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

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Ratings: 799
Reviews: 143
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 8.98%
Wants: 37
Gots: 134 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
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 StonedTrippin
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

this beer is awesome, and otter creek has come a long way since the early days! love this stuff, i need it in 30 packs of cans for the summer, its perfect. a citra hopped up lager with a nice pilsener grain front end, light and fresh and a great takeoff point for one heck of a refreshing hop profile. clear and sunny colored blonde beer, excellent carbonation, short but fizzy and active white bubble head. the nose is a balance between the fresh light grain and the citra hops, which aren't overdone and oily, but simply clean and refreshing and rather delicate in their use. this is great beer because it bridges the gap between the pale lager drinker and the ipa drinker, where both are satisfied. its also perfect golf course or boat beer, just as summery as they come, no heaviness, no bitterness, just good clean beer full of flavor. that lemon tint to the citra is perfect, and the lager finish is quick but not too dry, perfectly refreshing. slammable beer of the highest order here.

Photo of moss1988
1.12/5  rDev -72.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

The only thing good about this beer is the look of it. I really don't understand how BA rates this so highly. The smell is of old hops and fruit, and the initial taste is a bitterness that even a bitter beer lover as myself cannot stand. As someone who really loves grapefruit, this made me taste a flavor of grapefruit that may have ruined grapefruits for me for good. What an absolutely horrible beer. The beer looks great in a glass. Very nice head, delicious-looking color, how very very deceptive. Once the bitterness hits the tongue and you think the worst part is over, the back of the mouth feel is even more disgusting. Swallowing this beer is one of the most horrible things i've ever had to do in my life. Unfortunately I bought a 6 pack of it at my local grocery store (Wegmanns) and have to finish the pack. I have 3 left to go, and was so compelled by the horrible taste I actually signed up for an account just to review how horrible this beer was.

Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a pale golden body with two finger head and lace with a dirty, earty, grainy citric hop and malt profile along with minor grape/sweet fruit notes. Beer is smooth and citric flavored hoppy and yet also grainy/dry with a crisp finish. I don't have too much to say to this beer other than the hops hit you pretty good and it has balance with the other main taste being a dry, grainy, crackerlike maltiness. Good beer that is easy to drink and refreshing.

Photo of OatmattStout
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
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 FloppyTopper
4.21/5  rDev +5%
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 plaid75
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Road Trip, Port Jeff Station, NY.

Poured a clear brassy hue with a one finger frothy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light citric hop with a touch of pale malt.

The flavor offered a citrusy and herbal hop with a light round pale malt sweetness.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty hop forward lager.

Photo of hops202
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a dogfish spiegelau glass.

Super light honey pilsner look. Tons of Citra in the smell with some sweet malt and other tropical fruit flavors. Taste is a hop charged lager for sure. Certainly a new style for me. Still very good and crisp. A very nice refreshing summer beer.

Photo of BeerRev22
4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a generic belgian tulip glass.

A: Super clear, yellowy orange. Nice white head that stays a while. Bit frothy.

S: Obviously Citra present with the tropical mango/pineapple/orange thing, a tiny bit of sulphur maybe from the lager yeast?

T: Very solid, fruity. Interesting between the lager components and the Citra hops. There's something quite enjoyable and completely slammable about this beer, but at the same time, there's a tiny thing that throws me off (it might be that lager yeast thing with the super west coast hops) Not sure. Pretty cool and different for sure, but alas, as the first IPL I've tried, there's something messing with me a bit.

M: Fairly dry, but good body to support the beer.

I dig it.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Quite possibly the best hopped up pale lager I ever had. Color is quite hazy and unfiltered bright yellow with tons of head and sticky lacing. Smell is great kind of pilsner smelling with dry hopped goodness. Taste is about the same mild lager yeasts and dry hopping zest mixed perfectly with malt goodness. Body is actually quite good not watery or session like.

Overall I could get this one again. I got the White IPA to try next as well!

Photo of PSU_Mike
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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 ThisWangsChung
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a semi-hazy straw color. The head is about four fingers high, very white in shade, and annoyingly well-retaining. Because it has such a sticky texture, it leaves a ton of lacing on the glass. Even with the subtle cloudiness, this one looks damn good.

S: Even though it's not the freshest bottle, the Citra hops are shown off well. The grassy and piny aspects seem to dominate over the more tropical ones, though; still, there are nice notes of papaya, mango, and pineapple. It's even a bit stanky (think cat pee) - I don't know why I like Citra hop stank, but it works well. After a while, touches of crackery malt come out to play.

T: It's quite the bitter beer, but it stops just short of being biting. Lots of grassy goodness to start, with a piny finish. Just a touch of malty sweetness right before the swallow. It's a bit strange at first, but it really improves as I drink more of it.

M: Hits the 'crisp and light' parameters for a typical IPL very well. It's not bone dry, but the sweetness is balanced without being suffocating. The zesty carbonation helps give it even more drinkability.

O: This is a really solid IPL. I'm sure it would have better fresh, but right now it's still drinking nicely. I actually wish I had more than a single bottle, so I guess this one was a success - doubly so considering it's not a complex beer (though it doesn't need to be).

Photo of cosmicevan
4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle picked up locally, dated 020314. Enjoyed from my TB teku.

a - brew pours a cloudy straw yellow with a generous head that had nice staying power and coated the glass in foamy lace.

s - nose is a really nice citric blast. If this is t eh future of pils I can see myself becoming a big pils fan! Smells amazing!

t - taste is a big slap of bitterness. After the wash of bitterness is a nice citric presence which is quickly overtaken by a pilsner like grain. Once I got adjusted to the bitter it was like drinking a nice hoppy IPA with an edge of grain.

m - aside from the bitter assault, an enjoyable and easy drinking brew. Prickly carb and a nice bite for a pils.

o - overall another solid offering from otter creek. Might as well just make an IPA but hot dog if it isn't super tasty as a pils.

Photo of Immortale25
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. Bottleneck says 012714.

A- Pours a medium golden color with a 3/4 inch white head that retains well before eventually making its way down to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a big center bump of surface foam. Sudsy, somewhat resilient lacing.

S- Bright, crisp aroma of Citra hops but it's non-aggressive. Takes a few big whiffs to really catch it all. Notes of pineapple and tangerine.

T- Flavor is also unassuming but there's a solid bitterness there, especially in the aftertaste. Notes of lemon zest and grapefruit are short-lived since the bitterness cuts in and takes over the show. Very little malt flavor detected.

M- Sharpness from the hops meets crispness from the carbonation. Light body.

O- This beer is deceivingly hop forward. It has the bite of an IPA but is restrained in its flavor, aroma and viscosity. Would love to session this during the summer but I feel like, after a few, I'd be reaching for something with more character.

Photo of Duff27
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Near three finger white billowy head, soft light orange/almost pinkish colored body. Head retention itself gets a 5/5, magical. Head never full goes away...collar and large cap throughout. Clumpy, drink-by-drink step lacing. The steps became big ones as this was a hard one to sip and not gulp down!

S- Bright citra hops on the nose. Clean pils malt.

T- Wow! What does that remind me of? Deliciousness anyways. Clean, bright hops...not overdone either. Refreshing. Would guess about 5.5%abv.

M-Full and creamy mouthfeel. Medium carbonation.

D/O- I could guzzle a few of these every night forever and be pretty pumped about it. For the style? Nearly a masterpiece. An extremely pleasant surprise. Thanks a ton Marc (mj0126)!

Photo of Triplesnake
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Outstanding beer. Living here in vermont I tend to get a little bit sick of IPAs. I do love my Heady, Lawsons, and Hillfarm...But I do miss Lawnmower Beers. This beer to me is the perfect blend of both. It is however noticeably different on tap and tends to lead to a bit of a headache the next morning

Photo of Treyliff
4.25/5  rDev +6%
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 Wolberjs
3.52/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - Pretty hazy light golden color that poured with a nice finger head that disspated but maintained lacing throughout the glass.

S - Smell of noble lager hops. Dank earthiness. Not a fan of this smell, but very good for a lager.

T- Taste is a stronger version of the smell. Not a noticeable difference from the front to the back of the tongue. Good for a lager.

M - Light and thin with a tingly finish. Nothing remarkable.

O - Torn. I usually do not like lagers. This one is impressive for a style I don't care for so I'll give it a bit of a bump. If you don't like lagers this won't make you a convert.

Photo of Omnium
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle > Sensory Pils Glass

A - Hazy straw yellow color with a big two finger white fizzy head with some medium lattice kinda lacing.
S - Orange, lemon, grapefruit, grassy, a little pine, light floral notes, cracker malt, hint of pine, some pepper.
T - Balanced and complex across the board, orange and lemon up front, then some of the grassy and a little hop spice notes, cracker malt at the end.
M - Decent feel, well carbonated.
O - This is my fourth time around on this beer in a bottle before reviewing it. I do think the spice could be toned down a bit, and maybe the malt, the citra hops get a little hidden in taste, but its a very well rounded beer.

Photo of tbeckett
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pint at City Taphouse in DC. From notes.

A - Light yellow-ish golden pour with one finger of white head. Good carbonation, good lace and a film of retention.

S - Grass, citrus, honey, tropical notes.

T - Honey, grain, citrus, tropical fruit, zippy fruits. Grew on me well and developed pleasantly. Nice honey and citrus character. Tasty.

M - Decent bitterness, strong carbonation, light to medium body.

O/D - Nice but it didn't exactly smack me with Citra. Properly light and hoppy and seemed stronger than it actually is. They could've done lot's more with this, but I'll take it as is.

Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

It's nice having options for hoppy lagers these days. This one has a great crispness without being too Ichiban noodle tasting (I often get that from ISA's). Huge citrusy aroma up front, knocks my hair out of my face. Dry, mild bitterness on the backend, but pretty subdued. Very clear golden appearance, slight head. A fairly drinkable beer, but not inspiring.

Photo of u2carew
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
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 cjgiant
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap review on 3/11/2015 (original review was straight 4.25):
Appearance is golden, on the yellowish side. The beer isn't crystal clear, but damn near. Head is standard white, sustaining. Nose is strong with hops, green grass, a bit of tropical and citrus notes, and even a hint of onion. Somewhat surprising, I don't get that much citrus originally.

Taste had actually a bit more body than some session IPAs I've tried. Carbonation tickles the tongue, and the beer is fairly dry. Tastes are a bit crackers in the malt, but dominated by hops. The grassy/piney flavors seem to overpower any fruit flavors, to me. There is also a hint of onion in the taste.

To me, a better option than most session IPAs, but still only a consideration if low ABV is sought. It's too dry for a summer quencher, also.

Photo of cjoc83
5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle with a born on date of 2-14-14, $9.99 six pack at Wegmans in Downingtown, PA.

A - Pours a very pale straw color, with some hazy lemony highlights to it. A dense, rocky 3 finger head sits atop the brew with excellent retention and generous patches of sticky lace.

S - Herbal fresh cut grass and sweet tropical/citrus fruits pop in the nose quite prominently; pineapple, lemon pith, orange juice, grapefruit rind. Some sweet bready malt and slight grain keep a low profile but are noticeable. Remarkably clean smelling beer, with the Citra stealing the show. Very prominent, slightly dank hop smell.

T/M - Starts off sweet, with crackery malt, peach, and clementines, before ripe, juicy pineapple and lemon pith take over with some earthy grassy notes, certainly the dominating flavors. A slightly tart dark berry note also makes an appearance, typical of Citra for my palate. Finishes clean and dry, with some moderate grapefruit bitterness and sweet stone fruit. Refreshing yet creamy, with a gentle rolling carbonation that leaves me wanting another sip each time I put the glass down. Strikes a terrific balance between drinkability and enough flavor to savor.

O - I remember when I first had this beer I was pretty blown away, and my admiration for it remains several weeks and a couple six packs later. Just a super clean lager that has been beautifully hopped with one of my favorite varietals. After this, Kind Ryed and Double Dose, Otter Creek has really been batting a thousand lately. By far my favorite IPL, and in fact better than a lot of IPAs out there, this gets a perfect 5 from me (my first and so far only) because I just don't see how anyone could possibly improve upon it, although admittedly the playing field seems to be rather small right now.

Photo of ZagZagg
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into stange

A: Blatantly unfiltered, hazed, off-gold colored hue that presents with copious amounts of carbonation building a bright white head of two or so fingers. Viscosity looks light; passing light produces a marigold glow.

S: Big lemon zest up front with citrus peel and grassiness. Very light fruitiness, a rather pleasant nose puts pressure on the taste. Remote hints of sweetness, pineapple, clementine.

T: Not too far off the nose, with some added resin. The citrus peaks through with more of an earthy dryness. Nicely balanced light fruitiness mixed with some lemon grass and juice zest. Picking orange rind and sweet wet pine. Crystal clean malt that’s quite innocuous and really just serves to balance the experience without imparting too much else.

M: Bold and nicely carbonated, plays off the palate with a nice juiciness. Medium body and crisp - Balanced and departs by leaving a sweet juicy residue, pretty quenching on the pull through.

O: This is the latter half of a sixer I scooped in VT, but I swear the first four didn’t taste this good. Really showcases the power of citra, pretty effective stuff that holds up nicely on its own. Haven’t had much experience with the American Pale Lager, but this is a nice first round. Recommended

Otter Creek Citra Mantra from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
90 out of 100 based on 799 ratings.