Drinking is a tricky subject for me. I used to be my go-to coping skill before I was diagnosed. I drank alone and almost never wanted to go out to an event where there wouldn’t be drinking. Once I started on medication I became much more careful and cautious about what and how much I drank. For the past two years or so I just quit drinking all together. Just not having anything was easier for me than trying to regulate how much I drank. Now I’m finally to a point where I can just have a drink or two and be fine, which is a nice place to be.
So with fall upon us I decided to do something fun and try some pumpkin beers! I thought it would be fun to have Nicole participate in this to give a little different perspective. To give you some context, she doesn’t like pumpkin stuff (gasp!) and only drinks Bud Light.
Leinenkugel’s Harvest Patch Shandy
I really love this one. I’m not surprised because I really loved their Summer Shandy also. This beer is very light and sweet with a pumpkin spice taste that isn’t too overbearing. I could drink more than one of these and not get tired of it. Also no weird after taste. Nicole’s opinion: “This tastes like pumpkin pie. The experienced pumpkin beer drinker might turn down their nose at this.”
New Belgium “Pumpkick”
This one has a lot of flavors going on in a good way. It has cranberry and lemongrass along with the standard pumpkin spices, and you can taste that. There’s a bit of a cranberry after taste. It’s also a very nice color and the bottle is my favorite by far. Nicole really liked this one and said, “It’s like a regular beer with a hint of pumpkin. If I was a bartender I would recommend this.”
Mother’s Brewing Company “Mr. Pumpkin”
This is from our local Springfield brewery Mother’s. I haven’t had many of their beers although they’re all over Springfield all the time. This beer has a bit of a pumpkin flavor but for me it’s a little overpowered by the dark beer flavor. It has bit of a pumpkin after taste though. I do like the pretty caramel color and I love that this is from our local brewery, but it’s not my favorite of the bunch. Nicole said, “It just has a pfft of pumpkin. It tastes like a dark beer with a pumpkin after taste.”
Shock Top “Pumpkin Wheat”
This has an odd sharp taste. The pumpkin is not strong with this one. Like the last beer, it tastes like wheat beer with a slight pumpkin after taste. Also not my fave. Nicole says, “Pumpkin-y. Wheat-y. I like it. This one is my favorite so far.”
Schlafly “Pumpkin Ale”
This was always my friends’ go-to pumpkin beer and now I know why. It definitely has a great strong pumpkin flavor and is maybe the most potent pumpkin flavor so far. Nicole says, “It’s very pumpkin. It’s a pumpkin kick in your mouth.”
Woodchuck “Pumpkin Hard Cider”
This was the wild card of the bunch, with it being a cider instead of a beer. It has less of a pumpkin flavor than the beers, the apple flavor is much more prominent. I think this is because it just has pumpkin and no pumpkin spices. It definitely mellows out the apple flavor though and gives it a less sweet flavor than a traditional hard apple cider. Nicole says, “This tastes like a caramel apple.”
Well that does it for my beer taste test. Have you had a pumpkin beer yet or would you try one? Comment and let me know!