Wolaver's (Organic) Pumpkin Ale | Otter Creek Brewing

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Wolaver's (Organic) Pumpkin AleWolaver's (Organic) Pumpkin Ale

Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing
Vermont, United States

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.35%

Availability: Fall

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-08-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Givemebeer
4.31/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle into pint glass

A: Amber brownish orange. Almost no head and medium carbonation.

S: Bursting with smells of pumpkin and cinnamon. Also nutmeg. I can smell this from 5 feet away and it's heavenly.

T: Definitely a lot of spices and some pumpkin in there throughout.

M: Medium-bodied and semi-sweet

O: Very good! Apparently its way underrated. My only gripe is that it is not as "meaty" as others such as punkin or whole hog from stevens point. But worth a try for sure.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz.

Pours a deep mostly clear orange. White lacing for a head.

Smells of semi-sweet pumpkin, biscuit malt, and a hint of cinnamon.

Tastes of biscuity malt, maybe slightly toasty, with a hint of pumpkin and some mild pumpkin pie spice.

Medium body with tingly carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

A fairly standard pumpkin ale that could stand to have more pumpkin in the flavor, but is otherwise decent if forgettable. Worth trying but not nearly the best pumpkin ale out there.

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Photo of DMXLOX22
3.15/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Picked up a single 12 ounce bottle of this brew at my local establishment, Civera's in Drexel Hill. Liked the fact that it's organic. Let's see how this goes.

Appearance: pours a copper brown that is good, kind of impressive, but mostly uninspired. Hazy, dark amber. Not a bad color, but plain. Not too bad.

Smell: FIrst aromas I can sense a strong odor of nutmeg. A little overpowering, but not unbearable. Some cloves and pumpkin can be detected. Very little in the grassy malts, which is perfect for a pumpkin ale. I've heard of organic beers not being up to par in the smell department, but this one is pretty good if that's the worse of it.

Taste: First sips I can sense a slight hint of pumpkin and cinnamon. Kind of a little bitter, especially for a pumpkin beer. Cloves and nutmeg also round out the end. Aftertaste isn't too bad but a little surprised to sense lemon. Not very sweet, but the main problem I'm experiencing is no flavors are coming out to grab me. None are very inviting. Oh well, better luck next time.

Mouthfeel: medium body, medium carbonation. Not too heavy to drink. Rather watery.

Overall: Coming into this beer, I was a bit hopeful considering this was an organic beer. I'm all about the pumpkin beers right now and was hoping to find a delicious brew that sticks out. This one wasn't particular in my favor. Pretty plain. Some flavors did come out and memorable. But overall, not very exciting. I probably wouldn't have again, but I may recommend to a friend. Better luck next time. Cheers!

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Overall a nice pumpkin beer that I'd purchase again...

Pours a hazy, dark copper colour with a limited white that has good retention. Well balanced yet mild aroma of pumpkin fruit and subtle pie spices. The flavour is equally well balanced, albeit with slightly more cloves in the body than I'd personally choose, but a nice blend of malts and pumpkin and cinnamon/nutmeg etc.

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Photo of spokeydonkey
3.27/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This is a dark orange beer with significant haze and a huge foamy white head. The smell is dominated by ginger and cinnamon. Not much malt there to note. Tastes slightly sweet up front with a strong bitter bite following. At the finish the spices come through: cinnamon, ginger, clove. Very dry finish. There's a hint of soapiness in there too, but not unpleasant. Medium-light bodied with a tough of astringency. Overall it's a decent beer. I prefer over-dry and over-spiced to cloyingly sweet in pumpkin beers. I'm not sure I'd go back for this one as it's a bit too dry and hoppy for a pumpkin beer, but it's a decent beer.

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Photo of far333
2.57/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

Slightly opaque orangey caramel colored with a beige head that leaves a fine cap of fine bubbles and rims of lace up the sides of the glass. Low aroma of cinnamon, and hints of nutmeg. Initial flavors of vegetal squash and malt, followed quickly by sharp spicey nutmeg flavor, which is overpowering to this beer. Mouthfeel is watery and a bit tannic. Overall, I can't finish this glass.

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Photo of MistahBeah
2.99/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Somewhat dark copper - almost a honey brown hue - lighter around the edges. Off-white head with moderate retention. Very little carbonation and lacing

Smells sweet with mild spicing. Cloves and earthy nutmeg are most prominent. Pumpkin and allspice

Tastes mild. Pumpkin is apparent but the spices are rather subdued. Cinnamon and nutmeg with a drying quality

Feels a tad dry. Not very carbonated at all - approaching flat. A little watery

Overall this one doesn't stand out for me. Sure it's balanced because no one flavor steals the show but none of the flavors become more than a subtlety. Just a matter of preference but I like bold flavors for this style so this one doesn't cut it for me

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Photo of Omnium
3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Pint Glass
A - Pours a cloudy copper color, milky 1 finger head, little lacing.
S - Typical pumpkin spices, clove, nutmeg, allspice, especially cinnamon, and a nice pumpkin aroma.
T - Compared to most other pumpkin beers, this is one of my designated go-to's because of how balanced the flavor of pumpkin and spices are. Though this year's batch does seem to be a bit subdued. Good batch of pumpkin flavor with the tracings of those ever present spices.
M - More on the thinner and flat side unfortunately.
O - Still an exceptional fall favorite for myself, its weighed a little more on the pumpkin side, which is what I feel should happen, not an overwhelming bounty of spices. Good job OC/W

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Photo of Act25
3.17/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

poured into stemless wineglass, compared with Elysian Night Owl (4+!), with robusto and cheddar cheese course after dinner.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, burnt orange with a reasonable 1 finger off white head that leaves lots of spotty lacing. 1 small notch below Elysian.

Smell: Slightly stale, that UTICA kind of Saranac bland, machine made feel, plus a sense of fermented pumpkin, malt and allspice. You really want aroma in a Pumpkin ale!

Taste: Malty start, then some sweetness ended too fast by too much allspice, too spicy, too heavy handed, and that machine-like, slightly old taste that is in the aroma. Someone's elbow too aggressive on the spice jar tip!

Mouthfeel: Light body; watery, with moderate carbonation. Made me eat more cheese because as a counter foil, it makes the beer taste better.

O: Not impressive. Something wrong in the formulation, back to the drawing board. Vt Organic Pumpkin ale should ROCK!

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Photo of DeFaz
3.26/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My first autumn beer of the year (even though it's only the beginning of August), this is tasty but not necessarily complex or even interesting. The beer's head is unremarkable and minimal lacing remains. The pumpkin flavor tastes fresh, and there's just a touch of spice along with it. Hops and malt are there to balance fairly well with the pumpkin. The mouthfeel is very smooth but could use a bit more carbonation to pick this one up. Overall, this was enjoyable, but mainly just because I like the style. I disagree with many reviewers who say that it tastes "bland"--but maybe this year's release has more pumpkin flavor. Anyway, while I enjoyed it, I won't be going out of my way to find it again.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
2.65/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a slightly hazed, orange-amber coloring with a thin, filmy, white ring around the surface. Aromas are very sweet, with a pumpkin and sweet potato backbone supporting a light spice blend of nutmeg and all-spice. Flavors are light, with a caramel syrup foundation that overpowers any of the harvest flavors. The spicing becomes an afterthought, and you might be able to catch a hint of nutmeg if you really swish it around in your mouth. Sharp, spiced aftertaste on a light, wilting body. The finish is limp, but heavily roasted and spiced at the very end. A final pop for a brew that was fading fast on the palate. Not a great brew.

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Photo of mountdew1
4.04/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a slighty orange amber, with next to no head. S,all lacing with a little bit accumulated on the sides. Aroma was pretty much exclusively pumpkin. Reminded me of canned pumpkin, with next to no spices. Taste started off a little malty, then picked up some peppery spice, before leaving a pumpkin puree flavor on the tongue. A bit like an over spiced pumpkin pie. Coated pretty well, but definitely had a bit more carbonation than was expected. Overall a flavorful beer. One to savor and enjoy, and not drink terribly often.

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Photo of 4ster
3.27/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a half tulip.

A: Pours a cloudy orange, amber colour, hardly any carbonation with light off white frothy head and medium to light amount of retention.

S: Light, sweet malt aroma with hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice... your sort of typical pumpkin cooking spices....

T: This beer is very light on everything as noted by others. Upfront very light spiced malt flavours, but hard to distinguish anything that stands out too much. The surprise happens as you finish with quite a hoppy-bitter taste hitting the back of your palate. As it warms you get more of an earthy/squash/pumpkin flavour coming out.

M: Light, small fizz carbonation on your tongue with a light body.

O: Overall an easy drinking beer with mild spicing. Almost pale ale/lager-ish in it's lightness which is a bit disappointing for a cold fall day. I would agree with others that as a pumpkin beer it definitely could pop in the flavour category a bit more, along with being a little heavier/malty. I'm all for pumpkin beers that ACTUALLY use real pumpkin, and organic at that, but was left wanting more with this one. If you're run out of pumpkin beers to try in your store, or are in the Vermont area, it's worth a try, but not to keep going back to unless you like light beers....then hey, maybe it's for you.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.2/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

amber/orange pour with a slight amount of head which quickly dissipated. this one has a very sweet scent. smells more cinnamon heavy than the other spices.
a bitter taste up front (wasn't expecting that) with lots of earth notes and a subtle offering of pumpkin spices.
light body and high carbonation. very crisp and refreshing.

as far as pumpkin beers go i want one of two things: a beer that's exactly like pumpkin pie, or a beer that tastes like roasted pumpkin seeds. this was just too bland for me, but i do acknowledge that some people just aren't THAT into pumpkin beers, this one is for them.

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Photo of JCB14
4.19/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The head on this beer was weak with little retention. This was perhaps the only negative. The aroma was excellent. It smelled like a warm pumpkin pie. The beer had a great hop flavor that is often missing in this style. This is a beer that I would gladly have a second. In general a good beer for this style it was great.

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Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, orange-brown in color, cloudy, high carbonation

Smell: pumpkin spice and pumpkin

Taste: pumpkin, milk, cream, bitter rind, and pumpkin spice

Mouthfeel: sweet start with a semi-bitter middle that gets sweeter at the end,medium-high carbonation, medium bodied

Overall: A solid pumpkin beer that does a good job of combining sweetness with a touch of bitterness. I could do several of these.

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Photo of CheezyBlaster
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is drinkable, and seasonally appropriate. Spicing works well. A bit watery. Like a pumpkin wheaty, lagery, malt beverage. Thin body for sure. Not a ton of flavor. Not a lot of subtlety either, so there's nothing to delve into. Hollow.

It's main problem? It's overpriced. This is average as average gets. I'd buy this for 10.99 a 12 pack for parties . . . but when far superior pumpkin ales are available for better prices? Smuttynose Pumpkin, hell yeah, over this? Even the near-mediocre Sam Adams pumpkin is a tiny notch up.

Bonus point? It's made in good spirit and it's far better than Shipyard's Pumpkinhead, which is horrible as craft goes . . . also better than anything ever made by BMC. So, that's 2 bonus pts.

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Photo of siege06nd
2.93/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A. Pours a medium-light orange gold color. Very cloudy. A finger of off-white head settles to a quarter finger and lingers with good retention and very good lacing on the sides of the glass. A little paler of a pumpkin ale than I am used to seeing, but good all the same.

S. Light to moderate spices, with clove, nutmeg, cinnamon. Some roasted pumpkin and then some other, less desirable vegetal notes and graininess.

T. Spice forward with a good bit of nutmeg and ginger, then an odd astringency takes over. Not getting much pumpkin, but am getting some apple and grape skin flavors, of all things. Also a roasted grainy finish, slightly dry. This has a saison-like quality to it, but with a noticeably bland malt bill and light hopping. Not sure I would be able to tell you this is a pumpkin beer unless I saw the bottle. Tastes like a very basic Belgian Pale or Saison. Very pedestrian.

M. Crisp and bubbly, but the flavors are not very well-integrated. Hops and grainy malt stand out more than anything else, with a fruit juice-like tang on the end and some light pumpkin pie spices. Everything just kinda clashes.

O. Good appearance and a nice, refined nose bump this up to average, but it's not a good representation of the style. Quite watery and with a bitter, fruity sweetness. Drinks like a Pumpkin Wheat, and not in a good way.

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Photo of Dodo2step
2.98/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3


A- light pumpkin orange color. no head and minimal lacing. somewhat hazy as well.

S- strong clove scent with all spice. Caramel malt rounds out the back end but it was hard to detect at first.

T- dry clove spice and sour pumpkin flavor on this one.

M- more malty then flavor pof pumpkin as i get down towards the bottom. Not as smooth as i would like my pumpkin ales.

O- below average pumpkin ale. It leaves a lingering malty and metal type of effect in the mouth. Not a big fan.

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Photo of alexgash
3.03/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle.

Hazy copper-orange with brassy edges. Small, gauzy, bright, cobweb-white head with minimal lacing. Light caramel malt, toasted grains, and peppery spice on the nose. A tad underwhelming.

Toasted grains, followed by pumpkin pie and caramelly malt. Spices (cinnamon, clove), soap (floral, perfumey), and vegetal bitterness take it to the finish. Lingering cucurb. vegetable-ness and some spiced-up caramel malt. Medium body, with a slightly soapy feel. Not my favorite pumpkin ale.

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Photo of jtierney89
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy dull orange hue with no head at all, just some, white foamy bubbles. Smells richly of pumpkin with touches of cinnamon, allspice and vanilla.

Good amount of pumpkin flavor. Medium effervescent body with nice pumpkin like flavor up front with just enough spice to balance. A little slick and syrupy with a bit of an rustic earthy finish but it kind of adds to the character.

This is Not for those looking for a beer that tastes like pumpkin pie, wolavers really makes the pumpkin the star of the show without it just being that bland pumpkin flavor. pumpkin shines through perfectly with the right amount of spices complimenting it without being to overpowering. very nice.

the mystery abv has got me worried though, this beer is going straight to my head yet it doesnt seem like it should be.

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Photo of SouljaSaia17
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dont recall ever having an organic beer before, I might have. But im looking forward to trying this one since its from Otter Creek. I have just been getting into this brewery, and they make some good beers.

A: This organic pumpkin pours a dark, cloudy/hazy orange with has a 1/4 inch bright white head with a little lacing left behind.

S: This beer has got some earthy hops to it for starters, I get some clove, nutmeg, pumpkin (of course) and maybe a hint of banana.

T: The first thing I notice from the taste is some sort of tang, maybe an orange citrus was put in. After that the pumpkin flavor comes through, blended with clove and some spice on the back end. This beer finishes off with a dry, bready aftertaste.

M: No carbonation, the beer is sweet and a little tangy. The pumpkin is a lot more present than my previous review of the Long Trail.

O: For me its tasty, not anything to rave about, but not bad either. I guess I will have to get more familiar with organic beers before I can really understand and appreciate them. Im sure most of you will feel the same. As for this beer, I will happily drink it down to the very last sip. Cheers!

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Photo of hopmonster
4.61/5  rDev +34%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on draft in a 16oz pint glass.

Rich sparkling amber color.

Hints of nutmeg and fresh pumpkin in the nose.

Taste is very pumpkin, and just like in the nose the nutmeg is very present. Smells like a simple unbaked homemade pumpkin pie, or even like you just opened a can of pumpkin pie filling. Other spices are present, but not very strong. Hints of cinnamon and coriander, but quite subtle compared to the great fresh pumpkin flavor.

Very crisp and thin in the mouth. Goes down easily and is quite refreshing on the tongue.

Overall this is a very simple pumpkin beer, which I can appreciate. They didn't go spice crazy, and they kept a really nice upfront pumpkin flavor that is full and cannot be ignored. Well done Wolaver's!

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Photo of thecheapies
3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Earthy orange amber color with a humble half-inch of head atop. Nice color. 4.0

Cinnamon, clove, pumpkin flesh, and light nutmeg. Touch of vanilla and lightly tangy citrus hops. Wafery malts are nice. 4.0

Caramel malts and big spice flavors of cinnamon and clove. Hops are quietly present, which I appreciate. A bit kicked with the spices, but the light pumpkin flavor is nice. Not too sweet. Very dusty. Balanced between body and carbonation; if not too thin. 3.5, 3.5

Decent pumpkin. Wolaver's does a good job here. 4.0

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.22/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The last of the mixed twelver I purchased. So far, one hit and two misses. Lets see how this one turns out.

The pumpking beer pours hazy, orange amber in color, and is topped with a half finger sized head, white in color. Semi permanent lacing.

Love the aroma. I can never get enough of the pupkin pie/fall/pecan pie aromas. Although the season has passed and it is now spring (a very very warm spring), the aromas are quite intoxicating. Even from two feet, the aromas of cinnamon, cloves, and most prominently nutmeg, jump out of the glass and wind their way into the old sniffer. Perhaps the nutmeg may be too much for most, but I love it.

I wish the beer had a little more maltiness to it. The flavors are not overwhelming, but a little malt balance would go a long way with this one. Full of seasonal spices, this one is certainly an October favorite.

As far as pumpkin beers go, this one is top notch. Individual tastes will vary, but I liked this one. Maybe the age mellowed this one to perfection, but I would most certainly revisit this one again next year.

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Wolaver's (Organic) Pumpkin Ale from Otter Creek Brewing
3.44 out of 5 based on 513 ratings.
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