Pumpkin Beer | O'Fallon Brewery

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Pumpkin BeerPumpkin Beer

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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 1000lbgrizzly
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Mostly clear orange/tan body, off-white head that fades entirely. Nose hits first with baking spices, in a restrained amount, followed closely by a sweet malt, caramel and biscuit-like, reminiscent of a marzenbier. Flavor subdues the spice in favor of the sweet malt, and a kind of pumpkin-essence element. Spices are mild, cinnamon and nutmeg, a bit of unwanted clove/bubblegum. Body is highly drinkable; appropriate carbonation, medium weight, maybe a bit slick.
I know pumpkin beers are allowed to be sweet, but that odd malt sweetness is not for me. I still appreciated the likeness to traditional autumn beers (Octoberfests), and also the restrained spices (too little is better than too much), so this ended up being a decent cooling-weather beer.

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Photo of FBarber
3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Lots of cinnamon and clove on the nose of this one. Pumpkin is present but balanced. Smooth easy drinker. One of the better pumpkin ales out there - spices are nicely crafted bad pumpkin is balanced.

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Photo of Suds
3.96/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is an orange-amber color with a light haze and a white head. The head is thin. The aroma is great...pumpkin pie spice and malt. The taste is quite good as well....malt, spice, it's not unlike pie filling, but not cloying. Full in body, but not heavy. Good.

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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 Murphious
3.52/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just a "meh" pumpkin ale. They do a good thing by not going crazy with the pie spice. This beer is more of the pumpkin and less of the pie. Not really a dessert beer like Pumking by Southern Tier (which I like when I'm wanting sweet). Schlafly's is stilll the best all-around pumpkin ale out there---my benchmark.

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Photo of MaximalC
2.99/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours a murky amber color with a solid finger’s worth of heterogeneous off-white foam. Mild aroma smells of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, pumpkin, some wheat, and a generic macrobrew scent.

The taste features wheat and cinnamon most prominently, with a dilute pumpkin flavor that is largely masked by spices and carbonation. A gentle dose of noble hops lend a mild bitterness that doesn’t quite mesh with the other flavors. A little warming reveals a vague juiciness along with the pumpkin. Medium-light body and aggressive carbonation produce a cola-like mouthfeel that is probably the most assertive aspect of this brew.

Overall, this is a dilute and barely passable representation of the style. There is pumpkin, and there are spices, but their execution is hardly inspired. It’s not offensive like some pumpkin ales, but there are far better to be had.

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Photo of HopsAreDaMan
3.49/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz, no date. Aroma is mildly of spice and pumpkin. Taste is mostly of malt, some spice, and a little pumpkin. Mouth-feel is light.

I drank this O'Fallon Pumpkin Beer (5.6%) side-by-side with a Schlafly Pumpkin Ale (8%), and the Schlafly was more creamy, and more complex. The O'Fallon was two-dimensional--like a decent ale, with a little spice--but still drinkable.

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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 shanegatter
3.32/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Started out with a great pumpkin taste but soon the bitterness over powered that, looks cloudy and has that fall/pumpkin smell, would probably try again

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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 AgentMunky
3.86/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Lost Abbey Teku glass.
Glowing gold, with a billowing two fingers of head and mild effervescence.
It smells delightful -- plenty of spice without that being overwhelming. Vegetal, gourdy scents.
At first, the taste is promising...it doesn't taste artificial at all (and never does), and is bursting with fruit (vegetable? what is pumpkin) and complemented by mild cinnamon and clove. Alas, it has no staying power, and scant seconds later, a thinness and lagery-yeastiness has taken over, the pumpkin all but forgotten. The spice has some staying power though, and so the aftertaste leans pie-like, marred by the thin-light-beeriness. A bit like Miller with pumpkins.
As pumpkin beers go, pretty good! Would drink another.

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Photo of zdk9
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours orange with a finger of white quickly dying head.

S- It's a pumpkin beer all right. Some spice, a good amount of sweetness- honey, ginger, a little Mandarin orange.

T- Matches up closely to the aroma. Good amount of pumpkin flavor and some brighter pumpkin pie spices. Not a lot of clove or allspice or anything too dark or heavy. Some malt flavors like a pancake or doughy biscuit as well.

F- Mostly some lingering stickness on the tongue and lips.

O- A solid pumpkin with distinct if not unique flavor. Bravo to the season!

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Photo of richj1970
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into snifter.

A: Pours golden brown with one finger white head that settles to a thin ring. Minimal lacing.

S: Cinnamon, all spice, and honey.

T: Straight up pumpkin pie. Cinnamon, all spice, nutmeg mixed with some subtle sweetness. Spices are a touch assertive.

M: Medium body and average carbonation.

O: One of the better non-stout pumpkin beers I've tried.

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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 greenhousedrummer
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The brew itself looks quite nice upon pouring with a luminous copper color but the white head dissipates quickly. It smells of pumpkin, clove and sweet candy. The taste is balanced with a nice spicy bite midway, leaving way to pumpkin pie. Nearly perfect. I find most pumpkin beers overdo it on the cinnamon and nutmeg, leaving a harsh aftertaste that leaves me shuddering. I think a good pumpkin ale should taste like, well, pumpkin. A great session beer, I am impressed with the balance here.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Thanks, joshstl! Not a great look here - the head looks fizzy and has terrible duration, plus the copper-colored body is murky. As far as the aroma goes, I do get some pumpkin spicing (cinnamon and nutmeg) that doesn't seem harsh or oppressive. Problem is, there really isn't a whole lot to the nose beyond that and some caramel malt. I'm surprised how well the flavor profile mimics pumpkin pie. Yes, I do get some nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove; but I also pick up flavors of vanilla cream and caramel on the back end. The cinnamon isn't overdone (though nutmeg is quite bold), and it doesn't finish harshly. It doesn't have the most exciting or vibrant feel; drinkability is good regardless. I don't always enjoy this style, but this is pulled off well.

3.3/5: Well, I guess Missouri brewers know their way around pumpkin ale!

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Photo of GOBLIN
3.47/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

As for pumpkin beers . . . I did not enjoy this one. Just had a very watered down pumpkin flavor with no other spices or flavors to complement or support.

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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 KYGunner
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Nose is like pumpkin pie with a spicy gourd and creamy scent. The flavor emulates the nose but with a slightly thin texture. The cinnamon and nutmeg are strong with a bit of peppery spice. The creamy gourd like flavor gives one the impression of pureed pumpkin. Very nice pumpkin ale especially for the price.

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Photo of JLaw55
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the better pumpkin beers out there. Unfortunately I am not a huge fan of the pumpkin beers, I have to be in the mood and that doesn't happen often.

Would Drink Again: Yes
Would Purchase Again: No

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Photo of barczar
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very pumpkin, with not overwhelming spice, but there's an offputting tangy character that I often attribute to overly aged squash. Nice toasted malt finish.

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Photo of tone77
3.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Another beer courtesy of the legendary woodychandler. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a orange/brownish color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of pumpkin, some mild spices. Taste is good, pumpkin, nutmeg, subtle spices, very easy drinking and refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall this beer was not overspiced as many pumpkin beers are, tasty and enjoyable.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.04/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Each time that I think that I have reviewed my last pumpkin beer for the year/season, another one pops up! I really do think that this will be my last until Fall 2014. I purchased it at D's Six Pax & Dogz in Da Burgh during my most recent visit and raise a toast to The CANQuest's (TM) hitting the 1K milestone sometime in 2014. Cheers!

From the CAN: "We Love Beer."

The Crack! was nice and loud and the inverted Glug went beautifully, producing two fingers of dense, light-orangish head that put me in mind of the froth on an Orange Julius. Do they even make those any more? Color was a cloudy orangish-amber (SRM = > 17, < 22). Nose seemed heavily dosed with nutmeg, although I could also smell cinnamon in the mix. The mouthfeel was kind of thin, but I liked that they had not overdone it with the spices so that the malt had a chance to come through. I was reminded of a Christmas cookie, spiced, but with a bready quality, also. Finish was semi-sweet, the result of the admixture of the spices with the malts. It was not the best version of the style that I tried over the course of the season, but neither was it the worst.

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Photo of blackcompg
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Poured nearly 2 fingers of light golden khaki head, color of the body is a hazy orange amber - almost like the color of pumpkin pie filling. The head dwindles to a cap, and doesn't leave much in the way of lacing.

Smell - Big pumpkin spices of nutmeg, cinnamon, some very light clove, and some light sweetness like whipped cream.

Taste - Very spice forward, exactly like the nose with spices of nutmeg and cinnamon, with slight clove at the back of the tongue, also getting some light minerals, and some wheat bread crust. There is some light sweetness here too, truly like light whipped cream. The flavors here are all pretty good, but seem just a bit watered down.

Mouthfeel - Lighter side of medium, carb is medium and somewhat cleansing, with plenty of edges across the tongue. Finish is somewhat clean and a little watery, with lingering spices.

Overall - A pretty good pumpkin beer, has the right flavors, but on the lighter side. Would be easy to knock back a few of these, nearly sessionable. A decent representative of the style.

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Photo of Tuey13
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a hazy orange with a one finger white head that disappears rather quick leaving little lacing on the glass.

Smells just like pumpkin pie spices... cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves... I also detect a brown sugar sweetness and a bit of toasted crust. Smells good!

The taste is pure buttery pumpkin and spices... I get a little hint of vanilla that makes me think of when i put cool whip on my pumpkin pie... delicious!

I love this Pumpkin beer.. I always have this and Schlafly's Pumpkin in my fridge for fall... this is a more easy drinking lighter beer, while Schlafly is more of a beast in comparison. I actually drank my first one of these while raking leaves outside and i love the aroma and taste mixed with the smell of the leaves... ahhh, gotta love fall!


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