Pumpkin Ale - Onion Pub & Brewery / Wild Onion Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 168
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 18.51%
Wants: 6
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Onion Pub & Brewery / Wild Onion Brewing Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
First canned Pumpkin Ale in the US.

(Beer added by: GDBEERMAN on 09-29-2010)
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Photo of mdillon86
3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of Jspriest
3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of ahq514
3.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz can into NB Globe glass.

Pours a hazy golden orange with almost no head. What little head there is dissipates to a light film. Seems to have light-medium carbonation.

Smells like almost all other average pumpkin beers. Cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg dominate the nose. Some lightly sweet malt and almost no hops.

Tastes like most other pumpkin beers as well, but a little more watered down. Clove seems to be the dominant spice taste. Lightly toasted malt on the end. Almost no hop flavors coming through.

A little bit more carbonated than I thought but nothing more than medium carbonation. Lighter medium body. Easy to drink.

A very average pumpkin offering. Only thing that would make me choose this beer over other pumpkin beers is the fact that it is one of the only local pumpkin beers. Nothing really wrong with the beer, just nothing really special about it.

Photo of Kegatron
3.03/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a mostly clear copper (with some unappetizing looking floaties that hang amongst the body) with a bit of an overly foamy slightly off-white. This does settle down fairly quickly, maintaining a thin frothiness that dots the sides of the glass with patchy lace. The aroma smells of light pumpkin and some slightly stronger spices, while some green hop character adds a touch of airiness to the nose. Sweetness sits along the back and seems to mostly work the spice. This is decent but seems to lack some punch.

The taste is green hops up front, with a bit of raw veggie bitterness that spreads out. There is some pumpkin flavor here but it’s mostly on the sweeter side and mixes with the doughy sugars of the malts across the back. The pumpkin spices here are light but seem to add just enough flavors to this. This is does achieve a bit more balance as this warms, with that raw feel drying down a bit. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and crisp on the tongue, with a bit more of a firm creaminess on the edges. This feels decent enough.

This was OK. I mean the overall profiles were a little bland but this drank pretty decently for what it was. Probably the most offensive part of this was the suspended solids but this eventually cleared out as they sank to the bottom. Maybe pick this one up if the novelty of a pumpkin beer in a can strikes your fancy but otherwise, there are better ones out there this fall.

Photo of Bighuge
3.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light orange body. Slightly hazed. Thin cap of off white head. Lacing is decent. Sweet malty aroma with a little cinnamon sprinkled throughout. Malty flavor with quite a bit of cinnamon. I like cinnamon, but it's pretty heavy handed in this beer. Not much true pumpkin flavor to note, but not too many pumpkin ales really do have it. Pretty easy drinking. Not bad, but it doesn't stand out for me.

Photo of tchaos
2.73/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I'll start by saying that I like the can...even if it starts to bleed over into the generic "pumpkin soda" cans you see popping up at big-box stores this time of year. Got this from leeds376 in n00b BIF #6 -- thanks, Wade!

Poured this into a generic tulip.

A -- amber/orange in color; 2-finger off-white head that dissipates fairly quickly and dramatically.

S -- overwhelmingly pie-spiced, which may be good for some, but hints at lack of actual pumpkin

T - Thankfully, the spices don't come across as heavy as on the nose. The problem is, neither does pumpkin, or even bready malts. It tastes almost watered down.

M -- Thin with medium/medium-high carbonation. Not all pumpkin ales have to have that starchy, thick mouthfeel, but if you hang a lot on the "pie" factor, I expect mouthfeel that is consistent.

O -- The can told me what i needed to know; it's a generic pumpkin ale. Not off-putting, but not something I'd seek out amongst the superior options available.

Photo of oline73
2.78/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a can into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy orangish amber with a small layer of off white head. The head fades to a ring.

Smell: This beer has a very mild smell with some cinnamon and a hint of malt sweetness.

Taste: Very unremarkable. Just a hint of pumpkin and pie spice. This is a really boring tasting pumpkin beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: Super boring for a pumpkin ale. Not enough flavor. I won't search this one out again.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

At an Oktoberfest party and someone brought an Onion Pumpkin Beer. The beer poured hazy orange with off-white head that did not lace. The smell included subtle notes of nutmeg/pumpkin. The taste was not surprising much like the smell...nutmeg/cinnamon flavors. The mouthfeel was ok....a little to sweet for me. Overall it wasnt a bad beer for pumpkin flavor. Certainly worth a shot. ale has grown on me the few times I have had it.

Photo of tempest
2.93/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Open up a can from Abe's Cold Beer. Overall the body is on the thin side and there's an acidic finish. The pumpkin spicing is on par with the style, though the malts are a bit too light. There's also an odd, no pleasant earthy note, but I guess it might just be thrown off by the mountfeel. There are better pumpkin ales out there.

Photo of Redrover
3.73/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can with festive holiday decorations. Poured into my SA perfect pint, the beer is orange/amber with a beige head. The lacing is pretty stick and leaves spots all down the glass.

The aroma is of spices (allspice, nutmeg and cinnamon) and bready malts. It reminds me of pumpkin bread and that's not a bad thing!

The spices are evident but do not overpower the base beer. The malts are also front and center and there is a bit of yellow raisin in the finish. Spices become more prominent mid-glass.

The beer has very active carbonation which thins out the mouth a bit. If they could turn it down a notch this would be even better.

This was a nice seasonal treat and makes me want to venture a visit to their pub in Lake Barrington.

Photo of Florida9
3.88/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub. Slightly hazy amber in color. Served with a minimal off white head. Some light lacing. Smell is muted, but what is there is pumpkin pie spice, ginger, and nutmeg. A little sweet spice. Taste is similar. Spices are present, but, thankfully, subdued. Mouthfeel is medium. Overall good.

Photo of Lemke10
3.43/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought a 6-pack can of this from Woodman's in Janesville, WI for $8.49 in Fall 2011.

Pours a cloudy copper orange color with a fluffy white head. From the side it almost looks like a slice of pumpkin pie! Not too strong of a scent but pumpkin and spices are evident. Has a decent pumkin and spice flavor to it. My one complaint is the texture, it's a little too watery in comparison to other top selling pumpkin beers. Because of it's lighter texture it does make for very quick and easy drinking. Enjoyable for any fall activity outdoors!

Photo of reppinthe847
4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Guys! I wasn't really digging this so much the first time I tried it a couple weeks ago. Then, after drinking too many of the richer pumpkin ales the last couple weeks, I was yearning to try this again. This time, I was pleasantly surprised. This can of pumpkin beer actually tastes damn good because it is like a pumpkin "lite" as someone else alluded to in another review on this beer. You can easily down a couple of these in one session. The best part about this beer is that it has the spice and solid pumpkin taste without being too sweet or overpowering. Sometimes you're just in the mood for a pumpkin ale like this. When you're in the mood for the classic nutmeggy, cinnamonny pumpkin ale with higher ABV, go with Dogfish Head's Punkin Ale. And when you're ready to get obliterated and do not give a damn about calories, go with the best that I've head: Southern Tier Pumking

I hope to see Wild Onion out of nearby Lake Barrington keep up the great work here. This is VERY promising stuff.

Photo of Duff27
3.95/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Aggressive pour settles in with a three finger width off-white head on a clear dull orange beer. Foamy head looks pleasant... actually beer, not so much. Wow awesome head retention with above average lacing.

S- Faint nutmeg/pumpkin smells, nothing overpowering but enough to get the salivary glands going.

T- More nutmeg/cinnamon flavors. Like a pumpkin pie with a lagerish(?) aftertaste thing going on.

M- Medium to medium-thin mouthfeel. Adequate enough carbonation.

D/O- This pumpkin ale has grown on me the few times I have had it. VERY easy drinking...good to put down a few when the focus isn't on beer. Not really understanding the relatively low scores it's getting. Pumpkin beers are hit and miss with me and this one is a hit...so long as you think of it as a Pumpkin Light beer, hah.

Photo of match1112
3.4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

an aggressive pour yields a four finger head that is as thick and lacy as the best of them. smells of malts and spice. tastes like a cheap store bought pie. yes there are hints of ginger, allspice, cinnamon and more of a yam flavor than pumpkin. mouthfeel is a thick watery feeling if that makes sense. overall not a bad beer, but not one i would buy again either.

Photo of Knapp85
3.95/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew poured out as a really nice lookin amber orange color, with a think looking one inch cream colored head on top. The lacing is very light but the head has a decent retention to it. The smell of the beer is generously spiced, like a mix between the pumpkin ale that it is with a good Oktoberfest brew also. The spices come through more when the beer warms up. The taste had a really nice balance of pumpkin and spice and a littlesweet malt in there too. The mouthfeel started off creamy but finished on the watery side... Overall I felt that this was pretty good. I told a friend to check it out already. I'd drink this one again.

Photo of ncketchum
4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served chilled in a Sierra Nevada pint glass

A = pours a medium brown-orange, white head, nearly completely dissipates

S = pumpkin spice dominates the aroma, but not too overpowering. Very nice

T = pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg and malt. very clean finish

M = light, smooth, no alcohol noted

D = very nice pumpkin beer, I'm glad I picked this up. A different beer than Pumking, so hard to compare directly, but in the realm of pumpkin beers, I rank this one very highly.

Photo of MusicaleMike
3.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a can from the Foodery. Poured this 12 oz. can into my tulip glass. Can't say I really like the packaging, even though cans are the new hot thing. The artwork looks like something you would find in a second grade classroom.

The beer pours out an attractive amber-gold color with a sizeable head. The cream colored head quickly dissipates to nothing but a minimal island however, and no trace is left behind. There body is hazy but does still show off the carbonation a bit.

The smell is weak here. I get a vanilla-like soft sweetness coming from the bouquet, but that is it. Any pumpkin pie spices seem to be wholly lacking in the aroma and there isn't much malt aroma to speak of here either. Everything is quiet and subtle. No hop aroma.

The taste however, is pretty good. That vanilla sweetness coming from the aroma develops in the taste and nicely accents the pumpkin flavor. The flavor is not over the top and ridiculously bold, like Pumpking. Not bitter, not too sweet. Nice.

I find the mouthfeel a bit on the creamy side, which I believe works well for this style. I am digging the way that the medium body and vanilla spice work well together to help round this beer out.

Depending on the price, I wouldn't shy away from picking this up again. Sessionable and pretty decent. Nothing that makes me salivate, but pretty good for the style and certainly different. Fans of the traditional pumpkin pie spices should shy away from this beer, but if you are looking for some vanilla spice and malt, here you go.

Photo of tone77
3.95/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a light brownish color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of pumpkin pie, some spices. Taste is good, pumpkin, nutmeg, a touch of sweetness, lots of flavor. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer.

Photo of Brunite
3.08/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- A hazy orangish red with eggshell white head. No real lacing and no retention. Bits of solid orange specks (pumpkin?) on bottom of glass.

S- Very subtle spice...some malt.

T- Very light spice notes. Not much else. Tastes more like an American Wheat than anything else.

M- Light bodied.

O- Meh. Average beer. Not much of a pumpkin beer...but a refreshing drink so it gets points for that.

Photo of BARFLYB
3.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A single CAN into a 13oz glass.

Pumpkin Ale pours into the glass a semi hazy burnt orange with some bronze tints mimicking a sunset. The foam was tan/gold in color with an inch but died leaving no lace.

Smell is pretty standard pumpkin ale fare and kinda muted in scent. Pumpkin spice with some nutmeg and cinnamon. Hops are not present, a standard back malting.

This is what I expected, some subtle spice with some pumpkin flavor in the back. The taste is not all that large, it's not pumpkin pie, but nutmeg over cinnamon with a grassy aftertaste that's light. It comes and goes like that.

Pretty light bodied, may be the lightest of the style to date for me. Thin with light carb. The aftertaste is non existant, spice, malt, nothing. No legs.

This is pretty decent stuff. Not being a huge fan of the style I find this easy as pie to take down. 5.4% is light and right. I would like to find a happy medium between this and pumKING in both taste and ABV as I have not yet found a favorite Pumkin brew.

Photo of IronLover
3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a can with no freshness date. Dark copper orange in color and hazy. Poured with a dense, foamy off-white head with good staying power. The foam lasted for the duration. Cinnamon, nutmeg, spice and sweet pumpkin aromas. Nothing overwhelming but very pleasant combination of autumn-like aromas. Smooth and creamy but a little on the thin, watery side. Flavors are a nice balance of cinnamon, nutmeg and pumpkin with a light spicy aftertaste that doesn't linger for very long. My first pumpkin of the season. Easy to drink and refreshing. A good suggestion for someone who's never had a pumpkin ale.

Photo of SpdKilz
3.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at a local Binny’s. I love pumpkin beers and now that I am back in the Midwest, I have a whole slew of new pumpkin beers to try I was not able to access while in CA. Poured from a can.

Appearance – Pours a, I’m gonna say it, pumpkin color into a tulip. About a finger of slight off white head is achieved with a careful pour that leaves spotty lacing on the sides of the tulip.

Smell – Slight spices such as nutmeg and cinnamon, a hint of vanilla, brown sugar, and pumpkin. More spices than pumpkin.

Taste – Similar to the nose in the sense that the flavors are quite distinct and can be picked out. As with the aroma, the spices kick in first which fade to the pumpkin which creates the sensation of drinking pumpkin pie. The vanilla and brown sugar mix in at the end, creating a nice full flavor.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied to lighter bodied, moderate carbonation.

Overall – As with most pumpkin beers, I normally can only have one at a time. This is no exception. While I appreciate the spices, they are a bit too dominant in my opinion. However, taken as a whole, this is a relatively easy to drink pumpkin beer and I will for sure finish the other five cans of the six pack before long.

Photo of Jammies
3.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- deep orangish red with a half an inch of foam. Poor lacing and no retention

S- earthy yet sweet. An obvious pumpkin pie smell.

T- very light with a watery and pumpkin taste. Not as much carbonation as expected

M- very light and smooth. Leaves a sweet coating on the tongue.

O- not too shabby. Definitely a dessert beer every once in a while.

Photo of brewmudgeon
3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

wild onion pumpkin, can. being clearanced out.

a 4-4.5 hazed lemony pumpkin color. 1-finger head

s 4-4.5 nice aromas of pumpkin pie spices and pumpkin. starting to wonder if i should have bought more than one can. totally makes me imagine a slice of the pie, minus the crust.
(after a while, the smells seem to tone down.)

t 3-3.5 kind of relieved to discover the flavor is not as big and beautiful as the sniffing suggested. the base beer seems like a cream ale, and the beery flavors show through than i prefer in a pumpkin brew. a pumpkin light, but not bad. the finish is mostly tangy with a lightly clove/metallic element.

m 2-3 light-med, i guess about what you'd expect for a 5.4%. but i hoped for lusher/creamier. hmm, turning waterier as the glass goes on...

d 3.5 all in all significantly better than expected for a clearanced can of beer from a brewery i'd never heard of. not a lot of pumpkin flavor, but at least they don't overdo the spices. drinkable, but not too savorable.

Pumpkin Ale from Onion Pub & Brewery / Wild Onion Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 168 ratings.