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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. Oktoberfestís deep golden hue matches the fall foliage here in Vermont. Brewed with Hallertauer and Tettnang hops to balance its clean, malty sweetness, itís the perfect brew for a crisp Autumn day. Available from September to November.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mansquito (5339) - Nueva York, New York, USA - DEC 27, 2011
Otter Creek Brewery: Pours a light copper color with a small white head. Aroma is a mild caramel malt aroma. Taste is mild caramel malt taste. German dry hops are present throughout. Crisp and refreshing, but doesnít stand out. Oktoberfests are weird for me because sometimes the most innocuous examples are the biggest draws. With this beer, I just wanted to get it over with, and I did.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChadPolenz (1690) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - NOV 9, 2011
I poured a 12oz bottle into an Oktoberfest mug.

Appearance: Pure orange/copper color. Mostly clear, but with a distinct fogginess to the complexion. Forms a large, white, soapy head which mostly dissipates but does leave minor lacing.

Smell: Noticeably malty, lightly sweet on the surface, with a distinct generic lager aroma at the core.

Taste: Itís really difficult to make an Oktoberfest truly tasty and unique without going to extreme lengths or resorting to gimmicks. Frankly, I think itís all American breweries can do to make a beer that simply doesnít suck to garner a thumbs up from more refined beer drinkers like me. Otter Creek Oktoberfest is a perfect example of that. Itís the above average generic American Oktoberfest.

It starts out noticeably sweet and malty. Light toffee and other hard candy flavors are prominent right away. They give way to a light, dry, but inoffensive bitterness on the second half with a slightly pasty, dry aftertaste. There is a very noticeable clean lager flavor undermining the entire palate. But itís a clean, authentic lager taste - nothing that indicates adjuncts or cheapness. Iíd definitely prefer more flavor overall, but whatís here is definitely decent. The sweetness is enough to make it enjoyable, but light enough to keep it from being cloying. The light bitterness tells you itís a beer, but light enough to be drinker-friendly.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly thick, soft, almost creamy, but not sticky. Doesnít quite feel tepid, but itís not as heavy as a stout or any kind of imperial brew.

Drinkability: What sells me on Otter Creek Oktoberfest is just how comfortable it is in the mouth and how easy it is to drink. I found myself taking huge gulps even though it isnít a particularly refreshing beer and I wasnít even that thirsty. At only 4.5% ABV itís definitely sessionable and would make an ideal starter beer for Joe and Jane Six Pack looking to get out of their fizzy yellow beer rut.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
bigguns22 (789) - Maryland, USA - NOV 6, 2011
Enters the glass lite to medium amber small tan head.Almost no aroma.At first taste not to good like metal but the finsh is much better lite malts and caramel and a touch of bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - NOV 3, 2011
THOUGHTS: OK, but nothing special. A little sticky and cloying up front and rather metallic in the finish. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a slightly hazy, medium to dark, brownish orange with an average, off-white head that kept a decent sheet and left good lacing. The aroma was moderate dark bread and caramel; light floral and grassy hops; honey and slight citrus. The initial flavor was moderately sweet and slightly bitter; while the finish was light to moderately sweet, slightly acetic, and ligh to moderately bitter with a short to average duration. There was caramel malt, molasses, maple syrup, grassy hops, dark toasted bread, and slightly burnt toast. The light to medium body was slightly syrupy with tingly carbonation and a metallic finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
marcus (9133) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 30, 2011
Pours cloudy amber with a thick off-white head and a skunky malt aroma. There is a hearty amber malt flavor with a dry slightly bitter finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joeyplush (648) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 23, 2011
Light orangeish color with an average whitish head and soapy strands of lacing. Aroma and flavor of roasted malt and dark bread. Also some brown sugar and spices in the taste, lingering sweet malt on the palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Slipstream (2464) - USA - OCT 19, 2011
Aroma of fresh bread and malty sweetness. This is a dry and flavorful marzen, well balanced, and with an astringent finish. A very nice Oktoberfest release that is underrated, imo.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Lowe1983 (1517) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - OCT 8, 2011
Pours an amber color with an off-white head. toasted and caramel malts dominate. Flavor is also malty with mostly the caramel malts.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
osu97gp (678) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 8, 2011
Pours a clear orange with a very thin white head. Aroma of caramel and toasted malts. Flavor of grain and light hops.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
badwhale (419) - Bitterville, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 7, 2011
Bottle to pint glass. Pours a nice cloudy copper color with a sparse white head, and good lacing. Has a nice tangy malty taste.

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