Pumpkin Beer - O'Fallon Brewery

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Ratings: 546
Reviews: 230
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 17.68%
Wants: 26
Gots: 55 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
O'Fallon Brewery visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: maxpower on 10-10-2003)
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Reviews by scottmbolt:
Photo of scottmbolt
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a very good pumpkin beer. Picked a 6 pack up at the local market, came home on a chilly night here in rural MI, and my girlfriend and I finished the whole six pack.

lots of pumpkin taste, beautiful color, and an overall great seasonal choice. I wouldn't drink it in warm weather, but on this cool fall night, it hit the spot. I could see picking this up in the future to bring to a Bon fire, or to enjoy while I hand out candy on Halloween.

Cheers!

More User Reviews:
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.03/5  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
3.33/5  rDev -8%
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 danthehopslamman
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of warnerry
4/5  rDev +10.5%
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 lionnusmb
5/5  rDev +38.1%

Photo of merlin48
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
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
4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
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 wattoclone
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of Franziskaner
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
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 DrKarl
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of far333
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
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 jminch
1.5/5  rDev -58.6%

Photo of centbeerfest
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
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 williamjbauer
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.58/5  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 mrosenfeld32
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of rwathree
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
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
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
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 StayCeeJay
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of sgttibbs
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of beatenbyjacks
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
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
2.7/5  rDev -25.4%
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 Schlafly33
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of Brenden
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

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Pumpkin Beer from O'Fallon Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 546 ratings.