by Sarah Steimer
*Note: Our rating system is out of five stars.
Lakefront Brewery: Pumpkin Lager
(5.8% alc. by volume)
So of every beer on my list, this was the most local (brewed in Milwaukee). I have yet to visit Wisconsin in the fall, but everyone raves about it. I assumed a seasonal beer hailing from this region would hold up to such raves.
This was a pumpkin beer for people who really love pumpkin spice lattes. By which I mean, the pumpkin spice flavor was in your face. Too in-your-face for me. I enjoyed the first few sips, but the rest were pretty overpowering.
Rating: ★★ .5
(5.4% alc. by volume)
OK, I have a lot of great things to say about both the label and the marketing of this beer. I Googled Wilhelm scream, and it refers to a film ant TV stock sound effect used when someone is shot, falls from a great height or is thrown from an explosion. That’s how you name a pumpkin beer.
How the beer tastes is about as fake as the Wilhelm scream. To be fair, I’ve never been a huge Magic Hat fan. If the previous beer was what pumpkin spice latte fans would enjoy, then this is what candy corn lovers would appreciate.
Rating: ★ .5
(6% alc. by volume)
The label sold me on this beer. Is it a great seasonal brew… or a ridiculous picture book starring a goofy Jack-O-Lantern and his pumpkin field antics? Regardless, I was on board.
This was actually my favorite of the bunch. I’ve seen this beer get some poor reviews, but I found that it had a perfect balance between not trying too hard and just having a good time. Unlike a lot of the other brews on this list, I would actually purchase a six-pack of these beers.
(5.6% alc. by volume)
I honestly had to look at this beer twice to figure out if it was a pumpkin beer or a pumpkin root beer. Something about the label turned me off maybe more than it should have. Hence why I gave it the same rating as above. It may have tasted a little better, but looks sure deceived me
Once again, the balance was struck very well in this beer. It felt, for lack of a better term, honest. By which I mean the brewers probably actually tasted and enjoyed this beer.
(5% alc. by volume)
Although this isn’t a pumpkin beer, it had all the other qualifications: alcohol and pumpkin spices.
I did enjoy this! Although I’ll admit that I poured half of it into a fondue I was making, so maybe I had just enough sips to enjoy and not too many to tire of it. The sweetness of the cider actually makes the pumpkin spices work better here than in some of the beers. Not a bad choice, especially if you want the pumpkin spice experience and are gluten free.
Wild Onion Brewing: Pumpkin Ale
(5.4% alc. by volume)
My friend Josh left this remaining beer at our apartment from his six pack. I get such a kick out of these cans, I wanted to try it myself.
Well, the full rating is based strictly off the fact that the cans crack me up. They should really be something that holds Kool-Aid. Interestingly enough, the do dye the beer orange. Or rather, horrifically enough.