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Otter Creek Summer Ale | Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's

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Otter Creek Summer AleOtter Creek Summer Ale

Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
Vermont, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.25%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
22 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-24-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 127 | Ratings: 178
Photo of beernut7
4.1/5  rDev +41.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a new brew from Otter Creek. I think one of the brewers wants to call it "Hefer-weizen". A nice lightly colored but rich flavored wheat ale, I believe the brewery should add this to its permanent yearly rotation.

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Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +38.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This summer offering from Vermont, poured a nice, hazy yellow colour into my hop devil pint glass. The aromas are all about the wheat, with no spices in the mix. The taste is very wheaty and fresh. This reminds me of brooklyner, but it isn't quite as good. The mouthfeel is light and fluffy and the drinkablity is excellent.

A very good, uncomplicated, summer wheat beer!


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Photo of BlueHammer
3.97/5  rDev +37.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was poured from the bottle into a glass. It was a clear golden color with a small whitish head that didn't linger. The taste was crisp and refreshing, the hallmark of a summer beer. It smelled citrusy and slightly floral. The taste was similarly citrusy, crisp, and a little tart, somewhat hoppy. It was a smooth beer, easy to drink and a nice, light, refreshing summer beverage. I will buy this beer again.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.83/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This slightly hazy yellow-gold summer ale maintains it's creamy bright-white head well and leaves some very nice walls of lace around the glass. The nose expresses dried citrus rind and a delicate maltiness. In the mouth it's crisp with a median carbonation and medium-light body. The flavor is grainy upfront; followed by some bright lemon notes across the middle; and then some grassy hops, a dry bitterness, and some chalky "rind-like" character (or is that coriander?). It finishes quite dry and lingers with a dull bitterness. It's an interesting and unique summer beer that would work perfectly well at a ballgame, back yard BBQ, or night on the porch swing.

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Photo of budsboy
3.82/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale, straw yellow. Crystal clear, hmm, with a virgin-white head that disappears quickly.

Maltiness comes through, a sweet, light malt smell. There's also a breadiness, and anise-like spicy smell. A faintest hint of wheat-ness.

Grainy at first, but more complex across the middle with hints of citrus fruit, bitter orange peel, toast and finally a decidedly grassy hop bitterness that sticks around.

Light, airy mouthfeel, medium-high carbonation.

Enjoyable summer beer. Light, quenching, low-alcohol and a pleasurable experience all around. Good for Otter Creek. I do like their seasonals.

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Photo of Duffman79
3.8/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

They must have re-formulated this beer. It is not as bad as the ratings say... Had on draft at the Thread City Hop Fest in Willimantic, CT. I would suggest giving it another shot!

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Photo of KTCamm
3.7/5  rDev +28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle (new 'modern' labelling) into a pint glass.

Pours light golden yellow with little, if any, foam. No lacing. Malty citrus smell. Mild citrus taste, wrapped in malt with crisp finish. Wheaty. Drinkable, unremarkable.

Late in the season for a summer brew, honstly just trying to get it out of my fridge.

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Photo of BeerSox
3.67/5  rDev +27%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Clear golden straw hue with a thin white head that settles to almost nothing.

Very light wheat malt aromas, clean and crisp. A touch of lemon is in there.

A bit of fruit stands out from the clean wheat malt. Not much of the string citrusy flavor that usually makes the style. Light bodied with good carbonation. Clean finish.

I can't tell you what the exact goal of this beer was, but if it's to create an extremely refreshing beer for the summer, they nailed it. Think of it as a filtered APWA. It's like the wheat version of an English Mild or something. I wish more brewers would make this. Recommended.

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Photo of erosier
3.6/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L: Pours a nice slightly hazy golden yellow with a short and medium bodied white colored head that laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malts, sweet wheat malt, hints of lemony citrus flavors and a touch of hops at the end of the nose.
T: Tastes like it smells with more emphasis on the sweet wheat malt and less on the citrus flavors. They are both there, but they are balanced better here than in the nose.
M: Very crisp, refreshing, perfect amount of carbonation, light bodied.
D: Very drinkable, not too much, just a lot of refreshing citrus flavors with a moderate abv making it a nice and drinkable beer.

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Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.6/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Yellow and translucent with no head. A bunch of carbonation running up the sides of my pint glass. Aroma is light. Some hints of pale and wheat malts with a peppery lemon zest. The taste basically follows the aroma with the sweet malts coming through. There is a great transition from pale malty sweetness to grassy lemon hop crispness. Great crisp and refreshing light body. I had a couple of these yesterday afternoon outside grilling.

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Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - light golden yellow with a short lived white head

S - wheat, faint grassy

T - wheat, faint yeast, light flavor, very little hop character

M - light bodied, smooth, well carbonated

A very light, easy to drink, refreshing summer beer. It's not very unique but it is a decent beer if you like something light. I wouldn't turn it down if offered.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.57/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass, the liquid is light yellow and has good carbonation. The head is ok, 2 fingers of white foam that fades fast leaving little lace.

The smell is light and critus malt with mild hops.

The taste follows a bit of light malt and very mild hops giving a slight citrus taste.

The mouthfeel is less then medium body, and crisp carbonation.

The drinkability on a hot summer day is pretty good, the brew is easy drinking light and refreshing. MK

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.55/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a light orangey color ale with a light foamy head with light retention and some minimal lacing. Aroma of sweet wheat malt with more character then I would expect. Taste is a nice mix between some sweet malt but also the refreshing taste of wheat. I don't know if the aging on this one has done something to the beer that other would have noticed but I thought this had a lot more character and complexity then I would have expected from a summer wheat ale.

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Photo of Toddv29424
3.55/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pretty solid and standard summer brew. Pours a translucent golden color and smells of wheat. The taste is much like wheat with a hint of citrus that washes everything down. A very pleasant aftertaste that is heavy in lemon and lingers for a good while, almost like it is stuck to your tastebuds. Best enjoyed with a lemon.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.53/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle

Pours a vey clear golden color with a small white head that thins. Nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma is grainy and quite crisp with a very light hop scent in the background.

Taste is very grainy and crisp with just a touch of hops. Finishes very clean and dry. Quite refreshing.

Light body with plenty of carbonation.

This is a drinkable and refreshing summer brew. After the previous reviews, I was almost regretting the purchase. Luckily, this must be a different recipe from last year because this is a totally decent brew. Although, it again showcases the vast variety of beers that the American Pale Wheat style includes. This beer has no traditional wheat beer characteristics.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
3.52/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A refreshing summer wheat, but certainly nothing special. Like everyone else that reviewed this, I got very very little on top...and I poured hard. Ah well. It's a light ale, crisp and refreshing, slight bitterness at the end that is not at all unpleasant. Tastes good, to say the least. The one I had ice cold was much better than the bottle that was only somewhat cold. Might possibly buy again, but probably not as there are many others out there which surpass this one. Hell, I didnt buy this one anyway...my booze buddy ElGuapo picked it up. All in all a refreshing midsummer's ale.

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Photo of yelterdow
3.52/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 4/12/06, this beer was bottled just over a week ago. Fresh sixer from A&P Warehouse Liquors in Westwood, NJ.

Served in a pint glass at just over fridge temperature.

Appearance- This beer pours so clear it's ridiculous... if it weren't for the generous (at first) head and super cling, I could have mistaken this for Bud. Unbelievably filtered I would imagine... nice action inside the glass, head is just a coating now.

Smell- Huge biscuit aroma, definitely some wheat too... not much in the hops department.

Taste- Again, I emphasize the extreme "wheatiness" and bready character, which leaves a perceived coating in the mouth. The hops do show up late with a hard, though subtle bitterness. I wish there was more to it than that...

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- The texture of this beer in the mouth is the highlight offering here... it's a bit slick, crackling, but rolling with adequate effervescence. I wouldn't go crazy looking for this, but it's always nice to try a local seasonal fresh out of the brewery.

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Photo of WesWes
3.48/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a very light gold color with a standing white head. The aroma is grainy with a light hoppiness. The beer tastes lager like with some lemon zest, but not that much. It's a clean beer that refreshes, but lacks any real wheat characteristics. I don't taste much wheat here at all. I'm really growing quite tired of so called "wheat ales" that have none of the qualities associated. It's like just adding a little wheat malt gives you the right to call an otherwise pilsener beer a wheat ale. This one is low bodied like much of the rest and is also very drinkable. Otter Creek does not impress me at all. Their beers are average at best.

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Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
3.47/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle was part of an Otter Creek Variety Case.

Enjoyed in a DFH Pint Glass

A - Pours a slightly hazy, golden straw color. A decent two finger, fairly dense, white head on the initial pour that fades to a light skim. A fair amount of sediment left on the bottom of the bottle after pouring. Moderate lacing.

S - A slightly grassy, lemony smell

T - Not bad. It tastes like a lite-style pilsner with a lemony, earthy taste. A bit of a yeasty taste comes through as well. Actually very easy to drink. I had this while BBQing on a warm night and it was a thirst quencher. Easily sessionable but nothing that stands out. No alcohol taste at all.

M - Decently carbonated. Thinnish consistency.

O - Of the four beers in the Otter Creek case, this is my least favorite. That being said, it is what it is...a very easy to drink, summer beer. No frills just a beer that you can easily down several of on a hot night. I'll finish the remaining bottles but I wouldn't necessarily seek it out again.


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Photo of RBorsato
3.47/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear pale straw color with a low white head and low carbonation. Crisp tart aroma. Light grainy flavor (almost a light nuttiness) with a light tartness. Light bodied with a dry finish.

Overall, not one I'd come back to... too light in almost everyway and uninspiring.

per O.C.B.Co. website: OG 1044, 17 IBU

Bottled: 04/18/03 (Batch #1330)
Tasted: 07/27/03

($1.25 / 12 oz.)

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Photo of ElGuapo
3.47/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

crisp and refreshing, just what a summer brew should be. on the other hand, this does not reach the level of sam adams or pete's summer brews. it did not have enough flavor.

Nice citrus flavors balance well with sweet malts. It is very drinkable, but not that interesting.

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Photo of plaid75
3.45/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a very light copper hue with a one finger white foamy head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light wheat aroma coupled with a hint of lemon. Mild hop aroma detected.

The taste was light and crisp. Light biscuity wheat and grain note complimented by a mild lemon tartness. Detectable hop bitterness.

The mouthfeel was light, crisp and clean.

Overall a very drinkable summer ale. Very refreshing but somewhat run of the mill.

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Photo of travduke
3.45/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light hazy golden body with a one finger head that dissipates quickly leaving little lacing.

Aroma: Light fruity aroma off the bat mixed with wheat.

Taste: This is pretty crisp. Lemon zest and citrus flavors with a mild malt backbone.

Feel/Drink: Light bodied, crisp mouthfeel. Easy to drink especially outside in the warmer weather.

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Photo of Thrasher
3.43/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pretty similar to American macros - light colored, light bodied, little to no head; of course, this tastes fresher and hasn't been killed by pasteurization. Wheat adds a zing that slakes thirst and the trademark Otter Creek hops are here and very welcome, elevating the beer beyond boring status: hints of grapefruit, good stringy quality in what is otherwise a watery beer. Good for cooling down on a hot day, but not much else.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.42/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

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

S: The aroma contains light caramelized malts, faint citrus and hops along with some honey.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel and honey followed by a touch of citrus. The hops presence is mild but complementary and the malt character is thin which is normal for a summer seasonal. The after-taste is sweet.

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

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, not the best representation of style as I really didn't taste any wheat in it, overall however it's a decent but flavorful beer worth drinking for a while.

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