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Ratings: 52
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 11.02%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Sahti |  6.37% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 10-23-2006)
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Photo of kernalklink
4.6/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew was a very pleasant surprise- not being a lightly hopped beer fan I was eager to taste what all the buzz was about this Sahti. The pour was unremarkable- quickly vanishing head and a decent color, though the aromas were great; a malty spicy aroma with a bite. The first sip was amazingly smooth- excellent body and carbonation balance. The taste was exceptional, a very unique allspice ginger combo with a strong juniper-gin bitterness on the backend. Very different, and you can taste the junipers, which more than make up for the lack of hops. Very tasty, savory beer.

Photo of Slatetank
4.43/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I will preface by saying I have not had a sahti before, but have enjoyed an Otter creek once or twice. Poured cool into a La Fin Du Monde tulip.

A - A medium amber w/ a quickly dissipating white head.

S - Robust rye aroma at first whiff w/ pretty instense malt odors. Reminds me of a wheat wine or rye bock at first. My first Sahti, just trying to take it all in.

M - Full roasted and dry feel w/ moderate carbonation, round and spicy feel in general w/ a rye-like roast and creaminess.

T - This beer is just beyond words to me. So complex.. I will start by sayin' the rich feel and and almost smoky woody taste and spice tastes like pepper and a hint of juniper. The rye is not overdone w/ subtle malt graininess. An overall dry taste and texture. Plenty of earthy complexity, the juniper gives a gin-like dry herbal flavor that is accentuated as it warms. The flavor keeps beckoning to me after I take each sip for another. The taste is fresh and this a just shy of a 5 for me w/ the body, toasty grain and blend of earthy flavors

D - The rye gives this ale its great aroma and mouthfeel. It has such smooth taste w/ juniper complexity. I could drink a small keg. The bomber went down like it was a small sample.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber to a pint glass the liquid is cloudy gold with ok carbonation. The head is one fat thumb off white ant leaves little lace.

The smell is nice yet fain, juniper molasses and caramel.

The taste follows but quite a bit more flavor the the smell would signal. Lots of molasses, juniper and other light spices.

The mouthfeel is ok to good lighter body the expected and ok carbonation.

The drinkability is good a very nice brew from a brewer I feel is closer to average. Prosit, MK

Photo of NJpadreFan
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Otter Creek- Helsinki Göld

Appearance- Golden yellowish/ brown with a thick frothy white head.
Smell- Strong juniper berries, pine needles, bubble gum clove.
Taste- Smooth berry flavor, clove, pine and other wintery plants and aromas really come through.
Mouthfeel- Smooth with no bitterness. Big flavor from start to finish.

Overall- My first "Sahti" or Sahti style beer, but I really enjoyed.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber>giant mug

AP: A semi-cloudy and very active looking, amber color with a one-finger deep, all-white and totally even head. Displays some decent retention qualitites.

Nose: Sweet caramalized malt, yeast, A fruity hopped scent and the mild, mellow scent of rye and barley. There's a subtle but distinct scent of sweet wheat and hay.

Taste & Feel: This medium bodied brew feels crisp but very substantial and smooth, with a wide range of flavors, which include: A fruity and floral hop, Rye and wheat with a nice oak'ed effect and a mild spice with a semi-sweet malted barley taste. The balance of all of these ingredients seems to work very well, the effect is complex and tastey.

Da: This is the kind of brew that keeps me interested, with it's interesting mix of flavors. I will be having more of these here.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the glass crystal clear pale golden with a low almost white head which lasted well enough to lace the glass.

The aroma was fruity and bready with a citrusy impression. Some honey sweetness was notable as was a lightly spicy presence.

The flavor was citrusy with a light orange and lemon presence. The flavor also contained a lightly malty and slightly spicy character. The rye flavor (and spice) was nicely done and the citrus balanced the beer out very well. The flavor was also bready and interesting.

The finish was dry with a bit of lasting rye character into the aftertaste and a lasting light bit of citrus. The body was medium with a moderate carbonation and a prickly nature to the mouthfeel. The label lists juniper as a characteristic and perhaps that is lending some of the citrus, spice and prickly mouthfeel. For some reason I like this beer, who knew?

22 ounce bottle.

Photo of blklab2007
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bomber poured a hazy amber in color with minimal head on the pour but nice clouds of foam pooling at the surface and slow moving carbination. aroma is sweet malt, spice, a sharpness that i believe comes from the juniper berries, and some green apple. nice looking brew in the glass. taste is medium full mouth feel, hits with a ginger like sharpness, well balanced malt, spice, and some underlying fruit notes. very complex malts in here that are very complementary and the snap that comes from the juniper adds real interest. not the average beer and that is why i like it so much really has something interesting to it that makes me continue to find new flavors as it is sipped.

Photo of tgbljb
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a pale golden color with nice white puffy head. Great retention and modest lacing.
Smell presents with a light fruity maltiness and some juniper scents.
Taste also has a nice refreshing malt character, with a light gin-like taste
Finishes very light and refeshing.
My favorite mixed drink is a gin and tonic and this beer is very similiar to it. Very easy to drink.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A – Poured a nice clear amber, darker then I thought it would be actually. Had a nice orange lager like color. Lots of carbonation coming up from the bottom, this thing fizzled the entire time. Nice two inch plus head of white frothy foam formed immediately upon the pour, hung around for a couple mins then let go leaving behind some residual side glass lace.

S – Aroma was very tight and crisp. Quick clean hit of cereal like malts mixed in with earthy grains. Light fresh cut grass and rice mixed in as well, some sugary notes with almost a touch of very light roasted nut, or some light peach aroma. Rather summer like and very enjoyable actually.

T – Great great drinker here. Taste reminded me a lot of a good lager. It was such a clean fresh taste. Quick to hit you with a mild maltiness, lots of barley and grain, but it was quick, and washed away with some light hop bitterness. It was such a refreshing taste, I was actually quite surprised, as soon as you sipped it and swallowed it was gone, very intresting, and just great. Certain sugary touch a well.

M – superb, really really great. Huge carbonation just left it with a big feel and a silkiness that just rolled through your mouth. Light texture and feel, did not fill ou up at all, which was really good.

D – Great session brew. I could have had this all night long. It was super smooth and light, no high abv holding you did not bloat you or fill you up. Just all around good.

Overall I was really impressed with this one. I did not know what to think going into it, as I had never even heard of the style they were trying to emulate here, but I was quite impressed with the product. The color and carbonation were outstanding. This just looked like some kind of german lager, just really great. And such a smooth, light, but yet full flavor. I will defiantly have to try this one again, though I do not think I will find it. This would make a fine addition to their year rounds.

Photo of rodrot
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew poured a slightly hazy, dark yellow color with a fairly large head that left some lacing on the glass. Aroma was spicy and malty, with some bread yeast notes in the nose. The first few sips reminded me of a Hefe, spicy and and clovey. As the beer warmed, the flavor of juniper became more noticeable along with the spicy, oily character of the rye malt. Mouthfeel was light, making this a very drinkable beer. I could easily drink a couple of bombers of this stuff in one sitting. I admit I wasn't sure what to expect from this beer, being that I don't usually drink lighter styles, but this one was very tasty. My first sahti did not disappoint.

Photo of ppoitras
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bought at the brewery store.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 1/2" off-white head over the clear golden amber brew. Head holds steady, with plenty of sticky lace. Aroma is rye and light spicing. Taste is slightly spicy sweet maltiness upfront, with rye effect coming on in the middle, and lingering even after the swallow. Mouthfeel is quite smooth, and drinkability is great. Could get a bit cloying after a few, but I think this one is another interesting offering from the World Tour.

Photo of sacfly
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz, Part of the “World Tour” four pack. No date noted.

Pours a clear amber with a thin white head of small bubbles. Aroma… spicy rye detected immediately along with a gin from the juniper berries. Smells like a pine forest, dirt and all, in a good way. Interesting. Taste is unlike any beer I have had before. What the hell flavor is that? Not bad… but it reminds me of something I can not put my finger on… Gram crackers and pine needles??? Maybe… Almost puckering dry aftertaste. Very interesting brew. First “Sahti” I have had, so I don’t really know if it is a good example or not. All I can say is it is a very interesting and satisfying brew.

Photo of atsprings
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy pale amber with a decent head that diminishes to a ring. The aroma is of sweet malts with a peasant dash of junipers. The taste is of course on the malty side, but as the style dictates, the juniper leaves a good bitterness to provide a good balance. The beer is light and refreshing with a low carbonation. This makes for an enjoyable summer evening beer.

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of grain, rye, caramel and spice with a little bit of hops.

T: The taste bready and sweet with flavors of rye, spice and a little bit of citrus. There’s a decent hops presence that comes in to provide a little balance. The malt character is very hearty but it doesn’t make the beer very heavy. The after-taste is bready with touches of sweetness and bitterness.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not very filling, decent kick, this is an interesting style with so few beers in it this is the first time that I’ve tried one, this is a beer I could drink for a while, but I might look for something more flavorful after some time.

Photo of ybnorml
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A clean amber beer. Has a small white head. There are notes of honey upfront in the aroma. With a biscuit malt and an earthy floral notes in the background. A combo of spices and honey flavors run wild over your tongue followed by that earth floral note on the nice clean finish.
As the beer warms a nice smoky character becime noticable in both the aroma and the taste. An enjoyable drink.

Photo of auxiliary
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance - Nice amber color with a thin head that faded and left some lace.

smell - Smells of grains and spices here, and some hops.

taste - Sweet, malty, and citrusy. Bready, some bitterness from the hops at the end.

mouthfeel - Medium body, with some carbonation.

drinkability - Not a bad beer, Sahti? Seems they don't make this style that much. Rated the best out of like 40 people from this style.

Photo of daliandragon
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a shadowy gold color into my pint glass with a thin, white head that dissipates quickly. The body shows mucho carbonation and some cloudiness. Nose is mild with crystal malts and faint but distinct juniper, making me think uneasily of gin.

I was worried that the juniper wouldn't be enough to balance the sweetness without hopping but it does impart requisite dryness and the aftertaste is surprisingly clean and satisfying. The high carbonation and alcohol lace wouldn't be okay in some beers but for some reason they fit here. This was a pleasant surprise and I'll be in the lookout for it in the future.

Photo of Avryle
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have nothing to compare this to as like most folks, I've never had this style.

A- Cloudy golden-orange in color. Small off white head even with vigorous pour.

S- Fruity & bready with lemon zest. Nice honey sweetness was notable as was a lightly spicy presence.

T- Initially, the beer is a bit palid, then all the flavors catch up. Very sappy (must be the juniper) & honey-sweet. There's also a nice bread-y quality to the flavor imparted by the rye along with some spiciness.

M- The body is what you expect from the appearance- full without being heavy. Dry finish.

D- This bottle has been haunting the fridge for a couple months now, mostly because of the unknown factor. Now that I've had it, I found it to be a pleasant change from the bottled hops that are so dominant these days.

Photo of cbl2
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

6/9/2007 $2.99 22 oz. N/A No best by date.

Never had this style before, here goes…


Pours an appealing medium brown hazed by a bit of chill, and topped by a quarter inch of tight white head.


A blend of chocolate and rye dominates the nose, it is sweet, yet spicy, and rather intriguing.


Nicely carbonated & a chewy mouthfeel usher in this pleasant brew. Mildly sweet roasted malts dominate the palate throughout imparting a touch of chocolate. Some bitterness creeps in towards the end, but it is nicely balanced by the sweet malt. Highly drinkable, with no apparent alcohol, this is the best of the World Tour has to offer.

Photo of Boto
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber: This one pours a clear, slightly darker golden color. There was a large white head on it, that disappeared quickly and left no lacing. the aroma is slightly bready and malty, with some very faint spice. It has a nice flavor to it. No real standouts, and medium bodied. some spices and fruit hiding in the background. Pretty smooth and drinkable.

Photo of lehows
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a light amber color with a nice white head. Left behind some nice lacing. Light aromas of floral hops, grain, and other sweet floral notes. Taste is of mild hops, some sweet spice notes, and grassy. Overall, an interesting but mild brew. Will be on the lookout for other Sahtis to try.

Photo of klewis
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear amber color with a small bubbly head. No lacing.

S: Fruity smell of wild berries with a slight malty aroma.

T: Sweet and fruity with a strong juniper berry taste with a malty backbone that provides some flavors of honey and caramel.

M: Light-medium bodied and crisp with moderate carbonation.

D: After a few sips, the berry taste gets a bit annoying. All in all, this is a pretty good beer, although some subtlety with the juniper would be appreciated.

Photo of connecticutpoet
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

True to its name, this beer was a deep golden color, with a thin, fast-dying head. Wasn't sure what to expect from the style.

Aroma was of light citrus, a little rye-like spiciness, a hint of evergreen, slightly herbal, and overall light.

Taste was lightly spicy, a bit bitter, a hint of gin flavor, and just a touch of sweetness at the swallow.

Mouthfeel was not too thin, not full and chewy (I had no idea what to expect), but pleasant and seemed to match the taste.

Drinkability was pretty good. I am sure I will have another, as I have several bottles cellaring and available for trade.

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Otter Creek World Tour: Helsinki Göld from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
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