Otter Creek White Sail | Otter Creek Brewing

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Otter Creek White SailOtter Creek White Sail

Brewed by:
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 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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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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Otter Creek White Sail from Otter Creek Brewing
3.45 out of 5 based on 93 ratings.
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