Wild Oats Series No. 13 - Weiss O'Lantern | Beau's All Natural Brewing Company

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Wild Oats Series No. 13 - Weiss O'LanternWild Oats Series No. 13 - Weiss O'Lantern

Brewed by:
Beau's All Natural Brewing Company
Ontario, Canada

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Weiss O'Lantern is a weiss (white) beer brewed with pumpkin. Orange-hued with a tall creamy head, the pumpkin, citrus fruit, and spice flavours shine through a full wheat body. The finish is lively, zippy, and darn refreshing!

17 IBU

Added by bryehn on 10-03-2011

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Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 48
Photo of tomghiley
2.25/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

People seem to love Beau's because they have great marketing, do they make bad beers? Rarely, do they make great beers? Rarely. I love Kissmeyer Nordic Pale Ale, I love the St Luke's Verse gruit, but here's the problem, a lot of their other beers use a lot of the same ingredients as their flagship beer, lug tread, so to be completely honest, I have had this several times, more often than not, it just tastes nearly identical to lug tread, occasionally I've been able to faintly taste pumpkin, but never has it come remotely close to tasting or feeling or looking like a Weiss beer. This one to me is an epic failure, not a bad beer, just does not deliver what it's saying it does

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Photo of Tilly
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

P: Gold, orange pour with a slight beige head which dissipates quick but leaves great to lacing.
A: Clove, ginger, fresh bread malt, spice and slightly pumpkin.
T: Ginger, clove, spice, malt, spice and only a slight pumpkin.
M: Well balanced, medium body, some sweet, slight bitterness,
O: Absolutely great beer from Beau's. Organic? Yeah baby, yeah!

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

600 mL bottle from the LCBO; one of four different labels included in their 2015 Oktoberfest mix pack. Bottled Aug 28 2015 and served slightly chilled.

Pours a translucent golden-orange colour, topped off with a full inch of creamy, white-coloured head. It remains seated in place for a little under five minutes, slowly receding until only a wide, foamy collar and bubbly, frothy cap remain. Good lacing; this is a fine-looking ale. Moderately spicy on the nose, with a steady undercurrent of yeastiness. Clove and ginger are detectable, but I am not getting much cinnamon; beyond that, the aroma consists largely of a wheaty, bready malt backbone supported by banana, orangepeel and some faint, gourdy pumpkin.

Well-made, though it's reminding me much more of a wit than a pumpkin beer. A clean, bready wheat malt sweetness overlaps with flavours of banana, pumpkin flesh and orangepeel. The spice/yeast take full control in the latter half of the sip; clove and ginger are the big ones, with hints of earthy cinnamon arriving in time for the aftertaste. Not exactly dry at the finish, but it does have some astringent qualities. Medium-light in body, with aggressive carbonation levels that saturate the palate with a sheet of prickly bubbles. It's almost a little *too* lively, but I can't gripe too much because it provides a nice complement to the spicy finish. Quite quaffable, and a pretty agreeable beer all around.

Final Grade: 3.87, a B+. Beau's' Weiss O'Lantern is a solid product, though as a pumpkin beer I don't think I'd consider it a particularly emblematic example. If you're looking for pumpkin pie spice, you'll want to start elsewhere - this beer is very much more along the lines of a weiss/Belgian white ale. I would not consider that a bad thing, though, as it is actually a very solid interpretation of a witbier. One of the better Beau's products I've had this year, and something that I would return to in the future.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a clear bright orangey color ale with a large foamy head with OK retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of cinnamon and light cloves is well balanced with the wheat malt notes. Taste is a well balance mix between some cinnamon, light clovers, sweet wheat malt notes and light pumpkin notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. Easy drinking with just enough complexity.

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Photo of CanadianBacon
3.89/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Part of the Beaus 2015 Oktoberfest pack. Comes in a 600 ml bottle with a cool scarcrow design on the front.

Appearance - Pours a deep hazy gold with orange hues visable. a mountainous off white creamy head and decent carbonation.

Aroma - the first thing i smelled was pumpkin followed by clove wheat spice and some citrus.

Taste - Wheat zest followed by a pumpkin undertone, lots of peppery spice some citrus fruits. spice follows the beer down your throat.

Mouth feel - just a hint of cream feeling, medium body with high carbonation.

Overall - This is a rather good beer, I like wheat beers to begin with and the pumpkin twist was a welcome change. With that said this will probably be the only glass I ever drink. I've had the same problem with all this pack so far. Its not that they're not good, they are but at 6$ per bottle I dont think its that good and I can get better for cheaper.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy orange colour, thumb of head with some retention and sporadic lacing. Nose is bready, toasted grains dominate with hints of spice and citrus rind. The banana and cloves of the Weiss style dominate and the earthy pumpkin and subtle spice comes through on the finish with some toasted grains and citrus rind that linger. A tad underwhelming at first, but increasingly enjoyable over time. The subtle flavours are actually nice versus the typical strong spicing and flavour profiles common in the genre the days. I'm impressed and this is a sessionable version of the style. Well done.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

600 ml bomber served just above fridge temperature into a Guinness shaker pint. Cost was about $6 CDN for the bomber. Batch 4529 and packaged August 25, 2015.

Appearance - slightly hazy rich golden color with some orange hues. A decadent finger plus of head is poured with good retention and some spotty lacing.

Smell - more witbier than pumpkin ale. Wheat like aromas, coriander and touch of orange and a hint of ginger. Not much in the way of pumpkin.

Taste - like the nose, in that the witbier of coriander, orange and general backing malty wheat flavours are most prevalent, with just a touch of an earthy squash / pumpkin undertone. A bit of candied ginger as well. Pretty nice combo. Pumpkin shows itself more as the beer warms a bit and especially on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - smooth and well carbonated, prickly mouthfeel and moderate body. Works well with the seasonal fall flavours, as there's a little more heft in the overall feel.

Overall - certainly a good beer, it's a very tasty witbier in its own right, but with the added pumpkin and ginger it is elevated to something a little better. I only wish there was more pumpkin, as it's a bit of an afterthought in a pumpkin beer, although as a hybrid it's good.

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Photo of EricVonStein
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Beer 3 of 4 in the Beau's Oktoberfest pack is another riff on a weissbier.

pours a slightly cloudy golden yellow with a big 4 fingers of head that sticks around, turning rocky and porous like swiss cheese.

Rich banana and healthy dose of clove on the nose, classic hefeweizen aromas. Some sweet malts are there in the front though slightly vegetal and almost buttery.

Banana is more subdued in the taste and paired with some lemon citrus. Clove spiciness is upfront through the middle and some slight sourness before an earthy bitterness on the finish. nice progress through the flavours. Med-light body and not as chewy as most hefes, bright carbonation.

Nice hefewiezen overall. Im never really sure what the pumpkin brings to the table - mostly just a fall marketing gimmick if you as me - but maybe its a more pumpkin pie spice dominant approach, as the clove and baking spice is nice and up front here. Solid beer, Id have a couple, but thats 3 out of 4 in the fall Oktoberfest pack without a real attention grabbing brew. Hoping I saved the best for last!

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Photo of SebD
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice cloudy golden/yellow color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down somewhat fast and leaves little lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of yeast, spices, bready malts, and pumpkin.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some yeast, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, bready malts and pumpkin.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium/high carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

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Photo of TerryW
3.89/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big bubbly, soapy white head sitting on top of a clear pale yellow brew. The head immediately dissipates leaving a partial film, only a wee bit of lace. Interesting looking head, but after that just an average looking beer.

Aroma has all the characteristics you'd expect of a weiss and comes across real nice at that level. Pleasantly spicy and aromatic like a weiss should be, but laid over top of something variously soapy or horsey smelling - not sure which - but I'm guessing that must be the pumpkin side of things asserting itself somehow. Not unpleasant, but something that needs sorting out. I will gives these guys kudos for not taking the shortcut that most pumpkin beer brewers take by just loading up their beers with nutmeg & cinnamon & etc.

Tastewise, still a weiss, but with a twist. Some of the traditional pumpkin pie spice, plus some nice earthiness. Mouthfeel is sparkling and sharp with carbonation, but that edge comes off as the beer warms up.

Overall, an interesting beer. I like how the pumpkin compliments the brew instead of the thing just being overwhelmed by pie spice. Different from your typical pumpkin beer and a nice variation on a decent wheat beer.

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Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

LCBO bottle. Pours a light yellow with small white bubbly head. Spicy and yeasty nose. Beau signature yeast and mouthfeel, which was a bit above average still as if its on glycerin. Taste is a weiss together with understated pumpkin flavour and a mild spicy finish. Not bad drinkability. More weiss than pumpkin, a changeup for fans of the style.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 2857. Bottled on 10/09/12. Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Pale straw yellow. Translucent. Half a finger of off-white head.

S - Bready malts, clove and banana up front. Some spice in the background that is very much secondary. The pumpkin doesn't really come through.

T - A huge spice bouquet up front is met by clove, Belgian yeast and some banana flavours. The pumpkin is present without being dominant. Lighter ginger and nutmeg flavours in the background. A lot of different flavours here that come together nicely.

M - Medium body. Slightly creamy. Moderate carbonation.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

600mL bottle from the LCBO, part of Beau's fall release. Interesting bottle, liking the label.

Poured into a nonic. Admittedly, this is not one of the most attractive beers I have come across, but there you go. Opaque effervescent golden-orange, loads of visible carbonation, with a head that quickly dissolves into nothingness.

Nose is mostly wheat beer: clove, spice, a bit of wheat malt, and something sweet that may or may not be pumpkin, some cinnamon.

And yet, despite all the warning signs, the brew is actually pretty tasty. It took five sips for me to get the pumpkin, and then I never lost it. Nice spicy hop finish, pumpkin puree round the middle, and a citrus entry. Certainly incorporates both sides of the "pumpkin/weiss" idea, and does so pretty well I have to say. Vigorous carbonation, thin bodied, refreshing and light.

Interesting brew to say the least. It's a hot day (oddly enough) despite the lateness of the season. so oddly enough this is precisely what I was kind of hankering for. Worth a go for sure.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden colour with a hint of orange amber. Fizzy white head dissipates quickly, leaving no lacing.

More wheat beer than pumpkin ale, at least to my nose and taste. Spicy aroma is heavy on the banana and cloves. I may be able to detect a mote of nutmeg, but almost no pumpkin or pumpkin pie spices. Taste-wise there is a hint of pumpkin in the finish, but again the banana and wheat elements are definitely forward.

A decent beer to drink and I'm not sorry to have bought one, but "pumpkin ale" is a style I enjoy and this is dissimilar to any other of its kind. Still rating it fairly highly because I believe it’s well brewed, and because it could be recommended to anyone looking for a decent Canadian-brewed traditionally Germanic , clear wheat beer.

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Photo of CanuckRover
3.96/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium cold. Medium head... quite fizzy, settles very quickly. No lacings at all.

Aroma is really nice. Big pumkin pie notes, with just the faintest of hefeweizen characteristics lingering around in the background.

Carbonation pushes the banana and cloves of a hefe to the forefront. Flavours start to mellow mid-palate and you start to get serious pumpkin puree. Nutmeg features prominently, with an almost vanilla-tinged sweetness.

Really like the mouthfeel. Quite more'ish, medium bodied.

A really interesting beer, nice change of pace.

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Photo of korguy123
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy light gold pour. Two finger, off white bubbly head. Lacing is minimal.

Bananas, cloves, cinnamon, pumpkin, grape skin and pears. Brown sugar and some nutmeg.

Bananas, pumpkin, pears, brown sugar, nutmeg and cinnamon. Slightly tart with a quick finish.

Light body, high carbonation.

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

Pours a light hazy orange copper with a finger of white bubbly head that dissipates quickly. Nose is biscuity, pie crust, spices, pumpkin puree, cloves and banana. Taste is very much like a weiss; banana and belgian yeast upfront on the palate, pumpkin and some light spices in the middle and a dry malty finish. Medium bodied with a high carbonation feel.
A nice combo take on a weiss/pumpkin.

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

Appearance: hazy, peach coloured; head is good and lasts a few minutes before reducing to a film

Aroma: fruity, acidic esters of a weisse - only sense of pumpkin probably skewed by knowing it's a flavoured beer

Taste & Mouthfeel: pumpkin spice pops in the first taste, mostly clove, nutmeg, some cinnamon; this pairs nicely with the expected weisse fruitiness which leans towards orange; finish is clean and fresh; some light pumpkin flavour show after the spice notes and the puree may contribute to the hint of an oily texture

Overall: adapting the weisse style to include a pumpkin flavour is something I haven't seen before, but it's turned out to be a great idea - the spice and pumpkin itself are a great match, and it's a just a good, refreshing weisse in itself

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Photo of spinrsx
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

600ml bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for 8$

Appearance - Slightly hazy amber/copper colour with an average size fizzy/frothy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for around 3 minutes.

Smell - Malts, cloves, all spice, citric acid

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, wheat, and very light pumpkin. There is also some all-spice, clove, yeast, herbal notes and a bit of a lactic/citrus acid flavour. It ends with a spicy aftertaste.

Overall - An interesting tasting beer for sure. I didn't pick up on a whole lot of pumpkin but it's still a seasonal tasting beer. Price per bottle might prevent further purchases, but it was worth a try.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled Sept 22, 2012. Drank October 4, 2012.

Beer is a cloudy golden, a bit orange. Good sized white head. OK retention.

Pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices in the nose: nutmeg and cinnamon. Banana and clove. Sweet doughy read. Truly a mix of pumpkin ale and hefeweizen, as advertised.

Taste is true to the nose. Pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, banana, clove. I don't typically like ginger in beers (though love it in food), but it works here- not overpowering but present. Nice.

Light to medium bodied, moderate to high carbonation.

Overall. a good beer. First pumpkin weiss I have had (are there many in existence?), and a success in my books.

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Photo of peensteen
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from LCBO, lists ABV as 5.6%

Hazy golden colour, one finger of white head, some lace left on the glass. Smell is spicy, ginger and cinnamon, a bit of pumpkin, touch of orange, nutmeg perhaps, banana and clove also fairly forward as well. Taste is spicy with some pumpkin, fairly fruity as well banana and orange, clove and pumpkin spice in the finish. Med-hig carbonation, medium body, nice feel, certainly feels like a hefe. Pretty nice take on a pumpkin beer, comes across as a nice spicy wheat beer, would have this again gladly.

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Photo of liamt07
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Amsterdam's Movember Brewstache Beerfest, advertised as the Jack O'Layton Weiss (a Pumpkin Weiss), so I'll assume this is the same thing. Into a plastic pint cup.

Pours a lightly brown golden orange, with a voluminous white head. Good lacing and retention even on a plastic cup. Nose is ehavy on some nutmeg and other assorted fall spicing. Herbal notes, light wheat and general hefeweizen character. Comes across as more of a spiced weiss than a 'pumpkin' weiss, although I'm sure the terms are fairly interchangeable for the season. Taste is more spice forward, some wheat, and very modest banana character. A bit of yeast. Pretty high carbonation, medium feel. A spicy bite in the finish. An interesting concept if not perfectly executed.

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Photo of bryehn
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled at Beau's Oktoberfest 2011. Officially listed by the brewery as a "Pumpkinweiss".

Poured a hazy yellow colour with orange tinting, a sizable white head and tons of visible carbonation.

The aroma had a definite farm fresh funk to it, but was very appealing. Pumpkin, spices wheat and lemongrass all came through.

The taste had a standard witbier banana flavour to it, with a strong orange note in addition to a fairly mild pumpkin flavour. The beer was less sweet than expected and had a dry finish.

The mouthfeel was on the thin side, but had a very creamy quality on the tongue. Very easygoing.

This was a solid beer that was a pleasant surprise. So many things could have gone wrong, but the flavours were kept in balance.

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Wild Oats Series No. 13 - Weiss O'Lantern from Beau's All Natural Brewing Company
3.77 out of 5 based on 48 ratings.
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