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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 andjusticeforale
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a big bomber of this stuff off the recommendation of a local shop keep;
It poured almost black into my glass. No appreciable head, just some tan lacing. What immediately hits you is the big, roasted black caramel maltiness. What is really nice is that there is just enough flavoring bitterness that it is all balanced. On the edges is a hint- a faint representation of sweetness but it never goes too far.
I would expect that the style would appear less carbonated but here is where my criticism starts; the beer seemed almost flat; This made the mouthfeel awkward and thinner than it needed to be, which is a shame because the taste was excellent.

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Photo of gpcollen1
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a gorgeous dark copper brown into my Erdinger Weisbier glass. A moderate pour results in an impressive ¾ inch head, which slowly dissipates to a light skim. Hints of caramel and syrup pop up followed by a touch of alcohol.

Wow – nice strong flavor busting through – roasted malt with a bit of spice. The carbonation rounds out the sip, getting you ready for another. See, this is where I get into trouble - A very affordable brew offering quality as well. This beer beckons to be sipped again and again, until I realize just how fast I drank it!

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Photo of tugdriver7
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

If you purchase beer by "taste units," this was a steal--even in a rather expensive, large bottle. I haven't tried a German Weizenbock, so I can't say whether this is typical of the style, but the craft-brewed versions I've tried are definitely unique. Extremely dark (black?) color in the glass with a decent head; roasted malt in the nose. The taste is extremely rich, dark (think midnight bittersweet chocolate coffee) with a pleasantly (though slightly) bitter aftertaste. I sipped. Just a bit too much for my acolyte palate to take in all at once--or maybe it was the slightly higher ABV. No matter, I enjoyed it immensely; and had some left to share out of the big bottle. Excellent. I really like Otter Creek brews. This one is step above--even for them.

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

Attractive, cloudy chololate brown (with much agitation of the bottle), topped with a vanishing taupe head. Pretty nice aroma. Chocolatey, caramel tinged malt with the requisite helping of german wheat beer fruitiness. Kinda spicy and clovey, with banana and a bit of brown pear. Nice caramel sweetness. The flavor follows suit, with a sorta mik chocolate, caramel malt feel. Mellow banana and pear fruitiness. Clovey, fruity finish, with mellow, smooth malty sweetness. Pretty nice, the yeast presence working well with the darker roated malt. Fairly authentic, nowhere close to the classics like Aventinus, but definitely good. Feels a bit rustic, in that familiar Otter Creek way, but wheat beer seems to work for them. Kudos on using a bavarian wheat yeast strain.

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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 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 shirfan
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark ruby bordering on opaque, with a good layer of eggshell colored foam.

Estery nose -- pears, cherry, banana. Cocoa in the background.

Taste starts with a juicy, slightly alcoholic punch, which gives way to a smooth, milky sweet roasted malt profile. More mild esters mingle with hints of cocoa again... banana and clove in the background, a touch of coffee in the finish. Good complexity while retaining a smooth drinkability.

A great cold-weather beer for today's early lake-effect storm, I'm glad I had this stashed away.

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

A dark brown beer with red highlights. Has a big foamy biege head. A big banana note jumps out of the glass into your nose. With hints of chocolate and clove in the background. The flavor has more a chocolaty character . With hints of banana and clove hiding at the back of your tongue. Some Coffee notes come in on the finish.

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Photo of orsulacp
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a dark brown and not as cloudy as I would expect with a thin off white head. The nose is malty with caramel and some coffee, a little clove spiciness and some banana ester. The taste is caramel/toffee with a little bready/wheat type taste. It seems a bit more toward the bock side than the wheat side; the wheat esters are mostly hidden. The mouth is medium-light; it feels good. The body of the weizen with the taste of bock makes it very drinkable. The taste is a bit too much on the bock side for me.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Love the name. Cute label

Bold chestnut body, good clarity, with a rocky, sticky off-white/light tan fist-sized head. Lace stretches gracefully down the glass.

Aroma is a mix of bread/yeast and cloves with hints of dark fruit.

Taste begins with a big splash of sweet malt, swirls in a bushel of wheat, seques into a mix of cloves and dark fruit and finishes with a some toast. Mild sense of alcohol in the afterglow.

Outstanding creamy mouthfeel, just oozes around the mouth and thoart. Top notch drinkability for a big beer.

I'm spoiled by my on going love affair with Ramstein Winter Wheat, a weizendobblebock, but this is very nicely done and recommended. Head on down thehighway and pick up a bottle.

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Photo of horshack7
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A dark mahogony with about one finger of head rather foamy.

Aromas: Large amounts of raisens notes fruit esters malty notes small hints of banana.

Taste: Raisens fruit esters light caramel notes.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied a little on the dry side yet very unique.

Notes: This is my first weizenbock that I have tried it certainly is very unique. Hopefully it will lead to more weizenbocks out there. Cheers.

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Photo of
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle. My first weizenbock, and it won't be my last. Dark mahogany in color with ruby highlights. Clear. Medium tan head formed after pour. Aroma was malty, caramel and raisins. Alcohol and phenols, maybe some vanilla? No hops found. Taste was all about the malt - toast flavor and some bittersweet chocolate. Spicy notes in the middle. A small raisin/port like character in there as well. Sweetness increased considerably as it warmed, and it was a bit acidic at the finish. Body was medium to heavy. Carbonation was high, but beer was still creamy. Alcohol warming hit pretty early on. A very enjoyable beer, I need to find another and save it for when it gets cold.

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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 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 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 Foxman
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a nicely clear ruddy ruby. A finger of light tan head sinks soon to wisps of froth. Thin lacing stripes the inside of the glass.

The aroma grants sweet dusty malt, slightly tangy and boasting some raisin, berry, and coffee. A very mild hop spice lightens the periphery, but is negated by a swirl of alcohol.

Upon tasting, there comes a solid wave of tartly sweet malted grain, fruity with plums, blueberry, and raisin, and earthy with coffee and doughy yeast. Another surge from the malt wraps a residual sweetness around the tongue as a vaopr of alcohol sashays by. Near the close a muted hops spice note dries out a bit, and an airy bitterness lingers in the finish. It's as expected for the style, with no surprises, but it's a nicely constructed flavor.

Medium bodied, the wheaty tang compliments the sweetness and distant spice on the palate.

It's not s superstar, but there's enough going on that it's more than just a witty pun. It's a good idea that's nicely executed, not looking for huge accolades but rather content with being basically tasty. A pleasant flavor and dry finish make it refreshing and drinkable. I'll enjoy this one, and any other that might come my way.

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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 tastybeer
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Foggy dark mahogany and light tan head. The head is small and fleeting. Only a ring remains above the brew. Nose is packed with yummy malts, definite clove, smokey chocolate, banana, apple, nuts, gum, and its pleasantly phenolic. Very sniff friendly. Taste is malty as well. Spice and tobacco, banana, phenols, rosted coffee and chocolate among other things. Mouthfeel is very silky smooth and thickens the medium, soft to moderately carbonated body. Quite drinkale too.

Solid brew with a nice German Otter on the label.

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

WIth an otter and a BMW on the label, you know this one is coming straight out of Germany, Color is a dark brown with little hints of red. For a dark beer i was amazed with the citrus aroma and taste that came out of this little gem. Was told it tastes great with steaks and let me tell you, they were right. All these flavors came out it was awesome. And for 3.50 a bomber it is a definite keeper.

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Photo of Ego
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

the label makes me think "caddyshack in laderhosen"...

eyes...
sizzling tan head simmers away in a whisper, the beer looks like it is almost boiling, lots of carbonation is bubbling (like lave) under the surface, it feeds the oring constantly yet does not produce a discernable head, near opaque brown with hints of ruby as light tries to navigate it's depths. Not a stunner but better than OK.

nose...
dark malts, roasted enough to almost get a whiff of smoke, a hint of a barleywine tone underneath (alcohol), the roast is really dark and deep on this one but not in the typical "coffee tone" scent, more of a roasted fire, as this opens up there is hints of coffee however. A nice smelling (and interesting) WB

taste etc...
nice dark tones, carbonation is not as assertive as I would have suspected. initial thinking is "this tastes like nothing" but then the coating left on your tongue kicks into gear. this is really wierd, in your mouth swilling around you almost get no flavor but after the swallow it really does a number. some of the familiar bannana tones also show up here. mouthfeel is very good, it coats and feels like it has the right weight to it. definite warming sensation in the belly from the alcohol, but no overt alcohol flavors.

verdict?
not my fave WB but a really nice one that is just different "enough" from other WBs to warrant a try if you see it. If you are into the style? seek it out, it won't dissapoint.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Otter Creek- Otterbahn

Appearance- dark ruby red bordering mahogany brown with a thick head. Slight lacing and the head holds up nicely.
Smell- Dark roasted malt. Dried fruits (prune, raisin, date, fig, cherry)
Taste- prune, fig, and raisin immediately hit the palette followed with a dark roasted coffe bean and finishing off with a light hefe flavor.
Mouthfeel- smooth and warming. Sligh lcohol presence noted.

Overall- A nice evening with a meal beer or a even better cool night drinking beer. I'm drinking it on a hot afternoon, not the best time. Pretty damn good beer!!

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

Poured from the brown bomber into a weizen glass the beer was a dark ruby red, boardering on a rust brown color. One finger of slightly off-white head formed and was surprisingly quick to fade. No outright signs of carbonation, but some spotty lacing.

The nose is malty and filled with dark fruits and alcohol. Faint banana with fig and plum.

Taste has an alcoholic kick right up front that gives way to dark fruit flavors. A well apportioned malt backbone donimates the palate and hop character and bitterness were nearly not present (as expected). Fig, plum, banana, and dark cherries are all present with some wine like flavors of grape in the finish. A subtle wheaty yeast quality lingers for a moment but does not last long.

Medium firm body and rather carbonated as well.

I thought this to be a well done take on the style. This is one not often found among American breweries and OC's attempt with this was well received by me. I enjoyed the beer and this along with the Double Decker make OC's World Tour Series 2-3 in my book thus far.

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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 lpayette
3.22/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Weizenbocks are a hard style to nail, and I don't think this one quite does it. The fact that it is exactly 8% ABV in a state with an 8% cap on beer tells me that this beer might be restricted a bit by that law... It could stand to be just a tad bit "bigger" on malt.

Cloudy brown color topped with a crusty, nearly rocky head that disappears too quickly leaving little if any head retention.

As some people have already said, the combination of tastes are bit strange, but that's what most weizenbocks do. Typical wheat tastes with a strong banana characteristic but at the same time there are chocolatey malts in play. I think the yeast strain was a good choice, but there seems to be almost an excess of flavors coming from it.

This is an interesting beer that I could see some people liking, but it's a bit of an odd beast.

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Photo of cbl2
3.02/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

$2.99 22 oz. 8.00% A one time offering with no best by date, though it is fresh.

Appearance:

Pours a Coca-Cola brown with a similar looking thin film of head on top.

Aroma:

A nice blend of smoked and roasted malts which leads to a chocolate & coffee blend with a hint of some funky ripe fruit.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

What an odd blend of flavors. Starts off with banana followed by smoked peat with a hint of ham, and finishes with coffee like sensation. This beer needs to get over its identity crisis and figure out what it is, and where it wants to go. Flavors are too disjointed and unsure of themselves. Why combine these in one beer? There seem to be three beers struggling to emerge here, but by blending, they just lead to this mess.

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