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Otter Creek Oktoberfest - Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's

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338 Ratings

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Ratings: 338
Reviews: 259
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 14.16%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Altbier |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

32 IBU

Replaced by Oktoberfest Lager in 2012.

(Beer added by: pezoids on 09-17-2001)
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Photo of Darkale


3.78/5  rDev +9.2%

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.

09-08-2003 14:42:25 | More by Darkale
Photo of GreatPondBrewer


3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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.

09-08-2003 03:39:31 | More by GreatPondBrewer
Photo of WilliamPhilaPa


3.95/5  rDev +14.2%

( 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…

02-15-2003 11:36:56 | More by WilliamPhilaPa
Photo of RonfromJersey

New Jersey

3.23/5  rDev -6.6%

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.

11-14-2002 20:52:07 | More by RonfromJersey
Photo of DarthMalt


3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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.

11-12-2002 11:12:40 | More by DarthMalt
Photo of Murph


3.43/5  rDev -0.9%

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.

10-05-2002 10:02:58 | More by Murph
Photo of pbrian


3/5  rDev -13.3%

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.

09-25-2002 07:38:00 | More by pbrian
Photo of kunzbrew


3.23/5  rDev -6.6%

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.

09-22-2002 16:29:38 | More by kunzbrew
Photo of Suds


3.83/5  rDev +10.7%

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.

09-21-2002 19:49:30 | More by Suds
Photo of Wildman


3.98/5  rDev +15%

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.

09-15-2002 14:01:53 | More by Wildman
Photo of beerluvr

Ontario (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev -0.9%

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.

09-15-2002 11:14:56 | More by beerluvr
Photo of Longstaff


4.1/5  rDev +18.5%

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.

08-26-2002 11:07:23 | More by Longstaff
Photo of John

New York

4/5  rDev +15.6%

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.

09-17-2001 13:10:23 | More by John
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Otter Creek Oktoberfest from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
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