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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 Foxman:
Photo of Foxman
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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.

Foxman, Jan 05, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of generallee
3.9/5  rDev +13%

It pours a hazy pale yellow with a frothy white head. White lacing slowly sides down the sides of the glass. Orange peel and wheat malts fill the nose. The flavor is sweet, tangy and creamy like an orange creamsicle. Tangy orange, coriander and light wheat malts are balanced by some light bitterness in the finish. It has a creamy texture and a light to medium body.

generallee, May 01, 2008
Photo of Billolick
3.98/5  rDev +15.4%

12 ouncer, no dating to be seen, although the label does mention something about dating...oh well...this one pour the typical wit, light apricot amber, quickly departing off white head, minimal lacing to be seen. Nose also is pretty typical for the style, coriander, lemon and a hint of some woody/yeastyness. Tasty summer refresher, fruity up front,more citrus, lemon, grapefruit, and then a snappy hint of hops late, nicely done, another worthy wit. Seems like everybody/everybrewer has discovered the style and the summer arrives with a bounty of these tasty creations. This one is a solid take on this pleasant style.

Billolick, Jul 09, 2007
Photo of Mora2000
3.08/5  rDev -10.7%

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.

Mora2000, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of BadBadger
3.03/5  rDev -12.2%

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.

BadBadger, Mar 15, 2008
Photo of Gunnz
4.22/5  rDev +22.3%

Golden/amber in color, soft white head even after an agressive pour.

Very slight orange and herbal nose.

Very crisp taste, classice wit bier taste with a hint of coriander.

Very nice, smooth, and light bodied beer.

Highly drinkable, nice and refreshing. I could easily drink a few of these in a sitting without any trouble.

Gunnz, May 21, 2008
Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

stereosforgeeks, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of Jameson480
2.35/5  rDev -31.9%

Appearance - Generally looks like a witbier, a little bit more muddy than Blue Moon or Hoegaarden. Barely developed any head when properly poured into a glass.

Smell - Oranges, slightly lemony

Taste - This is where this beer fails. Blue Moon is probably my favorite example of this style, Hoegaarden is OK but has a lot of spiciness and a slight metallic bitterness. This beer has a dull spiciness and tastes very metallic. Very "thin" taste. Has a slightly stinging aftertatse.

Mouthfeel - Fairly light carbonation.

Drinkability - I don't think I'll have any more of this. My favorite Witbier (and beer in general) is Blue Moon so keep that in mind.

Jameson480, Feb 15, 2008
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%

Otter Creek- White Sail

Appearance- Hazy lemony yellow with a small foamy head.
Smell- Lemon zest with a touch of spicey coriander and orange rind.
Taste- Big lemon zest flavor with spices. Coriander and a mild dose of clove.
Mouthfeel- Sweet up front with a solid flavorful body.

Overall- An easy beer to throw back. Flavor is slighty subdued but otherwise this was good.

NJpadreFan, Jul 26, 2007
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.38/5  rDev -2%

AP: Slightly hazy yellow/golden color with many slowly ascending bubbles forcing a 1/4' deep, all-white head that displayed slow dissipation and left only a scattered crown and minor clumps of lacing behind.

Nose: The coriander is very upfront, along with a sweet smelling yeast, wheat and citrus notes.

flavor: This features a very wheat and yeast dominated flavor and a rather big malt edge that seems a bit too dominant for this style, but is effective taste-wise. The yeast adds the herbal zing and the hops add a green-veggie type effect. The citrus additions and mild spiciness is only very subtle along with the added coriander. Overall the flavors blend pretty well together.

Feel: Light bodied, crisp and pretty refreshing.

DA: This is not one of the best witt>White>wheat beers I've ever had, but it is hitting the spot right now.

GratefulBeerGuy, May 17, 2007
Photo of cjgator3
3.18/5  rDev -7.8%

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. The yeast at the bottom of the bottle was included in the pour. The beer pours a cloudy pale yellowish color with a small white head.The aroma is predominately wheat and citrus notes along with some yeast. The taste is pretty subdued but does feature that creamy wheat and citrus flavors that are standard in wits, but just on a more subdued level. Overall, this is an average wit that is simply lacking enough character to be compared to some of the best wits out there. However, it would be nice and refreshing on a hot summers day.

cjgator3, Sep 11, 2007
Photo of tempest
3.08/5  rDev -10.7%

It's drinkable, but nothing special. Something odd in the aroma. It reminds me of mashing pale grain, maybe that's from mixing the sediment. The flavor has a light apricot of sweet orange flavor with an obvious coriander taste. It's not terribly inspiring, or subtle, but it's still a decent session beer. You could spend your time drinking worse things.

tempest, Oct 09, 2007
Photo of cliff1066
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

cliff1066, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of YippiesRhinos
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%

Very drinkable beer, though the drinkability comes at the expense of mouthfeel. It is an exceptional example of a witbier. Flavor is complex. I would reccomend this beer to my girlfriend or a macro-drinker looking for something as step towards expansion of beer horizons.

YippiesRhinos, Sep 08, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

A: Poured a slight hazy tangerine orange with a thin, creamy white head.

S: spicy oranges, fresh lemons, a wheaty aroma and a nice spiciness.

T: The flavor starts out with some sourbread and lemon tang hopping. The flavor was very citric with some oranges and some coriander. There was some noticeable distinct spicing but the overall flavor was muted and the individual efforts worked against each other rather complimenting each other.

M: tingly from the aggressive carbonation with a moderate citrus lacing. The body was very light.

D: Drinkability was light, zesty, crisp and refreshing. Decent drinkability, some spicy hoppiness.

beerthulhu, Aug 13, 2008
Photo of fitzy84
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%

Another from the sample pack. The appearance was a bit lacking but still solid: golden color with laced head immediately apparent. The smell is a bit faint but strong on the sour citrus aromas of lemons and oranges. The taste is lemon specific with wheat, bready foundations. The mouthfeel is pretty good, allowing refreshing carbonation. Overall, a little lacking in some dimensions but somewhat enjoyable.

fitzy84, Feb 25, 2008
Photo of B967ierhunter177
5/5  rDev +44.9%

B967ierhunter177, Dec 12, 2013
Photo of SixpointJMH
3.1/5  rDev -10.1%

Pours an average looking slightly hazy golden colour with a smallish head that leaves sparse markings on the glass as it dissolves.

The aroma is citrus galore, with orange leading the way along with some spice, primarily coriander (and perhaps even a bit of pepper), with some wheat notes as well. Not bad.

The flavour is more of the aroma, but not as prevalent. It just doesn't do anything for me but isn't bad, per se. The orange gets caught up in a bit more of a hoppy taste than would lead on in the aroma and the spice notes seem to get lost in the back a bit. Plus there's just a general blandness running through each sip. Mouthfeel is light bodied and crisp but wit ha bit of murkiness to it, if that makes sense.

No overall gaping holes or flaws here, but it's a run of the mill effort overall. You might like it, but you'll likely just find it mediocre overall, just as I did.

SixpointJMH, Jun 16, 2007
Photo of plaid75
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Poured a cloudy medium straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a touches of orange and coriander as well as some faint esters.

The taste consisted of a spicy wheat malt and some average yeast esters. Mild coriander spice toward the finish.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness and slightly chewy.

Overall a decent wit. There are better options available however.

plaid75, Aug 06, 2007
Photo of gameface23
3.1/5  rDev -10.1%

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.

gameface23, Aug 21, 2009
Photo of erosier
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%

L: Pours a nice golden yellow with a short and thin white colored head. Leaves some lacing down the glass.
S: Smells of sweet wheat malts, darker barley malts, and hints of coriander and some citris at the end.
T: Mostly barley and wheat malts mixed with a hint of coriander in the finish. Not as fruity as I would have expected.
M: Very crisp, light, and refreshing. Nice amount of carbonation.
D: Pretty drinkable beer with very subtle flavors.

erosier, Sep 12, 2008
Photo of Rudgers73
3.03/5  rDev -12.2%

Served at Hogan's Hideaway, Rochester, NY.

Poured into a 12 oz american pint glass. Lots of carbonation and prickly foam on the sides of the glass. Pale, hazy yellow in color. Not much head, maybe a ring around the edge. Why so much carbonation in a wit??
The smell was decent. Hints of yeast and orange peel. The taste is alright, but the mouthfeel is what kills it. It is prickly and dry like seltzer. I like my witbiers with carbonation, but I like the mouthfeel to be smooth, rich, and soft. The drinkability is alright, but the mouthfeel also hits this department as well.

Rudgers73, Sep 06, 2007
Photo of Pegasus
3.15/5  rDev -8.7%

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.

Pegasus, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of geexploitation
2.58/5  rDev -25.2%

Pours cloudy/murky and golden, with no head to speak of. The aromas indicate sweetness, as the beer throws off yeasty oranges and coriander, but the sweet orange peel, in particular, is heavy handed. On the palate, cloyingly sweet, with a taste I would describe as baked oranges (if only such things existed) with spice. Too much coriander for my taste, and no crisp edges on anything -- witbiers should not be heavy, and this beer is pretty damn heavy flavorwise. Mouthfeel is way too thick on the palate, with far too little lifting carbonation. Overall, this is a dud. There are numerous witbiers out there that are better. Why bother?

geexploitation, Oct 15, 2007
Photo of Nascartailgatefa
4.05/5  rDev +17.4%

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.

Nascartailgatefa, Feb 01, 2009
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Otter Creek White Sail from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
79 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.