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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Reviews: 158 | Hads: 831
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 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 Cyberkedi
3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (370 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 superspak
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 12/11/2013. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy deep red-orange color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of caramel, toast, brown sugar, biscuit, tangerine, grapefruit, orange peel, citrus rind, floral, grass, light pine, and floral/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of dark/bready malts and citrus hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, toast, brown sugar, light biscuit, tangerine, grapefruit, orange peel, floral, grass, light pine, and floral/toasted earthiness. Fair amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, brown sugar, tangerine, grapefruit, orange peel, floral, grass light pine, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice robustness and complexity of dark/bready malt and citrus/grassy hop flavors; with a good malt/hop balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy, smooth, and lightly slick/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice amber ale. Good balance and robustness of dark/bready malt and citrus hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A nicely enjoyable offering. (1,381 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 twiggamortis420
3.66/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a dark, opaque amber color with a large cap of off-white head. Excellent retention and lace...a good looking brew.

Nose is caramel and toasty malt with a resinous, leafy hop aroma that leans herbal.

Taste is dark, burnt caramel maltiness, almost to dark chocolate levels. The hops are almost all on the bittering side, floral and long-lasting. It tastes pretty old school - old world hops, more bittering than taste/aroma hops and an earthy and char-esque maltiness. Mouthfeel is good, rich and well carbonated. Sweetness is pretty low. I actually am enjoying this, It feels like a tasty throwback to the early days of microbrews in the late 90's/early 2000's. (681 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 tavernjef
3.66/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gorgeous tawny amber hue with a husky darkish glow. A slim, non-lasting crown of dark beige foam briefly forms before fading to a thin skim and average collar. Good amounts of lacing sticking across the glass in spotty sheets.

Soft, yet appealing nose of caramel with a bit of fruityness of apple and melon. A bit of herbal leafy hops developes slowly as it sits.

Taste is good, nothing huge here, pretty standard stuff here with some caramel and soft bready malts with a smurfing of black tea hints, notes to burnt vanilla and brown sugar and some subtle hop tones mixing off the finish with a mellowing dryness of floral herbalness.

Lighter medium bodied, a tad slim on body really, with a well-rounded carbonation and smoothness about it that does bring some solid drinkability.

A good effort from Lakefront, but comes up short as a Red ale compared to all those well done West Coasters. (894 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 dbossman
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
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 (512 characters)

Photo of PauI
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%

Fixed Gear is like, totally underground, man. You've probably never heard of a superior combination of hoppy pep with sweet malty goodness. It was a red ale before it was cool. It beats out a neat 6.8% in a Velvet amber mystique - kind of like chillin' out to the B - side of an LCD Soundsystem side-project remix vinyl. (320 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

pretty impressive for almost a macro, this is the best ive had from lakefront. this is everywhere but ive somehow missed it. a hoppy red ale that drinks a little heavier than most. hazy amber in color with an oatmeal colored head with excellent lace and retention. the nose here is hop forward, bitter, and rich from the grain. the alcohol content is also somewhat of a surprise, being as robust as it is for a release like this. maybe i had the wrong opinion about these guys. their pumpkin is clearly a poor judge of what they are capable of. nice richness of feel, as the hops provide most of the flavoring and the malt more of the structure. a little dryer than expected too, i like the low sugars on the finish and the lasting bitterness. woody almost, quite good really. fuller body a sixer might be too big of a dose honestly. relatively impressed, and will look forward to more lakefront stuff when it comes around. i wont wait so long next time. (954 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 scruffwhor
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Medium hazed stron copper and amber color. Great head and foam retention and string bubbling. Even sluggish lacing after each sip.

Aroma is chock full of heavily oild citric hops and biscuits and bread crust toasted malt. Very hoppy for just an amber ale aroma.

Taste from start to finish is heavily ooiled hop resin in both taste and mouthfeel. Add to that caramel and biscuity toasted malts.

The mouthfeel is very pily and a little resiny. Bitter through and through. This is an amber ale for a hop head that made a lucky mistake. (537 characters)

Photo of Beerlover
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

reviewed from notes on 6/3/12

A:Hazy with a light reddish brown color.
S: very balanced, aromas of malts and hops intertwind.
T: More hoppy than malty but the hoppiness is sweet , with a subtle bitterness.
O.a: this is a good example of a red ale, very easy to drink and balalnced (282 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 LittleDon
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy deep red, nice head to start, but quickly faded. Fruit, apples and prunes, particularly middle to end. While there's plenty of carbonation, the mouthfeel is surprisingly soft. Medium body. Hops in the finish and some bitterness, but all is quickly gone. (260 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 jeonseh
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
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. (1,186 characters)

Photo of nataku00
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
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. (852 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 Libeertarian
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A hazy, bubbling, dull copper. Very fine tan head has modest retention. Smells a little of resin, a little of caramel. Slightly estery as well. More hoppy on the taste, being piney, and herbal to spicy, especially on the back end. Reminds me of a winter-time treat. At the start a little tart and caramel, then raisins, then bread and black pepper. A little off-kilter. I can't say that it favors any one taste sensation, but neither does it meld them together as well as it could, with others of the style in mind. Still an enjoyable, drinkable beer. Medium bodied beer with medium carbonation, a little sticky, but not thick, with a dry finish. (646 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 ebrauser
3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
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. (475 characters)

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