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

A- Pours a crystal clear, medium orange with a small head. Retention is ok and there is just little bit of lacing.

S- Pretty much all pumpkin on this one. Pumpkin scent itself is fairly authentic and juicy. There are some hints of spices, mainly nutmeg and cinnamon. Really smells like a pumpkin pie.

T- Basically the same as the scent. A predominantly pumpkin flavor goes throughout the drink. Hints of spices, just like the scent. The taste also has some malt flavors in it, with hints of caramel malts and more brown ale flavors.

M- Light and highly carbonated. Pretty smooth overall and easy to drink. Pumpkin flavor is a little heavier on the palate.

Overall, this is a pretty solid pumpkin ale. Nothing especially different or unique, but I enjoy that it is not over-spiced like other pumpkin beers.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.96/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Murky orange and brown with a 1 finger white head. Slightly soapy lacing.

S- Pumpkin pie all the way. Aromatics of sweet pumpkin filling and wafers with a nice touch of spice. Leans on the sweeter, softer side without giving way to too much of an artificial aspect.

T- Flavor is once again in line with sweet baked pumpkin pie. Flavor profile isn't overly deep with bold spices, but smooth, with notes of vanilla wafers, biscuits/bready crust, marshmallows, and cream. Just a well put together beer.

M- mid body near light. Fair drinkability. Could have used more depth and complexity. Moderate carbonation. Average depth and complexity leaves me wanting a little more.

O- The nose is absolutely stunning. One of the better pumpkin beers i have had. Could go for more complexity with a stronger presence of nutmeg, cinnamon, and brown sugar. Overall though, its hard to complain.

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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 RonaldTheriot
4.06/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

O'Fallon Pumpkin Beer has a thin, off-white head, a hazy, orange appearance with lots of bubble streams, some suspended brown chunks, and thin lacing left behind. The aroma is strong, pungent, sweet, wheaty, pumpkiny, and spicy. Taste is all of that, with no artificial or off aspects. It is not too sweet or overbearing. Mouthfeel is medium, and O'Fallon Pumpkin Beer finishes mostly dry, refreshing, and fairly sweet. This is one of the better pumpkin beers I have tried.


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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Another new pumpkin beer to me, and my first beer from O'Fallon Brewery. Expectations are moderate, considering the style.

Poured into a FIrestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours a nice bright hazed orange colored body with two fingers of thick creamy off-white head. Lots of carbonation bubbles rushing around the glass. Looks pretty nice for what it is.

S - Aroma follows suit: authentic creamy pumpkin pie, brown sugar, cinnamon, pie crust, and some yeast presence.

T - Taste follows the nose: creamy pumpkin puree, bready pie crust, cinnamon, cola, brown sugar, and maybe a hint of yeast. An easy sipper.

M - Feel is pretty smooth and creamy, with some coarse carbonation on the way down. Medium bodied.

Overall, a slightly above average pumpkin beer offering at best. A solid choice for those looking to satisfying their pumpkin beer craving. Not particularly memorable or unique, but it gets the job done, and gets it done well. I look forward to more from this brewery.

O'Fallon Pumpkin Beer ---3.5/5

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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.34/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Golden orange with excellent heavy and bubbly carbonation. Lacing and foam are just ok.

Smell: Nutmeg and apple cider with a hint of cinnamon. Fresh and light.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Spiced apple cider initially with a strong flavor of nutmeg in the finish. I like the flavors initially, but it ends up being too sour. Mouthfeel is very weak; greasy and slick.

Overall Drinkability: An ok beer, but I'm pumpkin'd out.

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Photo of tronester
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear orange with a thin tan head. Smells like pumpkin pie spice. Taste begins with some pumpkin puree, then some biscuit, then a bit of cinnamon, and finishes with an earthy tartness. The mouthfeel is pretty good. Overall a pretty good pumpkin beer.

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Photo of jrnichols
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

The wife and I have been sampling several pumpkin beers over the last couple of weeks. This one is one of my favorites.

A: A deep amber with a light head which dissipates quickly.

S: Light odor, hints of clove and nutmeg.

T: Malty with cinnamon and nutmeg. The spices are mild and balanced. Not overpowering like some pumpkin beers.

M: Full and rich, medium effervescence.

O: The balance of spices in a mild amber ale make for an enjoyable drink. This is one of the best pumpkins I've had this year out of about 5 or 6 breweries. O'Fallon continues to please.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.99/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pumpkin Beer Review #21

A- Pours an amber-orange color with a small fizzy white head that disappears quickly, leaving nothing at all behind

S- sweet cinnamon pumpkin candle aromas, some brown sugar with raw pumpkin. a bit sweeter than most pumpkin ales

T- They claim that it's pumpkin pie in a bottle, and it actually comes pretty close. The pumpkin flavor seems authentic with raw pumpkin , sweet vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg notes. There's a subtle creamy flavor that really gives it that pumpkin pie flavor, with a nice malty backbone that is reminiscent of pie crust. Dry finish with a bit of cinnamon linger

M- Medium body with subtle carbonation leads to a a smooth and creamy mouthfeel and finish

O- Pleasantly surprised by this one. Well balanced, and authentiic pumpkin flavor, as opposed to only pumpkin spice flavors that most carry. Would definitely buy again if given the opportunity.

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Photo of Ryan_Graham
3.86/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a burnt orange with a one finger head that fades quickly. Smells great! You really get the sense of fall from the aroma. Goes down smooth with a pumpkin pie taste. A little sticky on the tongue with little to no aftertaste. Overall, it's not bad. A decent fall beer. Not the best flavored beer I've had but there's not too much I can complain about here. I would recommend it to anyone wanting to try something new.

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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 Franziskaner
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Brown in color with good clarity. There is good carbonation but the head quickly dissipates. Aroma is heavily pumpkin pie spices. I also get a bit of cinnamon and faint nutmeg. Mouthfeel is smooth, but fairly carbonated. The taste is very much pumpkin pie spice with a bit of cinnamon. It's a bit fleeting and then gone. I appreciate the lack of coriander, but this isn't as good as I had remembered.

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Photo of maxcoinage
3.91/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured 12oz bottle (no date, twist off cap) into snifter with a nice 2 in head that settled quickly. Color is a dark orange

Aroma is of pumpkin pie - allspice,nutmeg, cinnamon - fantastic!

Taste follows the aroma, but not as prevalent as the aroma would lend itself to. Light malt profile with minimal noticeable hops

Mouthfeel is rather thin, medium carb. nothing much here.

Overall this is a decent pumpkin offering, The aroma is fantastic on this one, but it doesn't deliver after that. Still, would probably pick this up again once a year.

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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 WVbeergeek
3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears copper orange in the body with a cream khaki head flowing thick, unexpected spice comes up and hits me in the face. Pumpkin spice including the clove, vanilla, and nutmeg notes usually only found in a pumpkin pie. Flavor is straight spice minimal malts from the base beer this relies heavily on the spice additions minimal hints of gourd that may or may not have been there for the brewing process. Body is medium the carbonation is flowing thick in this beer, I'm actually amazed by the pumpkin and spice combo compared to other standard abv versions I'm getting a fuller bodied creamy carbonation pretty solid but still not something I would seek out.

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Photo of beatenbyjacks
3.42/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - red, orange, caramel color with a inch tall head

Smell - I get a bunch ginger bread and nutmeg

Taste - not as spicy as I thought it would be.

Mouthfeel - nice and smooth and a bunch of carbonation

Overall - nice fun beer. Hopefully it opens up a bunch when it warms up

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Photo of Omnium
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours a cloudy amber color, fizzy one finger head, little lacing.
S - Fresh baked pumpkin pie, cinnamon, nutmeg, pie crust kind of malt, aroma is spot on.
T - Big pumpkin flavor here, hits up front, then you get a change of pace with a mild tartness that comes back to the spice at the end, then gets creamy smooth.
M - Kind of a roller coaster ride on the feel of this, but in the end its a nice creamy texture in the aftertaste.
O - This was my top pick from last year's pumpkin beers tied with Wolavers, and this year it doesnt disappoint, I still find it much better than Pumpking. If you're into pumpkin seasonals, this is worth having, the aroma is good, and there's a nice complexity here.

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Photo of 007rtw
3.32/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: seems all right. Brown. Boring. Some head, and little lacing.

Smell: Pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, and maybe a touch of cardamom. Yum.

Taste: blah. Pumpkin for a fraction of a second, which then is overtaken by malt, if it's even that. Rather boring taste. Not bad, just not interesting. Finish has some more pumpkin, but not enough.

Mouthfeel: a little too much carbonation for my taste, and a little too sticky to boot.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a light golden amber.

Slight aroma of baking spices and light pumpkin.

Pumpkin and baking spices even less pronounced in flavor.

Light-bodied, high carbonation.

Overall, not very good.

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Photo of DeFaz
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Beer looks thin from the pour, medium head fades very quickly leaving some lacing. Beer has a cloudy copper color.

Smell: Spices, particularly brown sugar and nutmeg, with some pumpkin thrown in. I'm not smelling any hops on the nose, but it smells nice and fresh.

Taste: The taste doesn't live up to the smell. Pumpkin presence is minor with spices dominating, but even those aren't too bold. Malt is the backbone and hops are used sparingly. Not too interesting.

Mouthfeel: A bit too thin and the carbonation a bit too high.

Overall: At $9.99 a six pack, I'm disappointed. It's not bad, but with so many pumpkin ales out there, I hoped that this would be more bold with bigger pumpkin flavors, stronger spices, and a slightly thicker mouthfeel. I won't buy this again. It being August, I'm not so upset that the beer is as light as it is, but I wouldn't like this too much in November.

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Photo of Lemke10
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a clear, light copper color with only a slight head. There is a scent of pumpkin and spice but it is rather mild. The taste is rather simple as far as pumpkin beers go. There is a raw pumpkin flavor with a few pie and clove spices. This brew drinks fairly light and smooth. The after taste is a little metallic. There could be some improvement in the pumpkin and spice flavors though. Fairly average.

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Photo of rosen551
2.92/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I actually found this decent, but I'm not really a big fan of pumpkin beers so I appreciated it being more mellow.

I served from a bottle into a regular pint glass. Appearance was coppery, maybe a little hazy. Light scent of pumpkin - taste is not overwhelmingly pumpkin, which I appreciated. This beer is definitely not as spicy as other pumpkin beers on the market.
Not too much carbonation - overall a decent choice if you're looking for a fall inspired drink.

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Photo of cdrogers
3.24/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from standard 12oz bottle. Was medium to medium dark copper in color with a slightly off-white head, but was a very small head. Seemed quite carbonated. Had a slight pumpkin smell but not much at all. The pumpkin didn't really come through in the taste. It was way too subtle and seemed watered down. Just an average or slightly below average pumpkin beer.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.99/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a balloon glass.

The beer is a very murky, hazy dull orange. A creamy off-white head recedes to a breath of bubbles on top with thick creamy lacing that slowly fades away.

The beer smells really spicy with cinnamon and brown sugar coming to mind. Underneath the spices there's a good hearty aroma of pumpkin pie.

The beer tastes spicy and bright, almost tangy at first. Like the aroma, I get a lot of brown sugar and cinnamon that lingers on the palate. Nutmeg and clove are also in here.

A nice creamy mouthfeel with a bright carbonated finish.

Overall, about what I'd expect for a pumpkin beer. The aroma is really good, probably one of the best traits of this brew.

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Photo of superspak
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled 6/10/2012. Pours lightly hazy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of fresh pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, clove, brown sugar, bread, and herbal. Damn nice aromas with good strength and balance; very authentic. Taste of pumpkin, biscuit, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, clove, brown sugar, caramel, and herbal. Lingering notes of caramel, biscuit, spices, and brown sugar on the finish for a bit. Good robustness of flavor with decent balance; spices are not overdone at all. Minimal cloying sweet flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy and slick mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with almost zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a really good pumpkin ale. Taste did not live up to the aromas; but it was well balanced and very drinkable. Definitely enjoyed this, and it is a nice example of the style.

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Pumpkin Beer from O'Fallon Brewery
3.63 out of 5 based on 618 ratings.
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