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 Jameson480
2.4/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance - Generally looks like a witbier, a little bit more muddy than Blue Moon or Hoegaarden. Barely developed any head when properly poured into a glass.

Smell - Oranges, slightly lemony

Taste - This is where this beer fails. Blue Moon is probably my favorite example of this style, Hoegaarden is OK but has a lot of spiciness and a slight metallic bitterness. This beer has a dull spiciness and tastes very metallic. Very "thin" taste. Has a slightly stinging aftertatse.

Mouthfeel - Fairly light carbonation.

Drinkability - I don't think I'll have any more of this. My favorite Witbier (and beer in general) is Blue Moon so keep that in mind.

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Photo of geexploitation
2.6/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours cloudy/murky and golden, with no head to speak of. The aromas indicate sweetness, as the beer throws off yeasty oranges and coriander, but the sweet orange peel, in particular, is heavy handed. On the palate, cloyingly sweet, with a taste I would describe as baked oranges (if only such things existed) with spice. Too much coriander for my taste, and no crisp edges on anything -- witbiers should not be heavy, and this beer is pretty damn heavy flavorwise. Mouthfeel is way too thick on the palate, with far too little lifting carbonation. Overall, this is a dud. There are numerous witbiers out there that are better. Why bother?

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Photo of ppoitras
2.74/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12ozer received as part of a 12-pack for Xmas. Thanks Joe.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" eggshell head over the cloudy medium golden brew. Head retreats at a reasonable pace, with sticky lasting lace. Aroma is minimally of effervescent spicing and maybe a slightly off vegetal. Taste is wheat character upfront, light spices, and closes with a whimper of mild hops bitterness. Mouthfeel and drinkability are okay, but I expected at least a little citrus tartness from some touted as a witbier on the label.

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Photo of morebeergood
2.77/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer turned out to be kind of a let down. Poured it from a 12 oz bottle into a witbier glass, and the first thing I noticed was it's dark golden color. I prefer my wits be be a bit more yellow and hazy. I didn't really get any of the Belgian style flavors that I expected either. None of the coriander or orange peel (the bottle says "a little bit" of each). Overall, it's a decent summer beer, light and went down pretty smooth, but if I think I might stick with something more traditional to the style like an Allagash White.

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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 NCSUdo
2.94/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle

A: Pours a hazy lemon yellow with absolutely no head to speak of. No lace and no retention.

S: Smells of coriander, lemon, orange and a little bit of banana.

T: Taste some tropical type fruit, coriander, some yeast and wheat. There is certain sweetness in here as well that just doesn't quite belong.

M/D: Light bodied, carbonation is too high. Drinkability would be alright but it's just not a good beer. If this was my only real choice, I could drink it, but there are so many better wits out there. This seems like something that Otter Creek has put out to catch some of the fringe, "blue moon" craft beer drinkers, and for that it probably works.

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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 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 RBorsato
3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of zenwatts
3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of AndrewMichael
3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of paulthebeerguru
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Otter Creek White Sail
12 oz. brown bottle

Poured into a snifter. White Sail pours a hazy, orangy straw color, plain white head, that dissipates really quick and leaves very little lacing. Sweet citrusy aroma, with hints of sweet grains and slightly yeasty. Light on the taste side, mild hints of citrus and wheat. Mildly sweet and light, with some bitters in the finish. Medium carbonation, with a smooth mouthfeel. Nice sweetnesses on the palate, with some matching bitters in the finish. Good beer for a warm summer day.

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Photo of BadBadger
3.03/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Otter's Creeks version of a witbier pours into the glass a clear. light-golden color. The smell is of spices with no individual spices truly sticking out. The taste is very similar to the smell in that it is a rather nondescript lightly spiced mixture. Really nothing "wheaty" about this beer. I would recommend skipping this one, in favor of the other witbier alternatives out there.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.03/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle

Pours a hazy pale straw with a brownish tint. A creamy white head thins. Mild lacing on the glass.

Aromas are very muddled, kind of a stinky mix. Some bready and yeasty smells, and a spiciness are noticable.

Taste is rather blah. Mild bready and yeasty flavors and a mild spiciness.Combined with some kind of hops, it's just a bland mix of flavors.

Light body, zippy carbonation.

A very bland wit overall. Not a struggle to drink, but instantly forgettable.

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Photo of Rudgers73
3.04/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served at Hogan's Hideaway, Rochester, NY.

Poured into a 12 oz american pint glass. Lots of carbonation and prickly foam on the sides of the glass. Pale, hazy yellow in color. Not much head, maybe a ring around the edge. Why so much carbonation in a wit??
The smell was decent. Hints of yeast and orange peel. The taste is alright, but the mouthfeel is what kills it. It is prickly and dry like seltzer. I like my witbiers with carbonation, but I like the mouthfeel to be smooth, rich, and soft. The drinkability is alright, but the mouthfeel also hits this department as well.

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Photo of tempest
3.06/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's drinkable, but nothing special. Something odd in the aroma. It reminds me of mashing pale grain, maybe that's from mixing the sediment. The flavor has a light apricot of sweet orange flavor with an obvious coriander taste. It's not terribly inspiring, or subtle, but it's still a decent session beer. You could spend your time drinking worse things.

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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 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 kimcgolf
3.08/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured to a light, hazy yellow full of suspended yeast, with a thin white head that lingered to mid-glass and left oaky lacing. Aroma was a semi strong mixt of oranges, grapefruit, wheat and spices, and the mouthfeel reflected this by being slightly tangy, slightly spicy. The taste of this thimnn bodied beer was more on the citrusy side, and this all led to a short, slightly stale finish.

Not a great white beer!

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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 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 dsa7783
3.1/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce, single bottle purchased from Total Wine and More in Union for $1.49...
A hefty pour resulted in a rather mediocore appearance - very hazy, murky, and cloudy with a straw-colored hue, but a complete lack of head and lacing made the overall appearance nothing to write home about...
Very earthy, grainy, sawdust aroma with not much citrus detectable at all...
Taste was pretty bland and unappealing for the style and not much going on in this department... very unexciting and pretty subdued...
Average mouthfeel coupled with a decent level of drinkability make this an unexceptional depiction of the style...
Not recommended...

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.11/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy yellow body with very small white head that doesn't stick around long. Some yeasties taking a swim in there too.

Smells strongly of Coriander with faint orange peel. A metalic note in the background drops the smell a little bit.

Coriander up front, which is no surprise after the nose. Coriander dominates. In the middle yeast and wheat flavors come out, and the finish is orange. Very pleasant finish.

About average mouthfeel, I feel it lacks a little bit of carbonation.

Drinkability is about average also, a little too much coriander to get big promotions.

Fairly well-priced beer.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.12/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an average looking slightly hazy golden colour with a smallish head that leaves sparse markings on the glass as it dissolves.

The aroma is citrus galore, with orange leading the way along with some spice, primarily coriander (and perhaps even a bit of pepper), with some wheat notes as well. Not bad.

The flavour is more of the aroma, but not as prevalent. It just doesn't do anything for me but isn't bad, per se. The orange gets caught up in a bit more of a hoppy taste than would lead on in the aroma and the spice notes seem to get lost in the back a bit. Plus there's just a general blandness running through each sip. Mouthfeel is light bodied and crisp but wit ha bit of murkiness to it, if that makes sense.

No overall gaping holes or flaws here, but it's a run of the mill effort overall. You might like it, but you'll likely just find it mediocre overall, just as I did.

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