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Fixed Gear - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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Ratings: 809
Reviews: 166
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 24
Gots: 111 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lakefront Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerFMAndy on 02-24-2010

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Ratings: 809 | Reviews: 166
Reviews by swierczt:
Photo of swierczt
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. This is the first beer I have tried from Lakefront Brewery.

A - The offering pours mahogany red in color. About what you would expect for a "red ale". Slightly cloudy with a fair amount of puffy beige head.

S - Grapefruit, faint grass, sweet malts and a hint of pineapple are all apparent in the smell. Neither the smell of the hops or the malts is over the top. Based on the smell alone, it seems like this might be a well-balanced brew.

T - Much like the smell, the taste is a nice balance of grassy/citrusy hops and malts (caramel). The hops bitterness fades quickly and does not linger on the palate. There is nothing overwhelming about the taste, but never the less it is enjoyable.

M - Mouth feel was a bit light and watery. There was not a whole lot of carbonation going on in this brew either. I would personally like a bit more carbonation.

D - Overall, I would characterize Fixed Gear as drinkable. Again, there is not any one specific characteristic that sticks out in the beer. It is simply an easy drinking red ale. A nice change from some of the more extreme beers that are currently out there.

More User Reviews:
Photo of metter98
3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy reddish amber in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a half finger high beige head that gradually died down, consistently leaving a thin head covering he surface and lots of lacy rings of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: A rather complex mixture of citrusy and floral hops is present in the nose along with notes of caramel malts and hints of pine resin hops.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, but has a little more balance with the caramel malts and citrusy hops. A light amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and has a nice balance between the citrusy hops and caramel malts.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 4/2012.

Pours a murky copper with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A foamy latticework of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Uncapping the beer releases light grains, a touch of tartness, grassy hops and some citrus notes and light fruit. Pours orange amber with a slight haze under a thick, 2” rocky, protein heavy head. The lace is thick and clingy. Light caramel to toffee joined by light fruit and malt spice roll over the tongue culminating in a light bitter accent. Has a creamy, above average body and average carbonation.

Photo of ehammond1
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle

Thanks for opening this with me, NoSignsOfPain!

Hazy amber body with an inch-high light khaki colored head that leaves irregular lines of lace down the glass.

Biscuity aroma with some pine hop presence and some caramel sweetness. Simple, accessible, enjoyable.

Moderately bitter with simple but enjoyable flavors of biscuit, pine, citrus, and caramel sweetness.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Appropriate and very drinkable.

A nice, drinkable, tasty amber. This really was quite good for the style, which isn't one of my favorites.

Photo of ThreeDimesDown
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a clear copper with fluffy beige head that produces some nice lacing.

Aromas of citrus (pineapple) hops, light malts and a hint of sweet spice.

Taste has nice citrus flavors, pineapple and canned oranges, biscuity malts and a dry hop resin finish.

Thin to medium mouthfeel, high carbonation, crisp, and slightly dry.

Overall was nicely balanced and had some nice subtleties.

Photo of chinchill
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle dated wk1 of April (no year, but new to place of purchase in summer 2012) poured into snifter.

A - pours a cloudy orange-brown with a light tan head. The head is small to begin with and reduces to little more than a ring in no time. Spotty lacing is left on the glass. Appearance is not the strong point of this beer.

S - From the bottle, this has a striking and surprisingly strong aroma of hops. Once decanted, a complex and earthy aroma of herbal and piney hops can be detected from a distance. Caramel malt is also quite evident. There are also some grassy and citrus notes.

T - Very flavorful! What would normally be a solid and dominant malt base actually serves as the background to a complex array of hop flavors, including piney, floral, citrus and herbal. Likewise, this sweet-bitter balance is decidedly won by the bitter components. There's also a light, fruity tartness.

M - Medium body; light-moderate carbonation; dry finish.

O - Fixed Gear is a bold red with a far more forward hop profile than usual, especially in the aroma. Best to think of this as a red APA, it is moderately bitter rather than slightly sweet. As hoppy as many IPAs, this is easily recommended as a "red ale" for hop heads.

Photo of sevreng
3.01/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A - Dark copper red, poured one finger head from bottle. Dissipated to a thin residual head quickly.

S - Pecan with a hint of citrus on the nose, fairly subdued aroma.

T - Hop bitterness apparent upfront alongside malts, quickly takes over then disappears. Hops are a pronounced for a red and dominate the finish.

M - Doesn't have the smoothness I was looking for, carbonation seems a little sharp.

O - A decent red ale with a good amount of hops, I had this beer a while back on tap and enjoyed the mouthfeel a lot more than I did today. Not bad.

Photo of jeonseh
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - nice brownish red with a nice one finger white head. Leaves a nice lacing as it goes down the glass. Looks like you would expect a red to.

S - smell is sweet and surprisingly hoppy. Notes of pineapple really shine while there are also hints of Clementines. Reminds me more of an APA than a red ale. Really nice and fragrant nose on this one.

T - Taste is initially sweet and follows the nose but on the taste clementines dominate but it isn't as sweet as I thought. There is a slight hoppy bitterness that come through. The finish is mostly piney hops that leaves a slight twinge on the tongue. Interesting that they call this a red since reminds me of an APA overall. It is good but a bit one-dimensional

MF - Overall the mouthfeel was a bit thin for the rest of the beer. I would like to see this be a bit thicker with more stickiness to it. This is the part of the beer that prevents this beer from being really outstanding.

O - overall a solid beer that would be easy to knock back. This is good but not too complex. The nose and look are by far the best part of the beer. The taste is good and the MF is a bit disappointing and really prevents this from being a great beer.

Photo of biboergosum
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, a single from a mixed-pack recently made available here in Alberta. Fixed gear bicycles - is this not yet another overwrought hipster thing?

This beer pours a hazy dark orange-amber hue, with some sparse floaties, and two fingers of densely puffy, foamy eggshell white head, which leaves some random coral reef patterns of lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of grapefruit pith, some soft pine needles, a somewhat bready caramel/toffee maltiness, and a bit of further spicy hops. The taste is grapefruit and orange citrus rind, slightly doused in sugar, some bready, grainy malt, a mild, thin caramel character, and musty, leafy hops.

The carbonation is average, just doing its punch-clock job, the body a mostly sturdy medium weight, and generally quite smooth, a wee hop interloper showing a forgivable ingress. It finishes off-dry, the malt and hops both still vigorous in their ardour.

A pretty decent amber ale, something apparently much more common south of the border, where they aren't afraid to submit to the whim of the big hops, and we are ever the more so grateful for it.

Photo of dacrza1
3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

DATE TASTED: November 21, 2013... GLASSWARE: Kisatsky Tavern pint... OCCASION: new Dream Theater and my wife's thirty-seventh birthday equals a good night!... APPEARANCE: copper-amber body; creamy off-white one-finger head that laces rather thickly--attractive... AROMA: quite a hoppy sensation for a red; bright, active, almost suggestive of its 6.8% ABV... PALATE: intensely biting presence; medium to full-bodied with a substantial finish--bold...TASTE: immediate taste of pinecone--definitely American--with a confident underpinning of malt to provide a big-mouthed balance...OVERALL: I am beginning to see why Lakefront has garnered such a quality reputation, as this brew snuck up on me with veritable strength and a balance that rewards...the style is not given to immediate impressiveness, but this offering is enjoyable and somewhat distinctive...

Photo of GilGarp
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This bomber was picked up in the '88' four-pack which I think is a fantastic idea. I hope it catches on - more breweries should be doing this.

Served cold into a pint glass, Fixed Gear is a very hazy redish brown color. The head is thick and it settles very slowly. What's left behind wouldn't look out of place on a tripel - huge rocky head with thick lacing all over the place. This is a great looking beer.

The aroma doesn't disappoint either. It's has a genuinely hoppy smell with nice grapefruit and other citrus. They must have really dry-hopped the crap out of it.

The flavor is excellent as well. I was not expecting this at all. This beer is one of the best reds I've had in a long time. Solid malt body with caramel and lightly toasted malt stands up to support a really well-hopped bitter middle. Smooth from begining to end with balance in spades.

Mouthfeel is medium-light plus in body and nicely carbonated. Easy drinking without a doubt.

Overall the surprise of 2011 so far. A great American red ale and one I would definately buy in a six-pack. Lets hope the other three bombers are even half as good as this.

Photo of socon67
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

At the Safe House in Milwaukee

A - Amber color with red notes. Tan foam settles quickly. Nice lacing.

S - Scents of caramel malt, berries, and wood. Complex and inviting.

T - Disappointing. The flavor uderwhlems compared to the scent. Comes off a bit too heavy in malt for my liking. Off-balance or off-flavor.

M - Just too heavy to like. Not sure why, but it felt like a robust beer that shouldn't be one. I had truble finsihing this.

O - I'd pass. Was hoping for more but got an amber that was heavier than my meal. I think I'll pass on Lakefront for now.

Photo of cjgator3
3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle

A- Poured into a pint glass. Pours a hazy dark reddish color with a nice off-white head with really good retention and lacing qualities.

S- The aroma is some malt, a hint of caramel and some hops.

T- The taste like the aroma has some smooth caramel malts up front with a dose of hops in the finish creating some bitterness. This one is very well balanced between the malt and hops.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, not bad. This beer went down very easy and has enough flavor to keep you interested. Worth a try.

Photo of dbossman
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy reddish brown with a thin but steady head; lacing is good

S: A nice citrus, grapefruit, and subtle pine aroma up front but a fairly pleasant bready, biscuity malt base too

T: Hop forward but fairly nice bready base; citrus, grapefruit, with some tea leaves from the hops and sweet toasty breads from the malts; however all the flavors fade just a bit too quickly

F: Medium body that's just a touch thin on back end

O: A nice, hoppy red; it has bite but it has bready substance too; this is good stuff

Photo of Kegatron
3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ the Lakefront Brewery (Milwaukee, WI) on 8/8/10. Served in a clear plastic cup.

Pours a deep hazy amber, with heady of off-white fizzy foam. Just like the other two beers that I just had, this retains and laces with the same thin and fizzy look (OK maybe a little richer looking). The aroma is freshly floral and tangy in the nose, with a mix of roast, caramel, and earthy citric character. Just a touch of spice and pine work their way in here as well.

There's a lot of dark burnt and grainy malt character going on here in the taste, tempered somewhat by the sweetness of caramel and citric fruit. A nice hoppy bite is present in this, layering bitter notes of spice, citrus rind, and some light pine in the mouth, which lingers fairly strongly in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium, sharp & prickly, and overall pretty darn easy feeling in the mouth for 6-7% beer.

Beyond the hoppy harshness of the finish, this was pretty darn good and was definitely the tops of the Lakefront beers that I tried on this day. This is surprisingly dark feeling for an Amber Ale but I didn't mind one bit. This is worth a look (at least on draft).

Photo of GRG1313
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium/dark clear cranberry red with a short white head.

Nose is not real asserive. Light esters of stone fruit; pleasant.

Mouthfeel is thin but good. Well balanced; nice carbonation and inviting.

Flavors are assertive. A short fruity front palate that quickly hits you with big grapefruit skin/pine bitter that is bright and bold. Flavors are meaty and rich.

Big rich roasted grain undertones that leads into a bitter roasted finish.

Photo of PhillyStyle
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pint 6 oz bottle - Brewed 2nd week in December

Per the bottle: 45IBU,16 degrees Plato, 18 degrees Lovibond:

Poured a deep murky red with an off white head that produced an excellent cascade effect. The head was well retained throughout the drink. Some nice lacing as well.

Nice, modest pine hoppy aroma with some malt characteristics.

Nice balanced taste with perhaps some pine hop domination.

Medium feel, smooth, creamy and easy to drink. The beer finishes with a nice dry, hoppy aftertaste.

Overall, the red ale is rapidly becoming one of my new favorites. This is a solid effort and one that I will defiantly pick up again over the coming months.

Photo of Samp01
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Growler on tap Joe Canals. Pours brown / amber with a medium beige head. Aroma and Taste of toasted caramel malt, earthy hops, mild floral and fruity notes and a bit of toffee flavors. A medium body, smooth going with good carbonation on the palate. Finish is of toasted caramel malt, a lingering toffee flavor with earthy floral hops bitterness. Overall your basic all around amber ale, with a good caramel malt character, smooth and nicely balanced. A good drinking brew.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brazilian cherry in the glass is accompanied by a 3 finger high frothy, buff colored head that was well maintaining while leaving a generous amount of lace composed of thick concentric bands down the glass. Against strong lighting a rapid rate of carbonation rises aided by the etched markings of my duvel glass.

S: Hoppy pine with a nice toasted grain base is highlighted by flowery grapefruit. Some spicy citrus with hints of herbal lime elements is also there. Overall strength is moderate.

T: Toasted grains and caramel upfront are followed by a sharp, fresh lemony bitterness. Citrusy flowery hops and strong pine mix with a strong liking. Flowery hops with a dry malt sweetness is left behind on the tongue.

M: Thick malt base rests heavily on the tongue, creamy with some tingling carbonation presence on the tongue and inner cheeks. Some alcohol warmth and a bitterness of citrus and licorice on the fade.

D: Good drinkability, good representation and hop usage makes this a big red.

Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oct-Wk2-10... bottled Oct 15th or later i'm guessing.

Deep russet tone, Sticky crown of lace that has a full, thick dimension to it. The foam fades after a bit, but the laces absolutely coats the glass. Second pour, the head is thick with a creamy texture to the surface.

Resiny "C" hops produce some nice fruity cantaloupe, orange marmalade, and grapefruit notes.

The first few sips really remind me of Alpha King. Slightly sweet caramel malt with fruity, only slightly bitter hops stealing the show. Resiny, earthy hop character lingers into the aftertaste, drying things out. Easy to drink, medium bodied with ample carbonation. A bomber is no problem, it pairs well with food also. Way to go Lakefront, Fixed Gear is a winner in my book.

Side note: As a cyclist, I don't really care what kind of bikes other people ride. I commute on a converted single speed (with a brake) as Chicago is flat, and it was the only gear I ride in anyway. Finally, a beer that harmonizes with my choice of transportation. Hallelujah. /sarcasm

Photo of spokeydonkey
3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I want to like this beer more than I do. It's a nice rich amber color with a thick white head that leaves a nice lacing in the glass. Smells like citrus and pine. Not much malt in the nose. Tastes like citrus and pine. There isn't much malt to back it up. I like a nice hoppy red ale and am partial to double IPAs, but this one just doesn't have enough balance going on for me. Great hop character, but no malt to back it up.

Mouthfeel is medium light with a touch of astringency. Finishes with clinging hoppiness.

Overall -- a bit more malt and this would be amazing, but its too unbalanced for me.

Photo of BierFan
4.23/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Beautiful slightly hazy red body. Light tan head displays good retention and leaves behind great lacing.

Smell: Fruity hops. Grapefruit, pine, and some pineapple.

Taste: Smooth and malty upfront. Piney hops and some apple skin in the aftertaste. Supremely drinkable.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Lakefront imperial pint.
6.5% ABV, Bottled during May Wk4 (2012) notched on the label.

A - Fixed Gear pours a very cloudy dirty brown-amber with orange-hued highlights. White the beer itself isn't particularly attractive, the tall pour gave the beer a large, sparkling ivory head with good retention and thick webbing-like lace all over the glass.

S - Floral and lightly herbal with some grassy notes and timid citrus explode into the air from this beer! Thinly sliced, honey-smeared toasted bread appears in the background with caramel malt sweetness. It's a bold, rather straight-forward aroma with nice, subtle nuances.

T - The amber and caramel malts hold the fort well with a low caramel and honey drizzled bread sweetness but ultimately the hops win out big here. A bold mixture gives off a lot of citrus, floral hints, and grass. Again, it's rather in-your-face as opposed to refined, but judging by the design, it certainly seems to be brewed that way.

M - The thick, dense head gives Fixed Gear a nice creamy smooth feel while the cloudy body makes it ever-so-slightly chewy. Medium-full in body and smooth with a moderate carbonation finish and balanced hop bitterness, Fixed Gear keeps the playing field level and drinkable.

D - Fixed Gear is a bold red with raw power in aroma and flavor, focusing in on a strong blend of hops with a solid malty backbone. Moderately bitter, it packs a punch down to the last drop, and this is a beer where every drop counts.

Photo of nataku00
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a murky, hazy rust orange color with a finger of off white head consisting of a mix of bubbles and tight foam. Head dissipates after a few minutes leaving a little lacing to a thin collar and a small patch of bubbles on the surface. Plenty of tiny bubbles floating up from the bottom.

Nose is pretty typical amber, light floral hops with a substantial caramel, toasted grain and bread malt backbone. Pretty well balanced though.

Taste follows the nose, a good amount of floral hop bitterness, before the malt takes over the tongue, toasted grain and bread with only some slight caramel malt sweetness. Finish is medium, and has a bit of fruity and floral flavor with lingering toasted bread flavor.

Light to medium body with a good amount of fine carbonation. Easy to drink and pretty solid amber ale.

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Fixed Gear from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
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