10 Best Pumpkin Beers Everyone Adore
Fall season is all about nutmeg, cinnamon, and of course pumpkin pie. Why get those flavors only from your coffees and desserts? Pumpkin beer is a popular drink during the fall season, and for a good reason. They’re a great way to enjoy a night out and still feel in the festive spirit. Here is a list of ten of the best pumpkin beers. Depending on your state’s laws these may not be available for online purchase, but they might be available for store pickup. They are judged based on reviews from Total Wine and Beer Advocate, quality and price. Read on and find the best pumpkin beer for you.
10. Traveler Beer Jack-O-Traveler
Our 10th best pumpkin beer is the Traveler Beer Jack-O-Traveler. It has 5 stars with 5 reviews on Total Wine, and a score of 77 on Beer Advocate. Brewed in Vermont, this wheat beer has a 4.4% ABV. It’s brewed with fresh pumpkin, meaning no artificial pumpkin flavor. It pours a burnt orange color, and it smells of wheat, cinnamon, nutmeg, lemongrass and hints of pumpkin. The Jack-O-Traveler is highly carbonated, and has a strong pumpkin flavor with lemon zest. Some say that the pumpkin flavor is quite strong and too sweet, so this may be the best pumpkin beer for fans of very sweet pumpkin flavors. It is $10.99 for a 6 pack of 12oz bottles depending on your location on Total Wine.
9. Lakefront Pumpkin Lager
The next best pumpkin beer is a lager that has one 5-star review on Total Wine, and a 78 on Beer Advocate. This pumpkin lager from Wisconsin has a 6% ABV. It’s brewed with real pumpkin and Hallertau hops. It also includes hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, clove as well as caramel malts from Germany. Malty, spicy and smooth, this 9th best pumpkin beer pours a clear copper color, like apple cider. The aromas of pumpkin, nutmeg and allspice are the most prominent, and the beer tastes like it smells. It sells for $10.99 for 6 pack of 12 oz. bottles on Total Wine.
8. Blue Mountain Barrel House Spooky
Our next best pumpkin beer has a one 5-star review on Total Wine. Brewed in Virginia, it has an 8.2% ABV. It’s aged in bourbon barrels, and it’s brewed with cocoa nibs and pumpkin flavor. It has a hazy amber color when poured. The aromas are that of bourbon, oak and vanilla with lighter smells of pumpkin and hints of cocoa. This beer’s flavors are toasted malt mixed with oak, bourbon and vanilla building up to a smidge of pumpkin and cocoa. One 750ml bottle sells for $12.99 on Total Wine.
7. Avery Rumpkin
Avery Rumpkin has one five-star review on Total Wine. This Colorado beer has an 18% ABV. The color is a foggy orange/copper color when poured. It gives off the classic fall aromas of pumpkin, brown sugar, cinnamon, clove, rum and nutmeg. The complimentary flavors of dark rum and pumpkin are highlighted by the sweetness of fall spices. It’s very strong in flavor but well balanced. Being brewed in rum barrels adds a nice flavor as well. One 12oz bottle sells for $12.99 on Total Wine.
6. Devils Backbone Pumpkin Hunter
Number six on our list of the best pumpkin beers is the Devils Backbone Pumpkin Hunter. With one five-star review on Total Wine, this beer is also rated an 81 on Beer Advocate. Brewed in Virginia, this festive beer has a 5.1% ABV. It pours a lovely amber color. The pumpkin beer has aromas of mostly pumpkin, hints of berry, toasted malts and spices. It tasted like pumpkin pie with roasted malts and earthy hops. Devils Backbone Pumpkin Hunter has light to moderate carbonation, with a small off-white head. Overall it is smooth with well-balanced flavors. A 6 pack of 12oz bottles sells for $10.99 on Total Wine.
5. Big Boss Harvest Time Pumpkin
Our next best pumpkin beer has one 5-star review on Total Wine and an 84 on Beer Advocate. Brewed in North Carolina, it has a 5.5% ABV. This one is brewed with real pumpkin and subtly spiced with Big Boss brand’s special spice mix. It pours a light amber with an off-white head, and this beer has a semi-dry finish. Big Boss Harvest Time Pumpkin smells like pumpkin, cinnamon, clove and sweet malt. A 6 pack of 12oz bottles sells for $12.99 on Total Wine.
4. Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale
This pumpkin ale has one five-star rating on Total Wine and an 84 on Beer Advocate. This New Hampshire beer has a 5.84% ABV. Smuttynose is malty, spicy and smooth. This medium-bodied beer pours a hazy but festive copper orange color. It smells of pumpkin pie, nutmeg and cinnamon. Initially it has an earthy pumpkin flavor, and quickly after takes on the flavors of pumpkin pie, cinnamon and spices. It ends with a final earthy taste. It sells for $10.99 for a 6 pack of 12oz bottles on Total Wine.
3. Cottonwood Pumpkin Ale
The Cottonwood Pumpkin Ale has an 86 rating on Beer Advocate and one five-star review on Total Wine. Brewed in North Carolina, it has a 4.5% ABV. It’s brewed with crystal and pale malts, a small number of hops, and a unique and special blend of spices to give it a slightly spicy taste. This light and crisp beer smells just like pumpkin pie. It tastes like nutmeg, clove and pumpkin. A 12 pack of 12oz bottles sells for $16.99 on Total Wine.
2. Shipyard Bourbon Barrel Smashed Pumpkin
Number two on our best pumpkin beer list has one five-star review on Total Wine and an 86 on Beer Advocate. It has an 11.4% ABV, and it was brewed in Maine. This pumpkin beer pours a golden orange color, and smells of cinnamon, spices and vanilla with a touch of bourbon. The taste is like the smell with spices such as nutmeg and cinnamon, in addition to vanilla, caramel and bourbon. While it’s not the most pumpkin tasting beer on the market, it is a very nice woodsy bourbon. One 24.5oz bottle sells for $14.99 on Total Wine.
1. Best Pumpkin Beer – Alewerks Pumpkin Ale
The best pumpkin beer on our list is the Alewerks Pumpkin Ale. Rated at 5 stars with three reviews on Total Wine, it also received a 92 on Beer Advocate. This Virginia brewed beer has a 7.3% ABV. This medium-bodied beer is brewed with pale, caramel, Munich and victory malts. Made with American Fuggle Hops, its main flavors are brown sugar, spice and pumpkin. Overall, this beer that tastes just like pumpkin pie is very smooth in flavor. A 6 pack of 12oz bottles sells for $10.99 on Total Wine.
Pumpkin beers are a wonderful way to both drink beer and stay in the Autumn mood at the same time. Hopefully this list of the best pumpkin beers will come in handy the next time you’re on the hunt for a one to try. If you prefer lighter beer, you can take a look at our non-alcoholic beer choices. Let us know in the comments below your opinion of any of the ones mentioned above, or tell us any recommendations we may have missed.