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Otter Creek Oktoberfest Lager - Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's

Otter Creek Oktoberfest LagerOtter Creek Oktoberfest Lager

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Ratings: 82
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 10.92%

Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
In celebration of Bavarian tradition, we brew Otter Creek Oktoberfest with German Hallertau and Tettnang hops to balance its slightly sweet malt flavor. Brewed to enjoy on a crisp autumn day, Oktoberfest has a deep golden hue that is a perfect match for the beautiful fall foliage of Vermont.

Replaced the Oktoberfest Ale in 2012.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 09-06-2012)
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Photo of stakem


3.74/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a snifter. The brew appears a clear copper color with an off-white head that retains well leaving spotty lace as it fades.

The smell includes notes of caramel and toffee malt. Sweet yet fruity and floral with a touch of alcohol. The balance between hops, malt and alcohol is well done.

The taste is fruity and floral from hops but also a bit of fruity alcohol is evident overtop caramel/toffee malt sweetness. A touch of buttery diacetyl comes out once it warms up.

This is a medium body with a modest amount of carbonation. It is crisp and easy drinking. Worth a try but nothing over the top exciting here.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2014 14:23:21 | More by stakem
Photo of Dodo2step


3.26/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

P- Wegmans in Mechanicsburg

A- light orange fall color. Minimal head and lacks the lacing I like.

S- bready raisin nose but comes out very light in aroma. Maybe a musty pepper smell as well.

F- breaded raisin malts. Not much else maybe the pepper but it is faint.

M- light bodied vinegar malt.

O- Not bad but not good. an average Oktoberfest and worth trying but not worth buying a sixer.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 18:32:02 | More by Dodo2step
Photo of KTCamm

New Jersey

3.86/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours light amber, and with light white sticky foam. Malt nose, but small, some caramel. Bready. All Malt taste. Varied sweetness, but held in check by a subtle hop. Not much of a story to tell here. Simple but good. Sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 15:27:53 | More by KTCamm
Photo of Jeffreysan


3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy, golden-copper, amber color with a quarter of a finger of white head that quickly dissolved into a thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass and formed wispy clouds that partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very malty and bready, like most Oktoberfest veers, but slightly musty too, but in a good way, like crushed grapes. I get notes of freshly toasted raisin bread, salted butter, black pepper and floral notes of clover and honey.

Taste: Very malty up front, but quickly followed by a higher hops flavor than other Oktoberfest beers that I’ve had. The beer is actually much more hops forward than I’m used to in Oktoberfest beers, but not at all, unpleasant; rather, tasty in fact.

Mouthfeel: Medium, with a really good amount of carbonation to not only tickle the taste buds, but wake them the hell up! With an ABV of only 4.8%, there is absolutely no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: Another very solid Oktoberfest beer from an American brewery. Very tasty and actually a little more unique than other Oktoberfest beers in that it’s much more hops forward in flavor. This is another beer to add to my Oktoberfest rotation.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2013 00:56:50 | More by Jeffreysan
Photo of DIM


4.04/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a: Chill hazed coppery amber; poured with a medium sized fizzy cap.

s: Nutty, bready malts; some leafy hops as well.

t: Crisply sweet bready malts with a nutty, leafy finish. I don't have much experience with the style, but this pretty spot-on to me.

m: Crisp and clean.

o: Nicely done, perfect for a beautiful fall day.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 19:23:53 | More by DIM
Photo of Darkmagus82


3.46/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a crystal clear orange-amber color with a one finger pure white head. The head fades over about a three minute time period to leave a good level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma was of a roasted malt smell with a light caramel and toffee sweetness. Along with these smells are some light earthy and herbal hop aromas.

Taste – The taste begins with a roasted bready flavor with a bit of caramel sweetness. The sweetness increases toward the middle of the taste with the caramel growing stronger and some other light fruit flavors coming to the tongue. Flavors of a grassy and earthy nature come to the tongue at the end, and with the sweeter flavors increasing a bit, a moderately sweet and toasted malt flavor is left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that was on the averages side as well. Both were nice for making a rather refreshing and easy drinking brew overall.

Overall – A nice drinking oKtoberfest. Nothing super exceptional, but good none the less.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 01:46:50 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of RickyMartin

New York

3.31/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Nice copper color with a light head.

Didn't get a lot of nose from the beer. Possibly it was a little cold. Malt with slight spice overtones.

Soft on the palette with a malty aftertaste. Very light spices.

Nice on the mouth. Not to much carbonation, smooth and easy to drink. No strong aftertaste. Very mild.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 21:55:27 | More by RickyMartin
Photo of metter98

New York

3.71/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellowish amber in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short off white head that died down, leaving a collar around the edge of the glass and some wispy patches of bubbles covering the surface.
S: Moderately strong aromas of earthy hops and toasted malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has some hints of floral and spicy hops. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I liked this beer because the combination of hops and malts made it taste like an authentic Oktoberfest from Germany. It was quite easy to drink because it wasn't too malty or heavy on the palate.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2013 23:56:57 | More by metter98
Photo of Carolvs


2.7/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Appearance - Probably one of the stronger points of my experience: Light to medium amber color with a half inch head that left decent lacing.

Taste - Noticeably light on the malt and then a strong coppery aftertaste.

Overall - I picked this up at a local liquor store in Wilbraham, MA. Seeing it was $10.99 for a 12-pack, I said, "Why not?" But I have to say, I'm a bit disappointed here notwithstanding the affordability. Perhaps I've been spoiled with a lot of Thomas Hooker Oktoberfest recently - one of the best out there if you take the Beer Advocate ratings as your guide - but I'd frankly rank the Sam Adams Oktoberfest substantially above this one, and honestly, just about any other Oktoberfest I've had this season. I'm totally unfamiliar with Otter Creek's offerings, so I'll still give their other brews a try, but this one is not a repeat, even at $10.99 a 12-pack.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2013 09:18:50 | More by Carolvs
Photo of 57md


3.61/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear copper with a half finger of head most of which dissipated rather quickly. As expected, the nose is malty. This offering has all the flavors that one might expect in a Marzen style (bready, caramel malt, etc.), but lighter bodied than the top tier versions. There is a pleasant dry bitterness on the finish of this good, but not great fall seasonal.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2013 19:22:07 | More by 57md
Photo of Slatetank


3.9/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

picked this up at Giant enjoyed chilled in a pub glass chilled from the 12oz bottle

The color is deep amber like changing autum leaves with good clarity with a quick collapsing white head with fine bead. The smell is very good, very malty with a mild sweet scent of caramel malt and light herbal hop odors. The feel is very good with moderate carbonation and body with mild spice and sweet backbone adding to the lager yeast which is clean textured

The taste is very good, lots of malt flavor with some toasted flavor with a slight caramel sweetness and subtle spice from the hops with yeast accents which enhances the mild toffee-taste in the background. The overall drinakbility level is very good, I would recommend this if you enjoy a lager with some malt flavor it is not the fullest of the style malt-wise but it went well with my knockwurst

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2013 00:10:36 | More by Slatetank
Photo of GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.39/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a pale, clear, copper-orange coloring with a filmy, sparse, white surface coat of head. Steady flow of carbonation throughout the body. Aromas of roast, toasted grains, tangy nut and caramel sweetness, and some woody/earthy character. Light nose. Flavors are toast forward, with a caramel tangy overlay. Sweet, but balanced, with hints of roast and campfire char. Spices are subtle, but there is a nutmeg character that helps sharpen up the rich and sweet profiles. The body is robust, but kept light and clean by the carbonation. Roasted caramel and grainy aftertaste, with a slick, slightly lingering and slightly cloying finish. Easy to drink, and the flavors are robust enough to represent the style appropriately.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2013 21:00:08 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of MistahBeah


3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper with orange hues. Minimal white head with no retention or lace. Some slow carbonation

Smells of roasted grainy and caramel malts. Faint toffee. Hop aroma is floral and spicy-smelling. Some nuttiness in there too

Tastes like the nose. Roasty malts with caramel, chestnut, and toffee flavors. Hop bitterness is mild. Floral and slightly earthy with a hint of peppery spice. Slightly coppery metallic aftertaste

Feels clean and smooth. Decent body. Slightly grainy finish

Overall an enjoyable marzen. Wasn't let down by this but it's not a game-changer by any stretch. Would revisit if the mood struck me and there weren't better options

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 02:30:24 | More by MistahBeah
Photo of plaid75

New York

3.69/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On draft at the brewery.

Poured a medium copper hue with a wispy white cap. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured light earthy caramel malt with an herbal hop spice.

The taste consisted of caramel, a leafy hop spice and an earthy nuttiness.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty lager.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2013 17:29:48 | More by plaid75
Photo of IronLover


3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Honey yellow-orange in color with a deep haze. Poured with a strong white foam that reduced to a healthy white cap that left sheets of wet lacings on the glass. Bready and biscuit aromas are abundant with caramel malt and earthy, grassy notes beneath. On the lighter side of medium bodied with a delicate, slightly thin, feel. Light bready malt and grassy flavors throughout with a light tangy hop presence in the middle. Finished cleanly with a sour bread aftertaste. Very easy drinking, but somewhat unremarkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2013 03:12:11 | More by IronLover
Photo of microbrewlover


3.56/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours an orange copper color with a half finger head and mild lacing.

The smell is dank like wet hay and malty. Peat moss and nutty. There is also some carmel in there.

The taste starts with a sweet malt and carmel taste followed by a nutty/bready taste then some tangy/peppery hops on the back end. There is some mild hop oil which sticks to the tongue after swallowing.
The mouthfeel is thick and bready, nutty and chewy. Tangy with good carbonation.

Overall this is a good example of the Oktoberfest style, from the look to the taste. Just enough sweet malt with just enough hops to balance out the sweetness. This would be a good session beer for anytime of the year.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2013 19:29:52 | More by microbrewlover
Photo of BeerKangaroo


2.48/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Into a pint glass:

A: dark copper colored body and left a one finger white foamy head, some nice ringy lacing was left around the sides of the glass. No carbonation was seen rising.

S: really off, bland and muted caramel tones with some light nuttiness to it.

T: basically the same.

M: light to medium with nothing harsh on the tongue, sessionable.

O: I'm not that impressed with this beer. I've had better Oktoberfests and this isn't one of them. I won't seek this out again.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2012 12:36:07 | More by BeerKangaroo
Photo of Bierman9

New Hampshire

3.9/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stopped by Otter on 02SEP12 with Alewife for a bit of lunch during a great bike ride. Was told by the staff there that this is now a lager. This was confirmed via email as follows:

"Our Oktoberfest is indeed a lager. We ferment this brew with Andechs lager yeast. We also hand loaded all malts (Munich, Vienna, and Pilsen) by hand in lieu of the conventional bulk 2 Row used for our traditional ale production. Cheers!

Mike Gerhart "

So, I grabbed a pint to lead off! Shaker glass was filled with a clear, medium copper bier, which had steady carbo present. Head was thin, off-white and wispy, with nice lace left arrear. Nose had some light caramel and toasty malts. This bier passed fairly smoothly over the tongue, and the body was mid-range medium.

Light sweetness first alit on the palate, with more toasty, caramel notes, plus a touch of subtle toffee. The malt level here was real nice and more typical of the style than the faux-OFest ales in the past. Had some mild floral hop action rounding out the finish. Found it quite solid and drinkable. Prosit!

3.9/5 rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2012 15:19:28 | More by Bierman9
Otter Creek Oktoberfest Lager from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
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