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

Otter Creek White SailOtter Creek White Sail

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94 Ratings
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Ratings: 94
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 12.46%


Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's visit their website
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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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.13/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2007 13:30:38 | More by BuckeyeNation
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2008 20:11:17 | More by ChainGangGuy
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2008 03:53:29 | More by TheManiacalOne
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WesWes

New York

3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2007 21:54:22 | More by WesWes
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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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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.05/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2007 20:33:04 | More by jwc215
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.08/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2007 02:54:59 | More by tempest
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Billolick

New York

3.98/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2007 23:43:25 | More by Billolick
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.43/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2007 22:32:08 | More by jdhilt
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

2.73/5  rDev -20.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2008 18:33:37 | More by ppoitras
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plaid75

New York

3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-06-2007 13:59:00 | More by plaid75
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2008 22:40:39 | More by beerthulhu
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2008 23:50:24 | More by Stinkypuss
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Brad007

Vermont

3.83/5  rDev +11%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2007 23:58:37 | More by Brad007
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clayrock81

Virginia

2.95/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2008 03:25:47 | More by clayrock81
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tgbljb

Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2007 22:45:13 | More by tgbljb
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2007 21:21:55 | More by NJpadreFan
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cjgator3

Florida

3.18/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2007 03:02:14 | More by cjgator3
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

3.15/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2008 22:48:44 | More by Hojaminbag
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dsa7783

New Jersey

3.1/5  rDev -10.1%
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...

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2008 15:59:48 | More by dsa7783
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thekevlarkid

Maryland

3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is Middlebury's entry into the now quite popularized Witbier (Belgian White) category. Poured out of the bottle a hazy, brassy orange color with a beige head. Little retention and some scant lacing. The aromas were mostly orange and lemon. The flavors were similar with a little more of the wheat showing through and some hints of spice. Lacks the traditional zip of coriander but still a well balanced witbier. Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Not very challenging but totally sessionable and a good hot summers day beer. Still, not the best witbier out there and not the best Otter offering either.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2008 14:05:30 | More by thekevlarkid
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allengarvin

Texas

3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2008 02:23:26 | More by allengarvin
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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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lackenhauser

Maryland

3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2007 22:22:29 | More by lackenhauser
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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.