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 Samp01
3.15/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear reddish amber with a medium off white head. Typical Aroma and Taste of malt, yeast and breadiness with some light fruity notes. Palate is medium body with a kind of fizzy carbonation. Finish is sweet lightly toasted malt, yeast and bread flavor with some hops. Overall just an ok brew.

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Photo of Kinsman
3.32/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a vibrant orange, reminiscent of a sugar maple tree in the fall with a nice white head, about 2 fingers thick to start but fading relatively quickly and leaving just a bit of lace behind.

Aroma features hints of toasted malt and some caramel notes alongside a leafy flowery hop note. A bit fruity as well.

Taste features a nice balance between toasted biscuit and caramel flavors and flowery/herbal hops. Yeast character is stronger than expected with some fruit notes before I nice but subtle bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is a crisp and refreshing medium body feel. Overall, I find this beer to be a nice sipper for a cool fall day (which we are certainly seeing around here these last couple of days). I would love to see this beer brewed in the traditional Märzen fashion with a lager-yeast but I'll take it either way.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.97/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy amber color with a slight head that turns to a semi sticky lace ring.

S - Smells pleasant enough soft nodes of nuts, a bit of caramel, and nice malts. Little to no hops are good.

T - More nutty than I expected but not a bad thing. Another plus with little to no bitterness. With a nice sweet malt background and a bit of caramel sweetness this is a good Oktoberfest. Wish it had more body...

M - Light to medium very easy to drink.

Overall a very smooth offering and makes me believe this brewery can brew pretty well. I would be glad to have this again.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From fall brew ranking notes (2010): Pours clear copper with an average off-white head. Aromas of malts and caramels with mild yeast and nuts. Taste is a very smooth combination of sweet malts and caramels mixed with grain bitterness and hints of nuts and yeast. Overall tends to be mildly bitter. Not as spicy as other Oktoberfest beers, but in this case I believe that is a good thing as it also for the malts to come through.

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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 yesyouam
3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Otter Creek Oktoberfest is a somewhat hazy amber lager with a thin, dense white head that has nice retention and lacing. It has a malty, bready aroma. It smells a touch sweet and possibly a touch sour. It's medium-light bodied and very smooth. The finish is clean and refreshing. It's a little tangier and a little fruitier than a lot of Oktoberfests. It's very malty and not sweet. There is just a touch of bitterness at the finish and it comes off as herbal. It's a solid Oktoberfest from a solid brewery.

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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 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 SaCkErZ9
2.86/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

"In celebration of Bavarian tradition, we brew Oktoberfest with German Hallertau and Tettnang hops to balance its slightly sweet malt flavor. Brewed to enjoy on a crisp autumn day, Oktoberfest has a deep golden hue that is a perfect match for the beautiful foliage of Vermont."

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The beer is bronze golden with tangerine highlights. Minimal head forms, followed by minimal amount of lacing.

Aroma is completely void of anything interesting. I barely even get any malt and what malt there is, is of caramel and bready essences.

Flavor is a bit better. Not really a whole lot. A bit of hop flavor and bitterness. Bready with notes of grass. An astringent bitterness leaves the mouth dry and puckering and chalky. Yech.

A below average beer all around. There is nothing inherently wrong with this one (no infection of off flavors or weird mouthfeel) but not a whole lot of flavor. Besides the bit of hpo bitterness and grassy flavors, this one fails in most capacities. Plenty of other Oktoberfest out there that blow this one away.

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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 Ezone024
3.96/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a cloudy amber color, thin head with slight metallic aroma mixed with notes of traditional german hops.

Tastes of a true german marzen however with characteristics of an american amber such as a slight nutty flavor with some sweet malts. medium bodied and very drinkable.

Out of all the 2010 fests i've had so far i've really been enjoying this one most.

a must buy brew 100 %

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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 OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orange-ish to copper color with an off white head. In the aroma, small hints of biscuit like malt and a small hop presence. In the taste, biscuit like maltiness and a small hop presence. A small hop bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, and a small dry and hop like aftertaste. Nice hop presence, quite nice.

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Photo of ThreeDimesDown
3.53/5  rDev +2%
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 Gmann
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep copper color with a small dense cream colored head that settles into a light cap with some lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of a caramel malt, some metallic notes and a hint of brown sugar. The taste is of a steely caramel, some hop bitterness and fruity esters. The beer has a moderate body with soft to moderate carbonation; drinks sweet and balances out with a hoppy bitterness. Overall, a standard amber ale that resembles an American made marzen. Hops are a bit pronounced for a true marzen. A decent beer, nothing memorable.

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Photo of crossovert
3.06/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle.

Pours slightly dark for an Oktoberfest. It is a darker shade of amber. The head is soapy and off-white and lingers a bit before leaving some decent lacing.

The smell has a bit of an oddness to it. I guess some people would consider it "band aid". There are also hints of brown sugar and nut.

The flavor is light with a vegetal hop presence. It seems like more of a hop-forward oktoberfest. It is pretty light in the malt category, almost reminding me of a Helles in flavor. The hops just seem to be a bit off, lending a bitter soapy flavor.

It is alright, I guess it is an ale so it is supposed to taste differently from a Maerzen but this is spot on for a maerzen style, i guess jsut a top fermenting one. I think it is retarded to label a non oktoberfest style beer an oktoberfest.

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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 mavbrew
3.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It's only fitting to pour this into my Otter Creek stein.

A: Pours a nice copper color with a slight off-white, cream colored head, a little less than a finger thick, that dissipates quickly.

S: Has some earthy tones as well as some malts, seems to be lacking a big bold scent to me.

T: Up front I am tasting some caramel malts and a hint of hoppy characteristics which add a nice bitter finish.

M: Light bodied with slight carbonation.

D: This could be a nice autumn session beer as it is a lower ABV beer and has a nice smooth feel to it, overall a decent Oktoberfest.

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Photo of soju6
3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Amber color with a fair head that fades quickly. Some lacing.

S: Clean grain & mild fruit aroma.

T:Starts a bit sweet with a nice bitterness and a dry finish.

F: Medium body, smooth & creamy. Well balanced.

D: Nice solid beer good for more than one. Great seasonal brew

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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 alpinebryant
3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear pour with a light tan head copper penny color
Earthy aroma with a decent floral bouquet for an Oktoberfest brew. Strong bitter flavor with a lot of biscuit, brown bread, and a crisp finish.

Overall a good beer - this is definitely session-able and if it were not in a frozen fridge and sooo cold due to being in a garage where the temp was near 8 degrees, probably would have noticed more flavor off the bat instead of waiting for it to warm.

Price point is tough to be beat for this quality of a beer

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hate to beat a dead horse here, but where's the otter?

Clear orange with a 1 finger white head: looks like something I'd like to drink. Aroma is toasted malt, fruit, mild hop spice, and maple syrup in an earthy vein; like trail running on a misty morning.

Taste is on the fruity side for an october (I'm assuming that's because it's not a lager). Clean nonetheless. Brown sugar, and sodden hop.

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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 drcarver
3.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

As with all Vermont beers I wish I went into this blind. I have yet to meet one I like, but I'll try to keep an open mind.

A - light amber color with a weak head that fades quickly. A little lacing.

S - sweet malty arome, but not hop.

T/M - watery on the palate and a bitterness that hangs at the back of the mouth. Sweet up front with a bit of sour in the back.

D - it goes down very easy.

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Photo of kmo1030
3.41/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

amber colored with a nice sized, just shy of white head.
the aroma is a grainy caramel with a little bread crust.
the taste is of crusty bread and caramel. it's got some nuttiness and some slightly fruity esthers. there are some hops at the end with some herbal bitterness, but i wouldn't say it's quite balanced. with warms there is faint diacetyl
the mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
as it's an ale, it reminds more more of a pale ale type of beer than an oktoberfest. that being said, it's not a bad little beer.

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Otter Creek Oktoberfest from Otter Creek Brewing
3.46 out of 5 based on 348 ratings.
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