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Organic ESB - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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328 Ratings
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Ratings: 328
Reviews: 223
rAvg: 3.28
pDev: 15.85%


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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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

2.65/5  rDev -19.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2005 23:38:20 | More by BuckeyeNation
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.55/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2006 17:23:01 | More by BEERchitect
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metter98

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 18:50:29 | More by metter98
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.15/5  rDev -4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2008 05:49:45 | More by ChainGangGuy
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oberon

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2008 00:12:49 | More by oberon
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.23/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2011 20:54:48 | More by TMoney2591
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev +12.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2005 18:34:12 | More by NeroFiddled
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2011 23:58:15 | More by biboergosum
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

2.93/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2003 01:57:48 | More by feloniousmonk
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 18:32:46 | More by TheManiacalOne
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.85/5  rDev +47.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2006 04:54:07 | More by russpowell
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zeff80

Missouri

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2010 01:42:50 | More by zeff80
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2012 03:17:17 | More by Knapp85
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.28/5  rDev 0%
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...

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2010 00:02:18 | More by jwc215
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2008 05:56:59 | More by RblWthACoz
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2008 19:04:16 | More by WVbeergeek
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.1/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2009 12:19:25 | More by Gavage
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.4/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2007 21:22:45 | More by smcolw
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Halcyondays

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2007 21:50:20 | More by Halcyondays
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barleywinefiend

Washington

2.48/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a soft head which disappears completely after a moment. Color is a golden amber. Initial taste is a slight bitterness with some malt, which fades away with the finish. Not a lot of body, nor is it highly carbonated. Lacks alot!Bad ESB in my opinion

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2008 21:16:38 | More by barleywinefiend
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Jason

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2005 23:55:38 | More by Jason
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Wasatch

Utah

3.48/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to beerwolf77 for this one.

Bottled During: Nov 2009, Wk 3

Pours a nice cloudy copper color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some nice spice notes, and lots of caramel. The taste is malty, slightly bitter, slightly spicy, with a good dose of caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, not bad at all.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2010 23:19:14 | More by Wasatch
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

2.75/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1 1/4" white head over the clear coppery amber brew. Thick head lasts very nicely, with tons of sticky lacing. Aroma is ample grains with light hops character. Taste begins with average malt levels, hits with a tart fruitiness in the middle, and then balances with some soft bitterness. Mouthfeel and drinkability are hurt by the seemingly out-of-place tartness in the middle. Made me not want to revisit this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2006 20:52:38 | More by ppoitras
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stakem

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2009 01:43:12 | More by stakem
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plaid75

New York

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

Poured a dark copper hue with a half finger foamy head. There was little retention and lacing.

The smell was a very subtle graininess cut by a mild flowery hop aroma.

The taste featured a strong biscuity body with a spattering of bittering hops. There was a definite sweetness up front. Bit of a light roasted grain aftertaste.

The mouthfeel was very clean with a nice biting carbonation.

Overall a very drinkable ESB. Unique because it is organic, however does not stand out among other ESBs.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2006 03:53:52 | More by plaid75
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Organic ESB from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
75 out of 100 based on 328 ratings.