Jack's Pumpkin Spice Ale | Anheuser-Busch

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Jack's Pumpkin Spice AleJack's Pumpkin Spice Ale

Brewed by:
Missouri, United States

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by bubrewer on 10-07-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of EwaldEichstaett
3.01/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had good head retention and the smell was nice if not on the light side. Some cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon spices to the brew. The overall flavor of the beer was weak. A bit of spice and malt, that was about it. A bit thicker than water...

Carbonation was not too strong. The beer went down easy, like I said, a bit like water. Drinkability is alright for this reason...

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Photo of GallowsThief
3.62/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A - Light orange out of the bottle. Half and inch head. Just a small bit of lacing.

S - Pumpkins spices fill the nose. Clove and nutmeg for sure. Maybe some cinnamon as well.

T - Not nearly as strong tasting as the smell would suggest. It's a very tame pumpkin taste.

M - Light with just a bit of carbonation. Does give a nice tingle on the tongue. Refreshing beer all told.

D -There are better pumpkin's so go find one but while your looking have a few of these. It really a decent brew.

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Photo of chinchill
3.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

pours with nice, if short-lived, light tan head.

A - beautiful, clear, orange-amber color with off-white head

S - sweet spices; more like a bakery item than a beer

T - sweet and spicy with pumpkin and subtle malt flavor; clove, ginger & nutmeg are evident. A bit too much clove for my taste. No hops?

M - nice smooth feel with good carbonation

D - unusual flavor. If the flavor appeals, this beer will have good drinkability.

Distinctive seasonal beer worth trying. Potential dessert beer.

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Photo of mjw06
2.37/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Disappointing head that fizzled out just about as soon as it formed. Overall the brew looked like juice or kool-aid. I mean the head could have just been the bubbles that show up at the top when you pour apple juice. And thats what it was the color of, cider.

Really smelled amazing. Smelled just like a pumpkin pie, except a little sweeter and with a stronger kick of cinnamon. But...

Can't same the same about the taste. Where is it? It's non-existant. Even the malty finish had no taste. For the life of me I can't figure out what's going on here, really confused.

The mouth feel was as equally disappointing. Felt like juice. That's the story of this beer, pumpkin flavored apple cidar. Theres much better pumpkin ales out there, gracefully pass this one up without hesitation.

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Photo of seedsofchaos
3.26/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this beer on tap at the Anheuser-Busch brewery in St. Louis.

Transparent orange in color with no speakable head makes this brew fall short of any pumpkin counterpart. It's almost as if they took a standard Budweiser and added a little orange to it... If you're all about clarity, then this brew will probably be right up your alley as it looks like it's been filtered to a level to compete with the body of water.

Smell is probably the strongest suit of this brew. Aroma is about right for a pumpkin ale with great spice levels of nutmeg, allspice and cinnamon. No actual pumpkin in the nose or in the taste for that matter. The flavor is surprisingly above average for a BMC product but not on par with any of the craft offerings that I've had. With a light mouthfeel more like a lager and super crisp finish, I felt as if they spiced a Budweiser and packaged it up as a pumpkin ale.

Drinkability for a BMC drinker would probably be excellent and this would serve as a great crossover or starter for a pumpkin ale tasting but, personally, I'll stick with Southern Tier and Weyenbacher for my pumpkin ale needs.

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Photo of LuthersMug
2.38/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - Coppery orange color, with a foamy head that had the slightest hint of orange. No lacing.

S - Maybe a bit spicy pumpkin flavor, but the flavor did not really jump out.

T - Beginning was slightly filled with a pumpkin flavor, but the beer tasted manufactured and fake, not the real deal. In addition, the end was rather skunky.

M - Nothing to write home about. A few malts in the beginning were okay. Carbonation okay.

D - Again, the end of the beer was not good. Would not want another one.

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Photo of DMXLOX22
3.15/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a six pack of this after being referred by a friend.

Appearance: Light copper colored with a hint of orange glaze. Not much impressed but I must keep in mind this is labeled as a pumpkin ale so if pumpkin coloring is what they were going for, they sorta got it right.

Smell: Expecting something more, but all I got was an average tone of malts. No spice as I was promised by the label. No cinnamon or ginger, which are two strong odors. All I get is a very average tasting pumpkin-type brew.

Taste: This is where I hoped my doubts of this being anything less than average would be twarted and I was proven wrong. First I noticed I was flooded with a mesh of carbanation and then a pumpkin-like hoppness barriar. Very average if I can put it at best. I did notice the cinnamon but in light form. Not much of a ginger taste and it does have a nice tone of slight roasted malts and finishes sweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium body carbanation that doesn't offend much and has a creamy taste thats tolerable. It doesn't exactly make it a good beer, just enough to be drank in a tolerable quanity.

Drinkability: Probably Anheusers finest pumpkin inspired beer, but that isn't saying much. It's still a mediocre beer if you ask me. It is a start and I hope their able to take this as a stepping stone and build upon this to release better beers in the future. Well I probably won't try this again, but theres hope right? Cheers!

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Photo of chefhatt
4/5  rDev +29%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured the beer into a pint glass, it had a nice white head on top of a pumpkin orange color. The aroma is very inviting of cinnamon and nutmeg. The beer has a nice light pumpkin taste with a hint of spices and hops to it. It has a nice mouth feel and is very drinkable.

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Photo of Dorian
1.93/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

I was for one completely dissapointed with this beer I had high hopes sine the bros had good things to say. I think this beer was another failed AB attemp at making a good beer. I started with a bottle poured into a toulip glass still I got nothing from it but a tad bit of cinamon almost nothing. taste extremely carbonated did not taste any pumpkin cinamon or nutmeg. Prety much in a nutshell a clear orange colored bud light.

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Photo of WinthrHOPHEAD89
2.71/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours into Irish Style pint

A - Pours a medium copppery/orangey color, with an off white 2 finger head that quickly fizzles down to a light haze. Leaves no lacing. Not very carbonated either.

S - Aroma is extremely mild! Only detectable notes would be cinnamon and a slight pumpkin scent. But I mean slight with all due respect.

T - The taste is very mild as well. There is definitely a slight pumpkin taste there, along with a some spices, but its just not as robust as i would prefer.

M - Fairly watery, but the slight stickyness of this beer is its only savior in terms of mouthfeel.

D - The drinkability of this beer seems to be the only thing it has going for it. Although the taste isn't horrible, its just not very salient. This beer is easily sessionable and would be a good starter pumpkin beer for those no familiar with the style.

Final Thoughts: I bought a six pack of this on a wim, and although I did wind up drinking 5 out of the 6, I would definitely not but this again. But would certainly drink it if someone offered one to me.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.17/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

Pours brown with an off white head. Smell brings forward some spicing, and it's not too overly done; just a bit. A bit of caramel and a bit of brown sugar. Taste brings more spices. Feel is medium with moderate carbonation. Drinks fairly well and isn't a terrible representation of the style.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of caramel malt, cloves and cinnamon. The flavor is dominated by a strong cinnamon component, but I also get some toffee, nutmeg and cloves. There is not too much pumpkin flavor in the beer, and what is there is overshadowed by the spices. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of charlesbyrd
3.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Wow, this looks like a liquid pumpkin. It really does pour a bright orange with almost no head. When agitated, it gives up only a film of loose bubbles.

S: As advertised, this beer smells like autumn. Nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove overwhelm the nose and bring about thoughts of falling leaves and pumpkin pie. It really does make you feel warm and fuzzy.

T: In my opinion, the great smell does not translate to a great taste. I like the idea of adding spices to beer; I've had many great beers that have had interesting spices added to them. However, this beer simply overwhelmed my senses. It's all cinnamon and clove. It tastes like they started with Michelob Ultra and simply mixed in grandma's fall potpourri recipe into the boil. Maybe this recipe would be better in a cider?

M: Eh. It really does feel like you're run of the mill light beer, with an added funk from the spices.

D: I appreciate that many people like pumpkin beers, and I think that this is probably a pretty decent example of the style. I guess I just don't like the mixture of these specific spices into my beer. I'd rather just eat pumpkin pie and have a nice porter.

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Photo of therica
2.77/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A= pumpkin orange, slight quickly fading head. I do wonder however whether color additives might have been added, since this is Michelob and not a "real" beer company with standards.

S= very nice once it warms, very complex spices as advertised (nutmeg, clove, cinnamon). But I bought this to drink, not to sniff.

T= that same annoying flat taste of a typical US macro, plus a little spice flavor (far less than in the nose). Slight butter.

M= dusty and flat, slightly sour and alum-tart, annoying.

D= stuck with 5 more bottles from the six-pack-- I failed to see the "Michelob" on the packaging.

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Photo of lawaaaw
1.81/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 fl oz bottle into a 16oz Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: golden amber ale, with a large beige foamy head.

Smell: No real smell of pumpkin or spices at all- only a little nutmeg. Can smell the alcohol the most.

Taste: Can hardly taste the pumpkin or spices at all. Tastes like the regular crap beer that Michelob usually puts out.

Mouthfeel: Can feel a bit of burn at the back of the throat, overall its pretty light, not strong or heavy.

Drinkability: I do not like the taste of this beer at all. I would not drink it again. There are way better pumpkin beers out there.

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Photo of secondtooth
2.69/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Michelob's entry in the growing pumpkin ale sweepstakes pours a copper/amber, and the initial nose is of nutmeg and clove. The flavor is heavy on the spice, with minimal pumpkin. In fact, I only detect pumpkin in the aftertaste. Jack's is a sweet and malty ale that isn't too complex or unique, and really seems a little overbearing on the tastebuds.

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Photo of OverToad
4.51/5  rDev +45.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I love craft pumpkin ale by Sam Adams and Dogfish and this one is right up there except with the high ABV of Dogfish. It's too bad other craft lovers know this is a Anheuser-Busch product or this beer would score much higher. Taste is fantastic and very drinkable. I love fall beers.

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Photo of Misfit138
4.04/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass

A- Copper in color, fizzy tan head that dissolved quickly

S- Nice scent of pumpkin and cinnamon

T- initial sweet malt taste with hints of cinnamon and pumpkin with a clove finish

M- Fairly light in body and medium carbonation.

D- I really like this pumpkin ale, I think it's better than some "craft" pumpkin ales too. I think for me it has just the right amount of cinnamon taste.

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Photo of LairdChisholm
2.68/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear orange color with decent carbonation. The head fizzled out before I could even look at it long enough to see what color it was. Obviously no lacing here.

S - Almost no nose here. Faint alcohol and pumpkin.

T - Could use a lot more taste, but what there isn't bad. Cinnamon most prominent but there are some pumpkin notes. The after taste isn't very appealing. Too much alcohol with an attempt to have some bready notes.

M - Very light and carbonated. I feel like a heavier mouth feel would bring out the flavors better.

D - With the light mouth feel it's easy to drink. Doesn't taste bad but not good. A wee bit above average.

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Photo of ZeroSignal
2.47/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear, reddish-copper with about an inch worth of white head. Retention settles to a thin layer across the top with slippery lacing

S - Smell is on the sweeter, malty side. Just a hint of cinnamon in the background, but the sweet, caramelized malts overpower the nose.

T&M - Medium bodied; the sweet malts in the nose certainly follow into the flavor. The pie spice is very light and mostly appears in the finish, with hints of cinnamon and clove. No discernible pumpkin, gourd or pie flavors that I would expect for the style. Finish is somewhat sticky and sweet. As the beer warms some of the "pie spice" flavors become a bit more prominent.

D - To sweet for the style IMHO, but overall not a bad brew. A half decent amount of flavor with a reasonable ABV. I won't seek this out again since there are many better pumpkin ales out there, but it wasn't horrible.

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Photo of velkyal
2.68/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sight - copper, thin white head

Smell - slight spice, mostly cloves

Taste - sweet, like a creme brulee

Sweet - 3/5

Bitter - 2/5

I have a grudging respect for Michelob. This beer, in common with most of their wares, is nothing special but perfectly drinkable and inoffensive.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
1.89/5  rDev -39%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Appears a clear copper hue with a bright off white fizzy head. Aroma nice brilliant mild mix of clove/allspice/nutmeg/cinnamon no real pumpkin rind for me. Flavor is a bit much not real enjoyable or balanced, it's a straight up mix of pumpkin spice little thin malt an no pumpkin flesh to balance. This is pumpkin ale for the masses way different from the average Michelob, but still pretty horrible overall. Mouthfeel is thin and overly carbonated, tickles the back of throat in the worst way. Drinkability overall sucks, this is another hard to finish beer that actually makes you want to despise a popular trendy style that doesn't have to suck.

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Photo of HUXC
3.36/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

S- Poured from a chilled 12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A- A golden orange amber color with about one finger of white head.

S- Faint sweet smell of malted hops, spices, and pumpkins.

T- At first sip tastes a little bland and watered down. A hint of malted hops and spices with a mild pumpkin aftertaste.

M- I let it sit in a glass for about 5 minutes before drinking, after some of the carbonation subsided, it was very smooth.

D- Easy to drink. After a few, the consumer may become tiresome of the taste.

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Photo of huxcrunner
3.16/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a- beautiful dark amber golden color very similar to a rip pumpkin and about a fingers worth of off white head

s- i was surprised that there was not that many notes of the fall season with this beer no strong notes of pumpkin or other major spices added to the beer for what i expected

t- taste it a little light and watery not to much bight of any additional spices to this beer but still not to bad of a beer

m- pretty light fall style beer but it is pretty smooth that is a plus

d-good for the fall with a good color and taste that is light makes this a pretty enjoyable but not the best fall season beer

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Photo of Rayek
3.6/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Straight amber with great clarity. The carbonation is quite active and props up a dense cap of foam that slowly receeds to a thin film. Leaves a fair amount of lace.

S: Smells a lot like a sweet pumpkin pie. Nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, brown sugar and pumpkin stand out in equal measure.

T: The pie theme continues. The spices from the nose do the bulk of the work. The pumpkin and sugar come along to provide nice sweetness. Finishes with lingering pie spice flavors and a slight astringency.

M: The light body is a bit too fizzy.

D: Spicy pumpkin pie in a bottle sums this one up. One of the best examples of this style I've had. See. AB can make a decent beer if they try.

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Jack's Pumpkin Spice Ale from Anheuser-Busch
3.1 out of 5 based on 415 ratings.
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