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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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 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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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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Otter Creek White Sail from Otter Creek Brewing
Beer rating: 3.45 out of 5 with 93 ratings
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