Otter Creek Oktoberfest | Otter Creek Brewing

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Otter Creek OktoberfestOtter Creek Oktoberfest

Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing
Vermont, United States

Style: Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
32 IBU

Replaced by Oktoberfest Lager in 2012.

Added by pezoids on 09-17-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 259 | Ratings: 348
Photo of sammyadams617
4.47/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my favorite beers. Just great all around, beautiful colored body and head. Wonderful aroma just reminds me of autumn in Vermont. Essentially, Vermont in a bottle. Great earthy type taste and great balance of malt and hops. I wouldn't mind seeing it with another percent of alcohol perhaps, it could improve the beer overall, but I am nitpicking. Outstanding craft beer.

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.45/5  rDev +28.6%
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 MattBrooks
4.45/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As always, this is my favorite domestic Oktoberfest. It pours with a reddish-orangy-amber color, a nice head with a rich and slightly malty nose. This particular release was bottles on 7/26/05 and the freshness is clearly evident. Very rich mouthfeel, with a nice clean finish. Very consistent from year to year.

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Photo of mempath
4.31/5  rDev +24.6%
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 ppoitras
4.3/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12ozer received as part of a 12-pack for Xmas. Thanks Joe.

Poured into a Samuel Adam Boston Lager glass, formed a 1/2" eggshell head over the clear amber brew. Head fades gradually, with slow-falling sticky lacing. Aroma is nutty sweet maltiness. Taste follows the nose's lead, starts with nutty sweet grain upfront, balances nicely with hops in the middle, and the balanced flavors continue through the close. Mouthfeel is crisp, and drinkability is quite easy. Fits the bill for an Ofest, or an any-old-day beer very nicely.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.3/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clar amber color with tannish puffy head. Nice lacing. Smell is full of roasted malt with some nice caramel notes also present. Taste is nice with a firm maltiness and more caramel along with toffee sensations. The finish beins to assert of bit of hops, but stull leaves the malt as the dominaant taste, as it should be. Very nice example of the style. Great job.

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Photo of stewart124
4.3/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden amber color with a small amount of white lacing. Smells of floral/herbal hops and a malty characteristic. Bits of fruit present in taste with a nutty/matly taste. Clean finish with a maltiness. Neither hops nor malts are overpowering and both blend well together to make a very pleasing and drinkable oktoberfest. Easy to drink and I'll have to have my friend from Vermont bring more down next year.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.2/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with a small creme head that falls fast. Definite leafy nose. Flavor profile gives the same. Nice earthy and leafy character with a slightly sweet and citrus edge on it. Nice and hearty and a good body too. Good stuff really. Feel has a decent bubble to it and the liquid is kind of sticky and thick. A good beer. A nice fall seasonal to try.

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Photo of Globetrotter
4.18/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Scored at Total Wine in Northern Virginia, this comes in a brown 12oz. bottle with a colorful label depicting lots of autumn leaves. Although “Oktoberfest,” this is no Märzen lager. The label identifies the brew as an autumn ale. Ingredients conform to the purity law. Bottled on 8/18/04, I opened it on 11/18/04.

Rich clear slightly brownish copper color, almost like a dark tea, under a one finger light beige head that lingers well and leaves very good lacing. The nose is mild, featuring mainly caramel malt and a touch of hops. The mouth is lightly carbonated and fairly heavy, leaning towards luscious Vermont maple syrup. The taste is lovely: a beautiful blend of sweet caramel malt and crisp, not overpowering, flowery malts. No pine or espresso sensations here, just a fresh, not dry, bitterness that perfectly balances the sweet malt. The finish is a rush of sweet and bitter, distinct yet blended, leaving a firm but mellow bitter aftertaste. Great stuff.

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Photo of Jason
4.12/5  rDev +19.1%
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 jwc215
4.12/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottled on 7/26/06

Pours orange/amber with a thin creamy head that doesn't stick around too long. Some lacing is left.

The smell is of toasted grain and mild hops. Basic, but inviting.

The taste is of toasted grain, mildly bitter, crisp, fruity hops and some sweet malt (caramel?). Again, pretty basic, but well-balanced and respectable.

It's smooth and on the lighter side of medium. The body holds up well in the mouth, and the flavors seem to come out more in the aftertaste.

The most outstanding characteristic is it's easy, enjoyable drinkability. A bit on the lighter side, without being watery at all. Makes for a fine fall "session" brew.

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Photo of mshallah
4.12/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz long neck twist off bottle. Bottled on date of 8/6/07. Fall packaging with orange and brown foliage. Light brown , clear bubbly brew. 1/2 inch head with various sized bubbles. Smell is toasty malt with a slight spicey hop. Flavors of toast with butter and honey balanced with salty bittering hops and spicey aroma hops. The ale fruitiness is subdued by the toasted malt but comes through as marmalade on toast. Very tasty. Would go perfectly with a turkey dinner. Very clean for an ale. Most certainly has fest beer drinkability with smooth carbonation and a wonderful Hallertauer, Tettnang aftertaste.

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Photo of Longstaff
4.11/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an awesome looking beer that has a brownish - orange color that reminds you of fall. Even though this is not in the Marzen style (it is an alt), it is still a great Oktoberfest beer. Very close to the taste of their Copper Ale except is a bit lighter in both the hop and malt characteristics. Very drinkable.

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Photo of erosier
4.1/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a nice orange-copper color with a medium sized and medium bodied tan colored head that laces the glass nicely as it fades down the glass.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malts, hints of caramel, light hops as well.
T: Tastes of sweet roasted and toasted malts, a hint of something sweet like caramel or sugar, then a nice light hop finish.
M: Very crisp, fresh, refreshing, light-medium bodied, perfect amount of alcohol and carbonation.
D: Very drinkable, all the simple flavors blended expertly along with a lower abv and great feel make it very drinkable.

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Photo of markman
4.1/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Otter Creek Oktoberfest:

Yes I know it ain’t a proper O’fest, but I ain’t the demographic the label is targeting…I know I’ve got an ale here and that is OK with me. And a nice drinkin’ ale at that. Poured a nice head that quickly settles down on an crystal clear amber body. Nose is easy hops…malty, grainy and nutty. And the flavor follows suit. Malty up front with a nice hop bite at the end that lingers there long enough to coax another sip. Very drinkable and full of flavor…and at 4.8% ABV it’s a no brainer for the next fall “I-better-bring-something-good-that-I-can-share-and-drink-all-night-without-falling-over” party.


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Photo of jjboesen
4.1/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've always been impressed by these crafty Vermonters. In the case of their Oktoberfest, the beer pours a minimal, but quick-to-fade, head crowning a clear, amber colored liquid that offers a rather splotchy lace pattern along the glassrim.

There are notes of butter amid the hop balance; add to this, a sweet clove combo. A smooth quaff for the palate that provides any thirsty Beer Advocate with a wonderful session beer - all year and not just during Oktoberfest!

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Photo of mnrider
4.09/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12. oz brown bottle. Simple orange label. Different than the one in the picture on this site.

A: Semi-clear light orange, with nice lacing.

S: Toasted grains and crisp, fresh hops. Possibly a little note of fruits.

T/M: Well balanced and smooth like butter. Toasted malts and herbal hops give this brew that nice distinct Oktoberfest/Autumn taste. Aftertaste is only slightly dry.

D: Very good Oktoberfest seasonal brew. One of the better well balanced ones around. I enjoy this one every year.


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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.07/5  rDev +17.6%
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 plaid75
4.07/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a medium copper hue with a one linger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a musty hop and a clean doughy malt.

The taste consisted of a dry graininess coupled with a lively grassy and spicy hop.

The mouthfeel was toward the drier side of the style.

Overall a very tasty and extremely drinkable beer. Maybe not so true to the style, but very good.

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Photo of bjohnson
4.07/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear amber color with red hues. Slight cream colored head that dissipates quickly. Nice lace on the glass.
S: Aromas of sweet caramel malt and toasted grain. Hop presence can be noticed with a swirl of the glass and a sniff.
T/M: Sweet malt notes blend well with a toasted grain background. Subtle oily hop flavors blend in and out with the malt but don't grab hold. Medium body with a slighly dry finish. Good toated grain aftertaste. Slightly buttery mouthfeel that gets fizzed away by a carbonation spritz.
D: Pretty damn tasty oktoberfest. Glad I got to try this offering from Otter Creek. Very easy drinking with the low abv makes this a potentially stellar session beer.

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Photo of Docer
4.05/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got as an extra in a trade.. having it with lunch.

- Nice orange color... bright.. zesty looking, light white head down to a light spotting of lace-maker.

- Wonderful zesty bitter hopping, with a caramel malt base, and grainy barley and bread... so far I really like the smell... much like a basic amber but with a flare.

- Very balanced grain and light caramel malt... perfect hop bitterness. I like the crispness and smooth balance this beer offers. One of the better Okto beers I have had this year. Liking the grain profile. Same as I do in their pale ale.

- Light bodied, slightly dry and chewy as it should be...

- A very drinkable amber.... It seems I am very impressed with Otter Creeks regular offerings like this, and the pale... but not so much their imperial series. I hope the bomber of RIS I have in the fridge changes my mind on that.

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Photo of jiggahertz
4.05/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: deep orange amber beer with a thin single finger head dissipating quickly. Some decent lacing, would have liked to see more head on this.

S: sweet toasted malts, honey, wheat not a terrible strong nose

T: nutty malts up front, fruity sweetness lingers, dry hops come in at the end, great flavor

M: medium bodied, good carbonation

D: something more than your typical oktoberfest, actually one of my favorites

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Photo of dustified1234567
4.05/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Light brown and virtually no head which is kind of nice for a change.

S- Not so sweet honey..

T-Honey and basically like october which is kind of stupid but true.

M- Between light and heavy but really not either.

D- Would deffinitely drink in the fall or for that matter october.

Would recommend this beer. I liked it a lot and it really makes me want to try a pumpkin ale.

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Photo of NoahSYGG
4.04/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a good effort for an oktoberfest. It had a nice, amber color. The smell was like fresh roasted malt. Had a sweet but roasty flavor with a decent hop presence. It had a medium mouthfeel with a strong lingering finish. I only bought a one-sie but if they had more, I would go back for a six pack. good buy.

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Photo of Phatz
4.03/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This years Otter Creek Oktoberfest is no disappointment for sure. It is surprisingly flavorful as it is not actually a Märzen but more of a balanced amber ale.

Appearance: Pours a relaxed amber brown with a drop of orange hue and the clarity is superb. A two finger head and insignificant lacing.

Smell: Sweet toffee and toasty aromas cause me to think there is a light smoky aroma and some smells of Autumn leaves.

Taste: A very toasty malt and cream flavor with hints of caramel and toffee lends way into the leafy Hallertau hops and crisp finish. This is a simple clean amber ideal for dinking in this fall season. The aftertaste is a bit dry.

Mouthfeel: The texture is smooth and creamy with out a doubt and the sugars stick together, but do not cause the beer to become sticky.

Drinkability: This is a nice autumn ale. I really enjoyed this beer at the beginning. By the end I did not really need another; but one, went down nicely.

Hope this is helpful.

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