Pumpkin Beer - O'Fallon Brewery

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Ratings: 557
Reviews: 230
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 17.36%
Wants: 27
Gots: 62 | 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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Reviews by The_1084:
Photo of The_1084
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: deep orange/copper hues; 2 finger head with aggressive pour, but dissipates quickly; lots of visible activity

S: pleasant aroma of pumpkin spice and cloves that becomes more apparent as the beer warms

T: taste of pumpkin spice and cinnamon becomes very noticeable as the beer warms; like pumpkin pie in a glass

M: full-bodies, thick texture; moderate carbonation; dry, sticky finish

O: overall a great pumpkin ale; one of the best tasting I have had thus far

More User Reviews:
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.04/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark orange...dare I say pumpkin color, with a small off white head on top. A very nice nose with raw mashed pumpkin along with cinammon sweetness and hints of cloves. Quite a nice nose on this one...takes me back to Thanksgiving.

A nice pumpkin flavor comes first mixed with equal doses of cloves and cinammon. A nice malty sweetness comes through as well. Quite a tasty pumpkin ale..nicely balanced between pumpkin and spice.

Medium bodied with a healthy dose of bubbly as well. I would like to see this be just a tad fuller in the mouthfeel. Both drinkable and enjoyable...I'll be looking for this one again during the fall next year.

Photo of chOAKbarrell
3.32/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one reminded me a lot of Shipyard's pumpkin ale. Very similar color, with a lot of the same quantities of spices.

There is a lot of cinnamon in this beer. Not as much as Shipyard's (but then, no one uses as much cinnamon as them), but it is still very present, along with the other customary pumpkin ale spices, like nutmeg and allspice. The said spices are all very present in the nose.

There really isn't a whole lot of substance to this beer. It noticeably lacks a richness & depth that the best pumpkin ales have - which seems to be a common problem among pumpkin beers. It just comes across like a normal nondescript golden ale with heavy spices.

Photo of warnerry
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from fall 2010

Pours a clean orangish-brown liquid with 2 fingers of head. Not much lacing.

Smell is one of the better I've smelled for a pumpkin beer. Nice aroma of pumpkin, nutmeg, allspice and cinnamon.

Taste is similar to the smell and dominated by pumpkin and spices.

Mouthfeel is somewhat creamy though light, with a nice carbonation level.

This is an easy drinking pumkin beer, with flavors that blend pretty well.

Photo of merlin48
3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, peach colored body with a small, offwhite head that quickly drops to a collar. No lacing.
Substantial aroma of fresh pumpkin, and plenty of pie spices. Cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and allspice run amok.
Mouthfeel is creamy and ample, with good carbonation and a medium body.
Taste is ideal for style, and largely echoes the aroma. Fresh pumpkin is present, but gets overwhelmed by the pie spices. A caramel malt backbone is noticed underneath.
This is one of the better pumpkin ales I've tried. Quite tasty! Thanks to clvand0, for the bottle.

Photo of Snyder18
4.32/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Cloudy light brown with orange hues. This years version states that it is brewed with pumpkin. In the past the've used a pumpkin spice "tea" to get the desired flavor. This may account for the relative cloudiness in the current beer. 1" thick light tan head reduced to a thin film in a few minutes.

Smell - Nose full of cinnamon and nutmeg. Pumpkin background. Malt and hops are there but so overpowered by the cinnamon that they are difficult to detect.

Taste - Much like the aroma, the pumpkin and spices are major players in the flavor. It's like having a mouth full of pumpkin meat or squash seasoned with cinnamon. Toasty, nutty malt sweetness as it warms. Just enough hop presence to tone down the sweetness to a drinkable level.

Mouthfeel - Creamy almost buttery. Medium to full bodied.

Drinkability - Very drinkable. Doesn't fatigue the taste buds as quickly as most pumpkin beers. And at 5.5% ABV you can enjoy several at a sitting.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of far333
4.07/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy apricot color, with a bubbly head rising up a full inch to the rim of the glass. The bubbles pop noisily to realease gas quickly and the head disappears right away. Aroma is sweet and spicy, a bit more nutmeg than pumpkin, definite bit of hops, and sweet malt. Flavor is rich, just shy of cloying, full of pumpkin and spice, with a dry, clean finish, almost a bit tannic. Mouthfeel is a little thin, but bubbles tingle in the finish. Thanks to Brent for passing this one on.

Photo of centbeerfest
3.42/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tasting glass.

Light straw color. Slight cloudiness. Not overly impressive nose, but does the job of communicating the pumpkin season.

Mouthfeel is a little clingy with a slight pumpkin pie flavor and an off dry finish. Not bad, not complex, perfect drinking beer for the season. Nice balance and pleasant.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears copper orange in the body with a cream khaki head flowing thick, unexpected spice comes up and hits me in the face. Pumpkin spice including the clove, vanilla, and nutmeg notes usually only found in a pumpkin pie. Flavor is straight spice minimal malts from the base beer this relies heavily on the spice additions minimal hints of gourd that may or may not have been there for the brewing process. Body is medium the carbonation is flowing thick in this beer, I'm actually amazed by the pumpkin and spice combo compared to other standard abv versions I'm getting a fuller bodied creamy carbonation pretty solid but still not something I would seek out.

Photo of rwathree
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2011 edition, poured into nonic pint.

A: light, opaque brown color, similar to cream soda. Head is thin and doesn't last long. It'a fairly attractive beer.

S: cinammon, nutmeg, brown sugar, more or less what you'd expect. Smells sweet but not cloying. I let it sit for a few minutes and the aroma came out more after a while. Promising.

T: from the above aroma notes, the nutmeg comes out most, but there's also a little caramel flavor in there. The carbonation delivers a little bit of hop bite in there, just enough to balance out the sweeter flavors in here.

M: this might run a little counter to a compliment above, but the conditioning is a little too intense. As I keep drinking, the bubbles mute the flavors a bit too much. I do like the way flavors stick around on the palate.

O: Dogfish's Pun'kin Ale is my standard for this style, and this is not that. That said, it's solid, and decently drinkable for the style. If someone handed me a slice of pumpkin pie to go along with one of these, I'd be content.

Photo of coryking
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with a pumpkin on the front and the words Pumpkin Beer

Appearance: A beautiful honey, malty, golden, copper color. Very hazy. Thick frothy white head that quickly dissipates to a thin white lace that lasts.

Smell: More pumpkin pie, than pumpkin. I get cinnamon, brown sugar, some nutmeg and then some fresh pumpkin. Smells absolutely amazing, just like my grandmothers pumpkin pie! As it warms I start to smell a hint a caramel, some biscuit, and even some cidery apples.

Taste: Starts very light and sweet and perfectly balances out with the spices that back it up. The spices definitely tingle the tongue and are the most memorable part of the sip. Imagine trying to balance a very light body with a slight malty sweetness with the rather strong spices of the cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, and pumpkin; this beer accomplishes that. Hops, I cant detect any in the aroma, flavor, or for bittering, even though we know that they are there... Finishes sweet, I couldnt make this a session beer by any means.

Mouthfeel: Very thin. Very light. Carbonation is well pronounced. Leaves the tongue very lightly soapy with the residual sweetness that quickly disappears.

Drinkability: Very good pumpkin beer! Everything is very well balanced, worth the purchase, reminds me that my favorite season is just around the corner! Karen loves this beer! Im still a bigger fan of Pumpking by Southern Tier. For these specialty beers, I want more meat in there, more body, more flavor, more in your face, since Im only going to have one at a time. With all of the bad pumpkin beers out there, this one is pretty special!

Photo of beatenbyjacks
3.42/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - red, orange, caramel color with a inch tall head

Smell - I get a bunch ginger bread and nutmeg

Taste - not as spicy as I thought it would be.

Mouthfeel - nice and smooth and a bunch of carbonation

Overall - nice fun beer. Hopefully it opens up a bunch when it warms up

Photo of rhoadsrage
2.73/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a warm orangish-brown body with a faint hazy hint. The bubbly cream colored head that fades quickly. There is a big carbonation of tiny bubbles that race through the body.

S- The light smell of brown malt has a slight yeast and cooked squash hint but it is pretty faint.

T- The light brown malt has a faint cardboard note with hints of dry spice . The hint of nutmeg was muted with a hint of other pumpkin spices but they are very soft. The finish is a dry spice note also.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel.

D- This beer doesn't have any overpowering pumpkin spice flavors infact it has very faint spice flavors. The flavor is pretty boring and bland with not much malt flavor or other characters.

Photo of Brenden
4.07/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Notes are a few nights old.

The color is a clear burnished copper that shines a bit brighter orange around the edges. A creamy head formed about one finger high, fading somewhat quickly but leaving spotty thin lacing from what foamy head did stuck around.
This is one of the more pumpkin-forward ales of the style, opting out of the heavy spicing but containing enough of it to make for a good beer. There's a nice buttery crust aroma that gives way to more of a meaty pumpkin smell with notes of cinnamon and nutmeg. There's also a nice malt backing that shouldn't be dismissed.
The taste is what i expect from the aroma, with a strong malt backing lend just enough presence to add character and body without overtaking the pumpkin element. Spices are neither muted nor overbearing, reaching a very nice balance, and lingering underneath is the buttery flavor that makes me think of the crust. It needs all of it to work and it needs it all to balance rather than clashing, and I think that was accomplished here.
The body is fairly thick and moderately smooth, sitting at a solid medium with just enough carbonation and life to it.
This is simply a very good pumpkin ale.

Photo of Dave128
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a twist-top bottle into a Duvel tulip. The bottle sports a black label with a goofy looking pumpkin. There isn't much other info on the bottle either, just "Ale brewed with pumpkin and spices."

A - Orange and slightly hazy. A rigorous pour yields a 1 finger white head that dissipates quickly. I notice the beer has some sediment near the bottom as I could see it at the end of the pour. No lacing.

S - Pumpkins! Smells like the traditional blend of halloween/pumpkin spices. Nutmeg, Ginger, Allspice. Great smelling beer.

T - Unfortunately, the smells don't carry over into the flavor as strongly. The pumpkin flavor is evident, but just isn't as strong as I would like. Its hard to pick out the flavors of the spices, they just seem to all have combined into one spicy flavor.

M - Medium bodied. Carbonation is thankfully not overdone.

O - I Picked this up at the grocery for $1.50, and seeing the twist-top bottle gave me the notion I was going to get something similar to the blue moon harvest pumpkin which I sampled not too long ago. However this beer does the style justice. Its a great example of a pumpkin beer at a good price.

Photo of cokes
3.02/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Blurry tanned golden with coagulated yeasties that are nearly the size and shape of pumpkin seeds. And that honestly is only a small exaggeration.
The spices dominate the fairly muted nose. Cinnamon and nutmeg, and clove all make by-the-numbers appearances.
Taste-wise, it begins with a cinnamon graham cracker maltiness that fades towards a pasty and ill-defined middle. Clove shows up momentarily, then it shuffles towards lactic sourness as it closes.
Medium in build with a flaccid, pasty feel. It's bland enough yet to drink quickly. But it's flawed and not worth a revisit.

Photo of pmcadamis
4.55/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - What a great beer to enter October with! It even has a cool jack-o-lantern on the bottle (mine is slightly different than the BA avatar). Pours a cloudy hazel-orange with a tight khaki cap that shows some light white-orange tint. The head reduces to a collar and haze pretty quickly, but a swirl beings a fat and foamy one-finger head back into place. Lots of really nice arcing lace coats the glass. The brew shows a blood-orange, almost purple cast at times. This one's a looker!

S - Pumpkin pie! This smells exactly like pumpkin pie...crust and all. Some other pumpkin beers taste like pumpkin candy or extract, but this is very authentic. I also smell a light dusting of cinnamon sticks and the faintest whiff of red-hot candy. The malt base is an Oktoberfest-like caramel malty nose pleaser.

T - Again, this is liquefied home-made pumpkin pie! I love how accurate this is. Much like the nose, there are cinnamon sticks and halloween candy flavors too. Mulled cider minus the apples. Sort of like mulled pumpkin cider! The caramel malt (I'm guessing) really provides a nice base for the graham-cracker crust and pumpkin pie filling flavors. I also taste low doses of other spices.... mentions nutmeg and cloves on the label and I'm not sure that I taste much clove, the nutmeg is huge!

M - Medium in body with a fine sparkling carbonation and a dusty cinnamon powder finish. Not at all dry, it is just dusty and quite yeasty. The feel is very well matched to the flavors and autumnal vibe!

D - Outstanding! Fall is my favorite time of the beer-year (Oktoberfest!), and I look forward to finding new oktoberfests, rauchbiers, and pumpkin brews to get me in the mood for my favorite season!

Note: Since this has a sort of mulled-cider vibe, I tried heating half of a bottle up in a coffee up. Don't do this....it tastes like puke! I don't think that this has a high enough ABV or something.

Photo of alphagnome
4.53/5  rDev +24.8%
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.

Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single at Riley's here in Madison. Happy fall.

Pours a hazy, milky orange/amber with bits of something floating about, pumpkin I presume, small frothy white head. Smells of gingerbread cookies, lots of cinnamon and nutmeg. Tastes vaguely of pumpkin pie, squash (I assume that's the pumpkin as I've never actually eaten pumpkin) lots of spices, a little artificially though. Mouthfeel is thicker than I would have guessed, like a heavy brown ale maybe. This was pretty tasty for my first pumpkin ale, we'll see how it matched up against Dogfish Punkin Ale and Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin Ale.

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.34/5  rDev -8%
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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The delightful, softly spicy nose of O'Fallons pumpkin ale is a good indication of what you'll find within its clear orange body and creamy yellowed-white head. It's not overdone with spice, and has an actual pumpkin flavor to it amidst its gently sweet malt components. Cinnamon seems to stand out as far as the spicing goes, appearing first and last on the palate, but the clove comes on strong across the middle, and the nutmeg is clearly visible in the finish. Remarkably well-balanced and drinkable!

Photo of dirtylou
3.26/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4


appearance: comes in a wicked o'fallon box, as opposed to the traditional 6 pack holders. pours an extremely cloudy pale orange with decent head lacing. This one falls somewhere between New Holland Ichabod and Cottonwood Pumpkin ale in appearance

smell: pretty mild nose...fresh pumpkin is evident, traces of cinnamon and nutmeg, light clove

taste: not a whole lot of pumpkin, mild clove, very evident cinnamon. definately a bit more hoppy than the norm. Not offensive tasting but just nothing too terribly special either

mouthfeel: medium bodied, hop tingling on the tongue

drinkability: quite drinkable

Photo of ihscout426
2.83/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First off I need to state that this is not my style and I do not choose to drink fruit based beers. With that said this beer is just not balanced.

The color was inviting, but the smell was immediatley cinnamon and spice. The taste was immediate hot cinnamon like red hots of schnapps. The cinnamon overpowered any malt or hops. If there was pumpkin it too was buried in cinnamon. I am a guy who loves cinnamon and use it every chance I get when cooking and baking, but the beer had no balance. I will try it again and would encourage others who enjoy fruit based beers to give it a try. Hopefully the spices can be tamed down and the beer can shine through, much like there other styles do so well.

Photo of hooliganlife
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a murky copper with a thin white head. very little retention and lacing. color shows how unfiltered this is, which adds to the beauty as i expect spice flavor.

mostly nutmeg and sweet caramel malt

up front is the cinnamon and nutmeg then it rolls into a light malt backbone following with a more mellow nutmeg and cinnamon. over all, this taste just like pumpkin pie. delicious!

a little too much bite but pretty decent and very full

hands down one of my favorite pumpkin ales. they nailed it this year! very much reminds me of pumpkin pie and thanksgiving. its august, and i will now be annoyed that i have to wait 3 months. damn it all.

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