Otter Creek Vermont Lager | Otter Creek Brewing

Otter Creek Vermont LagerOtter Creek Vermont Lager
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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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Ratings: 188 |  Reviews: 94
Photo of Lanstrum
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Flounder57
3.78/5  rDev +5%
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 nebula1999
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of woodychandler
4.37/5  rDev +21.4%
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 markgoodman10
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of NHSTEVE
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of mattparsons
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of cliff1066
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of jfcaa193
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of bonbini26
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of claspada
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of ElGallo
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of mnrider
3.74/5  rDev +3.9%
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 +4.7%
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 +10.6%
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 -16.9%
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 +9.2%
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 -3.9%
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 +2.2%
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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Photo of BeerSox
2.73/5  rDev -24.2%
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 davisdandrew
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

this beer is really yummy.
incredibly drinkable with perfect bitterness level. this one is perfect for summer. i hope otter creek comes out with some other lagers, because this one is delicious.
will definetly buy this one and highly recomend it. 6/17/09

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Photo of albern
3.79/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pretty good lager that is enjoyable, easily drinkable, but one which will not be challenging the palate anytime soon. The beer pours an ever so slightly hazy pale color with a slightly foamy white head that doesn't retain for long. There is a tad bit of lacing around the glass. There is a heap of carbonation in this beer, and the efforvescence just keeps rising to the top in small bubbles.

The nose on this beer is earthy, lemony, a bit grainy, and sweet maltish. There is a definite herbal aroma to this beer, and it is quite good. The taste is pretty much in line with the nose. There is a pretty pronounced sweetish lemony flavor, perhaps a bit honeyed. There is a floral quality to the taste, some cracked grains in the background, but mostly sweetish malts, a slight crispness, but not overly so, and the tang of sweet lemon and citrus. The mouthfeel and aftertaste are pretty mild to non existent. This is an easy beer to enjoy, definitely refreshing, and one which won't require a great deal of discernment in capturing the essence of its flavors and qualities.

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Photo of philbe311
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%
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 kimcgolf
3.05/5  rDev -15.3%
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 Brad007
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color: Golden yellow color with thin one-finger head.

Aroma: Malty/bready with some very mild hop bitterness.

Taste: Malty/bready. Smooth. Some hop bitterness but otherwise inoffensive. Crisp.

Mouthfeel: Finishes somewhat bitter at the back of the throat. Smooth.

Verdict: A crisp, smooth lager that is perfect for a warm day. It's inoffensive and would be considered boring to most people but still, don't let that stop you from enjoying it.

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Otter Creek Vermont Lager from Otter Creek Brewing
Beer rating: 50% out of 100 with 188 ratings
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