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Organic ESB - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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228 Reviews

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Reviews: 228
Hads: 380
Avg: 3.28
pDev: 20.12%
Wants: 2
Gots: 18 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-22-2002

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Reviews: 228 | Hads: 380
Photo of Gmann
3.38/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden amber color with a tight head that dissipated quickly into a sparse cap. The aroma is very light, I pick up some caramel malt, rust, and some earthy hops. The taste is of bready malt, a touch of caramel and honey. This is followed by earthy tea like hops. There is a metallic twang that runs throughout this brew. The feel is light with fizzy carbonation, finishes with a lingering bitterness. Seems to be fairly close to the style. On par with the other Lakefront offering that I had. Nothing stands out with this brew.

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Photo of morimech
2.81/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear amber with a large, dense head that has good retention. Large amounts of lacing is left on the glass.

Right after the pour I can smell some hops. But then something goes off. Smells almost sour with a touch of diacetyl. Perhaps a touch of caramel malt as well.

The flavor is not very good. Too much diacetyl throws everything out of whack. Its flavor dominates everything else.

Has a solid body with very good carbonation.

I will pass on this one next time.

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Photo of cokes
2.21/5  rDev -32.6%
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.

I may begin advocating pesticides.

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

Pours a dark brown with a decent head. The nose is mostly malt with a small hop note. The beer is decent but there is a lack of complexity with the hops that makes an ESB interesting. Drinkable for sure and no real faults but it gets a little boring over time.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.46/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle into DFH specialty glass

A - Attractive clear cherry wood-colored body with garnet and ruby tones and almost one finger of frothy off-white head. Sparse, slow-rising carbonation bubbles travel to the top of the glass. Head only left a thin ring and very minimal lacing around the glass.

S - Aroma imparts a spicy bread aspect with toasted malt and sweet berry fruit. Hops are barely noticeable, with trace amounts of citrus and fresh flowers.

T - Toasted malt flavor with some hefty breadiness. Hops are a mild blend of citrus fruit and light floral notes. Finishes with a nice toasted barley flavor, which is quite pleasant.

M - Light to medium body with a lively effervescence on the tongue. Texture is a bit on the syrupy or oily side; not thick per se, but actually a little on the thin, watery side. Still, it's quite smooth and easy to drink.

D - This is a tasty organic brew with a nice toasted finish that I enjoyed. I'd definitely pick up more of these in the future if I come across it.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

8 beer variety pack. Poured into a pint glass.

Pours orange hued amber/copper with fizzy white foam. Sits nicely. Very lite orange peel nose, some malt. Taste is a light bitter, juicy. Conflicting bitter, Earthy. Fast finish, then aftertaste. Uneven. Ends up ok, but not standout.

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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.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.93/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep copper color with moderate slightly off-white head.
Smll is light with but a few caramel notes.
Taste is nicely malty, but the hops are so restrained as to be virtually undetectable.
Finishes very thin with little, if any, taste retention.
An easy to drink beer, the taste is somewhat lacking.

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

A-Golden orange with a nice medium off-white head.

S-Biscuity grain with a faint wafting of earthy hops.

T-Earthy bitterness upfront fades quickly into the sweet notes of caramel malt and biscuit grain.

M-Medium-light body with a nice crispness, maybe a bit thin feeling.

D-Not bad...but a bit too malty, not enough hop bite and a little thin for my liking. Certainly drinkable but could be more.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.19/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on tap at the brewery. Pours a deep murky red with some head and nice lacing. The nose comprises of a light caramel malts with touches of earth and toast. Also picking up some metallic notes. The taste is light with leafy herbal notes, light grain, and light bitterness. The body is... you guessed it, very light with high carbonation. Overall, this beer is pretty bland with dull flavors. Wouldn't come back to this one.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.51/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured into the glass crystal clear medium copper wtih an off-white and low head which lasted well to lace the glass.

The aroma was fruity and estery with some earthy and slightly grassy hop contributions and a light corny nature. As the beer warmed caramel malt was notable but the sulphur continued to increase.

The flavor was full of corn with some earth hop character and a nice bittering. Some caramel malt was definitely present and prevalent.

The finish was just dry with a lasting bit of corny character into the aftetaste and beyond. The body was medium and the mouthfeel, the best thing about the beer, was creamy and smooth. The aroma continued to decline as the beer warmed the mouthfeel was good, but the flavor was just ok.

12 ounce bottle

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Photo of allengarvin
3.08/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a soft head which disappears completely after a moment. Color is a pleasant 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. Makes a decent session beer, but there's little unique about it.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.55/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Brewed with Organic 2-row pale, Munich and Caramel malts. Hopped with Organic German Perle. Brewed June 2004. Bought as part of a sampler 8-pack.

Pours out to a slightly hazy amber-orange in color, forming a large light beige head with very good retention and nice sticky chunks of lacing. Carbonation is moderate. The aroma is very nice...mild spicy and slightly fruity hops balanced by warm grain husk, toast, apples, grass and residual sugars. Mouthfeel is soft, smooth and wet. The taste is really an echo of the aroma...The hops are a little more intense in flavor that an aroma and the bitterness is moderate. Unfortunately, there is an overly grassy hop note and mouthfeel in the finish, and a brief punctuation of higher alcohols, giving this a touch of macro-twang. It must be all that Organic junk they put in this:)

This is a decent beer, but probably the least enjoyable of the sampler. I'll sticky with my Un-Organic stuff instead. As far as ESB's go, this is decent for the style, but I don't like them in general.

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Photo of ADR
3.18/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.38/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: orange/mild cloudy body, trace white head,
patchy lacing

S: caramel, biscuit/malt,

T: sweet biscuit malt, caramel, nutty,
semi-dry/light bitter finish

M: med body, smooth/semi-dry mouth

O: Nice ESB, enjoy Lakefront.
Would get again, few American
craft breweries make this style.


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Photo of PorterLambic
1.71/5  rDev -47.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a nice honey/amber color with a smallish head.
Smell is minimal at best with the faintest hints of hops, honey and grass.
Taste is really weak with only hops showing up to work and they really aren't putting in 100% effort.
Mouthfeel is weak as well. A medium-light body with bubbles is all that's there.
Drinkability: Why? No complexity, no balance, no depth, no reason to buy it. Doesn't even stick very close to the style. Drinks like a megabrew attempt at a real beer. Back to the drawing board, folks.

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Photo of philbe311
3.08/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Two fingers of very fizzy slightly off white foam... Orange copper color with only the slightest amount of carbonation noticeable post pour... An impressive fairly thick lacing is noted once the head dissipates...

S - Faint in all regards... Perhaps some european hops... Toffee... Grains... Malt... Fruitcake... Overly all this has a slightly musky scent...

T - Understated... Biscuit... Caramel... Butter... Quick bite of hops at the finish...

M - Medium bodied... Smooth... A good bit of carbonated fizz on the tongue... Not overly complex...

D - Uninspired version of an ESB... The appearance is the most redeeming quality of this brew... The scent and taste aren't bad, they are just incredibly subdued and weak... This beer while not terrible, lacks any discernable personality...

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Photo of RonfromJersey
2.21/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Shiny amber, very good clarity, topped by fist full of off-white foam that quickly dropped to two fingers. No lace.

A mild nose of hay and bread required some very deep pulls to get anything.

Taste comes in sloppy, with earthy herbal English hops, tea-ish malt, and soap all showing up at once, and no element aquitting itself well. Tasty sulfur note in the afterglow.

Okay mouthfeel. Very poor drinkability.

Being organic shouldn't do this to a beer.

Fullers has nothing to worry about here.

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Photo of bditty187
3.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clear, gold in hue, there is a nice yeast haze that glitters when held to a light. It is like looking a Vegas from an airplane (okay, not quite). The head was white in color, about a finger in height; head retention was acceptable, the foam slowly faded to a fizzy cap. This cap lasted a few more seconds before during to a thin collar. Subsequent lacing was spotty and infrequent. The first couple sniffs of the nose were very nice, fruity, bready, toasty caramel, grassy/flowery hoppiness, and then I set my glass down. When I picked it up again a moment later a vegetable aroma was noticeable, yuck (this scent is very, very weak but I could still make it out). Overall the potency of the nose is low, it is kind of clean too. The bouquet has a flaw but it still tolerable, not quite inviting though. The palate is decent, no flaws. There isn’t much going on really. What flavors are in play is a balanced offering of mildly zest citrus hints, some flowers, and a kiss of grass from the hops. Light bitterness. The malt offers a weak suggestion of caramel and toasty bread. This beer falls in the realm of an ESB; it could be way more flavorful. Malts could be richer, drier as well. Hops could offer more bitterness, more liveliness. It is the balance that saves this beer and like I said, it is okay. Medium-light in body, thin, light carbonation, the mouthfeel is empty. Sad. Drinkability is limited. One bottle will be enough for me. It is another yawner from LF. It was purchased as part of a sampler-pack in Milwaukee, WI.

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Photo of Offa
4.19/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a nice, tasty ESB, with both good balance and flavour.

It's copper with a medium, off-white head that steadily shrinks to a thin wispy top but leaves no real lacing.

The aroma, very nice if somewhat mild, is fruity bread, kulich, light caramel, candied citron, hints of pine, caramel, and pineapple.

The taste is similar with candied citron, caramel, a fraintly sour light earthiness, a lightly spicey piney bitterness, and a bready finish. It's light and perhaps a little too sweet and with a little too much of a candied fruit-caramel quality, but has persistent flavour, some complexity, and pretty good balance. It's better than many US ESBs that I've had.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my nonic pint glass. The bitter appears a murky amber akin to iced tea with an inch of fluffy off white foam. A decent looking pour. Nose and flavor are of toasted bread, sweet and fruity, caramel, a touch of nuts. Medium in both body and carbonation. Not too shabby.

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Photo of JMBSH
3.06/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - Nice amber color. No head when poured into pint glass.Carbonation is very light to almost none existent.

Scent - Almost also non-existent. A faint carmel aroma.

Taste - It tastes more carbonated then it looks. A smooth floral taste with the hops being only slight in taste though though the flavor they provide seems to built up with every sip.

Mouthfeel - Smooth with only a hint of aftertaste.

While I like beers that are a bit more on the "heavy" side of flavor, this is a very refreshing beer. I even found myself taking the glass out to my patio where it seemed to "fit" for a hot summer afternoon.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a bottle this beer was a very cloudy amber color with lots of visible sediment. The two-finger, fluffy, beige head retained pretty well as a cap and left very good lacing in curtains at first, then bands. The aroma was of light citrus hops, spices, grapefruit, caramel malt, and a little doughy malt. The flavors were a little odd, starting with hoppy bitterness it then went into a little spice followed by doughy and biscuity malt. The finish was crisp but the flavors just didn't seem to come together properly. The mouthfeel was good, the body medium and the carbonation light.

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Photo of TastyTaste
2.96/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear copper color, small white head fades fast. Swwet carmel malts combined with a metallic tang and slight floral hops. Taste is very smooth and non-intrusive. Pretty bland, they should've called it Organic KOB (kind of Bland). Needs to be served warmer than I did (cellar temp), so maybe room temp? not very interesting, but not bad either.

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Photo of jsprain1
2.09/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A- Red-copper with golden highlights. Head is half a finger, just a shade off white. Decent retention, light lacing.
S- The aroma is minimally there. There is some malty notes. But where is the bitterness? It really is missing that.
T- Not very flavorful. There is some generic sweetness up front with a touch malty caramel. But the bitterness is really really lacking.
M- The body is lacking depth and the carbonation comes off fizzy.
O- This was an absolute disappointment for me. All around lacking, unfortunately.

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Organic ESB from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
76 out of 100 based on 228 ratings.