Instant Beer Review: New Glarus Pie Lust

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WELL NOW, THAT DOES NOT APPEAR TO BE YOUR USUAL OLD MILWAUKEE. Nope. Going off draught today. This bottle caught my eye.

WHADDYA GOT? Pie Lust from the highly esteemed New Glarus Brewing Company.

ANOTHER PUMPKIN BEER, EH? As noted here and here, I do enjoy a good pumpkin beer.

SO WHAT’S THE HOOK FOR THIS ONE? It’s a “Pumpkin Weiss.” So a wheat beer made with Wisconsin-grown wheat, German Munich Malt, Celeia hops, and Bavarian Weizen yeast.

CELEIA HOPS? NEVER HEARD OF ‘EM. Me neither. According to Hop Union, it’s a hybrid of Styrian Golding, Aurora, and a Slovenian wild hop. “Pleasant and hoppy, similar to traditional European varieties.” There. I learned something.

I DIDN’T THINK YOU WERE A HUGE FAN OF WHEAT BEERS. In general, no. I’m not.

IS THIS BEER AN EXCEPTION? Sadly, no. The flavors that I often don’t care for in wheat beers—banana and clove—are coming through strongly, and I’m not getting much pumpkin. And it turns out there’s a good reason for that.

DO TELL. There’s no pumpkin in this beer, as Robin Shepard reported last month in his “Beer Here” review. Brewmaster Dan Carey feels that pumpkin pie is all about the spices… cloves, ginger, nutmeg, and allspice. So this is really a spiced dunkelweizen.

HOW DOES YOUR BAR COMPANION FEEL? “It’s too sweet. Like if they tried to make pumpkin-flavored Smarties,” she says. “I think the purple Smartie would be the most comparable. This beer has the same aftertaste.”

NOT EXACTLY A RAVE REVIEW. Nope. Which is a pity, because I had high hopes. But they can’t all be winners.

DEEP THOUGHTS: I think if I had gone into this beer with different expectations, it would have gone over better. I was expecting pumpkin, and I got a spiced wheat. Set your sights accordingly and your mileage may vary.