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Pumpkin BeerPumpkin Beer

Brewed by:
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 Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Northyorksammy: Poured a light yellow/redish color ale with a big foamy head with average retention but good lacing. Aroma of cinnamon and cloves is about medium with some light pumpkin. Taste of cinnamon and cloves dominated the taste and was well balance with some light pumpkin. Light body with some good carbonation. Overall, I thought this was a well done pumpkin beer but probably not up to par with the Weyerbacher one which I still think is the best of the style.

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Photo of sacfly
3.54/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz, no date
Pours a clear amber/brown with no head to speak of. Aroma is a nice blend of nutmeg, clove, and cinnamon, as expected. Cinnamon dominates the flavor, with the nutmeg taking a backseat. Lighter body than expected from a pumpkin ale. On the dry side. Ok pumpkin ale. A bit dry for my liking, but a nice blend of spice in the nose and not overwhelming in the taste.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Begins with a malty quality, but that quickly turns to pumpkin and pumpkin spice (especially nutmeg and a touch of clove and maybe even cinnamon). These are blended nicely and not overpowering.
Initially pours with a moderate but very loud and fizzy head that bubbles itself out of existence quite quickly. This leaves a rather cleverly clear amber drink with orange tint. Attractive color, just no head. This appears to be bottle conditioned with sediment obvious on the bottom
Taste begins with the spices which is enhanced by the nose. This moves towards more traditional beer flavors of malt. The nutmeg and cinnamon flavors stay present throughout the drink, but do not prevent enjoyment of the other flavors. At times there seems to be a yeasty quality that seems to have qualities of phenol, but it's brief and not that distracting.
Body yet thin (with a viscous, sticky feel), which makes it quite easy to drink. Enjoyable tingly and very fine carbonation. This feels nice and drinks well.
I preferred the flavors while colder. Well balanced and an easy drinker for the season.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Standard 12 ounce brown glass bottle sealed with a simple brass colored crown cap. One main black label (which differs from that shown on BA) has a picture of a cranky looking carved pumpkin face with orange text which refers to this as “Pumpkin Ale”. Bottom of the label states that this is…brewed with Pumpkin and Spices (Cinnamon Sticks, Nutmeg and Cloves). No strength or freshness dates.

Appearance: Great presentation. Lightly hazed burnished copper body reflects the incandescent light with a refractive prowess forming orange-brown rays. Big off-white head on the pour but this soon settles down to a thin but consistently resilient ⅛” thick head. Smattered lacing with a healthy carbonation, which reinstates the head thickness when gently swirled.

Nose: Massive punch of cloves, background is full of cinnamon, nutmeg, mixed Christmas spices and a warming aspect, but it’s all in order and under control. As it breathes the strength middles out and remains at a level that is appealing and never annoying.

Taste: Feels like it starts more with toasted malts than any Pumpkin, though that may have just been my taste buds fooled by the first mouthful. After that a nicely balanced mix of Cinnamon, Nutmeg add a spiced feel adds to the more juicy squashed Pumpkins. Finishes with plenty of spices and a gentle malt sweetness. Lingers on the palate for a while.

Mouthfeel: Has a healthy feel, but the depth of the textures seems a tad thin at times, or just above average at others. It seems to swing between the two and lend an overall light bodied feel. If there are any “nit picks” with this brew it is the fact that it probably has a bit too much of a watery nature to it.

Drinkability: I’m not one to ever pound a few Pumpkin Ales, even the ones I like, but I could certainly manage a couple of 12 ounce bottles of this one and it has a more appealing Drinkability than most.

Overall: I sometimes shudder when I see Pumpkin Ales, often they are killed by the excessive use of all things Halloween, or worse, they turn out to be lame duck Amber Ales with a feint hint of nothing. O’Fallon’s offering is one of those that gets the balance just right for me. A solid offering and a good example of what I think a Pumpkin Ale should be.

Cheers for this one Joe. Much appreciated.

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Photo of peabody
2.85/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

pours out Ice tea amber. Very clear and lots of bubbles but no head to speak of.
Smell is a sour mixture of sugars caramel and spice.
I get a bubblegum flavor in the background. Sweet but not spicey at all. Caramel and some strange spice I can't put my finger on.
Mouthfeel is subtle and not a lot going on otherwise.
Not a bad beer, just a 'could be better' beer.

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Photo of emerge077
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First pumpkin ale i've tried...

Pours a semi-transparent copper color, hazes through when last swirl of yeast is added. Suspended yeast floats lazily. Fluffy head, sticks around for a little bit. Spotty yeast collects and dots the bottom of the glass. Smell is mild, straining to pick out the faint clove/nutmeg spice.

Taste is malty and carbonated, with an accent of spice. Bottle lists cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg, which don't all resonate distinctly. Not to pick it apart, the spice element is reserved, and it lends itself greatly to the mouthfeel and drinkability. Carbonation is average, this one is easily sessionable. I've had three today already, and could have another. Good autumn seasonal...

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Photo of beerphilosopher
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy medium orange color with virtually no head. Good carbonation. Nose is terrific ... cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and pumpkin ... slightly doughy, like a good pie. Palate is consistent with the nose ... nice spiciness and malt sweetness. Have a slight "bite" that I like ... ginger-like. This one is well balanced. Mouthfeel is maybe slightly thin, but good over all. Residual spiciness lingers on the tongue. Slightly sweet finish. This is a very drinkable pumpkin ale. One of the better ones I've had. Another very good offering from O'Fallon ... I just wish they had better labels ... the jack-o-lantern, like the Wheach label, just looks a little silly. Bad labels, good beer.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bright pumpkin with butterscotch trim. Several busy streams of bubbles ascend to a three finger cap the color of rich, buttery pie crust. A slurred collar of lace is beginning to form and it looks like even more lace is on the way. The fact that very little ends up on the glass can't change the fact that, initially at least, this is a good looking pumpkin beer.

The only negative where the nose is concerned is a lack of immediacy. There's a good mix of roasted gourd and pie spices (cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves have been added) and I get the impression that I'd like it even more if there was more available to enjoy.

Thankfully, the flavor doesn't suffer the same fate. Each mouthful brings a burst of liquid pumpkin pie that doesn't cover up the flavor of the base beer. I'd prefer even more pumpkin and spice, but then most drinkers will probably be satisfied with the proportions chosen by the brewery. Actually, if one wishes to drink more than a few at one sitting, the current beer is probably optimal.

Underneath all the pumpkininess is a solid amber ale with a lovely toasted malt character that is offset by a firm, hoppy bitterness. Too many other flavors are swirling about for me to make any sort of guess as to hop varieties, but I'd say that they're probably of German origin.

While there's nothing particularly wrong with the mouthfeel, it's a fraction too light for me and doesn't have even a hint of creaminess. A perfect amount of fine-bubbled carbonation and a lack of any real negatives keeps it comfortably above average.

O'Fallon Pumpkin Ale is a very nice all-rounder in a style that often suffers from too much or too little. I'll have to check my reviews, but I don't believe that I've had a better pumpkin ale from a Midwestern brewer. Bottom line: this one is easily good enough to warrant a sixer every autumn.

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Photo of Oxymoron
4.19/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

How is this beer not ranked higher. Rambling of a crazy man I suppose. The pour of this pumpkin delight was a mostly clear orange coppery color. A good head but does hide to the edge of the glass and not much on lacing at all.

The smell is noticeably spicy with a sweet backing. The spice are blended well even for a pumpkin beer. Some cinnamon, cloves and what I can best describe as butternut squash. Some sweeter caramel and touches of Munich leaves an almost candy finish.

The taste really follows the smell. The malt is more noticeable then the nose indicated, but if anything blended better with the strong baking aisle spice mix. The nutmeg and cloves are more prominent as the cinnamon backs off a bit. The butternut squash really is a good descriptor with the stronger caramel finish.

The body is good and a bit low off the carbonation. Overall I really that this was a great seasonal beer. A unique flavor with more of a pumpkin appeal then a more traditional pumpkin ales.

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Photo of bucko
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear copper color with a small white head. Aroma is slightly sweet. The pumpkin pie aroma is present, though subdued. Flavor slightly sweet and clean like a lager with a hint of pumpkin spice. Not really special, but better than a number of pumpkin beers I've tried. Mouthfeel is smooth with a light carbonation. Definitely drinkable, but somewhat forgettable as well.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
2.77/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle obtained from Breeze-Thru Liquor in Milwaukee.

Appeareance was an orange-ish, hazy beer with a light-colored head with decent staying power. There was a large amount of sediment in the bottle.

Odor was not very appealing. It was a taste of spices (the usual suspects when talking about pumpkin pie or pumpkin beer) layered atop something vaguely unpleasant.

Taste was spice atop a sour taste. Actually, pretty pleasant. I enjoyed the sour-spice relationship more, the more I drank, although I didn't especially want another one. A large amount of sediment was also left in the bottom of my glass.

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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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Photo of bennetj17
2.95/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Received this 12oz bottle from Vancer in BIF46. Pale orange/tan color with a slight chill haze, barely any head, and weak carbonation. Weak aroma with only a hint of cinnamon and nutmeg spiciness. The taste is lightly sweet, with mild pumpkin spice followed by the tiniest bitter finish. Nothing too exciting here. The mouthfeel ran a bit thin, with just enough carbonation to make it drinkable. Overall this pumpkin ale didn't have much to offer. It's very light, and the classic pumpkin and spice flavors are too weak. It might be worth a try as a festive fall beer, bu any other time of year I think I would pass...

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.44/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pumpkin orange with a smaller head of white foam. No lace. Medium low level of carbonation.

S: Says it's brewed with pumpkin, cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg. I believe it.

T: Lots going on, almost too much. Pumpkin mash and malts, mixed with a plethora of spices and herbs. Some residual sugars made it through unscathed.

M: Dense. Has a syrupy quality to it, but doesn't get stuck in my throat.

D: Not bad. Too much spice and and not enough pumpkin. Still, it's better than alot i've had this season.

Notes: Decent, but too "busy" on the palate.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
2.73/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a warm orangish-brown body with a faint hazy hint. The bubbly cream colored head that fades quickly. There is a big carbonation of tiny bubbles that race through the body.

S- The light smell of brown malt has a slight yeast and cooked squash hint but it is pretty faint.

T- The light brown malt has a faint cardboard note with hints of dry spice . The hint of nutmeg was muted with a hint of other pumpkin spices but they are very soft. The finish is a dry spice note also.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel.

D- This beer doesn't have any overpowering pumpkin spice flavors infact it has very faint spice flavors. The flavor is pretty boring and bland with not much malt flavor or other characters.

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Photo of terrabyte
2.11/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This pours a clear, orange/brown color with a small off-white, foamy head.

Smells like nutmeg.

Tastes like nutmeg. It seems like this is a cheap way to spice a beer to almost taste like pumpkin. Usually when I drink pumpkin beers I'm pleased when they really taste like pumpkin or pumpkin bread. Or disappointed when they just taste like allspice. But this is the first time I've nailed it as just plain nutmeg (or bad powdered spice). This is a thin illusion easily shattered.

I don't know what goes into making pumpkin beer, but this tastes like it was flavored AFTER the brewing process with just some powdered spice.

This was a really bad, boring beer.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber with little if no head. Whatever head there was on the poor is gone seconds after the pour. I'm getting a strong sugary, pumpkin bread smell from this one. Taste is close to the smell. Really smooth tasting with slight carbonation. This is going down way too easily. This is the best pumpkin taste I've gotten from this style. I like the Weyerbacher, but that is a different taste altogether with the strong spice presence. I could drink many of these. The only thing missing is some whipped cream.
One of my top two of this style. If you like pumpkin beers, then this is a must try.

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Photo of Onibubba
2.95/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Only my second pumpkin ale of the season, and the first I have ever had this particular offering. Color is a hazy amber with a none too impressive head. Smell is mildly spiced. Nothing really in your face. Taste also, fails to really impress. Not enough of a spice impact. I'm not asking for something huge, just something palateable. Mouthfeel is the real downfall for me with this beer. Too "watery" or thin. Drinkablity is fine if the mouthfeel is not an issue, but it is with me. I have a second in the fridge that I plan on passing on to an unlucky visitor.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dull, faded orange. Thin off white head. Lace is minimal. Nice aroma of sweet pumpkin pulp. Not a lot of spicing going on the nose, but that's alright. Too many overspiced pumpkin ales on the market. The spicing comes through a little more on the palate. Cinamon and ginger lightly compliment the nice round pumpkin flavor. This is one of the better pumpkin beers I've had. Malts add some sweetness without cloying it up. Full body and flavorful. Nice beer.

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Photo of Manosbeeroffate
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sent to me from czoch75, thanks!! Pours a hazy orange color. Smells of spices like cinnamon and cloves. Tastes like liquid pumpkin pie, good liquid pumpkin pie, really nicely balanced. Finishes good. Overall I am impressed since I'm not a big fan of beer with spices since I kinda expect too much sweetness and spices, but this is damn good. I can't make any other comparisons to the style but I may now have to try a few others just to see which is best.

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Photo of mmcave
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As a rule of thumb I generally stay away from the pumpkin beer, but a friend brought it over so I had it a try. Poured a hazy burnt orange amber, with a tiny bit of carbonation. Smells sweet, some cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg as it says on the bottle and maybe a little pumpkin funk. Taste is about the same, accept with some minor hops presence. This is one of the better pumpkin beers I've had. Because of it's ABV and subtle flavor this would be a decent sessioning beer. Over all not bad, or pretty good if you like pumpkin beer. Honestly if pumpkin beer was my thing I'd search out better alternatives.

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Photo of TastyTaste
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pretty good for a pumpkin beer, hazy dark orange color. Head is white and full, slow fade.

Smell: The spices are up front. Cloves, nutmeg, and cinnamon, just like the label says. Pumpkin provides for a little vegetable and smoothness.

Taste: Much like the other pumpkin ales I have tried. The spices complement, but are not overriding. Hops join at the end, melding interestingly with the pumpkin smoothness.

Drinkability: Above average vs. the style. A sessionable beer, the flavors never grate, but are quite pleasing.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty good beer. Not typically a fan of fruit or vegetable beers, this one is pretty simple and pleasant. It seems that the brewers begin with a lightly hopped but good quality pale ale, and then added the pumpkin additions, cloves, cinnamon, and other spices. The beer never feels weighted, but not under malted either. A nice fluffy head retention and soft copper hue verifies a quality base brew. Lightly estery and mildly hoppy with a slight grain bite. Finishes quite clean with a mild alcohol, pumpkin, and spicy note. Not my every day beer, but nice for the season.

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Photo of walleye
3.05/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from the bottle. poured a dark honey with no head. aroma, those nice pumkin pie spies of cinnamon, nutmeg, and gloves with a side of brown sugar, some hops. where is the whip cream? flavor not as robust as I was hoping for had a hard time pulling the flavors out , did get a little of the pumpkin and just hint of the spices. onther than that it was a easy drinking beer.

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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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Pumpkin Beer from O'Fallon Brewery
3.63 out of 5 based on 616 ratings.
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