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Otter Creek White Sail - Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's

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94 Ratings
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Ratings: 94
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 12.46%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  ABV ?

Availability: Spring

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

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Brad007 on 04-28-2007)
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Reviews by BadBadger:
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BadBadger

New York

3.03/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Otter's Creeks version of a witbier pours into the glass a clear. light-golden color. The smell is of spices with no individual spices truly sticking out. The taste is very similar to the smell in that it is a rather nondescript lightly spiced mixture. Really nothing "wheaty" about this beer. I would recommend skipping this one, in favor of the other witbier alternatives out there.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2008 23:55:38 | More by BadBadger
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B967ierhunter177

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +44.9%

12-12-2013 06:50:28 | More by B967ierhunter177
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stereosforgeeks

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

12-17-2012 17:54:15 | More by stereosforgeeks
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cliff1066

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

12-17-2012 04:40:09 | More by cliff1066
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RBorsato

Virginia

3/5  rDev -13%

11-06-2012 20:33:00 | More by RBorsato
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Pegasus

Texas

3.15/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Medium yellow-golden, with substantial haze, a small white head, which persists slightly, and thin, glass-coating , lacing. There is slight carbonation, and moderate sediment.

Aroma: Very prominent coriander, lesser orange rind, solid wheat malt, and earthy yeast.

Taste: Opens with solid wheat malt, prominent coriander and orange peel. Underlying the traditional Wit flavors is a strong, tart note, sour to the point of being almost puckering.This sour note carries from start to finish, and is more than a little like malt vinegar. The tartness somewhat spoils the Wit characteristics. Finishes sour with lingering coriander and orange rind.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A decent example, perhaps a bit off-style, but quite drinkable.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown glass long-neck bottle with a pop-off crown, served in a standard Pilsener glass.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 13:05:32 | More by Pegasus
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AndrewMichael

Virginia

3/5  rDev -13%

01-26-2012 00:27:13 | More by AndrewMichael
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zenwatts

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -13%

01-20-2012 17:04:48 | More by zenwatts
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +15.9%

12-13-2011 22:16:04 | More by djrn2
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PhatAtUT

Texas

4/5  rDev +15.9%

12-04-2011 02:36:12 | More by PhatAtUT
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -13%

11-28-2011 22:55:53 | More by nmann08
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Fnord

Texas

3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - Very pale yellow, somewhat cloudy. Disappointingly little head.

Smell - Lemon, orange, coriander, a bit of pepper and alcohol.

Taste - A lot of citrus bite up front, backed up with some wheat and yeast. Only a little spicy. A slight hop taste in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Very crisp. Thin with fairly high carbonation.

Notes - This is a bit too citrusy for my taste. It's a decent enough wit, but it's not particularly noteworthy. It kind of reminds me of Shiner Hefeweizen.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2010 21:12:32 | More by Fnord
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Mora2000

Texas

3.08/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dirty yellow with a white head. Lots of sediment and gunk in the bottom of the glass. Not a real attractive beer.

Aroma is not too bad, mainly citrus with a good amount of wheat and Belgian yeast.

Flavor is mainly yeast with some orange. The finish was a little bit sour which didn't help the beer.

Thin mouthfeel with lots of carbonation. Not a bad beer, but there are lots of better witbiers out there.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2009 01:44:54 | More by Mora2000
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jhammel01

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours straw yellow with an eggwhite head that sticks around pretty well.
Smells of lemon zest and a bit of yeast. Not too much else going on.

1st up in the taste is the lemon and orange flavors.Ttastes a bit yeasty with mellow maltiness throughout.

Mouthfeel is kind of thin. I think that I usually pick up more of a creamy mouthfeel...to me. Either way, its not a bad thing.

Decent beer. I'm really impressed with this beer because it was actually dated back in 5/08. Held up fine.
Regardless, its nice. Good solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2009 02:19:14 | More by jhammel01
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goblue3509

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very light yellow color with a slight head to it. The smell is of slight grain and citrus notes, orange, lemon, and maybe grapefruit are present. The smell isn't overpowering it is mellow and enjoyable. The taste has a nice grain backbone with hints of orange and lemon. The flavors are not overpowering like some in this class, however, they are decent enough that you know they are there. The mouthfeel is of moderate carbonation. Overall this is a very drinkable beer, nice mellow and not overpowering taste.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2009 14:28:37 | More by goblue3509
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gameface23

Massachusetts

3.1/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review brought over from another website:

From the bottle. A poor man's Hoegaarden. What this beer lacks is the depth and character that I love about Wits from Belgium and well-made Americans. The price is reasonable, but I would much rather go for another example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2009 16:55:28 | More by gameface23
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iuhoosier336

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I live in New England during the summer and even have a Otter Creek glass but was not very fimilar with their beer so I picked up this very reasonably priced white beer to try it out.

The color is very light with a slight yellow tint but mostly white. The head leaves a little too quickly, not much retention. The smell was great and made me think I had really grabbed a winner here. Nice and flowery, citrus, orange peel.

The taste was fair but finished a little too light for me, I really would have liked to get a little more of that orange peel I smelled in the taste. Although this is a beer you could drink all night, the ABV isn't listed but its low for sure. A good white beer for the price.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2009 20:57:49 | More by iuhoosier336
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bonkers

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a weizen glass. The brew pours a hazy straw color with a quickly dissapating white head. The aroma is light and sweet, strong notes of orange. The flavor is sweet with a predominant flavor of orange. The beer is light, highly carbonated, and easy drinking, not a lot of depth. A refreshing beer on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2009 02:15:19 | More by bonkers
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beeragent

Texas

3.08/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

A - Poured a medium clear straw, becoming slightly hazy as the last bit of the contents was swirled and then poured from the bottle. No lacing apparent on the glass.

S - Corn/grainy aroma is dominate in the nose, with a light lemony smell mixed throughout. Defintely not what I expect a Belgian witbier style to smell like.

T - A slightly harsh grainy taste is apparent in the beginning, but quickly gives way to a nice orange and lemon flavor from the yeast.

M - Light bodied with a clean smooth finish.

D - The flavor in this beer is very light, not the full complex flavor usually associated with witbiers. However, it does have a very clean finish and light body that would definitely make this a summer beer. Not the best but not the worst.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2009 22:40:30 | More by beeragent
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Nascartailgatefa

New York

4.05/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up as part of a sampler pack. Not being a person who is a big fan of beer with a fruit taste to it, I was hesitant at first. Hazy in appearance.

Pours a light head with minor lacing and lasts suprisingly long. Has a light citrusy taste but not overpowering and very refreshing.

Excellent drinkability. I think i will be looking for more once the four from the sampler pack are gone.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2009 02:05:14 | More by Nascartailgatefa
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Soozy

Tennessee

3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Got this in an Otter Creek mix pack.

Pours a nice hazy golden, with a solid finger head to it. Has a slight apple smell to it, not sure if it was oxidation or what, but it's actually not bad. Taste has some citrus and some light hops, pretty enjoyable stuff but nothing too attention-grabbing. Good drinkability, I'd have it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2009 20:48:43 | More by Soozy
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bigdeuce

Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is not a bad beer. The only dilemma is, it's too syrupy. It pours a decent head, hazy hue..scents of orange peel and a bit of syrup. Has a clean, crisp taste. Very drinkable. Is a definate wheaty beer, as the texture is not clear, as per style. An enjoyable summer quaff, just not a top of the line beer. There are better wits out there.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2009 02:10:18 | More by bigdeuce
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Foxman

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It pours a slightly hazy and fully carbonated straw yellow with two fingers of puffy white head that last but a flash before sinking away. Lacing is present but spotty and broken.

The aroma is a thin waft of pale malt and distantly tart wheat, along with a very general spice note that turns slightly floral as it fades.

Upon tasting, the wheat rounds out in the mouth, bringing a mildly tart presence to the light, berry sweet pale malt. A peppery spice note, vague but viable, and grassy hops crisp and clean midstream. Some residual malt sweetness plays through toward the close before a sweeping crisp, mitigating bitterness enables a very clean finish. It's not notable for anything special, but it's nice in its way.

Light bodied, the carbonation is very peppy but it pretty much washes away anything worthwhile that might otherwise linger.

So this is one more wit that does its best to get lost in the pack. No fatal flaw there, because the fact that there's a pack means it's not the only one coming in along the mean. The clean nature and nice crispness make it quite drinkable, and likely more so as the weather warms. I might not be able to pick it out in a blind tasting, but I've had worse, for what that's worth. And I wouldn't say no to another, all things considered.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2009 17:55:54 | More by Foxman
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yesyouam

New York

2.85/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Otter Creek White Sail is a lively, hazy hay-colored ale with a lot of large particles. The small white head vanishes quickly. The aroma is fresh and fruity, perhaps lemon, apple and pear. Grain and grass are in the nose. It is light-bodied, watery, and it leaves the mouth a little gritty. It tastes much like the aroma but there is a soft hop flavor that picks up near the end. The aftertaste is short and clean. The orange peel is present but I don't taste the coriander. It's a pretty clean-tasting Witbier.
(rated Jan 8, 2008)

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2008 02:42:18 | More by yesyouam
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HardTarget

Texas

2.98/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Label talks about no preservatives or pasteurization and how they give the date for our info, BUT THEN THEY DIDN'T GIVE THE DATE!!! I searched the bottle four times, no laser etch, no notching system: nada.

A) First pour (leaving a solid coat of sediment in the bottle) is bright straw colored with good clarity and a snowy cap that clings to the side of the glass.

S) Herbal, really a bit vegetable which I guess is coming from the coriander, but not really coming through that way. Mild peppery note with some underlying malt sweetness.

T) Fairly watery (once the sediment gets suspended and added in the second glass this firms up a bit) again the veggie aspect is the strongest flavor, almost a leafy hop, with some orange pith in the mix. Grainy base is a bit rough and adds some depth.

M) Lighter body, firm carbonation, fairly dry finish.

D) Not an exciting beer, but no major flaws. I could see this being a decent summer quencher.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2008 01:45:01 | More by HardTarget
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Otter Creek White Sail from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
79 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.