Pumpkin Pie Lust
New Glarus Brewing Company

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Pumpkin Beer
3.69 | pDev: 11.65%
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Notes: It is a fact that Dan, our New Glarus Brewmaster, loves pumpkin pie. So it was inevitable that one day beer and pie would collide. No holiday is complete at our home without home baked pumpkin pie. Just as Dan once baked this pie for Deb, he now creates this brew for you.

First, Wisconsin grown wheat simmers with German Munich Malt. Then he thoroughly stirs in Idaho grown Celeia Hops. Fresh Bavarian Weizen yeast is then ladled into the open top fermentors and a final bottle conditioning makes this beer 100% naturally carbonated. This rich brown Weiss beer pours an elegant spicy nose with a thick creamy head. This Pumpkin Weiss is sure to satisfy your soul’s Pie Lust.
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Photo of SB2017
3.32/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The pumpkin flavor, thankfully, takes a backseat. On the nose, this beer is almost unreadable which in this case is actually a GOOD thing. I had no desire to pump my nose full of chai spice when I took a whiff of this beer, and I was pleasantly surprised to just find a nutty dark ale smell. The pumpkin flavor and spice doesn't hit you until the first sip, and it's really pretty respectful. Liked it more than I expected.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

I'm trying this at my bro in law house. It poured a clear copper with thin white head that is not leaving any lace. The scent had hints of pumpkin and spice. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with subtle pumpkin and cinnamon notes. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it's not too shabby for a pumpkin beer.

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.76/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear copper colour. Smelly like earthy pumpkin spices (nutmeg, cinnamon, clove) and earthy hops. Tastes medium-bodied, cereal malts, and the pumpkin pie spices (nutmeg, cinnamon, clove). Lingering spicy finish, quite dry, and less sweet than other pumpkin beers.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a crystal clear, rich, caramel coloring with a light, fluffy, halo of off-white head. Aromas of rich pumpkin spice, sugary highlights, and vanilla. Flavors are pumpkin spice forward, with highlights of rich vanilla, sugary sweet notes, and tangy caramel overlays. Light and smooth in mouth, with a light, crisp linger. The pumpkin spice notes linger on for a solid aftertaste.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Consumed 12/25/15 (Christmas is always a good time for pie)

A: Deep amber, with some reddish copper and burnt orange around the edges - decidedly hazy - pours with a large, creamy, light beige head - fades to a mostly solid cap, medium collar, leaves spots of lacing

S: The first impression is decidedly Belgian - weizen yeast funk, clove, banana, hints of bubblegum - pumpkin pie spices after that, with cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and more clove - squashy pumpkin - earthy - some sweetness, caramel and amber malts - dark bread, biscuits

T: I suppose this would be like drinking a dunkelweizen while eating pumpkin pie - the Belgian yeast really stands out to me, with yeasty funk, banana, and clove - banana bread - pumpkin pie spices, nutmeg, cinnamon - some pumpkin flesh flavor - squash - earthy - something reminiscent of vanilla bean - wheat bread and caramel - amber malts, cooked malts, lightly sweet overall but mostly dry

M: On the light side of medium, smooth, lightly creamy, nicely carbonated, clean finish

O: Someone's drunk in the kitchen again

This kind of tastes like someone attempted to combine a banana bread and a pumpkin pie, and it mostly works. The Belgian yeast and wheat flavors seem to come first; this seems more like a dunkelweizen than a pumpkin ale. But I do not mean that as a criticism. This is certainly interesting. But considering the straight-up absurdity that New Glarus creates with fruit, this is a little less exciting than expected.

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Photo of dukeandduke
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle - Chicago. Dark copper colour, medium white head. Spicy aroma of cinnamon and pumpkin. Sweet taste of nutmeg, cinnamon, with a thick texture and taste.I generally do not like the taste of pumpkin, but enjoyed this offering from New Glarus, who really needs to reconsider reentering the Illinois market.

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Photo of mynie
4.07/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark for the style: a semi-translucent red.

Smells pumpkiny. The actual presence of the gourd adds very little (perhaps even nothing) to the flavor, so when I say "pumpkiny," what I mean is that it tastes recognizably like the sort of spices we associate with pumpkin pie: sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Not too spicy, not too sweet, but not exactly a standout among the dozens of other pumpkins available each season.

Tastes a bit more together than it smells, but still nothing spectacular. Cinnamon dominates early on, hitting the palette before the beer even enters my mouth. It gets fruitier and more beery soon afterwards, but pie spice continues to dominate throughout. Sugar, earthy grain, a nice finish of clove. Well balanced.

Of all the pumpkin beers that have premiered in the last two years or so, this one is probably the least gimmicky and most well balanced. It's not a gross sugar or spice bomb. It's still beery. And it works pretty well.

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Photo of Barnoloid
3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Quite a sweet treat - this is truly a dessert beer. Quite a decent looking amber caramel color. Nice waft of nutmeg and cinnamon spices. Manages to be creamy and light in body at the same time.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

My hefe yeast adds a lot of clove to the aroma on this, largely masking the other spices (although they are there in the background. Nice amber color - good for the season - and lacing on the drinks.
A little light on the pumpkin taste. There is a nice spicy kick from the wheat and yeast that makes it unique. The feel is different. While not necessarily heavier is lacks the smoothness I am fond of in the style.
An interesting and worth experiencing take on style

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Photo of Evilyak
3.61/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

i really want pumpkin beers to succeed, especially when they're not ruined with a heavy hand in the spice department. this one is better than most, but doesn't knock it out of the park.

the nutmeg in this one takes over - i get that everyone wants to spice it to death, but it's a bit much.

it's better than most, but still needs some work.

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Photo of egrapplesberg
3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up in variety pack. 2195 on 12 oz bottle. 219 day of the year? Poured aggressively into snifter. Brown color with fat head that fades slowly leaving ample lacing. Smell is pumpkin pie. Taste is not as good as smell. Needs more creamyness. Just not a big fan of pumpkin beers. Not bad tho. Cheers!

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Photo of Treyliff
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A- pours a deep murky Amber color with a huge frothy and rocky off-white head that retains forever, eventually leaving lacing all around the glass

S- toasted wheat aroma with banana and clove, earthy yeast, brown bread, pumpkin & nutmeg

T- toasted wheat flavor follows the nose with an emphasis on banana & clove, musty & yeasty mid-palate, vegetal pumpkin & nutmeg, toasted dry finish

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a slightly creamy mouthfeel that continues to the finish

O- pumpkin-Weiss is certainly a different concept, but I think it works well, making this pumpkin beer highly drinkable

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Photo of vainosuomi
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thick creamy head, dark, burnt orange/brownish color. A little sediment. Smell is excellent, and of pumpkin, roasted malts, nutmeg, clove, and faint hops. Tastes much the same, although not as strong as I expected from the smell. Hardly any bitterness and the hops aren't too noticeable; it's sweet, toasty, and spicy. Light bodied, medium carbonation. Overall a pretty good beer. Not one to drink a lot of, or too often, but one in a while it's great.

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Photo of mschrei
4.16/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice pumpkin beer, but I think it was missing the necessary spices to call itself pumpkin pie lust. Nice color, nose and taste are overwhelmingly pumpkin, and it was enjoyable. Was hoping for more.

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Photo of MaximalC
2.58/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Pours a translucent bronze color with a veritable mound of cream-colored froth with great retention. Aroma smells of coriander, toffee, nutmeg and, oddly enough, corn.

The taste features the same coriander and Corn Pops suggested by the nose. A little warming reveals nutmeg, Bavarian pretzel, and bread, as well as an odd, vegetal quality. Try as I might, I can glean nothing in the way of pumpkin from the taste. The body is medium and the carbonation is positively aggressive, making it difficult to find whatever else lurks beneath the sizzle. I’m thinking this has to have been bottle conditioned; I don’t recall it seeming so highly carbonated the last time I had it.

Overall, I’m not sure what to make of this beer. I had it a few weeks back, straight from the bottle, while tailgating, and didn’t notice so many of the off flavors I’m tasting now, but then again I wasn’t really paying proper attention. If this is in fact an accurate representation, not only is it an odd pumpkin beer, it’s an odd beer, period. Adjuncts and off flavors are hardly what I think of when I think “New Glarus”, but unfortunately that’s primarily what I’m tasting here.

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Photo of hardy008
3.42/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours dark amber with an almost three finger off white head, which has good retention and lacing. the aroma has wheat, pumpkin pie spices, and toasted malt.

Tastes much like it smells, but more subdued, almost to the point of being bland or watered down.

Light to medium bodied with modest carbonation. Not worth seeking out again.

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Photo of joe1510
3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz Bottle
$1:50 single
Cabin Store - Hayward, WI

Pumpkin Pie Lust is a beauty of a beer. The body is that of tarnished copper that tends to glow along the edges. The dirty white foam is bulbous and easy to form. It rises easily to two fingers in height with a densely bubbled head that has tremendous staying power. As a matter of fact, the head never falls below a finger in height and leaves behind lace that will have to be scraped off. This beer looks like fall.

The nose is interesting. There's a healthy clove presence that seems more estery than spicy, but I'm probably wrong. A sprinkling of nutmeg and a touch of cinnamon give it that holiday character. What is nice about this beer is the fact that it's not spice heavy but has a complimentary brown ale base. Fresh baked bread and a soft nuttiness run throughout. The one thing I don't get is...pumpkin.

The flavor isn't quite as interesting as the nose. The brown ale is a little boring. Fresh baked bread and a soft brown sugar sweetness kick things off before the spices wash through. The clove, nutmeg, and cinnamon run in that order of intensity with a fairly bright ginger note. Pumpkin flesh does come through a bit in the flavor profile and it's certainly pumpkin pie-esque.

The mouthfeel fits nicely. The body sits above moderate with a plush, dense feel. It's creamy from front to back. The finish leaves behind a hint of residual sweetness that eventually dries up. It's drinkable, as much as a spiced beer could be.

Pumpkin Pie Lust is a good, even handed, complimentary spiced brown ale. Though somewhat boring it manages to bring the spices without creating a mess like so many other pumpkin beers on the market. I don't really seeing myself buying this again unless it's a single here or there but that's simply based on my style preference and not Pumpkin Pie Lust.

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3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall probably the best pumpkin beer I've had to date. Not overbearing with a nice level of spice and sweetness. The weizen yeast adds a nice edge to the brew, very drinkable.

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Photo of Kgoldsbe
3.57/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Nice froth on the pour, definitely nutmeg on the nose, taste similar to the smell with lots of nutmeg in this wheat beer, the feel is dry on the end. Pleasant enough, but nothing special.

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Photo of dannycohen62
4.02/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Weizen glass. Enormous head, golden-orange color.

S: Clove, Nutmeg, Banana, Wheat, faint Cinnamon

T: Follows the nose mostly, maybe some slight vegetal taste from the pumpkin. Balanced well by the spices. Some light hops sneaking through.

F: Creamy, low carbonation, allows the spice flavors to stand out.

O: Seems to me a good incorporation of pumpkin spice into the style, great beer for the waning days of summer.

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Photo of thebigredone
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a big fan of New Glarus' use of weizen yeast usually, but I wanted to give this a try.

Overall, not as bad as I was expecting. Tastes like a German weisse with a touch of pumpkin added. However, it tastes nothing like a pumpkin pie. In fact, had I not known that I should be looking for pumpkin flavor, I don't think I would have been able to detect it in the beer. On the plus side, not overly spiced like many pumpkin pie beers.

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Photo of lokizan
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

s- im not getting very much on the nose, i get a whiff of nutmeg and allspice. barely though, if smelled blindly I could not guess at all that it was a pumpkin beer
t- tastes like a brown ale with spice added, I'm not picking up anything that really tells me this is a pumpkin beer. Very, very subtle pumpkin spice. And I could swear this beer was conditioned with Brett but they don't say so on their website.
f-lightly carbonated and a thin yet very creamy mouthfeel. Finishes clean but on the back end is where i get the most "pumpkin" essence. noticeable allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon.
0- this beer confuses me as do a lot of New Glarus beers, but i absolutely love the complexity of their beers. Some of these NG beers really make me think on what I am tasting. As far as a pumpkin beer, i'd hafta say its not the best at all, but the quality of this beer is amazing. Very difficult review for me. My review is based on what the beer is labeled as, a pumpkin beer. I feel that they failed on that note, but the beer itself is amazing in my book. I would definitely buy again

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Photo of Madtownbeerguy
2.73/5  rDev -26%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Arguably the most boring seasonal I've ever had from NG. Pumpkin notes and spices are minimal—a watery hop beer waits behind and attempts to pick up the slack. I love NG—but there is just so much missing from this beer that I'm wondering how it got the stamp of approval. Tried it when it came out last year and felt the exact same way. Lakefront's pumpkin is a much-better sixer at a similar price. And Lakefront's imperial pumpkin? Heavenly. Early in the season, but I've had five pumpkin beers and this is easily my least favorite. It's completely drinkable, but it's not at all what I think of when I think pumpkin ale (and no, that has very little to do with the fact that it's underly sweet; and yes, there is such a quality!).

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Photo of CraigP83
4.04/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very dark Amber, hazy, huge frothy head. Smell is sweet pumpkin, pie crust and LOADS of nutmeg. Taste follows the nose with cinnamon added to boot. Leaves me with a dry mouth that raw cinnamon would. Good treat for a cool fall night, but 1 or 2 would be my limit

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Photo of DissentFatsquirrel
5/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The spices within this beer mix so well that it is like eating a pumpkin pie on a autumn night. It's one of those beers that have a great initial taste, and when you exhale, the taste comes back and the aroma and smell is great.

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