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
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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 Pauly2X
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Classic light copper/red color with a big 1 1/2 finger head. The head retains at a wisp to provide some nice lacing all the way down the glass.

S- Solid blast of piney and citrusy hop aromas coupled with a faint hint of sweetness in the background.

T- The hops dominate this beer right from the start. Alot of flavor with a good but not obnoxious amount of bitterness to boot. The malt character is there as well, but it seems just to eloquently balance out the hops and to keep the bitterness in check without providing any real noteworthy character of it's own. Great balance all the way through the finish.

M- Medium body with a moderate smooth carbonation.

D- I could easily drink alot of this beer. Good thing it's in a 22oz bottle. Even at 6.5% it tempts at being sessionable, nice job Lakefront. (809 characters)

Photo of chodinheaven
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
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. (1,159 characters)

Photo of deanhead
3.39/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep garnet in color, Slight chill haze.
Initially poured a massive voluminous head but disapated qucikly leaving a spidery tan lace.

Taste was slightly spicy, with hints of butter.

Medium bodied with a light mouthfeel, yet a glimmer of clinginess.

Dry finish with a hint of sour white grapes aroma is spicy.

Overall this beer was okay. It wasn't underwhelming, but nothing really stuck out about it that would make me want to have another. Not bad, but not great either. Middle of the road.l (499 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 drizzam
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Alright, largely one of the reasons I bought this beer is because of the fixed gear bike theme...but it has a decent rating as well, so I look forward to this offering by Lakefront.

A - The brew pours a hazy red in color, topped by a beige one finger head. head retention is decent and it leaves a nice veil of lace down the inside of my glass.

S - Sweet caramelized malts flirt with a nice citric hop character. Smells like this will be a delicious brew!

T & M - Much like the aroma, the taste is a good representation of both caramel malt and citric hops...both are decently balanced in this beer. Medium bodied with a creamy mouthfeel...it finishes with just the slightest hop bitterness.

D - To tell the truth, I thought this was going to be a gimmick brew by the Lakefront Brewery. Their beers have been hit or miss with me in the past. I picked up this bottle (1 pint 6 fl oz.) for $4.99, which to me isn't a terrible price for a good beer. This bottle is going down so well for me that I kinda wish I would have picked up 2 or 3. I'll be recommending this one to my friends! A must try. (1,098 characters)

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

22oz bomber poured into standard pint.

A- Pours a dark amber red that resembles a blood red. A good two finger's worth of head that leaves a nice cap and some good lacing as well.

S- A very hoppy red if I do say so myself. Lots of hops with a very limited malt profile. Some grassy notes and the smallest amount of yeast.

T- Like the nose, a bunch of hops, an even amount of citrus and pine. The malt becomes more present in the taste. Reminds me of a mellow Furious.

M- Medium bodied with fair carbonation. A slight amount of bitterness from the hops but nothing else really.

D- A good drinker with enough hops to satisfy many palates. A good all around beer that is another good offering from Lakefront. (711 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 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 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 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 blakelive784
3.04/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 fl oz bottle served in a snifter, reviewed live:

A - Pours a chill hazed amber color with a nearly white, thin head of 1.5 fingers. Retention is poor. Meh.

S - Piney hops notes, caramel, grapefruit, and crystal malt. A bit hoppier than I was expecting, but pretty pleasant all together. Mild to medium strength.

T - Bold dry hopping lends an overbearing hops presence to this one. Resinous pine masks much of the malt character. Balanced extremely poorly (at least for the style). I can appreciate the style deviation, but this one's not built very well.

M - Smooth and wet. Light to medium bodied.

D - This one'll satisfy those looking for a prominent hops presence (albeit an imbalanced one). I'll pass on it in the future though. (744 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 ForWhatAlesYou
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This review is a combination of sampling from both a 12oz bottle and 22oz bomber bottle I bought directly from the brewery in Milwaukee. This beer was served in a pint glass.

A: Cloudy. Reddish brown. Tan small head. Good lacing throughout.

S: Piney resins. Hops are completely dominant. Smells like opening a pack of hop pellets (Fuggles?). A little dark fruit.

T: Malt is carmelly and good. Hops are big but not overwhelming. Spice, citrus, pine.

M: Medium carbonation, slightly dry.

D: I love this style and here is another great example. Unique unto itself but very good. (580 characters)

Photo of datalager
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I'm drinking my second bottle of this as I type this review. The first bottle was consumed about one week ago. I very much enjoyed it, but failed to take any notes on the drink.

Appearance is garnet colored in body, with a scant and quickly fading off white head that leaves little trace of lacing. The body presents with moderate unfiltered murkiness that reminds me of thick, rusty water. The color is certainly pleasant. Not unattractive. Perhaps a thicker, lasting froth would add to the character. But then I don't know how accurate that would be for the style.

The smell is hop forward with a powerful pine note. Brief waves of roasted malt and metal rise up in the background, just above citrus notes in the far distance.

Flavors are rich, biting, bitter...followed by bread, a little sweetness, then ending in a dry finish. Swallow is crisp.

This is obviously a hybrid style, which leaves more room for creativity. Without a need to criticize for authenticity I can only say it is an enjoyable hop heavy beer. I would gladly buy this again. (1,056 characters)

Photo of BoJengs
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased from local Woodmans. Bottle dated 11/13/13. Consumed 12/5/13.

Long neck bottle - American Red Ale

A - pours a rich mahogany color. Leaves a nice frofty yellowish tinted head. Looks like a full bodied beer. As I drank it left an beautiful even lacing on the side of the glass and retained a great head.

s - smells good - fresh

t - great american style red ale. can taste the hops through the nice caramel malt body. its a full taste that is balanced nicely. maybe a little vanilla as an aftertaste.

m - great mouthfeel. probably my favorite part about this beer. tastes and feels like a full beer, and at 6.8 % a few do the job.

o - as this is a local brewery for me I continue to go back to this one. it is a go-to beer because of great availability, price, and taste. enjoy this one (799 characters)

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

Bottle poured into pint glass.

This beer pours a clear red-hued amber. The head is white and rocky. Looks nice.

Toasted grain and noticeable hops dominate the smell.

The toasted grain and toffee base provide a good stability to this brew. The hops are a bit on the high side, but it's not too bad...nothing like the Lagunitas Imperial Red. The hops are nice and spicy. Finishes bitter and floral.

Mouthfeel is velvety smooth.

Overall, a great American red...This is my second beer from this brewery and I'm impressed. (522 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 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 trevorjn06
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy deep red/amber. There is one finger of reddish head that is thick and frothy and dissipates slowly and leaves lacing on the glass.

Aroma is lots of pleasant hops, citrus and floral with a touch of pine. Some moderately sweet malt and graininess is detectable but subtle.

Taste is some light caramel malt, a bit of graininess and a fairly forward hop bitterness. Some citrus and fruity hop flavors are present and the finish is some grain and lingering hop bite.

Mouthfeel is moderate to thick with medium carbonation.

Overall a pretty good beer with a nice amount of hop aroma and a beautiful red color. The grain profile left me wanting a bit and it could have been more balanced. (698 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 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 SoupKitchenBeerSnob
2.35/5  rDev -38%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Ok, another random pick from a local market. Looks and smells like beer. Took a swig and got punched in the mouth with hops. Hate it. Just another bottle of carbonated hop-water. Really, is this the only standard for American micro-brews? Go hop heavy and forget anything else? If you're a hophead this beer is for you. Otherwise, look elsewhere. (346 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 hackmann
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: nice red ale with amber edges; one finger beige head that leaves some lacing on the glass

Aroma: moderate hop spice and roasted malts; the hops remind me of grapefruit and a hint of floral;

Flavors: crisp hoppy notes of citrus and spice; earthy caramel and grains; little rye bread feel

Mouthfeel: this 54 IBU rating shows some good bitter notes on the taste and aftertaste; the earthy malts make for a nice balance; light-moderate carbonation;

To the Point: it is a bold ‘red’ ale; red ale is not one of my favorite styles – but, I would buy this one again. It is an over hopped red ale and if you did a blind tasting on this ale you would guess – ‘American pale ale’ (699 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)

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