Jack's Pumpkin Spice Ale - Anheuser-Busch

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Jack's Pumpkin Spice AleJack's Pumpkin Spice Ale

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BA SCORE
73
okay

333 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 333
Hads: 416
rAvg: 3.15
pDev: 15.56%
Wants: 2
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: bubrewer on 10-07-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of tigg924
2.98/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, orange-brown in color, clear, high carbonation

Smell: cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin

Taste: cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin, there is also an off-putting taste of bitter toasted--mildly burnt malt

Mouthfeel: sweet start with a bitter backbone, high carbonation, light bodied

Drinkability: An ok pumpkin beer that really suffers because of that strange almost burnt malt taste towards the end. There are certainly others in this style I would reach for first. I could have a six due to the lightness, and would not turn it down...but there are better versions out there. (593 characters)

Photo of harpus
2.29/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A- Received the pint with a golden light orange with a hint of brown. Kind of surprised at this to be honest. Hard pour gave a 1 1/2 finger white head that died down almost as soon as it came. Lace on this covered the glass which I also found to be interesting.

S- Strong metallic smell muted the rest of the nose I thought. Very light pumpkin smell with a distinct adjunct lager smell to it....kind of weird to be honest. Strong allspice smell kills any other spices in the nose that would have shown up.

T- I must say this is the part of the beer that I enjoyed the least. This has the distinct BMC flavor under all the spices and chemical tastes. There is a slight pumpkin taste to it along with a ton of allspice taste. Nothing really else to it.

M- Very light mouthfeel to it. Carbonation level is really high on this making it drink very fizzy. Adjunct style taste left on the tongue. Allspice aftertaste to this. Not going for this at all.

D- To be honest I would rather have something else other than this beer. It's not the worse thing I have tasted but there is so much better things to try. (1,105 characters)

Photo of Nature777
2.42/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

I didn't realize that this was made by Anheuser-Busch when I tried it, but the artificial flavors should have keyed me off. It was drinkable, but far from a good pumpkin ale.

This beer was very easy to drink. Up front, it had an almost Bud Light feel to it. The pumpkin afterwards was exceptionally artificial.

A- It had a nice orangey amber color, very appropriate for the style. The head was thin and left a weak lacing.

S- I got a sort of candy pumpkin smell. There were some traces of cinnamon, but nothing to distinct.

T- This is where the beer lost me. It tasted extremely artificial. Despite that, I would highly recommend this to people who aren't into craft beers yet. It is a great stepping stone from generic macrobrews to distinct craft beers.

M- Very very light. I'd call it the Bud Light of pumpkin ales. Not what I was looking for, but for someone who thinks that Guinness is heavy, this could be something special.

I myself will not drink this again; but I will recommend it to new beer drinkers who are gradually becoming more enveloped into craft beers. (1,082 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beer review from BA Mag Oct 2007.

Pumpkin Ale is synonymous with the fall, and is a style that can be served far into the holiday season. Pumpkin is not all that new to beer either, as American settlers centuries ago brewed with it.

Fluffy off-white head from a hard pour, shows good head retention as it leaves a few sticky patches on the glass. Bright brassy orange color has a flawless clarity. Bit of ale fruitiness in the nose with a mingling of spicing, pumpkin and faint earthy hop that follows. Moderate body, a little wet with a thin sweetness throughout. Smooth carbonation adds to the refreshing mouthfeel. Cinnamon seems to be the biggest assist with the even spicing, layers of nutmeg and an allspice blend present. Malt holds together for the most part and couples with the mild pumpkin character, all which is surrounded by the even spicing. Sufficient bitterness from the hops with a hint of woody or leafy flavor in the dry spicy finish.

Not as raw, gritty or over-spiced as many of the pumpkin ales are. It's also not as thin as a soda-like as some breweries' renditions, it sits right in the middle of the style--which is a good thing. Jack's is clean, drinkable and balanced. Perhaps a bit too clean. The spicing seems to be kept in check this year which is a plus. Worthy of being paired with a turkey dinner. (1,335 characters)

Photo of pootz
3.05/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle:
Crystal clear, amber-orange Light head vanished fast, some lacing.

Aroma: synthetic sweet spicyness overpowers the light graininess.

Tastes better than it smells, malt up front, restrained spices with a lovely pumpkin mash musty flavor...wet malty-sweet finish.

A tad weak in the mouth feel and body. Had far better pumpkin ales... this is OK... won't turn one down. (381 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
2/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a light yellow color, nice carbonation, small white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some hops, some pumpkin, cinammon notes, slight caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, with some pumpkin/cinammon notes, slight hop note. Light body. Not drinkable, would not buy again. (316 characters)

Photo of BeerMasterD
3.4/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a copper color with 2 fingers of frothy head, smells of cinnamon and clove spices, tastes the same with more prominent cinnamon, some malt, a bit pumpkin i suppose. Medium bodied and somewhat crisp, the flavors are blended well here. Ive had several pumpkin beers and this one was among the smoother ones, id have no problem drinking a few as i dont think the spice is over done. Im always unsure of something from a big guy like AB, but this was done pretty well. Some people have claimed its alot of artificial flavoring and such, im not sure about that yet, however if its true i wont be buying again, otherwise im sure i will next fall. (647 characters)

Photo of WwRGSwW
4.02/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a- bottle poured into a pint, golden orange with decent head.

s- cinnamon, nutmeg, apple, caramel malt, no real hint of pumpkin.

t- not as much pumpkin as i'd hope, but it's not overwhelming with spice either.

m- light to medium body.

d- good drinkability, not really pumpkiny but still drinkable and enjoyable, but it is one of my favorite fall seasonal. (360 characters)

Photo of Kallessin
2.11/5  rDev -33%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a very clear orange/amber color. There's a ton of bubbles in it with a large foamy white head.

The aroma has some very light sweet malt and light hoppiness with only a hint of pumpkin pie spices. Pretty hard to pick up anything. Barely any aroma at all. Very bland.

Very light pumpkin pie spice up front with some sweet bready malt and light sweetness. That's about it really. The flavor is very light and bland. If the bottle didn't say pumpkin spice on it I would have never guessed.

It's very light and thin with tons of carbonation. Leaves a lingering dryness.

This is a very lackluster and disappointing beer. Flavorless and unappealing. (652 characters)

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.43/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 11/8/2009 (Draft @ Gingerman, Houston, TX):

Pours a light orange clear colored body, with an average sized creamy white head. Has an aroma of pumpkin and spices, but muted. Some nutmeg. Not too strong. Light spicy taste. Not too bad. Crisp, tasty. (257 characters)

Photo of whtguitarguy
3.44/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It is a little bit heavy on hops. It pours to an amber color. Nose is filled with note of cinnamon and nutmeg. Clove and cinnamon are the stars of the flavor with the roasted malts that seem to come off of the "amber-ale side" of the brew. It is actually quite decent in pumpkin flavor. (286 characters)

Photo of Josievan
3.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It's a light orangish/amber color. Not a lot of head or lacing to speak of.

Smell: Smell is very mild, but there is some light spicing.

Taste: Decent pumpkin flavor with spices that don't overpower.

Mouthfeel: Pretty thin and watery.

Drinkability: Quite drinkable for a pumpkin ale, since the flavor is pleasant and one is banged over the head with spices.

Notes: I had this beer out of the bottle last year and couldn't stand it. I ended up having it on tap because the waitress at the bar said they had a new pumpkin ale on tap for a good price, but couldn't remember what brewery it was. I honestly would not have ordered it had I known it was Jack's. That said, I was pleasantly surprised when I went to look at the tap later, and ended up ordering a second one. I still wouldn't recommend it from the bottle, but it's definitely worth a try on tap if you enjoy most pumpkin ales. (901 characters)

Photo of BeerCon5
3.35/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light amber color with a decent amount of off white foamy head.

Pumpkin spice is most noticeable, also some cinnamon.

The spices are most notable, pumpkin and cinnamon. Not really any hops at all.

Light bodied, crisp, kind of thin with good carbonation.

For the first pumpkin ale I've had it was ok, I don't think I would buy again though. There could have been more flavor, it was definately a little too watery. (425 characters)

Photo of WWWade
3.58/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- I poured it into a glass. Immediate off white head that lasted about 30 seconds. An attractive deep orange color matching the changing fall leaves that should be around when drinking this seasonal brew.

S- Subtle to almost non-existent. I had to have my girlfriend smell it to make sure. She agreed that there is not much of a smell here.

T- You taste the pumpkin, but not the spice. Too light on the nutmeg and other seasonal spices. A good starter to find out if a pumpkin beer is for you or not.

M- Effervescent and light. You can tell that Michelob made this brew.

D- It's not one that you are going to want more than maybe two of at best. Very carbonated (666 characters)

Photo of civilizedpsycho
2.83/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Has a somewhat light brown/amber color (somewhere in between), that is very clear with a small head.

Smell: Sweet malt smell with hints of pumpkin, but I expected more. It's not a bad smell, but kind of bland.

Taste: Can taste the pumpkin along with some sweet malt backbone. Almost no hop kick. It's not good or bad, really. It's just something a little different.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat thin, but not totally watery. Not too carbonated, quite smooth.

Drinkability: It's okay. This is something that I might get again during the Autumn season, but I don't think it would be one of my regulars. (644 characters)

Photo of dstc
3.01/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a ruby/amber color with an off-white, big head. Head falls to a very small one. Very thin lace.

Clean, thin spice aroma. Somewhat metallic.

Malty with mild pumpkin taste. Bit of clove and mild cinnamon. Bit tangy. Very average and better as it warms. Slight alcohol taste as it warms.

Thin to medium mouthfeel with a slight bite.

Very average pumpkin brew. Too thin for my liking. (390 characters)

Photo of cokes
1.75/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

It's a baked golden-orange in the glass with a trimming of beige that leaves a decent amount of lace.
Pie crust nose with big contributions from clove, allspice, nutmeg, and cinnamon.
These four horsemen show up immediately in the mouth, riding wave after wave of fizz to assault the mouth with spice-laden, astringent mineral water. The nutmeg and allspice are particularly brash, though cinnamon is big too. Had any real malt structure been in place, the spice would have something to settle on and compliment. Here, they seem stranded and frantic. Some honey sweetness materializes as it warms, and still stays littered with spice.
The watery, fizzy, light body cannot support what's going on here. The spicing goes from peppery to bitter to astringent without anything to rein it in. It's not their fault; in a different beer they'd be right at home. Not here.
Ick. (870 characters)

Photo of wahhmaster
2.57/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a nonic imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a translucent orange-tan color with a small fizzy head that dissipates quickly and leaves little to no lacing.

Smell: Smells strongly of pumpkin and spices, especially cinnamon.

Taste: Has kind of a muted pumpkin flavor with strong cinnamon and other spices that kind of dominate this beer.

Mouthfeel: Thin, watery, and over-carbonated.

Drinkability: Not the worst beer to come out of Anheuser-Busch but there are much better pumpkin ales out there. Get them instead. (552 characters)

Photo of buschbeer
3.16/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I poured into a pint glass to an inch of faintly orange head. It is burnt orange in color and clear. It smells of lager, pumpkin spice and some nutmeg. I used to think this was a decent pumpkin ale but after having Pumking and Screaming Pumpkin Spiced Ale this is rather pedestrian. I get some pumpkin and spice but I have to really search for it. It's a bit watery.

Cheers! (376 characters)

Photo of pzrhsau
3.47/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It pours a nice copper/desert sand color with a decent sized head. The filtering really makes the colors vibrant.
Smell: Nice malty scent. Slight notes of cinnamon and other spices with subtle presence of the pumpkin.
Taste: Light pumpkin flavor with a combination of other spices. A very sweet beer, but the flavors balance well to almost feel like a cider.
Mouthfeel and Drinkability: This beer is not too carbonated and its easy to enjoy in most settings. Its clean and refreshing. (497 characters)

Photo of ujsplace
3.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured vigorously into an over sized pint glass.

A: Big, puffy head that is a yellowish white and leaves a fair amount of sticky lace. Bright copper in color.

S: Predominantly nutmeg and pumpkin, with maybe a hint of cinnamon.

T: Pumpkin and spices. Let this warm up a bit and more of the spicy cinnamon and nutmeg flavors will come out; especially at the finish. The flavors are all there, but are somewhat muted.

M: Light and a descent amount of carbonation, crisp. Overall a little too thin.

D: This definitely is an easy drinking pumpkin ale that would be a good choice for those fall gatherings. I would buy a case of this again. (639 characters)

Photo of alleykatking
2.39/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle.

A- This pours out a golden light orange with a hint of brown. Kind of surprised at this to be honest. Hard pour gave a 1 1/2 finger white head that died down almost as soon as it came. Lace on this covered the glass which I also found to be interesting.

S- Strong metallic smell muted the rest of the nose I thought. Very light pumpkin smell with a distinct adjunct lager smell to it....kind of weird to be honest. Strong allspice smell kills any other spices in the nose that would have shown up.

T- I must say this is the part of the beer that I enjoyed the least. This has the distinct BMC flavor under all the spices and chemical tastes. There is a slight pumpkin taste to it along with a ton of allspice taste. Nothing really else to it.

M- Very light mouthfeel to it. Carbonation level is really high on this making it drink very fizzy. Adjunct style taste left on the tongue. Allspice aftertaste to this. Not going for this at all.

D- To be honest I would rather have something else other than this beer. It's not the worse thing I have tasted but there is so much better things to try. (1,129 characters)

Photo of Spineypanda
3.97/5  rDev +26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think this is up there with BJ's pumpkin beer... which is surprising.
I enjoyed the Winter cask from Anheuser-Busch but didn't expect this would be good too.

Color is orange/gold, and the head barely stays a minute or two.
Smells of banana and pumpkin with some all-spice and cloves.

Tastes of banana bread and pumpkin with a nice carbonation.

I like this a lot and will buy it again.

It doesn't matter to me who makes it, as long as it is good. (451 characters)

Photo of JRed
2.65/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours transparent orange, slight red. Smells of slight pumpkin, sweets, extract. Slight pumpkin, nutmeg, bad water, macro adjuncts, corn sugar in the taste. Medium-high carbonation that tickles the tongue. Light in body and in flavor. No need to be fooled by this craft beer wannabe. (283 characters)

Photo of mothman
3.3/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Rare Vos glass

Pours ½ finger of creamy white head. Fades down to a thin layer and leaves some lace, not a lot/ Color is a clear light caramel gold.

Aroma: very faint aroma. The only thing I get really is some pumpkin and spices.

Taste: A lot of pumpkin notes and a lot of fall spices (nutmeg, cinnamon). This beer really doesn't have a lot of complexity to it.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and a little crisp. High carbonation with a light to medium body. Ends with a really dry aftertaste full of spices.

Overall, the beer is alright, but not one of my preferred fall beers. I will choose something else. Hats off to mich for attempting a fall seasonal. (665 characters)

Jack's Pumpkin Spice Ale from Anheuser-Busch
73 out of 100 based on 333 ratings.