Otter Creek Oktoberfest | Otter Creek Brewing

348 Ratings
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 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 scottum
3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out an orange ambered amber with a quick draw white head. Malts rule the flavor profile, but they don't scream great beer. Nice sub malt flavors like biscuit makes for good beer especially with a solid crisp hopping. Certainly a worthy seasonal brew, but since the brewery now does make lagers I'm wondering why they keep this recipe around instead of going for the real thing.

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

The beer pours a golden color with a thick frothy white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a grainy pale malt scent with some carapils malts and a bisquity aroma. It is sweet with a slightly dry finish. The taste is good. It has a crisp malty flavor with a bisquity finish and hops in the aftertaste. It goes down smooth with sweet malts and a roasted feel. The mouthfeel is good. It is a low/medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a damn good beer. Otter Creek has mastered the use of bisquit malts. All their beers seems to have this toasted flavor to them. They drink well.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a good looking true amber-colored ale that didn't have much of a head to speak of. Minimal lace on the glass, but a little.

The aroma was mainly of medium malts, with hints of cinnamon and clove spiciness.

I read prior reviews before trying this, so I wasn't sure what to expect, but I got none of the metallic taste others have mentioned. To me, it started with the bitter hops, then it was crisp and light, with a light malt finish. Quite carbonated taste, though, without a lot of bubbles. A little like soda water.

Still a good fall ale, and I liked it. I would drink this one again if it were offered. Might not buy it on my own again though.

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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 NEhophead
3.18/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle.

A short rocky, off white head that fades quickly. Thin and spotty lacing with average strength. A very clear copper-orange appearance.

Floral hop aromas with a bit of lemon. Aroma is very faint in general.

Medium hop flavors with a biscuit malt sweetness that is faint. A medium- high bitterness. Slightly metallic aftertaste.

Medium bodied; a good hop-malt balance on the palate, but a bit heavy.

This is a decent amber that's drinkable yet very average tasting. A bit of a let down from Otter Creek.

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Photo of carln26
3.21/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another beer I decided to try on a recent trip to Mews tavern. It poured a deep copper/amber with only a slight head, and no lace to speak of. I was one of the 1st people in that day, so I have a feeling I got some beer from the lines. I did detect the malt in the nose, and it is the 1st thing you recognize in the taste too. Like others, I detected some of the “metallic” tastes that sneak into this beer. It has a crispness to it that makes screams ale to me, and in checking the brewers notes, I see it is an amber ale, not a lager. Too bad. The crispness does lend to the drinkability. Decent beer, not that great.

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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 steinlifter
3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

poured a pale amber, not used to seeing this tone, not much head
smell:malt, piney smell.
taste:malt, light hops, bit of sweetness, nicely balanced by the hops, complex flavor, hints of wood, or pine, perhaps a bit of fruit as well.
mouthfeel: not impressed pretty watery, nice little bubbles on the tongue, a tiny bit of chewiness.
drinkability: overall pretty good, this is quite a bit different than other Oktoberfests I've tried, but I would say it DOES capture the mood of autumn, I would drink it again.

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Photo of SlowTwitch
3.06/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice dense head that leaves a pretty thick lacing as you proceed.
Clear amber color.

Smells a bit 'burnt'

Tastes nothing of the 'malty sweetness' described on the bottle. This is a hoppy beer, and didn't at all strike me as an 'Oktoberfest'. The only taste I'm left with after drinking is that of the acrid hops.

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Photo of shippos
3.29/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hazy orange color with a farily dense white head. what the heck?! aromas of pumpkin and raw squash, maybe it's a slight butter aroma that is reminding me of squash. decent biscuity maltness lingering. nice mouthfeel, smooth slightly thick but very nicely balanced. very drinkable and worth a try.

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Photo of Hibernator
3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this out of a 12 oz brown bottle and served in a pint glass. Very nice looking Otter Creek label decorated in Fall leaves. Bottled on date is clearly labeled on the back for 8/4/04 (Batch # 1590). This beer is a little under a month old.

The appearance is a copperish amber brown. Foamy head with noticable sticky lacings.

Smells bready and malty.

Taste has a nice sweet malt flavor with a hint of hops of the finish. Slight nutty flavors as well. This is a well balanced Autumn beer that is clean and very drinkable. I'm ready for another.

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Photo of yen157
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chunky, sticky vanilla head topping a clear, perfectly amber body. Grainy malt, snappy bitterness with coarse hop flavor lingering from finish to aftertaste that build on the palate from sip to sip. Good overall beer, not the Oktoberfest that I had hoped, but I'm really glad that I tried it. I'm not a big Otter Creek fan at all, but I can see myself drinking thing (an the Porter of course!) again.

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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 ZAP
3.47/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I don't think you should call an ale and O-fest....It says Octoberfest...Autumn Ale...Why not just call it Autumn Ale...

A decent amber ale...pretty clean tasting for an ale...looks liek an ale though with a hazy copper color....Nose has some spicy hop qualities to it...a bit of a bready malt profile...nice tasting amber...more of an easy drinking amber but pretty good...

Body is on the light side of medium..

Overall a quality beer...worth trying...I'd buy a sixer of this if the mood hit me right...there are better o-fests and better amber ales but this is solid...

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Photo of Bighuge
3.81/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Chill hazed copper tone. Small oily beige head. Aroma is malty nice with subdued spicy pepper tones. Earthy hop tones are apparant as well. Medium full body. Not quite carbonated enough for a lager. The taste delightfully surprises me though. Quite flavorful. Some nice toasted maltiness and toffee characteristics mixed with some good ol Hallertau and Tettnang goodness. The hops really add a nice earthiness and dryness. This is one I could see myself going back to again if it were around.

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Photo of marc77
3.47/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Hazy deep amber hue. Topped by a rugged, dense ivory white head that yields Belgian lace. Stately noble hop nose and Munich malt combination leaves a dominant suggestion of herb sprinkled, lightly buttered toast. Wafts of soft caramel arise as it warms. Well rounded and quite enticing aromawise. Light toffee sweetness initially in flavor is ensused by dilute notes of caramelized pecan and softly baked plain white cracker. Vapid floral hop undertone. Being more medium lovibond crystal malt driven that indicated by the aroma, the flavor exhibits token Munich malt character. Well attenuated and seemingly shy in dextrins, with a lanky, but functionally smooth mouthfeel. Hop bitterness is moderate and well integrated, leaving only brusquely fleeting residual sweetness. Finishes with hints of date like esters, but otherwise clean, dry and abrupt. Quite a decent and well crafted brew. Although tame in malt profile, there's sufficient character to keep the palate interested for more. A tasty quasi - Oktoberfest.

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Photo of beernut7
3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice copper pour with a lasting head. The aroma is malty with hints of bready malt. The first taste hints at a refreshing brew to come. A moderate bitterness pairs with a smooth lighter body and a bready malt sweetness. The bitterness grows up to a rather clean finish . Surprisingly lager-like in character for an ale, tasty and easy-drinking.

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

This was a somewhat disappointing brew. It started out with a nice head and appearance and a decent enough hoppy aroma to invite you to drink. However the taste was astingent and "puckery",
sort of like a lemonade. Mouthfeel suffered because of this astingent quality. Likewise, drinkability was impaired by this agressive astingency.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a slightly above average brew from otter creek, which sort of surprised me as, in general, i am a fan of their brews. not to say this was a bad brew, just not what i expected. pours an orange/amber colour with a nice, frothy head that quickly dissolves, leaving a minimal amount of stickiness on the glass. dominant smells were hard to detect here. a general maltiness was apparent with a bit of caramel or buttery flavour. perhaps some orange as well. taste was a bit more forthcoming, with the sweet flavours prevailing. it finishes with a dry sort of butteriness too. strange. a smooth brew that was quite fresh (otter creek beers always seem to be straight off the bottling line down here) and quite easy to drink. a bit more watery than i had hoped for, but i'd try this one again. not my favourite in the otter creek family, but not bad.

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Photo of JISurfer
3.16/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It's not that bad, but it's not that great either. The first thing I immediately noticed was the big hop aroma. I'm not what you would call a "hophead", but it wasn't too strong on the taste, so I didn't mind it. I definately wouldn't classify it as a "normal" Oktoberfest type brew, but then again, I've never seen any rules on that stuff. It is a Dark Ale instead of a Marzen, so that would be one big difference. I guess the highlight of the beer is the head and appearance. It has an autumn-like appearance, with the orangey-light red color. The head was very thick and lasted quite a while. Will I get it again? Probably not. I have way to many beers to go before I reach one of those cool lookin beers glasses. Will I ever reach it? Probably not, but I can die trying.

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Photo of UnionMade
3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer is a dark golden amber, similar in color to bass, with a bit more orange to it. A frothy off white head tops the brew, diminishing quickly to a thin coating of mist. Some blobs of lace stick to the glass, with the head mustering up a bit towards the bottom, leaving a small dollop of foam at the pint's end.
The aroma is a rich toasty caramel maltiness, with perhaps a touch of roasted barley. Definitely an ale, with some light diacetyl butterscotch and a touch of floral esters. A bit of apple and plum. Some husk aroma.
The flavor starts with a robust maltiness, with lots of caramel and toastiness. A bit of roasted flavor comes through towards the middle, lingering for a bit as the diacetyl flavor washes through. A hint of apple esteriness, with some floral notes. The butterscotch continues into the finish, where it meets a light herbal hopping. The brew finishes mildly hoppy, with continuing diacetyl and a bit of coarse grain. Some graininess and a light herbal hop presence linger in the aftertaste. Medium to full bodied, with moderate carbonation.
While still octoberfest styled, this is certainly not an octoberfest. More of a robust, new englandy kind of beer, the kind of brew that evokes images of rolling hills dappled with green, orange and red. A bit rough around the edges, with a country-like feel, but I think that's the intention.

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Photo of waughbrew
3.47/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 8/12/03

Light copper/amber, small sticky head, the company's trademark slightly sulfury yeasty aroma with some spicy german hops (hallertau and tettnang). munichy maltiness with roasted notes (chocolate malt?). A nice nuttiness to it, as well as some grape-skin. medium-bodied.

overall clean, crisp, and pretty good.

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Photo of far333
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
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 winomark
3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Copper and amber tones. Thin, almost-white head with a few stray bubbles.

Aroma: Malty and sweet, with soma raw malt notes.

Taste: Combination of malt and carbonation all over the palate. Good balance, with some hops to help give depth.

Mouthfeel: Malt flavor coats the palate, but disappears quickly. Quite short on the finish.

Drinkability: An OK beer, but not an Oktoberfest like the label indicats, but then again, it does say "Oktoberfest Autumn Ale". Isn't that an oxymoron?

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