This flavoured wheat beer from Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company in Vankleek Hill Ontario is yellowish orange in colour and pours with a large, soapy white head that hangs on as a thin collar without leaving much lace. Weiss O’ Lantern has a funky and outdoorsy, but very appealing smell. Staple yeast and bubble gum aromas from its hefeweizen base are joined by notes of fresh grains, mature pumpkin, lemongrass and spices.
The taste of Weiss O’ Lantern has banana and yeast overtones and a hefty dose of orange rind. The pumpkin purée flavour is mild and a blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and clove imparts a nice dryness. The beer has a silky smooth, creamy mouthfeel with a small burst of yeast on the tongue. The finish brings a honey sweetened malt flavour and the aftertaste has hints of the spices, along with a mild bitterness.
The label of Weiss O’ Lantern is printed in brown, white and a rusty orange colour. Imagery depicts a not-so-scary pumpkin-headed scarecrow on a pumpkin patch, with a large harvest moon and a hillside farmhouse in the background. The included card gives a thorough description of the brew and the back label has a complete list of certified organic ingredients and a clearly stamped production date.
Weiss O’ Lantern is a smooth and refreshing pumpkin beer that doesn’t get trapped in the typical “pumpkin pie” mold. The hefeweizen characteristics and the spices play off each other quite well, with the pumpkin adding more to the texture than the flavour. There is a wide range of food pairing options and I enjoyed this beer with grilled chicken, fresh bread, pizza and cured meats.
Weiss O’ Lantern has become a staple at the annual Oktoberfest event in Vankleek Hill and was listed at select LCBO stores in the fall 2012. You can also find it on tap at finer establishments in southern and eastern Ontario, or have the BYBO team deliver it to your door if you live in the Ottawa area.