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 stirgy on 09-17-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of TiredOldSkier
1.56/5  rDev -54.9%
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 wailingwench
1.97/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Eye Candy: Resembles a Red in color. Clarity is amazing, transparent, yet still packs a colorful punch. Poured a decent two finger head, pillowy on top, bubbly on bottom. The head quickly gave way to thin carbonated head with minimal lacing.

The Nose Knows: Similar in smell to a Labatt blue. Vomitous undertones. As this offering warmed, the malts finally emerged came out. Why were they not here at the beginning?

Tongue Land: Initial metallic taste. I have noticed this about Otter Creek. Their products taste like they were created in an aluminum saucepan on Mom's stove. Thankfully, this taste vanished. The metallic taste gave way to minimal roasted malts, but in the long run, a Dr. Evil scheme of mixed spices dominates.

Bender Factor: I don't think so. There are better offerings out there. The metallic taste really taints Otter Creeks beers. If they would stop adding aluminum as an adjunct...

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Photo of CurtisLoew
2.04/5  rDev -41%
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 ommegangpbr
2.07/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Otter Creek oktoberfest...
made from real otters?
Looks pretty in the glass but goes downhill from there.
Kinda reminds me of dirt or what I imagine dirty otter fur might taste like.
I'm already not a fan of amber/red ales and this does not warm me up to them at all. This doesnt make me think of oktoberfest beers but it does make me think of fallen leaves and what they might taste like. Yeah... this could be brewed with fallen leaves. That would make sense. Oddly sweet yet unappealingly bitter like raw dandelion leaves. Badly brewed coffee with sugar substitute and fat free half and half.
I spent $6 on a six pack, which is about as cheap as it gets for craft beer around here and I am unlikely to pick up another.

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Photo of beerguy101
2.16/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Medium orange gold color. Medium white foamy head. Aroma is bready, sweet and something else I can’t identify which is really icky. A medium bodied marzen. Malts are caramel and roasty. Hops are grapefruity. There is also a touch of butter and it’s a touch metallic. A little thin tasting as well. There is a very unpleasant taste that develops as this beer warms. Think I will use the other two bottles I have of this stuff for cooking. Mouthfeel is thin. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter and a touch cardboardy.

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Photo of Xadoor
2.21/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Light amber colour in the glass. Foamy head that dissipated quickly. Little lacing in the glass. Very light aroma, slightly grassy, toasted grains. Sweet malt and toasted grain flavours. Very little hop flavours. Finishes dry with an acidic and metallic taste on the back of the tongue. Low carbonation.

Not exactly what I was expecting with Oktoberfest across the label. Only after tasting it and then checking the label again did I notice Autumn Ale in smaller letters. The lower ABV does makes it a good sessionable beer, but due to inappropriate labeling, I had been expecting a different brew. It would have been great had it been simply labeled as Autumn Ale.

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Photo of Softestdog
2.25/5  rDev -35%

Photo of rlamoy
2.25/5  rDev -35%

Photo of shirfan
2.29/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Clear dark orange with a moderate layer of white suds.

Smells like a burnt french fry. I'd like to expound on the aroma, but how? It's an Ore-Ida left in the oven too long.

Flavor: Very dry, leafy, slightly medicinal. The burnt fry is still there as well, followed by a slight numbing sensation on the tongue. Watery finish. Neither malty nor especially hoppy, tastes like someone scraped up a bunch of dry oak leaves and threw them in the brew kettle for fun.

I know this is an "autumn ale" and not a true Oktoberfest, but I can't be fair without saying what needs to be said -- this beer sucks. Dry, watery, acridly leafy...nothing enjoyable here. Please try again, Otter Creek.

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Photo of Eando35
2.36/5  rDev -31.8%
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 ralree
2.38/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Reddish honey with a pathetic 0.5-1 finger head that doesn't retain well.

S: Weird - like honey and pumpkin - not really a sweet smell. A little gross actually.

T: Ugh - tastes like dead leaves. Bitterness hits you first, along with a sort of wateryness. I don't really like the taste of this one. Missing sweet tones. Slight metallic aftertaste. Bitter aftertaste sticks with you long after drinking on this one. If you love bitter and hate sweet, this one's for you!

M: Light-medium bodied - a little watery. Slight astringency and too much carbonation.

D: I don't think I will finish it. Can't see ever buying it again.

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Photo of Vthophead
2.4/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A clean Malty Octoberfest with a copper color. However, their yeast strain smells like some one added some dirty socks to the fermenter or to the boil. No pleasant aromas from this beer. Once you get past the smell it is a smooth tasting beer. A good beer to drink on a cool autumn night when you are all stuffed up.

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Photo of chOAKbarrell
2.43/5  rDev -29.8%
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 warmstorage
2.47/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle, notes bottled on 8/31/06, poured into bell glass, at cellar temp.

Bright dark orange, initially solid thick head which dies out. Some lacing and fading on sides of glass remain. Nice appearance up front, but doesn't hold out.

Caramel and malt sweetness on nose, a little under-pronounced, but appropriate for style. Little hop nose present.

Taste: slightly metallic, caramel sweet malt, minimal hops noticed. Limited to no alcohol detected, drinks easy. A little thin and lacking of the toasty characters the style should have.

Mouthfeel is pretty good: a little bright and moderately to highly carbonated. It can't carry the rest of this mediocre beer, though.

The metallic character is hard to get over. Whether as an Oktoberfest or an "Autumn Ale", whatever that is, this is a low-drinkable but disappointing beer.

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Photo of chrispoint
2.5/5  rDev -27.7%

Photo of LumpyGuitar
2.5/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Picked this up with a few other fall seasonals.

Poured a light orange, thin white head. No lacing.

Smells of apple and sweeter spices.

Taste is a mix of weak sour apple, vinegar, some odd spice..not very blended.

Mouthfeel is dry and crisp, also pretty light. Would be refreshing if it wasn't for the taste.

Drinkability is low. Not a great version of the style..with a bit of work it could be better.

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Photo of uwmgdman
2.51/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

2008 version. The beer pours brilliant light coper color with a thin white and nice bubbles rising throughout the beer. The aroma is moderately sweet, fairly spicy and something, I can't identify, but a bit off. The flavor is initially sweet and a bit malty then a sourness, sour apple like flavor emerges and lasts through the finish, which is rather dry. The carbonation is moderate and body medium. Overall the sourness distracts from anything good with this beer. I am disappointed, last year my notes reflect this being a tasty beer, this year I can't say the same thing.

Previous 2007 comments:

The beer pours fairly clear, deep golden/light copper color with a thin white head. The aroma is moderate-high biscuit-like malt. The flavor is moderately malty, rather bready, medium-low sweetness and this is balanced by a medium-low hop bitterness. The finish is rather clean; slightly metallic with low lingering maltiness. The carbonations is moderate and has a medium-full body. Overall a nice brew; the finish had a slight metallic off-flavor but I still wouldn't steer away.

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Photo of SilentSabre
2.55/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Very disappointed in this one. It poured a slightly cloudy yellow orange colour like neither an Oktoberfest or an Amber ale. A very aggressive pour yielded a pitiful looking head the was gone in less than 15 seconds. The smell reminds me of a sour dish rag or a wash cloth thats been in the corner of the shower for about 6 weeks. There is some malt in there, but mostly just that offensive sour rag smell. Taste isn't much better. Some malt tries to come through at first, but is over powered by a bitterness that I do not care for. It does leave a bit of a dry biscuity sensation on the finish, though. Not very impressed with this one at all.

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Photo of Naes
2.58/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This brew is copper brown in color with a tall white bubbly head.
The aroma is malty sweet and a bit bready.
Its flavor is a bit bland, though there is definitely a malty base with a mild hop aftertaste.
Mouth feel is light bodied and ideally carbonated.

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Photo of Sammy
2.71/5  rDev -21.7%
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 TheManiacalOne
2.73/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color with a thin white head that fades slowly and leaves a decent lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malt, grain, a little bit of hops and some fruitiness.

T: Caramelized malt dominates the taste and there are flavors of tart fruit, some spice and a little bit of hops, but none of the flavors seem to blend together very well. Sweetness ends up winning out in the end. Although this is a “Mocktoberfest” beer, it does have some Marzen/Oktoberfest qualities.

M: Smooth & crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not very filling, to be perfectly honest, although I wouldn’t say this beer is bad, there really isn’t anything about it that would make me choose it unless the selection were very limited.

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Photo of lackenhauser
2.73/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a nice deep golden to amber color with a slight head that quickly receedes. Somewhat floral smell with a hint of caramel. Malty flavor but theres a metallic taste that really cuts thru anything else. Its borderline astringent.OK body. Dont know how many of these I could have-maybe the flavor will improve after a few and I wont notice it as much. Its labeled Oktoberfest Ale but far from it if you ask me. Maybe an amber. I didnt want to come into this beer biased but the other Otter Creek beers I have had really didnt impress me either.Thought I might luck out here.

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Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
2.75/5  rDev -20.5%

Photo of sabrills70
2.78/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy medium amber with a one finger head and good lace. Slight caramel malt smells although not as malty as other Ofests. Too bitter and hoppy to be a ofest. Malt flavor is predominant but the hop flavor is too strong. If they would label this as an Amber ale it would get fairly high rankings - it is a tasty beer, but it is not an Octoberfest. It is labeled as an ale. A good brew, as an amber ale, but a poor Ofest.

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Photo of Umbra
2.8/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Darkish, thicker looking amber with minimal lacing and retention. Hoppy aroma with some heartier malts lingering.

Though there is a strong roasted malt presence within the brew, the hops, slight copper, and dry finish really doesn't have me feelin Oktoberfest.

After recently trying the Hop Ottin, I was expecting a bit more. Nice "autumn" bottle and labeling, though.

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Otter Creek Oktoberfest from Otter Creek Brewing
Beer rating: 3.46 out of 5 with 348 ratings