Non-spiced pumpkin beers?

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  1. Giantspace

    Giantspace Defender (655) Dec 22, 2011 Pennsylvania


    I do not like any bottled pumpkin beers as they have to much spice in them. Not a fan of this. I had a local saison last year made with squash called squaison. Very good and it had a nice winter squash taste to it. Not overpowering at all, very subtle. Are there any other pumpkin or other squash beers bottled that do not have spices? Any with very little spice? I want to taste the pumpkin/squash and not the overpowering spice.

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  2. Expedition

    Expedition Initiate (54) Mar 10, 2010 Minnesota
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  3. fritts211

    fritts211 Aspirant (210) Feb 19, 2011 Tennessee
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    Interesting, can't think of many off hand. Do the spices actively bother you in and of themselves, or are you just looking for more balance overall?

    I thought schlafly pumpkin had a good balance, but the spices were definitely discernible.
  4. Prince_Casual

    Prince_Casual Disciple (336) Nov 3, 2012 District of Columbia
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    Not likely, you'll find the opposite (spices sans actual pumpkin)....
    You've had Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin? That's the only one I can say doesn't taste like straight up liquid pumpkin pie. It's out of PA. Williamsburg Alewerks Pumpkin is also pretty good though possibly not distributed in PA.
  5. kell50

    kell50 Meyvn (1,068) Jul 25, 2007 North Carolina

    New Holland Ichabod.. I think this beer sucks because there is a lack of spices, but it's a pumpkin beer that you might enjoy.
  6. steamboatbrewer

    steamboatbrewer Initiate (0) Feb 25, 2012 Colorado

    The only pumpkin beer i have found to showcase the actual pumpkin is punkn by uinta real nice roasty gourd flavor low abv but a solid beer for sure. and pumpking definitely has spice in it. because of this i brewed an imperial pumpkin last year that was most certainly showcased the pumpkin first and foremost roasting 6lbs of organic colorado pumpkin for a 5 gallon batch
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  7. Brenden

    Brenden Poo-Bah (3,684) Feb 25, 2008 Ohio
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    Smuttynose pumpkin would fit the bill. Some don't like it because they just get the pumpkin flesh but no spices. It's also very widely accessible.
  8. Genuine

    Genuine Devotee (463) May 7, 2009 Connecticut

    Smuttynose Pumpkin is very good if you're not looking for a lot of spices - mild but great pumpkin flavor. One of my fall favorites for sure. Pumking is my go-to any other time.
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  9. Kadonny

    Kadonny Meyvn (1,241) Sep 5, 2007 Pennsylvania
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    Third Smutty. Also, if you like hops, the Smuttynose is hoppier than the rest.
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  10. Pumpkin_Beer_Fanatic

    Pumpkin_Beer_Fanatic Initiate (0) Aug 7, 2013 District of Columbia

    Sounds like you want natural pumpkin flavor and muted spices (no such thing as a spice-less pumpkin beer)

    All the following are mild pumpkin ales:
    1. Smuttynose
    2. Long Trail Brewing Company
    3. Sarnac
    4. Post Road
    5. Buffalo Bill's
    6. New Holland Icabod

    IMO all the above beers are pretty dull...
  11. hey5hitgoose

    hey5hitgoose Aspirant (276) Feb 28, 2013 Illinois
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    non....spice? :confused:
  12. YogiBeer

    YogiBeer Initiate (0) May 10, 2012 Illinois

    If you dont like a MAJOR component of pumpkin beers... why would you try and drink them? That's like asking for an IPA that isn't hoppy, or a stout that isn't roasty.
  13. GardenWaters

    GardenWaters Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2012 Illinois

    I actually like/prefer this beer over beers like Pumking because of the "lack of spices".
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  14. GardenWaters

    GardenWaters Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2012 Illinois

    Wild Onion Pumpkin Ale might fit your bill. It tastes like raw pumpkin flesh and not much else. I could not detect any spices at all in this brew. I personally don't like it, but it could be what your looking for.
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  15. Chrixsus

    Chrixsus Aspirant (290) Dec 13, 2011 Illinois

    While Pumking is my #1 pumpkin beer, there is enough spice in it to disqualify it based on OP. The same goes for New Holland Ichabod and Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale...good brews, but more on the spice end of the spectrum. Top "non/low-spice-real-pumpkin-tasting" brews for me are:
    • Timmermans Pumpkin Lambicus
    • Jolly Pumpkin La Parcela
    • Uinta Punk'n
    • Woodchuck Private Reserve Pumpkin Cider
    • Rogue Farms Pumpkin Patch Ale
    • Dogfish Head Punkin Ale
    • Great Lakes Pumpkin Ale (on tap at lucky bars bottles I know of in distribution)
  16. Chrixsus

    Chrixsus Aspirant (290) Dec 13, 2011 Illinois

    Hope they brew it this Fall 'cause I'm dying to try it. Now all OP has to do is move to The Chi and he can try it, too...:wink:
  17. ciderman

    ciderman Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2003 Massachusetts

    Cambridge Brewing Co. Great Pumpkin is subtle on the spices
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  18. rhartogsq

    rhartogsq Disciple (303) Jun 18, 2010 Virginia
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  19. JohannBock

    JohannBock Aspirant (223) Jul 14, 2011 Virginia

    It says you're in PA so if you happen to find yourself in the Central PA area check out Selin's Grove's pumpkin beer. Very nice pumpkin flavor but no spices. Good stuff.
  20. papat444

    papat444 Initiate (0) Dec 28, 2006 Quebec (Canada)
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  21. BuckeyeOne

    BuckeyeOne Zealot (517) Mar 9, 2008 Washington

    The reason why most of the responses indicate few if any pumpkin beers without spices is that pumpkin in and of itself has very little flavor, especially uncooked pumpkin. I challenge anyone who responds that this or that pumpkin beer has a lot of pumpkin flavor to get a pumpkin, cut it open, cut out a hunk of pumpkin flesh, taste it, and then say it has much if any flavor.

    To get pumpkin to have flavor, it has to be cooked. And trying to brew with cooked pumpkin creates a huge mess.
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  22. SaintJonah

    SaintJonah Initiate (0) Feb 11, 2009 Ohio

    See, I totally agree with the Smuttynose recommendations here. All the reviews for it talk about the spices taking the lead...but I never got that. I don't care for the "pumpkin pie in bottle" taste you're describing either! Smutty is great as it just seems like a hoppy, pumpkiny, beery bottle of wonderful. God out yet? I gots ta gits me summa dat!
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  23. IHeartPumking

    IHeartPumking Initiate (39) Jun 23, 2012 New Jersey

    If I don't drink pumpkin beer for a while, I get the spice notes from Smuttynose. I didn't care for the beer all that much until recently when I hadn't had a pumpkin beer for a while. Tried it and actually enjoyed it somewhat.

    IMO, if you want pumpkin with no spice, go with Brooklyn Post Road. Quite frankly, I don't like the beer at all because it does nothing for me, but if you want the pumpkin style with zero spice. This is it. That and Pumple Drumkin.
  24. lester619

    lester619 Zealot (525) Apr 17, 2009 Wisconsin
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    I just finished a bottle of Tyrenena's version of pumpkin beer. It has a nice mellow sweetish flavor up front, but then all I taste is that clove/cinamon/nutmeg Thanksgiving flavor. Overall I like this stuff and usually buy at least one sixpack every fall. But the spice just becomes to cloying and intense after a while. Are there any pumpkin beers that are just pumpkin and leave out the spice? I think that's something that would interest me. Cheers!
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  25. ThirstyFace

    ThirstyFace Initiate (0) Jan 11, 2013 New York

    Yes. That's why they suck.
  26. archiebunkerjr

    archiebunkerjr Aspirant (249) Oct 25, 2010 Michigan
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    I agree with the op. I love pumpkin. Some spice is OK but I don't want it to dominate. I had the Sam Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale last year and all I could taste was ginger - gross.
  27. kzoobrew

    kzoobrew Meyvn (1,167) May 8, 2006 Michigan

    Most of the flavors people associate with Pumpkin is going to be the spice. The pumpkin itself does not have a very strong flavor, there would be little reason to brew with pumpkin alone.
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  28. hopfenunmaltz

    hopfenunmaltz Meyvn (1,318) Jun 8, 2005 Michigan

    I agree. The original question could be paraphrased - are there any pumpkin pies made without spices?
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  29. DougC123

    DougC123 Devotee (477) Aug 21, 2012 Connecticut

    I always love an IPA without hops too.
  30. goochpunch

    goochpunch Initiate (0) Jun 24, 2005 Texas

    Ofrenda by Calavera is a tripel brewed with pumpkin and no spice. Not sure if that gets imported in the US though.

    Some guy posted something about Brooklyn Post Road not having spice. It in fact does have spice, but it's tastefully made. That guy's palate must be wrecked if he can't taste spice.
  31. GameFreac

    GameFreac Disciple (373) Apr 8, 2011 Georgia
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    I don't like overly roasty stouts. But I love stouts.
  32. CASK1

    CASK1 Disciple (336) Jan 7, 2010 Florida

    While not actually a squash, if you get the chance, try Cigar City's Cucumber Saison. It's a summer seasonal, but worth tracking down or trading for when it's available. Fresh cucumber flavor balanced perfectly with an excellent saison base. No spices (other than the yeast).
  33. DrDemento456

    DrDemento456 Poo-Bah (3,382) May 15, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Its true I miss the 2009 Pumking. Way toned down with the hops and a spiced wonderland. Like velvet gold. Now the only thing that comes close was the oak aged version and that was a one time deal.
  34. victory4me

    victory4me Zealot (547) Oct 16, 2004 Pennsylvania

    1. Cut open a pumpkin.
    2. Grab spoon.
    3. Go to town.
  35. chocosushi

    chocosushi Initiate (0) May 1, 2011 Oklahoma

  36. MickJ0nes

    MickJ0nes Initiate (0) Dec 10, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Enjoying a night owl at room temp and it's really impressing me right now.
  37. jesskidden

    jesskidden Meyvn (1,306) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey

    Autumnation is not just "non-spiced", it is also "non-pumpkin" - having been converted to Sixpoint's wet hop beer:
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  38. YogiBeer

    YogiBeer Initiate (0) May 10, 2012 Illinois

    Its a good thing I didn't say overly roasty.
  39. keysburg

    keysburg Initiate (138) Mar 28, 2012 Massachusetts

    Fisherman's pumpkin stout. I'm not sure you'll find it in PA but I know for a fact they distribute to much of New Jersey if you're over that way.
  40. chocosushi

    chocosushi Initiate (0) May 1, 2011 Oklahoma

    this is news to me. loved it last Fall.
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