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Organic ESB - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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BA SCORE
75
okay

353 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 353
Reviews: 227
rAvg: 3.28
pDev: 15.85%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lakefront Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  5.42% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-22-2002)
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Reviews by nightcrawler:
Photo of nightcrawler
3.48/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer pours with a large, long-lasting head. However, it has little smell. It just smells like....beer...

It has a really good grainy taste with a small following of hops. The mouthfeel is surprisingly watery considering how thick the head is. But overall, it is a very drinkable beer.

nightcrawler, Sep 01, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
2.33/5  rDev -29%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I havent had many Lakefront brews but the ones I have had have not impressed and this was borderline awfulPoured into a standard pint glass a bull copper color with a nice one finger white head that nver really tottaly subsided,from there it goes way down hill.Sour aromas like apple cider vinegar because a bit of green apple in there some residual toastiness as well,flavors are sour and astrigent makeing me pucker a little that apple is really pronounced its got a firm toastiness but it cant help cut thru the astringency of this beer.Ehh a drain our nuff said.

oberon, Apr 29, 2008
Photo of Turbo
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

Turbo, Aug 04, 2014
Photo of MadScientist
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: This is a somewhat hazy medium amber having a thin, persistent and creamy, light tan head.

S: Mild fruity esters of apricot and orange with a mild floral hops and a biscuity malt aroma.

T: The flavor is mostly a mix of fruity easter, a caramel and biscuity malt flavor with a moderate hops bitterness taking over at the end. The balance is mostly towards the bitter. The finish is dry with a malt aftertaste.

M: A crisp, medium-light bodied with a moderately-low level of carbonation.

O: This is a nicely balanced ESB with a a bit of fruitienss and a nice malt flavor. A little cloudy for an ESB it lost a bit on appearance.

MadScientist, Oct 03, 2012
Photo of blackearth
3.73/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased from Trader Joes. Pours a deep copper body with a thick, frothy off-white head. Aroma is sweet caramel. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Flavors of sweet toffee upfront with some malt spiciness leads to a low bitterness at mid tongue followed by sweetness again in the finish. Drinkability is very good, but I'll like to see more hop aroma and flavor from this one.

blackearth, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of equinox1
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

equinox1, Oct 04, 2013
Photo of iemailjack
2.5/5  rDev -23.8%

iemailjack, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of Jason
3.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle with a bottling date on the label.

A- Three fingers of head adorn the orange golden brew, mild haze.

S- Mild biscuity grain, faint fruitiness of grape juice and peaches, and a earthy hop in the back.

T- Twang of fermented malt, tad yeasty with a fruity backing. A little salty. Earthy bitterness is a little sharp upfront. Hint of caramel underneath the toasted grain flavor.

M- Semi-smooth with a sharp crispness and a medium body.

D- Seems like the flavors don't mesh as they should, taste more like and altbier to me rather than and ESB.

Jason, Aug 29, 2005
Photo of merlin48
3.9/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear, copper amber body is topped by a small, beige head. Good retention and some spiderweb lacing. Aroma is biscuity caramel malt, citrusy and spicy hops, and a hint of red apple. Mouthfeel is light bodied with good carbonation, but unfortunately thins considerably to the point of being watery by the end of the glass. Taste is pretty good for style, with bready caramel maltiness that is balanced well by fruity and citrusy hops. A hint of pear is noticed in the finish. Not a bad effort, and very sessionable. Way too thin in the mouthfeel category, however.

merlin48, Sep 17, 2006
Photo of NilocRellim
3/5  rDev -8.5%

NilocRellim, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of Osiris9588
2.78/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Amber color, with a weak one finger white head. The aroma is of spicy hops and citrus, very zesty.

The flavor just seems off--all I taste is fruit and yeast, with a little burst of hops, and then an unpleasnt slightly phenolic finish. It just seems out of balance. It doesn't taste like the other ESBs that I have had either.

The mouth begins brightly, then just dies on the palate, lacking sufficient carbonation I think, and then finishes with the aformentioned aftertaste. Thus, the drinkablility is pretty low.

Osiris9588, Oct 08, 2006
Photo of zldjn97
3/5  rDev -8.5%

zldjn97, Jul 27, 2013
Photo of bpfrush
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

bpfrush, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.75/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Another bottle from my favorite brewery tour. Copper pour, thin off white head that is below .5". Lacing and retention are decent though. Aroma imparts almost nothing but a mild undercurrent of breadiness and bitterness. Very miniscule, very far from robust.

Bitterness and cardboard are the heavy hitters in the flavor profile. Cardboard lacks any caramel or toffee notes. Kind of a headscratcher. A tiny bit of old closet mustiness. Copper + cardboard doesn't make for the best of beers. I've had better bottles than these, but even those weren't awesome by any means. There's just a void of hops in this beer, and even when viewed through the most stringent (I should mention the beer is also astringent, without hops, like it was dry hopped with cardboard and pennies) traditionalist viewpoint of an old school English esb.

Kinda hurts to give a brewery I really like a negative review. I think for some, the word 'organic' on the front is license to charge a bunch for an underwhelming product.

Beerandraiderfan, Nov 07, 2012
Photo of ADR
3.15/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear orangey copper color. Frothy pale cream-colored head, sticks in nice fluffy patches on the glass. Pleasant brown sugar/cinnamon smell, slightly buttery. A little on the fleeting side for mouthfeel, more would be better. Malt dominates the profile, toffee, maybe bare molasses but the thin texture makes it go away too fast. This leaves you wanting because the hoppiness is light for the style, just lightly prickly and not enough to save the finish from being pretty ordinary. Could use more body and spicy elements for an ESB, though its attractive and decently drinkable.

ADR, Apr 28, 2004
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appears a sligh hazed caramel copper with a cream cofee head, the lacing comes forms even and thick with each sip. Aroma has leafy obacco notes with caramel bready malts a slight lingering tartness combined with a metallic citrus hop twang. Flavor full of cereal notes as in I gotta eat my Wheaties esque with sweetcaramel notes more leafy herbal qualites tea like really. After few sips the flavor grew on me but it wasn't textbook ESB sort of interesting but so so in the end. Mouthfeel smooth natural carbonation medium bodied flows nice with a touch of acidity lingering. Drinkability is decent a nice variety twelve pack offering but definitely note a highlight.

WVbeergeek, Jan 16, 2008
Photo of chinchill
3.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served in pint glass.

A - hazy amber/copper liquid capped by a thin off-white head with poor retention.

S - fruity; a bit yeasty,; caramel malt

T - dominated by caramel malt. Rather even sweet/bitter balance; a bit sweet for an ESB. Very slight metallic off-taste.

M - medium/light body with low carbonation.

A disappointing offering from a usually dependable brewer.

chinchill, Dec 16, 2010
Photo of waitforit
3.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Beautiful, rich russet red. A reasonable amount of cream-colored head. Decent lacing.

S: Very faint. Caramel and cherries.

T: Biscuity and burnt, with just a little spice.

M: Average. Rather clean finish.

O: One of the more piquant ESBs I've had, slightly different from the run of the mill.

Try it again? 4 - Probably

waitforit, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of LXIXME
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

LXIXME, Mar 22, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

acurtis, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of biboergosum
3.2/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, number 2 in the Milwaukee mix pack. Is that cow leaping or flying?

This beer pours a mostly clear medium amber colour, with one fat finger of foamy pale beige head, which leaves some low-reaching, random spiky lace around the glass as it settles. It smells of crackery cereal malt, confectioners' sugar, and mild floral, leafy hops. The taste is plain bready malt, a bit of grape character - leaf and fruit, and green, earthy hops. The carbonation is quite sedate, the body medium weight, and innocuously smooth. It finishes off-dry, the bready malt seeing only a light floral hops counterbalance.

While rather easy to put back, on the ESB scale, this offering is quite lacking. Not crisp, not really bitter, not biscuity. Ergo, not a proper ESB. Drink this while not thinking too hard.

biboergosum, Nov 09, 2011
Photo of dacrza1
3.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

DATE TASTED: November 22, 2013... GLASSWARE: Howard's Pub pint... OCCASION: Shark Tank Friday... APPEARANCE: another handsome ale from Lakefront--a dark copper body with a slow,, steady carbonation; milky, thick head again, formidable lacing... AROMA: nice buttery, toffee fragrance floats easily through the nostrils; pleasant malts and sugars balance reasonably... PALATE: strong backbone belies the alluring scent; medium-bodied and a bit stronger than the average ESB, I would suspect...TASTE: impactful at the teeth--some fruit suggestions and malt that stacks itself rather earnestly--a rather thin profile, overall...OVERALL: I prefer my ESBs light, buttery, nutty and drinkable; Lakefront's edition offers little engagement in these areas, coming on a bit too strong for my expectations...

dacrza1, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of asabreed
3.88/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Colorful label is notched bottled during the first week of July.

Appearance: A hazy dark brown and copper color with hints of yellow coming through with some light shed on it. This is pretty cold, so I imagine that's one of the reasons why the head dissipates quickly, but alas.

Smell: Initial aromas of grapes, raisins, caramel malt, light bitter chocolate, buttered biscuits, bread crust, vanilla, and other fruits are present, though I don't get much in the way of citrus or hops. Still, quite pleasant and not what I was expecting.

Taste: More malt and fruit is present than anything else, with the vinous characteristics also present, along with some hints of sweetness from chocolate, vanilla, and also the tropical fruit. Not much of a hop presence, and because of that it's probably a bit sweeter than it should be, but I find it welcoming and that provides a long finish. Maybe not the most representative beers of what one would deem a true ESB, but this is not what I was expecting, which is always a plus if I still enjoy the brew.

Mouthfeel: Moderately carbonoted and seemingly a bit thicker than most ESBs, but that doesn't detract from the flavors and actually I think helps with the long finish and the ability for many to make their impact there.

Drinkability: Though the sweetness does maybe make this less than a highly anticipated session beer, I enjoyed the experience, and this is quite different from a lot of ESBs I've had. If you can find a bottle, try it, but you may want to hold back on more than that.

asabreed, Apr 15, 2007
Photo of cokes
2.17/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Hazed and dulled brass topped with plenty of beige suds.
Nose of dead leaves, stables, and cardboard.
Begins with a musty dry maltiness. Not flawed outright, at least not right away. Shows some oxidized traits, then the malt vanishes altogether, with a final stab of mushy, stale apple sauce. Strange esters fill the void. Band-aids mostly, and dustballs and tarter things too. Ends thin and modestly hoppy. Dry and grassy and unredeemed.
Too low on depth and too high on flaws. Pretty much worthless all around, and worth even less as it warms, as the problems seem to breed with each other.

Bogus.
I may begin advocating pesticides.

cokes, Feb 25, 2004
Photo of pmcadamis
3.38/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours reddish amber with almost no head (even with a fairly aggressive pour). Head is initially 1/4 inch and then immediately fades to a only a bubbly lace on top. After a good swirl, a very fine lace sticks to the glass, but drops quickly. Like Don Ho once sang..."tiny bubbles....in my beer...."

Smells bitter and lively, slightly buttery. First sensation is hops, then some malt. Smells hoppy but very sweet with some diacetyls.

Tastes very rounded and buttery with a definite hop bite. Malts come through secondarily. Very well balanced. I taste a bit of orange flavor mixed with bitters. There is very little aftertaste going on here....seems to be very drinkable, but slightly boring. In both the nose and mouth I'm picking up a bit of mustiness that is actually very pleasant. Sort of like damp leaves after a rain in the summer.

This ESB feels slightly "sharp" in the mouth ...like a pale ale, but then finishes more roundly and smoothly, and less dry. Probably due to the more prevalent maltiness here.

Overall, this is a highly drinkable beer that is somewhat lacking in complexity, but very good none the less. The lack of complexity is probably what makes it so easy to suck down. Less thinking and more drinking.

pmcadamis, Aug 04, 2006
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Organic ESB from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
75 out of 100 based on 353 ratings.