Aurelius (4680) - 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.
badgerben (4633) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - OCT 1, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a burnt orange color with no head. Cinnamon and nutmeg on the nose. The taste has much more pumpkin flavor than most. It seems typical to have lots of spices rounded off with pumpkin; this one reverses that recipie. Pretty tasty treat, but I would like a little more flavor. Not bad by any stretch.
cheap (4628) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 7, 2011
2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
In my little hd mug. Pour is like pale lager but with a touch of haze and perhaps even a little darker. Smell is sugar pumpkin. Stronger somewhat rude personality. Does not hide alky well. Malty and sumthin going on here. Reminds me of some stronger aged high gravity beers. Almost irish in nature. Pumpkin is not pleasing in this brew. On style for a veggie spice brew. Does not have the texture of pumpkin pie, heheh
TomDecapolis (4617) - Milton, Delaware, USA - OCT 2, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a translucent copper with a small creamy white head that left some slight lacing on the glass. Aroma of pumpkin pie spicing, pumpkin, nuts and bready. Flavor was again a lot of that pumpkin pie character you would expect. Actually getting more actual pumpkin flavor in this beer more so than I really ever had with any other pumpkin beers. Even getting more texture in the mouthfeel. I wonder if part of that is due to the fact that this is a lager. Not sure I had many pumpkin lagers..usually ales.
ChainGangGuy (4559) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 4, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
$1.50 12 oz. single from Green’s (Buford) in Atlanta, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours a clear, orange-hued body with an inch of fizzy, whitish head.
Smell: Aroma of lightly toasted and caramel maltiness with a fragrant note of blended pumpkin pie spices and pumpkin meat.
Taste: Light toasty and caramel malts with a restrained sweetness that makes way for a squashy pumpkin flavor and distinct tastes of cinnamon, clove, allspice, and nutmeg. Light spicy hop character and bitterness. Finishes crisp and dry with a lingering taste of earthy, Autumn-minded spices.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: Worth a bottle or pint. A solid, easily drinkable pumpkin brew, though liking pumpkin beers may be a prerequisite.
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - OCT 20, 2002
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Fall 2001. Very clear orange (pumpkiny!) body with a medium-sized head; aroma is deliciously Thanskgiving, pumpkin and cloves with just a hint of chocolate; flavor is on the light side but malty with pumpkin running throughout. Little hop presence; a bit thin and weak, but worth a try. Probably the brewer’s least impressive offering, but still miles better than a lot of fruit/veggy beers. 1/1/2002 rerating -- liked this a bit more 2nd time; pumpkin flavor needs a little warming to come through strongly; if it had a touch more body it would be up there with some of the brewery’s other (world-class) offerings. Oct 2002. Seems thinner and weaker this year; aroma still wonderful, and overall still above average.
hotstuff (4413) - Indiana, USA - MAR 11, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Small fizzy white head that mostly diminished, very little lacing, hazy, carbonation observed, and a golden and pale yellow hue. Nose was pumpkin, sweet, subtle hops, spicy, and cinammon. Ditto for the flavor plus some clove and finishes dry. Fairly smooth, slightly tingly and dry mouthfeel. Light-medium body. Quaffable, but nothing to write home about IMO. Balanced and not over-the-top pumpkin tasting as others that I’ve had, but the flavor of this beer just didn’t leave me wanting more.
emacgee (4407) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - OCT 5, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clean golden amber with one finger of wispy off white head. Nose is spicy and pumpkin-y, as one would expect. I kind of lost interest in trying to describe these beers. It is just what you would expect, a little less punch you in the face with the spices than it could be. Medium body, clean enough. Meh.
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - JAN 26, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. SLightly hazy orange color. White foamy head. Aroma of pumpkin spice. Very creamy texture. Like pumpkin pie. Flavor of freshly cooked squash, with very light spice. I love pumpkin beers. The ones that taste like squash, smell like spice(not the other way around!), are the good ones. This one is just that. I love it. So smooth and creamy. Very well balanced. Very lightly hopped, medium dryness. Medium bodied. Very well done.
ClarkVV (4353) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 12, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2005 bottle from Liquor mart drunk on 9/29/2005. A clear, filtered amber-to-light-mahogany colored beer, with a quickly dissipating off-white head, no lacing. Rather bubbly. Aroma of raw pumpkin meat, brown sugar and cinnamon. Very sweet, with some buttercream qualities, don’t get any of the hops, definitely not any lager yeast. Pretty much a sweet cream and pumpkin pie aroma. Flavor is more of the same; very sweet, brown sugar-meets-heavy cream flavor, moderately carbonated, with a raw pumpkin meatiness, that may be authentic, but seems to overpower the otherwise lighter characteristics of the mouthfeel, especially being that this is quite filtered. Looking for the lager qualities, I find none. Cinnamon/nutmeg and light allspice on the end, some plant-like, vegetal notes and more buttercream. I appreciate that it’s not overspiced, and there is a definite sweetness to it that at least gives it some body, but the mouthfeel is weak. I’m not so sure a creamy-sweet pumpkin beer works well with a lager, I’d prefer to stick to an ale. I did have this only chilled (and the first half straight from the bottle), however, so that may be a problem.