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 pezoids on 04-01-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 223 | Ratings: 370
Photo of bewareOFpenguin
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Given to me by a vegan friend, this is a solid offering. Light brown, bubbly and whispy head, it looks the title. The taste is crisp and clean with malts and just a touch of citric. You feel like a hippie drinking this, almost wanting to go hug a tree. It brings out the true character of Vermont.

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

Pours a cloudy copper with a slightly off-white head. The head is short-lived and laces minimally. The nose is light and hints mostly of malts, with some fruity spiciness. The flavor is full of malt and fruit, mostly of a fall, pumpkin pie variety. Quite nice, but a bit unexpected for the style. Good mouthfeel and very good drinkability.

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Photo of WesWes
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a "brown color" with a lacey off-white head. The aroma is of crystal malts and some roasted barley. The taste is good. There is a smooth chocolaty flavor that has residual sweetness. There seems to be a decent amount of hopping here. The mouthfeel is fine. This is a medium bodied ale with a mild carbonation. This is a good brown ale.

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Photo of scottum
3.44/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear deep red-brown with a big white head. Malty sweet. No major flavors stand out though it is slightly toasty. Hops are clean and mellow. They only come in near the end and help to balance the beer. This is a solid simple brown. It's so great to finally see organic beer in the store.

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

Impressive looking amber color...tan head on top...clean and clear looking...Nose is sweet and nutty...very nice...body is on the light side of medium..a nice pleasant taste but not overloaded with flavor...the nutty characteristics are very nice..a nice sweet malt flavor without being overdone...you'd hardly guess hops are in this until the finish, then they provide some a minor hop presence..overall for as initially sweet as it is, this is pretty balanced..

A good Brown...to be honest not one of my favorites or one of my least favorites...I could take itor leave it but there is no question this is a well made beer and is definitely worth trying...If I had to buy it again I don't think I would...not that it's bad, just that I would chose some other browns over this...

For the record I hovered bakc and forth between 4.0 and 3.5 for the taste...tough call..went with 3.5

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Photo of HappyHourHero
2.91/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The light tan head dissapeared after only half a minute, leaving a decent amount of lacing. The beer is amber brown in color and pretty transparent. The smell is a mix of caramel and bready yeast. The taste is a nice combination of caramel nutty malts and sweet hops. There's a moderate amount of carbonation that lingers on your tongue followed by a light bitterness and a hint of metal.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.2/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear deep auburn appearance. Just a skimming of creamy brown head. Lacing is full. Smells a little nutty and a little chocolatey. Also some light perfumey hop tones. Big roasted nut and cocoa tones on the palate. Hops really accentuate nicely. Just a little burnt malt bitterness rides the tongue after the swallow. And there's a nice brown sugar sweetness that resides on the tongue after the swallow. Body is barely medium . This is really a solid brown ale. Unique and tasty.

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Photo of chaduvel
3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark amber in color, thin off-white lace. Smells rich and nutty yet crisp and clean. Taste is nut malts with a tang of hops, but the malts dominate. A roasted clean finish. Not a whole lot going on here, but a very quality brew. Pretty good brown ale, and cheers for being organic.

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Photo of beerguy101
2.98/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Medium brown color, medium white foamy head. Aroma is nutty and sweet. Nice roasted malts, somewhat hoppy. A medium bodied brown ale. Nice smooth taste, full flavor. Nutty mellow taste. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is malty and slightly bitter.

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Photo of pezoids
3.66/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer looks great. A bright ruby/brown color that is very clear. The aroma makes me think of cardboard that's been sitting out in the rain for a few weeks. There's some fruit in there along with caramel. A mellow bittersweet taste with roasted notes, even some chocolate. This is a decent and flavorful brown ale that has a dry finish.

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Photo of Darkale
3.97/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light brown and clear. Lighter than most brown ales I've tried. Thick, creamy tan head.

Very yeasty aroma. Slightly yeasty in the mouth, too, and also slick and creamy. Roasted malt taste, foamy, with brown ale bitterness and some sourness, too.

An interesting brown ale. I don't drink so many brown ales that I can quite put my finger on where this one goes astray. I don't mind the trip it takes, but it's not the typical brown ale trip.

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Photo of Reidrover
2.64/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Ok my organic "kick" continues..with Wolavers King of the organic beer scene.
12 oz brown long neck nice simple label depicting some guys scything.
The appearance was rather good in the glass a crystal clear brown with a tiny head..though that went fast.
I am afraid the aroma( or stench) of this beer was very unappealing..just sour milky yukky aroma..maybe its skunked( but in a brown bottle???)
Well the taste is watery and weak..but its better than the smell..kind of dry..not impressed.
not great on the tongue too watery.
For me not drinkable..maybe I got a bad one ..but the Eel river beers are 10 times better as Organics.

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Photo of Ianhockey91
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After picking a case of this nifty brew up, I decided to let it sit in the fridge for a while (it was a hot day and it had been in the car for 20 minutes). With the first pour it came out a deep caramel with a reddish tint. Also, I noticed the head wasnt overly small, but no where near overbearing and the aroma had a distinctive malty punch with a hint of some quality hops to go along. But as it always does, it came down ot the taste. At first it hits almost as if it was a darker beer, then the malt really takes over. A nutty and a bit chocolatey flavor is detected with the malt which trails off nicely with a slight hoppy bite at the end. A few notabale features of this brew were that the carbonation stays strong throughout, it seems to change ot a thicker cream like consistency on your tounge, and finally that it is one of the few all organic beers on the market today. This would be a great beer to enjoy on a summer day with a steak or two on the grill, or perhaps some grilled chicken.

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Photo of RBorsato
2.78/5  rDev -21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Nice brown/amber color with a light brown head, decent carbonation, and lots of lace. Nice toasty malt and light hop aroma. Downhill from there .... An unpleasant rough malt flavor with a harsh afterbite. Medium bodied.

Not one I'd drink again except maybe to see if this was a bad bottle but I don't think so.

Label States: "Certified Organic" & "Caramel, Munich, and Chocolate malt" & "Tettnang, Hallertauer, and Liberty hops"

This bottle was brewed by Otter Creek Brewing Co. Middlebury, VT.

Bottled: 01/15/03 (Batch #1289)
Tasted: 04/28/03

($1.49 / 12 oz.)

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Photo of fattyre
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer pours a very slightly hazy dark reddish brown with a moderate creamy tan head. The mouthfeel is medium to thin. The smell is sweet malt and dried fruit. The taste is of raisins and is slightly smokey. Overall a pleasant drinkable yet unobtrusive mild ale.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours a crystal clear chestnut body that's capped by a creamy off-white head. It drops shortly but keeps a decent collar and some whispy surface covering throughout the glass, as well as leaving some thin lace. The nose displays a toasty, chocolate-tinged malt and some spicy hops. The body is medium/light and combines with a fine, restrained carbonation to give a smooth and gently creamy mouthfeel. The flavor displays an exceptional balance of softly sweet, lightly toasty and mildly chocolatey malt that's infused with gently spicy hops and backed by a supportive bitterness. It finishes dry with a flourish of spicy hop flavor and some lingering toasty malt. Very nicely done. Exceptionally clean and well-balanced with alot of finesse. Very drinkable, and with enough character to keep it interesting throughout several glasses. And I appreciate the fact that it's organic.

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Photo of 12ouncecurls
3.15/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber color. Not a lot of carbonation, but a small amount of lace is left behind. Doesn't taste too much like most other brown ales I've tried. Starts out with a carmel and a slight toasty malt flavor and end with a kinda dry fruity or floral taste. The hops seem sort of citrusy throughout. Drinkable but a little on the sweet side for me. Worth trying.

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Photo of Morris729
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium brown color with a thin cream colored head. The aroma is predominately roasted malts with a slight note of citrus. Very clean and crisp in the mouth with flavors of sweet malts and a bit of caramel. A very easy drinking brown ale, although I wouldnÂ’t really call this a brown ale.

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Photo of BeerAngel
3.13/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This is an odd brew! Pours a clear dark amber with a small off-white head that dissipates rather quickly. The smell is nice enough with hints of roasted malt and light caramel. The taste is rather tilted and not totally consistant with the smell. It has the burnt malt and carmel notes along with an overwhelming amount of odd semi-sweet musk. Has a very light hopped bitterness that does not fill in the gap. It is complex, but not balanced. Interesting to say the least, but not great. Cheers!

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Photo of Gusler
3.2/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer on the pour a deep garnet with the head reasonable in size and the texture frothy, the color a light tan as it slowly erodes the lace forms a thin but sealing sheet upon the glass. Nose is malt and lightly sweet, tad earthy, clean and fresh. Front is malt sweet with the top reedy. Finish is dry and passably hopped the acidity light, all in all a drinkable beer.

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Photo of Murph
3.34/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours far too light for the style, a bright amber, with a decent head that fades rather quickly. Smell is of some nice caramel malt with some nice hop aroma thrown in to balance it out nicely. The taste on the other hand seems to be lacking the well balanced qualities of the aroma. Lots of hops up front as is somewhat expected of an american brown. The malt then announces its presence, but no one seems to notice since it is so weak and slightly astringent. The mouthfeel is left a bit unbalnced as well. There is a crisp hoppiness and some sticky maltiness, but the malty mouthfeel appears from nowhere and feels out of place. The unbalnced taste and mouthfeel of this beer definitely detract from its drinkability as well. Just not a very good beer.

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

Medium brown color, decent off-white head, very good lace, lots of fine bubbles. Aroma of roasted malts, also herbal notes. Flavor begins with nutty malt flavors, followed by bitter grapefruit-flavored hops, then toasted malt flavors. Not bad, but less rich and flavorful than other brown ales that I have tried.

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

Presentation: 12oz short brown twist, on the neck states that this product is certified by the OTCO as organic. No freshness date.

Appearance: Deep clear amber in colour with a faded tan creamy lace.

Smell: Full toasted grainy malt aroma.

Taste: Crisp and clean with a semi sharp ,yet nutty , toasted malt and light hop bitterness up front. Then the brew goes a bit tangy from the hop, and is followed by the lingering remnants of the drying toasted malt flavours.

Notes: With so many brown ales out on the shelves, this one is above the norm.

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Wolaver's Brown Ale from Otter Creek Brewing
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