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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: 329
Reviews: 194
rAvg: 2.72
pDev: 24.63%
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 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
Photo of dfillius
3.18/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass

A: Aggressive pour yields 1/4 finger of white head with poor retention. Very pale yellow fizzy liquid. I'd like a darker yellow color and better head.

S: Rising bread, yeasty, cooking rice. Not reminiscent of beer, more like bread.

T: Clean, crisp, bread with oil and balsamic vinegar almost. Sort of tasty. Enjoyable actually. Malt forward. Lemony. A good candidate for souring I think actually!

M: Clean, acidic, slightly tart.

D: So so. I enjoyed it about as much as I thought I would. I would not buy again. I might order another on a hot day before I'd consider ordering a BMC beer.

dfillius, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of TheSSG
4.78/5  rDev +75.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

TheSSG, Apr 09, 2010
Photo of collander
3.45/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For what this is I really enjoyed it. As far as Gluten free goes, this one is good, and will rate it according to what it is. Through out the nose and the flavor spectrum, notes of biscuit, toasted rice, toast, flutters of fruit, flowers, with sprinkles of spice. Surprisingly complex for Sorhum. I normally won't dabble here, but if I had to, this is where I would go.

collander, Mar 21, 2010
Photo of mintjellie
1.58/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

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.

mintjellie, Mar 08, 2010
Photo of beertunes
3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've had tastes of other gluten-free beers before, but this is my first review. Poured into 10oz. glass. Poured a very pale yellow with only a thin trace of white head that had zero retention or lacing.

The smell was more than a little sweet, but otherwise very neutral. There was more flavor than the aroma had led me to expect. The taste was neutral on the front, sweet in the middle and finished with a tang like cider vinegar. Not great, but not totally unpleasant either.

The body was fairly thin and drinkability was ok, but I personally wouldn't want more than one. If I became gluten intolerant, I could probably drink this fairly regularly. Since I'm not, I probably won't try this again.

beertunes, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of WakeandBake
3.58/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very pale golgen color pour with a thin shrot lasting white head , no lacing left , light carbonation. Aroma of cloves , hay and faint yeasty notes , flavor is very light , lemon , cloves , and grass maybe some other herbs in there as well ,a light body with a watery mouthfeel and a dry finish , quite drinkable and I would deem it ultra sessionable , a nice summer beer , and I think my first gluten free beer , it was not bad in any way but too far on the light side for me on this cold winter day .

WakeandBake, Jan 14, 2010
Photo of whtguitarguy
3.5/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My first Sorghum. I was scared to dabble here, but it was quite impressive. It has the aroma of sweet rice, and an interesting sweet flavor that I couldn't pick out. There is a fruity undertone, maybe grapes. I thought this was quite good for a "nothing ventured, nothing gained" decision.

whtguitarguy, Dec 26, 2009
Photo of beerwolf77
2.7/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Well this is my first sorghum beer so my review may be skewed.

Poured into my pint glass the beer is crystal clear pale yellow. An army of tiny bubbles float upwards. The tiny white head lasts about a blink of an eye and leave no lace.

The aroma is muted for sure. A hint of sweet grain and grass. Unsweetened apple juice comes to mind.

The flavor is unique for sure. Sweet grain and a heavy dose of black dirt. Maybe a touch of hops in the finish. Not much else going on.

Light body with loads of carbonation.

Overall I'm glad I'm not a allergic to malt. This would be hard to choke down on a regular basis. Kudos to Russ Klisch for being a pioneer.

beerwolf77, Dec 15, 2009
Photo of happygnome
3.55/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a: pours a pale straw yellow color with a big inch plus high pillowy heard that disappears slowly. as the level of beer drops in the glass, sticky lacing is left
s: sweet and sour lemons
t: sweet and sour lemons
m: light bodied beer with a lot of carbonation

I have had 2 gluten free beers, this and redbridge. By far this is the better one

happygnome, Dec 12, 2009
Photo of darklordlager
2.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Apple cider coloured, with a decent looking 1/2" white head after a purposefully violent pour. Probably the best retention I am yet to see on a gluten-free beer.

A little bit of fruitiness, light malt, hint of banana phenols.

Kind of like a light watered-down molasses flavour. A bit estery. Maybe a little bit of caramel, and apple.

Reminds me of a watered down corn-syrup based juice.

darklordlager, Dec 03, 2009
Photo of nsmartell
3.38/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. From the 12oz bottle to a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a straw yellow color with a billowy white head that lasts and lasts.

Smell: Very sweet and I think lemony. The yeast comes across pretty strong.

Taste: Again, sweet and lemony. Not much else that I can detect.

Mouthfeel: Very carbonated. Light-bodied and crisp.

Drinkability: Tastes nothing like any othe fruit beer I can rememembe having and since this is my first gluten free beer, I can't compare to others of the style. However, if this was the only beer I could drink, I would be happy. The mouthfeel makes this too much for me to drink more than a couple in one sitting though.

nsmartell, Nov 14, 2009
Photo of allergictomacros
2.65/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clear, and a shade darker than straw with a puny head of white foam. Nose is sweet, apples and hint of booziness reminiscent of a Belgian blond. Flavour is light, again with some apple, and a crisp acidity and mineral water. Body is light, but without the usual harsh carbonation. Finish is dry-ish, and mildly bitter. Overall on the light side and not particularly tasty.

allergictomacros, Nov 11, 2009
Photo of SLeffler27
1.93/5  rDev -29%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

This is a rather uninspiring pale yellow to light gold beer with no real lacing, but does deposit a light film when swirled in a tulip glass.

The grains are present in the aroma as straw and some banana, all rather unpleasant throughout the session.

Commenting on the flavor, would only result in rude notes. Basically I'm left wondering what was the point of producing this beer. I had anticipated a grainy, oddly sweet beer, and while there are hints, it may be more subliminal suggestion that real flavors.

The palate is crisp and light bodied, without the pleasing qualities of a pilsner. Perhaps this is intended to lour the uninitiated, but as a fruit beer is unlikely to succeed.

How should one properly describe a beer with no redeeming qualities, without being disrespectful? After all, surely other people like this one, and definitely the brewers put much effort to bring it to the market. Unfortunately, for me this is a pass, but I raise my glass to the many fine examples from Lakefront.

SLeffler27, Nov 05, 2009
Photo of mralphabet
2.68/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Light gold color with a very thin white head that fades quickly very little lace.

S: I'm getting lemon with maybe apples, with a very light malt and rice.

T: OK, lemons and rice right out of the shoot, there is a sweet & sour type of flavor to it. Malt character is thin and there not little to no hops. After-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp light-to-medium body, pretty good carbonation, clean finish.

D: I didn't find it very tasty, goes down ok, not very filling, it's quite different but it didn't really appeal to me.

mralphabet, Oct 30, 2009
Photo of ludachris
3.1/5  rDev +14%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale golden colour with less than a finger of quickly dissipating soapy white head that leaves zero lace.

Smells like a watered down hefe, wasn't expecting that. Candied banana, phenols, pepper, spice and a funky chemical backing.

Sweet banana, phenols, corn, light spice and again with a subtle funky metallic like aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is clean, crisp, smooth and slightly creamy. Quite easy to drink, despite the aftertaste.

Judging by the appearance, I thought this would have been a drain pour for sure, but everything else only went uphill from there. Being my first gluten-free beer, I actually enjoyed it, but the only reason I bought this was because it was in the loose basket at the LCBO. I would never buy a 6 of this because of the ridiculously high price. Overall though, a decent beer that I'd take over the standard macro any day.

ludachris, Oct 27, 2009
Photo of matjack85
2.3/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Found this 12 oz brown bottle on the discount rack at Geno's Liquors in Elgin, IL. They let you build your own 6 packs there out of any of their discontinued beers for just $4.99, so if you divide that by 6, I got this beer for just 84¢, which as it turns out is about what it's worth.

It pours a fairly clear light straw yellow color that leaves a ½ finger fizzy white head that disappeared in a matter of seconds. It didn't even leave a thin ring of foam behind, and of course there was no lacing.

The smell was very faint. What there was of it seemed to be like a cheap sweet champagne with the slightest hint of apple.

The taste had a ginger ale like flavor and sweetness to it but otherwise pretty bland. I understand that as a gluten free beer there is no malt used, but it just needs more of something else to give it some flavor. It's nothing you have to spit out or pour down the drain, it's just not something I would seek out again.

The mouthfeel is very light and watery. The carbonation is OK and the rice helps keep it clean and crisp, it just lacks in flavor.

These are easy to drink, but I don't know why you would want to. One last bit of advice would be that if you do drink it, drink it cold. I saved a little in my glass to see if it would improve any with warming, but it didn't. It got nasty as it warmed, so drink it cold and drink it fast.

matjack85, Oct 11, 2009
Photo of popery
2.7/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

popery, Oct 10, 2009
Photo of Pauly2X
3.05/5  rDev +12.1%
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".

Pauly2X, Sep 30, 2009
Photo of Wisconsin
2.45/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Wisconsin, Sep 07, 2009
Photo of mltobin
2.42/5  rDev -11%
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.

mltobin, Aug 27, 2009
New Grist Sorghum Beer from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
65 out of 100 based on 329 ratings.