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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.

Added by stirgy on 09-17-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 349 |  Reviews: 259
Reviews by kindbill:
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3/5  rDev -13.5%

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

Pours a rich deep orange with a nice fluffy head that leaves a large amount of lace as it settles slowley,faint iron aroma with some toasted grain and biscuity aroma but pretty tame.Taste is also subdued I think toasted malt is dominent not really any sweetness to be had a little one dimensional lacks some sweetness.Not a bad brew but obviously not true to the style being an ale and all plus no sweetness to be had,but saying that this is a decent brew to be had.

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Photo of chOAKbarrell
2.43/5  rDev -30%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I'm drinking Otter Creek Oktoberfest in a 3-way comparison with Beck's, and Allgauer Brauhaus. Suprisingly, this is the weakest of the three (even below Beck's).

Of the three, this one is in the middle as far as hue goes. Not light, not dark. Not much of a head on a proper pour, but it retains more head than the Beck's.

I'm barely picking anything up on the scent. Maybe the very faintest malt.

Taste - wow, am I disappointed. Never would I have thought a skunked Beck's would be better than this. Barely anything there. Again, very faint malt, but this has a very noticeable unpleasant coppery finish.

Mouthfeel... shockingly watery. Extremely thin.

Ooh, this beer is not something I want to have again. Well actually, on second thought, I would like to try (a single bottle) next fall, to see if it is still this bad.

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Photo of generallee
3.72/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass

Appearance: It has a hazy appearance with a medium orange amber colored body. The head is just off white in color, small and fades quickly to a light ring of lace.

Smell: There is a mild aroma of sweet bready malt with an odd ginger like spice and earthy dried leafy hops.

Taste/Mouth feel: It has interesting malty character with some caramel roasted flavors mixed with buttery sour dough bread notes and dry yeast. Hop flavor is in good balance and adds leafy and mildly spicy hop flavors which quickly fade off in the finish. It has a smooth texture, average carbonation and a good medium body.

Notes: Overall it's a solid Oktoberfest beer.

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Photo of Jason
4.12/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz brown twist off bottle with a bottled date on the back label.

A- Clear orangey amber, good lacing.

S- Herbal hop and toasted grain is all you will get.

T- Wet malty palate, hint of buttery diacetyl. Hops are mild with a balanced bitterness and some herbal flavor that lingers. Fresh hay-like graininess flow over the taste buds, finishes a touch dry.

M- Very smooth and a tad creamy, medium body.

D- All is all a very enjoyable brew that is effortless to drink, one of the best Oktoberfest ales around.

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Photo of BlueHammer
3.28/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured this beer from the bottle into a pint glass. The color is a translucent golden copper with a minimal head which dissipated quickly. A hoppy, leaf-like smell came through strongly - the kind of smell that tells you exactly how the beer will taste even before you take the first sip. True to form, the first sip revealed a definite hoppy taste. It was slightly bitter as a result. This bitter taste was maintained as I swallowed, a uniform taste. Unlike other beers of this style, this beer did not feel as balanced. It's good but not one of my favorites. Living in New England, it's fairly easy to find in the fall and does the job but isn't the top.

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Photo of Billolick
3.31/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle, w/o freshness/brewing date info. New graphics BTW. Purchased in Shelburne, Vt. (Just south of Burlington) Pours a typical octoberfestish shade of maple amber, medium tan head, that stays and then leaves a typical collar, low sheeting and then bits of sticky lacing. Moderate honey/toasty malty nose. Pleasant enough O'Fest offering. Malty sweetness in place, smooth over the tongue and just the mildest of a hint of hops in the finish. Nothing special, but a decent fall sessioner or good for newbies.

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Photo of badbeer
2.86/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear amber color with an off-white head, decent retention. Strange aroma; I got smells of burnt leaves, paper bags, and a strange caramel aroma. Some decent malt taste in this, but there's also some metallic flavors that come through, almost a slightly burnt or roasted finish and slightly vegetal. Medium carbonation and body, but a bit thin in the finish. I was hoping to like this one more, but I just didn't care for it. Thanks to goldtwins for the sample.

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Photo of wattoclone
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of kingcrowing
4.45/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured in a pilsner glass.

Deep golden color with a small head, somewhat straw and amber in color.

Wow! Such a full mouthfeel with some awesome toasty malty flavors. Some breadiness to it. Probably Otter creeks best beer, and after an evening of fall beer tasting, this one stood out as my favorite fall beer.

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Photo of far333
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A light orangey color with a very thick off-white head. Low aroma of sweet malt. Flavor is light sweet malt, noticeable hops, and hints of sweet apricot. Smooth and inviting mouthfeel, with a lingering sweet malt and hops aftertaste. Again, apricot floats into the palate. Tasty, but odd for an O-fest.

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Photo of ThreeDimesDown
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an autumn orange with a beige head that dissipates to a skin rather quickly. Little to no lacing.

Mild aromas of grains, earthy hops and fruity yeast are balanced but faint. An underlying copper pipe smell is present.

Tastes of light sweet fruit, pale biscuit malts, metallic (copper pipe) and a hint of caramel sweetness. A subtle bitter hop finish smooths the taste out.

Mouthfeel is light to medium, well carbonated and smooth. A slight sticky finish is present but overall, it's just an easy drinking beer.

A mild brew but well balanced, pretty much just a session beer.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.97/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a slightly hazed copper tone with a large off white head leaves even bands of moderate lace with each sip. Aroma has a citrus leafy hop note with upfront mellow cereal caramel malt tones. Flavor has that great soft wheaties cereal character with caramel and bisucit malt profile leaves a mild bitterness and citrus lafy hop flavor quite impressed by this offering. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a good creamy mouthfeel with a touch of stickiness that just grazes the palate. Drinkability is great a really refreshing slightly different type of an Ofest and I'm never wowed by the Otter Creek brews but there's something about this one that I'm liking.

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Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of sloejams
3.95/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

part of Sept 06 BeerMonthClub

I've woefully neglected Oktoberfest this year and now it's gone. Well, the real one has ended, us Americans think it last from Oct 1-31. I guess with that, I can have solace that it's still alive. Thankfully the BeerMonthClub did not neglet this fine.

This is certainly not to style of your Märzen / Oktoberfest, which is the obvious reason BA has it in this category. This is definitely an ale. That said, this is not terribly different in flavor either. The beer poured a deep amber in my footed pilsener glass. There was a caramel sweetness, but also a slight bready aroma. Taste: the sweetness of the nose balances well with a roasted malt background with a German hop flavor finish.

The missus and I enjoyed this after dinner, watching some television. The sweetness gave it a dessert appeal while the malts and hops levelled it out.

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Photo of racer2k
3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass

A - Dark bronze color which pours a thin head in the glass. The head quickly dissipates leaving no lacing on the glass.

S - Hops, dried fruit, and strong malt/grain smell.

T - Nice balance of hops and malt. This is a nice tasting Oktoberfest with a dry crisp toasted malt finish.

M - Thin and a bit watery with moderate carbonation going on.

D - Very drinkable session beer. One of the better Oktoberfest beers so far this year.

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

Otter Creek- Oktoberfest

This is my 2nd review of this beer, 3 years after the 1st.

Appearance- Nice copper brown with a thick creamy head. Heavy lacing down the glass.
Smell- Strong caramle malt with an earthy hop aroma.
Taste- Sweet slighty thick caramel malt, slight buttery notes.Earthy hops come through so slighty in the end .
Mouthfeel- Sweet and slighty cloying up front and through the body. The hops finish with a dry earthy feeling. Little to no bitterness.

Overall- I liked this one 3 years ago and I like it now. Nice solid Oktoberfest.

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Photo of Varkias41
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of weasbri
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light orangey color with a meager head that left only the slightest lacing on the side of the glass.
Slight malt and caramel aroma wafting to the nose.
Well-balanced, but subtle malt and hop flavor. Both are evident, but neither prominent, resulting in a bit of a watery taste.
Not a bad beer, but I was left wanting more flavor.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.07/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice orange amber color, good life with a pretty standard white head with plenty of lace left-over.

A very hearty, herbal aroma, dark wheat, musty earth and tangy-sweet 'n sour malt.

The flavor is very hearty, dark wheat, musty-earth and tang from the hops which is in wonderful balance with the gentle sweetness and throw in grandma's spice rack for good measure. Simple but effective flavor's keeps this one easy but interesting. I really like unique combo of the German hop flavor, tangy, earthy and a gentle bitterness. The feel is medium bodied, crisp but with a decent bite and very soft finish.

Highly drinkable and it doesn't become boring due to some well executed flavor balancing.

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Photo of cokes
3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orange hued, highlighted by gold, with a faded beige head of limited size and retention.
Nose full of dead grass and raw grains.
A lighted dried herb hop bitterness grabs at the mouth up-front. Both the hallertau and tettnangers are readily recognized. Fades to a long-bladed, stalky grass spiciness. This I like.
The malt bill is largely unattended. Husky grain, with just rudimentary impressions of toast. Sweetness is nil.
Thin bodied and dry.
Not terribly impressed here, but this could easily be consumed in large doses.

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Photo of Guardian
3.31/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- amber color, nice head.

S- Slightly sweet aroma- definitely makes one think of fall.

T- I like the taste at first...very light. After a few sips I realized that there is a strong bitter aftertaste. Does not have as many different flavors as other Octoberfests.

M- Decent mouthfeel. Feels like a quality microbrew.

D- I could probably only drink 2 or 3 of these before I felt full. This is not one to drink all night, but not bad to have one or two of.

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Photo of Sammy
2.71/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Freshly plucked at Cable Beverages in Suffern, New York. Nice copper colour, very little head. Nothing in aroma, only some alcohol. Ok to drink, a bit of taste, average beer. Very thin, some refreshment, not much.Least liked by moi of the brewery's products.

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Photo of mempath
4.31/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

the last of the three-beer sampler case from Otter Creek. the Pale and Copper Ales have been very impressive. will remember this brewery's name...i feel odd drinking this in late AUGUST...and not October...but that's ok...this is training, eh?

deep, pumpkin orange with a sticky, lacy look. a half inch of foam just simply coating the glass. beautiful

nothing jumps out, but there is a nice hint of malts....

taste is outstanding, perfectly balanced, a drink to a hophead, i love that i have to have that rhetorical challenge of a hopbomb. this makes me rethink Oktoberfest brews...catching mellow nuttiness, deep, hoppy/malty fusions that play off each other with grace. no delicate brew and not challenging, but perfect for it's hints and it's unhidden treasures waiting to be simply enjoyed. the carbonation is almost snappy, but stays low enough to allow a creaminess to come through...almost chewy. by definition, aren't all OKTOBERFEST brews session brews? if they are tasty enough! this one IS

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Photo of Danflurry
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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Otter Creek Oktoberfest from Otter Creek Brewing
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