Otter Creek Copper Ale - Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's

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Ratings: 811
Reviews: 404
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.54%
Wants: 13
Gots: 39 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Altbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
32 IBU

(Beer added by: pezoids on 03-17-2001)
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Photo of masterbruewer
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured an thin, dark copper color with an off-white head about a half inch thick. Sketchy, nice lacing.

The smell is malt, creamy with a hint of caramel.

The flavor is mild. A faint hit of malt flavor, a light hop bite and then a caramel/butterscotch finish. A little tangy undertone hangs on a bit afterwards. Interesting flavor, but not very powerful.

Mouthfeel is light and mellow, not much carbonation or hop bite.

A highly drinkable beer with muted flavor that won't offend. May be a good crossover beer.

Photo of MuddyFeet
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer poured a nice copper, amber in color. Also, there was very little head which became a thin film that would creat the slightest of laces on the glass.The beer's flavor was of slightly bitter hops, followed up fairly quickly with a sour citrus taste that left a crisp finish. The aroma was nothing out of the ordinary. However, the mouthfeel, with its ever so slight carbonation, helps make this a very drinkable beer.

Photo of brentk56
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear, light amber body with a decent head; nice lacing

Smell: Vaguely malty with a subtle smell of rotting oranges. Not as bad as you might think based on that comparison, however.

Taste: A little bit of malt is quickly overwhelmed by a metallic, grapefruit bitterness that is a bit like an American IPA mixed with an amber ale.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a refreshing carbonation

Drinkability: Refreshing but a bit too metallic in the bitterness to my palate.

At first, I thought this was going to be an Amber Ale, based on the name and I was shocked when I looked at it and tased it. Then, I read the label more carefully and noted that this is a Northern German Altbier, so the style became much more understandable. Not a bad beer, but I wonder why they didn't name it something else that would be less confusing to the beer consumer.

Photo of clvand0
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper color with a tall head that dies off slowly and leaves decent lacing on the glass. The aroma has a nice caramel malt smell followed up by some hops. The flavor is surprisingly smooth. Taste is of caramel malts, grains, and sweetness. Finish is slightly bitter with a nice caramel character. Nice beer.

Photo of SheepNutz
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a deep copper color (hence the name) with two fingers of head. There is good head retention and good lacing. The smell is a good balance of malt and hops. You get a sweet malty nose at first with bits of caramel. Then you get a nice little hit of hops. The taste starts nice and malty, little bits of sweet grain and brown sugar. The finish is crisp and hoppy. The mouthfeel is pretty thick, yet smooth. The drinkability is very good. A big shout out to kmpitz2 for this great brew.

Photo of wailingwench
1.2/5  rDev -66.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Another product from Otter Creek that uses aluminum as an adjunct. For unknown reasons, the Copper Ale and the Oktoberfest initially taste as if they were cooked on Mom's stove in an aluminum saucepan.

There are better ales out there, in my opinion, this belongs in the adjunct lager category.

Photo of kmpitz2
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours a nice transparent reddish coppery color with a two finger head that falls to a quarter inch cap over the beer. The nose is a light sweet, buttered toffee to a very light caramel. There is a little hint of sweet floral/grapefruit hop in there too. The flavor starts off sweet malty, slightly caramel, toasted malts but finishes with the hops, which are sweet and a bit spicey. I like it, but it's nothing great. Theres no real thickness to the beer and there is a nice bubbly carbonation. Not a bad drinking beer, but I don't think I will seek it out again. Just sort of there.

Photo of oxmasterscream
3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear copper (go figure). Poured a two-finger head.
Smell: Mainly toasted malts with just a hint of fruit. I'm not that familiar with the altbier style but it smelled like many other German or German-style beers I've had.
Taste: The label speaks of 6 different malts but the predominant taste is a nutty, toasty caramel malt with a mild bitter and drying finish. Very Oktoberfesty, At one point, late in the tasting, I experienced a coffee-like aftertaste that really confused me but I figured I should mention it.
Mouthfeel: Crisp with fizziness and medium-bodied.
Drinkability: It's an easy drinker but I wouldn't seek out another. This just seems like a run of the mill beer brewed in the German style.

Photo of merlin48
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a chill hazed, amber body with a skimpy, offwhite head that has a short lifespan. Patch lace is minimal.

Aroma is caramel malt, with floral and grassy hops.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with above average carbonation.

Taste is predominantly malty. Six malts are used, according to the label, but caramel is up front. Hops provide a nice balance, but are difficult to identify(three varieties are used acc. to label). This one nails the Altbier style pretty well, and is very tasty.

Pleasantly drinkable, with lots of Germanic character due to the malts.

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

I Served the Otter Creek Copper Ale in a pint glass. This beer was bottled on 5/12/04....batch # 1543. Nice label that shows the Otter Creek in Middlebury, VT.

The appearance is an amberish copper with a decent head. Very good lacings on the sides of the glass. I smell hops, grain, and some caramel.

Nice and refreshing brew from Otter Creek. The malt presence is right up front. The label states that this "medium-bodied amber ale brewed with six malts, three hops and our special yeast."

Very drinkable and pleasing to the palate. Great balance of sweetness and flavor. Solid beer. A staple session beer.

Photo of Ahhdball
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Copper like the name with a small, and a quickly disspersed head. Smelled faint hops possibly burnt nuts. This had an average taste, nicely flavored nothing spectacular. Bitter through the entire drink with a mild honey after taste. (05/27/03 Date of Birth)

I've changed my mind about this, I think the second time around I got a better brew.
The head was larger and full of citrus overtones. The taste was great hops and malty goodness. Citrus and honey, possibly a little more roasted than burnt nuts. The mix was flawless! Both flavors had just enough play.

Photo of Shaw
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got two bottles of this beer in my penultimate shipment from a beer of the month club. I see on the bottle cap that it won a gold medal for altbier at the 2003 GABF. There's a bottled-on date printed on the bottle. April 26, 2004. I'm probably drinking this near the end of its lifespan.

It certainly is appropriately named. It's a light copper in color with a slight head that quickly vanishes. Its smell is of multiple malts: roasty, sweet and biscuity.

Once again, I find that the smell is a good indicator of flavor. This is a good session beer. It's not that heavy, and there is a nice bitter twang that offsets the malt flavors. The biscuit flavor is the most noticeable of the malt flavors. The aftertaste is almost totally a roasted malt flavor.

It's been a while since I had a good altbier, Diebels on tap being an old favorite. Check out Otter Creek Copper Ale for a solid session brew.

Photo of CBFanWish
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Otter Creek Copper Ale has really impressed me as much as any beer can. No, it didn't wow me, nor is it even in my top 10, but it has proven to be the perfect session brew.
Poured into a pint glass the first thing I notice is the colour. A clear pale copper colour. There was a moderate one inch head with a slightly vigorous pour that released aromas of caramel and nuts.
The taste was sweet, but nicely balanced with just the right amount of hops. Caramel dominated, but there was a nice cashew nuttiness to it. I enjoyed the huge amount of malts.
A perfect beer for almost any occation with a smoothness you can't get with most beers and a comfort level that brings drinkability to a perfect 5.

Photo of Dithyramb
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass at Little Havana in Baltimore Saturday night.

Pours a light brown with a weak white head.

Malty sweet aroma.

Initial hop bitterness, definitely felt on the back on the tongue. More subtle malt flavors and sweetness come through after having a few sips and a followup pint.

Definitely worth a couple of brews. Not outstanding, but not bad either. Had a few while skiing in Vermont. Have started seeing the handles in a few Baltimore bars.

Photo of necoadam
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Top label says, 3 different hops and 6 different malts are used to make this beer. Yes it's complex alright. Poured out a medium copper/brown color with a nice enough amount of carbonation. Smell was malty but had some hops in there. Some caramel was in there as well with a touch of butterscotch. Taste was complex but really good. Hops make an appearance first with some slight hint of fruit and caramel then blends in with all those malts. Finishes slightly sweet and a little dry which is nice for this brew. I really like this beer and should get a little more respect. On-tap this would rock.

Photo of NJpadreFan
2.9/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Otter Creek Copper Ale

Appearance- copper brown with a weak fizzy white head.
Smell- slight hops and malt. I think I detect a metallic odor?!
Taste- dry and slighty bitter. Some hops here and a dash of malt.

Overall- not good but not bad. A definite, "Have I ever drank this before?!" beer.

Photo of PartyHatjo
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Uncle Jimbo for this beer...

Appearance: Very appropriate for the beer to be named a copper ale as it pours the color of a shiny new penny. An off-white head tops the beer, but doesn't last long at all. Very clear ale.

Smell: A blast of maltiness (quite biscuity) in your face-prevalent even before you pour the beer...reminds me of a lot of oktoberfests I've tried. Hops aren't pronounced much in the aroma...

Taste: I could go with a bit more hoppiness in the flavor of this brew. Bitterness is well balanced for the style. Biscuit is the most dominant malt to my taste.

Mouthfeel: A bit light in body for an alt...there is also a bit of a tang present at the back of the throat.

It's a very easy drinking brew...

Photo of longpondbeerman
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Let's see; this is called "Copper Ale," so one would expect that it would pour a lovely, clear, copper color--which it does in a deep way, and it has a thick, frothy off-white head to boot. The citrusy hops come through in the initial smell, and there appears to be a subtle malt backbone. The malts are more dominant in the taste, but simply not forceful enough; just a touch of immediate sweetness, and then the hops make an attempt to rise up in the middle, but are forced to settle into a rather bland finish. The mouthfeel is medium-thin, and the carbonation is the right complement for the light feel. All in all, a nice, light brew--certainly appropriate for a session beer.

Photo of yemenmocha
2.83/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Copper color in the pour is more amber than copper, at least in this thick glassed stein. Color leads me to anticipate a medium to full bodied ale that is full in flavor but alas, it is very light in body and light in taste. So, appearance somewhat betrays the character of the beer.

Dallops of lace retain well on top of the beer and never seem to leave the rims of my glass. Very pleasing appearance overall, however it's just not a typical match for the beer's other characteristics.

Bottle label boasts the use of six malts, but initially on the palate the malt takes a backseat to steal-y hops, and the light body surprises you. Very watery. Disappointing. Where's the malt?

Bottling date on the bottle is appreciated. I hate buying mystery beer. Otter Creek has a few offerings that I love but I'm disappointed in this one. Served blind to me I mistook this for the product of a macro brewery who illegitimately tried to create a beer for the "micro" crowd... but failed. (i.e. amber bock, blue moon, etc.)

I'll be serving these to the wife.

Photo of Billolick
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Golden amber in color. Hoppy nose. White small bubble head, left some lacing. Smooth malty ale, with moderate grainy hopping present. Medium body. smooth finish. Decent version of an Alt beer. I prefer my Alt a bit more bold and hoppy, but this one is pretty drinkable and well balanced.

Photo of mschofield
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden copper, with a one finger white head, leaves webs of Belgian lace behind.
Fruity aroma, with a strong yeast note, but comes across as very clean and fresh.
Fruit, toffee, butter, citrus (grapefruit), toasted biscuit and apricot in the taste, overall fairly sweet.
Light feel, approaching a medium body. A good basic beer.

Photo of jackndan
2.68/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Otter Creek Copper Ale: from a twelve ounce bottle. It pours a very clear copper color (ding, ding, no false advertising here). The head is a rocky off-white, with nice staying power, and leaves fairly thick rings down the sides of the glass.

The smell is interesting and assertive: it has definite hints of smoke and a bit of peat, as well.

The taste is, to my palate anyway, very metallic, and it has a bit of a taste of peat/caramel, almost like a scotch whiskey, stripped of its alcohol and served in a pewter mug. The aftertaste is of old hay, with a bit of malty/smoke. Not really all that tasty of a brew.

Light bodied, and fairly well carbonated, perhaps even a bit to much so.


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

The Copper Ale pours a stunning crystal clear copper colour and is coiffed by an off white cap of foam which, although doesn't stick around for long, leaves generous artifacts of its presence.

Smells are not as complex and varied as I have experienced in other ales but are very interesting nonetheless. Firm malty aromas up front followed by light peppery hops and some autumn leaves mixed in. A hint of piney wood smoke follows notes of butterscotch and fresh cut grass.

A fine but very present effervescence is followed by a firm, and viscous mouthfeel fading into silkyness as the first hits of malt manifest their presence. Flavours of biscuits and fading notes of fresh mown hay are washed away by a long and balancing bitterness. Need another taste... and another...

Simple yet honest, this beer is a pleasure to drink. I would call this a beer drinker's beer. Robust and balanced, you just want another sip.

Photo of etho1416
3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This beer appears to have gone downhill. Otter Creek Copper Ale was one of hte first micros I ever had and I have always loved it. THe last couple batches I have got have not been very good though. The color is not as red as it once was and it is now pretty orange colored. The aroma is pretty plain, almost non existant. The flavor has really gone downhill. There is a slight malty taste but very little hops at all. It is still a very drinkable beer but not worht the money if something better is available.

Photo of pheurton
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

the color one would expect...copper. appetizing layer of eggshell colored foam on top that does a decent job of hanging around. big earthy hop leaf aromas in the nose. bready malt flavor carried by an ample medium body. malt character is drowned out by the big leafy hop flavors, i keep thinking raw earth and tobacco. flavor softens as it warms and gets even tastier. a session brew for sure, i had no problem putting down three of these in a row. this beer grew on me as i drank more of them, a good beer to have when you want to have more than one. good job.

Otter Creek Copper Ale from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
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