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Organic ESB - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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341 Ratings

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Ratings: 341
Reviews: 225
rAvg: 3.28
pDev: 15.85%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-22-2002)
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Photo of BierFan


4/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

One finger of tan foam on a fairly hazy rusty brown body. The lacing is okay. Syrupy candy-like malty sweet aroma. I'm enjoying the heck out of this beer right now. Really smooth and easy-drinking. Quality all around.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2009 05:25:13 | More by BierFan
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2009 19:45:54 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of williamherbert

New York

3.23/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The appearance is red-orange. Hazy, fluffy head. Nice carbonation. Nice enough.

The smell is a pleasant English-style ale aroma. Bready malt with a mild estery hop. Some unusual musty funk; maybe due to age.

The taste is decent mild ESB-flavor. Subduied hop, more of a bready malt. Surprising alcohol at the end. Twinge of spicy Belgian malt, but just for a sec. About average, mostly because of a slightly musty aftertaste.

The feel is creamy, almost in the vein of Guinness. Very substantial. Warming alcohol. It's an English-style all the way. Has a weird, musty funk, but drinkable if you don't think about that part.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2009 15:41:27 | More by williamherbert
Photo of Seanibus


2.23/5  rDev -32%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5


Pours clear copper with a decent head that collapses to nothing very quickly. The aroma is slightly malty with a weird sour hoppy character that is not appetizing. The flavor is sticky and malty, bready with a touch of caramel, and slightly sour, with a flavor I associated with inexpertly produced homebrew. There is relatively little hop bitterness on the finish - more like a hop sourness - with an overripe floral hop aroma that is not pleasant. The mouthfeel is thin and runny with little carbonation and a sour finish.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2009 18:05:06 | More by Seanibus
Photo of CheapHysterics


3.75/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pleasant looking amber color with a reddish-orange tint to it. Head dissipated soon after pouring.

Smells sweet and malty with a little hint of fruitiness.

Tastes pretty much like it smells. Mouthfeel is a little chewy. has a nice balance of sweet and bitter, with the bitter really showing up on the finish. Not exceptional, but definitely above average. At $28 for the case I was very pleased with quality/price ratio.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2009 20:30:08 | More by CheapHysterics
Photo of duffextracold


3.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

hazy orange hued amber color. lots of bubbles shooting up from the bottom. some floaties. Slightly fruity smell. not much else in the aroma department. Taste is sweet and fruity. has a hint of apple juice. slightly peppery, but just for a second. hardly any noticable hop bitterness, just enough to try to balance it out. nice carbonation level...crisp, but not overwhelming. Overall not bad, but not great either. perhaps a bit too sweet, not extremely well balanced.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2009 01:21:57 | More by duffextracold
Photo of splat215


2.65/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - Brown, red/orange, light carbonation, little head
S - Tight nose, minor sweetness - a lack of any real smell
T - Noting on the frontend, minors hops on the afterbite - not much here, balanced with the style 3
M - Watery, little carbonation
D - Nothing offensive really, but then again nothing at all. Little smell, little taste, little redeeming qualities

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2009 23:12:13 | More by splat215
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...

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2009 02:44:17 | More by philbe311
Photo of bitterthebetter


3.75/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a cloudy golden copper with creamy white head

bready nose, with subtle hops and slight lemon

on the palate the breadiness starts up followed by good hops, pine first and then slight lemon on the finish

light bodied, with a good balance between the malts and hops

smooth, crisp, well structured. I prefer a bit more hoppiness, but its a very good stylistic ESB.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2009 03:55:47 | More by bitterthebetter
Photo of wiseguy142

New York

3.3/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a murky orange with a frothy off white head that dies down quickly but leaves some clinging lacing and some dots of foam in the middle.

Smells of medium woody English hops, cane sugar.. almost like a Belgian. Very fruity and raisiny but still very British. An obvious Maris Otter base from the aroma or at least copious use of dark crystal.

Taste is sort of a kick in the mouth right off the front. Alcohol and raisin up front with a lingering sweetness in the finish. Sweet British hops back up both the raisin and the crystal.

Mouthfeel is a little heavy for the style IMO. It doesn't suite the flavors to make a crisp, drinkable ESB.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2009 01:42:53 | More by wiseguy142
Photo of albern


3.4/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty mediocre beer that isn't much of an ESB, and with a 5.42 ABV, this doesn't pack much of punch either. The beer pours an orangy amber color with a very nice ceamy off white that retains well and laces. The beer is decently carbonated and ever so slightly hazy. The nose on the beer is biscuity malts, some caramel, some earthy hues, some toffee. The caramel and toffee get going as the beer settles.

The beer is very muted, has some bittering hop flavors, but is mostly a pretty uniform malty, slightly bittering, caramel biscuity beer. This isn't much of an ESB, but on its own the beer is decent enough. The beer is light to medium bodied with a slightly tangy aftertaste. There maybe some florals wrapped around the hops somewhere in this beer, but there isn't enough flavor to really call it out.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2009 17:13:45 | More by albern
Photo of ZimZamZoom

West Virginia

3.65/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's a hazy orangish-amber color with a thin tan head that does not stick around long. A few bubbles meander up from the bottom of the glass.

Aroma is thick with earthy malt and earthier hops. This baby smells like mother earth herself. Natural like all the beers I enjoy, but this one has a different nose. Some bright flowery hop notes as well. The taste is balanced nicely, a bit of a grainy malt taste and some nice flowery hop character. A little spice and alcohol as well. Interesting for sure. Not really along the lines of any E.S.B. that I have had before, but who cares? It's organic!

Well OK that truthfully means nothing to me I was just being funny. I do find this beer different and interesting nonetheless. Pretty good body with a smooth feel only giving way to a carbonation burn right at the end.

Drinkable...? Sure thing.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2009 18:48:06 | More by ZimZamZoom
Photo of Chugmonkey


4.1/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I typically find organic brews underwhelming. Not so with this specimen.

Medium brown with nice off white head and nice lacing. Bready, caramelly sweet aroma and taste.

Perfectly carbonated, very balanced with a nice sweet finish that makes you want more.

I think this would be incredible fresh on tap. Extremly drinkable and refreshing. Despite my flaming disdain for anything from Milwaukee, Lakefront continues to impress me. A perfect balancing act, highly recommend this beer for any type of meal. A job well done for sure.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2009 03:04:45 | More by Chugmonkey
Photo of Fartknocker


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

12 oz. bottle

A- dark golden to light browninh color
S- average malt aroma
T- bitterness comes through right away for me, but doesn't linger
M- plenty of carbonation, but nothing out of the ordinary
D- one of a sampler, but I could see drinking a few more

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2009 01:18:31 | More by Fartknocker
Photo of 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
Photo of htomsirveaux


3.43/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle acquired in trade - thanks R&S.

Large light tan head, well carbonated. Clear orange brown color. Smells like bananas, nuts. Starts with a sweet nuttiness, almonds and hazelnuts. Toasty mild bitterness predominates. Moderate alcohol, medium body. Finishes with some astringency. Not quite to style but not bad.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2009 06:07:29 | More by htomsirveaux
Photo of mwilbur


3.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into shaker pint glass.
A: Pours a orange-amber with a hint of cloud. Minimal white head quickly dissipates.
S: Hops and a hint of caramel. Weak aroma.
T: Some floral hops and hint of caramel...follows aroma.
M: Smooth and oily mouthfeel. Takes awhile for the bitterness to come out...and not a lot does.
D: An average beer. I like the organic nature of it, but other than that not much special here. This beer doesn't seem to follow style, which in some cases is good...just not this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2009 04:55:04 | More by mwilbur
Photo of Amalak

New York

3.8/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got as part of a beer of the month deal. It had a light-rust color with a great foamy head. It had a hoppy scent to it, not surprising since it's an ESB.

Here's where I got confused, I was expecting a very bitter flavored beer, but that is not what I got. It was actually very smooth, which I don't know if that is a good thing or a bad. It's a good, hoppy beer, but not what I was thinking it would be.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2009 02:41:15 | More by Amalak
Photo of iceball585

New York

3.55/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Light brown color, semi-cloudy, thin cream color head that lowered to a thin ring around the glass

S- Fruity, grains, buttery, biscuits, hint of earthy hops

T- Light fruits, yeast, toasted grains, light malts, grassy, bitter hops

M- Medium body, light/medium carbonation, smooth, crisp bite

D- Worth trying

Didn't really taste like most of the ESBs that I've had before but still wasn't bad.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2008 23:55:36 | More by iceball585
Photo of Pamola


2.7/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Having terrible luck with organic beers in the past, i decided to give this one a shot simply because it's an esb and one of my favorite styles.

A: Poured with a one finger tan head. Beer was strangely yellowish for an esb.

S: Deep, subtle malt. Not much else. Rather sweet.

T: Fizzy and totally devoid of flavor up front. This fades into a honey/malty sweetness. once again, not much like an esb in my eyes.

M: Light and effervescent at first. Once the honey flavor kicks in it coats the mouth with a small corresponding increase in body.

D: Drinkable, yes, but to call this an esb? wtf? This is a terrible example of the style and even if one takes it at face value, it's still a mediocre, overly sweet beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2008 22:53:46 | More by Pamola
Photo of kimcgolf


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

Nothing much to this beer. Poured to a hazy copper-amber color with little head or lacing. Aroma tried to be a mix of malty fruit and hops, but was very faint. Mouthfeel a bit bland for this fairly thin-bodied beer, little noticeable taste, and just a so-so finish.

While there was nothing to actually dislike about this beer, there was nothing much that stuck out either, and it has a lot of growing up to do to become a bitter.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2008 17:25:47 | More by kimcgolf
Photo of Squelch

United Kingdom (England)

2.1/5  rDev -36%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: Very Hazy brown colored. Small head. Does not look appetizing.

Smell: No noticable aromas hopwise or maltwise present in the nose of this beer.

Taste: Bad. Very stale. Overuse of crystal malts give way too much raisony sweetness with no hop balance. Slight puckering astringency.

Mouthfeel: astringent. Puckering. Medium to medium light bodied. Low carbination. Best part of this beer.

Drinkability: Really does not suit my tastes. I may have a bad beer here because this is not good.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2008 02:55:24 | More by Squelch
Photo of Blakaeris


2.93/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours clear light copper. Head is a white fluffy mass.

Aroma is malty and metallic. Bready caramel, with hints of citrus hop.

Taste is grainy caramel malt. Plenty of biscuit. Light fruit, notably apple. Earthy hops bring a spicy bitterness to the finish. Overall flavor is balanced, but there is a dissonant sour metallic quality that is throwing the flavor off for me.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

Pretty average. I wouldn't purposefully get this again. Flavor is not unified resulting in an unimpressive beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2008 23:45:13 | More by Blakaeris
Photo of wheatyweiss


3.88/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a semi-cloudy light amber with a one finger head.

Aroma is of sweet malt and candied yams. Very sweet aroma with a hint of citrus and grass.

Flavor is bright malts with a nice bready undertone. There is a citrus flavor there that sneaks through. The hops are citrus and grassy, quite an earthy flavor. There is a strange mustiness present, like mildew almost, probably the yeast strain. The flavor of cut grass is very apparent.

Mouthfeel is quite dry and there is a decent chew to the mouthfeel, not bad.

Unusual flavors for an ESB, but a refreshing beer nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2008 20:57:37 | More by wheatyweiss
Photo of bashiba


2.38/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer starts out almost perfect, dark clear amber with a big off white head, and nice retention with very good lacing.

The smell is almost nothing, just a very mild bit of bready malt.

The flavor is bland, some mild grain and toasted malts with a hint of minty hops. With kind a strange musty basement taste that lingers long after the hops.

Mouthfeel is light with a dry, yet cloying finish

Another dud from Lakefront, I will be steering clear of this down the road.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2008 01:22:34 | More by bashiba
Organic ESB from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
75 out of 100 based on 341 ratings.