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Local Acre Lager Wisconsin Wet Hop - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lakefront Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Pilsner |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: BeerFMAndy on 10-24-2010

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Ratings: 51 | Reviews: 24
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4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from tasting notes.

Golden-yellowish in color with a persistent two finger head and some medium levels of lacing on the glass. Smells very floral and grassy...'green' and tea-like in hop character is the best way I can think of to describe the aroma. Flavor has all of the elements described from the nose, but also including medium amounts of green peppercorns and a light citrus/pine garnish on top of the semi-dry pilsner malt. Alcohol content is hidden very well on this one. Medium thickness and plenty of crisp sparkling carbonation to keep things moving around. Very fresh and clean in feel. This one is certainly worth trying.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

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3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A - A slightly haze to a golden yellow body. The head is a monster in a cloak of eggshell white. It stands a couple inches tall, it's frothy and offers some decent lacing.

S - It certainly has a lightly toasted malt aroma. The hoppy edge is very well balanced with the malt. Based on the scent there is no way I would pass on this beverage.

T - The flavor is on the mediocre side in my opinion. The hops are bland and the malts seem to have diminished. I'm rather disappointed based on the appearance and aroma.

M - Mildly abrasive with a watery feel throughout and then finishing moderately dry. Well done in the feel folks.

~ I have to admit the flavor did wear on me a bit after a half pint or so. That being said, I'm still a bit unconvinced on the beer as a whole simply because of the flavor.

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4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This lager pours brilliantly clear golden color with a moderate white head that leaves nice rings of lace all the way down the glass. A good looking Pils. The aroma is moderately malty, grainy and sweet, spicy and floral hops also are rather evident. Solid. The flavor is a 100% American version (ingredient-wise) of a German pilsner. Upfront bready, sweet, grainy malts that are quickly whisked away by moderate hop bitterness and spicy hop flavor that pleasantly lingers into the slightly dry finish. The body is medium and carbonation medium-high. Overall a really well designed and executed Pilsner. One of Lakefront's best offerings.

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2.56/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours out a dull golden yellow, nice pillowy white head in the neighborhood of 1" deep. Aroma was too lemony and sour, more akin to a weak lambic than a wet hopped beer. Maybe I'm just used to everything that is wet hopped is a hop blast ipa or bigger style beer for the most part, but I was disappointed by the hop quotient, or lack thereof.

Taste, again, where's the wet hops. Now, I drank this at the end of November. So I would give it some credit if it was merely a hoppy sweeter beer that had turned a few months after the hop harvest this year. And I understand it traveled. But I've had plenty of Lakefront at the brewery and 2000 miles away, and the beer is capable of being good, but ultimatley, the hops were just largely absent, much less not being "fresh". The fact the beer is classified technically as a pilsner got me thinking the hops should be able to stand out even more.

Overall the other qualities of the beer are consistent and pretty much average. Nice slight toasting to what at times tastes like Vienna malt. Anyways, can't call a beer wet hop if you can't even taste the hops, much less the wet, or fresh, etc. . .

Photo of EnJeiBee
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - It poured pale golden yellow with a think white head that dissipated fairly quickly

S - Very clean and crisp. Pale malt leads the charge with a slightly grassy hop profile coming in right behind it.

T - Again, it's very clean and crisp, as you might expect. There is a slightly bready and sweet pale malt backbone which is complimented well by a pleasant and grassy hop presence.

M - Medium bodied and crisp

O - This is a great imperial pilsner! It's easy drinking and brings just enough hops into the picture to keep things interesting. This is definitely one of the best beers I've had from Lakefront.

Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bright golden corn yellow. Nice creamy bone-white head.

Pumped full of esters. Bananas.Bready fruity, grassy and floral. Soapy noble hops.

Cracker barrel malt. Grain, citrus, especially lemon. Kind of a weird and should I say off-putting finish. What can I say I love the aroma but I am not too fond of the finish.

Light to medium body with some acidity and warming qualities.

Good exhibition of almost noble Wisconsin hops. The flavor could use some reworking to create a really great American Pilsner.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

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5/5  rDev +28.2%

Photo of knepper
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Look: Pours a straw gold; slightly hazy with a creamy top that laces the glass nicely.

Smell: When first poured, the aroma is reminiscent of a brewery. Fresh, pilsner malt, toasted white bread, and mellow spiced hops. Slight alcohol esters and a bit of lemon sneak in once it airs out.

Taste: The idea of simplicity works wonder for this beer. A creamy, smooth, slightly hefty body bring to the forefront a sweet pilsner and munich-like breadiness. The spicy noble hops bring an atringent, lemon bitterness followed by an earthy, metallic aftertaste. As it warms, the alcohol comes out a bit too much though.

The beer is great; it reminds me of a higher hopped maibock (which, style-wise, i guess an imperial pilsner is just that). I would like to have seen it less sweet. It does finish dry due to the alcohol and is balanced well so "less sweet" is debatable. The hazy, unfiltered body kind of adds to the whole local, rustic mantra the beer embodies and brings some interesting nuances to the beer not found in other lagers. Definitely would like to grab this one again before it disappears off the shelf. Here's to Lakefront or any other Wisconsin lagering-great (i'm looking at you New Glarus and Capital) bringing us an over-hopped summer pilsner sometime soon.

Photo of bound4er
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A. Slightly turbid, straw appearance with a white, two finger head. Lacing is above average.

S. Very clean and crisp smelling with cracker, grass, herbal spice and yeast.

T. Pilsner malt leads the way here. Bread and a slight amount of malt sweetness followed by a mild dose of hops to clean things up. Very tasty.

M. Lighter bodied - what you'd expect from this style lager. Well carbonated, which adds to this beers outstanding crispness.

O. This is a tasty creation from Lakefront. The alcohol is completely hidden to make for some extremely easy drinking. At 5 bucks a pop for a bomber, this is also a pretty good deal. Worth seeking out.

Photo of AbsoluterZero
4.11/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Flush blonde pour with visible carbonation and a nice cloudy appearance.

Smell: Not very strong strong. Nice and floral when you really dig in. Smells lightly of foliage, grains, and orange peel.

Taste: Very pleasant and palatable. The fruity and floral taste overrides the very light bitterness. I was surprised to read that the ABV is as high as it is (it doesn't taste it).

Mouthfeel: Much fuller and thicker than other pilsners I've had. Very nice for a "lighter" style of lager.

Overall: One of my favorites from Lakefront. I think this beer is what would happen if somebody tried to make one of the beers Milwaukee is famous for using high quality ingredients instead of adjuncts.

Photo of bierbrauer
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz. bottle to Duvel tulip. Bottled October Week 2. Purchased from Whole Foods, which is 1.25 mi. from the brewery and the largest Milwaukee retailer of Lakefront. First review of this 2011 release.

A: Cloudy (unfiltered), gold, w/ 1+" white, dense head that settles gradually with thin, persistent lacing.

S: Fresh and sweet, with a fragrance that reminds me of marzipan; pleasant floral.

T: Crisp. Starts sweet, then a bit sour, then bitter, with fresh floral and balsam flavor. Mild to medium bitterness builds very gradually. Nicely balanced.

M: Light body and carbonation; light alcohol warming; fresh finish.

O: A clean and refreshing lager, with a somewhat deceptive 7% ABV. One of Lakefront's best.

Photo of BrewerB
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Note: Bottle proclaims an October Week 2, 2010 brew date. Tasted on 3/16, we're looking at beer that's around 5 month old.

A massive, off-white head protruded atop the hazy medium gold brew, settled down to a 2-3 finger depth and stuck around throughout the session. Grainly malt aromas were strong, salted popcorn in the background, with herbal and piney hops making their presence felt. Moderately bitter with crackery grains taking hold of most of the flavor. Finishes dry with a lingering bitterness. Medium/mid-high bodied with a moderately high amount of carbonation.

All in all, an enjoyable heer. Missing some crispness and a lighter body that would help make this a go-to lager option. Worth a try with plenty of herbal hop and crackery grain character to lend palette interest.

Photo of crossovert
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

650ml bottle.

It pours a deep gold with a foamy white head.

The smell is a bit subdued but there is some hops int ehre and bready malt.

The flavor tastes more or less like an IPA. It has a nice lemon/lime/orange flavor and a slight bit of bitterness. It is sweet and not very but it tastes very hoppy and nice.

Interesting brew I have never had a wet hop or harvest ale that was this tasty

Photo of JohnWaynes44
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Downer Ave Wine and Spirits in Milwaukee for this one. Bomber pour in a tall pilsner glass. Gorgeous slightly cloudy with a deep golden hue. Very sticky head, thick and frothy that remained throughout the glass. Aromatic floral hops and bready malts are present in the nose. Taste: rich malts, beer bread and bright flowery hops. Very heavy and chewy on the mouth. The wet hops don't add that sharpness that I expected, but they do give this beer a fresh organic taste. Well balanced but a bit rich to receive high marks on drinkability. Overall a really tasty and very fresh imperial that I highly recommend.

Photo of emerge077
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've got to hand it to Lakefront, this fooled me into thinking it was an IPA. Didn't know it was a lager until looking it up here...

Attractive pour, orange fading into gold at it's edges. Copious sticky lacing, coating the glass. Good retention, the skim on top never broke.

Aroma is perfumy with floral wet hops, somewhat green, with a little malt sweetness poking through also. The nose does strike me as somewhat "lager-y" once I found out it was one. Daffodil, white grapes, vegetal hop bitterness in the middle that lingers momentarily. Medium bodied, somewhat dry in the herbal finish. A little bit of orange peel comes out late. It's an interesting take on a wet-hopped beer. Could be a bit lighter bodied to increase drinkability, but overall solid.

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Local Acre Lager Wisconsin Wet Hop from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
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