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White Beer - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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198 Ratings
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Ratings: 198
Reviews: 123
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 13.61%


Brewed by:
Lakefront Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Mitchster on 04-23-2002)
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lampkins

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +38.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Lakefront's White Beer is the flagship beer from this fine beer company in my humble opinion that hits the spot on those nasty hot summer nights.

This beer pours a great head that entices you to drink it up quick. Be patient, let the beer sit for a minute or two to soak up the whole experience. The beer smells of an orange marmalade on a fresh loaf of white bread.

The taste is exceptional and rivals, yes surpasses, some of the Eurpean Wit Beers, my bumbling deacription does not do this beer justice. It has an intensely warm mouthfeel to it, of corriandor & orange. I have been tricked into drinking a few too many of this brew too quickly. I wish they would make this beer year round and not just a summer seasonal.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2003 22:44:21 | More by lampkins
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Mitchster

Michigan

4.63/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Not really a fan of beers from Milwaukee, I was a little skeptical about this lineup until I popped the cap and got a smell. It actually IS a Wit! Hehe. Brewed in June of 2004, so a little past it's prime perhaps. I dig the label with the cool little dude holding a frothy mug. Reminds me of the style most Belgian brewers take when it comes to producing their labels. At any rate, this is an unfiltered brew made with coriander, orange peel, and unmalted wheat.

Pours out to a hazy medium orange, requiring a hefty pour to achieve a limpid white head with good retention and sparse lacing. A little darker than most in the style. The aroma is nice enough...wet and clean with the requisite coriander and an emphasis on the orange peel, which I prefer. Cleanly fermented with required phenols from the yeast strain. Lightly yeasty, not overwhelmingly so. Carbonation is mild to moderate. Mouthfeel is wonderful...somewhat watery (which I like), smooth with a little prickle and a crisp finish. The taste is an echo of the aroma. There is a distinct wheat huskiness towards the finish which gives it a cracker-like note. I didn't add all the yeast on the first pour so I swirled the bottle and added it. It really rounded out the beer, and added a nice breadiness, rounding out the huskiness and emphasizing the orange. This is one of those brews that NEEDS the yeast in the pour...don't rely on just what's in suspension...give the bottle a good swirl and make sure you get it all in. The finish is crisp with a clean aftertaste...It's sunny outside today and drinking this puts me in a summer state of mind.

A very good wit. I really liked this one despite my initial hesitancy with Milwaukee brews. This isn't a dumbed-down american wit. It would go head to head with Hoegarrden, New Belgium, and Great Lakes...it's really THAT good (but not quite up to snuff with the coveted Vuuve!). HIGHLY drinkable, I could easily put back a sixer of these sitting on the beach or patio...or anywhere! Highly recommended!

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2005 18:49:46 | More by Mitchster
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is wonderful. Beautiful malt mixed with some exquisite spicing - cinamon, orange, nutmeg and vanilla. The beer pours a hazy light golden and throws out a nice little frothy white head with great lacing effects. Taste is nice and quenching. The wheat is noticeable. The Belgian characteristics are noticeable. And the spices are noticeable. They all combine to make one tasty wit. One of the best I've had.

Serving type: on-tap

06-15-2002 19:28:58 | More by Bighuge
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cokes

Wisconsin

4.43/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have never been the biggest fan of Lakefront in the past. It is always hard as hell to find their "good" beers in my area. I never did see the Beer Line B'wine or the Big Easy Bock.

With that off my chest. Their White Beer blew my socks off. It is simply one hell of a Wit (or an American interpretation).
Pours a hazy pale golden with a head that could be mistaken for Kool-Whip. It slowly fades leaving lace down the glass.
Smell is fruity (Orange peel) and spicy (coriander).
Taste contains these traits as well. Toss in some yeasty undertones and this becomes one my personal favorites in the style.
Crisp mouthfeel upfront, then becomes smooth and creamy with a little more heft than most Wits.
This compares quite similarly and favorable with Allagash White...and surpasses it in my book.
For a brewery that doesn't specialize in Belgian-style brews (this is their only one)...this is unbelievable.
Nice Job, Lakefront...let me see some of your other good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2002 21:22:24 | More by cokes
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jjanega08

Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A= absolutely clear slightly yellow beer with a small head that falls quickly leaving a ring around the glass
S= lots of orange and coriander.
T= oh my, orange and coriander... really tastes a lot like a ginger ale though. This is my first of the style so I didn't know what to expect but I am pleased.
M= crisp and clean with high carbonation
D= high! Maybe It's just the style but I really enjoy this beer. So good for a nice fall day

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2009 05:46:55 | More by jjanega08
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iceball585

New York

4.43/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Bright yellow color, cloudy, one finger thick fluffy white head that faded to a thin cover, some bubbles rising throughout

S- Lemons, coriander, bready, yeast, slightly floral

T- Citrus, yeast, mild spices, grain, wheat, light malts, hint of hops

M- Light/medium body, medium carbonation, smooth, refreshing, fairly dry finish

D- Great summer session beer

I would recommend this one to anyone looking for a great summertime brew. Not spectacular but definitely worth mentioning.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2009 21:12:23 | More by iceball585
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.35/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into Lakefront imperial pint.
Bottled during May Wk4 (2012) notched on the label.

A - Swirled with sediment, Lakefront's White pours out a totally hazed pale yellow straw with a milky white head. The tall, well-retained pile plateaued and crept down slowly leaving little dollops of lacing on the glass for an almost picture-perfect witbier!

S - While not overpowering, coriander and orange peel really come out on the nose giving the aroma a good balance of spice and citrus to the omnipresent wheat. White pepper, grainy pale malt, and earthy huskiness add to the country-side, rustic nature of the beer. White has a crisp, refreshing, and very inviting aroma!

T - Mild honey-like sweetness seeps in through the background while grainy pale malt builds the base for soft wheat flavors and light yeast nuances. White pepper enters again, shrouded by delicate-but-zippy coriander and orange peel citrus.

M - Abundant wheat in Lakefront's White makes for a soft, voluptuous body that's riddled with tiny carbonation bubbles and a mildly tart finish. Citrus zest and spice dry out the finish as well as balancing some of the sweetness for a beautifully round beer.

O - Lakefront's White embodies the rustic and simple nature of a witbier, gently suggesting coriander spice and orange peel citrus through the pleasing wheat and pale malt body. Incredibly well-crafted and superbly drinkable though not inherently Belgian, this wit is one pleasing pale beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2013 23:12:11 | More by BeerFMAndy
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Winter

Wisconsin

4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy and light golden in appearance with a delicate fluffy white head. Aroma conisists primarily of coriander and orange peel. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and creamy. Spicy coriander is noticed upfront right away with the wheat flavor. Citrus and banana follow with a hint of vanilla in the finish. Crisp & refreshing without drying out the palate. An excellent summer beer from Lakefront!

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2003 12:13:39 | More by Winter
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freed

Oregon

4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at OBF2003, what a delight!

Rich golden hue with a thin but dense foam head. Retention was fine, but fizzed to much less throughout the drink. Wonderfully pleasant aroma mixing fruit smells, and the orchard itself. Tastes mix wild yeasts and granny smith apples, slightly bready and tart, but very light and easy in the mouth. Leaves dry and satisfying.

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2003 15:01:42 | More by freed
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

cloudy, lemony yellow color, nice little layer of snow-white foam on top, slowly shifting down to size.
Spices greet the nose immediately, very nice, delicate and ticklish, soft, yet zesty. Orange citrus notes hit next. Very nice.
Taste: again, a great, spicy spritz on the tongue, followed by light citric tones, then it's smooth and creamy. Lush malt, delcious, complex, and happily at play in the mouth. Wonderful texture, medium bodied, long, tasty finish.
Wow, this is first rate stuff, a real, honest true-as-they come wit.
The well-designed label makes me want to like the beer, and i like liking beer, and now, hurrah, here I am, liking this beer, a lot!
Currently, this has to be my pick for Beer of the Summer, 2004...have to go back and get some more!

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2004 10:32:10 | More by feloniousmonk
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jeffboo

Minnesota

4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A cloudy, golden ale with thick white head. A little darker than other Whites, but the aroma is all there. Corriander with bready yeast and cloves, very nice. It a crisp lighter bodied brew, perfect for the summer weather. Flavors of corriander and spicy yeast along with vanilla and cloves in a solid wheat/barley base that finishes lightly lemon/orange. A very good American Wit.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2003 21:39:42 | More by jeffboo
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blackearth

Minnesota

4.28/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Lakefront Brewery in Milwaukee, WI. Pours a cloudy straw color with no head. Aroma is fruity esters. Light bodied with nice carbonated bite, this beer has big wheat flavors and ends with a spicy finish. Terrific drinkability; a full-flavored summer wheat.

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2009 15:49:57 | More by blackearth
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BretSikkink

Mexico

4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Orange-gold, veery slightly hazy. This looks nothing like an unfiltered wit. The smell is correct, seaside, yeast, slight spices, citric hop punch. The taste is more of the same, and really solid. But just as the appearance looks too thin to me, the mouthfeel follows through. Very drinkable, light, sessionable beer, but it's soo close to being very good that it's frustrating. Why are almost all American witbiers too watery!?

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2007 00:57:01 | More by BretSikkink
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botham

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner. pours a clear straw color with a few fingers of white frothy head. looks great in the pilsner. head remains for a few minutes, leaving moderate lacing.

aroma is of citrus and mild hops. not much in the way of malts. overall the brew is a touch on the sweet side, but not by much. well balanced in the nose.

taste is of citrus, with some grassy hops mixed in. sweet on the palate, with notes of pale malts and lemon, with no sign of the coriander it is brewed with. overall, the flavors are well balanced and not overbearing.

aftertaste is where the coriander shows through, but only mildly. subtle grassy hops in the aftertaste as well.

mouthfeel is light to medium-bodied, with a creamy texture.

drinkability is good. the flavors here are not too bold or watered-down. good mixture of flavors and aromas, with good texture and concentration. cheers!

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2007 21:31:35 | More by botham
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jiggahertz

New Hampshire

4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Murky golden pale yellow with a two finger frothy head which quickly diminishes, little to no lacing.

S: Light hint of dough.

T: Biscuity malts dominate most of the taste. Some slight floral hoppiness and citrus in here as well.

M: Highly carbonated and light body.

D: Great drinkability as expected with the style. A hint of alcohol was detected on the first few sips.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2009 22:29:35 | More by jiggahertz
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ZAP

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another winner from Lakefront....admittedly not my favorite style but a very good interpretation...cloudy golden color..fizzy head that lingers on the glass....great aroma...wheat....citrus( I get lemon)...and some spiciness.(I guess it's the corridor but I have no idea what corridor smells or tates like)..the taste is refreshing...a real nice balance in the mouth too....decent malt but not heavy....tart, but not bitter...definitely thirst quenching...a very good Belgian White from what I can gather..

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2002 22:20:26 | More by ZAP
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TheLongBeachBum

California

4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 fluid ounce bottle, curiously labeled as a metric 355ml. The label has a very distinctive look about it. The colors immediately reminded me of the label form the Bellegems Bruin from Bockor, curiously from Belgium. Small world huh?! Listed as ‘White Beer’, no strength, but the label is nicked to show that it was brewed in May, Week 3.

Appearance: The pop of the brewery logo crown cap released a solid gun-smoke. Lovely hazy looking body, funky pale golden peach and pear mingle in the fused wheat body. Thin head, not much to write home about, but it retains at least a thin whispy covering. Some nice conditioning though.

Nose: An immense rush of strong fruits including oranges and lemons with some sharp grapefruits in the backend. Barely any trace element of malts or hops, just lots of strong fruits – this almost has an exotic aroma, maybe even tropical dare I say!

Taste: Spicy oranges, coriander, zesty lemons and unmalted wheat’s. Light bitterness. This really comes into its own once your get the acidic citric backwash from the first burp!!! Oh yeah, this is an excellent innovative example of the style!

Mouthfeel: Big amount of carbonation on the tongue. Spritzy yet with a very smooth feel and some creamy aspects in the mouth during and after the swallow.

Drinkability: Gone in 60 Seconds was filmed in Long Beach, this was the follow up, Gone in 30 Seconds. Geez, wish I had more of this one!

Overall: This is a “Top Drawer” Witbier. Highly Recommended.

Bloody Marvelous, Cheers Huge!

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2004 06:07:43 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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tjkurz

Wisconsin

4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured front bottle (dated mid-late December) into chalice deep yellow/gold clear. Slight head good lacing. Smells of grain and citrus - tastes the same with dry hop finish. Mouthfeel - much carb - good body not at all thin. Drinkability - good stuff, haven't had it in a while - kind of surprised me.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2009 00:37:21 | More by tjkurz
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AtLagerHeads

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An exceptionally nice wit that has it mostly together and misses but slightly on mouthfeel. The body is a very cloudy golden color with a nice two finger head that shrinks dwon quickly but still laces with great gusto. The head is a yellowish ivory color. Big clumps of yeast reside at the bottom of the glass as the brew finishes.

The nose is big on this beer and gives off nice scents of coriander and cloves with subtle wheat grain hints. The flavor follows with the nice sense of coriander, yeast, and cloves with very little sense of the malting.

The feel lacks crispness from the rather thin body but still finishes with a nice dry sense. Very good drinkability from the nice blend of grains and lighter ABV.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2004 04:14:08 | More by AtLagerHeads
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Wildman

Ohio

4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out a cloudy, orange straw color. It formed an amazing large white head that was like a float and left some wonderful lace. A heavy amount of carbonation. The aroma was of citrus, spice(corinander) and hops. The flavor also was of citrus, spice and hops. A great summer beer, although I had it a bit warmer than usual since I was dying to try it since it was a scorcher outside.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2002 16:30:07 | More by Wildman
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beveragecaptain

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. This beer has a hazy yellow color with a small, white head. Zesty aroma of orange, lemon, and coriander. Flavor is malt, a lot of yeast, and wheat. This beer tastes like it is very heavily spiced with pepper and coriander. Not much hop flavor. The body is full, but not at the expense of drinkability. In fact, this beer is incredibly refreshing. Delicious American version of a Wit.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2005 23:59:03 | More by beveragecaptain
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merlin48

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into a tulip glass a cloudy, canary yellow body that is topped by a small white head. Lots of carbonation is visible, and some patchy lace attaches to the glassware. Aroma is distinctly citrusy lemon, with orange peel and coriander in the background. A hint of white pepper helps the aroma be subtle, but effective. Mouthfeel is quite zesty, ideal for the light body. Lots of lemon peel dryness in the taste, accented by the orange peel and coriander. Some toasty wheat maltiness is barely noticed. A hint of funky yeast is welcome toward the finish, but the citrusy dryness reemerges for a fine finish. A very nice American brewed Wit. Very sessionable, but the brewery only makes this as a summer seasonal. A nice one it is.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2006 21:20:15 | More by merlin48
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Drew966

Florida

4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

White Beer pours a lemon yellow color with a white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. Very fruity aroma, maybe a touch of coriander very promising. Light body, interesting mix of fruits, very tropical leaning. A coriander note is present throughout, but it mixes nicely. A tasty brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2007 00:32:32 | More by Drew966
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billybob

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a cloudy yellow with a short white head that holds for a while with a decent lace that sticks to the finish. aromas of lemon and pepper and spice come through nicely. strong flavors of lemon, pepper, and coriander missing only a little more malty wheat and yeast to bring to over the top. mouthfeel ok with lots of carbonation. overall not to bad.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2009 18:21:29 | More by billybob
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Opethsprite

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Take this review with a grain of salt. I'm coming off a cold, so my palate might be a bit off. Hazy honey orange with a quickly-vanishing head. Very yeasty with orange, and something that reminds me of orange bitters...only more appealing. Hmm. Very...interesting...favor spread. Grains and yeast, Something akin to eucalyptus. Nice, mellow honey/grain finish. The flavor I'm describing as "eucalyptus" is oddly compelling, and make this a refreshing choice. This is a very solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2009 21:05:39 | More by Opethsprite
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White Beer from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
82 out of 100 based on 198 ratings.