Otter Creek Vermont Lager | Otter Creek Brewing

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188 Ratings
Otter Creek Vermont LagerOtter Creek Vermont Lager
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing
Vermont, United States
ottercreekbrewing.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
188
Reviews:
94
Avg:
3.63
pDev:
12.95%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
11
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 188 |  Reviews: 94
Photo of acurtis
2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -17.4%

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 Knapp85
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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 oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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 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 NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear deep golden. Short cap of white. Decent retention. Decent lacing.
S: Lager sulphur and lightly toasted malt with a hint of floral and grassy hops in the background.
T: Clean, slightly toasty malt. Spicy and grassy hops. Solid bitterness.
M: Firm, medium body with a crisp, fine-bubbled carbonation.
D: A well done, well balanced lager. Refreshing and satisfying. Kind of like a cross between a Dortmunder export and a Czech pils.

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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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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of smcolw
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale yellow, excellent long lasting head, leaves decent lace on the glass.

Predominately malt aroma, the hop is light but evident. Flavor-wise, I like the hoppiness which wasn't evident in the aroma; very nice balance although slightly on the hoppy side. Very effervesent with a moderate body. The aftertaste is largely hop bite--bitter and dry.

This is a pretty good lager; certainly not as smooth as some, but it is flavorful and complex.

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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 Jason
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz brown twist off bottle with bottled on date and batch # on the back label.

Appearance: Nice sticky lacing, fine clarity off of a bright and pale copper hue.

Smell: Very malty, dough aroma up front with mild toasted notes in the back. A clean herbal hop is noticeable as well.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Lots of malt flavour, solid medium body and real smooth. Malt sweetness is up there but the hops creep in right after the juicy wave of malt in the middle goes by. Toasted malt all around the palate. Herbal with a soft bitterness, the hop character lingers far into the finish.

Notes: Solid and tasty, nice to see an other New England lager that shines just as much as the multitude of ales.

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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 InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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 BeerForMuscle
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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 feloniousmonk
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: slightly hazy, dull orange/ high yella color, with a fine collar of froth atop.
Aroma: sweet, almost corny, light, smooth, soft, vegetal, and slowly discernable hop content.
Taste: hops play lightly and nicely on the palate for a time before fading fast, but return with each subsequent sip. Light in body, slightly buttery in the flavor, but overall good in taste, good in drinkability, quite an acquittable lager, indeed.
And thanks go out to UncleJimbo for sharing it...

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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 LoveStout
2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

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Otter Creek Vermont Lager from Otter Creek Brewing
3.63 out of 5 based on 188 ratings.
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