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

Had this fresh at the Otter Creek Brewery tap and it was pretty dang impressive. Nice lively cascade(?) hops flavor but not overwhelming, nicely balanced hops and malt. Reminds me of when American mass Market Beers didn't suck as much. I hope it stands up as well in the bottle.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light golden color with massive puffy white head. Smell is maimly sweet maly with some toasty notes present. Taste is good solid malt with sweet notes that are enjoyable. Finishes creamy with crispy hops noted. Good easy drinking session beer.

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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 blackie
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 3/02/05 Batch # 1695

Appearance: Pours from the bottle forming a 1/2" white head which slowly recedes to leave behind a thin blanket of bubbles. Bubbles continue to cascade upward from the bottom of the glass to support the remaining head. I love that the head just won't go away. Considerable lacing for a lager is left behind as the glass is drained.

Smell: Initial smell reveals the expected malty sweetness combined with something different. What is it? Something fruity maybe? Definately fruit: bananas maybe, but more of the mexican red variety, kind of sweeter. Bready. Smells kind of like a dunkelweizen. Hops are hard to find. Smells good, want to taste it.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is a little lighter than expected, body is medium.

Taste: Malty sweet well balanced with a hop bitterness. Some of the fruitiness evident on the nose is on the tongue as well. After swallowing, a kind of thick sweetness is left behind, with a lingering bitterness soon to follow.

Good overall, but more than three would be a little much.

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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 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 scottum
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a golden amber color with a big bright white head. Nice smooooth body. Hop crisp is there, but a nice balance is held tight. Easy to put down a few of these do to a high drinkability factor. One of the best lagers available in the north east.

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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 Shiloh
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew has a pale yellow colour which is a little cloudy.
The carbonation is very light as is the head.
The body is a mediun/full and the aroma is lightly of the grains and that of the wort.
The taste is a very nice expierience. Hops are dominent to start then a strong honey like back prevails to finish and balance.
As this sample continues, the honey back continues to overpower the hops.
Sweet aftertaste lingers on.
Nice...but not exceptional..

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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 TheJudge
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This pours a very light yellow, what you would expect. The smell has some bite to it, raising the expectations. The taste is pretty good. Malty, but with enough hops to make it drinkable. It has more body than it looks like it will. Little carbonation bubbles make it feel fluffy in the mouth, and I could not decide whether that was good or bad. But I had no problem finishing the 6 pack, so obviously a good beer. Nicely balanced and tasty for a lager

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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 stirgy
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #1492. Bottled on 2-25-04. Consumed on 7-30-04.

For being almost 5 months old, this beer has stood up well. Poured a bright and clear yellowish golden color. Small lacing was left on the glass and the beer had a light and sporadic carbonation. The aroma leans towards the sharp, with a sweet graininess and buttery malts. The taste is light and bitter. Very nice. The finish here is clean and crisp and leaves a slight lemony citric sweetness along with a sharp graininess on the tongue. Perfect body of malt for this beer. Overall, a simple beer that has little harshness in the aftertaste, and one that's very easy to enjoy any day of the week.

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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 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 necoadam
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out a dark yellow/copper color with a decent amount of carbonation. Smell was malty with some roasted aromas and some sweetness blended in there for good measure. Taste was also malty but it had some hop bitterness mixed in there for some balancing affects which was pretty good. It had some sweet moments as well which was a little overpowering at times, but luckily it had a big malt backbone to it. All in all, not bad, could make a good session beer. Worth a try.

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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 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 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 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 yankeeheel
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear yellow with a fat head that is white as the driven snow. Settles out nicely in to a sheet of lace. Dissapears about halfway down the brew.

Smells a little hoppy and a little bready.

Tastes very nice. I'm not a big lager fan, especially clear ones, but this one is decent. Slightly malty with a little buttery diacetyl undercurrent. Weakly hopped and done. Clean and tasty.

For the style it has a very nice mouthfeel. Right on target.

You could drink this all day long in summertime. A good craft brew for the clear beer set.

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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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Otter Creek Vermont Lager from Otter Creek Brewing
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