stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 26, 2007
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle sampled. Pours copper with a small white head. Aroma of spices, pumpkin, and slight cookie dough. The flavor is sweet, pumpkin, spices, and grain. Mild traces of hops, thin brew.
SeizOne (32) - Arizona, USA - SEP 23, 2007
0.5 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
the very first pumpkin beer i ever tasted was from Buffalo Bills Brewery Hayward California. That just killed the standard for any other pumpkin made. Amazing.
This had such a water down taste. It was Horrible. Id pass on this one. yuck
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 20, 2007
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Ugh. I hate pumpkin beer. I think that they are all pretty much horrible, but this one just might take the cake. Hazy, burnt orange-amber body. Small white head settles to a thin film with a prominent rim. Sudsy lace does not stick around for long. The aroma is something out of a nightmare I once had. Boiled pumpkin juice is accompanied by nutmeg, cinnamon, coriander, and clove. Melted butter shows on a deep inhale, as does an unexpected and unwelcome celery smell. It takes everything I have to muster up enough courage to sip this. Double ugh. The flavor is downright offensive. Its like taking a bite out of a raw pumpkin covered in celery salt. Watery body. Horrible, vegetal aftertaste. Mommy, please make it stop! DRAIN POUR!
jstraw (1964) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 19, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Orange-copper with decent, creamy tan head / Nose of fresh pumpkin / Light body and finish / Simple flavors of fresh pumpkin and cinnamon with undertones of cloves and nutmeg / Very light - a pumpkin pale lager.
Acknud (1081) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - SEP 17, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber pour with small white head. Nice seasonal beer. Spicy flavor of nutmeg, cloves, and pumpkin. Light body.
twindadplus2 (673) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 15, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear brownish orange with a small fizzy head. Aroma of pie spices and pumpkin with flavors to match. Nice medium body and carbonation is good too. I wouldnít drink it every day but itís a good holiday brew.
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - SEP 15, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Like pouring punkiní juice. Nice color w/ a medium sized froth. Good head retention w/ a nice lasting lace. Smells just like grandmas pumpin pie. Medium nectar w/ soft residual effers. Very malty and round w/ defined pumpkin pie spice. The bittering unit is bright and refreshing. The finish has a lingering malty spice. This is what pumpkin beer is all about. A great specimen. Highly recommended.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - SEP 3, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This may be the first pumpkin lager that Iíve had. Iím not sure. Itís so much like most of the rest of the pumpkin beers. The bodyís a deep gold with a touch of orange. The head starts big then fizzles out quickly. It smells of nutmeg and allspice and whatever one usually tosses into a pumpkin pie/cake/cookie/etc. Tastes that way, too. Okay, meaning as good as the others.
Rating number 3 X 666!!!!!
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Quake1028 (636) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 25, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. Orange body, huge rocky off white head. Smells of metallic pumpkin spice, coriander, cinammon and sweet malts. Flavor falls apart, not enough pumpkin notes to please me. Finish is bland and brief. Medium bodied, sticky mouthfeel. Very average.
hbchrist (76) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 22, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
I admit bias to this beer. I anxiously await its arrival every Aug/Sept, so I confess impartiality.
The beer hits on all cylinders for me. A nice yeast aroma combines with a hint a of pumpkin scent (from a combo of spices including cloves) to reinforce the nature of this beer. The color is a deep brown-orange, which is what a beer crafted with pumpkin flavor should be. It sits nicely on the palate and sacrifices none of its beer-tasting quality to overwhelming pumpkin flavor.
Lakefront has admittedly tinkered with this recipe over the years, but I believe the 2007 batch is just right. Strong recommendation, especially for the coming holiday dinners.