The pumpkin beer verdict is in – Weyerbacher’s Imperial Pumpkin Ale stands above all others. None of the other beers that were part of the taste test had the flavor or spices that Weyerbacher uses. If you shy away from pumpkin beer because you think it will be sweet, don’t. It doesn’t taste like grandma’s pumpkin pie. At least the Imperial Pumpkin Ale doesn’t. It’s got just the right balance of spices, bite, and over all beer goodness that keeps my husband talking about it all year long.
After begrudgingly submitting to my pumpkin beer experiment (because you know having to taste different beers is so torturous), here is the list of pumpkin beers according to my husband from best to worst. We compared craft brews against the better known commercial breweries.
1. Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale
2. Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale
3. Blue Moon Harvest Pumpkin Ale
4. Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat
5. Smuttynose Brewing Company Pumpkin Ale
Now, we won’t hold the pumpkin beers against any of these companies. Some might, and some do have other beers that are good. In the seasonal pumpkin beers, Weyerbacher clearly currently holds all the cards.