Chad9976 (1269) - Albany, New York, USA - NOV 9, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
bigguns22 (718) - Maryland, USA - NOV 6, 2011
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
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.
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - NOV 3, 2011
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
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.
marcus (6850) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 30, 2011
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
joeyplush (648) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 23, 2011
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
Slipstream (2096) - USA - OCT 19, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
Lowe1983 (1367) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - OCT 8, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours an amber color with an off-white head. toasted and caramel malts dominate. Flavor is also malty with mostly the caramel malts.
osu97gp (664) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 8, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a clear orange with a very thin white head. Aroma of caramel and toasted malts. Flavor of grain and light hops.
badwhale (383) - Bitterville, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 7, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle to pint glass. Pours a nice cloudy copper color with a sparse white head, and good lacing. Has a nice tangy malty taste.
Boliv (1150) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 24, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled 08.16.11. Pours clear orange and gold with a small yellow-beige head that recedes to leave a ring of lacing. Aromas of sweet caramel and plum, dark fruit, and some funky mushrooms and malt. The flavor is mushroom, sweet malt, and some bitter grass. Average.