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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 CharlesRiver
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy yellow color with a very small head that doesn't last. Smell is malty and a bit grassy, maybe from some hops? Taste is solid. A solid Lager body. Malty in the beginning and a touch of bitterness at the end. I pick up a metallic flavor or something like that.

This is a solid beer that I can't wait to enjoy this coming summer. Although, that is a ways away.

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Photo of francisweizen
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

hmmm, A Vermont based lager, what is going on here, this is my second one in 2 weeks! This poured a deep golden colour with a fluffy white head. This beer was a bit hazy as well. Aromas were of pilsener malt, light floral hops, bread, and citurs fruits. The taste was sweet, malty, bready, and a bit hoppy on the end. The mouthfeel was light, and just right and the drinkability was good for this lager as well. A damn good lager!

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

I had a couple of these on & with Thanksgiving dinner. It paired up real well with the meal that offered so many tastes of its own. The beer poured a nice golden color with a slight haze to it. The head was good, white, but fades fast to a thin film. Lace was on the low side. The beer looked good on the autumn dressed wood table. The aroma was of slight hey or grass hinted by a doughy malt. The taste is of a sweet malt start with a slow soft woody hop that leaves a little bitterness at the finish. The mouth is left dry, quenched. A good solid bodied brew with a dinner or on its own, cold and clean.

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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 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 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 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 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 goz
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lightly cloudy golden in color, with a medium sized white head, mostly diminishes, leaving a fine film of lace. Aroma is loaded with biscuit malt, backed up with a good herbal hop presence. Flavor is pretty much the same, with a bit more of the hops noticed on the tongue. Medium body, very crisp and clean, semi-dry finish. A very nice lager.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A clean golden body, a burst of carbonation, topped by a healthy, frothy white head. A bit of stretched out lacing. Very classic looking. Some fresh hay in the nose, and a splash of herbal hop spicyness. On the tongue, this is beer is classicly lager clean. Extraordinarily balanced. Refreshing, but with more body than a lawnmover beer. While nothing stands out, that applies to any flaws as well. Could be an exceptional "crossover" beer to serve a mixed bag of party guests. This is what American Lager should be. Exceeded my expectations.

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

The beer is a golden honey color, topped with a thick frothy white head. Tons of lace as you drink, clinging to the glass like a champ.
Aroma is very clean and malty, with a solid toastiness. Slightly grainy, with a bit of breadiness. Hops are much more pronounced on tap, with a fresher, more herbal aroma. Clean and impressive.
Flavor is also very clean, with a bit of graininess and some toasted malt presence. Possibly some caramunich malt. A touch of sweet corn malt flavor in the middle, fading into a clean german hoppiness. Moderate bitterness, tastes like hallertau, maybe spalt. Very herbal. Some graininess in the finish, mostly hops. Very smooth, mild carbonation, with a medium body. The beer finishes somewhat dryish, fading quickly with no aftertaste.
Simple, yet well balanced and delicious.

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I haven't had a lager in quite some time so when I saw this one in an Otter Creek mix pack I had to pick it up. The beer is a nice light honey yellow color that is so clear you can see out the bottom of the glass after the beer is poured. A thin white head fades very quickly to a tiny collar around the surface. The aroma is a pleasant combination of toasted malt and flowery hops. Each sip of this thin to medium bodied beer begins with a nice toasted malt flavor. A butter taste moves in followed by a hop taste around the middle of the sip. It finishes slightly bitter. A nice bittersweetness is left behind.

This beer is very drinkable and well balanced. I look forward to having another on a hot summer night.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz brown longneck bottle, twist off cap, back label should have date, but missing.

This german style lager poured a clear, golden color with persistent fine bubbles and creamy, very white foam that lasted and left fine lace on the glass. The smell was very nice and long lasting: biscuity malt and floral hops. The taste was a very good biscuity malt flavor overlaid with floral hops. The hop bitterness did not appear until the finish and the aftertaste. Very nice! The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy with medium body and good carbonation. The aftertaste was hoppy and tangy. This was a very drinkable lager! A very pleasant surprise from Otter Creek.

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Photo of xgrigorix
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Twelve ounce brown twist off bottle. Bottling date & batch # are curiously absent.

Bright glowing gold in colour, slight chill haze, and one finger of bubbly white foam caps it off.

Fresh bread aroma mixes with a bright herbal hop aroma.

Clean malt flavor, some breadiness, refreshingly sweet. This transforms into a herbal, slightly spicy hop lingering finish.

Just a shade on the light side of medium bodied, with gentle carbonation.

Crisp, clean, refreshing. A refined & sophisticated lager from a New England craft brewer - who would have thought? What's most impressive is this is the first year for this lager. Way to nail it on the first try!

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Photo of Reidrover
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok second offering from the esteemed "Uncle Jimbo"
Comes in the obligatory 12 oz brown bottle..simple label.
Nice appearance for this lager golden yellow with a small but persistant pure white head..nice lacing.
I loved the aroma of this lager..one of the best of its class..nice spicy hoppiness..more than balanced by a a yummy toffee malt aroma..beautiful .
this is a full flavoured malty style lager..no pilsner here..and i love it the full sweetness of the malt is replaced eventually by a nice residual hop bitterness.
Very nice creamy smooth feeling on the tongue.
Very nice drinking lager..thanks UJ great summer beer indeed!

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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 ElGuapo
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice golden colored brew topped with a thin head of white foam that will leave you with lace on your glass as it dies down. A very grainy aroma that also possesses some great hop notes. It seems so far like Otter Creek really made a different lager.

Tingly carbonation and a very crisp mouthfeel make it a great summer brew. Well balanced, with a grainy base accompanied by an oh so tasty kick of hops that adds a bit of grassiness. A lighter-bodied beer that is full of flavoir, this is a brew not to miss. Drinkability ranks way up there with the big boys.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

talk about fresh! bottled on 06.17.03, and it's been sitting in my fridge for at least 10 days now. straight from the brewery to my place...i like it. anyway, pours a healthy golden colour, much lighter than i expected for a lager. the head is nice, but not lasting. strangely, portions of the smell and taste echo the cap'n crunch notion brought forth by the previous reviewer. i wasn't sure what to think when reading that but that's what's apparent here. i wasn't expecting to enjoy this as much as i did on a hot summer day, and i think it'll be just as good on a cold winter night. definitely recommended.

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Photo of Longstaff
4.55/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Is this the first lager to come out of Vermont? Unless McNiel's did something, I think it is. Hopefully they will set the trend for other VT breweries, because they have set the standard. An excellent easy drinking lager with a clean malty base and no harsh alcohol flavors that usually dominate american made lagers. It had a nice deep golden color and a Cap'n Crunch like cereal aroma. Thicker mouthfeel than your average lager but this doesn't detract from its drinkability - not too sweet, not too fizzy - kind of creamy like the lagers I drank in Munich. Easy to drink a liter at a time - even when it gets warm, it is still just as tasty. Nice, hopefully I'll see it in all the bars in the Killington area this winter.

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