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

Otter Creek Summer AleOtter Creek Summer Ale

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171 Ratings

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Ratings: 171
Reviews: 126
rAvg: 2.87
pDev: 18.82%

Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  4.25% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

22 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-24-2001)
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Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.18/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2008 01:51:42 | More by Sammy
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Quebec (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev +23.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2009 03:22:24 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of metter98

New York

3.03/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The beer is hazy pale yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin layer of bubbles that consistently covered the surface.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of wheat and hints of citrus in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has notes of grainy malts and corn in the flavors.
M: It feels light-bodied and a bit watery on the palate with a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is easy to drink and could be considered refreshing on a hot summer day but there’s nothing interesting about this beer that would make me want to try it again.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2011 18:16:39 | More by metter98
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North Carolina

2.45/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2005 19:07:17 | More by oberon
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3.85/5  rDev +34.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2005 21:26:18 | More by NeroFiddled
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Rhode Island

3.43/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

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

S: The aroma contains light caramelized malts, faint citrus and hops along with some honey.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel and honey followed by a touch of citrus. The hops presence is mild but complementary and the malt character is thin which is normal for a summer seasonal. The after-taste is sweet.

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

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, not the best representation of style as I really didn't taste any wheat in it, overall however it's a decent but flavorful beer worth drinking for a while.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2010 16:41:42 | More by TheManiacalOne
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New York

3.45/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a very light gold color with a standing white head. The aroma is grainy with a light hoppiness. The beer tastes lager like with some lemon zest, but not that much. It's a clean beer that refreshes, but lacks any real wheat characteristics. I don't taste much wheat here at all. I'm really growing quite tired of so called "wheat ales" that have none of the qualities associated. It's like just adding a little wheat malt gives you the right to call an otherwise pilsener beer a wheat ale. This one is low bodied like much of the rest and is also very drinkable. Otter Creek does not impress me at all. Their beers are average at best.

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2003 06:04:43 | More by WesWes
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3.25/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden with a nice foamy white head. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of wheat tang with a mild, fruity spiciness.

The taste is of wheat tang, slightly bready with a mild spicy bitterness balancing the sweetness.

Appropriately light bodied, though slightly harsh for a summer quaffer.

Not an exciting brew, but MUCH better with the re-formulation of the recipe (and on-tap). I hated this beer in the past. Now, it's "okay", but. One that is a bit "different" for the macro masses - but I could see it "appealing" to some as an easy "cross-over", but unexciting, and a bit harsh compared to other summer offerings. A mediocre brew that I couldn't / wouldn't drink much of, but not terrible if between this and typical macro offerings. Again, improved over the past (or just "better" on tap).

Serving type: on-tap

06-20-2009 13:21:00 | More by jwc215
Photo of RblWthACoz


1.88/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a clear amber gold. Nose is almost like rotting orange skins or something like that. Just smells way too funky to be right. Flavor is just as bad as it smells. Borders on rancid. The second swig proves to be a bit more gentle. But still that underlying rotting tone to it just ruins all hope. Even though it smoothes out over time, the initial hit is way too nasty. And it leaves a disgusting aftertaste. Who cares how it feels. This is not drinkable at all. It should be removed from their lineup and never sold again. Horrid.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2007 08:59:29 | More by RblWthACoz
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2.73/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2006 02:52:51 | More by WVbeergeek
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New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a clear yellow color with a 1/4" head. The head falls quickly. A spot or two of lacing developed.

Smell: very lite grass and hint of citrus.

Taste: mild grainy maltiness, touch of citrus, bit of grass, and some soft bitterness. Very plain - definite hot day / lawnmower type beer.

Mouthfeel: light in body. Lightly crisp and dry from start to finish. Clean finish too.

Drinkability: good for a hot summer day, but overall very dull and boring beer.Not worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2006 20:57:48 | More by Gavage
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New Hampshire

2.8/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a one finger white head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving traces of lace. Clear pale amber color. Light carbonation and light-medium bodied. Citrusy, metallic nose. Flavor has slight citrus, metallic, some hoppy bitterness, slight improvement from 7/2007. $1.85 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2010 22:31:47 | More by jdhilt
Photo of Jason


2.33/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2005 02:16:34 | More by Jason
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3.25/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This poured with a bone-white head that lingered for a good while. The beer itself was an intensely clear pale yellow color. The nose had a lemon-like citrus tang to it. The mouthfeel was light and the finish was dry. I did not notice anything that really jumped out in terms of flavor, but it was certainly refreshing, especially in summer.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2005 16:10:48 | More by woodychandler
Photo of plaid75

New York

3.48/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a very light copper hue with a one finger white foamy head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light wheat aroma coupled with a hint of lemon. Mild hop aroma detected.

The taste was light and crisp. Light biscuity wheat and grain note complimented by a mild lemon tartness. Detectable hop bitterness.

The mouthfeel was light, crisp and clean.

Overall a very drinkable summer ale. Very refreshing but somewhat run of the mill.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2006 17:45:07 | More by plaid75
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.23/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2008 00:33:51 | More by beerthulhu
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North Carolina

3.03/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a slightly hazy medium golden yellow in color with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a three quarter finger tall creamy bright white head that reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a small thicker patch and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of wheat and citrus with just a hint of adjunct malt sweetness (which fades as the beer opens up).

T: The beer has a light to moderate body of wheat with some lighter amounts of adjunct malt sweetness (grain and corn) along with a light hint of citrus/lemon.

M: Light bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin/watery.

O: This is easy to drink and not unenjoyable but nothing really special either. Probably will not be picking this one up again.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2012 21:38:05 | More by dbrauneis
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2.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A very forgettable summer ale. Pours a light yellow with a mere half inch of head that quickly dies down like over carbonated champagne. Smell is mostly grainy and pleasant with mild lemon wedges and some peppery spice. Taste was pretty much on par with Lene's Summer Shady it was like they cloned the recipe. Mouthfeel was spot on for a summer beer with bubbly carbonation and light beer drink ability.

Overall I expected this to be better since most of their products have been great but this one is worth avoiding again. Average at best.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2012 18:38:21 | More by DrDemento456
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2.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a super clear, pale yellow colro with no head. The aroma has is pale powdered wheat, corn, millet, and brown banana peels. The taste starts with light toasted barely, then very faint an dry wheaty fruit flavors. The hops give the finish some skunk and really bring out and adjunt-like flavor as well. This is a crisp beer, but everything else leaves much to be desired.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2009 06:35:03 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of tone77


3.18/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2009 00:07:47 | More by tone77
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4/5  rDev +39.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This summer offering from Vermont, poured a nice, hazy yellow colour into my hop devil pint glass. The aromas are all about the wheat, with no spices in the mix. The taste is very wheaty and fresh. This reminds me of brooklyner, but it isn't quite as good. The mouthfeel is light and fluffy and the drinkablity is excellent.

A very good, uncomplicated, summer wheat beer!


Serving type: bottle

08-26-2003 22:07:19 | More by francisweizen
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North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev +24.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2012 18:50:50 | More by tdm168
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New Hampshire

3/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2010 23:15:07 | More by puboflyons
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2.25/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light gold color with a fizzy, large-bubbled head. The brew is extraordinarily clear and bright. The aroma is of a dry, slightly citrus, wheatiness. No malt, and very little hops in the smell. The taste is light and airy…without much character. There’s a little grassiness, and a good dose of hop bitterness in the finish. All in all, this is not very good. I suppose that it would a nice lawn-mower beer, but the flavor sure wants for a lot.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2005 17:58:23 | More by Suds
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3.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured an absolutely crystal clear golden amber color with sparse white head. Virtually no carbonation bubbles to be seen. Smell is faintly malty. Taste is Initially sweet but a strong bitterness begins to dominate. Finish is mostly dry with very little malt to be found. An OK beer, but not something to try again.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2006 03:06:05 | More by tgbljb
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Otter Creek Summer Ale from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
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