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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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176 Ratings

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Ratings: 176
Reviews: 126
rAvg: 2.89
pDev: 19.03%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

22 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-24-2001)
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Photo of chasmandocharles
3/5  rDev +3.8%

chasmandocharles, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of chrispoint
2/5  rDev -30.8%

chrispoint, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of PeterMacKellar
2.25/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle poured into pint glass

A - Extremely clear, good head.

S - Distinct notes of honey, citrus and pear.

T - Not a strong initial taste at all, almost hard to place anything. Notes of pear come through at the end, but again nothing strong at all.

M - Not much to the mouthfeel, almost like drinking a glass of water. Very light on the tongue.

O - Alright beer, but nothing special. I would take other summer ales over this is given the choice. However, I had definitely had worse.

PeterMacKellar, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of AWS2111
3/5  rDev +3.8%

AWS2111, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of Moredrinkin
3/5  rDev +3.8%

Moredrinkin, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of Onenote81
2.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a 6-pack of this near the end of the season for $3.99. Can't pass that up. Poured the final bottle into a pint glass for review. From notes.

Pours an unsurprising pale gold with a 2-finger bone-white head. This dies down quickly to nothing but a thin sheet. Zesty fruity nose. A bit of lemon-cleaner in there as well. The mouth is popping an bubbly, to a fault. Hinders drinkability a bit. Lots of lemon in the flavor, faint white pepper bite on the back end. Mild grainy quality. Wheat character is not pronounced. This was mildly refreshing, but not something I would get at 'full-price.'

Onenote81, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of ROGUE16
3/5  rDev +3.8%

ROGUE16, Dec 01, 2011
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3/5  rDev +3.8%

nmann08, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of tylerprince
3/5  rDev +3.8%

tylerprince, Nov 28, 2011
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3/5  rDev +3.8%

ElGallo, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of tobelerone
2.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Gotta echo the majority on this summer offering from OC. This is one thin, unsubstantial example of a pretty light style to begin with. Yes it’s a thirst quencher and an easy session brew for a hot day’s barbeque. But this very watery light yellow beer has little else to recommend it. Aroma is noticeably wheaty and citric. The taste is the same, dominated by lemony notes, with the floral hops that are here extremely subdued. Would like a much more pronounced yeastiness to this than what is there.

Bubbly carbonation. Finishes fairly clean. Boring in the end; I say the Copper Ale is a much better choice on even the hottest summer days.

tobelerone, Oct 13, 2011
Photo of MikeWard
2.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

part of an otter creek sample case.

Poured slightly hazy yellow with a thin head. Fair amount of carbonation.

Aroma was citrus-like

Taste- ahh, this is where it lost me. Not much flavor beyond the citrus

Mouth was very weak and water-like. I can imagine it would be refreshing on a 100f day, but it's in ther 60's here

Didn't care for the beer, just weak without much to highlight. Think I'll stick to the copper

MikeWard, Sep 24, 2011
Photo of VelvetExtract
3.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Pours a fairly transparent yellow hue. Not exceptionally bright, but still somewhat illuminating. Almost no head, although I did pour gently. Not much haze, and the bubbles are few and rise slowly.

S- Wheat and citrus. There is an almost tart lemony scent. Grainy and even a tad bit skunky. Not a strong aroma, but definitely a curious one. Most summer beers are pretty boring, so let me see..

T-Like watered down lemon juice mixed with a metallic/glassy flavor. As if the beer has begun to taste like the bottle that contains it. Somewhat grassy.

M-Light and watery with not much lingering feel. Carbonation is high but is not very off putting.

O/D-Just another sub-decent summer beer that I could stand to forget.

VelvetExtract, Sep 07, 2011
Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
3.48/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle was part of an Otter Creek Variety Case.

Enjoyed in a DFH Pint Glass

A - Pours a slightly hazy, golden straw color. A decent two finger, fairly dense, white head on the initial pour that fades to a light skim. A fair amount of sediment left on the bottom of the bottle after pouring. Moderate lacing.

S - A slightly grassy, lemony smell

T - Not bad. It tastes like a lite-style pilsner with a lemony, earthy taste. A bit of a yeasty taste comes through as well. Actually very easy to drink. I had this while BBQing on a warm night and it was a thirst quencher. Easily sessionable but nothing that stands out. No alcohol taste at all.

M - Decently carbonated. Thinnish consistency.

O - Of the four beers in the Otter Creek case, this is my least favorite. That being said, it is what it is...a very easy to drink, summer beer. No frills just a beer that you can easily down several of on a hot night. I'll finish the remaining bottles but I wouldn't necessarily seek it out again.


BuxMontBeerLover, Aug 18, 2011
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2.68/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

kingcrowing, Aug 05, 2011
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2.35/5  rDev -18.7%
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.

jeanmono, Jul 09, 2011
Photo of confer
3/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It is pretty much the same as most of the plain American wheat beers. One difference is the color. This beer is very pale almost like lemonade with minimal head and lacing. The aroma is the bes thing about this beer, it is very lemony. There is barely any taste at all. I get a little of that dull American wheat beer taste. This was the July selection for our beer of the month club. I wouldn't purchase again but it is okay for a hot summer day.

confer, Jul 04, 2011
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2.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle. Pours a semi translucent golden straw color with zero head. No lacing. Aroma is slightly sour. Malts, grains, cut grass. Taste is very light. A bit watery and basically has some lemon to it but mostly flavors of malts and grains. Easy to drink, but that's the point. A bit disappointed with this one. Nothing special and not all that much flavor. Its great to drink outside in the Summer, but there are a large list of better beers for that than this one. Overall, it works fine in the mix 12 pack but it isn't all that good.

PicoPapa, Jun 30, 2011
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3.65/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Yellow and translucent with no head. A bunch of carbonation running up the sides of my pint glass. Aroma is light. Some hints of pale and wheat malts with a peppery lemon zest. The taste basically follows the aroma with the sweet malts coming through. There is a great transition from pale malty sweetness to grassy lemon hop crispness. Great crisp and refreshing light body. I had a couple of these yesterday afternoon outside grilling.

DrinkingDrake, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of JNewbs
2.15/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The appearance was alright - nothing outstanding. A bit of a head, a nice pale color.

The smell was straw and grassy. Not a lot of smell to it though.

Taste was not impressive. It was grassy and faintly herbal with a bit of citrus. But the flavors didn't meld so much as they fought it out on my palate.

Carbonation and lack of an aftertaste were benefits in this beer, given the flavor.

Overall, not a fan.

JNewbs, Jun 06, 2011
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2.63/5  rDev -9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle, no date, just a lot #.

very pale straw color, with bone white head. aroma is just a bit of wheat and a touch of lemon grassy-ness. taste is similar. very light in flavor, watery. thin, fizzy body, easy drinking.

overall, very light, but a half decent summer beer for a hot day. but once it starts to warm its not good.

jmdrpi, Jun 01, 2011
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2.38/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle poured into a perfect pint glass bottled on 3/8/11

A- pours looking like lemonade, head is actually very bright white but disappears like a one-hit wonder. Little to no carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass.

S- Light notes of wheat and pale malts, not very strong in the nose at all, just a touch of lemon.

T- tastes like straw with a slight bitterness on the finish that seems misplaced,

M- light bodied, not really much to it, carbonation is barely noticeable.

O- it seems as if they were going for a lemonadesque, summer shandy type beer, but this fell way short of the mark. Maybe it's just not hot enough here yet to enjoy this summer ale, but I would avoid this one.

Franz4, May 01, 2011
Photo of metter98
3.03/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

metter98, Apr 30, 2011
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3.23/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A : a light hazy yellow with a good white and frothy head. it is a pale looking yellow with a fluffy head.

S : a light scent of lemon heavy potpourri. There is an almost german lager smelling yeast scent with a finish of faint hops.

T : a wheat start gives way to a subtle hop finish. The beginning has an odd, grassy bite to it. The beer is light bodied and a little watery and borders on a light pilsner if not for the wheat. The wheat is of a real white bread (no wonder bread, think your hometown bakery). The finish is exuberant with carbonation and clean. There is the slightest hint of citrus from the subtle hop flavor

M : not overly carbed like most summer beers. Light and easy.

D : again light and easy. I could drink this beer from sun up to, well just about sun up again...

decent summer offering. Easy to drink and gets more flavorful as you go through the pint. Since I love their other beers I'll probably get a mix pack sometime soon to enjoy in the summer sun. However this wouldn't be my first choice of a solo for a good summer bbq... Cheers!

Thads324, Apr 03, 2011
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2.15/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a bright straw. Brief highly carbonated head with minimal lacing.

S - Light bready malts.

T - Watery. Like the aroma light bready malts, some mild sweetness. Strong astringent finish/aftertaste.

M - Light.

D - I suppose you could drink a lot, since it is almost water. This beer suffers the all too common fate of summer seasonals.

Wamesit, Feb 20, 2011
Otter Creek Summer Ale from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
68 out of 100 based on 176 ratings.