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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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181 Ratings

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Ratings: 181
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.37%
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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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

cliff1066, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of jfcaa193
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

jfcaa193, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of bonbini26
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

bonbini26, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of claspada
3/5  rDev -16.4%

claspada, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of ElGallo
3/5  rDev -16.4%

ElGallo, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of mnrider
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
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.


mnrider, Jan 09, 2010
Photo of stakem
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

stakem, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of scootny
4/5  rDev +11.4%
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 steve8robin
3/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

steve8robin, Dec 06, 2009
Photo of donniecuffs
3.95/5  rDev +10%
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.

donniecuffs, Dec 04, 2009
Photo of OtherShoe2
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
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).

OtherShoe2, Nov 21, 2009
Photo of BeerPhan86
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

BeerPhan86, Sep 30, 2009
Photo of BeerSox
2.7/5  rDev -24.8%
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.

BeerSox, Sep 08, 2009
Photo of davisdandrew
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
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

davisdandrew, Jun 18, 2009
Photo of albern
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

albern, Nov 29, 2008
Photo of philbe311
2.73/5  rDev -24%
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
Photo of kimcgolf
3.05/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Not much better than a BMC lager here. Poured to a golden yellow with medium-thick white head that dissipated quickly and left little lacing. Aroma was grainy with little else to offer, and the flavor was no better.

Not even a good session beer. Not much good to say about this one.

kimcgolf, Mar 09, 2008
Photo of Brad007
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Brad007, Feb 17, 2008
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
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 Braudog
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle: This poured a crystal clear golden hue with a thin white and poofy head. The aroma is light, with biscuity, malt-based tones. This drinks smooth and refreshing, with a definite malt-cookie basis. The finishing bitterness is nice, more or less in a Germanic pilsner vein. Good brew if you’re in the mood for a mellow drinker, this would go well with some stronger charactered foods. (#2682, 2/4/2007)

Braudog, Feb 04, 2007
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

Mebuzzard, Dec 17, 2006
Photo of shirfan
3.13/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark gold, average head, with just a touch of haze.

Aroma is light malt, a hint of vanilla, and a slightly acrid scent like burning wet vegetation.

Mild toasty malt, and fairly high bittering for a lager, but without much hop flavor to back it up. Finish is a bit dry and dusty tasting...the yeast used imparts a flavor I'm not a fan of. Almost a drain pour, but it wasn't a bad beer, I just didn't like it.

shirfan, Dec 03, 2006
Photo of timtheenchanta
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

timtheenchanta, Sep 04, 2006
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3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear deep golden hue with just a wisp of head left at the perimeter of the surface. The aroma is floral but a bit odd and the only thing I can liken it to is the smell of a tomato plant stalk. Fortunately that smell doesn't translate into the taste, which is crisp and well balanced with herbal notes, a slight bit of malt and a dry hoppy finish. Some creaminess rounds out the carbonation. It has a medium body for a lager, fits solidly into the pilsner style, and is easy to drink, though not memorable enough for me to seek out again.

jmatthew, Aug 28, 2006
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3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light yellow color with pretty much no head or retention, and no lacing (poured from a bottle into a mug). Has a light malty smell to it...fairly nice. Tastes like a lager (duh) lightly hoppy, and pretty malty..bitter. Has a pretty good balance to it. Light mouthfeel without a whole lot of carbonation. A decent beer, but nothing that impressive.

dustylong, Aug 24, 2006
Otter Creek Vermont Lager from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
82 out of 100 based on 181 ratings.