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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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317 Ratings
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Ratings: 317
Reviews: 192
rAvg: 2.72
pDev: 23.9%
Wants: 5
Gots: 7 | 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 emerge077


3.6/5  rDev +32.4%

This isn't a bad alternative for those on a gluten-free diet.

Label clearly states that it is made from sorghum and rice extract, if you have a problem with those ingredients, choose something else.

Pours a clear amber-yellow with a decent frothy head into a pilsner glass. Lace sticks around after time passes.

Smells like beer, nothing out of the ordinary.

Taste has a slight sweetness from the sorghum, often a substitute for molasses/maple syrup in the south. Malted rice gives a light sense of maltiness to the overall profile.

Mouthfeel is thin, and it's easy to drink, not a bad alternative to other beers if you're gluten-intolerant or have Celiac's.

01-07-2007 05:12:11 | More by emerge077
Photo of sweethome


2.98/5  rDev +9.6%

For those totally ripping on this beer - please educate yourself - this beer is brewed for people with Celiac disease - a disease that requires a gluten free diet. I applaud Lakefront for making a product that looks and tastes (at least somewhat) like beer - for the approx. 1% of our population that has the disease. I have met people who say they loved beer before devloping the symptoms - this gives them a chance to drink something close to barley based beer.

I rate it based on those facts and comparing to average american macro beer - which it beats most!

Looks similar to the big boys - maybe darker - nose is not of barley malt - but how to fake it? The flavor reminds me of light american lagers, but on the sweet side - more like a very light mead. Finishes with a light hop bittering - could maybe use a bit more to balance the seetness.

Not something I want to drink - but this isn't made for me or other BA's.

12-10-2006 03:51:21 | More by sweethome
Photo of demcorhip

Ontario (Canada)

3.28/5  rDev +20.6%

Sometimes one shouldn't send their wife out for beer. Specifically asked for SN Bigfoot and DFH 120min. I ended up with a sixer of this and a braggot. But i am glad that she knew it wasnt something ive tried before, and im always up for trying something new.

A sparkling clear golden beer, looks alot like ginger ale. One finger white head formed over this fairly vigorously carbonated brew. Very scantily laced.

Lemongrass and a slight sourness, some white grape, and rice. In all fairness its somewhat unique and has its own merits.

Interesting. Mild lemon and grassy notes, presumably from the hops. Some mild and slightly sour notes of white grape and apple. What the hell does sorghum taste like? The clean rice flavours are apparent in the finish.

Crisp, clean tasting light bodied brew, with interesting balance between the grains and the hops. A refreshing drink that would make a good thirst quencher.

Pretty unique and pretty drinkable. Certainly sessionable, and may encourage macro drinkers to look beyond BMC. Glad i got to try this one, may remember it during a heat wave next summer.

12-10-2006 01:50:19 | More by demcorhip
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

2.28/5  rDev -16.2%

Pours a three finger fizzy, white head that vanishes to a ring leaving no lace. Crystal clear pale amber color. Strong carbonation and light bodied. Lemon nose. Starts sweet, fizzy and almost sour lemon flavor, clean finish. Could be a good summer beverage but I don't appreciate a substitute beer. $1.29 for a 12oz bottle from Blue Max Liquor Burnsville, Mn.

11-29-2006 23:26:59 | More by jdhilt
Photo of DogFood11


1/5  rDev -63.2%

Ugggh...from the first look and whiff of this brew I knew I was in for a struggle. The things I do for you guys. Poured into a stemmed pils glass it forms a quickly fading loose head that fizzes to a ring. Highly filtered clarity with minimal carbonation. Yellow body.

Sorghum is just a hidious alternative and those that cant have glueton..please don't judge the world of beer after sampling these extract laden brews. Simply awful. Syrupy from the start...not in mouthfeel but rather the sweet "malts" are nastily sweet and sticky. Extremely vinous at times, particulary the start, the middle and the finish....oh wait...it doesn't clean up at all and lingers on the palate for quite some time. Label states this is a "refreshing session beer". How could a dirty, syrupy brew be even considered a session brew? More than one would have to be restricted somewhere in the constitution.

Notes: A terrible wine comes to mind minus the 12%abv. This reveals all of its flaws wether cold or warm. Avoid.

11-24-2006 02:02:20 | More by DogFood11
Photo of NeroFiddled


3.08/5  rDev +13.2%

Interesting beer. It pours a clear golden body beneath a creamy head of bright white that holds well and leaves some nice lace about the glass. The nose offers some floral and grassy hops, and a bit of sweetness. In the mouth it's medium bodied and effervescently crisp. The flavor is sweet and malty, but not particularly grainy. Hop flavor is limited, but there's some floral character there; and a light touch of tartness as well. A fairly solid bitterness resides underneath. Still, the sweetness tends to linger. It finishes with a sweetness that's a bit sticky, but soon erodes to reveal a rough, lingering bitterness.

I'm guessing that this is made for people with Celiac's disease, an auto-immune disorder of the small bowel caused by a reaction to gluten, which i then causes gastric problems (mainly diarrhea and upset stomach) and interferes with the absorption of nutrients. If this is their only choice, I feel sorry for anyone who has it. However, I have tasted better beers made without wheat or barley.

11-15-2006 00:15:01 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of Suds


2.73/5  rDev +0.4%

This is a clear, very light, yellowish beer with a slight, fizzy, white head. It’s got a bit of a tart aroma, grainy and fresh. The smell has an unmalted cereal quality (is that the sorghum?). There’s also a little fruit quality and a very faint sweetness. The taste is slightly sweet, balanced with a mild bitterness and astringency. It’s very mellow and not really complex. The unmalted cereal character is present throughout the brew. Light in body, almost watery. Interesting, but it really didn’t do much for me.

11-13-2006 01:02:35 | More by Suds
Photo of tgbljb


2.65/5  rDev -2.6%

Poured a pale golden color with virtually no head.
Smell is totally nothing,. almost like water.
Taste is very strange, with a stonge dryness and virtually nothing else.
Finish is almost medicinal, and not in a good way.
When I purchased this beer, I never realized it was made for persons with special dietary requirements.
Drinkable, but if reviewed as a non-gluten beer, and this was the only alternative, it is OK.

10-29-2006 22:22:28 | More by tgbljb
Photo of isubsmith


2.23/5  rDev -18%

Appearance: Pale yellow, completely transparent. Minimal white foamy head. Lots of carbonation bubbles. Almost looks like soda when the head disappears.

Smell: Not much there. A bit of sour plus grain. Once it warmed up, there was a bit of a fruity essence, but not much.

Taste: Sweet but biting finish. A little hoppy, but not much. Really, there wasn't much there and what was there wasn't that good.

Mouthfeel: Lots of carbonation. Light to medium body.

Drinkability: Not very drinkable. I really didn't care for this beer...

10-20-2006 01:57:49 | More by isubsmith
Photo of terrabyte


3.28/5  rDev +20.6%

Pours a very yellow, clear color. No head at all.

Smells slightly sour, but the main aroma is a lemongrass and raws grains (like a mild wheat beer) After sitting, I could pick up a slight grapefruit smell that reminds me of IPA's.

The flavor is the same as the smell. It starts out with a mild wheat beer with lemon and orange. (I should note that it is wheat free? Thus maybe the rice is similar then) It has a very peculiar front taste that I can't describe further. It ends with a somewhat boring ricy Budweiser quality.

Very crisp mouth. Feels quite light.

This was a little sweet for my taste, not to mention I like dark beers. However, I could have more than one. Would I buy it? Probably not. However it's drinkable, and I think that there are some people that could find this as their niche. It's a very unique flavor.

10-16-2006 04:22:27 | More by terrabyte
Photo of rhoadsrage


4.05/5  rDev +48.9%

(Served in a dimple mug)

A- This beer has a deep yellow body with a soapy white film that clings to the glass. There is a big bubble carbonation.

S- The smell of sweet raw grain and raw cereals with a slight sour note in the background.

T- This beer has the slight sweet slight tangy finish with a light spice. The hops bitterness starts to come through as it warms.

M- The medium-full mouthfeel has a tight little fizz finish.

D- This beer has a very unique sweet and sour flavor but it is not the same qualities as a wit beer. I have never tasted any African sorghum beers but this beer has really got me interested.

10-15-2006 03:10:01 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of bluejacket74


3.53/5  rDev +29.8%

Bottle says it was bottled on the 3rd week of September. Hopefully it's September 2006. Served in a mug, the beer pours a clear gold color with a small white head. It smells like apples, grain and a bit of fruityness, like strawberries. It tastes like Boone's Farm Apple wine. There's also a citrusy and grainy taste as well. Mouthfeel is light, but the beer is smooth and refreshing. Drinkability is good too. This is a pretty unusual beer, but I think I could drink it now and again if I was in the mood for it. It's not something I could have all the time.

10-14-2006 23:55:23 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of dirtylou


2.7/5  rDev -0.7%

12oz single, aquired somewhere around town and has been sitting in my fridge for a while

appearance: pours into a pint glass...as pale as can be, clear, watery straw color, light white foam head with little retention...completely unappealing

smell: faint aromas at best...apple juice?, spiced, not much else

taste: I dont even know exactly what this is but its pretty boring and watery...apple juice, lots of sweetness, green grape. Its not offensive, just an utterly useless beverage

mouthfeel: very light, moderate carbonation, tingly spice

drinkabilty: i guess

10-08-2006 01:55:00 | More by dirtylou
Photo of Ricochet


2.28/5  rDev -16.2%

Coors. Need I say more? I suppose...

This poured like a soda pop, almost ginger ale, lots of bubbles, no head with an almost un-beer like golden hue, it's ginger ale. It didn't smell anything like beer. There was actually a fruity, sour smell almost like watered down Sunny Delight or apple juice. Mouth was thin, but there was the thickness and taste feeling just like apple juice with carbonation.

Gotta say, taste was okay, almost refreshing, but hard ciders seem to fill the bill a lot better. It had a hit of beer taste on the backside but apple and sour fruitiness dominated.

Fills a need I guess. Pretty decent for gluten free, but this really isn't for someone that even will do with a macro lager as far as beer taste goes, even OMNA has more beer "flavor".

09-25-2006 03:55:55 | More by Ricochet
Photo of dedrinker


2.4/5  rDev -11.8%

Wow. A very light, watery beer for folks with gluten allergies. It's very pale, thin, and elusive. I think non-alcoholic beer has a tad more real beer flavor, but if I was dead set on drinking "beer" and my only other choice was no beer, then I suppose this would have to do. I have often told folks with newly discovered food allergies that it would be better to pursue other classic foods to appreciate rather than slog onward with these meager facsimiles. I would perhaps become a cider or wine disciple, but if you just gotta have it because it's called "beer" and "beer" is what you're set on drinking despite your allergies, then this is not a terrible way to go. I could think of worse things, but I already know of many better options.

09-24-2006 21:09:48 | More by dedrinker
Photo of PBRstreetgang


2.45/5  rDev -9.9%

Pours a very clear straw, with an almost non-existent fizzy white head. Pitiful retention and no lacing. the aroma is very clean, mabye some sorghum and rice. The sorghum gives this a root-beer flavored tootsie-pop taste that is quite agreeable, but a ricey adjunct charcter thins the flavor out too much. Decent bitterness in the aftertaste that almost balances the syrupy sweetness, but not much in the way of hop flavor. Carbonation is light-medium and could stand a little more crispness to counter the syrupy medium body. Finish is residual with sorghum, but holds a respectable drinkability.

09-12-2006 07:16:48 | More by PBRstreetgang
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

3.1/5  rDev +14%

Appearance: pours a pale yellow color with 1/2" head. Some spots of lace developed during the session, but they disappear quickly.

Smell: lemon and some sweetness is detectable.

Taste: Green grapes, lemon, and apple make this a bit fruity overall, but has a macro beer feel. Some grass and a hint of bitterness rounds it out.

Mouthfeel: crisp, clean, and light bodied.

Drinkability: easy to quaff but very dull and boring on the tastebuds.

09-07-2006 12:11:11 | More by Gavage
Photo of sacfly


3.05/5  rDev +12.1%

12oz, bottled during Aug WK2
Pours a clear yellow color with a thin head of white bubbles. Aroma is sweet, reminds me vaguely of peaches. More peaches, caned peaches in light syrup, in the flavor. Slight Diacetyl? Seems a bit heavy and slick on the tongue. Very light bitterness in the aftertaste. I applaud the effort to brew a sorghum beer and see a market and a need. Just OK when compared to standard beers however.

09-06-2006 21:45:22 | More by sacfly
Photo of DaPeculierDane


3.8/5  rDev +39.7%

I was really interested to try this beer since I had never had a Sorghum beer before, something I’ve read to be common in South Africa. It’s also interesting as it’s Gluten free, the first I’m told, in the US.

To the New Grist, the beer is apple juice in color with only a thin 1/8 inch (at its peak) white head but average lacing. No visible carbonation.

Aromas are dominated by a rather unique cereal character and followed by a mild cooked squash and vegetable oil quality.

Carbonation is mild on the palate. Body is light, mellow, and slightly creamy. Flavor is also unique. The front is a flavor that I can’t recognize at all. I assume it’s the Sorghum. The finish resembles something like Budweiser and by that I mean that the rice is well pronounced. Hops are felt lightly on the front of the tongue

Drinkability is high as the low levels of carbonation make this brew feel almost cask like.

Overall, I like this Sorghum beer very much and find it somewhat comparable to Zwickel.

08-21-2006 23:25:41 | More by DaPeculierDane
Photo of sinstaineddemon


2.53/5  rDev -7%

A - this pours a very pale and transparent, no carbonation, no head

S - a light and airy aroma of chardonnay, like fermented grapes, pleasant, but not beer-y, to me anyway

T - white wine grape flavor, and thats about it, nice aroma, nut my cup of tea, but a quality product

M&D - really did feel more like a wine than a beer, but the job was done right, not my kind of beer grains, gimme barley any day

08-07-2006 02:48:58 | More by sinstaineddemon
Photo of ppoitras


2.45/5  rDev -9.9%

12ozer bought as a single from Oliver's Beverage, Albany, NY.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" white head over a crystal clear light gold (yellow?) brew. Head pulls a quick disappearing act, although lacing is surprisingly lasting. Aroma is light sweetness, little lese noted. Taste starts off with a nondescript sweetness, probably the rice, and then provides a slight citrus tinge, and then fades away with a lightly bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is smooth over the tongue initially, but almost gets hard to swallow, and drinkability is limited. Probably wouldn't drink this again unless I had to. This is a good alternative for those people who can't tolerate other grains, could be worse.

08-05-2006 23:21:50 | More by ppoitras
Photo of clvand0


2.8/5  rDev +2.9%

This beer pours a yellow color with a small head that falls fast and doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. The aroma is really sweet and and has some apple character, but not hop aromas. The flavor is much the same. Lots of sweetness and a biting apple flavor that sitcks around. No hops detected. Pretty strange and uninteresting. I won't have this one again.

07-25-2006 21:09:48 | More by clvand0
Photo of tempest


3.2/5  rDev +17.6%

I think you have to review this as what it really is, a Gluten-free beer. As far as beer, or fruit/vegetable, this beer leaves a lot to be desired. It's low in flavor, has no hop character, and has no head retention. However, as a Celiac beer, it has a pleasant sweet flavor from the sorghum, like light molasses. Its also smooth and refreshing. Its sort of like a craft light beer. I'd take this if someone gave it to me, especially on a sweaty day, or if I became a Celiac.

07-14-2006 17:33:29 | More by tempest
Photo of cbl2

New York

2.25/5  rDev -17.3%

12 oz. bottle. No best by date.


Pours a pale straw/gold with no head, though plenty of carbonation.


Crisp and refreshing, though with a strong tinge of adjunct.


Tastes nothing like beer. Thin and watery with a weird cider like tartness to it. Brewed from sorghum and rice, and thus wheat free (celiac's disease), this fails miserably to replicate beer.

07-11-2006 20:25:01 | More by cbl2
Photo of Enola

North Carolina

2.6/5  rDev -4.4%

This beer is light. It almost looks like a cider. There is no head. The beer is very clear with limited carbonation. The smell is faintly like apples with cinnamon. The taste it fruit like and bland. The mouthfeel is smooth. I could drink this beer again but why? It is virtually tasteless and hard to sort out. Not bad, just plain.

07-10-2006 00:57:43 | More by Enola
New Grist Sorghum Beer from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
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