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Otter Creek Oktoberfest - Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's

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Otter Creek OktoberfestOtter Creek Oktoberfest

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346 Ratings

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Ratings: 346
Reviews: 259
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 13.87%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Altbier |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: pezoids on 09-17-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

32 IBU

Replaced by Oktoberfest Lager in 2012.
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Ratings: 346 | Reviews: 259
Photo of freed
2.91/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer poured a nice color, and met the expectations I had for an oktoberfest, but that was it. It was a rather nice dark orange, though low carbonation and no head or lace worth noting. The aroma was somewhat reminiscent of old malts, and the somewhat faded taste prevailed through in the taste. Somewhat washed flavors that were husky and rough. Hops were apparent, but not in the aromatic quantity that would have helped.

The beer was somewhat disappointing. I'm not sure if this was a bad bottle, or the batch was over boiled or too dilute.

Photo of 86MonteSS
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Whether or not I'm tasting something in the true tradition of Oktoberfest is at this point unimportant. It's a darker brew with a harmonious mingling of hops and malt--in this beer it's difficult to tell who are the chiefs and who are the braves. I'm detecting a hidden sweetness in the aftertaste, making this pretty well-rounded in the end. I'll get it again next year for sure.

Photo of goz
3.26/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a medium copper/amber color, medium sized white head mostly diminishes but leaves behind quite a bit of lacing. Aroma has some nuttiness, some caramel (very light), and a good bit of hops. Flavor is mostly nutty in the front, kinda thin in the middle, ending with a bunch of hops, and lot's of dryness. Thinnish medium body, moderate carbonation, slight metallic twang comes in towards the end.

Photo of TinusTime
3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As others seem have said, why is this touted as an Oktoberfest beer? pours a coppery orange with fairly nice foamy white head that lasts for a bit.. The smell is too hoppy for a fest beer. There are none of the sweetish roasted malts that one would expect.. This is more like an octoberIPA than a true fest.. That said the beer was pretty tasty and would make a good session brew, but not one that i would serve up as an octoberfest beer.

Photo of silks636
3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle. Stamped with a “Bottled On” date of 08/06/03 from Batch #1386. This is my first experience with an Otter Creek brew.

Definitely not what I expected from an Oktoberfest beer. Orange/light copper color with a minimal off-white head. Very nice bubbly lacing. Has a grainy and slightly fruity smell, very little malt detected. Taste was nicely balanced with a lingering spicy hop finish. More hop throughout than I would have thought. I think the slight sweet caramel malt should be more prevalent for a beer carrying the Oktoberfest moniker. The mouthfeel is pleasant with moderate carbonation and a nice bite.

This is a well made beer, and is definitely an interesting take on the style. Great for Autumn, but not what I would call a true Oktoberfest. Without a doubt a highly drinkable brew. A very nice session beer for the fall.

Photo of cokes
3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orange hued, highlighted by gold, with a faded beige head of limited size and retention.
Nose full of dead grass and raw grains.
A lighted dried herb hop bitterness grabs at the mouth up-front. Both the hallertau and tettnangers are readily recognized. Fades to a long-bladed, stalky grass spiciness. This I like.
The malt bill is largely unattended. Husky grain, with just rudimentary impressions of toast. Sweetness is nil.
Thin bodied and dry.
Not terribly impressed here, but this could easily be consumed in large doses.

Photo of ElGuapo
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper brew sitting under a small head of foam. Aromas are of grains, and a bit of hops in there too. I will say that the hops in the aroma were a little odd for an Oktoberfest.

It is nice and crisp, but a little light in body. Otter Creek has definitely come up with their own little spin on an Oktoberfest. It has great malt flavors, and the hops are really no what I expected. It is definitely a drinkable beer, but different.

Photo of Dogbrick
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This really is not what I have come to expect from an Oktoberfest beer. That's not to say this was an awful beer, just not the usual style you would expect under than moniker. Copper-colored with a somewhat creamy off-white head. Hops are predominant in the aroma, but there is some malt and caramel in the background. Medium-bodied with flavors of hops, grain and malt. The aftertaste is lightly hopped and a little spicy. Interesting take on the Oktoberfest style, but really nothing special.

Photo of Darkale
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light, bready, yeasty aroma. Copper body, very clear, with a tan creamy head that does not last long. Good lacing, though.

Slightly chewy and foamy in the mouth. Nice metallic snap with a bit of uncertain spice. In the end, though, it seems thin.

A good, palatable Oktoberfest. One could have several of these, and the single I had did not last long.

Photo of GreatPondBrewer
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Overall just a solid beer to fall back on when you want something that is not over the top. Poured a deep goldish yellow with a pillowy white head and lace. Smelled nutty with fine malts and some toasty autumn like flavors. Taste was refreshing but heavy and complex enough for an autumn beer. There was good solid malts and some subtle hops in the finish. It even tasted a tad bit yeasty. Not a real octoberfest as its an ale, but still a very reliable brew that I can't complain about.

Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

( bottled on date 9-13-02 –batch # 1229)--Appearance: Pours an exceptionally clear copper / amber color and is topped with a off-white / tan colored & creamy head with great retention. On the nose the aroma of caramel malts, orange peels and biscuit. Taste was well balanced a little hop bitterness going on, slight biscuity flavor, caramel sweetness, toffee, and orange peels. Mouth feel is some-what sharp. I was hoping this O’fest had a bigger malt character, but it is still very tasty imo. I still enjoyed this brew very much…

Photo of RonfromJersey
3.27/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An exceptionally clear copper body is topped by a thin white head which almost immediately becomes the barest of toppers. Aroma includes a strong dose of fresh bread, with some herbal hops on the side. While malts win the balance battle in the taste, there's just not quite enough there. There's no real depth to the taste. Slight metalic tinge in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a little thin for the "style". Even though it's an ale, there are aiming at simulating an Octoberfest. My memories of past versions were more impressive. Otter Creek's Copper is better, as is Harpoon's Octoberfest Ale.

Photo of DarthMalt
3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Definitely an American Ok-Fest.

Strong homebrew-hops nose with classic American micro hops following through. Color, fermentation, and quaffability are all spot-on (as expected) for style. A little short on the suds, but that's okay.

If you're an Otter Creek fan, then there is no reason to defect during the season of Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen blue and white panties.

Photo of Murph
3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear copper color witha smallish tan head on top that rings the glass nicely. Crisp maltiness with a slight graininess and some decent hops in the background of the aroma. Starts off with some strong spicy hoppiness that really carries the brew through till it turns to a crisp,grainy, slightly toasty, malt finish. Crisp and refreshing, this medium bodied brew is nicely drinkable. Not anything that I would necessarily seek out but not a bad beer to be drinking if it was all they had.

Photo of pbrian
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew just doesn't do it for me. It's like a toned-down Copper Ale, which isn't my favorite beer to begin with. To give it credit, it is a little unique and possibly worth a try if you haven't had it, otherwise there are better beers out there.

Photo of kunzbrew
3.2/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A light amber color with white head. overall does not look like a oktoberfest to me. Medium bodied with a nice hint of german malts and hops. By the way isn't an oktoberfest a lager???? Why bother with an ale, try harder next time and maybe you can call this an oktoberfest.

Photo of Suds
3.82/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, dark amber color with a bright-white, medium sized head. The head didn’t last very long. Hoppy nose, and slightly more hop character than I expected. Still, the beer is sweet, biscuity, and drinkable. All around, a very pleasant beer.

Photo of Wildman
3.98/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a copper golden color and formed an off white foamy head and left some lace. Some carbonation present. An aroma of hops, malt and sweetness(?orange)present. The flavor was of hops, malt and some dryness in the finish. Not my style of beer, but not bad.

Photo of beerluvr
3.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours with a slightly off-white head over a clear golden-amber liquid. Nose is fresh, hoppy...a bit more than an O-fest needs IMHO, but good all the same, with some maltiness present. Taste is a sharp hoppiness right away, drying out with very low levels of malt sweetness, slightly biscuity tasting too. Hop bitterness really dominates the dry finish. A good well-made beer, but does it fall within the Octoberfest taste profile? Maybe more of an Altbier in style.

Photo of Longstaff
4.11/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an awesome looking beer that has a brownish - orange color that reminds you of fall. Even though this is not in the Marzen style (it is an alt), it is still a great Oktoberfest beer. Very close to the taste of their Copper Ale except is a bit lighter in both the hop and malt characteristics. Very drinkable.

Photo of John
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

While the Oktoberfest style is not a personal favorite, this Otter Creek offering is outstanding. Medium-full bodied, slightly sweet, roasted malt and pleasant hop balance.

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Otter Creek Oktoberfest from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
79 out of 100 based on 346 ratings.