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

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Otter Creek Summer AleOtter Creek Summer Ale

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178 Ratings

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Ratings: 178
Reviews: 128
rAvg: 2.89
pDev: 18.69%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  4.25% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-24-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

22 IBU
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 178 | Reviews: 128
Reviews by the Alström Bros:
Photo of Todd
1.83/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz bottle. Pours a very watery looking pale golden colored beer with massive carbonation bottles that rise to create a pure white thinned-out foam head with some stick and moderate retention. Touch of straw-y haze.

Light fruitness, soft floral note. Wheaty in the nose. Unpleasant.

Quite light on the palate, very thin and watery with just a hint of malt backbone. Loads of husky tannins in the mouth, quick scrubbing and course feel followed by a weak hop zest. Somewhat spritzy carbonation feel. Soft bubble-gum lays with hints of one-dimensional fruit flavors. Odd wheaty tannin clings to the palate in the finish.

Label says "often served with a lemon" ... you'll need one just to take the tannic edge off. Another lackluster and boring Summer seasonal.

Photo of Jason
2.38/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz twist off brown bottle with a bottled on date of 4/27/05 ... a little early, this beer won't be fresh by the time summer is over. Thankfully I am drinking it now.

Pale golden hue with a good clarity, thin white lace does little to stick to the glass.

Bread crust aroma, mild lemon rind and pale malt husk in the nose.

Crisp and a bit too wet, odd graininess throughout. Mildly astringent with a lining of diacetyl. The herbal hop character does not meld well and only seems to intensify the graininess / astringent character. Finishes with a slickness on the palate.

They state that this beer is often served with a slice of lemon ... I would highly suggest it to mask the astringency or just simply pick a different summer brew.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
2.45/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured a very pale yellow with almost non existent thin white head,very mild buttery aroma with maybe a hint of toasted grain but very weak.Taste is grainy and quite bland very watery mouthfeel nothing to like about this beer.I have not had a real bad beer in quite awhile but this makes the cut as a bad beer for me,watery and bland ehh.

Photo of BlueHammer
3.97/5  rDev +37.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was poured from the bottle into a glass. It was a clear golden color with a small whitish head that didn't linger. The taste was crisp and refreshing, the hallmark of a summer beer. It smelled citrusy and slightly floral. The taste was similarly citrusy, crisp, and a little tart, somewhat hoppy. It was a smooth beer, easy to drink and a nice, light, refreshing summer beverage. I will buy this beer again.

Photo of jcdiflorio
2.85/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured into a nonic glass from a 12oz long neck brown bottle with a twist-off cap.

Slighly hazy,light amber with a golden hue. 2" creamy white head with fair retention leave a thick coating. Almost no visable carbination just a stagger bubble now and them.

Carmalized malt aroma,slightly metallic,some dried straw with a very light citrus aroma.

Light carmell taste,sugary,a delicate citrus bitterness with a slight grassy edge. Nice balance seems to have a watered down feel to it.

Light mouthfeel,smooth,easy drinking. Would be a bit more drinkable if not for the bland taste,nothing offensive just seems to be a bit lacking.

Photo of kingcrowing
2.66/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

Pours a very clear and light yellow with a small white head with a lot of Lacing. Nose is not very good, it's a bit like pbr with honey.

Taste is very light and crisp and although the nose is meh this is really refreshing. Carbonation is good and makes it easy drinking, this isn't a fancy beer but it's a good summer brew.

Photo of Thrasher
3.43/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pretty similar to American macros - light colored, light bodied, little to no head; of course, this tastes fresher and hasn't been killed by pasteurization. Wheat adds a zing that slakes thirst and the trademark Otter Creek hops are here and very welcome, elevating the beer beyond boring status: hints of grapefruit, good stringy quality in what is otherwise a watery beer. Good for cooling down on a hot day, but not much else.

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.76/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appears a pale golden hue with a bright white head that dwindles at it's own pace not bad looking at all. Aroma contains a touch of citrus and faint wheat with an offbeat metallic character slightly sweet toasty malts in the background but a bit subdued. Taste consists of a slurry of tart citrus tones with bitter herbal highlights that combine to form a somewhat off tone that doesn't complement me in any way especially during the summer months. Mouthfeel consists of a light bodied summer beer with an evenly carbonated profile. Drinkability is at best mediocre not willing to consume this on a regular basis by any means completley uninteresting.

Photo of NJpadreFan
2.4/5  rDev -17%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Otter Creek- 'otter summer ale

bottled on 7/06/05

Appearance- yellow and fizzy with a decent bubbly head.
Smell- faint hints of yeast, wheat, and hay.
Taste- light watery wheat with a stingy metal taste?!
Mouthfeel- watery with a slight metallic bitterness.

Overall- not a very good brew.Otter Creek usually doesn't disappoint. Just not a good summer brew. I think I got a bad batch

Photo of weasbri
2.96/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden yellow color, with a reasonable head and decent retention.
Not much aroma that I discovered. Mostly wheat in flavor, with a mild citrus undercurrent. It unfortunately leaves a strange off taste in the back of my mouth which bugs me a little bit. It's still fairly refreshing in spite of all the shortcomings, it's just not particularly special either.

Photo of jmz62565
2.41/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This pours a clear yellow with a large foamy white head. This looks like a" big brewery" beer. The smell is really weak, I could make out some yeast,but little else. The taste has some sweet malt,lemon, grass, and some hop bitterness,but this is very watery. The m/f is light,too light, with a watery aftertaste that makes me think this is a light beer. I really can't see myself buying this again. There are alot of other summer beers better than this.

Photo of Sammy
3.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap at the Tap and Mallet. Neutral aroma, creamy and grainy and lacey. So-so, with a mild grassy hop, and a bit of lemongrass herbal taste.Fizzy carbonation, less than medium mouthfeel. For lawnmowing and BBQs, unoffensive. Below average wheat beer.

Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - light golden yellow with a short lived white head

S - wheat, faint grassy

T - wheat, faint yeast, light flavor, very little hop character

M - light bodied, smooth, well carbonated

A very light, easy to drink, refreshing summer beer. It's not very unique but it is a decent beer if you like something light. I wouldn't turn it down if offered.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.83/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This slightly hazy yellow-gold summer ale maintains it's creamy bright-white head well and leaves some very nice walls of lace around the glass. The nose expresses dried citrus rind and a delicate maltiness. In the mouth it's crisp with a median carbonation and medium-light body. The flavor is grainy upfront; followed by some bright lemon notes across the middle; and then some grassy hops, a dry bitterness, and some chalky "rind-like" character (or is that coriander?). It finishes quite dry and lingers with a dull bitterness. It's an interesting and unique summer beer that would work perfectly well at a ballgame, back yard BBQ, or night on the porch swing.

Photo of gobias
2.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I like Otter Creek Brews and like to try them. Being a fan of summer beers I was happy to try this one when I saw it. I am not upset I did, I am just not overly happy with it. Summer beers are supposed to be light and crisp, but to me there is not a lot of taste in this beer.

Its not a bad tasting beer, just kind of bland. You could do a lot worse in choosing a summer beer, but you could do a lot better.

Photo of KTCamm
3.7/5  rDev +28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle (new 'modern' labelling) into a pint glass.

Pours light golden yellow with little, if any, foam. No lacing. Malty citrus smell. Mild citrus taste, wrapped in malt with crisp finish. Wheaty. Drinkable, unremarkable.

Late in the season for a summer brew, honstly just trying to get it out of my fridge.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.57/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass, the liquid is light yellow and has good carbonation. The head is ok, 2 fingers of white foam that fades fast leaving little lace.

The smell is light and critus malt with mild hops.

The taste follows a bit of light malt and very mild hops giving a slight citrus taste.

The mouthfeel is less then medium body, and crisp carbonation.

The drinkability on a hot summer day is pretty good, the brew is easy drinking light and refreshing. MK

Photo of jeanmono
2.33/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy blonde without much head. Metalic smell even though it is fresh from the bottle. Weak taste, with hints of metal, not much body to it. Sharp on the palate with a slightly sticky mouth feel that lingers. Not quite what I would choose in a summer beer.

Photo of jtierney89
1.5/5  rDev -48.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Otter has revamped the recipe this year so let's check it out. Hazy burnt Orange color with a thick head. Tight sticky lacing. Phenolic nose with some wheat other wise pretty subtle.

Thin yet slick body, not as much carbonation as expected. Sweet wheaty malt with touches of citrus and floral notes. Just enough bitterness to balance. Watery on the finish. Strangely a buttery aftertaste.

Has a chance at going well with food but flavors are subtle and overall its pretty bland. I think they were going for something that goes down as easy as coors light but without the bloated gassiness. I guess they accomplished that?

Photo of tone77
3.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a pale yellow color with a small head. Smell is mild, some hops. Taste is crisp, some hops and citrus. Feels light in the mouth. Goes down very easily, a good beer for drinking games. Overall there was nothing special about this beer.

Photo of Franchise
3.15/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As Bill Belichick loves to say "it is what it is" that is how I approach American wheat beers when compared to there German counterparts they just don't match up. But for what it is this style is pretty decent. It pours a crystal clear pale yellow with a highly carbonated body that leaves a thin white lace.

The aroma is sour, wheat, with a small trace of hops but overall nothing much going on. The taste starts malty, bready in charachter, with a touch of honey sweetness, that ends with that nice wheat twang. The taste continues chewy for such a lite bodied ale and finishes bitter. Overall this is another typical American wheat beer but it satisfies that summer thirst.

Photo of puboflyons
3/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a 12. fl. oz. bottle that was sampled on April 21, 2010. The pour is pale to golden yellow with a thin white head. The aroma leans toward the malty side with little to no wheat note. The texture is about medium. The taste has a slightly spiced or herbed maltiness to it but again, little in the way of hops. It is fairly easy to drink but nothing out of the ordinary.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.2/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a clear, amber-straw color with a white head with only moderate retention.

S: faint oranges and lemons.

T: The initial flavor was light toasted malt with oranges, citrus and a touch of dry spiciness. There was a light grassy hop presence in the finish. Not a lot to this beer complexity wise and flavor.

M: thin with moderate carbonation and a slight sourness.

D: Overall an ale that strives not to stand out or offend and not a lot to it.

Photo of pbrian
3.27/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clearer than most macros with no head. It's pretty much an average American wheat with a tart finish. Sure, they go down easy when cold, but otherwise not worth it.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.55/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a light orangey color ale with a light foamy head with light retention and some minimal lacing. Aroma of sweet wheat malt with more character then I would expect. Taste is a nice mix between some sweet malt but also the refreshing taste of wheat. I don't know if the aging on this one has done something to the beer that other would have noticed but I thought this had a lot more character and complexity then I would have expected from a summer wheat ale.

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Otter Creek Summer Ale from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
68 out of 100 based on 178 ratings.