New Grist Sorghum Beer - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
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4.78/5 rDev +75.7%
Pours a nice, expanding head which quickly subsides. Beautiful gold hue. Crisp and clear in appearance. Slight yeasty sweet aroma; subdued is best description. An unique flavor. Slight hints of tartness, slight suggestions of fruit; Similar to a lambic or Berliner weiß (if you don't like tart biers, then stay clear). Very refreshing and delicious.
I think most everyone is going into this the wrong way; they are expecting a pils or lager, perhaps a "lawnmower bier."
This is a sorghum and rice bier. Keep in mind rice can be used as an adjunct in many biers to crisp, thin, and add a bit of bite.
Don't look at this golden bier and think it will be a pilsner. The second you do that, you condemn this bier to mediocrity. Go into this bier with an open mind and an adventurous palate. Expect nothing and you will be rewarded.
I initially tried his bier as a "what the hell" kind of ordeal. It's Lakefront, at least you know it can't be bad! When summertime rolls 'round, this is my favorite bier. It's better for a biergarten than even a hefeweizen!
Easily one of my top 10 biers of all time.
04-09-2010 01:27:59 | More by TheSSG
4.28/5 rDev +57.4%
For anyone with a gluten allergy, this is by far the best beer!!!
A million times better than red bridge, which sucks terribly. That beer tastes like something is wrong with it.
Dora is okay but insanely expensive by comparison.
This is good for the price. Not as sweet as the rest of the reviews suggest.
03-23-2012 01:37:02 | More by McGaryKM
4.23/5 rDev +55.5%
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.
01-26-2014 08:20:27 | More by The_Gluten_Free_Dude
4.13/5 rDev +51.8%
12 oz bottle poured into a Lakefront imperial pint.
Bottled during Apr. Wk3. (2012) notched on label.
A - Heavily carbonated and overly effervescent, New Grist pours out a very pale yellow straw color that's crystal clear. A fizzy, loose head pops up quickly and descends slowly, vaporizing into extremely loose, cob-web looking lace coating the whole glass in delicate, wispy lacing.
S - A hint of cooked rice smell comes across the front, but New Grist mainly consists of a grainy pale malt, straw aroma even though there's no malt in this beer. A moderate helping of yeastiness appears with a light kiss of hops. For a beer made without malt, it's certainly not bad at all.
T - New Grist has an interesting flavor profile that's very light. Sweet, light corn with a touch of rice and lots of straw huskiness. No hops on the flavor and very little yeast shine through making it a very simple, easy drinking beer.
M - Heavily carbonated, the bubbles dance on the tongue like champagne. Crisp and refreshing, New Grist is very light-bodied with a smooth finish and light lingering sweetness that begs for another sip.
O - Put this in a blind taste against Miller or Bud's light beers, and this will win hands down. Lakefront astonishes me with their ability to get as close to "beer" flavor while staying gluten free. "A crisp and refreshing session beer" they call it. I couldn't have put it better myself.
If you're a person with Celiac Disease, unable to drink regular beer, fret-not, New Grist tastes just like, if not better than, the typical "big dogs" and will tide you over wonderfully.
05-30-2012 00:07:27 | More by BeerFMAndy
4.1/5 rDev +50.7%
Best glutton-free beer I have every experienced. The taste was different at first. However, as I continued, the taste became better. When I stood from my chair, I felt a slight buzz. The high alcohol content (5.75%) was a bonus. My wife is glutton intolerant. This is a beer I could enjoy with her.
06-12-2012 03:17:03 | More by Dave51
4.05/5 rDev +48.9%
(Served in a dimple mug)
A- This beer has a deep yellow body with a soapy white film that clings to the glass. There is a big bubble carbonation.
S- The smell of sweet raw grain and raw cereals with a slight sour note in the background.
T- This beer has the slight sweet slight tangy finish with a light spice. The hops bitterness starts to come through as it warms.
M- The medium-full mouthfeel has a tight little fizz finish.
D- This beer has a very unique sweet and sour flavor but it is not the same qualities as a wit beer. I have never tasted any African sorghum beers but this beer has really got me interested.
10-15-2006 03:10:01 | More by rhoadsrage
3.98/5 rDev +46.3%
It`s not a barley beer so some adjustment of what to expect is required. It is brewed as a session beer so it is not bitter nor sweet. [The hop heads need to get off the push of heavy bittering that no sane person can stand] My bottles have generally aged for a month or two so some improvement is likely. It is a smooth drink with improved month-feel over Redbridge (or a Bud). Some hop aroma exists although I would prefer more.
The color is a pleasant golden with bubbling continuing through the whole drink. Head retention in minimal although this is general issue with gluten free due to the reduced proteins and complex carbohydrates.
I seek this beer out by driving 90miles each way. Extra plus is that it is cheaper than the other gluten-free beers (except for Redbridge).
03-17-2013 21:14:12 | More by Abcabc
3.95/5 rDev +45.2%
A- golden. slight haze. a bit of lace, okay carbonation.
B- alka seltzer-like. a little vegetable, maybe tomato?
T- a bit sour. reminds me faintly of a belgian lambic. this sourness is common in sorgum beers, comes with the territory. suggestion of hop. slight metallic tinge. do i taste canned asparagus? not as bad as it seems in writing.
F- refreshingly sour.
the trick to this beer is to drink it cold. sort of reminds me of what a belgian lambic brewery's interpretation of a pale american lager would taste like. interesting. and to be honest, i'd prefer this over a bud or MGD any day.
01-13-2006 01:32:57 | More by beergurujr
3.88/5 rDev +42.6%
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a translucent straw with a small white head that does leave a little bit of lacing. Smells different than most beers, but the absence of barley will do that. It smells extremely sweet, definitely the sorghum. Tastes of sweetness, but not like adjuncts that use corn. It tastes very natural and refreshing, nice notes but not over the top. Beer is carbonated fine and is very light bodied and refreshing. Overall, a very good beer, very underrated in my opinion and a nice gem from the Midwest getting outside of traditional brewing.
03-30-2013 21:42:17 | More by cyclonece09
3.88/5 rDev +42.6%
A - no head, large bubles, golden and clear
S - fruity, mild
T - crisp cirus zing, all around the mouth, lightly bittered
M - fine, not prickly, not flat, not thick or thin
D - seems sessionable, as the bottle states
You should try this. I had a bottle just after drinking that Japanese white ale made with rice, the one with an owl, and I think this was better. It only looks boring.
05-16-2007 21:35:52 | More by snilsen13
3.85/5 rDev +41.5%
Purchased at the LCBO for around $13/6pk. Served at 6deg C in a draught glass
A- Not much here. Ok head, clear and yellow
S- Very good! Airy almost like a ginger ale smell.
T- Pretty good. You can definitely tell it's a sorghum beer.
M- Excellent! Light yet creamy
O- Very good. Don't care it's gluten free but it's pretty good all on it's own. Will buy again.
The nice light beer paired well with.... quiche
04-23-2014 23:14:33 | More by DaveBar
3.8/5 rDev +39.7%
I was really interested to try this beer since I had never had a Sorghum beer before, something Ive read to be common in South Africa. Its also interesting as its Gluten free, the first Im told, in the US.
To the New Grist, the beer is apple juice in color with only a thin 1/8 inch (at its peak) white head but average lacing. No visible carbonation.
Aromas are dominated by a rather unique cereal character and followed by a mild cooked squash and vegetable oil quality.
Carbonation is mild on the palate. Body is light, mellow, and slightly creamy. Flavor is also unique. The front is a flavor that I cant recognize at all. I assume its the Sorghum. The finish resembles something like Budweiser and by that I mean that the rice is well pronounced. Hops are felt lightly on the front of the tongue
Drinkability is high as the low levels of carbonation make this brew feel almost cask like.
Overall, I like this Sorghum beer very much and find it somewhat comparable to Zwickel.
08-21-2006 23:25:41 | More by DaPeculierDane
3.8/5 rDev +39.7%
Appearance: Poured into glass with little head. Straw yellow color, looks like bud light.
Smell: I've been outside in the cold and can't smell a thing right now. Whatever aroma it has mustn't be very strong.
Taste: If you told me I was drinking carbonated apple juice I would've believed you. It has a unique flavor like apple but slightly different. It is thin, sweet with no hint of hops. The alcohol is well hidden and sneaks up on you by the end of the glass. Can't detect any major faults.
Overall: Not my first choice, but this beer grew on me. It's not a flavorful stout or IPA, but it's not supposed to be. Easily drinkable. First gluten free beer I've ever tried but not bad.
11-26-2012 23:04:33 | More by Atvar
3.75/5 rDev +37.9%
Not sure if this is actually gluten-free or not: the bottle does not specifically say. Got a sample because a friend of mine is ciliac and I wanted to see if this is any good. Poured into a Shipyard Pumpkinhead pint glass.
A: Very boring, clear pale yellow with hardly any head at all. What little there was dissipated into little wisp of lace on top. Looks like a bad adjunct.
S: Definitely boiled rice, corn sugar, and a significant yeasty note, almost like you'd find in a hefeweizen. Buried in there are notes of peanut butter and ripe bananas, along with a definite yellow apple presence.
T: Pretty much follows the flavor exactly, with a rice and corn start, grainy middle, and a finish that is exactly like a good English hard cider.
D: If this is in fact gluten-free, I say it's a pretty good beer for someone who can't have any wheat or gluten.
Value: Very good considering...gluten-free foods are usually ridiculously overpriced and the folks at Lakefront have decided not to screw people because they have a disease. I say bravo.
05-21-2010 22:16:19 | More by WeezyBoPeep
3.75/5 rDev +37.9%
A- poured a light golden color, slightly darker than your standard BMC. light white head built up then fell down quickly.
S- some tinny characteristic. not really any hops or malt.
T- A slightly sorghum sweetness at the start, but then quickly fades into a fading malt character that is balanced with hops on the bitterness scale, but otherwise doesnt really register.
M- highly carbonated. light body,
D- its ok, ide be grateful if i had Celiacs, however this isnt gonna be a regular one for me.
A pretty solid BMC replacement for those in need.
12-08-2008 23:46:04 | More by Atron67
3.73/5 rDev +37.1%
Another hot humid day. Got the kids kickball stuck in the tree. A half hour later and roughly 100 attempts with the football to get it out, it remains in the tree. It was time to rest the arm and enjoy a cold one on the patio. I got this one in a build your own six pack the other day.
Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into my Shiner Bock summertime drinking mug.
A) It's a cloudy yellow. There was not much head, although what was there did stick around for a bit. The appearance was not overly impressive.
S) The smell is not overpowering by any means. It smells of minute rice, and a bit of sweet citrus. There is a little white grape juice aroma. I rather liked the smell.
T) This combination really works for me. It tastes of rice, a bit of citrus, green grape skin, mild sweetness. It is well balanced IMO.
M) It is light and a little slick. It is not to carbonated, and very easy going.
O) I don't require a gluten free beer, but I'd go for this again. The label says this is a crisp and refreshing session beer. You'll get no argument from me.
08-02-2011 02:31:28 | More by RoamingGnome
3.63/5 rDev +33.5%
Pours a light yellow with a small white head that dissipates rather quickly with the exception of a ring of bubbles that hang around the edges until the end of the glass. Appears to have alot of carbonation.
Very sweet smelling, smells of rice and cotton candy?
Slightly fruity with a slight metallic character. Some form of grain adds a cereal character to the beer.
Fair carbonation with a slightly thin mouthfeel.
I am impressed. Had no idea what to expect but would recommend this to a celiac.
06-17-2010 05:23:54 | More by alovesupreme
3.63/5 rDev +33.5%
Bottle provided amid a bunch of stuff given to me for volunteering at 2005 GABF. Thanks, I appreciate the opportunity to try new craft beers. Pours a single finger off yellow head over a clear light copper liquid. Smells very mild, but it's malty sweet with a pumpkin character. A little bit of phenolic funk, which I can't tell if it's from the malt, hops, or yeast. Tastes a little bit of funk with some green apples and dried hay. A sweet beer with a carb stingy finish that cuts (but doesn't kill) the wet. I think I get mild tettnanger hops in the aftertaste as a flowery floral. Plus, there is a piney quality, but not from west coast cirusy hops. It's clearly a malty sour character that comes across as having a flavor remniscent of pine. Md-light body with moderate carbonation. Well done for a gluten free beer. Tastes more like beer than the other non-gluten beer I've tried (Bard's Tale "Dragon's Gold"), but the flavors in this beer are not as strong as I would like. Although I've listed this as an "American Macro Lager", I'm judging it to the style of "Non-Gluten Beer". If offered another right now, I would gladly accept.
10-13-2005 08:30:52 | More by mentor
3.6/5 rDev +32.4%
This isn't a bad alternative for those on a gluten-free diet.
Label clearly states that it is made from sorghum and rice extract, if you have a problem with those ingredients, choose something else.
Pours a clear amber-yellow with a decent frothy head into a pilsner glass. Lace sticks around after time passes.
Smells like beer, nothing out of the ordinary.
Taste has a slight sweetness from the sorghum, often a substitute for molasses/maple syrup in the south. Malted rice gives a light sense of maltiness to the overall profile.
Mouthfeel is thin, and it's easy to drink, not a bad alternative to other beers if you're gluten-intolerant or have Celiac's.
01-07-2007 05:12:11 | More by emerge077
3.58/5 rDev +31.6%
I had a bottle of this with my fish fry down at the brewery, and chatted a bit with Russ Klisch, the brewmaster, about it. He told me that it was for sufferers of Celiac disease, with renders a person unable to process gluten, ruling out both wheat and barley, and thus, most beer. Apparently 1 in 133 people has it, so this beer may be more of a hit than you'd think. He says that he's received many letters of thanks from people now freed from drinking chardonnay at Packer parties.
Anyway, onto New Grist itself. It's a very pale clear golden color, not especially attractive. It certainly smells and tastes interesting, like a combination of cream soda and tequila, minus the alcohol bite, with a big helping of buttery diacetyl on top that gains in prominence as the beer warms. Definitely one of the odder beers I've had, and quite experimental coming from Lakefront, though less so now that I understand the motives behind it. Still, surprisingly drinkable given the fact it basically lacks the main ingredient of beer.
11-12-2005 02:46:01 | More by battlekow
New Grist Sorghum Beer from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
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