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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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Reviews: 127 | Ratings: 178
Photo of Thads324
3.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A : a light hazy yellow with a good white and frothy head. it is a pale looking yellow with a fluffy head.

S : a light scent of lemon heavy potpourri. There is an almost german lager smelling yeast scent with a finish of faint hops.

T : a wheat start gives way to a subtle hop finish. The beginning has an odd, grassy bite to it. The beer is light bodied and a little watery and borders on a light pilsner if not for the wheat. The wheat is of a real white bread (no wonder bread, think your hometown bakery). The finish is exuberant with carbonation and clean. There is the slightest hint of citrus from the subtle hop flavor

M : not overly carbed like most summer beers. Light and easy.

D : again light and easy. I could drink this beer from sun up to, well just about sun up again...

decent summer offering. Easy to drink and gets more flavorful as you go through the pint. Since I love their other beers I'll probably get a mix pack sometime soon to enjoy in the summer sun. However this wouldn't be my first choice of a solo for a good summer bbq... Cheers!

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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 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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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 jdhilt
2.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a one finger white head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving traces of lace. Clear pale amber color. Light carbonation and light-medium bodied. Citrusy, metallic nose. Flavor has slight citrus, metallic, some hoppy bitterness, slight improvement from 7/2007. $1.85 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.

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Photo of callmeclemens
3.42/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on Tap at Terra Nova in Hurfville NJ

Warm Gold in color, small single finger width of foam.

It really wasn't the most flavorful ale I've had, subtle but still good. I did enjoy the slight sweet, maybe citrusy taste.

On a side note it does not really couple well with food, especially seafood.

All and all pretty enjoyable though.

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Photo of JayQue
3.3/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pretty average summer beer. Pale gold color, minimal white head that fades fast and light lacing. Smell is pretty non-descript - a little malt.

Initial taste was fairly bland with a little metallic aftertaste. Smoothed out after a few sips, metallic taste disappeared and the beer seemed a bit richer. Malty with a slight grassy hops finish. Still very mild though.

Mouthfeel after the first few sips was crisp and light.

Drinkability is ok. A bit better than a macro lager, but nothing exceptional.

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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 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 morebeergood
2.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Six pack purchased at Macy's in WR for $8.99. New label, called a limited summer offering. Poured into a standard pint glass. Yellow, clear body. Moderate sized white head, with a little lacing, but nothing below head. Just a few streams of carbonation noticed. Smell was of faint orange. Taste was pretty dull. Mostly malt with a hint of citrus. Mouthfeel was messy, too sticky on the palate. If this is a summer beer, I want it to be more crisp. If this is a wheat ale, I want more yeast and flavor. It offered neither. Just a boring beer, albeit easy to drink. Nothing harsh about, low abv, so I guess it was just beer in a glass, so I drank it. Not a great seasonal beer from Otter Creek.

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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 puboflyons
3/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a 12. fl. oz. bottle that was sampled on April 21, 2010. The pour is pale to golden yellow with a thin white head. The aroma leans toward the malty side with little to no wheat note. The texture is about medium. The taste has a slightly spiced or herbed maltiness to it but again, little in the way of hops. It is fairly easy to drink but nothing out of the ordinary.

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Photo of bob3701
2.82/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a shaker pint. Head disappears into nothing. Recommended that you add a lemon to it which worked well in it's favor. Pours a sickly pale yellow with little taste to it without the lemon. No real lacing to rthis one. With the lemon not so bad on a hot day.

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Photo of tone77
3.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a pale yellow color with a small head. Smell is mild, some hops. Taste is crisp, some hops and citrus. Feels light in the mouth. Goes down very easily, a good beer for drinking games. Overall there was nothing special about this beer.

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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 aaronh
2.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pale translucent gold body topped by virtually no head exhibits a slight haze. Aroma almost non-existent. Flavor not bad - a decent malt component with notes of honey follwed by a mild but balanced hop note. Finishes very clean. Refreshing, as I suppose a summer ale should be. But it doesn't need to be boring, does it? Mouthfeel so-so, erhaps a little flat feeling for the crispness of the beer. Drinkability - OK-not something I'd crave. Great as a lawnmower beer or a crossover beer for BMC drinkers.

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Photo of scruffwhor
2.55/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a super clear, pale yellow colro with no head. The aroma has is pale powdered wheat, corn, millet, and brown banana peels. The taste starts with light toasted barely, then very faint an dry wheaty fruit flavors. The hops give the finish some skunk and really bring out and adjunt-like flavor as well. This is a crisp beer, but everything else leaves much to be desired.

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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 kshankar
2.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3


Pours a golden yellow with a lot of carbonation and barely any foam..leaves a very thin layer at the top from what little there is. I thought I poured fairly aggressively, but I don't think the head retention detracts points from this one to a significant degree. It isn't clear, but its not hazy either

Aroma is okay. Its mild wheat and some fruit aromas coming through

Taste is the wheat, and some fruit...finishing off with some minimal hop flavor and a mild breadyness at the end. Its okay, but I don't know about being a stand out among other pale wheat beers I've had.

Mouthfeel is light, somewhat watery, and it goes down as well as a beer with those qualities can

Drinkability is not bad, and overall, the beer isn't offensive..its just so...there. It doesn't turn me off, but it doesn't excite me to get more

My recommendation on this one is lukewarm

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Photo of jwc215
3.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden with a nice foamy white head. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of wheat tang with a mild, fruity spiciness.

The taste is of wheat tang, slightly bready with a mild spicy bitterness balancing the sweetness.

Appropriately light bodied, though slightly harsh for a summer quaffer.

Not an exciting brew, but MUCH better with the re-formulation of the recipe (and on-tap). I hated this beer in the past. Now, it's "okay", but. One that is a bit "different" for the macro masses - but I could see it "appealing" to some as an easy "cross-over", but unexciting, and a bit harsh compared to other summer offerings. A mediocre brew that I couldn't / wouldn't drink much of, but not terrible if between this and typical macro offerings. Again, improved over the past (or just "better" on tap).

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Photo of Lexluthor33
2.76/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Golden yellow color with a one inch head and small lace.

The aroma of light citrus and a hint of malts with a simple wheat aroma.
The taste starts off mildly bitter with some light citrus and malt hints. A touch of obvious wheat but it fails in the feel dept. by having a high carbonation with a watery finish. Some grains in there too but the balance seemed off.

Notes: A Bud would be better.

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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 gobias
2.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I like Otter Creek Brews and like to try them. Being a fan of summer beers I was happy to try this one when I saw it. I am not upset I did, I am just not overly happy with it. Summer beers are supposed to be light and crisp, but to me there is not a lot of taste in this beer.

Its not a bad tasting beer, just kind of bland. You could do a lot worse in choosing a summer beer, but you could do a lot better.

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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 therica
3.12/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hey for $10 a case in January 2009, I'm not complaining. My review is far more favorable than The Bros who seemed to hate it. But note that they drank theirs in late spring and I'm having mine in January 2009, 8 months after it was brewed on 4/29/2008.

A= pale light yellow, modest small head with lacing.

S= like a whiff of linens blowing on a clothesline in summer, or maybe like standing in a golden wheatfield. Not bad, don't get too excited. Still, nice. Some malty musty scents with maybe some hops.

T= a bit watery, some elusive fruity hints, some rather bitter tastes but not much in the hops area that I can identify (more like grapefruit rinds).

M= bitter-rind residual feel, with some slight fruity notes. I'm still belching grapefruit rinds 10 minutes later, though.

D= depends on how thirsty you are versus how much you want a quality beer. Probably great for mass-consumption at a party where no one's really paying attention to what they're drinking, or very beer-savvy.

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Otter Creek Summer Ale from Otter Creek Brewing
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