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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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1,018 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,018
Reviews: 611
rAvg: 2.92
pDev: 22.95%
Wants: 11
Gots: 38 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Buffalo Bill's Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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Photo of bradleyp
3.08/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks again to Market of choice for stocking this beer. The only thing that really impressed me about this beer is the aroma of pumpkin. Some people don't like pumpkin beers, but I try to not be so objective since they are around only a small part of the year, normally. There was some light carbonation bubbles painting to top of the glass, but no lacing whatsoever. I tried one of these, and that's about all i wanted. I'm looking forward to trying some other pumpkin beers later this year.

bradleyp, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of GallowsThief
3.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured out of a 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice light copper color with almost no head and non existant lacing.

S - Definitely get the pumpkin spice smell thought very light in the nose.

T - The smell is better then the taste. I was expecting more here but there is very little. Was hoping for a more pronounced taste.

M - Thin. Good bit of carbonation that leaves the tongue tingling.

D - Maybe one. Go ahead and taste one if you want but there are many better choices in this category.

GallowsThief, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of cbusnoles
4.65/5  rDev +59.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

By far my favorite pumpkin beer. Actually taste like pumpkin pie and not beer with a hint of pumpkin like some other pumpkin beer. O'Fallon's is a distant second. Have tried Southern Tier Pumking, Shipyard's, Lakefront Pumpkin Lager, Post Road, Blue Moon, Jack's Pumpkin Spice and IMO it's the best!

cbusnoles, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of scottfrie
2.48/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into pint glass. Reviewed from old notes.

A: Pours a deep honey color with a small white head that quickly vanished into nothing. After a couple minutes there where zero bubbles to speak of and it looked like a glass of juice. No lace.
S: Heavy spices. Lots of clove and cinnamon. Smells like apple cider. Notes of lemon zest and a touch of pumpkin.
T: Very sweet. Doesn't taste much like pumpkin, or beer. Very synthetic and fruity. The cinnamon and clove come through along with some sweet citrus and nutmeg. Slight citrus bitter in the aftertaste.
M: High carbonation up front that foams up a lot in your mouth. Flavor comes through when the carb calms down. Finish is watery. Not a beer-like carb either. Very soda like.
D: Not awful, but not very beer like. Maybe okay to drink one or two around the holidays, but there are FAR better pumpkin beers and winter warmers available.

scottfrie, Aug 04, 2010
Photo of JamisonM
2.35/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

A: copper Orange color little head that goes away fast

S: pumpkin and spice with a bit of sour on the back end

T: you get a few pumpkin spices and a bit of pumpkin taste there is a hoppy finish that seems out of place. its not horrible but I would rather drink somthing else.

M: mouthfeel is very strange its like they let the spice come into the beer and make for a grainy and strange spice texture that is not working for me at all. on top of that its thin too thin like a macro lager.

D: its not very drinkable

I would not buy this again, even if it was on sale.

JamisonM, Mar 13, 2010
Photo of WwRGSwW
3.23/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a- bottle poured into a pint, bright white bubbly head that fades fast to a slight lace.

s- mild, cinnamon, caramel malt, very slight roasted pumpkin.

t- cinnamon, caramel malt, faint hop kick on the back end, touch of clove.

m- light, crisp in the mouth with some pricklyness.

d- very drinkable, not overly spiced, or pumpkiny for that matter, but still flavorful and enjoyable, very nice seasonal beer

(Served in Oct 2009)

WwRGSwW, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
3.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The original.

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint glass. Beer is orange and has a slight haze to it. Froms a diffuse white broken head of small bubbles.

Aroma is cinnamon and allspice.

Beer is thin and has almost no bitterness at all. Spices up front, carbonation in the mouth is fine. Drinkability is moderate, not really my favorite even pumpkin beer. I don't think I would drink it again.

drabmuh, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of peppersugar
1.68/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

tastes like a first attempt at home brew, slightly sour yeast flavor, cloudy amber appearance, smells neutral to sour, not a beer I would drink again. even michelobs pumpkin beer is better. do not, do not buy this at any price, just isnt worth the tourble

peppersugar, Jan 27, 2010
Photo of 4000qtrap
1.93/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Source/Serving: 12 oz. bottle. No expiration date.

Smell: Surprisingly quite pumpkiny. Cloves and nutmeg and also a little bit of astringent alcohol.

Taste: Tastes much more of toast than pumpkin, but there is a really strange - almost fake - sweet flavor to it that keeps getting worse as you drink it. Its malt profile is very light and overall not overly spicy. Finish is yeasty and bready but clean. Mild carbonation.

Notes: The fake sweet flavor is a no-go and really ruins it. Pretty bad, actually, and only appropriate when organizing a fall/pumpkin beer tasting as I was.

4000qtrap, Dec 26, 2009
Photo of BevMoAndrew
1.8/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Served into a Bruery tulip glass at about 40 degrees.

Shows a light orange in the glass with a white froth average head retention and decent lacing. Somewhat pronounced aromas of artificial "pumpkin flavoring", cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, & brown sugar. Sweet, but definitely artificial. Flavors of grains, light pumpkin flavoring, cinnamon, nutmeg, easy brown sugar....wow...let me go in for another drink....yep...that tastes pretty putrid! It's barley drinkable, so I can't give it the lowest score possible, but it's pretty bad. Overall....avoid this at all costs.

BevMoAndrew, Dec 05, 2009
Photo of unclejimbay
2.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin Ale
Buffalo Bill's Brewery
Style: Pumpkin Ale
ABV: 5.20 %, reviewed 10/29/09, bottle>snifter

Orange copper clear pumkin pie color, w/ 1 finger head, no retention or lace.
Smell is the standout characterstic. Nice pumkin pie spice, allspice/nutmeg/cinnamon aromas going on without being overdone.
Taste is a bit strange, light malt beer with heavy spice profile. Tastes as it smells with a dominant spiced finish.
Mouthfeel is thin body, crisp high carbonation.
Drinkability is possible, its just not my thing. The brew is a hint of the style, but mainly due to spice assocation, and not actual pumkin. Mediocre at best for light brew version of the pumpkin style.

unclejimbay, Nov 23, 2009
Photo of bob3701
3.03/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

No real head and little lacing. Clear orange yellow color. Great pumpkin spice aroma. Not overwhelmed by spiced flavor. Goes down easy. Give a little bit of a tangy after taste.
They call themselves America's original pumpkin ale but is it really since pumpkin ale has been brewed in America since the Pilgrims.

bob3701, Nov 21, 2009
Photo of beer2day
3.53/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very thin orange gold. Lots of light coming through. Very little head, no retention, but some very faint lacing.

Very strong pumpkin pie spice. Allspice is strong too. One of the strongest aroma's coming off a pumpkin beer. Since I'm a fan of the style, that's a plus for me.

Allspice, pumkin, and nutmeg all combine for the flavor profile. Some faint hops on the back end, but the spices overcome any real hop note. If you like pumpkin beer, you will like this one. If not, well ... best to try another.

Feel is a little thinner than anticipated. The flavor of the beer demands a little stronger body.

The spices are very strong here and could easily get in the way of enjoying this beer. I like the style, though.

beer2day, Nov 18, 2009
Photo of berkey
2.9/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I was poured one of these in error by the waitress the other week. Figured I'd get a sample and give it a proper review since I haven't reviewed this style yet. From notes a few hours ago. On tap at the brewpub in Hayward.

Clean amber body with a very slight haze. Very small white head with mediocre at best retention. Virtually no lacing.

Aroma is predictably spicy with strong nutmeg and some cinnamon. Some fresh pumpkin is in there as well but it's not a dominant note.

Spiciness continues and is even stronger on the palate than on the nose. There's a bizarre light character here that has me thinking cream ale. Did they add some sort of adjunct to this? I'm wondering. Thought I picked up some herbal hops in the background but I'm not really certain.

Medium high carbonation is a little awkward on this beer and the feel is a little thin overall. Went down pretty easy but I'm not really interested in another pour so I can't really call it that drinkable.

Not horrible but not really good either. I'll stick to the Tazmanian Ale on future visits to Buffallo Bills. That one is at least tasty and pairs with the food well.

berkey, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of gbmoore
2.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance-Orange to amber color as expected. The cap is thin and disappears quickly.

Smell- Smells sweet, a bit like pumpkin pie.

Taste/feel- A bit too carbonated. Good flavor but not spectacular.

Drinkability- It is very drinkable, but not something I would seek out.

gbmoore, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of bbeane
3.4/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured into a nucleated tumbler... slightly lighter than amber color with a very fizzy head that disappears very quickly. At first, looks almost like a soda with carbonation bubbles clinging all over in the glass. After settling they eventually disappear. No lacing

S- Despite the poor appearance, spells pretty good... sweet pumpkin, banana, vanilla, cinnamon

T- Very sweet and pumpkiny the whole way through... almost has some banana flavor. Maybe taste some cinnamon or nutmeg

M- Watery, light bodied... bit over carbonated

D- I think its pretty good. Bit over carbonated, but I think it has a very good flavor


bbeane, Nov 05, 2009
Photo of Haybeerman
2.85/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Bright. clear amber color. Poured a half finger fizzy white head that that dissipated quickly to a thin skim. Decanted continually. No lacing.

S: Very faint pumpkin and spice. More of a dry starch smell than much else. No malt or hop presence.

T: Slightly sweet bready malt a bit more in the taste. Alight pumpkin flavor in the finish that lingers without bitter balance.

M: Light body. Ample carbonation. Other than expecting a bit more body, feel was ok.

D: Easy to drink sure enought, but just not very special at all.

Haybeerman, Nov 02, 2009
Photo of SeattleBeerBlog
2.8/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a very nice head yet doesn't retain well, perfectly clear with a golden amber color.

S- starchy and grainy, no smell of pumpkin or spices, no real malt or hops presence either. Could use more aroma hops or spices.

T- a little more malt than the smell, but not much, also very little pumpkin, very hard to pick it out. In fact if it didn't say pumpkin on it I would think it would be just a decently malty golden.

M- nice carbonation and not cloyingly sweet at all. Perfectly fine here.

D- I would say this is an easy drinking beer at the least, would be a perfect introduction beer beyond BMC beers. Not very exciting though if you are not a beginner.

SeattleBeerBlog, Oct 28, 2009
Photo of CampusCrew
2.23/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

appearance: hazy cloudy copper orange, super high fizzy after pouring and then zero head. wondering if this is a beer or a soda.

smell: huge pumpkin rind smell and spices. the most aromatic pumpkin I have smelled and maybe the most of any beer period

taste: light, lacks major malt backbone. loads of pumpkin flavor which i like but it's missing alot of beer qualities. again going back to the soadlike comment.

mouthfeel: light... too light. as light as a can of macro junk

drinkability: theres definitly better pumkin ales out there. worst of the batch I have ever had.

CampusCrew, Oct 27, 2009
Photo of david131
2.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- A hazy orange liquid that shows a bit of yellow when it is held to the light. There is a quick soda head that falls to nothingness. Looks a little bland.

S- Pumpkin pie with a lot of spice. There is a heavy anise and allspice (if I am correct with my spices) aroma.

T- Exactly the same as the aroma led me to believe. Really spicy and lacking some balance and backing.

M- Carbonation is fine, but there is an unclean quality to it.

D- Well whatever. There are enough pumpkin beers out there. This one is worth a shot, it is unique enough.

david131, Oct 23, 2009
Photo of brystmar
2.48/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I've always loved pumpkin beers, and this brew has been a perennial favorite of mine in recent years (relative to the other pumpkin beers I've tried). But since I've gotten more into beer recently, it's now easy to see the flaws in this mediocre offering.

Pours a relatively light brown color and a little hazy with a small amount of head. Looks pretty bland compared to my new standard of pumpkin beers: Dogfish Head's Punkin. Smell is equally unimpressive; its slight hint of pumpkin flavoring is overwhelmed by this beer's more pronounced scent of hops and "Bud Light" smell.

The taste is unimpressive. The pumpkin flavor is extremely subtle and most pronounced in the aftertaste. Pretty sweet too. Again, it reminds me more of Bud Light than of pumpkin pie. And that's just unfortunate.

Mouthfeel is average to below-average, nothing particularly special or negative. Doesn't bite, and it's relatively smooth drinking. Definitely sessionable though, but in much the same way that Bud Light is sessionable.

I used to really look forward to buying this beer every Sept/Oct, but I can honestly say that this is the last year I'll be stocking up on it. Makes me wonder how bad the other pumpkin beers must have been for this Buffalo Bill's brew to have been my pick of the litter. As previously mentioned in regards to pumpkin beers, Dogfish Head's Punkin will fill my fridge for the foreseeable future.

brystmar, Oct 22, 2009
Photo of NStLincoln
2.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

In Nebraska we claim Buffalo Bill Cody as our guy. Seems that these California brewers have co-opted him for their beer. I'm a big pumpkin fan, let's see how this goes.

The pour is cloudy with a quickly disappearing white head. Lacing is negligible. The color is not a pretty orange, with a lot of haze.

The aroma reminds me of old pumpkins, when they get squishy and start to shrivel and a dash of cloves. Not appealing.

The taste hits you hard with cloves and not much else. The spices stay with you for awhile after the drink, a definite plus.

Not a great beer. Pretty drinkable with biscuity flavors, but the tough nose is a lot to get past.

NStLincoln, Oct 22, 2009
Photo of PreacherBrewer
1.68/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

A - clear copper color. 1 finger head quickly dissapates into a bubbly thing cap thing.

S - sweet with spices. smells like it should.

T & M - very sweet and very very carbonated. mild spices and almost no pumpkin is present.

D - how this pumpkin soda passes for a beer is beyond me. avid this beer at all costs. don't even give it a try. drain poured after 3 sips...ugh!

PreacherBrewer, Oct 21, 2009
Photo of vacax
3.13/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden with a light orange haziness. About one inch of pure white head pops up and quickly vanishes, leaving only a wimpy ring around the edge of the glass. Maybe plus one point for appearing to be bottle conditioned, but minus a few for the weak head.

Smells of allspice, nutmeg, and a little bit of clove. Only a touch of pumpkin. The aroma is fairly typical for the style, having both spice and pumpkin puts its a little above average for me. The flavor has a sweet malt character that comes hand-in-hand with a light tartness, followed by pumpkin and the pie spices on the midpalate. Some bittering on the finish from a combination of spice and hopping. I have to say the tartness of the beer is an interesting way to balance out the sweetness and the spices, though I have to imagine this could just as easily be called a defect in the beer.

This lacks the malt complexity I have come to expect in a craft made pumpkin ale. Overall a decent drinking beer, but not as nice as most craft brews. This may be the original, but it was not perfect from the get go. Despite the apparent bottle conditioning, this has a heavy handed level of carbonation that is too much for the light body. This has a few flaws, but pretty easy to drink without thinking about it much. This is a fair choice if you're looking to do a session of pumpkin ales.

vacax, Oct 21, 2009
Photo of Goldopelgt
3.2/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Have had this one many times...first time getting around to reviewing it...

A- Pours a light copper with a quickly vanishing white head with very little retention.

S- Smells alot like pumpkin pie...alot of pumpkin and cinnamon with some nutmeg and other spices in the background.

T- Similar to how it smells, but just lacking a bit...you get your "beer brewed with pumpkin and spices" but just not that much of it...almost like a light version of a pumpkin ale...

M- Very thin and light with a decent amount of carbonation...

D- Not your best pumpkin ale out there, but by no means the worst...having tried it for the past few years, it definitely fluctuates with quality, but if you happen to stumble upon one of their better batches, its a very drinkable beer for the style...

Goldopelgt, Oct 21, 2009
Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin Ale from Buffalo Bill's Brewery
68 out of 100 based on 1,018 ratings.