Otter Creek Oktoberfest - Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
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Reviews by jlindros:
3.2/5 rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Now Otter Creek makes some interesting and good beers. I still have yet to try quite a few, and this beer meets a cross roads of two review paths. First being Otter Creek and New England locals, and the second being Oktoberfest beers.
A: Pours with a fluffy 1 finger head that dissipates at a quick rate, leaving lacing on the sides of the glass. A brilliantly clear toasty amber brown color that even lets me continue watching A View to a Kill through it's amber colored filter.
N: Hmmm, it has some light toasty malts and red ale like aromas, as well as very light Marzen style crispness. However, it also seems to have an extract or artificial sugar like sweetness added. I wouldn't go right out and say that it does, but the nose almost makes me think that. A very light earthy hop aroma too. All in all the nose is pretty light.
T: And now to see its true form... Hmmm, pretty interesting. Lots of toasted malt flavor, some German malts like Munich, some earthy malt quality, it has a nice front end. Then some sweetness and syrup seems to come through, almost like an extract again, not sure if its just me, but I seem to get some of that from it. Then it fades to some nuttiness like toasted almonds or some other nuts or something. The more I taste the more that extract taste seems to disappear though. It also seems to have a weird earthy bitterness, some decent hop taste, but also some unpleasant bitterness too. It's a weird bitterness that I seem to get in certain beers that I just can't put my finger on, which I'm not a fan of that flavor. I should start to compile the beers I get that flavor in and see if I can find a similarity.
M: Medium body with some syrupy feel and decent carbonation.
F: It finishes somewhat clean. Slightly sweet and toasty malt lingering flavors. A gritty feeling sticks around the mouth, which seems a combination of the sticky syrup and earthy malts. Despite the strange sweetness, it seems to dry off quite a bit.
Final thoughts: Its definitely an Autumn Ale, that seems to be an Oktoberfest ripoff with extracts and other off parts. It's not too bad a beer overall, adds some nice toasty malts, nutty flavors, and semi crisp tastes, but has some weird sticky sweet extract like flavors and that unpleasant bitterness I can't figure out.
Serving type: bottle
10-12-2009 01:09:36 | More by jlindros
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2.3/5 rDev -33.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
Picked this up at my local wine and spirits - they offer single bottles for between $1.50-$3.00, a great way of trying new beers without making a a financial and fridge investment in a six pack. To my review!
I poured this into a room temperature pint glass. The color was a mild to medium dark orange and it had a very similar smell to most other Oktoberfests. However, when I took the first sip, I was immediately turned off to this beer. The taste was similar to Samuel Adams but tasted like a lite version. While SA Oktfest isn't exactly a heavy beer, it still has a deep enough taste to make it last. The beer was also somewhat tart, something I didn't expect from an OktFest. In all honesty, I dumped about half the beer and poured myself a SA. Was very disappointed. Looking forward to some better OktFests!
Serving type: bottle
08-19-2013 16:33:28 | More by Eando35
3.39/5 rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
About a year and a half old.
Pours a slightly hazy golden brown with a huge 2 inch frothy pillow-like cream head that dissipates slowly, leaving very thick lacing.
There's a skunky character in the initial aroma. Becomes grainy and metallic, with subtle toasted caramel malt beneath. To avoid the aged character, I smelled the bottle. Fairly nutty, with slight brown sugar sweetness.
Flavor reveals substantial, slightly over-toasted, bready malt character, but it's dominated by sherry-like notes of oxidation and a metallic finish. Nutty flavors emerge late, followed by dryness and a bit of soap.
Body is moderate, but fairly high carbonation lightens it a bit. There's a touch of astringency at the finish.
Probably past its prime, so my score ignores the off flavors. Not a bad beer, but nothing spectacular. Malt character lacked a bit.
Serving type: bottle
02-01-2013 02:30:11 | More by barczar
Otter Creek Oktoberfest from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
79 out of 100 based on 336 ratings.