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Organic ESB - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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Organic ESBOrganic ESB

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364 Ratings

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Ratings: 364
Reviews: 228
rAvg: 3.28
pDev: 15.55%
Wants: 2
Gots: 9 | 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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Photo of dacrza1
3.23/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

DATE TASTED: November 22, 2013... GLASSWARE: Howard's Pub pint... OCCASION: Shark Tank Friday... APPEARANCE: another handsome ale from Lakefront--a dark copper body with a slow,, steady carbonation; milky, thick head again, formidable lacing... AROMA: nice buttery, toffee fragrance floats easily through the nostrils; pleasant malts and sugars balance reasonably... PALATE: strong backbone belies the alluring scent; medium-bodied and a bit stronger than the average ESB, I would suspect...TASTE: impactful at the teeth--some fruit suggestions and malt that stacks itself rather earnestly--a rather thin profile, overall...OVERALL: I prefer my ESBs light, buttery, nutty and drinkable; Lakefront's edition offers little engagement in these areas, coming on a bit too strong for my expectations...

Photo of cjgator3
3.23/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of biboergosum
3.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, number 2 in the Milwaukee mix pack. Is that cow leaping or flying?

This beer pours a mostly clear medium amber colour, with one fat finger of foamy pale beige head, which leaves some low-reaching, random spiky lace around the glass as it settles. It smells of crackery cereal malt, confectioners' sugar, and mild floral, leafy hops. The taste is plain bready malt, a bit of grape character - leaf and fruit, and green, earthy hops. The carbonation is quite sedate, the body medium weight, and innocuously smooth. It finishes off-dry, the bready malt seeing only a light floral hops counterbalance.

While rather easy to put back, on the ESB scale, this offering is quite lacking. Not crisp, not really bitter, not biscuity. Ergo, not a proper ESB. Drink this while not thinking too hard.

Photo of sleazo
3.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A_Pours medium clear brown with a very dense head. The staying power is extraordinary.

S_Not too strong smelling but pleasant enough. Mild maltiness with a bit of generic hop bitterness.

T_Stronger on the malt than on the hops. There is a nice bitterness in the follow through but this more geared towards the caramel malt which meets the tongue upon first sip.

M_On the lighter side for the style but the nice head keeps this nice to drink.

D_Decent but not great ESB.

Photo of scluffman
3.2/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Orangey/amber in color with a thin lightly tan head. Citrusy fruit aromas with some caramel malt and a surprisingly low amount of hopiness. Seems to have a better balance of fruit, malt and hops on the palate than the nose. A definite touch of sweetness. A bit thin in the mouthfeel. Loses some points on drinkability due to a slightly cloying finish.

Overall an okay beer, but a bit disappointed after hearing so many other beer drinkers talk it up. Out of the ESBs I've tried to date this was just not doing it for me.

Photo of treehugger02010
3.2/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I got the Lakefront Variety Pack at Bryn Mawr Beverage in Bryn Mawr, Pa and poured it into a pint glass.
Appearance: Transparent, amber body with a huge white head, good retention and lots of lace.
Smell: Slight spicy hop, solid nonroasted backbone.
Taste: A bit watered down, maybe continental hops.
Mouthfeel: Rigid.
Drinkability: Decent.
Don't drink and review.

Photo of TheSarge
3.19/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Great appearance. Two finger thick off white head that sticks around for good retention. Body is dark copper colored and is cleanly filtered.

The aroma is mostly herbal and metallic in character.

Malty and caramel upfront. There is a slight hint of lemony hops.

Good carbonation and moist to the palate. This is a decent beer but I don't get this as an ESB. I'm not getting the leathery feel with lemony tea flavors.

Photo of number1bum
3.19/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Part of NEPA BC split #16.

Pours an orange amber color, slight chill haze with about two fingers of creamy beige head. Head retains well and leaves rings all the way down the glass.

Smell is slightly fruity, in a funky way though, and has a buttery diacetyl like aroma. Bit of caramel/toffee, too, and maybe a hint of toasted malt.

Taste starts off with a funky sort of fruity flavor, then gives way to some toffee/buttery flavor and finally some toasted grain and a dash of hop bitterness. It's better than the nose and the buttery toffee flavor saves it and is actually pretty pleasant.

Mouthfeel is pretty thin but smooth and adequately carbonated.

This is not a terribly good ESB, although I do like the attempt to do it organic. It did start to wear on me, but the initial funky fruity flavor held it back a bit. The combination of the funky fruit character and the buttery diacetyl pretty much kill the nose for me, as well. A decent beer, but still not something I'd likely revisit.

Organic ESB from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
75 out of 100 based on 364 ratings.