Pumpkin beer rolled onto the shelves a bit earlier in 2014, and to celebrate, I picked up a four pack of Weyerbacher’s Imperial Pumpkin Ale.
The first thing you should be aware of is, is that this is a four-pack of 12 FL OZ bottles – with a price tag you might expect from a standard six pack. Four bottles of this ale will run you anywhere from $10.99 to $15.99, depending on what city you are fortunate – or unfortunate – to be living in.
The packaging is pretty neat – a scary looking pumpkin on all four sides of the case seems quite fitting for this seasonal brew. If you look close enough, the pumpkin is wearing a crown and carrying a very royal-looking staff – could this be a subtle knock at competitor, Southern Tier’s Pumpking? Uncertain.
The font is an interesting Serif font – that upon intial glance, looks to be a Sans-Serif. My best guess for the font would be a Linotype of sorts like Oxonia Roman or Whitenights..
Moving on from the packaging, the beer once popped immediately releases scents of spices you’d typically associate with pumpkin. Cinnamon, clove, nutmeg and maybe even hints of caramel seem to overpower any remnants of pumpkin that might actually be in the beer.
First poured, a decent tan head formed in my pilsner glass. After the beer settled down, I took my first sip, which went down quite smooth – with not much carbonation. The spices lent themselves to a very sweet malt. After a few more sips, I couldn’t help think that it tasted almost like a candied soda. If someone handed this to me in the middle of Summer and told me it was a new cinnamon craft beer, I would believe them. Pumpkin notes almost nowhere to be found towards the bottom of the glass.
I would put this in the same category of maybe a Smuttynose pumpkin beer or to a lesser extent, maybe Bluepoint’s pumpkin offering. If you are looking for more spice than pumpkin, definitely grab a four pack of Weyerbacher. I could see this beer being a decent pre-game beer for a fun night out – but definitely not one that I would reach for consistently.If you are looking for that true pumpkin/pumpkin-pie beer, definitely look elsewhere.
On a scale of 1 to 10, I’d give this beer a 6.5 for a pumpkin beer. Definitely drinkable, but my personal taste would gear me more towards a Harpoon’s UFO Pumpkin before trying this one again.