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Wolaver's (Organic) Pumpkin Ale - Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's

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Wolaver's (Organic) Pumpkin AleWolaver's (Organic) Pumpkin Ale

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375 Ratings

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Ratings: 375
Reviews: 179
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 16.76%
Wants: 6
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  5.35% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-08-2008)
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Reviews by Cakanator:
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1.58/5  rDev -53.5%

12oz bottle. Not my favorite wolavers product. Too much spice and not enough body. Not balanced and thin. I'm not sure that I expected from this one, orgainic pumpkin for one, but wolavers being so expensive I thought I'd be getting something better. This is the worst pumpkin I've had, even worse than shipyards yawn-boring pumpkin that everyone loves.

11-23-2009 05:26:44 | More by Cakanator
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.05/5  rDev -10.3%

Love this time of year when the pupkin brews start arriving on store shelves.This poured into a nocic a dull deep golden/amber with a thinner but well maintaned frothy white head,light spice aromas in the nose mainly.Thin near watery mouthfeel with no full richness that I like in a good pumpkin brew,flavors are dominate by spice and no pumpkin really.Although its not horrible the flavors are to light along with the body in my opinion.

09-19-2009 00:13:08 | More by oberon
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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

08-29-2012 23:55:40 | More by aszatk01
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4/5  rDev +17.6%

11-17-2011 02:52:53 | More by Mac19872
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2.98/5  rDev -12.4%

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue IX:

Apparently, this is the first ever organic pumpkin beer, using organic pumpkins grown at Golden Russett Farm in Shoreham, Vt., owned by Will and Judy Stevens.

Pours a cloudy burnt-orange color with a crowning, slightly off-white head that settles to a nice, creamy lace with some stick. Aroma is soft with a dominating allspice that's intoxicating and full of holiday memories. Creamy mouthfeel; fairly light-bodied, crisp around the edges with a dry foundation. Nice semi-bitter sour notes from the spicing and hops provide a quick snap. Hint of pumpkin starch with a thin layer of maltiness. A dusting of clove, cinnamon and nutmeg with a slight gingery bite--your typical pumpkin pie spices. Touch of vegetable squash as things warm with an emerging herbal character. Finish is quite dry and dusty, and the spices stay embedded in the palate for a while.

The spices aren't overwhelming and the dryness makes for a drinkable brew; however, we like a bit more meat in our Pumpkin Ales. And, by that, we mean we'd like more of the pumpkin flavor pulling through--this is a pumpkin beer, after all--along with a bit more of malty backbone to provide some more depth, character and balancing sweetness.

09-20-2010 17:22:59 | More by BeerAdvocate
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3.98/5  rDev +17.1%

I am not a big fan of pumpkin beers, but this one was pretty good. It was one of the few where I could actually tell there was pumpkin present. Bottled on 8/12/09, the beer was an orange color with a small white head. Pumpkin and spice aroma. Pumpkin taste with some clove and cinnamon. The beer had a bit of a bite to it. I enjoyed it.

09-09-2009 17:30:06 | More by lordofthewiens
Photo of generallee

New York

4.15/5  rDev +22.1%

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into pint glass. It has a bottled on date of 9-10-08 and it was sampled on 9-12-09. Wow, I must have found a one year old bottle.

Appearance: The body had a deep amber color with some visible carbonation. The head on top was off white in color, tall and slowly faded down to thin ring of lace. On the way down the glass it left behind some nice lace rings.

Smell: The nose had notes of sweet malt, rich pumpkin meat and pumpkin pie spice with ginger being the stand out.

Taste/Palate: Its spice character is up front and center with ginger and then cinnamon standing out. Next up is a sweet malty middle with noticeable roasted pumpkin flesh notes. Hop flavor also mixes in and adds to the spicy character. The finish has a nice balance of all its components and slowly fades off the tongue. It has a rich smooth texture with nice carbonation and a solid medium to full body.

Notes: I really enjoyed this one year old bottle of pumpkin ale. This probably is not a style known for ageing but it was still quite good. The organic pumpkin flavor was very nice and noticeable with a good balance of spice, hops and malt.

10-19-2009 14:27:24 | More by generallee
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Rhode Island

3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

08-01-2014 15:20:10 | More by Doomcifer
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3.23/5  rDev -5%

Pours a two finger head that goes to nill in 10 seconds, a big flop in my book. Color of the beer is an awesome clear golden.
Smells sweet with cinnamon and nutmeg, just ok.
Tastes sweet then transitions to pumpkin pie spices and finishes wet and neutral, just a touch of balancing hops.
Light body, medium carbing I could only drink two of these during a sitting.

10-16-2010 21:29:49 | More by Homebrew35
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4/5  rDev +17.6%

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, orange-brown in color, cloudy, high carbonation

Smell: pumpkin spice and pumpkin

Taste: pumpkin, milk, cream, bitter rind, and pumpkin spice

Mouthfeel: sweet start with a semi-bitter middle that gets sweeter at the end,medium-high carbonation, medium bodied

Overall: A solid pumpkin beer that does a good job of combining sweetness with a touch of bitterness. I could do several of these.

09-26-2012 18:24:02 | More by tigg924
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2.5/5  rDev -26.5%

09-12-2012 13:10:32 | More by wattoclone
Photo of kingcrowing


3.63/5  rDev +6.8%

12oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

Pours a dark ruby amber color with a pretty one finger white head that quickly fades to a thin white acing. Nose is nutmeg and cinnamon with a light creamy mellow pumpkin note.

Taste is very well balanced. I generally don't like pumpkin beers because of the spices but they are fairly understated and work well with the pumpkin. The Mouthfeel is ful and creamy with a sharp finish. Overall its quite good!

10-29-2011 22:40:22 | More by kingcrowing
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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

08-01-2013 03:08:54 | More by Cynic-ale
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2.51/5  rDev -26.2%

Slightly opaque orangey caramel colored with a beige head that leaves a fine cap of fine bubbles and rims of lace up the sides of the glass. Low aroma of cinnamon, and hints of nutmeg. Initial flavors of vegetal squash and malt, followed quickly by sharp spicey nutmeg flavor, which is overpowering to this beer. Mouthfeel is watery and a bit tannic. Overall, I can't finish this glass.

08-31-2013 22:33:36 | More by far333
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3/5  rDev -11.8%

09-21-2013 23:38:08 | More by jefftuck47
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3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

09-01-2013 23:46:14 | More by jminch
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New Jersey

3/5  rDev -11.8%

10-03-2013 23:20:29 | More by acurtis
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3/5  rDev -11.8%

09-14-2013 01:55:52 | More by RogerSterling
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3.18/5  rDev -6.5%

Review from notes.

A: Pours a deep golden color with a small head on top. Not much retention and very thin lacing.

S: Some caramel and basic pumpkin beer spices. A little weak.

T: Rather bready. There is some pumpkin and caramel, as well as some nutmeg and a little cinnamon.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Slightly sticky finish.

O: It was ok. Overall, it seemed a little thin. It drinks fine, but there are other, easy to attain pumpkin beers that I would rather drink.

10-17-2011 19:57:02 | More by mdaschaf
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New Jersey

3.03/5  rDev -10.9%

Wolaver's- Will Steven' Pumpkin

A- Bright clear orange with a good thick foamy head.
S- Very light sour orange with a touch of clove.
T- Light sour Wit-like orange rind with a light touch of clove, graham, and pumpkin.
M- Sour and sweet with a bit of spiceiness.

Overall- Blah. Nothing spectacular here. More sour citric fruit than pumpkin. 1 and done.

09-01-2008 23:53:16 | More by NJpadreFan
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New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

03-15-2012 19:49:03 | More by Varkias41
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3.45/5  rDev +1.5%

A: It pours a lightly hazy amber/orange. There was not much of a head but I did not think there would be when I opened it and found the bottle to be a screw top (there should be a law against this.).

S: The smell is strong on the sour notes. There seems to be a bit of cinnamon and nutmeg or mace, with no real hops to speak of, so I would guess there are only bittering hops here. Sour is definitely the main smell.

T: As with the smell, sour is the biggest taste. The spices are moderate, not too overpowering, and I am really not a fan of spices in my beer. I think sour and bitter intensify each other and when you add in the spices without leaving some residual sweetness you end up with a very dry beer. I'd love some more malt in this. All in all I'm not a big fan of this style but I enjoyed trying this beer, if I had six of them I'd probably end up mixing them with a sweeter brown ale, but that's just me.

M: The mouthfeel is decent. A bit dry but still had a nice mouthfeel that I assume came from the starches in the pumpkin.

D: I'd recommend trying this beer, I'm not a fan of the style but it was worth trying. I bought it as a single just in case but I could drink a few more but I would probably mix one with something maltier just to see what it was like.

09-09-2008 02:55:47 | More by dadonabike
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New York

3.9/5  rDev +14.7%

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A nice hazy darker amber color with was unexpected, as it seems a bit darker than other versions I've had lately. Decent off-white lacing and moderately bulbous head above the body of the brew.

Smell: Ginger, pumpkin, and spices, with some citrus hops, and pumpkin in the background. Very original for a pumpkin ale.

Taste: Spicy ginger, bubblegum, pumpkin, and hops, backed by some maltier pumpkin flavors. Kind of weird, but I dig the balanced weirdness, along with the spicy and hoppy finish. So if you're looking for a brew that doesn't taste like pumpkin pie, this is one to try as far as taste.

Mouthfeel: Lighter-bodied with a medium edge with good carbonation, and very catering to the many flavors that get brought out.

Drinkability: A very wild and weird yet solid pumpkin ale. I can see how people may not like this, but I like it a lot, and I'm glad I have a few more. Bitter and balanced and weird, if you're down for that, then certainly try it, but as far as a normal version of the style, this isn't it.

09-19-2008 22:40:37 | More by asabreed
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3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

09-05-2013 09:05:09 | More by BamfBacon
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3.93/5  rDev +15.6%

Pours a typical amber-orange body. Very hazy (which is fine). Not much head. Not much lacing. There's an odd tart note to this beer that I initially found off-putting right out of the fridge, but which I then came to enjoy as it warmed a bit. It's unique. Most pumpkin beers tend to have a sweet malty base, and some over do it. Of course, that's true for the spice as well, and I think this almost falls into that category. It's not so heavy handed that it builds on the palate or anything, but it IS spicy. Apart from that my only complaint is that the head retention is limited, but that's probably due at least in part to the spicing. LOTS of ginger. A healthy dose of cinnamon. Seemingly all-spice. I question where that tartness is coming from though. Is it just the pH of the brew? Probably not. Is it the heavy use of ginger? Could be. It's slightly thin as well, and perhaps that has something to do with it. I dunno. In any case, it's a little quirky but I kind of like it.

10-09-2008 02:08:35 | More by NeroFiddled
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Wolaver's (Organic) Pumpkin Ale from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
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