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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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962 Ratings

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Ratings: 962
Reviews: 610
rAvg: 2.91
pDev: 23.02%
Wants: 10
Gots: 21 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-01-2001)
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Photo of bamadog


2.42/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Beer number 2 in my efforts to gain a better understanding of pumpkin ales. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very clear, light coppery color and starts with a very fizzy 1/2 finger head that fades virtually immediately to absolutely nothing - no head whatsoever as I drink this; moderate carbonation bubbles up throughout; oily film left on the sides of the glass slides slickly back into the drink - no lacing whatsoever (which shouldn't be a surprise since there was no head).

Smell: Not too awful in this category - smells spicey - cloves, cinammon, nutmeg, but it smells artificial for some reason - more like a pumpkin pie candy as opposed to pumpkin and the accompanying spices that would make it pie-like.

Taste: The artificial spiciness is mostly upfront and there's very little "ale" to this ale. Leftover aftertaste of cinammon.

Mouthfeel: For a beer that shows moderate carbonation - I should have guessed that the body would be flat since it couldn't sustain a head at all and absolutely no lacing. Body is watery and leaves a lot to be desired.

Drinkability: Meh. I will not pick this offering up again, but I'm glad to know that. So far in the taste test, Dogfish Head is leading the pack and that was a great offering, but this one falls short of decent.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2009 18:47:09 | More by bamadog
Photo of ImusBeer


2.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured out of a 12oz brown bottle. The color was a light amber, and producted a head that rose quickly and died just as fast. It contained some sediment not sure. How long it was shelfed.

It had a mild soapy aroma and a slight pumpkin taste, not the normal spices you might expect it also had a slight sourness.

The mouthfell was really light not strong at all, very bland.

I would expect an ale to be a bit stronger.

You might as well just buy a Bud, nothing to get excited about here, move along now.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2009 14:24:39 | More by ImusBeer
Photo of JamesS


4/5  rDev +37.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice pumpkin orange color with some decent initial head; no lacing. Nice deep pumpkin scent, hints of the gourd itself with a nice pumpkin spice scent. Nice flavor; light malt sweetness with a hit of pumpkin spice up front and a bit of the pumpkin itself at the end. Goes down quite well, with a nice sparkling bit of carbonation. A very nice pumpkin ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2009 21:53:17 | More by JamesS
Photo of NewGeneric


2.17/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Drinking this one right now. Pours a cloudy orange color with think white head that dissipates very quickly and leaves no lacing. Also full of sediment. Smells like pumpkins. Tastes like pumpkin as well. A bit overcarbonated. Gonna take a while to finish this, unless I decide to just chug it to get it over with as quickly as possible.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2009 00:51:16 | More by NewGeneric
Photo of ClockworkOrange


2.83/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A 12 ounce bottle poured into a dimpled mug. The beer greets the eye a murky orange color with not even a finger of fizzy off white head that disappears within seconds. Nose and flavor are of muted spices, mainly nutmeg, faint hint of roasted pumpkin meat a trace of caramel. Where's the malt? Light bodied and slightly under carbonated. Not worth your time.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2009 02:13:57 | More by ClockworkOrange
Photo of Brenden


2.98/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The color is a sort of coppery amber. I've seen people say it looks clear, but mine poured with a sort of dusky opaqueness. The head pours impressively enough, but dissipates almost immediately to absolutely nothing. There is no lacing whatsoever.

I was impressed with how much it smelled like spiced pumpkin pie with a touch of nutmeg. I think the best thing about this one is the smell. Pumpkin is pleasantly evident.

There is very slight maltiness, sadly minimal. In fact, this tastes more to me like a soda than a beer. I don't dislike the taste, but it seems very weak. There is some nice spiciness and a mild sweetness.

The feel is thin, and carbonation isn't overpowering but prevalent , like soda just going flat. Again, a weak, watery feel.

I'm not too experienced with pumpkin ales and just saw this one on the shelf first and decided to try it. I'm sure many superior pumpkin ales can be found.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2009 15:56:36 | More by Brenden
Photo of jujubeast6000


3.28/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 10/26/2008 (bottle):

Pours a somewhat opaque amber brown body. Small whitish head, quickly diminishing. Spicy aroma, some pumpkin. Some malty fruitiness. Graininess. Spice like nutmeg. Spicy taste, fruity, sweet spice like nutmeg. Maybe pumpkin. Mmm, a nice fall taste.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2009 05:47:19 | More by jujubeast6000
Photo of scottoale


2.42/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz. stubbie brown bottle with twist-off cap and what appears to be a bottling code printed on the neck label. It pours an orange gold with a thin bubbly white foam head that disipates almost instantly.

The smell is of sweet spices, cinnomin, clove allspice and faint pumpkin.

The taste is the same, dominated by spices and not in a good way. You can barely taste any malt or pumpkin due to the over spiciness in this brew.

Light body, watery mouthfeel with some astringency and a bitterness of spice left on the tongue. Alcohol is not noticable in any aspect of this ale. Not an easy beer to like.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2009 19:44:16 | More by scottoale
Photo of darklordlager


2.25/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Pours a dysmal pale orange colour, with a head that dissapates as soon as it hits the glass.

Smell is of huge spice--coriander and a sour funk. Some pumpkin.

Taste is an invasive cinnamon, with little pumpkin in the background. Allspice dominates this one.

Mouthfeel is fairly carbonated, but the spices still stick on the tongue.

I really don't feel like finishing this one...(Drain Pour)

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2009 04:10:54 | More by darklordlager
Photo of Vengeance526


2.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

lol when I saw the Bros said to avoid this one and then saw a bottle of it sitting in my friend's fridge, I just had to find out. I'm sure I've had this before but I don't remember it being that bad...Let's see what we got...

Pours a hazy, orangish/amber color with a medium white head that dissipates in about 3 seconds.

Smells mostly of cloves. A bit of sweetness and spice but nothing really pops out at you. It probably doesn't help that the head died out almost immediately after it was poured...

Spices are cleanly present within the taste. The cloves are most evident followed by cinnamon and nutmeg. Really not much of the pumpkin pie I was expecting, but this aspect is alright.

Seems more watered down than it should be but mostly medium bodied. Not much carbonation to speak of.

This starts out fairly refreshing but about halfway through it just gets old. The Bros review is severely outdated by now so I don't think "avoid" is an appropiate thing to say but I would find maybe one bottle if I really wanted to try this and that would be the end probably for good. On the other hand, this is probably the most available pumpkin ale I've ever seen in Louisiana so if I ever had to have one I guess Buffalo Bill's might be as good as it will get.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2009 22:39:28 | More by Vengeance526
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2.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Out of a bottle this beer was a hazy, bright orange color with a towering, overzealous head. The retention of this massive four fingers of foam was only moderate however and the lacing weak. The aroma was of citrus hops, nutmeg and musty, damp malt. The flavors were odd, starting with pale malt followed by nutmeg and a slight sourness. The pumpkin only showed up for the finish and was underwhelming. The body was medium/light, the mouthfeel average and the carbonation good. Slightly too acidic for the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2009 15:09:02 | More by thekevlarkid
Photo of Procrastinator


3.05/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. brown bottle with code number B214 8 334 E on neck label. Poured into Nonic pint glass. This is the last of a six-pack purchase.

Appearance: hazy coppery orange color with a dense foamy slightly off-white head, 3" high after vigorous pour. Carbonation bubbles stay at top for the remainder of this beer. Lacing is little, if any.

Smell: definite pumpkin pie spices with cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, all-spice and peppery cloves. Hops are not detected through the nose.

Taste: all the spices show up first with cloves and nutmeg leading the way. Hops cannot be detected except for a slight bitterness at the finish. Nothing resembling pumpkin.

Mouthfeel: a bit of a letdown being very watery. Carbonation helps to deliver flavors and overall
seems fairly well balanced.

Drinkability: I'd like to see less emphasis on spices and more on a heavier mouthfeel. The body is definitely lacking. I think I was pretty generous with my ratings as I won't be seeking this out in the near future.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2009 18:00:09 | More by Procrastinator
Photo of hopdog


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

12oz bottle.

Poured a medium hazy amber color with a smaller sized white head. Spices and lighter pumpkin on the nose. Lighter tastes (vs. the aromas) of the same pumpkin and spices. Fizzy body. This one was OK, but nothing really stood out vs. other pumpkin beers out there.

Notes from: 1/2/05

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2009 19:17:43 | More by hopdog
Photo of davexisxrabid


2.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew poured an orange/amber color with a nice thick head that fizzled down after a while and left a tiny bit of lacing. You can see the carbonation rising in this one.

Aroma was of pumpkin pie, baked bread, and sweet sugar caramel with slight hoppy scent.

Very light taste, mainly due to the carbonation. Hints of paprika almost. Seemed a bit watered down with very little sweet malts and almost no hop edge to it.

A very mellow mouthfeel to this one, not too spicy or cloyingly sweet. Has the mouthfeel of a light beer, very watery and carbonated. Pumpkin undertones do not stay for very long in the aftertaste.

Easily drinkable but lacks much flavor. I would probably pass on this beer unless somebody gives it to me.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2008 18:06:52 | More by davexisxrabid
Photo of laituegonflable


1.4/5  rDev -51.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours an orangey amber colour, head is dense and respectable. Sticks around quite well. Hardly any lacing. Very slow bead. Meh.

Holy shizzle, sickly sweet nose with a sort of dried fruit kind of character. Yeah, a bit of spice like cloves or something, but mostly just sickly sweet and horrible. I'd give it a 5 if I were judging it on the ability to smell sweet, disgusting and like cloves, but as a beer, meh.

Tastes like cloves. It's never been a huge ambition of mine to drink liquid cloves. Mouthfeel is sharp and tacky. If you're looking for a beer that tastes like cloves, this is it. If you're looking for a beer that's even slightly good, look elsewhere.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2008 05:15:46 | More by laituegonflable
Photo of Arbitrator


1.4/5  rDev -51.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

A: Clear light brown. Thin head, no lacing.

S: Very mild aromas of nutmeg or cinnamon. Basically lacking in a nose.

T: A little malty sweetness that tastes like it was infused with pumpkin pie.

M: Medium bodied, ok carbonation. Muddled, inexpressive flavors.

D: Easy to finish a sixer and it's a nice Thanksgiving beer with company. Wouldn't buy again.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2008 10:11:23 | More by Arbitrator
Photo of DoctorDog


1.25/5  rDev -57%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Printed with "20 5 08" on the top label, which I presume to be a bottling date.

A- Slightly hazy amber. Pours with a massive, overflowing white head.

S- An offensive, strong pumpkiny/coppery/metallic smell. As the beer warms slightly, the metallic elements become even more pronounced. Awful.

T- Just like the smell, and absolutely awful. Terrible.

M- Wet....medium carbonation. Hard to be objective or even concentrate on this aspect given the highly offensive taste.

D- Nil. I couldn't. I drank just enough to get angry at myself for taking a few sips too many.

Future outlook: Hmmmm...no thank you.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2008 01:54:00 | More by DoctorDog
Photo of midaszero


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

A - Mostly clear light amber with half finger of off white head

S - Holiday and pumpkin pie spices from a distance with some pumpkin when you get your nose into the glass

T - Mild malt component with some pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices mixed in

M - Medium body and medium carbonation

D - Easy to drink and pretty enjoyable. Not awesome but not bad, wouldn't mind having one at Thanksgiving dinner.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2008 02:08:00 | More by midaszero
Photo of orangemoustache


2.17/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours the color of changing autumn leaves,orange with golden edges. Hard to stir up any head and a lack of lace leaves this less than impressive. The nose smells like cinnamon and dried flowers. I really hope this doesn't taste the way it smells...and it does,dammit. I cant help but think of potpourri the entire time that I'm drinking this. It isn't as offensive as it sounds,but it still isn't good either. The body is thin and overly carbonated,a touch of dryness on the tail is acceptable. This one won't be revisited anytime soon.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2008 17:54:02 | More by orangemoustache
Photo of rkuhnel


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

Part of big pumpkin ale tasting I did at Halloween. This poured orange with a tiny white head. Light nose of pumpkin and some cinnamon and nutmeg. Very light mouthfeel and not much real flavor. Not my favorite by a long shot. I agree.
This is one to avoid.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2008 03:59:16 | More by rkuhnel
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2.98/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The first thing I noticed was the poor head formation, retention, and lacing. The beer itself is a mix of dark orange and copper tones. Though dark in color, it's mainly translucent and only slightly cloudy.

For a pumpkin ale, this beer seems to really lack the smell associated with the object. On the other hand, there was a hefty dose of spice in the nose; I think it's nutmeg (or something like that). Accompanying this is a slight biscuit-like malt scent. Overall, it basically smells like "fall."

The taste matches the nose for the most part. It's slightly on the malty side and really not that bitter. The beer doesn't taste as spicy as it smells; it lacks both balance and intensity of the flavor that's supposed to be characteristic of this style.

There isn't really much to say here. Mouthfeel is somewhat thick. It's not at all wattery, but it's not creamy, either. I can't really call it anything other than average.

It's fairly easy to drink. The beer isn't too thick, but you don't really miss out on too much flavor-wise if you choose to drink it quickly.

I was expecting more from this beer, so I guess I'm a little disappointed. Compared to other pumpkin ale's I've had, this one really doesn't stack up too well. It's not awful, but I would definately turn it down if I had my choice of other similarly-styled beers. As with anything I don't like, I'm not going to let this impression spoil any future encounters with beers from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2008 03:37:14 | More by diabecktic
Photo of BierFan


3.55/5  rDev +22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a cervoise.

Appearance: Slightly hazy orange with a small white head that quickly drops to nothing. No lacing.

Smell: Pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices are definitely present.

Taste: Pumpkin pie flavor, but it's more subdued than some other pumpkin ales. It still tastes like a beer where as other similar beers are like liquid pumpkin pie.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2008 02:57:49 | More by BierFan
Photo of coldmeat23


3.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

GLASS: Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

Nice, solid amber color. Good, large foamy head. Sadly it dissipates fairly quickly. Lacing is minimal, at best.

Big cinnamon presence in this one. Nutmeg and cloves are in there, too. A little bit of malty sweetness. Oh, yeah, and some pumpkin smell here, too.

Nice blending of flavors, here. Nothing overpowers anything else, creating a good balance.
Good pumpkin flavor. Throw in the same spices from the smell, but the cinnamon is not so dominant, here. A little bit of sweet maltiness on the backend.

Good medium body in this one. Nice level of creaminess.

Here's one that I will drink again, when I have the opportunity.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2008 18:28:30 | More by coldmeat23
Photo of ajmoody76


3.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

my neighbor two doors down brought this over. twelve ounce bottle pours light amber with a thin offwhite head. pellucid (got a new thesaurus). no lace.

smells like pumpkin pie. no off odors.

good malt presence. pumpkin spice taste. this beer almost goes a little too spicy. pumpkin spice aftertaste.

mid body with not much carbonation. i probably would not buy this beer given a choice. they do a good job on flavor for the style though.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2008 03:24:32 | More by ajmoody76
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2.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance/Smell - Appears a very clear amber/brown (Almost pumpkin color) No head, no lacing, and very little carbonation. In fact, just after the pour the beer loses it's carbonation fast and just looks dead and uninviting. Smells of spices, nutmeg, cinnamon, lite malt and a little corny. Cinnamon is a tad floral.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Tastes of sweet cinnamon and nutmeg spices. Some malt, a little corny and lite hop bitterness as the beer goes down and rolls off the tongue. As beer warms an acidic/tart flavor develops, not to unpleasant though. A little watered down, which isn't pleasant at all. Mouthfeel is thin and watery with a lite body.

Drinkability/Final thoughts - I could only drink about 2-3 of these because its just to thin and watery. I think this beer needs allot more body than it offers. I loved the packaging of this product, almost seducing one to try. That being said I probably wouldn't buy this again. I urge you to look for a better pumpkin ale. I just couldn't get over how thin and watery this was. Not a fan!

Note! Ill try again just in case I got an old case. Ill update the review if I notice a difference.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2008 20:56:59 | More by PintOHops
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68 out of 100 based on 962 ratings.