Wolaver's Brown Ale | Otter Creek Brewing

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Wolaver's Brown AleWolaver's Brown Ale

Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing
Vermont, United States

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by stirgy on 04-01-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.18/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice substantial brown, not overly thin like so many in style, carbonation on point, 1/2" tan head. Aroma had a mild hop and brown malt current.

Taste imparted some roast, some hops, decent stuff for style. This is a introductory transitionary beer for those getting away from BMC AAL's for sure, does nothing bad.

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Photo of EvoRich
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Pours a very light brown, almost and reddish amber color. Not much head produced.

Smell: Very malty with a caramel aroma.

Taste: A nice sweet caramel flavor with a roasted malt finish.

Feel: Refreshing, medium bodied and smooth.

Overall: Good all-around beer.

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Photo of seedyone
4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

08/28/13 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. As advertised the cherry & currant tastes are there but in a most complimentary way. Great lacing...always a good sign. I like this very much. Methinks it would befit all seasons.

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Photo of Minkybut
2.75/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I poured this not okay beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was a cloudy amber color. The beer did not have any head at all and was also devoid of any smell of any kind. I really had high hopes. This was part of a purchase I made online from halftime.com but I did not like most of the beers including this one. I will not buy again.

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Photo of HarryPlopper
3.24/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Amber and hazy appearance with some foam that disappeared quickly. Mild amount of lacing.

Very hoppy smell.

Bitter and hoppy taste with some caramel undertones. I wasn't getting much vanilla. Not much aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is smooth and thin. Not too much carbonation.

Overall a decent beer.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint glass pour is pale amber/brown, orange highlights, hazy. Off-white head retains very well. Scent is dessert-y, definitely on the sweet side, improves nicely with warmth. Caramel and brown sugar mostly, with some light cocoa, vanilla, nutty malts and bread.

Taste is less sweet but plainer, offering mostly caramel, nutty malts, bread, light roast and some leafy hops there as well. Slight off/medicinal tastes. The mouthfeel is a pretty thin and highly carbonated for the style but not really a bother.

Not bad but lacking some flavor and body, the scent was good.

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Photo of scotorum
3.15/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

a. Medium translucent amber with a eighth inch head which dissipated quickly. Little lacing as it drained.

s. Hardly any noticeable odor. Not a good omen for this drinker, who likes flavor!

t. Very little to distinguish it from most other mild ales.

m. Pleasant to drink. Light, moreso than its darker color and higher ABV (for a brown) might predict.

o. Disappointing. I was hoping for more from a Vermont brown. It's not bad by any means, just too mild for this reviewer. If you are into organic, it might outattract much of the competition on that basis. Good enough with a meal, refreshing on a hot day. But then there are plenty of cheaper ales which can accomplish that. OTOH, highly sessionable; perhaps the best thing going for it is the mild taste yet moderate ABV.

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Photo of Omnium
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Pint Glass
A - Pours a murky amber color, half a finger head, thinner on the lacing.
S - Toffee Malts, with some nutty characteristics like hazelnut, earthy hop scents, and a slight touch of smokiness.
T - Moderate malt, clove, nice balacned hop bite with the slightly roasted malt.
M - Middle of the road, smooth and drinkable, the good flavors stay with you.
O - I'd say this would be best for fall, but is an average brown ale, not the best but certainly drinkable by all means.

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Photo of microbrewlover
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a cloudy orange brown with a one finger head which lasts for a few minuets and moderate lacing stays on the glass to the end.

The smell is strong with nuts, and sweet malts. Some roasted malt smell as well. Some floral hop smell is also present.

The taste starts with strong carbonation, sweet and roasted malts. Some carmel and nuts come next then some oily hops at the end. However the various tastes run together a little too much. It would be nice if the tastes were 'spread out' some more.

The mouthfeel is crisp, from the carbonation, slightly bready, chewy and oily at the end.

Overall this brew shows promise, it has some great smells and tastes. This is a good brown ale but it would be great if the tastes were more spread out across the palate instead of running together.

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Photo of MadScientist
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: A deep amber with a slight haze. The light tan head is made of thick rocky bubbles with excellent retention.

S: A light malt aroma and moderately-light earthy hops. There are some slight caramel malt notes and vanilla. No diacetyl. Light esters of dried fruit and plums.

T: A balance of caramel and malt sweetness against a hop bitterness. The medium malt sweetness and medium bitterness give a balance that is about even. There is a light, citus hops flavor. Notes of vanilla, coffee and light dried fruit. The finish is off-dry with a light bitter aftertaste. Slight diacetyl.

M: A smooth creamy, medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. No astringency and a light slickness on the palate.

O: An enjoyable American Brown that balances the malt and hops bill well making for a great beer to pair with robust autumn dish that include squash, pumpkin or roasted root vegetables.

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Photo of jifigz
3.08/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A bottle poured into a pint glass.

The appearance is a light reddish/amber brown color with a small bubbly heat that disappears rather quickly. The aroma of the brew is sweet, slightly grainy, with a little touch of iron to it. The taste is very sweet with just a touch of bitterness riding the tail-end of this one. The flavors are slightly husky and grainy and just a touch of a roasted flavor. The MF is pretty thin and weak feeling on this brew, but it has enough backbone to hold the light flavor and feel of this overall.
This is an average brown ale....nothing more....nothing less.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.57/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a light, bright, chestnut coloring that is unfiltered and opaque. Sparse, thin, filmy white surface coating of head. Aromas of tangy caramel, richly sweet nut, and a slight roasting. Maybe even a hint of toffee dabbed in there, too. Smells inviting, but not overpowering. Flavors are a tad on the sharp side due to the light body and increased carbonation in the mouthfeel. Once past that, there are an abundance of nutty sweet layers cascading the palate, with hazelnut and roastiness being the mainstay. Touches of toffee again make their presence known on the tail-end of the palate. The sweet and roast make the transition into the aftertaste, but that stay is very short-lived. The aftertaste washes away very quickly, leaving a clean, slightly sweet finish. Not a bad beer, but not one of my top Browns.

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Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.03/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Into a pint glass:

A: copper/red, slightly brown colored body and leaves a nice off-white two finger foamy head that lasts for a good two minutes. The body is too dark for any carbonation to be seen rising. Some minimal spotty lacing is seen here and there.

S: grainy nuttiness backed up with some slight malty breadiness.

T: pretty much the same smells in the flavoring.

M: medium with some slight harshness on the tongue. The aftetaste is dry. I would say this is fairly drinkable.

O: as much as I like browns, this one hmmm. . . I kinda don't think I'd come back to. Why? Well, probably because there are too many other browns that I enjoy more. Its just another average brown.

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Photo of smakawhat
2.78/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured on tap into a shaker pint at Bee's Knees diner in Morrisville.

An interesting very copper red body and fairly clear. Slight tan brown head, with no lacing. Can't see much carbonation coming up from the glass.

Nose is virtually non existent, with perhaps some faint malt, no sense of nutty or brown bread.

Taste is rather unremarkable. Faint nutty action with an extremely wet and slapping body. Finish is lacking, flavors don't seem to stick around what little there are. Extremely weak body, that doesn't carry much forward. THere's some very faint nut and malt but that's about it.

Overall though it's still drinkable, but really nothing remarkable. Kind of hits like a very bad mild, not worth drinking there is so much better in this style out there.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Hazy amber color with a rocky white head. Nice retention and lace, more than I expected.

Rich aroma in the nose. Toffee, caramel and a hint of vanilla. Minimal fruit, maybe some earthy hops at the back.

Mouth is not as rich as I thought from the nose. Caramel and toffee are present, but not dominant. Surprisingly not as sweet as I thought. Toffee lingers for a bit, with a flash of vanilla near the end. A bit of drying, earthy hops at the end.

Medi body, softer carbonation. Seems to be a nice session beer with some character. A solid brown, bonus for the organic thing.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.08/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at the brewery.

More of an amber than a brown beer in color; small head that falls rather quickly; patchy lacing. Nose is fairly muted; a mix of caramel sweetness and lightly toasted malt. Not really a lot of aroma at all.

Overall quite bland in flavor; lacking in distinction and roasted notes, chocolate, coffee, or what-have-you. Again there is a bit of caramel sweetness and some mild toasted malt but not much else. Very faint bitter hops buried underneath. Dry finish, short aftertaste.

Pretty non-descript and uninteresting take on a brown ale, a style which is seeing more and more fine offerings lately. This wasn’t one of them for me, unfortunately.

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Photo of magine
3.82/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a nonic.

Pours a light caramel brown with a quick fading off white lace head. The head goes by quick. Minimal patchy lace remains, sheen layer of head remains as well. Decent looks.

Brew smells of caramel malts and vanilla. Good nose.

Brew is balanced; initially smooth and creamy good maltiness upfront and then the hops finish things up. Surprising hops at the end. Good drying finish. Good caramel sweetness and floral hops is what I am getting, maybe even a hint of vanilla. Maybe a little too hoppy for a brown, but good though. Good brew.

This is a good brown ale here; good flavors good balance and good feel. If it looked better it would be a stand out. Still good stuff though.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.61/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle stamped: 3295051712. Sampled on June 8, 2012. The pour is dark amber like a brown should look with a slight haze to it and a small head that lingers throughout. There is nothing extraordinary in the aroma which brings out a little maltiness and a slight hoppiness but nothing nut like. The body wasn't bad with a medium, smooth texture. The hops take over most of the taste but not to the point of being overly bitter. However it comes across as a little acidic. The brown malts are subdued.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
2.88/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tall, slender pint glass. Emerges a clear and ruddy brown color. Topped with a small white head that recedes rather abruptly to a small, wispy, cloud like presence on top of the beer.

Aroma is bready, cracker-like. Some caramel malts make an appearance. Rather sweet smelling, kind of like a malt liquor. Hints of chocolate and toffee.

Decent flavor profile. Still, a little sweet for my tastes. Bready with too much caramel sweetness. Thin on the mouthfeel. Slightly toasty. I guess this one was okay, but there was a sort of corn, cheap sweetness to it that turned me off. I have four of these in a mixed sixer and that will be plenty for me. I will pass next time.

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Photo of B967ierhunter177
2.04/5  rDev -42%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

This beer pours a clear, bold copper at first then becomes increasingly cloudy as the glass fills. It has one finger head and lace until the end. It's aroma is of toffee, toast, and some pine. The flavor is roasted malt with grapefruit and toffee notes with an increasing alcohol bite as it warms. The mouthfeel is stichy and light-medium. Wolavers Brown Ale is an okay beer, not bad but no more, recommended.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
2.92/5  rDev -17%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle purchased at Market Basket in Somersworth. Pours a murky brown with a thin film of khaki-colored head. Smells malty and slightly fruity. Tastes roasty, somewhat sweet, and slightly astringent. Light bodied with moderate carbonation. A little drier than I usually like my brown ales. Middle of the road.

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Photo of Dave1999
4.59/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pored a brown/red cloudy colour with a thin white head.

The smell was very nice had strawberries, figs, liquorice , prunes and biscuits.

Tasted of bread, malts, cherries and prunes.

The mouth feel was light to medium with a nice level of carbonation.

I really liked this beer wasn't what I expected from a brown ale but I will buy it again.

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Photo of jaasen64
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from Wolavers mixed 12

A- golden brown, slightly hazy but translucent, pretty much no head.

S- slightly sweet, light caramel/toffee, a little bit nutty.

T- lightly sweet, nutty, slight caramel.

M- medium bodied, well balanced, drinkable.

O- This beer wasn't as good as the other Wolaver beers from the mixed 12. Slightly above average brown ale with a nice slightly sweet taste. Kind of similar to Newcastle, but a little bit sweeter and definitely better tasting.

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Photo of SickGnar
3.51/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Warm and robust copper to leaning slightly brownish with a large lightly sherbet hued light khaki head. Keeps a good ring and leaves okay splotches of lace.

S: Toasty grain, light nutty malt, even more light hints of sweetness and esters. Hunting finds a barely noticeable and sort of earthy hop impression. Quite a shy nose.

T: Firmly nutty – far more so than the nose. Solid toasty backbone rounded out by a bit of sweetness, caramel, and a touch of roast. Barest ghost hints of dark fruits. Woody, earthy, and slightly grassy/leafy hops stay just a step behind – but quite a bit more forward than nose.

M: A tad over medium body with CO2 just slightly under matched. Start on the sweeter side, but slides just a touch semi-drying in the finish.

D: A rich but uncomplicated brown. Quite nutty and toasty, but also with a fair bit of sweetness and caramel. Somefruity esters and soft hops round it out. Unassuming, but well-crafted and quaffable.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a lovely chocolate syrup brown with a tall bubbly tan head. smells like dark chocolate and brown sugar. taste is bitter though, not hop bitter, more of a coffee bitter, not at all unpleasant, but unexpected. a full malt body and moderate carbonation give it an appealing mouthfeel, although probably not the best session brown ale. worked very well with braised beef shanks and winter squash

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