Wolavers Brown Ale

Wolavers Brown Ale

Rated 3.089 by BeerPals

Brewed by Otter Creek Brewing Company

Middlebury, VT, United States

Style:  Brown Ale

5.7% Alcohol by Volume

21 International Bittering Units

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Wolaver's certified organic BROWN ALE is mild and creamy, deep amber in color, with a smooth and luscious taste. A soft beer, slightly malty and well balanced with hints of cherry and black currant. Perfect with light foods.

ID: 546 Last updated 1 year ago Added to database 21 years ago

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Overall Rank33229
Overall Percentile33.7
Style Rank736 of 1073
Style Percentile31.4
Lowest Score1.5
Highest Score4.1
Average Score3.100
Weighted Score3.089
Standard Deviation0.598

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  • LENUSIK 2067 reviews
    rated 2.6 10 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 5

    This says 'brown ale' on the bottle, and it appears 'brown' in the glass, but there is nothing else about it that screams 'brown ale'. The aroma is more hoppy and sweet malt than nutty and caramel. The flavour the same, a little too hoppy and unbalanced to be a true English style brown ale.

  • STOUTLOVER72 2327 reviews
    rated 1.5 13 years ago

    Aroma: 3 | Appearance: 3 | Mouthfeel: 2 | Flavor: 3 | Overall: 4

    This beer helps define the "eh" feeling while drinking a beer. Extremely boring, no momentum, nothing bringing you back to drink the beer, but it’s not really a true drainpour. The beer pours out a small, 1/2" head, clear with a deep chesnut brown color. Aroma has some light roast notes, soapy with a minerally quality to it. Very, very light in the aroma. Flavor has some light caramel sweetness, some more soapy character with a club soda like finish. Just really blah.

  • SLOWRUNNER77 5682 reviews
    rated 2.8 13 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 5

    creamy and luscious it is not (as the brewer states). it's an ok beer that has all the aroma and flavor expected of your average brown ale. just nothing special.

  • PHILB 2479 reviews
    rated 3.7 14 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Bottle: Poured a light copper color ale with a nice of-white foamy head with good retention and no lacing. Aroma of deep caramel malt is surprising and quite enjoyable. Taste is a mix between some deep caramel malt with some light toffee notes and no discernable hops presence. I wasn’t expecting much for this one but I was quite surprise – the grain bill was perfect and quite dominant or more so then most beer form this sometime boring style.

  • BEERHUNTER 667 reviews
    rated 3.7 14 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    This one poured a dark amber color with a roasted malt aroma. Its flavor had a strong malt character and had a slightly roasted presence with some hints of Belgian style malts as well. Had a heavy mouthfeel.

  • CHEAPDARK 389 reviews
    rated 3.4 15 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    12 oz bottle with a twist off cap. This is my first Wolavers and now I see it is made by otter creek. On the label it says it is certified organic. I’m not one to be high-spirited about healthier environment causes. Twist the cap off and you are faced with a musty aroma. After that fades, it turns into a sort of chocolate smell but it is not real strong. The look of this beer is darker than the typical pale yellow beer, it is more brown colored like dark cream soda or light root beer. Has just a girdle ring of bubbles on the inside edge on top if the beer, no head. No apparent bubbles of carbonation are visible within this transparent brown brew. I’m impressed with the flavor of this; it is kind of chocolaty, nice friendly addressable taste. An ever so slight beer bitterness on the sides of the tongue but it don’t seem to be oppressive, it is rather well controlled. There is a mild fast bitterness that build on the back of the throat after each drink. The finish does seem to have an odd industrial back of the throat taste that sticks for a while, rather contrary for a organic brew. Overall not bad, chocolaty in taste and aroma, but that odd finish is something I’ve got to deal with. Better than Dogfish Head Indian Brown Ale and Saranac brown ale. Somewhat on par with the rest of the decent brown ales I’ve had such as Green Flash Nut Brown Ale, Brooklyn Brown Ale, Bells Best Brown Ale. However, this is not even close to East End Brewing’s Fat Gary as far as taste and satisfaction go.

  • PHISHPOND417 3045 reviews
    rated 2.7 15 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 6

    This medium bodied beer poured a clear light brown colour with a small to medium sized tan head. Plenty of lightly roasted malts in the aroma, as well as trail mix, maple syrup and apples. Smooth creamy taste with plenty of semi-sweet nutty flavors.

    rated 2.9 15 years ago

    Aroma: 5 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 6

    Good organic offering from Wolavers. About the same as any brown ale that I've sampled, nice flavor with a fair aftertaste. The aroma and lacing were decent.

  • AABREWER318 475 reviews
    rated 3.2 15 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 7

    Amber color, a nice tan head, but short lasting....Really along the lines of an amber ale, not the meaty brown ale I had hoped for. Though a medium body gives the beer some sturdiness. Malts have a good sweetness, candy caramely, some bitter citrus taste. Crisp finish, fruity. A hint of nuts, but more the roasted candy coating than the nuts themselves. It came together well in the end

  • QATFISH 430 reviews
    rated 3.1 15 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 6

    Pours a translucent red amber color, like the color of black tea liquor. Sweet wheat and caramel scent, bready. Sweet malt flavor with bitter hop finish is more of a juxtaposition than a balance.

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