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

12 oz bottle poured into a Lakefront imperial Pint.
Bottled Apr Wk2 (2012) notched on label.

A - Pouring a delicious clear copper color with a tall egg-shell head comprised of densely packed bubbles, Lakefront's Organic ESB looks beautiful. Plateauing to a thick pile of foam, the head randomly dots the pint in chunky lace.

S - Earthy and harsh opening, little caramel and some wet, spent grain notes arise followed by slight hop aromas, but nothing about it screams ESB. Soft, earthy hops seem present, but in very low levels.

T - Very malty right off the bat, caramelization flavors pull through with toffee slivers and toasted Vienna notes. Wet grain undertones hide behind a slight earthy hop flavor. While the grain bill seems on par, the hops only balance in flavor. It isn't until bitterness becomes a part do they really kick this ESB towards the style a little more.

M - Medium-light bodied and smooth in the entry, Organic ESB is well-balanced by a bitter, dry finish from the organic hop additions and a lingering finish on the tongue.

O - The under-rated and humble Lakefront scores again with the first USDA certified organic beer! While this ESB doesn't hold a candle to the classics from England, Organic ESB features a nice, tasty malt base with subtle earthy hop overtones and a refreshing bitterness along the finish. A great session beer to put pint after pint back while chatting up the blokes at the bar, I'd say!

BeerFMAndy, May 30, 2012
Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev +22%

Hopheadjeffery, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of tone77
3.43/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some notes of hops. Taste is refreshing, hops with some malts. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a fairly good beer.

tone77, Oct 21, 2009
Photo of DrDemento456
3.73/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Taken from a bottle found in my 8 pack variety case
A - Cloudy amber color with slight sediment and a decent amount of fluffy head.
S - Slight grain and sugar. Picked up a bit of malty sweetness.
T - A pretty well balance of sweet and bitterness from hops and malts. Expected more grainy lager taste since I compare this to Red Hooks ESB but it was tasty.
M - Kinda chalky and dry. Wasn't terrible.
D - Well you really can't find it here so low but if I crossed paths with a fresh bottle I would have to try it again.

DrDemento456, May 16, 2010
Photo of OWSLEY069
2.35/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a copper/ amber-ish color with a small white head. Aromas of a small hop, and kind of tea like. In the taste, like iced tea, a bit sweet and citrusy/ lemon flavor. A small bitter mouthfeel, with a dry, small lemon/ citrusy aftertaste. Very much like iced tea, and not much bitter.

OWSLEY069, Nov 20, 2007
Photo of tavernjef
3.95/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Color is a clear golden hue of yellow with a inch high head of bubbly froth settling fast leaving a thin haze and big bubbles on top with thin stringy and spotty lacing. Smell is very light of floral hop and slight grass note. Taste is nice and sweetly bitter with good strong malt backbone thats a bit of caramel. The feel is light and is almost full with great sweet bittering dryness thats up front and smooths out through the finish. This stuff is very drinkable, very smooth and has a finely bittering tolerance. Quite nice.

thanks jeffboo

tavernjef, May 01, 2003
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Comes out of the bottle a beautiful clear copper, almost mahogany, with a thick sandy off-white head that dissipates fairly quickly. Aroma is malty with an undertone of cinnamon and a sharp hint of fruit. Flavor is on the thin side, strongly but not fiercely bitter. Texture is smooth and just a bit watery, not very tingly. Not the best I have had, but acceptable.

Cyberkedi, May 30, 2009
Photo of ZAP
3.2/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very light golden and VERY clear...doesn't look the way I expect an ESB to look...smell is soft..nutty and toasty...sweet tasting at the start with a spicy finish...the bitterness lingers a bit...interesting beer...nuts/slight caramel hits you first, but then quick burst of spicy hops hit you on the finish...I downgraded a little for the look and the aroma, but overall this is worth drinking....

ZAP, Apr 25, 2002
Photo of barnzy78
3.73/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, pours copper-brown, with a foamy, beige head that leaves a little lace. Aromas are malty with toasted grain, brown sugar, spicy/earthy hop. Tastes are lots of brown sugar with caramel, toffee, toasty grain, bready, earthy, complementary spicy hop, some fruity notes in there as well. Mouth-feel is creamy and smooth, with a little over-carbonation, but it does allow for the flavors to meld on the palate. Overall, it seems to be that I liked this one more than most. I thought it was good, regardless of whether it was organic or not.

barnzy78, Oct 30, 2012
Photo of cjgator3
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. The aroma is slightly toasted malt, a touch of caramel and hops. The taste is biscuity malt with a citrusy hop finish. The mouthfeel is thin and moderately carbonated. Overall, this is a decent ESB, but nothing to get overly excited about.

cjgator3, Apr 13, 2008
Photo of mrfrancis
1.85/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Pours a murky amber with no real head.

S: Aromas of earthy, peppery hops and caramel are overwhelmed by an oddly pungent, grainy aroma. What is going on here?

T: Notes of minerals, caramel, toffee, roasted nuts, and peppery ale hops are muddled by tart grainy flavors and an odd metallic backtaste. The finish lingers for some time and is most notable for its complete lack of hop and malt character; instead, that metallic taste takes over completely.

M: Medium-bodied and very dry with active, firm carbonation. If it tasted better, I could see myself being generous and calling it drinkable.

O: This is hands down not only the worst ESB I've ever had, but also the worst organic beer of any type I've ever had. I don't know what the people at Lakefront were thinking. Maybe they weren't. I've never been so happy to pour a bottle down the drain as I am now.

mrfrancis, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of IPAchris
3/5  rDev -8.5%

IPAchris, Nov 13, 2012
Photo of enelson
3/5  rDev -8.5%

enelson, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of sweemzander
2.03/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. Bottled week 1, March 2010. Thanks to BeerFMAndy for the bottle!

(A)- Pours a clear amber color that produced a quickly dissipating white head.

(S)- Sweet corn meal

(T)- Tons of corn husk & bitter honey. Some hay.

(M)- A low carbonation level. Very malty with little to no hop presence. Sweet. I thought this was an ESB?

(D)- Definitely not what I would expect from an ESB. I appreciate breweries trying to make more organic beers, but this one just doesnt do it for me, particularly when it doesnt fit the style.

sweemzander, Apr 20, 2010
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 mynie
3.93/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an almost eerily translucent red with a tiny little head that's just about the norm for co2 ESBs.

Smells like light english hops, light toffee malt. Hmm... have my senses gone dim? That's two room temp beers in a row that haven't smelled like very much at all.

Tastes like something more than something, thank goodness. Malt starts off thick and krumpety with an almost cloying amount of buttery smoothness, like a Ritz cracker on cracker crack. This is backed up delicately with a wee hint of dry English hops. I can't place them so I'll just go and assume they're fuggle, in spite of their being a little more citrusy than I'm used to. (Note: Website says its Cascade, which just blows my mind. First because it's sacrilege. Second because it's sacrilicious.)

So is that's what holding so many bottled ESBs back, their insistence on using English hops? Maybe. If it weren't for a mute aroma this would be a world class exemplar of its style, but at any rate it's a spectacular session.

mynie, Jun 22, 2010
Photo of Gmann
3.4/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Gmann, May 18, 2008
Photo of KarlHungus
2.9/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This brew pours a clear dark red color. The head is one finger in height, creamy and recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma...well, what is there isn't bad, it is just faint. If you try really hard you ccan smell dark fruits with a generic malty sweetness, but the extra effort it takes to smell the aroma is worth what you get in return. The taste is not unlike the aroma. Faint and underwhelming. Again it isn't bad, but there is nothing special about it. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium bodied, and is a bit watery. Overall, this isn't a very good ESB, and I do not plan on drinking it again.

KarlHungus, Apr 05, 2006
Photo of bpfrush
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

bpfrush, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of canucklehead
3.13/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

canucklehead, Oct 15, 2011
Photo of ffejherb
3.48/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

ffejherb, Mar 12, 2008
Photo of mattmarka1
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

mattmarka1, Jan 15, 2014
Photo of morimech
2.78/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

morimech, Sep 08, 2008
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 tgbljb
3.95/5  rDev +20.4%
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.

tgbljb, Aug 15, 2007
Organic ESB from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
75 out of 100 based on 353 ratings.