Organic ESB - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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Ratings: 374
Reviews: 229
rAvg: 3.28
pDev: 15.55%
Wants: 2
Gots: 15 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-22-2002

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Photo of metter98
3.43/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is clear yellowish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that quickly died down, leaving some lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of caramel and toasted malts as well as earthy yeasts are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except it is maltier and there are less of the earthy yeast flavors. A very slight amount of bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink, but seems like it could use stronger aromas and better head retention.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.56/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice, but not special, fruity-malty-lightly bitter English-style ale that is easy enough to drink. Only a light grain flavor and feel gets in the way.

A veyr froathy pour brings about a lot of lace above the long-retaining off white foam. Brilliantly clear with a medium copper color. A very handsome looking beer.

Fruity and malty to the nose. Caramel and bread crust set the stage while a non-descript fruity note (fruity Pebbles cereal) gives a bit of complexity to the scent. Lightly earthy/grassy hops can be found in the background.

Flavors behave much the same. But the caramel/toasty malts are accompanied by a grain husk flavor that keeps the malts from giving the deep malt character that is expected. Caramel flavor doesn't have the depth of English Pale Ales. Hops are timid and weak in flavor but appropriate in bitterness. Quite fruity-sweet throughout with a sweet bread finish.

Froathy early and then transitioning to an easily quaffable finish, albeit somewhat grainy.

This ESB is nice in the fruity/hoppy foot forward but I would like to see a more complex malt profile that perhaps a Marris Otter malt can give. Also, more East Kent Goldings or Fuggle hop aroma and flavor could be a welcome.

Photo of Knapp85
3.42/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a decent looking amber color with a thin very minimal tan colored head on top. The smell of the beer was malty, it had some nice caramel like aroma's on the nose as well as some other grains in there too. The taste of the beer was earty, semi-sweet with a nice dry bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel of the beer had a good amount of carbonation to it, the beer was drinkable and easy going. Overall this beer wasn't too bad, not my favorite ESB but still not a bad beer in my opinion.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.66/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bright orange with candy corn colored edges, a slight haze and a large number of bubbles. The cap is the color of aged ivory, is hefty enough to persist and is sticky enough to leave sheets of cheese grater lace. While it doesn't hang around all that long and the lace that it deposits is less than long lived, it's decent while it lasts.

The nose is an unqualified letdown. I don't believe that I'm being presumptuous to expect some hoppiness in my ESB, am I? Orangic ESB smells more malty than hoppy with weak caramel and butterscotch in the forefront. It's somewhat fruity, but that aspect of the aroma doesn't seem hop related. What is smells like is an especially poor quality English pale ale.

Interesting flavor. Not bad. Not good. What it tastes like is an especially poor quality English pale ale that has had a hopectomy. Barely sufficient malt... no, on second thought, let's make that insufficient malt. The flavor is buttery, moderately sour, minimally sweet and modestly fruity. Not surprisingly, it doesn't hang together in any unified way. The mouthfeel is thin (bordering on watery) and is appropriately carbonated.

Lakefront Organic ESB isn't extra special, it isn't strong and it isn't all that bitter. Given the fact that I'm drinking this bottle at what should be the peak of its powers (it was bottled about one month ago), its lackluster showing is even more disappointing. Of course it's a damn sight better than Lakefront's execrable Pumpkin Lager. The flavor flashbacks from that one still cause me to break out in a cold sweat. I'd say avoid this one; even if you like ESBs.

Photo of biboergosum
3.21/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of oberon
2.37/5  rDev -27.7%
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.

Photo of zeff80
1.95/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

A - Poured out a hazy, amber color with a HUGE overflowing head. Only got half the bottle in one the first pour. (this happened with both bottles.

S - It smelled musty and malty.

T - This was incredibly sweet and just not good. No hop presence.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A medium bodied ale.

D - Honestly I drained poured the last half of the second one. Out of two 12 oz bottles I only consumed about 10 ounces because of overflow and drain pouring.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.16/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, reddish-brown body with a frothy, medium-sized, white head.

Smell: Mild nose of bready maltiness, faint hint of berries, and a spicy hop presence.

Taste: Lightly sweet malts with a taste of toasted breadcrusts. Touch of fruitiness. Spicy hops impart a light bitterness. A bit more malty sweetness before a rather abrupt, though crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Somewhat harsh carbonation, I must say.

Drinkability: Fairly middle-of-the-road when it comes to the noble ESB style.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

After mostly enjoying our homebrewed ESB, I'm excited to bite into another commercial example to compare it to. This one pours a clear straight amber (I'm still looking for the mosquito, it's so amber-y) topped by a half-finger of dirty white foam. The nose comprises orange peel, grass, flowers, mild caramel, and buttery biscuits. The taste adds some mandarin orange character and wheat to the foundation set by the smell. Whatever maltiness that was there before is mostly o'ercome by the orange and lemongrass. The body is a rather light medium, with a just-light moderate carbonation and a generally smooth feel. Overall, a decent ESB, but a bit too fruity and slightly too carbonated for my liking.

Photo of nickfl
3.58/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Small, one finger head of off white foam that settles quickly to a thick film. Nice, amber/ orange color with excellent clarity.

S - Malty and sweet with some light caramel. Mild apple ester aroma with just a hint of hops.

T - Malt flavor dominates up front with some raisiny caramel and a bit of fruitiness. Roast grain flavors appear in the middle, with chalky bitterness. Heavy maltiness in the finish, not quite fully balanced by the hop character.

M - Medium carbonation and medium body with a sweet finish and chalky, slightly astringent aftertaste.

D - Nice malt and hop character, but a bit sweet for me. Overall, it is a reasonable session beer and a nice ESB.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.7/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Delicate, lightly sweet, caramel-accented and subtly toasty malts combine with a thin thread of yeasty fruitiness and billowing grassy and floral hops to give this crystal-clear, dark amber brew a quaffability that's worth noting. It's well-balanced and drinkable with just enough character to keep you coming back for more. It makes an excellent session ale; serves as a great introductory beer to the uninitiated; and also works well for a backyard BBQ or sunny sporting event. It's worth trying; and it gets bonus points for being organic!

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, fruit, nuts and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with some mildly sweet flavors of caramel and fruit that fade quickly. Then a hearty but not too heavy malt character comes in. There are some background flavors of honey and nuts. The hops good for the style and brings a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it’s not a bad beer but there are others in the style that I would choose first.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.4/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a foggy orange brown. Nose is kind of a tangy woody, earthy kind of thing. Flavor is not smooth. Way too much zing on the mouth. Too much of a citric edge to it. The bitter is too much so and not smooth enough to enjoy. Feel is decent, but this one lacks any kind of smooth aspect to really be enjoyable. I just have to say I don't really like it.

Photo of Jason
3.38/5  rDev +3%
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.

Photo of russpowell
4.82/5  rDev +47%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was the star of the variety pack & I was very shocked at how much I liked this:

Copper Color with a large bubbly head that held up well once it dropped to about 1/3". Lacing was also good

Smell: Big malt up front (think bread or cookie dough) and a faint floral hopiness

Taste: Sweeteness followed up by a serious hop bite on the tongue and throat. Nice dry and crisp finish

MF Very well balanced hops bring out the faint bready maltiness that was thick but not too chewy. Good carbonation

Well put together beer that makes you want more. Will look for this one again

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.15/5  rDev -4%
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.

Photo of feloniousmonk
2.91/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: bright, amber/gold color, short, white head.
Aroma: clean, meaning, in this case, utterly empty.
On the palate, a brief tart sensation, from some assemblage of hops, and it's fast to fade. Some citric flavor, but faint.
Body is weak, texture is small, and a coppery feel dominates the flavor. Mouthfeel is smooth, to a fault.
I applaud the organic nature of the brew, but it doesn't enhance the taste at all, so I find little other reason to care.
Not a bad ESB, just boring.

Photo of smcolw
3.37/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A lackluster beige head that dissipates rapidly. No lace on the glass edge. Pours a cloudy neutral amber.

Notable loss of aroma after the head dies. Initially, traditional pale ale smells were evident with good balance.

The initial taste is a little watery, but after that, the earthy malt shows up and quickly gives way to a hoppy flavor that lasts through the swallow. Very nice full body, slightly high on the carbonation--creamy.

This is an easy ale to like. There are not any distractions past the appearance; the flavor is well-balanced.

Photo of jwc215
3.3/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled during February notched on label:

Pours copper with a thin off-white head that settles to a lasting thin wisp. Some dotted lacing sticks.

The smell is of mild herbal, hint of citrus - spicing with slight toast and a light caramelish maltiness. A hint of butter is there.

The taste is thin - light malt, a touch of slightly salted buttered bread. Mild herbal bitter touch comes in late - more in aftertaste than in the actual taste, with watery tea. A mild ESB, if an ESB at all, though some alcohol does show.

Like everything else about this beer, the body is on the weak side, though manages to hold up enough. I would have been happy with a single, but the six-pack won't go to waste...

Photo of superspak
3.58/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 7/10/2013. Pours fairly cloudy deep orange copper color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of orange peel, apple, caramel, toast, biscuit, brown sugar, herbal, grass, light nuttiness, and toast/yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, earthy hop, and yeast ester notes; with decent strength. Taste of orange peel, apple, caramel, toast, brown sugar, biscuit, light toffee, light nuttiness, herbal, grass, and toast/yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of orange peel, apple, caramel, toast, brown sugar, biscuit, light toffee, light nuttiness, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Good balance and decent robustness of dark/bready malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and lightly creamy mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with no warming present after the finish. Overall this was a good ESB. Well balanced dark/bready malt, earthy hop, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A pleasant and enjoyable offering.

Photo of chinchill
3.37/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of stakem
2.95/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours an amber color with less than a finger of head that has a slight yellowish tint to it. The head has almost no retension whatsoever. Lacing is nonexistant. Initial smell suprised the hell out of me as it was just like vinegar that eventually gave way to a more pine-like aroma. Taste is a little bitter upfront with the pine taste and a slight bit of citrus in there as well. Really a crisp finish with this and a lingering taste of the citrus/pine combo. Feel of this beer is quite light. Little to no malt presence here but picking up on a bit of grain/biscuit as it warms. This is just leaving me looking for something more in this beer, but it just isn't delivering.

Photo of Gavage
3.12/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: clear orange in color with a short 1/2" head that breaks apart immediately. No lacing develops.

Smell: very soft fruit sweetness and caramel are hard to pull from the glass but the aroma is pleasant.

Taste: bready malt, caramel, pears, overripe black plums, and a very mild bitterness which missed the mark to bring some balancing here.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp to start and a bit smoother towards the finish. Aftertaste is short-lived with a bready tone. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: so-so at best. As with most organic beers, the flavors seem muted. This needed some more balancing hop bitterness IMHO.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.15/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a murky, light brown, with a small head, white and bubbly into a tulip.

S: Smells roughly of light malt, some sour apple, and toffee, no real hop smell to be found here.

T: Recognizable as an ESB, malty predominately, some caramel and toffee, but very light on the palate, needs a more robust flavour profile that I find in other ESBs.

M: Light, creamy, good carbonation helps with the body, but still a bit on the thin side, but one of the better parts of the beer.

D: One of those beers that you drink that at the end of it, you're really not impressed with it, but it's not bad either. An average beer, I've had better bitters, but drinkable.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.43/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a rich amber color with a white head and good retention. Clarity is fine and some lace is left behind. The aroma is toffee like and bready. Slightly toasty, a bit of herbal hop, spot on nose.

In the taste, toffee and nutty notes from the malt, a bit of toast, and fairly dry. The organic hops dry this one to the bone, but its kind of nice. Malty, bittersweet flavor, perhaps even butterscotch to go along with the earthy, herbal hops.

Overall, this is a pretty good ESB with solid flavor, and crisp, dry finish.

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Organic ESB from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
75 out of 100 based on 374 ratings.