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Lakemaid Beer - August Schell Brewing Company

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80
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73 Ratings
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Ratings: 73
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 13.54%


Brewed by:
August Schell Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: shadow1961 on 05-09-2008)
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a light golden color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly into very good lacing for the style. The aroma is of light caramel, toast, hints of toffee, and even hints of spicy hops. This is a very complex aroma not just for an adjunct lager, but for any beer. The taste impresses me even more. The malt is even more strong than it was in the aroma. The is more caramel, more toffee, and a nice spicy noble hop finish. The mouthfeel is a little fuller than light bodied with moderate carbonation which really allows the taste of the beer to come through. Overall, this is the best adjunct lager I have ever had. This might be a beer that has adjuncts in the grain bill, but it wasn't made with them it was crafted with them. I think that if it were mandatory for every macro drinker to try this beer there would be millions of new converts to craft beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2009 23:30:16 | More by KarlHungus
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Buebie

Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured golden in color thick clumpy laceing present on the glass. White Head is 2 fingers deep.The head slowly diminishes until there is a fine layer over the top. But it is back again with the swirl of the glass. Smells of bready dough, malty grains. Floral hop aroma, faint, but present
Tastes like sweet bread mild malty sweatness. Hops are there, but not the primary tastes.
This is a very clean, crisp lager. Mouthfeel is medium thickness with medium carbonation.
I recommend trying this beer, its pretty tasty and the clean dry finish is very nice. I think it would be a great beer for you budweiser fans. But this again is no pos water beer for the craft brew lover.
Alchahol info was not published, but I'd guess its right around 4.7-5.5 abv.

I got this at The Cellars in Roseville for $11
It also came with a quirky booklet and all sorts of funny shit you can try to do. An example would be this crazy whistle call, similar to the loon call, but useing your empty bottle and your fists..

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2008 17:25:56 | More by Buebie
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cokes

Wisconsin

4.18/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden yellow with a close-cropped white head that disappears without a trace over a couple minutes.
Doughy nose with whispers of grain, honey, and pears. Hops bring a light, dried florality. For the style, it's a concentrated and atractive aroma.
Through the mouth, its honey-sweetened grains first, puffing up fuller with a prevasive doughiness and a light dusting of ground corn. Clean and brisk through the middle, with a vague apple cider note. Hops are role players, but bring mown hay and leafy grasses.
Fuller than many American lagers, but still on the light side. Steady carbonation, non-fizzy, and taut in feel. It presents as an US / Helles Lager hybrid.
This plain and simple, and, plain and simple, it's a very nice quaffer.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2009 02:49:41 | More by cokes
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budgood1

Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this "fisherman's lager" pours out a perfectly clear lightish golden colour, without much head..but some simple lace supported by a bit of carbonation hangs around. light adjunct corn aroma...somewhat bready and biscuity...smells nice for a lager. a hint of spicy hop peeks through also. the flavour is classic lager; some bready maltiness followed by some corny sweetness...never offending and always crisp and refreshing. a nice subdued hop bite to balance the residual sweetness...finishing on the dry side with a sweet back end kick. mouthfeel is supremely spritzy and crisp with the body being about perfect for a well constructed lager. drinkability rates high just for the fact that this tastes good for an adjunct lager.

all marketing gimmicks aside...this is a nice lager beer. a bit more substance than the deer beer brand and less overall sweetness than grain belt. and the pics of the lakemaids don't hurt either.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2008 23:46:03 | More by budgood1
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roadhouse

Florida

4.03/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a pils glass

Pours a crystal clear golden color with a ton of rising carbonation that initially forms a one inch white head but it then rises another inch over the rim of the glass forming a cinder cone. Moderate lacing is left behind.

Aroma is grainy, mildly sweet, with very light grassy hops. Very weak overall but nothing to complain about.

Taste is light and simple overall - some sweet grainy malt, light grassy hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel is light bodied, very creamy texture though. Crisp and highly drinkable.

This one is really good, so much that I find it hard to believe there are any adjuncts in it. Very good session beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2009 01:50:07 | More by roadhouse
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear bright sun yellow. Thin and airy white head. Snow white. Lace is sporadic and spotty in nature. Good aroma for a "macro." It's sweet, but it's got a nice little bready smell to it. Judging this as an "American Macro Lager," I'll give it high points. Much better than almost everything else that is out there. This is good. Nice maltiness. A little biscuity. Hops don't add much, but they don't need to here. This is an easy going smooth drinking lager. You won't mistake this for a Dortmunder, but for what it is, it's enjoyable. Put it in cans and I'd buy more of it in the summer.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2008 03:46:49 | More by Bighuge
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hero27

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle.
Various hot mermaid-like chicks on each label... the one I'm currently drinking has a label featuring "Miss Largemouth Bass".. I was going to attempt some joke about how this beer should be available in "nice cans", but I've been informed that it would be impossible to make a joke like that funny.

Pours a clear straw-gold with a solid head of white froth..a good amount of lacing as well.
Aroma is grainy, with a slightly grassy hop note.
Bready sweet malt flavor, grassy hop bite, and lemon zest.. Really clean flavor, perfectly carbonated, and refreshing.
I have learned to expect not-so-great things after buying a beer strictly based on packaging, but this one really surprised me. As far as Macro Lagers go, this is pretty damn good.

Apparently a portion of the proceeds go to the International Game Fish Association, so you won't have to feel guilty if you drink a dozen of these while you're out on a fishing-boat somewhere.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2008 22:45:12 | More by hero27
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Mdog

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Yellow-gold, clear, good head and lacing.

Smell: Sweetness, grassy.

Taste: Sweet bready flavor with mild grassy hop finish.

Drinkability: Easy drinking pilsner, nice summer or tailgating beer.

Picked up a 6er since it was on closeout and cheap. Pretty good lager, has a nice set of flavors and goes down easy. If it was this cheap in the spring/summer I'd probably buy it as a lawnmower beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2010 00:46:47 | More by Mdog
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MiScusi

California

3.98/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had all the characteristics of a simple lager, but no harsh finish at all. Clear gold in color, big airy white head that dies pretty fast. The body looks pretty alive, a fair amount of bubbles released within. Semi sweet malt taste, no hops that I could gather, and not too much abrasive carbonation. If in mood for a traditional lager it goes down really easily.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2008 02:05:41 | More by MiScusi
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katan

Colorado

3.98/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours extremely clear, strongly carbonated beer. Bubbling is strong, but it only feeds a light film.

S - Mostly pilsner malts come through for me - a malty leading smell. Some grainy notes make their appearance.

T - Starts off with a light malt sweetness. Not very potent. Moves into the dry midstream, more bitter, but not balanced. Finishes with a hefty pilsner malt note. Leaves behind the pilsner graininess.

M - Moderate body - not empty, not thick. Carbonation bite solidifies the body, but doesn't drive it. Finishes mostly clean, with some pilsner sweetness.

D - Very easy drinking. ABV is beyond manageable. Not filling and the flavors are not overwhelming. Seems to fit with sitting back and having a beer.

I would see this as more of a pilsner, than a knockoff of our regular american adjunct crap. That said, this is a nice sessionable offering vs. going to swill-land.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2010 02:45:51 | More by katan
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tavernjef

Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright and clear highly yellow body with a moderate pacing of bubbles racing upwards. Small whitish capping of foam developes quickly to then reside to an always present thick film and collar. Thin horse shoe shaped lacing is complexly linked together across the glass.

Aroma is slim and clean with a light sweet starchyness of grains and bread dough.

Taste is pretty good with a steady flavor and crispness of sweetish bread dough added with a twist of dark bread crusts and light grassy elements pinching out a very tiny bite and bitterness.

The feel and body of this "macro" is where it truly stands out from all the others that overly trend and market the style. Quite fullish, smooth, clean, crisp, and finely textured with a bready grit and grain. Nice finish that lasts of lightly tendered toasty malt and tinted with a grassy hop bite.

Totally drinkable and down right solid for a sessionable summer-time lager. Not surprised that August Schell knows how to get a beer like this right.
Plus, the goofy marketing to the fisherman crowd and its funny label make for great conversation. However, not too sure why its so spendy, as its pricy tag compared to other "Macro" cheap shelfers may lure away most fisherman who would rather spend their extra cash on actual bait?

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2008 18:03:05 | More by tavernjef
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AmericanGothic

Iowa

3.93/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams Pint.

A: Pours a clear, medium yellow orange, with one finger of pale cream head. Average retention and lace, nice carbonation.

S: Hay and sweet malt, seems to have more malt aroma than typical for the style, I think that's a plus.

T: Light, creamy malt flavor. A bit of hops on the finish. Flavor is clean and without the typical flaws of cheap adjuncts. Starts out a bit timid, but actually improves with a little warmth.

M: Light mouthfeel, carbonation is midway between creamy and fizzy.

O: Best adjunct I've had in recent memory. As I'm drinking this, I've also got some brats cooking in a couple of these, I'm thinking that those should turn out well. Hats off to Schell for making something in a style that rarely makes it above a "meh."

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2011 22:40:00 | More by AmericanGothic
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LordofTime25

Iowa

3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours to a clear light golden yellow with a thick pure white head. Disappears quickly to a thin film on top of beer.

Can smell a hint of hops and a biscuity maltiness.

Has a mild hop bitterness up front with a mild lightly-toasted bread flavor coming through before a dry finish takes over. Nice balance.

Has a crisp refreshing fell in the mouth. Good Carbonation and refreshing!

A beer I could drink over and over again! Plus the each beer has a fish and size under each cap so you can make a fun drinking game out of it.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2008 02:43:22 | More by LordofTime25
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FreshmanPour77

Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 5-01-10
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

A - orangish/yellow, carbonation present. 2 fingers of foam that disappeared rather quickly, lacing ring was present

S - Citrus, malts with hints of hops

T - Slight lemon flavor, very light tasting and very easy to drink

M/D - Pretty drinkable light bodied brew, another good summer time brew. A little crisp at first but finishes smooth. Another Schell's brew that I recommend!

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2010 03:40:09 | More by FreshmanPour77
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schellsbeer

Minnesota

3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks KeefD for pointing this one out to me.

Calling northern Minnesota "home" for much of my life, I really appreciate when a brewery takes time to brew a beer for the outdoorsman. Schells nails it on the head with with one.

Great all day beer drinking beer. Nice bottle too. Has everything that a sportsman could want. Great taste, Lower ABV, Nice Bottle, and locally brewed so the price is right. Look no further. In my opinion, much better than any of the big name lager beers out there. Also helps that this one comes in a brown bottle with a real bottle cap.

Taste is spot on. Fresh tasting, not too filling, great smell and appearance. While at home in the boat, it would also be great for deer hunting camp.

Way to go Schells. Another solid preformer.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2009 03:14:39 | More by schellsbeer
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this bottle from RagingBull a while ago and finally opened it up. The labels are cool with various "lakemaids" on each label all are fairly attractive.
I pop the cap off and land a 20 lb northern pike, Im pretty sure that is a serious fish.
The beer is at cellar temp and poured into a snifter.
Pours a bright clear gold hue with lively fizzy bubbles giving me a bleached white head of .5 cm that fades to a clingy edge layer quickly.
Aroma is grainy malt a little corn sweetness and some faint earthy hops. Overally pretty much as expected.
First sip reveals a lite body with fine fizzy carb.
Flavor is what you would expect from this style. Some grainy malt notes a bit of sweetness and some earthy or maybe spicy mild hops on the finish. Very easy to drink and would be nice on the beach or in this case out on a boat I imagine. I think this is a good example for the style and would buy it when the situation calls for a similar beer, also a good one to give to macro buddies as a crossover.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2009 02:55:36 | More by sulldaddy
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morimech

Minnesota

3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear straw color with a nice two-fingered white head that had some decent retention. Just a little lacing left on the glass. Appears to be a little darker than the standard Macro Lager.

The smell of fresh cut grass fills the nose to go along with a mild maltiness. A little bit of graininess is also present.

Has a mild malt taste with a whisp of hops on the finish. This is a hint of adjuncts and grains. Nice flavor for a Macro Lager and one of the best I have sampled. Has a very clean finish.

The body seems to be more substantial than others of style. The carbonation is not as fizzy either.

Easy drinking and good flavor for the syle. The price seems to be a bit high and the taste is just a tiny bit above Grain Belt. I wish it came it cans so you could take the beer in the outdoors but sadly this beer will have to wait for your return to the cabin before you can enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2008 19:37:23 | More by morimech
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WYVYRN527

Minnesota

3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden straw color with a thin white head that dissapates very quickly. Lacing is a no, and carbonation is vigorous.

S: Some biscuity malt, with notes of honey, grass, and a bit of lemon. Hops lend a slight floral aroma in the backround.

T: Like the smell, but more. Bready, with some honey, grass, and cereal, along with a crisp, drying hop finish that lends the slightest hint of citrus.

M: A bit thin, but has a suprisingly lengthy finish. Mouthfeel is a bit grainy, but easy to get past with the flavor the beer has to offer.

D: Overall, this brew is easy to drink, and has some pretty good flavor for it's style. For a beer with a package exclusively for marketing, it's quite good, and is a great beer for out on the lake. Too bad it's not in cans. (easier to dispose of on the boat...)

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2010 07:02:49 | More by WYVYRN527
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garymuchow

Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rainbow Trout - not the most interesting one, but it will do.
Poured aggressively which allowed a bright white head to foam up. If not poured that way it forms little head that leaves early. Dark and very clear gold with lots of bubble actions from the bottom. Looks as it should.
Some malt and adjunct make up the aroma with an emphasis on the latter. A very slight hint of hops. Fairly standard for style.
When coldest this is very clean and the balance of malt, adjunct and a very mild bitterness works pretty well. It contains the traditional Schell's richness (not excessive but they seem to like slightly heavier beers). As it warms the corn gets to strong and the flavors become more discouraging. The exception is that the hops take on a nice bitterness that actually contains some appealing flavor, but alas it's not enough of a difference or frequent enough.
Nicely carbonated on the heavier side with provides a nice fullness to the feel. The second time through I liked this better than the first one. It think it accomplished its intent quite nicely.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2008 01:38:05 | More by garymuchow
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DefenCorps

Oregon

3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle received from maximum12 in the Summer Beer BIF. Thanks Corey! Into my Stone pint glass

A: Crystal clear light golden yellow with a dense pure white head. Retention is less than stellar, settling quickly to a disk

S: Mild hop aroma with some grassy notes with some mild biscuit malt aroma present in the back. Fairly average

T: Mild hop bitterness up front with an earthy, grassy character with a mild lightly-toasted bread flavor coming through before a dry finish takes over. Very mild butter flavor at the back, nothing offensive. All said and done, decent

M: Crisp on the palate, well carbonated and pleasing dry finish. Well done!

D: This is going down fairly easy, I can imagine drinking several of these on a hot summer day

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2008 20:31:23 | More by DefenCorps
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sparkling honey beneath two fingers of ivory colored froth. The lid looks craft worthy, lasts for a bit, and leaves a few patches of sudsy lace. The appearance of the label is more interesting. Lakemaid Beer features 12 different lakemaids. Mine is Miss Northern Pike, a shapely blonde in a coral-and-cream bikini top. Beer: 3.5. Lakemaid: 4.5.

The nose features lightly toasted grain and what smells like German hops. There's a whiff of cracked corn, but there's no offensiveness whatsoever. Considering the style, not bad at all.

All gimmickiness aside, Lakemaid is a pretty decent lager that would be great pulled from an ice chest while fishing, boating or doing all sorts of summertime stuff. I'm reminded of some of the better American macro lagers, such as Stroh's and Pabst Blue Ribbon.

The beer has an underlying 'sugar-dusted cereal grain' sweetness that is perfectly offset by a modest amount of herbal-grassy hop bitterness. Balance only works when both malt and hops are appreciated (as is the case here), not when they struggle to be noticed. It is hard to say if corn is present on the palate or not. If consumed in other circumstances (see above), the next highest flavor score would have been a distinct possibility.

The mouthfeel is very nice for a beer of this style. It's a bit bigger than most, is lightly creamy and pretty close to ideally bubbled. It's well suited for drinking quickly, drinking slowly... and everything in between.

According to the under-the-crown fishing game, I snagged a measly '2 lb. large mouth'. Lakemaid Beer may not be a blue marlin, but it's a worthy catch that is one of the finest members of this underachieving style that you're likely to run across.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2008 12:20:26 | More by BuckeyeNation
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Redrover

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I saw this one on display at the Thunderbird Lodge on Rainy Lake & decided to give it a try. This place has beautiful lake views from the bar and patio.

12 oz brown longneck with no freshness dating. Poured into a glass, the beer is gold with a quickly collapsing white head. Note that under the cap there are various fish types and sizes printed. Mine was a 26 pound musky! I guess you can play a game to see who gets the biggest or best fish.

The aroma is if sweet grains and a bit of fruit (red apple). Could be amped-up a bit.

The taste is sweet with a lot of bagel type flavor from the grains. I didn't detect hardly any hoping. Light caramel apple on the finish.

The beer is crisp with strong carbonation. It is pretty easy to drink. I had three with my walleye supper. It's a good match for simple, non spicy food.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2009 01:29:25 | More by Redrover
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JackCass

Minnesota

3.45/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - light gold no head lite carbonation.

Smell - lite aroma not a lot going on.

Taste - smooth a little sweet with som bitter balance but not a lot of either.

Mouthfeel - not a lot of carbonation but not flat either,.

Drinkability - probably better on a hot day.

Other - Bottle = Miss Creek Chub .... Cap = 7 LB largemouth bass

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2009 03:07:06 | More by JackCass
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CHSLBrew

Minnesota

3.43/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A-Bright yellow, pristinely clear beer, topped with a white head which quickly dissipated to nothing.

S-Minimal, but clean, aroma. Hints of green apple and corn.

T-Some green apple-ness, with hints of corn. Some additional light maltiness. Bitterness is present just enough to create a well-balanced flavor.

M-High carbonation provides a quite sharp mouthfeel. Light bodied, perhaps a bit too thin.

D-Good drinkability. This is an enjoyable example of standard American lager. Plus, it really makes me want to go fishing! Overall, an enjoyable brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2008 22:35:34 | More by CHSLBrew
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Maerzen

Minnesota

3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice dark yellow with a touch of amber. Nice foam on the initial pour but it disappates pretty quickly. Average aroma on the nose. Crisp, refreshing taste, although a little bready. The clerk at the store discribed this beer as "your average water" and I have to say it's a little more than that. Nice lager that larger breweries would be more than happy to produce on a daily basis. Nothing special but enjoyable all the same. I don't know that I would go out of my way to buy this again but I would be more than happy to drink it if offered. Oh, and the calendar "fish" on each bottle was a nice touch.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2008 15:58:42 | More by Maerzen
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Lakemaid Beer from August Schell Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.