Darkover (1517) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 31, 2003
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2004 Light amber color with a small white head. Strong cinnamon aroma. Flavor of cinnamon, other spices and a little pumpkin. Pretty watery.
redlem (1301) - Ohio, USA - OCT 27, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A pumpkin beer that actually smells like pumpkin, what a novelity. Not overly spiced to compensate for lack of pumpkin like in other pumpkin beers. Some mace and allspice aroma along with the noticable pumpkin aroma. A nice pumpkin taste that balances well with the spices. Nothing is over the top, a very nice beer. I enjoyed it.
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 26, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Oh, pours a hazy amber body with a large fizzy tan head. The aroma is robust and SPICY, reasonable amounts of cinnamon, nutmeg, and fairly pronounce pumpkin. Also a sensible maltyness in attendance, with a slightly bitter finish…. Overall making this pretty decent Pumpkin Lager.
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 20, 2003
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2003 Orange-amber color, coarse, dissipating head. Aroma of cinammon. Decent body, flavors of cinammon. Not as heavy on the cinammon as "Buffalo Bill's", but it's still way too much and doesn't allow the subtle pumpkin flavor to come through. Not a compliment to Lakefront's time-tested and smooth lager.
Update: After reading the other ratings here, I can't believe I'm drinking the same beer. Hardly a mention of cinammon. Maybe their recipe is less than precise or this year's cinammon is unusually potent.
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - OCT 15, 2003
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear golden with an orange hue. Head is small and reduces to just a thin white film. Has a nice spicy aroma of cinnimaon, allspice and nutmeg that resembles pumpkin pie well. As others mention, a bit over carbonated and thin. Flavor isn't all that bad but could be fuller. Doesn't match the aroma at all. A little bitter. I haven't had a good pumpkin Ale in years and the last good one I had was BB's several years ago.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - OCT 11, 2003
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Too carbonated. For a lighty hopped beer it has too much bitterness. Aroma is nice and spiced, but there isnt much pumpkin beyond the unpleasant mouthfeel.
edden (926) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 9, 2003
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2003 10/9/03: bottle.
wonderful aroma of nutmeg and cinnamon. orange body with a fair amount of almond colored head. lots of spice to the taste; cinnamon and nutmeg. other than being spicy this beer kind of flattens out and there is not much there. the finish allows you to believe that you just had a mouthful of warm pumpkin pie.
Aurelius (4257) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 24, 2003
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice smell, but it doesn't smell like beer to me. Cinnamon, allspice and a floral component. I just realized that I've associated the smell of pumpkin beer with shuffling around NYC in the wintertime between Heartland and Typhoon Breweries, both of which had pumpkin beers when I was up there last fall. Deep orange color, lots of fizzybubbles. Lightly sweet, but mostly dry allspice flavor. Moderate spice-bitter cling to the palate, medium bodied. I think I'd like a whack less spice and a whack more hops.
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 30, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2006 Ugh, this beer was not ver good. May have just had a bad batch, but I was not a fan of this substance at all.
I had to come back and rerate this. Just had one of these after not drinking for a couple months, and it was the best beer I can remember drinking. Adjusted score for lack of time between beers.
Joebeer (8) - USA - APR 28, 2003 does not count
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Always a great lager, it tends to vary ever-so-slightly year by year. Good, but not overwhelming, pumpkin flavor, with a deep golden/amber color. Good aromas of pumpkin and spice, finishing somewhat dry.