New Grist Sorghum Beer - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
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1/5 rDev -63.2%
Ugggh...from the first look and whiff of this brew I knew I was in for a struggle. The things I do for you guys. Poured into a stemmed pils glass it forms a quickly fading loose head that fizzes to a ring. Highly filtered clarity with minimal carbonation. Yellow body.
Sorghum is just a hidious alternative and those that cant have glueton..please don't judge the world of beer after sampling these extract laden brews. Simply awful. Syrupy from the start...not in mouthfeel but rather the sweet "malts" are nastily sweet and sticky. Extremely vinous at times, particulary the start, the middle and the finish....oh wait...it doesn't clean up at all and lingers on the palate for quite some time. Label states this is a "refreshing session beer". How could a dirty, syrupy brew be even considered a session brew? More than one would have to be restricted somewhere in the constitution.
Notes: A terrible wine comes to mind minus the 12%abv. This reveals all of its flaws wether cold or warm. Avoid.
11-24-2006 02:02:20 | More by DogFood11
1.25/5 rDev -54%
Bottle: Poured a super yellow color beer with a small white foamy head with minimal retention and not much lacing. Aroma of light unrefined grainy notes. Taste is quite light with some more or less pleasant notes of unrefined grain. Body is light with medium carbonation. Not need to revisit his one unless I have to stop eating gluten.
10-09-2011 17:03:42 | More by Phyl21ca
1.35/5 rDev -50.4%
While I applaud Lakefront Brewery for trying something experimental, I have to say that this beer is really not good. The smell is barely there but sweet. The flavor is also very sweet, yet strikes me as a cross between flowers and poison... with sugar on top. The taste lingers... oh please stop lingering! I checked the bottle twice for a born on date, as I swore to God that this beered HAD to be spoiled or defective in some way. I bought a six pack out of curiosity and I have to say that this may be the first six pack I ever pour down the drain. Seriously... you can just skip this one all together.
07-26-2008 01:25:38 | More by jrlhotka
1.5/5 rDev -44.9%
12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a golden yellow color with a white head. The aroma smells more like white wine than beer with some apples and alcohol. The taste much like the aroma features some sour apples and tastes more like white wine than beer. The mouthfeel is light and extremely fizzy from the high carbonation. Overall, this is a pretty poor offering. Now I understand why malt and/or wheat is so important to beer. Not recommended. This is my second beer made from sorghum, and neither have been the slightest bit enjoyable.
08-19-2007 23:13:37 | More by cjgator3
1.5/5 rDev -44.9%
[Appearance]: Dark golden yellow.
[Smell]: Smells like a bad vodka, horrendous.
[Foretaste]: Nothing but carbonation.
[Midflavor]: Sour wheat.
[Aftertaste]: Super citrusy, lemons galore.
[Overall Flavor]: Horrible, made me sick.
[Mouthfeel]: Watery and high carbonation.
[Drinkability]: Never again will I buy this beer.
personal recomendation: dont buy this. unless your an alchy with a gluten alergy.
04-06-2009 03:48:44 | More by brfbeerdrinker
1.55/5 rDev -43%
Easily the worst of the sorghum based beers I've tried.
A: Pale gold color has nice clarity and active carbonation. Even the most vigorous pour didn't net much head. What little head did form was gone in an instant. Left no lace.
S: Very sweet. White sugar, apples, oranges, plus a mild whiff of grass in the background.
T: Tastes like a strange combination of sake and hard cider. Extremely sweet flavor has a strong apple presence, plus a little sweet rice. Hops are almost nonexistent. They add only a tiny amount of flavorless bitterness. Apple sweetness lingers through the finish.
M: Light body is syrupy and has too much fizz.
D: I almost didn't finish this beer. But I paid for it, so I choked it down rather than pouring down the drain. Is it really that hard to make a decent gluten free beer?
07-16-2008 17:44:30 | More by Rayek
1.58/5 rDev -41.9%
Pale straw with a meringue-like head. The head dies down pretty quickly, but leaves a thin layer over the beer that sticks around for awhile. Leaves behind a pretty lace. There's something about it's aroma that I find antiseptic and unpleasant. There's some apple and lemon in the aroma as well. The apple isn't like sour green apple, but more like apple juice. It tastes lemony and sweetish, with only a little bit of apple. There some tartness and harshness to it, and that antiseptic nose seems to affect the palate as well. It really doesn't taste as bad as it smells though. Light-bodied and finely carbonated. Despite being thin and watery, it isn't very refreshing at all. I'm pretty happy I'm not on some kind of gluten-free diet. If I couldn't tolerate gluten, I'd give up beer rather than drink this.
03-08-2010 05:39:37 | More by mintjellie
1.58/5 rDev -41.9%
Pours a light and clear golden color with a little head initially shrinking to a frost on top. Not much for lacing. Smells like way too buttered popcorn, and nothing else in there, just distracting, with some other odd ass smell in there. Something is seriously wrong with this beer, its just bad, and i can't drink this. down the drain it goes.
02-21-2006 03:05:13 | More by objectivemonkey
1.63/5 rDev -40.1%
Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. Small head on a light yellow body. Little sweet tinge in the smell, which also is evident in the early taste. Unfortunately, it also features a wicked nasty aftertaste, which ruins everything else. Not too good.
07-12-2008 05:08:55 | More by ibashmuck
1.65/5 rDev -39.3%
Poured into a perfect pint.
3.5 A: What the fuck?!!?! Is this beer? This is lighter than most of the BMC lineup. Lightly yellow tinted clear. One finger of frothy white head. The retention is actually pretty good and a good bit of lacing is left behind.
1.5 S: Smells like straight up rice. That's about it.
1.5 T: Tastes like nothing, but is sweet at the same time. At first I kinda liked it, but after a few more sips, I discovered that it's actually pretty offensive. This tastes like ginger ale without the ginger.
2.0 M: Light body. A bit overcarbonated. Too sweet (in a strange way) to be smooth.
1.5 D: Yep, this sucks. No reason to buy this other than to tick it and/or lower your average score.
12-07-2011 04:02:15 | More by DavoleBomb
1.68/5 rDev -38.2%
This unusual sorghum beer (no barley malt whatsoever) pours a clear bright medium gold color. Head generation is minimal despite a lot of upcharging bubbles. No laces to mention at all. Odd buttered popcorn aroma, some residual sweetness is noticeable as well. Mouthfeel is light, carbonation plenty adequate. This is truly a distinct brew and reviewing it is difficult. It has an extremely artificial butter character to it, even to the point of the burnt popcorn kernels at the bottom of a microwave bag, combined with a sizzling cinnamon and over-applied vanilla second stage to the profile. The finish has a slight lactic astringency that may be similar to sour fermented porridges made from sorghum in some cultures. There's a real granularity in texture here (chalky old-fashioned antacids like Gelusil) and a strange aftertaste with a salty sweetness almost like taffy. It IS unique, but personally, I don't like it all -- practically undrinkable and one of the few beers I've ever regretted buying in a six pack.
12-04-2005 01:36:42 | More by ADR
1.68/5 rDev -38.2%
I have no idea what sorghum is, but if you put "beer" on the label, Im willing to try it. This poured from my 12 oz bottle with a light orange hue, with little activity and a thin white fuzzy white head. This gives an odd aroma .. almost like cinnamon gum, or cough syrup ... not good. The flavor is a tad better, but similarly off-putting ... very medicinal, this reminded me very much of the cough syrup I had as a kid ... like artificially-flavored cherry cough-drops, or something along those lines. (#2663, 1/21/07)
01-21-2007 23:43:52 | More by Braudog
1.73/5 rDev -36.4%
Ok. Ew. I didn't have any clue what this was when I bought it but it looked neat at the time.
Appearance is atrocious. Pale yellow, no head, no bubbles.
This tastes sorta like a cross between Bud Light, cough syrup and Zima.
The smell? What smell. I couldn't even smell it until I poured it, and well it smells like those fruity aquafina waters.
Mouthfeel is better than the rest of the categories, at least there is a faintly appealing fizz and it's not too heavy or light.
I would never drink this again. I would never drink more than one. If not for the fact that I paid for it, I wouldn't even finish it.
Sure, this all sounds a little harsh so let's say I wouldn't recommend this beer to friends.
04-04-2007 02:19:48 | More by nowise
1.73/5 rDev -36.4%
Well apparently gluten is what makes beer taste good...
A-Pretty standard straw colour. Very fizzy as poured and the head died down very quickly almost like a pop.
S-kind of an almost wine or champagne like smell with a sour after note.
T-Very flat tasting. The smell makes you think this will be much more flavourful than it is. Kind of a sweetish aftertaste.
D-I bought two and am not sure if I will ever drink the other one. I may wait till I'm doing some yard work and put it in the freezer so it gets super chilled then drink it really fast.
05-15-2009 23:15:21 | More by Mit
New Grist Sorghum Beer from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
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