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

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Reviews: 84
Hads: 93
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 10.76%
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Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  ABV ?

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: Brad007 on 04-28-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.15/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Surprisingly dark orangish amber with all manner of floaty bits and little actual haze. Multiple streams of lively bubbles zip up to a parchment colored cap that doesn't look very sticky. In the end, a respectable amount of sudsy lace makes its way to the glass.

The nose is on the laid-back side and features citrus peel above wheat malt or coriander. It's easy to tell from the aroma that White Sail is a witbier. It isn't so easy to tell whether or not it will taste good. I guess I should keep going then.

I'm underwhelmed. All the pieces of the witbier puzzle seem to be there, but there isn't much definition or much flavor intensity. For one thing, the beer is too abundantly and too harshly carbonated. That makes it tough for my taste buds to appreciate what's going on in and around the fizziness.

Coriander is now at least as prominent as orange peel (and lemon juice), but none of them are rockin' the joint. A tonic water bitterness trumps both tanginess and sweetness. In fact, the beer is barely tangy and barely sweet. I need a lot more flavor enthusiasm and a lot more harmoniousness between the ingredients before I'll be tempted to score this one above average. Warming doesn't help.

As noted above, the carbonation is too frantic right out of the gate. It's calming some with time, but not enough to suit me. The mouthfeel is also too light, although it's probably still acceptable for the style.

Other than Otter Creek Pale Ale, I haven't been impressed with this brewery. Great wits are hard to come by and good wits are a dime a dozen. White Sail, unfortunately, is average at best. (1,610 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, bright yellow body encircled by a ring of white bubbles.

Smell: Aroma of wheat, yeast, flowers, ground coriander spice and oily citrus peels.

Taste: Light wheat flavor with a medium, candyish sweetness which flavors of spice and citrus help to balance. Slight floral hints. Finishes clean except for the lingering spice on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Slight stickiness.

Drinkability: An acceptable witbier, though definitely more suited for being served during the hot summer months. (544 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep yellow color, with a very thin white head that fades quickly and leaves very little lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very faint and contains light malts, some Belgian yeast, spice and citrus.

T: The taste starts out fruity and sweet with flavors of orange peel and coriander spice. There are light flavors of Belgian yeast and wheat. There's a mild hops presence and thin malt character as you would expect for the style. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not filling at all, mild kick, decent representation of style, it's a beer that you could drink a lot of but I didn't like it enough to want to select over many others in the style. (832 characters)

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A pretty good Wit here, maybe a little better than Blue Moon or Shock Top but definitely better than Sam Adam's White Ale. A nice spiciness to it and it's very flavorful and drinkable. Over the summer you could always catch me with a few sixer's of this in the fridge. (268 characters)

Photo of jwc215
4.04/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours slightly hazed (a but less than normal for the style) with a thin creamy white head. Minimal lacing slides down the glass.

The smell is of orange peel, sweet malt, wheat breadiness and a touch of coriander.

The taste is of orange peel, bready, malty, candyish sweetness. Just a hint of earthy hops are in the mix. The sweetness is balanced by coriander and peppery spice in the crisp finish.

The feel is appropriately light with a good amount of creaminess. Refreshingly smooth.

A nice, refreshing warm-weather brew. Sure beats out Blue Moon. Spices are present, but not overwhelming. A nice, soft yet tasty, brew to relax with on a warm or hot day. (659 characters)

Photo of WesWes
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a hazy, pale gold color with a 1/4" white head that quickly fades to spotty lacing. The aroma is average. It has a faint wheat malt scent along with a light orange peel aroma. The coriander is there, but not really a factor. The taste is decent. It has a mild wheat malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes with a bit of orange peel and a slight Belgian yeast fruitiness. The mouthfeel is decent as well. It is a low bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is an average white ale at best. It's bland and flavorless with little character. It's one and done for me. (592 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
3.09/5  rDev -10.2%
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. (415 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.97/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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. (621 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.06/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (354 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.33/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A. Appears like an unfiltered wheat beer, cloudy straw yellow with a small head and little retetion.

S. Barnyard wheat some slight citrus notes.

T. A fairly well balanced witbier. Wheat with some lemony orange citrus notes. Slightly spiced. Coriander and dry orange peel dominate the taste. It is decent.

M. Full bodied for what it is. Not bad.

D. Pretty drinkable as a summer session beer on a warm summer night. Not one of my favorite Wits, however. (455 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.42/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a one finger white head that fades to a thin layer leaving traces of lace. Pale cloudy amber color. Light-medium carbonation and light-medium bodied. Sweet citrusy nose. Flavor is coriander and citrus some sweetness but slight tart aftertaste. Nice summer beer. $1.50 for a 12oz bottle from Capitol Convenience Concord, NH. Brewed 5/24/2007. (347 characters)

Photo of plaid75
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (439 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
2.74/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12ozer received as part of a 12-pack for Xmas. Thanks Joe.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" eggshell head over the cloudy medium golden brew. Head retreats at a reasonable pace, with sticky lasting lace. Aroma is minimally of effervescent spicing and maybe a slightly off vegetal. Taste is wheat character upfront, light spices, and closes with a whimper of mild hops bitterness. Mouthfeel and drinkability are okay, but I expected at least a little citrus tartness from some touted as a witbier on the label. (526 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (642 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
3.18/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (572 characters)

Photo of Brad007
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a nice, very pale color with a smooth head. Smells of coriander and spices. One sip brings forth a light, refreshing beer where the hints of coriander come through very well. Drinkable, summer-type ale that goes down well. Similar to Sam Adams White Ale in style and not quite as good as the Wolaver's counterpart but still a very decent beer. (354 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
2.98/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a semi-cloudy orange with a one-finger, rocky head that stuck around a little. Citric notes of orange, lemon peel and some clove are tucked in slightly in the aroma. A little too thin and watery for my liking, the spices leak a little and it is not that pleasant on the taste buds. Minor citric fruit notes and a little bit of spicings, but the smooth finish leaves a little sour aftertaste. Not too bad, but a little askew and something I don't really want again. (470 characters)

Photo of tgbljb
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured a cloudy amber-orange color with initial massiove white chunky head. Very poor retention.
Smell is light with some light meons detected.
Taste is very bland. The tartness of the wheat is present, but there is a a distinct absence of any citrus or spice flavors.
A mediocre ending in the mouth.
OK to drink, but there are much better available. (350 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
3.74/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint mug, this beer is a very lightly hazy gold color with a tiny head. The nose, though, is excellent for a witbier: very perfumy with light coriander notes and a modest citrusy wheat aroma. The flavor though... well, it has a lot of wheat malt character and the yeast notes are right on, but the coriander is lighter than the nose led me to believe. Not bad... it's quite refreshing and drinkable, but more wit-ness would be appreciated. (453 characters)

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (381 characters)

Photo of Pegasus
3.17/5  rDev -7.8%
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. (914 characters)

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.11/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy yellow body with very small white head that doesn't stick around long. Some yeasties taking a swim in there too.

Smells strongly of Coriander with faint orange peel. A metalic note in the background drops the smell a little bit.

Coriander up front, which is no surprise after the nose. Coriander dominates. In the middle yeast and wheat flavors come out, and the finish is orange. Very pleasant finish.

About average mouthfeel, I feel it lacks a little bit of carbonation.

Drinkability is about average also, a little too much coriander to get big promotions.

Fairly well-priced beer. (594 characters)

Photo of dsa7783
3.1/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce, single bottle purchased from Total Wine and More in Union for $1.49...
A hefty pour resulted in a rather mediocore appearance - very hazy, murky, and cloudy with a straw-colored hue, but a complete lack of head and lacing made the overall appearance nothing to write home about...
Very earthy, grainy, sawdust aroma with not much citrus detectable at all...
Taste was pretty bland and unappealing for the style and not much going on in this department... very unexciting and pretty subdued...
Average mouthfeel coupled with a decent level of drinkability make this an unexceptional depiction of the style...
Not recommended... (636 characters)

Photo of animal69
3.33/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

the last was the white sail ; pours a cloudy light gold w/ a thin white head that left some moderate broken lacing in my snifter ; a tart bread-like aroma w/ a citrusy banana and spice undertone ; a bit on the thin side, a sour wheaty flavor w/ some hop bite and orange mixed w/ a peppery spice leaving a "prickly" feeling in the back of my throat reminiscent of kiwi ; a rather thin mouthfeel as well, kinda watery, yet slightly dry, good co2, a crisp finish ; a good drinking beer, though I've had much better wit's... (520 characters)

Photo of lackenhauser
3.82/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy white-almost grey in color. Decent aroma-slightly spiced with a touch of citrus. Some phenolic aroma as well. Very nice, citrusy and spicey flavors. Very crisp and clean tasting as well. Good body. A definate summer beer. Nice and lite with a good balance of flavor. Best Otter Creek I have had, as I am not their biggest fan. Well worth picking up. (354 characters)

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Otter Creek White Sail from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
79 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.