Bock Beer - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
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1.73/5 rDev -52.1%
A - A small khaki cap covers this cloudy russet brew. Rhubarb highlights can be seen in the light, and the head dissipates to nothing but a thin collar and some smoke within seconds. Some lacing is left on the glass, but it slides back down into the brew. A quick swirl brings up the small cap again....for a few seconds.
S - Thin fruity malt notes waft on top of some vinegary grapey aromas. Not very assertive at all...I really had to stick my nose in this one to smell much of anything. I also notice a band-aide phenol smell in all of Lakefront's brews that isn't the phenol peaty note that I love in scotch, but more of a hospital sick-bed smell.
T - Dull, thin, wet malt. Some hops are there in small amounts, but this is just a weak, flimsy brew.
M - Moderate carbonation with a tight mouthfeel with some detectable alcohol.
D - Poor. I don't know what it is about this brew, but it just isn't what it could be. I'm starting to hate Lakefront. I keep giving them a chance, but they never deliver.
08-20-2007 05:13:30 | More by pmcadamis
2.4/5 rDev -33.5%
Dark reddish amber in the glass. Foam dissipates quite rapidly along with most of the carbonation. Aroma of old fruit crates left in the garage.
An overripe melon tossed in with the dishwater. Dosed with sweet vermouth. A touch of metal shaving. Maybe another splash of seawater with some seaweed. Ahhhh... perfect.
I can't believe how many years they've been making this swill and, to give Lakefront the benefit of the doubt, they still can't get the quality control figured out. Label says bottled in JAN in WK3, but they don't say what year. Purchased at Total Wine, thanks, guys.
08-31-2012 06:18:51 | More by mactrail
2.45/5 rDev -32.1%
This might be the darkest bock ive had in a while. I dont mind dark beer but I feel they over did it on this one. It might have been the store's fault but I bought this beer and it was already over a year old. Having said that, the beer tasted a little funny. The head was very small but really dark for its size. Almost no lace at all, not that I expected a lot from a bock. Over all just kind of a weird placed beer. It says its for spring but its not a seasonal. Taste more like an ale then anything. I ve tried four lakefront beers now and none of them have impressed me. On the other hand none have been really horrible. In the end I say for the money you could get a good local micro for the same price as a lakefront. Go with the local brew. If lakefront is your local brew... sorry.
03-27-2005 12:08:16 | More by RoBotGod
2.6/5 rDev -28%
12 oz bottle. Pours hazy amber with a short-lived off-white head and crazy carbonation. Aroma is of fermented apple juice and hint of peppery hops. Body is medium and tangy. Taste is caramel malt and peppery hops. Finish is long and spicy. There is something wrong with this bottle.
02-22-2013 14:15:15 | More by mikeg67
2.95/5 rDev -18.3%
Bottle poured into Pint glass.
Pours a fair amber with a finger of off white head. Aroma is full of sweet malt, light caramel, a little earthy. The flavor is full of nuttiness, slight toffee and earthy hops. Its a medium bodied beer with a pleasant carbonation. Overall I'm not too big a fan of the aroma on this beer but the body and flavors are nice.
05-13-2009 03:16:47 | More by DiabolikDUB
2.98/5 rDev -17.5%
A -- Appearance is good to the style of a Traditional Bock, but the label says it's dark -- this ain't dark. Clear, deep gold to orange color with a massive, light tan head that settles slowly and leaves some nice lacing.
S -- Spicy and earthy hops in the nose, some vague caramel back. Not great to style.
T -- Wow, big diacetyl hit up front, malt and alcohol back and bready malt in the aftertaste, even some mild astringency. Some of that earthy, herbal hop quality present too and even some mild fruitiness. If it wasn't for the diacetyl and fruitiness, I'd rate this higher.
M -- Slick mouth-feel, almost buttery. Medium bodied.
D -- This beer is definitely drinkable, but the characters are far from what I'd expect in any style of Bock.
04-10-2009 18:06:29 | More by steveh
3.2/5 rDev -11.4%
Color didn't do much for me; only slightly darker than a mass-produced American light beer. Almost no head.
Almost no smell at all, maybe some floral hops but that's about it.
Despite the look and smell, surprisingly good taste. It's very simple, not much there; again, just some floral hops.
In the mouth, whatever is there balances out whatever else is there, so it's not too flowery and not too hoppy/bitter. Just a hint of carbonation.
Very drinkable, not sure of the alcohol, but it's a smooth drinking beer with no overpowering flavors.
06-13-2009 15:16:19 | More by RickS95
3.3/5 rDev -8.6%
A: The crown has some blistering under the plastic so this might be an old bottle. A medium copper with a slight haze. The light tan head dissipates after a minute, but that might be a result of this glass having gone through the dishwasher with the jet-dry, surfactants and all.
S: Moderate malt and dark fruit aromas of raisins and plums with moderate crust bread melanoidins. No hops and no alcohol aromas.
T: Moderately-strong malt flavor with moderate crusty bread and plum flavors. There is a moderately light hops bitterness that is about about even with the sweetness putting the balances in the middle. The finish is off dry and the aftertaste is of malt and dark bread crust. There are no signs of oxidation but the flavors seem flat.
M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation.
O: A middle of the road bock with muted flavors that might be due to this being a little old. The balance between the bitterness and the malt sweetness is nice.
11-04-2012 01:38:17 | More by MadScientist
3.3/5 rDev -8.6%
A - Hard pour yielded a good head, but as others have said, it didn't really stick around beyond a thin cover. Looks like a little yeast sediment at the bottom of the bottle; is this bottle-conditioned? I poured it in and it made the beer slightly cloudy, so perhaps it is.
S - Some toffee, caramel, sweetbread.
T - Grainy orange-spice bread drizzled in caramel. Slight bittering hop balances.
F - Seems to lack a bit in crispness going in. It's not flat, it just doesn't come across as crisp as it should.
D - Not bad, it just strikes me as a humdrum bock. I'm glad to drink it, but bock really isn't my style, and I'm sure my deviation from the mean reflects this.
05-07-2008 21:58:23 | More by Patrick999
3.33/5 rDev -7.8%
Pours dark but clear and clean. Its got a very thin head which is wispy and gone within about 30 seconds. It smells at first a bit like vanilla, followed by malty sweetness and marzipan.
This tastes very smooth. Its not overly carbonated and has a nice sweet taste that makes it flavorful enough that each concurrent sip is appealing. I admit, I am an ale fan first and a lager fan second, but dark lagers like this are a nice change up.
03-19-2008 00:35:04 | More by indiapaleale
3.35/5 rDev -7.2%
Clear dark brown color, alost maroon. Not a lot of head, just a thin layer on top of the beer. Good amounts of visible carbonation. Smell is nice and malty, raisins and brown sugar. Taste is rich and full, very malty, but the body is too thin for the style. Alcohol traces and some hops on the finish. Not too bad, could use a little more body, though.
05-11-2005 16:43:22 | More by TastyTaste
3.35/5 rDev -7.2%
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pils glass.
Appearance is a crystal clear copper orange color with lots of active carbonation that forms a one inch off-white head on top. Quite a bit of lacing left on the glass.
Aroma is of caramel malt, a mild toasty character, and a bit of a light vague fruitiness.
Taste has some caramel up front, a bit of a buttery taste - perhaps a touch of diacetyl, light toasted notes, and again a vague fruitiness.
Mouthfeel is medium-light in body, nice creamy texture and crisp finish.
Not a great bock, but it's fairly tasty. It's lacking overall.
04-09-2009 02:23:02 | More by roadhouse
3.35/5 rDev -7.2%
Appearance: A deep red with a tan head that thins to a cap, then a ring. No lacing.
Smell: Sweet with hints of grain and alcohol
Taste: The sweetness is still there with a bit of a roasted quality.
Mouthfeel is good, nice and smooth
Drinkability: Good, but not great. I think one is enough.
11-08-2006 00:18:08 | More by slyke
3.38/5 rDev -6.4%
Pours a hazy copper/amber with a white head that fades away fairly rapidly leaving no real lace.
Aromas of a syrupy caramel and some yeast bread hits come through.
Flavor of caramel, some bubblegum (?) and a slightly bready note with some brown sugar on top.
Mouthfeel is sweet, almost sickly so with an almost a sour note present on the finish. Lack of decent carbonation doesn't help the syrupy type of feeling either.
Drinkability is slightly above average maybe. Has some potential but either some age or a little bit of miss in brewing this batch makes the sourness a bit off-putting.
05-15-2005 02:48:30 | More by CRJMellor
3.4/5 rDev -5.8%
Pours brown/caramel with a finger of tan head. No real head retnetion or lacing, merely the suggestion of the two...
S: Metallic notes & toffee
T: Toasty malt & bready/doughy notes, slight apricot & caramel notes as well up front. Fruittyness & a slight oxidation tinge as this warms, plus some doughyness & cherry notes. Finishes with apricot, bready notes & some woody hop notes
MF: Medium bodied, soft carbonation, become fairly chewy once warm
Not a bad bock, but has enough flaws that this would only be an option if fairly hard up for a bock
05-18-2011 02:52:50 | More by russpowell
3.4/5 rDev -5.8%
$9.99 / 8 Pack
Appearance - Brown to medium amber color with nice lacing. The white 1/4 inch of head is surface by a fair amount of rising bubbles.
Smell - Carmeled grains with a finish of something odd, clove perhaps?
Taste - Carmel and malt flavors with a finish of hops. Nicey nicey!
Mouthfeel - Watery texture and the flavor kind of runs straight back the center of my tongue before spreading out in the back with the hoppy finish.
~ This was the "Mystery Beer" in the 8 pack. I read through the reviews of other Lakefront brews to determine which beer it actually was. I did this once I had completed my review.
09-18-2007 02:42:43 | More by cdkrenz
3.48/5 rDev -3.6%
A: Deep burgundy pour is topped off by a fizzy and spongy film coating that dissipates within seconds. A fine mist of micro-bubbles moves fast through the drink. Nice coloring, lame head, strong carbonation with no window dressing produces mixed results.
S: Boozy soaked apple peels first come to into being with some signs of cough medicine and some caramel grain sweetness deep down. Medium strength.
T: Boozy apple and caramel grains mixes together along with a sweet, almost syrupy malt base. Spicy flowery hops come on fairly strong with a good presence, noble like, almost like an octoberfest. Good alcohol warmth on the close ups the ante a bit.
M: Full bodied, good here, nice snappy carbonation presence brings some texture to a malty thick and lush mouthful.
O: Overall malty with a good show of hops and alcohol gives this a decent finish to an other wise stutter/mis-step at the start. You eventually warm up to this.
08-04-2011 23:06:11 | More by beerthulhu
Bock Beer from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
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