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

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BA SCORE
81
good

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 laurastradford
3/5  rDev -15.7%

laurastradford, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of mkeene78
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

mkeene78, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of Molson2000
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Molson2000, Oct 01, 2012
Photo of beerthulhu
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
Photo of jlindros
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
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 sanitarium16
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

sanitarium16, Aug 01, 2012
Photo of Cpt_Caveman
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Cpt_Caveman, Jul 30, 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 heganhound
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

heganhound, Jul 08, 2012
Photo of morlboroburn
2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

morlboroburn, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of beerluvr
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
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 bluntedboywonder
4/5  rDev +12.4%

bluntedboywonder, May 06, 2012
Photo of mnrider
3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Spring Seasonal.

A: Pours an amber/honey color with a nice frothy head. Good lacing and retention.

S: Nice mixture of sweet malts, spices and hops. Some bready malts come through with a hint of orange.

T/M: Mostly sweet malts and some floral hops. Feels chewy and kind of flat with a slight hopy bitter aftertaste. Nothing really stands out in the taste that would make this beer anything more than average.

O: A pretty well balanced brew, but again theirs nothing really that special going on here. The higher ABV does create a slight alcohol bit here and there.

Cheers!

mnrider, May 05, 2012
Photo of BeerKangaroo
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
Photo of puboflyons
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
Photo of Horbar
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Horbar, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of tone77
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
Photo of Peyton5410
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Peyton5410, Apr 20, 2012
Photo of DirtyPenny
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
Photo of NHGrafx
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber color. Big head which dissipates into a foam pile on top. Leaves lots of nice lacing.

Smell is malty, grassy, citrusy, and floral.

Taste has some nice citrus in it and malts. There is also an orange flavor that reminds me of frozen watered down orange juice concentrate in the background. A nice hoppy bitterness also lingers on the finish.

Mouthfeel is pretty good and so is drinkability. Overall this is pretty good.

NHGrafx, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of jfcaa193
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

jfcaa193, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.13/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear orange-amber color with two-finger, white, frothy head that lasted a while. Nice lacing.

S: Tangy citrus fruit smell. Grassy.

T: Light sweetness and light to moderate bitterness. Citrus flavors. A sort of metallic flavor. Mild overall.

M: Light to medium bodied with soft carbonation. Kind of thin.

O: This beer looks phenomenal, but the nose and taste are kind of mild and uninteresting.

SolipsismalCat, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of kmwilson76
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

kmwilson76, Apr 09, 2012
Otter Creek Spring Bock from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
81 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.