My Turn Series: John - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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My Turn Series: JohnMy Turn Series: John

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53 Ratings
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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 10.88%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lakefront Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Beric on 01-04-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 53 | Reviews: 12
Reviews by don1481:
Photo of don1481
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 22oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a VERY dark red. So dark that I had to hold it up to the light to see that yes, it has some reddish to it. Foam goes away pretty quickly.

Smell: Definitely a cherry smell to it. A little bit of other sweetness, too, such as some caramel. Not an overpowering smell to it like some beers.

Taste: Yep, definitely tart cherries. Some bitter chocolate notes to it, but definitely a cherry beer. It doesn't taste like a "fake" cherry taste, though, so it works.

Mouthfeel: Hmm... this leaves a slightly sticky aftertaste in my mouth. Not so much syrupy per se but sticky. A little smoother would have been good for this.

Overall: Not bad, but I don't think I'll pick up another bottle of this. Not my favorite "My Turn," but it's not bad overall.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a Lakefront imperial pint.
5.8% ABV, 20 IBUs, 16°P, 40°L

A - In the glass the beer is dark but during the pour clarity is visible through the brew's ruby-hued chocolaty color. A plump khaki head forms loosely over the beer, dropping to a skim of foam below thick gobs of lace.

S - John's #007 release in Lakefront's My Turn series has a moisture-depriving dryness to the nose that gives the tart cherry skin a smell similar to cocoa-rubbed cherry pits on top of bakers chocolate.

T - John's shy malt base barely brings the aroma's cocoa or chocolate characteristics to the table, much less any other real malt flavor for that matter, as it's largely overwhelmed by fresh cherries and slightly tannic cherry skins. The cherry flavor is fantastic but there's very little else going on here, just no depth.

M - Crisp and clean, this dark lager with cherries nails the mouthfeel on the head. Roasted malts might not show up in the flavor of the beer but their accompanying dryness gives the feel great balance in conjunction with the cherry's tartness. Very smooth and exceptionally drinkable.

O - Let's not beat around the bush; John's My Turn series is essentially Eastside Dark with cherries. The cherry flavor is great! All-natural, no syrupy sweetness, nice flavor with a balancing tartness and cherry skin tannin but, the abundant cherry profile overshadows everything else which includes Eastside's classic and delicious malt profile. John's release is great. In fact, it's an extremely drinkable beer but, given the chance to do anything under the sun, John's My Turn series just feels like a Cherry Lager-heavy blend with Eastside Dark.

Photo of Ri0
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

People will rate this low because they are unsure what the hell a dark lager is. This is a goddamn great beer and the cherry notes on it are fantastic. Best way I can describe it is like a black ale (it is a lager), but instead of hops, there are bright tart cherry flavors. I really did not know what to expect, but hell if I'm not loving the creamy black liquid with nice tart notes of cherry!

Photo of jwc215
3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown with ruby highlights. A fluffy tan head thins and stays. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of dark grain with tart cherries.

The taste is of dark grain with a slight roast. Cherries add a pleasant tart character without tasting artificial or like cherry cough medicine. A hint of chocolate comes through from the malt. There is also a bready character that leans towards pumpernickel. Just a touch of noble hops to balance the sweettart in the finish. Well-balanced. Fairly complex for a lager.

It has a malty lager smoothness with ample, but not fizzy, carbonation. Crisp and refreshing. A mild tart flavor lingers.

A very interesting brew. Interesting and enjoyable. Wonderfully balanced. A nice unique spin on a dark lager. Nice cherry tartness.

Thanks John! And Lakefront! This was a pleasure!

Photo of TheSSG
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a huge, dense, brown head that has good persistence. Toasted malt aroma. Deep, dark, burnt umber. Starts with a nice, tart cherry flavor. Slight hoppy bitterness. Lightly toasted malt moves in over the cherries to make for a nice cherry pie like flavor.

This is quite nice. The Cherries are front and center, with the toasted malt in the background.

Photo of cpetrone84
2.23/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Pour is a dark ruby red with a fairly tight tan head. Nose has a bit of stale grain, light metallic note with a faint smoke touch and a bit of cherry. Taste has a dark malts, sweet cherry, and lots of stale grain. Not integrated, flavors don't go well together. Carb moderate, body is a bit heavy and extremely syrupy and slick.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.49/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 12/19/13.

Pours an opaque super dark brown with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, biscuit, and slight dark fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with malt and sweet and sour cherry flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a solid sweet and sour cherry presence in the taste.

Photo of kkleu357
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

From notes on 2/8/14

Dark in color. Some red hues. Almost no head. What little there was dissipated quickly. Big roasty aroma. Slight fruit in the nose as well. Not bad taste. Interesting mix of dark coffee and sour fruits. Much better than I thought it’d be.

Photo of Beric
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving: On tap, 6oz sampler from brewery tour
Served: 3 January 2014

Appearance: Dark with a white, foamy head that quickly collapses. A dark brown-red color.

Smell: Malty with some roasted and caramelly notes, with the soft touch of tart cherry in the nose. Pretty intriguing.

Taste: The cherry in this was initially way overpowering- it started off far too tart for my tastes. While the base of this beer is essentially the same as the Eastside dunkel (per the brewery people working the taps) the same sort of toffee-like and roasted malt flavors didn't come through until my palate was used to the very tart cherry flavors.

Mouthfeel: Like the standard Lakefront dunkel (Eastside), I think this one has good mouthfeel, but perhaps not fitting for the tartness associated with the taste. I would have preferred this one to be a touch less carbonated and a bit smoother.

Overall: A decent offering, but the very tart cherry flavor was initially very offputting. Be prepared for a huge blast of sour cherry flavor that takes some getting used to. After that, the flavor is somewhat like a very dark chocolate bar (70%+ cocoa) with tart cherry filling.

Photo of bound4er
3.72/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 22 ounce bomber.

A. Pours to a muddy, dark brown to dark mahogany appearance with an off white head of one finger. Average amount of lacing.
S. Bready and grainy malt aromas - cherries are faint.
T. Malt and cherry flavors interplay very nicely. The cherry hangs around on the finish. This is easy to drink stuff.
M. Pretty good creaminess - low carbonation.
O. I like this beer mainly because the cherries taste real. Nothing worse than fake tasting fruit in a beer. Not a beer that is going to make me back up the truck but overall a nice My Turn effort that is definitely worth trying.

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My Turn: John pours a very dark amber color with a large long lasting creamy head. There is a nice tart cherry aroma, with some earthy tones. The taste has some nice sweet and tart cherry flavors, but a very earthy undertone. Nice feel, good flavors. Overall it has some nice cherry flavors, but the earthy undertones do not blend well.

Photo of Crowesaddict
2.92/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Surprising sour taste. Good smell, great look, beautiful head, but sour.
I generally like Lakefront beers but John is not one of them.

My Turn Series: John from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
85 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.