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

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52 Ratings
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Ratings: 52
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 11.02%
Wants: 3
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 10-23-2006)
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guinness33

New Jersey

3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2007 03:29:42 | More by guinness33
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sinstaineddemon

Connecticut

3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2007 04:45:19 | More by sinstaineddemon
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2007 17:30:06 | More by NJpadreFan
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UnionMade

Colorado

3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2006 02:24:10 | More by UnionMade
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MuddyFeet

North Carolina

3.03/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-27-2006 06:15:46 | More by MuddyFeet
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SaCkErZ9

Florida

3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2006 20:24:01 | More by SaCkErZ9
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kernalklink

Arizona

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2006 18:02:49 | More by kernalklink
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rodrot

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2006 18:30:24 | More by rodrot
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ybnorml

Rhode Island

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2006 22:49:33 | More by ybnorml
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mschenk

Maryland

3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2006 01:42:47 | More by mschenk
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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2006 23:38:11 | More by GCBrewingCo
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scarletfire79

New Hampshire

3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2006 14:22:15 | More by scarletfire79
Otter Creek World Tour: Helsinki Göld from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
84 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.