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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)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 10-23-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 48 | Ratings: 52
Photo of orsulacp
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The body was gold with hints of amber under a small white head. The nose was woody, with a rye bread scent, and some dark fruit, like dried prunes. The taste has more of the rye, with bitter fruit (I guess that's the juniper), it reminded me of gooseberry. There is some nutmeg/ginger in there too. The body was smooth with low carbonation. The nutmeg/ginger flavor lingered a bit too much to make this more than a once in blue moon beer.

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Photo of Braudog
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 22 oz bottle:pretty dark brew for one labled (Gold) ... .this is a deep copper, lightly carbonated with a 1/4-inch solid head. There’s a strong aroma ... alcohol and sweet malt. The flavor is interesting ... pine, bark, a juice-less grapefruit, grass. Somewhat reminiscent of the one or two other Finnish sahti’s I’ve tried, but this is actually drinkable (I am not enough man to drink the real ones). Decent enough pour and something very different! (#2692, 2/12/07)

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Photo of lehows
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
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 GratefulBeerGuy
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
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 sacfly
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz, Part of the “World Tour” four pack. No date noted.

Pours a clear amber with a thin white head of small bubbles. Aroma… spicy rye detected immediately along with a gin from the juniper berries. Smells like a pine forest, dirt and all, in a good way. Interesting. Taste is unlike any beer I have had before. What the hell flavor is that? Not bad… but it reminds me of something I can not put my finger on… Gram crackers and pine needles??? Maybe… Almost puckering dry aftertaste. Very interesting brew. First “Sahti” I have had, so I don’t really know if it is a good example or not. All I can say is it is a very interesting and satisfying brew.

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Photo of scottum
3.66/5  rDev -1.1%
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 jjboesen
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of Otter Creeks' World Tour selections, the Helsinki Gold is inspired by Finland's sahti beer, which is filtered with juniper branches - I guess while in the sauna. It pours a moderate head that dissolves quickly and is similar body-wise to a pilsner. A lightly hopped ale with amber color and minor lacing, the Gold is highly quaffable, but then most Otter Creek beers are. I appreciate the World Beer Tour as it exemplies the brewers innovation, curiosity and beer-passion. All-in-all, a decent beer to help finnish (Sorry) a long day.

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Photo of arnulfooxblood
3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 1 pint, 6 oz. bottle

Appearance--Nice golden-orange color

Taste/Moutfeel--a rather dry beer, good carbonation, nice mouthfeel. Notable hops, juniper flavor comes through. This combination is tasty, but I'm not sure that it's something I would enjoy on a regular basis.

This was a peculiar beer. It was also my first Sahti, so I don't have anything to really compare it to. It was an interesting style.

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Photo of Jwaks
3.19/5  rDev -13.8%
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 Enola
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
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 wcudwight
3.2/5  rDev -13.5%
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 -9.5%
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 sinstaineddemon
3.52/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

this is my first Sahti, i imagine it would be most peoples as it is easy to get here in the states.

A - this beer pours a golden-reddish brown, quite transparent with a half of a finger of off-white colored head with plenty of swift carbonation to keep it alive

S - you can definitely smell the juniper, though if that wasnt in this styles description i don't know if i would've picked it out, plus a sweet roasted malts but thats it, but the juniper aroma seems at times to smell like hops like an IPA

T - you can taste the absence of hops, but the juniper is relegated to the aftertaste, where it lends the beer a sweet and smooth aftertaste

M&D - this unique juniper flavor lends this sweetness and a smoothness to the mouthfeel,a nice brew, strange but good, would not be adverse to trying this style again if I ever find another example

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Photo of NJpadreFan
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
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 UnionMade
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Twist off cap on a bomber??? Insanity. Slightly hazy reddish amber. Loose collar of head. Decent head retention. Smells of creamy malt, a little doughy, with noticable juniper accents. Woodsy and piney, with some ale fruitiness. Pleasant. The flavor opens with fairly rich malt flavor. Toasty and very smoothly textured. Easy going, with mild carbonation and a fairly full body. Overall pretty sweet, with a bit of apple/pear fruitiness and plenty of malt flavor. Juniper, ginny spiciness in the finish, evening out the sweetness somewhat. Easy drinking, particularly because of the soft carbonation and fairly full body. I don't suspect this is brewed quite how they do it in Finland, but it's a nice introduction towards one of the more obscure, indigenous beer styles, and I give Otter Creek a lot of credit for that. Based on my very limited experience with authentic examples of sahti, this drinks much better. Maybe its not quite so foreign to a beer drinkers' palate. I dunno.
Addendum: I actually did go for another bottle a week after writing this. A good rye beer is hard to come by. My buddy got one on my suggestion, and really liked it.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.03/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed on-tap tonight at the Flying Saucer in Raleigh, NC.

Poured a hazy fold color. Thought it would be darker. White foamy head but no lace. However, I think the lack o lace may be the bar's fault. Nose is slightly fruity and sour. Kind of berry-like.

Not sure what to make of this beer. More fruity than not. Kind of hop-like but not. The other guys at the table were enjoying it but the slight sourness was a bit of a turn-off (it was the "fire" special for the night). Malts were more wheat than barley. Honestly this beer just confused me and I did not really enjoy it. Made me a bit schizophrenic. Everytime I thought I pinned down some sort of sure-time flavor i would begin to second-guess myself. Moved onto something else after finsihing this pint.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dispensed from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass. Beer emerges a dark golden color with a stark white head of a nice size and very nice (in my best Borat accent) retention and lacing. Lots of tiny carbonation bubbles help to support the generous head.

Aroma is lager like. I certainly dont detect any juniper and a slight rye aroma is present, but nothing out of the ordianary. Being my first sahti but a huge gin fan, I was a little disappointed in the aroma.

Nice malty backbone in the flavor of this beer. I taste the rye and some caramel malts, but otherwise, somewhat so-so. A great body here with a full medium bodied beer. Smooth and quite crisp and dry in the "finnish" (I had to). Not bad but nothing exceptional. I

I try to get my hands on all of the Otter Creek World Tour beers. So far, most of them are barely above average on the grand scheme of things, and this one falls into that category as well. Worth a try though.

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Photo of kernalklink
4.55/5  rDev +23%
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 rodrot
4.02/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew poured a slightly hazy, dark yellow color with a fairly large head that left some lacing on the glass. Aroma was spicy and malty, with some bread yeast notes in the nose. The first few sips reminded me of a Hefe, spicy and and clovey. As the beer warmed, the flavor of juniper became more noticeable along with the spicy, oily character of the rye malt. Mouthfeel was light, making this a very drinkable beer. I could easily drink a couple of bombers of this stuff in one sitting. I admit I wasn't sure what to expect from this beer, being that I don't usually drink lighter styles, but this one was very tasty. My first sahti did not disappoint.

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Photo of ybnorml
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A clean amber beer. Has a small white head. There are notes of honey upfront in the aroma. With a biscuit malt and an earthy floral notes in the background. A combo of spices and honey flavors run wild over your tongue followed by that earth floral note on the nice clean finish.
As the beer warms a nice smoky character becime noticable in both the aroma and the taste. An enjoyable drink.

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Photo of mschenk
3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I purchased a 22 oz bomber and poured into a pint glass. The beer poured a slightly hazy dark yellow with a hint of amber. Very little head which did not last.

I don't know much about shati, I've never had one before so I don't know how this compares to the style. I couldn't smell the juniper or rye but there is a subtle flavor of both. Tastes a bit fruity but a little bit thin. Nice mouthfeel with a pleasant after taste. According to the label there is supposed to be a malty creaminess but I did not think so.

Overall the beer is nice and worth a try. Depending on your tastes this could be a real find. experimenting with beer is half the fun and this is worth the experiment. I just wish it had a more "full" flavor.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the glass crystal clear pale golden with a low almost white head which lasted well enough to lace the glass.

The aroma was fruity and bready with a citrusy impression. Some honey sweetness was notable as was a lightly spicy presence.

The flavor was citrusy with a light orange and lemon presence. The flavor also contained a lightly malty and slightly spicy character. The rye flavor (and spice) was nicely done and the citrus balanced the beer out very well. The flavor was also bready and interesting.

The finish was dry with a bit of lasting rye character into the aftertaste and a lasting light bit of citrus. The body was medium with a moderate carbonation and a prickly nature to the mouthfeel. The label lists juniper as a characteristic and perhaps that is lending some of the citrus, spice and prickly mouthfeel. For some reason I like this beer, who knew?

22 ounce bottle.

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Photo of scarletfire79
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

i've never had a sahti before. picked up a 22 oz. bomber of this at city market in burlington, vt. (a must stop for their selection, if your in the area). pours golden yellow, small head that doesn't last. limited lacings. the initial smell is kind of subtle. you can pick up the juniper with some slight herbal notes. the taste is interesting. the juniper flavor is subtle but adds a slight tartness to the sip. definitly not over powering. actually quite drinkable. my one complaint might be that there isn't as much carbonation as i'd like. i think with more bubbles this beer could be damn tasty.

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