Pumpkin Lager Beer - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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Ratings: 591
Reviews: 249
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 15.43%
Wants: 11
Gots: 58 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lakefront Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: maxpower on 10-03-2002

Beer Brewed with Pumpkin and Spices
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 591 | Reviews: 249
Reviews by SammyDavisJrJrJr:
Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
3.71/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at about 45F after a hard pour into the classic glass Lowenbrau stein. Listening to that Mumford and Sons song...

A - Crystal clear light amber body with two perfect fingers of tight off white head. Quite pretty...

S - Right off the bat the sweet spice aroma is huge, just like my jar of allspice. It settles down after a while to reveal a mild sweet grain and a spice aroma more focused on cinnamon. Nothing here that really makes me think of canned pumpkin however...

T - Nice grainy malt sweetness in the entry with spice presence that seems to focus on cinnamon and clove. Definite mineral flavors in the midpalate that lead to a quaffable, momentarily clean finish. After a few seconds, the cinnamon comes back to remind you that this is a fall seasonal.

D - This beer works for me, its a well made lager, as Lakefront is known to do. Manages to avoid being flabby like most pumpkin beers I've had, while still having the spice to make me think fall. The only complaint would be the apparent lack of actual pumpkin flavor, although I'm not sure if it's possible to naturally add that without taking away that characteristics that I love about this beer. Anways, best pumpkin beer I've had in a sixer so far, although still not quite as good as St. Ambroise The Great Pumpkin Ale and that nice light one.. what was it? Oh yeah, Pumking.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Jason
3.54/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear tawny hue, minimal lacing though it does not dissipate at all. Smells of pie spice, faint pumpkin meat and dried hay. Smooth with a light to medium body, dry maltiness has a few layers that unfold underneath the spicing. Toasted grain, a little bready and grassy as well. Pie spicing is quite prevalent yet not over powering, clove is more upfront than others. A bit of pumpkin flavor rounds the brew out. Finishes semi-dry with a tingle of pic spice.

Just beery enough and spicing is controlled, clean and drinkable for a spiced beer.

Photo of oberon
3.37/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice to see Lakefront beer in my area now.Poured one and a half bottles into a 1/2 liter stein,deep burnt orange with almost no head to speak of,just a thin off white sheet.Alot of spice in the nose,mainly cinnamon and cardamom I pick up,not much different than many pumpkin beer out there.Spiced with a dryer than expected malt base wich kept the sweetness in check but the finish lacks any real depth.Alot of cinnamon flavors but the thinner feel to the beer actualy keeps it from being overbearing,in saying that it's pretty average and light.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.79/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Oh what a difference "on tap" can make.

This beer smelled and tasted like pumpkin pie and was infinitely better than the bottle I had sampled two weeks ago.

The strange pickle relish odor and taste that was so present in the bottle was completely absent in this brew when I had it on tap.

This sample is all cloves, cinnamon, and pumpkin. It’s delicious but...still not for me.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #58 (November 2011):

LOOK: Clear pale amber

SMELL: Pie spice, cinnamon, pumpkin meat, cookie dough, clean

TASTE: Moderate body, crisp, pale malt, bready, pie spice, vague tartness, pumpkin, dried hay, flour, alcohol, more spice

A very well-spiced Pumpkin Lager. Oh yeah … it's a lager. Easy to drink for what it is. When it comes to spiced beer, it's pretty subjective on whether you want more than one—but we could see having more than one. There is depth, but lightness as well, two worlds that should have met a long time ago perhaps.

Photo of blackearth
4.12/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased from Three Cellars in Franklin, WI. Pours an clear, orange-amber body with a thin white head that leaves a decent cap. Aroma is spicy with pumpkin, cinnamon and ginger the most discerable scents. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. This beer is sweet and malty with the pumpkin and spices coming through in the finish. Good drinkability on this one.

Photo of Beaver13
3.24/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, bottled wk1 of August. Pours hazy golden copper with a fizzy white head that quickly diminishes to a thin collar that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is spices - cinnamon, nutmeg and other pumpkin pie spices.

The flavor is a bit off. Spices are present, but there is a sweet vegetal malt and some earthy bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, I really liked the smell of the beer - the flavor, not so much.

Photo of merlin48
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange amber body with a small offwhite head. Good patchy lacing. Standard pumpkin beer aroma of pie spices. Cinnamon, ginger, and clove mostly. Medium carbonation and a light medium body. Taste is nicely balanced. Some genuine pumpkin flavors mingle with the dominant spicing and some spicy hops to create a pleasantly drinkable lager. I prefer this one to most of the pumpkin ales I've tried. Not bad.

Photo of Billolick
2.32/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

12 ounce bottle, w/o any freshness info to be had.

Pours near clear orangy amber, basically no head, no film, no collar and no lace.

Moderate pumpkin pie spicing on the nose.

Sweet and kinda off putting with more pumpkin spicing. Also some sweet fruit juice notes that are artificial tasting and not to my liking. More nastyness in the finish. Off notes of plastic and cheap grape soda.

So many better fall/pumpkin themed brews out there....

Photo of MisterDeeds
3.14/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Lighter in color than I expected, an almost golden amber. The aroma is very strong, and suggests pumpkin and cinnamon. Before trying this beer, I was never quite sure what "mouthfeel" actually meant. But this beer has a definite mouthfeel that, to me, is dry and almost powdery. Almost as if the spices are floating right on top. The taste is okay and definitely Pumpkin, but the dry feeling is tough for me to get past.

Photo of tigg924
3.14/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: minimal head, orange-brown in color, hazy, low carbonation

Smell: big and rich pumpkin spice

Taste: bark, clove, cinnamon, and pumpkin spice

Mouthfeel: sweet with slight bitterness in the background, low carbonation, medium-light bodied

Overall: An average pumpkin beer that smells really good but the taste does not follow up at the same level. Not bad, but nothing out of the ordinary. I will pass in the future.

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Bryant lake Bowl. It pours a pumpkin gold color with a thin cream colored head. Pumpkin dominates the nose with a light does of pumkin pie spice. Pumpkin dominates the palate with a malt background. the pies spices are used sparihngly and are not overbearing.

Photo of MightyYui
3.5/5  rDev 0%

I was introduced to this when it came out last year, but didn't realize it was a limited edition. When I came back it was gone and they said: try again next year. This year, I barely got the last six pack, or I would have bought more. I'm not usually a huge fan of pumpkin beers because they usually taste like somebody got out of hand with some pie spices and I can't really find the pumpkin in it... that is not the case here. It actually tastes of pumpkin. Good fresh lager and pumpkin. One of the things I especially like about this beer is it's elegance. There's not 1000 things going on to keep you from noticing the few that didn't go well.

It's cloudy in appearance, it's got a fresh pumpkiny smell, crisp apple notes at the front of the pallet, malty as it warms, strong pumpkin finish.

I'll be buying it again next year. :)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A nice little suprise from a Pumpkin Ale. Looks like nothing special, kinda dark brown, but the aroma, is genuine pumpkin and nutmeg? Taste, more of the same, but there is something that livens the ale, makes it a little less heavy than a big slice of pumpkin pie.

That levity brings a great finish/aftertaste to the beer, pumpkin spice maintains, you may even detect a sprinkling of vanilla? I dunno, but whatever it is, I like it. Remains drinkable, but I can't see having more than 2 in a sitting, due to the sweetness.

Photo of ADR
2.48/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Completely clear sub-amber appearance, 1/4 inch head diminishes to large bubbles on the surface in a minute. Laces in very random spots. Not much other than pumpkin pie spice to the aroma, slight sense of white pepper maybe. Low carbonation (too low), mouthfeel is felt-like and a little sub-par. Flavor starts predictably, vegetal in a pronounced cooked celery and carrot sense with cinnamon, sugariness and nutmeg combining in an early statement but giving up to a watery close. Spice attenuates the aftertaste. A little obvious and with no aspects to balance it out. As a pumpkin beer overall, the mouthfeel makes this one less than average for me.

Photo of WVbeergeek
1.6/5  rDev -54.3%
look: 1 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Fizzy copper orange hue this beer had a raucous amount of carbonation it sounded like rice crispies as the head was dwindling, no lacing left behind. The head was an off white fizzy spectacle. Aroma is hitting hard with the pumpkin spices with nut meg, allspice, and cinnamon. Not much gourd going down in my glass as far as the smell of it. Flavor tart tongue raping experience, rotten pumpkin sourness with the flavor that you get before you want to vomit. This is an utterly disgusting brew that is the first drain pour I've gone threw in quite some time. Again no pumpkin tones just heavy acidic spicing levels kills the palate and numbs your cheeks, mouthfeel is fizzy carbonated water with a cloying level of acidity. Drinkability like a said previously, this one's going down the drain. I like most of the Lakefront offerings, however this sucks ass.

Photo of chinchill
3.04/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle served in a snifter.
Pours a hazy orange (pumpkin)/amber with an off-white head that soon disappears.

S: Pumpkin pie spices (mainly cinnamon and nutmeg), pumpkin puree and some biscuity malts.

T: A nice mix and balance of spicing, but too strong. It masks the pumpkin until the finish and leaves little detectable malt/grain flavor. Interesting sweet/tart mix.

M: Medium bodied, with a level of carbonation that seemed a bit aggressive.

O: yet another over-spiced pumpkin beer, and this one is of the more subtle lager variety, making the imbalance more of an issue. Nonetheless, the well-chosen mix of spices will appeal to those who like spicy pumpkin beers.

Photo of frankiepop
3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The weakness here is we got a lager. This is better than the average lager, but the lager has weaker flavor compared to the good ale pumpkin beers. However, this would do in a pinch. I would like this beer on a hot summer day. It's very refreshing. Goes down well with summer jazz fest music like Joe Zawinul music.

Photo of beatenbyjacks
3.16/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - light orange caramel color with a little to no head or lacing

Smell - light nutmeg smell, but nothing over the top

Taste - very light beer with very subtle spice flavor

Mouthfeel - this is best quality for this beer. Nice spice flavor ends as the beer easily leaves the mouth with minimal carbonation.

Overall - not a bad fall pumpkin beer, but perhaps if it wasn't a lager some of the spice smell and flavor would be stronger

Photo of lambpasty
3.57/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a heavy glass beer mug.

A - Pours a slightly hazy golden amber/straw color with an inch of bubbly white head that very quickly dissipated into a thin ring around the perimeter with no lacing to speak of.

S - Cinnamon, pie crust, pumpkin, nutmeg and a faint egg-nog creaminess. Sweet summer hay and a touch of citrus and vanilla finish the nose as the core pumpkin pie scents linger. Overall fairly standard for this style.

T - Lighter spice than the nose suggests, first coming on with cinnamon and malty crust with the pumpkin meat showing up not long after the initial sip. Finish is surprisingly dry yet sweet, with the spices and pumpkin lingering, joined by vanilla, clove and honey.

M - Lighter in body than one might expect, yet full and slightly creamy nonetheless. The 6% ABV enhances the sweeter flavors a bit with some added body and does a lot for this beer in my opinion.

O - Definitely spiced, definitely pumpkin, and definitely a lager. This beer feels slightly lighter but keeps a creamy body despite the easy drinkability and never feels overpowering. The high(er) ABV lends a bit of warmth to the finish and is reminiscent of classic Marzen-style lagers. Not an earth-shattering experience, but a very nice take on the style and lends enough uniqueness to outshine others in this genre.

Photo of Brenden
3.39/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Honestly, the appearance on this one is pretty macro; a fizzy head dissipates rapidly and leaves little trace of itself, including very minimal lacing.
The aroma is not especially heavy, and I found the strength to be adequate without being overbearing. First on the nose is ripe, raw pumpkin innards, followed by a tangy aroma of possibly citrus. Spices are very subtle.
The taste is to par, with a bit more of that tartness. If there's an underlying issue, it's the lack of malt and hops character coming through. Malt is more evident but is overshadowed by the flavors of pumpkin, tartness and spices.
The mouthfeel is really quite light and thin, a little weak in body. There's moderate carbonation lending itself to decent crispness and is fairly smooth, but I found the body lacking in general.
This isn't a bad pumpkin beer. Anyone who can't detect pumpkin in this one should get over their cold, put less stock in their palate, or get a fresh bottle. Just saying.

Photo of biboergosum
3.56/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, from a Liquor Mart on south Colorado Blvd near my hotel in Denver last week. A pumpkin lager is a new one for me, I think.

This beer pours a slightly blurry, medium copper amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and mildly creamy dirty white head, which leaves a few specks of remote islet lace around the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of vegetal pumpkin puree, clove, cinnamon, and ginger spice, bready pale malt, and a further singed brown sugar sweetness. The taste is more sugary pumpkin pie all the way - grainy malt, baked fleshy gourd, nutmeg, cinnamon and zesty ginger - with a certain metallic astringency - and a hint of muddled hop bitterness.

The bubbles are fairly frothy in their moderate bearing, the body a sturdy medium weight for a lager, and mostly smooth, the metallic nature near overcome by a low-key creaminess. It finishes off-dry, the lingering sweet pumpkin and bready malt shedding a large part of the spice.

A pleasant spiced seasonal pumpkin brew, you pretty much wouldn't know this was a lager unless the label said so - I've had plenty of lighter-seeming pumpkin ales. Perhaps a bit drier than the impression I have thus far given, which makes this something that I could see having a few of, come time to dole out the goods to the trolling neighborhood kiddies.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lakefront- Pumpkin Lager

A- Clear bronze orange with a small filmy head.
S- Light touch of pumpkin spices. Nutmeg, Vanilla, and Caramel malt.
T- Spicy, Nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla, and graham cracker with brown sugar. Slight touch of lemon in the end.
M- Light and malty sweet with a dry bitter spicy finish.

Overall- Light easy drinking. Sessionable and modest.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.02/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received in trade from midwest mussel-mangler mnwags (aka Schlitzboy). Thanks Nick!

Poured into a John's Grocery tulip glass, received a somewhat cloudy dark orange with a small head that didn't retain very long.

Lots of cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger in the nose, the usual pumpkin pie spices but very little real pumpkin despite many deep whiffs. That's okay, it smells good anyway.

Spices are many, with nutmeg and ginger up front, some white pepper, some allspice. Again, not a whole lot of actual pumpkin coming to mind/tongue, but don't most pumpkin ales lean heavier on the other spices than the pumpkin itself? Such a great idea for a beer style, but so few achieve true pumpkin-ness.

Love the finish, a firm desserty spiciness, even a subtle nuttiness, and, yep, finally, there's the pumpkin. Spreads out far and wide, and the carbonation is moderate to generous.

Apparently this one varies wildly from batch to batch, and this particular batch (bottled second week of Oct. '06) seems a solid version of the style, but still would like to feel like I licked the inside of a pumpkin guts-and-all. Real good, but still searching for that perfect pumpkin ale...

Photo of KenC
3.24/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured clear orange/copper with two fingers of foamy, pure white head. Good retention and good lacing.

S- Cinnamon, bready malt and a little citrus are the first noticed aromas. Complex and a bit unusual. Not sure what to expect from the citrus note.

T- Bready malt, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg and clove. Reasonably good balance, and as it warmed, the citrus was undetectable. But nothing jumps out or wows me.

M- Feel is thin (which I like) with medium carbonation. The finish is clean, with the end note being nutmeg.

O- Seems like a routine fruit beer. Nothing made me think of pumpkin really, and there is certainly nothing objectionable about it.

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