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Pumpkin Beer - O'Fallon Brewery

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Reviews: 230
Hads: 574
Avg: 3.62
pDev: 27.35%
Wants: 28
Gots: 69 | FT: 0
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O'Fallon Brewery visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: maxpower on 10-10-2003

Like pumpkin pie in a bottle...we add 136 pounds of real pumpkin to the three-barley mash and then season the finished beer with cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves.

11 IBU
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Photo of richj1970
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into snifter.

A: Pours golden brown with one finger white head that settles to a thin ring. Minimal lacing.

S: Cinnamon, all spice, and honey.

T: Straight up pumpkin pie. Cinnamon, all spice, nutmeg mixed with some subtle sweetness. Spices are a touch assertive.

M: Medium body and average carbonation.

O: One of the better non-stout pumpkin beers I've tried.

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Photo of Jelitikasez
4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this just after Schlafly pumpkin ale. I think I'd have liked O'Fallon's more if I hadn't just had the Schlafly. O'Fallon's is lighter in every respect. This makes it better with a meal (went with curried fish just fine), but I prefer the stronger, richer, sweeter, center-of-attention Schlafly. This very likely has more to do with personal preference rather than quality of the brew. Finding that for the most part I like thick, dark, sweet stouts. This might have been a good summer beer, when I was looking for something a little lighter without being thin or watery.

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Photo of greenhousedrummer
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The brew itself looks quite nice upon pouring with a luminous copper color but the white head dissipates quickly. It smells of pumpkin, clove and sweet candy. The taste is balanced with a nice spicy bite midway, leaving way to pumpkin pie. Nearly perfect. I find most pumpkin beers overdo it on the cinnamon and nutmeg, leaving a harsh aftertaste that leaves me shuddering. I think a good pumpkin ale should taste like, well, pumpkin. A great session beer, I am impressed with the balance here.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Thanks, joshstl! Not a great look here - the head looks fizzy and has terrible duration, plus the copper-colored body is murky. As far as the aroma goes, I do get some pumpkin spicing (cinnamon and nutmeg) that doesn't seem harsh or oppressive. Problem is, there really isn't a whole lot to the nose beyond that and some caramel malt. I'm surprised how well the flavor profile mimics pumpkin pie. Yes, I do get some nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove; but I also pick up flavors of vanilla cream and caramel on the back end. The cinnamon isn't overdone (though nutmeg is quite bold), and it doesn't finish harshly. It doesn't have the most exciting or vibrant feel; drinkability is good regardless. I don't always enjoy this style, but this is pulled off well.

3.3/5: Well, I guess Missouri brewers know their way around pumpkin ale!

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Photo of GOBLIN
3.47/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

As for pumpkin beers . . . I did not enjoy this one. Just had a very watered down pumpkin flavor with no other spices or flavors to complement or support.

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Photo of Nic1985Ace
4.52/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had on draft and in a bottle.
L: Pours a nice amber color with a white head that is fast dissipating. No Lacing.
S: Wonder nose with pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
T: Cinnamon is the first noticeable flavor with a nice pumpkin washdown.
F: Light, average carbonation, but a very refreshing beer.
O: I find this to be hands down one of the better pumpkin beers out there. It has excellent balance with just the right amount of cinnamon and pumpkin. I look forward to the release of this beer every year. I had this on draft on my kegerator and would swirl the rim of the glass in cinnamon and sugar and guests absolutely loved this!

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Photo of KYGunner
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Nose is like pumpkin pie with a spicy gourd and creamy scent. The flavor emulates the nose but with a slightly thin texture. The cinnamon and nutmeg are strong with a bit of peppery spice. The creamy gourd like flavor gives one the impression of pureed pumpkin. Very nice pumpkin ale especially for the price.

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Photo of JLaw55
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the better pumpkin beers out there. Unfortunately I am not a huge fan of the pumpkin beers, I have to be in the mood and that doesn't happen often.

Would buy if I wanted a pumpkin beer.

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Photo of barczar
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very pumpkin, with not overwhelming spice, but there's an offputting tangy character that I often attribute to overly aged squash. Nice toasted malt finish.

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Photo of tone77
3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Another beer courtesy of the legendary woodychandler. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a orange/brownish color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of pumpkin, some mild spices. Taste is good, pumpkin, nutmeg, subtle spices, very easy drinking and refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall this beer was not overspiced as many pumpkin beers are, tasty and enjoyable.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.04/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Each time that I think that I have reviewed my last pumpkin beer for the year/season, another one pops up! I really do think that this will be my last until Fall 2014. I purchased it at D's Six Pax & Dogz in Da Burgh during my most recent visit and raise a toast to The CANQuest's (TM) hitting the 1K milestone sometime in 2014. Cheers!

From the CAN: "We Love Beer."

The Crack! was nice and loud and the inverted Glug went beautifully, producing two fingers of dense, light-orangish head that put me in mind of the froth on an Orange Julius. Do they even make those any more? Color was a cloudy orangish-amber (SRM = > 17, < 22). Nose seemed heavily dosed with nutmeg, although I could also smell cinnamon in the mix. The mouthfeel was kind of thin, but I liked that they had not overdone it with the spices so that the malt had a chance to come through. I was reminded of a Christmas cookie, spiced, but with a bready quality, also. Finish was semi-sweet, the result of the admixture of the spices with the malts. It was not the best version of the style that I tried over the course of the season, but neither was it the worst.

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Photo of blackcompg
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Poured nearly 2 fingers of light golden khaki head, color of the body is a hazy orange amber - almost like the color of pumpkin pie filling. The head dwindles to a cap, and doesn't leave much in the way of lacing.

Smell - Big pumpkin spices of nutmeg, cinnamon, some very light clove, and some light sweetness like whipped cream.

Taste - Very spice forward, exactly like the nose with spices of nutmeg and cinnamon, with slight clove at the back of the tongue, also getting some light minerals, and some wheat bread crust. There is some light sweetness here too, truly like light whipped cream. The flavors here are all pretty good, but seem just a bit watered down.

Mouthfeel - Lighter side of medium, carb is medium and somewhat cleansing, with plenty of edges across the tongue. Finish is somewhat clean and a little watery, with lingering spices.

Overall - A pretty good pumpkin beer, has the right flavors, but on the lighter side. Would be easy to knock back a few of these, nearly sessionable. A decent representative of the style.

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Photo of Tuey13
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a hazy orange with a one finger white head that disappears rather quick leaving little lacing on the glass.

Smells just like pumpkin pie spices... cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves... I also detect a brown sugar sweetness and a bit of toasted crust. Smells good!

The taste is pure buttery pumpkin and spices... I get a little hint of vanilla that makes me think of when i put cool whip on my pumpkin pie... delicious!

I love this Pumpkin beer.. I always have this and Schlafly's Pumpkin in my fridge for fall... this is a more easy drinking lighter beer, while Schlafly is more of a beast in comparison. I actually drank my first one of these while raking leaves outside and i love the aroma and taste mixed with the smell of the leaves... ahhh, gotta love fall!


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Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.84/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours a crystal clear, medium orange with a small head. Retention is ok and there is just little bit of lacing.

S- Pretty much all pumpkin on this one. Pumpkin scent itself is fairly authentic and juicy. There are some hints of spices, mainly nutmeg and cinnamon. Really smells like a pumpkin pie.

T- Basically the same as the scent. A predominantly pumpkin flavor goes throughout the drink. Hints of spices, just like the scent. The taste also has some malt flavors in it, with hints of caramel malts and more brown ale flavors.

M- Light and highly carbonated. Pretty smooth overall and easy to drink. Pumpkin flavor is a little heavier on the palate.

Overall, this is a pretty solid pumpkin ale. Nothing especially different or unique, but I enjoy that it is not over-spiced like other pumpkin beers.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.96/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Murky orange and brown with a 1 finger white head. Slightly soapy lacing.

S- Pumpkin pie all the way. Aromatics of sweet pumpkin filling and wafers with a nice touch of spice. Leans on the sweeter, softer side without giving way to too much of an artificial aspect.

T- Flavor is once again in line with sweet baked pumpkin pie. Flavor profile isn't overly deep with bold spices, but smooth, with notes of vanilla wafers, biscuits/bready crust, marshmallows, and cream. Just a well put together beer.

M- mid body near light. Fair drinkability. Could have used more depth and complexity. Moderate carbonation. Average depth and complexity leaves me wanting a little more.

O- The nose is absolutely stunning. One of the better pumpkin beers i have had. Could go for more complexity with a stronger presence of nutmeg, cinnamon, and brown sugar. Overall though, its hard to complain.

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Photo of alphagnome
4.53/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear, vibrant orange body topped with a thin, white head that vanishes quicker than kids at bedtime. Plenty of fizzy action though.

Clean is the name of the game. Everything here is well executed, light, and clean. Cloves and nutmeg dominate the aromascape with faint traces ofpumpkin and pecan. Summed up, they trapped the lovely smell of a fresh pumpkin pie in bottle.

Follows the aroma nicely.. this is pumpkin pie in a bottle! All the hallmarks of a classic Thanksgiving favorite are here: pumpkin - check, nutmeg - check, cinnamon- check, allspice - check. Light bitterness from beginning to end. Satisfying finish and aftertaste - you'll swear you just wrapped up Thanksgiving dinner!

Medium body and smooth. Plenty of carbonation. No real noticable alcohol. Easy to drink with a semi-sweet finish.

I love this time of year... the colors, the weather (usually), and the pumpkin beer! While this isn't my favorite, it's a close second behind Southern Tier's Pumpking. For me though, this one has a one-up on Pumpking - it's availability. Easy to obtain, easy to session, and easy to love.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.06/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

O'Fallon Pumpkin Beer has a thin, off-white head, a hazy, orange appearance with lots of bubble streams, some suspended brown chunks, and thin lacing left behind. The aroma is strong, pungent, sweet, wheaty, pumpkiny, and spicy. Taste is all of that, with no artificial or off aspects. It is not too sweet or overbearing. Mouthfeel is medium, and O'Fallon Pumpkin Beer finishes mostly dry, refreshing, and fairly sweet. This is one of the better pumpkin beers I have tried.


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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Another new pumpkin beer to me, and my first beer from O'Fallon Brewery. Expectations are moderate, considering the style.

Poured into a FIrestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours a nice bright hazed orange colored body with two fingers of thick creamy off-white head. Lots of carbonation bubbles rushing around the glass. Looks pretty nice for what it is.

S - Aroma follows suit: authentic creamy pumpkin pie, brown sugar, cinnamon, pie crust, and some yeast presence.

T - Taste follows the nose: creamy pumpkin puree, bready pie crust, cinnamon, cola, brown sugar, and maybe a hint of yeast. An easy sipper.

M - Feel is pretty smooth and creamy, with some coarse carbonation on the way down. Medium bodied.

Overall, a slightly above average pumpkin beer offering at best. A solid choice for those looking to satisfying their pumpkin beer craving. Not particularly memorable or unique, but it gets the job done, and gets it done well. I look forward to more from this brewery.

O'Fallon Pumpkin Beer ---3.5/5

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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.34/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Golden orange with excellent heavy and bubbly carbonation. Lacing and foam are just ok.

Smell: Nutmeg and apple cider with a hint of cinnamon. Fresh and light.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Spiced apple cider initially with a strong flavor of nutmeg in the finish. I like the flavors initially, but it ends up being too sour. Mouthfeel is very weak; greasy and slick.

Overall Drinkability: An ok beer, but I'm pumpkin'd out.

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Photo of tronester
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear orange with a thin tan head. Smells like pumpkin pie spice. Taste begins with some pumpkin puree, then some biscuit, then a bit of cinnamon, and finishes with an earthy tartness. The mouthfeel is pretty good. Overall a pretty good pumpkin beer.

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Photo of jrnichols
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

The wife and I have been sampling several pumpkin beers over the last couple of weeks. This one is one of my favorites.

A: A deep amber with a light head which dissipates quickly.

S: Light odor, hints of clove and nutmeg.

T: Malty with cinnamon and nutmeg. The spices are mild and balanced. Not overpowering like some pumpkin beers.

M: Full and rich, medium effervescence.

O: The balance of spices in a mild amber ale make for an enjoyable drink. This is one of the best pumpkins I've had this year out of about 5 or 6 breweries. O'Fallon continues to please.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.99/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pumpkin Beer Review #21

A- Pours an amber-orange color with a small fizzy white head that disappears quickly, leaving nothing at all behind

S- sweet cinnamon pumpkin candle aromas, some brown sugar with raw pumpkin. a bit sweeter than most pumpkin ales

T- They claim that it's pumpkin pie in a bottle, and it actually comes pretty close. The pumpkin flavor seems authentic with raw pumpkin , sweet vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg notes. There's a subtle creamy flavor that really gives it that pumpkin pie flavor, with a nice malty backbone that is reminiscent of pie crust. Dry finish with a bit of cinnamon linger

M- Medium body with subtle carbonation leads to a a smooth and creamy mouthfeel and finish

O- Pleasantly surprised by this one. Well balanced, and authentiic pumpkin flavor, as opposed to only pumpkin spice flavors that most carry. Would definitely buy again if given the opportunity.

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Photo of Ryan_Graham
3.86/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a burnt orange with a one finger head that fades quickly. Smells great! You really get the sense of fall from the aroma. Goes down smooth with a pumpkin pie taste. A little sticky on the tongue with little to no aftertaste. Overall, it's not bad. A decent fall beer. Not the best flavored beer I've had but there's not too much I can complain about here. I would recommend it to anyone wanting to try something new.

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Photo of Deanosaurus
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My wife and I were at Wal-mart in the produce section and they had a display of Octoberfest beers and this one was on there. I had tried Schlafly Oktoberfest, Sam Adams as well, but I had never seen a beer that was downright Pumpkin, not Octoberfest. Being partial to O'Fallon beers having tried many of their others (They have an excellent 5-Day IPA) I ran over to look at it. Lucky for them my excitement overrode the fact that a 6-pack came in around $9 (not the most expensive but a pretty pricey seasonal).

- Appearance (4/5)
Nothing unique about the color. Sort of off-brown, not what I had expected. More of a pumpkin pie made with brown sugar kind of color than a pumpkin color.

- Smell (4/5)
This was the opposite of what I would say of most beers. Typically a beer, especially hoppy ones, smell wonderful then taste bitter. O'Fallon's Pumpkin was more the opposite. The smell was murky and had a subtle undertone of pumpkin and spices. But...

- Taste (4.75/5)
The taste is so strongly pumpkin you would think you had just carved one open, scooped out some the the innards and started going to town. Then the spices follow suit and round off the flavor into a very enjoyable experience.

- Mouthfeel (5/5)
Like I said, the taste was as though you were eating the raw pumpkin insides. I don't know if it was the flavor or the texture that tricked my brain, but the beer was mushy in just the right way. It was the most realistic feeling beer, that is to say, it says Pumpkin on the bottle, this feels like I just drank, chewed, and swallowed what you get out of the can of Libby's pumpkin pie base (the fibrous strands tossed in a liquefier).

- Overall (4.5/5)
The look is lacking, but the taste is amazing. A must have for this time of year.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Brown in color with good clarity. There is good carbonation but the head quickly dissipates. Aroma is heavily pumpkin pie spices. I also get a bit of cinnamon and faint nutmeg. Mouthfeel is smooth, but fairly carbonated. The taste is very much pumpkin pie spice with a bit of cinnamon. It's a bit fleeting and then gone. I appreciate the lack of coriander, but this isn't as good as I had remembered.

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