It’s finally Sunday, the last day of a lazy four-day weekend, and time to relax with a Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat ale. So you’ve caught me again. This is not a craft beer. The second from a mega-brewery in this series, and this one is from that most mega of breweries, Anheuser-Busch. No matter, it’s a pumpkin ale, and I still maintain that it’s better than the monstrosity that they market as Jack’s Spice Pumpkin Ale. The Pumpkin Wheat bottle tells me that it’s brewed with Belgian yeast, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves, and you can actually taste the spices in this one, unlike in Blue Moon’s Harvest Pumpkin Ale, reviewed on Friday. The nose is pumpkin and spice, but the yeast doesn’t really seem to be adding anything to it. More pumpkin and spice in the middle, and here there is a hint of characteristic fruit of Belgian yeast, but not a lot. The finish has a bit more spice, and is otherwise uneventful. This is a decent pumpkin ale, for a mega-brewery beer.
I give it a 3.2 out of 5.
This is part 7 of a 8 part Thanksgiving weekend series.