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Jack's Pumpkin Spice Ale - Anheuser-Busch

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Jack's Pumpkin Spice AleJack's Pumpkin Spice Ale

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406 Ratings

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Ratings: 406
Reviews: 333
rAvg: 3.09
pDev: 18.45%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: bubrewer on 10-07-2005)
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Photo of dherling

New Jersey

2.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out golden brown with no head whatsoever. The nose was metallic, like old tap water. The taste had some malty sweetness to it, that and some faint hops gave it a little spice. Pumpkin was very faint, hardly there at all. The finish was clean, mouthfeel was crisp.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2006 04:51:42 | More by dherling
Photo of Bonhoeffer


4.13/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a fine beer, and i'm not exactly a pumpkin beer aficionado. I loved the spices in this.

All malt. Hops yield to spices. Appropriate for the style. Spices are festive and blend well. Mouthfeel is nice. Not cloying nor is any flavor overwhelming or off-putting.

This is very nice, solid beer. Thumbs up.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2006 23:05:11 | More by Bonhoeffer
Photo of proc


3.13/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one pours out to a bright amber in the glass with a slight head. The aroma is of pumpkin pie spice and malt. The taste is slightly better than I expected. Its a bit on the thin side. There is the underlying Anheuser-Busch taste to it with the spices laid on top. It does work though. Outstanding? No. But a drinkable seasonal offering and one that would be a decent offering to a fizzy-yellow macro drinker not used to this type of beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2006 11:45:04 | More by proc
Photo of kimcgolf


3.63/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this seasonal Anheuser Busch offering. Very pleasant, spicy aroma of nutmeg and clove. Taste was more of the same spices, blended nicely with hop bitterness. The only downside was the finish, which was too dry and too short, but all and all, a decent beer that I will have more of around the holidays.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2006 13:09:14 | More by kimcgolf
Photo of guinness33

New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was a semi-shockingly decent brew from Anheuser.

It pours a nice looking amber colour with a creamy white head that is fairly sticky overall.

The aroma is sweet and spicy (mostly cinnamon with a touch of mutmeg), but actually seems to incorporate real pumpkins as well. Hint of hops float about here and there as well.

The flavour is more of the same however the spiciness is a bit more subdued and the pumpkin flavour comes out a bit more here and there's more of a sweet finish. Everything actually blends together fairly nicely. Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied and average/basic for the most part.

While I can't say I was impressed with this one in terms of it wowing me, I can say that I did not expect it to be as flavourful as it is. It's a basic pumpkin ale, but is well crafted for the most part. There are plenty that are better than this one, but that doesn't make this a bad brew by any stretch. It's not at the top of my pumpkin list but I wouldn't hesitate to sample it again under the right circumstances...

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2006 04:21:26 | More by guinness33
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

2.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a four-finger white head that fades quickly leaving some lace. Clear amber color. Pumpkin spicy nose. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Starts sweet with some pumpkin flavor, finish is clean. Not enough carbonation, and flavor is like the spices etc. were added to their lager. There are better pumpkin ales out there like Shipyard's. $1.50 for a 12oz bottle from Capital Convenience Concord, NH.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2006 22:25:05 | More by jdhilt
Photo of clickpush


3.65/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour: 12oz bottle to pint glass. The carbonation settles after the pour to reveal an apricot bodied brew with a city of bubble activity throughout the glass, including the ones that sit directly on the sides, acting as an insulation between the beer and the outside world. The eggshell head peaks at about an inch and it's fluffy body has a long retention, slowly making its way down to it's final resting position with some excellent lacings - leaving spider webs of residue along the glass as it recedes.

Nose: First impressions are cinnamon and a sour/tartness from the hops. Doesn't smell like pumpkin pie at all: the combination of a few warm feeling spices doesn't balance here to make achieve *my* desired effect. There's hints of caramel, but the fragrance is a tad on the faint side. The malts don't seem to play a big role in this one.

Mouth: Up front you would never know this is a spiced beer - it tastes like a slightly tart lager, your typical AB product. As it moves back though the accent flavors emerge, most heavily ginger and nutmeg, with a dry and gentle fruit finish. As it warms, the cinnamon comes through and is trailed by flavors of vanilla. The after taste is slightly sour and is in no hurry to disappear - a bit unpleasant. Mouthfeel is average, a little too strong with the carbonation.

I took a shot with this AB product because I love pumpkin ales. This definitely is not the best one I've had, but I'll enjoy drinking all six of them.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2006 15:44:50 | More by clickpush
Photo of xav33


2.35/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Michelob Jacks Pumpkin Spice Ale
12 oz bottle
Recent bottling, drunken 09/06
Medium pour in a pint glass

Poured clear copper with a creamy slightly off-white mostly diminishing 1/4 inch head.

Smelt of moderate pumpkin and cinnamon and other tradtional spices.

Taste was upfront moderate sweet pumpkin followed by the moderately sweet spicy cinnamon kick and slight bitterness that lingers awkwardly. Mouthfeel was light, watery and some heavy astringincy on the finish with lively carbonation.

Overall, the taste is right but there is some odd palate work that messes it all up.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2006 03:47:34 | More by xav33
Photo of tgbljb


3.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased as part of Michelob's Holiday case. Poured a perfectly clear copper color with modest tannish puffy head that quickly fell to a thin ring. Nose is enjoyable, being a nice combination of pumpkin spiace (hence the name). Taste was dissapointing, as it seemed to be too perfumey for my tastes. There was also a strange burung sensation that was unpleasant. Too dry a finish that I did like at all. Many beers improve with subsequent tastes, but this one definitely did not. It was hard to finih the whole glass.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2006 00:41:28 | More by tgbljb
Photo of jimdkc


2.88/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear orange with a decent, if short-lived off-white head.

Aroma is predominantly pumpkin and cinnamon.

Some malt sweetness in the taste, again with pumpkin and cinnamon with other spices... a touch of clove... nutmeg. Not much else. This doesn't taste bad... I just wish it tasted more like.... BEER!

Thin mouthfeel with a bit overly-fizzy carbonation.

Again, this wasn't bad... OK as a novelty. Wouldn't want more than one!

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2006 01:41:37 | More by jimdkc
Photo of danielharper


3.13/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Received as a gift as part of the Michelob Holiday Pack.

Transparent reddish-orange body with thin bubble-filled head resting quietly on top.

Smells strongly of fruit (pumpkin, obviously), with hints of yeast and other sweet esters. Reminds me a bit of a hefeweizen in terms of its aroma -- nice presentation.

Spicy, sweet flavor with nice sweet aftertaste. There's not a lot here, but what's here is to like.

Thin mouthfeel -- decent enough for a macro.

Overall drinkability is average. It's not my favorite beer, but it's better than most macros. At least they're trying for craft sensibilities, and I've tasted much worse craft than this.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2006 01:00:03 | More by danielharper
Photo of KroMagnon


3.63/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big bubbles in head suggest higher carbonation level. A nice orange color. The aroma is mostly cinnamon and clove, quite obvious and brings pumpkin pie to mind. The flavor also has a nice dose of those spices along with some sweet malt profile although its a little drier than I'd like. Fairly well balanced otherwise. The beer isn't terribly bold but overall this is a nicely done spice beer. I ding the mouthfeel a little (its kind of dry and overcarbonated) and the drinkability suffers some as a result. But definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2006 04:49:16 | More by KroMagnon
Photo of evh883


2.88/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This was my first try for a pumpkin ale. It had a nice pour with a medium amber tone and a good head with lacing. It did not have any aroma of a spiced ale or pumpkin; it just smelled mostly like better than average macro. The taste presented pumpkin mildly and had a the essences of cinnamon and cloves. Typical macro mouthfeel here, watery. Overall, not a bad choice for a cheaper brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2005 16:36:56 | More by evh883
Photo of granger10


3.55/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This Michelob offering pours a deep woody copper color with bubbles racing to the top and a nice two inch foamy head. Lots of lacing.

Subtle aroma of cinnamon and ginger. Some orange seems to be there as well. I wouldn't really know this was a pumpkin beer by the smell.

Taste begins with a sweeter pumpkin, reminiscent of yams, flavor along with a thick caramel punch. Caramel is definitely more noticeable. Cinnamon and nutmeg seem fairly strong and come out a bit prickly. Some citric hop notes underneath. Finish is a bit watery.

Body is on the lighter side but is smooth and somewhat creamy. The thick caramel seems a bit off though considering the lighter body. Carbonation might be a touch too much as well.

As for drinkability, I would consider this more drinkable than most pumpkin beers. The flavors are good and the pumpkin and spices aren't overwhelming as they can be in some. Definitely a solid seasonal offering from Michelob.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2005 15:23:07 | More by granger10
Photo of arguemaniac


3.48/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very orange amber with a rocky, well-sustaining and orange-tinged white head that leaves a sticky, sprawling lace. Though you can smell some pumpkin malt in there the brew’s aroma is primarily composed of various spices. And it’s pretty much the same for the flavor: clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, etc., along with pumpkin, and sweet, grain malt flavor that comes through a bit clearer than with most pumpkin ales. Moderately creamy mouthfeel with mild carbonation.

Though many other pumpkin ales have a little more depth and complexity, this one was still pretty tasty. And, considering that is a AB product, it’s even more impressive. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2005 04:52:26 | More by arguemaniac
Photo of mboland67


3.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

You know I don't know why, but every year I buy this sampler pack. Maybe I think something will blow me away. The Marzen is probably the best they offer and they only have it at the holidays.

Anyway, on to the pumpkin spice. Cracked it and poured and well it looks pumpkin colored. Upon first taste it taste like pumpkin pie, but it doesn't last long. I definitely tasted vanilla, cinnamon. After that it tastes like well Michelob and that's it. What a major disappointment. Kind of burns on the mouthfeel as well.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2005 00:55:18 | More by mboland67
Photo of allengarvin


3.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear orange with a good sized head and excellent lacing. After the first pour I couldn't smell much but given a moment to swirl around, a pleasant scent of cinnamon wafts up. Flavor is light, sweet malt balanced by a spicy cinnamon bitterness, with a few notes of nutmeg. Finish is dry, with a lingering spice taste. Lots of carbonation, giving a moderate body and crisp texture.

Not a bad beer, but probably the least interesting of all the pumpkin ales I've tried.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2005 02:08:32 | More by allengarvin
Photo of Backer2004

North Carolina

3.35/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Honestly, this is not a bad Pumpkin ale, regardless that it's an AB product. I've had much worse for this style (although I've had much better as well). One of the nicer looking choices, very ornage and crisp. Average taste and smell, not overwhelming or tasty as a Cottonwood on draft, but not as acidic as one I tried last year at this time.

One of the better choices on tap last night, only $2.50 a pint.

Serving type: on-tap

11-24-2005 17:02:04 | More by Backer2004
Photo of qcitydarkstar

North Carolina

2.05/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

I assume that this is the same beer as Jack’s Pumpkin-Spiced Ale.

First of all, if I had known that this was an AB product, I would have ordered something else. My local pub sold this to me as a new “microbrew” and I’m still a little upset about that.

Okay, on to this waste of a review:

This beer poured a light tea color, which was virtually free of particulates, with half of an inch of stark white head that settled to about 1/8-inch of even, floating foam after about a minute. The smell is of candy sugar, hops, and pumpkin (obviously). Upon tasting, I noticed only a faint pumpkin taste with a lager-like finish. This brew had an extremely light mouth-feel, combined with weak flavor and an acidic, citric bite. I must say it was refreshing, but after being in class all day, virtually anything would have been equally pleasing.

I would not recommend this beer, especially at a craft-brew price.

Serving type: on-tap

11-18-2005 13:16:01 | More by qcitydarkstar
Photo of asabreed

New York

3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Decent head and lots of lacing sticking to my pint glass. Lots of bubbles floating to the top, with a hazy golden yellow hue with slight brown tints.

Smell: Harshly alcoholic? Very astringent, which overshadows some of the aromas that are way in the back because of the harshness. Some vanilla, cinnamon, maybe some slight pumpkin. Just way too damn harsh.

Taste: I think the lack of quality ingredients are the cause of the beer being wholly average. The best thing about it is the aftertaste, somehow finally being capped off by some slightly balanced malt sweetness. The taste, though? Some malt sweetness, a mishmash of subtle spice, and maybe some clove and cinnamon. Finishes slightly malty, as I said, and slightly dry.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation, slightly creamy, thin to medium body. Not too bad.

Drinkability: Not the best pumpkin ale for all that are out there. And not saying I'd buy a 6-pack of it, which I wouldn't, but it's one of the better brews in the winter variety pack (if that's any consolation?).

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2005 22:01:11 | More by asabreed
Photo of eclipsehts

New Mexico

3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

on tap @ Farley's in Roswell, NM

Was on tap as Jack's Pumpkin Spice Ale. It was brought to my table in a pint glass with a small amount of head. The head lasted for a while, in other words it did not dissapate quickly like other Anheuser Busch Beers. The beer was a right between a reddish color and amber (whatever you want to call that).

Upon smelling the beer you could smell a small hint of pumpkin and other spices, I joked with my wife that all I needed was the whip cream for a pumpkin pie beer. The smell of it brought the feeling of sitting around the TV at thanksgiving.

The taste left a little bit to be desired. The initial sip had a slight pumpkin flavoring to it only to be drowned out by a metallic aftertaste. I found that if you let the beer sit longer, it begins to regenerate it's pumpkin taste.

The drinkability of the beer is below average in my own opinion. I also found this beer very filling, which helps with the fact that you have to sip it to keep the flavor alive. All in all I would order this beer again if I saw it on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2005 03:56:11 | More by eclipsehts
Photo of hero27


3.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap @ Diamond Dave's in Cedar Falls, IA. Listed as "Jack's Pumpkin Spice Ale".

Ok pour.. dark amber color with a small off-white head. Aroma was decent..but very subtle. I could smell a hint of "pumpkin" and mostly spices. The taste is not offensive..and to be honest, I expected worse. It's got a mild pumpkin taste and the spices make it sort of interesting. It's definitely spicy...i know I tasted nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, and maybe some cloves also. Pretty light body, and slick in the mouth. I probably wouldn't want to have more than 1 or 2 in a session. Overall, it's not a bad holiday offering from Michelob...hey, at least they're trying.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2005 02:19:21 | More by hero27
Photo of bashiba


3.1/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a very nice orange amber color with a thick white head and good lacing.

Smell was light pumpkin spices with cinnamon and nutmeg being the most dominant.

Taste had a slight malt body with very light pumpkin spice flavoring.

Mouthfeel was thin and incredibly dry.

The drinkability was pretty average on this lackluster beer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-03-2005 16:08:14 | More by bashiba
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

3.05/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Figured I give this brew a try when I saw it at my local watering hole. Amber / orange in color with a very short 1/4" head that fell apart quickly. No lacing develops. The nose picks up some very soft spices.

The flavor was what I expected - light sprinkling of cinammon and nutmeg, a touch of orange zest, reasonable malt backbone, and little bitterness. Overall very average, but after drinking a DFH Punkin Head the night before, the difference was night and day.

Lighter in body than other pumpkin ales. Mouthfeel was lightly crisp at the start and finish. Finish was rather clean, as the spices linger for a brief second. Drinkability is very average as this brew doesn't excite you enough to have another one, even though it is lighter bodied.

Serving type: on-tap

11-03-2005 12:28:05 | More by Gavage
Photo of mmmbeer


2.6/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Didn't know who made it until I came home and looked it up. It poured a dark amber with a 1 finger tan head that left nice lacing. Smells of clove, cinnamon and a bit of pumpkin. Tastes pretty much the same. The body was thin to medium and tingly. An average pumpkin ale I'd say.

Serving type: on-tap

11-03-2005 07:32:38 | More by mmmbeer
Jack's Pumpkin Spice Ale from Anheuser-Busch
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