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New Grist Sorghum Beer - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

New Grist Sorghum BeerNew Grist Sorghum Beer

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Ratings: 295
Reviews: 190
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

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(Beer added by: mentor on 10-13-2005)
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North Carolina

3.13/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured into the glass crystal clear pale straw with a golden tint. The head was white and didn't last a second, retention was nonexistent and no lacing occurred on the glass.

The aroma was fruity with a bit of sweetness. Cherries are the fruit character that was present.

The flavor was oddly interesting, but the beer was more like ginger ale than a beer. Not with a ginger spice, but with the same properties. The fruity cherry character was still present, but at a very, very low level. As was mentioned the flavor was interesting, but not complex.

The finish was dry with some lasting fruit character into the aftertaste and a grainy, but not husky aftertaste. The body was medium light and the carbonation was actually fairly high, but still no head retention at all. Too watery to have a high drinkability.

12 ounce bottle. Label says brewed during JUN WK1. Last week?

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2006 21:24:22 | More by GCBrewingCo
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New York

3/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a very pale gold color with a 1/2" white head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a light and slightly fruity scent. I guess it contains no malts, so there isn't any malt character. It's crisp and clean. The taste is average. It has a relatively tasteless flavor. It's light and a bit tart with a mildly dry finish. The mouthfeel is average also. It's a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a different tasting beer. It's light and refreshing, but with little to no flavor. It's like drinking seltzer water that contains alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2006 00:56:48 | More by WesWes
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3.53/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Different. Pours out to a golden yellow color with a smaller head of white foam that quickly dissipated. Aromas of apples, a sour lambic like scent, and some grainy malt. Taste was decent; fermented washington apples, grain, a touch of spice. Very unique. Mouthfeel wasn't all that exciting, but a touch of carbonation and a syrupy note were observed. Drinkability I must say is above average. I recommend this beer as it is the first i've had of it's kind (gluten-free) and quite enjoyable. Nice effort on the brewery's part.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2006 00:32:10 | More by Frozensoul327
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2.13/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

New Grist Sorghum Beer pours a yellow color with very little head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. Very little aroma to be found. What little aroma there is might be described as grape like. Taste is really funky. Almost has a wine like quality, but the aftertaste is particularly unappealing. Definitely different. I guess if you are on a gluten free diet this beats not having any beer, but I don't find it particularly appealing.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2006 23:03:58 | More by Drew966
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2.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I'm surprised so many have reviewed this beer. I was specifically looking for Gluten-free beer, mostly because I am fascinated with what happens when you can't have gluten but want beer. What a connundrum!

So here we go. We cracked it open and poured into a plastic glass. What a great, smooth honey golden color! I was ready for something special!

The first taste brought a wave of strange, not-so-beer-like flavors: it was very carbonated, kind of like champagne would be; fizzy is just as descriptive. And going down it leaves a slick, soft-water like feel to your mouth. Not incredibly desireable, however, not horrible either.

The taste is thin and grainy, with a wine-like aftertaste. In fact, the aftertaste is what really hits you with this beer. The inital factors are tolerable, you can even get used to them, but the aftertaste kind of NEVER goes away. It is metallic to some degree and bitter in an unpleasant sort of way. Bittersweet, but not like hops would make it.

The other that had the chance to taste this beer also mentioned that is seemed "void of hops" and "malty but off somehow." And my wife may have described it best really: "Like a hefeweizen mixed with white wine." I got mostly a comparison to malt liquor (like Zima or something) myself. Hmmm, a beer flavored malt beverage. Seems kind of backwards, eh?

Anyway, New Grist Gluten-free Beer is NOT terrible. You have to have your expectations in the right place. It isn't a traditional BEER. And if you were on a gluten-free diet, it would be worth having something out there to drink that wouldn't kill you. I'm surprised that it can't be done better than this though. I have a feeling that the fact it is brewed with sorghum and rice extract makes for a less quality brew. Perhaps raw materials could be blended to create the correct balance. I'm getting ready to start brewing with a friend, so maybe we'll play with grains to make a gluten-free beer -- then we'll might have enough experience with wheats to have an informed opinion of how difficult it is to make beer without beer ingredients.

Until then I would recommend this beer for gluten-free dieters. But it probably isn't worth the $8.50 for anyone else, unless you really are that curious.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2006 20:50:02 | More by lindenboy
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3.1/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an amazingly clear, bright yellow, topped with diminishing white foam. The head dies out rather quickly, leaving the beer naked. The aroma is...what? Not what I'd call beer. More like soda, with a rather sweet, sugary feel. Kinda like honey, apples and flowers. Not bad at all, just entirely unexpected. No hops that I can detect. Taking a sip, I'm immediately greeted with charged carbonation walking all over a light body. Nothing up front, at least right away. A soft, sugary sweetness yimidly eases onto my tongue. Kinda appley and fruity, like some sort of soda or candy. Maybe grape? It's really reminiscent of some vaguely grainy, soda-like concoction. 7-Up mixed 60/40 with light beer, perhaps? Tastes kinda tropical, somehow, like banana skin. Is that the sorghum? I've never had it. Finishes somewhat vapid, a light, inoffensive sweetness. Not a whole lot going on, kinda like drinking some wierd soda.
I understand this is a gluten free beer, apparently designed for folks that can't normally drink beer. Like NA beer, it isn't exactly what I'd call beer, but it makes an attempt at it. If I was relegated to a life devoid of beer, I guess this is close. Way better than nothing, that's for sure. For what it is, it's pretty good. Compared to Coors Light, I'd probably opt for this. At least it's interesting.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2006 05:28:35 | More by UnionMade
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2.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Impeccably clear, with a color similar to that of apple cider. No head at all. It doesn't even look like a beer, really.

Smell: Light, wispy grain. A little buttery, with hints of some kind of vaguely tart fruit flavor. Apple, maybe? Not sure. A bit artificial, like Kool-Aid.

Taste: Smooth grain, very neutral and unassuming. The Kool-Aid fruit flavor picks up in the middle. Green apple sourness. There's a small tannin buildup towards the end, adding a little bite to the wash of artificial fruit tang. Produces a bit of a puckering sensation.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, with a rough and grainy feel to it.

Verdict: "Made from Sorghum and Rice Extract." Interesting, I guess, but very fake tasting.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2006 23:59:51 | More by bearrunner44
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1.58/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2006 03:05:13 | More by objectivemonkey
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2.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 12 oz longneck. Brewed during month and week notched on the side.

Appearance: Pours clear golden, with a bit more head than I've come to expect from the gluten free beer varieties. Not much retention.

Smell: Fruity with a bit of over-ripe vegetable aroma. Also a bit of lambic funk in there.

Taste: Starts off tart, with a bit of a corn-like flavor. This is almost beer, but not quite.

Overall impression: My wife is a celiac, so I grab any and all gluten free beer I can get my hands on for her to try. This one isn't horrible, but it still isn't beer. So far I think Bard's has come the closest, but apparently they were having a bottle bomb problem. Oh well, the search continues.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2006 20:56:10 | More by rowew
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2.13/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: Glear bright golden body, lots of carbonation on the side of the glass. Head is large, until it fades to a rocky, uneven froth.

Smell: Smell is fruity, with some cooked veggie smell. Metallic and somewhat sharp.

Taste: What an odd flavored beer, fruity yet grainy, yeasty with a slight rotten flavor, somewhat appley. Not very good, pretty offensive.

Mouthfeel: OK, sharp carbonation and a slightly sticky mouthfeel.

Drinkability: I will pass, if you are a celiac, have at it, if not, skip it.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2006 01:41:16 | More by TastyTaste
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3.95/5  rDev +45.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

gluten-free "beer".

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2006 01:32:57 | More by beergurujr
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1.68/5  rDev -38%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2005 01:36:42 | More by ADR
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3.58/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2005 02:46:01 | More by battlekow
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3.43/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another entry from the Lakefront Brewery of Milwaukee, WI. I found this locally at a grocery co-op in single bottles and grabbed two. You can't ever go too wrong with anything Lakefront puts out.
Smell is soft, malty & earthy. Mouthfeel is moderate with a malty, light hop, near sour effect. This never becomes intrusive or overpowering. It is a well-crafted Sorghum brew. Not quite sure how Gluten-Free effects me, but it tastes like a fine beer & that's what matters. It reminds me a little of a New Glarus beer. Natural, earthy, refined but uncomplicated. Seemingly effortless. -sure sounds like a compliment

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2005 22:27:21 | More by indy169
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3.63/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2005 08:30:52 | More by mentor
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New Grist Sorghum Beer from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
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