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Pumpkin Lager Beer - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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BA SCORE
79
okay

489 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 489
Reviews: 236
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 15.85%
Wants: 10
Gots: 25 | 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 Brewed with Pumpkin and Spices

(Beer added by: maxpower on 10-03-2002)
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Photo of mountdew1
3.38/5  rDev -2.6%

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a slightly orange, dark yellow straw colored. Very slight haze as well. Started with a 2 finger off white head that faded to none after a few minutes. Aroma was a sweet pumpkin with small hints of spice, mostly like a pie puree. Taste was slightly sweet, but fairly bland, akin to a bland bread. Felt a bit over tingly in the mouth, but coated well. Overall a middle of the road pumpkin beer. Nothing outstanding in any direction.

mountdew1, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of Jackofallbrews
3.38/5  rDev -2.6%

Aroma: Surprise! Nutmeg and cinnamon, with a light ginger aroma after some deep sniffs. Mild pumpkin aroma as swirled. Some sweet malt. No hop aroma.

Appearance: Light orange in color. Brilliantly clear and sparkling. Small white head with fine bubbles, mostly from the nucleation site on the bottom of my glass.

Flavor: Malty but not overly sweet, more like a Vienna lager. A good mixture of nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger that is not overwhelming but does stay with you after the sip. No astringency. No hop flavors. Finish is crisp and lagery with a hint of pilsner malt. Mouthfeel is a bit light.

Overall: Not a bad beer. I like the crispness of it and the well balanced spices.

Jackofallbrews, Dec 05, 2013
Photo of rfgetz
3.35/5  rDev -3.5%

On tap at The Institute as part of their "Pumpkin Patch" event...

Coppery orange in color, minimal head and lacing. Smell is dominant of malts and grain with pumpkin pie spices and sugary fruit. The taste is lead by bready malts, pumpkin pie spices add a nice touch, but there is too much of a candied sugar taste. Medium bodied, decent carbonation. Interesting, but the candied sugar taste distracts from the balance.

rfgetz, Oct 06, 2009
Photo of longarm
3.35/5  rDev -3.5%

There's a nice color in this, a deep, clear amber that almost looks like an Oktoberfest. It's initially foamy, but this dissipates rather quickly and is mostly made-up of large bubbles. Rather poor quality carbonation. I've read other reviewers of pumpkin beer mention this phenomenon, and have to wonder if the pumpkin has something to do with this as well.

This has a terrific aromatic mix of pumpkin, cinnamon and little nutmeg, like what one would expect in a pumpkin beer. A minor downside is that these spices somewhat overwhelm any malt aroma.

As with the aroma, malt flavor is overwhelmed by the spices. The finish is a little too sweet for my preferences. I don't catch any hops at all this brew, which may be ok, given the amazing mix of other spices.

Mouthfeel is a little thin underneath, but at the same time the finish is thick and a bit too sweet. Interesting, but I can't say that I really like this combination.

The drinkability of this beer is decent on its own, but only if you like lots of spice in your beer. My drinkability score is based purely on its solitary attributes, but I have to add an important footnote
related to food and beer. Like many unique Fall flavors, the taste of pumpkin is something that's best put with other flavors and especially in the case of this beer...food. A second round of tasting this beer for me included a dinner with squash soup and mix of sour cream, cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon in the soup. For obvious reasons the beer
and soup made a fantastic combination that would have warranted a 4.0-4.5 rather than a 3.0. Brewpubs should offer this mix of food and beer as a special for the month of October.

longarm, Sep 29, 2004
Photo of GPHarris
3.35/5  rDev -3.5%

a - poured a three-fingers thick off-white and bubbly head into a snifter that left nice lace and sheeting and really billows when swirled. the body was a bright amber color.
s - sweet, syrupy, grainy with a hint of caramel. tastes good but not what i was expecting.
t - hints of cinnamon and pumpkin.
m - slick and very creamy.
d - nice and easy sipper.

GPHarris, Sep 25, 2007
Photo of Gmann
3.33/5  rDev -4%

Pours a pale copper color with an average white head that settled into a light ring. The aroma is of pumpkin pie, not strong but noticable. Nutmeg, allspice, and cinnamon are predominate, some buttery malt and pumpkin. The taste has a strong grain quality, with weak pumpkin pie spice flavor. The feel is light and crisp, plenty of carbonation, finishes slightly sweet and spicy. An ok pumpkin bre at best. Some pumpkin flavors there but they are overpowered by the grain and carbontion. Easy drinking though.

Gmann, Oct 05, 2008
Photo of splat215
3.33/5  rDev -4%

A - Golden Orange, pumpkin-like , mild carbonation. These Lakefront brews don't seem to pour with a good head.
S - More cinnamon then pumpkin, but tasty smelling
T - More pumpkin "meat" then usually, good and unexpected, slight herbal afterbite. Unexpected, and good
M - Falls apart here. Thin, watery, poor carbonation
D - A bit different then other pumpkin lagers in taste, but in a good way. The mouthfeel unfortunately kind of ruins the positives of the taste and smell

splat215, Apr 05, 2009
Photo of Pauly2X
3.33/5  rDev -4%

A- Golden amber 1 1/2 finger head faded to a sizeable wisp.

S- Strong smells of pumpkin, cinamon, nutmeg and allspice.

T- Just like Pumpkin pie, in beer form.

M- Smooth medium body carbonation is a bit high.

D- Although tasty, one is enough.

One of the better pumpkin beers ive had, but it has nothing on DFH (so hard to find here)

Pauly2X, Dec 23, 2007
Photo of DMXLOX22
3.33/5  rDev -4%

Picked up a sixer of this stuff at Civera's deli and just had to try it out since I've been trying to quell my lust for pumpkin-style beers doesn't seem to have an end.

Appearance: Poured a clear, orange and reddish haze that looks murky. Not that impressed.

Smell: A aronma of malts and sweet zesty bite, but with a slight hint of pumpkin fragrance.

Taste: Quite bitter malts and sweet aftertones of what appears to be nutmeg and some odd pumpkin flavorings, but not as nice as I would imagine. Quite zesty too, but also quite bitter, like roasted malts bitter. The Autumn spices are somewhat represented, but for an odd reason, I'm not tasting it.

Mouthfeel: A bit medium bodied, but somewhat heavy carbanation. Not so bad, but not so good either.

Drinkability: Actually not as bad as the other features, but to be quite honest and not to bash the beer completely I'm not exactly the biggest fan of fruity toned beers, but other pumpkin style beers I had encountered so far since fall began has been nothing but good. Maybe next time, but I must say this brew is not for me for the time being. Cheers!

DMXLOX22, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of BB1313
3.3/5  rDev -4.9%

Dating notched on the label. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a beautiful burnt orange with no head or lacing at all, but excellent color. The aromas are typical of what you'd expect from most pumpkin ales. Lots of spices, but they smell natural, which is a good thing. I'm also picking up a strong berry presence in the nose, which is odd but enjoyable. Tastes good, but it simply doesn't stand out, but there's nothing offensive going on. The spices are noticeable, but not over the top. There's a nice amount of vanilla noticeable as well. Mouthfeel is light and crisp. This one isn't over carbonated, it's thin, but really refreshing and makes this one easier to drink. It's a pretty clean beer.

This isn't the best pumpkin ale I've ever had, but it's far from the worst. If you see it, give it a go and see for yourself.

BB1313, Sep 30, 2011
Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.3/5  rDev -4.9%

I’ve had quite a few pumpkin beers, but never a lager version; here’s hoping it’s not just more of the same.

Brewed a month before the date of this tasting (“Bottled during WK3 August”).

A: Not too appealing: a light yellow-orange body with a fizzy, fleeting head. Within seconds, the foam that is hardly above a half-inch in height is gone. No lacing.

S: Lots of spice, but not a lot of pumpkin foundation, making its major character cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. A bit floral, too, with tannic malt unfolding some black cherry and graham cracker on the back end. Toward the end, there is a bit of pumpkin, but it’s definitely not big.

T: Cracker and lager yeast are the most prominent flavors from first sip to last, though there’s a solid hit of spicy nutmeg flavor at the front. That’s followed by a touch of odd bitterness, like a drop of soap had suddenly found its way into the bottle: it’s artificially astringent. Unfortunately, that carries on to the finish, with some cinnamon afterthoughts. I’m guessing the strange bitters are a result of over-spicing.

M: Very average; doesn’t take anything away from the beer. Creamy, but thin.

O: A middle-of-the-road attempt at a seasonal style; it doesn’t really make me want another, and to be honest, it’s not making me crazy about seeking out other Lakefront beers. I’ll probably keep my eyes open for some though, especially their IPA – I heard it's worth a look.

BarryMFBurton, Sep 26, 2012
Photo of donteatpoop
3.3/5  rDev -4.9%

Pours a clear amber/dark orange color with a very shortly lived white head.

The scent is sweetly spiced, the spicer really dominating the nose.

On the tongue the spice again dominates, though it does blend nicely with the (pilsner?) hops and bready malts.

Not bad. Haven't had many spiced/flavored lagers, but this is one of the better ones.

Generally with pumpkin ales/lagers the spice is done improperly and leaves me with a distaste. This is one of the few exceptions. Not something I'd seek out, but I drank the whole thing.

donteatpoop, Sep 02, 2010
Photo of coldmeat23
3.3/5  rDev -4.9%

GLASS: Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

Nice golden orange color. A good size head that dissipates quickly enough to question whether it was even there or not. Minor retention, but decent lacing.

Spices hit the olfactory sense with a hammer. Cinnamon, nutmeg and clove dominate. Smells like a fresh pumpkin pie.

Sadly, the taste does not compare to the smell. All of the elements are there, they are just subdued to the point of blurring. If anything, I'd say that this beer is over-balanced. I can tell that there are multiple things going on in here. I just can't pick them out and seperate them from one another. There's too much overlap. This is the taste of "bleah!".

Once again, this beer is disappointing to me. The body is weak and lifeless. Nothing to excite me. Just thin and watery.

Here is a time that a beer started off very promising and couldn't quite pull it off, in the end. I wanted this to be so much more. I'm not in a hurry to have another one.

coldmeat23, Sep 24, 2008
Photo of KenC
3.28/5  rDev -5.5%

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.

KenC, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.28/5  rDev -5.5%

A slightly hazy orangish copper colored lager, with some little floaties throughout. Nothing unappetizing at all though. Based on the pour I'd say this beer is bottle conditioned. Decent tan head was high and tight but faded fast.

There's a pumpkin and spice aroma with some hops complimenting the fall spices nicely. Some sweet caramel malt is detectable as well. The taste is of pumpkin and spice as well, but the spices get a bit perfumey which borders on unpleasant. Not noticing the hops here at all, but there is a but of an earthy malt behind all the pumpkin spice.

Decent body, a bit of a carbonation bite in the end, the beer finishes clean with just a hint of the spice lingering for a few seconds.

I was disturbed to see this in a mixed pack purchased in March, but the bottling date was late November. guess they brew this one year round or at least late in to the season.

Not bad...drinkable and all but a bit too heavy on the spice.

ZimZamZoom, Mar 05, 2009
Photo of Duff27
3.28/5  rDev -5.5%

A- Pours a light amber color with a quickly dissipating white head. A few stead streams of carbonation rises to the top.

S- Smells of cinnamon.

T- Cinnamon. Slight biscuit taste. Pumpkin. Not as many spices as I have had with previous pumpkin beers.

M- Not much carbonation to this one and a bit on the watery side.

D/O- Aside from the mouthfeel complaint this isn't a bad little pumpkin beer, especially for a lager. Quite refreshing. Would have been better to have this one and a couple more perhaps in the fall.

Duff27, Feb 02, 2011
Photo of cmwilliq
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

cmwilliq, Yesterday at 08:35 PM
Photo of weonfire
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

weonfire, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

jaydoc, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of Big_Dave
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Big_Dave, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of Kubrickx
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Kubrickx, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of biggred1
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Hazy orange amber with a soapy off white head, no real lace present. Smells savory,like pumpkin pie spice, honey and buttery grain. Tastes like pumpkin pie but still retains enough real beer flavor to be palatable. Crisp and refreshing with a dry finish. One of the better beers of it's ilk, it is what it is, if you like pumpkin beers this isn't a bad one.

biggred1, Apr 01, 2009
Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

LeeryLeprechaun, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of crobinso
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

crobinso, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of battlekow
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Lakefront's Pumpkin Lager looks pretty good, a slightly cloudy, suitably orange color, capped by a fine white head. Smells yeasty, with hints of the promised pumpkins and spices, but not much. The taste is yeasty as well, kind of musty, a little bit of pumpkin in the finist. The mouthfeel is a little harsh. Certainly not a very pumpkin-y pumpkin beer.

battlekow, Sep 19, 2005
Pumpkin Lager Beer from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
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