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Pumpkin Beer - O'Fallon Brewery

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Ratings: 428
Reviews: 223
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 16.85%
Wants: 20
Gots: 14 | 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:
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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terrabyte

Wisconsin

2.1/5  rDev -42%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This pours a clear, orange/brown color with a small off-white, foamy head.

Smells like nutmeg.

Tastes like nutmeg. It seems like this is a cheap way to spice a beer to almost taste like pumpkin. Usually when I drink pumpkin beers I'm pleased when they really taste like pumpkin or pumpkin bread. Or disappointed when they just taste like allspice. But this is the first time I've nailed it as just plain nutmeg (or bad powdered spice). This is a thin illusion easily shattered.

I don't know what goes into making pumpkin beer, but this tastes like it was flavored AFTER the brewing process with just some powdered spice.

This was a really bad, boring beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2006 20:50:20 | More by terrabyte
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FtownThrowDown

Ohio

3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber with little if no head. Whatever head there was on the poor is gone seconds after the pour. I'm getting a strong sugary, pumpkin bread smell from this one. Taste is close to the smell. Really smooth tasting with slight carbonation. This is going down way too easily. This is the best pumpkin taste I've gotten from this style. I like the Weyerbacher, but that is a different taste altogether with the strong spice presence. I could drink many of these. The only thing missing is some whipped cream.
One of my top two of this style. If you like pumpkin beers, then this is a must try.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2006 00:34:35 | More by FtownThrowDown
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Onibubba

Kentucky

2.95/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Only my second pumpkin ale of the season, and the first I have ever had this particular offering. Color is a hazy amber with a none too impressive head. Smell is mildly spiced. Nothing really in your face. Taste also, fails to really impress. Not enough of a spice impact. I'm not asking for something huge, just something palateable. Mouthfeel is the real downfall for me with this beer. Too "watery" or thin. Drinkablity is fine if the mouthfeel is not an issue, but it is with me. I have a second in the fridge that I plan on passing on to an unlucky visitor.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2006 19:51:55 | More by Onibubba
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dull, faded orange. Thin off white head. Lace is minimal. Nice aroma of sweet pumpkin pulp. Not a lot of spicing going on the nose, but that's alright. Too many overspiced pumpkin ales on the market. The spicing comes through a little more on the palate. Cinamon and ginger lightly compliment the nice round pumpkin flavor. This is one of the better pumpkin beers I've had. Malts add some sweetness without cloying it up. Full body and flavorful. Nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2006 19:38:10 | More by Bighuge
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Manosbeeroffate

Maine

4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sent to me from czoch75, thanks!! Pours a hazy orange color. Smells of spices like cinnamon and cloves. Tastes like liquid pumpkin pie, good liquid pumpkin pie, really nicely balanced. Finishes good. Overall I am impressed since I'm not a big fan of beer with spices since I kinda expect too much sweetness and spices, but this is damn good. I can't make any other comparisons to the style but I may now have to try a few others just to see which is best.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2006 22:42:55 | More by Manosbeeroffate
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mmcave

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As a rule of thumb I generally stay away from the pumpkin beer, but a friend brought it over so I had it a try. Poured a hazy burnt orange amber, with a tiny bit of carbonation. Smells sweet, some cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg as it says on the bottle and maybe a little pumpkin funk. Taste is about the same, accept with some minor hops presence. This is one of the better pumpkin beers I've had. Because of it's ABV and subtle flavor this would be a decent sessioning beer. Over all not bad, or pretty good if you like pumpkin beer. Honestly if pumpkin beer was my thing I'd search out better alternatives.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2006 18:53:33 | More by mmcave
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TastyTaste

Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pretty good for a pumpkin beer, hazy dark orange color. Head is white and full, slow fade.

Smell: The spices are up front. Cloves, nutmeg, and cinnamon, just like the label says. Pumpkin provides for a little vegetable and smoothness.

Taste: Much like the other pumpkin ales I have tried. The spices complement, but are not overriding. Hops join at the end, melding interestingly with the pumpkin smoothness.

Drinkability: Above average vs. the style. A sessionable beer, the flavors never grate, but are quite pleasing.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2006 01:22:58 | More by TastyTaste
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty good beer. Not typically a fan of fruit or vegetable beers, this one is pretty simple and pleasant. It seems that the brewers begin with a lightly hopped but good quality pale ale, and then added the pumpkin additions, cloves, cinnamon, and other spices. The beer never feels weighted, but not under malted either. A nice fluffy head retention and soft copper hue verifies a quality base brew. Lightly estery and mildly hoppy with a slight grain bite. Finishes quite clean with a mild alcohol, pumpkin, and spicy note. Not my every day beer, but nice for the season.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2006 13:13:51 | More by BEERchitect
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walleye

Michigan

2.95/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from the bottle. poured a dark honey with no head. aroma, those nice pumkin pie spies of cinnamon, nutmeg, and gloves with a side of brown sugar, some hops. where is the whip cream? flavor not as robust as I was hoping for had a hard time pulling the flavors out , did get a little of the pumpkin and just hint of the spices. onther than that it was a easy drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2006 01:28:16 | More by walleye
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RushLimbmalt

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wow, this beer is pretty damn good. Having only had the Blue Moon pumpkin ale before this one, I was not expecting too much. This beer really does taste like pumpkin pie. It smells wonderfully pumpkiny too. I will be looking forward to this beer next fall. Until then I will enjoy it while I can.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2006 02:55:10 | More by RushLimbmalt
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mynie

Indiana

3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Solid pumpkin pour. Bright orange--like, erm, a pumpkin-- and a respectable light head.

Smells of very nice, smooth pumpkin pie spices. Big nutmeg and cloves. Not so much on the pumpkin-as-a-fruit front, though, but the spices are balanced nicely by a tart malt in the back.

Taste is a pretty clear translation of the smell, minus the tartness in the back. It starts out with big nutmeg and cloves which mellow out in the creamy middle and end on a distinct cinnamon node. Very nice and pie-ish.

I'm a bigger fan of pumpkin beer than most, so I that while say that O'Fallon's pumpkin ale isn't a perfect example of the style, it's still worth a buy.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2006 03:29:03 | More by mynie
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A mix between a clear pumpkin skin lager hue and a slightly hazy and just as slightly carbonated apricot ale color. The aroma is of a particularly spicey pumpkin in all its autumn glory. The taste makes me think of Hallowen. In all its herbal, earthy, and spicey mischief. Pllenty of light malts but they are overtaken by the pumpkin fruityness. The palate is a light spicey, more like from a Halloween scented candle than a beer at times.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2006 05:19:31 | More by scruffwhor
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4thoseabout2bock

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured with a light white lacey head that dissipated quickly.
It was amber (golden brown) with a slight orange hue in the glass.

Aroma was very nice, clove and nutmeg. Not overwhelming, just overtones of spice.

Then on taste, this was pumpkin pie in a glass. Not just spice but also pleasing sweetness of fruit. Body was very drinkable. No harsh edges in either carbonation or spicing. And spicing was moderate and not overwhelming.

I could drink more than one of these, and I can't say that for many seasonal/spiced pumpkin beers.

Bought at Sam's Marcey St. on 9/5/06, but they still have a supply as of this Tuesday. I will be using the box as a jack o lantern.

8.99 for a 6 pack (in a box) of 12 oz bottles.
(Note: picture is not current -- new label has pumpkin in center)

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2006 22:06:03 | More by 4thoseabout2bock
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Tbone

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an appropriate orangey-amber with a small white head.

The nose and the taste reminds me more of sweet potatoe pie than pumpkin, which is good because that's what I prefer.
I detect more pumkin notes (as opposed to the spices) than most pumpkin beers. There spices are notable too, but nicely balanced with no harsh edges.

There is a hefeweizen quality about it, partly from the mouthfeel. It has a very full hearty weight to it that I really like.

4thoseabout2bock and I did a blind tasting of O'fallon, Dogfish Punk, and New Holland Icabod. I had tried all 3 within the past week and was able to identify each one blind. We both preferred O'fallon and found Dogfish Punk notably inferior to the others (despite being a fan of Punkin' in past years).

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2006 23:49:41 | More by Tbone
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whynot44

Missouri

3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A slightly hazy copper color with a modest and short lived ivory head.

The Aroma is mainly pumpkin pie spices - cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg - with just a suggestion of pumpkin, caramel and biscuits.

The spices come in prominently in the taste as well, but not to the extent that they are really offensive. The pumpkin flavor is really mild with a definite malty base that suggests light caramel, butter, biscuits and apples. The finish seems to be mainly cloves and cinnamon with a hint of alcohol warmth. T

his will never be one of my favorite styles but, so far, this would be my pick. The pumpkin and spices are just about right to enjoy with out overpowering. Definitely worth a try for the fall season.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2006 04:32:14 | More by whynot44
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hopsaplenty

Virginia

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

12oz brown bottle, 110 06 stamped on the cardboard 6 pack carton.

Roasted pumpkin skin. Dense almond meat colored head of small and medium sized bubbles that settles to a dusting of microfine foam and left no lacing. Definite pumpkin pie spice aromas - cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, as well as a bit of malt sweetness, not overpowering, but rather enjoyable. Nice and rich pumpkin pie leads things off. Cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg over lay a modestly sweet malt body. The finish is more spices as well as a bit of biscuity malt that lends a hint of pie crust-like completeness. I can picture a dollop of whip cream on top. There is also just a hint of hop crispness as well to compliment the pie sweetness, and the cinnamon kind of stands out in the finish. Medium-light body with a smooth, minimally carbonated feel. It has just enough body to provide a bit of heft, but is not overly thick and cloying like some pumpkin ales can be. Enjoyable and well spiced, but not dominatingly so. There is just enough to you know you had a piece, rather than the entire pie.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2006 02:33:48 | More by hopsaplenty
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hanco005

Minnesota

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

12 oz bottle, no freshness date, poured into a pint glass

A—slightly hazy pumpkin colored amber with a ½ inch tan fizzy head that fades away pretty quickly, just a few lily pads of foam remain, laces in spots. There is some sediment that remains in the bottom of the bottle, but I didn’t see any in my glass

S—the spices are strong; clove, cinnamon, and nutmeg blend well, just mild pumpkin comes through, also a little faint alcohol comes out as it warms

T—the spices jump out right away, then fade out to let the pumpkin come through. Still has a clove bite that is left behind in the after taste, more bitter than sweet

M—a little on the dry side, light/medium bodied, good carbonation

D—a very good pumpkin ale. Of the others that I have had, it’s one of my favorites. It’s a good dessert brew for sure

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2006 01:09:42 | More by hanco005
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Mitchster

Michigan

3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

$1.80 for a 12oz bottle at Jack's. Brewed with Pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves.

Pours out to a cloudy medium dark amber, requiring a hefty pour to achieve a small head with poor retention and absent lacing. Carbonation is mild moderate. Ring of yeast in the bottom of the bottle. The aroma is domineering spice, reminding me of the awful flashbacks I have from my homebrewed Xmas ale where I put in way too much spice. Other than that, there is little in the nose. Mouthfeel is clean and crisp with a medium body and a wet finish. The taste is predominately spices, but there is a gentle malty sweetness throughout. Definite mild adjuncty taste of corn or something with some mild aldehydes and yeast autolysis as well. Bitterness is non-existant. Drinkability is alright but this would wear on me after 2 bottles.

Hrmm, not my favorite style to begin with, but this isn't as good as Buffalo Bills, which has more of an authentic pumpkin flavor as opposed to spice. Not inclined to buy this again but it's better than average for the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2006 20:51:27 | More by Mitchster
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carln26

Missouri

4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark copper color topped by an off white head. The beer displays a nice level of carbonation, but he head recedes quickly into the glass. The aroma is very light. It shows off the pumpkin and contains just a bit of nutmeg and cinnamon. Malt comes through in the finish. The flavor has more depth. Nice pumpkin flavor up front balanced nicely with the cinnamon and nutmeg. I’ve always stated that to have a good pumpkin beer, you have to start with a nice base. Definitely true in this case. The ale used as a base has a nice fruitiness, and a light caramel nature from the malt. The mouth feel is light, bordering on thin, but as stated earlier, nice carbonation. Great fall beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2006 16:36:56 | More by carln26
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nortmand

Virginia

4.45/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orange- amber with a barely lingering white head.

Spice dominate the nose, but there is a faint hint of cooked squash in there. Very cool.

Slight astringency up front is followed by a full on barrage of ginger and clove flavors supported by a moderate sweetness. Intense, but not overpowering or unpleasant.

Low-medium bodied, would like a bit more chewiness, very nice pumpkin ale, though.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2006 22:44:42 | More by nortmand
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xav33

Michigan

2.93/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

O'Fallon Pumpkin Ale
12 oz bottle
Recent bottling, slurped 08/06
Medium pour in a stein.

Poured clear hayish copper with a fizzy quickly diminishing 1/2 inch head.

Smelt of light pumpkin and spices.

Tasted of light sweet pumpkin pie upfront, with a lightly bready malt kick and a short finish. Mouthfeel was light, fizzy, watery and slightly astringent.

Overall, this pumpkin beer doesnt try to impress with taste or complexity. Its more of a good introduction to the style if anything.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2006 18:34:53 | More by xav33
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Higravity

Michigan

2.98/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another missed opportunity of a pumpkin ale. The base beer is just a regular old nothing of a golden ale. Light and lacking a lot malt depth. The spices are on showcase here and I guess the traditional thinking is to use a light beer and let the spices come through, but it ends up being a dissapointment. Just spices and a decently balanced beer only go so far and makes this beer stop short of being great. I wish they would make it with a better base beer, I would love to see a porter. Overall I liked it well enough, but I wish there was more to it.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2005 15:05:43 | More by Higravity
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chOAKbarrell

Maryland

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2005 04:08:10 | More by chOAKbarrell
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Vancer

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The pumpkin was a hit! Women & da men both said it was tasty at the Hollow-weenie party last nite. Nice looking pour – amber orange with a frothy tan head. And this brew has the right combination of pumpkin, nutmeg and clove – nothing is overpowering, just subtle hints among the carbonation bubbles. The 12 pack was gone in an hour – always leave them wanting more!

Oh, this year's label is better with the orange jack-o-lantern on it.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2005 13:41:43 | More by Vancer
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nogoodreason

Missouri

4.43/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a murky amber with a nice off-white head. There's enough yeast in this bottle to brew a batch without a starter. It's outta control.

Nose is quite spicy, with the cinnamon and nutmeg jumping out at you and little else escaping. It's rich and full in the mouth, fairly spicy with the spcies lasting long into the finish. As it warms, the soft, bready aspects rise up and the pumpkin flavor becomes predominant. The level of spice remains high, but now it's balanced just wonderfully with the malt and pumpkin. The finish is long, spicy and rounded out with that breadiness.

So drinkable that I went through three and only stopped because I didn't want to run out before Friday night.

Really, really nice. I don't like pumpkin beers. I really like this beer, though, it'll be a regular in my fridge until it's season is gone.


Top-noch effort from the area's quirkiest brewery.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2005 16:24:50 | More by nogoodreason
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