1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Wolaver's (Organic) Pumpkin AleWolaver's (Organic) Pumpkin Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

397 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 397
Reviews: 180
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 16.76%
Wants: 7
Gots: 25 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Wolaver's (Organic) Pumpkin Ale Alström Bros
Ratings: 397 | Reviews: 180 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.43/5  rDev +0.9%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pumpkin/light brown in color with a soapy head that provides ample lacing.

Aroma is full of pumpkin pie spices. Cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg and clove all are present.

Gourds! Pumpkin flavor dials in with all due spices. Bitter hoppyness adds a piney/earthy touch. Minerally pumpkin and slightly creamy. I'd go as far as to say the pumpkin is understated. Still a good flavorful brew.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lingering spicy finish.

A solid session pumpkin ale, great for the fall months.

Stinkypuss, Oct 11, 2009
Photo of fitzy84
4.13/5  rDev +21.5%

Bought a six pack for the season. Beautiful appearance of a clear, burnt pumpkin orange color. A thin head and some patchy lacing on the sides add to the look. Really nice autumnal aromas of spice, nutmeg and cinnamon. Really sweet taste with tons of sugars, vanilla, hops. Nicely crisp and a solid body; makes it a nice desert-like texture. Overall, very good.

fitzy84, Oct 11, 2009
Photo of FickleBeast
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

12 oz bottle poured into a Singletrack Pale Ale (Rock Bottom) glass.

A - pours clear orange with one finger of foam.

S - fills the room with a pumpkin spice smell - cinnamon, nutmeg

T - strong pumpkin flavor, nicely balanced by the spices. For a pumpkin beer, this isn't half bad.

M - nice, full-bodied mouthfeel - the remaining sweetness coats the tongue

D - not something that I would drink a ton of, but a good pumpkin beer (coming from someone who is not a fan of the style).

I don't know who Will Stevens is, but he makes a decent pumpkin beer!

FickleBeast, Oct 10, 2009
Photo of cbutova
4.18/5  rDev +22.9%

Review got deleted, re-entering the best I can, I know it came out to 4.0 before. Pours a golden orange color with a one finger white fizzy head that retains decently and leaves a small amount of lacing behind. Smells and tastes of pumpkin, spices, nutmeg, cinnamon and a healthy dose of malts. Mouthfeel is light-medium, good carbonation and no real off flavors or alcohol warming. Drinkability is good, nice taste, worth the price and probably now my go to pumpkin beer because it seems to have the perfect amount of pumpkin flavor in it.

cbutova, Oct 07, 2009
Photo of Hibernator
3.88/5  rDev +14.1%

Wolaver's Will Stevens' Pumpkin Ale
12 oz brown bottle
Bottled 08/25/09
Served in a 20 oz tulip glass

Pours a burnt orange color with a decent head.

Pleasant nose with whiffs of Fall spices, but I also detect a strange metallic note.

An easy drinking pumpkin ale for sure. A moderate body with an average amount of malt, but the highlights with this brew are the seasonal spices that one might suspect - cinnamon, nutmeg and pumpkin mash. Nice little hop snap at the end too.

As the nights start dipping into the 40's and the leaves on their way to changing color here in New England, this beer compliments the season just right. Cheers!

Hibernator, Oct 01, 2009
Photo of puboflyons
4.08/5  rDev +20%

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.

puboflyons, Sep 26, 2009
Photo of jbertsch
4.18/5  rDev +22.9%

A true autumn beer - brewed in Vermont with organic pumpkins grown less than 15 miles from the brewery.

Medium-to-dark copper in color. Head is thin but lacing is nice.

The aroma is an attractive mix of mildly sweet pumpkin, spice, malts and...earth, to be honest. It even smells organic.

I taste pumpkin pie, with notes of cinnamon and nutmeg. Hops are present, and the malts have hints of molasses.

Finishes long with a faintly bitter pumpkin aftertaste that's not unpleasing.

Mouthfeel is on the smoother side, but not without a bit carbonation to make it lively.

This is simply a great autumn beer, and furthers my belief that Wolavers brews gold. It also shows that pumpkin can be used tastefully in a brew without tasting like a silly dessert. It definitely sticks out among the other pumpkin beers brewed this time of year.

jbertsch, Sep 24, 2009
Photo of JordonHoltzman
3.3/5  rDev -2.9%

first pumpkin beer!

pours a nice amber with an unimpressive white head. its less than a pinky thick at the start and lasts a minute. decent lacing at best.
the smell however, is slightly better. nutmeg cinnamon come to the nose, along with a little pumpkin, yet its all more subtle than i wanted.
First taste, i wanted a flavor packed taste, but i didn't get it. it still is enjoyable nonetheless. its my first pumpkin beer so i don't have any to compare it to, but i still enjoy the pumpkin taste, and especially the nutmeg in there. as it warms the flavor increases slightly.
the beer has a medium medium carbonation and an average mouthfeel.
this beer turns out to be fairly drinkable. definitely can enjoy 3 over the course of a few hours.
overall i'm happy i got to have a pumpkin beer, but i'd want to go an try some other pumpkins before i go back to this one, explore my horizons.

JordonHoltzman, Sep 20, 2009
Photo of oberon
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.

oberon, Sep 19, 2009
Photo of abuliarose
3.9/5  rDev +14.7%

Poured into a pint glass. Same pumpkin pie color as others in its category with a dense head and appealing lacing. This is one pumpkin beer where the beer smells like spiced pumpkin. Hints of spice, citrus, and sweetness.

Tastes like a brown ale with spiced pumpkin! This one is nicely hopped and seasoned with pie spice. A smooth body and complementing carbonation ease into hoppy aftertaste. It's also got good malt character. Not as sweet as it smells, but still pretty drinkable with medium body.

To me, this is a solid pumpkin ale. It tastes like spiced pumpkin and it tastes like ale. I don't know if the spiced beers can ever be overly drinkable, but besides the dry lingering hop presence I could easily savor a bottle.

abuliarose, Sep 18, 2009
Photo of sisuspeed
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Decided to try this brew alongside DFH's Punkin and Post Road's Pumpkin Ale. Wolaver's bottled this on 8/11/09.

The beer pours a pale orange color with a thick foamy white head. The head maintains well throughout the drinking of the beer and leaves a nice amount of lacing down the sides of the pint glass. This is a great looking pumpkin ale.

Upon putting my nose to the glass, I am hit by a wave of cinnamon and spices. Orange zest is present as well along with the aroma of pumpkin that holds it all together. Reminds my of running through the pumpkin patches as a kid with a crisp, cool, autumn breeze at my back.

The flavor is spice, more spice and pumpkin. Lots of cinnamon upfront and a bit of allspice. Fortunately though, Wolaver's has good amount of pumpkin flavor that mingles with the spice.

The mouthfeel is slightly on the watery side, but not too bad. Lots of spice lowers the drinkability for me, but usually I only want one brand of beer in a sitting, so it's not much of a problem.

Overall, I'm glad to see that Wolaver's gets some good pumpkin flavor in there, since a lot of pumpkin beers seem to be lacking pumpkin flavor. Might be too spice laden for some, but the spices remind me of Fall, so I don't mind. Also, this is an organic beer, so if that's your thing, I would definitely check it out. Otherwise, this is a decent pumpkin ale, but there are better ones.

sisuspeed, Sep 18, 2009
Photo of DawnL
4.47/5  rDev +31.5%

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!

DawnL, Sep 18, 2009
Photo of goblue3509
3.13/5  rDev -7.9%

Pours a clear bright orange color with a slight off white color head that is slight in size. The aroma is of pumpkin and nutmeg malts. The taste is a little off, the pumpkin taste is very slight and there is also a little nutmeg present, however, the taste is watery and not what you would expect. The mouthfeel is of moderate carbonation. Overall it is a decent beer, but the flavor leaves you wanting more, it just doesn't deliver in taste, everything else about it is nice.

goblue3509, Sep 14, 2009
Photo of lordofthewiens
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.

lordofthewiens, Sep 09, 2009
Photo of crimethink
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%

From a 12 ounce bottle, with bottling date stamped on glass. Pours a fiery amber, deep in clarity. Carbonation shoots up from the bottom of the glass. A light, fluffy head lacks retention, but there is some pitiful stickage. Intense aromas of pumpkin and malt are impressive and enticing, and bring to mind all that autumn has to offer.

For all its aromatic grandstanding, however, this ale sits a bit flaccid on the tongue. Its malt foundation first hits the tongue, then a delicious and fleeting one-two punch of nutmeg and pumpkin. What follows is a crisp, sour, flowery hop finish. Light, spicy, but somewhat unexciting, this is a reasonable session beer.

crimethink, Sep 03, 2009
Photo of tai4ji2x
3.18/5  rDev -6.5%

12oz bottle. printed on the glass: 08/21/08 lot #2946/2354

poured into shaped pint glass. tasted in mid-april 2009

orangey amber. nearly clear, despite seditment in the bottle. lots of off-white head, fading to wispy, foamy layer and ring. great lacing.

aroma: pumpkin upfront, including skin, with mild spices. (although seems a tad overcooked with note of DMS.) ginger? slight vinegary, acidic note. grassy hop hint. faint caramel and malt.

taste: just like above, but a bit watery. definitely on the acidic/tart side, but not so bad. mild bitterness.

thin but smooth at first, with acidity and astringency later on. fizzy but moderate carbonation.

tai4ji2x, Jun 19, 2009
Photo of fingerlaker
4.08/5  rDev +20%

Sooo different!

Pouring it out into a large mug the copper-orange hue and translucent red tones showed in a hazy, frothy mixture that smelled cajun spicy, with a ton of nutmeg.

The taste was of pumkin pie with a spoonful of nutmeg and cinnimon. The full body was a perfect base for the heavy spicing. Hops were minimal and a perfect compliment to it.

It was decididly acidic, a fact that didn't sit too well in the rest of the mix. But overall totally earthy and completly delicious.

fingerlaker, Feb 26, 2009
Photo of t0rin0
3.23/5  rDev -5%

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 beer2day
2.98/5  rDev -12.4%

Pours reddish gold with minimal head. Decent lacing left behind.

The nose is intense, with cinnamon and nutmeg dominating. Some hoppiness creeps in, but the spices are pretty overwhelming.

The intial hit on the tongue hints at the spices, but the finish is intensely sour. Not bitter, just sour. The hops and the spices come together to a crescendo of sourness.

I'm a big fan of pumpkin ales, but this one goes towards the bottom of the list.

beer2day, Jan 30, 2009
Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.8/5  rDev -17.6%

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 beerthulhu
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

beerthulhu, Dec 25, 2008
Photo of Kegatron
3.15/5  rDev -7.4%

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 jwc215
2.45/5  rDev -27.9%

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 angelmonster
3.43/5  rDev +0.9%

pours a 1/2 inch head that quickly fades. Ale is hazy brown in color. Carbonation has a nice fizz to it with little lacing through out

Smells of sweet cinnamon, slight pumpkin and some hops.

taste is bitter with some cloves and spice. Slightly watery

Mouth feel has a nice balance of carbonation, slightly bitter

Over all this is one of the better pumpkin ales i have tasted. Not too heavy or over spiced, good balance of malts, spices, and hops
Would drink again

angelmonster, Nov 27, 2008
Photo of Spikester
2.17/5  rDev -36.2%

Poured cloudy amber from the three month old bottle. Nice big off-white head and lot's of lacings. Aroma is mild pumpkin pie.
Tatse is tart and bitter hops, some pumpkin pie spice and then it turns very sour. I gave a small sip to my wife without saying anything about and her comment was it tastes like someone dumped in a bottle of perfume.
If you like sour beers give this a try. Not me thanks.

Spikester, Nov 27, 2008
Wolaver's (Organic) Pumpkin Ale from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
78 out of 100 based on 397 ratings.