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O'Fallon Brewery
Missouri, United States

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Like pumpkin pie in a bottle...we add 136 pounds of real pumpkin to the three-barley mash and then season the finished beer with cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves.

11 IBU

Added by maxpower on 10-10-2003

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Photo of Lauthaha
4.92/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip glass for maximum pretentiousness.

Appearance: Beer pours a golden copper color (or alternatively, a dark amber color) with a vague haziness. Head is thin and wispy, and pure white. Much like pumpkin pie.

Smell: Right out of the bottle (out of the fridge) it's not very appetizing...but after a few moments of warming up, the pumpkin flavor blasts through accompanied by the perennial cinnamon and nutmeg additions that are a part of pumpkin pie. As a pumpkin ale, it smells perfect.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Slightly buttery going in, it begins fizzing on the tongue. With the fizziness comes a great deal of pumpkin flavor, with an even amount of buttery sweetness and herbal spice. Aftertaste is beautiful, all that's missing is the crust and whipped cream.

Overall: A great dessert beer and a great fall beer. I am definitely picking up a six-pack of this when the harvest moon rolls through. VERY tasty, and well done.

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Photo of BobbyBeerman
4.82/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thank goodness for September!! The early fall seasonals start to come out and I get to enjoy one of my favorite beers! It looks like they redesigned the label. It's now black background with brown maple leaves and a jack-o-lantern. I have had this beer for years now and really enjoy this one. I finally remembered to review it! Duh.

A: Pours a wonderful hazy orange with a white-ish head that dissipates down to a persistent ring that produces slight lacing.

S: This is what I love. This beer has an honest name. Pumpkin and the associated pie spices (nutmeg and cinnamon) are obvious. No pumpkin extracts or candy - this is pie!

T: Once it gets to proper temperature the flavor is out of this world. But I don't need too many words to describe it - liquid pumpkin pie with alcohol content. Good rich flavor that isn't watered down.

M: Medium bodied, good carbonation. I wouldn't call it dry but maybe... You know how your mouth feels after some good cinnamon? That's the feeling. It's not a bad thing. I think it adds to the genuineness of the pumpkin flavor.

D: I love this. I could drink this - slowly - all night long. This is a really fine example of a fall seasonal beer. Of all the pumpkin ales out there this year, don't pass this one up!!

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Photo of codsmith
4.59/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A nice hazy orange color that pours with a thin white head that dissipates quickly.

S: Has an AMAZING smell of pumpkin pie spices, where the nutmeg really stands out. One of the best pumpkin beers I have smelled.

T: There is a very nice blend of malt character and the spices. Nothing is overly done and the hops are just perfect enough to not make it too sweet or provide any unwanted bittering in the after-taster. It has a nice little kick of spicy in the after-taste

M: It has a rather medium-heavy mouth-feel from the maltyness. Carbonation is right on.

O: One of the best pumpkin beers I've ever had. Everything is there from the pumpkin pie spice, the malty character, and the carbonation. And the most important part is that they are all well balanced.

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.55/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - What a great beer to enter October with! It even has a cool jack-o-lantern on the bottle (mine is slightly different than the BA avatar). Pours a cloudy hazel-orange with a tight khaki cap that shows some light white-orange tint. The head reduces to a collar and haze pretty quickly, but a swirl beings a fat and foamy one-finger head back into place. Lots of really nice arcing lace coats the glass. The brew shows a blood-orange, almost purple cast at times. This one's a looker!

S - Pumpkin pie! This smells exactly like pumpkin pie...crust and all. Some other pumpkin beers taste like pumpkin candy or extract, but this is very authentic. I also smell a light dusting of cinnamon sticks and the faintest whiff of red-hot candy. The malt base is an Oktoberfest-like caramel malty nose pleaser.

T - Again, this is liquefied home-made pumpkin pie! I love how accurate this is. Much like the nose, there are cinnamon sticks and halloween candy flavors too. Mulled cider minus the apples. Sort of like mulled pumpkin cider! The caramel malt (I'm guessing) really provides a nice base for the graham-cracker crust and pumpkin pie filling flavors. I also taste low doses of other spices.... mentions nutmeg and cloves on the label and I'm not sure that I taste much clove, the nutmeg is huge!

M - Medium in body with a fine sparkling carbonation and a dusty cinnamon powder finish. Not at all dry, it is just dusty and quite yeasty. The feel is very well matched to the flavors and autumnal vibe!

D - Outstanding! Fall is my favorite time of the beer-year (Oktoberfest!), and I look forward to finding new oktoberfests, rauchbiers, and pumpkin brews to get me in the mood for my favorite season!

Note: Since this has a sort of mulled-cider vibe, I tried heating half of a bottle up in a coffee up. Don't do this....it tastes like puke! I don't think that this has a high enough ABV or something.

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Photo of alphagnome
4.53/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear, vibrant orange body topped with a thin, white head that vanishes quicker than kids at bedtime. Plenty of fizzy action though.

Clean is the name of the game. Everything here is well executed, light, and clean. Cloves and nutmeg dominate the aromascape with faint traces ofpumpkin and pecan. Summed up, they trapped the lovely smell of a fresh pumpkin pie in bottle.

Follows the aroma nicely.. this is pumpkin pie in a bottle! All the hallmarks of a classic Thanksgiving favorite are here: pumpkin - check, nutmeg - check, cinnamon- check, allspice - check. Light bitterness from beginning to end. Satisfying finish and aftertaste - you'll swear you just wrapped up Thanksgiving dinner!

Medium body and smooth. Plenty of carbonation. No real noticable alcohol. Easy to drink with a semi-sweet finish.

I love this time of year... the colors, the weather (usually), and the pumpkin beer! While this isn't my favorite, it's a close second behind Southern Tier's Pumpking. For me though, this one has a one-up on Pumpking - it's availability. Easy to obtain, easy to session, and easy to love.

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Photo of amatuerbeerguy
4.52/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pumpkin, Pumpkin Poured out nice brownish-orange color, low head, long lasting head retention. Head color white with slight orange tint. Aroma reminding of pumpkin pie, with nutmeg, clove and cinnamon being the prodominant spices. Some malt and hop aroma present. The flavors of pumpkin pie is robust, with the nutmeg, cinnamo, and clove coming though till the end also being accentuated by the low malt and hop character. Well carbonation in this one, medium bodied, nicely balanced to resemble pumpkin pie. Very drinkable.

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Photo of Nic1985Ace
4.52/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had on draft and in a bottle.
L: Pours a nice amber color with a white head that is fast dissipating. No Lacing.
S: Wonder nose with pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
T: Cinnamon is the first noticeable flavor with a nice pumpkin washdown.
F: Light, average carbonation, but a very refreshing beer.
O: I find this to be hands down one of the better pumpkin beers out there. It has excellent balance with just the right amount of cinnamon and pumpkin. I look forward to the release of this beer every year. I had this on draft on my kegerator and would swirl the rim of the glass in cinnamon and sugar and guests absolutely loved this!

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.5/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pumpkin Beer brewed by O'Fallon Brewery, with an ABV of 5.60% This brew pores out a deep amber color , almost orangre with a nice white head. The smell of pumpkin beer , is pumpkin, spices , grains, and malts. Just like fresh pumpkin pie. Now for the taste ,it is rich with flavors. You pick up on the pumpkin in this brew. Along with spices , malts and grains. There is a lot going on in this brew. The taste of this brew put you in the mind set of pumpkin pie. O'Fallon Brewery, pumpkin beer , has a nice balance to it there is nothing overpowering about this brew. The mouth feel of pumpkin beer is bold, rich and smooth. This is how pumpkin brews should be. I like how Pumpkin Beer brewed by O'Fallon Brewery stands out from most pumpkin brews on the market today. This brew goes nice with the season. Overall I'm giving O'Fallon Brewery, pumpkin beer a 4.50 out of 5. I would buy this brew again. O'Fallon Brewery, did a nice job with this one.

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Photo of Deanosaurus
4.5/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My wife and I were at Wal-mart in the produce section and they had a display of Octoberfest beers and this one was on there. I had tried Schlafly Oktoberfest, Sam Adams as well, but I had never seen a beer that was downright Pumpkin, not Octoberfest. Being partial to O'Fallon beers having tried many of their others (They have an excellent 5-Day IPA) I ran over to look at it. Lucky for them my excitement overrode the fact that a 6-pack came in around $9 (not the most expensive but a pretty pricey seasonal).

- Appearance (4/5)
Nothing unique about the color. Sort of off-brown, not what I had expected. More of a pumpkin pie made with brown sugar kind of color than a pumpkin color.

- Smell (4/5)
This was the opposite of what I would say of most beers. Typically a beer, especially hoppy ones, smell wonderful then taste bitter. O'Fallon's Pumpkin was more the opposite. The smell was murky and had a subtle undertone of pumpkin and spices. But...

- Taste (4.75/5)
The taste is so strongly pumpkin you would think you had just carved one open, scooped out some the the innards and started going to town. Then the spices follow suit and round off the flavor into a very enjoyable experience.

- Mouthfeel (5/5)
Like I said, the taste was as though you were eating the raw pumpkin insides. I don't know if it was the flavor or the texture that tricked my brain, but the beer was mushy in just the right way. It was the most realistic feeling beer, that is to say, it says Pumpkin on the bottle, this feels like I just drank, chewed, and swallowed what you get out of the can of Libby's pumpkin pie base (the fibrous strands tossed in a liquefier).

- Overall (4.5/5)
The look is lacking, but the taste is amazing. A must have for this time of year.

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Photo of RushLimbmalt
4.49/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wow, this beer is pretty damn good. Having only had the Blue Moon pumpkin ale before this one, I was not expecting too much. This beer really does taste like pumpkin pie. It smells wonderfully pumpkiny too. I will be looking forward to this beer next fall. Until then I will enjoy it while I can.

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Photo of nortmand
4.47/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orange- amber with a barely lingering white head.

Spice dominate the nose, but there is a faint hint of cooked squash in there. Very cool.

Slight astringency up front is followed by a full on barrage of ginger and clove flavors supported by a moderate sweetness. Intense, but not overpowering or unpleasant.

Low-medium bodied, would like a bit more chewiness, very nice pumpkin ale, though.

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Photo of ordybill
4.44/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a murky orange with a small white head. The aroma matches a pumpkin pie! The taste is pure pumpkin and spice goodness. One of the best pumpkin ales I have had.

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Photo of nogoodreason
4.39/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a murky amber with a nice off-white head. There's enough yeast in this bottle to brew a batch without a starter. It's outta control.

Nose is quite spicy, with the cinnamon and nutmeg jumping out at you and little else escaping. It's rich and full in the mouth, fairly spicy with the spcies lasting long into the finish. As it warms, the soft, bready aspects rise up and the pumpkin flavor becomes predominant. The level of spice remains high, but now it's balanced just wonderfully with the malt and pumpkin. The finish is long, spicy and rounded out with that breadiness.

So drinkable that I went through three and only stopped because I didn't want to run out before Friday night.

Really, really nice. I don't like pumpkin beers. I really like this beer, though, it'll be a regular in my fridge until it's season is gone.

Top-noch effort from the area's quirkiest brewery.

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Photo of Jelitikasez
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this just after Schlafly pumpkin ale. I think I'd have liked O'Fallon's more if I hadn't just had the Schlafly. O'Fallon's is lighter in every respect. This makes it better with a meal (went with curried fish just fine), but I prefer the stronger, richer, sweeter, center-of-attention Schlafly. This very likely has more to do with personal preference rather than quality of the brew. Finding that for the most part I like thick, dark, sweet stouts. This might have been a good summer beer, when I was looking for something a little lighter without being thin or watery.

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

WOW, this is almost like drinking a pumpkin pie it's so smooth and sweet. Upon pouring it's an opaque light brown with head that quickly disappears. As the beer warms up it becomes more clear. The aroma/taste are pumpkin with some spices like nutmeg and cinnamon. The body is dang near perfect for the style, not watery, nor chewy. It is very easy to down the whole glass and want some more, good thing the wife got a six-pack of it.
FYI, the current label has a cartoon jack-o-lantern on it.

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Photo of Snyder18
4.32/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Cloudy light brown with orange hues. This years version states that it is brewed with pumpkin. In the past the've used a pumpkin spice "tea" to get the desired flavor. This may account for the relative cloudiness in the current beer. 1" thick light tan head reduced to a thin film in a few minutes.

Smell - Nose full of cinnamon and nutmeg. Pumpkin background. Malt and hops are there but so overpowered by the cinnamon that they are difficult to detect.

Taste - Much like the aroma, the pumpkin and spices are major players in the flavor. It's like having a mouth full of pumpkin meat or squash seasoned with cinnamon. Toasty, nutty malt sweetness as it warms. Just enough hop presence to tone down the sweetness to a drinkable level.

Mouthfeel - Creamy almost buttery. Medium to full bodied.

Drinkability - Very drinkable. Doesn't fatigue the taste buds as quickly as most pumpkin beers. And at 5.5% ABV you can enjoy several at a sitting.

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Photo of jsh420
4.32/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours cloudy copper orange with a 1+ finger head that left a small amount of lacing

smells of pumpkin bread and spices just like it should but i also pick up this rubber smell which take a point off

taste is great - bam right off the bat you are hit with spice and sharp with the carbonation being high - then mellows with a good amount of pumpkin

mouthfeel is a nice and light body beer with high carbonation to give nice it a dry finish

drinkability is great @ 5.5av with this kind of taste puts right up there with the best of them imo

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Photo of gordavidson
4.32/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Orange with a little cloudiness. No head to speak of, just a little ring around the border of the glass.

S- Malty with some nutmeg, cinnamon, clove and pumpkin.

T- Stunning. This is like pumpkin pie in liquid form. A little bit of bubble gum on the tail end there. A little sweet too.

M- Creamy with a great level of carbonation.

D- What a treat. This was really impressive. It's a shame these kinds of beers aren't more popular.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The delightful, softly spicy nose of O'Fallons pumpkin ale is a good indication of what you'll find within its clear orange body and creamy yellowed-white head. It's not overdone with spice, and has an actual pumpkin flavor to it amidst its gently sweet malt components. Cinnamon seems to stand out as far as the spicing goes, appearing first and last on the palate, but the clove comes on strong across the middle, and the nutmeg is clearly visible in the finish. Remarkably well-balanced and drinkable!

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Photo of Opethsprite
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Purchased in a 6-pack at the local Wild Oats natural food store (which also has a decent selection of beer). It pours a beautiful golden orange with a modest off-white head. Rather murky looking. It smells delicious! Just like pumpkin pie! Smells of sweet, sticky cinnamon (though not overpowering) with nutmeg and of course, pumpkin. Fortunately, this delicious nose is manifested in the taste too! The spices are all there, along with considerable malts and a tinge of hops. I can see how this would be too sweet for some people, but I love it. Medium bodied and damn drinkable. This is my first pumpkin beer and it freaking rocks. I can't wait to try others!!!

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Photo of sweemzander
4.27/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

12oz. can poured into a snifter.

(A)- Pours a hazed orange color. Minimal white froth.

(S)- Just an awesome combo of spice and vanilla on the nose. Reminds me of pumpkin graham crackers.

(T)- Very similar to the smell. Awesome spice with graham cracker and vanilla pumpkin, just not as rich and inviting as the smell was; a bit toned down.

(M)- The carbonation level is good, but it is really quite thin in mouthfeel. Great spiced flavors and pumpkin, but just way too thin for the style.

(O)- An absolutely awesome pumpkin beer that could be one of the best if they just made this a bit thicker; it would really drive this one home. As it stands, its just a bit watery feel-wise for me.

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Photo of rrg1gb
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Basically pumpkin pie in a bottle - very nice and smooth with the dominant pumpkin flavor from beginning to end. there's a little cinnamon aroma with a bit of carbonation but not at all overdone. O'Fallon Pumpkin Ale just gets better and better every year. I need to hold onto a six pack of this for Thanksgiving!

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Photo of Caveworm
4.24/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pumpkin Beer - O'Fallon Brewery. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, this beer's head is two fingers thick, with not much lacing, and a reddish amber body.

I smell real pumpkins, not a can of Libby's.

Well damn, I thought the floaties were slightly off-putting, but I realize its small chunks of pumpkin. Now this is a true blue pumpkin taste going on, not a spice bomb by any means.

The mouthfeel is clean and crisp.

Overall, I'll give Pumpkin Beer - O'Fallon Brewery a 4.25.

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Photo of LordChesterfield
4.24/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer makes no secret of trying to emulate pumpkin pie and it does a good job. First you see it, is has the same coloring(murky), then you smell it, it has the same spicing, then you taste it, but it also has a delicious beer side too it with assertive sharp hops as an immediate aftertaste and then after a few seconds you get a delicious wam pumpkin pie taste in your mouth. You will also notice a slight yeastiness that is not at all unpleasant and actually adds to the mouthfeel. I'm going to stock up on these the next time I go to Hy-vee and save it for thanksgiving. This beer tastes like fall. And if you're interested in the head, it's not very high or longlived and it has an offwhite hue, the bottle is full of yeast, so decant carefully if you don't like this. My one qualm is that they didn't fill the bottle up enough, which erks me because the type of cap they use is one of a hand-capped microbrew and they shouldn't be cheap bastards, I'll still buy it though. Recommended.

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Photo of nlmartin
4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer was served in a pub glass. The beer was purchased at the Party Source Newport.

Appearance: The beer was a clear orange coloration with active carbonation. The head was one finger high and had a biege coloration. The head had no retention.

Smell: The beer has the pumpkin pie spice smell about right. The beer is loaded with cinnamon, cloves, all spice and nutmeg. This is well balanced with a faint musty pumpkin smell

Taste: This beer is a good amalgamation of pumpkin pie and beer. The beer has a very satisfying delivery of the spices above. I can make out a bit of pumpkin in the back taste. The beer has sweet maltyness that is well balanced out with spice.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer seems to have a vaguely buttery/ oily mouthfeel. This adds to the enjoyment of drinking the beer as it makes the flavors last longer. This is a dam fine pumpkin ale and I could see kicking back several of these in an evening.

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