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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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Reviews: 94
Hads: 187
Avg: 3.63
pDev: 13.22%
Wants: 4
Gots: 13 | 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.
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Reviews: 94 | Hads: 187
Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a decent creamy fluffy 1+ finger head that fades at a med to slower pace, lots of thick soapy lacing, mostly clear watery straw colored.

Nose big time pilsner malts, straw, big straw, grassy, toasty, etc, with a nice noble grassy hop bite. Pretty nice actually.

Taste starts similarly, lightly sweet toasty grainy pilsner malt, lots of straw and grainy pilsner malts, touch bready doughy like, grassy, etc. Then nice noble hop grassy hop flavor, touch spicy, fair to a bit lighter bitterness, nice soft lager notes. Finish is dry and a bit crisp, long lingering grassy noble hops that turn a bit spicy, touch more straw malts.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, lots of nice carbonation.

Overall very nice actually, one of their best made beers yet, very well done to the style, nice noble hop bitterness and grassy flavors, nice straw toasty pilsner malts, no real flaws, even a little lager crispness and softness, just lacking the decoction complexity to really go over. Otherwise this is like a perfect summer lager made in America.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 8/3/2014 at Doherty’s Ale House in Warwick, RI served in a tapered pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains lager yeast, light caramelized malts and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with a decent hops bitterness followed by some citrus and caramel sweetness. Then some grain and lager yeast breadiness comes in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.94/5  rDev +8.5%
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!

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Photo of Jason
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale yellow, excellent long lasting head, leaves decent lace on the glass.

Predominately malt aroma, the hop is light but evident. Flavor-wise, I like the hoppiness which wasn't evident in the aroma; very nice balance although slightly on the hoppy side. Very effervesent with a moderate body. The aftertaste is largely hop bite--bitter and dry.

This is a pretty good lager; certainly not as smooth as some, but it is flavorful and complex.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: slightly hazy, dull orange/ high yella color, with a fine collar of froth atop.
Aroma: sweet, almost corny, light, smooth, soft, vegetal, and slowly discernable hop content.
Taste: hops play lightly and nicely on the palate for a time before fading fast, but return with each subsequent sip. Light in body, slightly buttery in the flavor, but overall good in taste, good in drinkability, quite an acquittable lager, indeed.
And thanks go out to UncleJimbo for sharing it...

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Photo of jwc215
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured light golden with a thin white head that rapidly became a well-retained lacing.
The smell was a bit thin - clean mixture of maltiness and fruity hops.
The taste was creamy malt combined with some fruity hops. It was slightly thicker than I would have expected from the color.
The mouthfeel was quite refreshing - a creamy fruitiness with a touch of graininess.
It was certainly drinkable, especially on a hot day. Another good one (though not necessarily one of my personal favorites) from Otter Creek!

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Photo of stakem
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of WesWes
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a gold color with a thick frothy white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice malty scent that is a real treat from most lager aromas. It has an almost caramel smell. The taste is good also. It is full of malty flavor with a that dry bitter lager yeast taste. It has a creamy mouthfeel. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a great lager. It is full of flavor and still has all of the styles' characteristics. Otter Creek is putting out some damn good brews lately. This just adds to it's legacy.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.37/5  rDev +20.4%
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.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
2.98/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is my first czech pilsner since I came back from Prague. Bias could be a factor.
Looks good. Nice dark yellow/orange body, good foaming head in a pilsner glass.
Aroma of malt and unripe fruit. A little green, perhaps too sweet.
Taste is a bit better than smell. Crisp malt sweetness, some lemon hints and very slight hoppiness.
Feels alright, isn't as thin as some pilsners I've had, but compared to the stuff in Czech, it doesn't match up.

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Photo of plaid75
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
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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Photo of jdhilt
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a one-finger bubbly white head that fades quickly leaving hardly any lace. Clear light amber color. Light-medium bodied. Nose is not skunky like the majors. Medium carbonation. Starts crisp and finishes hoppy, no a bad lager. $1.55 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, Ma.

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Photo of akorsak
3.33/5  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.

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Photo of Bighuge
2.84/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottled on 8-4-03.

Hazy golden appearance.. ( I don't care for haziness in lagers.) A thin creamy beige head that recedes to a bubbly collaring. Aroma is thickly sweet....of caramel tones. Smells more like an amber ale than a lager. Body is medium-full and the mouthfeel is on the flatter side. The taste is kind of sweet, but spicy notes pop up here and there. It's fairly bland. This is not that enjoyable for a lager. I'll pass next time.

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Photo of Brad007
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color: Golden yellow color with thin one-finger head.

Aroma: Malty/bready with some very mild hop bitterness.

Taste: Malty/bready. Smooth. Some hop bitterness but otherwise inoffensive. Crisp.

Mouthfeel: Finishes somewhat bitter at the back of the throat. Smooth.

Verdict: A crisp, smooth lager that is perfect for a warm day. It's inoffensive and would be considered boring to most people but still, don't let that stop you from enjoying it.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.39/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A-Pours a clean, yellow color with a thick, fluffy, creamy head, head sticks around for the entirety of the pint.

S-Biscuity and cracker Pils malt. Grains and lager yeast. Light, grassy, Noble hop aromatics as well.

T-The Pilsner malt and the yeast combine to make a pretty genuine Euro Pils flavor. The hops are grassy and floral and softly spicy.

M-Light bodied, drinkable and built for Summer. Lively carbonation. Flavors don't linger. Refreshing.

O-A good take on the style. It succeeds at being genuine and also becomes forgettable in the process.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.91/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hard pour into an American pint glass yields a straw-gold colored brew with a slightly hazy clarity and a rocky, 1.5 inch, bright white head. Nose is clean with some light, bready notes and a hint of lemon and yeast. Taste follows nose - very clean with only a suggestion of noble hops at the finish and perhaps a trace of butter (diacetyl?). Mouthfeel is light in body with an easy carbonation, but lacking the crispness I've come to associate with the style. Overall, very pleasant and drinkable although it departs slightly from the style with regards to the body and finish in my opinion.

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Photo of ZAP
2.99/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Nothing to write home about here...unimpressive cloudy gold color...not much head..looks flat...Nose is nice but not what I expected...bready....almost smells like a Helles in some ways...

Taste is sweet...some floral hops would do wonders with this but they are nowhere to be found....a rounded mouthfeel..not real crisp...

Overall this isn't horrible but clearly run-of-the mill in my book...sure I'd take it over the macros but not by much and when you factor in the prices I probably select a case of Miller High Life over this....

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Photo of cbutova
3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of francisweizen
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

hmmm, A Vermont based lager, what is going on here, this is my second one in 2 weeks! This poured a deep golden colour with a fluffy white head. This beer was a bit hazy as well. Aromas were of pilsener malt, light floral hops, bread, and citurs fruits. The taste was sweet, malty, bready, and a bit hoppy on the end. The mouthfeel was light, and just right and the drinkability was good for this lager as well. A damn good lager!

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Otter Creek Vermont Lager from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
82 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.