JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 2, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the brewpub. The thing that should not be? Hazy bronze pour, moderate fizz and a bit of sediment. Despite having been energetically warned against this as a potential beer abomination, I did not regret giving it a try. Soft spicy nose was understated enough not to offend in the way pumpkin brews sometimes can, and it was abetted by a modest tartness from the yeast. Dunno if the wit here is anything other than a particular spice interface with the pumpkin, but that’s just fine. Taste was much as the nose would indicate, with just a hint of funky gourd.
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - APR 29, 2010
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tap. Not much aroma. A touch of bubblegum. Watery looking. Flavor is thin. Dry and peppery mouthfeel. 13 Dec 09
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 15, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Date: November 08, 2009
Appearance: clear dark burnt orange, wispy off white head
Aroma: sweet spiced pumpkin aroma, nice mix of spices, touch of ginger
Flavor: sweet pumpkin flavor, pumpkin character comes through really well and mixes really well with the malt, balancing spices, nice bite of ginger, cinamon and nutmeg, light coriander
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Score: **+ /4
Kinz (3530) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - NOV 23, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light hazy amber. Smells like a wit, notes of orange and coriander, but also pumpkin pie spice. Flavor matches. Light wheat backbone, wit meets pumpkin pie. Clove and citric finish. Very interesting, bonus points for being something new under the sun.
ChainGangGuy (4564) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - NOV 19, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Appearance: Near clear, dark copper body with a thin, white head that disappears rather abruptly.
Smell: Very heady, fragrant spice character. Why, it’s like sniffing a fresh potpourri mixture bubbling away on the stove top. Any notes of pumpkin, malts, and what-have-you are all secondary to the spices.
Taste: Bready maltiness alongside sweet touches of candi sugar start, though, nearly instantaneously, the spice character grabs you and doesn’t let up -- tastes of the added coriander, ginger, clove, and cinnamon are all quite bold. Sure, there’s the pumpkin flavor, but it’s the spice blend that really dominates each and every sip. Not much hop character and bitterness, but, with the assertive spices, there’s really no need or even room for it. Finishes rather spicy.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Lightly carbonated.
Drinkability: Glass after glass, the beers at Max Lagers are all so very lacking in carbonation. At this point, I assume it’s some sort of issue with the serving equipment, but it’s still a bummer. As for the idea of a pumpkin witbier, I approve! The spices are just a hair too sharp for even me, and, if brewed again, I’d prefer to see it dialed back somewhat. Otherwise, it’s nice to see some new life breathed into a style you see little innovation in and sometimes even a sad, total lack of even pumpkins.
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hazy orange, whitish ring. Aroma is odd, floral, spicy, not reminiscent of pumpkin pie, some caramel. Taste is clove, spice, cinnamon, caramel, pumpkin body.