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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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerscout (298) - New Windsor, New York, USA - OCT 5, 2012
Growler at Beer World. Nice clear amber color with tan head. Aroma of sweet malts and caramel. Flavor was brown sugar and wheat, caramel and toasty wheat. Nice palate with slight bitter and sweet edge

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mikeyaponte (40) - Chicopee, Massachusetts, USA - APR 18, 2015
Tried this at the Eastern States Exposition. Big E state fair. One of the best beers available at the fairgrounds. Vermont State building. Stop in, there are other Vermont beers available. Yummy. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Darkmagus82 (2271) - - SEP 28, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 10-13-13- 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
generallee08 (772) - New York, USA - JUN 18, 2014
It has a hazy appearance with a medium orange amber colored body. The head is just off white in color, small and fades quickly to a light ring of lace. There is a mild aroma of sweet bready malt with an odd ginger like spice and earthy dried leafy hops. It has interesting malty character with some caramel roasted flavors mixed with buttery sour dough bread notes and dry yeast. Hop flavor is in good balance and adds leafy and mildly spicy hop flavors which quickly fade off in the finish. It has a smooth texture, average carbonation and a good medium body.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Bulk_Carrier (3830) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - MAR 22, 2014
Reviewed from notes. The appearance has a dark copper colored body and left a one finger white foamy head, some nice ringy lacing was left around the sides of the glass. No carbonation was seen rising. The smell seemed really off, bland and muted caramel tones with some light nuttiness to it. The taste was basically the same. The palate was a light to medium with nothing harsh on the tongue, sessionable. Overall, I’m not that impressed with this beer. I’ve had better Oktoberfests and this isn’t one of them. I won’t seek this out again.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
BeerandBlues2 (12187) - Escondido, California, USA - OCT 29, 2013
Bottle at home. Pours clear amber with a small, frothy off-white head, short retention with spare lacing. Aroma is toast and nutty malt, earthy and spicy hops, and light notes of dates. Flavor is malt dominant with light hops and bitterness, somewhat dirty malt, almost endol in flavor with a sweet finish. Medium body and light carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
fishonmyplane (505) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - OCT 10, 2013
Caramel sweetness, some bread. A little hoppier than a typical Oktoberfest. But overall, too timid. It needs a fuller body and a stronger flavor to be called an Oktoberfest.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Travlr (21631) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - OCT 3, 2013
Draft. Hazy amber color, medium white head. Aroma of lightly toasted caramel. Taste is malt forward, subtle bread dough.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Iphonephan (6243) - McLean/Jackson Hole, Virginia, USA - SEP 28, 2013
On draft at Mad Fox Oktoberfest. Pours a hazy gold with an off white head. Mild malty nose. Flavors if biscuit and lemon notes. Short mildly bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Scrapersnbeer (1532) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 25, 2013
Aroma of toast, citrus and earthy spices. Hazy orange...just like the leaves. Mineral laced bittersweet bready taste. Light body for amber ale, a tad cloying. Not what I expected for ’Oktoberfest’ although suitably malty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
EithCubes (5631) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 15, 2013
Bottle. Nose is nice and malty, soft citric hops and crisp, clean, sweet malt. Pours a pretty amber-golden with a short off-white head. Body medium with lively crispness, low bitterness and a bready resolution, some great soft citric character in the style of noble hopped Central European lagers rather than brutish American IPAs. Lightly sweet with dull caramel, but dry enough to be repeatable. Tastes more like spring to me than autumn, but good either way!

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