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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by UnionMade on 06-26-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 94 | Ratings: 187
Photo of ybnorml
2.65/5  rDev -27%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I didn't get much of a head when I poured this, and I poured 2/3rd's of it straight down the middle. The aroma seemed to me to be very yeasty, yeasty and sweet.The color was not a bright yellow or golden but slightly cloudy yellow. There is a hint of the percieved sweetness from the smell at the begining of the mouthful but it dissapears quickly leaving only a dull uninspired bitterness at the end. Glad I did not buy a sixer of this as I would be embarassed to give this to any of my lager drinking friend because they expect only the best to be suggested by me.

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Photo of BeerSox
2.73/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into pilsner glass.

Crystal clear light honey color with a two finger off-white head that settles to a thick cap. The head wasn't very dense and leaves some wispy lacing on the glass.

Toasty malts, along with a little buttery diacetyl. Very herbal and tea-like hop aromas. Not very sharp.

The flavor, like the aroma, is lacking that characteristic hop bite. The hops have a little bit of bitterness, but the hops are very "flat". Full bodied. The malts have very little to them.

Not the best pilsner in my opinion.

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Photo of philbe311
2.75/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a hazy golden yellow with a very thick head...

S - Wheat and malts dominate...

T - Grainy and weak... I struggled to find any complexity or hints of flavor...

M - Smooth and refreshing...

D - I hate to be critical, but this is a beer that I wouldn't drink again... I was unimpressed from the get go... I would reach for a macro-brewed light beer before having another... Sorry, but it's the truth...

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Photo of MuddyFeet
2.75/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very plae gold. Very watery and thin looking. The aroma was of bad fruit, but the date on the bottle said bottle within the last two month. Flavor was of old fruit and pilsner yeast. I kind of winced through the beer. It had a nice crisp finish though. The flavor was a killer, made me pucker every time. Reviewed after my second beer just to make sure I did not get a bad bottle.

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Photo of Bighuge
2.84/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottled on 8-4-03.

Hazy golden appearance.. ( I don't care for haziness in lagers.) A thin creamy beige head that recedes to a bubbly collaring. Aroma is thickly sweet....of caramel tones. Smells more like an amber ale than a lager. Body is medium-full and the mouthfeel is on the flatter side. The taste is kind of sweet, but spicy notes pop up here and there. It's fairly bland. This is not that enjoyable for a lager. I'll pass next time.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
2.88/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Otter Creek- Vermont Lager

Appearance- yellow with a soapy white head. Slight lacing on the glass.
Smell- sweet malt.
Taste- sweet and watery, malt was weak.
Mouthfeel- watery with slight carbonation.

Overall- a blah lager that must be drank very cold. Nothing special here!

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Photo of masterbruewer
2.96/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light golden color with light carbonation and no head to speak of. Faint Lacing.

The smell was pleasant, kind of malty and musky.

The taste is smooth and creamy with an oddly harsh aftertaste that doesn't really seem to be hop bite. The harshness fades as the beer sits in the pint glass.

Mouthfeel is smooth with a bit of late harshness.

This is decent stuff. Probably a good cross-over beer.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
2.98/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is my first czech pilsner since I came back from Prague. Bias could be a factor.
Looks good. Nice dark yellow/orange body, good foaming head in a pilsner glass.
Aroma of malt and unripe fruit. A little green, perhaps too sweet.
Taste is a bit better than smell. Crisp malt sweetness, some lemon hints and very slight hoppiness.
Feels alright, isn't as thin as some pilsners I've had, but compared to the stuff in Czech, it doesn't match up.

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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 ZAP
2.99/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Nothing to write home about here...unimpressive cloudy gold color...not much head..looks flat...Nose is nice but not what I expected...bready....almost smells like a Helles in some ways...

Taste is sweet...some floral hops would do wonders with this but they are nowhere to be found....a rounded mouthfeel..not real crisp...

Overall this isn't horrible but clearly run-of-the mill in my book...sure I'd take it over the macros but not by much and when you factor in the prices I probably select a case of Miller High Life over this....

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Photo of jdhilt
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a one-finger bubbly white head that fades quickly leaving hardly any lace. Clear light amber color. Light-medium bodied. Nose is not skunky like the majors. Medium carbonation. Starts crisp and finishes hoppy, no a bad lager. $1.55 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, Ma.

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Photo of dustylong
3.04/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light yellow color with pretty much no head or retention, and no lacing (poured from a bottle into a mug). Has a light malty smell to it...fairly nice. Tastes like a lager (duh) lightly hoppy, and pretty malty..bitter. Has a pretty good balance to it. Light mouthfeel without a whole lot of carbonation. A decent beer, but nothing that impressive.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.05/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Not much better than a BMC lager here. Poured to a golden yellow with medium-thick white head that dissipated quickly and left little lacing. Aroma was grainy with little else to offer, and the flavor was no better.

Not even a good session beer. Not much good to say about this one.

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Photo of NEhophead
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle.

Small, foamy white head with not much retention. Thin and semi-ringed lacing with above average strength. Slight chill haze; weak straw in color.

Faint wheat aromatics with some corn. A drop of lemon but the aromas stop there.

Wheat and grain flavors with some citrus tones (very minor). A mild, unsweetened maltiness. A slight bitterness with a moderate amount of carbonation. The aftertaste is a mix of wheat, corn, and a lighter roasted malt character. Clean yet rather flavorless.

Light bodied; clean and crisp on the palate.

A crisp and clean lager with not much flavor. Something I'll pass on in the future, but a pretty good lawnmower beer nonetheless.

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Photo of scriabin
3.09/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Vermont Lager is kind of like one of those light movies that invade the theaters every summer. You liked the movie, it was good while it lasted, but all memory of the film is lost as soon as you step out into the night.For example, did you ever see...what was the name of that? The one with the guy...

You get the picture. I liked this one, it wasn't terrible. But it doesn't the complexity and flavor that will keep you coming back. Never-the-less, I do recommend this one.

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Photo of Enola
3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a light straw color. There was little head. The smell similar to a light beer but with a slight hop aroma, The taste is fair. This beer is refreshing on a hot summer afternoon. The mouthfeel is fair. Just a small amount of rough bitterness. I could drink this beer again. This brewer is probably responsible for my entry into craft beer. This beer is also responsible for this as well.

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Photo of shirfan
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark gold, average head, with just a touch of haze.

Aroma is light malt, a hint of vanilla, and a slightly acrid scent like burning wet vegetation.

Mild toasty malt, and fairly high bittering for a lager, but without much hop flavor to back it up. Finish is a bit dry and dusty tasting...the yeast used imparts a flavor I'm not a fan of. Almost a drain pour, but it wasn't a bad beer, I just didn't like it.

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Photo of oberon
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this a few weeks back at the Sylo in West Dover,VT.Pours a hazy light golden color with a pretyl light head,the aroma was really lightly sweet but not much there.I found this beer to be a little bitter wich was way unexpected there was some bready notes but the bitterness overshadowed everything.Iam not sure if there keg was old or if its a bad beer I tend to think its the former because all of the other Otter Creek brews I have had were pretty good.

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Photo of Dewey0603
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This pours a clear yellow straw with a small white foamy head. The smell is a "bisquity" aroma with some floral and wheat scents. The taste has a floral and malt sweetness to it. It's not too flavorful,but it's like your typical lager. The m/f is light and alittle watery. This is an Ok summer beer,but nothing to go out of your way to get.

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Photo of kbnooshay
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A czech pilsener? Alllright. Whatever it is it is tasty. This pours a nice golden color with a great thick head. The smell is sweet and malty. Same foes for the taste. Moderate mouthfeel and very drinkable. Sorta hard to describe and unique. A sloid lager. I mean...czech pilsener.

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Photo of akorsak
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a 12 oz bottle served in a Celtic Fury tumbler. The lager is cool.

Appearance: The lager is a pale yellow color with just a hint of orange tint. There is a ring of head at the top of the glass from the first pour but nothing else in the glass.

Smell: The lager has a grainy biscuit aroma with no sign of any hops.

Taste: The beer has a very restrained flavor with a biscuity malt taste dominating. The aftertaste leaves a slight hoppy bitterness but not much.

Mouthfeel: Sits on the palate like a malty lager, no hops are to be found here.

Drinkability: The drinkability is decent as the beer does not taste bad and it is fairly refreshing.

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Photo of jmatthew
3.36/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear deep golden hue with just a wisp of head left at the perimeter of the surface. The aroma is floral but a bit odd and the only thing I can liken it to is the smell of a tomato plant stalk. Fortunately that smell doesn't translate into the taste, which is crisp and well balanced with herbal notes, a slight bit of malt and a dry hoppy finish. Some creaminess rounds out the carbonation. It has a medium body for a lager, fits solidly into the pilsner style, and is easy to drink, though not memorable enough for me to seek out again.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just a little bit of white head that is gone by the time I put the empty bottle down. The lager smell is sweet with a light hoppy undertone, but not very pleasing. The beer itself has a yellow amber color to it. The taste starts off as a slightly sweet lager. There are some hops that come through midway and create a slightly bitter finish. This is a middle of the road hopped lager; I'm just not a big fan of how the sweet lager taste combines with the style of hops they used. I would be interested in trying this fresh on draft.

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Photo of longpondbeerman
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bubblhy translucent gold with only a thin white head, however. The aroma is mostly malts, but there's a touch of light hoppiness tinged with grains and thin florals. The taste is surprisingly intricate for a lager (a nutty start, some caramel, with even a modestly bitter finish), and it is very refreshing, especially after a long softball game in the late spring heat.

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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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Otter Creek Vermont Lager from Otter Creek Brewing
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