White Beer - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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247 Ratings
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Ratings: 247
Reviews: 132
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.09%
Wants: 6
Gots: 29 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.66/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of metter98
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.42/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A fine Witbier that draws comparisons to Oberon and Blue Moon with a sweeter than usual flavor and overly fruity (orange) taste.

The White Beer begins with a milky deep golden, nearly orange colored beer. Initially formitable white airy head falls quite quickly to a dull beer after only a minute or two. No lacing.

Aromas are all about the orange. Fruity esters and added curraco orange peel dominate the nose. Light spice of soft pepper and corriander rounds out the fruity tone. Still the aroma seem straight forward and somewhat one-dimentional.

Flavors suffer much the same. While the orange flavor, light spice, and corriander give a pleasant and smooth taste, the beer offers very little otherwise. Sweet malts give a lot of supporting confectionate taste to the fruit and spice but the beer despirately needed more Belgian-y yeast character, earthy balance, and attenuation to compete with the authentic greats.

The body of the beer is weighted, aided by the sweet tone to the beer as well as the lack of carbonation that would have lifted the sugars off of the tongue. Where the beer should be light, airy, and somewhat powdery; it finishes a bit dull, sweet, and heavy.

White Beer's flavor and aroma is on par with other American counterparts but the inability to hold carbonation and efforvesence hurts the drinkability.

Thanks Peter.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pristine marigold that only becomes hazy when the final finger of beer is poured. The yeast slurry produces a smoky cloud that drifts downward, eventually reaching the bottom of the glass. The eggshell colored cap is somewhat less impressive. I'm not thrilled with its size, texture, longevity or lace generation powers.

The aroma brings things back up to commendable. Coriander and orange peel are present in roughly equal amounts, perhaps favoring the former, telling me that Lakefront has stayed with the tried-and-true. There's nothing wrong with that because they've executed it with style.

White Beer is excellent beer. I scoffed at the 'Style Belgique' on the label, but I am reminded of a wit from that country in some indefinable way. I don't think the brewery has used a Belgian yeast strain, so it's probably nothing more than high quality ingredients, expertly used. That's always the key to great beer.

Not one member of the witbier holy trinity has been slighted. Malted wheat provides a gentle, rounded, grain-like solidity on the bottom end, while spice and citrus peel provide a perfectly complementary amount of zip and zing on the top end. I love the proportionality of the flavor profile and the fact that it's neither too subtle nor too bold.

The mouthfeel does what it needs to do. It earns its score by avoiding any hint of wateriness and by hanging on to (and through) the swallow. A modest (and soft) carbonation sizzle is just what the doctor ordered for easy drinkability.

White Beer has surprised the hell out me. It's my twelfth Lakefront beer and is probably my favorite. Riverwest Stein Beer and Cream City Pale Ale are pretty good too. I love a good wit, no matter the season. This one is a keeper.

Photo of biboergosum
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of emerge077
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 oz. into a pint glass, served cold from the fridge. Label is notched "JUL Wk2", so i'm assuming this is only a few weeks old. Murky orange, especially when the yeast is poured, giving it an opaque orangey-brown tone. Bubbly surface, mainly larger bubbles atop a thin film. A little bit of lace rings the glass.

Wheaty aroma with some mild earthy coriander. Not getting much citrus though, and orange peel is mentioned on the label.

Flavor is easygoing, mellow wheat with more coriander giving it some floral complexity. Light hint of orange peel in the aftertaste. Smooth feel, nice and clean. Carbonation gives it a slight bite. Wish it had more citrus presence, as that really makes a Witbier to me. Still, it's a simple refreshing beer perfect for summertime and food pairing.

Thanks Andy for the extra!

Photo of womencantsail
3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.72/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle - $5.00 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia. Bottled during the 2nd week of December.

Appearance: Pours out a clear, yellow body with a thin, fizzy, white head. The kind of beer Stone Brewing talks about.

Smell: Zesty citrus and redolent spices overlaying a light malt aroma.

Taste: Light pale maltiness with a faintly sweet, tangy wheat malt character. Tiniest hint of vanilla. Squirt of lemon juice with a blend of spices with flourishes of cardamom and clove. Mild spicy hops with just a touch of appreciable bitterness. Drying finishes with a light, lingering spice character.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: Nicely refreshing and reasonably tasty. Not bad, Lakefront!

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful label! It looks like an old Belgian advertisement; and the primary colors give it a kind of fun, circus-like feel.

The beer itself, however, is not as great looking. The short white head dissolves almost immediately, and only minor lacing is left behind. Beyond that, the body is a gently hazy deep golden. Very tiny bubbles can be seen steadily rising to the surface.

The nose is yeasty and fruity. It's a touch chalky, and displays notes of apricot, tangerine, and peach, as well as a wide background note of coriander.

That fruitiness carries over into the flavor. It's dampened by the sweetish, gently honeyish malt, but it's still present and it's a nice balance. A hint of spice is present, but it's fairly mellow. Hop notes are also kept to a minimum, but you can find some leafy notes in the drying finish. A gently wheaty malt base seems to be the ballast here, perked up by the fruitiness of the yeast and orange peel, and then sprinkled with a bit of drying coriander across the top.

Overall, it's a nicely balanced and well-rounded beer. It appears a bit sweet at first, but then it dries somewhat as it warms and the spice becomes more apparent. Additionally, a lot of witbiers taste very much like many others, but this one's just a little bit different as it's got a little more depth of character to the malt, and relies on a more basic yeast than most others. Nice, and easy to drink. Very enjoyable.

Photo of LXIXME
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Photo of kojevergas
3.07/5  rDev -14.5%
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+

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.3/5  rDev +19.8%
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!

Photo of jwc215
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2nd week of December notched on label - poured into Belgian tumbler:

Pours clouded golden yellow with a thin white head that slowly becomes wispy. Dotted/thin-lined lacing sticks.

The smell is of coriander with orange peel and a wheat zest.
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The taste is sweet with a touch of tart orange. Coriander gives a dryness in the finish. Some black pepper from the coriander lingers a bit.

It's carbonated for sure - not overly, yet a bit prickly. Not the creamiest interpretation of the style, and not quite effervescent. (Was considering slightly lower score for mouthfeel, but it has a crisp feel that "fits" with the overall character of this brew.)

While it certainly hits the general outline of the style, it doesn't really stand out - maybe a touch more peppery than typical?? Maybe... Anyway, it's a white ale worth having!

Photo of WesWes
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a hazy pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a light pale malt and wheat scent along with a bit of coriander and orange peel. It's light with some nice fruity yeast esters. The taste is decent as well. It has a very light wheat beer taste that's low in pale malt character and pretty thin in the finish. The spices stand out some, as well as the fruity yeast character. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an easy drinker, although I feel it could use more pale malts for flavor and body.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a hazy goldenrod, nice long-lasting half finger of white foam, plentiful lace.

S: Shock orange, pure orange peel on the first smell, this is getting me excited since I prefer my wits to go more towards the citrus side.

T: The unmalted wheat tastes takes over this beer and while I like the flavour, I'm waiting for the orange to come out, it teases me at the end, but I'm left wanting. Nice coriander balance. Notes of lemon as well. Good flavour, just wanted more of what the nose promised me.

M: Crisp, relatively clean. Light-bodied but not thin. Nice aftertaste of acid and lemon.

D: Lakefront is nowhere near the most lauded of the craft brewers out there, but this is a very solid wit, I'd probably go 3.75 in the taste if it was offered. Pick it up.

Photo of Billolick
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ouncer, with "Bottled during" info notched on the side of the label. Pours medium hazed, dull yellowy lighter amber. The head is loose, moderate in size, lasting and then going to a thicker film, collar and leaving some thicker bits of lace. i pick up some fruit in the moderately pungent nose. Respectable tasting wit beer, with the anticipated notes of coriander, light pepper and "creamsicle" goodness. Dry finish. Decent summer sessioner and food accompaniment.

Photo of weeare138
3.37/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appears a hazy pale yellow with a soapy white head that fades out in a few moments.
Smell is of coriander, along with orange peel with light wheat coming through. Reminds me a bit of dishwashing soap.
Taste is of the soapiness with some orange peel and coriander coming through.
Mouthfeel is acidic and semi-dry.
Drinkability is not as good as I had hoped but it's not bad.

Photo of plaid75
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy medium straw hue with a two finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a robust yeast ester, grainy wheat and spice.

The taste consisted of a light wheat malt, some banana type esters and a bit of earthy spice.

The mouthfeel was toward the lighter side for the style.

Overall a good wit. Refreshing and flavorful.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.72/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of tone77
3.51/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of Bighuge
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%
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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Photo of wordemupg
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
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,

Photo of scruffwhor
3.29/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale, yet not cloudy, hazey, or even yeasty gold. Looks like a Euro lager. Not a wit thats for sure. Very light bubbling and hardly any head to speak of. The aroma held some of the Nice Belgian spices and a bit of wheaty sweetness. The taste was ok, very light on the coriander and orange pell, but you'll know its there. A very light character and body. Gave the feel of as good lager and the very muted flavors of a wit.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.36/5  rDev +21.4%
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.

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White Beer from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
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