Pumpkin Lager Beer - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
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1.5/5 rDev -56.8%
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.
09-14-2009 14:49:39 | More by WVbeergeek
1.5/5 rDev -56.8%
This one is bad news.
Pours a hazy golden-orange. Artificial head fizzles itself out quickly.
Lots of nutmeg and cinnamon on the nose. However, nothing lurks below these spices.
Basically a totally bland beer with hints of nutmeg. I am not sure if Lakefront uses leftover aquarium water, or bilge water from Lake Michigan fishing boats. But either way there is a pronounced fishy taste to this. Just absolutely repulsive.
No other aspects to think about. Lifeless, disgusting body. It is amazing that something this simple and thin can be this terrible.
Add minnows to livewell
Add several dashes of nutmeg
Grab a cup, scoop some up and enjoy.
10-03-2002 18:22:25 | More by cokes
1.88/5 rDev -45.8%
Appears a dark yellow hue with a head that fails to maintain its retention.
Smell is wonderful ... just like pouring a sweet pumpkin out of a bottle with slight scents of nutmeg and cinnamon. However, the initial scents are replaced with a disheartening citrusy smell.
The taste is below average. There are notes of pumpkin and spices of cinnamon, nutmeg and a little coriander on the initial sip. However, the beer falls flat on its finish, which tastes of bland, tart citrusy-lemon flavors and fades quickly; leaving the drinker bored.
Mouthfeel is flat, flat, flat.
Not a good pumpkin ale at all as it warms up! It smells good at start, and deceives the drinker that a good ale will follow. But the finish is absolutely downright awful and the flavors of citrus negate any of the good spices and pumpkin flavor a good ale of this style should have! Avoid this beer!
08-24-2009 02:27:06 | More by jbennett1919
1.93/5 rDev -44.4%
Poured a nice copper color,
Aroma of spice,very little punpkin
taste of perfume and very sour
The mouth feel was weakly tingly at the start and at the finish with a milde aftertaste that I did not care for. The mild flavor contained notes of pumpkin
would not drink again
09-20-2009 14:44:16 | More by phrygian68
2/5 rDev -42.4%
Hmm....A Pumpkin Ale called Pumpkin Lager, that's odd. Hazy copper body, yellow around the edges when held up to the light. Head is small from the get-go, never getting more than a small layer on top of the beer. Smell is sweet and spiced with your typical pumpkin pie spices, that's about it. Taste is terrible. Nothing like a pumpkin beer should be, sweet and funky, tastes almost infected. The beer was bottled the 4th Week of August, so it is well within it's freshness range. Yuck, I will struggle to finish this one, I thik Shipyard has the ebst pumpkin ale I have had so far.
10-04-2005 22:33:29 | More by TastyTaste
2.03/5 rDev -41.5%
Purchased bottle in Menomonee Falls, WI. This was a decent fruit/vegetable beer, except for the overpowering nutmeg, cinnamon, and other spices added to pumpkin pie. This is much like Leinies Apple Spice in that the motto seems to be "The More Spices, The More Flavor". Well, more isnt always better. As opposed to Blue Moons far superior pumpkin beer, Lakefronts lager is too overspiced. The beer looks good, a cloudy orangish color. It smells like Thanksgiving at Grandmas. The flavor was overpowering as previously stated, too much perfume/sweetness in what could have been a nice autumn brew. Definitely not up to Lakefronts quality standards.
07-16-2006 13:54:50 | More by keoki182
2.05/5 rDev -40.9%
Lightly murky orangish amber with disturbing looking, wispy, black tendrils that resemble smoke or cobwebs. They've paled and faded somewhat over the first several minutes, but are still visible lurking within the beer. I have no doubt that part of the reason is that I managed to get almost all of the bottle into the pint glass because of the lack of head formation. Why a reasonably fresh lager should have semi-nasty stuff on the bottom of the bottle is anyone's guess. Pathetically small head; no lace.
Although I can tell that it belongs to a pumpkin beer, the aroma is the worst for the style that I've experienced yet. There's a background aroma of pumpkin and spice that is overwhelmed by an odd, musty earthiness. It isn't bad exactly, it just isn't appealing.
This is bad beer, there are no two ways about it. In fact, it makes Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin Ale (my previous pumpkin beer low point) seem like nectar. For starters, it's as thin and as lifeless as any beer in recent memory. Some beer becomes watery on the finish; this one starts out watery and deteriorates from there, if that's even physically possible. In addition, the musty sourness is overpowering and prevents any enjoyment whatsoever of the pumpkin.
I enjoy reading brewery websites prior to reviewing because you never know when you'll come across a hidden gem such as this from the Lakefront site: "(Pumpkin Lager has) the taste and the *texture* of pumpkin pie."
Pumpkin Lager Beer is as two-dimensional as they come and is, quite simply, abysmal beer. I have never homebrewed, but I have no doubt that I could do better than this on my first attempt. I will now have serious reservations about trying any more beer from Lakefront. You, however, at least with regard to this particular beer, have been sufficiently warned.
12-17-2004 15:46:20 | More by BuckeyeNation
2.1/5 rDev -39.5%
Cloudy golden-orange color, aroma of cinnamon and pumpkin. Small white head that doesn't last, not much lacing either. Pumpkin , ginger, cinnamon and butter bread flavors, Medium body body with a buttery mouthfeel, finishes pretty sweet, I had a tough time finishing the bottle.
11-24-2004 13:51:24 | More by maxpower
2.15/5 rDev -38%
Fizzy soda pop bubbles and head that dies to nothing--no lace, no head. The color is a cloudy orange amber.
Lots of pie spices--cinnamon, nutmeg, clove. The rest is pumpkin.
In the taste, the first thing I notice is the very high level of carbonation--think pumpkin soda. I'm almost tempted to throw in some ice cubes, except that it isn't very sweet. More sour than "pumpkiny". This one is difficult for me to drink. Sorry, a clear miss.
09-13-2008 23:09:41 | More by smcolw
2.25/5 rDev -35.2%
Presentation: 12 oz longneck. Marked with the botled date and week - a year would be nice just in case a shady distributor has sat on this for a year.
Appearance: Rough pour produces a small bubbly head that disappears quickly. Cloudy and red-orange.
Smell: Huge spice - typical pumpkin pie spice aroma. Not much malt or beer aroma, but it definitely smells like pumpkin pie.
Taste: Thin mouthfeel, all spice, no beer. Finish is strange - medicinal.
Overall impression: Meh - this beer is not quite right. I won't be looking again.
10-11-2006 20:15:33 | More by rowew
2.31/5 rDev -33.4%
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....
10-15-2013 01:22:30 | More by Billolick
2.35/5 rDev -32.3%
12 oz. bottle in a pint glass.
A - Light copper color with head about 3/4 inch thick that fades slowly.
S - Lots of pumpkin and some spice.
T - Very light. Too much pumpkin too little spice.
M - A little too much carbonation.
D - Not impressed at all. I've been spoiled in that I used to live closer to Deleware and had DogfishHead pumpkin all the time. This is not even close.
12-18-2007 05:29:37 | More by jeffmonarch
2.35/5 rDev -32.3%
A - copper highlighted w/ strawberry and very much see-through. thin head, this isn't really a looker then again most lager styles aren't IMHO.
S - nutmeg, allspice, ginger?(who threw by baker's cabinet's contents into my beer? j/k)smells malt forward w/ no real hops detected in the nose
T - incredibly thin and watered down. allspice and nutmeg, and also a funky and unpleasant stale tea-like flavor. From the nose I expected a rich mouthful of spice cake or pumpkin loaf on the tongue I was delivered a thin and watery stale tea w/ spices thrown in w/ a bready finish.
MF - light body medium carbonation
D - refreshing and different but not really tasty. this is your Bud Light of Pumpkin beers. too bad.
09-10-2009 01:24:27 | More by bonsreeb85
2.38/5 rDev -31.4%
A: Pours orange with barely a finger of white head that quickly vanishes with no lacing.
S: Pumpkin pie spices on the nose--cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg--without much else.
T: Similar to the aroma, there are a bunch of spices without much else. There are a few hints of orange citrus in there and a light, biscuity finish.
M: Medium-light body with lowish carbonation, this beer feels a bit flat.
O: Not a very good beer. It isn't offensive, but it's bland and lacking any depth.
10-06-2011 16:56:11 | More by n2185
2.38/5 rDev -31.4%
I've never had this style before. I received an 8-pack sampler as a Christmas Present and am working my way through it.
Appearance : Poured a hazy light orange with and Off white head that quickly disappeared to nothing. No lacing what so ever.
Smell: Sweet with hints of cinnamon and nutmeg.
Taste: Malty sweet with taste of cinnamon and nutmeg.
Mouthfeel : Watery thin body that finished dry
Drink-ability : Didn't do anything for me. It went down easy but I did not enjoy drinking this beer. Glad I tried it and I'm glad it was part of a gift pack.
01-04-2007 00:35:41 | More by pmatz2
2.38/5 rDev -31.4%
This beer is exactly what a lager is in respect to smell and taste. The appearance was close to a light orange/dark gold consistency. The beer had little aromaticity in regard to the being a pumpkin beer. I caught a hint of some spices. I honestly would expect to be able to smell the pumpkin or some floral/nutty undertones. This beer did not have that aspect. The taste was like a smooth a normal lager style beer. It didnt have much bite back and was very smooth. Overall, I just wasnt impressed with the beer itself. I think pumpkin beer should at least have scent and taste of pumpkin.
09-24-2012 05:50:05 | More by Luddy37
2.45/5 rDev -29.4%
Why why why why do they keep making beers like this. I know there is a market for this but there just so damn bad. There is really only 2 pumpkin beers that I think are even decent and this is not one out them. It looks good in the glass. I would probably drink it off of looks. The smell has nutmeg and cinnamon to it. The taste is kind of like a red beer that they drug through a wheat field. There are nutmeg and odd spices that dont really sit well with me.
09-06-2007 00:12:40 | More by RoBotGod
2.48/5 rDev -28.5%
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.
08-29-2004 19:31:24 | More by ADR
Pumpkin Lager Beer from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
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