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Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin Ale - Buffalo Bill's Brewery

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Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin AleBuffalo Bill's Pumpkin Ale

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618 Reviews

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Reviews: 618
Hads: 1,129
rAvg: 2.91
pDev: 22.34%
Wants: 14
Gots: 64 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Buffalo Bill's Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-01-2001

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Reviews: 618 | Hads: 1,129
Photo of nsmartell
3.24/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. From the 12oz bottle to a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours orange in color with a thick white head that disappeared by the time I turned around from tossing out the bottle.

Smell: Nice aroma right out of the gate. Spices and pumpkin smell dominate with a hint of earthy malts.

Taste: As the smell hinted at this beer tastes of spices and pumpkin. However, the aroma was better than the taste as this is too sweet and watered down for my liking.

Mouth: Very light bodied and bodied and with lots of carbonation.

Drinkability: Too watered down for my liking. Nice aroma, but not much else. (658 characters)

Photo of claspada
2.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light to medium orange amber color with a soft white fluffy head that quickly dissipates to near nothing and leaves minimal lace.

Aromas begin with light freshly baked pumpkin pie smells; allspice, baked pumpkin flesh and some more undiscernable spices are also present.

The flavors begin with light bready malts and pumpkin pie spices. Flavors aren't too exciting and become just sweet like a carbonated pumpkin juice. The flavor profile just isn't too tasty overall and doesn't merit taking another sip except to finish the bottle and move on.

The mouthfeel is light with spritzy carbonation borderlines being on watery.

Overall this is a forgettable Pumpkin ale in a market that is saturated with much better examples, both sessionable and Imperial varieties. Elysian makes the best sessionable example if you ask me and Weyerbacher and Williamsburg makes great Imperial versions. Look elsewhere for your Gourd fix this season. (946 characters)

Photo of Lemke10
3.15/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought a 6pack of this from Woodman's in Janesville, WI for $7.99 in Fall 2011.

Pours a cloudy copper orange color with a light fluffy head that disappears quickly. Scent is heavy in pumkin, nuttmeg, clove spice, and a little bananna. Taste is smooth and clean. You can definetly pick out the pumpkin taste and a little of the spice but that's about it. I was really hoping for more spice flavor that basically reminds me of a pumpkin pie. Something seasonal to get you into the festive fall mood but that's about it. (521 characters)

Photo of xuptygm
2.95/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Super fizzy head, exactly like a can on soda fades quickly leaving no lace. Hazy orange in color with a few bubbles rising to the surface. What do ya know?... it smells like pumpkin and spices (clove, cinnamon). Light bodied tasting slightly of pumpkin and more of spice with a bit of watered down malt flavor. A crisp dry finish.

Overall a pretty average pumpkin ale. I guess you could call it a session beer, but I wouldn't really want more than 2 or 3 of these. I would have liked a fuller taste profile with more pumpkin flavor. Making things worse...these are twist offs making them unusable for my homebrew... so I knocked off a few points for that. Theres your beer karma for ya Buffalo Bill. (701 characters)

Photo of theotherone87
2.65/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Grabbed a bottle of this stuff the other nite from world wide beverage in roxborough pa,

a- The appearence is the a typical hazelnut brown with a a little white head

s- the smell was ok,smelled of some kind of spices i couldnt exactly pin point tho what they were, kinda of a roasty smell

t- I was excited to try, as I have heard this was the first pumpking beer ever, I could taste the pumpkin,but my taste buds were not overally satisfied,

m-the body was a medium built kinda of leaning towards lighter side

o- the beer was alright..I like pumpkin beers and wanted to tryit, I would not buy a case of it tho (614 characters)

Photo of match1112
2.68/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a: amberish orange with a thin fizzy off white head.

s: all spice, nutmeg, cinnamon and bad pumpkin.

t: sweet malts, too much of the spices mentioned before and some bready malts.

m: thin and watery. burns from all the spice.

o: one of the worst pumpkin beers out there, unless you love spices in large amounts. not worth seeking out. my tongue and back of my throat are still burning ten minutes after finishing this beer. glad my brother paid for this six pack. (467 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
2.31/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The infamous Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin Ale...how exciting.

A: The beer pours a rather pale orange/amber color with a short live off-white head.

S: Tart apple cider mixed with garbage and some pie spices. A pretty good summary of the aromas on this beer. Quite watery with a touch of straw, maybe some lemons.

T: Flavor is better, but not good. Some bread and malt sweetness with a little spice flavor. There's also a strong tea and bad apple cider flavor.

M: Very light, watery, with medium carbonation.

O: Not nearly as awful as I feared, but not good. (555 characters)

Photo of shangwang
3.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured with very little head, and what little there was disappeared quickly. Copper color, very clear. Smelled of soil with traces of spice and tea leaves. Tasted slightly malty with hints of cinnamon and nutmeg - I guess a little pumpkin somewhere in there as well. Almost tasted more like chai tea then pumpkin ale. Very crisp mouthfeel - lots of carbonation. Finishes smooth and clean, but nothing really stands out about the taste. Overall, not a bad beer, but nothing I would go out of my way to drink again with all of the other more flavorful pumpkin ales available these days. (584 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.52/5  rDev +21%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of sweet malt, pumpkin, spice (all spice?), and slight grain. Fits the style of a Pumpkin Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pumpkin, slight sweet malt, slight grain, slight pale malt, and spice (all spice). Overall, decent aroma and blend, but the pumpkin is strong and easily discernible. (440 characters)

Photo of phichifiji00
3.87/5  rDev +33%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip glass:

Appearance: Orange, thick white head that quickly dissipates, but remains bubbly almost soda-like.

Smell: Spicy, orange peal, nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, some earty/spicy notes.

Taste: nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, coriander, a bit light on the pumpkin pie flavor for my tastes.

Mouth: Medium bodied, heavily carbonated.

Overall: One of the better pumpkin beers that I've had to date. (408 characters)

Photo of Burt
2.71/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a pint glass.

Light amber orange that is hazy, a thin off white head the dispersed quickly, with little lacing.

Light pumpkin and cinnamon.

Light malt sweetness in the beginning, pumpkin in the middle with a light pumpkin spice finish that is thin and watered down.

Not a bad pumpkin beer, just a little light in the flavor. (338 characters)

Photo of rundocrun
2.15/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A - This beer is a deep amber-to-copper color with a very faint cloudiness to it. Has finger of very coarse white head that fizzes loudly and fades within 10 seconds (much like a glass of coke does). It's obvious from the generous amounts of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass that this is a very carbonated beer. Very small amount of lacing on the glass.

S - Smells like somewhat old pumpkin. Almost has a rotted character to it. Ginger and cloves evident.

T - What little pumpkin flavor I get is quickly drowned by cinnamon, cloves and ginger. This is something I've noticed about a lot of pumpkin ales is that they tend to get too heavy-handed with the spices. Faint maltiness in the background with a subtle toasted character. Mild hop bitterness.

M - Medium-to-thin body. Heavily carbonated. Leaves the mouth feeling watery and metallic. (857 characters)

Photo of DannyDan
3.48/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out a dark orange with a thin whitehead that quickly disappears leaving no lacing or retention and lots of bubbles going to the top. The smell is by far the best of any pumpkin ale I have tasted. The aroma of cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and all-spice makes you look forward to drinking this beer. The taste starts out with some pumpkin and hints of spices, but not much there in the taste. Rather disappointing after such a wonderful aroma from this beer. The mouthfeel is very thin and watery which makes for easy drinking and not much else. Overall this is just an average beer that just doesn't do much for me. (616 characters)

Photo of jdanyeur
2.21/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

I cracked open this beer recently and the smell was actually pretty good. it poured an nice orangish-red color. After sipping it, the mouthfeel reminded me of Budweiser or PBR, pretty carbonated and thin. The flavor was almost overwhelmingly sweet to me; they could have used less malt or a some more hops.

Two of my roommates who aren't big beer drinkers actually loved the flavor and said it was a great beer though. (421 characters)

Photo of mattkoon
2.95/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

not a bad beer but a pretty bad pumpkin beer. This beer pours a ok looking cloudy brown. The smell is just a beer smell. There's no spiciness nothing special at all. I expect some sweetness and fall spices but there isn't much goin on here at all. The taste has the same problem. There just isn't enough goin on. This is an average beer ane a below average pumpkin ale. I was really not impressed by this. The only thing pumpkin about this is the one on the label. (464 characters)

Photo of jmeyers78
3.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle into pint glass

A - Pale amber with thin white head that completely fizzled away after a few minutes. No lacing.

S - Almost smells like a spiced BMC for lack of a more elegant way of stating it. Hardly any malt on the nose.

T - No noticeable malt flavors. Slight spice taste but it fades quickly.

M - Rather thin and fizzy. Probably my least favorite part of this beer.

O - Really a bland beer but it is something that I might pick up if there were no other interesting options. (502 characters)

Photo of Snorlax
3.52/5  rDev +21%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Just cracked one open, poured into the trusty old double handed Jax mug. Pours a decently pretty and slightly burnt orange color. Rather carbonated. No lacing or head retention really at all. Taste wise I'm impressed and I'll tell you why. Most pumpkin beers are simply filled with pumpkin spices. This beer you can actually noticeably taste the pumpkin juice itself which is quite refreshing, followed by a well balanced after taste of the usual spice suspects. My only complaint is the body and mouthfeel on this one leave MUCH to be desired, though the taste is really quite good. All in all, a great session beer for those chilly fall nights. Bout to go have another out on the porch and enjoy this new found fall weather. Cheers BA brethren. (746 characters)

Photo of tlazaroff
2.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: It pours out a hazy orange color, not very bright at all, with a tan head that isn't much to speak of. I've seen better, but I've also seen worse.

S: Smells just like a pumpkin pie. I get nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, pumpkin all in the nose. Smells wonderful.

T: Unfortunately, the taste suffers and doesn't deliver what the nose promises. I get a little bit of pumpkin, some bitterness on the mid palate, but most of all, it just falls flat on all notes.

M: Moderatly-High carbonation with a light body, it feels a bit awkward in the mouth.

D: Drinkability is quite high, if you actually like this beer. It's not terrible, but I probably wouldn't buy it again. (667 characters)

Photo of Alkey
2.33/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle a dark orange with no head and millions of tiny bubbles rising to the top and exploding like a soft drink.

Went to smell the aroma and bubbles went up my nose from the aggressive carbonation. After letting it rest a bit I try again but not much there other than a hint of all spice.

Very disappointed with this beers flavor. Almost as if you dumped teaspoons of dry spice in club soda.

Did they mess up the recipe for this batch I wonder. I tried 3 from this case so far and wish I could return it. (528 characters)

Photo of dcook11
3.68/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Orange. Aggresive carbonation. Dental floss thin head from a violent pour. Some lacing, though not much.

S- Pumpkin. All spice, cinnamon. Balanced and sweet.

T- All the same ingredients as the smell, but more muted.

M- Light bodied with a bite from the carbonation.

O- My favorite pumpkin ale. (300 characters)

Photo of Dodt
3.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

another review from the mix six, had this one after cleaning up after the hurricane .
poured from the bottle into a pint glass
appearance hazy amber , with a sorta fluffy head that slowly goes away.
smell the spices seem to be a bit muted but the flavor does come around in the palate. (287 characters)

Photo of shortbus7
3.05/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer was poured into a snifter. The beer has an orangish hazing hue to it with no head and no lacing. The beer has a slight pumpkin smell to it and almost no hints of cinnamon or allspice. The mouthfeel is very light and thin and is dominated by the carbonation. Way to overpowering. The beer has a large malt presence with a burnt taste to it. The aftertaste suggests a slight amount of spices and pumpkins. Overall, I'm not impressed with this beer, but it's not horrible. (479 characters)

Photo of Pintofbrown
2.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: Only a slight film on a strong, Grizzly Adam's strength pour. Now I am looking at no foam and a good amount of carbonation. The body is murky and the color of...pumpkin? I tried. I am already sad.

Smell: Hey! Things are looking up! There are some good things happening on this nose. There is some clove, cinnamon, sweet potato, fresh mint, and, yes, even some pumpkin in there. It does not really smell like a pumpkin pie, and it certainly errs on the side of spicy instead of sweet. It still smells like Fall.

Taste: Whoa, so, most of the flavors in the nose are still on the palate, but it is way too bubbly and watered down. The front and middle of the drink have the clove and pumpkin, that is backed up with a wheaty back bone on the finish. It is okay, but the flavors are not as big as they should be.

Mouth feel: This also brings down the quality of the beer quite a bit. Anything that reminds me of pumpkin pie when I take a whiff better have a creamy and chewy mouth feel. And this is nothing like that.

It is way too bubbly, also a little astringent. Not to mention the flavors are watered down, and make the taste watery. This is too bad.

Overall: Get the smells on the nose to be present on the sip, and get a creamier mouth feel and this would be a decent pumpkin brew. It is not too late to believe that this thing can not be fixed. Until then, look elsewhere for that perfect autumn beer. (1,422 characters)

Photo of DavidST
2.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

This pours a light golden color, I poured very aggressive and got a very short lived head, it fizzed away faster than a coke and left me with absolutely no foam. The smell is of spices and cloves with a little pumpkin. Feel is light. Taste has some pumpkin and spices, but overall its pretty light and not very impressive. I doubt I ever get this beer again. (406 characters)

Photo of Nerudamann
3.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look – somewhat coppery in color, clear, with decent carbonation and about half a finger’s worth of off-white foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell – as you would expect, there’s a strong sense of spices and pumpkin flavor.

Taste – upon the taste, there seems to be a fair mix between the spice and pumpkin, but a little more on the spice. Pretty tame in taste, without much bitterness or sweetness. There is a slight tang in the finish and then aftertaste.

Mouthfeel – pretty well balanced, but leans a little more on the watery side.

Overall – not a bad brew, but not very interesting either. Also not one of the tastier of the pumpkin flavored beers. (712 characters)

Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin Ale from Buffalo Bill's Brewery
68 out of 100 based on 618 ratings.