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
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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Photo of metter98
3.79/5  rDev 0%
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. (764 characters)

Photo of Efay
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served into a teku glass;

A- Dark blood orange color, with hues of light red. Head retention of about 1 finger worth of white foam. Moderate amounts of lacing.

S- A nice mix of floral notes, as well as some strong piney hops.

T- Starts with some pine, but not too bitter. Theres some grapefruit and earthy orange in there as well.

M- Extremely light, but is creamy, which sticks to your mouth. Moderate carbonation.

O- It's a decent beer. Nothing extraordinary though. Not complex whatsoever and you can't really taste the malt base. (539 characters)

Photo of TheSSG
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a thick, dense, off-white head chock-o-block with resin, great persistence, and leaves nice lacing. Big notes of grapefruit in the nose. Slightly hazed, burnt sienna color. Starts bitter with big grapefruit hop flavor. Builds to a nice medium-high bitterness, and then the malt starts to pop through, and the finish is biscuit with a floral-like hop bitterness lingering.

This is fantastic. EVERYTHING a hoppy red ale SHOULD BE! (436 characters)

Photo of Uncle_Jimmy
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- murky red with one finger of tan foam that didnt linger too much but plenty of lacing.

Aroma- carmel and grape ( like grape Kool-aid) vanilla, cherry, fruity pebbles , some yeast and a ever so slight funk. aroma gets more floral as it warms up.

Taste- well rounded full roast malt character at the beginning like wheat toast. Some light tofee and maybe then some peppery rye toward the back. The finish is hoppy crisp fruity like candied fruit and slightly citrusy.

Mouthfeel- lighter to medium bodied. Crisp and dry.

Overall- I may have had this one a little too cold. The flavor doesn't live up to the interesting aroma, but I wasn't in the least bit disappointed. (682 characters)

Photo of ToasterChef
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hoppy amber ales are some of my favorite beers, so I am excited to drink this one! It's chilled slightly and served in a pint glass.

It's a very clear red/amber colored beer with lots of rising carbonation. The head is tannish with a touch of pink. It was about a finger thick at first, but it has settled some as I've typed. Lacing is sporadic.

The beer has a nice hop aroma. It's isn't overly hoppy (you would never mistake this beer for a red IPA), but does have some nice citrus smells. There is also some fruity sweetness that reminds me a little bit of fruit juice.

The flavor of this beer is more like a red ale than a hoppy ale, at least at first. I taste a good portion of malts that have a mild sweetness. But soon, the hops kick in. They are spicy, citrusy and linger on well after I've swallowed.

The beer has a medium body and isn't bogged down by hop oils. It feels a touch watery, probably because there isn't much coating. It does leave a slight tingle on my tongue (so maybe it has more oils than I realized).

I like this beer. There are other hoppy reds and amber I like more, but if I saw this on tap somewhere, I would order a pint. (1,157 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (441 characters)

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. (1,121 characters)

Photo of JayQue
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy amber/reddish color with a small light beige head. Average retention and lacing.

Smell is caramel malts and a little citrus (grapefruit). Taste is the same. The sweet maltiness is dominant with a nice little blast of grapefruit at the end.

Mouthfeel is crisp and light. Not too sweet. No hint of alcohol. Goes down easy.

Overall a pretty good red ale (366 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

I love this mason jar. Anyway, this stuff pours a lightly hazy russet-amber topped by a small layer of glowing off-white foam. The nose comprises bright grapefruit zest, orange zest, and buttery caramel throughout the background. The taste brings in more of the same, with a stronger rind component from the fruits, a less buttery caramel backbone, and a stiff bit of pine resin. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry and slightly sticky finish. Overall, a very nice, if not all that visually attractive, hoppy red, one of the best I've had in a while. (627 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

100th review for this beer. 12oz bottle, pours a hazy brownish-red with frothy beige head that holds decent retention & leaves some spotty lacing. Aromas are caramely, malty, citric, bready, fresh-like hop. Tastes are a heavy dose of bready, caramel malt balanced with fresh citric hop and some pine that lingers on the finish. Thinner body with ample carbonation. Overall, a nice version of an American red ale, nothing spectacular, but it is a good representation of the style. (479 characters)

Photo of CurtisPeacock
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Amber body with a nice 1 inch head that foams up nicely. Decent amount of lace on the glass as I drink.

Smell: Aroma is a nice combination of caramel and malts. Hints of grapefruit and pine hops.

Taste: First a hint of sweet roasted malt. Then the taste of caramel. Finally a semi-overpowering dose of grapefruity hops. A little out of balance for a red ale in comparison to others I have tried. Good beer though, not an all night drinker.

Mouthfeel: Medium, nothing special

Overall: An alright beer that is pretty great for the first pint. (556 characters)

Photo of beerdrifter
4.42/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy copper-amber pour with a tinge of red. Two finger off-white head with great retention and crazy lacing. Huge resiny, piney, malty nose with hints of toffee, caramel, brown sugar, blood orange, and a touch of grapefruit. The taste is just as bold and juicy as the nose. Hints of pine resin, pink grapefruit, blood orange, toffee, caramel, sweet bread, and brown sugar. The balance is perfect and the drinkability is off the charts! The mouthfeel is smooth with a subtle creaminess along with a bit of hoppy bitterness on the finish. Probably the best example of a Red Ale I've tasted. (597 characters)

Photo of ribby
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This ale is red (duh) and slightly cloudy, with 1 1/2 inch head, slightly creamy. The smell and taste of this are opposite, the aroma is mostly malt, while the hops dominate the taste at first. After a few sips, the malt starts to show up a bit more on the palate. Overall, more hoppy and less malty than you might expect from a red ale, still delicious. (354 characters)

Photo of Kendo
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle says it was bottled during the 2nd week in July. Consumed on 10-2-12.

A: Poured into a pint glass. Hazy amber body with a big (2-finger) khaki-colored head that slips over the top of the pint glass. When backlit the body is more mahogany-colored. The big head retains well and leaves a good amount of lace.

S: Toffee & caramel malt and juicy hops. A touch of malt extract.

T: First impression is the heft, not the flavor: it seems a little thin and watery. That translates into a general tasting impression that there isn't enough malt here. I am getting some caramel malt and light brown sugar, but it's just not enough of a foundation. Hops seem minerally and metallic first, but become more juicy after my palate adjusts. I get a hint of orange peel and lemon at the finish, which provides a decent balanced overall flavor impression, leaning towards the hoppy side of the equation (which is what I like in my American Red Ales).

M: As noted above, it's a bit thin and watery in feel, with the overall heft being somewhere between light and medium. Carbonation is fine, creating a fairly creamy impression.

O: Decent. This grew on me by the time I got halfway down the glass. I paid $1.50 for a single bottle at Price Chopper, with some trepidation after my Fuel Cafe experience with Lakefront. I got a solid beer at that price; I wouldn't mind drinking this if I saw it on tap somewhere. (1,405 characters)

Photo of CookstLiquor
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 355ml bottle. Pours a rusty copper/tawny brown. Barely any tan head. The smell is a sweet mix of brown sugar, grainy malt and a little spice from the hops. The brown sugar/molasses comes through on the palate with some nutty malt (marzipan?) flavours and a solid hop bite at the back end of the finish. Reminded us a bit of Lagunitas Brown Shugga. (361 characters)

Photo of ChiPool
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle dated "Aug week 1"; Consumed & reviewed on 9/20/12.

Poured into Duvel tulip. Dark ruby colored with a modest amount of head. Smell of piney hops, and a bit of toffee sweetness. Tastes well balanced: carmel sweet malts, and continued piney hops. Definitely enjoyable for the style, with the hopped up approach.

Not quite as good as 3F Brian Boru as a hopped-up red ale, but in the same zip code. So, if you fancied the Boru, seek out Fixed Gear as a year-round alternative. Thumbs up! (492 characters)

Photo of jkrich
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a dated 12 oz. bottle: hazy with a reddish-brown hue with highlights of orange. The foamy, beige head slowly dissipated leaving intricate lacing on the glass.

Upon opening the bottle, the strong, wafting aroma of American hops indicated this would be an agressive red ale. After pouring the bottle into a pint glass, the hop aroma settled down to reveal some nice and spicy malt aromas.

The initial taste exhibited a generous and bitter hop profile, while the flavor slowly evolved to some maltiness in the aftertaste. The flavor was somewhat simple and straightforward but very refreshing and enjoyable.

The body was solidly medium with a thick mouthfeel with spritzy carbonation. The flavors lingered on the palate, especially the malt.

This is yet another satisfying amber/red ale with a solid hop profile. It is a little rough around the edges but still remains quite quaffable. (899 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy amber-red with a finger of frothy off-white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet caramel and bready malts with grapefruit and pine hops and a touch of red fruit.

T - Starts off with sweet caramel malts with some grapefruit and citrus hops and some bitterness. Through the middle, some bready malts come through with some resiny pine hops and some more bitterness. The finish is a mix of sweet caramel malts, tropical and pine hops, and a bit of red fruit.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and lightly bitter and dry finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice balanced red ale with a good malt and hop balance and a nice hop profile. (748 characters)

Photo of Pintofbrown
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had Fixed Gear in a nonic pint glass.

Appearance- The beer is more a copper than an amber. The pour looked much lighter, was not expecting it to be so hazy in the glass. The foam manages to cover the lid completely and even leaves a little lacing. The dirty white stuff is not that impressive though.

Smell- Fixed Gear has some caramel-sugar sweetness and a surprising hop presence! They are not strong flavor hops, no bountiful fruitiness for example. There is the impression of resinous hop oil that would make me swoon in larger amounts.

Taste- The beer is not delivering here like it was on the nose. Although, I get a better impression of the hop profile! There is a little more orange citrus and a bit of musty, almost onion-like flavor hops. The bittering hops show up near the back of the throat and add a resinous feel to the beer.

What I really miss is that dash of sweet that made itself known on the nose. In truth, I think the malts need to be more forward on the palate. They are mostly absent in this bottle.

Mouth feel- The feel is above average: slightly bubbly, slightly smooth, but not really either. The body feels a little flat in the mouth too, a little watery for my tastes.

Overall- In truth, I have had some attempts at IPA's that weren't as good as Lakefront's amber ale. So, I guess if you want to give a hoppy amber ale a try, then this beer would be a good choice. And really, the hop profile in this amber is not bad! Don't try to look too hard for the biscuit-like malts in this beer. They won't be there. (1,544 characters)

Photo of scaliasux
3.08/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - Medium dark copper to amber. Hazy. Medium tall, off white head. Good persistence.

Smell - Mild medium roasted malts. Fairly prominent citrus hops. Hops more apparent than the malt.

Taste - Hint of sweet medium roasted malt. Toasty and caramel. Overpowered by heavy dose of grapefruity hops. Seems a little out of balance for a red ale. Flavor's not bad, though, seems a bit one note.

Mouthfeel - Medium.

Overall - I wouldn't expect the beer from its label. And I'd be disappointed if I were looking for a red ale. (530 characters)

Photo of Strix
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark orange, good initial head, some nice lacing, fades to a ring.

Smells of caramel malt, citrus hops, spiced apple

Caramel malt, wood, grapefruit rind, grass.

Medium-smooth mouthfeel.

Somewhat aggressively hopped for the style, I enjoyed it. (256 characters)

Photo of Jparker37
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into Sam Adams perfect pint. Bottled Week 2 of October, 2011.

A - Hazy Brownish amber. Small vanilla head collapses to a small ring.

S - Has a great blend of some earthy/citrusy American hops along with established toasty malt. The malt seems to have some dark red fruit notes reminiscent of a good dubbel.

T - Really definitive toasty bready malt. There is a bit of some roasted malt bitterness throughout the whole flavor. Hops have a really earthy feel to it. Hops bitter finish is right there with the roasted malt.

M - The finish is neither sweet nor dry. I like the backbone of this beer with its full flavored medium body.

O - Has a good deep red color. Great complexity in the nose. The flavor is right in style with those toasty red malts, a little bit too much roastiness. Stylistic American hops. Good full body. This body fits right in line as a good American Red. It's worth mention that I have had this beer in my fridge and should have tried it much earlier. (995 characters)

Photo of andrewjraab
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a sixer when visiting Milwaukee for a wedding. My in laws took a tour of the brewery and were raving about it so I had to try it for myself.

A - dark reddish amber color. Nice thick and creamy head with good retention and stick.

S - Sweet bread smell with subtle hop notes. It is not overpowering, but also has some citrus characterstics.

T - Velvety balance of hops and rich and robust sweetness with a simple bitter finish.

O - Well crafted brew that I'm glad I had to opportunity to try. (507 characters)

Photo of socon67
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
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. (563 characters)

Photo of ruckus232
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 Ounce brown bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Dark red opaque color with a slight tan head

Smell: Oddly it has somewhat of a apple scent which is pretty nice.

Taste: Starts out with a slight citrus hoppy type flavor that fades into a fruity sweetness that doesn't linger too long.

Note: I really like this beer even though it might not be complex or anything. (376 characters)

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