Schlafly Pumpkin Ale - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Reviews: 486
Hads: 1,948
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 333
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: maxpower on 09-16-2006

Our Pumpkin Ale blends the spices of the harvest with full-bodied sweetness for a beer that tastes like pumpkin pie. Pounds of pumpkin form a malty foundation that supports the fall flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg and clove.

While pumpkin beers were produced in the early days of the American colonies, they were different from the pumpkin beers we know today. Colonists used pumpkin and squash as the fermenting medium, since malted barley was scarce. Once malt became more readily available, it replaced these alternatives to grain. In the 1990’s, American craft brewers reintroduced the style to the delight of pumpkin beer drinkers.

16 IBU
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Photo of jtierney89
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beautiful tarnished brass color with a thin pumpkin colored head. Smells like sweet sweet pumpkin pie, whip cream and all. Cinnamon and pumpkin dominate the nostrils. Vanilla cardamon and clove as well.

Rich creamy mouthfeel. Light effervescence. Pumpkin pie in a bottle. Big and rich yet remains refreshing on the spicy finish. Well blended. Simple put, one of the best pumpkin beers i've ever had. Genuinely tastes like a cool slice of pumpkin pie! I love it. Oh and also, for that 8% alcohol, you can't detect a thing. (523 characters)

Photo of dtalou27
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Been waiting over a year to try this beer, and to no surprise, it is now my all time favorite beer.... To bad it is only available this time of year, oh well, it makes it that much better!

Appearance - dark Amber color, with hint of orange. Medium head on this beer.

Smell - Smells like a Pumpkin Pie!!

Taste - Taste is even better than it smells! You can tell this beer has a decent amount of alcohol, without the alcohol being overwhelming at all. The blend of spices is perfect, and can be tasted each sip.

Mouthfeel - Malty, with a great carbonation.

Overall - Again, I've been waiting for this beer all year, and it did NOT disappoint. If I could give this beer a higher rating than a 5 overall, I would. (714 characters)

Photo of DevinK
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am a HUGE pumpkin beer fan, gotta love that time of the year when they start popping up on the shelves in numbers. That being said, I've had a number of pumpkin beers and nothing comes even remarkably close to Schlafly's Pumpkin Ale. The best way for me to describe it is like pumpkin pie in liquid form. You would never guess the ABV based on the way it tastes, goes down very smooth. If you are a pumpkin beer fan this is a MUST have for you. (446 characters)

Photo of thebrood1987
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Strong smell of nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla, and smells like a sweet pumpkin candle. On the first sip its a sweet taste of all the spices I mentioned in the smell coming together with a pungent pumpkin pie taste with a slight bitterness at the end.

Its hopped just right to add a crispness to the sweetness of all the spices and pumpkin they put in this. The spices do overpower the pumpkin but not too much so. It really doesn't detract anything from the taste this beer is a excellent.

Excellent mouthfeel and very full bodied. This is an excellent sweet drinkable pumpkin ale that really delivers in smell taste and all of the above. (637 characters)

Photo of GameFreac
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Heard great things about this beer from msquared2 and this site so I decided to check it out. This is actually my only 2nd pumpkin beer ever.

Appearance: Pours a ruby red/orange color with a half of a finger of a white head that dissipated to almost nothing after sitting for awhile.

Smell: Smells of pumpkin, cinnamon, malty sweetness, and brown sugar. Mmm.

Taste - Taste mirrors the nose with pumpkin upfront, then the cinnamon, a slight bitterness and alcohol note towards the end, but that goes away as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Tastes the best when it's sitting out for awhile. Good mouthfeel.

Overall: My favorite Pumpkin ale so far and one of my favorite beers ever. (678 characters)

Photo of Hades-GreatDivide
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hands down the best pumpkin ale around. However the taste is very very sweet. Its like drinking a pumpkin pie. The downfall is that its nearly impossible to find because liquor stores only receive 1 case per store here due to its limit of tanks on their brewing facility. The nutmeg and spices are very distinct compared to any other Oktoberfest. Women love this drink as well. Schlafly outdid their-selves on this 1 of kind pumpkin beer. Wish it was around all year round. (473 characters)

Photo of Dapuma
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is flat out the best pumpkin beer I have ever had, it tastes of pumpkin pie, without going over the top with sweetness

At 8% the beer has a punch for something that goes down as smooth as a light lager

When it is released get it, mail order it, do whatever you need to do to obtain it if you are a pumpkin beer drinker, as it will change your Pumpkin Beer Life! (368 characters)

Photo of challenja
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: A deep amber orange, one hell of a good looking beer! Slight carbonation, nice small white head.

Smell: Wow. This is really sweet and spicy. Aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, pumpkin puree and a huge smell of candied caramels and butter toffee.

T: This is what a Pumpkin Beer must taste like. Who ever brews beers must find the recipe and then mass produce this sucker and make millions! This is a slightly tamer but spicer offering than S.T PumKing. This one has more carbonation and has more cloves and Cinnamon running through out. Nutmeg is on par with Weyerbacher and S.T.

M: Medium bodied with a nice fullness that most Pumpkin beers lack, that is why this one is #2 all time in Pumpkin beers. One hell of a smooth creamy pumpkin spiced beer for sure.

O: This is my second favorite pumpkin beer of all time and my second favorite seasonal beer as well. I only wish I could buy at least 12 of them before they sell out in mere minutes at local craft beer stores. People call up to find this one much like KBS and CBS by Founders, and Hop Slam by Bell's. I guess I have to start emailing and bugging the hell out of them too, or maybe I will call my boy Jonathan at Hop n Wine because he is one of the major distributors here on the East Coast. The beer god's do smile on me from time to time. Seriously if you find it, buy it! All of It!!!! and then sell it on EBAY..

Serving type: bottle (1,402 characters)

Photo of reebtaerG
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-poured into snifter glass. A deep red amber color with a white head
S-wonderful aroma of pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg
T-wonderful taste of the same smell with cloves
M-very rich and smooth malts maybe graham cracker
O-an absolute great pumpkin ale especially for a 12oz best taste for the money compared to other pumpkin ales (329 characters)

Photo of username
5/5  rDev +19.9%

Advertises a "pumpkin pie" flavor and delivers with no remorse or apology. Otherwise solid without any negative qualities. The degree of pumpkin pie taste in this brew is intense, and rivaled by none in my experience thus far; leans to the sweet side. Everything I would ever hope a pumpkin ale to be not only promised, but realized. (333 characters)

Photo of Megahertz
4.92/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle dated 10-AUG-12 into a Hoffman House chalice. Consumed on 21-AUG-12.
Served at approximately 50F (cool).

A - Rough pour straight down the middle generates an off-white to tan, tightly packed head that leaves a considerable residual. Brilliantly clear deep red in color with the appearance of mild carbonation. Some more lacing would be nice, but that's about all I can knock it for.

S - A plethora of pumpkin spices and even a whif of actual pumpkin aroma! Knocks my socks off. "This is a slice of pumpkin pie I am smelling, not a beer."

T - Initially very strong with pumpkin spices with a caramelly sweetness and cleansing carbonation. Fades into a malty, bready, toasty mid with a devilish grin of freshly carved jack-o-lantern flavor. Finish is sweet and malty with an embracing, clean bitterness, lingering with a mild taste of... is that toasted pumpkin seeds? Alcohol is not apparent until the drinking is nearly complete.

M - Heavy body with mild to medium carbonation. Only gets more drinkable as it is consumed.

O - ♫ This is halloween, everybody make a scene ♫ Superior to prior vintages, which is saying a lot. The definitive pumpkin beer. (1,172 characters)

Photo of BobbyBeerman
4.92/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sampled for a while, reviewed on 2/22/08. Poured from the bottle to my favorite pub glass using the "perfect pour" method.

Appearance: Amber with a hint of orange color showing through. Clear. Light head that's maybe a finger that fades leaving a little lacing.

Smell: No other way to describe this but pumpkin pie. Obvious nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger.

Taste: Just like the smell. Rich flavor that mimics pumpkin pie. Almost expecting bits of crust in there.

Mouth feel: Rich, medium to heavy body.

Drinkability: I LOVE THIS! This is my favorite of the available pumpin ales in southern Illinois followed closely by O'Fallon's Pumpkin Ale. Rich flavor that isn't weak and isn't too sweet. Even at 8% ABV the alcohol taste doesn't come across. Too bad this isn't a year round beer. (786 characters)

Photo of lokiikol
4.92/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Draft.

Color: clear, deep amber in color.

Head: thick, off-white, dissipates fairly quickly with light lacing.

Aroma: heavy spice, with hints of cinnamon and nutmeg, perhaps a slight clove undertone, minimal fruit or pumpkin notes. Smells inviting and rich.

Mouthfeel: fairly creamy, with a slight carbonation.

Taste: light malt flavor up front, giving way to a medium spice aftertaste reminiscent of the aroma, and it lingers and entices for another drink. Pumpkin pie is not quite the right way to describe the balance, but it gets you in the ballpark.

Overall: I have had this beer style many times before, and I have not had another pumpkin ale that even approaches this one in terms of quality, balance, and taste. Despite being an imperial ale, it does not have the alcohol taste that usually accompanies such a distinction, and although the spices are pronounced, they are not overpowering nor the only character of this beer. (939 characters)

Photo of Gladius270
4.91/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Copper color, not much head or lacing here. Literally the ONLY fault with this beer, IMO.

S- Pumpkin pie. It's as simple as that. Nice, beautiful, freshly made pumpkin pie, and its traditional spices.

T- Pumpkin pie spices dominate this at first. There is a clean hop bitterness in there as well. Finishes with a taste of pure pumpkin. Though it may be my imagination, it's almost sweet enough for me to pick up traces of whipped cream. When it gets toward the bottom of the glass, the alcohol begins to come through with a nice, warming quality.

M- I always find this one to be luxurious. Nice, smooth, and creamy.

O- This is one of my favorite beers ever. Hands down. It is nicely balanced, and it delivers exactly what it advertises. I anxiously await this one every year, and this year the brew is outstanding. (821 characters)

Photo of T-Leb
4.89/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I never even drank a pumpkin beer until someone told me "If you like pumpkin pie you would probably enjoy Schlafly Pumpkin Ale." That person is correct. Schlafly Pumpkin Ales is my favorite seasonal pumpkin/squash/yam beer.

The appearance is the only part I can take any points away from as it doesn't have much of a long lasting head or lacing to speak of after being poured.

The beer literally smells and tastes like pumpkin pie. I love pumpkin pie! It is pure goodness. The ladies, in StL at least, love this beer. A real seasonal crowd pleaser. (551 characters)

Photo of antlerwrestler19
4.89/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Received 6er in a trade with nlabruyere, thanks Nate!

Pours a magnificent ruby red/brown with deep orange tones - a small light cinnamon head falls just as fast as it rose leaving no lacing and only a thin ring atop the beer. This. Smells. Amazing. Spicy pumpkin-y goodness - gingerbread cookies, nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla, brown sugar, caramel candies - everything I look for in a pumpkin ale. The taste is incredible as well - like a heavily spiced slice o' pumpkin pie with a nice dollop of sweet whipped cream. Creamy, rich, and bold are some fitting descriptors of this phenomenal brew. God made fall a season so this particular beer could be enjoyed by man (or woman).

Cheers!! (685 characters)

Photo of CraftBeerDrinker
4.88/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

enjoying these beers one by one in bottle and then on-tap, starting with the local brewers. since this one is my favorite, i'm going to be doing two reviews to start out my beeradvocate reviews.

poured awesome off the tap with good head on the beer and has a dark body. tons of spice in the smell but then its seems lighter than pumpkin pie. the pumpkin pie is huge in the taste and is nice and strong. sweet but pumpkin pie all the way through! about to buy another 6 pack to save in my fridge for the family. (511 characters)

Photo of pmcadamis
4.87/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Tried this at the taproom in STL.

A - Dark ruby with some suggestions of orange. Very deep and alluring hue with a two finger head of white lace that leaves an astonishing amount of lace on the glass.

S - This smells EXACTLY like this: Pumpkin pie with a graham cracker crust and whipped cream on top sprinkled with a light powdering of cinnamon. Nice! All of those components are vivid and real to my nose. It's actually amazing how much this smells like a real pumpkin pie....maybe even slightly chilled with ice cream on top.

T - The flavor echoes the nose. Authentic pumpkin pie in all of it's autumnal glory. Pumpkin pie filling is there more than homemade pumpkin pie, but i actually prefer the store bought stuff (no offense to any of the women in my life, but Cub Foods sells a mean pumpkin pie). I'm just really impressed with this one.

M - Medium bodied with a slightly oily feel that contributes to the pie like feel. The finish is sweet, although I can feel some dry hops trying to get through. Thankfully, the hops are downplayed in favor of malty sweetness.

D - Outstanding. This is an amazing beer, and I'm glad that I was able to try it at the source! Fall is my favorite season, and this is just about the perfect beer for that special time of year. I'll be picking some up next fall fo' sho.' (1,315 characters)

Photo of 120minuteman
4.85/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This is my favorite pumpkin beer hands down.
For one, it tastes and smells like pumpkin (and not like some sort of spiced concussion).
Second, it has a LOT of flavor too it, but does not taste very boozy.
Finally, it has a really nice orange color to it. (254 characters)

Photo of DCon
4.85/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bought a 12 fl oz bottle of this from The Wolf Public House for $2. Poured from the bottle w/ a Huge Pumpkin on it and Bottled with Love On into a Samuel Adams Imperial Pint Glass.

Aroma- Great amount of spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin pie! Especially pumpkin pie! Very strong and can tell there is more ingredient in this than any other Schlafly.

Appearance- Pours a 1.5 finger head that is off-white and has good retention. The body is a mixed color of dark orange/light-medium brown color with tons of ingredients floating around. Good lacing follows up this beer.

Flavor- Pumpkin pie in a glass! Starts with the initial taste of pie with a nice cinnamon sugar and spice. Very sweet and enjoyable.

Mouthfeel- Medium-Full Bodied, Medium Carbonation, Smooth & Crisp, and leaves tones of spice and pumpkin pie on the palate! Almost like its Thanksgiving in September!

Overall Impression- While this is one of my top 5 brews of all time, I just can't get enough of this one! It represents the Pumpkin Ale style PERFECTLY in everyway possible. I had to pop one of these before sending off over 48 brews to people all over the States. I recommend you trying this as well (have problems getting it, let me know! I'll be glad to make a trade for this). (1,257 characters)

Photo of dmgeng
4.84/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of the highest rated pumpkin beers and had to go to 4 different liquor stores in central Indiana trying to find it but it was worth it!

A - Beautiful orange color that reminds me of Fall and everything I love about the season. Small white head with very light lacing.

S - Tons of delicious pumpkin pie spices come to the top of the heap: i.e. cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, vanilla, and maybe some slight clove. Second to the spices comes the malt, caramel, and a very, very slight vegetable character that I know from a dozen pumpkin beers as pumpkin (gourd) aromatics.

T - Basically like pumpkin pie in a glass! This beer starts with all of the spices from the nose and it ropes you in. The malty/caramel tones solidify the tastes afterwards. The slight vegetal flavor is very minor and is mostly overlooked by the amazing spices and sweetness. Though it is very sweet without any discernible hops or bitterness I still really enjoy all the spices and flavors.

M - Medium to high mouth-feel especially for a moderate ABV beer. Light carbonation which maybe attributed to the higher mouth-feel but it doesn't hurt it for me.

Overall, this is an absolutely, amazing pumpkin beer!!! Last year Pumking was my favorite pumpkin beer but this year this one takes it without a doubt. I would strongly recommend trying this one if you like pumpkin pie and beer. I know that this beer will be an annual ritual when Fall officially begins when I crack open my first Schlafly Pumpkin Ale.

Glass- Nonic (1,507 characters)

Photo of johnnybgood1999
4.8/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

After all the generic pumpkin ales offered by the big breweries this was heaven sent. I always wondered when I drank things like Harvest Moons Pumpkin Ale, why bother making a fall pumpkin ale when there is no pumpkin flavor?
That is not the case here. It poured a medium-dark red with a hint of orange. A pumpkin pie scent is apparant in the smell. Hope began to build within me. After the first sip I was won over. It tasted like pumpkin pie and beer! Any man's dream during a crisp Autumn season. And it is so drinkable for 8% abv. Something to look forward to at harvest time. Very, very, well done Schlafly. (614 characters)

Photo of chicagobill13
4.77/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I can't get this in chicago so it is a treat when I go down to St Louis or a friend goes down.

Color is a amber look.

Smell you can smell the nutneg and pumpkin.

Taste and mouthfeel has a very well balance with a kick. This is a very nice treat in the fall. Good with desserts or just sitting watching football games. This to me is best pumpkin ale on the market. Cheers! (375 characters)

Photo of charliedango
4.77/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I'm not going to go into great detail about it's appearance, taste, smell and whatnot as that is the traditional fare of this site. Instead I will comment on how great this beer really is. Out of all the pumpkin ales I have sampled this year, Schlafly has produced the only ale worthy of being called pumpkin ale.

I've tried New Holland, Michelob, O'Fallon, Harvest Moon, Shipyard, and others this year and the only one that truly captured the rich pumpkin flavor one would expect from a pumpkin ale was Schlafly. This is definitely my favorite of the season even ranking above my favorite Märzens. (601 characters)

Photo of Klebe
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

As for Pumpkin beers, this one is my favorite hands down. Smooth with just the right level of pumpkin flavor, not pumpkin-pie mind you, while retaining it's characteristics as a beer. (184 characters)

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