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 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 acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.36/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The worst one I've had from Otter Creek to date, and a below average Octoberfest beer in general. This one had zero body to it and was just way too watery and bland. Not much for malts/hops taste and it just went down like water which I'm not looking for in a hearty o-fest brew. Look elsewhere for a fall seasonal.

Re-reviewing this one... nice fuller body to it this time around, some nice malty sweetness in there, little bit of spice at the end as well. I would now consider this an above average O-fest.. maybe last year was a bad batch or I got a bad bottle.

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Photo of metter98
3.43/5  rDev -0.9%
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 oline73
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a ricky head that retains well and leaves shards and splotches of lace

Smell: Caramel and butterscotch, but something a touch muddy underneath that I cannot put my finger on

Taste: Starts with a caramel base that betrays a modest bit of diacetyl at mid-palate; after the swallow, an earthy, almost muddy flavor emerges and produces a rather dry and nutty finish; a bit of graininess in there, too

Mouthfeel: Medium body and moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Surprising how they can make an ale taste almost like a lager; I wonder whether this was cold conditioned

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3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
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 NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Otter Creek seems to have pulled everything together just exactly right for their Oktoberfest this year! It pours a just slightly hazy copper-orange with golden highlights beneath a creamy off-white head. The retention is good, and it leaves some nice lacing about the glass. The nose expresses a toasty malt that's quite inviting, along with a little bit of yeast signature and some leafy hops. It reminds me of fall - isn't that enough in itself? The mouthfeel is lightly creamy and smooth, with a dextrinous medium body and moderate carbonation. Tea and toast, with a deeply biscuity (almost singed) side, greet you in the flavor. It becomes more floral across the middle, and the caramelish side of the maltiness comes to the front. The bitterness is firm, headed towards solid, and it finishes quite dry with some lingering leafy and spicy hops and an edge of toasty and almost-scortched caramel malt. It's tasty and drinkable, and certainly worth trying.

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Photo of jlindros
3.21/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Now Otter Creek makes some interesting and good beers. I still have yet to try quite a few, and this beer meets a cross roads of two review paths. First being Otter Creek and New England locals, and the second being Oktoberfest beers.

A: Pours with a fluffy 1 finger head that dissipates at a quick rate, leaving lacing on the sides of the glass. A brilliantly clear toasty amber brown color that even lets me continue watching A View to a Kill through it's amber colored filter.

N: Hmmm, it has some light toasty malts and red ale like aromas, as well as very light Marzen style crispness. However, it also seems to have an extract or artificial sugar like sweetness added. I wouldn't go right out and say that it does, but the nose almost makes me think that. A very light earthy hop aroma too. All in all the nose is pretty light.

T: And now to see its true form... Hmmm, pretty interesting. Lots of toasted malt flavor, some German malts like Munich, some earthy malt quality, it has a nice front end. Then some sweetness and syrup seems to come through, almost like an extract again, not sure if its just me, but I seem to get some of that from it. Then it fades to some nuttiness like toasted almonds or some other nuts or something. The more I taste the more that extract taste seems to disappear though. It also seems to have a weird earthy bitterness, some decent hop taste, but also some unpleasant bitterness too. It's a weird bitterness that I seem to get in certain beers that I just can't put my finger on, which I'm not a fan of that flavor. I should start to compile the beers I get that flavor in and see if I can find a similarity.

M: Medium body with some syrupy feel and decent carbonation.

F: It finishes somewhat clean. Slightly sweet and toasty malt lingering flavors. A gritty feeling sticks around the mouth, which seems a combination of the sticky syrup and earthy malts. Despite the strange sweetness, it seems to dry off quite a bit.

Final thoughts: Its definitely an Autumn Ale, that seems to be an Oktoberfest ripoff with extracts and other off parts. It's not too bad a beer overall, adds some nice toasty malts, nutty flavors, and semi crisp tastes, but has some weird sticky sweet extract like flavors and that unpleasant bitterness I can't figure out.

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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 oberon
3.71/5  rDev +7.2%
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 Thorpe429
3.18/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate orange brown color with an off white head. The nose is light with a bit of caramel, toffee, and nuts. The taste is a bit of light hops as well as a bit of semi-sweet malt and some bread. Light body with a normal level of carbonation and a somewhat dry finish. Drinks alright, but is not a really terrified example of the style.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.53/5  rDev +2%
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 smcolw
4.03/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Starts with a modest, but it lasts and leaves lots of webby lace. Cloudy, light amber color.

Light crystal malt aroma with a touch of malt sugar. Light hop nose.

Very strong hop presence for an Octoberfest, so I think the "American Amber" category is apt. Nice rich body with a matching level of carbonation. The malt flavor is similar to the nose. The swallow has a light bitterness that lingers for a good length of time.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.83/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours an exceptionally amber body with a small, fizzy off-white head.

Smell: Aroma with a strong estery fruitiness as well as hints of grain and caramelized sugar.

Taste: Flavor of light caramel, bread, and poached fruit. Strong yeastiness. Finishes with a less than enjoyable sour bitterness. Tinny aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: This one was an absolute chore to finish. Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go lie down.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.2/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Crystalline bright orange with amber accents, topped by a pale butter-colored head that also has the consistency of whipped creamery butter. Its lazy descent results in an average amount of lace affixed to the upper reachs of the pint glass. The lightly toasted malty nose smells like Bit-O-Honey candy (if anyone remembers that). There's also a mild nuttiness, untoasted almonds I believe, and a hint of hops.

The nonsweet 'honey candy' character is still present and is even stronger on the palate. It's a musky-husky earthiness that my taste buds aren't thrilled with. Perhaps the Hallertauer and Tettnang hops are the culprit. Whatever it is, it dominates the flavor profile and makes the beer too one-dimensional.

Why is this Oktoberfest designated as an amber/red? Doesn't Otter Creek know what they're talking about? Whatever style it falls under, it isn't for me. I can overcome a substandard appearance, aroma, even mouthfeel, but flavor is too essential. It largely *is* the beer in my opinion. I love Otter Creek Pale Ale, but Oktoberfest doesn't cut the mustard.

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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 mikesgroove
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to the kind trader who sent me down a sixer of this one to enjoy. One of the seasonals we just never seem to get down here with the rest of their lineup. Served cold, right out of the fridge and poured into a pint glass. This one was consumed on 10/20/2008.

The pour was rather nice, a rich amber color coming forward from the glass right away. Very clear, with little in the way of any kind of haze to slow this one down. A good amount of carbonation could be seen streaming up from the bottom of the glass, coalescing in a one inch white foamy head that lasted well into the session, even dropping a nice touch of side glass lace along the way.

The aroma was loaded down with malts, as one would expect. Rich notes of bready, caramel and a touch of an earthy grain led the way here, with only the slightest bit of a fruit note to slow it down. The flavor was more of the same. Rich caramel malts with a nice earthy, almost woodsy like flavor to it. Chewy on the palate, it was a nice medium bodied ale, with excellent carbonation that held up well throughout the session. Crisp and clean, with a moderately dry finish that left the long lasting bready malt flavor behind and left you looking for another sip rather quickly. Easily session able, this was a very tight beer that I could easily see myself throwing down several of.

Overall this was a very solid fest beer. One of the better I have had this year so far. Nice and light with a steady and interesting profile that never dulls. I would have no issue at all with trying this one again, and I am glad I have a few to go around.

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3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.97/5  rDev +14.7%
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 Billolick
3.31/5  rDev -4.3%
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 GarthDanielson
2.9/5  rDev -16.2%
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 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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