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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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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep yellow color, with a very thin white head that fades quickly and leaves very little lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very faint and contains light malts, some Belgian yeast, spice and citrus.

T: The taste starts out fruity and sweet with flavors of orange peel and coriander spice. There are light flavors of Belgian yeast and wheat. There's a mild hops presence and thin malt character as you would expect for the style. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not filling at all, mild kick, decent representation of style, it's a beer that you could drink a lot of but I didn't like it enough to want to select over many others in the style.

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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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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 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 chiefydawg
3.12/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Hi beer fans. Long time drinker, first BA review. Love the site...

Grabbed an Otter Creek variety pack for some change, and here's what I pulled out first:

Liked the substantial haze in the straw-colored liquid when looking through the glass into a light. Weak head with less than average lace.

Can definitely pick up the appropriate wheat dough, citrus and spice scent. Makes me want more.

The taste, while above average as hit hits the tongue and gets swirled is good. But it just seems to fall to pieces after that. There's an unflattering "macro brew" adjunct taste that elbows it's way to the forefront. This takes away a lot of the beer taste, leaving you clinging to the fruitiness alone.

For as light bodied (watery) as it is, there's a heaviness in the mouth after the drink and after the beer itself. Hold on, I'll be back after I cleans the palate with a Busch Light...

I think this (White Sail) is quite drinkable, and it would be nice out on a boat in the summer. But if the rest of the beer was as good as it looks and smells, we'd have a contenda here. I'm a fan of the Belgian and this just needs something to get me into the fan club.

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Photo of animal69
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

the last was the white sail ; pours a cloudy light gold w/ a thin white head that left some moderate broken lacing in my snifter ; a tart bread-like aroma w/ a citrusy banana and spice undertone ; a bit on the thin side, a sour wheaty flavor w/ some hop bite and orange mixed w/ a peppery spice leaving a "prickly" feeling in the back of my throat reminiscent of kiwi ; a rather thin mouthfeel as well, kinda watery, yet slightly dry, good co2, a crisp finish ; a good drinking beer, though I've had much better wit's...

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

Surprisingly dark orangish amber with all manner of floaty bits and little actual haze. Multiple streams of lively bubbles zip up to a parchment colored cap that doesn't look very sticky. In the end, a respectable amount of sudsy lace makes its way to the glass.

The nose is on the laid-back side and features citrus peel above wheat malt or coriander. It's easy to tell from the aroma that White Sail is a witbier. It isn't so easy to tell whether or not it will taste good. I guess I should keep going then.

I'm underwhelmed. All the pieces of the witbier puzzle seem to be there, but there isn't much definition or much flavor intensity. For one thing, the beer is too abundantly and too harshly carbonated. That makes it tough for my taste buds to appreciate what's going on in and around the fizziness.

Coriander is now at least as prominent as orange peel (and lemon juice), but none of them are rockin' the joint. A tonic water bitterness trumps both tanginess and sweetness. In fact, the beer is barely tangy and barely sweet. I need a lot more flavor enthusiasm and a lot more harmoniousness between the ingredients before I'll be tempted to score this one above average. Warming doesn't help.

As noted above, the carbonation is too frantic right out of the gate. It's calming some with time, but not enough to suit me. The mouthfeel is also too light, although it's probably still acceptable for the style.

Other than Otter Creek Pale Ale, I haven't been impressed with this brewery. Great wits are hard to come by and good wits are a dime a dozen. White Sail, unfortunately, is average at best.

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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 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 allergictomacros
3.27/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy orange with a wispy white head.

S - Definitely a light but noticeable malt, and a tangerine/citrus as well as a wheaty tang come through. A bit of spiciness and lemon as well.

T - Wow. Lots of orange, wheatiness and a crisp finish.A touch on the sweeter side, which isn't bad, and a mild bitterness in the aftertaste that doesn't last. Juicy.

M - Light bodied, mild carbonation, and a bit of a slick feel.

D - Pretty drinkable, but borders on being on being almost juice-like. Refreshing, easy drinking brew.

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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 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 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 tgbljb
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured a cloudy amber-orange color with initial massiove white chunky head. Very poor retention.
Smell is light with some light meons detected.
Taste is very bland. The tartness of the wheat is present, but there is a a distinct absence of any citrus or spice flavors.
A mediocre ending in the mouth.
OK to drink, but there are much better available.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.18/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. The yeast at the bottom of the bottle was included in the pour. The beer pours a cloudy pale yellowish color with a small white head.The aroma is predominately wheat and citrus notes along with some yeast. The taste is pretty subdued but does feature that creamy wheat and citrus flavors that are standard in wits, but just on a more subdued level. Overall, this is an average wit that is simply lacking enough character to be compared to some of the best wits out there. However, it would be nice and refreshing on a hot summers day.

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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 JerzDevl2000
3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up last week down in Woodbridge. I've liked Otter Creek's other offerings that I've drank, and I like witbiers for their ease of drinkability. This wasn't anything terrible, but compared to the Victory Whirlwind, Sam Adams White Ale, and Hoegaarden, there was something missing here. I still can't quite pinpoint what it is, but as always, I'll do my best!

The pour was decent - a pretty standard head, cloudy goldenrod hue, and minimal lacing could all be found here. The taste was...well, I could certainly detect grass, straw, a bit of banana, citrus, coriander, and quite a bit of pepper/currant. The last of the aformentioned flavors lingered way too long on the back, and I could also detect a slight metallic undertone to everything. It's not as bright as other wit's that I've had in the past, and that's where I think this beer misses out.

I have no idea what the ABV of this beer is, but it doesn't matter. It can hardly be detected, unlike the notes and nuances of this. This isn't a bad beer, but it's a bit too melancholy for the summer. Sour-tasting beers are all good, but they aren't suited for this style. Worth a try once if ya can't find any unfiltered's, hefe's, or wit's on your local store shelf. At least I'm still looking forward to their Oktoberfest!

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.36/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip-shaped Duvel glass.

A: Poured with a 1/4 in. head that dissipated within a minute, leaving behind a thin layer and some lacing. A dense, cloudy orange tinted ball of wheat floats inside of a pale straw-colored orb.

S: Lots of orange and coriander present in the smell here. A deeper whiff takes in the scent of wheat, spice, and faint ethyl alcohol, maybe the unknown herbs.

T: Spicy, zesty and citrus-tinged; you can taste the orange in it, so you would only add a slice of you like to bring out that flavor exponentially. Some bitter herbs can be detected amongst the crisp carbonation.

M: Crisp and light-bodied because of the carbonation, but leaves a bit of residue behind. Must be all the unfiltered wheat clinging on.

D: You could certainly down a few of these at the bar or enjoy it with a citrus dish at home, but I probably wouldn't session it all night. It's a pretty good witbier, all things considered. Would buy again, but not a six-pack.

Overall, the White Sail is a nice representation of this popular Belgian spring release. If you wanted authentic taste, I'd suggest a Hoegaarden, but if you wanted to stay American, Allagash is the way to go in my book.

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Photo of plaid75
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy medium straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a touches of orange and coriander as well as some faint esters.

The taste consisted of a spicy wheat malt and some average yeast esters. Mild coriander spice toward the finish.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness and slightly chewy.

Overall a decent wit. There are better options available however.

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Photo of riversider76
3.56/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden yellow. Thin white head. Not much in the way of retention, and just a bit of lacing. Smell is of citrus and spice,with a hint of hops. Body is light,and carbonated. Taste is of orange,and lemon,with some nice spices throughout. There is a hint of a Belgin style in the flavor that made this beer nicely differant.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Otter Creek- White Sail

Appearance- Hazy lemony yellow with a small foamy head.
Smell- Lemon zest with a touch of spicey coriander and orange rind.
Taste- Big lemon zest flavor with spices. Coriander and a mild dose of clove.
Mouthfeel- Sweet up front with a solid flavorful body.

Overall- An easy beer to throw back. Flavor is slighty subdued but otherwise this was good.

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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 jdhilt
3.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a one finger white head that fades to a thin layer leaving traces of lace. Pale cloudy amber color. Light-medium carbonation and light-medium bodied. Sweet citrusy nose. Flavor is coriander and citrus some sweetness but slight tart aftertaste. Nice summer beer. $1.50 for a 12oz bottle from Capitol Convenience Concord, NH. Brewed 5/24/2007.

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