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White Beer - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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Ratings: 213
Reviews: 123
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 13.61%
Wants: 6
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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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Photo of lakeviewmike
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank this side by side with a Bergoff Solstice Wit. Both were poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Slightly cloudy, straw yellow. I inch puffy white head that reduced to a 1/4 inch.. Nice lacing.

Smell: Orange, yeast, a little sulfur

Taste: Heavy orange, spice, slight sour twang, did not notice the sulfur in the taste.

Mouthfeel: Light and bubbly, a bit thicker than the Berghoff.

This is a very good wit. I did think that the Berghoff had a bit more complexity in the flavor. This beer was pretty dominated by orange. On the other hand, the Lakefront had a prettier appearance and had a more substantial mouthfeel.

Also, Lakefront has really neat labels and the White label is fairly entertaining to look at.

lakeviewmike, May 20, 2007
Photo of mbutter1997
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours cloudy pale yellow, <1 finger of head that dissipates very quickly.
S: Orange peel and coriander are very evident, nothing else of significance.
T: Again, orange peel & coriander are dominating tastes with occasional hint of lemon. All in all, not a great amount of flavor. Got better as I continued to drink, but still unimpressive.
M: Light & fizzy, mild acidity.
D: Not that great of a beer, just average. For the style, I'd prefer a Blue Moon or Sam Adams White Ale. I likely would not buy another Lakefront White Beer, but wouldn't reject a free one.

mbutter1997, Apr 29, 2007
Photo of BeerBelcher
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had this during a visit to the brewery, where it was described as "like Blue Moon," which thankfully it was not. It was not all that sweet, but was very clovey in taste with a somewhat disturbing aroma. All-in-all, I'm not a fan.

Appearance was a pale cloudy with one finger of head. Aroma was bad with no spice and a stale corn smell covered in sweetness. Taste was very clovey, and OK. Mouthfeel was also a little flat.

BeerBelcher, Apr 01, 2007
Photo of BretSikkink
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!?

BretSikkink, Mar 17, 2007
Photo of scruffwhor
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

scruffwhor, Jan 20, 2007
Photo of mntlover
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy pale yellow color with a small white head that falls to a ring some spotty lace left behind

Aroma is wheaty more citrus lemon aromas then orange peel, but orange is noted underneath and mellows the tart aromas some. Some sweetness emerges as it sits and blends in to the coriander nicely, the sweetness makes the aroma unique and dif for a witbier. Spice is mellow and blends well with the earthy yeasts.

Taste is tart lemon wheat, more lemon then wheat though, that mellows into the orange peel that shows up bigger in the flavor then in the aroma. Finish is lingering orange peel, mellow coriander that blends with the earthy yeast that linger on for a while.

Mouthfeel is smooth creamy almost with just a touch of carbonation pep in the middle that lingers through the finish.

Drinkability is good, the aroma is great must be I kept my nose to the glass the whole time I was drinking it. Taste is a little let down after the smell but not bad, would recommend trying this one just to mellow you out with the smooth relaxing aroma. Thanks merlin48 for this sample, unique and enjoyable.

mntlover, Dec 04, 2006
Photo of BrewnZ
1.93/5  rDev -46.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

From the brewery . . . poured a hazy gold with diacetyl (buttered popcorn) and orange peel aroma. Tart wheat flavor is followed by orange peel and coriander then muddled diactly finish. It was my 1st beer of the day so I tried to like it but could not. This beer has fermentation problems yo!

BrewnZ, Nov 08, 2006
Photo of merlin48
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.

merlin48, Sep 23, 2006
Photo of soulgrowl
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Hazy, sunny orange-yellow with light tan floaties. Meringue-ish white head with good retention and a splotch of tan yeast.

Smell: Tart and musty yeast. Subdued wit spices (coriander, pepper, dried orange peel). Juicy malts. Lemony notes. Smells more like a fine Belgian pale ale than a witbier, but it smells quite good, so I don't have a problem with that. It actually reminds me quite a bit of Delirium Tremens.

Taste: Rather weak, almost watery, but not bad. Orange oil, almost toasty wheat, pithy hops. Tortilla-like corn notes. A wee bit of spicy zing mid-sip. Very dry, clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Creamy but kind of flat, which doesn't do any favors for the watery taste.

Drinkability: This is a good beer, and a cold one would be very refreshing on a hot summer day, but its bland, feeble flavor makes it hard to truly savor and enjoy.

soulgrowl, May 31, 2006
Photo of strattor
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a transluscent golden color, with a thin white head. Some floaties due to being unfiltered.

Very citrusy aroma with quite a bit of a sour twang to it, as well as a little sweet.

Flavor reveals more coriander and spice than the aroma, but with plenty of tart citrus notes. Hopiness becomes more evident in the finish, but I wouldn't call it crisp. The tartness of this beer seems to throw of the balance of citrus and spicy flavors.

Moderately carbonated, creamy mouthfeel. The sour notes also increases salivation as I get further into the drink, which adds to the creamy factor.

This beer gets close, but not quite to what I'd like in a Wit. Mainly, it's not as light, crisp, and clean as I'd like. Worth trying, but I won't be getting another sixer anytime soon.

strattor, Mar 28, 2006
Photo of battlekow
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this on-tap at Lakefront HQ while waiting to be seated for the fish fry.

Lakefront White looks, smells, and tastes pretty much like a standard witbier. It's a cloudy yellow color and didn't have much of a head, but the bartender put on a lemon slice before I could protest, so I'll give the beer a pass on what I assume was a premature decapitation. It smells and slightly citrusy, but mostly you get wheat and yeast. A little bit of a harsh mouthfeel, perhaps from the carbonation or acidity. A solid, unspectacular witbier.

battlekow, Nov 12, 2005
Photo of weeare138
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

weeare138, Nov 11, 2005
Photo of beveragecaptain
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.

beveragecaptain, Oct 02, 2005
Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stole a bottle from my beautiful girlfriend, though I just bought her the sixer from Riley's here in Madison.

Pours a tangerine/golden yellow with a decent white bubbly head. Smells of olives predominantly, like Ommegang Hennepin, with hints of citrus and clove. Taste follows the nose's lead, olives, light fruits and spice. Bubbly, crisp mouthfeel, a refreshing beer here. Nothing mindblowing, but a tasty summer brew nonetheless.

Golden2wenty1, Aug 26, 2005
Photo of redmosquito
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Translucent pale yellow with big white head. Big spice up front in the aroma followed by sweet malt, hiding slight brett. The flavor is malty with a spicey finish, and a slight bitterness and lingering tartness. Overall, this is a good beer, and probably more Belgian Witbier then most breweries would attempt, you won't mistake this for Blue Moon.

redmosquito, Aug 04, 2005
Photo of brewandbbq
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wisconsin made Wit aquired via a new friend in Oregon. Many thanks.
Great label, very retro-euro. Colorful and unique.
Dated 3rd week of May, probably of last year, so we're looking at almost a year old.
Pours hazy with a healty dosage of swirled yeast. Orangey-gold with a fluffy white head that fell quickly leaving a crescent of fine bubbles.
Subdued Belgian character in the nose accented with coriander,orange,and a hint of lemon zest.
Mouthfeel is light with mild carbonation and a very refreshing quality.
Mildly spicey on the pallet, delicate orange flavor and coriander. Neither spice seems to dominate. Earthy and yeasty followed up by a mild, refreshing wheat tartness.
Finishes with a balancing bitterness and a lingering tartness.
The spicing seems very well balanced, but it is almost a year old...
This white seems to be lacking a bigger Belgian quality though.
A little bit of Belgian "funk" can make the difference between a good beer and a great beer. Perhaps just a warmer fermentation would help this baby achieve greatness.
I'd definately pick up a sixer if it was on the shelf, seeing how Allagash is not available in NH.(Figure that one out).

brewandbbq, Apr 01, 2005
Photo of Dogbrick
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew is a slightly cloudy yellow-orange color with a thin white head. Very little lacing. The aroma is citrusy with a pinch of spice. Light-bodied and crisp, and it has a fruity character. Oranges and lemons dominate, along with some spice and yeast. There is an underlying sourness here and there that kind of throws things off though. The finish is crisp, short and fruity. All in all a pretty forgettable Wit.

Dogbrick, Mar 21, 2005
Photo of Mitchster
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!

Mitchster, Feb 13, 2005
Photo of TastyTaste
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy orange color, very bright with a small offf-white head. Smelled of orange peel and coriander, as the bottle states. Taste is light and fruity, finishes very full and creamy in the mouth. This is a pretty good white ale, not spectacular, though.

TastyTaste, Oct 24, 2004
Photo of francisweizen
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light sunny yellow with an almost clear head of foam that does not last too long. The aromas are classic wit, but almost too hefe like at times. I smell orange, lemon, coriander, wheat, and a bit of funky Brussels yeast. The taste is spicy and refreshing up front with a lovely citrusy taste. The middle is VERY yeasty, and hefe-like with some faint banana notes. The mouthfeel is creamy and again, a bit too yeasty and the drinkability is nice. A good Hefe-Wit.

francisweizen, Sep 14, 2004
Photo of tavernjef
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly dullish lemon yellow color, thin fizzy white cap, keeps a good collar, lace is minimal. Aroma is yeasty and musty with an indistinguishable lime-like citrus notation with a spicy/peppery corriander conjuction within. Flavors bring out a bit too much souring yeasty aspects for me to like it all that much. Apple, orange pith, lemon peel, sour stuff like that seems to really takes away from what was basically a subtle aroma tease, to becoming an all out brigade of off sourness and tang. Feel is all about the tang and sour stuff, mellows out some as it warms but stays present mostly from middle to a grabbing finish. Body is about medium to thin with a left over off-souring on the tongue much like on old orange or grapefruit. A so so wit with a bit too much of the sour stuff for me.

tavernjef, Aug 31, 2004
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
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!

TheLongBeachBum, Aug 18, 2004
Photo of marc77
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Turbid deep golden. One fingered, loosely packed, porcelain white head leaves meandering lace. Soft hints of unripe tangerine and lightly sweetened lemon bars upfront in aroma. Secondary are trace clove and bready yeast hints. In flavor, citric acidity melds with understated green apple hints and agreeable impressions of orange infused sourdough. Judicious in coriander, with only a subtle, herbaceous, and slightly earthy undertone perceptible. Bitterness surfaces mid palate, and has the drying sharpness of orange peel, rather than a rounder hop bitterness. Well calculated in that regard. Lightly bodied, with a slightly viscous, but mildly chalky mouthfeel. Finishes with a transient rush of yeast must yielding to lingering citrus zest and papery malt tones. A fine witbier, with slight oxidation precluding excellence. Very solid and tasty nonetheless. Thanks to Bighuge for the opportunity.

marc77, Aug 09, 2004
Photo of sweethome
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a very small white head. Hazy golden/orange glow. A really nice color! Corriander dominates the nose. Full mouthfeel, plenty of sweet malts balanced well with hop bittering. Yeasty flavor throughout. Nice citric bite. A very flavorful beer that does a nice interpretation of the style, although a bit more aggressive than the standards. I've always considered Allagash White to be one of the best - a very delicate beer. This goes in another direction by being more assertive, but pulls it off equally well.

A well made beer - certainly tastes at it's best in the 2004 version.

Hats off to the gang at Lakefront!

sweethome, Aug 06, 2004
Photo of feloniousmonk
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!

feloniousmonk, Jul 16, 2004
White Beer from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
82 out of 100 based on 213 ratings.