Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Gourd-geous Brews--Weiss O'Lantern

Weiss O'Lantern is an intriguing brew from Beau's All Natural Brewing Co. of Vankleek, Ontario.  It's billed as a "spiced strong beer" and as a pumpkin weiss. It's sold in 600mL bottles featuring a pretty cool scarecrow in a pumpkin patch. It contains a healthy 5.6% alcohol.

W.O. has the hazy golden colour of a harvest moon and it's topped with a lusty white head. Compared to some of the other pumpkin beers on offer this year, the pumpkin aroma is fairly mild, supported by some autumn spice notes. Notwithstanding the aroma, there is a pretty solid pumpkin-y foundation in the flavour. A healthy dose of spice builds on that flavour.  The label says it contains ginger, and it comes through effectively.
This is a cool take on pumpkin beer.  The considerable pumpkin flavour is held in check by an interesting spice profile and some understated hefeweizen refreshment. Definitely worth a try.

Rating: 8.0 out of 10.

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