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Organic ESB - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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328 Ratings

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Ratings: 328
Reviews: 223
rAvg: 3.28
pDev: 15.85%

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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Photo of battlekow


3.83/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm having an ESB contest, featuring this, Arcadia Lake Superior ESB, Great Divide HotShot ESB, Greak Lakes Moondog Ale, and the famous Redhook ESB.

Appearance: All appear similar, the Organic being a fairly clear, dark gold color, minimal head, and little lacing.

Smell: Much better than the Redhook, this smells pleasantly of floral, perfumy hops, with a little malt thrown in.

Taste: Malty upfront with a little hop presence to give it a slightly bitter finish. Hops aren't nearly as present as they are in the nose.

Mouthfeel: Nice and thick, feels good.

Drinkability: I'm captivated by this beer's aroma--it must be similar to some perfume my mom wore when I was a baby, because I'm irresistably drawn to it. Other than that, the beer is good, but unexceptional.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2005 05:47:45 | More by battlekow
Photo of Skidz


3.8/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out golden yellow and sits golden amber in the glass with a small off white head.

Smells of malts and an assertive hop background. Hopping is mildly citric with note of nuttiness.

Flavor pulls from malts to a nutty and leafy tasting base of hops. A nice balance, but the hops definately dominate, very pleasing at that. No off-flavors, and the Perles definately come through very well. Finish is well bittered.

Mouthfeel is clean, creamy and smooth with easy carbonation. Melts in your mouth, but holds it's body. Very pleasing.

It's a very nice break from the usual beers and might be a good way to introduce a person into the world of IPAs and hoppier beers. Tolerable and easily enjoyed.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2004 03:53:17 | More by Skidz
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 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 ClearDog


3.78/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance -- Amber with a nice foamy head

Smell -- Smells of fresh straw

Taste -- Light and clean tasting. Just a tinge of bitterness. Very light overall. This is a beer both beer snobs and the common macro drinker will enjoy.

Mouthfeel -- Very light

Drinkability -- Very drinkable. One could easily throw back a few on a pleasant Friday summer evening after work while sitting on the porch. This is the second six-pack I've purchased. The first pack I tried was excellent. This time around the beer tastes more common like a Miller High Life. It could be that I've been spoiled by drinking a lot of IPA's and Imperial IPA's though. Still a great beer. I would recommend this beer to someone who is looking to move up from macro beers to the finer micros.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2005 04:38:10 | More by ClearDog
Photo of PhageLab


3.78/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Cloudy orange coloration, perfect two tip head that stuck around a while, although it is murky, you can still detect floating bits of sediment, and the lacing was spotted.

S - Nice bitter aroma, not a lot going on, but what's present is pleasant.

T - Rich malty malty body with a fresh, bitter backing. Hints of ginger can be detected and while the profile is considerably bready, it finishes clean.

M - Light bodied, decent carbonation level, slightly gritty feel.

D - Very good, I could enjoy several of these and be quite content. Very nicely balanced ESB. Definitely worth a try if you see it.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2008 17:03:59 | More by PhageLab
Photo of Goliath


3.78/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light brown/amber color with a one inch off white head. Decent retention and some spotty lacing.

The aroma is very pleasant. Some sweet malts, caramel dominates. A very light hoppiness adding a subdued citrus component.

Taste is decent and quite interesting. Some nice caramel malt, and again a bit of citrus. Somewhat sweet with minimal bitterness. Very reminiscient of iced tea. I kind of dig it actually.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with ample carbonation leaving a nice tingle.

Drinkability is fairly high. Flavors are decent and the low alcohol makes this brew pretty sessionable. Not a bad choice, although probably not the best example stylewise.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2008 19:42:18 | More by Goliath
Photo of CaptainIPA


3.78/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a caramel copper color with a one-finger, off-white head that fades to a rimming of lace that sticks to the side of the glass.

Aromas of caramel malt, brown sugar and hops.

Toasted caramel malt sweetness melds with a moderate hop presence. Suggestions of yeast and biscuit surface. Subtle snap of ginger. Finishes crisp and smooth. Light to medium bodied with a mild carbonation.

Organic ESB is well balanced and drinkable, but somewhat lacking in character. Cheers to the fact that it's organic. So drink up.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 04:57:05 | More by CaptainIPA
Photo of Lemke10


3.78/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I bought a Lakefront 8-pack variety from Woodman's in Janesville, WI for about $11 in Fall 2010.

I don't know if this beer is worthy of the title E.S.B. but at least it's decent. It pours a cloudy dark amber color with a slight scent of wheat. Has a good strong wheat flavor with a slight bitter finish to it. Drinks rather smooth and is quite different from the taste of many other of Lakefront's beers.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2011 21:45:47 | More by Lemke10
Photo of zerk


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

Pours a clear light copper. Has a head that stays at around 1/4 inch, and leaves patches of lace on the glass. Aroma is pretty mild, with some grass and bread notes. Flavor is very nicely balanced, with a touch of sweetness, some bread-like flavors, a pleasant earthy bitterness, and a hint of alcohol. Mouthfeel is on the thin side, with low carbonation. This is very subtle for an ESB, but makes for a very easy drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2003 14:06:17 | More by zerk
Photo of karengarys


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

Hmm, a bitter. Lakefront? I've liked their brown, l'll give it a try.

Pours rich amber, but the bubbles are big like pop and there is no real head. Not the most charicteristic beer to look at. it doesn't look BAD, just not very interesting.

Smells very beer like. The bitterness is apparent, it is some sort of floral like bitter. There is a slight offsetting balance of malt and alcohol, but the bitterness rules.

The taste, as you would expect, nails you in the mouth with hops. A bit dry, but mostly pine like. Alcohol flavor is present too in this somewhat syrupy brew. I thought it would be lighter, but this seems a bit thick. I don't know bitters that well, though, so take that for what it is worth.

Mouthfeel is just average, not rich and creamy, not flat, not soda pop, just passing as a "this is a beer" mouthfeel.

It has a strangely syrupy sweet finish which is quickly upset with a bitter pine hop whallop which, unfortunately, sits around and lingers a while.

This is a decent beer worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2005 20:53:16 | More by karengarys
Photo of biergeniesser


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
Photo of ViveLaChouffe


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

It pours a deep amber with a thinnish, but persistent ivory head. Plenty of fine lacing. Smells quite biscuity from the malt, thin herbal bitterness but an overall sweetish aroma.

Taste is much like the aroma. A very British style ESB, lots of biscuity malt and a present but understated herbal hops presence. Finished very, very clean. Mouth is a bit on the thin side. If I had to pin this beer down to one style I would probably say it's just a bitter instead of an Extra Special Bitter.

It's not bad at all but could bring a little more as far as flavor. Good session beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2008 03:27:30 | More by ViveLaChouffe
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 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 beerwolf77


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

Poured into my pint glass the beer is partly cloudy golden orange. Full off white three finger head. Huge globs of lace left all around the glass.

The aroma is lightly hopped. Tart apple cider seems to be the closest I can compare this to.

The flavor seems to hit the mark. Some initial sourness gives way to a smooth malt finish. If an ESB is supposed to be balalnced this is well done.

Medium to light body. Moderate carbonation.

Overall a nice beer from Lakefront. It took me long enough to finally review this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2010 01:45:38 | More by beerwolf77
Photo of airforbes1

New York

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

Pours an orange color with some cloudiness at the bottom of the glass. Fair head retention. The aroma is modest; I don't get much besides grains and maybe some grape.

The taste is simple, with some grape and butteriness. It's a straightforward ale, but it's pleasant. Maybe a bit thin, but I'm enjoying it.

Unlike most reviewers, I thought this beer is a good example of the style and favors well when compared to Fuller's E.S.B. I'd seek this out again if I wanted a smooth, highly drinkable ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2011 03:40:08 | More by airforbes1
Photo of MadScientist

New York

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

A: This is a somewhat hazy medium amber having a thin, persistent and creamy, light tan head.

S: Mild fruity esters of apricot and orange with a mild floral hops and a biscuity malt aroma.

T: The flavor is mostly a mix of fruity easter, a caramel and biscuity malt flavor with a moderate hops bitterness taking over at the end. The balance is mostly towards the bitter. The finish is dry with a malt aftertaste.

M: A crisp, medium-light bodied with a moderately-low level of carbonation.

O: This is a nicely balanced ESB with a a bit of fruitienss and a nice malt flavor. A little cloudy for an ESB it lost a bit on appearance.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2012 23:33:07 | More by MadScientist
Photo of granger10


3.73/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mohagany colored with a medium, fizzy egg foam head. Smell is yeasty with notes of yeast phenols and a bready aroma. Solid fruit precense and some butterscotch sweetness. Flavor is similar but less yeast driven. A bit of minty flavors in there and even a touch of dark fruit. But its more of a light fruit complexity beer. Bready base. Floral hop notes at the top zip in. Finish is my only real problem as it gets metallic. Body is smooth and slick. Medium in feel, not heavy at all. Flavors aren't heavy either. Almost too little really. Although the yeast gives medium weight, the flavors don't quite hold their own. A bit more malts and hops, the same proportion already used, and this could be really good. For now, its decent to solid.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2006 01:52:38 | More by granger10
Photo of blackearth


3.73/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased from Trader Joes. Pours a deep copper body with a thick, frothy off-white head. Aroma is sweet caramel. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Flavors of sweet toffee upfront with some malt spiciness leads to a low bitterness at mid tongue followed by sweetness again in the finish. Drinkability is very good, but I'll like to see more hop aroma and flavor from this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2009 21:28:01 | More by blackearth
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2010 18:51:22 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of flyingspatula


3.73/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The yeasty smell hit my nose as soon as I opened the bottle, and I liked it. This beer has a nice amber/brown (more brown) appearance with a two finger head, and lovely bubbles. I haven't had that many ESBs before (not sure why) but it has a nice rounded taste, some malty sweetness, but also a biscuity/bready tatse with hints of fruit (but not fruity). I would drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 00:11:41 | More by flyingspatula
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2012 02:47:37 | More by barnzy78
Photo of GRPunk


3.7/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle with a bottled on date of June Wk 2 poured into a pint glass.

A- 1/2 finger off-white head that quickly drops to a light lace that leaves some light sticking. Fairly rich amber body with lots of carbonaion.

S- There was a strong initial aroma that was really interesting. It somehow had a grapejuice scent to it. On further inspection, I could pull out some caramel malts and floral hops peaking through.

T- A little weak. What is there, was a decent mix of caramel malt and earthy hops. Initially it was stronger on the hop side than malt. The malts come through stronger as the beer warmed.

M- It had a light-medium feel that's a little heavy handed on the carbonation.

D- It's a pretty easy drinker and a refreshing beer. I could see putting them back during the heart of summer.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2008 02:11:55 | More by GRPunk
Photo of brewmudgeon


3.7/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

lakefront organic esb
3.5 somewhat murky copper iced tea color. short head sprints to a cap. good sign for a lakefront beer, at least.
4 ok, well, this smells like ... a pina colada! tok a bit to place, but now it's quite clear. grateful it doesn't smell like their pilsner or dark lager.. this is pineapple, coconut, and freakin rum. not expected, but not bad.
3.5 on tasting, this is clearly in the same general vein as their cattale ale. but sweeter and with hints of toffee and caramel. lemony finish. not spectacular or very interesting, but not bad.
3.5 a bit watery, yet the co2 adds a nice creaminess.
3.5-4 one of the best lakefront beers i've had so far, though that's not saying all that much really.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2009 01:39:29 | More by brewmudgeon
Organic ESB from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
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