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Pumpkin Ale - Bethlehem Brew Works

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Ratings: 50
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 16.11%
Wants: 3
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bethlehem Brew Works visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: pezoids on 11-03-2003

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Ratings: 50 | Reviews: 30
Reviews by johnniemarg:
Photo of johnniemarg
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a pint glass.

Pours a golden honey color, with just a slight cloudiness. 2 finger yellow-tinted head. Tons of visible carbonation streaming up through the glass. I should note that as soon as this hit the glass I could see it was going to create a huge head, so I poured very carefully from then on. Looks like it's gonna have a ton of carbonation. Leaves plenty of lacing on the glass.

Pumpkin pie spices in the nose, obviously, but this is one of the lighter-spiced pumpkin ales I've smelled. The actual pumkin comes through in the smell more than most.

The taste of this is very well balanced for a pumpkin beer. Spicy, but not too spicy. Sweet pumpkin and caramel through the middle, but not too sweet. Based on flavor alone, probably the best pumpkin ale I've had.

Mouthfeel is on the light side, but there is too much carbonation in this.

Tasty pumpkin ale. I would recommend it for sure.

More User Reviews:
Photo of ggaughan
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a clear, golden amber color into my pint glass with a medium tan head. The body had some nice active carbonation running through it. The aroma was a pleasant touch of cinnamon and clove, maybe some other spices in there. The taste was equally spicey but also had a touch of a pumpkin taste to it but not like a slice of pumpkin pie, which is good. The body was fully and spicey and although not my very favorite pumpkin ale, this is a very good representation of this style.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Its clear, light copper body displays golden highlights when held to the light and its thin, bright-white head dissipates rapidly leaving little lace behind it. The nose offers grainy, lightly sweet malt and spice (mainly cinnamon and All-spice). It's medium body is moderately crisp in the mouth and accentuates its brilliant spice (cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, All-spice, clove... in that order). The spice remains intact against it's lightly sweet malt, but it never overwhelms the senses; and its restrained bitterness leaves just enough sweet malt to act as ballast against the spice. Very nicely done! It finishes with a short combination of semi-dry malt and gentle spices that softly linger; reminding you to take another sip.

Photo of tempest
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub.

A classic pumpkin ale. It has a clean, pumpkin flavor with a bit of spice and smooth, sweet malt backing it up. Well-balanced and a tasty, this is very nice version of "pumpkin pie in a glass." As a homebrewer, I'm jealous, I haven't been able to get the pumpkin flavor this spot on. BBW has managed it and made a great seasonal.

Photo of lou91
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is my third pumpkin beer of the season and this one is coming in third after Weyerbacher and DFH. It had all the right ingredients but the tastes/spices were just too light. I paired it with a piece of pumpkin pie and it worked well but the taste of the beer faded fast. Good, well made but an underacheiver. Thanks to BitterBrian for this.

Photo of weeare138
3.32/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appears a golden color with a light orange haze. Tiny white head dies after 20 seconds. Very little lacing with medium carbonation.
Smells of light pumpkin, toasted pumpkin seeds, brown sugar, cinnamon, and all-spice.
Taste all the aforementioned smells on a light level that is pleasant and comforting.
Mouthfeel is slightly thin but this is still a brew to give a chance. Certainly no as full as some of teh other pumpkin ales out there but this may be more appealing to some beer lovers just for that aspect.
Drinkability isn't bad. Perfect for a dinner based around comfort foods. Gets better as it warms up.

It's ok, dog.

Photo of claspada
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large format 750 C&C bottle, ABV is listed as 4.7% ABV.

Pours a clear golden orange with a decent white head that slowly recedes to a thin, lasting cap. Some mild lacing sticks to the glass.

Aromas begin like your typical pumpkin ale with toasted breadiness, light starchiness and traditional fall spices of cinnamon, nutmeg and a touch of clove. Smells like a lightly spiced pumpkin pie, nothing crazy but nice.

The tastes begin with fresh pumpkin pie with light to moderate traditional festive spices. The pumpkin fleshiness and toasted/bready malt continues to stand out above the spices, which is a great testament to the brewery and often a huge failure for some pumpkin beers. There is a touch of brown sugar sweetness at the start which gives it a likeness to caramelized sugar in a pumpkin pie. I am impressed with how much flavor was packed into this low ABV offering.

The mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with medium carbonation. Usually beers of this low ABV are watery and thin but this does a nice job of avoiding that problem. Finish is mildly sweet and spicy; neither stands out and each work well with one another.

Overall, while not the best I've had of the style, it's a very solid pumpkin ale. Having previously sampled their Devious Imperial Pumpkin version and being overwhelmed with alcohol and spices in that beer, I was skeptical to try this. A friend gave it to me as a gift so I said why not and I was pleasantly surprised and will most likely revisit next year because of the substantial flavor at such a low ABV; one of the best sessionable Pumpkin ales out there for my money.

Photo of jwc215
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden orange with nice clarity. A one-finger white head slowly descends to a thin, lasting cover. Some lacing sticks to the glass.

The smell is of pumpkin and spices - cinnamon, nutmeg, a touch of clove. Smells like a lightly spiced pumpkin pie with a slight alcohol touch.

The taste is of fresh pumpkin with light to moderate spices. The pumpkin continues to stand out above the spices, which complement it well. A touch of sweetness at the start gives it a likeness to whipped cream on a pumpkin pie. The sweetness is balanced by a late bitterness in the middle. As it warms and nears the end, a touch of brown sugar is added.

There is some watery thinness in the body, with quite a bit of carbonation. The flavors do hold, especially the pumpkin.

Despite a certain lightness about it (or maybe partly because of it), it's not that much more drinkable than most others I've had of the style. The one 1 pt, 6 oz. bottle was enough for me.
The bottom line - While not the best I've had of the style, it's a pretty good pumpkin ale. A good selection for a lighter interpretation with real pumpkin taste.

Photo of hopdog
3.23/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I originally had this one on tap and then again from the bottle. The notes below reflect from the tap version (although I found the bottle to be the same);

Poured a medium golden color with an off white head. Aromas of pumpkins and spices (cinnamon with some cloves). Tastes follow of the same nice pumpking and spices. Heavier on the spice side. I personally like my pumpkin beers to be more pumpkin vs. spice.

Photo of Gavage
3.76/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange in color with a nice 1" white head. Some spotty lacing develops. The aroma is too mild, as only a hint of spice is detectable. Flavor wise, this is a nice pumpkin ale. Cinammon, allspice, nutmeg, and brown sugar are not overwhelming, but just right. The malts, mild bitterness, and pumpkin flavor round it out.

Medium bodied brew. Mouthfeel is crisp at the start and finish.Nice drinkability as this is not one of those in your face spice laded pumpkin ales.

Photo of IrishRedRock
3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lighter than expected, a coppery golden color; soft, sweet malty nose with pumpkin spices mixed in. Starts sweet, with the allspice and pumpkin notes lingering throughout, finishes with a more herbal, clove spiciness. Moderate bitterness, the finish is clean and a bit bland. Mild, somewhat spritzy carbonation. Middle of the road pumpkin ale - I've had better, and I've had so very much worse.

Photo of goodbyeohio
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

goldish orange hue.. clear, misty cream topper. sticky thin lacing cemented on the glass. nose is big spicy cinnamon and nutmeg pie mix with an equal part of nutty malt sweetness. flavor introduced through aggressive spice, peppery with earthy anise hints and the bitterness of a raw cinnamon stick. some marzen qualities and the spice throw the sweetness of the pumpkin into perfect balance. light mouthfeel and low abv works here, calms the busy flavors and spreads them out. aftertaste is smooth in the mouth and very clean. drinkable, but savouring draws out some serious spice depth. you, the drinker, are free to choose how intense you let this beer be. nice.

Photo of Suds
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 22 ounce bottle, this brew pours a transparent amber color with a slight, wispy head. The aroma is modestly spiced. It has a little clove, nutmeg, and cinnamon. There’s a notable pumpkin presence, but it isn’t very intense. Malt, and a little hops round out the smell. Pumpkin comes out a little more in the taste, which is moderately sweet. Nicely balanced finish…bitter and spice. The brew has relatively generous carbonation. All in all, this is a quite drinkable and enjoyable pumpkin brew…better than many others.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.87/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Sampled at the Bethlehem Brew Works.

Appearance: Light orange-copper with some ruddy flashes when backlit. The head was a bit of a disappointment though, started good but basically vanished into thin air, leaving a rather Spartan looking fluid. Average carbonation.

Nose: Sweet malts at the start that rescind as the Saaz hops break through.

Taste: Made with real pumpkins, cloves, ginger, all-spice, nutmeg and cinnamon. It’s all here too but in a very balance manner, tastefully put together.

Mouthfeel: This is a very smooth brew, there are no ‘spikes’ of spices in this one, but moreover a gentle curvaceous all-spice malty feel.

Drinkability: Typically I cannot stomach Pumpkin Ales, but this one is perfectly balanced and easily managed. That said, I still couldn’t manage more than one, or maybe two of these.

Overall: Many will know that I detest Pumpkin Ales, they are so often far too sickly, sweet, overly spiced, messy brews. But I had to swallow my pride and admit to fellow BA Erica that I actually quiet enjoyed this one.

Photo of 99bottles
4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Available only in bottles this year. Weird. That means it’s being brewed over at Weyerbacher in Easton (Who also helps bottle their Rudolph’s Reserve). Well, at least I get to pour it. Into a pint glass, the beer is a deep orange-brown color. I coaxed a head of about an inch of tan foam, but it soon dissipated to a thin lace.

Smell: Spicy. I can discern some pumpkin in the nose, but it’s hidden in the blend of seasonal spices they toss in. So, it smells more like pumpkin pie than straight pumpkins.

Taste: This has a nice feel to it. The initial sip allows the easy going malts to round up and squeeze some taste of pumpkin into the mix. Soon after you swallow, the spices flood in and cover all else. Nutmeg, clove, cinnamon dominate. Amazing how much this reminds me of pumpkin pie. It almost has that creamy and soft feel to it, like pie filling. All in all, very good.

Mouthfeel: Again, a very smooth and soft body which works very well with this. Carbonation is ample, but deceptive in its smoothness.

Drinkability: Awesome! I really wish I had bought a six pack to go. Apparently, the bottles are out in about 6 stores which I’d expect would be in or around the Lehigh Valley. Go for it, this is a very nice version and at a low enough ABV to be drank all evening.

Photo of yen157
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Don’t know if it’s been offered in the past, but this one weighed in at 4.6% abv.

It came to me a clear light brownish amber with golden highlights. Slightly sweet pumpkin and spice was present in both aroma and flavor. Some pumpkin ales are blatantly overspiced, but in this one the spices were obvious, yet low-key. Props to the brewer. His choice of malt really emphasized the pumpkin very nicely. Finish is lingering and consistent with a chiffon pumpkin pie. Between the bitterness and the carbonation things are kept pretty tidy, however, some graininess did outlive the spices on the finish.

Photo of BeerManDan
1.9/5  rDev -47.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

After pouring this ale in to my glass, I could see the color was a deep golden yellow with an orange hue. The foam was just a little off white and there was no lace. The smell was of a sour ordor with very little spice in the aroma. At first sip I knew it wasn't my cup of tea. It had a tart/sour taste and mouth feel. It had hardly any spice or fruit flavor. After the second sip I poured it down the drain. Yuck!

Photo of UnionMade
4.35/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle provided by GoodbyeOhio and his ladyfriend Allie. Thanks dudes!
Pale, perfectly clear orange. Thin white head that drops to a scattered mist. Holds a collar, and laces well, in a splotchy, cobwebby fashion. Heavily spiced aroma, big on nutmeg and ginger, with hints of allspice, cinnamon, and pumpkin making an appearance. No discernable hop aroma beneath the spices. Toasty, caramel maltiness. The flavor opens up mildly. Thinner caramel malt spiced up with, well, spices. Very easy drinking, light bodied and plenty quaffable. Mellow carbonation keeps things going at an easy pace. Ginger and nutmeg flavors mingle with the malt, easing into the finish with a bit of spicy/floral hops, cinnamon and clove. Almost tastes like how my mom's potpourri smells. Real pumpkin doesn't taste like much, hence the spices in pumpkin pie, but there's a bit of a vegetal, squashy flavor in the end. I assume that's the pumpkin smiling away, gap-toothed as usual. Very dry in the finish. Plenty of depth in the spicing, although it seems to move along easily and delicately enough to refrain from becoming overbearing. Terrific, subtle touch on a usually heavy handed style.
Rather thinner in the flavor than I expected, which is somewhat of a relief. In my years of beer geekin', I'd gotten tired of pumpkin ales rather quickly. One bottle is usually more than enough. I hadn't had one in ages, at least a couple years, so I was pleased to see this included in our little PA "care package", courtesy of my pals Jim and Allie. I'd visited Bethlehem brewpub a couple years ago, and liked their beers a lot, so I had high hopes for this one. Much milder than your average pumpkin ale, lighter bodied, softer, and more drinkable in quantity. Feels like a lower abv brew, which is a nice change of pace. I could revisit this one, especially when in the pumpkin pie spirit.

Photo of whartontallboy
3.22/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a clear gold-orange with a thin white head that disappears in a blink. No lacing, no trace that it ever even existed.

Smell is pumpkin pie spices, particularly cinnamon, and a light maltiness.

Flavor is a bit more difficult to describe. It hits the tongue with a pretty big blast of the same cinnamon and is almost perfumey with spice, but it finishes with a lightly pumpkin-overtoned toasted grain flavor that's very clean. Kind of pumpkin pie in between. Mouthfeel is a tad thin.

Overall: Middle-of-the-road for a pumpkin ale. I think it doesn't some interesting pie-like things without being abrasive or cloying, but it wallops just a bit too hard on its way in.

Photo of blitheringidiot
2.85/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a light amber clear hue with a few scant bubbles rising up to the settled spotty bubbled ivory surface.

Light spice scents of cinamon and a pinch of clove and I'll give the pumpkin pie. Other than that, nada mucho.

First swigs: Light easy pumpkin pie. Just barely in the ball park here. Some caramel and vanilla meets a light pumpkin and cinnamon spice.

Feel is a bit thin, but well carbonated. Leaves a linger of mixed spice.

Last swigs: Thin and diluted, but gets the pumpkin flavor ok. This missed the mark, overall. A good beer to introduce someone to a pumpkin beer.

Photo of Knapp85
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured out as a copper color with a soapy white head on top. The smell of the beer was spicy with a good amount of autumnal aromas to it. The taste of the beer also has a good amount of spice to it. The aftertaste had some nice caramel to it with the pumpkin spices still lingering. The mouthfeel was medium bodied and had a good bite to it. Overall it's a good pumpkin ale I think, it's not the best but still not bad.

Photo of cooch69
4.42/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was exited about this one. I'm a fan of this style and I'm glad they still had this out for me to try. It poured a deep copper orange which was pretty clear. It had a small white head. Moderate amount of carbonation and it had a fair amount of sticky clinging potential.
This brew is Deja Vu for any body with an addiction to pumpkin pie. It was soo iresistably good in the aroma and flavor.
Pumpkin, cinnamon, cloves, all spice, vanilla, and some light peppery notes combines with a nice caremelly malt backbone and a fair amount of bitterness in the finish. Even though the fall season is ending soon I could drink this through the winter. It was medium bodies and light enough to drink all night.

Photo of francisweizen
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a nice golden ale with a good white head. The aromas are, pumkin, spices, and light beer base. The taste is sadly not as pumpkiny or spicy as the aromas suggest. This stuff tastes like their valley golden ale, with a bit of spices thrown into the mix. The mouthfeel is a bit thin, and the drinkability is just OK.

Not bad...

Photo of walleye
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

got this in a trade with weeare138. poured a amber to arange with a off white head. aroma just what you would expect from a pumpkin beer, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg. flavor, pumkin, and more pumpkin has a nice smooth mouthfeel, very drinkable good beer

Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Huge thanks to DaveHack for this one.

A: This beers is honey in color with very little head. The lacing is almost nonexistent.

S: Smells of pumpkin, nutmeg, and cinnamon. It reminds me of pumpkin pie in a glass.

T: Tastes like a normal well balanced ale but with tons of pumpkin pie flavors coming through. The finish is sweet.

M: Light bodied beer through and through. No much retention on the palate and no lingering flavors. I could drink this beer all day.

O: This beer is a total piece of nostalgia for me. In fact, it's probably the first beer that got me into the world of craft. But as a beer, it's just decent. A well balanced pumpkin seasonal brew.

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Pumpkin Ale from Bethlehem Brew Works
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