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Otter Creek Oktoberfest

Formerly brewed at Otter Creek Brewing
Style: Amber Ale
Middlebury, Vermont USA


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RATINGS: 355   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.78/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 32   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
Oktoberfest Autumn Ale is our version of the perennial favorite Bavarian Autumn beer. Oktoberfest’s deep golden hue matches the fall foliage here in Vermont. Brewed with Hallertauer and Tettnang hops to balance its clean, malty sweetness, it’s the perfect brew for a crisp Autumn day. Available from September to November.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 10, 2002
Very hoppy (hallertau and tettnang, if you must know) and fairly representative of an American Marzen. More bitter than most.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 8, 2002
This bright golden amber beer is topped with a medium thick head and leaves lots of lace. the aroma is bitter slightly sour and hoppy. the flavor is slightly sweet and hoppy with malty ndertones. the finish is filled with hops.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - OCT 7, 2002
Stale hoppy taste along with the malts lead to an unpleasant finish. I was excited to try this then was let down.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 5, 2002
Has a nice amber color and a sweet smell. The sweetness carries over into the taste, but it finishes very bitter, too bitter for the style to me. Overall, it is not bad, but too bitter for the style.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jsquire (4117) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - OCT 2, 2002
Nice copper color with a thin tan head but no nose to speak of. The malt sweetness grows as it warms, but never really gets interesting. A good bitterness in the finish. An okay beer though not a great octoberfest.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 9/20
Steak (124) - New York, USA - SEP 18, 2002
What was the deal with this beer? There were almost no discernible characteristics to be found. So-so aroma of slight hoppiness. No body, especially for an oktoberfest style. And nothing on the finish. I might as well have been drinking water the ending was so blase. The hops they speak of were nowhere to be found. I realize that it is not exactly fair to judge a brew based on the category its in, but this is one bad oktoberfest style. That said, it is drinkable, but just a very poor effort from a brewery I had a bit of respect for.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - SEP 13, 2002
moderately tasty, but with undue timidity, they left the ’fest’ out of oktoberfest. mostly wheat bread aroma, some toffee and parchment. the pour was light amber. i finally had to drink the head to kill it off, it lasted all the way down the glass, an x-ray might reveal that it’s persisting still. fairly dry flavor with modest carbonation; nor are the hops daring or very conspicuous; it’s as if they were all instructed to keep a low profile. not a bad beer, but kinda weenie for an oktoberfest.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - AUG 21, 2002
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2003 Clear, copper/orange colored. Nice head and lace. Nose is malty and had a candy like sweetness to it. Smooth bodied, watery and nasty. Wow, this started so good and fell apart as soon as i swallowed. Faint malt, a funky metalic yeasty thing going on, cooked vegetables also make an apperance, maybe a spoiled sample. No wait, was bottled 8/5/02. So this is really sad:-( I dont like it at all. I dumped 30% of it. Something I dont do often. Re-rate (bottled on 9/9/03) Light, dull copper, very nice head and lace. Aroma of grainy, toasty malt, hints of caramel and tettengs. thin to medium bodied, watery texture, faint malt and caramel, some hop presence in finish, bit metallic. A year later, its better then last but they can do better.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
scrawfis (143) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2001
Nice hop flavor, however the malt is not distinct as expected in an Oktoberfest.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
CrumpyC99 (15) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 11, 2001
I’ve had much better, it’s ok in a pinch.

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