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Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our Pumpkin Wheat seasonal offering combines the smooth taste of Shock Top with the flavors of Fall. We start with a traditional Belgian-style wheat ale and then brew with ripe pumpkins and a variety of autumnal spices, including nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves, for a refreshingly smooth beer that fully captures all the flavors of fall.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.17/5  rDev +32%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I think that on my quest to find the best pumpkin brew last year I by-passed this one because it's an AB product. That was a mistake. This is clearly a great pumpkin brew in a lot of respects: color, aroma (wonderful), taste (nice, inoffensive), drinkability (you could have a whole six pack).

There aren't too many great pumpkins out there, but Charlie Brown would agree, that this is one. It may have a bit more spice than pumpkin, but it works. I will buy this a again this fall.

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Photo of Wheatoholic
3.15/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Not bad at all for a mass processed Pumpkin beer. I'm a huge fan of the Wheat so I had to give this beer a try. The pour left a decent head - although it could have been more frothy. The smell was very spicy with distinguished pumpkin. The color was an good amber. The taste had notable cinnamon and spices.

Over this beer is decent. Not bad, but nothing special. The price is right @ 7 dollars a 6er at my local BD. I probably won't pick this up again.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.45/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A slightly hazed orange tinted copper hue with a light tan head fizzy and dwindling quickly, by the way no lacing left behind on my glass in this one. This one is abrasive with pumpkin pie spices almost a sugar coated cinnamon, nutmeg, all spice pumpkin pie kick going on. Is there a wheat beer in there somewhere I'm sure there is but where? Pumpkin pie spice massive loads of residual sugar, first off you must like these "pumpkin" beers to begin with, and secondly I tend to like the ones with actual pumpkin flesh (the gourd) not just the pie spices. Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied a bit cloying with residual sugars and loads of pie spices. Definitely not the worse but by far something I'm going to be reaching for anytime soon, quit jumping on bandwagons and marketing trends and make some honestly good beer next time.

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Photo of BilbosNuts
3.21/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a light brown color that is close to a dark orange. There is no head or carbonation to be found. It looks very still and dull.

S: Strong spices up front including nutmeg and cinnamon. There is some pumpkin to be found along with some sweet malts and a bit of cloves.

T: Similar to the taste, there is a lot of spice which mask other flavors that are trying to come through. There is a light malt base, but not much else other than the strong spices.

M: It is medium bodied, has no carbonation, and it's thin and on the watery side.

O: This seems like a decent pumpkin offering, but there are many better choices available.

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Photo of 9InchNails
2.83/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy amber color with a off white head.

Not much of aroma -- very faint wheat, citrus and pumkin.

Slight pumpkin and cinnamon, mostly wheat and citrus fruits.

Carbonation is on the medium to high side. Light body.

This is a boring pumpkin beer but isn't horribly offensive.

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Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.58/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours candy corn orange with a creme fraiche head...
A little cinnamon and brown sugar in the nose
Nutmeg and pumpkin flesh come to the front, wheat ale flavor as a backing. Medium light body
Actually a more exciting beer than expected. I'd grab one of these over a regular shock top anytime. Give to a yellow fizzy drinker and start the change over to better beer. It may encourage them that this one came from the big boys.

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Photo of CEversole
2.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Copper/ burnt orage in appearance. Nice white 2 finger head that dissapates in very little. Not much lacing at all.

S: I really didn't pick up much here its not very aromatic. A bit of malt and spices.

M: Ver crisp and clean. Good carbonation.

T: Definately some pumpkin, allspice, a peppery taste that may be from the allspice, and some nutmeg that lingerrs in the background. Also, a wheat malt but not as much as I anticipated. Didn't have much of a body. A bit watered down.

O: I would say average for a P.A. could be improved on for sure. This is an AB product so with that in mind its not bad for them.

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Photo of hosehead83
2.73/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Copper/orange in color, with a nice big head of off-white foam
Aroma-faint clove, cinnamon
Taste-A rather thin mix of clove, cinnamon,nutmeg and faint pumpkin flavor. A mish-mash of unbalanced flavors leading to a rather medicinal finish. Sessionable by ABV only. One and done for me.

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Photo of TheIronHammer
3.07/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

*This is my first pumpkin wheat ale, so just keep in mind that I have nothing to really gauge it against.

Poured from bottle to a beer glass.

A: Dark gold color with a little red showing. Head was about a finger's width and disappeared quickly. There was a bit of lacing that also disappeared quickly. Head has an off white color to it.

S: Spices hit the nose first. Cinnamon is pretty prominent. I can also sense the cloves coming through. Can't really pinpoint the nutmeg. Some of the pumpkin comes through, but the spices are much stronger.

T: Again, cinnamon is prominent. The cloves come through on the tongue, but the cinnamon is stronger. The taste that the pumpkin gives the beer is weaker than the aroma it lends to the smell. The spices are the main component of the taste. Again, can't really pinpoint the nutmeg. It's just sort of hanging out in the background.

Mf: The carbonation is pretty light. The beer seems a bit watery. I think the mouthfeel could be improved on. It is the weakest area of this beer.

Overall: Not a horrible beer, but improvements could be made to it. I had this one with a light dinner, and it worked out ok. I probably won't buy this again, but I'd accept one if offered it by a friend.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.8/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew pours out as a orange color with a fluffy white head on top. The head settles and fades into nothing, there is no lacing at all... The smell of the beer is a little spicy, has a little bit of a sweet aroma too. The taste is has a light spicy flavor... A little too light I think. The aftertaste is boring to me, it's too watered down I think. The mouthfeel is light and watery. Overall not surprised by this at all, really didn't expect something wonderful here. Basically I just wanted to try it.

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Photo of scratch69
3.13/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I poured a bottle into a weizen glass.

Appearance- Cloudy copper color with a thin white head that disappeared quickly. No lacing.

Smell- Faint smell of wheat and cinnamon.

Taste- Malty with hints of allspice and cinnamon.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied and slightly crisp. Average amount of carbonation.

Overall- Drinkable but there are better pumpkin beers out there.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz.

Pours a clear medium orange amber, eggshell head dissipates quickly.

Smells of sweet malts, pumpkin and cinnamon.

Tastes of wheat malt, very mild pumpkin flavors, and some caramel sweetness.

Body is on the thinner side with a sting of carbonation. Overall, lower on the carbonation though.

Not as bad as I though it would be, honestly. I've had far better pumpkins, but I've had worse as well. The biggest criticism is the lack of pumpkin taste. It's more of a sweetish wheat beer with a hint of pumpkin than a true pumpkin ale to me. Wouldn't be my number one pick but I wouldn't turn it down.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
1.72/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A- pours a very cloudy shade of orange with a one finger, very puffy white head that fades quickly. There is a lingering column of god knows what in the middle of the beer that makes it look absolutely disgusting

S- artificial cinnamon and nutmeg. It smells processed and very stale on the nose

T- I get a very, very weak taste of pumpkin. This has less flavor than both the regular Shock Top and the Raspberry Wheat, which I didn't think was possible. Wow

M- medium body, sitting on the thin side. Whatever

O- there are so many better options for pumpkin beer out there. I picked up a single of this on a whim to see if AB could do something solid like they did with the raspberry wheat. They failed miserably

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Photo of puboflyons
3.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle marked 112288G70. Sampled on September 22, 2011. The pour is a cloudy copper color with a lot of carbonation but little head to top it off. On the nose there is a pleasing enough note of pumpkin spices and wheat.The body tended to be thinner than most. The pumpkin was subtle and mild in the taste as it gave way to a more bitter experience with a dash of spices and a near dry ending.

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Photo of JayS2629
3.35/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice looking wheat beer. Slightly undercarbonated for the style. cloudy, orange and light bodied.

The aroma is of sweet wheat, pumpkin, and subtle spice characters of cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger.

wheat, water, subtle spices of nutmeg and cinnamon, and allspice. Nice balance of spices and balance. Not bad.

Much better than regular shock top. Light, creamy, and grainy. Overall, an easy to drink, subtle, nicely balanced pumpkin wheat beer.

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Photo of thespaceman
2.66/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass:

Appearance: Pours a deep cloudy amber in color, head built up fast and went away quickly, leaving behind no lacing whatsoever. Very dissapointing to say the least.

Smell: Aromas are not too bad, I get some spices up front, cinnamon, nutmeg and some clove - followed by some burnt toast aromas from the malt. A tad artifical to say the least but smells alot better then the Harvest Moon.

Taste: Not too sure if this is just a light wheat ale amped up with kitchen spices or if the brewers actually went in and tried to make an authentic pumpkin beer. Because that is exactly what this is. Sure I get the faint amount of spices, the allspice here is actually a tad on the pungent side, but I really don't get any "pumpkin" out of this beer at all, just a toasted wheat flavor with a couple spices to back it up, with the resulting flavor not being anything close to pumpkin.

Mouthfeel: Thin to say the least, I like a full flavored body on my pumpkin beers to really stand the test against a cool fall day and this one would not cut it. No roundness from the malt in the mouthfeel at all here.

Drinkability: I'm just glad I purchased this in a mix-a-six pumpkin variety pack that was already made up, because after this I would never even look at this beer on the shelf again. A very lazy example of a brewer trying as hard as possible to replicate a popular style of beer and completley overlooking the fact that just adding some autumnal spices in here will not cut it. The aroma isn't too bad, but the overabundance of allspice in the actual flavor and the lack thereof of any real pumpkin flavors from the spices is a huge letdown.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.08/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

16oz pint in decidedly autumnal urban sprawled Detroit, at the local Buffalo Wild Wings.

This beer appears a slightly cloudy, medium copper amber colour, with one finger of tightly foamy, and somewhat soapy off-white head, which isn't long for this world, and leaves a few wayward streaks of coral reef atoll lace around the glass in this reviewer's hand.

It smells of vegetal pumpkin flesh, tame semi-sweet caramel, a twinge of grainy wheat, and surprisingly spicy ginger bread notes. The taste is moderately sweet caramelized wheat malt, sort of tart pumpkin mash, still peppy ginger, pepper, and cinnamon spice, and a bit of awkwardly astringent, weedy hop dryness.

The carbonation is pretty average, just an underdeveloped fizziness throughout, the body a wan middleweight, and generally unaccosted in its smoothness. It finishes with some sturdy lingering pumpkin, bland wheatiness, and fading seasonal spices.

An all right pumpkin beer, I suppose, nothing offensive, just a little too, well, Shock Top-tasting. Went well enough with the start of my re-acquaintance with Americana (mid-west style) - hockey and hot wings.

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Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.58/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Into a pint glass:

A: cream colored hazy orange looking body, small white head, no lacing

S: pumpkin and ginger spices

T: previously mentioned flavors with cinnamon and nutmeg, bitter and sweet at different times

M: light to medium, fairly sessionable, dry aftertaste, watery finish

O: decent pumpkin, but nothing to go out of my way for again

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.53/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle - $1.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clouded, dirtied orange body with a slim, short-lived, near-white head.

Smell: Listless pumpkin notes, a sliver of malted wheat, and spiritless sniff of spice.

Taste: Slight tangy wheatiness, then, some lightly vegetal canned pumpkin flavor. Mildly sweet. Modestly spicy, though none of the purported spice additions coming through enough to be identified beyond a vague "spice" hint. Nil hop character, very, very low bitterness. A bit more uninteresting pumpkin taste and wimpy spice on the increasingly watery finish.

Mouthfeel: Thinnish body. Vapid, lackluster carbonation.

Overall: Didn't dig it. When you're making Blue Moon Harvest Moon look like a real treat, you know you've screwed up.

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Photo of kolbe21
3.01/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Beautiful hazy orange with a nice head. Minimal lacing from the inch sized head

S: Has a pumpkin spice in the smell but you can definitely smell the wheat.

T: Quick wheat taste followed by the pumpkin spices, not to overbearing. After taste leaves a minimal spice left in your mouth. Kinda weak with the pumpkin spice.

M: Lot of Carbonation, could drink a few more of these.

O: Not a bad beer for the price, I would have preferred more of the pumpkin spice. Overall a beer i would try again but was expecting more of a kick of spice. Out of the 'Shock Tops' probably my favorite one.

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Photo of czfreeman
3.03/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

New offering,havent seen this one.
Pours a hazy copper orange, bit of amber tone. Medium head.
Smells a bit restrained, but nutmeg cinnamon, pupmpkin, bit of wheat creaminess, some clove comes in. Malty body is a bit dominant.
Flavor is suprising, actually packs a good amount of pumkin/spice/wheat.Nutmeg, wheat, cinnamon, pepper, pumpkin again ia restrained but suprisingly prevolent.
Medium bodied, ood carbonation.
Doesnt touch the upper echelons of pumpkin greats, i.e, Pumpking, Weyerbachers, or Punkin, but decent, average and a good beginner beer for people trying their first pumkin beer, as it is somewhat of an aquired taste.

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Photo of mralphabet
3.75/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Hazy burned orange/copper color. One fingers worth of head that settles to a ring with little lacing.

S: Pumpkin and spice right up front, little more of a lean in the spice note... little wheat malt mixed in.

T: The wheat is hitting my first, mid palate has some hint of pumpkin, and spices... I'm getting cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. Finish is clean with more nutmeg in the aftertaste.

M: Little lighter than most Pumpkin ales I've had.... Carbonation is pretty lively too.... might need to let it warm a little.

O: Not a bad little beer from Busch... Very drinkable brew... session worthy with a good ABV.... Good favor and enjoyable... I will pick this one up again... Might even be a pretty good gateway beer.

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Photo of KJay1408
2.46/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Followed Directions on the Bottle on how to pour into a glass for "Best Flavor Results"

A: It's Orange and Hazy, with a wee bit of Head on top. It looks pretty damn good for a wheat/Pumpkin Ale.

S: Bland, Mainly Squash and a bit of spice

T: a lot like the smell, it Starts off Crisp and sweet with a bit of spice and Pumpkin flavor(this part is nice) the tail end is what kills this beer. It just doesn't taste right, I think they over used the nutmeg and that kills it.

M: Thin, and watery with a weird after feeling almost like putting flour in your mouth.

O: Avoid this beer, It could have been good, or at least acceptable, but it is neither. Blue Moon Makes a non offensive Pumpkin ale, Sam Adams makes a pretty good and balanced one. Even Buffalo Bills is better than this crap. Sorry Shocktop Maybe next year

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Photo of cjgator3
2.31/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz bottle

A- Pours a hazy orangish amber color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is some wheat with pumpkin and spices.

T- Not as much pumpkin and spice flavors in the taste as I expected. The taste starts out with some wheat and has some faint spices in the finish. A little on the bland side.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lot of carbonation.

O- Overall, this does not stand up to some of the better pumpkin beers. What it does provide is a mainstream pumpkin beer that will probably turn on a lot of people to the style who have never tried one before.

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Photo of twaddlac
2.8/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Decent cream colored, yeasty head with moderate lacing. Cloudy burnt orange/amber color with what I presume to be spices floating around. Little noticeable carbonation.

S - Lots of cinnamon and nutmeg. A subtle hint of hops. Smells like a candle from Bath and Body Works.

T - Very bland. Spices aren't as noticeable as they are in the smell. You get some nutmeg and a little bit of cinnamon with a surprisingly strong pumpkin taste to finish. Not too bitter, not too sweet.

M - A bit too carbonated for my liking and finishes dry.

O - Not what I like in pumpkin beers and definitely prefer Jack's Pumpkin Spice over this. Still, it's not as bad as I was expecting. Definitely nothing like a wheat, though.

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Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat from Anheuser-Busch
73 out of 100 based on 227 ratings.