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

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Otter Creek Brewing
Vermont, United States

Style: Sahti

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.37%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Todd on 10-23-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 52 |  Reviews: 48
Reviews by scottum:
Photo of scottum
3.66/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazey clear amber with a full off-white headskie. Tastes of juniper are up in front in the brew. Some sweet notes linger behind and a touch of hops for finish. Not nearly as good or interesting as some of the Sahti I had in my trip to Nordic Europe, but certainly a drinkable beer that is easy to enjoy. Smooth and mellow all the way through.

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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 NJpadreFan
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Otter Creek- Helsinki Göld

Appearance- Golden yellowish/ brown with a thick frothy white head.
Smell- Strong juniper berries, pine needles, bubble gum clove.
Taste- Smooth berry flavor, clove, pine and other wintery plants and aromas really come through.
Mouthfeel- Smooth with no bitterness. Big flavor from start to finish.

Overall- My first "Sahti" or Sahti style beer, but I really enjoyed.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber>giant mug

AP: A semi-cloudy and very active looking, amber color with a one-finger deep, all-white and totally even head. Displays some decent retention qualitites.

Nose: Sweet caramalized malt, yeast, A fruity hopped scent and the mild, mellow scent of rye and barley. There's a subtle but distinct scent of sweet wheat and hay.

Taste & Feel: This medium bodied brew feels crisp but very substantial and smooth, with a wide range of flavors, which include: A fruity and floral hop, Rye and wheat with a nice oak'ed effect and a mild spice with a semi-sweet malted barley taste. The balance of all of these ingredients seems to work very well, the effect is complex and tastey.

Da: This is the kind of brew that keeps me interested, with it's interesting mix of flavors. I will be having more of these here.

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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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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 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 wcudwight
3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy golden color with a thin head and a small thin rim of watery lace.
Smells of grain corn husk and lemon.
The flavor has a grainy and biscuity backbone that is supported by a light fruitiness and some honey flavors. Mildly bitter in the finish. The fruit and honey keep this from being a boring beer.
The mouthfeel is very creamy and smooth as silk.
This is a pretty boring beer considering the description on the bottle. As the beer warmed it became less drinkable.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An interesting take on the style, of which I admittedly have minimal experience with.

It pours a crisp looking orange-ish colour wit ha fairly thin head that leaves a minimal amount of residue on the glass.

The aroma has a bit of sweetness to it along with some berry notes, citrus, juniper, etc and a nice malt base throughout.

The flavour hits out at you more so with the juniper than the aroma does but it mixes nicely with the citrus, malt and sweetness of the aroma. The finish is a bit sharp overall and mouthfeel is light bodied but a bit watery at times.

The only other Sahti I have sampled was the Heavyweight version, which I would suspect was a bit less traditional than this one, but at the same time it blew this one out of the water. Aside from the tad watery mouthfeel, this one is decent overall. I'd punch the flavour up a bit, but still, not bad in the end.

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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 Jwaks
3.19/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

This sahti exhibits a near translucent dark honey to dull orange color with two fingers worth of off-white quickly dissapating head. Very faint amounts of carbonation bubble up to meet a thin ring of suds.

Interesting aromas of soaked bread, light malts, earthy and mild spices and wet wood come through on this beer's open bouquet.

A piquant, woody and spicy flavor lingers from the bready-malt flavored start to the bitter, short and quickly fading, almost hallow, finish. The woody tastes a bit green and vegital while the spiciness could be desribed as diluted cayanne pepper or paprika. For my palate, it's an original combination of flavors.

Mouthfeel and body is quite thin providing little refreshment. The thin body allows this beer to go down easy though the dry finish and spicy character lower the drinkability to an average score.

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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 lehows
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a light amber color with a nice white head. Left behind some nice lacing. Light aromas of floral hops, grain, and other sweet floral notes. Taste is of mild hops, some sweet spice notes, and grassy. Overall, an interesting but mild brew. Will be on the lookout for other Sahtis to try.

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Photo of kernalklink
4.55/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew was a very pleasant surprise- not being a lightly hopped beer fan I was eager to taste what all the buzz was about this Sahti. The pour was unremarkable- quickly vanishing head and a decent color, though the aromas were great; a malty spicy aroma with a bite. The first sip was amazingly smooth- excellent body and carbonation balance. The taste was exceptional, a very unique allspice ginger combo with a strong juniper-gin bitterness on the backend. Very different, and you can taste the junipers, which more than make up for the lack of hops. Very tasty, savory beer.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Enola
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer is unique. Thumbs up to Otter Creek for pushing the edge. The beer is a lighter orange with a small head. The smell is honey like and also brown sugar. The taste is again, honey and the juniper also shows up. It is smooth and the aftertase is piney. This beer is good, and with no harshness it is easy to drink a pint or two. This is one of those types of beer that it seems as if the recipe was found etched into the walls of a cave.

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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 jaxon53
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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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Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 52 ratings