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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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308 Ratings
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Ratings: 308
Reviews: 191
rAvg: 2.73
pDev: 23.81%
Wants: 4
Gots: 4 | 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 popery


2.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bland, lightly sour, crisp, a bit odd. New Grist Sorghum is somewhat odd and quite bland but not altogether bad. I've had a few gluten free beers now, and this one ranks just above Redbridge for me, pretty low overall. St. Peter's is still my pick. Anyway, this beer is a very light, washed-out yellow color with minimal head. The aroma is very light, a bit of apple and rice. The flavor goes quickly with very little aftertaste. It's quite watered down, and the rice keeps it crisp, but there's really not a lot to love or hate. There's a sour note in the finish. It tastes smaller than its 5% abv. It's probably the furthest from normal, malted barley beer of any gluten free beer that I've had, but it doesn't have the cheap, low quality characteristics of Redbridge. All in all, even though it's not really bad, this is a beer that's probably only going to be enjoyed by the gluten sensitive crowd. Sidenote: this definitely isn't a fruit/vegetable beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2009 04:11:29 | More by popery
Photo of Pauly2X


3.05/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A- Adequately clear straw color with a very thin yet strong head.

S- Very mellow bready aroma with light cidery notes.

T- Quite sweet and smooth while the breadyness is quite minimal. Some fruity notes are evident at mid point to add a little interest. There's little hops to speak of which is unfortunate as they would of added a much needed familiarity to this beer. The finish is clean with a mild fruity aftertaste.

M- Nice carbonation while retaining a good smoothness.

D- Well, unless I'm diagnossed a celiac, I prolly won't buy again.

Although it didn't ring my bell, it's pretty awesome considering what it is. My only advice would be to add some more hops to make the beer a little more "familiar".

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2009 02:44:27 | More by Pauly2X
Photo of Wisconsin


2.45/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Pours a clear, straw colored body with a very thin head that faded to a lace within a minute. Lots of carbonation rising up to the top. Pretty standard looking, nothing too impressive.

S - Rice, wheat (which I assume is similar to sorghum). Also some sweet aspects standout, maybe apples. There is also a faint grainy alcohol type smell that coincides.

T - This beer tastes like a sour apple juice, and five minutes into to the drink it is looking quite similar. There is not enough carbonation, nor is the beer full enough in any of its characteristics. I still think there are some respectable aspects of this beer, including the wheat and sweet aspects, but they need to be fuller and an improved carbonation level wouldn't hurt either.

M - Faint amounts of wheat and something sweet (I say apples). Light bodied, with a poor amount of carbonation. I cannot detect the rice, but I haven't ever had a beer with rice in it.

D - This beer is a work in progress. It has potential but it needs some improvements before I would want another one.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2009 04:36:23 | More by Wisconsin
Photo of mltobin


2.42/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bought one 12 ounce bottle of this at a small wine shop.

The appearance is light yellow color with a very minimal head to it, it looks similar to apple juice in fact, a little disturbing.
Smell contains rice, some alcohol, and pear along with other fruite accents. Taste is lightly sweet, along with a grainy aspect to it. The mouthfeel includes some carbonation, light bubbles and just an overall faintness to it. Drinkability is so-so, just below average, despite the label proclaiming New Grist a "session beer". Next time, I will pass.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2009 00:41:11 | More by mltobin
Photo of DoctorDog


2.23/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle into a nonic glass.

A- Light, clear, straw appearance. Pours with 1 1/2 fingers of white head, which fades fairly quickly, leaving an incomplete cap. Fair bit of lacing.

S- Funky, grainy, rice. Not good. A bit off-putting.

T- Slightly tangy, essentially indefinable grainy melange, which grows a shade worse with every sip. I'm considering my 2 here to be perhaps generous.

M- Fairly crisp with moderately high carbonation.

D- Sub average taste and smell have to knock this one down as well. Not enjoyable, so no real reason to keep drinking...

Future outlook: Just another beer in a mixed sixer that was part of a gift. The thought for giving me this as a novel beer to try was well appreciate, but the actual beer itself was not. No reason to go back for more.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2009 03:28:59 | More by DoctorDog
Photo of mrmanning

Ontario (Canada)

2.05/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle from the LCBO- Pale sparkling gold with a fizzy and loud white cap. Nose is rice, grains, doughy, bread crust. Tastes of sweet grains and lemon, of rice too. Quick fizzy finish. Pretty standard fare, and not too bad for a Sorghum/gluten Free beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2009 12:57:37 | More by mrmanning
Photo of carlborch


2.1/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Light, but sweet nose with a hint of spice (cloves?). I smell no hops. Attractive carbonation, golden hue, short-lived 1/2 inch head. Sweet on the palate. Somewhat lacking in body, but could be a warm-weather quencher. Hints of sake? No malt notes of which to speak, as may be expected. I would certainly recommend this beer to Celiacs, and would be pleased to drink if offered. I am not about to seek it out, however.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2009 21:25:14 | More by carlborch
Photo of GodOfBeer

Ontario (Canada)

2.2/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a clear yellow with a thin white head that vanishes, leaving a few bubbles. You can tell there is not protien or gluten in this just by looking at it.

Smells almost like crappy wheat beer at first, slight fruitiness, banana, but then it turns nasty as it warms up. Very sour and winey and like flour kind of.

Tastes just like it smells, winey, sour, somewhat artificial. I had a hard time drinking this but somehow summed up the courage to finish it.

Flat mouthfeel like wine or water.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2009 22:18:55 | More by GodOfBeer
Photo of Mit

Ontario (Canada)

1.73/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2009 23:15:21 | More by Mit
Photo of mikereaser


2.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - pours an extremely pale clear straw yellow with just a few tiny bubbles on the surface

S - a slight grain smell with a bit of something funky, not right

T - bready grains and light malt, a bit of tartness, overall not something I would want to try again

M/D - light bodied and decent carbonation, not a beer that I would recommend to anyone, the flavor is just off and not very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2009 15:32:27 | More by mikereaser
Photo of prototypic


2.95/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

New Grist is a very light gold color. It's very clear. No haze at all. It's topped with a foamy white head that's fortunate if it reaches a finger in depth. It was extremely quick to dissipate, leaving very light lacing behind. Very average.

Alright, I'll 'fess up. I have no idea what Sorghum is. The interwebz tells me that it's a safe grain for wheat allergy sufferers. Interesting. Apparently New Grist is brewed with no wheat or barley. Interesting. Let's see how it turns out.

The nose is weak and very uninspiring. It primarily smells sweet and yeasty. It's interesting in that it doesn't have a grainy smell that one would expect. I suppose that's the impact of using Sorghum instead. The more I stick with it, the more a weird, kind of funky smell. Perhaps that's the Sorghum. It's not reminiscent of anything I've smelled before, so forgive the absence of a comparison. Overall, it's anemic and below average.

The flavor profile is a little better. Enough to warrant a score bump. Nonetheless, it's average at best. It's sweet and features some light fruit flavors (apple and pear) initially. There's a distince earthy quality to it, but it's far from exciting. Sorghum doesn't add any appreciable quality to it (good, bad, or otherwise) as far as I can tell. Floral hops give it a slight buzzy effect toward the finish. More would be better. Finishes sweet. Pretty average all around.

New Grist has a light body and crisp carbonation. It's not smooth, but goes down pretty easy. Drinkability is average despite the label claim of being a "session beer." The flavor's just not quite deep or entertaining enough to be enjoyable. I'm ready to move on.

New Grist is a weird beer that's not very good. I thought it might be interesting and it is...a little. I'm intrigued by the Sorghum aspect of it. I understand the laudable goal of creating a gluten-free beer, but New Grist misses a grand opportunity to succeed. It simply lacks the ingredients. A little more malt and hops would be a nice place to start fixing it. I mean...you've come this far to create something novel for a select group of people. Why not put a little extra work into it and make it a better beer?

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2009 01:57:33 | More by prototypic
Photo of Offa


2.48/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This is a somewhat unusual-tasting beer, sweet, thin, and one-dimensional.

Deep gold, it has a smallish white head steadily shrinking to a thin wispy top and a foamy ring.

The aroma is rice, hint of mineral water and iron, hitn of old apples and grass. Overall, the smell is somewhat like a really basic pale lager but slightly different.

The taste is a bit unusual, mostly sweet leaves/grass with apple sauce and light hints of candy and grain. It's not really bad but it's thin in taste and feel, slightly off-putting, and almost characterless.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2009 22:20:09 | More by Offa
Photo of brfbeerdrinker


1.5/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

[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.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2009 03:48:44 | More by brfbeerdrinker
Photo of webbcreative


2.2/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

light yellow color, half finger head that dissipated quickly. taste and smells sour and sweet, pick up a lot apple in this almost a green apple cider, but not even close to as good....as this beer warms it taste like thera-flu cold medicine. one of the 2 worst beers i have ever had.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2009 06:05:48 | More by webbcreative
Photo of brewdlyhooked13


2.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance - pours a frothy straw/gold with an impressively resilient finger of white foam. It's lengthy hold allows for some thick lacing, like spray-on snow. The bead is high caliber, throwing a steady stream of bubbles upward.

Aroma - a slight apple-sweet grain smell, maybe even a slight funk, but not much more.

Taste - hmmm, never had a beer like this. An initial mild sourness, tart apple. What follows is a syrup-like flavor without the thick body. The aftertaste has me thinking of talcum powder. The finish is about the same. I don't really care for the taste, but its not overly unpleasant. Just a bit...

Mouthfeel - crisp, fairly light body, on par for a session beer but doesn't do much for this one.

Drinkability - not for me; glad I only bought one.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2009 17:46:16 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Photo of orangemoustache


2.03/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours a lackluster gold with amber highlights(it's a stretch to call them highlights),the head is off white and thin with absolutely no lacing. I do believe that I have smelled bottled water with more aroma than this,thin apple is all I really pick up. A sourish flavor profile is hard to get past and really is the backbone of this maltless creation. Cider vinegar and underlying green apple are the most predominant flavors. This isn't offensive to me, but I see how it could be to some. A thin,watery, overly carbonated body doesn't help New Grist in any way shape or form. Give this a try if your in the mood for something different, just keep your expectations low. Really not worth the trouble.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2009 18:27:10 | More by orangemoustache
Photo of BeerSox


2.05/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Crystal clear pale yellow with a thin light white fizzy head that settles to a thin rim.

Very light fruity aromas from the rice.

A hard flavor to describe: somewhat metallic and tart, fruit-like. Very clean. Light bodied with high carbonation.

Not much to talk about in this one. Each sip is more difficult than the last. Maybe there are some that would like this, but not me.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2009 19:30:30 | More by BeerSox
Photo of therica


3.48/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


A= golden yellow, small head

S= mild sorghum scent

T= reminded us of a sort of vanilla root-beer and yet it actually did drink like a light golden lager in most ways. Slightly sweet, went down smoothly.

M= clean with almost a light candy-drop hint on the tongue for a while

D= very drinkable

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2008 03:14:52 | More by therica
Photo of Atron67


3.75/5  rDev +37.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2008 23:46:04 | More by Atron67
Photo of colts9016


2.85/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Okay this beer is rather intresting. The smell is sweet, floral molasses and yeast. The color is really light. The taste is like honey nut cheerios. with hops. Not a very good combination. The finish is what did it for me. I was long and not very good.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2008 00:32:53 | More by colts9016
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

2.8/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Plain, boring, clear applejuice color, slight carbonation. No head nor lacing.
Smell: sweet, light malts, smells like red apples...
Taste: Similar to applejuice as well... Crisp, refreshing, but lacking in the flavor department...
Mouthfeel: Loose, watered-down...
Easily drinkable, but I doubt I'll finish this twelve-ounce bottle...

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2008 22:32:02 | More by dsa7783
Photo of oriolesfan4


3/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Went out on a limb and tried this one as I haven't had a sorghum based beer before. One of the big selling points is that this is 'gluten-free'. I'm not even sure what gluten is but many people consume it and live long so I'm not concerned. As a beer in general, it's really just average, maybe slightly below. Very bland in taste and appearance, not much for flavor. I guess if you don't want any glutens in your diet it's good to get, but as a regular beer drinker look elsewhere.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2008 04:07:30 | More by oriolesfan4
Photo of Rennpferd


3.53/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

It poured a pale golden color with high levels of carbonation and a one finger head that quickly shrank back to a lite lacing.

It had a mixed smell rice and fresh cut grass. It is hard for me to define. It didn't smell typical to me.

I could almost taste the rice, but it was not clearly defined in the flavor. The grassy sorghum flavor dominated the taste. It had a lite non-watery body. It left an odd almost chalky aftertaste.

It tasted good but not really my glass of beer. I feel that Lakefront did a good job of representing this style of beer, but I just could not drink this regularly.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2008 01:17:18 | More by Rennpferd
Photo of cvstrickland

North Carolina

2.68/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12-ounce bottle poured into a shaker pint glass yields an extremely fizzy yellow body with a torrent of active bubbling that maintains a thin fizzy head that sizzles throughout the drink.Scraps of lacing remain on the glass.

The smell of the drink is sourish and tangy with a bit of spiced apple cider.

The taste is husky and bran cereal-like, with a bit of tartness that fades into a flavor something akin to soggy Raisin Bran, macerated in Michelob Ultra, sans raisins.

The feel of the drink is fine and all the carbonation seen through the glass helps crispen the brew and keep it light. Easily drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2008 14:37:27 | More by cvstrickland
Photo of zeff80


2.8/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured out a clear yellow hue with a good deal of carbonation and a very small, white fizzy head. No lace.

S - It smelled of sweet and citrusy, but there was also a subtle aroma of vinegar.

T - It tasted a little sour at first sip. Then it reminded me of an apple cider like Hornsby's but not as good.

M - It was crisp and relatively sharp. A light bodied beer.

D - There is a subtle vinegar aftertaste otherwise it is okay. If you had to drink this for medical reasons it could work.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2008 01:46:43 | More by zeff80
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