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New Grist Sorghum Beer - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

New Grist Sorghum BeerNew Grist Sorghum Beer

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Ratings: 296
Reviews: 191
rAvg: 2.71
pDev: 23.62%

Brewed by:
Lakefront Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.75% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: mentor on 10-13-2005)
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Reviews by GossageBrewery:
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2.09/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured this ale from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured a very clear yellow color, produced a small white head, poor retention and poor lacing left on the glass. The aroma consisted of some malted grain and apple juice. Light in body, very thin and watery there is some flavor of rice and apple cider. Not very impressed with the "gluten free" beers-

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2013 16:37:14 | More by GossageBrewery
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3.35/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

I picked this one up with the DFhead strawberry gluten free beer, in the middle of passover after work. I really wanted a beer, and this felt like the BEST (ok the only) time that I would want to try a gluten free brew

not kosher for passover by any stretch, but since its made with rice (which I eat on passover) and is made with no barley, hey...what the hell!

A: extremely soft colors, and very, very pale. Light straw. very clear. Heavy carbonation catches the side of the glass, but clears after a few minutes. Heavy soapy foam forms from the pour, but that dissipates quickly (after a few minutes). Not too shabby. 4/5

S: This beer has a real sweet orange marmalade smell going for it. Very fruity and sweet, but fairly soft. It could use a bit more push for its smell, considering its viewed carbonation.

T: well I have to say, not bad....but not that much good either. It tastes a lot like a harvest or american what ale, but with a MUCH dryer finish. None of the malty richness that you would expect. Their is also a strange tang to this beer that can be a bit off-putting (its something like old dry clementines). 3.25\5

m: very dry mouth-feel with a heavy carbonation "bite". A necessary negative to help draw away from the "tang" flavor in the brew. Still, it is unpleasant. 2.75/5

O: This beer is not as bad as I expected, and for the challenges that go into its creation, it could had easily flopped flat on its face...but didn't. Its still a very odd beer. Its flavor tang, from the sorghum, is very off-putting, and its heavier carbonation is a pet peeve of mine. However, it enjoyed its citric\marmalade flavoring, and felt that its aroma was pretty decent. it DOES feel like beer. i feel that that is the most positive thing that you can say about it.

It is NOT for people who can drink regular beer. Not at all. If gluten hurts you, this is for you. If your observing passover but don't feel like shilling out for the ill-reputed KOP beer, this is for you. its also for you if you want to try something new or got dared to drink the weird "gluten free" brew.

I give this one a 3.25/5 overall. Its a pretty average beer, but its nice aroma gives it a few more points, and the fact that I am drinking it this week is a serious positive

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2014 01:28:07 | More by jucifer1818
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Ontario (Canada)

2.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Alright, my second foray into the world of Gluten free beer.

Appearance: The body on this one is a sickly light lager yellow, that produced a finger of head that evaporated quickly and did not lace as a result. The carbonation looks very thin but abundant.

Smell: It smells like a mixture of straw like lager and pear cider, which is odd, given this Gluten Free beer doesn't appear to have been made with pear juice, but it works. Warming doesn't help it either way

Taste: Pretty much like it smells, the pear cider taste starts out the beer and it has almost a slightly ginger twang to it. Gradually the straw like malt makes it's presence known at the end of the beer.

Mouthfeel: It's really sweet...and cloys quite a bit as a result and there's not really a bitter note to be had on it. The carbonation is there...but it doesn't really seem to do much and the end of the beer is painfully short.

Drinkability: Light and easy to drink but only because there's not a bitter note to be had. It's painfully sweet, even more then flat cider.

Final Thoughts: I'm finding with many Gluten free beers, they seem to have large cider aspects to them, particularly pear taste, which I can only assume is a trait of Sorghum. This regrettably always leaves me asking the question about Gluten Free beer, why wouldn't I just drink cider if I was Gluten intolerant? Anyways, it's alright but it's still not quite to the level of regular beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2014 05:03:25 | More by TheHammer
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North Carolina

2.75/5  rDev +1.5%

03-01-2014 00:51:43 | More by dbrauneis
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3/5  rDev +10.7%

02-25-2014 01:21:19 | More by drdiesel9483
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Ontario (Canada)

3.19/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

355 mL bottle from the LCBO picked up as a single; bottled Jan. 14 2014. Served well-chilled. My last gluten-free beer review was nearly two years ago, and... well, I'd rather not talk about it. Will this one go any better?

Pours a clear, pale straw yellow colour, topped with one finger of soapy, relatively short-lived white head. Soon, a foamy collar and wispy film at the surface are all that remains. It kind of looks like that glass of dry cider I had the other day. I am not getting much on the nose from this one - it's a little fruity, with some apple juice vibes, but not much else to speak of beyond some sort of neutral malt sweetness; probably the rice. Not offensive, which is already above average by GF beer standards.

I was a little worried about this one, but in all honesty there is nothing wrong with it as an alcoholic beverage. The taste is on the fruity side, with apple cider, boiled vegetables and some pear notes at first. Toward the finish I am getting notes of sake and white wine (Sauvignon Blanc maybe?); the booze is just barely detectable, but not in an irritating way. Light-bodied and watery, with firm carbonation that falls a step or two below 'macro lager' on the fizziness scale. This is a surprisingly light, drinkable pseudo-beer that I have no serious complaints about, but it's worth keeping in mind that I came in with very low expectations.

Final Grade: 3.19, a C+. I don't profess to have a lot of experience with gluten-free anything, but Lakefront Brewery's New Grist is the first GF beer I've ever tried that comes anywhere close to approximating a normal beer. This makes for a passable adjunct lager - high praise indeed! There's no reason for anyone without celiac disease to bother with this one, but it's still the best example of this niche style I've tried, and definitely the only one I'd voluntarily consume again.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 05:23:31 | More by thehyperduck
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3/5  rDev +10.7%

02-22-2014 02:20:30 | More by bgoblue2
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3/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Odor: sweet aroma of apples, almost like an apple wine

Pour: Light golden clear with a faint head that disipates instantly, Filtered. No lace.

Taste: Very Light bodied beer with a sweetness on the end. Very light carbonation, almost none. Body reminds me of bud light with apple.

This beer is made with sorghum and rice instead of your normal ingredients such as barley and wheat. If you're like me, you asked, what the hell is sorghum? Sorghum is actually the 3rd largest produced grain in the US behind wheat and barley. Yes, I had to look that up. Anyway, I had originally heard about sorghum through Andrew Zimmern and his awesome Bizarre foods show where he was in Africa eating Sorghum like popcorn. It can be prepared that way and the popped kernels are lighter than popcorn and don't have the shell lodged in the middle to get stuck in your teeth. Not wanting to get beer stuck in my teeth, I figured I'd give this a go. And it's good for those avoiding Gluten...whoever you are. Beer with not a lot of complexity. I believe a lot of people who enjoy macro brewery beer could drink this and never know the difference until maybe the aftertaste of apple. Good beer to give to those girls who don't like beer and just want an appletini.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2014 02:10:29 | More by youknowmyname
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3.5/5  rDev +29.2%

01-27-2014 17:35:27 | More by krome
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4.23/5  rDev +56.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

As a Gluten Free beer drinker. This is the best beer I've come across so far. Smooth, balanced and not at all harsh or spicy. I find this beer to be the most similar to a standard Non-GF beer that I've encountered. Not very carbonated and doesn't retain a head too well however still a good brew. 4.23/5.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 08:20:27 | More by The_Gluten_Free_Dude
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1/5  rDev -63.1%

01-07-2014 23:15:23 | More by TimDC
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1.85/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle into a Perfect Pint.

A=Extremely faint yellow...almost like 7-Up. One finger white head that lasted for more than a minute.

S=Plastic and sugar/syrup.

T=Plastic and sugar/syrup...faint hops. Moderate to no flavor, but what is there is rather bad.

M=Moderate body with moderate carbonation...enables one to drink it quickly.

O=Not nearly as enjoyable as the Damm Daura gluten-free offering...will not buy nor drink again.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 21:35:53 | More by dhannes
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2.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, with bottled on date 07/06/2013. My first beer from Lakefront Brewery, a gluten free sorghum beer, labeled as a 'pilsner style beer' on the label. Expectations are fairly low based on this beer's current poor ratings.

Poured into The Godfather pint glass.

A - Pours a sickly pale yellow colored body with lots of bubbles going crazy in the glass. One finger of thin big bubbly white fizz for a head. Tiny powdery sediment floating in the glass. Color is almost more reminiscent of a white wine than it is beer.

S - Smell is pretty light and non-existent, but I'm definitely pulling out lots of fruit, almost strawberry like. Strawberries, lemon juice, and green apple cider.

T - Taste pretty much disappears almost instantly following the swallow. There is subtle slight graininess here, a ricey sort of quality although I couldn't exactly say what it is, some tart green apple cider, and some acidic vinegar. Mildly vinous.

M - Feel is extremely crisp and clean. Hardly any lingering aftertaste of any kind aside from some mild vinous apple cider and some faint alcohol warmth.

Overall, it wasn't harsh or offensive, but there was hardly anything to enjoy about this offering. I give it props for being gluten free and all, but there is poor duration and depth of flavor with this thing. I'm not so sure I would call this a pilsner, but then again I wouldn't call it a fruit / vegetable beer either. An interesting beer, worth trying at least once I suppose.

Lakefront Brewery New Grist ---3/5.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 00:33:24 | More by mfnmbvp
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2.75/5  rDev +1.5%

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2/5  rDev -26.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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1.75/5  rDev -35.4%

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1.5/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Labeled a "Pilsener style" beer on the side of the bottle

White stamp on the neck of the bottle reads "08/13/2013," I believe that to be born on date, I'm wasting no time whether this is a pilsener or a "fruit/vegetable beer" to review this

Into a flared pilsener:

A: extremely clear golden yellow colored body with a slim half finger white foamy head that immediately dies within about twenty seconds, carbonation is seen rising at a moderate pace

S: lemon juice coming through in a bland yet somewhat earthy funky sort of way, could be construed as offensive, but really not bad to me

T: the lemon juice is back with some apple cidery and a somewhat ginger sort of puckering aspect to it, and then the aftertaste hits ya, boy oh boy, where did that come from, its basically a harsh sort of lemon/apple juice that basically nails your tongue to the bottom of your mouth, no finish

M: light, very sessionable (might not be bad to pound all day in the summer), ok here we go, here's where this beer takes a major hit that is somewhat noticed in the taste, that carbonation just pounds my tongue to the bottom of my mouth like its just sayin' "OK BOY, YOU'RE MINE!" Ouch, this is harsh stuff

O: ok, I did have this a bit late, but at the same time - that carbonation - holy burp batman, is this a "fruit/vegetable beer" or pilsener, wow what a vast difference in whatever style this thing truly is, would I have this again, no way and I honestly feel bad for beer drinkers with wheat allergies. The last one I had was Widmer's Omission, get that, don't get this. I think my friend is laughing at me behind my back tonight and tomorrow I'll get my revenge on him, (Matt are you reading this you turd!)

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2013 05:04:30 | More by BeerKangaroo
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2.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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New Grist Sorghum Beer from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
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