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

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Ratings: 731
Reviews: 136
rAvg: 4
pDev: 9.25%
Wants: 31
Gots: 99 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  5.75% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: 80x2HopHead on 01-15-2014

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.
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Ratings: 731 | Reviews: 136
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Photo of JOSHRINARD
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Solid spring release from mike and da boys at otter creek

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.01/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium golden orange with a white foam that laces well. The aroma is bright with citrus being the standout. The taste has a grapefruit, unripe clementine orange flavor that is quite nice. Fair bitterness but this one is more quenching than palate-scorching. Medium bodied, well carbonated brew. Very nice product all in all. Reinventing the style, and it's delicious.

Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Iam really digging the "IPL' style I have to say.Pours a clear dull light golden with a lemon tinge to it,a full two finger bone white clingy head atop,a great pour.The aromas are just dripping with citra goodness,the grapefruit and fresh cut grass is just jumping out at me,a bit of lemon oil is also thrown in to the hoppy mix.Citrusy oily hops upfront on the palate with a nice crisp note in the finish,the hops don't really punch you in the face they just linger nicely.Probably the best of the style I have had to date,a great hopped up lager beer.

Photo of Jason
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

Massive dense and rocky head, great stickage on the glass. Big citrus nose full of blood orange zest, passion fruit and lime pith ... some cracker-like maltiness within. Longer bitter but balanced bite from the hops, full on citrus flavor hits the palate sip after sip. Moderate body keeps things here real drinkable. Mild tobacco and tea tone in the hop flavor, dried grassy graininess opens up in the end.

They hit the bull's eye here, so damn drinkable with a very well rounded Citra hop character that does not even get catty ... not that a touch of that would be a bad thing.

Photo of PSU_Mike
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Growler poured into an english pint glass.

A - Pretty classic lager look. A straw color with a one finger head, lively carbonation, and strong lacing. Pretty beer.

S - Slightly vegetal at first. Then that gives way to the smell of the citra hops. I'm getting a lot of orange, grapefruit, lemon, and other citrus.

T - Citrusy hops that follow the nose up front and a little bready pilsner malt in the back ground.

M - Very clean finish with just a slight hint of bitterness.

O - Really happy I got to try this. Its one of the better hoppy lagers I've had.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.77/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Citra Mantra, wow Mike Gerhart (? spelling) has tamed the hops. Badass label of him levitating with citra hop buds in each palm. Since his early days with DFH, this guy has been making solid beer but after the recent hoppy beers Otter Creek has released one of them being a collaboration with Lawson's. Unfiltered golden body slightly hazed bright white head perfect keller style pils appearance, but dip your nares into this one and a tropical hop explosion goes off in your senses. Think dank mary jane, tropical fruit notes (mango/passionfruit), and grapefruit peel with just raw hops a bit of biscuit toned pils malt for a touch of perceived sweetness. Dry purely raucous hop expression, bitterness leaves resinous oils on the palate, hops are just tattooed on the palate light brush of biscuit malts, but this is a true hop monster. Only 55 IBUs but I perceive more hop flavor and bitterness than many maltier DIPAs that report 100 IBUs. Carbonation is perfect dead on, one of the best IPLs I've come across thus far in the beer journeys. Sign me up for a case of hops!!! Citra Mantra!!!

Photo of FloppyTopper
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wow! What a great beer. I wish they made this consistently in the spring-summer months. It's a very simple concept; a lager with a substantial amount of citra hops. If you like citra, you'll love this. Doesn't pack the malt/booze package that a citra IPA would. I would label this as a solid hop head lawnmower beer. You could knock back a six of this over a warm summer evening. Otter Creek should really be marketing this as a summer beer.

Photo of CloudStrife
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. 01/28/14 on the neck.

A: Pours a slightly hazy light golden yellow with a solid white head on top. Leaves some real nice lacing as the head slowly dissipates. Just a bit of visible carbonation.

S: Those citra hops really stand out in the aroma of this beer. Toasty lagery backbone reminds you this isnt an ale.

T: Lager qualities really shine on the flavor. Citra does give it a lemony citrus flavor but the main focus is on the malts and yeast.

M: Light to medium body with ample carbonation. Clean and refreshing finish.

Overall this is a solid lager with a real heavy dose of hops. Doesnt loose its lager roots by maintaining the malt and yeast qualities but instead pushes the style further with a load of citra hops.

Photo of AdamF625
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Citra mantra
A- clear straw, light golden color with a thin white head
S- tropical fruits nail the nose like mango, pineapple, grapefruit, lemon zest, orange
T- lovely citrus hops that turn pleasantly bitter, it has a nice light malt profile you can defiantly taste the pils malt.
M- light body with fine carbonation. Each sip cleanses the palate and leaves a trail of resinous hops on the tongue that leaves after a few seconds
O- otter creek has been killing it with the hop on the bus series. This is a great showcase of citra hops with a bit more complexity from the pils and lagering than your typical single hop brew.

Photo of Loveyourbeer
2.97/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

This didn't even taste like beer and had a weird aftertaste. Maybe this was a bad keg.

Photo of tastybeer
3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Big white sticky head over pale golden straw colored beer. Big clumpy lace... Aroma is delightfully Citra all over. Very clean crisp malts under happy candy hop scents of orange, red grapefruit, tropical fun. Flavors are sweet, dry, brisk, and also loaded with Citra hop. More candy tropical fruit and citrus all over with a nice amount of dry bitterness to break it up.

After this I'm thinking the next big thing should be session IPLs, taking the session IPA thing to the next level of easy drinking hop forward beers.

Photo of Roguer
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a single finger of pure white, firm head. Brew is very bubbly, and a glowing pale straw color. Nearly transparent up close. Retention is excellent, and lacing is broad and sticky.

Sells like a light IPA: soft citrus hops and a hint of cat pee. A little pine. Hint of sweet pilsner malts in the background. Gives a slight impression of honey. Slight wet dog aroma that hurts this beer a little bit.

Flavor follows the nose, with a heavy dose of Citra hops: lemon, pine, a little dank. Very sweet in a back-end way; I wouldn't call it sugary. Biscuit, thick pale malts. Good malt backbone.

Fairly light mouthfeel, but full of hoppy flavor. Really represents 55 IBUs exceptionally well. Drinkable but with a lot of balanced flavor.

This is a really similar beer to Hop Ranch. I like it better. This is a very, very tasty beer, showcasing Citra hops front and center.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance - Pale but hazy yellow body. Huge white head. Great lacing and an eternal layer of foam.

Smell - I expected a bucket of citrus, but I get more of a grassy and herbal hop aroma. It definitely has some grapefruit, but the grassy hop tones are stronger. A faint doughy malt presence.

Taste - Same intense grassy and spicy hop flavor. Some grapefruit. Light cracker malt flavor before the hop bitterness takes over and leaves a grassy aftertaste. I finally get a hint of pilsner malt in the finish, just after the bitterness dies off.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Aggressively bittered.

Overall - As advertised, a lager that has been hopped to hell. Good, not great.

Photo of Treyliff
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pilsner glass

A- pours a clear pale straw color with a huge foamy and rocky white head that has good retention, eventually leaving thick patches of lace behind

S- big dose of Citra hops on the nose with notes of grapefruit and grass. Underlying aromas of pilsner malt and toasted bread, very inviting aroma

T- perfect amount of Citra hops up front, with notes of grapefruit and orange. Classic pilsner malt flavor kicks in mid-palate, adding some toasted bread and yeasty flavors. The finish gives more Citra hop with a crisp toasted linger

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a foamy/creamy mouthfeel and a smooth and crisp finish

O- now this is my ideal pilsner! Just enough of my favorite hop added to a classic pils flavor, while still maintaining a superior drinkability. If thus were available in my market, I'd drink it all spring

Photo of gillagorilla
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter (012814, 3[8or9]15M)
I couldn't find any information on their bottle dating.

A: Blonde, bright yellow with a single finger head and some lacing. Hazy, because it is unfiltered.

S: Light and refreshing (yes, you can smell it). This is what a lager should smell like. Fruity and floral. It smells like summer and honeysuckles.

T: Now this is a lager. Refreshing and with a clean hop taste. It is a nice combination of floral and pine hops with very little citrus. Lots of cracker body malts. Very balanced crisp malt with the restrained but prevalent 55 IBUs.

M: Slightly coarse, with a foamy smoothness on the end.

O: This was great, and it makes me want to check out more of their small amount of offerings. I need to get myself a Kind Ryed. I really hope it isn't a one off, but is actually a seasonal. Probably the hoppiest lager I've ever had and a good one at that.

Photo of OatmattStout
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

this style is really growing on me. love an ipa and love good lagers!

The head on this beer is outstanding. Rocky and like meringue in the glass. From beginning to end the citra hop shines here. bright citrus and grapefruit rind. the lager smoothness makes this one very sessionable. Love that its unfiltered to get the full experience. This one is fresh and delicious and I am going to try to get a keg of it for my kegerator. nuff said

Photo of puboflyons
3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on March 2, 2014.

Unfiltered so it pours a cloudy and very heady golden to pale yellow. The head was a little over the top (literally) but it settled down and left plenty of lacing.

Citra hops are what my nose notices immediately. All that floral, piney bitterness in all its glory along with a muted biscuit and semi-sweet malt character.

The body is rather smooth and in the light to medium range.

The taste makes me think I am walking through a garden of fruit with all of the floral characteristics. Lingering bitterness at the end. Nicely done.

Photo of beerthulhu
4.31/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Misty-haze brass yellow coloring reveals a modest rise of glass consuming micro-effervesce. The capping is frothy and whipped, 2 inches high, with an outstanding rate of retention. Condescending thick frothy rings lace the vessel on the way down.

S: Fresh tropical scent, pear-mango, some fresh orange and pineapple juice, and some freshly cut grapefruit. Citrus bursts with a trailing fade of orange-pineapple juiciness. The level of aroma is moderately strong, and remains so for a lengthy duration >4 minutes that still delivers a big, fresh burst of nose grabbing freshness.

T: Grassy citrus-orange hops, bitter, lightly dry with a flowery straw-esque malt base. Bitterness is very appreciable, grapefruit, fresh wet pine, lightly dry lemon straw grains with a dry tropical grass-fruit finish.

M: crisp, creamy, bittering with a citrus warmth and very good malt depth resting on the tongue.

O: Very drinkable, hoppy, dry tropical notes, great co2 backing as well a pale grain backing. Keg/case worthy, very enjoyable, great repeat factor. So far a sleeper that hasnt really drawn the attention perhaps it should. One last note is i thought this was an ipa, but is listed as a pale lager. This would be an A- ipa imho, perhaps a bit better per style as a pale lager, what ever you call it, its just an outstanding beer. The more time passed since i had, this the better the perception has become. Otter creek has made a stand out brew.

Photo of MDHopster
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

solid 4 across the board, nice light golden pilsner color, white head. India style comes through beautifully with hoppy citrus flavors and light malt taste. Not a huge pilsner fan but this one blends IPA hop flavor with a classic pilsner drinkability.

Photo of philbe311
3.72/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Two fingers worth of late to develop slightly off-white colored crisp froth with a slightly rocky top comprised of loads of big chunky bubbles... Decent retention... The color is a pale lemony yellow gold with a very faint haziness... A light to moderate bit of sluggish carbonation... The first descriptor that comes to mind is dank... An odd mix of citrus and leather... Cold cuts??? Thirteen hundred plus reviews and I can't say I've ever used that term... I struggle to tell whether the aroma is enticing or slightly off putting, probably a bit more of the latter but it's not to the point of being a deal breaker... The flavor profile is a slightly muted version of the nose... Dank and hoppy with a few unusual notes mixed in... The hoppiness intensifies on the finish... The mouthfeel is medium bodied and quite sturdy... Smooth carbonation... Somewhat dense... Goes down smoothly... The finish is a bit chalky as the hops resurgence occurs on the finish... A rather unique and somewhat satisfying offering... Not sure that I would drink this with regularity, but the world needs more hoppy lagers and this one certainly fits the bill (even with the odd cold cut aroma)...

Photo of rjp217
3.74/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled just under two weeks ago and poured into a pilsner style glass...

A - Light yellow color with a nice full one finger head that widdles down but still leaves a nice topper throughout. Great lace throughout consumption. Awesome looker

S - Grass, bread, crackers, pine, sunflowers

T - Mostly the same as the nose but the added bonus of citrus and hints of grapefruit. Pretty bitter yet nice and smooth at the end, good balance

M - High carbonation, light body, a little bite on the end of the palate

O - A high quality brew from Otter Creek. Walks the tight rope of a session pale lager and one to sit back and enjoy. Very balanced with good grassy pine characteristics and citrusy fruit. Well done!

Photo of fourstringer
3.89/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Moderate hand. Stamped 01 30 2015.

A: Slightly hazy, somewhat dull, pale golden body. 1.5 fingers of clean, white head. good retention. Nice lacing.

S: Citrusy hops with notes of lemon, grapefruit. Lightly floral. Cracker. Light bread.

T: Citrus-forward, floral hops open and persist throughout. Fairly dry finish. Light pilsner style malt backbone, but hops and their associated bitterness steal the show. Lingering pine and grapefruit zest bitterness in the aftertaste. Light alcohol presence.

M: Moderate carbonation with a medium body for a pilsner. Smooth, but also crisp.

O: Pretty nice. I'm a citra fan. Drank more like a light IPA or IPL. Direct, but well done.

Prost!

Photo of u2carew
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz longneck bottle
A) Pours with a two finger white head that slowly settles leaving a ring of tight lacing around the glass. Hazy golden colored body.
S) Grapefruit. Hints of peach. Bold aromatics.
T) Crisp hop bite from the start. Pink grapefruit. Subtle caramel. A well balanced finish of hops and malts.
M) Creamy. Medium-light body.
O) A delicious brew. I will definitely have another one!

Photo of smakawhat
3.52/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner glass.

A good solid lemon gold, a little cloudy and real good rising carbonation which creeps and has some quick lifting as well. Head is creamy white, bleach bright but not too much with a good cap and tiny uniform soapy bubbles.

Nose is a little muddy and herbal. Some good notes of faint tropical but lots of muddy dirt tones. Not much malt character to this, but has a good spicy angle.

Quenching palate with a large hop forward presence. A little bit of sledgehammering for a pils, as a hop forward blast of pine and large acidity hits quickly. A bready malt sense is on the aftertaste but gets blown away by a bit of a quick fruit and heavy hop bitterness. A little soapy, with lots of bitter pith like lime astringency. Palate feel comes out more hot and heavy with an almost burning crispness.

A very amped up lager, but one that while drinkable and for the hop fan still comes up a little too bitter and unbalanced.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the Village Tavern in Geneseo, NY.

Pours a nearly opaque orange, with a big 2 inch head, solid lacing down the glass.

Smells like orange rind, orange zest, pine, and orange juice.

Tastes pretty similar. Very concentrated citrus flavors here- like orange juice mixed with grass cuttings. Relatively bitter, the waves of fruit wash over the bitterness and almost drown it out. Pretty oily.

Full body and mouthfeel, low carbonation.

Otter Creek is stepping it up. I first had a bottle of this and didn't love it, but the kegged version is much better- felt a bit cleaner.

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Otter Creek Citra Mantra from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
90 out of 100 based on 731 ratings.