Appearance: Pure orange/copper color. Mostly clear, but with a distinct
fogginess to the complexion. Forms a large, white, soapy head which
mostly dissipates but does leave minor lacing.
Smell: Noticeably malty, lightly sweet on the surface, with a distinct generic lager aroma at the core.
Taste: It’s really difficult to make an Oktoberfest truly tasty and
unique without going to extreme lengths or resorting to gimmicks.
Frankly, I think it’s all American breweries can do to make a beer that
simply doesn’t suck to garner a thumbs up from more refined beer
drinkers like me. Otter Creek Oktoberfest is a perfect example of that.
It’s the above average generic American Oktoberfest.
It starts out noticeably sweet and malty. Light toffee and other hard
candy flavors are prominent right away. They give way to a light, dry,
but inoffensive bitterness on the second half with a slightly pasty, dry
aftertaste. There is a very noticeable clean lager flavor undermining
the entire palate. But it’s a clean, authentic lager taste - nothing
that indicates adjuncts or cheapness. I’d definitely prefer more flavor
overall, but what’s here is definitely decent. The sweetness is enough
to make it enjoyable, but light enough to keep it from being cloying.
The light bitterness tells you it’s a beer, but light enough to be
Mouthfeel: Surprisingly thick, soft, almost creamy, but not sticky.
Doesn’t quite feel tepid, but it’s not as heavy as a stout or any kind
of imperial brew.
Drinkability: What sells me on Otter Creek Oktoberfest is just how
comfortable it is in the mouth and how easy it is to drink. I found
myself taking huge gulps even though it isn’t a particularly refreshing
beer and I wasn’t even that thirsty. At only 4.5% ABV it’s definitely
sessionable and would make an ideal starter beer for Joe and Jane Six
Pack looking to get out of their fizzy yellow beer rut.