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Otter Creek World Tour: Helsinki GöldOtter Creek World Tour: Helsinki Göld

Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing
Vermont, United States

Style: Finnish Sahti

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.37%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 48 | Ratings: 52
Photo of Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to jwc215 for this brew.

Pours a cloudy dark orange color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, slight yeast, licorice, with some spice. The taste is malty, slight yeast, licorice, and some spices. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a interesting brew, not too bad.

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Photo of aerozeppl
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a cloudy brown color with some white head and decent lacing. Never had this style before so hard to compare.

S: Graham crackers. Juniper. Sweet malt. Very much an earthy smell to the whole thing.

T: Very mild. The juniper really pops out more than anything else. hints of honey and spices are around as well. I am still getting graham crackers but I raped my tastebuds earlier today so everything might be a little off.

M: Light body. Feels like a lager in some ways but has a weird heaviness to it if that makes any sense.

D: Nothing to compare it to but this went down nice. Definitely a wacky style but good as well. Totally different. Worth trying if you can find it.

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Photo of Avryle
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have nothing to compare this to as like most folks, I've never had this style.

A- Cloudy golden-orange in color. Small off white head even with vigorous pour.

S- Fruity & bready with lemon zest. Nice honey sweetness was notable as was a lightly spicy presence.

T- Initially, the beer is a bit palid, then all the flavors catch up. Very sappy (must be the juniper) & honey-sweet. There's also a nice bread-y quality to the flavor imparted by the rye along with some spiciness.

M- The body is what you expect from the appearance- full without being heavy. Dry finish.

D- This bottle has been haunting the fridge for a couple months now, mostly because of the unknown factor. Now that I've had it, I found it to be a pleasant change from the bottled hops that are so dominant these days.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber to a pint glass the liquid is cloudy gold with ok carbonation. The head is one fat thumb off white ant leaves little lace.

The smell is nice yet fain, juniper molasses and caramel.

The taste follows but quite a bit more flavor the the smell would signal. Lots of molasses, juniper and other light spices.

The mouthfeel is ok to good lighter body the expected and ok carbonation.

The drinkability is good a very nice brew from a brewer I feel is closer to average. Prosit, MK

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

True to its name, this beer was a deep golden color, with a thin, fast-dying head. Wasn't sure what to expect from the style.

Aroma was of light citrus, a little rye-like spiciness, a hint of evergreen, slightly herbal, and overall light.

Taste was lightly spicy, a bit bitter, a hint of gin flavor, and just a touch of sweetness at the swallow.

Mouthfeel was not too thin, not full and chewy (I had no idea what to expect), but pleasant and seemed to match the taste.

Drinkability was pretty good. I am sure I will have another, as I have several bottles cellaring and available for trade.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a pale golden color with nice white puffy head. Great retention and modest lacing.
Smell presents with a light fruity maltiness and some juniper scents.
Taste also has a nice refreshing malt character, with a light gin-like taste
Finishes very light and refeshing.
My favorite mixed drink is a gin and tonic and this beer is very similiar to it. Very easy to drink.

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Photo of rallison
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first foray into this style!

Pours a hazy dark golden color with a 1 finger white head that never completely dies. Smells are of slightly bready malts with maybe touches of spiciness. There's something else in the smell I can't quite place.

First taste is of slightly bready malts with a hint of toffee-like sweetness. There is some bitterness back there to balance this out that I assume comes from the juniper. There are some banana notes reminiscent of some hefeweizens as well. Not quite as unique of a taste profile given the style's interesting brewing characteristics, but tasty nonetheless.

Mouthfeel is slightly creamy with medium to low carbonation. Drinkability is no problem here.

Recommended. Glad to try this, although my guess is this may not be as authentic to style as it could be. Guess I'll have to search out some more...

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Photo of auxiliary
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance - Nice amber color with a thin head that faded and left some lace.

smell - Smells of grains and spices here, and some hops.

taste - Sweet, malty, and citrusy. Bready, some bitterness from the hops at the end.

mouthfeel - Medium body, with some carbonation.

drinkability - Not a bad beer, Sahti? Seems they don't make this style that much. Rated the best out of like 40 people from this style.

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Photo of blklab2007
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bomber poured a hazy amber in color with minimal head on the pour but nice clouds of foam pooling at the surface and slow moving carbination. aroma is sweet malt, spice, a sharpness that i believe comes from the juniper berries, and some green apple. nice looking brew in the glass. taste is medium full mouth feel, hits with a ginger like sharpness, well balanced malt, spice, and some underlying fruit notes. very complex malts in here that are very complementary and the snap that comes from the juniper adds real interest. not the average beer and that is why i like it so much really has something interesting to it that makes me continue to find new flavors as it is sipped.

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Photo of OStrungT
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a cloudy, golden light brown color, with a thin white head. The head fades slowly, leaving very few laces.

This beer has a grainy aroma. I smell some mild spices. It has a slight rye aroma as well. I can not make out anything in the way of hop aroma. It smells slightly sweet.

This beer tastes much like it smells. Grainy with some spicey flavors. Slightly rye like. The lack of hop flavor at all is a little unsetteling.

This beer leaves a grainy, slightly rye like aftertaste. It is very low in carbonation.

This beer might not be the best session beer. It tastes a little odd, and I doubt I could drink much of it.

Overall: Thanks HimerMan for giving me the chance to try this style. Decent beer, but not anything that I am overly excited about.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of grain, rye, caramel and spice with a little bit of hops.

T: The taste bready and sweet with flavors of rye, spice and a little bit of citrus. There’s a decent hops presence that comes in to provide a little balance. The malt character is very hearty but it doesn’t make the beer very heavy. The after-taste is bready with touches of sweetness and bitterness.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not very filling, decent kick, this is an interesting style with so few beers in it this is the first time that I’ve tried one, this is a beer I could drink for a while, but I might look for something more flavorful after some time.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.42/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I will preface by saying I have not had a sahti before, but have enjoyed an Otter creek once or twice. Poured cool into a La Fin Du Monde tulip.

A - A medium amber w/ a quickly dissipating white head.

S - Robust rye aroma at first whiff w/ pretty instense malt odors. Reminds me of a wheat wine or rye bock at first. My first Sahti, just trying to take it all in.

M - Full roasted and dry feel w/ moderate carbonation, round and spicy feel in general w/ a rye-like roast and creaminess.

T - This beer is just beyond words to me. So complex.. I will start by sayin' the rich feel and and almost smoky woody taste and spice tastes like pepper and a hint of juniper. The rye is not overdone w/ subtle malt graininess. An overall dry taste and texture. Plenty of earthy complexity, the juniper gives a gin-like dry herbal flavor that is accentuated as it warms. The flavor keeps beckoning to me after I take each sip for another. The taste is fresh and this a just shy of a 5 for me w/ the body, toasty grain and blend of earthy flavors

D - The rye gives this ale its great aroma and mouthfeel. It has such smooth taste w/ juniper complexity. I could drink a small keg. The bomber went down like it was a small sample.

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Photo of Boto
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber: This one pours a clear, slightly darker golden color. There was a large white head on it, that disappeared quickly and left no lacing. the aroma is slightly bready and malty, with some very faint spice. It has a nice flavor to it. No real standouts, and medium bodied. some spices and fruit hiding in the background. Pretty smooth and drinkable.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.01/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A – Poured a nice clear amber, darker then I thought it would be actually. Had a nice orange lager like color. Lots of carbonation coming up from the bottom, this thing fizzled the entire time. Nice two inch plus head of white frothy foam formed immediately upon the pour, hung around for a couple mins then let go leaving behind some residual side glass lace.

S – Aroma was very tight and crisp. Quick clean hit of cereal like malts mixed in with earthy grains. Light fresh cut grass and rice mixed in as well, some sugary notes with almost a touch of very light roasted nut, or some light peach aroma. Rather summer like and very enjoyable actually.

T – Great great drinker here. Taste reminded me a lot of a good lager. It was such a clean fresh taste. Quick to hit you with a mild maltiness, lots of barley and grain, but it was quick, and washed away with some light hop bitterness. It was such a refreshing taste, I was actually quite surprised, as soon as you sipped it and swallowed it was gone, very intresting, and just great. Certain sugary touch a well.

M – superb, really really great. Huge carbonation just left it with a big feel and a silkiness that just rolled through your mouth. Light texture and feel, did not fill ou up at all, which was really good.

D – Great session brew. I could have had this all night long. It was super smooth and light, no high abv holding you did not bloat you or fill you up. Just all around good.

Overall I was really impressed with this one. I did not know what to think going into it, as I had never even heard of the style they were trying to emulate here, but I was quite impressed with the product. The color and carbonation were outstanding. This just looked like some kind of german lager, just really great. And such a smooth, light, but yet full flavor. I will defiantly have to try this one again, though I do not think I will find it. This would make a fine addition to their year rounds.

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Photo of WesWes
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice gold color with a thin white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a refreshing pale and rye malt scent along with a juniper berry aroma. There is also a mild yeast tartness. It smells much like a light gruit ale. The taste is decent. It has an interesting flavor that boasts of pale malts and juniper berries. There are zero hops flavors and a bit of yeast tartness. It's refreshing with an herbal feel. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. These "ancient" brews are pretty delicious. They have an herbal quality to them that can be menacing for some, but I like them. This is a good example of the style.

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Photo of Zorro
2.95/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Sampled through "I Want That" BIF 2 and mikesgroove.

My first Sahti wonder if I am going to like this or not.

This is a murky reddish to amber colored beer with a decent thick light brown head.

The smell is a little sweet with the scent of rye and spruce needles with a little caramel and tea. A little spicy scent is in this, smells a bit like juniper berries and a trace of cinnamon.

The taste begins flat and more than a little earthy there is some dirt flavor here. This is a little sweet and I can taste the pine but wow earthy and not in the good way like truffles. A little malty but I just can't get past the earth and or mildew flavor. There a fair amount of caramel and toffee candy in this but it is hard to notice.

The Mouthfeel is OK.

OK I have no reason to try this again. The problem is I think there is some sort of mushroom growing in the bottle. Earthy as in DIRT flavor is just not going to make me try this again.

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Photo of atsprings
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy pale amber with a decent head that diminishes to a ring. The aroma is of sweet malts with a peasant dash of junipers. The taste is of course on the malty side, but as the style dictates, the juniper leaves a good bitterness to provide a good balance. The beer is light and refreshing with a low carbonation. This makes for an enjoyable summer evening beer.

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Photo of cbl2
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

6/9/2007 $2.99 22 oz. N/A No best by date.

Never had this style before, here goes…


Pours an appealing medium brown hazed by a bit of chill, and topped by a quarter inch of tight white head.


A blend of chocolate and rye dominates the nose, it is sweet, yet spicy, and rather intriguing.


Nicely carbonated & a chewy mouthfeel usher in this pleasant brew. Mildly sweet roasted malts dominate the palate throughout imparting a touch of chocolate. Some bitterness creeps in towards the end, but it is nicely balanced by the sweet malt. Highly drinkable, with no apparent alcohol, this is the best of the World Tour has to offer.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bought at the brewery store.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 1/2" off-white head over the clear golden amber brew. Head holds steady, with plenty of sticky lace. Aroma is rye and light spicing. Taste is slightly spicy sweet maltiness upfront, with rye effect coming on in the middle, and lingering even after the swallow. Mouthfeel is quite smooth, and drinkability is great. Could get a bit cloying after a few, but I think this one is another interesting offering from the World Tour.

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Photo of klewis
3.84/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear amber color with a small bubbly head. No lacing.

S: Fruity smell of wild berries with a slight malty aroma.

T: Sweet and fruity with a strong juniper berry taste with a malty backbone that provides some flavors of honey and caramel.

M: Light-medium bodied and crisp with moderate carbonation.

D: After a few sips, the berry taste gets a bit annoying. All in all, this is a pretty good beer, although some subtlety with the juniper would be appreciated.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a shadowy gold color into my pint glass with a thin, white head that dissipates quickly. The body shows mucho carbonation and some cloudiness. Nose is mild with crystal malts and faint but distinct juniper, making me think uneasily of gin.

I was worried that the juniper wouldn't be enough to balance the sweetness without hopping but it does impart requisite dryness and the aftertaste is surprisingly clean and satisfying. The high carbonation and alcohol lace wouldn't be okay in some beers but for some reason they fit here. This was a pleasant surprise and I'll be in the lookout for it in the future.

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Photo of jwc215
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep golden with a creamy, thin head.

The smell is light - yeast, some spiciness (a rye/gin mix).

The taste is of biscuity yeast with a grainy crispness. Juniper is mild and not as detectable as I would have thought - there is some mild spiciness to it.

Light in body, but flavors hang on. Smooth, crisp and refreshing.

Easy to drink with enough to it to keep it interesting. Can't say I found it to be anything great, but certainly worth checking out.

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Photo of sulldaddy
2.43/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Split this bomber with Stopper at cellar temp pouted into a snifter.
The beer pours a rich gold color with minimal bleached white head receding quickly to an edge layer. Aroma is mild but some sweet malt and caramel and mild general fruitiness are present. First sip reveals an ave body wtih fine yet fizzy carbonation that tingles my tongue with each sip. Flavor is mild sweet malt and some caramel. A bit of general sugarynessand fruit with pears being the best flavor I can pin down. The beer dries a little on the finish and lingers with a hint of bitterness, maybe piney notes, or maybe Im just trying to find the juniper. Overall the beer is too mild for me and I wouldnt try it again.

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Photo of Sycodrummer
3.14/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the brown bomber into a tulip glass the beer was a burnt orange color with two fingers of solid creamy head. Very sticky head that retained for several minutes and left a good amount of lacing. A steady stream of carbonation feeds up from the center of the glass and bubbles cling to the side.

The nose is very hard to decern. A hop presence is certainly there but faint. So too is the malt presence. Some faint orange and a woody, eartly, almost musty character.

The taste reveals a faint hop profile that offers a slight bitterness that is quickly muted. A earthy character like the nose but it finishes rather bland. I don't believe the beer to be oxidized, but it does have a hint of the soggy coardboard in the mouth. Not overly so, but hints of it make the beer rather bland to the finish. Cheewy, but not sweet and a soft fruitiness and earthiness throughout.

Medium-light body with decent carbonation.

This wasn't for me. I found it very hard to pin down some flavors and what I did get was a little bland and lifeless.

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Photo of Dewey0603
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear red amber cream soda/looking color with a medium head and good lacing. The smell is very malt filled with some hints of alcohol. The taste is somewhat syrupy with sweet malt,carmel,honey, and a wood flavor. Not bad,but different. The m/f is medium thick with the flavors mixing well. A decent beer and a nice offering from Otter Creek.

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Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 52 ratings