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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Photo of maxcoinage
3.91/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured 12oz bottle (no date, twist off cap) into snifter with a nice 2 in head that settled quickly. Color is a dark orange

Aroma is of pumpkin pie - allspice,nutmeg, cinnamon - fantastic!

Taste follows the aroma, but not as prevalent as the aroma would lend itself to. Light malt profile with minimal noticeable hops

Mouthfeel is rather thin, medium carb. nothing much here.

Overall this is a decent pumpkin offering, The aroma is fantastic on this one, but it doesn't deliver after that. Still, would probably pick this up again once a year.

Photo of sweemzander
4.27/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

12oz. can poured into a snifter.

(A)- Pours a hazed orange color. Minimal white froth.

(S)- Just an awesome combo of spice and vanilla on the nose. Reminds me of pumpkin graham crackers.

(T)- Very similar to the smell. Awesome spice with graham cracker and vanilla pumpkin, just not as rich and inviting as the smell was; a bit toned down.

(M)- The carbonation level is good, but it is really quite thin in mouthfeel. Great spiced flavors and pumpkin, but just way too thin for the style.

(O)- An absolutely awesome pumpkin beer that could be one of the best if they just made this a bit thicker; it would really drive this one home. As it stands, its just a bit watery feel-wise for me.

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 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 Omnium
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours a cloudy amber color, fizzy one finger head, little lacing.
S - Fresh baked pumpkin pie, cinnamon, nutmeg, pie crust kind of malt, aroma is spot on.
T - Big pumpkin flavor here, hits up front, then you get a change of pace with a mild tartness that comes back to the spice at the end, then gets creamy smooth.
M - Kind of a roller coaster ride on the feel of this, but in the end its a nice creamy texture in the aftertaste.
O - This was my top pick from last year's pumpkin beers tied with Wolavers, and this year it doesnt disappoint, I still find it much better than Pumpking. If you're into pumpkin seasonals, this is worth having, the aroma is good, and there's a nice complexity here.

Photo of 007rtw
3.32/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: seems all right. Brown. Boring. Some head, and little lacing.

Smell: Pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, and maybe a touch of cardamom. Yum.

Taste: blah. Pumpkin for a fraction of a second, which then is overtaken by malt, if it's even that. Rather boring taste. Not bad, just not interesting. Finish has some more pumpkin, but not enough.

Mouthfeel: a little too much carbonation for my taste, and a little too sticky to boot.

Photo of DeFaz
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Beer looks thin from the pour, medium head fades very quickly leaving some lacing. Beer has a cloudy copper color.

Smell: Spices, particularly brown sugar and nutmeg, with some pumpkin thrown in. I'm not smelling any hops on the nose, but it smells nice and fresh.

Taste: The taste doesn't live up to the smell. Pumpkin presence is minor with spices dominating, but even those aren't too bold. Malt is the backbone and hops are used sparingly. Not too interesting.

Mouthfeel: A bit too thin and the carbonation a bit too high.

Overall: At $9.99 a six pack, I'm disappointed. It's not bad, but with so many pumpkin ales out there, I hoped that this would be more bold with bigger pumpkin flavors, stronger spices, and a slightly thicker mouthfeel. I won't buy this again. It being August, I'm not so upset that the beer is as light as it is, but I wouldn't like this too much in November.

Photo of Lemke10
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a clear, light copper color with only a slight head. There is a scent of pumpkin and spice but it is rather mild. The taste is rather simple as far as pumpkin beers go. There is a raw pumpkin flavor with a few pie and clove spices. This brew drinks fairly light and smooth. The after taste is a little metallic. There could be some improvement in the pumpkin and spice flavors though. Fairly average.

Photo of rosen551
2.92/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I actually found this decent, but I'm not really a big fan of pumpkin beers so I appreciated it being more mellow.

I served from a bottle into a regular pint glass. Appearance was coppery, maybe a little hazy. Light scent of pumpkin - taste is not overwhelmingly pumpkin, which I appreciated. This beer is definitely not as spicy as other pumpkin beers on the market.
Not too much carbonation - overall a decent choice if you're looking for a fall inspired drink.

Photo of cdrogers
3.24/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from standard 12oz bottle. Was medium to medium dark copper in color with a slightly off-white head, but was a very small head. Seemed quite carbonated. Had a slight pumpkin smell but not much at all. The pumpkin didn't really come through in the taste. It was way too subtle and seemed watered down. Just an average or slightly below average pumpkin beer.

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.99/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass.

The beer is a very murky, hazy dull orange. A creamy off-white head recedes to a breath of bubbles on top with thick creamy lacing that slowly fades away.

The beer smells really spicy with cinnamon and brown sugar coming to mind. Underneath the spices there's a good hearty aroma of pumpkin pie.

The beer tastes spicy and bright, almost tangy at first. Like the aroma, I get a lot of brown sugar and cinnamon that lingers on the palate. Nutmeg and clove are also in here.

A nice creamy mouthfeel with a bright carbonated finish.

Overall, about what I'd expect for a pumpkin beer. The aroma is really good, probably one of the best traits of this brew.

Photo of superspak
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled 6/10/2012. Pours lightly hazy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of fresh pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, clove, brown sugar, bread, and herbal. Damn nice aromas with good strength and balance; very authentic. Taste of pumpkin, biscuit, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, clove, brown sugar, caramel, and herbal. Lingering notes of caramel, biscuit, spices, and brown sugar on the finish for a bit. Good robustness of flavor with decent balance; spices are not overdone at all. Minimal cloying sweet flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy and slick mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with almost zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a really good pumpkin ale. Taste did not live up to the aromas; but it was well balanced and very drinkable. Definitely enjoyed this, and it is a nice example of the style.

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

My first O'fallon beer thanks to Lukahn (Reddit).

Ug, screw the screw cap. Pours a light fizzy head that disappears almost instantly, hazy murky darker amber reddish orange color.

Nose some fermented gourd like, pumpkin, lots of cinnamon and sugar like it's already on the rim, candied pumpkin, hint of other pumpkin pie spices, hint caramel malt.

Taste similar, some pumpkin, candied pumpkin, again lots of cinnamon and sugar like it's rimmed on the glass, light brown sugar and caramel, hint of light malt, touch of a light hop with light bitterness. Finish is dry, a light pumpkin with cinnamon and sugar lingering, light pie spices.

Mouth is med bodied, lighter carb than it should.

Overall not bad, I didn't expect much, a bit flat and doesn't do a whole lot, too much cinnamon and sugar that overpowers almost everything else.

Photo of AmitC
2.45/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Hazy light brown color. Pumpkin flavor abound.

Least spicy of all the pumpkin ales i have had so far. Which makes it bland and to me tasteless.

I should not be slamming a beer. But this one is not something i would recommend to people with my kind of taste buds.

A few of the other folks though liked it may be because they found the beers with spices too strong for them.

More like a blunt lager with a bit of pumpkin. I don't know whether that is good or bad.

Very less carbonation. Easy to drink.

Note - Pumpkin Ales are not for me. And definitely not those that lack spices. So it is a bit negatively biased review.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of rfbenavi80
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle kept in fridge. Poured into a tulip.

A- Pours a nice and clear deep orange almost copper color with 2 fingers of white head that didn't linger ver long and does not leave much of any lacing on the glass.

S- Pumpkin, and pumpkin pie spices of nutmeg, cinnamon, all spice etc. Some earthy/ herbal hops are in the mix, but as it warms the pumpkin and spices really come out.

T- Follows nose well. Nice mix of pumpkin and spices that reminds you of the holidays. The herbal, grassy flavors are on the finish, but the pumpkin spice flavors are the ones that linger. Could have more pumpkin flavor, but not bad.

M- Medium bodied. Medium amount of carbonation. Would like this one to feel more creamy.

O- Not too bad. This one is on the lighter side as far as Pumpkin Ales go, but it's still worth trying. Got to support Missouri Brewers!

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

Photo of Megahertz
3.52/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, 2012 vintage, into a Hoffman House chalice. Bottle dated August 24.

A - Medium orange red, slightly hazy. Initial large white head falls into a mere trace of foam. Carbonation appears brisk.

S - Very mild pumpkin spice aroma. Not as aggressive as many examples.

T - Mild caramel sweetness with a very light pumkin spice note. Finish is mildly sweet.

M - Medium to light body with medium to high carbonation.

O - On the lighter side of the style, but without major flaws. An easy drinking fall spice beer.

Edit: 13-AUG-13: Bottle dated 30-JUL-13. 2013 vintage is superior to 2012 vintage. Cloudier, slightly heavier body, significantly more spice. Still on the lighter side of the style, but a lot less spritzy. An excellent choice.

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

Poured from bottle into tasting glass.

App- Pours a coppery gold color (perhaps a pumpkin color...) with minimal head. The head goes away quickly and there is no lacing. The beer is quite fizzy.

Smell- I get the sweet smell of pumpkin pie as well as a bit of an alcohol smell. Pie spices are there as well, particularly nutmeg.

Taste- The flavor profile mimics that of the smell. A strong pumpkin taste is accompanied by holiday spices. There is a lack of bitterness, but there is some tang on the end of the taste coming perhaps from the spices, or some acidity.

Mouthfeel- very light in the mouth, the beer seems to move over the tongue with ease, the bubbles cause it to feel lighter than it is

Photo of jmarsh123
4.07/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange/gold with barely any head or lacing.

Actually smells like pumpkin! So rare for a pumpkin beer. A little bit of allspice, cinnamon and nutmeg as well.

Taste follows the nose. Just a subtle amount of spices with some good pumpkin flavor and a slight acidity.

Mouthfeel is fairly light with medium carbonation levels.

Nothing special about this, but very pleasant. I hate when a pumpkin beer is overspiced and this one is definitely subtle which I appreciate.

Photo of AleWatcher
4.02/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Hmmmm. This is a bit of an odd one. I LIKE it, but it is weird...

Looks slightly hazy orangey gold color. Shiny soapy white head strews as three fingers and settled quickly to a shimmering film. Some small spots cling as lace, but nothing really noteworthy.

Smells like pumpkin. Some spices make their way in as well-- cinnamon, nutmeg, maybe some allspice. The flavor adds a really strange tartness that I really like, yet find to be almost like an unintentional flaw... Really dry, just the lightest malt base here, and it works perfectly...

The body is medium-light with a slick oily feel.

Overall-- this is the best tasting pumpkin beer I have had... The other ratable aspects need a little help, but this is certainly worth getting if you like pumpkin beers!

Photo of antlerwrestler19
3.39/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The relatively vigorous pours yields a surprisingly clear darker golden color with a decent bubbly head that fades to a slim froth before disappearing into a ring around the top - not really what I expect a pumpkin beer to look like. The smell is pretty darn good - smells like pumpkins that have been caramelizing in the oven for an hour or so, not a huge spice to it but I get some clove and ginger. The taste is quite different, not really getting a ton of pumpkin but more like an applesauce flavor with cinnamon sugar on top (candy apple almost) - it's good but not what I look for in a pumpkin ale. The mouthfeel is light with a faint prickly carbonation. This was given to me as an extra, which I am always thankful for. The only complaint I have is that it doesn't really fit the pumpkin ale style for me as I'm not getting enough pumpkin in the flavor, still a tasty beer nonetheless.


Photo of Mississipping
4.21/5  rDev +16%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange/amber color with a small fizzy head that rises and falls very quickly to leave behind a fizzy island and a thin ring.  No lacing left behind on the edges of the glass.  

S: This smells great ... roasted pumpkin, cinnamon, allspice, and some nutmeg.  Unlike some other pumpkin beers I've had this year, the aroma of this one is complex, yet balanced, with just the right amount of fall spices.

T: Starts out kind of bland with some fresh pumpkin and a slight earthiness.  The middle ground intensifies a little with some nutmeg and a but of fresh apples.  The finish come alive even more with cinnamon, nutmeg, and some clove.  The finish is really nice.  Again, not overly spicy, with a great pumpkin flavor (more fresh pumpkin than roasted).

M: I knew from the appearance that this had a ton of bubbles.  Highly carbonated that I thought would work at first, but really takes away from the beer.  This beer tries to be creamy on the front end, but it becomes prickly on the tongue due to the overwhelming carbonation.  Slightly drying at the finish as well. 

D: This is a great pumpkin beer.  I love a pumpkin beer that can balance the pumpkin and the spices, and this one balanced the two better than any other I've had this year.  If the mouthfeel was better (carbonation lower), this would be really drinkable.  Unfortunately, not the case.  That's ok, though, because this is the best one I've had this year to date.  Trying a good bit tomorrow though, so we'll see how it holds up.

Photo of OneDropSoup
4.09/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip pint: Cloudy, lightly burnt orange under a half-finger of head that drops to a collar & thin wisp. Decent color, but fairly generic-looking.

First whiff brings some vaguely potpourri-ish orange - eh. Then the spices start to gain some strength, bringing some nice cinnamon & a little vanilla - not bad. Then, all of a sudden, a full-on pumpkin pie smell emerges, with the spices, flesh, & crust - sweet! I like the slow reveal, & it ended up smelling pretty great, actually.

The pie character carries through into the taste, but without the crust & not as strong. Interestingly, there's a little sour cherry in the finish, which gives it a cool twist.

Mouthfeel's actually a little more active than I'd expect, with a spritzy carbonation & a little sharp tartness in the finish again.

Good stuff! I wasn't expecting a lot from this beer, but it delivered the goods. And while this is not a *rich* beer, I don't think I've found another one that so accurately captures the profile of actual pumpkin pie. And it's not over-saturating - I think I could put away a few of these.

Photo of falloutsnow
3.05/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle purchased from Hyvee in Council Bluffs, IA.
Poured into a standard US pint glass.

Pours a 1.5cm, off-white head of medium-sized bubbles. This fades very quickly, leaving no residue or lacing. Body is a hazy orange color with burnt yellow highlights; active carbonation. Looks fairly average.

Aroma largely of a mulled cider with dominant spice of cinnamon. Not really any detectable malt or hop presence in the nose, fairly one-dimensional.

Taste is excessively sweet, very little balance. The reviewer that suggested a "pumpkin roll," with all that fake, sugary frosting/cheese nailed the taste of this one. Think highly sweetened pumpkin bread, with nods towards spices of cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove.

Body is medium to medium-light with a carbonation level low enough to suit this. Finish semi-dry.

A fairly light, sweet pumpkin ale. I don't really appreciate this version of the style: there's not enough malt backbone and it's sweetness hits overkill.

Photo of Pintofbrown
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

App- Lots of CO2 that builds to almost two fingers of a white, stable cap. The body is a dark marigold with straw highlights. Not really any thick lace.

Smell- The nose is kind of soft. There are some herbal scents on the spicy end of the spectrum. A little cinnamon and some sweet biscuit malt, maybe a little nutmeg.

Taste- The biscuit malt sweetness is dominant throughout the drink. The herbal spiciness is in the middle of the drink and hangs a little on the finish. Cinnamon and pumpkin are there. It is a better drink than what is in the smell.

Mouth feel- Medium bodied and only slightly fizzy. It gets much creamier when warming.

Overall- Obvious changes need to be made, like making the nose a better representation of the taste profiles.

Pumpkin Beer from O'Fallon Brewery
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