Booze Geek – Willhelm Scream And All Those Films Made Creepier By It

By Dylan Gonzalez

Beer: Wilhelm Scream Pumpkin Ale

Brewery: Magic Hat Brewery

BuS7vjmIAAANcbCIt may be early for pumpkin beer and Oktoberfest, but my store has gotten them early and I can guarantee that they are going to fly off the shelves.  Therefore, I started my collection early and the first one I chose to try was Magic Hat's Wilhelm Scream.

Wilhelm Scream produced a moderately thick head that disappeared fairly quickly.  It was a deep orange-brown with a lot of active carbonation present.  It gave off a slight scent of pumpkin but malt and caramel were more prominent.

When I drank it, I discovered that there was not much pumpkin flavor present at all, which was pretty disappointing.  Instead, malts and caramel were the most noticeable flavor, as well as some light cinnamon and brown sugar taste.  On the palate, the carbonation was noticeable but it was easy enough to drink.

Overall, it was a decent pumpkin beer, despite lacking any real pumpkin qualities to it.  Its strength laid in its drinkability and it would not be very potent for anybody looking for a milder pumpkin beer.

What to Drink This To:

Despite the artwork displaying a singing pumpkin, my immediate thought went to the infamous movie sound effect, The Wilhelm Scream.  If you have seen any movie within mainstream pop culture, then you likely have heard the distinctive scream.  First used in the western The Charge at Feather River, sound designer Ben Burtt rediscovered it and placed in the first Star Wars film.  Since then it has been utilized in over 200 films.  A fun compilation of its use, as well as a brief history, can be found on YouTube:


So raise a glass of Wilhelm Scream to toast the signature yelp of pain it was named after.

Dylan Gonzalez happens to love beer and comic books and luckily found a place to write about both because he has no idea how to actually make money in the real world.  He lives in a cave in New Jersey.

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About Hannah Means Shannon

Editor-in-Chief at Bleeding Cool. Independent comics scholar and former English Professor. Writing books on magic in the works of Alan Moore and the early works of Neil Gaiman.

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