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Fixed Gear - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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BA SCORE
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542 Ratings
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Ratings: 542
Reviews: 138
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.48%


Brewed by:
Lakefront Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerFMAndy on 02-24-2010)
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RoamingGnome

Wisconsin

3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
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...

Serving type: on-tap

04-11-2012 02:44:16 | More by RoamingGnome
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TheSeeker61

Georgia

3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2014 19:36:44 | More by TheSeeker61
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
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).

Serving type: on-tap

08-25-2010 14:20:39 | More by Kegatron
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Strix

Wisconsin

3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2012 03:08:46 | More by Strix
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2012 18:37:22 | More by TMoney2591
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2012 03:16:22 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Act25

New Jersey

3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 22:39:40 | More by Act25
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ThreeDimesDown

Connecticut

3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2011 18:12:01 | More by ThreeDimesDown
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ummswimmin

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2011 03:03:03 | More by ummswimmin
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2012 23:20:51 | More by chinchill
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ChiPool

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2012 02:14:16 | More by ChiPool
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2010 00:58:51 | More by beerthulhu
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brdc

Wisconsin

3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 14:54:01 | More by brdc
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jkrich

Indiana

3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 23:38:50 | More by jkrich
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ribby

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2012 00:26:09 | More by ribby
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curasowa

New York

3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2013 19:32:52 | More by curasowa
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isaiahcutright

Oklahoma

3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a hazy amber/copper color, with a one finger light tan head. Smells of foral spicy hops very nice. Taste has a very nice maltly backbone similiar to a amber ale, but has a very nice hoppy finish. Mouthfeel is right on for my taste. Very drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2011 02:55:13 | More by isaiahcutright
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Jparker37

Wisconsin

3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2012 00:20:33 | More by Jparker37
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jimmah120

Minnesota

3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2013 10:57:47 | More by jimmah120
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homebrew311

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2013 20:34:34 | More by homebrew311
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57md

Pennsylvania

3.86/5  rDev +4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2013 05:40:07 | More by 57md
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Wasatch

Utah

3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to beerwolf77 for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a nice dark copper color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, which leaves some nice small islands and sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with a slight hop note, lots of caramel. The taste is malty, sweet, slight hop note, slightly bitter, with a good dose of caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, a very tasty brew, but more on the malty side.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2010 23:30:22 | More by Wasatch
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ehammond1


3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle

Thanks for opening this with me, NoSignsOfPain!

Hazy amber body with an inch-high light khaki colored head that leaves irregular lines of lace down the glass.

Biscuity aroma with some pine hop presence and some caramel sweetness. Simple, accessible, enjoyable.

Moderately bitter with simple but enjoyable flavors of biscuit, pine, citrus, and caramel sweetness.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Appropriate and very drinkable.

A nice, drinkable, tasty amber. This really was quite good for the style, which isn't one of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 23:43:05 | More by ehammond1
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chodinheaven

Maryland

3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A deep burnt reddish orange in color with a 1.5 finger light khaki, fluffy head on top that dissapates slowly to a sea foamy sheet. Leaves some sticky lacing as you drink. Grapefruity citrus and a touch of earthy resin are the most dominant hop aromas with a mild backing of caramel malt. Hint of skunkweed. Not crazy aromatic, but nice enough.

Bold hoppy taste with a bit more of the grains coming out than in the aroma, balancing the somewhat resiny and earthy hops. Grapefruit also comes to mind with its sharp bitterness. Definitely in that family of citrus, and it meshes well with the resins. Leaves with a long finish and lingering bitter aftertaste that is not necessarily unpleasant, but not the best part of this beer either. The caramel in the malts does a nice job with the balance and makes for pretty good drinkability. There is a toastiness to the malt as well that mingles nicely with the hops and offers another dimension to the beer. The body is maybe a touch light for the boldness of the hops, but not too distractingly so.

Overall, good beer. Enough for hopheads, but balanced enough for an easy and enjoyable drink. I'd get it again.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2012 04:24:49 | More by chodinheaven
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rangerred

Tennessee

3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2013 01:32:51 | More by rangerred
Fixed Gear from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
84 out of 100 based on 542 ratings.