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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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Reviews: 84 | Ratings: 93
Photo of Pegasus
3.17/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Medium yellow-golden, with substantial haze, a small white head, which persists slightly, and thin, glass-coating , lacing. There is slight carbonation, and moderate sediment.

Aroma: Very prominent coriander, lesser orange rind, solid wheat malt, and earthy yeast.

Taste: Opens with solid wheat malt, prominent coriander and orange peel. Underlying the traditional Wit flavors is a strong, tart note, sour to the point of being almost puckering.This sour note carries from start to finish, and is more than a little like malt vinegar. The tartness somewhat spoils the Wit characteristics. Finishes sour with lingering coriander and orange rind.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A decent example, perhaps a bit off-style, but quite drinkable.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown glass long-neck bottle with a pop-off crown, served in a standard Pilsener glass.

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Photo of Fnord
3.52/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - Very pale yellow, somewhat cloudy. Disappointingly little head.

Smell - Lemon, orange, coriander, a bit of pepper and alcohol.

Taste - A lot of citrus bite up front, backed up with some wheat and yeast. Only a little spicy. A slight hop taste in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Very crisp. Thin with fairly high carbonation.

Notes - This is a bit too citrusy for my taste. It's a decent enough wit, but it's not particularly noteworthy. It kind of reminds me of Shiner Hefeweizen.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.09/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dirty yellow with a white head. Lots of sediment and gunk in the bottom of the glass. Not a real attractive beer.

Aroma is not too bad, mainly citrus with a good amount of wheat and Belgian yeast.

Flavor is mainly yeast with some orange. The finish was a little bit sour which didn't help the beer.

Thin mouthfeel with lots of carbonation. Not a bad beer, but there are lots of better witbiers out there.

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Photo of jhammel01
3.49/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours straw yellow with an eggwhite head that sticks around pretty well.
Smells of lemon zest and a bit of yeast. Not too much else going on.

1st up in the taste is the lemon and orange flavors.Ttastes a bit yeasty with mellow maltiness throughout.

Mouthfeel is kind of thin. I think that I usually pick up more of a creamy me. Either way, its not a bad thing.

Decent beer. I'm really impressed with this beer because it was actually dated back in 5/08. Held up fine.
Regardless, its nice. Good solid beer.

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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 gameface23
3.09/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review brought over from another website:

From the bottle. A poor man's Hoegaarden. What this beer lacks is the depth and character that I love about Wits from Belgium and well-made Americans. The price is reasonable, but I would much rather go for another example of the style.

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Photo of iuhoosier336
3.72/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I live in New England during the summer and even have a Otter Creek glass but was not very fimilar with their beer so I picked up this very reasonably priced white beer to try it out.

The color is very light with a slight yellow tint but mostly white. The head leaves a little too quickly, not much retention. The smell was great and made me think I had really grabbed a winner here. Nice and flowery, citrus, orange peel.

The taste was fair but finished a little too light for me, I really would have liked to get a little more of that orange peel I smelled in the taste. Although this is a beer you could drink all night, the ABV isn't listed but its low for sure. A good white beer for the price.

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Photo of bonkers
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a weizen glass. The brew pours a hazy straw color with a quickly dissapating white head. The aroma is light and sweet, strong notes of orange. The flavor is sweet with a predominant flavor of orange. The beer is light, highly carbonated, and easy drinking, not a lot of depth. A refreshing beer on a hot day.

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Photo of beeragent
3.07/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

A - Poured a medium clear straw, becoming slightly hazy as the last bit of the contents was swirled and then poured from the bottle. No lacing apparent on the glass.

S - Corn/grainy aroma is dominate in the nose, with a light lemony smell mixed throughout. Defintely not what I expect a Belgian witbier style to smell like.

T - A slightly harsh grainy taste is apparent in the beginning, but quickly gives way to a nice orange and lemon flavor from the yeast.

M - Light bodied with a clean smooth finish.

D - The flavor in this beer is very light, not the full complex flavor usually associated with witbiers. However, it does have a very clean finish and light body that would definitely make this a summer beer. Not the best but not the worst.

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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 Soozy
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Got this in an Otter Creek mix pack.

Pours a nice hazy golden, with a solid finger head to it. Has a slight apple smell to it, not sure if it was oxidation or what, but it's actually not bad. Taste has some citrus and some light hops, pretty enjoyable stuff but nothing too attention-grabbing. Good drinkability, I'd have it again.

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Photo of bigdeuce
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is not a bad beer. The only dilemma is, it's too syrupy. It pours a decent head, hazy hue..scents of orange peel and a bit of syrup. Has a clean, crisp taste. Very drinkable. Is a definate wheaty beer, as the texture is not clear, as per style. An enjoyable summer quaff, just not a top of the line beer. There are better wits out there.

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Photo of Foxman
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It pours a slightly hazy and fully carbonated straw yellow with two fingers of puffy white head that last but a flash before sinking away. Lacing is present but spotty and broken.

The aroma is a thin waft of pale malt and distantly tart wheat, along with a very general spice note that turns slightly floral as it fades.

Upon tasting, the wheat rounds out in the mouth, bringing a mildly tart presence to the light, berry sweet pale malt. A peppery spice note, vague but viable, and grassy hops crisp and clean midstream. Some residual malt sweetness plays through toward the close before a sweeping crisp, mitigating bitterness enables a very clean finish. It's not notable for anything special, but it's nice in its way.

Light bodied, the carbonation is very peppy but it pretty much washes away anything worthwhile that might otherwise linger.

So this is one more wit that does its best to get lost in the pack. No fatal flaw there, because the fact that there's a pack means it's not the only one coming in along the mean. The clean nature and nice crispness make it quite drinkable, and likely more so as the weather warms. I might not be able to pick it out in a blind tasting, but I've had worse, for what that's worth. And I wouldn't say no to another, all things considered.

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Photo of yesyouam
2.84/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Otter Creek White Sail is a lively, hazy hay-colored ale with a lot of large particles. The small white head vanishes quickly. The aroma is fresh and fruity, perhaps lemon, apple and pear. Grain and grass are in the nose. It is light-bodied, watery, and it leaves the mouth a little gritty. It tastes much like the aroma but there is a soft hop flavor that picks up near the end. The aftertaste is short and clean. The orange peel is present but I don't taste the coriander. It's a pretty clean-tasting Witbier.
(rated Jan 8, 2008)

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Photo of HardTarget
2.97/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Label talks about no preservatives or pasteurization and how they give the date for our info, BUT THEN THEY DIDN'T GIVE THE DATE!!! I searched the bottle four times, no laser etch, no notching system: nada.

A) First pour (leaving a solid coat of sediment in the bottle) is bright straw colored with good clarity and a snowy cap that clings to the side of the glass.

S) Herbal, really a bit vegetable which I guess is coming from the coriander, but not really coming through that way. Mild peppery note with some underlying malt sweetness.

T) Fairly watery (once the sediment gets suspended and added in the second glass this firms up a bit) again the veggie aspect is the strongest flavor, almost a leafy hop, with some orange pith in the mix. Grainy base is a bit rough and adds some depth.

M) Lighter body, firm carbonation, fairly dry finish.

D) Not an exciting beer, but no major flaws. I could see this being a decent summer quencher.

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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 Shaw
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After swirling the final ounces in the bottle, this takes on the cloudy yellow color and white head of a Witbier.

It has a light aroma of spice.

The aroma is spicy, with a sharpness typical of the style. There is also a slight sour character to the beer. It's refreshing.

The body is nice and crisp and fizzy, which adds to the refreshing quality.

Overall this is a decent white ale.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.74/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint mug, this beer is a very lightly hazy gold color with a tiny head. The nose, though, is excellent for a witbier: very perfumy with light coriander notes and a modest citrusy wheat aroma. The flavor though... well, it has a lot of wheat malt character and the yeast notes are right on, but the coriander is lighter than the nose led me to believe. Not bad... it's quite refreshing and drinkable, but more wit-ness would be appreciated.

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Photo of sethmeister
3.06/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle into pint glass.

Pours a pale straw gold color. Sediment in the bottom of the bottle becomes streaks and wisps of cloudiness in the glass which finally settles into a very cloudy beer. Creamy finger and a half of white head. Glass is decorated with fluffy lace.

Scent is mild grassiness, mustiness, clove, lemon. Possibly vanilla. Have to work to determine the aromas.

Taste is lemon, coriander, pepper, orange peel. There's a saltiness and a musty, sour finish.

Mouth is prickly and creamy to start but ends a little thin, however a nice sticky coating sourness is noticeable after a while.

Drinkability is OK.

Not a terrible white ale but not a particularly good one either.

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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 clayrock81
2.98/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a semi-cloudy orange with a one-finger, rocky head that stuck around a little. Citric notes of orange, lemon peel and some clove are tucked in slightly in the aroma. A little too thin and watery for my liking, the spices leak a little and it is not that pleasant on the taste buds. Minor citric fruit notes and a little bit of spicings, but the smooth finish leaves a little sour aftertaste. Not too bad, but a little askew and something I don't really want again.

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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 oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A pretty good Wit here, maybe a little better than Blue Moon or Shock Top but definitely better than Sam Adam's White Ale. A nice spiciness to it and it's very flavorful and drinkable. Over the summer you could always catch me with a few sixer's of this in the fridge.

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Photo of erosier
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Pours a nice golden yellow with a short and thin white colored head. Leaves some lacing down the glass.
S: Smells of sweet wheat malts, darker barley malts, and hints of coriander and some citris at the end.
T: Mostly barley and wheat malts mixed with a hint of coriander in the finish. Not as fruity as I would have expected.
M: Very crisp, light, and refreshing. Nice amount of carbonation.
D: Pretty drinkable beer with very subtle flavors.

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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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