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

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Reviews: 48
Hads: 52
Avg: 3.7
pDev: 10.81%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Sahti |  6.37% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 10-23-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 48 | Hads: 52
Photo of sulldaddy
2.43/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Split this bomber with Stopper at cellar temp pouted into a snifter.
The beer pours a rich gold color with minimal bleached white head receding quickly to an edge layer. Aroma is mild but some sweet malt and caramel and mild general fruitiness are present. First sip reveals an ave body wtih fine yet fizzy carbonation that tingles my tongue with each sip. Flavor is mild sweet malt and some caramel. A bit of general sugarynessand fruit with pears being the best flavor I can pin down. The beer dries a little on the finish and lingers with a hint of bitterness, maybe piney notes, or maybe Im just trying to find the juniper. Overall the beer is too mild for me and I wouldnt try it again.

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Photo of Zorro
2.95/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Sampled through "I Want That" BIF 2 and mikesgroove.

My first Sahti wonder if I am going to like this or not.

This is a murky reddish to amber colored beer with a decent thick light brown head.

The smell is a little sweet with the scent of rye and spruce needles with a little caramel and tea. A little spicy scent is in this, smells a bit like juniper berries and a trace of cinnamon.

The taste begins flat and more than a little earthy there is some dirt flavor here. This is a little sweet and I can taste the pine but wow earthy and not in the good way like truffles. A little malty but I just can't get past the earth and or mildew flavor. There a fair amount of caramel and toffee candy in this but it is hard to notice.

The Mouthfeel is OK.

OK I have no reason to try this again. The problem is I think there is some sort of mushroom growing in the bottle. Earthy as in DIRT flavor is just not going to make me try this again.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.03/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed on-tap tonight at the Flying Saucer in Raleigh, NC.

Poured a hazy fold color. Thought it would be darker. White foamy head but no lace. However, I think the lack o lace may be the bar's fault. Nose is slightly fruity and sour. Kind of berry-like.

Not sure what to make of this beer. More fruity than not. Kind of hop-like but not. The other guys at the table were enjoying it but the slight sourness was a bit of a turn-off (it was the "fire" special for the night). Malts were more wheat than barley. Honestly this beer just confused me and I did not really enjoy it. Made me a bit schizophrenic. Everytime I thought I pinned down some sort of sure-time flavor i would begin to second-guess myself. Moved onto something else after finsihing this pint.

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Photo of Sycodrummer
3.14/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the brown bomber into a tulip glass the beer was a burnt orange color with two fingers of solid creamy head. Very sticky head that retained for several minutes and left a good amount of lacing. A steady stream of carbonation feeds up from the center of the glass and bubbles cling to the side.

The nose is very hard to decern. A hop presence is certainly there but faint. So too is the malt presence. Some faint orange and a woody, eartly, almost musty character.

The taste reveals a faint hop profile that offers a slight bitterness that is quickly muted. A earthy character like the nose but it finishes rather bland. I don't believe the beer to be oxidized, but it does have a hint of the soggy coardboard in the mouth. Not overly so, but hints of it make the beer rather bland to the finish. Cheewy, but not sweet and a soft fruitiness and earthiness throughout.

Medium-light body with decent carbonation.

This wasn't for me. I found it very hard to pin down some flavors and what I did get was a little bland and lifeless.

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Photo of Jwaks
3.19/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

This sahti exhibits a near translucent dark honey to dull orange color with two fingers worth of off-white quickly dissapating head. Very faint amounts of carbonation bubble up to meet a thin ring of suds.

Interesting aromas of soaked bread, light malts, earthy and mild spices and wet wood come through on this beer's open bouquet.

A piquant, woody and spicy flavor lingers from the bready-malt flavored start to the bitter, short and quickly fading, almost hallow, finish. The woody tastes a bit green and vegital while the spiciness could be desribed as diluted cayanne pepper or paprika. For my palate, it's an original combination of flavors.

Mouthfeel and body is quite thin providing little refreshment. The thin body allows this beer to go down easy though the dry finish and spicy character lower the drinkability to an average score.

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Photo of wcudwight
3.2/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy golden color with a thin head and a small thin rim of watery lace.
Smells of grain corn husk and lemon.
The flavor has a grainy and biscuity backbone that is supported by a light fruitiness and some honey flavors. Mildly bitter in the finish. The fruit and honey keep this from being a boring beer.
The mouthfeel is very creamy and smooth as silk.
This is a pretty boring beer considering the description on the bottle. As the beer warmed it became less drinkable.

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Photo of arnulfooxblood
3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 1 pint, 6 oz. bottle

Appearance--Nice golden-orange color

Taste/Moutfeel--a rather dry beer, good carbonation, nice mouthfeel. Notable hops, juniper flavor comes through. This combination is tasty, but I'm not sure that it's something I would enjoy on a regular basis.

This was a peculiar beer. It was also my first Sahti, so I don't have anything to really compare it to. It was an interesting style.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An interesting take on the style, of which I admittedly have minimal experience with.

It pours a crisp looking orange-ish colour wit ha fairly thin head that leaves a minimal amount of residue on the glass.

The aroma has a bit of sweetness to it along with some berry notes, citrus, juniper, etc and a nice malt base throughout.

The flavour hits out at you more so with the juniper than the aroma does but it mixes nicely with the citrus, malt and sweetness of the aroma. The finish is a bit sharp overall and mouthfeel is light bodied but a bit watery at times.

The only other Sahti I have sampled was the Heavyweight version, which I would suspect was a bit less traditional than this one, but at the same time it blew this one out of the water. Aside from the tad watery mouthfeel, this one is decent overall. I'd punch the flavour up a bit, but still, not bad in the end.

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Photo of mschenk
3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I purchased a 22 oz bomber and poured into a pint glass. The beer poured a slightly hazy dark yellow with a hint of amber. Very little head which did not last.

I don't know much about shati, I've never had one before so I don't know how this compares to the style. I couldn't smell the juniper or rye but there is a subtle flavor of both. Tastes a bit fruity but a little bit thin. Nice mouthfeel with a pleasant after taste. According to the label there is supposed to be a malty creaminess but I did not think so.

Overall the beer is nice and worth a try. Depending on your tastes this could be a real find. experimenting with beer is half the fun and this is worth the experiment. I just wish it had a more "full" flavor.

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Photo of Enola
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer is unique. Thumbs up to Otter Creek for pushing the edge. The beer is a lighter orange with a small head. The smell is honey like and also brown sugar. The taste is again, honey and the juniper also shows up. It is smooth and the aftertase is piney. This beer is good, and with no harshness it is easy to drink a pint or two. This is one of those types of beer that it seems as if the recipe was found etched into the walls of a cave.

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Photo of scarletfire79
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

i've never had a sahti before. picked up a 22 oz. bomber of this at city market in burlington, vt. (a must stop for their selection, if your in the area). pours golden yellow, small head that doesn't last. limited lacings. the initial smell is kind of subtle. you can pick up the juniper with some slight herbal notes. the taste is interesting. the juniper flavor is subtle but adds a slight tartness to the sip. definitly not over powering. actually quite drinkable. my one complaint might be that there isn't as much carbonation as i'd like. i think with more bubbles this beer could be damn tasty.

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Photo of orsulacp
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The body was gold with hints of amber under a small white head. The nose was woody, with a rye bread scent, and some dark fruit, like dried prunes. The taste has more of the rye, with bitter fruit (I guess that's the juniper), it reminded me of gooseberry. There is some nutmeg/ginger in there too. The body was smooth with low carbonation. The nutmeg/ginger flavor lingered a bit too much to make this more than a once in blue moon beer.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.52/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

this is my first Sahti, i imagine it would be most peoples as it is easy to get here in the states.

A - this beer pours a golden-reddish brown, quite transparent with a half of a finger of off-white colored head with plenty of swift carbonation to keep it alive

S - you can definitely smell the juniper, though if that wasnt in this styles description i don't know if i would've picked it out, plus a sweet roasted malts but thats it, but the juniper aroma seems at times to smell like hops like an IPA

T - you can taste the absence of hops, but the juniper is relegated to the aftertaste, where it lends the beer a sweet and smooth aftertaste

M&D - this unique juniper flavor lends this sweetness and a smoothness to the mouthfeel,a nice brew, strange but good, would not be adverse to trying this style again if I ever find another example

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Photo of OStrungT
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a cloudy, golden light brown color, with a thin white head. The head fades slowly, leaving very few laces.

This beer has a grainy aroma. I smell some mild spices. It has a slight rye aroma as well. I can not make out anything in the way of hop aroma. It smells slightly sweet.

This beer tastes much like it smells. Grainy with some spicey flavors. Slightly rye like. The lack of hop flavor at all is a little unsetteling.

This beer leaves a grainy, slightly rye like aftertaste. It is very low in carbonation.

This beer might not be the best session beer. It tastes a little odd, and I doubt I could drink much of it.

Overall: Thanks HimerMan for giving me the chance to try this style. Decent beer, but not anything that I am overly excited about.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to jwc215 for this brew.

Pours a cloudy dark orange color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, slight yeast, licorice, with some spice. The taste is malty, slight yeast, licorice, and some spices. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a interesting brew, not too bad.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dispensed from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass. Beer emerges a dark golden color with a stark white head of a nice size and very nice (in my best Borat accent) retention and lacing. Lots of tiny carbonation bubbles help to support the generous head.

Aroma is lager like. I certainly dont detect any juniper and a slight rye aroma is present, but nothing out of the ordianary. Being my first sahti but a huge gin fan, I was a little disappointed in the aroma.

Nice malty backbone in the flavor of this beer. I taste the rye and some caramel malts, but otherwise, somewhat so-so. A great body here with a full medium bodied beer. Smooth and quite crisp and dry in the "finnish" (I had to). Not bad but nothing exceptional. I

I try to get my hands on all of the Otter Creek World Tour beers. So far, most of them are barely above average on the grand scheme of things, and this one falls into that category as well. Worth a try though.

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Photo of jmz62565
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear red amber cream soda/looking color with a medium head and good lacing. The smell is very malt filled with some hints of alcohol. The taste is somewhat syrupy with sweet malt,carmel,honey, and a wood flavor. Not bad,but different. The m/f is medium thick with the flavors mixing well. A decent beer and a nice offering from Otter Creek.

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Photo of scottum
3.66/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazey clear amber with a full off-white headskie. Tastes of juniper are up in front in the brew. Some sweet notes linger behind and a touch of hops for finish. Not nearly as good or interesting as some of the Sahti I had in my trip to Nordic Europe, but certainly a drinkable beer that is easy to enjoy. Smooth and mellow all the way through.

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Photo of Braudog
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 22 oz bottle:pretty dark brew for one labled (Gold) ... .this is a deep copper, lightly carbonated with a 1/4-inch solid head. There’s a strong aroma ... alcohol and sweet malt. The flavor is interesting ... pine, bark, a juice-less grapefruit, grass. Somewhat reminiscent of the one or two other Finnish sahti’s I’ve tried, but this is actually drinkable (I am not enough man to drink the real ones). Decent enough pour and something very different! (#2692, 2/12/07)

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Photo of rallison
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first foray into this style!

Pours a hazy dark golden color with a 1 finger white head that never completely dies. Smells are of slightly bready malts with maybe touches of spiciness. There's something else in the smell I can't quite place.

First taste is of slightly bready malts with a hint of toffee-like sweetness. There is some bitterness back there to balance this out that I assume comes from the juniper. There are some banana notes reminiscent of some hefeweizens as well. Not quite as unique of a taste profile given the style's interesting brewing characteristics, but tasty nonetheless.

Mouthfeel is slightly creamy with medium to low carbonation. Drinkability is no problem here.

Recommended. Glad to try this, although my guess is this may not be as authentic to style as it could be. Guess I'll have to search out some more...

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Photo of jwc215
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep golden with a creamy, thin head.

The smell is light - yeast, some spiciness (a rye/gin mix).

The taste is of biscuity yeast with a grainy crispness. Juniper is mild and not as detectable as I would have thought - there is some mild spiciness to it.

Light in body, but flavors hang on. Smooth, crisp and refreshing.

Easy to drink with enough to it to keep it interesting. Can't say I found it to be anything great, but certainly worth checking out.

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Photo of jjboesen
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of Otter Creeks' World Tour selections, the Helsinki Gold is inspired by Finland's sahti beer, which is filtered with juniper branches - I guess while in the sauna. It pours a moderate head that dissolves quickly and is similar body-wise to a pilsner. A lightly hopped ale with amber color and minor lacing, the Gold is highly quaffable, but then most Otter Creek beers are. I appreciate the World Beer Tour as it exemplies the brewers innovation, curiosity and beer-passion. All-in-all, a decent beer to help finnish (Sorry) a long day.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
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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Photo of WesWes
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice gold color with a thin white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a refreshing pale and rye malt scent along with a juniper berry aroma. There is also a mild yeast tartness. It smells much like a light gruit ale. The taste is decent. It has an interesting flavor that boasts of pale malts and juniper berries. There are zero hops flavors and a bit of yeast tartness. It's refreshing with an herbal feel. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. These "ancient" brews are pretty delicious. They have an herbal quality to them that can be menacing for some, but I like them. This is a good example of the style.

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Photo of UnionMade
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Twist off cap on a bomber??? Insanity. Slightly hazy reddish amber. Loose collar of head. Decent head retention. Smells of creamy malt, a little doughy, with noticable juniper accents. Woodsy and piney, with some ale fruitiness. Pleasant. The flavor opens with fairly rich malt flavor. Toasty and very smoothly textured. Easy going, with mild carbonation and a fairly full body. Overall pretty sweet, with a bit of apple/pear fruitiness and plenty of malt flavor. Juniper, ginny spiciness in the finish, evening out the sweetness somewhat. Easy drinking, particularly because of the soft carbonation and fairly full body. I don't suspect this is brewed quite how they do it in Finland, but it's a nice introduction towards one of the more obscure, indigenous beer styles, and I give Otter Creek a lot of credit for that. Based on my very limited experience with authentic examples of sahti, this drinks much better. Maybe its not quite so foreign to a beer drinkers' palate. I dunno.
Addendum: I actually did go for another bottle a week after writing this. A good rye beer is hard to come by. My buddy got one on my suggestion, and really liked it.

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