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

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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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Photo of SouljaSaia17
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
Photo of jefftuck47
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

jefftuck47, Mar 28, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

Bdel34, Apr 03, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

kmwilson76, Apr 09, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

durkle, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of microbrewlover
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours an amber/copper color with a medium head which sticks around for a few minuets and medium/medium-heavy carbonation; mild lacing which is present until the end.

The smell is of oranges, lemon, malts and hops. Quite pleasing and well balanced.

The mouthfeel is filling and chewing and carbonation is present.

The taste starts with orange, moves to lemon, toasted grains and possibly nuts. There is an earthy grassy taste which is then followed by the hop oils. The hop oils linger on the toungue.

Overall this brew is well balanced between malts, grains, fruits, possibly nuts and hops. I agree with another reviewer who stated this is a Maibock rather than an actual bock. As the label states, this is a great beer for the transition to Spring.

microbrewlover, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of andrewinski1
4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. The color is golden, almost clear. There is a small head that almost disappears.

The aroma immediately reminds me of a typical pilsner because of the distinct german style hops (that I assume Otter Creek used but I'm not sure). Subsequent whiffs reveal more caramel malt aroma to go with graham cracker and bread crust. This has a nice malty aroma.

The taste is a crisp, refreshing balance of doughy malt and a gentle grassy hop finish.

The carbonation is prickly and really nice; the body is light to medium.

I like this one a lot, maybe I'm just in the mood for this because it's not one of my go-to styles. Then again, it's hard to find a decently made fresh one.

andrewinski1, Mar 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

iguana1010, Mar 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

rorjets, Feb 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

bluntedboywonder, May 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

wrightst, Today at 02:14 AM
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

brewcifix, May 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

Cpt_Caveman, Jul 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

drt72, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of tpauer
4/5  rDev +12.4%

tpauer, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of JoolyGoodFellow
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle dated 1/29/12. BA classifies this as a bock, but I beg to differ. This is indeed a Maibock.

My in-going expectations are not high, but rather I'm expecting a decent brew which came at a great price ($12.99 a 12er).

A gentle pour yields a a fairly dense, chunky two finger head which produces a steady flow of upward carbonation which remains throughout the relatively quick consumption. A beautiful golden beer, for certain.

Aroma is sweet caramel malts, grassy German hops. Nothing overpowering, but enough that is registers and makes itself known. Pleasing.

Ah, precisely what the doctor and style call for. Bold, yet contained malt sweetness, perfectly balanced with tight hops of the German sort. A light warming reminds you that this is a Maibock, but not enough to impact drinkabilty.

Drinkability is high. I could have 4 or 5 of these if I was in the mood.

A damn fine Maibock, and happily arriving as I begin to long for my Glissade, which was sadly replaced by the underwhelming Ruthless Rye.

Otter Creek, they're a funny sort. Quiet, contained, and happy to make just a few well crafted brews in a few great, but largely under-represented styles.

JoolyGoodFellow, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of Hopdaemon39
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
Photo of tobelerone
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
Photo of BlackDog
3.91/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spring Bock pours a nice, clear medium amber color with a 2-finger thick white head. It has medium carbonation, and lacing and retention are both average.

The aroma is really well balanced. Pine notes come up first, with some citrus and orange coming next. It's very well-rounded with a mild malt backbone.

The taste has some sweet malt notes up front with some orange and citrus flavors. This is followed with some pine and grapefruit hop notes and some toasted grains. It finishes dry and enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a crisp, clean feel and a dry finish. Carbonation is spot on.

BlackDog, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of DrDemento456
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
Photo of Brad007
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice copper hue with a one-finger head into my glass. Very nice color for the style.

Sweet, grainy malt. Definitely resembles the style. I'm not sure what else to expect.

Drinks like a lush. Lots of chewy, bready malt. Very well-defined. Carbonation is just about right.

Lingering chewy, bready malt. Mmmmm. Very decent for the style.

I like this seasonal. It's not their mud bock but it's good!

Brad007, Mar 30, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Bamarooster, May 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Duesler, Mar 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

mkeene78, Nov 24, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Latarnik, May 24, 2014
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Otter Creek Spring Bock from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
81 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.