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Otter Creek World Tour: Cuckoo Bock - Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's

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47 Ratings

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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.37%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

As with all other World Tour Beers the brewery utilizes authentic ingredients and processes. In this case the recipe includes Pilsner malt from Durst along with a large proportion of Durst Vienna, and two types of Durst Munich malt. Hops are German tradition used to a target IBU of 28 but with a large charge added very late in the process. Yeast strain used was Weihenstephan lager yeast with a cold fermentation to keep esters under control. Maibocks tend to be estery due to the high starting gravity. Alcohol content measured in the laboratory at 7.4%.

(Beer added by: BeerBeing on 03-26-2007)
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Reviews by tgbljb:
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4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy medium apricot color with rich off-white creamy head. Much sticky lacing.

Smell has some nice rich malt aspects.

Taste is nicely delectable. Good rich malt character with a nice light underlying dryness.
Really a tasty beer. Alcohol completely hidden.

Great taste retention.

Perfect drinkability. An excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2008 23:50:28 | More by tgbljb
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4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine July 2007.

Part of the Otter Creek's World Tour of limited release beers, this one is a nod to the traditional cave-aged, spring-released beers of Germany.

Rich golden pour with a very healthy, creamy white lacing that sticks to the glass. Soft and bready Vienna malt greets the nose, which is estery and highlighted by faint floral hop notes. Fairly light on the palate, but with a firmness from the malty body that provides some chewiness while flexing a perfect amount of sweetness--very creamy palate, too. Bready, slightly toasty, buttery (not in a diacetyl sort of way, though); hints of grape and a honey-like edge. Orange suggestions here and there. Estery, with some alcohol spice and warmth segueing nicely to a distinct herbal hop character that provides balance and wakens the palates with a gentle peaking bitterness. Some grain in the finish, semidry, with residual sweet toasty lingers and some herbal coarseness.

This is a most excellent Maibock! Balanced, tasty, traditional and so damn mellow. It's hard to get a fresh version from Germany, so this will do just fine-- shame it doesn't come in a six-pack. Pairing? Use it to breathe some life into a plate of wiener schnitzel mit spätzle.

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Pours a really clear bright amber color with a small white head. Nose is rich and malty, sweet and crisp.

Taste is rich and malty, very creamy and tasty. It's super malty and it's got a lot of caramel. Very smooth and easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date. Purchased at Ancona's (Ridgefield, CT) for $3.99.

A: Light amber-straw with fizzy 1-finger off-white head. Short head retention with scattered lace.

S: Honey and caramel malt aromas with a light nerbal hoppiness

T: Delicious bready flavor with caramel sweetness and a mild herbal hops bite that leaves a pleasant pepperiness.

M: A nice mouthfilling quality with light body and lively carbonation. Higher-than-average ABV is not detected.

D: A great Maibock at a great value. A real surprise as I had not loved Otter Creek's previous offerings. Excellent brew.

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Copper to orange pour with a fluffy white head and tight bubbles of lively carbonation.

Sweet malt aroma with just a hint of citrus and perhaps somewhat grassy.

Deep sweetness of toffee and caramel. Bready malt and just slightly metallic with the slightest touch of hops.

Very smooth, medium to light in body, lively carbonation and just the slightest hop bite on the palate.

This is a pretty good offering. An easy drink, very refreshing, and one to throughout the evening.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A refreshing easy to drink brew. This beer is a nice oraange shade with a fair head. The smell is somewhat of vanilla and some hops. The taste is like a cream ale but a little richer. The beer is smooth with the abv being a little deceitfull. Drinkability is very good and I could easily put down a few bombers of this...although I probably shouldn't. Two thumbs up to a brewer from my wife's home state.

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3.95/5  rDev 0%
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Was happy to see this beer come back again after a brief hiatus. Pours a lively orange color with many tiny air bubbles, and a small white heading. Aroma is musty, with notes of honey, melon rind, and freshly baked bread. Taste is big on caramel and buttery notes, with fruit in the background (cantaloupe?). Starts off carbonated on the palate, but ends in a big buttery malt way. Sort of reminds me of short bread cookies, with that extra bit of unique lager flavor. Mouthfeel is just right being somewhere in between medium and heavy. Sweetness is somewhat of a factor with this brew in that it impairs the drinkability slightly IMO. I am very glad that I chose the bomber of this Maibock over the one from Smuttynose. It has all the elements I like in this style. Definitely a beer full of personality, and probably my favorite from the World Tour series by Otter Creek. Cheers

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appearance - Poured a dark amber color with a small head that descended but still left some lace on the glass.

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A - clear, yellow/orange color with a fairly small white head that went away pretty fast. A few bubbles from the bottom of the glass for a minute or two and then nothing... no lace whatsoever.

S - some maltiness in aroma, smells like a pilsner.

T - sweet malty flavor with a gentle hop nibble on the finish.

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D - I wouldn't drink this all night long, but it was worth tasting.

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Poured orange/amber with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Superior lacing & average head retention

S: Malty & grassy notes

T: Rich breadyness, a bit of iron, some grainyness up front. Hints of caramel & lemony hops show as this warms. Finishes bready with caramel notes & herbal hops

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Poured from the 22oz bottle into a pilsner glass. Dark amber in appearance with a nice, white head. Dissipates rather quickly but there is some serious lacing going on here.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, pale orange body with a thin, wispy ring of white bubbles.

Smell: Faint aroma of sweet, golden honey and steeped grains.

Taste: Sweet, grainy taste with some notes of caramel and honey. Light floral hoppiness. Faint bitterness on the otherwise sweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A fine example of the style that drinks very easily despite the 7.4%.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2007 02:25:18 | More by ChainGangGuy
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4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice beer. Just pulled out of the box at Ryan and casey in Greenfield, Massachusetts for $3.90 a bomber. Kind of lame in apperance, virually no head with minimal lacing. Nice hop/malt nose profile, nothing special, but pretyy inticing. Mouthfeel is outstading, nice hop body with a vey strong malt presecnec thoughout.

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3.33/5  rDev -15.7%
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New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Otter Creek- Cuckoo Bock

Appearance- Golden copper brown with a small 2 ring lacing head.
Smell- Crisp bready malt with a pear-like fruit aroma.
Taste- Big bready biscuity malt with a sweet fruitlike (pear?) flavor. Sweet caramel malt really kicks it in the end.
Mouthfeel- Crisp and sweet. The mildest of dryness in the end.

Overall- A very good session beer. Mild but tasty and refreshing.
Another good offering from Otter Creek!

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2007 19:40:28 | More by NJpadreFan
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4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours dark amber in color with a fluffy half-inch white head on top of my Imp Pint. Aroma is a bit sweet with the distinct German malts with a bit of overiding hops.

The taste is sweet and malty; hints of flowers and rose water. Rich and bready on the mouth with a nice medium body and spot on carbonation. Hops rides in in the middle to the finish with a very balanced presence.

I was skeptical after the Tripel they put out but this one is a winner. I thoroughly enjoyed this one and will buy some more for certain. keep up the good work.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
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The beer pours a dark golden color with a 1/2" offwhite head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a sweet pale and Munich malt scent that is rich and quite aromatic. It almost has some light toasted notes. The taste is decent. It has a bold malt profile, but it leaves a bad aftertaste. It tastes almost grainy with some toasted notes. The Munich malt may be the problem. It got an elevated abv., but it seems a little watery in the mouthfeel. It's a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This was a big let down. I really didn't care for the taste at all.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2007 22:27:39 | More by WesWes
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growlered up some of this vom Faß during the 2007 ABF.... and shared with Alewife yesterday....

Comes forth a clear medium golden/copper hued bier. Has scant carbo rising slowly and steadily within. Head is white, thin and wispy, mostly clinging to the edges of the glass, though lacing is attractive. Aroma is of bread and light sweetness, with some florality coming through, though the nose is mild overall. Body is a solid medium, and the bier is fairly smooth on the tongue, save for some sporadic carbo on the palate.

Flavor is very bready, again producing a mild, pleasant sweetness. A smidge of fruitiness (light pear and green apple) shows itself, with the finish showing lots of lovely floral hopping, which lingers lovingly on the tongue. Nice Maibock.... very drinkable. Alewife enjoyed this somewhat less than I did, mainly due to the hopping being more than she cares for. Still, good quaffing on a warm, sunny Sunday, and a tasty offering for #999...


overall: 3.95
appearance: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4.5


Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2007 12:20:51 | More by Bierman9
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Otter Creek World Tour: Cuckoo Bock from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
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