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 mrfrancis
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear amber with a creamy white mousse that dies away within seconds. In the glass it looks like a pretty average ale.

S: Caramel, cream, and pumpkin scents are easily detected on the nose. As the beer warms and settles, gentle aromas of cinnamon, nutmeg, and other spices become noticeable. You can tell from the scent that this was brewed with real pumpkin. I like it.

T: Opens sweet and malty with caramel, heavy cream, pumpkin, mineral, cinnamon, and nutmeg notes. There really isn't any hoppiness of which to speak. The finish is smooth and creamy with a pleasant interplay of caramel and pumpkin pie notes. Taste wise, I can see this ale appealing to fans of sweet, malty beers.

M: Medium-to-full bodied, firm, and dry. This is one of those beers that feels thicker and heavier than it is. Not the most drinkable ale on the face of the planet, but I feel that can be said of just about any pumpkin ale.

O: Not bad at all. Pumpkin ales tend to be an acquired taste, and in terms of quality, they are often hit or miss. This is one of the better and more readily available pumpkin ales on the market. I can't see myself drinking more than one at a time, but I definitely wouldn't turn it down, especially on a cool autumn day.

Photo of mdvatab
3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into imperial pint.

Aroma: Tart cinnamon, ginger, spiced cider, and cinnamon apple sauce. A very light, spicy profile. Minimal malt in the nose.

Appearance: Slightly-hazy, golden-orange. One finger off-white head disappears almost immediately. Leaves minimal lacing.

Flavor: Again, light, clean, and refreshing. The best way I can label this flavor is "Budweiser meets Pumpkin Ale". Core BMC drinkers might find this one to be just right. I find the flavor a bit toO faint. I was able to pick out the following: sweet, spiced apple cider, cinnamon, and a touch of amaretto.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation and a light body. Finish is very clean, with minimal flavors remaining.

Overall: Not a bad beer in and of itself, but also not what I'm looking for in a pumpkin ale. Too light in body (not enough malt), and not enough robust spiciness. This one would be interesting to trying side-by-side with Schlafly Pumpkin Ale. Probably quite a contrast.

Photo of Morey
3.47/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with no freshness date, but hey....it's October, I'm sure it's fresh. This years bottle sports a jack-o-lantern on the label.

This beer poured a hazy orange color with about a fingers worth of cream colored head. Head settled really quick to almost nothing at all. Not much lacing to speak of either.

Pretty mild aroma, but there's certainly nothing off-putting about it. Reminds me a bit of apple cider with a hint of pumpkin and spices.

Nice combination of malts and pumpkin up front. Just a touch of carbonation (probably could use a bit more) in the middle. Spices are mild but show themselves a bit in the finish. Smooth with just a touch of lingering flavor.

Thin to medium bodied with a low carbonation level.

A good and easy drinking Pumpkin Ale overall.

Morey's Bottom Line: This isn't a "must have" for me, but it's certainly drinkable and pretty enjoyable too. I would recommend this as an introduction into the style.

Photo of jmvecchio1
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

O'Fallon Pumpkin pours out a hazy bronze color with a head of fine bubbles which gives way quickly into fine carbonation bubbles around the edges of the glass. True to O'Fallon's design, this beer smells of rich pumpkin pie with very light hints of nutmeg and clove in the background. The beer's taste changes throughout the drink. As soon as the beer hits your tongue, you'll be greeted by sweet pumpkin and malt tastes. In the middle of that drink you'll feel a pop of the pumpkin spices, most notably the cinnamon. Then on the very end of the swallow, the beer rounds off nicely again with sweet malts and pumpkin. With only 11 IBUs of hop bitterness, don't expect this beer to be anything less than a malt and pumpkin show-piece. What's more, With a mouthfeel that is relatively light and an approachable 5.6% ABV, this is a great 'sessionable' pumpkin beer.

Photo of goblue3509
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy orangish amber color with a one finger head which recedes to nothing with very little lace. The aroma is of pumpkins and nutmeg with a hint of cinnomon. The taste comes out with a nice pumpkin flavor with a hint of nutmeg and cinnomon. Not as complex as some of the others and not a big a flavor as others, but enjoyable. The mouthfeel was moderately carbonated but missing something. Overall the beer was solid, it wasn't best in class but a good pumpkin beer.

Photo of climax
3.12/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had to really force the head out of this beer, even then it didn't last too long. That aside, it pours a rightfully burnt orange pumpkiny color, quite cloudy.

The expected nutmeg, cinnamon, and pumpkin flavors were evenly matched by seemingly witbier notes of coriander, clove, and even ripe banana. It begins to take on that thanksgiving pie goodness as it sits and warms, the cinnamon starts to scream a little more.

The flavor has a definite sour character. It is certainly more green apple and sour mash than sweet malt and pumpkin. The auxiliary flavors of nutmeg and cinnamon are quite subdued.

The mouthfeel is borderline disappointing, it doesn't have the full creaminess of a nice mealy pumpkin pie. Maybe I should just get off my ass and make a pumpkin pie then. That being said, this is an ok pumpkin brew. It scratches my jack-o-lantern soup itch, but doesn't dig in and scrape it out.

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 zoso1967
3.91/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

O’Fallon Pumpkin Ale pours a very bright orange amber and has a tightly packed head of beige foam. The head retention and lacing are both excellent and the beer itself is slightly cloudy.

The aroma is pretty classic for a pumpkin beer, though a bit subdued. Pumpkin pie spices are quite prevalent, but the pumpkin aroma is very subtle, if not just a trick played on my nose by the spices. Not much else is going on in the nose.

The flavor mimics the nose quite closely, but it does have a bit more actual pumpkin flavor to it. Along with the pumpkin and some bready malt there are plenty of pumpkin pie spices. This is a pretty tame tasting beer though.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium and quite smooth. The aftertaste is slightly spicy and quite pleasant.

Overall this is a pretty impressive pumpkin ale that is easier drinking than many of its counterparts. I am not a huge fan of the super spiced versions of this style, so it suited me quite well.

Photo of jstilwell
4.04/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

With thanks to nlabruyere got to try this one from a fresh batch. Been on a pumpkin ale kick and have had many to compare this to. This one has the typical orangy brown appearance. It looks thin has a small amount of white head that quickly disappears. Aroma is cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and pumpkin. The best part of this brew is the authentic pumpkin in the flavor which is more apparent as the beer warms. This is pumpkin with accompanying spices rather than the opposite which sadly is typically the norm for the style. Mouthfeel is thin but has some mild creaminess. I'd love to try an oaked version of this. This is above average for the style fo sho.

Photo of bnes09
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Orange-brown in color. Hazy without any visible yeast. Weak head forms and vanishes before my eyes.

Aroma of pumpkin, cinnamon and some buttered biscuits.

Descent biscuity malt backbone. Can definitely taste the pumpkin as well as cinnamon and nutmeg. Hops pretty well go unnoticed. Good balance between pumpkin and spices. Most beer of this style, that I have tasted, over did it on the spices.

Medium bodied and well carbonated. Slick feel mid-drink and finishes with a crisp, spicy character.

Not a bad brew. Definitely a step above most pumpkin beers I have tried.

Photo of paxchristi
3.24/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12. oz bottle into tankard. No dating-- something O'Fallon needs to get hip to. The picture is outdated. It needs to upload a new picture.

Appearance: Pours a honey yellow/orange with a decent amount of orangish head with a couple minutes of retention with no lacing. Appearance was average at best because of this. Good pumpkin ales need suds and lacing. It's supposed to be a sub-style of a Belgian.

Smell: Some fairly rich, malty pumpkin underscored by some clove, allspice, ginger, nutmeg, and perhaps a bit of cinnamon. Sweet malt stuck right in the middle. Very good nose, I thought. It burns just the slightest bit from all the spiciness.

Taste: I wish that the taste could have delivered like the nose. Usually, this is an indicator of the quality of ingredients used. It was very close to the nose, but it all seemed much thinner than what the nose lead you on to believe. I caught little hops though perhaps a bit of dryness poorly executed.

Mouth: Much thinner than I expected. Pumpkin ales should be full, rich, and complex, and I get the complex but neither the rich or the medium to full body.

Overall: O'Fallon's pumpkin ale is lightyears away from Schlafly's. I live in Saint Louis, and so I will always get Schlafly's Pumpkin before I get this one. Fairly drinkable and a noble effort but it just writes a check in the nose that the taste can't cash.

Photo of minterro
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Custom six pack from big ten party store in east lansing

A & S: cloves and spices are more prevalent in the scent but the pumpkin it’s still quite present. Very bubbly, thin looking pumpkin pie colored beer. The head is almost non-existent even when pour but disappears completely after a half a minute.

T & M: The taste is pretty good, but mouthfeel takes away from it. There is this buttery metallic malty background surrounded by a spicy pumpkin foreground. The pumpkin is Taste very similar to pumpkin pie in the finish. Watery very highly carbonated beer… gross

O: not super impressive. I would be interested in trying another pumpkin beer soon cause I really like the idea. Unfortunately, this beer has officially turned me off to O’Fallen’s, there 5 IPA wasn’t as good as advertised and this beer wasn’t good

Photo of tito42
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to Boulevard Smokestack tulip. Really happy to find O'Fallon on the shelves in KC again. Having lived blocks away from this brewery for 2 years, it's a sentimental favorite. Bottled 8/24/2011 per julian stamp on bottle.

A: Chestnut and slightly hazy. An off-white head dissipates quickly but sticks around. Not much lacing.

S: Very nice aroma of pumpkin, brown sugar, and cinnamon.

T: Slightly bready malt with pumpkin, pumpkin rind, cinnamon, nutmeg, burnt sugar, and coriander. Nice flavor.

M: Medium-bodied with an interesting consistency. Dexterous but not chunky. The slightest of hops bitterness at the finish.

O: An enjoyable pumpkin ale. I feel the Schlafly Pumpkin Ale is much superior as far as the local offerings go, but this one is more drinkable and better suited for sitting around the fire pit while passing out candy to trick-or-treaters.

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 9/6/11
*From notes

-- Six-pack purchased at Anderson's General Store in Columbus, OH --

A: A good pour yields a 1.75 finger head and moderate lacing. Slightly hazy cooper-orange. Nothing too special here.

S: Mild amount all-spice and canned pumpkin.

T: Spicy up front, which quickly gives way to a creamy, golden malt that marries really well with the intial blast of pumpkin spice.

M: Not too shabby. It's not gonna rock your face or anything, but the body's just right for easy drinkability.

O: O'Fallon's Pumpkin Beer is an upper-middle class entry into the style. It's also one of the few pumpkin ales that I could have more then one of in a sitting. If you enjoy the pumpkin offerings, I wouldn't think twice of picking up a sixer on a chilly, autumn afternoon.

Photo of ahq514
3.89/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into shaker pint glass.

Pours a cloudy golden orange color. Light head (maybe half a finger). Appears to be lightly carbonated. No real lacing.

Smells like pumpkin pie. Heavy on the cinnamon, but there are the other typical spices in there, nutmeg and clove. Pumpkin is detectable as well. Beerwise, there is a little bit of sweet malt to complement the pumpkin, but no hops really detected.

This may be one of favorite pumpkin beers I've tried so far. The key for me in pumpkin beers is balance, especially with the spice. I love pumpkin pie spices, but most seem to be overspiced. This one is very nice. Spices are very detectable but not overdone. There seems to be a better pumpkin flavor in here too. There is a little bit of sweet malt behind there too and a real subtle dose of earthy hops.

Lightly carbonated, which may not vibe with everyone, but I like it. Light medium body, thats my only real complaint here. I think this beer would benefit from a little more body. Very drinkable.

Overall, nicely balanced pumpkin beer. Probably one of the better ones I've had. Not over-spiced. Would love a little more body of this thing, but I won't complain too much. Will drink again.

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 codsmith
4.59/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A nice hazy orange color that pours with a thin white head that dissipates quickly.

S: Has an AMAZING smell of pumpkin pie spices, where the nutmeg really stands out. One of the best pumpkin beers I have smelled.

T: There is a very nice blend of malt character and the spices. Nothing is overly done and the hops are just perfect enough to not make it too sweet or provide any unwanted bittering in the after-taster. It has a nice little kick of spicy in the after-taste

M: It has a rather medium-heavy mouth-feel from the maltyness. Carbonation is right on.

O: One of the best pumpkin beers I've ever had. Everything is there from the pumpkin pie spice, the malty character, and the carbonation. And the most important part is that they are all well balanced.

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

Pours a hazy, dark apricot color with a nice head and decent retention. The nose is slightly muddled with nice hints of pumpkin and spice, but also something that is best described as soap-like.

The flavor is not bad. You get a slight maltiness and a quick flash of pumpkin flavor. Unfortunately, the pumpkin flavor is a bit weak and quickly gives way to hoppy dryness. The beer is refreshing, but disappointing in that the pumpkin flavor is so weak and short-lived.

All in all, a respectable, refreshing beer. However, if you want a good pumpkin beer, you should look elsewhere. In my opinion, this stuff simply isn't in the same league as Schlafly's.

Photo of Jesse13713
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Doing a review on my third bottle.

Appearance - Not much head on the pour. Laces to the pint glass nicely and heavily. A vibrant sunset orange all-around.

Smell - Pumpkin and spices that are well-balanced.

Taste - More carbonated than I expected. A large amount of sizzling carbonation that fizzes with light citrus. Slowly smooths into fall spices before settling on a pumpkin gourd note. The pumpkin is tasty and appropriately titled.

Mouthfeel and Overall - Light to medium bodied. Heavily carbonated. Spot-on tasty pumpkin. Pleasant and smooth with great spices added in.

Photo of Herky21
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Color of a pumpkin. Head is white and foamy. Climbs on the glass and looks good.

Smell: Fragrance of a pumpkin, just like smelling the fruit. Has the full body scent, just like the flesh of the real thing, not quite like the taste, but really spot on to the garden scent of a real pumpkin.

Taste: Like the pie. It's good. A few spice could bring out a bit more sweetness, add some nuance. It tastes like pumpkin, but is a bit one note. The end of the taste has a hint of pumpkin pie spice, but more would be better in this instance.

Mouthfeel: Light body, but has an interesting creaminess.

Overall: It's a pumpkin beer. Really delicious if you like pumpkins, which I do, but it does leave a bit to be desired. I love O'Fallons in general, and what they do, but I think a bit more perfecting would bring this beer up to an A. And even as it is it's one of my favorite pumpkin beers available.

Photo of Brunite
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A deep, hazy, copper color. A tan head. Decent carbonation.

S: I actual get some faint spices here. Better than most of the style I've had.

T: I get some nice soft spice notes along with some subtle pumpkin. Would have liked more.

M: Creamy...medium.

O: A better job than most pumpkin ales I have tried. Still not great...but I like O'Fallon overall and this one is a decent effort.

Photo of DannyDan
4.19/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark orange pumpkin like color with a thin white head that disappears quickly. I read on other reviews that the lacing was good on this beer, but on mine there is not much to the retention and lacing.
The smell is pumpkin, ginger, nutmeg and all-spice.
The taste starts with pumpkin followed by some spices. The aftertaste has a nice pumpkin desert like taste. The mouthfeel is nice and smooth and full of flavor and overall this is a very good beer that is a must this fall and every fall in the future.

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 BeerLover99
3.36/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: cloudy tan/orange body, 2 finger head, good lacing

S: malt, light pumpkin, spices

T: pumpkin, malt, spices, crisp finish

M: med/light, big carbonation, semi-dry mouth

O: 1st of all, I love this style and time of year,
but this beer needs some more nose and flavor.
I think they are heading in the right direction.
Feels like a pumpkin session brew.

SOLID, NOT A MUST HAVE!

Photo of clint1019
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep Gold in color. Had a cream colored head initially, but it disappeared almost instantly.

S - Malty, Pumkiny, and Spicy

T - Taste like liquid pumkin pie.

M - Light bodied

O - Not too bad. There are however several other pumpkin beers that I like better that I would buy before I bought this one again.

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