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

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Ratings: 62
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 14.37%
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:
Beer added by: fmccormi on 03-07-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 62 | Reviews: 22
Photo of kmwilson76
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of Hopdaemon39
3.91/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Photo of tpauer
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of Bdel34
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of Brad007
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
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!

Photo of durkle
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of jefftuck47
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of microbrewlover
4.23/5  rDev +19.2%
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.

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.13/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased at Market Basket in Somersworth. Pours a clear but slightly hazy golden amber body with a half inch or so of off-white head. Smells sweet and malty. Tastes somewhat sweet with grainy and caramel notes along with a hint of grassy hops. Medium to light in body with moderate to low carbonation. Fairly quaffable. Not a bad little beer - middle of the road to be sure but simple and refreshing to match the unusually warm spring we've had.

Photo of JoolyGoodFellow
3.96/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Photo of andrewinski1
4.16/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

Photo of fmccormi
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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