Otter Creek White Sail | Otter Creek Brewing

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Otter Creek White SailOtter Creek White Sail

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Otter Creek Brewing
Vermont, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Spring

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Added by Brad007 on 04-28-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 93 |  Reviews: 84
Photo of B967ierhunter177
5/5  rDev +44.9%

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.37/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz brown screwtop (!!) bottle from Hannaford in Portland. Pours a dark yellow to orange murky body with no head. Smells very very fruity, with lemon and orange dominating and maybe a hint of berry? Tastes like orange, lemon, pith, yeast, something I can't quite put my finger on - berry? vanilla? Very sweet and citrussy in any case. Light-bodied with ample carbonation helps make this really really drinkable. Tasty and accessible for sure. Maybe not as close to style as some, and certainly no Allagash White (what is?), but damn tasty, and I'll be buying a few of these for my non beer geek friends to try!

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Photo of oelergud
4.23/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Translucent golden body, minimum white head leaving no lace and dissipates quickly.
Delicious and sweet honey-mellon, spiced, malty scent with just enough citrus. Fresh and crisp fruity flavors with enough hop bitterness for balance. Long lingering spiced and sweet aftertaste.
Full mouthfeel and some coating.
Excellent drinkability. The flavor makes up for the poor appearance. Sweet, spiked and hoppy, very good brew.


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Photo of Gunnz
4.2/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden/amber in color, soft white head even after an agressive pour.

Very slight orange and herbal nose.

Very crisp taste, classice wit bier taste with a hint of coriander.

Very nice, smooth, and light bodied beer.

Highly drinkable, nice and refreshing. I could easily drink a few of these in a sitting without any trouble.

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Photo of ericj551
4.2/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Otter Creek While Sail pours a light golden copper, very hazy with a nice fluffy head that fades to a thin layer. The aroma is sweet soft wheat with a bit of coriander and a hint of citrus. The flavor is smooth and creamy, with a light wheaty sweetness. The coriander last through into the finish. The beer is creamy and smooth, making the beer a pleasure to drink. I can't wait to drink this one in the summer.

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Photo of jwc215
4.04/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours slightly hazed (a but less than normal for the style) with a thin creamy white head. Minimal lacing slides down the glass.

The smell is of orange peel, sweet malt, wheat breadiness and a touch of coriander.

The taste is of orange peel, bready, malty, candyish sweetness. Just a hint of earthy hops are in the mix. The sweetness is balanced by coriander and peppery spice in the crisp finish.

The feel is appropriately light with a good amount of creaminess. Refreshingly smooth.

A nice, refreshing warm-weather brew. Sure beats out Blue Moon. Spices are present, but not overwhelming. A nice, soft yet tasty, brew to relax with on a warm or hot day.

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

Appearance- This beer poured a hazy, orange color with a thick white head which disappates quickly. The lacing was minimal but present.

Smell- Originally I'm smelling alcohol but I can also smell oranges, lemons and wheat.

Taste- Nice citrus tastes with some spice in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall- Not bad at all. A great beer for the heat of summer. Not the best wit I've had but still good. Once again this is a beer we CANNOT get in Louisiana.

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Photo of PhatAtUT
4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of Nascartailgatefa
3.98/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up as part of a sampler pack. Not being a person who is a big fan of beer with a fruit taste to it, I was hesitant at first. Hazy in appearance.

Pours a light head with minor lacing and lasts suprisingly long. Has a light citrusy taste but not overpowering and very refreshing.

Excellent drinkability. I think i will be looking for more once the four from the sampler pack are gone.

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Photo of Billolick
3.97/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ouncer, no dating to be seen, although the label does mention something about dating...oh well...this one pour the typical wit, light apricot amber, quickly departing off white head, minimal lacing to be seen. Nose also is pretty typical for the style, coriander, lemon and a hint of some woody/yeastyness. Tasty summer refresher, fruity up front,more citrus, lemon, grapefruit, and then a snappy hint of hops late, nicely done, another worthy wit. Seems like everybody/everybrewer has discovered the style and the summer arrives with a bounty of these tasty creations. This one is a solid take on this pleasant style.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.94/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nose is dinstinctively wheaty and slightly sour. Soft with vanilla notes and a little spicy. Lemongrass and orange. Creamy malt. Smells good, like a good Witbier should.

Pours a medium straw/yellow color, slight haze, mild-to-no head. It's the right color, almost spot-on, but where's the head? Looks pretty good.

First sip showcases a creaminess that's classic of wheat. Nice sour and bitter notes and plenty of refreshing lemongrass citric grassy zesty splashes. Light bodied and sole-lifting. Interesting vanilla note works nicely with the citric zest. Mildly bitter overall. Tastes good. Feels good.

White Sail exhibits both the creamy and sour/citric/zesty sides I enjoy in Belgian Style White beers with a nice, soft overall flavor and decent balance. As there is nothing not to like, it has a good, solid drinkability.

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Photo of AlHam
3.91/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours fairly pale and slightly hazy from the wheat.

Smells sweet and fruity.

The smell beats the taste on this beer, although the taste is not disappointing. The beer has clear hues of orange and spice. It's similar to a Blue Moon, although I find it superior and far more drinkable. The sweetness of the beer does limit the drinkability, but it goes down very smoothly.

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Photo of YonderWanderer
3.9/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a golden yellow with a slight haze to it. White head dissipates a short while after the pour. Decent lacing on the glass.

S: Orange, citrus, coriander, spices, a little bit of hops. Definitely a take on a Belgian style.

T: Similar to the smell - the orange, citrus, and coriander come through. The malt is present lending a little bit of sweetness to the spices. The hops also come through in a subtle way, letting you know that they're there, but without overwhelming the other spices.

M: Nice carbonation, thin but not watery. Very refreshing.

D: High. This is a great, easy-to-drink summer beer. I have to pick up some more of these for the upcoming months.

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Photo of generallee
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a hazy pale yellow with a frothy white head. White lacing slowly sides down the sides of the glass. Orange peel and wheat malts fill the nose. The flavor is sweet, tangy and creamy like an orange creamsicle. Tangy orange, coriander and light wheat malts are balanced by some light bitterness in the finish. It has a creamy texture and a light to medium body.

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Photo of YippiesRhinos
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

Very drinkable beer, though the drinkability comes at the expense of mouthfeel. It is an exceptional example of a witbier. Flavor is complex. I would reccomend this beer to my girlfriend or a macro-drinker looking for something as step towards expansion of beer horizons.

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Photo of magnj
3.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a - hazy golden orange. the bottle stayed on it's side for a week and a bit of the sediment settled, I thought it might be moldy but all is well.

s - citrus, orange juice.

t - starts with orange, then comes the tang, and finishes with a little spice.

m - carbonated and light.

d - very drinkable...I want more.

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Photo of Drew966
3.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Otter Creek White Sail pours a hazy yellow with a thick white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is mild with a touch of citrus. The mouthfeel is very light, coriander and a bit of citrus really jump out on this beer. Nice summer beer. Worth a try.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.82/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy white-almost grey in color. Decent aroma-slightly spiced with a touch of citrus. Some phenolic aroma as well. Very nice, citrusy and spicey flavors. Very crisp and clean tasting as well. Good body. A definate summer beer. Nice and lite with a good balance of flavor. Best Otter Creek I have had, as I am not their biggest fan. Well worth picking up.

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Photo of Brad007
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a nice, very pale color with a smooth head. Smells of coriander and spices. One sip brings forth a light, refreshing beer where the hints of coriander come through very well. Drinkable, summer-type ale that goes down well. Similar to Sam Adams White Ale in style and not quite as good as the Wolaver's counterpart but still a very decent beer.

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Photo of chilidog
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked thisone up as part of a sample pack. Here it is the holiday display's abound and here's Otter Creek packing in a spring release. Im sure this was a spring combo hold-over. I bought this for the White Sail and I do like the Copper Ale and Pale that came along.

It pours a nice cloudy gold. A good white head that laced fair with rings that did fade.

The aroma was nice, very citric and floral, pleased.

The taste starts our citric tart, lemon zest until a nice take over by the orange family. Coriander and zest carry a sweet malt while a gentle hop balance's things out.

The mouthfeel is citric, slight tart drying by this medium bodied beer.

Good drinkability. Would make a good warm weather brew. To bad im a vic of bad timming. Oh well, Here's to autumn!

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Photo of goblue3509
3.77/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very light yellow color with a slight head to it. The smell is of slight grain and citrus notes, orange, lemon, and maybe grapefruit are present. The smell isn't overpowering it is mellow and enjoyable. The taste has a nice grain backbone with hints of orange and lemon. The flavors are not overpowering like some in this class, however, they are decent enough that you know they are there. The mouthfeel is of moderate carbonation. Overall this is a very drinkable beer, nice mellow and not overpowering taste.

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Photo of albern
3.77/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a decent Witbier and a pleasant surprise. It pours a fairly pale blond with lots of efforvescence in the glass, a smallish white head that hangs around the rim for awhile, and barely any lacing. The label claims that it is unpasteurized but it is definitely filtered. The aroma is a bit vinous, citrusy, coriander, some yeastiness, a little musty right out of the bottle. The taste is definitely citrus, a touch vinous in the sense of a sparkling wine. There is a bit of a spicy bite in the finish, but the mid section is very typical Wit, orange, citrus, coriander, maybe some other spices too. It is the efforvesence, the sparkling vinous quality, the florals, and the bite in the finish which define this beer. Pretty good, overall. The mouthfeel is slightly salted up from the efforvescence, but mild on the whole.

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Photo of quasimoto
3.77/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The aromas are of peppery orange peel, lemon zest, and coriander. That distinctive citrusy yeasty smell is very inviting.
That aromas all come into play with a little bit of sugary candy flavor and some light woolly flavor comes through. The finish is light malt, and very pleasingly simple. It wipes out the citrus flavors left over. The mouth feel is lightly carbonated and smooth. The slight bitterness is very well balanced with the medium mouth feel. All in all a good all around beer.

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Photo of thryn
3.77/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured the White Sail into my pilsner glass, swirling the bottle toward the end to stir up the sediment, which I always enjoy in an unfiltered beer.

The beer looks much like a good unfiltered apple juice, with an orangey-tan color, but a hair more translucent and luminescent. A bit darker than I would expect from a witbier. Its almost-white head quickly subsides, leaving a thin layer on top of the beer and some stray suds clinging to the side of the glass.

The smell is sweet, and coriander is present. The citrus zest is there, but so is something sweeter and appley. In keeping with the color, it seems a bit less light and crisp that I would expect -- somewhere between a hefeweizen and a witbier. Still, it smells yummy.

Taste is good, but nothing to write home about. It's balanced and has enough hop character to counter the sweetness with a light bitterness at the back of the tongue.

Mouthfeel is light and refreshing. It seems a little under-carbonated, but goes down a treat.

Overall, it's completely drinkable. I wouldn't clamor for another if I had a wide selection at the bar, but a six-pack wouldn't last long in my fridge.

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Otter Creek White Sail from Otter Creek Brewing
Beer rating: 3.45 out of 5 with 93 ratings