Sunday, October 30, 2011

Otter Creek Oktoberfest 2011

Otter Creek Oktoberfest

Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
Middlebury, Vermont USA

American Amber / Red Ale


4.80% ABV

Commercial Description:
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. (

General Pricing:
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.

What’s a nice Oktoberfest; rich caramel malt flavors but also very refreshing.

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.

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