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

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BA SCORE
80
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85 Ratings
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Ratings: 85
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Fall

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

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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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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.

Photo of vdub191
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Wortman1998
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of Tom_Gilman
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of dsnyder61
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of thegerm87
2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

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.

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.

Photo of RickyMartin
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.

Photo of metter98
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.

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.

Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Horbar
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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.

Photo of wattoclone
2.75/5  rDev -21%

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

Photo of Varkias41
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of iwillhaveanother
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of GarthDanielson
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.

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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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4/5  rDev +14.9%

Otter Creek Oktoberfest Lager from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
80 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.