Sunday, October 30, 2011
Otter Creek Oktoberfest 2011
Otter Creek Oktoberfest
Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
Middlebury, Vermont USA
American Amber / Red Ale
Brewed with Hallertau and Tettnang hops to balance its clean, malty sweetness, it's the perfect brew for a crisp Autumn day. Available from September to November. (RateBeer.com)
12 oz bottle: ~$8.00 6 pack
I just realized that I have reviewed this beer before, back in the Fall of 2009. Although the label said Otter Creek Oktoberfest I reviewed it as an American Amber Ale going by BeerAdvocate’s style category. Now I’m just confused if this is an Oktoberfest (lager) or Amber ale. I guess I’ll just have to see how it goes.
The beer pours a clear copper with orange hues and a off white head.
The nose is very pleasant with rich caramel malt and light floral hop aromas.
The experience starts out with malt sweetness up front on the tip of the tongue. That is followed by a refreshing cleansing effervescence over the tongue in mid-sip. The back-end is very easy drinking with an effortless swallow. The finish is very nice with caramel malt flavors along with a nice floral hop bite at the end. There is not much of a lingering aftertaste, just some sweet malt.
All and all this is a very nice, easy drinking beer. I am really enjoyable this one.
This is a B+ to A- for an American Amber Ale. I’m not sure I would give it such a good rating for an authentic Oktoberfest. It is lacking some of that German malt flavor to be a great Oktoberfest.