Otter Creek Oktoberfest | Otter Creek Brewing

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Otter Creek OktoberfestOtter Creek Oktoberfest

Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing
Vermont, United States

Style: German Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
32 IBU

Replaced by Oktoberfest Lager in 2012.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 259 | Ratings: 349
Photo of Eando35
2.36/5  rDev -32%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Picked this up at my local wine and spirits - they offer single bottles for between $1.50-$3.00, a great way of trying new beers without making a a financial and fridge investment in a six pack. To my review!

I poured this into a room temperature pint glass. The color was a mild to medium dark orange and it had a very similar smell to most other Oktoberfests. However, when I took the first sip, I was immediately turned off to this beer. The taste was similar to Samuel Adams but tasted like a lite version. While SA Oktfest isn't exactly a heavy beer, it still has a deep enough taste to make it last. The beer was also somewhat tart, something I didn't expect from an OktFest. In all honesty, I dumped about half the beer and poured myself a SA. Was very disappointed. Looking forward to some better OktFests!

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Photo of barczar
3.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

About a year and a half old.

Pours a slightly hazy golden brown with a huge 2 inch frothy pillow-like cream head that dissipates slowly, leaving very thick lacing.

There's a skunky character in the initial aroma. Becomes grainy and metallic, with subtle toasted caramel malt beneath. To avoid the aged character, I smelled the bottle. Fairly nutty, with slight brown sugar sweetness.

Flavor reveals substantial, slightly over-toasted, bready malt character, but it's dominated by sherry-like notes of oxidation and a metallic finish. Nutty flavors emerge late, followed by dryness and a bit of soap.

Body is moderate, but fairly high carbonation lightens it a bit. There's a touch of astringency at the finish.

Probably past its prime, so my score ignores the off flavors. Not a bad beer, but nothing spectacular. Malt character lacked a bit.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a relatively clear dark golden yellow to amber in color with some moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy off-white head that reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of malts with hints of caramel and toffee with some very light notes of earthy hops.

T: Moderate flavors of caramel, bready, and toasted malts with light hints of caramel and toffee sweetness. There is a light amount of earthy hop flavors but almost no bitterness is discernable.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Relatively smooth.

O: Easy to drink and enjoyable - sessionable due to the low ABV and smooth mouthfeel.

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Photo of JohnFatAss
3.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright Orange color beer, not much of a head.
Mild aroma.
Sweet and malty with almost no bitterness.
Very smooth. Creamy mouthfeel.
Extremely easy to drink.

This is a beer that just anyone would like. It is mild, but has good flavor.
Worth repeating how easy drinking this beer is.

An interesting take on an Oktoberfest. A little different because this one is an Ale.
Worth checking out!

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Photo of metter98
3.43/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear yellowish amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense off white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and lots of rings of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are very light aromas of malts in the nose.
T: The taste is malty like the smell but has slightly stronger flavors of bready, caramel and toasted malts along with some hints of earthy hops. There is a slight amount of malty sweetness; no bitterness is detectable.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Even though this beer is quite malty, it is still easy to drink and has nice smoothness in the mouthfeel.

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Photo of Johnnyfacelift
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first fall beer purchase of 2012 and I'm happy with my choice. Great looking clear beer that's golden straw in color with a bit of lacing but not a huge head hanging around. The aroma reminds me of this beer style and is consistent with other brewers offerings... malty and yeasty, nothing new here. The taste is similar to the smell although there is a bit more depth with a nice malt flavor up front, a bit of hops that balances without being overpowering and a good dose of the yeast profile. The mouthfeel leaves some residual sweetness behind but does not make your mouth stick together. This is a nice addition to the flooded market of fall beers that are entering your local beer shop this time of year... happy fall!

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Photo of TiredOldSkier
1.56/5  rDev -55%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This doesn't taste anything like an Oktoberfest. I don't know why it's style is being listed as American Amber/red Ale. They market it as an Oktoberfest. They host Oktoberfest festivals and call it "authentic".

I have drank this beer many times and have found the taste varies from 6 pack to 6 pack. It often has off flavors. Sometimes it taste like band-aids, others it has metallic flavors.

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Photo of bonkers
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a nonic, amber pour, big white head. The aroma is sweet and bready. The beer is sweet, lots of caramel malts, lingering sweet finish, then there is a mettalic note. The body is full, good carbonation. I liked it until I noticed the mettalic aftertaste, not sure I would pick it up again.

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Photo of GarrettMD
3.36/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Extremely hazy, beautiful orange color, next to no head, just a thin layer of white bubbles.

S - Sweet malts with a bready yeast aroma dominate. Hints of some chocolate and roasted malts as well. Maybe some slight spicy hop notes as well.

T - Same as the aroma for the most part, with the sweet caramel malts coming through a lot more while everything else falls into place. The mild roasted flavor comes through a bit more as well.

M - Thin to medium body. Fairly watery for what I was expecting. Finish is wet and slightly sweet with flavors of caramel and roasted malts.

O - Decent, but I don't know that I would drink it regularly (when in season). It almost tasted watered down. If it had a little more meat on it's bones I might have liked it better.

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Photo of jmarsh123
3.05/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear orange/red with a small white head. Good color for the style.

Has a biscuity malt character with good caramel undertones and slightly spicy hoppiness.

Flavor follows closely. There's too much caramel sweetness for my taste and it finishes too sweet as well otherwise it presents most typical Oktoberfest qualities. Almost a metallic finish.

Mouthfeel and carbonation levels are good.

Not one of the more enjoyable ones out there. A few off flavors and way too much sweetness even for an Oktoberfest. I'll pass on another.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
2.9/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is a hazy, pale, orange-brown coloring with no head. Aromas are slightly on the toasted and sour side, with caramel sweetness and some light spicing. The beer's flavors are heavier on the roast, with less spicing than I was expecting. A good tang to the toffee and caramel characteristics, with some syrupy feel. The aftertaste is rich and sweet, with the roasted profile keeping it round and clean. The finish is more of the sour feel, with a slight cloying that eventually cleans right off the palate thanks to the spicing. Decent brew, and easily sessionable.

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Photo of SickGnar
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Warm light copper with a touch of haze. Smallish cream-colored head. Keeps a ring and leaves rather nice lacing.

S: Bread / crusty Munich, toasty grain, fair bit of malt sweetness, and slightly more than a hint of woody & herbal hops. Just fair strength that doesn’t increase much as it warms. Clean for an ale, but fine when the mark is an O’fest.

T: Bitter for an O’fest – even a US ale version. Quite a bit more hoppy & bitter than the nose implied. Opens herbal, leafy, and minty. A touch of noble spice appears in the middle and then the hops get increasingly woody into the finish. Start off with, and keeps, a mildly firm bitterness. Some fruity esters combine with the malt sweetness. Less impact Munich than the nose. Mostly toasty grain with bready character more doughy than crusty. However, melanoidans and even a hint of roast grow stronger in the finish.

M: Medium body with just over medium carbonation. Gets a bit of structure from hops oils and tannins. Starts off leaning sweet, but ultimately it ends up a touch drying largely from hops.

D: Doesn’t even really try to pretend this beer and its name fit togetner. Quite a bit of the style mark. As an American red/amber with a large portion of German ingredients / inspiration – this is quite tasty and does have a nice “fall” character. But not an O’fest in any genuine sense.

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Photo of farrago
3.18/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Finger plus of darker tan foam with an orange cast, good mix of bubble sizes which likely contributes to the so-so retention, not much lacing there, a few wisps here and there. The liquid displays a pretty orange rust to zinc color, captures light well and glows warmly, minimal visible bubbles, if any. The nose has a taut, erect presence with saline, pretzel dough, biscuit, green grass, rye, and cracked black pepper, mutter of flowers but very little fruit, peach and apple, and only slightly more lemony citrus, penetrating power and length best attributes. Medium-bodied, lots of prickle and tight carbonation, surprising given how little was visible. Oily, if dry, mouth feel, clings to your pores. The salt and pepper and hoppy herbaceousness streak to the forefront, more pretzel, pumpernickel and sourdough bread notes. The malts smooth out the finish but flavor-wise there’s no real distinctly sweet malty flavors. As it warms you get more orange and lemon pith. This in turn brings out some minerals and metals. At first makes you curious, after awhile it just starts to tire you out.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
3.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz into pint glass.

Aggresive pour yields short, off white head over a copper-to-orange body, w/light carbonation flowing up.

Aromas are reminiscent of buttered biscuits with honey, and some light toasted malt.

Comes across a bit watery on the palate. Flavors include a citrus-peel hop bitterness followed by a solid toasted malt backbone. Little bit smokey. Light astringency. As it warms, the hops become soapy.

Mouthfeel is pretty sharp, with a high level of carbonation.

Oh, this is funny... I had been rating this as an Oktoberfest, and now as I finish, I see it's an American Amber/Red Ale - much more appropriate for that style! (yes, I changed my review and scores to reflect).

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Photo of dorianmarley
2.91/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance is a cloudy orange with nice lacing.

Nose is sugary malt, with mild citrus, and some wheat.

The taste is hoppy, with cracked wheat, light malt; not much sweetness.

Mouthfeel has good carbonation, but the hops are overly astringent.

Overall, not true to style, and not especially tasty, but still has some fall character.

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.78/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Reviewed alongside Saranac Octoberfest.

A: Slightly hazy orange-amber with big bubbles and a one-finger, white foamy head that lasted a couple of minutes. Nice lacing.

S: Toasted malt with just a hint of fruit and spices.

T: Moderate sweetness and a bit of pronounced hop bitterness. Nice toasted malt flavor. Good, and the bitterness adds a nice balance, but I'm not sure why this is called an Oktoberfest. It tastes more like a plain amber ale to me.

M: Medium bodied and fizzy carbonation. Crisp and refreshing.

O: A nice refreshing amber ale with a taste that is above average. This beer looks and smells really nice. i did enjoy it better than the Saranac.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into an oversized mug.

Pours a clear copper, with several fingers of slightly off-white head. This retains with a thick ¾ finger, which leaves back a big sudsy cascade of lace that hangs in thick swathes down the sides of the mug. The aroma smells leafy and spicy, with some fresh baked biscuit notes and a splash of sweet caramel underneath. This is pretty solid.

The taste is similar, with a leafy and spicy feel and a crisp citric bitterness that is set against a backdrop of sweet doughy grains that possess a bit of a toasted edge to them. The finish here is dry, with some gritty earthy bitterness that lingers for a bit. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a firm smoothness that really keeps this flowing easily in the mouth. This actually starts out a little watery but gains some thickness as I continue to sip on it.

This started out a little slow for me but once things started gaining traction, I found this to be pretty enjoyable by the end of the glass as that crisp spicy bite here started to really come out and play. This wasn’t the best example of an American Märzen that I’ve had but it will get the job done for you, if you’re looking for a festive feeling and easy drinking experience.

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Photo of amphion1065
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1/2 liter or so pour into an Ayinger glass at Harry's in Providence. reviewed from notes.

The body is a clear, nearly translucent copper orange. The clarity is gorgeous. A half-finger white head with very tight bubbles and fantastic retention leaves beautiful, soapy, cascading lacing around my glass. In this regard, the appearance truly improved as I continued to drink.

Not a particularly aromatic beer, even as it warmed. Some malt, with a little bit of caramel. Lemons and a hint of other citrus fruits.

The taste is much more robust than the aroma. Caramel malt imparts a very pleasant sweetness. Some corn, which almost reminds me of pilsner malt. Some lemons, minor hop bitterness. There's also a slight, cola-like aftertaste.

Carbonation is on the high side, but it doesn't detract from the overall experience too much. Very refreshing, and a very easy beer to drink.

I'm a little curious about the style classification for this beer, as it doesn't quite strike me as an amber ale. I see this as more of a hybrid oktoberfest/amber, and I'm definitely a fan.

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Photo of DirtyPenny
3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drank it straight from the bottle.

A: Little sample pour was copper. No lacing spotted on the sides of the bottle.

S: Getting mostly a vegetative, grassy smell from this one. Seems appropriate enough for autumn.

T: Toasted caramel malt with a bit of a pale pilsner-like flavor underneath. Little bitterness on the end with a toss of leafy, grassy hops.

M: Light and fizzy.

O: Not a bad fall beer, though a little lighter than I typically like them. Grab one if someone has some on hand, but don't feel the need to go out of your way.

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Photo of confer
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- The color is orange/brown with lots of froth.

S-The smell of this beer is very good. I get the malty biscuit but also orange.

T- The taste is all malt. No hops at all.

MO- Although this isn't classified as a Maerzen it acts the is same in that the second and subsequent bottles always taste better than the first one.

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Photo of barleyroad
3.42/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ok beer, a good average Oktoberfest. this beer poors nice and climbs the glass and is slow to de-foam. Ha. Nice.

Appearance in amber to red, nice foam. Smell is nice with the hint of spices.

Mouth feel is average to best. Over all this beer is again, OK. We liked it with our meat pie and we would drink it again.

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Photo of tempest
3.71/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle from Abe's Cold Beer. The O-fest poured clear orange with a tall, fluffy white head that left lacing. It's a bready, toasty aroma with caramel in the background. The flavor has a touch of toffee and a mild, but distinct, spicy hops finish. I kinda dig that this is a bit hoppier than most Oktoberfests. The dry, bready flavor sinks a little behind the hops, but this beer is also not quite as thick and a touch more drinkable. No, it's not a good example of the standard profile, but I like the interpretation. Give it a try.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.05/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams seidel.

A: Clear orange with a robust, foamy, cream colored head. Great retention. Patchy, sticky lacing.

S: Touch of caramel, sweet bread. Floral, fruity, and spicy herbal noble hops. light grassy scent, fig-like fruit.

T: Very sweet up front with tastes of caramel and sugar. A little buttery. Quick burst of fruitiness. Toast and bread crust. Dried hay. Earthy yeast. A husky pale malt flavor takes over and drops some astringency on the palate, Hops are herbal, grassy, and slightly fruity. Finishes with that husky pale malt flavor and grassy hops.

M: Medium bodied. Very slightly viscous. Low carbonation. Mild astringency.

O: That husky, grainy malt taste is distracting. Coupled with the astringency, it's somewhat of a boon on the drinkability.

Notes: Not sure if I got an off batch or what, but if it weren't for that husky malt taste, it would be a pretty good beer. Not your traditional Octoberfest though. It's brewed with an ale yeast, and has a fruitier, dirtier taste as a result.

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Photo of CurtisLoew
2.04/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Pours dark orange color. Nice looking beer. I have high hopes.

Almost no aroma. Faint malty and grainy smell.

Taste is pretty bad. I love oktoberfest beers, and I am having trouble putting this down. I get a really bad metallic taste at the end of the beer. Doesn't taste much like an Okto. More like a metallic amber ale. Very off-putting. I don't know what the bro's were thinking giving this an A-, maybe the company has changed their recipe since 2005.

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Photo of brystmar
2.91/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orangeish copper color with very minimal head which disappears in the blink of an eye. Lace? You must be joking!

Smells mildly of sweet malts and yeast. Really hard to sense much else. Taste is watery and boring: starts somewhat malty, finishes with a mild hoppy bitterness that lingers after you swallow. Still watery, though.

Medium bodied and creamy, lots of carbonation too. Mouthfeel is this brew's saving grace. There are many better Oktoberfest beers on the market I'd suggest before this one.

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