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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 thekevlarkid
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is Middlebury's entry into the now quite popularized Witbier (Belgian White) category. Poured out of the bottle a hazy, brassy orange color with a beige head. Little retention and some scant lacing. The aromas were mostly orange and lemon. The flavors were similar with a little more of the wheat showing through and some hints of spice. Lacks the traditional zip of coriander but still a well balanced witbier. Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Not very challenging but totally sessionable and a good hot summers day beer. Still, not the best witbier out there and not the best Otter offering either.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a slight hazy tangerine orange with a thin, creamy white head.

S: spicy oranges, fresh lemons, a wheaty aroma and a nice spiciness.

T: The flavor starts out with some sourbread and lemon tang hopping. The flavor was very citric with some oranges and some coriander. There was some noticeable distinct spicing but the overall flavor was muted and the individual efforts worked against each other rather complimenting each other.

M: tingly from the aggressive carbonation with a moderate citrus lacing. The body was very light.

D: Drinkability was light, zesty, crisp and refreshing. Decent drinkability, some spicy hoppiness.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A. Appears like an unfiltered wheat beer, cloudy straw yellow with a small head and little retetion.

S. Barnyard wheat some slight citrus notes.

T. A fairly well balanced witbier. Wheat with some lemony orange citrus notes. Slightly spiced. Coriander and dry orange peel dominate the taste. It is decent.

M. Full bodied for what it is. Not bad.

D. Pretty drinkable as a summer session beer on a warm summer night. Not one of my favorite Wits, however.

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Photo of Perno
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Light gold and cloudy - what I would expect from any witbier, however the head was a little weak and seemed to dissipate quickly.

S - Light citrus smell, refreshing.

T - Good taste on the tongue initially, spices, citrus. Left me wanting a little more taste after the swallow.

M - Slightly watery, but if felt nice after working on our landscaping all day. After the swallow it had a bit of a bite that I didn't appreciate.

D - Could end up drinking all 6 of these tonight, and I'm sure I will. It's refreshing, but I probably won't be purchasing it again.

Hopefully that review was decent, my first one!

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Photo of katan
3.13/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle

A - Light golden brown color with a little bit of hazing. A fair amount of carbonation is present. The head was small, approximately 2mm, which dissipated into a lace.

S - Very light smell here - mostly a mix of spicy coriander notes and a strong yeast backbone.

T - Starts off with a more bitter note than I would think for a witbier. Mid stream is a yeast dominated flavor. Finishes with a strong orangy note. Almost dominates the last flavor.

M - Light and watery. Almost too much so. The carbonation is certainly present in the light stingy feel.

D - Very easy drinking - the lack of backbone to the beer makes it easy to drink.

Worth trying, but not my favorite witbier.

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Photo of SMADMS
3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Mr Up's in Middlebury VT

poured into a pint glass

A--cloudy straw color nice 1 finger head
S-- nice citrus fruity smell orange and lemon
T-- very clean orange or lemon zest and some spice to finish the bite.well balanced wit
M-- very light and clean smooth no lingering tastes
D-- VERY dangerous on a hot summer day

This is a classic wit and it does the style proud

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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 phantomwyse
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm a sucker for nautical themed things, this beer suits that. Drank this out of the pilfered pint glass from Iron Hill Brewery on my stone wall overlook beautiful Lake Hopatcong. I figured you needed all these details.

A: Finger an a half head, beige/cream in color. Small bubbles intimidated by larger ones -- fades at a gingerly pace -- overcast yellow/yellow/orange color -- similar to pineapple juice.

S: Lemon and orange juice.

T: Orange juice with a tinge of grapefruit, all around summer citrus. Some spice in the swallow and aftertaste. Not much yeasty dryness.

M: Medium bodied with an approaching, but doesn't quite reach there, tingly carbonation.

D: This is a car washing beer, great on a Saturday or Sunday, or any day really as long as the weather is nice, and there's a good westerly breeze. Make sure it's a westerly breeze, or it just won't be right. Not the best wit out there, but nice nonetheless.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.2/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

No head to speak of on this light, golden-straw and slightly cloudy beer.

Mild orange and coriander does come through but is barely noticeable on the nose.

Crisp, clean, touch of hops. Nicely balanced with fruity tones. This one finishes a bit dry.

Slight carbonation. Watery, with little character.

Refreshing and thirst-quenching. Maybe not to style, but tasty and worth returning to as a lawnmower staple.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 number1bum
3.15/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this one from mymrnngjkt. Thanks Kevin.

Pours a slightly hazed light orange color with about a finger of nearly white head on top. Head keeps a pretty good lace but doesn't leave much stick.

Smells of wheat and slightly sweet, rather than bitter, orange peel. Sort of an herbal aroma, too. Seems a little off for a wit but it smells ok.

Tastes of tart lemon, soggy wheat and a sort of herbal bitterness. Not a whole lot in the way of orange peel or coriander. Not very wit-like, that is. Not very interesting either. Bland and watery. Mouthfeel is a medium body, pretty spritzy in the carbonation department.

There are many better wits out there, and this one just doesn't stand up. Big ol' pass.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, bright yellow body encircled by a ring of white bubbles.

Smell: Aroma of wheat, yeast, flowers, ground coriander spice and oily citrus peels.

Taste: Light wheat flavor with a medium, candyish sweetness which flavors of spice and citrus help to balance. Slight floral hints. Finishes clean except for the lingering spice on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Slight stickiness.

Drinkability: An acceptable witbier, though definitely more suited for being served during the hot summer months.

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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 Bounty628
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Calling Middlebury, Vermont home, Otter Creek Brewery has been brewing some rather good craft beers since 1991. Personal favorites from their offerings are the Pale Ale and the Stovepiper Porter, each of which is a pretty solid beer in their respective line.

With the recent emphasis upon Belgian Whites sweeping the nation with force, Otter Creek's White Sail was tasted for comparison to some of the other "Blue Moon variety" beers that are out there.

The White Sail was poured from a twelve ounce brown bottle. The initial aroma of the beer was highly noticeable with a large amount of citrus present in the nose. The citrus seemed to overpower any wheat smells once the beer was poured into a glass.

The pour was noted to be a mildly cloudy pour with a golden haze color observed within the glass.

The beer poured quite well and did not exhibit large amounts of carbonation upon pour. There was a rather decent head upon pouring the beer that quickly faded to a thin lacing that was for the most part miniscule once sipped.

White Sail certainly welcomes the drinker with a rather upfront infusion of orange peels and coriander. The beer has almost too much citrus and not enough spice but certainly is not as citrus tasting as say a Leinenkugel.

Though there is a decent amount of wheat taste noticed in the White Sail, this offering certainly does not maintain the same emphasis upon the wheat taste as does something along the lines of Paper City Brewery's Cabot Street Wheat.

The White Sail is remarkably smooth from pour to taste and maintains an overall enjoyable nature to drinking it throughout the pour. The beer is certainly meant to serve as a beer that is very refreshing in nature and light in character and would be the ideal summertime session beer that both the ladies and gents might enjoy while sitting around a fire pit.

Though the Otter Creek website recommends perhaps serving this beer with a wedge of orange, on behalf of beer drinkers everywhere I would ask that you keep your fruit out of my beer. I don't see any reason to adulterate this beer with produce as it would not add anything to the beer.

All said, White Sail, although not the best Belgian White on the market, does prove to be a moderate contender in a beer genre that is quickly becoming saturated. While a bit more emphasis on finding the perfect spice combination to the citrus flavor could have been focused on, White Sail all in all is worthy of trying should you find it at a local package store or pub near you.

Otter Creek is certainly well known for producing a line focused on above average offerings, and White Sail certainly meets that standard.

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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 fitzy84
3.52/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another from the sample pack. The appearance was a bit lacking but still solid: golden color with laced head immediately apparent. The smell is a bit faint but strong on the sour citrus aromas of lemons and oranges. The taste is lemon specific with wheat, bready foundations. The mouthfeel is pretty good, allowing refreshing carbonation. Overall, a little lacking in some dimensions but somewhat enjoyable.

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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 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 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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