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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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455 Ratings

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Ratings: 455
Reviews: 187
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 16.57%
Wants: 8
Gots: 34 | 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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Photo of t0rin0
3.23/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased online by azagthoth.

Pours reddish orange (a bit darker than the usual pumpkin ale), clear, decent head, medium retention.

Aroma is of spices (cinnamon, allspice) but no pumpkin.

Flavor is the same as the aroma, spicy but not any real pumpkin flavor, a touch of alcohol in the flavor as well, and mild hop bitterness.

Body is thin, amply carbonated (maybe a bit on the low side), quite drinkable. Reminds me more of a lager than an ale.

t0rin0, Feb 07, 2009
Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -12.8%

djrn2, Oct 04, 2013
Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

zestar, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
2.9/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Amyliz4 picked up a sixer of this at Whole Foods in Alexandria. Served in a Dogfish Head Alehouse Punkin pint glass.

Pours a slightly-hazed orange color with a thin light tan head and some slight lacing. The nose carries a bit of pumpkin and spice, mostly cinnamon and clove. The flavor is fairly heavy on the spice with quite a bit of cinnamon. Feel is overwhelmingly full of cinnamon and a bit of clove. Medium body with light sweetness. Not a fan at all.

Thorpe429, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -12.8%

acurtis, Oct 04, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: The beer poured clear amber in color with a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface. There is no visible carbonation.
S: There are moderate aromas of pumpkins and other spices in the nose.
T: Flavors of pumpkins in the taste aren't quite as strong as their smell in the aroma. The spices start to become stronger as the beer warms up.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate. There is a light amount of carbonation.
D: The beer isn't that difficult to drink but doesn't quite match up to some of the other types of pumpkin ales.

metter98, Sep 22, 2010
Photo of brentk56
3.15/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear burnt orange color with a modest head that leaves spotty lacing

Smell: Vague sense of malt and allspice

Taste: Malty, up front, with a developing sweetness joined by some allspice at mid-palate; after the swallow, the flavors tend to disappear, leaving just a lingering hint of spice and a bit of a bitter twang

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body; rather watery, with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Not particularly impressive as it only hints at what a pumpkin ale should be

brentk56, Nov 13, 2009
Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.8/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Hazy ochre with a swirling tornado of yeast as the final ounce was added to the pint glass at the end of one smooth pour. Somewhat generous carbonation can be seen contributing to a beige colored cap that topped out at two fingers and is now down to one. Not a bad look.

The aroma is appropriately gourd-like and features an impressive amount of nutmeg as well. The balance between base beer and spices is right on the money. Thankfully, the nastiness that often accompanies organic beer is nowhere to be found.

Not good. How can a beer that smells like this... taste like this? The biggest problem is that Pumpkin Ale is way too bitter. Once the bitterness fades, sourness takes its place. Sweet decided not to come along for the ride. Not enough malt? Too many hops? Probably both.

Pumpkin is matched by lemon and the spices aren't defined enough to identify with certainty. Nutmeg is obvious from the nose and cinnamon and cloves are pretty good guesses given the style. None of it works well, however, making this 12 ounce bottle a chore to finish.

The body/mouthfeel favors the lighter end of light-medium and has harsh rather than soft carbonation. At least the fizz-fest is temporary, as the bubbles begin to fade by mid-bottle. An average score is probably too generous, but I'm sticking with it.

Wolaver's Will Stevens' Pumpkin Ale is not one of this brewery's better offerings. Bitter and sour both have their places, but not in a pumpkin ale they don't. Recommendation: major overhaul.

BuckeyeNation, Dec 26, 2008
Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -12.8%

ygtbsm94, Sep 17, 2014
Photo of Knapp85
3.2/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a little bit of a hazy orange brown color with a pretty good looking white head on top. The head retention was pretty good, but didn't leave any lacing at all. The smell of the beer had a pretty good aroma of spices going on in it and some sweet grains too. The taste was a little on the weak side, it had enough flavor to show that it was a pumpkin ale but just not enough to impress me. The mouthfeel of the beer was decent, medium bodied with a light creaminess to it. Overall it could have been a little better but it wasn't terrible.

Knapp85, Oct 13, 2011
Photo of oberon
3.05/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

oberon, Sep 19, 2009
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.93/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

NeroFiddled, Oct 09, 2008
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a pretty good pumpkin ale. pours a hazy orange color with a thick creamy white head. smells less spiced than many pumpkin beers, and the smell of pumpkin is very noticable. tastes like fall, squashy and a touch sweet. could session this beer all night because it isnt overpowering. its all quite understated, but very well balanced. bravo!

StonedTrippin, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of Kegatron
3.15/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Kegatron, Dec 22, 2008
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.18/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, pumpkin, spices and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is bready up front with a hearty malt character. Then flavors of pumpkin, caramel, nutmeg and other spices come in. The hops presence is decent for the style but there doesn't seem to be much balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it's not a bad beer but there are several other pumpkin-flavored beers that I would pick first.

TheManiacalOne, Nov 15, 2009
Photo of RblWthACoz
2.78/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a slightly clouded amber brown with a creme head. The spices grabbed my nose as I was pouring, and I didn't like. Perfumed clove is dominant. Bleh. Flavor carries the same. Way too much man. Too much spices, no evident pumpkin. Feel is...eh who cares. I can't drink this.

RblWthACoz, Oct 10, 2008
Photo of jlindros
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A new pumpkin ale for me to try, let's see how it goes.

A 1/2 finger fluffy head fades somewhat slowly over mostly clear toasty orange slight reddish-brown hue beer.

THe nose has some pumpkin, light spices, lighter than I expected, some light pale malts and hints of a creamy malt aroma.

Taste drops off a bit, as more pumpkin and spices come through. Some pumpkin flavor, but not a whole lot, then more spices, typical nutmeg, cinnamon, and pumpkin spices. The spices are def tolerable though, much better than some pumpkin beers that just go overboard with spices. Some creamy malts, pale and light crystal malts. A slight bitterness coming through, and I also get a bit of diacetyl bringing hints of a buttery taste, as well as a funky bitter taste. Starts semi sweet and finishes still somewhat sweet, with some lingering spices, a little bitterness, hint of salty flavor from the spices, and a bit of the diacetyl stuck on the tongue.

The mouth is lighter bodied with decent carbonation.

Drinkability is OK, but not the greatest, drinking well for abv and smooth lighter body, but the spices and diacetyl linger a bit too much too.

jlindros, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of oline73
3/5  rDev -12.8%

oline73, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of WesWes
3.05/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours an amber/orange color with little head to speak of that fades to spotty lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a solid pumpkin scent along with some cinnamon and nutmeg spice aromas. It appears dry, but it's hard to tell with the lack of carbonation. The taste is average. It has a very aggressive pumpkin flavor with little in the way of malt character. The spices are present, but weak comparitively. It's easy going down, but quite dry and astringent. The mouthfeel is nothing to speak of. It's a medium bodied beer with almost no carbonation. This is a very forgettable brew. If it were well carbonated I may be singing a different tune. However, as it stands, it's one an done for me.

WesWes, Aug 22, 2008
Photo of jwc215
2.45/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottled on 08/12/08:

Pours orange amber with a creamy, fluffy off-white head that leaves lacing.

The smell is of pumpkin spicing (cinnamon, nutmeg, etc.) Pumpkin does come across something of an "articial"/plastic-y, but the spicing is nice.

The taste of plastic-y pumpkin comes out much more on the taste, along with a sourness that throws it off. The spicing is there, but the plastic-y sweetness and the sourness overrides.

The feel is thin and rather fizzy.

Not a good pumpkin ale. Likes nice - smell is okay (until tasted)...Weak and sour with pumpkin coming across in a way that some fruit beers with a somewhat artificial sweetness do. Not good. Not easy to drink. Not recommended.

jwc215, Dec 08, 2008
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

DrunkinYogi, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of smcolw
2.63/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Cloudy orange-amber color. Moderate head but it settles to a continuous centimeter of bubbles. Slippery lace.

I truly dislike the smell of this beer. If I'm kind, I'd call it earthy. I smell a sweaty old socks. In a word, repulsive.

The flavor is an improvement...a little. Very dry flavor. Relatively thin body with a spritzy bubbles. Light on the pumpkin and the expected spices. Short aftertaste.

smcolw, Oct 23, 2011
Photo of oriolesfan4
2.8/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beer went from a lot of potential to not much in a short amount of time. As I poured it the whole room began to smell like a fresh baked pumpkin pie... fantastic aroma. Appearance wise its a hazy golden pumpkin color... beautiful. Taste wise is where it begins to falter. Up front its good with some nice fall spices to go along with some spices, but then this very sour aftertaste is felt after the initial hit on the palette. This sourness is overwhelming and kills what could have been a great beer. Tough to drink after that.

oriolesfan4, Oct 07, 2008
Photo of Halcyondays
3.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a pretty orange with a fizzy off-white head, average retention.

S: Really nice smell of pumpkin juice and autumn spices, nutmeg is the most evident. This is where the pumpkin flesh character comes out most in the beer.

T: The flavour brings much more of a spice element into the beer as compared to the nose. Lemon really came out which I was surprised at, with caramelized ginger and lots of cinnamon. Pumpkin flavour is relegated more to the background and does it's best to provide a counterbalance, though the spice does take over the brew at times.

M: Very light body, fizzy, could use some more heft for sure, lingering spice notes.

D: A nice pumpkin beer, very easy to drink, and I like the fact that they went organic and worked with the pumpkins of a local Vermont farmer. In the end I enjoyed it and so far one of my favourite pumpkin brews, but I wish it had a little more actual pumpkin flavour, I would have liked to see the organic pumpkins show their stuff more, so to speak.

Halcyondays, Oct 22, 2008
Photo of InspectorBob
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

InspectorBob, Sep 15, 2013
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Wolaver's (Organic) Pumpkin Ale from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
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