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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:
No notes at this time.

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Photo of JMBSH


3.13/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2007 23:41:35 | More by JMBSH
Photo of cdkrenz


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

$9.99 / 8 Pack
Variety Pack
Dan's Liquor
Plover, Wisconsin

Appearance - Deep auburn color, almost a dark burnt orange. The head stood about 1/4 inch, tops, for only a few seconds. The head gave way to wisps of white on the surface of the ESB.

Smell - It gives off a malt and caramel scent and once taken from my nose the hops follows through. I can almost smell it in the back of my throat. I can barely wait to take a sip.

Taste - Carmel moves very smooth to a hop flavor. The hops start out ever so slightly and slowing increase in intensity. However, it never overwhelms the brew. This is an intriguing taste that I'd imagine to some time to perfect.

Mouthfeel - Smooth beer that goes down easy. The taste is notices in a variety of locations on my tongue.

~ Like my last Lakefront Brew review, I'd really like to give this a try from the tap because I have to believe the bottle might be taking something away. The craft of this beer seems to be so well thought that I look forward to another chance at a trial.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2007 22:50:38 | More by cdkrenz
Photo of roller


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

Pours a cloudy burnt orange with a thick, frothy head that breaks down into nice lacing-- looks very carbonated. Smells like orange rind; slightly soapy. When tasted, my first thought was "sub-par homebrew." Taste is bitter citrus with some caramel malt and nothing spectacular. Lots of hops. Medium bodied and is, indeed, very carbonated. Not a terrible beer, but not something I'd pick up again.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2007 01:00:38 | More by roller
Photo of shadow1961


3.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Lakefront ESB pours a finger of rocky head over a cloudy
peach colored brew. Carbonation is not active at all, and the
nose is ale yeast, malt and herbal hop. The flavor is mellow
English malt with that herbal hop, with a more grassy hop
finish. The mouthfeel is round yet crisp due to that hop sharp-
ness, which while all present, is never overpowering. Balanced
and pleasant if you like your brown ales a little hoppier. USD
certified organic, it you're keeping score.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2007 10:02:43 | More by shadow1961
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2007 11:46:04 | More by tgbljb
Photo of smcolw


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
Photo of guinness33

New Jersey

2.98/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pretty good looking, slightly hazed brownish copper colour with an off-white head that is quick to dissolve and leaves nary a mark on the glass.

The aroma has a buttery earthy malt feel to it with some caramel notes and, well, that's about it. Very tame, faint and average.

Flavour is more of the same: butterscotch, somewhat earthy malt and a touch of caramel. Each sip is sweet at the front and middle and finishes a bit rugged. Flavours are just as bland as the aroma. Mouthfeel is light bodied and just not smooth enough for an ESB. A bit overcarbonated to me.

This one isn't really bad in any aspects, but it is straight on average everywhere. Boring and fairly uninspired. I'd skip it for a livelier more flavourful ESB.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2007 03:04:02 | More by guinness33
Photo of hammer09


4.08/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear, amber-brown with moderate head development that dissapeared a little too quickly. Smell exhibits a mild hop aroma and is somewhat malty; a nicely balanced aroma between hops and malt. Taste is malty at the front with a clean, bitter finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and refreshing with adequate levels of carbonation. Overall, this is a good example of a session-quality ESB; very easy to drink and very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2007 11:33:16 | More by hammer09
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2.68/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Organic ESB pours a light copper color with an off white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is slightly malty, not much else in the nose. Flavor is all over the place, starts off sour, then a bit of butter, then a bit bitter. I'd skip this one, there's better beer to be had out there.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2007 00:44:19 | More by Drew966
Photo of Georgiabeer


2.9/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Ho-hum. Not unpleasant, but a truly forgettable beer. Pours copper with no head or lacing. The smell is very light with only a slight metallic note and a touch of dry malt. Bland taste with the faaintest tracee of malt aand hop flavors, but clean. Mouthfeel is okay, could be crisper or have more body. Boring, I finished the one I had, but no reason to go back for more. I know its a relatively light style, but there needs to be something else here. Drink a Fuller's instead.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2007 14:54:33 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of ElGordo


3.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orange-golden color with a faint white head that disappears almost immediately. Aroma of lightly sweet, biscuity malt, with some mildly fruity hops blending in. Palate is again mildly sweet, with notes of biscuit and light, almost tropical fruit. Body is smooth and just a tad creamy. An easy-drinking ale, but nothing spectacular.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2007 07:03:18 | More by ElGordo
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3.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle

Pours a medium orange-amber with a mild eggshell head that recedes. Minor lacing on the glass.

Aroma has a bunch of herbal hops with a mild caramel malty backbone. Smells too hoppy for an ESB - but still a pleasant aroma.

Herbal hop flavor upfront that lets up a bit for some caramel malt flavors to come through. Medium bitternessas it finishes rather dry with a lingering hop flavor. Hops are too aggressive for the style.

Medium-light body, good carbonation.

Ok, so this is a pleasant tasting brew, but my smell and taste scores reflect how well it fits the style and not how much I enjoyed it. It's a fairly tasty brew, but the hop flavor and bitterness blow this thing out of the ESB category. Really, it should be called an American amber because that's what it looks and tastes like. Give it a try, but don't expect to drink an ESB.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2007 03:44:20 | More by MaltyGoodness
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2.53/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle. Place for best before date on the label, but it’s not marked.

Deep copper with a 1 finger tan head. Zero retention or lace.

Aroma is light caramel malt and dirty water.

Flavor is slightly piney, with a touch of caramel on the finish.


Serving type: bottle

04-18-2007 06:27:03 | More by Padron4KM
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New York

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

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Colorful label is notched bottled during the first week of July.

Appearance: A hazy dark brown and copper color with hints of yellow coming through with some light shed on it. This is pretty cold, so I imagine that's one of the reasons why the head dissipates quickly, but alas.

Smell: Initial aromas of grapes, raisins, caramel malt, light bitter chocolate, buttered biscuits, bread crust, vanilla, and other fruits are present, though I don't get much in the way of citrus or hops. Still, quite pleasant and not what I was expecting.

Taste: More malt and fruit is present than anything else, with the vinous characteristics also present, along with some hints of sweetness from chocolate, vanilla, and also the tropical fruit. Not much of a hop presence, and because of that it's probably a bit sweeter than it should be, but I find it welcoming and that provides a long finish. Maybe not the most representative beers of what one would deem a true ESB, but this is not what I was expecting, which is always a plus if I still enjoy the brew.

Mouthfeel: Moderately carbonoted and seemingly a bit thicker than most ESBs, but that doesn't detract from the flavors and actually I think helps with the long finish and the ability for many to make their impact there.

Drinkability: Though the sweetness does maybe make this less than a highly anticipated session beer, I enjoyed the experience, and this is quite different from a lot of ESBs I've had. If you can find a bottle, try it, but you may want to hold back on more than that.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2007 21:28:55 | More by asabreed
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3.05/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours from a 12 oz. bottle into my pint glass a hazy copper with a thin, but well-lived foamy white head.

Aroma is mild, but dominated by roasted and bready malts. Very slight spicy and grassy hoppiness in the background.

Slightly sweet. Mostly fruit tones (peach, grape). Light roasted grains and just a touch of caramel. Not much else to it...

Crisp and sharp mouthfeel, but not particularly smooth. Drinkable in a pinch, but overall pretty poorly balanced and bland, not typically what I look for in an ESB. For a fan of the style, definitely not thrilled...

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2007 00:42:56 | More by Phocion
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4.05/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a slightly hazy orangish-red color with a minimal head. Smell is a nice balance of hops and amber malt. Taste is very well balanced, an initial sweet maltyness followed by a dry, hoppy (slight citrus) finish. Excellent. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, but it goes down light and has little carbonation. A definite winner, drinkable for sure. I suppose if you were on some organic kick this beer would definitely be worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2007 02:21:36 | More by gmfessen
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2.7/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz - Poured a medium amber, very still, with a thin head. Fruity aroma. Warming aspect to this surprisingly full-flavored brew -- nice caramel basis, not nearly as hoppy as I like my ESBs, this comes off more like an American amber ale. ONly a slight orchard-like bite in this one. (#2641 - 1/7/07)

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2007 02:24:01 | More by Braudog
Photo of TexIndy


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

Poured from a 12oz bottle with a bottled date on the side of the front label. Poured an orangish amber with a small head that quickly went away. In fairness, the bottled on date was 1st week of June and this is last week of December so review might be hurt by the age. The mouthfeel was pretty standard. The aroma was biscuity malt with some sweetness but was pretty weak overall. The taste was just average and not leading me to want to seek out another. Mildly recommend. (3, RB, Tie, O)

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2006 00:52:20 | More by TexIndy
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2.8/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dull amber in color, with notable chill haze. Creamy off white head settles rather quickly, leaving a ring of lace. Semi-sour, malt-driven nose. Malty and yeasty on the first sip – there’s something to be said for a “proprietary character” which is evident in many of Lakefront’s brews, and I don’t know if it’s a matter of compromised yeast strains, or the fact that they use a lot of the same malts in all of their brews, but the same character is present in both their ales and their lagers. It’s a sour, tangy, tinny, yeasty quality. The organic ESB has always struck me as the single best idea this brewery has come up with: a means to serve and cater to a very vocal and increasingly powerful segment of the consumer marketplace, that being the Organic Consumer. A fresh bottle of Lakefront’s Organic ESB beats the pants off the fresh tap of Stone Mill Pale Ale I had recently, and is about as close to style-specific as you can get, organic grains and hops notwithstanding. But this bottle is off: the sour, tinny, tangy yeasty quality I noted above is present here to an almost overwhelming degree. Sure there’s some malt sweetness here, and even a notable degree of hop bitterness, but what is this funky tangy weirdness? It can’t be a water quality issue – can treated Lake Michigan water produce such a quality? Someday I’ll take their brewery tour again (which is a great tour) and try this stuff fresh from the brewery versus a fresh bottle (hey, a guy can dream, right?) At any rate I will re-rate this again in the future after securing a fresher bottle, but even as it stands it's a better organic ale than the A.B.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2006 20:19:54 | More by Chaz
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3.75/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This 12 oz bottle of Lakefront Organic ESB poured amber-brown with a thin, fizzy white head that dissipated instantly.

The aroma was dominated by malt characters. Toasty and biscuity malt notes were most evident.

As with the aroma, the flavor of this beer was dominated by malt characteristics. A pleasant, round, toasty biscuit malt character was dominant with some earthier malt tones in the background. As for the hops, Lakefront Organic ESB has a mild to moderate hop bitterness with a subtly pleasant kettle hop flavor.

Medium bodied with a nice mouthfeel and low to moderate carbonation.

What a nice beer! Well balanced… though slightly better suited for the malt lover than the hop head. This ESB could be a good session beer as well.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2006 01:24:45 | More by biergeniesser
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3.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle dated Nov. 19, 2006 poured into tall weizen glass

Appearance: coppery colored with 1" pillowy head after vigorous pour, recedes to leave slight lacing on glass with little head.

Smell: slightly sweet aroma, grains and nuts.

Taste: sweet on the tongue immediately followed by slight bitterness, but not quite enough for me. Mild alcohol and nutty characteristics.

Mouthfeel: easy drinking "session" beer, just not enough depth
as what I expect of most ESBs.

Drinkability: let this one warm up a bit to obtain any subtle flavors.
Could drink several of these, just don't know that I'd want to with
so many other great esb out there.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2006 19:54:53 | More by Procrastinator
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3/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a clean pint glass.

Pours a clear amber hue with about a 3/4 inch white head that quickly shrinks down to almost nothing and slightly clings to the sides of the glass. Almost no carbination to be seen in this beverage.

A slight scent of hops, almost nothing to be honest.

A slight bitter taste, smooth with only a slight bitter aftertaste and airy sense of alcohol.

This beer is very drinkable, not really for anything spectacular but because it is plain jane.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2006 07:22:48 | More by Rennpferd
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3.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was my first of the Lakefront beers. I haven't seen them sold around Washington, DC much before, so I'd thought I'd give this one a try. A pleasant discovery to say the least. Pours a nice golden amber color with a 1.5 finger head. Not much lace left down the glass, but a thin film of head stayed with with me a while longer than expected. Nice citrusy aroma with distinct notes of orange, lemon and tangerine. Taste was light, but malty. Not so much what I'd call an ESB, but definitely not bad. The bitterness kicks in on the back of the tongue after you've already swallowed. Sturdy mouthfeel. Overall, a solid session brew. I'm not so sure it deserves to be called an ESB, but it's a nice beer nevertheless. One of the "certified organic" beers out there, like Bison, or Wolaver's (which does an excellent Oatmeal Stout, by the way).

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2006 23:40:00 | More by Atlas1
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Rhode Island

3.03/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An orange/amber beer with a slight haze. Has a big foamy off white head. There is a light sweet cereal grain character to the aroma with a hint of caramel in the background. The sweetness carries thru to the taste where the caramel note is more pronounced. With just a light sting of bitterness on the outer edges of your tongue. The finish is both sweet and dry. With a light tea like note in the background.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2006 23:58:25 | More by ybnorml
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2.78/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Amber color, with a weak one finger white head. The aroma is of spicy hops and citrus, very zesty.

The flavor just seems off--all I taste is fruit and yeast, with a little burst of hops, and then an unpleasnt slightly phenolic finish. It just seems out of balance. It doesn't taste like the other ESBs that I have had either.

The mouth begins brightly, then just dies on the palate, lacking sufficient carbonation I think, and then finishes with the aformentioned aftertaste. Thus, the drinkablility is pretty low.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2006 15:38:03 | More by Osiris9588
Organic ESB from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
75 out of 100 based on 341 ratings.