Jack's Pumpkin Spice Ale | Anheuser-Busch

Jack's Pumpkin Spice AleJack's Pumpkin Spice Ale
416 Ratings
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by bubrewer on 10-07-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of rowew
3.47/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, twist off. Very Halloween-ish label, Anheuser-Busch is clearly marked on the label. ABV, freshness date, and plenty of information on ingredients are clearly marked.

Appearance: Pours a clear orange color with a decent head. Fades quickly to leave just a hint of lacing.

Smell: Well .. as you would expect, smells like pumpkin pie spices. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and a bit of noble hops are what I recognize, I'm sure there are others.

Taste: Starts off with a mild beer flavor, then the spices take over. Can't pick out anything individual, but it is generally fall flavors. Finish is fairly dry.

Overall impression: Not bad - this one smells more interesting than it tastes, but it is still decent and drinkable.

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

12 0z bottle totally different label. I didnt know it was an A-B product until i read the small lettering on the right hand corner of the label. Not a bad looking beer at all, burnt orange, mostly clear with a smallish thick off white head.Actually good laceing . The aroma is pretty subdued but the pumkin /spice mix is detectable, more spicy than pumkin, but reasonably pleasing. Flavour is rather malty with a good dose of spices pumkin after tatse and a hint of hops ,not too bad. Ok on the palate , maybe a bit thin and a tad overcarbonated but it made it quite drinkable. Overall not that bad of a beer for this style. One of A-Bs better beers. I would buy a six pack again.

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Photo of bditty187
3.58/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, bronze-coppery-gold in hue; the color is absolutely lovely! Slightly off-white head; at the apex the head was a half finger tall. Head retention was very respectable, after a few moments a loose cap was all that remained however. Subsequent lacing was spotty and irrelevant. Overall, this is an attractive beer.

Soft spicy notes, cinnamon and nutmeg mainly; weakly earthy in the middle, thin malt backbone. I don’t detect an ounce of pumpkin. Solely based on the spices I would call this a “Pumpkin Ale,” that is kind of a shame. Moderate potency; as average as the nose is I’ll still call it inviting.

I’ve had really poor Pumpkin Ales and some really great ones too. I have had very few average Pumpkin Ales; Jack’s is quite average on the palate. But, guess what, an average Pumpkin Ale is quite decent. Soft and lingering spiciness (nutmeg and cinnamon) lasts from start to finish. There is some soft pumpkin flesh in the middle along with caramel malt, similar to an O-fest. The spice almost over plays its hand at the finish but, thankfully, it fades before I start to dislike it. I’d like more meaty pumpkin flavors, otherwise this isn’t a bad beer. Tasty!

Almost medium in body; low and indifferent carbonation, the mouthfeel is adequate.

This is a really respectable beer and I don’t mean “respectable” because AB brews it. Drinkability is good; I could drink a few of these. I might even order one on-tap… but I don’t frequent many bars that sell AB drafts. I think I tried this last year and found it good. I purchased a single bottle at a non-BeerFly worthy store for $1.29. It was worth it.

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Photo of Vancer
3.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A decent stab at a pumpkin, but still made with a mass market appeal – dumbed down as to not offend anyone. Bottled on 9/2/06 – a good thing to provide to me.

Small notes of cinnamon pumpkin in the nose, but on the weak side. A fairly malty brew with, again, lite notes of pumpkin in the taste. Tangy and crisp in the finish.

A mass appeal $6 for a sixer – spend another buck or two and move up to better quality in your local region.

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Photo of scruffwhor
2.72/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pumpkin skin amber with some medicore lacing. A very clear looking pimpkin ale. Looks more like a lager. Has a good two finger head after the pour as well as a medium thick foam. Some uniform Brussel's lacing is also noticed. The aroma is a little sopay with a mix of pumpkin and its spices. The taste is of extracted spices and pumpkin syrup. OHHH yeah, and adjuncts. Adjuncts can pass in lagers, but not in a pimpkin ale.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium amber with a slightly grainy looking offfwhite head.

The smell is slightly soapy , but with subtle fresh pumpkin and cinnamon and nutmeg. Not overwhelming, but a little too light.

Fairly full bodied taste up front, but fades at the end. Sweet pumpkin with a touch of pumpkin pie spices- mostly nutmeg and cinnamon. A little fresher than the smell, an more pumpkin comes through. Pretty pleasant, especially for an AB product.

The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, making this one quite drinkable. There are beetter pumpkin ales out there, but this is well done and a great transition beer.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.98/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light pumpkin orange color with a decent soapy white head. Cloves, pumpkins and some wheat-like malts on the nose. A good first impression beer. The initial taste is sweet--pumpkin pie creaminess, the body reveals some spicy cinammon and nutmeg overtones followed by a thick malt backbone. The mouthfeel eventually reveals some adjunct-like offerings, a-typical of an AB product. That will be the only knock; for the style, this is one fine pumpkin ale!

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Photo of goochpunch
2.89/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours out a dark orange copper and in that respect, reminds me of an oktoberfest. Frothy head that leaves thick, raised lacing. Just some really faint aromas of malt and sweet spices. Too muted. Kind of a so-so and characterless malt body with subtle flavors of pumpkin and spices. I think I taste some sort of noble hop in there. Glad that they didn't go overboard with the spices, but really needs a better base to work with. Really light in the mouth and spritzy. Not really interesting enough to make this crazy drinkable, but inoffensive enough that I could have a few of these.

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Photo of Portertime
4.3/5  rDev +38.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a good pumpkin ale. The color was a rich copper. The smell was a cinnamony pumpkin infusion, nice and sweet, might make a good candle scent. It had a strong, forward cinnamon flavor with sweet pumpkin undertones and a smooth, spicy finish. I'd enjoy this quaff with a fresh slice of pumpkin pie after a big thanksgiving dinner. This one's perfect for the holidays.

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Photo of assurbanipaul
3.54/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light copper, crystal clear with a steady inch-thick white head. It's certainly a pretty beer. Aroma is a light pale malt with a light touch on the spices, some cloves and nutmeg.

Taste is very similar to the aroma, light toasty pale malt and very gentile spices. Cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon are very faint but detectable. Lands somewhere beyond an Oktoberfest/märzen but just shy of most pumpkin ales.

Mouthfeel is light and clean, a little watery but satisfying. Overall, a bit light for a pumpkin-spiced ale but I consider that a good thing as it's far too easy to over-do. Doesn't suck but doesn't do much to stand out.

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Photo of dherling
2.74/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out golden brown with no head whatsoever. The nose was metallic, like old tap water. The taste had some malty sweetness to it, that and some faint hops gave it a little spice. Pumpkin was very faint, hardly there at all. The finish was clean, mouthfeel was crisp.

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Photo of Bonhoeffer
4.16/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a fine beer, and i'm not exactly a pumpkin beer aficionado. I loved the spices in this.

All malt. Hops yield to spices. Appropriate for the style. Spices are festive and blend well. Mouthfeel is nice. Not cloying nor is any flavor overwhelming or off-putting.

This is very nice, solid beer. Thumbs up.

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

This one pours out to a bright amber in the glass with a slight head. The aroma is of pumpkin pie spice and malt. The taste is slightly better than I expected. Its a bit on the thin side. There is the underlying Anheuser-Busch taste to it with the spices laid on top. It does work though. Outstanding? No. But a drinkable seasonal offering and one that would be a decent offering to a fizzy-yellow macro drinker not used to this type of beer.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.64/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this seasonal Anheuser Busch offering. Very pleasant, spicy aroma of nutmeg and clove. Taste was more of the same spices, blended nicely with hop bitterness. The only downside was the finish, which was too dry and too short, but all and all, a decent beer that I will have more of around the holidays.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was a semi-shockingly decent brew from Anheuser.

It pours a nice looking amber colour with a creamy white head that is fairly sticky overall.

The aroma is sweet and spicy (mostly cinnamon with a touch of mutmeg), but actually seems to incorporate real pumpkins as well. Hint of hops float about here and there as well.

The flavour is more of the same however the spiciness is a bit more subdued and the pumpkin flavour comes out a bit more here and there's more of a sweet finish. Everything actually blends together fairly nicely. Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied and average/basic for the most part.

While I can't say I was impressed with this one in terms of it wowing me, I can say that I did not expect it to be as flavourful as it is. It's a basic pumpkin ale, but is well crafted for the most part. There are plenty that are better than this one, but that doesn't make this a bad brew by any stretch. It's not at the top of my pumpkin list but I wouldn't hesitate to sample it again under the right circumstances...

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Photo of jdhilt
2.81/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a four-finger white head that fades quickly leaving some lace. Clear amber color. Pumpkin spicy nose. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Starts sweet with some pumpkin flavor, finish is clean. Not enough carbonation, and flavor is like the spices etc. were added to their lager. There are better pumpkin ales out there like Shipyard's. $1.50 for a 12oz bottle from Capital Convenience Concord, NH.

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Photo of clickpush
3.66/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour: 12oz bottle to pint glass. The carbonation settles after the pour to reveal an apricot bodied brew with a city of bubble activity throughout the glass, including the ones that sit directly on the sides, acting as an insulation between the beer and the outside world. The eggshell head peaks at about an inch and it's fluffy body has a long retention, slowly making its way down to it's final resting position with some excellent lacings - leaving spider webs of residue along the glass as it recedes.

Nose: First impressions are cinnamon and a sour/tartness from the hops. Doesn't smell like pumpkin pie at all: the combination of a few warm feeling spices doesn't balance here to make achieve *my* desired effect. There's hints of caramel, but the fragrance is a tad on the faint side. The malts don't seem to play a big role in this one.

Mouth: Up front you would never know this is a spiced beer - it tastes like a slightly tart lager, your typical AB product. As it moves back though the accent flavors emerge, most heavily ginger and nutmeg, with a dry and gentle fruit finish. As it warms, the cinnamon comes through and is trailed by flavors of vanilla. The after taste is slightly sour and is in no hurry to disappear - a bit unpleasant. Mouthfeel is average, a little too strong with the carbonation.

I took a shot with this AB product because I love pumpkin ales. This definitely is not the best one I've had, but I'll enjoy drinking all six of them.

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Photo of xav33
2.37/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Michelob Jacks Pumpkin Spice Ale
12 oz bottle
Recent bottling, drunken 09/06
Medium pour in a pint glass

Poured clear copper with a creamy slightly off-white mostly diminishing 1/4 inch head.

Smelt of moderate pumpkin and cinnamon and other tradtional spices.

Taste was upfront moderate sweet pumpkin followed by the moderately sweet spicy cinnamon kick and slight bitterness that lingers awkwardly. Mouthfeel was light, watery and some heavy astringincy on the finish with lively carbonation.

Overall, the taste is right but there is some odd palate work that messes it all up.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased as part of Michelob's Holiday case. Poured a perfectly clear copper color with modest tannish puffy head that quickly fell to a thin ring. Nose is enjoyable, being a nice combination of pumpkin spiace (hence the name). Taste was dissapointing, as it seemed to be too perfumey for my tastes. There was also a strange burung sensation that was unpleasant. Too dry a finish that I did like at all. Many beers improve with subsequent tastes, but this one definitely did not. It was hard to finih the whole glass.

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Photo of jimdkc
2.88/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear orange with a decent, if short-lived off-white head.

Aroma is predominantly pumpkin and cinnamon.

Some malt sweetness in the taste, again with pumpkin and cinnamon with other spices... a touch of clove... nutmeg. Not much else. This doesn't taste bad... I just wish it tasted more like.... BEER!

Thin mouthfeel with a bit overly-fizzy carbonation.

Again, this wasn't bad... OK as a novelty. Wouldn't want more than one!

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

Received as a gift as part of the Michelob Holiday Pack.

Transparent reddish-orange body with thin bubble-filled head resting quietly on top.

Smells strongly of fruit (pumpkin, obviously), with hints of yeast and other sweet esters. Reminds me a bit of a hefeweizen in terms of its aroma -- nice presentation.

Spicy, sweet flavor with nice sweet aftertaste. There's not a lot here, but what's here is to like.

Thin mouthfeel -- decent enough for a macro.

Overall drinkability is average. It's not my favorite beer, but it's better than most macros. At least they're trying for craft sensibilities, and I've tasted much worse craft than this.

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Photo of KroMagnon
3.65/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big bubbles in head suggest higher carbonation level. A nice orange color. The aroma is mostly cinnamon and clove, quite obvious and brings pumpkin pie to mind. The flavor also has a nice dose of those spices along with some sweet malt profile although its a little drier than I'd like. Fairly well balanced otherwise. The beer isn't terribly bold but overall this is a nicely done spice beer. I ding the mouthfeel a little (its kind of dry and overcarbonated) and the drinkability suffers some as a result. But definitely worth a try.

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Photo of evh883
2.86/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This was my first try for a pumpkin ale. It had a nice pour with a medium amber tone and a good head with lacing. It did not have any aroma of a spiced ale or pumpkin; it just smelled mostly like better than average macro. The taste presented pumpkin mildly and had a the essences of cinnamon and cloves. Typical macro mouthfeel here, watery. Overall, not a bad choice for a cheaper brew.

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Photo of granger10
3.55/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This Michelob offering pours a deep woody copper color with bubbles racing to the top and a nice two inch foamy head. Lots of lacing.

Subtle aroma of cinnamon and ginger. Some orange seems to be there as well. I wouldn't really know this was a pumpkin beer by the smell.

Taste begins with a sweeter pumpkin, reminiscent of yams, flavor along with a thick caramel punch. Caramel is definitely more noticeable. Cinnamon and nutmeg seem fairly strong and come out a bit prickly. Some citric hop notes underneath. Finish is a bit watery.

Body is on the lighter side but is smooth and somewhat creamy. The thick caramel seems a bit off though considering the lighter body. Carbonation might be a touch too much as well.

As for drinkability, I would consider this more drinkable than most pumpkin beers. The flavors are good and the pumpkin and spices aren't overwhelming as they can be in some. Definitely a solid seasonal offering from Michelob.

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Photo of arguemaniac
3.47/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very orange amber with a rocky, well-sustaining and orange-tinged white head that leaves a sticky, sprawling lace. Though you can smell some pumpkin malt in there the brew’s aroma is primarily composed of various spices. And it’s pretty much the same for the flavor: clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, etc., along with pumpkin, and sweet, grain malt flavor that comes through a bit clearer than with most pumpkin ales. Moderately creamy mouthfeel with mild carbonation.

Though many other pumpkin ales have a little more depth and complexity, this one was still pretty tasty. And, considering that is a AB product, it’s even more impressive. Recommended.

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Jack's Pumpkin Spice Ale from Anheuser-Busch
Beer rating: 3.1 out of 5 with 416 ratings
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