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White Beer - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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Reviews: 130
Hads: 258
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 6
Gots: 31 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lakefront Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: Mitchster on 04-23-2002

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Reviews: 130 | Hads: 258
Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 11/7/2015. Pours hazy bright golden yellow color with a 2 finger dense and rocky white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon, orange zest, pear, apple, coriander, clove, wheat, cracker, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and pale malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, orange zest, pear, apple, coriander, clove, wheat, cracker, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light earthy herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, orange zest, pear, apple, coriander, clove, wheat, cracker, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and pale malt flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and fairly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming after the finish as expected of 4.6%. Overall this is a very good witbier. All around good balance and robustness of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and pale malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering. (1,390 characters)

Photo of RJamesJohnson
4.24/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Good, refreshing summer brew with distinct taste of clove, replacing the ubiquitous lemon, and orange notes present in usual summer beers. Interesting change of pace. The clove gives a little kick on the front end, and mellows out as you finish. (245 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.51/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a whitish/golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of lemons, spices. Taste is crisp, wheat, lemons, spice, mild and easy drinking. Feels light in the mouth and overall, while not the most flavorful witbier, it hits the spot on this hot Florida evening. (295 characters)

Photo of hopflyer
4.09/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by June 30, 2015

pale straw yellow, semi hazy. One finger head.

Smell is grassy with some yeasty undertones. Coriander for sure.

Taste is earthy, dry grass. Some light citrus fruit. Coriander is there too.

Light body, medium carb. Finishes clean.

Not a whole lot of experience with this style but it's pretty good. Surprised to see the average rating. Maybe I should try more wits if there's that many better ones out there (438 characters)

Photo of MartzMimic
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the bottle a cloudy gold with a bit of a bubbly white head. The aroma is mainly coriander with some malt graininess. Coriander, cloves and malt carry the taste, with just a touch of citrus. Medium light mouth with enough carbonation to give it some crispness. Nice enough little Belgian wit. (302 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy straw color. The head is two fingers high and white in shade. Very creamy and thick in texture, it has solid retention as well. Minor amounts of lacing stick to the glass. The haziness of this brew is quite attractive. (3.75)

Smell: Coriander is the dominant note. Luckily, it stops just short of smelling like deviled ham the way a few wheat ales can. I'm also getting notes of vanilla cream and wheat - no orange peel, though. Eh, it gets the job done. (3.25)

Taste: Initially, I pick up some creamy malt. This will give way to a slightly spicy finish, with distant hints of orange peel. It's a basic witbier, no more, no less. Still, it's balanced nicely. (3.25)

Mouthfeel: Soft at first, it dries nicely on the back end. That's pretty much exactly how a witbier should feel on the palate, so no complaints here. Well carbonated, which is also style appropriate.

Overall: This isn't much of a reviewing beer - it's more of a 'just drink it' beer. While it doesn't make me wax poetically, it's easy to drink and refreshing (exactly as a witbier should be). Hey, it's way better than something like Blue Moon! (3.5)

3.41/5: Organic? Whatever, it's pretty tasty regardless (1,231 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.66/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky golden-yellow with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Tiny dots of sediment are seen floating around in the beer after the pour. Smell is of grain, spice, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly tart peach, citrus zest, and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with an interesting peach like flavor that I wasn't expecting from this one.

Serving type: bottle. (677 characters)

Photo of cyclonece09
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a wheat beer glass. Pours slightly cloudy yellow with a small white head. Smells of citrus peel and some wheat. Tastes of wheat with a slight citrus peel note, very nice. Beer is light bodied very nice finish with nice carbonation. Overall a pretty good beer. (291 characters)

Photo of dacrza1
2.53/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

DATE TASTED: December 28, 2013... GLASSWARE: Hoegaarden tumbler...OCCASION: post-NFL playoffs... APPEARANCE: hazy, yellow-orange hue--approaches pale orange juice--with a thin white head; reasonable lacing... AROMA: faint drifts of orange intermingle with wheaty esters--weak and ephemeral... PALATE: rather thin and flat; slow carbonation--swiftly consumed! probably a thirst quencher in the summer months, but not such a suitable companion in the winter...TASTE: softened, suppressed peach, orange zest, subtle lemon...a watery, tuned down wit... OVERALL: tough to hate on this one, as it may well be the season weakens its experience; still, the overall effect is an unmemorable one, an American wit that cleans and rinses an already clean palate... (752 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.36/5  rDev +19.1%
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. (1,479 characters)

Photo of JRed
3.19/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bright sunray with fading clouds of white over top. Smells of wheat, vanilla, lemonade. Tastes of lemons, slight vanilla, pear, and rather dry in body. Light bodied with light carbonation. A juicy product that is more homebrew-esque than it is a great representation of the style. (280 characters)

Photo of CuteZombieDoll
3.13/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A- Pours a hazy yellow, with a thin head that dissipates almost instantly.

S- Smells like orange, followed by spice and wheat.

T- Very light, and has some of that citrus flavor, but very little spice or wheat flavor.

M- Super light, almost watery.

O- Not nearly as complex or spicy as any of the wheat beers I really like. Nothing offensive, sure, but not something I'll buy again, or even something I'll recommend to others. (429 characters)

Photo of jsisko01
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a very pale yellow color with a thin, frothy head that dissipates instantly. Leaves a thin lacing

Smell - Citrus, orange peel, coriander, and clove.

Taste - Lemon citrus, pale malts, wheat, and orange peel. Light notes of coriander and white pepper in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with carbonation that creates a creamy feel.

Overall - This is a very drinkable witbier. (401 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy dull orange, light brown with plenty of haze and apparently sediment flowing throughout it. Nice aroma of citrus rind, orange, keeps the clove in check, nothing too estery. Just bready citrus rind, which I dig.

Taste, some coriander still seeps in, even if it was not obvious from the whiff of the aroma, but the citrus helps to obscure it from being a bother. Lots of carbonation also help to keep the spices from bogging down the palate. Some white pepper like notes. Not really my favorite style, but there's nothing 'wrong' with this beer, its standard fare.

I dunno who I would recommend this to, even though it is fair. I guess people who like lighter, non hoppy beers with seasoning type herbs in it. (726 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.07/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Uinta brewing pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average.

Served refrigerator cold. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger beige head of no real cream, okay thickness, and below average retention. Colour is a hazy dull yellow-gold. Not a very impressive appearance for a witbier. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Wheat, lemon, lemon peel, clean malts, and fresh citrusy notes from the hops. Appealing. An average strength aroma. No yeast or alcohol is detectable.

T: Fresh lemon peel, some grapefruit, and other tropical citrus notes. Clean malts lend it body but add little. It's a strange witbier, but an enjoyable one. I do wish the fruit character was more focused and consistent, but it's a pleasant flavour all around. Some honey. Maybe a bit of spice. Quite nectary, which I like. Decently balanced and built, but not real complex or subtle. It's not boring or bland, but it leaves much to be desired.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Too heavy on the palate. Too thick. A bit overcarbonated. These qualities make it overbearing, which a witbier is never supposed to be.

Dr: A pretty enjoyable witbier, but nothing to write home about. I'd have it on draught at a bar for a decent price, but it isn't anything unique or special. I do like the nectar flavours. Very drinkable, but lacking sufficient complexity.

C+ (1,529 characters)

Photo of Jparker37
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass. Bottled week 3 of August 2011.

A - Pours a slightly hazy light gold, near straw colored. Active head that quickly recedes but leaves small traces of lacing.

S - Bright orange peel notes burrough through a great wheat background.

T - The spices hit the tongue and immediately mesh with a flowing wheat flavor. Very nice drying effect from carbonation. Very refreshing!

M - Light to medium body. High carbonation works very well for this brew. Starts out slightly sweet but drys out nice.

O - Great interpretation. Perfect carbonation was its highlight. Very fresh smell. (605 characters)

Photo of wsmith1625
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed this beer. Poured from a brown 12oz. bottle with very little head. Beer was a very light color with a fruity citrus aroma. Taste was crisp and slightly sweet, with a decent amount of carbonation. A really easy drinking beer. I bought this in a sampler eight pack, but would have been happy to have seven more of these. (335 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle. Another of the octo-pak of Lakefront offerings recently arrived in Alberta.

This beer pours a slightly hazy pale yellow straw colour, with two fingers of loosely foamy off-white head, which leaves a low undulating wall of Swiss cheese lace around the glass as it duly settles. It smells of soft, grainy wheat malt, sweet coriander, mild citrus, and a twinge of mustiness. The taste is more grainy wheat cereal, soft spicy, sugary coriander, a bit of stale citrus, and a subtle weedy grassiness. The carbonation is average, the body medium-light, and thin at times. It finishes off-dry, with the wheat becoming a bit edgier, and the spice loitering like it owns the place.

Not a bad Belgian-style wit, the spice and fruit nicely evident, and not as dialed back as the American norm. Light, refreshing, fairly enjoyable, and thoroughly out of season, through no fault of its own, as the snow flies. (912 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle poured into pint glass 4/11/11

A cloudy pale yellow with enough clarity to see the bubbles floating up the side but little for head or lace

S faint cereals with a little citrus and spice

T stronger then the smell with a zesty lemon flavor

M light and fluffy with a fairly clean finish

O basic beer but nothing wrong with it just nothing too exciting

went down pretty fast so that should count for something, (430 characters)

Photo of canucklehead
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid Wit with a real sour citrus note to both the nose and the finish. The wheat flavour combines well with the coriander and citrus flavour and the beer fits the style well. More than just a patio sipper this is fairly complex take on the White Beer style (259 characters)

Photo of LXIXME
3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A slight haze is very present in this golden colored beer the sits below a thin lacing that started out as a medium sized white head at best.

Aroma is a pretty good balance between a light sour citrus and a light grainy/wheat.

Some grain is present in a light sour lemony citrus hops tasting light bodied beer that leaves a light dry aftertaste/

This is a decent beer but nothing really special. (398 characters)

Photo of jondeelee
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aromas in this beer are typical of what one would expect from a Witbier: fruity-spicy orange coriander notes, with hints of toasted grains. Based only on scent, there is little to differentiate this from a Hoegaarden (or similar).

On the tongue, the orange-coriander mix is strongly present, with heavy initial emphasis on the fruitier portion, bringing in not only orange, but apricot flavors. The spicy coriander is present during these initial seconds, but comes on stronger in the middle of the mouthful, adding clove and slightly peppery grains of paradise rivulets to the overall stream. Then, in the last third of the mouthful, the fruits and spices peel back slightly to reveal a core of lightly toasted grains, including Grape Nuts cereal-like flavors, as well as biscuity toasted rice. The aftertaste is equal parts apricot fruits and toasted grains.

Overall, I found this a delightful Witbier that distinguishes itself from its competitors through its full body and fantastic layering of flavors. Excellent summer fare--although it doesn't go poorly with fall and winter months either. (1,100 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks for another Wisconsin tick, Bobby.

A: The beer pours a surprisingly clear golden straw color with a large white head and a bit of sticky lacing.

S: Smells of wheat and straw with a fair amount of yeast. A light spice, white pepper and a bit of coriander, with some definite orange peel and grass. Mildly sweet with a bit of bread and citrus.

T: Almost medicinal from the intense floral notes. A lot of rose, which seems strange, toasted malt, honey, and some wheat bread. A slight citrus note and some mild spice. The flavor really doesn't correspond to the aroma.

M: Light to medium in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: Wasn't a fan of the flavor on this one. It smelled alright, though. (710 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is relatively clear and pale yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that quickly died down but never completely faded away.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of orange citrus and wheat in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, tastes of oranges and wheat prominently stand out in the taste; there are some hints of coriander in the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink, refreshing and is also quite thirst quenching. It’s a good choice when you are looking for a beer that can be enjoyed on a hot summer day. (688 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Translucent lemon peel coloring has a rapid sense of effervesce. The head is fizzy, flat and dirty white in coloring, failing to decorate the glass.

S: For aroma we find a sweet and spicy scent of pineapple, oranges and citrus with a bit of lemon grass and wheat. Soft hints of coriander are about on the finish.

T: The flavor holds a spicy and fruity nature of pineapple and oranges with some tart citrus and wheat. Peppery spicy, coriander compliments a clean crisp flavor that leaves a lemony fade on the swallow.

M: sharp, spot on carbonation wise that turns creamy and light on the tongue. Tiny bubbly sensations persists even after the swallow with a gentle massage.

O: Overall easy drinking wit and nice flavor, crisp and refreshing on a hot day. Six pack worthy. (781 characters)

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White Beer from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
83 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.