Otter Creek Oktoberfest is the first Oktoberfest that we’ll be reviewing here at The Brew Club this year! As I sample this beer, which is supposed to be enjoyed during the relatively cooler days of Fall, its just about 90 degrees outside! So, while the timing and atmosphere might be just a little off, I’m going to power through for your sake!
If you’re interested, BTW, you can check out our previous Oktoberfest beer reviews if you want to see what has been tried in the past. We’ve tried a lot of them!
I’ll admit that I’m not overly excited about the Fall seasonal beers this year – be it the Oktoberfests or the Pumpkin Ales, but I have a feeling we’ll be looking at a few anyway so stay tuned!
The Otter Creek Oktoberfest comes from the Otter Creek Brewery up in Middlebury, Vermont. Yup, another Vermont beer, but I think the first from Otter Creek to grace our electronic pages. Technically, they are the same people who make the Wolaver’s Organic beers – but we won’t split hairs.
Their Oktoberfest looks nice enough – appropriately Autumnal-looking with its light-amber coloring. Its nice and clear in my pint glass and creates an unimpressive off-white head that reduces to an enduring frothy ring.
The aroma is a bit on the sweet side, and its crisp. I like it. There’s a mild breadyness to the smell which is common for the style from what I remember from last year’s batch of Oktoberfest beers, and there’s a nice amount of malt in the aroma as well. So far, I am liking this.
Taste. Well I have to say I’m not disappointed! The Otter Creek website (linked above) says that their 4.5% ABV Oktoberfest is “Brewed with Hallertauer and Tettnang hops to balance its clean, malty sweetness.” I’d agree completely that the hops nicely balance with the Munich, 2-Row, Carapils and Caramel malt that is apparently used.
There is a very nice mouthfeel – some body but not heavy or sticky, and the aftertaste is also quite enjoyable with some lingering hop bite on the tongue.
As I mentioned, this is my first Oktoberfest of 2010, so the Otter Creek is the bar-setter I suppose for any Oktoberfest beers that follow. I’d have to say that while the bar is not set to unreachable heights, its high enough to earn a 3 star rating from this beer reviewer.
While Otter Creek Oktoberfest is a nice-tasting, and very well balanced beer, its missing that extra something that would make me sit up and say WOW! Know what I mean? So, if you see it, I’d say give it a shot – just don’t expect to be blown away, that’s all.