When you think of fall, you might think of flannels, picking applesand eat a lot of delicious food and drink with pumpkin spice. It’s also Oktoberfest (which, despite the name, starts in September), and the season wouldn’t be complete without a delicious seasonal beer. Pumpkin beer comes only once a year, so it’s important to know which one is worth buying.
Whether you drink it straight from the bottle, pour it into a sparkling glass, or add your own cinnamon sugar rim, you deserve to sit back, relax, and enjoy the flavors of fall, one sip at a time. That’s why we’ve come up with 13 pumpkin beers you need to try in 2022. Check them out, and if you still can’t get your pumpkin fix, try pairing them with The 16 Best Pumpkin Spice Foods You Can Buy Right Now.
Oh my pumpkin, you will love it Good pumpkin beer from Cigar City Brewing! Taste the flavor of pumpkin cooked with cinnamon, allspice, cloves, nutmeg and vanilla. If it sounds like pumpkin pie in a can, that’s because it basically is—right down to the buttery smell and deep orange hue.
You will be back for seconds when you taste this seasonal favorite from Saint Arnold. Scoring a world class rating of 95 on Beer Advocate, Pumpkinator is a dark beer full of spices and flavors. A bold and full-bodied imperial stout, it’s brewed with a combination of hops, pumpkin, molasses, brown sugar and spices, then dry-seasoned. The single batch is released around October 15th each year and is available on draft and in bottles – get it while you can!
If you’re looking for a beer that embodies the spirit of Halloween, look no further than Night owl, medium-bodied ale, very drinkable, slightly bitter with Magnum hops. Brewed with pumpkin puree and juice, it is seasoned in conditioning (also the process through which the beer is carbonated) with ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and allspice. Roasted and raw pumpkin seeds are added throughout the process, from crushing to fermentation, for a deep pumpkin flavor.
A rich amber beer that almost sounds like something you could order Starbucksthe Vanilla Cappuccino Pumpkin Ale combines a range of complementary flavors in one can. It’s conditioned with the Buffalo Brewery’s signature blend of spices, vanilla and locally roasted coffee for a satisfying malty sweetness. If only our morning PSL came in seven percent ABV options!
Allagash takes Halloween seriously when it comes to creating Ghoulschip beer. How serious? “On All Hallows Eve itself, we send the beer to rest among the spirits in our Coolship, where it collects wild microflora from the cold Maine air,” the product description reads, continuing, “The beer then ferments in a stainless tank on our house yeast before heading into oak barrels, where he waits up to three years.”
Allagash started brewing their pumpkin beer in 2008, and they seem to have perfected the formula thanks to a “monster mash” that includes shredded Maine pumpkin and roasted pumpkin seeds.
In review on Beer advocateuser Ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts it says: “Rich and sweet brown molasses flavors are balanced, especially on the finish. Super unique, lovely and interesting. A hidden gem,” adding, “Don’t think of this as a pumpkin beer.”
Maybe you had Schlafly’s Oktoberfest lager, but even this limited-edition fan favorite is worth a sip (or a bunch of sips). It is fermented in kilos of fresh pumpkin and a brewer’s blend of wort and sugar, then filtered through a spicy infusion of cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. The end result is a brew that has just the right amount of pumpkin flavor. It’s sweet and warm and everything you’re looking for when the days are cooler. According to Schlafly’s website, this pumpkin drink pairs well with foods like butternut squash ravioli, cranberry goat cheese, or cheesecake. We’ll have one of each, please.
If you’re having a hard time getting into the Halloween spirit, Ichabod Pumpkin Ale it will definitely put you in a spooky mood.
He tips his hat on The Legend of Sleepy Valley, this pumpkin ale combines barley malt and real pumpkin with cinnamon and nutmeg. At 4.5 ABV, it’s the perfect companion for a night of sharing ghost stories around the campfire or watching scary movies. boo!
Mother Pumpkin Ale is one of Blue Point’s fastest selling brews of the year – and for good reason. This is a golden pumpkin ale that has all the ingredients of autumn: cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and allspice. The brewery describes Mother Pumpkin’s finish as “roasted,” and frankly, we can’t think of a better adjective. One bad mother, indeed.
Prepare your taste buds for this one Pumpkin Cheesecake Cream Ale. This is a dessert beer that combines the sweet and tangy notes of cream cheese with a hint of graham cracker crust. At the end, expect notes of traditional pumpkin pie spices of cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. The Missouri-based wholesale brewery also offers a variety of other pumpkin beers, including the Original Pumpkin Ale, Pumpkin Seed Oktoberfest Lager, Vanilla Pumpkin Beer, Salted Caramel and Chai Pumpkin.
Two roads released this beer back in August, but it has autumn written all over it. Self-described as “scary good,” RoadsMary’s Baby is a traditional pumpkin ale with a unique twist—a nod to the classic Halloween movie and the brewery’s name. It is aged in rum barrels with vanilla beans, which adds complexity and depth. the result? A smooth beer with notes of pumpkin, spices, vanilla, oak and, of course, a hint of rum.
If the rich amber color and sweet and salty aroma do not tempt you, Spooky Tooththere will be a creamy mouthfeel. This smooth brew boasts pumpkin flavors before transitioning into a sweet malt with pie crust, spice and a hint of brown sugar, all spiced up with a clean finish.
“The aroma is very pumpkin spice, very pleasant,” DeaconWhite82 writes in review on Beer advocate. “The taste is very pumpkin spice, but smooth. I love the taste… The feel is amazing, you get a good sound. I drink it every fall.”
And what are we looking for in 2022 if not “good music”?
Dare we say it Pumking is the king of pumpkin beer? Aromas of pumpkin, pie spice, buttery crust, vanilla, and toasted pecans are paired with flavors of malted vanilla, cloves, allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and pie crust. Judging by over 7000 reviews on Beer advocateit is an extremely popular choice when it is available, from August to October.
“One of the beers I’m most looking forward to this season,” says Cdriver0414 in his review. “The appearance of the beer is what you would normally expect from the style. The nose of this beer is one of the best in a pumpkin beer. Vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin pie and earthy malt. The flavors just explode as you drink it. The higher alcohol volume helps emphasize these flavors. If you haven’t had it yet, get it. You won’t regret it.”
They’re not wrong about the higher ABV; The pumping rate is 8.6 percent.
If you can’t get to pumpkin this year, sipping this is the next best thing. Rogue’s Pumpkin Patch Ale screams fall, and a lot of dedication and time goes into the making. The beer is made from whole pumpkins, which are chopped and roasted by hand. This hand-roasting technique allows the natural sugars to caramelize in a very specific way, which, combined with the light balance of spices, gives this beer its unmistakable signature flavor.