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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 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.

Goliath, Sep 10, 2008
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.

CaptainIPA, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of MadScientist
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.

MadScientist, Oct 03, 2012
Photo of mjstacker
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

mjstacker, Sep 09, 2013
Photo of LoraxLager
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

LoraxLager, Jun 15, 2012
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.

CheapHysterics, Apr 15, 2009
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.

biergeniesser, Dec 12, 2006
Photo of mgobrew
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

mgobrew, May 23, 2014
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.

beerwolf77, Feb 21, 2010
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.

karengarys, Jun 05, 2005
Photo of gwiedman1
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

gwiedman1, Sep 29, 2013
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.

zerk, Mar 19, 2003
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.

bitterthebetter, Mar 16, 2009
Photo of Pacioli1445
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

Pacioli1445, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of mfl620ks
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

mfl620ks, Sep 12, 2014
Photo of Durandal_777
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

Durandal_777, May 19, 2014
Photo of Punisher
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

Punisher, Jul 17, 2013
Photo of airforbes1
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.

airforbes1, Sep 12, 2011
Photo of afsdan
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

afsdan, May 22, 2014
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.

ViveLaChouffe, Apr 25, 2008
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.

blackearth, Nov 07, 2009
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.

DrDemento456, May 16, 2010
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.

flyingspatula, Feb 26, 2011
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.

granger10, Aug 16, 2006
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.

barnzy78, Oct 30, 2012
Organic ESB from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
75 out of 100 based on 356 ratings.