paultheguru (644) - Parker, Colorado, USA - MAR 24, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured into a snifter. White Sail pours a hazy, orangy straw color, plain white head, that dissipates really quick and leaves very little lacing. Sweet citrusy aroma, with hints of sweet grains and slightly yeasty. Light on the taste side, mild hints of citrus and wheat. Mildly sweet and light, with some bitters in the finish. Medium carbonation, with a smooth mouthfeel. Nice sweetnesses on the palate, with some matching bitters in the finish. Good beer for a warm summer day.
Beerbuddha (100) - New Orleans, Louisiana, USA - JUL 7, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Appearance- This beer poured a hazy, orange color with a thick white head which disappates quickly. The lacing was minimal but present.
Smell- Originally I’m smelling alcohol but I can also smell oranges, lemons and wheat.
Taste- Nice citrus tastes with some spice in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel- Medium body with medium carbonation.
Overall- Not bad at all. A great beer for the heat of summer
jtclockwork (10888) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 30, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Yellowish pour with very little head. Lemony aroma with coriander and a tiny bit of orange peel. A little light. Rated 4/5/10
Wiseblood (700) - Clarksville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 27, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cloudy pale yellow with almost no head. Yeasty, lemony aroma with some coriander. Tangy orange and light wheat malts are balanced by some light bitterness in the finish. Thin, sweet, fruity, not too bad.
Mora2000 (5968) - McKinney, Texas, USA - FEB 10, 2010
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours a dirty yellow with a white head. Lots of sediment and gunk in the bottom of the glass. Not a real attractive beer.
Aroma is not too bad, mainly citrus with a good amount of wheat and Belgian yeast.
Flavor is mainly yeast with some orange. The finish was a little bit sour which didn’t help the beer.
Thin mouthfeel with lots of carbonation.
Chad9976 (1420) - Albany, New York, USA - MAR 28, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
In my foray into the beer-reviewing game I’ve noticed that one brewer’s take on a niche style of beer can be dramatically different from another brewer’s. Case in point: Otter Creek’s White Sail, a Belgian-style white ale reminiscent of Saranac’s Belgian White. Whereas the Saranac beer had a taste not unlike tropical fruit juice, Otter Creek’s take on is much drier in flavor. The result is a drinkable beer that’s definitely different than most everyday brews, but only average for a craft beer.
POUR, COLOR AND AROMA
This beer pours to a hazy, dark gold color. It doesn’t have the intense cloudiness of a hefeweizen, just a typical ale or lager out of focus. It forms a small white head which dissipates surprisingly quickly and leaves almost no lacing on the glass. There’s also extremely little carbonation present, giving the beer a very tepid, stale appearance.
The aroma is fairly citrusy, but only in passing. Mostly, it’s odorless with just a hint of fruity spice.
Upon my first taste of White Sail I was reminded of Saranac’s Belgian White. The difference being Otter Creek’s brew doesn’t have nearly the intense, almost explosive flavor. There definitely is a citrusy taste to be found here, however, it’s buried underneath an overall dry palate. Not dry to the point of tasting like church wine, but enough to subdue the flavor.
White Sail definitely does not drink like something out of St. Louis or Milwaukee, but that doesn’t necessarily make it high quality. Mostly, it comes across as an American emulation of an inherently European recipe. Maybe that’s the problem, because European styles tend to be bland and dry anyway.
Usually dry-tasting beers have an equally dry finish, making them a challenge to put away. However, I found White Sail to be surprisingly smooth. There is very little bite, probably due to the low carbonation factor. The clean finish helps you concentrate on the true flavor rather than the flaws.
Another attribute to White Sail is its light body. This is a beer that drinks like an ordinary “lite,” but is in no way of that class of brew. I was able to go through a few bottles of this beer before, during and after dinner without feeling full.
As an addition to an Otter Creek mix pack, White Sail is a good choice to accompany a meal, but as a beverage to be savored on its own it comes up a little short. I was surprised I was a little underwhelming by this beer, but I know it’s a lot better than many others out there.
llcooldave (1165) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - AUG 7, 2010
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cloudy lemon in appearance; very fizzy head. Kind of a citrus & herbal aroma; oregano & clove. Bitter aspirin flavor with some citrus. Overall its disappointing...
tbopslt (354) - New York, USA - FEB 22, 2013
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Picked up as part of a sampler pack. Not being a person who is a big fan of beer with a fruit taste to it, I was hesitant at first. Hazy in appearance.
Pours a light head with minor lacing and lasts surprisingly long. Has a light citrusy taste but not overpowering and very refreshing.
Excellent drink-ability. I think i will be looking for more once the four from the sampler pack are gone.
Marheb (3175) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 4, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pelures d’orange et levure vitaminé avec une touche épicée, rien de bien mémorable. La structure malté réussie quand même à se rendre confortable.
Jabah (207) - Winter Park, Florida, USA - APR 10, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I view this one as an average typical Belgian White Ale that is starting to flood the market. Nothing special, but not bad. I’d compare it to a more "authentic" Belgian Ale than Blue Moon, but similar to it in many ways. Don’t know if it’s worth the extra buck or two per six though. The aroma is very yeasty, which is expected for this type of beer. Appearance is a light orange/golden pale yellow color....hazy from the yeast. Thin and light texture, with minimal carbonation. Flavor is slightly fruity (mainly orange), but at the same time a little musty from the yeast. Has a sweet aftertaste from the spices. This was my first time sampling Otter Creek. Not overly impressed, but will try another flavor or two before I make final judgement. Many beers also grow on me the more I sample them, but not too sure this will be one of them.