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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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355 Ratings

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Ratings: 355
Reviews: 177
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 16.81%
Wants: 6
Gots: 12 | 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 oriolesfan4


2.8/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2008 23:23:23 | More by oriolesfan4
Photo of lpayette


2.28/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

a- Chill-hazed light orange color. One finger head that reduces to a light covering before long. A bit of lacing.

s- lots of pumpkin, spice, and pumpkin pie (I guess the previous two combined really make up this smell). Just a bit of a sour note which is the initial indication that something is wrong.

t- There are plenty of spice and pumpkin flavors going around, but what concerns me is the unnecessary sour taste. I have confirmed with two other people who tried this that they experienced the same, yet there seem to be mixed reviews here online. Maybe we got a bad batch here locally? But this really has been a bit painful to try to get through this 6 pack over the past 2 or 3 weeks. On the positive side... I like the touch of cinnamon taste.

Another disappointing pumpkin beer. I had such high hopes...

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2008 01:52:32 | More by lpayette
Photo of lbkornlb14

New York

4.05/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer had a great pumpkin pie smell, one of the better pumpkin beers, Not too much spice which tends to happen sometimes like with the PumKing from Southern Tier (Still think its great though) It has a good pumpkin flavor too. This beer has an amazing nose. A real winner in the pumpkin category.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2008 00:18:15 | More by lbkornlb14
Photo of scarletfire79

New Hampshire

3.4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

big wolavers fan, had to try this one. i really dig the whole grown local brewed local concept, sadly the beer didn't deliver as well as it could. pours a solid amber, nice white head. the smell isn't overpowering but the spice notes are definitly present. the initial taste, as others have said, is a mouthful of pumpkin but watered down kind of. the tartness is what suprised me most. not exactly what i expected, but at the same time very drinkable and not overpowering. i almost like it more than other pumpkin ales that are so in your face with flavor that drinking more than one or two is impossible. this one is almost, dare i say, sessionable. not something i'd run uphill barefoot in a snowstorm to get, but fair enough.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2008 14:13:43 | More by scarletfire79
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer


3.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My 2nd Pumpkin ale and 1st Wolaver's.

A- Translucent brown-orange with a 1.5-finger bubbly head that leaves some decent lacing.

S- Smells of pumpkin along with pumpkin pie spices

T- Taste is light compared to the Dogfish Head Punkin, but it still tastes like pumpkins and hints of well-balanced spices. Like I felt with the DFH, not enough beer flavor

M- Medium body with low carbonation and slightly syrupy.

D- Drinks quick with its light, watery flavor. Could be better with more beer ingredients

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2008 03:53:38 | More by EnojysAnyBeer
Photo of sleazo

New York

2.23/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A_Pours a light bronze with a big soapy two fingered head. Retention is not too good as it quickly dissipates to a small cap. Lacing is decent.

S_The aroma is redolent of cloves. There is a minor cinnamon and ginger presence but the clove dominates.

T_Fairly light tasting from start to finish, this beer simply does not bring it. The first inital sip is very mildy sweet, then there is a bit of the spice mixture mentioned above. The clove dominates the other spices here as well. However the spices are mild. The finish is mildy mineral. The aftertaste leaves a bit of clove burn. The pumpkin flavour seems to be absent.

M_Very light bodied with a stinging carbonation.

D_Not very good at all. The flavours are mild and what there is dissipates quickly. Really not what I was looking for as an after dinner pumpkin beer. I really should just stick with DFH Pumpkin and ST Pumpking when I have the urge for the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2008 23:42:03 | More by sleazo
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a three finger beige head that fades slowly to a thin layer, leaving a good lace. Nearly clear amber color. Light carbonation and light-medium bodied. Pumpkin nose. Flavor is pumpkin and some citrus, hints of a bitter finish. $1.45 for a 12oz bottle from Cabot Quechee Store Quechee, VT.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2008 22:34:31 | More by jdhilt
Photo of stephendedalus


2.5/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Well...as a long-time fan (and consumer) of Wolaver's (and Otter Creek), I must admit that I am a little bit disappointed with this attempt. I love the concept of a locally and organically brewed (and grown) beer, and I really do enjoy pumpkin ales, especially this time of year. That said, this version falls short of Wolaver's typical standards. The beer does pour nicely, with a pale-white head, and the color is a wonderful -- and appropriate -- shade of amber. The nose is nice as well: cinnamon, cloves, and the usual suspects for a pumpkin ale, but not in a cloying sort of way. The taste, however, is where this offering falls short: after an initial mouth full of pumpkin, the taste quickly turns tart/sour, detracting from the overall enjoyment, and quickly banishing from your mind (and your taste buds) the initial flavors. This is not a horrible beer, but unless the sourness is cleaned up, I do not think I would get this again. Wolaver's Oatmeal Stout, however, is a different story...

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2008 01:50:15 | More by stephendedalus
Photo of Gmann

New York

3.7/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2008 03:46:27 | More by Gmann
Photo of asabreed

New York

3.9/5  rDev +15%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2008 22:40:37 | More by asabreed
Photo of dedrinker


2.68/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Hazy amber with an off-white head. Pleasing aroma of cinnamon and pie crust. Here is why people are trashing this beer - a burst of cinnamon on the flavor quickly turns sour with metallic notes and dill pickle! Ouch. medium body, and more cinnamon and sourness on the finish. Something went wrong. I hope they fix it next year, because this is their first try on this. Please don't make me wish I had an A-B pumpkin beer instead of this one. With so many pumpkin beers out these days, it's time to thin the heard.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2008 21:11:48 | More by dedrinker
Photo of timtim

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i don't see why a lot of people are trashing this beer. burnt orange with an off white head that holds pretty well and leaves nice lace. nose is pumpkin, spice (cinnamon, ginger, clove) and brown sugar. tastes relatively well balanced with a lemony kick from hops i assume. smooth medium body with a spicy finish that lasts... sort of. all in all not a bad beer. it's not a dipa, and i think people are forgetting that they are reviewing a pumpkin beer. good effort from a conscious and economic brewer.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2008 03:39:30 | More by timtim
Photo of riversider76

New York

4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, It's that time of year again!This one pours a nice golden orange with a thin white head.Decent retention and a very nice lacing.Aroma is of pumpkin spice. Body is medium with carbonation. Taste is pumpkin pie all the way.Spicey with some bready undertones. Very nice!

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2008 00:13:22 | More by riversider76
Photo of mcallister


3.13/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Amber colored with hardly a head but what is there leaves some spotty swirl driven lace.

Classic pumpkin ale aromas of all spice, nutmeg and cinnamon. A bit of bready malt in the background.

Not a bad pumpkin ale by any means. Nothing out of the ordinary however, unfortunately. A light bitter ale with the classic pumkin spices. Watery in mouthfeel with an overdone all spice. Still not bad and better than many of the un-imaginitive pumpkin beers. Can we get more Alpine brewing, Southern Tier, Midnight Sun, and Dogfish pumpkin beers out there. The base is what is what it's all about.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2008 22:53:27 | More by mcallister
Photo of kkosmoski

New York

3.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tall Harpoon Munich Dark glass. Date on the bottle is 8/21/08 (must be bottled on date, so this is nice and fresh). Appears kind of light orange in the glass with some haze. White head has some good staying power. Pumpkin dominates the nose along with some light toast, cinnamon and nutmeg. Pumpkin again steals the show on flavor - almost a toasted pumpkin seed taste. Also present are cinnamon, nutmeg, maybe cardomom, and a touch of light toasty malt. Feel is medium-light and somewhat prickly. This ale is pretty easy drinking, but I think the pumpkin and spice would get overwhelming to me after a couple.

This ale has a warming effect to it, and I don't think it can be attributed to the alcohol as I would guess it is quite moderate. The pumpkin and spicing just gives you that warm feeling of late summer/early fall and the harvest season in the northeast. Drinking pumpkin ales fresh is key in my opinion, and this one right now is very fresh and tasty. Although not one of my more favorite styles, pumpkin ales are always fun to visit in September/October to complement the colorful leaves and chilly air, and Wolaver's rendition has not disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2008 00:14:44 | More by kkosmoski
Photo of bonbini26

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On Tap @ the cloverleaf tavern 9/09/08

A: Pours a burnt amber color, with a nice head and decent lacing left behin

S: Strong amora of cinnamon, all-spice, pumpkin bread

T: At 1st a clove taste with a cinnamon and clove aftertaste, not alot of pumpkin stands out With a decent maltiness to finish

M: A ok, full-bodied mouthfeel overall. Fairly decent and pretty good. A very nice pumpkin ale.

D: A nice combination of mouthfeel and taste makes this beer pretty drinkable, def have to let it warm up some i think to get the full taste out of it, and probably could only have 1 or 2 of these

Serving type: on-tap

09-10-2008 18:36:36 | More by bonbini26
Photo of dadonabike


3.45/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2008 02:55:47 | More by dadonabike
Photo of AJPainter


3.95/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Crystal clear amber with orange hues and a thin white head. First whiff is pumpkin pie spice -- cinnamon, nutmeg, faint clove -- lovely, with a bit of malt in the background. Tastes of malt (toasty, and slightly grainy in a pleasant way) and spice, with little noticeable hop (other than to balance the malt). Smooth mouthfeel, not thick and chewy, but not thin at all.

Overall, very enjoyable. I'm not a fan of pumpkin by any means, except when it's in beer. This may be my go-to fall beer this year.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2008 00:15:46 | More by AJPainter
Photo of albern


2.38/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is a pretty lousy pumpkin ale, as far as the style goes. It pours an amber color with a decent head and retention. The aroma is unmistakably pumpkin, some nutmeg, some spices, some maltiness in there too. The taste is quite imbalanced. There is a definite pumpkin flavor, but it is compromised by the strong nutmeg, rind, and sharp spices. The pumpkin flavor should be sweet, and it is just sitting on top of a raw bitterness. This is an unpleasant brew, from an otherwise decent brewery.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2008 01:21:00 | More by albern
Photo of thekevlarkid


3.03/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought a lone bottle from City Mark-Up on a whim. Poured out a slightly hazy amber color leaning towards the honey side. Three finger head of tan with orange highlighted foam. Aromas of pumpkin, allspice and nutmeg with some subtle malt behind that. Slightly sour at first and a little off. Reminds me of a beer that has been light-f'ed. The pumpkin is there but it's not very pleasant because it lacks sweetness. Orange peel and nutmeg are too heavy giving the hops a bitter, astringent character. Laces quite well but the mouthfeel is a little fizzy and thin. Gotta say, after the great way it looks I was very disappointed with this beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2008 12:31:53 | More by thekevlarkid
Photo of BDIMike


3.35/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very thin and very clear amber colored beer. There is a thin white head that dissipates immediately.
Smell is very strong spice smell. There is a slight bit of pumpkin smell to this beer, but it is immediately overtaken with very strong spices, such as nutmeg and cinnamon and others.
Taste starts with a slight malt taste along with a slight pumpkin taste also. Those tastes are immediately taken over by very strong spices. The nutmeg taste is almost overpowering.
Mouthfeel is very smooth, but way too thin. There is nothing to the feel at all.
Drinkability is good on this beer. A good fall dinner with some turkey or a more subtle meat would be nicely spiced up paired with this brew. However, on its own, this beer is a little too powerful for me.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2008 02:11:22 | More by BDIMike
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.03/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2008 23:53:16 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Cloverleaf Tavern in Caldwell...
Pours a dense, dark-orange, tawny, ruddy hue with a decent-sized head for a pumpkin ale...
Smell: Nice aroma with hints of cinnamon, ginger, allspice, and cloves..., not too strong but certainly apparent...
Supposedly brewed with "fresh, organic pumpkins", this is a pretty good stab at the style...
Easily drinkable... Taste strongly paid homage to the essences noticeable in the aroma...
Not bad...
Worth a try if you are a fan of this type of seasonal...

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2008 01:31:01 | More by dsa7783
Photo of maddogruss

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a pint of this from the Cloverleaf Tavern.

A: Pours an amber body with a nice, white head with decent retention and nice lacing along the glass. Head disappeared about halfway through the beer, but the lacing was still pretty good.

S: Smelled of a sweeter cinnamon smell with clove notes. Hints of pumpkin were also evident in the undertones.

T: A strong clove taste with a spicy cinnamon and clove aftertaste. Pumpkins are no longer really evident as the spices really come out. A decent malt background did well to compliment the spices.

M: A ok, full-bodied mouthfeel overall. Fairly decent and pretty good. A very nice pumpkin ale.

D: A nice combination of mouthfeel and taste makes this beer pretty drinkable. While the very strong clove taste got to me a little bit later, overall, the beer was pretty good and definitely worth at least a session or two.

Serving type: on-tap

08-27-2008 14:01:49 | More by maddogruss
Photo of almychristopher

New York

3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a nice orangish amber color with an off white head that recedes to lacing. the aroma has a decent pumpkin aroma that isn't overpowered by the spices. the taste probides more of the pumpkin which compliments the malt flavor nicely. the mouth feel is full with adequate carbonation... the dry finish makes this a fairly drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2008 20:33:02 | More by almychristopher
Wolaver's (Organic) Pumpkin Ale from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
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