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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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Photo of Rudgers73
3.03/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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 JerzDevl2000
3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up last week down in Woodbridge. I've liked Otter Creek's other offerings that I've drank, and I like witbiers for their ease of drinkability. This wasn't anything terrible, but compared to the Victory Whirlwind, Sam Adams White Ale, and Hoegaarden, there was something missing here. I still can't quite pinpoint what it is, but as always, I'll do my best!

The pour was decent - a pretty standard head, cloudy goldenrod hue, and minimal lacing could all be found here. The taste was...well, I could certainly detect grass, straw, a bit of banana, citrus, coriander, and quite a bit of pepper/currant. The last of the aformentioned flavors lingered way too long on the back, and I could also detect a slight metallic undertone to everything. It's not as bright as other wit's that I've had in the past, and that's where I think this beer misses out.

I have no idea what the ABV of this beer is, but it doesn't matter. It can hardly be detected, unlike the notes and nuances of this. This isn't a bad beer, but it's a bit too melancholy for the summer. Sour-tasting beers are all good, but they aren't suited for this style. Worth a try once if ya can't find any unfiltered's, hefe's, or wit's on your local store shelf. At least I'm still looking forward to their Oktoberfest!

JerzDevl2000, Aug 25, 2007
Photo of lawrence76
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled this at the brewery on my way through middlebury this week.

Poured into a 3 ounce sampler glass, with a thin head which died out quickly.

Appearance was a very pale yellow with considerable cloudiness.

Aromas of peach, orange, clove & spice immediately come through from the first inhalation. The sip brings those flavors full forward, balanced by a tart wheat backbone. Very thin bodied and tangy, but not without a certain textural element (likely from un-malted wheat?) that plays well with the dryness & tartness at the finish. More spicing & flavoring comes through; lemon, orange, pith, clove, black pepper, and almost a Parsley/cilantro-like earthiness which could be from the yeast, the hops, or the wheat.

Very complex yet simple when just taking a basic refreshing sip; very easy to forget about the tasting notes and just enjoy this refresher on a hot summer day.

lawrence76, Aug 24, 2007
Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip-shaped Duvel glass.

A: Poured with a 1/4 in. head that dissipated within a minute, leaving behind a thin layer and some lacing. A dense, cloudy orange tinted ball of wheat floats inside of a pale straw-colored orb.

S: Lots of orange and coriander present in the smell here. A deeper whiff takes in the scent of wheat, spice, and faint ethyl alcohol, maybe the unknown herbs.

T: Spicy, zesty and citrus-tinged; you can taste the orange in it, so you would only add a slice of you like to bring out that flavor exponentially. Some bitter herbs can be detected amongst the crisp carbonation.

M: Crisp and light-bodied because of the carbonation, but leaves a bit of residue behind. Must be all the unfiltered wheat clinging on.

D: You could certainly down a few of these at the bar or enjoy it with a citrus dish at home, but I probably wouldn't session it all night. It's a pretty good witbier, all things considered. Would buy again, but not a six-pack.

Overall, the White Sail is a nice representation of this popular Belgian spring release. If you wanted authentic taste, I'd suggest a Hoegaarden, but if you wanted to stay American, Allagash is the way to go in my book.

Gambrinus1184, Aug 23, 2007
Photo of plaid75
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.

plaid75, Aug 06, 2007
Photo of riversider76
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden yellow. Thin white head. Not much in the way of retention, and just a bit of lacing. Smell is of citrus and spice,with a hint of hops. Body is light,and carbonated. Taste is of orange,and lemon,with some nice spices throughout. There is a hint of a Belgin style in the flavor that made this beer nicely differant.

riversider76, Aug 02, 2007
Photo of NJpadreFan
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.

NJpadreFan, Jul 26, 2007
Photo of YonderWanderer
3.93/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a golden yellow with a slight haze to it. White head dissipates a short while after the pour. Decent lacing on the glass.

S: Orange, citrus, coriander, spices, a little bit of hops. Definitely a take on a Belgian style.

T: Similar to the smell - the orange, citrus, and coriander come through. The malt is present lending a little bit of sweetness to the spices. The hops also come through in a subtle way, letting you know that they're there, but without overwhelming the other spices.

M: Nice carbonation, thin but not watery. Very refreshing.

D: High. This is a great, easy-to-drink summer beer. I have to pick up some more of these for the upcoming months.

YonderWanderer, Jul 25, 2007
Photo of jdhilt
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.

jdhilt, Jul 23, 2007
Photo of Billolick
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.

Billolick, Jul 09, 2007
Photo of morebeergood
2.75/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer turned out to be kind of a let down. Poured it from a 12 oz bottle into a witbier glass, and the first thing I noticed was it's dark golden color. I prefer my wits be be a bit more yellow and hazy. I didn't really get any of the Belgian style flavors that I expected either. None of the coriander or orange peel (the bottle says "a little bit" of each). Overall, it's a decent summer beer, light and went down pretty smooth, but if I think I might stick with something more traditional to the style like an Allagash White.

morebeergood, Jul 09, 2007
Photo of crzyd12
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Good looking beer with golden color and half inch head. Lacing line the glass while I taste hints of citrus and banana. Crisp clean finish with an easy mouthfeel that encourages you to finish the beer. Quite drinkable and suitable for a hot summer day.

crzyd12, Jul 09, 2007
Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.03/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle

Pours a hazy pale straw with a brownish tint. A creamy white head thins. Mild lacing on the glass.

Aromas are very muddled, kind of a stinky mix. Some bready and yeasty smells, and a spiciness are noticable.

Taste is rather blah. Mild bready and yeasty flavors and a mild spiciness.Combined with some kind of hops, it's just a bland mix of flavors.

Light body, zippy carbonation.

A very bland wit overall. Not a struggle to drink, but instantly forgettable.

MaltyGoodness, Jun 19, 2007
Photo of WesWes
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.

WesWes, Jun 17, 2007
Photo of SixpointJMH
3.1/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 meadhead
3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a mild belgian white
with a little funk bite
a slight musty orange peel
and some peppery bite

a soft bitter finish
with a yellow straw pour

the smell is hay mixed with yeast

the taste needs a little more...
something
not sure
its simply not my favorite
a bit too much funk
yet perhaps if you like it

drinks easy enough
a little rasp from the flavor
nonetheless
its not bad

meadhead, Jun 02, 2007
Photo of lackenhauser
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.

lackenhauser, May 27, 2007
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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 Brad007
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.

Brad007, Apr 28, 2007
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Otter Creek White Sail from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
79 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.