Fixed Gear - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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Reviews: 158
Hads: 831
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 25
Gots: 125 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of BoJengs
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased from local Woodmans. Bottle dated 11/13/13. Consumed 12/5/13.

Long neck bottle - American Red Ale

A - pours a rich mahogany color. Leaves a nice frofty yellowish tinted head. Looks like a full bodied beer. As I drank it left an beautiful even lacing on the side of the glass and retained a great head.

s - smells good - fresh

t - great american style red ale. can taste the hops through the nice caramel malt body. its a full taste that is balanced nicely. maybe a little vanilla as an aftertaste.

m - great mouthfeel. probably my favorite part about this beer. tastes and feels like a full beer, and at 6.8 % a few do the job.

o - as this is a local brewery for me I continue to go back to this one. it is a go-to beer because of great availability, price, and taste. enjoy this one (799 characters)

Photo of neomantra
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hoppy beers with a malty backbone almost always sit well with me. This one didn't disappoint. Great head retention and substantial lacing on the glass. Very hazy and deep amber color. The smell is good and I pick up some grapefruit, but for a beer that's supposedly heavily dry hopped there isn't much there. Maybe the keg isn't as fresh as it should be. However the taste makes up for it with a very bold dose of crystal malt (without going overboard) layered with grapefruit and some spicey notes. The mouthfeel is surprisingly silky. There is not a ton of carbonation in this one but I think it goes well with the flavors. Overall I'd definitely have this one again sometime and would recommend it to any hop heads who like some balance in their beer. (754 characters)

Photo of dacrza1
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
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... (856 characters)

Photo of rangerred
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy medium red with a one finger off-white head. Amazing head retention with a thick head hanging over the beer for a long time and lots of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Aroma is very toasty and malty, just like a good read ale should be. Pine resin hops come through in a big way.

Toast, caramel and and toffee on the flavor along with a big shot of pine resin and tree bark from the hops. Bitterness is very high but is not over the top. This beer is on the hoppier side of the style but it works well. Thick and chewy mouthfeel with moderate stickyness on the finish.

Overall, I was impressed by this beer. Lakefront has been hit and miss for me but this one is definitely a hit. Wish i would have picked up more than a single. (778 characters)

Photo of cyclonece09
4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a cloudy red with a nice white head. Smells of caramelized malt with some piney hops. Tastes of dark roasted malt with some notes of fruit with a little hoppy bite. Beer is heavily carbonated but still light bodied and very drinkable. Overall a very good beer. (320 characters)

Photo of spoony
3.66/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a 355 ml bottle (bottled September 16, 2013) into a nonic.

A-A normal pour produces roughly a finger of mocha-colored head. The retention is pretty poor, but a thick collar hangs around the glass for a while. No lacing. The brew is very murky and dark-amber/iced tea in color.

S-I smell sweet caramel, a touch of cocoa powder, some rye bread, grain, and a hint of pepper spice. As the brew warms a bit, I also get some floral hops, but this brew is malt forward.

T-The taste is pretty grain-heavy, with suggestions of rye bread spice, caramel, toffee, and a vaguely bitter hop note on the finish. As with the smell, I get way more malt than hop here. Alcohol was very well-concealed for 6.8% ABV.

M-The feel was medium to light for the style with active, but fine, carbonation. The brew was not quite crisp, and very drinkable.

O-This is a pretty decent representation of the style. It is not going to blow anyone's mind, but it provides a good bit of flavor in a very drinkable package. I was surprised to see that it packs nearly 7% ABV because it doesn't taste it at all. A nice beer for quaffing on a cool fall evening when I don't want to think about things too much. (1,182 characters)

Photo of SoupKitchenBeerSnob
2.35/5  rDev -38%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Ok, another random pick from a local market. Looks and smells like beer. Took a swig and got punched in the mouth with hops. Hate it. Just another bottle of carbonated hop-water. Really, is this the only standard for American micro-brews? Go hop heavy and forget anything else? If you're a hophead this beer is for you. Otherwise, look elsewhere. (346 characters)

Photo of BB1313
3.22/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottled on 9/25/13. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a hazy dark copper; small off-white head that leaves nice retention and decent lacing. The aromas are full of caramel malts. There are some hints of orange peel, but this is all malts. Flavors are loaded with caramel. Subtle hints of pine. Very subtle hints of grapefruit and orange. It's not too bitter. Definitely on the sweeter side. There's not much pop to this one. The mouthfeel is wonderful and definitely the stand out to me. It's extremely creamy and smooth; perfect amount of active carbonation; medium-bodied. Very smooth. Alcohol goes unnoticed.

This is a solid red ale, but nothing too exciting. (673 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours deep reddish amber with sparse head and some lacing. Nose features fair amount of citrus and pine followed by a decent grain presence. Taste is higher in the bitterness dept with nice citrus fruit as well as pine and caramel. Mouthfeel is light bodied with high carbonation. Overall a nice well balanced hop forward brew. (327 characters)

Photo of Act25
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love the name, the taste, the pour.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy, beautifully, rich, dark mahogany-hued body with a frothy, amber-beige head, that remains a fixed gear spiral of foam layer and leaves toothy lacing all the way down.

Smell: Toasted grainy bread and malt up front, with some caramel, and then mostly hops - flowers, citrus, and spicy herbs. But subtle, not an IPA nose. The aroma needs time to warm, swirl it, to come around to fullness.

Taste: Follows the nose, but packs lots of flavor. Upfront sweet malts, caramel and toast trending into software hop elements of flowers, grasses, and fresh-cut citrus. Not much bitteness. Finishes tea-like, tannic, smooth, slight spicy bitter in a good way.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body and carbonation. Modestly chewy. I like the weight.

Overall: I love the style and I think this is one of my new favorites in this red ale style. More weighty than any others I have tried? Can others recommend more like this?

I came back for a couple more turns at this fixed gear and really liked it, found it fresh and consistent. First rate Amber Ale. Great body. (1,116 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fixed Gear pours an amber color with a small head. There is a floral and harsh malty aroma. The taste has a nice mellow hop flavor with a harsher malty backbone. Nice full flavors, but the beer does go down a bit harsh. Overall its a nice hoppeir red ale. (255 characters)

Photo of spokeydonkey
3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (602 characters)

Photo of FLima
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark amber copper color with a thick beige head with good retention and leaving laces.
Delicious citrus aroma of passion fruit with caramel and bready malt notes.
And it got even better, flavor of grapefruits balanced with slighted roasted malts and condimented yeast. Dry and bitter aftertaste with an acid bite.
Light body and perfect carbonation.
Very good amber/red ale, bold in malt, hops and yeast, and balancing it all. Also good for hopheads that want to have a rest from IPAs, the 54 IBU gets you fixed enough. Definitely worth it. (540 characters)

Photo of 57md
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy reddish-copper with a half finger of beige head that dissipated rather quickly. The nose has both malty and hoppy notes. The malt is certainly discernible in the flavor profile and there is a touch of sweetness that probably can be attributed to the malt. The finish is hoppy, but the bitterness is not as amped up as today's top tier reds.

Nevertheless, this is an enjoyable and refreshing example of one of my favorite styles. (444 characters)

Photo of facundoCNB
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a deep amber in color with almost 2 fingers of creme colored head, lots of nice sticky lacing left behind. malty caramel aromas, herbal tea notes, grassy, grapefruit citrus hint. this is a well balanced amber ale.. even sweetness and bitterness of malt and hops, with a nice grapefruit overtone.. caramel, bready, grassy, tea-like.. flavor and nose are identical.
this is a very refreshing medium bodied ale with medium carbonation and a nice semi-creamy mouthfeel.
this is a must go-to from now on. 6pk price is cheap enough and definitely a nice change of pace from my usual ipa styles that i tend to go for. (610 characters)

Photo of hackmann
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: nice red ale with amber edges; one finger beige head that leaves some lacing on the glass

Aroma: moderate hop spice and roasted malts; the hops remind me of grapefruit and a hint of floral;

Flavors: crisp hoppy notes of citrus and spice; earthy caramel and grains; little rye bread feel

Mouthfeel: this 54 IBU rating shows some good bitter notes on the taste and aftertaste; the earthy malts make for a nice balance; light-moderate carbonation;

To the Point: it is a bold ‘red’ ale; red ale is not one of my favorite styles – but, I would buy this one again. It is an over hopped red ale and if you did a blind tasting on this ale you would guess – ‘American pale ale’ (699 characters)

Photo of curasowa
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear, dark copper color with one finger of head that fades slowly with big bubbles of lace.

Aroma: Sweet malt, mostly caramel with some hints of brown sugar and honey and some piney hops.

Taste: Lots of malt flavor, but a little thin on the mouth coating. Starts off a bit sweet then becoming more pepper-y and sharp, I'm guessing from some Rye malt? Bitterness builds and becomes a bit grainy, and you can really feel it on the roof of the mouth. The bitter graininess hangs out in a lingering finish.

The Rest: A pretty good beer. It has some fairly bold flavors but still has good drinkability. (613 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Paid 2 bucks for this single from Halftime beverage. Into my imperial pint glass.

A - A very dark hazy chestnut brown, one of the darkest red ales I ever seen, atop is a 1/2 inch of tarnish colored head.
S - Well it's not just sweet malts their is some hop presence in there but it smells rather strange like a touch of sour cherry. Hope it taste good.
T - I want to lean toward the flavor I am tasting is "woody" with a bit of spruce tips, bittering hops, and some tea leaves. A rather kind of disgusting taste as a while.
M - Medium bodied, kind of chewy, very herbal

Overall I am not too disappointed since Lakefront really does make rather mediocre beers with the exception of the Winter lager. I am puzzled on how high the reviews are considering this beer is borderline terrible but it is somewhat drinkable. (816 characters)

Photo of ADZA
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a bright reddish copper hue with a creamy two finger head and lacing everywhere looks very enticing for a red ale,the smell Is pineapple,blood oranges,grapefruit and piney hops,the mouthfeel is medi with moderate carbonation that suits perfectly and has tastes almost exactly like aroma with hints of pineapple,citrus,boiled candy,blood oranges and finished with a piney hop bitterness and overall it's a nice representation of a fine red ale and ill be back for another one that's for sure sessionable and tasty need I say more. (535 characters)

Photo of SPThirtyThree
2.85/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy copper that turns to mahogany when shadowed. A two-finger ecru head collapses into lumps and leaves just a bit of lacing.

S: A soapy cardboard scent fills the air around the glass during the pour - not a good start. A good whiff reveals juniper hops that are less stale and slightly more citrus than the first scent indicated. A bready, caramel malt emerges as the beer warms.

T: A mouth full of hops, somewhat offset by a good dose of nutty, roasted malt. Overall, pretty straightforward: lots of hops. Slightly sweet, with a bitter finish.

M: Medium-bodied, medium astringency, dry finish.

Personally, I don't prefer aggressively hoppy reds, though this is by no means a beer I'd pour out. It would be better if it found a better balance between malt and hop. Would probably not buy again. (811 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This poured out as a deep amber color with a soapy tan head on top. The beer has a very nice lacing as well as a pretty strong retention as well. The smell has a pretty good piney aroma with some toasted malts in there as well. The taste of the beer has a pretty good bitterness to it along with a nice caramel malt flavor in there also. The mouthfeel is creamy, a decent carbonation and dry in the finish. Overall this is pretty good, would love to have it fresh. Worth trying! (478 characters)

Photo of WanderingFool
3.66/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Fixed Gear pours a hazy dark copper color with a moderate frothy head on top. As the foam fades away it leaves a fair amount of lace coating the glass. A descent amount of bubbles float to the surface.

The aroma is rather faint. Malty notes of caramel and bread are followed by hints of citrus and pine.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is smooth and creamy with mild to moderate carbonation. The flavor begins malty and sweet with caramel, toffee and dark fruit (raisin or plum). Towards the end pine and citrus hop bitterness appears. Once gone the caramel and pine bitterness lingers on the palate.

A tasty beer with a great mouthfeel that leans toward the malty side. A nice change of pace from all the hop bombs out there. (733 characters)

Photo of Murrhey
3.32/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a conic pint glass in high elevation Libby, Mont. Bottled last September. Reviewed live.

A- One-finger cream head. Semi-hazy walnut body with moderate clarity. Retention on the head is rather low, only about one minute. Some thin lacing is left when agitated. Decent looking beer.

S- Caramel maltiness, semi-dark fruits. Rich and dark for a red ale. Some earthy hops.

T- Metallic bitterness from the hops, some caramel malts. Rather undeveloped flavor, but not bad.

M- Creamy and surprisingly thick. Nice feel!

O- Not a great beer, but has a nice feel. (589 characters)

Photo of jimmah120
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle bottled the end of february

Look is a deep red/amber filled with very fine sediment. Thin covering of lacy head. Smell is light malt, citrus hops, maple syrup, oak, alcohol. Taste kinda has a dry leaves thing going on, but that is removed from the mouth by a boatload of hops. (289 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A pretty decent amber ale. Consistent and fairly thick bodied tones. It doesn't really give a lot of variance on the flavor, but it's pretty good for what's there. Smooth feel overall. Pretty easy to drink. Not too shabby, but not too memorable either. (252 characters)

Fixed Gear from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
85 out of 100 based on 158 ratings.