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Michelob Pumpkin Spice Ale - Anheuser-Busch

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72
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24 Ratings
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Ratings: 24
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 2.86
pDev: 21.68%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Anheuser-Busch visit their website
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: JohnnyM2002 on 03-24-2007)
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3/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of juhl31
1.78/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

from a pumpkin beer tasting we had halloween night including Michelob (brought the night before to a party...), Elysian, Dogfish Head, Southern Tier

-way too clear orangy amber color. barely any head that goes quick

-this is actually probably the best part of the beer, although not great. there are some spices, but not much

-nutmeg comes at me. really tough to do a tasting on this because it is damn gross. worse than straight up michelob

-pretty harsh

-i pretty much hated drinking this...i poured most of it down my sink's throat

Photo of RomaniIteDomum
3.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I am torn on exactly how to describe this color. I'm going to go with "macro golden amber". It's like transparent pimpkin pie with a rather respectable head.

Ok, the smell is a little scary. I smell, in this order, adjuncty skunk, urine, and a pumpkin spice candle with too much nutmeg. If college bars were filled with pumpkin candles and urinating upon them was an acceptable way to extinguish the flame then bars across North America would smell exactly like the contents of my pint glass.

Thankfully this beer tastes more pleasant than my nose was led to believe. That's not really saying much, but it's much better than a pumpkin piss candle. The spice comes out with some nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves. In fact, it wouldn't be too bad if the base beer wasn't what it is. However, it is a marked improvement from the base. Still not good, but better than average.

In the mouth it is surprisingly creamy and balanced for what it is. Pumpkin can work miracles.

Ok, this isn't my cup of tea, which is about as surprising as walking into a strip club and seeing boobies. That said, it is a pretty decent introduction to spiced beer for the "typical" North American beer drinker. All-in-all it's not bad, but not particularly good. For me to have it again it would have to be at a bar full of other AB products that is out of soft drinks. Yes, it's strange that the drinkablility is the lowest score for a beer, but it's a road I can only walk once.

Photo of FickleBeast
3.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A - pours bright orange/amber with one finger of foam that dissipates quickly. No lacing present.

S - smells mostly of spices - cinnamon and nutmeg predominantly.

T - pleasantly sweet, with a mild pumpkin and spice flavor.

M - sweetness sticks around for a second, then fades away. No lingering aftertastes or bitterness. Lightly carbonated.

D - This one isn't half bad - the sweetness is just enough to give it some complexity, but not so sweet it gets to be difficult to drink

Photo of howsyournipples
2.65/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This was a poor beer for the price. It tries to fit in with the other fall or pumpkin spice type beers, but does so terribly.

The flavor seems mostly artificial, in fact it's quite hard to tell there's an actual beer underneath all the artificial flavor.

Mouthfeel is okay, weak carbonation can lead to easy drinking if one can stomach all the nutmeg, clove, sugar and whatever else AB chose to throw in to appeal to the cheerleader beer crowd.

Smell is okay, its sweetness kind of prepares you for what's to come. Appearance is copper/carrot color and looks quite decent if it weren't for the near non-existent head.

Photo of puboflyons
3.1/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

2009 batch with the new title "Jack's Pumpkin Spice Ale." Sampled on September 15, 2009. Pours from the 12 fl. oz. bottle and honey-orange tone with excellent clarity and very little head. The aroma has a whisper of pumpkin spice and malts but the sensation was underwhelming. The mouthfeel was pretty thin although not completely at the point of watered down. The taste rescues it a bit as it is enriched with pumpkin spices and hops at the finish.

Photo of Duhast500
3.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz.

The color is a clear gold with a nice thick white head.

The smell is sweet, some pumpkin spice flavor with some hoppy floral notes.

The taste is a slight pumpkin feel with a few surprises. It is nice and spicy with nice character.

It has a nice even feel that is real easy to enjoy. The drinkability and flavor of this beer is just great. The Michelob series of craft beers is really holding some surprises.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.4/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appears a slightly hazed copper amber hue with a nice sized off white cream head. forms with nice lacing between sips. Aroma has gourds, nutmeg, and all spice with an air of Michelob malts left behind. Flavors are full of juicy pumpkin flesh somehwhat harsh amount of pumpkin pie spices follow suit. All in all not a bad version of the style just couldn't drink alot of it, crisp sweetness with a creamy accent among the sea of spices. Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with more than ample carbonation even a bit more than needed. Drinkability nice with food not on it's own, not many drinkable versions of this beer around.

Photo of Haybeerman
2.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep, clear reddish copper. Pours with a coarse one finger slightly off-white head that dissipated quickly. Lacing didn't stick, washing down the sides with every drink.

S: Sweet malt with spices (nutmeg and cinnamon) in the background; seemingly a slight citrus aroma in the background that brightens the nose. Malt and spices in better balance than many pumpkin beers.

T: Sweet malt the spices; nutmeg and cinnamon in the forefront with a pumpkin taste in the back. Finished with a stale malt taste that came outa nowhere. A bit of a let down after the appearance and smell.

M: Kinda thin. Generous carbonation.

D: Clearly drinkable and nice balance of malt, spice and pumpkin. The stale, wet grain taste would not make it regular for me.

Photo of foamee
3.7/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I disagree with the previous writer ( althought I like his discription of it's appearance.) I found the beer to be not particularly sweet, and the spices were subtle without an overpowering taste. I could actually taste pumpkin. You can get a better beer, but this was quite pleasent.

Photo of pmcadamis
2.15/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A - A thick finger of foamy white suds sits (briefly) atop a pumpkin/carrot orange brew that is perfectly clear. A small amount of lace sticks to the glass. Not ugly, not pretty...just sorta "plain Jane."

S - Spiced artificial pumpkin filling. This smells nice enough, but it's a little heavy on the spices and not focused enough on the pumpkin.

T - Sugary sweet and over spiced. This tastes like tons of sugar, brown sugar, nutmeg, and cinnamon piled on a weak lagery brew.

M - Light bodied, but somehow still cloyingly sweet and thick with sugar residue.

D - Not good. I'd pass on this one.

Photo of JohnnyM2002
2.5/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass at 40 degrees.

A - Pours an orange-infused apple-juice color with a mild white head and good carbonation.

S - Sweet malt with spices in the background...smells promising.

T - Nutmeg and cinnamon are the dominant spices with pumpkin flavoring in the background....but such a stale malt aftertaste. I would definitely say that I am not impressed.

M - Very thin body - when mouthfeel is this watered-down, carbonation isn't the best thing! Spice-flavored-water is a good comparison.

D - For what its worth...this would make for a great pumpkin ale for the person looking to down many in one sitting...low alcohol with a very easy drinkability. It's not for me by any means, but I can see this as an excellent session beer for the non-craft drinker.

Michelob Pumpkin Spice Ale from Anheuser-Busch
72 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.