New Grist Sorghum Beer - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
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2.79/5 rDev +2.6%
Alright, my second foray into the world of Gluten free beer.
Appearance: The body on this one is a sickly light lager yellow, that produced a finger of head that evaporated quickly and did not lace as a result. The carbonation looks very thin but abundant.
Smell: It smells like a mixture of straw like lager and pear cider, which is odd, given this Gluten Free beer doesn't appear to have been made with pear juice, but it works. Warming doesn't help it either way
Taste: Pretty much like it smells, the pear cider taste starts out the beer and it has almost a slightly ginger twang to it. Gradually the straw like malt makes it's presence known at the end of the beer.
Mouthfeel: It's really sweet...and cloys quite a bit as a result and there's not really a bitter note to be had on it. The carbonation is there...but it doesn't really seem to do much and the end of the beer is painfully short.
Drinkability: Light and easy to drink but only because there's not a bitter note to be had. It's painfully sweet, even more then flat cider.
Final Thoughts: I'm finding with many Gluten free beers, they seem to have large cider aspects to them, particularly pear taste, which I can only assume is a trait of Sorghum. This regrettably always leaves me asking the question about Gluten Free beer, why wouldn't I just drink cider if I was Gluten intolerant? Anyways, it's alright but it's still not quite to the level of regular beer.
03-13-2014 05:03:25 | More by TheHammer
3.19/5 rDev +17.3%
355 mL bottle from the LCBO picked up as a single; bottled Jan. 14 2014. Served well-chilled. My last gluten-free beer review was nearly two years ago, and... well, I'd rather not talk about it. Will this one go any better?
Pours a clear, pale straw yellow colour, topped with one finger of soapy, relatively short-lived white head. Soon, a foamy collar and wispy film at the surface are all that remains. It kind of looks like that glass of dry cider I had the other day. I am not getting much on the nose from this one - it's a little fruity, with some apple juice vibes, but not much else to speak of beyond some sort of neutral malt sweetness; probably the rice. Not offensive, which is already above average by GF beer standards.
I was a little worried about this one, but in all honesty there is nothing wrong with it as an alcoholic beverage. The taste is on the fruity side, with apple cider, boiled vegetables and some pear notes at first. Toward the finish I am getting notes of sake and white wine (Sauvignon Blanc maybe?); the booze is just barely detectable, but not in an irritating way. Light-bodied and watery, with firm carbonation that falls a step or two below 'macro lager' on the fizziness scale. This is a surprisingly light, drinkable pseudo-beer that I have no serious complaints about, but it's worth keeping in mind that I came in with very low expectations.
Final Grade: 3.19, a C+. I don't profess to have a lot of experience with gluten-free anything, but Lakefront Brewery's New Grist is the first GF beer I've ever tried that comes anywhere close to approximating a normal beer. This makes for a passable adjunct lager - high praise indeed! There's no reason for anyone without celiac disease to bother with this one, but it's still the best example of this niche style I've tried, and definitely the only one I'd voluntarily consume again.
02-22-2014 05:23:31 | More by thehyperduck
3/5 rDev +10.3%
Odor: sweet aroma of apples, almost like an apple wine
Pour: Light golden clear with a faint head that disipates instantly, Filtered. No lace.
Taste: Very Light bodied beer with a sweetness on the end. Very light carbonation, almost none. Body reminds me of bud light with apple.
This beer is made with sorghum and rice instead of your normal ingredients such as barley and wheat. If you're like me, you asked, what the hell is sorghum? Sorghum is actually the 3rd largest produced grain in the US behind wheat and barley. Yes, I had to look that up. Anyway, I had originally heard about sorghum through Andrew Zimmern and his awesome Bizarre foods show where he was in Africa eating Sorghum like popcorn. It can be prepared that way and the popped kernels are lighter than popcorn and don't have the shell lodged in the middle to get stuck in your teeth. Not wanting to get beer stuck in my teeth, I figured I'd give this a go. And it's good for those avoiding Gluten...whoever you are. Beer with not a lot of complexity. I believe a lot of people who enjoy macro brewery beer could drink this and never know the difference until maybe the aftertaste of apple. Good beer to give to those girls who don't like beer and just want an appletini.
02-11-2014 02:10:29 | More by youknowmyname
4.23/5 rDev +55.5%
As a Gluten Free beer drinker. This is the best beer I've come across so far. Smooth, balanced and not at all harsh or spicy. I find this beer to be the most similar to a standard Non-GF beer that I've encountered. Not very carbonated and doesn't retain a head too well however still a good brew. 4.23/5.
01-26-2014 08:20:27 | More by The_Gluten_Free_Dude
1.85/5 rDev -32%
Poured from a bottle into a Perfect Pint.
A=Extremely faint yellow...almost like 7-Up. One finger white head that lasted for more than a minute.
S=Plastic and sugar/syrup.
T=Plastic and sugar/syrup...faint hops. Moderate to no flavor, but what is there is rather bad.
M=Moderate body with moderate carbonation...enables one to drink it quickly.
O=Not nearly as enjoyable as the Damm Daura gluten-free offering...will not buy nor drink again.
01-05-2014 21:35:53 | More by dhannes
2.88/5 rDev +5.9%
12 oz. bottle, with bottled on date 07/06/2013. My first beer from Lakefront Brewery, a gluten free sorghum beer, labeled as a 'pilsner style beer' on the label. Expectations are fairly low based on this beer's current poor ratings.
Poured into The Godfather pint glass.
A - Pours a sickly pale yellow colored body with lots of bubbles going crazy in the glass. One finger of thin big bubbly white fizz for a head. Tiny powdery sediment floating in the glass. Color is almost more reminiscent of a white wine than it is beer.
S - Smell is pretty light and non-existent, but I'm definitely pulling out lots of fruit, almost strawberry like. Strawberries, lemon juice, and green apple cider.
T - Taste pretty much disappears almost instantly following the swallow. There is subtle slight graininess here, a ricey sort of quality although I couldn't exactly say what it is, some tart green apple cider, and some acidic vinegar. Mildly vinous.
M - Feel is extremely crisp and clean. Hardly any lingering aftertaste of any kind aside from some mild vinous apple cider and some faint alcohol warmth.
Overall, it wasn't harsh or offensive, but there was hardly anything to enjoy about this offering. I give it props for being gluten free and all, but there is poor duration and depth of flavor with this thing. I'm not so sure I would call this a pilsner, but then again I wouldn't call it a fruit / vegetable beer either. An interesting beer, worth trying at least once I suppose.
Lakefront Brewery New Grist ---3/5.
01-05-2014 00:33:24 | More by mfnmbvp
2.66/5 rDev -2.2%
355ml bottle poured into tulip 28/10/13
A golden yellow with bubbles of all sizes including some giants, lots of tiny suspended particles once you have a good look, just a cola like fizzy thumbs width of foam, zero lace
S apple juice and rice cakes, earthy almost funky fall orchard, smells strange but not overly offensive
T apple cider ginger ale mix, almost has a wild aspect to it, I can drink it but not happily
M cola like foam and a little slimy, has a little body but its slippery and slick after you swallow
O I know its gluten free but it's hard to like a beer that's not quite right, doesn't drink that well and I'd rather have a cider
could be a lot worse, I finished it but I'd give away a second bottle it I had one
10-29-2013 03:45:25 | More by wordemupg
New Grist Sorghum Beer from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
65 out of 100 based on 317 ratings.