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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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a straw yellow color with a fingers worth of head that fades down to a decent cap

S: Mostly grainy with notes of fruitiness and spicy European hops. Pilsner malt present as well

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with hits of pilsner malt and grain, followed by a very light fruitiness and spiciness. Finishes with lingering graininess

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A solid summer pilsner with moderate drinkability. Has some nice subtleties that keep you coming back for more

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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 PicoPapa
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%

12oz bottle. Pours a slightly hazy straw color with a half inch of foamy white head. Fair amount of lacing. The aroma is honey, biscuity malts, grassy hops, and a hint of funk. The taste is sweet malts upfront with some light sourness. Honey and some cut grass. Floral hops as well. Finishes with some light hop bitterness and more of the sweet malts. Light mouthfeel with a small amount of carbonation. Crisp but has a bit of a harshness to it. I was pleasantly surprised by this one. Overall, I probably wouldn't get this on its own, but it is a decent beer to find in a Mix 12 pack.

App-3.5 A-3.75 T-3.75 M-3.5 O-3.75 = 3.71

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 8/3/2014 at Doherty’s Ale House in Warwick, RI served in a tapered pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains lager yeast, light caramelized malts and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with a decent hops bitterness followed by some citrus and caramel sweetness. Then some grain and lager yeast breadiness comes in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.39/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A-Pours a clean, yellow color with a thick, fluffy, creamy head, head sticks around for the entirety of the pint.

S-Biscuity and cracker Pils malt. Grains and lager yeast. Light, grassy, Noble hop aromatics as well.

T-The Pilsner malt and the yeast combine to make a pretty genuine Euro Pils flavor. The hops are grassy and floral and softly spicy.

M-Light bodied, drinkable and built for Summer. Lively carbonation. Flavors don't linger. Refreshing.

O-A good take on the style. It succeeds at being genuine and also becomes forgettable in the process.

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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 Jwale73
3.91/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hard pour into an American pint glass yields a straw-gold colored brew with a slightly hazy clarity and a rocky, 1.5 inch, bright white head. Nose is clean with some light, bready notes and a hint of lemon and yeast. Taste follows nose - very clean with only a suggestion of noble hops at the finish and perhaps a trace of butter (diacetyl?). Mouthfeel is light in body with an easy carbonation, but lacking the crispness I've come to associate with the style. Overall, very pleasant and drinkable although it departs slightly from the style with regards to the body and finish in my opinion.

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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 StonedTrippin
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

pretty much your classic german pilsener lager type here. bright golden color with a soapy white head and vibrant bubbles. it smells strongly of german malts, light but dusty in that way I can never quite seem to describe. lager yeast is high doses, still mellow though. the taste is a little sweet for the style, with a hearty bready backbone. what I like about this beer is also what I dislike about it. it is a little heavy as lagers go, one I probably don't want more than a few of, and the sweetness lingers. I like that because it sets this one apart from the crowd a bit, but I don't like it because its deviating a tad too far away from what makes the german pils a great beer. it doesn't quite find that line of being the best of both worlds, but its appropriate for an Adirondack fall evening around the grill with its bigger body.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.47/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Chill-hazed yellow-straw with 2 fingers of white head and decent retention. Low carbonation.

Bread, lemon grass and sourdough.

Light bready malts with hints of sourdough. Notes of lemongrass and earthy florals. Has a light bitterness and a twinge of copper.

Medium-light bodied, crisp, clean and dry.

Very simple but equally refreshing.

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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 metter98
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear light yellow and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high bright white head that quickly died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles on the surface, a thin collar around the edge of the glass and lots of lacing down the sides.
S: Moderate aromas of noble hops are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of floral and spicy hops along with notes of bready malts and a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and rather clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The use of German Pilsen malts and Hallertau and Tettnang hops makes this beer taste like a true representation of the style. It's only flaws seem to be poor head retention and a light-bodied mouthfeel.

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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 KTCamm
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass on a hot sunny day.

Pours bright gold, active bubbles, layered white foam. Steady upward stream. Pils like smell, notes of citrus. Lemony taste backed by a biting hop. Great balance. Crisp. Highly refreshing. Down and done very quickly. Summer at its best.

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Photo of cbutova
3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Clear golden bodied lager comes out of the 12oz bottle and into my glass. A frothy white head builds up on the top of the beer with about one finger in height. The creamy head has decent retention and a thick ring leaves sparse but thick lace patches.

S- Floral, grassy and spicy European hop notes up front in an aroma of good strength. Fresh cracked grain, light crackery malts and yeast hints beyond that. Nice and clean.

T- Moderate hop (Noble I imagine) character compared to other examples of this popular style. The bitterness from the hops is the dominant attribute of the beer. These hops a bring a good dose of spicy and floral character to the beer. As in the aroma I can taste just a bit of fresh cracked grain, cracker and light sweetness from the malts. Yeast is quite clean, as it should be in this style.

MF- Light bodied with a moderately-dry overall feel. Fairly creamy texture with some agitation and silky high carbonation. Characteristic spicy hop bitterness in the finish.

Euro-hop forward with clean yeast and a good floral, spicy flavor. A nice surprise and very refreshing in this hot weather.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Look - Poured a light pale yellow with a small foamy head that retained a small layer on the top. Clear and filtered, bubbly, good lacing.

Smell - Aroma was hard to pull off of this one, slight sweet malt, some faint breadiness.

Taste - Smoky, full flavored lager feel, this element was nice.

Mouthfeel - Again full flavored lingered here, sits slightly bitter and a little sticky but not boozy. Good drinkability.

Overall - Solid lager, woodsy and hearty (as hearty as a lager can be), would drink again.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Having on draft at the Union Brewhouse in Weymouth. Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a minimal head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a golden straw yellow color with great clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass. Super tight lacing on the glass as the beer wad drank.

Smell: bready and sweet malts and mild hops.

Taste: Same as above with mild hop tingly action in the back.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, crisp, refreshing, medium to high carbonation, and low to medium bodied.

Overall: Pretty solid pilsner or later. Nice mild hop tingly action and great on a warm weather day or when your palate needs a break from all the hoppy beers.

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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 mnrider
3.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. twist off, brown bottle.

A: Pours a clear golden color, with good carbonation. Excellent sticky lacing from this beer.

S: Malty aroma, with sweet notes. A hint of hops can be noticed also.

T/M: A very malt dominant beer, with a smooth feel. Hops are small but are seen in the background. Bitterness is strong, and lingers after the finish.

D: A good Pilsner/Lager. True to the style, and it tastes good. Otter Creek comes through with a winner.


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Photo of stakem
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear yellow color with a thin white layer of head. Little bit of spotty lacing and not much retension outside of a thin film covering the top of the beer. Nose is somewhat bready with a trace amount of sulfur twang to it. Taste is a good mix of malt character that is somewhat sweet in a dry honey kinda way and slight hop bitterness balancing it out. It has a very crisp finish with a light feel, medium carb level and overall is quite drinkable.

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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 steve8robin
2.99/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Random buy...

A: Very light in color with no head. Not impressed with the look of this.

S: Can't get any scent at all. I tried as hard as I could and can't smell anything from this one.

T: Eh, kind of middle of the road. Nothing special. Tastes like a high end mainstream brew. Needs more flavor complexity.

M: Very well balanced amount of carbonation.

D: Way too easy to drink, like water. Not good.

All in all, this one is too easy and is like a high end mainstream beer. Which isn't saying too much. Not recommended for people looking to expand to craft brews.

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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 OtherShoe2
3.46/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours pale gold with a decent white sticky head, good lacing.

Mild malt aroma, some boiled grain elements. Some mineral scents.

Light and refreshing, with just the right light malt flavor, grassiness, and light hop bite. Not particularly strong flavored, and this thinner element is the big drawback. Still ok though.

Lighter bodied and well carbonated. Very refreshing and drinkable, though a little thin on flavor. Glad I tried it but will not chase this one down again (but wouldn't refuse one either).

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Photo of BeerPhan86
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear light golden color with a two finger foamy white head with good retention.

S - Grainy and a bit macro smelling. Light hops and breadiness.

T - Grains, toasted malt, lightly hoppy. Very crisp and clean pilsener but definitely has that authentic Otter Creek taste.

M - Very light bodied and very carbonated, almost too much carbonation.

D - Definitely a low abv, light tasting, refreshing session beer.

Overall, a very nice crisp lager. Nothing complex but it is very tasty and refreshing. Still, for the 8.99 price tag, I could find many more flavorful and stronger beers. Worth a try.

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