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Fixed Gear - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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158 Reviews
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Reviews: 158
Hads: 841
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 26
Gots: 130 | 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: 841
Photo of airheadmtrcycle
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
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! (802 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.98/5  rDev +5%
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. (949 characters)

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

A: A mix of red, orange, and brown and hazy as hell. Slightly tan, IPA-like head that laces well.

S: Smells like fresh fruit: cantaloupe and honeydew mainly. Also some citrusy hops. Slightly sweet. As it warms, it smells like raisin bread.

T: I taste grapefruit and floral components from the hops. Bready. Toasted malts. Not a whole lot of lingering flavors, finishes clean with just a touch of bitterness clinging to the roof of your mouth. This beer tastes "wet" if that makes any sense.

M: Medium light; leaning towards light. Soft, unintrusive carbonation. A little thinner than what I would have expected, but it aids to make this a very drinkable and refreshing brew.

I like this, it's a mix between a red and an american IPA, although not nearly as hoppy and bitter. This would make for an excellent session beer. It's pretty light and refreshing and goes down smooth, but packs full flavor. On a hot day like today, I with I had another few bottles to enjoy. (974 characters)

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

Enjoyed on tap while out for some wings. Arrived in standard pint glass.

A) Nice looking red with good clarity. There was a full finger of slightly off white head. Good retention, eventually settling to a creamy looking dusting. All kinds of lacing.

S) Slightly sweet, with some roasted malt, caramel. A bit floral and a little grassy

T) This has some light sweetness, toasty with a little caramel. Really nice hop presence, but not overly bitter. Just a little fruit and some grass.

M) Medium body with a good amount of carbonation. Crisp, a bit of a lip smacker. I wouldn't call it smooth, but it goes down well, and refreshes. Slightly dry finish. Aftertaste is fine.

O) Really one of the better reds I've had recently. I'd definitely drink this again. Glad to recommend... (782 characters)

Photo of TheSeeker61
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

It's a nice reddish orange with a quarter inch head that hangs around. Nice lacing also. Malts are in the forefront of the nose. Has a candy malt smell actually. I like the fact that hops are intertwined with the malts in it's taste. The malts definitely hit the tongue first but with a sudden instance the hops reveal themselves. The mouthfeel is moderate. Will visit this again as I like hops and in my opinon this is a hoppy red ale, not overdone with hops but nicely done. (476 characters)

Photo of chefelf
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (350 characters)

Photo of cagocubs
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A friend of mine living in Milwaukee suggested this beer b/c I was looking for good red/ambers. Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A: Pours amber with a white 1 finger head. Does not retain well, but does have minor lacing where the head stuck around.

S: Earthy, citrus, hops, and come sweet caramel.

T: Earthy tones are hops, fruit (citrus), pine. The citrus and bitter hops make this a legit amber ale. Caramel malts give this a nice balanced taste.

M: Good mouth coating. Had that "wet" feeling all the way through. Good aftertaste and bitterness not overboard. (569 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 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 Kegatron
3.94/5  rDev +4%
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). (1,147 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 Tone
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, alcohol, strong hops, slight citrus, caramel malt, and a hint of pine. Fits the style of an American Amber / Red Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of alcohol, sweet malt, hint of caramel malt, hint of yeast, slight pine, and hops. Overall, good appearance, decent aroma, body, blend, and complexity. (473 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 ThreeDimesDown
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (384 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 ummswimmin
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this tonight with an antipasto platter. This beer blended well against the hot pepper, prosciutto, and roasted peppers. I figured that a nice red would pair with Italian.

This is a pretty good example of a red. There is the typical malt. A little difference is in the hoppiness. It isn't super hoppy, but the red and hops are a different mix from most reds.

The balance of flavors is pretty good. I like the smell coming off this beer. There was a pretty good amount of head with this beer.

I reccommend checking this beer out. It was pretty original. (560 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (1,231 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 brdc
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes. One more sampler from Lakefront, very useful just like the last one. This time, 4 large bottles, one of each beer, very reasonably priced.
Large capped bottle, my only complaint is that the "bottled during" section is not marked.
Dark amber in color, with a large light cream colored head that shows good retention, some lacing.
Well balanced aroma, malty notes with grains, bread, sweetish maltiness (?caramel) along with a healthy dose of hops, adding an outdoors kind of freshness, flowery and piney.
Medium bodied, easy to drink, reasonably well balanced with caramel, sweet malts, toast, with grassy and fruity hops to add some bitterness.
Nicely done. (673 characters)

Photo of steveh
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not sure how to rate an American Amber Ale. Seems that Pete's Wicked set the standard for the "style" many years back, and Leinie's Red made it somewhat of a status symbol for a while. Now, there's Fat Tire, of course, but what's this beer really supposed to be? From BA's style definition:
"Primarily a catch all for any beer less than a Dark Ale in color, ranging from amber (duh) to deep red hues."

Hmm. Catch all. Okay. One thing I know is that I've enjoyed Lakefront's beers for 25 years, so I'm looking forward to taste this for the first time.

Best by Aug. 11, 2015 clearly stamped on the back label. 6.8% ABV clearly marked as well.

A -- Deep, clear reddish copper color with a firm, dense light tan head that holds up well and leaves good lacing (I see a lot of reviews calling this cloudy or murky, mine is considerably clear with no sediment in the bottle).

S -- Surprisingly piny hops up front with some light earthy malts fighting to be recognized.

T -- Sweetish, lightly caramel malts with some toastiness present up front. Spicy, piny hops balancing the sweetness without becoming too assertive. The hop spiciness lingers long into the finish and aftertaste, but doesn't become too cloying on the palate. Lightly roasted malts with some caramel character becomes present in the aftertaste.

F -- Mouthfeel is rather spritzy and dry with a medium body.

O -- A well-brewed, good tasting ale by a veteran brewery. Certainly wouldn't turn one down if offered, but I enjoy many of LF's beers more and would turn to them sooner. (1,554 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 beerthulhu
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (1,006 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 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 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)

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