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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480 Ratings

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Ratings: 480
Reviews: 191
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 16.47%
Wants: 10
Gots: 41 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  5.35% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-08-2008

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Ratings: 480 | Reviews: 191
Reviews by DawnL:
Photo of DawnL
4.47/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Orangy amber in color with lacing.

Gentle pumpkin pie spicing. Some creme caramel on nose. Lovely to smell - like fresh pumpkin brulee or Mom's baking.

Tastes just like pumpkin pie. - The way you wish Entemann's would make it - Burnt caramel with spicing and pleasing, sweet, fresh pumpkin flavor. Damn impressive!

Smooth, moist mouthfeel.

I could easily drink this all night!

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.06/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.97/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of generallee
4.17/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Homebrew35
3.21/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of far333
2.57/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 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.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.2/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.03/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of dadonabike
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of asabreed
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.92/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of miketd
3.17/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from jjpm74. Pours a rusty bronze with very small white head. Aroma is very close to Pumpking, but a tad more subtle. A bunch of clove, cinimmon and pumpkin are present. Flavor is a bit off. Very sweet and tinny initally. A little spice, but not in sync with the nose. Palate is watery as well. So so at best.

Photo of Kegatron
3.18/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper with 2 1/2 fingers of brite-white head. This shrinks down into a thin, silky, layer that throws a big and creamy cascade of lacing up on the sides of the glass. The aroma is floral hops, pumpkin spices up front, and green smelling pumpkin meat tartness underneath.

The taste is green pumpkin sourness that dominates the profile. There is also some underlying sticky sweetness and just a bit of spices in the backend. Finishes tart with some residual sweet notes. The mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with a lower carbonation that gets to be a touch viscous feeling at times and definitley doesn't do the tartness in the taste profile any favors.

Interesting to say the least, I understand that uncharacteristic (for a Pumpkin Ale) tartness in the profiles is courtesy of the type of pumpkins that were used but unfortunately, I just couldn't get into it. Kudos to Otter Creek for going organic with this one but there's better out there right now.

Photo of Gmann
3.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy pumpkin-cooper color with an average white head that settled into a sparse cap. The aroma is of pumpkin, allspice, and nutmeg; more of an earthy or powdery scent. The taste hits with a strong pumpkin and grain flavor followed by a lemony tart and some light nutmeg and allspice. Some earthy hop flavors round out the brew. Definitely used real pumpkin with this one. Has an odd sweetness, probably from the pumpkin and grain, perhaps it could have used more body. The feel is light and well carbonated, sweet and spicy yet good balance. The brew is definitely takes on more of a pumpkin flavor than pumpkin pie. Some odd flavors but overall quite solid. Nice earthy autumn time brew.

Photo of scootny
3.47/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very hazed brew with a moderate head that fade after a few minutes. Some lace and a light covering remain. Pretty fragrant aroma of pumpkin and spices. Some biscuit and malt underneath and clove tinged earthy hopiness. Taste has a nice graininess wrapped in mild pumpkin pie flavors. Spices are a bit forward of the gourd but not a bad mix. Finish is dry and earthy. A mineral edged sourness develops in the back of the finish with clove and light notes of graham. Feel is well carbonated and crisp with a light weight that lends itself to fall quaffing. A solid effort that while not a standout has enough character to set itself apart.

Photo of KTCamm
3.97/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

9/18...pours hazy rusty autumn, thick lacing, very little foam. Earthy pumpkin nose, light spice. Taste is a grittier, hoppier pumpkin. Earthy. Not sweet. Very natural tasting. And very good.

Photo of HopsYeast
3.96/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

enjoyed this beer very much. being a fan of pumpkin ales this spoke to me before i even opened it. also a big fan of organic products so it was going to have to be awful for me not to like it. but i was very happy.

a- copper to light copper
s- not as pumpkinish as i would thought
t- pumpkin ale with a fistfull of of spice and pumpkins!
m- smooth. very velvety and lightly carbonated
o- will look forward to this every year

Photo of jtierney89
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy dull orange hue with no head at all, just some, white foamy bubbles. Smells richly of pumpkin with touches of cinnamon, allspice and vanilla.

Good amount of pumpkin flavor. Medium effervescent body with nice pumpkin like flavor up front with just enough spice to balance. A little slick and syrupy with a bit of an rustic earthy finish but it kind of adds to the character.

This is Not for those looking for a beer that tastes like pumpkin pie, wolavers really makes the pumpkin the star of the show without it just being that bland pumpkin flavor. pumpkin shines through perfectly with the right amount of spices complimenting it without being to overpowering. very nice.

the mystery abv has got me worried though, this beer is going straight to my head yet it doesnt seem like it should be.

Photo of Treyliff
2.92/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I bought a sixer of these because I had never seen organic pumpkin ale so I figured I would give it a try.

Poured a copper like color with a small white head. Smelled or just about every spice you would associate with fall; nutmeg, cinnamon, all spice, etc. The problem was that all of these spices overtook any flavor of beer on the taste. It felt like I was drinking potpourri.

Overall decent but not in my top 5 of pumpkin ales that I've had so far.

Photo of kbuzz
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a standard pint glass. I believe the date on the bottle is 7/25/11. From a certified organic brewery.

A: Poured a fairly hazy mostly orange color - reminds me of the color of an orange tootsie roll pop. Very big fizzy bubbles streaming up through the glass. Almost looks like an orange soda. Head fades from about a finger and a half to nothing very quickly.

S: Some pumpkin spices for sure. Very earthy vegetal pumpkin notes along with some yeastiness. Floral hop presence is minimal but present. Some sweet caramel notes as well...as it warmed, I got a bit of soapiness in there.

T: Spices are more subtle in the taste than I thought they would be. Mostly nutmeg, not a lot of cinnamon, but some...maybe some ginger as well. Spicy floral hop notes toward the end and a little bit of a metallic bite that lingered - maybe from the carbonation?? Very definitely more on the pumpkin side than spice side, especially as it warms in the glass. Pretty basic caramel malt notes.

M: Creamy, medium bodied beer. Not as carbonated as it looked, very drinkable.

O: Everyone always complains that pumpkin beers are more spice than pumpkin...well this one is definitely more pumpkin. While at first, I was a little disappointed that it didn't have that immediate sweetness and spiciness that most pumpkin ales tend to have, once I got past that and really started to focus on what this beer actually was, I could appreciate what Wolaver's had created. And that was a "true" pumpkin beer...which just happens to be not all that great when compared to other styles. For the style, it's good...for a "true" pumpkin beer, it might even be a fantastic example...but I probably won't be buying it again.

Photo of puboflyons
4.08/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 batch. Sampled on September 26, 2009. Pours from the 12 fl. oz. bottle a bubbly, sparkling orange-amber color with maybe a half-inch to three-quarters of an inch of foamy white head. Clinging lace on the pint glass. A nice rich aroma of pumpkin spice, breads, and a background of hops. The mouthfeel comes thin-to-medium...probably the brew's most challenging feature. The taste is a satisfying balance of pumpkin and mild hops with a slightly dry finish, something I don't experience often in a herb/spice beer. Easy to drink. Nice seasonal from Vermont and I have seen that particular pumpkin patch in West-Central Vermont not far from beautiful Lake Champlain.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.62/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a fairly clear dark, pumpkin orange with alight visible carbonation. A creamy beige colored head covered the surface and was average at best retention wise while the lacing was minimal leaving only faint splotchy reminders as it slide down the glass wall.

S: loaded with pumpkin spices, cinnamon, dry munich malting, toasted pumpkin, and lots of cloves with a just a dash of nutmeg. Standard foray with a moderate strong display for aroma.

T: The flavor was light to begin with, dry cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves being the most dominant. There was a sharp carbonation bite in the middle that brought about some dry pumpkin notes with a sweet spiciness. The flavor was well balanced and not overally spiced, a welcome relief. Spicy as most pumpkins with just enough to let you know of its presence, but not so much to distract you from the malting.

M: smooth, malty, with a nice breadiness. Moderate carbonation presence is detected on the tip of the tongue.

D: For a spice beer was fairly easy to enjoy and down. Sweet, dry with a warm pumpkin and malty nature makes this worthy of checking out.

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