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Fixed Gear - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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162 Reviews
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Reviews: 162
Hads: 872
Avg: 3.77
pDev: 29.71%
Wants: 26
Gots: 140 | 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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Reviews: 162 | Hads: 872
Photo of CaptainIPA
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap @ Cafe Hollander Tosa and presented in appropriate glassware. Enjoyed over lunch while watching the French Open semi-finals in HD. (Hard to see the ball otherwise.)

Pours a hazed copper crimson with a pillowy, off-white head with good retention and lacing. Aromas of sweet caramel malt and citrus hops announce what is about to follow.

Opens moderately sweet with bright notes of caramel that leisurely yield to suggestions of floral hops and citrus fruits. Hop bitterness is held to a bare minimum. Crisp and actively carbonated with a medium-bodied mouthfeel. Well balanced and exceedingly sessionable. Recommended.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Comes out of the bottle a reddish mahogany with a thick, frothy and rather persistent pale beige head. Aroma is not strong, but is spicy and hoppy and inviting. Flavor exceeds the wan aroma, being hoppy but not bitter, with nutty and malty undertones and spicy and horehound hints. Lively texture is quite tingly and fizzy, leaving a nice edgy and slightly hoppy finish.

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Photo of airheadmtrcycle
3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Sierra Nevada becker. What a beautiful pour! Could have made the cover of BA. Deep red, slightly opaque with a great big 2 or 3 finger head. Left lots of lacing When I finished the glass there was lacing almost top to bottom.

The smell is bready, a little spicy with a nice citrus hop aroma as well. The taste is pretty sweet, but not too sweet by any means. The malts come across a little stronger than the hops. The sip starts with caramel and brown sugar and ends a little spicy and hoppy. Quite nice overall flavor.

The mouth feel is a notch or two heavier than I expected, or a notch a two above medium for the genre. Carbonation is just about perfect.

A really nice beer. Well balanced and should appeal to a lot of beer drinkers. I'll be getting another very soon!

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Part of the Lakefront 88 Sampler Pack - $19.99 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia.

On the bottom of the label on the rear is a "Bottled During" section that was left unmarked and unnotched. Ah well.

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazy, rich, dark amber-hued body with a frothy, yellowed-beige head.

Smell: Toasted grainy bread, some noted sweetish caramel notes, and a generous dose of evocative c-hops giving the preferred sniffer scents of fresh flowers, pithy citrus, and zesty, spicy herbs.

Taste: Moderately sweet malts tasting of dark caramel sauce and toast preclude a fine addition of hop character delivering strong floral accents, touches of lightly resinous dried grasses, and fresh-cut citrus fruits, though there isn't a tremendous amount of bitterness involved. Small hint of honeydew. A single drop of vanilla. Soft finish with a lingering tea leaf-like herbaceousness and mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Modestly chewy.

Overall: A good amount of malt and hop flavor combined with an appealing drinkability and level of balance. I enjoyed this punchy red fairly well.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased from Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley, CA.

Pours a gorgeously coloured red-amber hue with a frothy, but not particularly persistent head of off-white. Lacing is decent and rather solid. Body is full and firm. Looks very nice indeed.

Nose is warm and full-bodied, with a relatively sweet malty tone cut through with a pleasant bite of citrussy hops. Hint of copper as well. From the depth in the sweetness to the classic hoppy characters, it appears canonically American.

Taste is smooth but relatively light. Grainy entry, spiked with a little lilting lemon hop character, before a faintly sweet, slightly carbonic mid-palate. Finish is dry, with a slight metallic twang and a hint of earthy yeast. Feel is smooth and pleasant, but the lightness is a little disappointing.

A decent brew with a good amount going for it. Drinkable, and stylistically pretty good. Certainly good enough to make me keep my eyes open for other Lakefront beers.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of mdwalsh
3.44/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the 88 Sampler.

A: A large, tightly packed head sits on a reddish-orange body that is pretty, but not perfectly, clear. Just a tiny bit of active carbonation. Way too much head on this beer and it just won't go away.

S: Much hoppier than traditional American ambers, but on par with today. The bottle says 42IBUs, if I had to guess I would have gone higher. It's a sharp citrusy aroma, very much orange/grapefruit. I'd like a little more malt, this is bordering on Pale Ale.

T: The taste mostly follows through with the aroma, but I get an almost sulphuric or mettalix taste, similar to, but distinct from skunking. Still, there's next to no malt to this beer, and it really is out of whack.

M: Very nice mouthfeel, good amount of carbonation and body.

D: Not too filling or harsh, just out of balance and not appealing.

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Photo of chefelf
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is not my favorite style of beer but I enjoyed this one quite a bit. It has a bitter flavor and a taste of citrus (most notably grapefruit). I am always tasting grapefruit in bitter beers though so that may just be a wiring fault on my part.

This was not the beer in the four pack I was looking forward to the most but I enjoyed it quite a bit.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
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.

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Photo of deanhead
3.39/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep garnet in color, Slight chill haze.
Initially poured a massive voluminous head but disapated qucikly leaving a spidery tan lace.

Taste was slightly spicy, with hints of butter.

Medium bodied with a light mouthfeel, yet a glimmer of clinginess.

Dry finish with a hint of sour white grapes aroma is spicy.

Overall this beer was okay. It wasn't underwhelming, but nothing really stuck out about it that would make me want to have another. Not bad, but not great either. Middle of the road.l

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Photo of ThreeDimesDown
3.92/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of swierczt
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

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Photo of timrosenblatt
3.46/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It looks like a great beer. If I were casting a movie, I would use this beer.

I might be expecting more from the hops in here from having had too many IPAs, but they're a bit too weak. It's still a nice hoppy flavor. I taste a sort of strange sweetness left in my mouth.

If you're trying to help someone learn to love hops, this is a good beer to suggest to them.

This is the Megan Fox of beers. Good to look at, might want to take to a party, lacks real substance, and has a weird thumb.


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Photo of Nikkibrews13
3.47/5  rDev -8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice red/ amber color, roasty brown head, and very cloudy.

S: Sweet doughy malt aroma, but is not very strong.

T: Nice pine hop flavor, sweet malt character. well balanced.

M: Medium to thin mouth feel

D: Smooth. very drinkable.

Overall i would say that this is a good amreican red.

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Photo of BierFan
4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

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Photo of ebrauser
3.57/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 22 to a pint glass.

Appearance: Mahogany red with a thick beige head
Smell: Fresh wet hop aroma abounds while red malts provide a great smelling basis.
Flavor: Very hoppy and bittersweet, without the complexity provided by floral hop flavors. Malt provides a subtle, pale sweetness that is not quite strong enough to support the aggressiveness of the hops.
Mouthfeel: Thin and easy to down, though I don't consider it drinkable due to the levels of bitterness.

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Photo of Ego
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

18 inches of snow on the ground... might as well take in some libations...

this bottle talks alot of smack, when Stone says stuff they usually back it up... lakefront ? er... let's find out.
the head is anxious to get out of the bottle as this one rises up to three fingers in a blink, lacing leaves evidence all along the sides, cloudy ruby hue with carbonation present. this is a very nice looking amber.

very raisin-y, which surprised me, smells "darker" than most reds but has the tell tale red symptoms, malty goodness, all sorts of fruit notes, really interesting.

taste etc...
drinks pretty smooth, the hops are in line, not too aggressive but leaving just the right amount of bitterness on the aftertaste, the malts would be too sweet if the bitterness wasn't on this level, this drinks like a thicker red, not quite syrupy... nothing is outstanding on an individual level except the balance, which is of course a compliment.

good beer. balanced. worth checking out.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
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

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Photo of Kegatron
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
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).

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Photo of jera1350
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into a pint glass more of a cloudy burnt orange than red color. A nice rich and creamy tan head sits atop and leaves some nice lacing.

Generously hopped with a crisp citrus character. Caramel malt as well.

A pretty balanced brew, but not skimping on neither hops nor malt. The hops offer a good dose of citrus/pine. Their is plenty of caramel malt present as well.

The feel is smooth and the body is medium.

A very well crafted amber. There are now several good hopped up amber and I would put this one in that same boat. Worth a try indeed.

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Photo of optiontwo
2.68/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into tulip

A: A heavy pour leaves me with a pretty clear amber beer with streaming bubbles and a two inch beige head with large bubbles that slowly pop and decrease the height of the head.

S: The aroma is a very even blend of sweet malts and citrus hops. The citrus is forward but soft, very grapefruit like and the malts impart a definite caramel aroma. There's also some strange spiciness in the smell.

T: The flavor is quite muted. Not what I was expecting. It starts with some of that spiciness and grapefruit but then quickly turns sweet and finally leaves an unfavorable aftertaste of cracker. It's completely awful but based of the smell I thought it would have a little more punch.

M: Possibly the weirdest part about this brew. I don't know if they intended on making it lighter than most in it's style so bikers could chug it after a ride but it's a little off putting. It's very bubbly on the tongue and then finishes disappointingly thin.

D: Below average. The body is drinkable but the flavor is not something I would want to experience much more than this bottle.

O: I gotta say the name/label caught my eye and I probably wouldn't have bought this beer otherwise. As far as the beer goes, I feel as if it is very forgettable and I'm glad I have a Lagunitas Lucky 13 in the fridge and I live in the state of Surly Furious. Won't buy again.

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Photo of trevorjn06
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy deep red/amber. There is one finger of reddish head that is thick and frothy and dissipates slowly and leaves lacing on the glass.

Aroma is lots of pleasant hops, citrus and floral with a touch of pine. Some moderately sweet malt and graininess is detectable but subtle.

Taste is some light caramel malt, a bit of graininess and a fairly forward hop bitterness. Some citrus and fruity hop flavors are present and the finish is some grain and lingering hop bite.

Mouthfeel is moderate to thick with medium carbonation.

Overall a pretty good beer with a nice amount of hop aroma and a beautiful red color. The grain profile left me wanting a bit and it could have been more balanced.

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Photo of Ryan011235
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass on 6/15/10

The color is a very nice scorched amber. Held to the light it almost appears crimson. Directly beneath the two fingers of toasted marshmallow-hued foam drifts a layer of yeast. Head retention drops to 1/4th inch after several minutes leaving a few good rings of lace.

One whiff tells me this a hoppy amber ale. The hops are sharp & loaded to the hilt with fresh grapefruit. Swirling the glass releases floral & pine aromas. Malt undertones of caramel & toasted bread are prevalent but never overpower the hops. Interesting blend between dry & sweet. As it warms it start to have a medicinal quality.

I admit I'm a bit underwhelmed by the taste, though it isn't bad, per se. It just seems to lack the vibrancy of the aroma. Piney hops with a dry bitterness with a citrus zest accompaniment. A little spiciness could go a long way, I believe. Toasted caramel notes offer support. Kind of medicinal, too. As with the aroma, it's pretty dry.

Medium-bodied; sticky, resinous & mildly gritty. Carbonation is reasonably low; it would be perfect if the flavor had a little more crackle. In lieu of spiciness, livelier carbonation might have been ideal. Resiny bitterness lingers on the finish.

Initially purchased for novelty (a buddy of mine is a bike guy), I've been pleasantly surprised. On the whole, it's rather impressive. I would really like to try it on tap. A few mods would make this fixie the talk of the Short North.

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Photo of Gavage
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: coppoer in color with a 1" head that slowly falls. Thick lace paints the glass.

Smell: floral hops and a nice amount of caramel and fruit sweetness is easy to detect.

Taste: caramel, ripe plums, some grapefruit citrus tones, and nice floral bitterness creates a nice malty but hoppy red ale.

Mouthfeel: medium body. Light crispness to start, smooth and a touch dry at the finish. Aftertaste is malty but short lasting.

Drinkability: nice red ale that is easy to drink. If you are in the mood for a malty beer with some nice hop presence this one hits the spot.

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Fixed Gear from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
85 out of 100 based on 162 ratings.