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

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Otter Creek Summer AleOtter Creek Summer Ale

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Ratings: 177
Reviews: 127
rAvg: 2.89
pDev: 18.69%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | 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
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Ratings: 177 | Reviews: 127
Photo of connecticutpoet
2.23/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This was a clear yellow brew, as expected from a summery beer. THere was almost no head, and what there was dissipated very fast.

The aroma was of wheat and grain.. much more grain than I like. Almost like a macro wheat.

Taste was bitter and grainy... no wheat characteristics to speak of. Very disheartening.

Mouthfeel was thin and watery. Drinkability... I won't do it again.

This was a major disappointment. I gave a bottle to my brother from Alaska because he's done a lot of work with the otters, so I thought it would be a nice pairing. Now I realize it would have been better to give him the empty bottle and save him the experience.

Photo of talkingpoints
1.75/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This summer brew missed its mark big time. I was hesitant to buy it because the octoberfest of 2004 was so bitter and undrinkable and the middlebury was the same. I think OtterCreek is moving too much towards overhopping their beers. I drank a six with my buddy from Florida and I knew what i thought instantly but he said it first.

"I thought summer beers should be refreshing and light"
This summer ale was bitter and not pleasing to the mouth. I think Sam Adams and Magic Hat are the best NE breweries who understand that beer is supposed to taste good when your friends come over. The last great brew from OtterCreek was Octoberfest 2003 which was spectacular.

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 Suds
2.26/5  rDev -21.8%
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.

Photo of Hibernator
3.3/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Otter Creek 'Otter Summer Ale
12 oz brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass
Bottled on 05/16/05
Batch #1719

Pours a light golden color with a fluffy white head at first, but vanishes to a thin lace. Some spotted sticky lacings cling to the sides of the glass.

Whiffs of wheat and grains.

Very light and clean body. A little too clean and watery in all honesty. Easy to drink and clean on the palate. The mouthfeel reminds me of a lemon seltzer. I notice a slight zesty bite on the finish, but the finish is also dry from the grain presence. Easy to drink on a hot July day like today.

An average "new" offering from Otter Creek. Not sure what they have been thinking within the past couple of years. Their beers are becoming more and more mainstream with every new product I see.

Photo of Chadbrew
3.08/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 5-4-05
Like the bottle states, it is a very refreshing light bodied ale. It pours clear and well carbonated with a finger and a half of head and it is pretty easy to detect the wheat in the aroma. The taste is very light and balanced with a crisp tart finish.
A pretty drinkable ale without any over the top attributes.

Photo of woodychandler
3.28/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

Photo of sacfly
3.13/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very pale, clear, yellow/gold. Small white bubbles in a small head even with a vigorous pour. Smell is earthy and grainy. Light body. Crisp and refreshing with a slight bitter aftertaste. Not a special beer, but a decent summer time, mow the grass, play softball at a picnic, hang out at the beach type beer. The bottle says “slightly tart with a citris like finish”. I don’t really get that from my samples (I got two). But then again, it does state that it is “Often served with a slice of fresh lemon”. Maybe from that, but not from the beer. Bottled on date of 05/04/05, drinking on 06/30/05.

Photo of necoadam
2.41/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured out a dull gold color with a good size head. Smell consisted of wheat mostly with big whiffs of lemon. This is starting to look like they want this to appeal to the macro drinkers. Starts out crisp with a load of wheat flavors. Big lemon rind flavors start showing up in the middle, along with some underlying hops. Hops seemed quite weak. Mouthfeel was light and watery, but the flavors seemed almost too big for the body. This one has a ton of flavors, but used in the wrong way. Skip this one.

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 Toddv29424
3.55/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pretty solid and standard summer brew. Pours a translucent golden color and smells of wheat. The taste is much like wheat with a hint of citrus that washes everything down. A very pleasant aftertaste that is heavy in lemon and lingers for a good while, almost like it is stuck to your tastebuds. Best enjoyed with a lemon.

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 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.

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

Pours a very pale yellow with 2 fingers of white head and no lacing. Aroma is very faint---just a little whiff of wheat, and not much else. Taste like a typical wheat beer, more lemony and citric than spicey, with a slight hop bite at the end. Overly tart for my taste. Mouthfeel is also a little on the thin side. This is a pretty average beer, and even if you really like hefeweizens, you can easily find better.

Photo of NEhophead
3.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Creamy and pillowy, bright white head with good retention. A bit of intricate and spotted lacing with good strength. Crisp golden in color; slightly thin with a chill haze.

Perfume-like citrus and pine aromas. A faint wheat quality with a big lemon zest. The citric nose is almost artifical in its perfumey bouquet.

Mild, semi-sweet malt character that is engulfed with the perfume-like citric zest. The sour quality of this hefe-weizen is very understated, and even overpowered by a mild lemon and wheat combination. No bitterness; the aftertaste is peppered with a hint of spice.

Light bodied; very carbonated. Filmy on the palate due to the bleach-like perfume quality.

A light seasonable offering from Otter Creek. Good appearance, good aromatics, but an annoyingly citric flavor that really dulls the tastebuds. I could go for a few of these on a hot summer day, but it would definitely not be my first choice.

Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +38.4%
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!


Photo of RBorsato
3.47/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear pale straw color with a low white head and low carbonation. Crisp tart aroma. Light grainy flavor (almost a light nuttiness) with a light tartness. Light bodied with a dry finish.

Overall, not one I'd come back to... too light in almost everyway and uninspiring.

per O.C.B.Co. website: OG 1044, 17 IBU

Bottled: 04/18/03 (Batch #1330)
Tasted: 07/27/03

($1.25 / 12 oz.)

Photo of WesWes
3.48/5  rDev +20.4%
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.

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

This is your average beer. Really, I like to be pretty discriptive in these reviews but I'm not sure what to say. Looked like a lager when poured. Does have a crisp hop finish, though it is not strong or overbearing at all. Really not a ton going on with it, a light, refreshing beer with slight hopes. Not wheaty at all, as mentioned before.

A good beer, if you just want a beer, and nothing more.

Photo of StevieW
2.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A pale clear yellow pour yeilds a slight thin white head. Lots of grainy "wheat like" smells, not the thick wheat smell of some others. Taste was faintly wheat, more grainy, and dull. Very much lager like sour, bitter finish. Slippery sour finish. Could have lost some flavors in transit, but 3 of 6 so far have tasted the same. Not one to search out.

Photo of beernut7
4.1/5  rDev +41.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a new brew from Otter Creek. I think one of the brewers wants to call it "Hefer-weizen". A nice lightly colored but rich flavored wheat ale, I believe the brewery should add this to its permanent yearly rotation.

Photo of ElGuapo
3.47/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

crisp and refreshing, just what a summer brew should be. on the other hand, this does not reach the level of sam adams or pete's summer brews. it did not have enough flavor.

Nice citrus flavors balance well with sweet malts. It is very drinkable, but not that interesting.

Photo of Murph
3.25/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an extremely clear yellow with a fast fading white head and no lace. Smell is some very faint wheaty grains and super light hops. Very bland brew with some light graininess to it. Not a whole lot else going on. Thin but crisp mouthfeel that makes the beer pretty refreshing and drinkable. This could definitely make a pretty good lawnmower beer but for what I have to pay for it down here it isn't worth it.

Photo of IrishRedRock
3.52/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A refreshing summer wheat, but certainly nothing special. Like everyone else that reviewed this, I got very very little on top...and I poured hard. Ah well. It's a light ale, crisp and refreshing, slight bitterness at the end that is not at all unpleasant. Tastes good, to say the least. The one I had ice cold was much better than the bottle that was only somewhat cold. Might possibly buy again, but probably not as there are many others out there which surpass this one. Hell, I didnt buy this one anyway...my booze buddy ElGuapo picked it up. All in all a refreshing midsummer's ale.

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.

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Otter Creek Summer Ale from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
68 out of 100 based on 177 ratings.