Otter Creek Vermont Lager | Otter Creek Brewing

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Otter Creek Vermont LagerOtter Creek Vermont Lager

Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing
Vermont, United States

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.25%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by UnionMade on 06-26-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 94 | Ratings: 187
Photo of Longstaff
4.55/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Is this the first lager to come out of Vermont? Unless McNiel's did something, I think it is. Hopefully they will set the trend for other VT breweries, because they have set the standard. An excellent easy drinking lager with a clean malty base and no harsh alcohol flavors that usually dominate american made lagers. It had a nice deep golden color and a Cap'n Crunch like cereal aroma. Thicker mouthfeel than your average lager but this doesn't detract from its drinkability - not too sweet, not too fizzy - kind of creamy like the lagers I drank in Munich. Easy to drink a liter at a time - even when it gets warm, it is still just as tasty. Nice, hopefully I'll see it in all the bars in the Killington area this winter.

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Photo of LPorter33
4.44/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased 6 pack from Martignetti's for 5.99

Appearance: Average looking clean golden hue of most lagers

Smell: Very pleasant scent. A flower petal like aroma with a pleasant sourness mixed in with a sweet sugary odor.

Taste: I REALLY like this brew. It feels amazing when it initially hits your mouth. First flavor that hits and dominates is a beautiful sweet, malty honey like flavor but not too sweet as to overwhelm the hops that follow. Sweetness lingers in the aftertaste. Very light and highly drinkable. I could have many of these without complaint.

Overall: A+ one of the better beers I've sampled in a long time. I'm extremely impressed with Otter Creek brewery.

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Photo of seedyone
4.43/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

07/25/13 At Rattle N Hum, NYC. On tap. Nice & refreshing. I could drink this all day if I wasn't so distracted by the other 39 taps. The nice dry finish makes you want just one more, which must be intentional. Well done.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.37/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I plucked this from the cooler at the Knickerbocker Hotel in Altoona a couple of weeks ago (a real no-no, BTW) and set it aside for the right time. Yesterday, I drank both a Winter and a Spring seasonal so it simply makes sense to begin today with a Summer seasonal. Sorry about the use of all of the sibilants for my lisping readers out there.

From the bottle: "Vermont Lager is our Green Mountain homage to the classic German-style pilsner. Honoring tradition, VT Lager features imported German Pilsen malt & Hallertau and Tettnang hops."; "Located in historic Middlebury, Vermont, Otter Creek Brewing is the proud brewer of the finest quality, handcrafted ales since 1991."; "Handcrafted in Vermont"; "Summer Seasonal"; "Traditional German-style Pilsner".

My heavy-handed pour created a dense finger of bone-white head that looked like meringue atop the beer. The beer was a deep golden-yellow, like liquid sunshine in my glass and the total visual was of a lemon meringue pie. You have undoubtedly heard the adage "Music to my ears" and the soft grassiness of the hops on the nose was music to my olfactory system. I have drank enough lager-style beers now to be able to appreciate the better ones. Mouthfeel was medium as I let it roll around on my tongue. The taste reminded me of lemon pound cake from the way the malt seemed to interact with the hops. It was perfect for the day and reminded me to think about doing some baking. I also want to mention the unexpected abundance of sticky lacing that appeared as I drank though the glass. Finish was semi-dry as the malt offset the hops just enough to stop it from being Czech Pils dry. Here is another beer that I would absolutely reach for in a CAN during the summer, but not in a bottle. Your choice.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz brown longneck bottle, twist off cap, back label should have date, but missing.

This german style lager poured a clear, golden color with persistent fine bubbles and creamy, very white foam that lasted and left fine lace on the glass. The smell was very nice and long lasting: biscuity malt and floral hops. The taste was a very good biscuity malt flavor overlaid with floral hops. The hop bitterness did not appear until the finish and the aftertaste. Very nice! The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy with medium body and good carbonation. The aftertaste was hoppy and tangy. This was a very drinkable lager! A very pleasant surprise from Otter Creek.

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Photo of JasonCoop
4.32/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a clear yellow/gold with fluffy white head.

smells like tastey malts. bready smelling.

tastes nice and malty. full and buttery. carbonated and crisp tasting at the same time. hops balance it out nicely. it's the best pilsner i've tried so far.

mouthfeel is nice and light, crisp and easily drinkable.

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Photo of jtierney89
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

clear bright yellow color with 2 fingers of sticky bright white head. Biscuity nose, with lots of hops. Herbal and spicy hops. A super bitter pilsener. Light wispy graininess followed by lots of herbal and spicy hops. Light to medium bodied with super bright crispness. Big bitterness lingers. Really nice actually. ton of flavor, good drinkability, and lots of clean bitterness. No rough astringency or harsh flavors, smooth yet bold. I like it.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

talk about fresh! bottled on 06.17.03, and it's been sitting in my fridge for at least 10 days now. straight from the brewery to my place...i like it. anyway, pours a healthy golden colour, much lighter than i expected for a lager. the head is nice, but not lasting. strangely, portions of the smell and taste echo the cap'n crunch notion brought forth by the previous reviewer. i wasn't sure what to think when reading that but that's what's apparent here. i wasn't expecting to enjoy this as much as i did on a hot summer day, and i think it'll be just as good on a cold winter night. definitely recommended.

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Photo of jlindros
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a decent creamy fluffy 1+ finger head that fades at a med to slower pace, lots of thick soapy lacing, mostly clear watery straw colored.

Nose big time pilsner malts, straw, big straw, grassy, toasty, etc, with a nice noble grassy hop bite. Pretty nice actually.

Taste starts similarly, lightly sweet toasty grainy pilsner malt, lots of straw and grainy pilsner malts, touch bready doughy like, grassy, etc. Then nice noble hop grassy hop flavor, touch spicy, fair to a bit lighter bitterness, nice soft lager notes. Finish is dry and a bit crisp, long lingering grassy noble hops that turn a bit spicy, touch more straw malts.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, lots of nice carbonation.

Overall very nice actually, one of their best made beers yet, very well done to the style, nice noble hop bitterness and grassy flavors, nice straw toasty pilsner malts, no real flaws, even a little lager crispness and softness, just lacking the decoction complexity to really go over. Otherwise this is like a perfect summer lager made in America.

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Photo of FenwaySquid
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz twist off (?) bottle with bottling date and batch number on the label.

Appearance: Pale golden color, almost entirely transparent except for a small haze. The head faded quickly into a lace.

Aroma: Malty and bready.

Taste: Malts up front, very stong for the color, kind of surprised me to be honest. Some floral hops in the finish. Overall, good stuff.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is pretty much what I expected. The body was strong but not overpowering. The finished lingered a little while.

Overall: This beer is way more complex than the appearance lets on. I for one found it very enjoyable. Kudos to Otter Creek for producing such a fine brew!

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Photo of silver1audi
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoy this beer. I only drink it when I go to VT to visit family, but usually I bring some of this, along with numerous others, back to New York.

This is probably one of my favorite lagers. I just love the way it tastes. It's very drinkable; you could easily put back a whole 6 pack. I usually compare beers to other brands in the same price range, and I would always buy this over Blue or other macrobrews.

It just has a very non-offensive taste, but plenty of taste there to keep me happy. Overall it's just a good beer.

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Photo of Givemebeer
4.16/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recipe was changed this year...

A: Straw golden with a 1 finger white head and lively carbonation

S: Fresh cut grass and hay.

T: A hoppy German pilsener. Hopped with Apollo, Hallertau, and Tettnang. Grassy hop profile with a bready malt flavor and dry finish. Adding some more spiciness would really make this great. Tastes like a more tame Prima Pils.

M: Light bodied slight lingering bitterness.

O: Crisp and refreshing pilsener. Great for summer.

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Photo of Todd
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle. Bottled on and batch # on the back label. Pours a very pale golden brew with a touch of haze, moderate carbonation, and a a fizzy foam head that quickly settles to a thin bubble lace. Haze clears up as the beer warms.

Aroma is malty, with bready notes, and sweet colver polen floral hop nose beneath.

Smooth upfront. Surprisingly malty and rich (for the color), with a very unique touch of clover / honey-like sweetness, a wonderful bold toasted malt character with freshly baked bread crust flavors. Herbal, earthy and rind bitter flash, backed by a quick seltzer carbonation, provides a refreshing crispness. Flavors soften into light metallic notes, grain husks, some hop leaf in the feel, and a slight roughening of the palate. More bready notes at the finish with a residual light hop oil character.

A most quaffable and enjoyable lager, packed with interesting and complex flavors. In New England this is a rare treat, so kudos to Otter Creek for brewing a craft lager!

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Photo of nomad
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a stunningly clear light gold, clear as any of the water-like macro lagers. Carbonation flying up is light and intermittent, supporting a chunk-shaped but soft-textured head of foam that clung in large bits to the glass. Like see-through gold with a charming white crown.

Smell is a pungent array of Noble-type hops: dried flowers, lemons, grass, and almost vinegar-like wiffs alpha acid astringency. The soft, fluffy pale malt is a nice support behind the hop bouquet.

Taste is the definition of crisp and clear. The pale malt is thin but not characterless, instead acting as agreeable as possible, making way for the sharp hop onslaught. Though not large in flavor, the hops bite with intense lemon and floral zest and then... done. The finish is crisp, fairly clean, and quietly leaving hints of hop oils with vegetal flavors. Thin watery mouthfeel feels a bit like plastic in its slight nature.

Wow. Picked this up on a whim while trying to find something that inexperienced beer drinkers in my family would enjoy at a gathering. Instead I was smacked by one of those style-defining beers - this is what macro lagers should taste like. Destroyed a six-pack in no time despite restraining myself. Back to get another sixer. Damn it's crisp!

Wouldn't buy it more than 4 weeks past the "bottled on" date.

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Photo of Reidrover
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok second offering from the esteemed "Uncle Jimbo"
Comes in the obligatory 12 oz brown bottle..simple label.
Nice appearance for this lager golden yellow with a small but persistant pure white head..nice lacing.
I loved the aroma of this of the best of its class..nice spicy hoppiness..more than balanced by a a yummy toffee malt aroma..beautiful .
this is a full flavoured malty style pilsner here..and i love it the full sweetness of the malt is replaced eventually by a nice residual hop bitterness.
Very nice creamy smooth feeling on the tongue.
Very nice drinking lager..thanks UJ great summer beer indeed!

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Photo of xgrigorix
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Twelve ounce brown twist off bottle. Bottling date & batch # are curiously absent.

Bright glowing gold in colour, slight chill haze, and one finger of bubbly white foam caps it off.

Fresh bread aroma mixes with a bright herbal hop aroma.

Clean malt flavor, some breadiness, refreshingly sweet. This transforms into a herbal, slightly spicy hop lingering finish.

Just a shade on the light side of medium bodied, with gentle carbonation.

Crisp, clean, refreshing. A refined & sophisticated lager from a New England craft brewer - who would have thought? What's most impressive is this is the first year for this lager. Way to nail it on the first try!

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A clean golden body, a burst of carbonation, topped by a healthy, frothy white head. A bit of stretched out lacing. Very classic looking. Some fresh hay in the nose, and a splash of herbal hop spicyness. On the tongue, this is beer is classicly lager clean. Extraordinarily balanced. Refreshing, but with more body than a lawnmover beer. While nothing stands out, that applies to any flaws as well. Could be an exceptional "crossover" beer to serve a mixed bag of party guests. This is what American Lager should be. Exceeded my expectations.

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Photo of scootny
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful gold with a majestic head. Lacing a little less than the head would lead you to expect but decent. Little carbonation visible.

I saw no indication on the bottle that this was a pils but my nose knew immediately. A sweet and lightly buttery malt is the main player. A traditional Czec hop profile follows. Earthy with a light spiciness.

Taste showcases an excellent malt base by the brewer. This flows light a lightly sweet honeybun over the tongue. A breakfast pastry like yeast and bread core. Herbal and earthy hops give good balance with a touch of spiciness in the finish that also squeezes some grapefruit juice out to wet your whistle. Feel is smooth and with a tingly light creaminess. Spot on weight gives it a supple feel as it flow across the mouth.

A great session beer that goes down easy and with pleasure.

Thanks to The Rowan for this one

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Photo of WesWes
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a gold color with a thick frothy white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice malty scent that is a real treat from most lager aromas. It has an almost caramel smell. The taste is good also. It is full of malty flavor with a that dry bitter lager yeast taste. It has a creamy mouthfeel. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a great lager. It is full of flavor and still has all of the styles' characteristics. Otter Creek is putting out some damn good brews lately. This just adds to it's legacy.

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Photo of jwc215
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured light golden with a thin white head that rapidly became a well-retained lacing.
The smell was a bit thin - clean mixture of maltiness and fruity hops.
The taste was creamy malt combined with some fruity hops. It was slightly thicker than I would have expected from the color.
The mouthfeel was quite refreshing - a creamy fruitiness with a touch of graininess.
It was certainly drinkable, especially on a hot day. Another good one (though not necessarily one of my personal favorites) from Otter Creek!

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Photo of ElGuapo
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice golden colored brew topped with a thin head of white foam that will leave you with lace on your glass as it dies down. A very grainy aroma that also possesses some great hop notes. It seems so far like Otter Creek really made a different lager.

Tingly carbonation and a very crisp mouthfeel make it a great summer brew. Well balanced, with a grainy base accompanied by an oh so tasty kick of hops that adds a bit of grassiness. A lighter-bodied beer that is full of flavoir, this is a brew not to miss. Drinkability ranks way up there with the big boys.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.94/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up in a mix-a-six, poured chilled from the 12oz into a can shaped glass.

The color is brilliant golden with mild haze and thick two finger cap of white with good retention and a small bead with smatterings of lace collecting on the glass. The smell has a mild floral and citrus with lemon and spice quality from the hops with light yeast note and malt which has a mildly sweet aroma. The feel is very good with moderate bitterness and mild sweetness with a generally balanced feel medium carbonation and semi-dry finish.

The flavor of herbal lemony hops are present on the initial sip with a light peppery accent and a mild taste of yeast with some pilsner malt sweetness and light toastiness with hop flavor lingering in the finish which is pretty dry. The flavor is bright and tangy with hop dominance which is good for this style. Overall I really enjoy this lager it is fresh and clean and has plenty of hops to satisfy. This is one worth having again -well done Otter Creek!

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Photo of wedge
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear pale golden color with a white one-finger head. Smell is sweet, biscuity...very aromatic. Taste expands on the scent though a bit more balanced. Lots o' malts, slightly buttery, a slight bit of hops linger behind along with subtle roasted malts. Medium body, creamy...actually fills the mouth well with flavor. Clean, smooth, and quite easy to drink.

Very nice for a lager. Bready malts give it a suprisingly rich flavor and aroma. Certainly a keeper from Otter Creek.

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Photo of donniecuffs
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

At the OC/Wolaver's promo at Vito's, the brewery rep in attendance was jumping from table to table announcing to everyone that the recipe for this beer was recently revamped, so we shouldn't rule it out. I was impressed by this because (a) it showed that the brewery was admitting that the previous iteration of this beer (which I had had years ago) was terrible, and (b) it showed that the brewery gave a damn and was willing to improve the quality. Therefore I ordered one to give it a fair shake. In short, I was pleasantly surprised.

Into a pilsner glass, it poured golden with two fingers of bright white head that laced fairly well. Healthy carbonation was evident as well. The smell revealed some floral Noble hops qualities, as well as grass and hay. The taste revealed this in abundance as well, then dissolved to malt, and then finished on a very dry note. In fact, the finish was probably the most impressive aspect of the flavor. Very well done. The body was just a touch below medium, with a pronounced carbonation presence. I could certainly see myself sessioning this in the future. Kudos to the brewery for the new recipe.

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Photo of cubedbee
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright golden tellow with a thin white head that fades away fast, no real retention to speak of. Smell is a nice sweet bready malt, fairly strong. Taste is a nice solid malt, with a definite citrus edge and a crisp grassy hop finish. Simple, but nice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and rather smooth, a little less carbonated that I expected for a pilsner. Overall this is a really solid simple lager, easy to share with macro drinking friends, definitely has it's times.

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