Otter Creek Summer Ale | Otter Creek Brewing

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Otter Creek Summer AleOtter Creek Summer Ale

Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing
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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Ratings: 178 |  Reviews: 127
Photo of matjack85
1.21/5  rDev -58.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Found this single 12 oz brown bottle in the discontinued bin at Binny's in Glen Ellyn. IL for $1.59. No freshness or bottled on date, just a couple paragraphs about the brewery and the beer.

The beer pours a clear medium gold with a 1 finger white head that fades in less than a minute to a thin white rim. No lacing at all. Never saw a clear unpasteurized wheat beer before. I was expecting some haze or cloudiness, but you can see right through this one.

The smell is almost non existent. Just the slightest whiff of citrus.

This stuff was awful. Basically just a big dose of over carbonated bitterness. The mouthfeel is thin and watery and highly spritzy and the aftertaste was bitter. Where's the flavor? Is there any malt in here at all? A very disappointing beer, especially since it comes from Otter Creek, who usually turns out top rate stuff.

The side label does say that this beer can change over time and maybe that's what happened to this one. With no freshness date to go by, maybe this bottle was a leftover from last year's summer batch instead of this year's batch and that's why I found it in the discontinued bin. I can only hope this was the case because as is, this is undrinkable.

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Photo of ralree
1.3/5  rDev -55%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

A: Clear, yellow, decent head - 1-finger, dissipates fairly quickly, a little lacing surprisingly.

S: Like a wet dog. Banana, malt. This is the worst smelling beer I've ever tried. I'm scared now.

T: Banana awfulness. Oh, it's so bad. Like downing banana and raisins in Coors Light with no alcohol.

M: Watery, light-bodied, undercarbonated.

D: Undrinkable.

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Photo of jtierney89
1.5/5  rDev -48.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Otter has revamped the recipe this year so let's check it out. Hazy burnt Orange color with a thick head. Tight sticky lacing. Phenolic nose with some wheat other wise pretty subtle.

Thin yet slick body, not as much carbonation as expected. Sweet wheaty malt with touches of citrus and floral notes. Just enough bitterness to balance. Watery on the finish. Strangely a buttery aftertaste.

Has a chance at going well with food but flavors are subtle and overall its pretty bland. I think they were going for something that goes down as easy as coors light but without the bloated gassiness. I guess they accomplished that?

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Photo of phisig137
1.7/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a crystal clear yellow color, with little head. Ring of foam forms around the glass.

Aroma is not so hot. Tiny, almost non-existant notes of spicy yeast esters, but that's a real stretch. This has that distintive lager/adjunct aroma of many macros.

Flavor is very light, with again, only a slight hint of yeast flavors present. No wheat can be detected at all. In a blind taste, I'm not sure I'd be able to pick this apart from MGD.

Mouthfeel is light and fizzy, and drinkability is low due to the poor flavors.

I'm now really sorry that I bought a whole six pack of this...

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Photo of BGsWo22
1.75/5  rDev -39.4%

Photo of talkingpoints
1.75/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This summer brew missed its mark big time. I was hesitant to buy it because the octoberfest of 2004 was so bitter and undrinkable and the middlebury was the same. I think OtterCreek is moving too much towards overhopping their beers. I drank a six with my buddy from Florida and I knew what i thought instantly but he said it first.

"I thought summer beers should be refreshing and light"
This summer ale was bitter and not pleasing to the mouth. I think Sam Adams and Magic Hat are the best NE breweries who understand that beer is supposed to taste good when your friends come over. The last great brew from OtterCreek was Octoberfest 2003 which was spectacular.

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Photo of yourunclewalt
1.78/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A - Clear yellow lager body

S - Phenolic, burnt wood, wheaty twang. Smells like your favorite hoodie after waking up next to a campfire.

T - Pretzels, light macro lager.

M - Thin, watery.

D - Really tried to like this one, Otter Creek / Wolaver's puts out so many other good brews, but I just couldn't find any point of entry here.

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Photo of Todd
1.83/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz bottle. Pours a very watery looking pale golden colored beer with massive carbonation bottles that rise to create a pure white thinned-out foam head with some stick and moderate retention. Touch of straw-y haze.

Light fruitness, soft floral note. Wheaty in the nose. Unpleasant.

Quite light on the palate, very thin and watery with just a hint of malt backbone. Loads of husky tannins in the mouth, quick scrubbing and course feel followed by a weak hop zest. Somewhat spritzy carbonation feel. Soft bubble-gum lays with hints of one-dimensional fruit flavors. Odd wheaty tannin clings to the palate in the finish.

Label says "often served with a lemon" ... you'll need one just to take the tannic edge off. Another lackluster and boring Summer seasonal.

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Photo of oloughlinrj
1.83/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz. bottle.

Pours yellow, low lacy head.

Not much to smell. Slight citrus notes, some wheat, and underneath it all something very chemical-y.

Just as it lacked any good smell, this is very short on the taste as well. Lacking in flavor, very watery. Some citrus up front, dry and grainy at the back, and a touch of hops at the end.

Mild carbonation. There really isn't much mouthfeel, it's too light to leave much behind.

I found this to be a really sub-par brew, too light even for a summer ale. Even though it's light, it's not really refreshing (even when it's ice cold) because the taste is so unappealing. I definitely won't be getting this again.

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Photo of B967ierhunter177
1.92/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured from bottle into Otter Creek pint glass & served around 45 degrees.

A: normal beer yellow, no head at all

S: heavily grapefruit with hay and pine notes, slightly skunky

T: flavor is of grapefruit, alcohol, and resin w/ a mildly bitter aftertaste

M: very light & watery, like Kool-aid

D: as a session beer after mowing the lawn maybe but not much else, slightly recommended

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Photo of RblWthACoz
1.93/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a clear amber gold. Nose is almost like rotting orange skins or something like that. Just smells way too funky to be right. Flavor is just as bad as it smells. Borders on rancid. The second swig proves to be a bit more gentle. But still that underlying rotting tone to it just ruins all hope. Even though it smoothes out over time, the initial hit is way too nasty. And it leaves a disgusting aftertaste. Who cares how it feels. This is not drinkable at all. It should be removed from their lineup and never sold again. Horrid.

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Photo of KevinB
1.95/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours a light golden yellow, capped with a thin white head.
Smell is faint, but has a somewhat sour aroma, with hints of wheat.
Taste is bland, slightly bready, wheatish taste, hints of citrus flavors, but has a pungent, sour musty aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is extremely watery and flat with barely any carbonation, almost strange.
If this is mixed in with other offerings one will not kill anyone, but I wouldn't recommend this one.

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Photo of chrispoint
2/5  rDev -30.8%

Photo of claytong
2/5  rDev -30.8%

Photo of JNewbs
2.16/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The appearance was alright - nothing outstanding. A bit of a head, a nice pale color.

The smell was straw and grassy. Not a lot of smell to it though.

Taste was not impressive. It was grassy and faintly herbal with a bit of citrus. But the flavors didn't meld so much as they fought it out on my palate.

Carbonation and lack of an aftertaste were benefits in this beer, given the flavor.

Overall, not a fan.

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Photo of Wamesit
2.16/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a bright straw. Brief highly carbonated head with minimal lacing.

S - Light bready malts.

T - Watery. Like the aroma light bready malts, some mild sweetness. Strong astringent finish/aftertaste.

M - Light.

D - I suppose you could drink a lot, since it is almost water. This beer suffers the all too common fate of summer seasonals.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
2.23/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This was a clear yellow brew, as expected from a summery beer. THere was almost no head, and what there was dissipated very fast.

The aroma was of wheat and grain.. much more grain than I like. Almost like a macro wheat.

Taste was bitter and grainy... no wheat characteristics to speak of. Very disheartening.

Mouthfeel was thin and watery. Drinkability... I won't do it again.

This was a major disappointment. I gave a bottle to my brother from Alaska because he's done a lot of work with the otters, so I thought it would be a nice pairing. Now I realize it would have been better to give him the empty bottle and save him the experience.

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Photo of JAHMUR
2.25/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of DIPAFAN
2.25/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of Suds
2.26/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light gold color with a fizzy, large-bubbled head. The brew is extraordinarily clear and bright. The aroma is of a dry, slightly citrus, wheatiness. No malt, and very little hops in the smell. The taste is light and airy…without much character. There’s a little grassiness, and a good dose of hop bitterness in the finish. All in all, this is not very good. I suppose that it would a nice lawn-mower beer, but the flavor sure wants for a lot.

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Photo of Naes
2.28/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This one pours out clear and golden in color with brown hues. It has a small white head that settles quickly and only leaves small amounts of lacing.
The aroma is mostly of grain and little else to speak of.
The flavor is also quite grainy. It is as if they took a macro lager and threw some wheat in it.
Mouth feel is a bit watery, but the carbonation level is just right.
Drinkability is hindered by the fact that this does not realy fit the bill for an American pale wheat ale.

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Photo of droomyster
2.28/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a bright and bubbly gold with a small white head that quickly settles to a diffuse skin on top. I literally strained to detect some aromas and could only pick up a faint honeylike sweetness -- not very promising. It's rare that I trash a beer but this one tastes awful. It does, as it label reads, have a tartness to it, but, except for a light graininess, the taste is very unnatural, in synthetic-chemical sort of way. I'm typically a big fan of Otter Creek (their Copper Ale and Stovepipe Porter are especially good) but this summer ale does not pass go.

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Photo of PeterMacKellar
2.28/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle poured into pint glass

A - Extremely clear, good head.

S - Distinct notes of honey, citrus and pear.

T - Not a strong initial taste at all, almost hard to place anything. Notes of pear come through at the end, but again nothing strong at all.

M - Not much to the mouthfeel, almost like drinking a glass of water. Very light on the tongue.

O - Alright beer, but nothing special. I would take other summer ales over this is given the choice. However, I had definitely had worse.

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Photo of pattyhopp
2.3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

bought today in norwood mass. this store has a rotating beer selection which is very cool.. They also sell all the big beer series of victory and stoudts at regular prices,\. Needless to say that this beer is very has more of a olde english 800 flav than a beer flavor...I don't reccomend.

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Photo of mpyle
2.3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pale straw color, brilliant clarity. Large, thick white head with excellent retention.

Aroma is a bit of wet rag, wet paper. Certainly doesn't smell bright and fresh. Maybe some hop aroma.

Taste is surprisingly bitter, almost from the start. Some bready, grainy wheat flavor, but too much hop bitterness. Finishes with a lingering bitterness - totally out of place for a light summer ale.

MF shows light to medium body, and moderately high carbonation.

D'ability is low, as doesn't provide a light, refreshing drink. Bitterness is a bit harsh, and I don't plan to finish my single bottle that I purchased for sampling.

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Otter Creek Summer Ale from Otter Creek Brewing
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