Ottos Spruce Creek Lager
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RATINGS: 34   MEAN: 2.96/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.92/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
This light refreshing American lager has a malty smooth character and low hop bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 30, 2007
Draft at brewpub. Pours pale gold with a white head. Aroma of pale malts, herbal european hops, cereal, and sweet corn. Light bodied and but with a nice texture for the style and not too fizzy. Flavor of sweet white bread and pale malts countered by a nice subtle spicy hoppiness. Clean finish.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
cheap (4749) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 19, 2007
Ubiquitous pale yellow american beer color and appearance. Typical pale yellow beer smell, perhaps some flowery sweetness is detectable. A little earthy in it’s taste, quite unique. No sweetness on the palate. Not bitter either, quite complex for a lager. Some wet hay hints in the flavor. Good medium carbonation. Leaves a mild pilsner bitterness on the finish. Is as good as any other well made premium lager I’ve tasted such as Cisco Sankaty Light or Tyskie Gronie. Much better than Samuel Adams Boston Lager or Saranac Traditional Lager.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
auerbrau (3197) - Ithaca, New York, USA - MAY 29, 2007
On tap at the brewpub. Listed as "Spruce Creek Pilsener." Smells of faint lemon malt sugars, with a strong waft of Virginia Slims Menthol Light smoke (dammit). At least when I return in the fall, this won’t be a problem. Pours a clear middle yellow. Rim on white. Flavors a lightly estery reduced plain malt grain, with a little unfortunate skank and off-charater. A bit of corn and grain stink. Finishes risingly sweet and malty. Not much crisp hop balancing. A little lemon. Bad bitterness long off. Could use some improvement.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (8788) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 28, 2007
UPDATED: APR 1, 2009 First batch, May 2007. I asked what style this was and was told ’Pre-prohibition lager’... it’s filtered, which is a shame, but still has a nice appearance and nice smell... clear medium dark yellow colored body with about a 1-inch head of white foam. Fresh smelling nose, with toasty crackers and light, sharp grains... with some sweet, almost sweaty smelling corn scents. Taste is crisp and tangy, more corn, but fresh rather than sour, and perhaps some lemon and wheat flavors as well. Ok overall, comparable to Full Sail Session Lager I would say.

Second batch, from a growler, August 2007. Lost a lot of it’s appeal, I think. Seemed more thin, more empty, lacking bite, lacking the noticeable cracker and grain flavors, instead just some pasty corn tasted. I liked it the first time they put it on - not sure about this second batch.

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