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Otter Creek Citra Mantra | Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's

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Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
Vermont, United States | website

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.75%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our spring seasonal offering brewed with 100 percent positive vibrations and single-hopped with Citra hops. The presence of the Citra hop is elevated by a clean fermenting lager yeast that allows the subtle Pilsner, Munich and Vienna malts to lay a crisp, bready foundation. The citrus and tropical fruit character of the Citra hop comes from kettle additions followed by a huge dose of ‘em again in the fermenter.

Added by 80x2HopHead on 01-15-2014

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Reviews: 149 | Ratings: 905
Photo of dfconnor
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Interesting beer that defies easy categorization. Deliciously crisp and bitter. Way better than your average lager. Or your average Pils for that matter.

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Photo of HankFinkel
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bought a case at local distributer for $20.99 - unbelievable bargain. Drinks like a hoppy pale ale with a great citrus nose and taste. At 5.4 ABV it is like an incredibly tasty session IPA, a rare find indeed. Get it while it lasts!

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Lost Dog in North Arlington.

I thought this was a very nice refreshing and light beer. Lots of citrus/orange in bot the aroma and the taste. And with an ABV under 6%, something I could drink all day.

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Photo of mickyge
3.69/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured golden yellow with a bright white head, not much of a smell, I was expecting more of a hoppy smell, I got a yeasty type of odor. Crisp mouth feel and a bitter bite, taste was on the thin side. I didn't hate it but there are a lot better pilsners around.

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Photo of CNoj012
3.72/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a slightly hazy golden color with a two finger pillowy white head. Retention is excellent and there is webbed lacing everywhere. Smell is mostly lager yeast with some bready malt and a touch of citrus and some pine. Taste is similar with moderate bitterness. Feel is light and there is a dry finish. Overall good but not great. I prefer my citra hops in IPAs.

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Photo of FriedSlug
3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear pale gold big white head that leaves gobs of lacing. I smell a little sweet malt and a bit of citrus with a pile of pine and weed. The taste is moderately sweet with the taste of citrus (mainly tangerine for me). There is then a big punch in the mouth that comes from the hops. A nice pine finish cleans it all up. This is a pretty dank and tasty beer.

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Photo of edward_boumil
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Not sure the bottle date, but poured into a pils glass.
L: Huge, whispy white head, super frothy and bubbly. Body is a golden, straw yellow, mildly cloudy beer.
S: Soon as I opened the bottle I smelled SUPER fresh malt and hops. Like something you get from a day old growler. Aroma after the pour has a great balance to it. Tons of malt, very very fresh cereal grain. Much like granola. Hops are very fresh as well, wet and vegetal, dank, and with a pungent peppery citrus finish.
T: Solid as hell. Malt backbone gives balance to what is certainly a hop forward beer. Sweet and grainy. Hops lend a very floral and drying effect to the flavor, give off a touch of grapefruit citrus notes as well.
F: Very smooth. Only issue here is it drinks a little frothy and fuller than typical lagered beers, and it is dry, which takes away from the refreshing aspects of a lager. Still great though.
O: Glad I revisited this, so solid.

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Photo of dd43
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy pale yellow, saturated at about an 8 on the SRM scale. Medium lacing, head was two fingers and rescinded to a foamy cap after a minute or so. Big citrus aroma: grapefruit, navel mango, peach, melon, a touch of lemon. Flavors follow suit, but adds in a nice dry maltiness that aids in the drinkability when paired with the crisp and abundant carbonation. This is a really easy to drink beer, nothing groundbreaking but Otter Creek can be proud to stand behind this one. I like the fact that they embraced haze in a beer style for which aggressive filtration is typically the order of the day. Call it a new england style hoppy lager, or just call it yummy. Either works.

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Photo of crisis1290
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Otter Creek Citra Mantra - Otter Creek Brewing is quite good. A nice citrusy aroma with a hint of pine. Nice gold color on the pour. This beer is very drinkable with a solid dry finish. Grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, mango, melon, apricot, lemon zest, taste, with a nice hop kick . The alcohol is well hidden. If you are a fan of IPL's, this one is definitely worth a try. Smooth and crisp. Perfect for the warm months !!!

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Photo of Hyptochrons
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light golden color, finger or two of head quickly dissipates and leaves some lacing

Hint of yeast on the nose, as well as floral and earthy pine with some light citrus, has a nice lemon/lime scent

Taste is similar to smell. Getting some citrus on palate, sort of sourish tangy flavor due to the lemon/lime and slightly bitter pine flavors. Not sure how I feel about the taste. Its definitely drinkable and refreshing, mouthfeel is adequate… but the flavors im getting from the citra hops are not the sweetish tropical notes I would expect. Its nice to try something new and different but for me, the flavors arent blending too well.

Overall it’s a decent beer. Interesting to try but not worth looking for in my opinion.

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Photo of RJQ3
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12/20/15 bottle date poured into a tall snifter glass. Look is a pale orange color with a nice 2 finger very white head but it dissipates quickly as is common with lagers. Aroma is all Citra hops and smells like a tropical sweet citrus bouquet that got me really excited to taste. Taste was very much all Citra, which in my taste is the best hop their is! Citrus upfront, tropical in the middle, but if there was 1 negative of this beer was the slight sourish not quite right finish which could be the lager malt and yeast not quite jiving with the Citra. Overall, I can not hate a beer that exudes the Citra hop but this one exudes it so it's excellent! 4.5 out of 5!

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy straw color with a huge fluffy white head, fades at a decent rate with a good amount of sticky lacing on the glass.

Smell has a decent citrus aroma with a slightly piney presence, ample amount of malt sweetness on the nose.

Taste is a bit like eating the rind of a lemon, it has some citrus flavor but also that odd bitterness, not quite hop bitterness but a bitterness nevertheless, the sweet malt helps balance things out, finishes semi-dry, soft but ample amount of carbonation.

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had at Barley Vine in Bristol, CT yesterday. Poured into a pint glass, bright gold color and clear with a small head. Really awesome aroma of the citra hops, big juice and slight herbal notes. Really inviting. Taste is good, too, strong citra throughout with relatively little bitterness. Some sweetness in the middle and it finishes a bit wet. Easy to drink and have another, the best I've had from Otter Creek so far.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a great sampler pack; I've enjoyed all four beers.
This particular beer is a hazy gold color with a small white head and a bit of lace.
Very citrusy.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.72/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Pinocchio's. Pretty good IPL. Nice and fresh, the hops were clean and citrusy in the nose and taste. Biscuity lager backbone made for good drinkability.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wow, for a pale lager this stuff tastes amazing. Brewed w/ citra hops which are my fav. Unfiltered and very tasty. Easily my favorite lager to date. Great summer/bbq beer. Light and crushable but flavorful at the same time. What more can you ask for in a lager?!

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Photo of Phigg1102
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Golden orange color with a creamy white cap that fades fairly quick. Very slight haze that clears as the beer warms up a bit. Grainy/doughy malt character in the nose. Slight diacteyl but overall a pretty clean yeast profile, hops come through nicely (mostly herbal and piney). The taste is quite bitter, the hops take on heavy pine and resiny attributes. Slight grainy malt character, but its mostly overwhelmed by the hop bitterness. Medium bodied with a slightly crisp feel.

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Photo of TheBeerMaster1
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

At first glance, I was most ecstatic about this one in the variety pack. Love me some citra hops. But then I read the label and my heart sank, "Citra PILS LAGER!" I haven't came across a good IPL so my expectations dropped immensely. Thankfully, the sweet but not over-the-top hop bill came to the rescue.

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Photo of BeerDirigible
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours cloudy pale golden with tight thick stark white head

Smells strongly of lemons, grapefruit. No malt nose.

Tastes of clean bitterness dominate with mild citrus fruit and lingering bitter aftertaste. Finishes dry.

Mouthfeel is light and effervescent with a good bit of carbonation

Very refreshing.

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Photo of superspak
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, bottled on 11/10/2014. Pours lightly hazy golden straw color with a 1 finger dense and rocky white head with great retention, that reduces to a dense cap that lasts. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, mango, melon, apricot, lemon zest, orange peel, light pine, cracker, bread, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity of citrus/tropical hops and light-moderate pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, mango, melon, apricot, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, cracker, bread, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, mango, melon, apricot, lemon/orange peel, pine, cracker, bread, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/tropical hops and light-moderate pale malt flavors; with a crisp malt/bitterness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Very clean on lager flavors with zero yeast notes present. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a awesome IPL style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/tropical/piney hops and light-moderate pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of HopBomb515
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bright orange with a big white head and some nice lacing. Big citrus and tropical nose with some light bread undertones. Citrus right up front bringing pulp juiciness and rind bitterness. Light crisp bite and some tropical notes push in and some mild malt sweetness hides underneath but stays out of the way and let's the hops push through. Crisp feel with nice carbonation and a dry finish and a bitter bite on the back end. Overall I loved this beer. Big IPA quality and flavor, crisp and dribkable. Really well done.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a bright yellow color with 2 fingers of slowly fades down to a fairly thick cap that leaves a sheet of lacing down the glass

S: Very citrusy and fruity up front, with notes of the pilsner malt and a touch of pine and earth. Definitely citra-forward

T: Follows the nose. Bright citrus up front with notes of tropical fruits and hints of pilsner malt. Bitterness picks up mid-way and goes well into the finish, which is more of the citrus

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: As advertised, a citra hop-forward pale lager with plenty of citrus and hoppy goodness. Very easy to drink given the sub-6% abv and a great spring seasonal. If you're into IPLs, definitely try this one out

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Photo of GOBLIN
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice citra forward ipa . . . Uh, I mean ipl . . . Uh, I mean pale lager . . . Um, whatever this beer is classified as it doesn't matter. It's good, with a pleasant summer day aroma and flavors that are lemony, piney, grassy and bitter, it's a delicious citra beer.

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Photo of gr0g
3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy, golden straw-colored appearance. Nice head retention and lacing. Hoppy aroma that's "clean" and bright. Not dank and pungent like some IPAs. Fruitiness and slight tropical notes are a giveaway that Citra is in use. The only problem I have is that the aroma is too subdued.

Lots of bitterness on the palate, but not a palate-shredder. Typical clean, crisp lager finish. Citric, even lemony, but not bone-dry. A touch of malt sweetness. Slick mouthfeel with carbonation that's a bit fizzy, but mostly soft.

A really nice hoppy lager, or "IPL" as it were. I've yet to try one that can match the flavor of a great IPA, but this is a tastier beer than many IPAs I've had.

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Photo of Mateer
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This sets a standard when it comes to session IPAs.

12 oz bottle with Mike on the label doing his thing. Freshness date is there.

Pours a decent head with great retention and lacing. An explosion of citra hops, fruit and corresponding malt balance. Moderate alcohol so you can have a few more than a double IPA, especially since this tastes so good. IT's a must try for those who like IPAs with a strong hop presence but don't want to be overwhelmed by two drinks. Cheers.

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Otter Creek Citra Mantra from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
90 out of 100 based on 149 ratings.