The beer finishes somewhat dryish, fading quickly with no aftertaste.
Simple, yet well balanced and delicious.

Serving type: on-tap

09-03-2003 17:41:42 | More by UnionMade
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3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

pretty much your classic german pilsener lager type here. bright golden color with a soapy white head and vibrant bubbles. it smells strongly of german malts, light but dusty in that way I can never quite seem to describe. lager yeast is high doses, still mellow though. the taste is a little sweet for the style, with a hearty bready backbone. what I like about this beer is also what I dislike about it. it is a little heavy as lagers go, one I probably don't want more than a few of, and the sweetness lingers. I like that because it sets this one apart from the crowd a bit, but I don't like it because its deviating a tad too far away from what makes the german pils a great beer. it doesn't quite find that line of being the best of both worlds, but its appropriate for an Adirondack fall evening around the grill with its bigger body.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2013 14:11:01 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of justintcoons


3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Chill-hazed yellow-straw with 2 fingers of white head and decent retention. Low carbonation.

Bread, lemon grass and sourdough.

Light bready malts with hints of sourdough. Notes of lemongrass and earthy florals. Has a light bitterness and a twinge of copper.

Medium-light bodied, crisp, clean and dry.

Very simple but equally refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 18:19:47 | More by justintcoons
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New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +20.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 19:48:25 | More by jtierney89
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New York

3.84/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 00:49:25 | More by metter98
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3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up in a mix-a-six, poured chilled from the 12oz into a can shaped glass.

The color is brilliant golden with mild haze and thick two finger cap of white with good retention and a small bead with smatterings of lace collecting on the glass. The smell has a mild floral and citrus with lemon and spice quality from the hops with light yeast note and malt which has a mildly sweet aroma. The feel is very good with moderate bitterness and mild sweetness with a generally balanced feel medium carbonation and semi-dry finish.

The flavor of herbal lemony hops are present on the initial sip with a light peppery accent and a mild taste of yeast with some pilsner malt sweetness and light toastiness with hop flavor lingering in the finish which is pretty dry. The flavor is bright and tangy with hop dominance which is good for this style. Overall I really enjoy this lager it is fresh and clean and has plenty of hops to satisfy. This is one worth having again -well done Otter Creek!

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2013 17:33:52 | More by Slatetank
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New Jersey

3.74/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 20:06:17 | More by KTCamm
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3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Clear golden bodied lager comes out of the 12oz bottle and into my glass. A frothy white head builds up on the top of the beer with about one finger in height. The creamy head has decent retention and a thick ring leaves sparse but thick lace patches.

S- Floral, grassy and spicy European hop notes up front in an aroma of good strength. Fresh cracked grain, light crackery malts and yeast hints beyond that. Nice and clean.

T- Moderate hop (Noble I imagine) character compared to other examples of this popular style. The bitterness from the hops is the dominant attribute of the beer. These hops a bring a good dose of spicy and floral character to the beer. As in the aroma I can taste just a bit of fresh cracked grain, cracker and light sweetness from the malts. Yeast is quite clean, as it should be in this style.

MF- Light bodied with a moderately-dry overall feel. Fairly creamy texture with some agitation and silky high carbonation. Characteristic spicy hop bitterness in the finish.

Euro-hop forward with clean yeast and a good floral, spicy flavor. A nice surprise and very refreshing in this hot weather.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2013 02:32:40 | More by cbutova
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4.38/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I plucked this from the cooler at the Knickerbocker Hotel in Altoona a couple of weeks ago (a real no-no, BTW) and set it aside for the right time. Yesterday, I drank both a Winter and a Spring seasonal so it simply makes sense to begin today with a Summer seasonal. Sorry about the use of all of the sibilants for my lisping readers out there.

From the bottle: "Vermont Lager is our Green Mountain homage to the classic German-style pilsner. Honoring tradition, VT Lager features imported German Pilsen malt & Hallertau and Tettnang hops."; "Located in historic Middlebury, Vermont, Otter Creek Brewing is the proud brewer of the finest quality, handcrafted ales since 1991."; "Handcrafted in Vermont"; "Summer Seasonal"; "Traditional German-style Pilsner".

My heavy-handed pour created a dense finger of bone-white head that looked like meringue atop the beer. The beer was a deep golden-yellow, like liquid sunshine in my glass and the total visual was of a lemon meringue pie. You have undoubtedly heard the adage "Music to my ears" and the soft grassiness of the hops on the nose was music to my olfactory system. I have drank enough lager-style beers now to be able to appreciate the better ones. Mouthfeel was medium as I let it roll around on my tongue. The taste reminded me of lemon pound cake from the way the malt seemed to interact with the hops. It was perfect for the day and reminded me to think about doing some baking. I also want to mention the unexpected abundance of sticky lacing that appeared as I drank though the glass. Finish was semi-dry as the malt offset the hops just enough to stop it from being Czech Pils dry. Here is another beer that I would absolutely reach for in a CAN during the summer, but not in a bottle. Your choice.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2013 16:32:25 | More by woodychandler
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3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. twist off, brown bottle.

A: Pours a clear golden color, with good carbonation. Excellent sticky lacing from this beer.

S: Malty aroma, with sweet notes. A hint of hops can be noticed also.

T/M: A very malt dominant beer, with a smooth feel. Hops are small but are seen in the background. Bitterness is strong, and lingers after the finish.

D: A good Pilsner/Lager. True to the style, and it tastes good. Otter Creek comes through with a winner.


Serving type: bottle

01-09-2010 19:54:45 | More by mnrider
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3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear yellow color with a thin white layer of head. Little bit of spotty lacing and not much retension outside of a thin film covering the top of the beer. Nose is somewhat bready with a trace amount of sulfur twang to it. Taste is a good mix of malt character that is somewhat sweet in a dry honey kinda way and slight hop bitterness balancing it out. It has a very crisp finish with a light feel, medium carb level and overall is quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2010 05:51:40 | More by stakem
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New York

4/5  rDev +11.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2009 21:17:46 | More by scootny
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3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Random buy...

A: Very light in color with no head. Not impressed with the look of this.

S: Can't get any scent at all. I tried as hard as I could and can't smell anything from this one.

T: Eh, kind of middle of the road. Nothing special. Tastes like a high end mainstream brew. Needs more flavor complexity.

M: Very well balanced amount of carbonation.

D: Way too easy to drink, like water. Not good.

All in all, this one is too easy and is like a high end mainstream beer. Which isn't saying too much. Not recommended for people looking to expand to craft brews.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2009 03:50:34 | More by steve8robin
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3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours pale gold with a decent white sticky head, good lacing.

Mild malt aroma, some boiled grain elements. Some mineral scents.

Light and refreshing, with just the right light malt flavor, grassiness, and light hop bite. Not particularly strong flavored, and this thinner element is the big drawback. Still ok though.

Lighter bodied and well carbonated. Very refreshing and drinkable, though a little thin on flavor. Glad I tried it but will not chase this one down again (but wouldn't refuse one either).

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2009 23:24:35 | More by OtherShoe2
Photo of BeerPhan86

New York

3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear light golden color with a two finger foamy white head with good retention.

S - Grainy and a bit macro smelling. Light hops and breadiness.

T - Grains, toasted malt, lightly hoppy. Very crisp and clean pilsener but definitely has that authentic Otter Creek taste.

M - Very light bodied and very carbonated, almost too much carbonation.

D - Definitely a low abv, light tasting, refreshing session beer.

Overall, a very nice crisp lager. Nothing complex but it is very tasty and refreshing. Still, for the 8.99 price tag, I could find many more flavorful and stronger beers. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2009 01:57:59 | More by BeerPhan86
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2.7/5  rDev -24.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2009 02:58:33 | More by BeerSox
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Quebec (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

this beer is really yummy.
incredibly drinkable with perfect bitterness level. this one is perfect for summer. i hope otter creek comes out with some other lagers, because this one is delicious.
will definetly buy this one and highly recomend it. 6/17/09

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2009 00:58:20 | More by davisdandrew
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3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pretty good lager that is enjoyable, easily drinkable, but one which will not be challenging the palate anytime soon. The beer pours an ever so slightly hazy pale color with a slightly foamy white head that doesn't retain for long. There is a tad bit of lacing around the glass. There is a heap of carbonation in this beer, and the efforvescence just keeps rising to the top in small bubbles.

The nose on this beer is earthy, lemony, a bit grainy, and sweet maltish. There is a definite herbal aroma to this beer, and it is quite good. The taste is pretty much in line with the nose. There is a pretty pronounced sweetish lemony flavor, perhaps a bit honeyed. There is a floral quality to the taste, some cracked grains in the background, but mostly sweetish malts, a slight crispness, but not overly so, and the tang of sweet lemon and citrus. The mouthfeel and aftertaste are pretty mild to non existent. This is an easy beer to enjoy, definitely refreshing, and one which won't require a great deal of discernment in capturing the essence of its flavors and qualities.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2008 23:51:50 | More by albern
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Otter Creek Vermont Lager from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
81 out of 100 based on 141 ratings.