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Otter Creek World Tour: Cuckoo BockOtter Creek World Tour: Cuckoo Bock

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Otter Creek Brewing
Vermont, United States

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
As with all other World Tour Beers the brewery utilizes authentic ingredients and processes. In this case the recipe includes Pilsner malt from Durst along with a large proportion of Durst Vienna, and two types of Durst Munich malt. Hops are German tradition used to a target IBU of 28 but with a large charge added very late in the process. Yeast strain used was Weihenstephan lager yeast with a cold fermentation to keep esters under control. Maibocks tend to be estery due to the high starting gravity. Alcohol content measured in the laboratory at 7.4%.

Added by BeerBeing on 03-26-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 47 |  Reviews: 41
Reviews by FLAbeergutinMASS:
Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice beer. Just pulled out of the box at Ryan and casey in Greenfield, Massachusetts for $3.90 a bomber. Kind of lame in apperance, virually no head with minimal lacing. Nice hop/malt nose profile, nothing special, but pretyy inticing. Mouthfeel is outstading, nice hop body with a vey strong malt presecnec thoughout.

The World Tour can be a bot off, this one however, is not. a good beer and well priced.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The newest in the World Tour line from OC,poured into a .5 liter stein a deep rich golden with a honeyish colored hue a thinner but well sustained white head atop.Toasty,caramelly,buttery malt with a firm toastiness with hints of peppery hop and alcohol in the nose,big and warming flavors good to knock the chill off these very cold days along the lake honeyed malt and caramel flavors with an underlying firm toastiness and mineral quality with a nice peppery bite that lingers along with some warming alcohol in the finish.This will warm your cockles (spelling?) its big and sweet but with a decent peppery bite,very solid and well made in my mind.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine July 2007.

Part of the Otter Creek's World Tour of limited release beers, this one is a nod to the traditional cave-aged, spring-released beers of Germany.

Rich golden pour with a very healthy, creamy white lacing that sticks to the glass. Soft and bready Vienna malt greets the nose, which is estery and highlighted by faint floral hop notes. Fairly light on the palate, but with a firmness from the malty body that provides some chewiness while flexing a perfect amount of sweetness--very creamy palate, too. Bready, slightly toasty, buttery (not in a diacetyl sort of way, though); hints of grape and a honey-like edge. Orange suggestions here and there. Estery, with some alcohol spice and warmth segueing nicely to a distinct herbal hop character that provides balance and wakens the palates with a gentle peaking bitterness. Some grain in the finish, semidry, with residual sweet toasty lingers and some herbal coarseness.

This is a most excellent Maibock! Balanced, tasty, traditional and so damn mellow. It's hard to get a fresh version from Germany, so this will do just fine-- shame it doesn't come in a six-pack. Pairing? Use it to breathe some life into a plate of wiener schnitzel mit spätzle.

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a Duvel tulip.

Pours a really clear bright amber color with a small white head. Nose is rich and malty, sweet and crisp.

Taste is rich and malty, very creamy and tasty. It's super malty and it's got a lot of caramel. Very smooth and easy drinking.

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Photo of far333
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light honey amber colored with a huge 2 inch high foamry bright white head that slooowly sinks back down. Aroma of biscuity malt, a little doughey, a little corny.

Flavor is a malt lover's delight, not over the top malty, but even and balanced and true to style. Light toasted malt with hints of corn and overripe fruits and honey, balanced with some floral hops. A bit of a bite in the finish from the alcohol.

Even mouthfeel, full and creamy, but with a lot of carbonation tingles in the back of the mouth. Very drinkable, good selection.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Otter Creek- Cuckoo Bock

Appearance- Golden copper brown with a small 2 ring lacing head.
Smell- Crisp bready malt with a pear-like fruit aroma.
Taste- Big bready biscuity malt with a sweet fruitlike (pear?) flavor. Sweet caramel malt really kicks it in the end.
Mouthfeel- Crisp and sweet. The mildest of dryness in the end.

Overall- A very good session beer. Mild but tasty and refreshing.
Another good offering from Otter Creek!

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Photo of Dewey0603
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden honey color with a large head that disappears quickly and leaves no lacing. The smell is pungent with a strong sweet malt and floral presence. The taste has sweet malt,honey,and floral flavors. A very drinkable beer. The m/f is light and well balanced making this a very good summer brew.

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Photo of cliff1066
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of russpowell
4.57/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up at bruisin ales in Asheville in Late July

Poured orange/amber with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Superior lacing & average head retention

S: Malty & grassy notes

T: Rich breadyness, a bit of iron, some grainyness up front. Hints of caramel & lemony hops show as this warms. Finishes bready with caramel notes & herbal hops

MF: Rich & chewy with low carbonation, plus great balance

Drinks great, a real easy sipping bock

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a nice looking copper colour with a smallish off-white frothy head that is quick to dissolve and leaves barely a trace of itself on the glass.

There's a bit of chalkiness to the aroma, which is primarily a basic hop and malt balanced blend. It's a bit tasted and bread-like, there's a touch of sweet caramel, and perhaps a bit of spice and grass.

The flavour beefs up the aromas, which were a bit faint at times, and makes for a nicely done brew: each sip is much sweeter than expected all the way through. Hops hit toward and at the finish for a nice pop at the end of each sip. Bread flavouring cuts through nicely as well. I'd say this one is a bit maltier than hoppy overall but well balanced nonetheless. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, very crisp and refreshingly good.

This is a nice brew overall. Not amongst my favourite styles, so my numeric drinkability score is a bit low, but there are no flaws here. This is made very much in the German style and tradition and should be enjoyable for just about any one who tries it.

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Photo of auxiliary
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance - Poured a dark amber color with a small head that descended but still left some lace on the glass.

smell - Lots of malt here with some honey, and spices.

taste - Nice balanced beer, up front it has swet malt taste, finished up with some hops at the end.

mouthfeel - Medium body with some carbonation.

drinkability - Yummy, very good drinking beer, I enjoy these World tour beers that otter Creek comes out with.

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Photo of Rudgers73
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at acme pizza in Rochester, NY. Served as a bock, but my first thought was 'this is more of a maibock'. Definite floral hop presence in this cola brown ale. Rich malt flavor complemented quite well with a mellow hop taste. The aroma is mostly malt with just a hint of hops. Great night cap for me, as I like the last beer I drink to be mellow, smooth, and strong. Mouthfeel is nice, balanced flavor, good finish. Overall probably the best beer I've had from Otter Creek so far. There is hope yet...

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Photo of arguemaniac
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one is somewhat distinct from other Maibocks, it is drier with a delicious toasted grain note that is firmer and sharper. But, it’s still a pretty classic example of the style: it’s got that slight fruitiness and subdued alcoholic malt sweetness (though in this one it’s even more receded). The hop bitterness is a bit more assertive than what I was expecting, but it’s not unwelcome Very dry, slightly astringent toasted grain in the finish.

Like I said, this one isn’t as sweet as most Maibocks, which I’ll admit I miss. But the dryness and extra toasted character are refreshing. Other than that, it’s a drinkable and pretty straightforward Maibock.


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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

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

S: The aroma is of honey, caramelized malt, some spice and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste is sweet and malty and it starts out with flavors of honey, spice and caramel. There’s a mild hops presence that comes in and provides a good balance. The after-taste is bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, slightly filling, excellent representation of style, this is a very good beer that’s worth drinking more than just one bomber.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.73/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz bought at the brewery store.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 3/4" off-white head over the clear light amber brew. Head stays nicely, with ample delicate lacing. Aroma is sweet pale grains with a touch of hoppiness. Taste follows along, biscuity maltiness with light alcohol bite at the close. Mouthfeel is amazingly smooth, and drinkability is superb. They hit this style spot on. Try it if you find it.

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Photo of CWiggins
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the third installment of Otter Creek's World Tour that I've been able to sample. I admit to being drawn in by the marketing of this product, and I count Bock/Maibock among my favorite beer styles.

Cuckoo Bock pours a chestnut brown hue with a one-finger head that dissipated rather quickly, although the off-white foam clung to the entire perimeter of the glass. Strong gold accents bounce off the liquid, giving it a shiny, noble appearance. The aroma is of honey, malts, and hops; fresh-baked bread can also be detected. The flavor is a little light for my taste, but it's quite nice. One perceives a wintery spiciness on the front, followed by sweet malts, and a distinctly hoppy finish. It's a well-balanced Maibock, keeping the strong flavors in check while allowing the hops to come ever-so-gently to the top. Nicely done!

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

A refreshing easy to drink brew. This beer is a nice oraange shade with a fair head. The smell is somewhat of vanilla and some hops. The taste is like a cream ale but a little richer. The beer is smooth with the abv being a little deceitfull. Drinkability is very good and I could easily put down a few bombers of this...although I probably shouldn't. Two thumbs up to a brewer from my wife's home state.

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Photo of Umbra
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just purchased today, tall bomber
Pours a yellowish amber with limited head, retention and lacing.
Sweet grainy aroma.
Same comes through in the flavor. Grain aspect comes off as quite dry. Assertive, European hop finish. Sweet alcohol on the more clingy mouthfeel than expected. Not bad drinker, enjoyed on the first warm day of the spring.

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Photo of iceball585
3.29/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Orange w/ yellow hints, semi-clear, thin lacy head

S- Slight hops smell

T- Nice balance of malts and hops, then turns to a slight hoppy bite at the end

M- Medium weight, medium/heavy carbonation

D- Drinkable but not too impressive

It is a decent beer. Not your typical Bock beer which are usually more malty but an interesting change w/ more hoppy finish. Also very nice color.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of grub
3.43/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

group tasting may 26/07 with biegaman, Viggo, Lexx, crwills, [email protected], [email protected], and me (grub). everybody threw something into the mix and we had a great lineup of beer. biegaman contributed this one, so thanks jan!

22oz bottle.

pours crystal clear amber colour with a small dense white head. the head drops quickly and leaves a bit of spotty lace.

aroma is ok. bit of dms. light bready malt. i didn't really like this at first, but it seemed to fade a bit with time, and the taste made up for it.

taste is nice. medium-low bitterness level. nice cracker malt. bit of alcohol. light smoky character.

mouthfeel is good. nice medium carbonation level. medium body.

drinkability is good. balanced and enjoyable. good example of the style.

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Photo of jaxon53
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of bort11
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Vermonthiker for this one.

22 oz bomber poured into a pilsener glass. Thick chunky head that stands a half inch and has good legs. Leaves mild lacing on the glass. Color is a clear orangish straw color. Lots of carbonation activity.
Smell is a mild sweet malt with some grainy notes. A bit of coriander, pepper, and other spices. Tastes is equally spiced with an added bit of orange peel. Sweetness comes off slightly as apples.
Mouthfeel has a light/medium body with a crisp carbonation. Very refreshing. I was able to finish the bottle on my own with out any problems. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of WesWes
3.52/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a dark golden color with a 1/2" offwhite head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a sweet pale and Munich malt scent that is rich and quite aromatic. It almost has some light toasted notes. The taste is decent. It has a bold malt profile, but it leaves a bad aftertaste. It tastes almost grainy with some toasted notes. The Munich malt may be the problem. It got an elevated abv., but it seems a little watery in the mouthfeel. It's a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This was a big let down. I really didn't care for the taste at all.

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Photo of crwills
3.22/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tasting at biegaman's place with grub, viggo, lexx, blankboy (RB), and tupalev (RB). I didn't write down who brought what, unfortunately, so thanks everyone!

Pours a clear light amber into the sample glass, with a decent head. Candied orange aroma with some mild detergent notes. Malty, blunt taste with some hops that I found mildly astringent. I'm actually beginning to think that I've lost (or maybe never really had) a taste for bock, so YMMV.

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