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

Not Rated.
Otter Creek Summer AleOtter Creek Summer Ale

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126 Reviews

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Reviews: 126
Hads: 178
Avg: 2.89
pDev: 18.69%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | 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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Reviews: 126 | Hads: 178
Photo of Herrbrokt
2.33/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ok just got this one at an end of summer sale. Nice $1.00 deal.

Pours a faint white-ish golden yellow w/ a white head thats not really there. Hmmm....

It kinda smells like the water that comes out of my shower. mixed with a little tart fruit.

Taste is not as bad at first. Some hop action. Little crisp tang.
I don't know what happens at the end though. I feel like there's some soap left in my mouth.

I've never just all out bashed a beer really. I couldn't brew a better one myself, but at the same time I think I'd actually prefer a heineken over this.

Drinkability - I don't know. I can't get past that aftertaste

I'll stick to one thanks - even for a dollar

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Photo of thekevlarkid
2.87/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled this brew on tap at Nectar's during a live show. Poured a very pale yellow color with almost no white head. No retention and no lacing. The aromas were weak, faint hoppiness and some musty wheat. The flavors were a little more accessible but equally washed out. Pale wheat, grassy hops and hints of citrus. Medium carbonation and quite quaffable. Obviously designed to be a light bodied, summer ale but it tastes bleached out to me and though it is refreshing I'd not likely recommend it.

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Photo of changeup45
2.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at a Harlow's Pub. This is a very ordinary Summer Ale. Pours a very light yellow color with a small head. Faint lemon aroma. Very light-bodied with a touch of lemon zing and a mild dry hop flavor. In the hot sun you could do a lot worse but I also think there are better options out there as well. Average.

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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.

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Photo of BeerSox
3.67/5  rDev +27%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Clear golden straw hue with a thin white head that settles to almost nothing.

Very light wheat malt aromas, clean and crisp. A touch of lemon is in there.

A bit of fruit stands out from the clean wheat malt. Not much of the string citrusy flavor that usually makes the style. Light bodied with good carbonation. Clean finish.

I can't tell you what the exact goal of this beer was, but if it's to create an extremely refreshing beer for the summer, they nailed it. Think of it as a filtered APWA. It's like the wheat version of an English Mild or something. I wish more brewers would make this. Recommended.

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Photo of albern
3.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This wasn't the worst summer ale one could have, and I thought it was okay. I'm not sure if this is a wheat beer or not, since there was very little in the way of wheatiness one could detect.

It poured a pretty pale yellow color with minimal head which disappeared pretty quickly. The beer is clear as can be. According to the label, the beer isn't pasteurized and perhaps that is why so many reviewers panned the beer. Mine had 4/4/08 on the label, so it was reasonably fresh still by July. Perhaps others' went bad.

The aroma was noble hops, some graininess, a bit of mustiness right from the bottle, but this gave way pretty quickly so that a more balanced nose emerged. The beer is light, quite carbonated, and refreshing. The taste is astringent, biting, citrusy, and a bit mouth puckering in the finish. Tannins, sure, I'll go with that description. Overall, the beer was pretty harmless, uniform, and okay. I just don't know about that wheat ale label, since this was not really detectable in the beer that I tried out.

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Photo of ralree
1.3/5  rDev -55%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

A: Clear, yellow, decent head - 1-finger, dissipates fairly quickly, a little lacing surprisingly.

S: Like a wet dog. Banana, malt. This is the worst smelling beer I've ever tried. I'm scared now.

T: Banana awfulness. Oh, it's so bad. Like downing banana and raisins in Coors Light with no alcohol.

M: Watery, light-bodied, undercarbonated.

D: Undrinkable.

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Photo of giblet
2.33/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

poured light straw pale yellow. nice head of an inch. smells citris and bready. taste was not quite right. tasted like it smelled but kinda metallic. not sure wheere the tinny flavor comes from but it is not good. for this reason i would say it is not very drinkable.

pass on this one.


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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12-ounce bottle into a glass handled mug.

A: Poured a bright straw yellow color with a very thin fizzy head which left no lacing and just a thin trace of foam. Looks pretty plain.

S: Smells a tad citric, with a clean grainy malt nose and a subtle hint of citrus fruit hops.

T: Taste is a little light and fruity, with a semi-unpleasant wheat bite and a some lingering corn husk. The hopping is light, but either a combo of the yeast and carbonation or poor malt use causes some astringent flavors.

M: Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing with a bite, but there's some metallic cloying also.

D: It's a great beer for a really hot summer day, where you just wanna pound some back, perhaps. Otherwise, it's hard to pull one or two out of the fridge to enjoy 'em.

A pretty mediocre summer beer and a disappointment coming from a brewery I usually expect more out of. They should have picked a definitive style and stuck with it rather than create this hodgepodge ale. And they want you to serve it with a lemon? That alone should tell you there's something off about it. For shame, Otter Creek, for shame.

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Photo of iceball585
2.77/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pale yellow color, clear, thin white ring around the glass, a few bubbles rising throughout

S- Wheat, grains, pale malts, hint of lemons

T- Corn, light malts, grains, wheat, faint bitterness of hops near the end

M- Light/medium body, medium carbonation, smooth, slight watery finish

D- Not bad, but not worth buying again

This is definatly a let down for me. It tastes like they tried to replicate a typical macro brewery light beer. I like most of Otter Creek's brews but this one is definatly nothing special.

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Photo of mpyle
2.3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pale straw color, brilliant clarity. Large, thick white head with excellent retention.

Aroma is a bit of wet rag, wet paper. Certainly doesn't smell bright and fresh. Maybe some hop aroma.

Taste is surprisingly bitter, almost from the start. Some bready, grainy wheat flavor, but too much hop bitterness. Finishes with a lingering bitterness - totally out of place for a light summer ale.

MF shows light to medium body, and moderately high carbonation.

D'ability is low, as doesn't provide a light, refreshing drink. Bitterness is a bit harsh, and I don't plan to finish my single bottle that I purchased for sampling.

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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.

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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

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Photo of RblWthACoz
1.93/5  rDev -33.2%
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.

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Photo of illidurit
2.36/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pale yellow wheaty color, huge spritzer-like head that disappears quickly. Mealy clove aroma. Tastes of clovey phenols from the wheat, with hardly any malt, maybe a touch of citrusy hops. Mouthfeel is way too fizzy. Finish is tannic but clean. Pretty easy to drink but not good enough to make me want to have more.

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Photo of pattyhopp
2.3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

bought today in norwood mass. this store has a rotating beer selection which is very cool.. They also sell all the big beer series of victory and stoudts at regular prices,\. Needless to say that this beer is very dissapointing..it has more of a olde english 800 flav than a beer flavor...I don't reccomend.

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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.

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

Poured with a little head...a clear, golden color...nice and enticing for a warm summer day

Not an overly inviting smell...it smelled somewhat malty-like...

The taste was okay...nothing thrilling, but decent...a borderline typical summer offering...

It had a lite, grainy flavor...easy to go down...a mild hoppiness, but not too extreme...I didn't pick up any citrus notes...

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

Had on draft at the Frisco Cantina and Grille, Columbia, MD.

A- Poured a straw yellow, with a snow-white head, slightly cloudy.

S- Smelled of malt and grain, subtle hoppiness

T- Very grainy, somewhat sweet maltiness, with a slight citrus flavor, subtle dry finish.

M- Very carbonated, gassy, thin on the tongue.

D- Refreshing, but too light. Not much real beer flavor here.

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Photo of garcia2a
3.32/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I expect a lot from this brewery and this beer fell a bit short. The bouquet was light, a bit flowery, but nothing the ol' schnoz grabbed on to. The beer poured a cleay yellow with a thin head. The taste has pilsner qualities, but for some reason I has the expectation of some type of citrus. Mouthfeel was good and this bad boy goes down smooth, very drinkable.

I want more body our of this beer. Nothing heavy or malty, but something that leaves me with the need to have more. Maybe next year

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Photo of mountdew1
2.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a becker pint glass. A very light golden color with a white foamy head. The head was thin, but lasted through the whole beer with some lacings down the side of the glass. Aroma reminded me of french bread with a lemon citrus flavor. Tasted similarly. Hard to place the main flavor, but there was definately lemon, almost lemon rind flavoring. Felt good in the mouth, and was very easy to drink. Seemed like a run of the mill summer beer.

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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.

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Photo of auxiliary
2.45/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

appearance - Clear straw yellow, nice white head with some lace, no carbination.

smell - Wheat andhop smell.

taste - Very light taste, watery, taste like a macro lager.

mouthfeel - Watery and thin.

drinkability - One of the worst Summer Ales I have tasted. Surprised by Otter Creek!.

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Photo of Atlas1
2.94/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Hadn't seen the Otter Summer before when I picked up a single at my beer store today. Not sure if Otter Creek changes the label each summer, or if the local VT label is different from their exports, but the label on my bottle has a wood-covered bridge on it instead of the sun pictured on the bottle by BeerAdvocate. Oh well.

Pours a pale straw color with a decent enough white foamy head. Fairly average looking beer; nothing special here besides a slightly sparkley foam. Hmmm... I actually dig this aroma quite a bit. Strong malt presence for a pale wheat ale with some faint apple/banana fruit notes as well. A cut-grass aroma off in the distance as well. It's good, but again, nothing special. The taste bears a tangy bitterness that I wasn't necessarily expecting. Kind of a tart alcoholish flavor. Some malty citrus flavors in there too, but everything is dulled by the acidic and metallic tang that permeates through the entire mouthfull. What a drag. The mouthfeel is sharp, but also slightly watery. This beer would make a pleasant summer brew if it were not for the strong tangy alcohol flavor that dominates it. I'm inclined to try this again on draft if I see, to see if it gets any better on tap. Let's hope so.

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Photo of tugdriver7
3.27/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Like so many other reviewers, I tried to like this one. I wanted to like this one. Otter Creek makes some stellar brews (Copper, for one) and I had hoped this would be as good. It wasn't bad. But it was absolutely run-of-the-mill. Ordinary (clear) yellow in the glass, decent frothy head that disappeared quickly. Taste was clean wheat with (happily) less citrus taste than I had expected. Thin, bubbly and almost tasteless. Not exactly an Otter Creek standout. But then again, it was extremely drinkable. And for a deck party or BBQ it would be ideal.

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Otter Creek Summer Ale from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
69 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.