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Wolaver's Brown Ale - Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's

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Wolaver's Brown AleWolaver's Brown Ale

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344 Ratings

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Ratings: 344
Reviews: 220
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 13.43%
Wants: 4
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: pezoids on 04-01-2002)
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Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.78/5  rDev +8%

Appearance: Pours a clear, mahogany-hued body with a thin, white head.

Smell: Grainy, caramel-scented nose -- a bit simple, sure, but it is fragrant at least.

Taste: Pale and caramel maltiness that alternate back and forth between grainy and nutty flavors. Splash of cream soda. Medium-low bitterness aided by the crackling carbonation. Still though, the beer finishes relatively sweet, with a lingering grainy hint.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high, slightly fizzy carbonation.

Drinkability: While not great enough to warrant breaking out into song, it is better than many tired, lifeless browns languishing on the market.

12-28-2008 23:48:14 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of corby112


3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Pours a dark hazelnut brown color with a thin beige head that quickly disappears without any lacing. Aroma of hops, roasted malt, caramel and hazelnut. Taste of roasted malts, hazelnut and slight dry hoppiness. Very clean and quaffable but overall only average.

12-01-2008 08:09:15 | More by corby112
Photo of forceten

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +35.7%

I'll admit it. I don't usually like Organic beers. They're usually a disappointment. I will also admit that I've tried other Wolavers products and wasn't thrilled by them...

...until now. This is a fantastic brown ale, folks. Ignore the fact that it's certified Organic. This has what you're looking for if what you're looking for is a tasty brown ale with body and some sweetness.

The fruitiness comes from the yeast esters - and this beer had it in abundance. This one went down too easy and left me wanting more - and that's the measure of a great beer, isn't it?

Try this one.

11-26-2008 17:16:23 | More by forceten
Photo of jneiswender


1.93/5  rDev -44.9%

Poured out of a 12oz Bottle into a pint glass.

A-brown topaz gem body, beige head

S-Floral, slight cough drop smell

T-Flowers, low malt middle, hop bite at the end

M-medium, slick mouthfeel

D-Too medicinal. Does not seem to have the requisite malt impact you would want in a Brown.

11-22-2008 17:40:58 | More by jneiswender
Photo of Chugmonkey


4.3/5  rDev +22.9%

I am always underwhelmed by and don't get these organic brews. Seems like they never measure up. This one was NOT typical. Far from it.

Auburn color, thick tan head, clarity is unbelievable - must be filtered. Nice nutty, pinch of spicy aroma. Taste is very complex for a simple brown type ale - nutty, biscuit, little chocolate, the sweetness is restrained and mild in the background making it very drinkable.

Creaminess is the star of this beer. Super creamy mouthfeel w/o any overcarbed bite. Hard to find beers that have this mouth friendly creaminess.

So smooth and tasty and creamy, it's hard to drink it slow. But you can because it's that good you want to savor the yummy complex maltiness.

I'm impressed, will be getting more of these for sure. Get a sixer, one will leave you lacking.

11-06-2008 15:06:59 | More by Chugmonkey
Photo of dacrza1

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev +5.1%

Surprised to see this from otter Creek's repertoire... rich, light brown opaque body, thich brown three-finger head that settles clearly and evenly--a solid presentation... bits of nut and malt in the aroma--a hint of flowery esthers too, but overall a balanced sesibility pervades... mild effervescence and a mellow malt-laden weight on the tongue... a bit creamy like soda when mouthed... strong malt, almost a bock or doppel, relatively speaking... mild, yet lasting aftertaste--mellow overall... this one is a strange bird, and classifying may be difficult... sometimes feels like a nut, sometimes it don't, like an Almond Joy.

11-01-2008 04:20:44 | More by dacrza1
Photo of nrpellegrini


3.58/5  rDev +2.3%

Pours a light brown color with an off white head that fades before the end. Smells of sweet malts. Tastes very nutty, with a sweet malt background. Not so smooth on the tongue, a little sharp. I picked up some smoked flavor in there too. Drinkability was good.

As a big brown ale fan it was hard to not be so picky. It was a solid brown out, had the right idea, but everything wasn't complete about it. Give it a shot.

10-24-2008 05:10:43 | More by nrpellegrini
Photo of BDIMike


3.85/5  rDev +10%

Pours a hazy copper color. There is little carbonation that creates a white/tan head that dissipates very quickly.
Smell is very sweet. There are hints of caramel malts and some chocolate malts as well. There is a bit of a hop smell too.
The taste is a very good balance of hops and malts. It starts with a caramel malt taste followed by a hit of hallertauer hops. The last bit of taste is a shot of chocolate hops.
Mouthfeel is a little thin for my liking, but is smooth on the way down.
Drinkability is good due to the good balance of the sweet malts and the spicy hops. A very solid brown offering and one of the best organics I've ever had.

09-04-2008 00:59:18 | More by BDIMike
Photo of changeup45


2.85/5  rDev -18.6%

Poured a dark brown body with a thin white head and left only a little bit of lace. Pretty smooth beer with decent toffee, caramel malty flavor I suppose but honestly there's not much to this. Actually every other Brown Ale I've had so far has been better than this one. Nonetheless, its not bad and I may have it again.

08-23-2008 19:43:15 | More by changeup45
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev +3.7%

Bottle: Poured a light copper color ale with a nice of-white foamy head with good retention and no lacing. Aroma of deep caramel malt is surprising and quite enjoyable. Taste is a mix between some deep caramel malt with some light toffee notes and no discernable hops presence. I wasn't expecting much for this one but I was quite surprise - the grain bill was perfect and quite dominant or more so then most beer form this sometime boring style.

08-20-2008 18:06:36 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of elinash

New York

2.23/5  rDev -36.3%

Pours a light amber brown with head that quickly disappears to almost nothing. (Interjection- other Wolaver's regular brews do the same thing.)

Smells malty but tart. Something is off with this one.

Tastes peculiar for a brown. No rich nuttiness or deep roasted character. There are significantly sharper flavors here- a little rancid somehow. Strange tartness in the malt for a brown.

Mouthfeel is really thin/ carbonation is weak.

The finish hints at roasted malt, but disappears and leaves a mediocre-beer aftertaste (bland malt). Hops are non existent.

I like other beers by Wolaver's/ otter creek, but I hadn't yet tried their staple brews. Not impressed. I have another in the fridge so I'll give it another shot.

08-12-2008 23:59:07 | More by elinash
Photo of Drew966


3.1/5  rDev -11.4%

Wolaver's Brown Ale pours a hazy brown with an off white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is malty, caramel stands out. I don't smell any hops. The flavor is also quite malty, unfortunately it's just kind of a mediocre tasting beer. I wouldn't turn one down, but I wont buy it again.

08-06-2008 02:00:09 | More by Drew966
Photo of beveritt


3.98/5  rDev +13.7%

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into an Imperial pint glass. The label has a small picture of a group of people harvesting with scythes. A simple description is on the side, including the three grains used (Caramel, Munich, and Chocolate) and the three hops used (Tettnag, Hallertauer, and Liberty). Bottled on 2/28/08.

Appearance: Pours with one finger of very light tan head; settles by about half leaving some lacing. The beer itself is copper colored and perfectly clear. Pretty good considering that this appears to be bottle conditioned.

Smell: Very strong caramel malt aroma, sweet and coppery. Smells delicious, but leaves room for little else.

Taste: Opens with sweet caramel malt and nuttiness. Very malty, like sticking your head in a bag of DME. Long lingering finish is sweet, with just a hint of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is excellent.

Drinkability: A wonderful brown ale, organic comes as an added plus, not a negative.

08-05-2008 01:05:51 | More by beveritt
Photo of Stinkypuss


3.98/5  rDev +13.7%

A. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. A small head arose and disappeared as quickly as it started. Dark orange in color.

S. Malts and a bit of doughy yeast.

T. Very good. Caramel and malted milk balls. Obvious malt prescence. Slightly roasted flavor. The slightest notion of earthy hop bitters.

M. Medium to full bodied. Smooth. Lightly carbonated.

D. Fairly drinkable. Would have again.

Overall: Not a bad brown here, better than a New Castle, maybe a bit below the class of the Brooklyn Brown ale.

07-27-2008 19:50:55 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of treehugger02010


3.18/5  rDev -9.1%

I bought this as part of a variety case from Bryn Mawr Beverage and poured it into a pint glass.
Appearance: A transparent brown body with a white head on top. The lacing wasn't great and neither was the retenion.
Smell: Caramel notes that are inviting but not much depth.
Taste: Again lacking depth but nice caramel spots to look forward in the middle. Hints of tin but nothing offputting.
Mouthfeel: Very creamy almost like a stout on nitro.
Drinkabilit: Decent.
Don't drink and reviw.

07-21-2008 23:59:58 | More by treehugger02010
Photo of ccrida


2.08/5  rDev -40.6%

12 oz. bottle served in a dessert wine glass, Wolaver's Brown ale is a mahogany color with a small khaki head that leaves no lace.

Smell is caramel malt and spicy, grassy hops.

Taste is dominated by an unpleasant, sharp, iron like metallic bite, behind which lies what may be a decent, malty, hoppy brown ale. To bad the metal was so off-putting I didn't bother wasting enough time with this beer to find out.

Mouthfeel is thinner, but not watery, and dry.

Drinkability was low, as I didn't like it at all, and didn't drink more then 4 oz. before tossing it.

07-21-2008 04:11:17 | More by ccrida
Photo of RobH


3.9/5  rDev +11.4%

12oz. bottle.

I generally like brown ales and I grabbed this one out of the fridge to drink with my Swedish meatballs dinner.

Turns out to be a great, complimentary beer-food pairing. The sauce on the Swedish meatballs has a heavy consistency, yet this beer, while brown, has a clean pour and light mouthfeel. Wolaver's Brown has a well-balanced malt:hop ratio. Some browns are very malty with low hops, and other browns, such as DFH's India Brown Ale, can be a bit too hoppy.

Just enough caramel sweetness to match the meatball sauce's sweet undertones, yet the hop finish of this beer would come through to keep it all from becoming a cloying mess, and proved to be a good match up for the meat, making it a "hearty meal" experience.

I like this brown ale a lot and will buy it again.

07-04-2008 17:31:47 | More by RobH
Photo of ThreeWiseMen


3.55/5  rDev +1.4%

Appearance: Decent, looks like a brown amber, decent white fluffy head. Good lacing. Pretty alright.

Smell: Sweet maple/molasses; brown sugar. Not much going on but it has a good smell

Taste: Brown Ale taste, wait a second... It hits the spot, taste exactly how it smells no surprises. In the mood for a brown ale? This will satisfy your cravings. Warning: No nuts or chocolate here.

Mouthfeel: Decent carbonation, above and beyond the call of duty. Excels in this category.

Drinkability: Easy like this wiseman's mother, you could drink these all day.

07-04-2008 01:45:37 | More by ThreeWiseMen
Photo of matty


4.1/5  rDev +17.1%

This ale pours an amber color with a rapidly fading head.Aroma is mainly toasted nuts.Taste is almonds,caramel and chocolate.There are no flaws in this beer that I can detect.Good from first to last sip.This is something that I would always like to have on hand in the fridge.Good job by Otter Creek Brewing!!

06-29-2008 04:10:28 | More by matty
Photo of bjoyce12


4/5  rDev +14.3%

Suprised by the B rating for this ale. This is a nice solid Brown. Exactly what I look for in a Brown: good tastenot without the heaviness of a Porter . Pours a light brown, what you would expect from a Brown Ale. Not heavy, not much kick, more of a session brown. Hints of malt and sweetness, not cloying at all though. A nice pleasant brew.

06-20-2008 19:51:52 | More by bjoyce12
Photo of smcolw


3.95/5  rDev +12.9%

Moderate head, but it has some staying power. Spotty lace on the glass. Dark ruby amber color and quite clear.

Relatively mild aroma: some crystal malt shines through. No hop, though.

Some good darker malts--certainly crystal, a hint of chocolate (malt). Good hop/malt blend in the swallow. The aftertaste is more hoppy but still balanced. I like the mouthfeel; it's solid for the style, maybe even on the rich side. Good carbonation.

Overall, this is one of the better English style Browns I've had. It has flavor and fits the style well.

06-11-2008 23:23:22 | More by smcolw
Photo of nickfl


3.88/5  rDev +10.9%

A - Two finger, off white head, nice lace. Clear, amber-brown body with amber highlights.

S - Brown, malty aroma with chocolate notes and some citrusy hops.

T - Rich, dark malty flavor. Hop notes come in the middle malty finish with just enough bitterness to balance.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - A nice example of the style with a good balance of malt and hop character.

05-25-2008 19:05:29 | More by nickfl
Photo of Lexluthor33

New York

3.88/5  rDev +10.9%

Pours dark brown with a small head that settles to nice lace. The aroma is of nuts,chocolate,malts,grains and caramel notes. The taste is nutty,sweet malts and hints of toffee and chocolate.
The feel is creamy but not too creamy as there is a dry clean feel with mild carbonation and light hop notes.A session brew for sure.

Notes: I tried this with some Piave cheese and some some spicy sausage strips. It went so well and the Brown Ale is better than I thought it would be. Good to have in stock if it's available. I can not find this all the time or I probably would buy it more often. Worth the try.Not exceptional, but reliable.

05-15-2008 04:27:47 | More by Lexluthor33
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3.98/5  rDev +13.7%

Wolaver's Brown pours a lighter shade of...well...brown. Its also got some nice little bubbles flying upwards to produce a rather thin head. A nice clean looking pour.

The smell is sweet caramel, some baked apples and raisins and nice, rich maltiness. This beer has a lot of great characteristics even before its touched my tongue.

Taste is toasty malt, more caramel sweetness with a nice touch of bitterness at the end. I smell a lot more of the hops once I've jammed my face into the glass for a sip. The carbonation is nice on this one as well, it makes for a very easy drinking and delicious beer.

I am really impressed by this beer. Regardless of whether or not its organic, this is a great brown ale (in my opinion of course).

05-09-2008 23:27:44 | More by indiapaleale
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4.05/5  rDev +15.7%

Picked this up in a trade with Channan, a CA-VT swap, thanks. I think that this is my first organic brew.

A- Clear mahogany copper with a this layer of white foaminess that fades. Noted few tiny bubble streamers.

S- Slight sweet maple syrup (is my mind playing tricks on me just because it is from VT??) some earthy tones, slight etoh. Little bit of chocolate.

T- Rich caramel, toffee flavors. Some nuttiness to it, with a bitter balance at the end.

M- Thin and watery. Good carbonation.

D- Very tastey. I don't drink alot of brown ales, and I have never had an organic beer, but I like this one.

04-27-2008 22:49:12 | More by m1ked
Wolaver's Brown Ale from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
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