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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing
Vermont, United States
ottercreekbrewing.com

Style: Weizenbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 04-06-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
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Reviews:
62
Ratings:
66
pDev:
9.14%
Bros Score:
3.73
 
 
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Ratings: 66 |  Reviews: 62
Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Otterbahn pours a cloudy, very deep mahogany body beneath a short head of creamy almond-tan foam. The head retention is fairly good, and it leaves some decent lacing about the glass; although both should be better given the style.

The nose is malty and phenolic with some light cocoa, darker mik chocolate, wet clove, and bubblegum - as well as some apple and green banana.

In the mouth its medium body is delicately carbonated and very nicely creamy.

The flavor offers a nice edge of roastiness, and the yeasty phenolics can make that seem almost smoky when it's first poured. From there it warms to become more toasty, and caramelish with a drop of molasses added, but it still has a cocoa powder note to it. The spicy phenolics come out, and it's more than just clove-ish, there are notes of all-spice (and perhaps something else) in there as well. It's also fruity and candyish (mostly phenolic clove-driven. It's rich but not complex. A solid bitterness balances it, as does a touch of underlying alcohol, and it finishes dry with a touch of phenolic and a kiss of spicy hops.

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Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep chesnut brown with a slight off white one finger head that left pretty quickly,big bubble gum and molasses aromas along with some earth and clovey spice just a light touch of unsweetened chocolate as well.I noticed a sweeter molasses-like sweetness upon first sips fading into a banana flavor and somewhat spicey/clovey finish all over top of a light cocoa background.Just a solid weizenbock it wont blow you away but it delivers all the good flavors a good weizenbock should have,recommended.

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Photo of Jason
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz brown bomber with no freshness date to be found.

A- Dark leather brown color, hints of garnet on the edges. Semi-fizzy lace ... head retention struggles.

S- Clove, big-time fruit cake or fresh Christmas pudding aroma. Overtones of dark and wheat malt in the nose as well.

T&M- A bit crisp and smooth but more creamy in the full body. Very malty, lots of wheat twang here ... clove sharpness fades quickly. Beefy? Black pepper? Dry maltiness with a warming solvent alcohol character, alcohol is almost too much for me.

D- I sipped this for a bit, the rest went to a marinade for a T-bone steak. Decent, just not my mug of beer.

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Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Billolick
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large bottle, no freshness indication. The label does include a generous German beer primer. This one pours a hearty shade of dark brown, cloudy/murky, with a fairly loose dark tan head, with early voluminous growth, then decent retention before the inevitable decline to the well respected tiny bubble film. Upon a gentle swirl the lacing is scattered and fairly minor. The nose here is chock full of bananas, malted chocolate milk and cocoa. This is a pretty full bodied brew, with notes of bananas, chocolate, malted milk, cloves, and a spicy smokiness. Nice, tasty, complex, silky smooth brew. BBQ ribs anyone? Go get some of this and enjoy!

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Photo of jwc215
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a weizen glass:

Pours dark brown with a thick tan head that soon descends (fizzles) to a thin covering. As drink progresses, a short-lived fizzly head reappears for a fleeting second (from the high carbonation).

The smell is of alcohol upfront. Clove and some dark fruitiness is present in the aroma.

The taste was of clove, toasted wheat grain and a hint of banana. Dark, sweet malt balances out any bitterness. The alcohol is certainly noticeable - almost too much so, as it masks some of the flavors).

It becomes a bit light in the mouth. A fairly clean, though a touch harsh, feeling is left. The flavors don't stay too long (as they are mostly cleaned out by the alcohol.)

Bottom line - I usually like this brewery's offerings. And, while this is an interesting brew, and not bad, I was a bit disappointed with it. If I want this style, I'll stick to Aventinus, one or two others, or try something new. My main problem is that the alcohol was too present - I've had beers with the same or higher abv's that didn't dominate so much.

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Photo of Gavage
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: dark burgandy with a nice 1" head that slowly falls to a thick surface foam.

Smell: roasted malts, banana, and prunes.

Taste: nice roasted malt layer with some banana, prunes, figs, soft chocolate, and yeast spiciness. Some mild bitterness rounds it out. Alcohol is noticeable.

Mouthfeel: crisp at the start, smoother at the finish. Medium bodied. Aftertaste is brief as the flavors linger softly on the tongue.

Drinkability: Not bad for the style, but the alcohol is a bit too noticeable here. Very flavorful though and definitely worth a look.

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Photo of plaid75
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy light brown hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell that of clean malt. Mild banana and cocoa aromas as well.

The taste was very wheaty and yeasty with an interesting toasted malt streak. Sort of smooth and acrid at the same time.

The mouthfeel was full and chewy. A certain dryness as well.

Overall an interesting beer. I don't know how accurate it was for the style, but it was tasty nonetheless. Good ABV which was well masked.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this one in a trade with jwc215. Thanks, Joe!

This pours a clear deep brownish-red with a good 2 finger head of foam that shrinks to a solid layer but lasts for the entire session and it has plenty of sticky lacing.

The smell is malty, roasty, and spicy and has a nice strong presence of chocolate. Very nice nose.

The taste has nice complexity with sweet malt, clove, banana, roasted malt and a touch of dark fruit most noticeable when I swish the beer in my mouth. Wow, it's also quite warming. More sips in and I'm picking up on some good hot chocolate character. The mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side, the carbo is light and the finish is bittersweet from the chocolate. Very tasty. A very nice sipper indeed! Okay, I just started drinking from my second pour and the mouthfeel seems to have redeemed itself..I get a creamier feel to it.

Bottom line: I think this an excellent example of the style and I'd gladly revisit. Thanks again, Joe!

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Photo of weeare138
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a murky, dark brown with some red toned edges when held to the light. A 1 finger, off-white head slowly fades out into a mild cap. Streak lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of cocoa, cream, chocolate milk, caramel, cloves, bananas, along with some biscuity breadiness from the malts and some yeasty esters.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with some yeasty spiciness coming through with the cocoa, chocolate milk, cloves, bananas, and caramel. It's actually pretty nice. I'm enjoying the flavor almost as much as the wonderfully phenolic Bavarian aromas.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, yeasty, spicy, mildly sweet, and semi-dry along the palate and into the finish.
As this is my favorite style, I'll need to see if I can find some more of this goodness. This hit the spot for an American version of a Weizenbock. Otter Creek should make this part of the regular lineup. Hmm...gimme the Copper Ale, and this one and I'm good to go for a while.
Go, America, go! American Brewers, please do your best to emulate this style and let me know when you do. Beermail me for a trade, or to send me a sample!

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Photo of akorsak
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a pint glass of Otter Creek's new weizenbock. It is served chilled.

Appearance: The ale has a deep brown color that is accentuated by a steady turbid haze throughout the ale. There is a light ring of head that does not last long.

Smell: The clovey aroma of a weizen emerges from the brew, as does a strong wheat malt aroma and a bit of alcohol.

Taste: The weizen flavor is evident, but it is kicked up a notch (sorry, Emeril). The wheat flavors are more pronounced while the traditional weizen flavors are somewhat restrained.

Mouthfeel: A stronger weizen, perfect for a hot day as the bananas and cloves and higher abv lull you to sleep.

Drinkability: Drinkable enough, this would not be my first choice from the weizenbocks.

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Photo of ppoitras
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle received in the No BS BIF Beta from HimerMan. Thanks for the opportunity to revisit with a bit of age on it.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 1/4" tan head over the totally murky reddish brown brew. Head falls at a moderate pace down to a almost complete coverage of tiny bubbles, with ample slow-falling lace. Aroma is chocolatey wheat, with some dark fruitiness. Taste is quite similar to the nose, and not seeing the smoke I found in my original tasting. Fruit lingers with a twinge of alcohol upon the swallow, with a powdered chocolate dryness. Mouthfeel is soft and smooth over the tongue, and drinkability is not bad at all. Glad I got to try this one again.

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Photo of jaxon53
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of dirtylou
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber, obtained as an extra in a trade, i believe from brewfan

appearance: pours into a wide mouth wine glass...very much a cola-esque body...light beige cream head with no retention/lacing to speak of...light garnet tint to the muddy mahogany body

smell: syrupy aroma, raisin/prune and other dried fruits, maple, light vanilla, thick malt structure, chocolate, caramel, earthy peat

taste: chocolate covered cherry, thick syrupy malt, a touch woody, big roasty flavours, raisin/prune/date, spiced dry fruit, a touch boozy, earthy characteristics...flavour certainly improves as it warms. Thick and chewy with a touch of smoke and char

mouthfeel: thick/chewy, moderate booze

drinkability; alright

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Photo of wedge
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep foggy mahoghany with a short-lived bubbly head. Smells pretty nutty to me, initially kinda like peanut butter followed by phenolics...very dark and chocolatey. Flavor is pretty rich...more toasty, nutty, chocolatey characteristics along with a slight citric tartness. The phenolics blend in well with the smokey, sweet malts and a little wheat. Nice creamy-smooth mouthfeel is fairly full.

Nothing amazing but, its still a tasty interpretation and I'm glad it survived the trip from Mass.

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Photo of Gmann
3.15/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown color with a small tan head that dissipated fairly quick and did not leave much lacing. The smell is of chocolate and carob, no wheat characteristics. The taste is of red wine and chocolate, light carob, has a noticable alcohol presence. Definitely way more on the bock side than weizen side. The feel is light and almost watery, finishes a bit on the sweet side. An average brew, not something I will seek out again.

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Photo of Boto
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber: This has been hiding in the back of the fridge for awhile, but not too long. This one pours a clear, but dark brown color. Mine had a decent tan head on it, but it dropped away quickly. The first whiff is definitely caramel, with some roastiness and chocolate to follow. The taste is good. The first thing you notice is actually a touch of maple. It is followed by some chocolate and a touch of caramel and toffee. Some spiciness is there also. It is pretty well balanced, with out being overly sweet. A decent brew.

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Photo of jfcaa193
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of sulldaddy
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split this bottle with BA Stopper. poured at cellar temp into a snifter the beer exhibits a rich mahogany color with small fizzy beige head foaming up and fading quickly to an edge layer. Aroma is rich and malty caramel and raisins with some berry and maybe a hint of cloves.Very fine tingly carbonation with average body and smooth texture. Flavor is malty and caramel and dark fruit, a bit of yeasty dough and some berries too. Sweet malt dominate with a surprising amount of roasted malt almost to coffee ground flavor mixing on the finish. The beer is quite tasty and drinks easily. A nice beer.

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Otterbahn pours a cloudy dark brown color with a fizzy light tan head that quickly dissolves to a thin ring around the surface. I saw no lace on the side of the glass. The aroma is a pleasant combination of clove, banana, bubblegum, yeast and wheat malt.

This medium bodied beer is smooth with a nice tingle on the tip of the tongue and a bit rough around the edges. The flavor begins with a hint of smoke and caramel. Dunkelweiss like flavors of clove, banana and bubblegum fill the middle before some wheat and hints of yeast finish off each sip. Once gone notes of clove, caramel and banana linger for a while.

Otterbahn reminds me of a nice German dunkelweiss, but with a smoother body and smoky flavor.

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Photo of Todd
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz brown bomber, no freshness date. Pours a muddy dark brown, near opaque, with leathery reddish-amber hues around the edges. Beige head is thick, tight and creamy with plenty of sticky lacing. (There's floaty goodness in this one, so leave a 1/2 an inch in the bottle and give it a swirl, and then pour it into your glass.)

Distinct clove phenols in the nose, all-spice, fruity bananas esters ... that are all wrapped in with some toasty husk aromas. Smells similar to a typical "Hefe," but much more rich with malty goodness. Appealing.

Very creamy and smooth on the palate, with a silky and even medium-body. Malty sweet bread-like profile that's quite toasty ... followed by a slightly raw and tart ("green") under-ripened banana flavor and a very spicy clove flavor that nearly over-dominates the palate, but doesn't. Yeasty. More all-spice. Hints of chocolate, some wheaty/husky/tannin characters, and suggestions of smoke beneath. Citric edge (almost milky/lactic at times) helps to balance things out. Major fruity banana esters (candy-like almost) and a more pronounced alcohol emerges as the beer warms. Slightly drying in the finish.

Man, I dig Weizenbocks. You just don't find too many of them. Thankfully Otter Creek's interpretation follows through true to style (wouldn't expect anything else from Steve Parkes & crew), and then goes a step further to ensure it's uniquely theirs, which a I really dig.

Great style. Great name. Great label. Great beer.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber, served in a pilsner glass.

A - dark brown color with a big tan head that settled to a light layer, leaving some rings of lace.

S - roasted malt and date/raisin aromas.

T - sweet roasted flavor, light, dry bitterness on the finish.

M - light/medium bodied with light carbonation.

D - a little too sweet to have more than 1 or 2 glasses of this brew.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy brownn clor with moderate tannish foamy head.
Smell is full of dark fruit, light chocolate, some bananas and clovy spices.
Taste is dark fruity, banana-like, caramel, toffee. Some alcohol notes also present.
Finishes with a bit of a bite that is not overly pleasant.
An OK beer for the style, but their are better available

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Photo of Damian
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a 1 pint 6 fl. oz bottle purchased at Martignetti's Liquors, Boston, MA

I was initially tuned off by the bottle's silly and kitchy design but I nonetheless decided to give it a try.

Poured a deep brown/black with some ruby-brown hints at the edges of the glass. The light tan head was large, thick, foamy and somewhat bubbly. Nice cascading lacing which stuck well.

The smell was quite intense. Wheaty with bitter chocolate, rich malts, banana, astringent alcohol, grassy hops and a hint of mild citrus.

Taste was powerful as well, yet not as complex as the smell. Very malty and citrusy on the front end with florally hops apparent later. This beer did indeed taste like a perfect mix between a weizen and a bock, with possibly a Belgian quad thrown in as well. Later into the drink, the huge alcohol flavor and warming was evident.

Very thick and creamy mouthfeel with a perfect amount of carbonation.

Overall, a terrific beer.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the glass clear dark amber brown with a brownish low head which had a bit of persistence but barely laced the glass.

The aroma was chocolate and caramel with an impression of wheat. The aroma was fruity with some banana esters. As the beer warmed a coffee roasty character emerged with a toasted marshmallow aroma.

The flavor was roasty and bready with chocolate and coffee. Some wheat character was present with banana at a lower level and again a toasty marshmallow flavor.

The finish was dry with lasting impressions of light roast, coffee, toasted marshmallows and light banana. The body was medium with a fairly low carbonation level. The mouthfeel was a bit lacking. Good drinkability on this one since the alcohol was well hidden. A nice beer, more of a porter than anything else but an interesting beer to begin a cold evening with.

22 ounce bottle.

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Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 66 ratings