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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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177 Ratings

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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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2.5/5  rDev -13.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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3/5  rDev +3.8%

Photo of ejane
3.75/5  rDev +29.8%

Photo of Aleforme
3.25/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.03/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Photo of claytong
2/5  rDev -30.8%

Photo of soupieman
2.5/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of microbrewlover
3.19/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours with a three finger head which lasts for several minuets and provides lacing the glass throuout.

The smell is hay/wheat and some kind of fruit, I can not tell what, maybe blueberry.

The taste is kind of bland, wheat, fruit, (blueberry?), some hops on the back end. It is also too sweet.

The mouthfeel is crisp and cracker like with heavy carbonation and a little oily on the back end.

Overall this brew could probably benefit from some spices. The musty smell and taste are similar to some other wheat beers I have had however in this brew both are a little unpleasant. This is pretty bland for a wheat beer; I believe Otter Creek can do better.

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 Chickenhawk9932
2.48/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy, greenish yellow with a bubbly white head that quickly dissipates.

Smells of grain & lemon.

Taste is lemon, yeast, and grain. Not really a lot going on here. The few flavors that do appear seem a little off. Not anything exciting here, and it is leaning from average to bad.

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3/5  rDev +3.8%

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3/5  rDev +3.8%

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

Consumed 7/10/12

Appearance: Clear gold, pours with a little white head that fades quickly - leaves a few spots, but really not much of a head or much lacing

Smell: On the mild side - kind of smells like a bowl of wheat cereal sprinkled with sugar and grass - a light grainy sweetness, sugar, some grass, and plenty of wheat - some citrus and something that smells like honey

Taste: Follows the mild aroma, with some mild flavors - pale, grainy malts, wheat twang, and some sweetness - slightly sugary, with some honey and sweet citrus - slightly tart with some grass, some off-flavors

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, unusually light for the style - could actually use some more carbonation

Overall: Meh

Personally, I think Otter Creek is underrated. They make some great beers. Unfortunately, this is not one of them. It's overly mild and bland. As it warms, it becomes overly grassy and watery. Very average.

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3.25/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of pajeff
2.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +29.8%

Photo of JAHMUR
2.25/5  rDev -22.1%

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?

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3.25/5  rDev +12.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of DrDemento456
2.9/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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3/5  rDev +3.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of BeerKangaroo
2.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Into a pint glass:

A: clear yellow colored body with a half finger white fizzy head, barely any carbonation seen rising.

S: based around the citrus with some hops and honey in the background (both are barely there).

T: kinda bland between the citrus, hops and honey. I'm just wondering if the blend between the three was just not combined right (I don't know)? A fair amount of floral tones came out as the beer warmed.

M: vey light, slightly watery and harsh on the tongue.

O: well, its light (makes a good summer beer), but this is nothing special and has an unusual blandness that doesn't excite me. Sorry Otter Creek, try again.

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