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:
No notes at this time.

Added by stirgy on 04-01-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 370 |  Reviews: 223
Photo of dbatch
3.2/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Twelve ounce bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a reddish brown, the color hides the carbonation rising to the top of the glass. Hard pour, but not much head, but some decent lacing.

S: Fruity, but not overwhelming. I really cant discern whats happening here. Maybe some malt, hard to tell.

T: After what I'd seen and smelled, I prepared for the worst. But its surprisingly tasty, caramel and chocolate play on the palate.

M: Not bad, creamy, finishes smooth and light.

D: For me, not a session beer, but one or two will do me right if it came down to it.

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Photo of yourunclewalt
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Deep, blood-red / burgundy body with white lacing

S - Suprisingly fruity esters, resiny hops, with a chocolatey malt finish

T - Oats, caramel, dark chocolate; none of the hops of fruits present in the nose

M - Thick, heavy body that recedes mid-palate and finishes light

D - Delicious, and well done to style once again by Wolaver's

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

I'm always down for the organic...respect the planet, man.

Chocolaty with light coffee overtones. Hops take the backseat, as is typical in this style. There is almost a Country Crock butteryness to the malts. Could that be the Munich malts they speak of on the label?

The malts taste like less than chocolate and more than caramel. I'm guessing that's the Munich malts. The label informs us of the three different hops used in this brew, Tettnang,Hallertaur, and Liberty, but it makes me wonder if such a diversness in hops is neccessary and prudent for such a malty brew, or is that why we can taste the malts as we do? The questions it brings up is the cause of the.

Mouthfeel is standard for any good quality Brown Ale, smooth with a fool texture.

The chocolate malts work so well in this beer working more as a backup then the star player. I could definitely drink a couple or 3 of these. Especially good when it warms up.

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Photo of Maerzen
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this from a 12 oz bottle at Little Star Pizza in San Francisco. Poured a medium brown with a good head. However, the head quickly disappeared and left very little lacing. The smell had had lots of brown sugar, caramel - very nutty. Lots of malt with a bit of hops hiding out. This is my first experience with this brewery - in fact, I hadn't seen it before - and I have to say it was very enjoyable. Would definitely have this again and recommend it.

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

Pours out a rusty brown with a decent head and good lacing. Rich molasses in the aroma along with some bready malts. The taste is a little more tangy than I expected but good overall. I swear there's some alcohol coming through in the aftertaste though. This is a solid session beer and especially good for anyone into organic brews.

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Photo of Puddleglum
3.82/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

All in all I enjoyed this. The head dissipated quickly and laced very little but once again this could have been operator error for the novice bartenders. I thought it had a nice chocolate malt aroma and flavor and was good and dry. I found it quaffable as well.

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Photo of alephilmac
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this from an imperial glass meant for brown ales. Light head, fading to nothing rather quickly.
Appearance: light brown, a bit lighter than I was expecting, but attractive.
Smell: very sweet, almost too much at first, but a little bit of air and the unpleasant aroma dissipated and it was quite pleasant.
Taste: nice, but nothing to right home about, this is a pretty average ABA.

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Photo of Brad007
3.32/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- medium-brown in color with a really fine head of foam.

Smell- Sweet and malty like I expect a brown ale to be.

Taste- Tastes of malt with a little bit of astringency.

Mouthfeel- Leaves a nice, sweet aftertaste, even after the slight burn on my mouth.

Drinkability- Not too bad but it's also possible that I got a batch that has passed some time. Would definitely be drinkable from a tap.

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Photo of flexabull
3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber color, with a nice looking big head.

Aromas are sweet, nutty, and bread like.

Beer tastes like dough, a hint of roasted malts, and there is also a bit of an off sour taste. This isn't an unpleasant beer, it's not bad, but it just doesn't really taste like a brown ale should.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. It has a nice well rounded feel, and is well carbonated.

Drinkability is pretty good. It's a fairly uninteresting beer, that doesn't seem to fit the style it's shooting for. But it has a decent flavor, and could be an ok session beer. Maybe a brown ale "light".

Thanks for the bottle of jpagewatts.

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Photo of plaid75
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light brown and amber hue with a one finger creamy off-white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a solid roasted grain and soft caramel and chocolate malt.

The taste consisted of a crisp chocolate and caramel malt with cocoa and dry coffee highlights. Very nice lightly spiced hops rounded out the experience.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness with a dry finish.

Overall a pretty good brown ale. Certainly worth revisiting.

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

Pours coppery amber and clear with two fingers of off-white head that quickly dropped to one finger. Strong pleasing aroma of malt and grains, caramel and crystal. Taste is bold and assertive. Everything comes at you at once, fruityness, nuttyness, and a nicely balanced bitterness.

A fine drinkable ale.

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Photo of geexploitation
3.82/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright brown color with nice ruby highlights and a collar of foam in lieu of a head. Typical brown ale aroma, but done nicely, of grains, caramel malts, chocolates and a light, non-specific fruitiness. On the palate, big, bright carbonation and good malt and hop bitterness. Minimal fruitiness, plenty of grainy notes, and a surprising amount of acidity. Overall, a nice brown ale, certainly drinkable, and a very good, sessionable option for those looking for organic beers.

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

This beer pours a medium amber brown copper color with a small head about 1/3 of an inch thick upon pouring that settles to a small film layer a few minutes after being poured. it eventually settles to just a small foamy ring lining the inside of the glass. Not much lacing to speak of. Sweet aromas of malt, brown sugar, maple, and a hint of fruits such as apple and plum are present. Also has hints of nut and bread. The taste is rounded out by a very slight touch of hops. Has a fairly crisp and light to medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Very easy to drink in the way that a good beer should be. Nothing special here, but this is worth a try or two.


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

12oz bottle, bottled 10/31/06.

Pours a deep amber color with a small finger or so of head that falls quickly to a small ring of foam.

Aroma is bready and nutty, all malty aspects, no notable hops. Not a very aromatic beer.

Taste is very, very nutty along with a subtle bitterness in the finish. It kind of tastes a little cardboardy, though I think its more the malts used than the age of the beer. I noted in in other reviews too (just checked now) and it seems thats something that comes through.

Mouthfeel is a tad too thin in my opinion. I'd like a brown ale to have a bit more legs to it.

Drinkability is decent, but this beer isn't really tasty enough to have more than one. I like what they are going for with the organic brewing, but this beer isn't really a champion of the technique.

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Photo of Braudog
2.52/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From a 12 oz bottle, this poured with more of a fire-engine red color than brown, with a monster of a big white frothy head. Not much aroma penetrates the fortress of a head, but I get a tingle of caramel, a pinch of pine. The flavor is thankfully a bit more pronounced: caramel and earthy hoppiness that manifests itself in an orchard-like fruitiness. There’s a dry bite right at the beginning, but unfortunately it doesn’t save this beer from mediocrity. (#2680, 2/4/2007)

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Photo of gueuzeonhigh
3.56/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has a golden brown with red tinge color.
Creates a thick creamy head that laces the glass.
Nose is weak- there is a bit of bitter hops and nutty aroma, but slight.
I wish there was more flavor-- flavor is there but not to the degree that I have experienced with other brown ales. Start is mild with whisps of hops bitterness, some caramel. The flavor what there is of it lasts and finishes clean.
Mouthfeel is cordial-- but beer dissipates quickly.
Drinkability is good. The beer's character is mild, perhaps not what I look for in a brown ale-- I would put it in my list of "everyday" beer stock.... nothing to use for a celebration...

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Photo of RunawayJim
3.16/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Average head, light tan in color. Beer is a dark brown with a reddish hue. Good lacing on glass.

Weak smell, smells like an average brown ale.

Taste is very watered down. Slight bitterness and very slight roasted nutty flavor. Mild carbonation. Flavor gets a bit stronger halfway through as beer warms slightly.

Average mouthfeel, quite watery in feel. Carbonation is barely felt. Almost like drinking a nearly flat soda (without the syrupy thickness) or seltzer water. It has a very clean feel to it though.

It's drinkable, but I don't think I'd purchase it again. Barely noticeable that it's a beer while drinking it other than the slight flavor and scent (and obviously the color).

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Photo of dordorica
3.94/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The aroma is nice and malty with a hint of citrus-y hops aroma. It promises to be a fine, tasty beer. It pours with little foam and no lace left afterwards. The color is on the lighter-side for a brown ale - the color of Lipton tea. Overall, the appearance is on the disappointing side. The taste is crisp and straight-forward with light nuttiness from the caramel and chocolate malts, though lighter than might be expected. In the end, I find this beer to be decent and if I was in the mood, I might buy another sixer. Generally, though, I probably would opt to try something else. There are so many other beers out there and this isn't quite what one is expecting or looking for when in the mood for a brown ale; it's not bad, though.

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Photo of alysmith4
3.46/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Found this beer on tap at the DC Green Festival. It was a featured beer because of its organic status. It was good, but not great. The taste and smell was probably altered though, as it was served in a recycled paper cup! It had a mild flavor, and a well balanced mix of spices. Carbonation was appropriate as well. Would order again, but in a pint glass next time!

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

This poured to a light brown with a small head that quickly shrank to a ring. It's not leaving a small amount of lace.

The smell is of toasted malts and nuts. The taste starts with malts and nuts and adds a nice hop bitterness at the end. The mouthfeel is fairly sharp, while drinkability is good.

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Photo of mpyle
3.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Surprisingly pale in color - looks more like a darker IPA or Barleywine than a brown ale. Chocolate and darker crystal malts probably not used in abundance. Head dropped fairly quickly to a thin, white layer. Coarse looking carbonation.

Clean aroma, with no strong malt or hop notes. Based on the lack of aroma, would expect a fairly subdued, flavorless beer.

Starts and finishes clean with a pleasant burst of flavor in the middle. Certainly more bitter than malty sweet, and lacking the upfront hoppiness that is found in American Browns. Certainly not overwhelming in flavor, but pleasant and highly drinkable. Mouthfeel is moderate and feels in line with the 5.7% ABV. Overall a fairly nice, semi-dark beer.

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Photo of terrabyte
1.96/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a clear, light brown color with quite a large head.

I couldn’t smell much, but I thought I detected some skunking. Turns out, I wasn’t far off.

I really didn’t like the flavor of this beer. It seemed sour and bitter. It seemed to go down better towards the end, but this was very, very disappointing. There was something really off with this beer, and I hope it was only this batch. Certainly no one would attempt this flavor as their intended goal?

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Photo of AlexJ
2.77/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light chestnut in color, much lighter than the average Brown Ale, with a fluffy tan head that has moderate retention and stick.

Aroma of toasted nuts, roasted grain, stale coffee, and damp paper with just a smidge of caramel sweetness.

Flavor similar, though more diluted. Moderately toasty malts with a tiny bit of chocolate and bitter coffee grinds. That wet paper note is unfortunately still present. The finish is a little too hoppy and dry, almost astringent. It just doesn't satisfy, and is almost difficult to finish.

Body is above light with a slippery texture and watery mouthfeel. Not my favorite from Wolavers.

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Photo of tugdriver7
4.05/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I thought the Wolaver's "organic" bit was a marketing tool, but the taste is great; so I don't know whether it tastes better because it's organic or because I know it's organic. Regardless, very nice chestnut color body with small, creamy head. A bit of hops but a more present sweet malt in the nose. Feels think and slightly bubbly in the mouth, and the taste was a very nice mix of carmel (and darker) malts with just a hint of a variety of hops tastes, including a bit of spice. I started it too cold and the taste actually improved as it warmed in the glass a bit. It mellowed and became more balanced. Really intriguing. A bit sweet for me, but I really enjoyed it and I'm glad I bought the 6-pack. I'll have to repeat the taste test... again... and again. Keeping style in mind, it's a great beer.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wolaver's- Brown Ale

Appearance- Hazelnut brown with a thin head.
Smell- light candy chocolate with an earthy grass/ straw/ mud aroma.
Taste- Candy bar chocolate, sweet with hints of brown sugar, caramel, and hazelnut.
Mouthfeel- sugary sweet with a nice dry finish. The beers flavor really blossoms in the end.

Overall- A Brown Ale that was a little light on flavor but nether-the-less was an enjoyable 1.

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Wolaver's Brown Ale from Otter Creek Brewing
3.52 out of 5 based on 370 ratings.
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