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New Grist Sorghum Beer - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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New Grist Sorghum BeerNew Grist Sorghum Beer

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Ratings: 324
Reviews: 192
rAvg: 2.72
pDev: 24.26%
Wants: 5
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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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Photo of velosuds
2.53/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a clear pint glass. Paid $1.65 for single at Life Source Natural Foods in Salem, OR. Bottled first week of August (2011 I hope). My second gluten-free beer. I liked Estrella Damm Daura much better, and I don't much care for lagers.

A-Pours a very pale yellow with an unimpressive white head that dissipates much too quickly. Sounded like soda pop when pouring.

S-The aroma is more apple than anything else. In fact, looks and smells more like apple cider.

T-As with the aroma, taste is very much like apple cider with a light rice note.

M-Watery and too thin.

O-This is the first sorghum based gluten-free beer I have had and hope others are better.

velosuds, Sep 30, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
2.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

My first gluten-free beer. And it's accompanying "Troll Hunter", no less. My kind o' night. It pours a clear light straw topped by a half-finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises grass, sweet flowers, light wheat, and a vague fruitiness, sorta like the strawberry-flavored Runts. The taste runs very similarly, but this time the fake strawberry flavor is stronger. Near the finish, it falls away completely, leaving only a watery, rice-y taste in the mouth. The body is pretty light, though it seems like its gaining weight, with a light moderate carbonation and a decidedly watery feel. Overall, a pretty weak, somewhat strange beer. It's a bit off-putting, but not altogether bad, really. I'm gonna haveta try some other gluten-free beers, but for now I'm glad I can handle the gluten...

TMoney2591, Sep 27, 2011
Photo of hopsolutely
2.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Motivated to try something without malted barley after reading an article on gluten-free beer in TAPS magazine. Consider myself very lucky to be able to return to a beverage containing gluten for my next bottle!

A bright golden yellow with almost no carbonation. Some large bubbles at pour, but no head and the beer appears flat after a minute of sitting. Aroma is of sweet fruit. Taste is bland and golden, typical of a macro lager, until cider element at end. Sweet fruit - I'd guess apple? - with a bitter, dry finish. An odd combination that wouldn't be my first choice. No hint of hops in aroma or taste other than the bittering kind.

Not something I'm likely to purchase again, but glad someone is providing options to celiac sufferers.

hopsolutely, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
2.53/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

My second gluten free beer!

A: The beer pours very, very pale yellow with an unimpressive white head.

S: The aroma very heavy on apple. Starts off with some sour, green apple and is followed by apple cider. It's pretty watery, however, and there really is not much going on in the aroma. Maybe a light funk to it.

T: As with the aroma, a heavy emphasis on apples. Green apple and apple cider are once again present with a light rice note, too. Some hints of grass, but overall it's quite watery.

M: Light/watery in body with a medium carbonation

O: Slightly better than Redbridge, but still pretty unpleasant.

womencantsail, Aug 09, 2011
Photo of RoamingGnome
3.73/5  rDev +37.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

RoamingGnome, Aug 02, 2011
Photo of dylanrossi
3.5/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Transparent with a great deal of carbonation. Color is similar to that of ginger ale. Head dissipates rather quickly.

Smell: Nose is extremely sour and sweet. The perceived sourness is likely a result of the sorghum, as most other sorghum beers share this aroma. The sweetness resembles that of freshly pressed apples or cider.

Taste: Lighted toasted malts upfront. Possibly some hop character hiding in the background, lending just a hint of bitterness. Finish is sweet and tart like green apples.

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp, really cleanses the palate after each sip. Sweetness lingers a bit on the finish, but is actually quite pleasant.

Overall: When reviewing this beer I rated it relative to other gluten free beers, not to fruit/vegatable beers, as BA suggests. In terms of gluten free beers this is really the best I've found. It could definitely use more hop character and have the sweetness toned down a bit. But the main thing is that the taste is pleasant and refreshing, regardless of the fact that it does better as a cider than an ale.

dylanrossi, Jun 28, 2011
Photo of biboergosum
2.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

355ml bottle. Apparently this is the best-selling GF beer at my local bottleshop - time to find out what that's all about.

This beer pours a clear, very pale yellow, ginger ale-like colour, with one rather skinny finger of thinly foamy, and somewhat bubbly dirty white head, which settles quickly, leaving a low coral ring of lace around the glass.

It smells of sweet, generically fruity, um, 'grain' (likely the rice and thankfully not the sorghum), pear cider, musty white grape juice, and a bit of soft fruity sourness. The taste is more thin, weirdly glutenous grain (rice pudding flitting in and out of mind), a sweet 'n tart apple and grape fruitiness, which dovetails into cider and vinous territory as the slight booze warming takes hold, and a mild musty, dusty farmer's field essence, the top-billed ingredient not to be totally denied the floor.

The carbonation is moderate, and a little sassy in its otherwise lulling frothiness, the body light, fruity (natch), and much smoother than I was expecting. It finishes still sweet, and just a wee bit cloying, but lacking any weird off-flavours save the persistent fermented fruit notes.

While pale and light and thin...i.e. par for the course, I can't help but think better of this offering, when viewing it solely as a fruit beer, because that's mostly what I'm getting. The tactile issues still matter, of course, but I appreciate the lack of strange vegetal essences I've come to expect from these alterna-grain beers, so, overall, this is all right - I would not hesitate in recommending it to anyone with a gluten intolerance, who are cursed with wanting a beer.

biboergosum, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of Patrick999
3.18/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours really, really light into a pint glass. It might even be lighter and clearer than Bud Light. Coarse looking large bubbles, OK retention.

There is just not a lot in the nose. I get faint sweet apples.

This is interesting, I'll say that. It nearly comes across as an apple soda with light tart notes and hints of sweetness on the finish. It has none of the body you would normally associate with a beer brewed with malted barley.

Well, it's not terrible. It has more flavor nuance than light macro lagers - I'm sure that if I was intolerant of gluten, I'd get used to drinking this.

Patrick999, May 23, 2011
Photo of mattkoon
3.33/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this beer is pretty interesting. It's made from sorghum and rice. I have to be honest, I had to google sorghum to even know what it is. Once I saw it I realized I grew up calling this stuff "sour grass" and used to chew it runnin around my parents farm- that all being said there is a sligh sour taste to this beer. It's similar to almost a sparkling white wine. It's very sweet and I'm sure the rice has to do with sweetness. It's not a bad beverage at all, it's just not very "beer-like"

mattkoon, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of rundocrun
2.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - very pale golden color with some champagne-like bubbles coming up. Honestly, looks like a bud light.

S - sweet, slightly malty-sour smell. different. Not really sure what to expect as this is my first sorghum beer.

T - sweet, cidery up front. A lingering sourness on the sides of the tongue tinged with an earthy hint to it as well. Little bitterness.

M - not much body to this beer. Well carbonated, but not overly so.

Overall, not sure if this was good enough to make me curious about other sorghum beers. Decent though.

rundocrun, Mar 22, 2011
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.08/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, this beer is an extremely pale, dull, gold color. The beer is crystal-clear, with a thin, filmy head. The nose was very nondescript. Hard time gleaming much from the aroma, but it was mostly sweet, with a slight sour blend. In mouth, the high carbonation makes the flavors of the beer sharp. Fruity and flowery highlights in the flavors, also. The beer has a sweet and light finish, with a slightly sour aftertaste. Extremely easy to drink, almost like a Fresca version of a beer.

GarthDanielson, Mar 04, 2011
Photo of jsdunlop
3.13/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is crystal clear, golden, with a whispy white head.
Smell is candy-like, slight banana and a touch of citrus, with a faint grain aroma.
Slightly tart to start, very crisp and refreshing. Grainy sweetness, but not overpowering, bit of lemon and citrus makes its way out, followed by a medicinal clove aftertaste that lingers on the tongue for a while.
Mouthfeel is light with ample carbonation, with a dry feel to the beer.
Drinkability is fairly high, a light and refreshing beer, that medicinal aftertaste sort of gets old, but overall its a fairly decent brew. Worth a try if you're looking to check out a sorghum brew.

jsdunlop, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.1/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Looks like bmc faint yellow with clarity, no head. Aroma was artificial sweetener.

Tastes like bland cereal with water on it, not milk. Plenty of carbonation pushing the water around in here. No hops. Wouldn't argue with you if you said it wasn't beer and I tasted this blind. Sparkling ciderish. Comes off like someone is trying to get their beer below the 55 calorie line.

Beerandraiderfan, Feb 09, 2011
Photo of JerseyPaul
2.2/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear, pale yellow that resembles a light beer; little carbonation; thin white head dissolves away very quickly, barely leaving any lacing

Smell: Light malt sweetness; slight hints of citrus & floral notes; not much going on here

Taste: Light; slight herbal/floral sweetness; metallic notes; reminds me of Mich Ultra or MGD 64

Mouthfeel: Light body; slightly watered down; slight carbonation

Drinkability: Light & crisp, but not much taste; goes down easily, but wouldn't recommend this

Overall, New Grist Sorghum is new territory for me. I've never had a gluten free beer, and I doubt that I will again. However, I can't really say anything negative about this, because for some people, this is all that they can drink. I'll count my blessings that I'm not one of them.

JerseyPaul, Jan 23, 2011
Photo of atlanta
2.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Look, its important to remember you are rating by style. This would be a poor pale ale, but it is a very good gluten-free beer! And some of us would have the heart ripped out of our very chest if beer was verboten in our diet. So we need to have this type of beer for the poor celiacs. And this is acceptable. It is beery, not sour, interesting, bubbly, and a facimile of beer drinking that is closer than their competition. So kudos!

atlanta, Dec 13, 2010
Photo of decimator
1.8/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

355ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Poured a very clear yellow gold. Minimal head was quickly gone. No lacing.

S - Light grains, very light hops, grape/apple juice and a whiff of yeast. Not the most inviting beer.

T - Cooked rice, hints of apple/pear juice, with a mild nasty bitter and tart taste which continues into the aftertaste.

M - Heavy carbonation and a dry Champagne like finish. But Champagne this is not.

D - Got through a bottle on my first try. On my second attempt I couldn't finish it.

decimator, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of Viggo
2/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle from LCBO.

Pours a clear straw yellow, ciderish looking, very thin white head forms and settles to a very thin bubbly ring before disappearing completely, no lacing.

Smell is interesting, lots of apple juice, some graininess, definitely a sorghum/spelt sort of aroma, alcohol, not very good.

Taste is similar, basically just tastes like a cider, some pears, light grains, a touch of sugary sweetness and some booze, sharp acidic finish.

Mouthfeel is very light and thin bodied, medium carbonation. I know gluten free beers are hard to make, but this is a poor effort.

Viggo, Nov 03, 2010
Photo of katybee
3.38/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer is definitely "different" from the run of the mill made with hops. If saki were a beer and not a wine, this would be it. Very dry flavor due to the predominant rice extract. Very, very lightly --if at all-- hopped, and very lightly malted. Slightly flowery herbal aftertaste, and slightly oaky. But the feeling to me, if not for the light carbonation, was saki.

appearance: light yellow blond; quickly dissipating limited foam head and carbonation.

smell: very little, perhaps lightly barley

taste: very dry, flowery, very much based on the rice mixture and similar to saki wine. Limited aftertaste slightly towards barley.

Mouthfeel: thin, clear, similar to PBR lightness, but with more refined rice-barley taste and less carbonation.

drinkability: quaffable. combineable with any variety of foods including more complicated meals due to the lack of strong aftertaste and clarity on the tongue. Try it with pasta or seafood.

katybee, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of beerthulhu
2.33/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

- Made from Sorghum and rice extract.

A: A very watery and pale maize with a brilliant clarity is enough so to read the finest of print from any automobile lease ad. Visible carbonation was light, with ample space between the micro-bubbles that rose slowly to the surface. The head was off white with soapy bubbles quickly dissipating to a near polished surface within the first minute of the pour.

S: Freshly buttered bread and dried whole corn cobb barely makes its distinction known here with a wimpering strength factor.

T: Dried corn with some apple juice on the open. The rice provides a crisp lighter palate but is hardly distinguishable in the taste and anyone familiar with celiac friendly beers can certainly pick out the less then flattering sorghum grains that seem second, rather third rate with some starchy results. Some dried pears and sparkling dry apple juice best sums up the flavor with an extraordinary light palate that finishes out with some corny and fruity mixtures along with some tinny/metallic results.

M: Light bodied with a slippery smooth texture. Unfortunately on longer holds dried corn and a sour apple juice bitterness comes about making you rush things along.

D: Easy drink palate wise but reminds me more of those sparkling apple juice bottles that come in fruit baskets. Wouldn't drink this unless I had to, and even then I would have second thoughts. Less then enthusiastic results makes you consider this a drain pour midway through.

beerthulhu, Sep 30, 2010
Photo of Mosstrooper
2.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into 500ml Weihenstephaner World Cup glass.

Appearance: Clear straw color with a small, quickly dissipating white head that only leaves behind a little bit of lace. Many bubbles rising from the bottom and sticking to the side of the glass.

Smell: Sweet, sugary smells permeate. Smells almost like a sweet cake.

Taste: Begins with a strange herbal sweetness, finishing sugary with more herbal flavors and some corn hints.

Mouthfeel: Light body with very sharp carbonation and a watery finish.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, and while it doesn't necessarily taste bad, there's not too much about this beer that's appealing. Somewhat unique, so may be worth a taste, but this isn't anything special at all.

Mosstrooper, Jul 11, 2010
Photo of koopa
2.23/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz bottle picked up at Treats in Wiscasset Maine on a recent road trip.

Appearance: Pours a transparent pale golden with only the tiniest swirls of foam for a crown...comb over esque!

Smell: Sweet corn, pale malt, almost a white grape quality,

Taste: drain pour

Mouthfeel: thin (rice) with decent carbonation.

Drinkability: yuck!

koopa, Jun 26, 2010
Photo of alovesupreme
3.63/5  rDev +33.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

alovesupreme, Jun 17, 2010
Photo of Wetpaperbag
2.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Thanks to AKBelgianBeast for this gem.

Fruit/Vegetable beer is a catch all of brewing fermentables so reviewing this based on a catch all sucks.

A- Very filtered clear, fizzy, the head was there then is not in quick fashion. Straw in color, and pretty much it.

S- Smell is of honey and bread. Sort of a white wine/mead smell.

T- This has many flavors that ultimately don't work well. Light yet bitter for reasons unknown. This has a super metallic taste that is very off putting. This is gross. I don't think keeping the beer in my garage for a few months has helped this beer out much, but I'm guessing there wasn't much damage that could have been done to this one.

M- Too overly carbonated for my tastes.

D- Only with a funnel.

Wetpaperbag, Jun 14, 2010
Photo of ScottyC
2.63/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Great clarity. Color pretty typical -- nothing special here.

Smell: Smells like wort. Very subtle citrus coming from hops. Head dissipated quickly. Hoppy aroma is really the only thing coming through.

Taste: Crisp and refreshing as advertised. But has another taste which is tough to describe (cotton or foam). Props. for making a beer without malt, but I won't go for it again. It seems just a novelty.

Drinkability: Actually goes down easy. But has that funky taste :-/

ScottyC, May 31, 2010
Photo of WeezyBoPeep
3.75/5  rDev +37.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

WeezyBoPeep, May 21, 2010
New Grist Sorghum Beer from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
65 out of 100 based on 324 ratings.