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Fixed Gear - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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158 Reviews
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Reviews: 158
Hads: 842
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: 842
Photo of u2carew
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz longneck.
A) Pours with a two finger head that settles out. A hazy amber body. Semi-sticky, big bubble lacing.
S) Apricot. Grapefruit rind. Subtle caramel. Mostly a hop dominated aroma.
T) A mellow dry grain flavor with a bold hop influence. Caramel notes. Grapefruit in the mix as well. A pleasant hop bite in the finish.
M) Medium body. Mellow fizz.
O) A well crafted amber ale. I'd definitely have another one. (419 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 GRG1313
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium/dark clear cranberry red with a short white head.

Nose is not real asserive. Light esters of stone fruit; pleasant.

Mouthfeel is thin but good. Well balanced; nice carbonation and inviting.

Flavors are assertive. A short fruity front palate that quickly hits you with big grapefruit skin/pine bitter that is bright and bold. Flavors are meaty and rich.

Big rich roasted grain undertones that leads into a bitter roasted finish. (450 characters)

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.12/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: red (duh). Hazy, not much of a off white head to speak of.
Smell: pleasant though a little nondescript. Some malt, a little fruit, a bit of a hop zing.
Taste: gonna punt as it's just as the nose would suggest though with even less zing.
Another decent brew that seems less than stellar with all the other great beers available. (339 characters)

Photo of anglagard1
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost more brown than red or amber.The smell of pine is intense, but in a pleasing way. Taste backs off the pine somewhat in favor of grapefruit; it has a definite IPA taste and mouthfeel to it, even a little bit of a Belgian IPA taste. The label claims it has a bold taste and it lives up to that. The predominant note is pine, very clean but direct. I think the taste matches perfectly with the 6.5% alcohol content, as it is an enjoyable beer but not one you're going to want to drink down too quickly. This is definitely a beer I will return to. Think of it as a cheep, available Hopslam that won't kick your ass if you try drinking more than 2. (650 characters)

Photo of shand
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into an imperial pint.

I had really written off Lakefront, to be honest. After trying all of their baseline brews and having their bog-standard IPA being the standout of their lineup, I really wasn't planning on picking up any more of their brews. But then, I saw these pretty bombers at a local haunt for 5 bucks a pop. Reviews were good enough, I knew they were fresh, why not?

I'm glad I did, this is a great red. It's not much to look at or smell though. Big, quickly retreating head on a muddy red-orange body. Aroma is a muted hoppiness. The taste is really quite good though. Very bright citrus hops shine their way over an effervescent sweet, bready malt. These both make their way down to a smooth finish with just a bit of hops lingering on the tongue. Very balanced and well-composed.

This is a nice and smooth drinker, the mouthfeel is fairly light and has a perfect level of carbonation. The drinkability is the best aspect of this beer for sure though, it's been a while since I've had a beer this perfectly drinkable. This bomber emptied in record time,for sure. Which kind of leads me to my problem here, and it's a bit of a Catch-22. If this beer weren't in bombers, I probably would have never bought it. Now that I've bought it, I want it in six-packs because it's a great drinker that I'd love to keep in my rotation. Oh well, it's a great beer that I'll recommend. (1,411 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 jzeilinger
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark amber red color with a fluffy, light tan colored head and nice carbonation.

S - Nice citrus grapefruit and pine nose, especially for a red ale (I'm used to getting more malt character). Caramel malt is a little biscuit like, but is a little subdued because of the hops.

T - Citrus hops hit the tongue up front with some fruitiness, followed by some caramel malt, then the hops return starting with citrus and morphs into a bitter pine finish with a little bit of a bite.

M - On the light side of medium body and a fairly clean finish.

O - For a red ale, I like the bitter bite as opposed to the toasted malt vibe from other reds I've had. I wish the flavor intensity could be dialed up a little and maybe a little more body. (747 characters)

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

Poured into a pint glass. Pours a clear, deep red, with a big rocky light tan head. Leaves some chunky lacing.

Aromas of big citrus hops, pink grapefruit, grapefruit zest, some caramel malt in the background.

Flavors of bitter, pink grapefruit hops, caramel malt, biscuit malt.

Mouthfeel is light/medium with a nice, round bitterness. Good level of carbonation.

Overall a good american amber ale. Nothing too aggressive or out of line. (439 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle

A- Poured into a pint glass. Pours a hazy dark reddish color with a nice off-white head with really good retention and lacing qualities.

S- The aroma is some malt, a hint of caramel and some hops.

T- The taste like the aroma has some smooth caramel malts up front with a dose of hops in the finish creating some bitterness. This one is very well balanced between the malt and hops.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, not bad. This beer went down very easy and has enough flavor to keep you interested. Worth a try. (577 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 tkepx182
3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Redish/ Orange color, with a cloudiness to it. When Poured it had a think rich head.

S: It had Fruity notes that stand out.

T: The hops give the beer a bite on the tongue that adds texture to the beer and a flavoring that makes it stand out. I also noticed a little bit of a flowering notes in the beer (308 characters)

Photo of JayS2629
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a rich cloudy brown beer with a two finger off white head that fades into a thin ring pretty fast. Leaves descent lacing.

The smell is great. full of melon, citrus and earthy hops behind a dominant malty backbone of toast, caramel, a touch of toffee and chocolate.

The taste follows with chocolate, melon, orange peel, earth, crusty bread, and loads of caramel. Very well balanced with hops in the aftertaste that lingers.

Overall a nice and balanced beer. (460 characters)

Photo of r3dsix
3.16/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into a glass.

Pours a thick creamy head that dissipates quickly leaving bits of itself along the glass to remind you it was there there.
Color is a cloudy golden amber with particles of "flavor" floating around. Looks delicious.

Smell is good although a bit bland. An obvious odor of hops with a variety of citrus notes and a hint of other fruits. The beer isn't particularly aromatic.

Initial taste met with a warm rendition of the odor which disappears quickly which turns into a neuteral flavor before ending with a slightly Carmel like flavor. The aftertaste is a somewhat unpleasant bitter hop flavor. At least the beer has the ability to leave a flavor in you mouth but if it only had the decency to leave a good one.

The beer isn't bad but not good enough for me to want to pay money for it. I wouldn't turn it down if it was offered to me though. (882 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 BeerLover99
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: deep burnt orange/amber body, 1 finger head, great lacing

S: pine, pineapple, peach, malt, light biscuit/bread aroma

T: sweet pineapple/peach, mild floral, pine, light bread,
slight oily

M: med body, light sticky/oily

O: Another fine Lakefront special beer!
I would highly recommend this others, fascinated
by the hoppy American Red Ales.

VERY GOOD, WORTH TRYING! (374 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 DabblinWiscCraft
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark, cloudy amber in the glass, with a nice 3/4 inch head that falls to about 1/8 inch but persists throughout the tasting, with some cling along the way. It has a bouquet consisting of ripe mango and melon, with a hint of grapefruit, iron, and subtle malts--quite pleasing. There is citrus fruit hop flavor at first sip, with pine and sweet malt vying for attention, as well. This transitions to a middle flavor of ripe fruits (back to the notes of mango and melon), and finally rests with a subdued hop bitterness and lingering fruit presence. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lot of effervescence to boot. Fairly clean and straightforward.

This is a very nice ale, with good presentation and impressive follow-through. There's a lot of complexity to the flavors in this one, with hop and malt mingling for a product that's similar to other brews in the style but distinct. A drinkable beer that really begs to be tried and appreciated anew. (950 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 AmericanGothic
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Sam Adams pint.

A: Pours a slightly hazy, medium amber color with two fingers of pale tan head. Good retention and lace.

S: Pretty hoppy-- citrus hops with a bit of mango as well as sweet malt underneath.

T: Citrus hops up front slowly yield to a sweet, biscuity malt with a hint of nuttiness. The hops slowly return on the finish. Over the course of the beer, the hops become more prominent on the finish, with a pine character.

M: Medium mouthfeel with a good deal of creaminess. Also some astringence in the finish.

O: This was a good beer. I'm not sure how I feel about the amber/red style designation-- it seems to fit somewhere between that and an American Pale Ale. If I were rating for conformance to style I would probably mark this closer to 3.5, but this review is for my perception of the beer itself, styles aside. This is the fourth of the four beers in the sampler, and I have enjoyed each one. Well done, Lakefront. (964 characters)

Photo of 9InchNails
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I could tell this was going to be a nice looking beer from the pour. Nice creamy off white tan head. Golden edges, a fiery red center, with a lot of fast moving tiny bubbles. Some sediment as well with the final pour. Nice creamy lacing on the glass.

Big time citrus hops, some pine and a sweet maltiness. If this smells the way it tastes, I'm in for a delicious treat.

Nice taste, much like the aroma. Citrus, some piney hops meets a sweet toasted maltiness. Some caramel and nut comes through.

Some prickly carbonation, nothing extreme. Light body, not really heavy at all. Feels nice, no complaints here.

Quite a tasty brew. Beautiful looking beer, even the creamy head made it down to the bottom of the glass. It's not that filling either and quite a easy brew to drink. This is a lot tastier than the IBA I recently had by Lakefront Brewery. If you can get your hands on this, don't hesitate, you most definitely should try it. (936 characters)

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

Served on-tap @ Cafe Hollander Tosa and presented in appropriate glassware. Enjoyed over lunch while watching the French Open semi-finals in HD. (Hard to see the ball otherwise.)

Pours a hazed copper crimson with a pillowy, off-white head with good retention and lacing. Aromas of sweet caramel malt and citrus hops announce what is about to follow.

Opens moderately sweet with bright notes of caramel that leisurely yield to suggestions of floral hops and citrus fruits. Hop bitterness is held to a bare minimum. Crisp and actively carbonated with a medium-bodied mouthfeel. Well balanced and exceedingly sessionable. Recommended. (633 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 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 ChainGangGuy
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Part of the Lakefront 88 Sampler Pack - $19.99 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia.

On the bottom of the label on the rear is a "Bottled During" section that was left unmarked and unnotched. Ah well.

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazy, rich, dark amber-hued body with a frothy, yellowed-beige head.

Smell: Toasted grainy bread, some noted sweetish caramel notes, and a generous dose of evocative c-hops giving the preferred sniffer scents of fresh flowers, pithy citrus, and zesty, spicy herbs.

Taste: Moderately sweet malts tasting of dark caramel sauce and toast preclude a fine addition of hop character delivering strong floral accents, touches of lightly resinous dried grasses, and fresh-cut citrus fruits, though there isn't a tremendous amount of bitterness involved. Small hint of honeydew. A single drop of vanilla. Soft finish with a lingering tea leaf-like herbaceousness and mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Modestly chewy.

Overall: A good amount of malt and hop flavor combined with an appealing drinkability and level of balance. I enjoyed this punchy red fairly well. (1,139 characters)

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