Pumpkin Lager Beer - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
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4.3/5 rDev +24.3%
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.
09-15-2013 01:15:38 | More by TheSSG
4.3/5 rDev +24.3%
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.
11-13-2007 17:48:50 | More by Halcyondays
4.25/5 rDev +22.8%
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!
11-11-2011 05:35:38 | More by pBRale
4.22/5 rDev +22%
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.
09-06-2010 03:12:28 | More by nghab
4.2/5 rDev +21.4%
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.
09-08-2008 01:17:44 | More by Rennpferd
4.13/5 rDev +19.4%
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.
11-07-2009 22:58:04 | More by Onenote81
4.13/5 rDev +19.4%
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.
09-10-2012 18:27:02 | More by BrownAleMale
4.13/5 rDev +19.4%
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.
10-11-2010 16:48:41 | More by Brideshead
4.11/5 rDev +18.8%
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...
11-08-2013 22:34:42 | More by Bernoulli
4.1/5 rDev +18.5%
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.
10-06-2009 17:42:55 | More by blackearth
4.05/5 rDev +17.1%
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.
01-26-2008 04:50:40 | More by emerge077
4.05/5 rDev +17.1%
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.
02-07-2006 17:13:39 | More by Hutson
4.03/5 rDev +16.5%
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...
11-24-2006 21:59:37 | More by Metalmonk
4.03/5 rDev +16.5%
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.
01-18-2009 21:35:12 | More by johanvond
4.03/5 rDev +16.5%
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.
09-27-2004 02:43:18 | More by filabrazilia
Pumpkin Lager Beer from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
79 out of 100 based on 463 ratings.