Pumpkin Lager Beer - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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78
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244 Reviews
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80
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Reviews: 244
Hads: 591
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 9.97%
Wants: 11
Gots: 59 | 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
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Photo of ovx
5/5  rDev +46.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this was also the first pumpkin lager of the season for me... and i admit i was excited for it. poured out into the pint a lustrous orange-amber with a very dense 1/2" layer of microfoam across the surface that remained until the glass was finished.

smell... since i thought it might be my first review, this is the first time i really paused to smell a beer before i took a sip... and i'm not sure how to describe it. roses came to mind. the sweetness of this particular batch really seemed to take over... but without being overpowering.

which brings us to taste... the sweet pumpkin really seemed to dance throughout. i caught none of the spiciness that others described; and that i expected from previous experience with this beer. to my palate, the flavors were perfectly balanced. (note: i had brushed my teeth about a half hour beforehand and could still taste some mint from that, so it may have masked some of the spices others mentioned.)

mouthfeel: this beer was smooth... notable carbonation, but distributed well throughout each sip and gives it more of a creamy texture than anything.. each sip accompanied by some of that thin layer of microfoam from the surface.

drinkability: i'm about to have another. and then possibly another. this is one of my favorite beers, hands-down.

also to note: i agree with the person who mentioned that some batches are different than others. i was elated with this last beer i poured out, but would not give as high a score to other batches i've tried. still, lakefront's pumpkin lager won me over the first time i tried it... and it's something i look forward to every season. (1,642 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.73/5  rDev +38.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a Lakefront imperial pint.
6.0% ABV, Bottled 08/29/13

A - The brilliant color is a light amber pumpkin orange and crystal clear with pale yellow highlights and lazy but steady bubbles rising up. A cream-colored head billowed up to two fingers and slowly went down to a thin blanket of foam leaving a ring of legs.

S - The immediate realization from the first sniff is that this pumpkin lager is much different than the usual pumpkin ales. It's muted aromas are more crisp and mellow with spice being the most prominent on the nose with dashes of cinnamon and nutmeg and a pumpkin aroma following closely. A touch of caramel malt is in the back, grounding the beer with no hops evident.

T - The taste closely mirrors the aroma with spices being the first noticeable flavor - nutmeg and cinnamon - but the pumpkin flavor is the most prominent and lingering aspect of the beer. A touch of caramel and a light kiss of hops are present, leaving the beer orchestrated very well; think diet pumpkin pie - great, natural flavor but not incredibly rich like normal pie.

M - Lakefront's Pumpkin lager is smooth, on the verge of being creamy, but still crisp and refreshing. A small carbonation bite gives a little kick at the end of this medium bodied lager which has just a slight dryness to the finish and lingers with pumpkin and spice on the tongue.

O - Lakefront Pumpkin Lager is a exceptionally crafted pumpkin beer that takes the richness of pumpkin ale and drops it back a few notches, creating a great start-of-fall beverage that's still drinkable and refreshing in warm weather but, with the pumpkin and spice, remains great when it cools down. Also a good "beginner" pumpkin beer for those who want to get their feet wet, and one of my personal favorites of the season! (1,800 characters)

Photo of eldondre
4.67/5  rDev +37%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I had this beer at the Institute in Philadelphia on draft. I have to say this was hands down the best pumpkin beer I've had this year (which includes, Southern Tier's Pumking, Dogfish Head's Punkin Ale, and a couple others that escape my memory). Lakefront's pumpkin beer is smooth with a real pumpkin flavor without being too sweet. Most of the others were only vaguely pumpkiny with the alcohol and spices drowning out the pumpkin flavor. this one highlights the pumpkin flavor without overburdening it with high alcohol or choking the flavor with spices. (557 characters)

Photo of BeerWithMike
4.5/5  rDev +32%

Sampling right now on 9/14/14. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a "CHEERS'S BOSTON" handled glass stein.

Pours a hazy orange-yellow in color with a small white head. Nice 'ring' lacing is seen with each sip and sticks to the sides of the glass. The aroma is nutmeg, cinnamon and pumpkin. Pretty much for the taste as well with LOTS of good flavor. Medium bodied and perfect carbonation. Goes down easy and really tasty! A EASY '9' if not higher for this one. You can actually count the number of 'rings' from each sip, which turned out to be 11! Love it! :) (596 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.41/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

The Friendly Greek recently had an entire cooler set aside for this year's pumpkin beers. I bought as many different ones as I could and I am now working my way through them between Hallowe'en and Thanksgiving.

From the bottle: "Brewed in Milwaukee for people who like beer."

I like beer, so this should be right up my alley! I gave it a good heavy handed pour, resulting in two fingers of creamy, tawny head with great retention. Color was a pumpkin-like orangish-amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity. I know that 8 is between 7 and 9, but my card does not have that shade. Nose was VERY spicy, cinnamon, clove and ginger being prevalent. Mouthfeel was much fuller than the Stoudt's pumkin lager, giving this one a creamy aspect. The spices were just right, not overwhelming and by closing my eyes, I could imagine drinking a cool pumpkin latte. This is a great pumpkin lager, but don't tell Linus or he might be panicked! Get it, a Great Pumpkin lager? Finish was semi-dry, but because they showed some restraint at the spice shelf, it was not as dry as it might have been. (1,093 characters)

Photo of cjacobsen
4.32/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Lakefront pint glass.

(A) Pours a dark orange with some copper spots. Very little head.

(S) Nutmeg, cinnamon, and a decent dose of pumpkin. Has a really great aroma to it.

(T) Big on spice. Has a lot of nutmeg and cinnamon up front. The pumpkin is almost not very prominent because of it. Spicy all around with pumpkin mid-taste. Tastes like pumpkin pie, excellent.

(M) Kind of grainy, medium body. Has some spice that hits the palate.

(O) This is what pumpkin beer should taste like. One of my favorites. Just like pumpkin pie. It's right up there with Pumking, in my opinion. One of the top pumpkin beers on my list. (637 characters)

Photo of TheSSG
4.29/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a huge, dense, white head that collapses into a soapy white, half-inch foam. Wonderfully spicy aroma dominated by spice, with a touch of pumpkin behind it all. Amber-orange color. Starts off with spice and carbonation, the clovier-spice takes hold until the biscuit malt comes into play with the pumpkin; pumpkin pie or spiced cookies - this is the main flavor profile. The spice mutes as the finish comes on, then it's lingering pumpkin malt.

I absolutely love this one. One of two (Southern Tier "Pumpking") pumpkin biers I will drink. The addition of pumpkin to the mash allows this lager to showcase the pumpkin with a clarity that is unparalleled. This bier made me like pumpkin pie. When I drink this, I know it's Autumn. (734 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
4.29/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a hazy, but bright orange, with a thick white head which stays for the whole glass, fair lacing.

S: Smells of pumpkin and spices, as expected, quite fragrant, actually.

T: Full flavour of pumpkin and spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, and all-spice. A little on the artificial side, but overall, one of the better pumpkin beers I have ever had.

M: Light, smooth, needs a little more body.

D: Overall, very good. We don't get many pumpkin beers here in the Southland, so it was nice to see another one, and a good one to boot.

Edit (10/2/11) - Had this one much fresher, some I'm upping some scores. (626 characters)

Photo of pBRale
4.22/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From tasting notes 10-19-11
Poured into a warbled mug

Appearance: Slightly cloudy (perhaps some chill haze) orange-amber beer with a tall foamy cream head. The head settles slowly and has a thin ring of head retention and a very small amount of spotty lacing.

Smell: I can definitely smell it is a lager-it's got the characteristic clean, crisp malt in the background; however, this beer has pumpkin, nutmeg, and cinnamon cloves that take the show. It smells like a baked pumpkin pie.

Taste: Tastes like pumpkin up front, and finishes with the spices previously mentioned (nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves) and has an amazing finish. The aftertaste is crisp clean pumpkin pie.

Mouthfeel: Light body with medium carbonation and a smooth, very drinkable finish.

Overall: This beer is very well-blended and mellow. Nothing is overpowering or out of balance/proportion. A rarity among pumpkin beers! (896 characters)

Photo of nghab
4.18/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Note: this bottle is from the basement beerchives, of un-remembered year. Notch on label indicates only the month of bottling (September)

Appearance: Poured a slightly hazy orange-y colour with a beautiful dense and long-lasting ==1 inch head. The haze doesn't offend me considering the age of the beer.

Aroma: Very malty and spicy, your usual "pumpkin pie" spices. No off aromas.

Flavour: Complex malty sweetness accented by spices. Spice character is reasonably assertive, but not overpowering. Time has been good to this marriage of malt and spice. The pumpkin is present, it's not all spice, but, as expected of any pumpkin beer, it's in the background.

Mouthfeel: It's in the mouthfeel where the presence of pumpkin in the beer really makes the difference compared to so-called "pumpkin" beers that are really just the pie spices. Medium body with a solid and full mouthfeel from the pumpkin and medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Overall, this beer has improved with aging in that the spices and the malt have softened and blended together well. It doesn't surprise me very much because Lakefront's Holiday Spice is also much better with a few years of aging than it is fresh from the brewery. This beer was just a big "wow!" when I opened it earlier today. (1,267 characters)

Photo of Rennpferd
4.17/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It poured a hazy amber color with very little head. The head was more of a lacing that clung to the edges of the stein. Light activity could be seen rising up to the top.

It smelled spicey and robust. You could definately smell the pumpkin but it was not over-bearing. The spice and pumpkin were well matched and balanced.

An overall well balanced taste. Pumpkin, all-spice, malt and perhaps some hops in the finish. It was smooth and lite yet not watery.

It is very drinkable. The smell may seem more powerful than the taste at first but it is very enjoyable. A great seasonal beer. (586 characters)

Photo of BrownAleMale
4.14/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Capital Maibock pint glass.

Appearance- A hazy orange with a half finger of off white head.

Smell- Lots of cinnamon and pumpkin with some all spice.

Taste- Taste just like a cold October day. Lots of bready crust like flavor with gobs of pumpkin, some clove and smokyness.

Mouthfeel- A medium mouthfeel with a great warming sensation that almost gives you a fresh pumpkin pie mouthfeel.

Overall- Lakefront does another quality job with a spiced beer. A pumpkin lager that gives a spot on representation of a warm pumpkin pie. The slight warming is a magnificent touch. (599 characters)

Photo of blackearth
4.12/5  rDev +20.8%
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. (375 characters)

Photo of Bernoulli
4.11/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy orangish red and a 1/8" head"

An odor reminiscent of a fall or pumpkin cider (a pumpkin pie or candle) but much more restrained ... uses the pumpkin the way a clever woman uses perfume

Has a gentle effervescence.

Sweet and pumpkin flavored, but not overpowered. It's hard to tell it's a lager... something you could use to introduce a cider fan to beer.

I'd rate a cider with these properties higher, but I expected more from a beer... (453 characters)

Photo of Brideshead
4.09/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A translucent brew, orange and bright in the light. The head is very slight but lingering.

I was taken by surprise with this beer. While the nose certainly doesn't pull out any flashy tricks, its cinnamon and creamy notes are quite pleasant. On the palate, the beer starts off a bit crisp. Notes of clove and other spices come in, along with a very prominent taste of cinnamon. The spices are just shy enough to resist the "in your face" pandemic sweeping the world of spiced pumpkin beers.

The finish is quite sweet: malty with a hint of creamy pumpkin. All in all, I'd put this lager up there with the more well-balanced, highly drinkable spiced beers. (657 characters)

Photo of Hutson
4.07/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First of all, I have to say I love fruit/spiced beers. And this is my favorite pumpkin beer. It does vary a little bit between batches, some being better than others, but usually it is very good. The aroma is nice, with the spice coming through. The pumpkin flavor is nice and balances well with the spices used. Kind of like a slice of pumpkin pie. (349 characters)

Photo of Onenote81
4.07/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Great extra received from BeerFMAndy in a trade awhile ago. Thanks, Andy!

Poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy dark orange with a thin off-white head on top. Little retention, and even less lace. Smells of pumpkin bread, allspice, cinnamon, and a light Kool-Aid after-scent.

The body on this one is a little thin, but this aids in drinkability as this is quite refreshing. This is a very good pumpkin beer. The pumpkin is there, but not overpowering in any way. The spices are muted as well. There's a very pleasant honey-kissed bready aftertaste that I really dig. I think this is my favorite pumpkin-flavored beer to date. Thanks again, Andy. (667 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.05/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle at Four Moon Tavern, Chicago, 9th anniversary party. Dated: September Wk1. $2.50.

Poured a hazy orange, with persistent lacing. Good foam that remained for the duration of the glass. Spice aromas of nutmeg and cinnamon, but not overpowering. Clean aroma without getting too funky or spicy.

Dry finish is memorable, the nutmeg and spices takes centerstage, but is balanced by light caramel in the taste. Pumpkin is there, not only alluded to with spices, but in natural pumpkin "squashy flavor" as well. Better than many, in terms of authenticity, certainly more balanced than DFH Punkin. If this wasn't my 4th beer, I would have drank the hell out of it. (664 characters)

Photo of filabrazilia
4.03/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliant hazy orange with a small khaki head that settle into wonderful lace. This is a lovely looking beer.

The beer has a nice pumpkin pie like aroma--fresh pumpkin mingle with the spice of the pie to create a feast of aromatic pleasure.

There is a number of different flavors in the taste--pumpkin, carmel malt, nutmeg and assorted spices. This is like a liquid pumpkin pie that isn't nearly as sweet as the genuine article. This is a beer that has layers of flavor that assault the taste buds.

This is a mid bodied beer that is easy to drink. That being said, it is a bit chewy and complex. This would not be a thirst quencher, but certainly a nice sipping beer. The touch of hops and spice finish the beer nicely.

I really liked this beer and look forward to trying more of the style. There is a great deal of complexity possible in this style and I believe this beer does a nice job of accomplishing this. (932 characters)

Photo of Metalmonk
4.02/5  rDev +17.9%
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... (1,180 characters)

Photo of johanvond
4.02/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From The Dead Man's Chest
Nov 12th 08

There's a light cream head stitting on an amber body. Strong sent of spices. There's a light to medium body with some strong maltyness. The spices are not a strong as the inital aroma suggests. The All spice cinnimon and ginger contribute to the toasty munich malt and meaty pumpkin flavors. Every flavor has it's moment on your pallette. Over all this beer is highly drinkable and easy to enjoy. Try with a baked squash or corn sufflet. (476 characters)

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +17.3%
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. (277 characters)

Photo of redmosquito
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange in color with a brown tinted head. Lightly spiced, and sweet aroma. The big and malty flavor holds the spices in check and the body makes this feel like a meal. The smoothness makes me feel like I'm drinking a regular beer. This is very well balanced. One of my two favorites in the pumpkin beer category. (312 characters)

Photo of rkinsella
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic glass.

Appearance - Beautiful orange yellow color with perhaps a very slight haze. Fluffy white 2 finger head held for half of the glass! A half finger head for the rest. I was impressed! Above average lacing.

Smell - Very fresh and clean. Mostly a pumpkin fresh fruit smell with a little nut and spice. The smell really gets you interested.

Taste - Impressively smooth! Sweetness balanced with a little tangy nutty spice. Finish is no where near bitter. More on the sweet end. A delicate hop quality.

Mouthfeel - Creamy and soft. Medium to lower carbonation.

Drinkability - Very drinkable because of it's refreshing quality.
But what is the ABV? Can't find it anywhere.

This is the best pumpkin brew I've tried. And I find it very interesting that it's a lager. That explains the rich smooth quality. Very different from a pumpkin ale. Doesn't have all the complexity that you can get with an ale. Instead the quality of the ingredients and the simple character really shines. (1,006 characters)

Photo of thebrood1987
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I get pumpkin spices, vanilla and a tart ginger. I get the ginger full on in the taste with hints of cinnamon and vanilla on the back end of the taste. The ginger is a great taste but becomes tart at time almost wine tart.

I get some caramel malts in there as well reminiscent of an Oktoberfest taste. Each times I take a sip I can smell the ginger in the nose. It really reminds me of the ginger sauce you find in Japanese restaurants. I'm not getting too much pumpkin just a vegetable pumpkin taste which is always good.

The spices outshine in this one and the ginger really in my opinion shines the most. Its good but just wish it was a bit less tart. It was an interesting beer that'd I'd have again next year at Halloween time no problem. (745 characters)

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Pumpkin Lager Beer from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
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