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Otter Creek Spring Bock - Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's

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BA SCORE
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61 Ratings
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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 14.61%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Bock |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: fmccormi on 03-07-2012)
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Reviews by iguana1010:
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

iguana1010, Mar 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

jefftuck47, Mar 28, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

cliff1066, Apr 29, 2013
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3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Ommegang tulip. Nice sized head, tight bubbles. Good amber/light copper color. Smells malty sweet, a little grassiness...promising. Smooth mouthfeel then a quick malt note then a very pleasing bitterness. Leaves a nice lace on the glass. Finshes quick with a hop note. I'm liking this for the drinkability & price I'd recommend this one.

beerluvr, May 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

Bdel34, Apr 03, 2012
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3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsener glass- pours a slightly reddish copper color with almost a finger head , good retention, and very nice white lacing.

Smell is nice but uninteresting. Nice, sweet, bready malts.

Round, bready malt taste, mild floral hops towards the end, and a little bit of yeast (not sure if it's bottom or top fermenting). Great spring beverage flavors.

Mouthfeel is also very nice- medium bodied with light carbonation. Pretty clean feel. Very refreshing- my favorite of Otter Creek.

Hopdaemon39, Apr 07, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Enriquehopnog, Nov 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

kmwilson76, Apr 09, 2012
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3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is somewhat malty, a bit sweet. Taste is malty up front, some caramel. Hops kicking in with a touch of bitterness at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an easy drinking and pretty good beer.

tone77, Apr 20, 2012
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3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 fl. oz. bottle marked 3208020312. Sampled on May 1, 2012. It pours a lighter to medium amber with a tremendously long lasting off-white head. The aroma is of definite German malts and the weakest of fruit scents. The body is medium to medium bold with a pleasant creamy character. The taste is grainy and malty with a noted bitterness on the end. It is easy to drink. Not too bad of a way to enjoy spring.

puboflyons, May 01, 2012
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3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dense cadmium orange has a thin flim light khaki colored head that left a small speckled lacing. Slight head retention.

S: Buttered caramel sweetness upfront backed against a fresh spring field hopping.

T: Flavor upfront was again a buttered caramel sweetness with a spring green hopping. Fresh wet grains move in with a warming of nobel dry flower bitterness on the close. Some mild alcohol warmth.

M: Butterey, creamy mouthful, dry flowery warmth and dry toasted grain feel with a quiet carbonation stance.

O: Overall a spring bock with a flowery warmth of bitterness and alcohol.

beerthulhu, Sep 25, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

nebula1999, Apr 02, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

heganhound, Jul 08, 2012
Photo of fmccormi
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Straight pour from 12oz pry-off bottle to my Rare Vos tall-sided tumbler (what DO you call this glass style?); bottling date of January 27, 2012 printed in yellow ink on the shoulder of the bottle (“3205012712”)

Appearance (4.0): A beautiful, honey-colored body with about four fingers of light tan head on top; this is a very tight, fine-grained head that fades slowly to a rocky, pillowy surface. Nice lacing on the side. This is actually a really nice-looking beer.

Smell (4.0): Clean, rich but not sticky malted barley aroma with a solid nutty undertone. Any hop presence is light and grassy in the nose. Straightforward, nothing complicated, but a good, clean-smelling bock.

Taste (3.5): The hop note is actually much more pronounced here—spicy and grassy, as per the German hops noted on the label. Malt profile follows the nose, with a moderate richness blending with a nutty undertone, like almonds but not as sweet. The lager yeast note has a noticeable presence, which along with the hops leave a somewhat medicinal aftertaste. This is good, though I wish it were just a little richer and fuller tasting.

Mouthfeel (3.5): Quenching—dry finish, lighter side of medium feel, relatively low carbonation (wish there was a bit more of that, actually) and very easy going down. This is way too drinkable for 6.2%, it feels more like 4%.

Overall (3.5): This is a nice bock. Nothing crazy, nothing to swoon for exactly, but it’s very drinkable (VERY drinkable) and tasty all the same. Nice early spring beer to pick up by the sixer for $8-9.

fmccormi, Mar 07, 2012
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3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Looks of a clear caramel brown with an impressive 1/2 inch of opaque colored head. Looks sticky.

S - A very hop forward bock with floral and citrus hops. Balancing caramel malts smell nice.

T - Kind of bitter for a bock but I am kind of digging it. Mostly sweet citrus and pineapple hops next to a caramel like malt sweetness. Clean tasting.

M - Medium and chewy like a good bock should be.

Overall Otter creek always does a pretty good job crafting a good beer and this is a very good Spring bock full of malts and a good touch of hops. Worth trying!

DrDemento456, May 12, 2012
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4.28/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Well, this is my first ever beer from Otter Creek. It was my last choice in my nightly mix a six. Wasnt going to get this beer, but since they decided to follow me on twitter, I felt obligated to review one of there beers, so here it goes.

A: Pours a nice, golden amber color with a 1-inch off white head, has got some good sized bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass and leaves some lacing as the head slowly fades down.

S: Aroma is of some grassy and citrus hops, also get a hint of apple which is something I dont notice too often. Citrus aroma is a mesh between grapefruit and orange.

T: Moderate citrus character up front, with the sweetness of the malts. Can also taste that bit of apple and some pine follows at the end. Has is slightly dry aftertaste, which is something I enjoy in these types of beers.

M: Medium bodied, clean and crisp. Also has some good carbonation which brings out that citrus flavor.

O: A very enjoyable beer for me. I usually judge beers by the cover and reviews, so not knowing about this brewer, I had slightly low expectations. Tastes like an IPA, and a good IPA at that. Would buy a six pack of this and highly recommend trying this underrated beer. I guess you always find hidden gems in New England, cheers!

SouljaSaia17, Aug 02, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

ItsBeer4Me, Mar 28, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

DrinkingDrake, Jul 30, 2013
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3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fluffy fizzy head of 1 finger that fades semi slowly with decent lacing, semi hazy wheat orange beer.

Nose candy malts, toffee, wheat, caramelized biscuit malt, light fruity banana like wheat.

Taste starts with light sweet malts, toffee, reddish sweet malts, caramel, light banana candy, wheat, hint chewy malt biscuit like, light earthy bitterness. Finish adds more earthy bitterness, wheat, banana, bock like chewy wheat flavors, little toffee and slight salty briney bitter earthy hop flavor.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied, decent carb.

Overall ok, not great but not bad, nice malts, light hops aren't bad, wheat adds well with banana toffee and caramel, bit too bitter and salty.

jlindros, Sep 24, 2012
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3/5  rDev -15.7%

BostonPhilly, Jun 24, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

TheBigBoy, Apr 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

durkle, Mar 29, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

In a pilsener:

A: hazy orange/brown colored body with a small white head that appeared for less than a minute and then died altogether. There was barely any lacing and what there was of it slightly spider-webbed. The body was too hazy for carbonation to be seen rising.

S: bland stale caramel

T: stale caramel blended with some pale malts. There was a slight hoppy finish with some skunkiness as well.

M: medium and a bit watery - sessionable.

O: well, I haven't had too many bocks, so I hope not to sound too harsh, but I wasn't into this beer. I'm glad I only bought one. I probably won't buy this again.

BeerKangaroo, May 03, 2012
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3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark gold body with a great cream colored head, strong retention and lacing. Quite an attractive beer. Nose is full of bready malt and caramel with a light floral hoppiness underneath.

Flavor follows the nose; simple and straightforward bready malt with some sweetness and a hint of floral hops. Big time chewy malt character. Somewhat lingering bitter aftertaste and a dry finish.

Medium body with medium carbonation, fairly crisp in feel. Good job by Otter Creek on this one, very satisfying for a malty craving.

tobelerone, Jul 10, 2012
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2.93/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Appears a bright and mostly clear orange. Poured with one finger of white head that quickly disappeared. Thin webs of lacing remain on the glass after each sip

S: Bit of caramel on the nose. Didn't notice anything else.

T: A rusted hulk of caramel up on cinder blocks amid a landscape of short-cropped pale malts and a slightly hoppy finish. Touch skunky by the bottom.

M: A little creamy, but very light and watery for a bock. Too light, in fact. I think bock and I think of something a little more hearty with a bit of a bite.

O: This is a bock that just keeps hitting the snooze alarm over and over again until it's 10:30, then gets up and works on that Camaro on the lawn that'll be "totally awesome" once it gets it running again, but really, we both know that'll never happen, because this bock does not put in the effort. You'll send it to bock college for a year and only be $10,000 poorer for it.

Alright, this has been a bit hyperbolic. In all fairness, spring and summer styles tend towards the light, while bocks are traditionally a little heavier. Might be that it's not so much a bad beer as an idea that just didn't work out.

DirtyPenny, Apr 20, 2012
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Otter Creek Spring Bock from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
81 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.