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Organic ESB - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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356 Ratings

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Ratings: 356
Reviews: 227
rAvg: 3.28
pDev: 15.85%
Wants: 2
Gots: 7 | 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 EPICAC
2.9/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Lakefront's Organic ESB pours a clear amber copper, and is topped by a smooth, beige head that persists as a film. The aroma is clean overall. There's a bit of breadiness and some sweeter malts, but the hoppiness is subdued to just a hint of resin. The taste was disappointing: biscuity malts, moderate sweetness throughout, and light, herbal, resiny bitterness. This beer is light-bodied, with high carbonation and a thin feel on the palate. It's pretty easy to drink, but that's because it's lacking in bitterness.

EPICAC, Mar 03, 2008
Photo of dfried
3.3/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Toffee brown color with some reddish hues, thin off white head quickly drops to a ring. Toasty biscuity aroma, burnt sugars and caramel. Some grassy, herbal hops with some citrus notes. The taste had more of the same dark sugar notes, and herbal hops with a slight musty and resinous edge. Thin, kind of cloying body.

Overall: while the flavors weren't bad at all, the thin overly sweet body made this beer not all that enjoyable. I like ESBs and the lighter sessionability of them, but this one seemed to lack "it" if you will.

dfried, Feb 12, 2008
Photo of Homerbag
3.3/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a darker copper with foamy one finger head that retains well and laces down the pint glass.

Smells biscuity and clean. No real hop character present. Taste is about the same with some nice toasty biscuit malt at center stage. Clean "milwaukee" water very prevalent. No real balance or blend to this. Feels light and clean, with low carbonation, where it should be.

There are much better ESBs out there, this is not bad for a hot day session beer, but for a ESB it's on the weak side. Worth drinking again and not feeling bad about. Just no wow factor.

Homerbag, Feb 03, 2008
Photo of WVbeergeek
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.

WVbeergeek, Jan 16, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
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.

RblWthACoz, Jan 01, 2008
Photo of Pauly2X
3.33/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Hazy deep golden color one finger head dissapated quickly.

S- Very mellow hop aroma.

T- Good balance but it lacks that "ompf" that makes me feel "extra special".

M- A little on the light side.

D- Goes doown pretty easy.

Altough quite serviceable, I wouldn't go out of my way for it.

Pauly2X, Dec 23, 2007
Photo of ttu94
2.55/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Well the best thing about this beer is how it looks, so look long. A nice copper color with an ok head that fades quick. The nose has a very malty character with a little citrus maybe?? They lose me totally on the taste. An initial malt flavor followed imediatly by a sour taste that really is not all that pleasant. I'll send the rest of this beer to Hotterthanhell. Kudos for the organic angle though.

ttu94, Dec 20, 2007
Photo of jeffmonarch
2.9/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Nice clear copper color with a light tan head that disappears quickly.

S - Slightly sweet. Not much else.

T - Light flavor with a malt taste. Some caramel. Light cirtus flavor.

M - Good carbonation. Light flavor. Really light flavor.

D - It's ok. I got it in a variety 8 pack and it's one of the better from lakefront in the pack but nothing special.

jeffmonarch, Dec 18, 2007
Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.33/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Originally reviewed June 8 2007. 12 Oz Bottle. Poured a ruddied hickory brown, with a rim of off-white. Aroma was a whiff of sea salted grain sugars and light tannic hop character. Mellow. Flavor was a nice middle ground, with clean fresh earth, bright malt character and suave drinkability founded in a crisp lemony hop presentation. Noble and fresh. I’m actually rather enthused by the quality of this particular example. Nothing stellar, but good ester formation, nice bright salty touches and a fresh presentation. Underrated in my book. Paired nicely with a Turkey Burger.

CharlesDarwin, Dec 15, 2007
Photo of praufs01
2.88/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance –Hazy rusty water look with a frothy off-white head and light lacing.

Aroma – Very light bready malt smell.

Palate – Lively carbonation.

Flavor –Tea like flavor with a slight citrus tang and a dry finish.

Final thoughts – Clean and refreshing brew. Its good but not special.

praufs01, Nov 22, 2007
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 Halcyondays
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.

Halcyondays, Oct 20, 2007
Photo of GPHarris
1.93/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

a - poured a one finger thick tan head into my sam adams glass. left a little ring and some sheet but not for long. the body was a light brown color.
s - i'm getting nothing, i mean nothing.
t - a tart hop bite, almost like sour fruits.
m - thin.
d - not good, i don't know if this is in fact a bad beer or not fresh. probably the latter.

GPHarris, Sep 27, 2007
Photo of Bonhoeffer
2.83/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

WTF is going on here? Thin and watery. A hint of tartness that has no place whatsoever in an ESB. Hops are hiding, and the malt is weak. Nothing extra, special, nor strong about this one. Lakefront just hit Bham with about 10 different beers. Maybe they should focus less on quantity and worry more about quality. I bought singles of a bunch of different ones; we'll see how the others hold up.

Bonhoeffer, Sep 14, 2007
Photo of botham
3.43/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic. pours a rich deep amber color with a razor thin head that doesn't last for long. the brew is crystal clear.

smell is sweet, with a fruity character and no hop aroma. fruit notesw include a decent presense of grapes, giving the brew a light vinous character, with some apricot mixed in. biscuit malts are present, providing the base to the aroma.

taste is sweet and fruity up front, with an acerbic taste and a mild finish. the fruit character takes a front seat, leaving the hops to the aftertaste. peculiar, and unlike any other ESB.

mouthfeel is medium-bodied, with a creamy and smooth texture. no alcohol is present, and a light carbonation gives it a mild bite.

drinkability is good, though this is a rather sweet brew. overall, this brew is nothing to get excited about. the hippies will love that it is organic, but there is little else to credit this brew with.

botham, Sep 07, 2007
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.

JMBSH, Aug 22, 2007
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.

cdkrenz, Aug 18, 2007
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.

roller, Aug 18, 2007
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.

shadow1961, Aug 17, 2007
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
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.

smcolw, Jul 22, 2007
Photo of SixpointJMH
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.

SixpointJMH, Jun 24, 2007
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.

hammer09, Jun 15, 2007
Photo of Drew966
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.

Drew966, Jun 05, 2007
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.

Georgiabeer, May 31, 2007
Organic ESB from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
75 out of 100 based on 356 ratings.