Otter Creek Oktoberfest Lager | Otter Creek Brewing

Otter Creek Oktoberfest LagerOtter Creek Oktoberfest Lager
BA SCORE
3.48/5
85 Ratings
Otter Creek Oktoberfest LagerOtter Creek Oktoberfest Lager
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing
Vermont, United States
ottercreekbrewing.com

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
In celebration of Bavarian tradition, we brew Otter Creek Oktoberfest with German Hallertau and Tettnang hops to balance its slightly sweet malt flavor. Brewed to enjoy on a crisp autumn day, Oktoberfest has a deep golden hue that is a perfect match for the beautiful fall foliage of Vermont.

Replaced the Oktoberfest Ale in 2012.

Added by Bierman9 on 09-06-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
17
Ratings:
85
pDev:
12.07%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
3
Trade:
0
HISTOGRAM
 
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Ratings: 85 |  Reviews: 17
Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of metter98
3.71/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellowish amber in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short off white head that died down, leaving a collar around the edge of the glass and some wispy patches of bubbles covering the surface.
S: Moderately strong aromas of earthy hops and toasted malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has some hints of floral and spicy hops. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I liked this beer because the combination of hops and malts made it taste like an authentic Oktoberfest from Germany. It was quite easy to drink because it wasn't too malty or heavy on the palate.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of Slatetank
3.89/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

picked this up at Giant enjoyed chilled in a pub glass chilled from the 12oz bottle

The color is deep amber like changing autum leaves with good clarity with a quick collapsing white head with fine bead. The smell is very good, very malty with a mild sweet scent of caramel malt and light herbal hop odors. The feel is very good with moderate carbonation and body with mild spice and sweet backbone adding to the lager yeast which is clean textured

The taste is very good, lots of malt flavor with some toasted flavor with a slight caramel sweetness and subtle spice from the hops with yeast accents which enhances the mild toffee-taste in the background. The overall drinakbility level is very good, I would recommend this if you enjoy a lager with some malt flavor it is not the fullest of the style malt-wise but it went well with my knockwurst

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of stakem
3.74/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a snifter. The brew appears a clear copper color with an off-white head that retains well leaving spotty lace as it fades.

The smell includes notes of caramel and toffee malt. Sweet yet fruity and floral with a touch of alcohol. The balance between hops, malt and alcohol is well done.

The taste is fruity and floral from hops but also a bit of fruity alcohol is evident overtop caramel/toffee malt sweetness. A touch of buttery diacetyl comes out once it warms up.

This is a medium body with a modest amount of carbonation. It is crisp and easy drinking. Worth a try but nothing over the top exciting here.

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Photo of ejimhof
2.75/5  rDev -21%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a pale, clear, copper-orange coloring with a filmy, sparse, white surface coat of head. Steady flow of carbonation throughout the body. Aromas of roast, toasted grains, tangy nut and caramel sweetness, and some woody/earthy character. Light nose. Flavors are toast forward, with a caramel tangy overlay. Sweet, but balanced, with hints of roast and campfire char. Spices are subtle, but there is a nutmeg character that helps sharpen up the rich and sweet profiles. The body is robust, but kept light and clean by the carbonation. Roasted caramel and grainy aftertaste, with a slick, slightly lingering and slightly cloying finish. Easy to drink, and the flavors are robust enough to represent the style appropriately.

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Photo of plaid75
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On draft at the brewery.

Poured a medium copper hue with a wispy white cap. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured light earthy caramel malt with an herbal hop spice.

The taste consisted of caramel, a leafy hop spice and an earthy nuttiness.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty lager.

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Photo of LoveStout
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of Latarnik
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of Fettpopps
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.46/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a crystal clear orange-amber color with a one finger pure white head. The head fades over about a three minute time period to leave a good level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma was of a roasted malt smell with a light caramel and toffee sweetness. Along with these smells are some light earthy and herbal hop aromas.

Taste – The taste begins with a roasted bready flavor with a bit of caramel sweetness. The sweetness increases toward the middle of the taste with the caramel growing stronger and some other light fruit flavors coming to the tongue. Flavors of a grassy and earthy nature come to the tongue at the end, and with the sweeter flavors increasing a bit, a moderately sweet and toasted malt flavor is left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that was on the averages side as well. Both were nice for making a rather refreshing and easy drinking brew overall.

Overall – A nice drinking oKtoberfest. Nothing super exceptional, but good none the less.

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Photo of bubseymour
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of KTCamm
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours light amber, and with light white sticky foam. Malt nose, but small, some caramel. Bready. All Malt taste. Varied sweetness, but held in check by a subtle hop. Not much of a story to tell here. Simple but good. Sessionable.

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Photo of thegerm87
2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of Bierman9
3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stopped by Otter on 02SEP12 with Alewife for a bit of lunch during a great bike ride. Was told by the staff there that this is now a lager. This was confirmed via email as follows:

"Our Oktoberfest is indeed a lager. We ferment this brew with Andechs lager yeast. We also hand loaded all malts (Munich, Vienna, and Pilsen) by hand in lieu of the conventional bulk 2 Row used for our traditional ale production. Cheers!

Mike Gerhart "

So, I grabbed a pint to lead off! Shaker glass was filled with a clear, medium copper bier, which had steady carbo present. Head was thin, off-white and wispy, with nice lace left arrear. Nose had some light caramel and toasty malts. This bier passed fairly smoothly over the tongue, and the body was mid-range medium.

Light sweetness first alit on the palate, with more toasty, caramel notes, plus a touch of subtle toffee. The malt level here was real nice and more typical of the style than the faux-OFest ales in the past. Had some mild floral hop action rounding out the finish. Found it quite solid and drinkable. Prosit!

3.9/5 rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Photo of avisong
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of 57md
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear copper with a half finger of head most of which dissipated rather quickly. As expected, the nose is malty. This offering has all the flavors that one might expect in a Marzen style (bready, caramel malt, etc.), but lighter bodied than the top tier versions. There is a pleasant dry bitterness on the finish of this good, but not great fall seasonal.

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Photo of MattXT
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of DIM
4.04/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a: Chill hazed coppery amber; poured with a medium sized fizzy cap.

s: Nutty, bready malts; some leafy hops as well.

t: Crisply sweet bready malts with a nutty, leafy finish. I don't have much experience with the style, but this pretty spot-on to me.

m: Crisp and clean.

o: Nicely done, perfect for a beautiful fall day.

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Photo of campfirebrew
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

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Beer rating: 3.48 out of 5 with 85 ratings
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