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Pumpkin Lager Beer - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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Pumpkin Lager BeerPumpkin Lager Beer

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255 Reviews

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Reviews: 255
Hads: 628
Avg: 3.42
pDev: 24.85%
Wants: 10
Gots: 70 | 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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Reviews: 255 | Hads: 628
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.16/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

3.0 A: Murky peach color. Two fingers of frothy off-white head. Retention is below average and no lacing is left.

3.25 S: Mild pumpkin spices with nutmeg and allspice most prominent. Light caramel and toastiness. Not really anything else going on. It's pretty tame, but it's not bad.

3.25 T: Tastes like the nose. Mild spices with notes of caramel and toastiness. Not a lot of flavor, but enough to make it a decent enough brew.

3.0 M: Lighter body. Good moderate carbonation. A touch watery and lacking creaminess.

3.0 D: Tame but decent.

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Photo of dacrza1
2.53/5  rDev -26%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

DATE TASTED: November 4, 2015 ... GLASSWARE: Schneider Edel-Weisse pokal... OCCASION: enjoying the prelude to Teachers' Convention weekend... APPEARANCE: bright orange-amber body with minimal effervescence; clear throughout; thin, dissipating white head that subsides to minimal run of bubbles akin to iced tea... AROMA: cinnamon and nutmeg to start, with the hint of syrup and sweet malts at second scent; some evergreen spruce makes for an air freshener experience... PALATE: surprisingly vibrant, with an initial shiver to the throat; upon second sip, the mouthfeel mellows to a light-bodied, slightly textured presence--not the feel of pumpkin pie, label be damned,... TASTE: a lager, through and through, with slight suggestions of the odd yet intriguing aroma; mostly wet malty base with some phenolic yeasts...again, not exactly pumpkin pie... OVERALL: not the experience that other Lakefront brews offer--but not by much...an otherwise average attempt at a flavorful seasonal...

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Photo of Sconnie25
2.88/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Poured a cloudy orange hue with a small head and a good amount of carbonation. Smelled of pumpkin, spices, malt and something artificial. Tasted like artificial pumpkin and spices and had a bitter finish. This was a disappointment for me.

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Photo of Marraybay
3.57/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Look: Typical pumpkin color: Slightly cloudy: No real head to speak of: Same with lacing.

Smell: fruit, lager yeast, spice

Taste: A light malty flavored lager with some seasonal spice and pronounced sweetness throughout. Nothing in the way of bitterness.

Feel: Somewhat thin.

Overall: Another fairly enjoyable "non-threatening" seasonal that pairs well with food: Similarly would be good for those who wish to partake in a beer of the season without being overwhelmed.

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Photo of KLHBB
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I'm liking this a lot. A cloudy caramel color, a taste of pumpkin pie spice and pretty sweet. Medium bodied, light carbonation, overall quite enjoyable and maybe my mass-market favorite.

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Photo of chrishiker1409
3.84/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

L: A light copper orange. Poured with almost no head which quickly dissipates. It did leave lacing all the way down the glass.

S: No spices. A little caramelly, bready, pumpkin aroma.

T: Bready and a little pumpkin. No spices.

F: Light bodied. Clean and crisp. Went down smooth. A real easy drinker. A reminder how much different lagers can be.

O: A real treat. I enjoyed this one.

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Photo of couchsitta
4.18/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's not saying much, but this is the best pumpkin beer I've had.

Beautiful aroma coming from this with a cloudy appearance and quick dissolving head.

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Photo of superspak
3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, best before 12/25/2015. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy orange/amber color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. light spotty lacing clings down the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, ginger, brown sugar, toasted bread, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of pumpkin/spices and dark/bready malt notes; with decent strength. Taste of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, ginger, brown sugar, toasted bread, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/spice bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, ginger, brown sugar, toasted bread, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Good balance and solid robustness of pumpkin/spices and dark/bready malt flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness after the finish; and very clean on lager flavors with zero yeast ester notes present. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, and lightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is a good pumpkin lager style. All around good balance and solid robustness of pumpkin/spices and dark/bready malt flavors; and very smooth, crisp, and clean to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Ottoj55
1.76/5  rDev -48.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Ugh, why a pumpkin lager? It looks okay, a bit orange, but not bad. Smell is almost offensive, pumpkin beers don't need pumpkin pie spices. The spices by the way make it taste and feel like you're drinking the unfortunate child of a beer and a pumpkin pie. Overall, just a bad idea.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a finger and half of head on a hazy straw body.
The aroma is apple cider, smoke and apple spice.
The taste is smoke, cinnamon, muted pumpkin and grain.
The texture is gritty.

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Photo of beerdrifter
3.46/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy pour with a quickly fading one finger foamy off-white head with no lacing. The nose is big on pumpkin spices with hints of ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and caramel. The taste follows suit with pumpkin pie spices dominating. Hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, squash, ginger, caramel, and clove. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and syrupy with light carbonation and a sweet finish. Overall, this is a pretty mediocre interpretation of a pumpkin beer. A little too sweet for my liking.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +17%
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.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.31/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle dated 08/14/14. Sampled on Feb. 28, 2015 so this is a bit old.

The pour is a slightly hazy amber orange with a quick lasting white head.

This is what I don't get. Yup, pumpkin spices on the nose but there is also a full cherry or juicy fruitiness in the picture too. It little spice It might be because this is 5 months old that it comes across this way.

Light to medium body.

As for the taste, the pumpkin spices seem emerged in the cherry or juicy fruitiness. Again, it could be due to the past-freshness of this bottle.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.97/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pumpkin Lager pours a copper color with a very small but lacing head. There is a nice mellow pumpkin aroma. The taste has a nice mellow but noticeable pumpkin flavor. Good body and good feel. Overall its not over the top, its just a very nice pumpkin beer.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a hazy pale orange yellow color with good clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Pumpkin, starchy, pilsner malts, lager yeast, and sugary.

Taste: Same as above. Nothing fantastic here. Sweet and smooth.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, sweet, a little chewy, medium bodied, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Decent pumpkin beer. The lager smooths things out too.

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Photo of lambpasty
3.57/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of spacecake9
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Poured into a goblet......

A - Pours a very nice amber color, fizzy bubbles disappear quickly with no head.
S - Very pleasing aroma of spice & pumpkins.
T - Clean lager flavor, light feeling, with a moderate pumpkin flavor. Not strong on spices at all.
M - Light mouth feel and carbonation, flavor disappears quickly.
O - This beer was better than I expected. Good beer, quite drinkable, a good place to start for pumpkin beer newbies. While it's not at the top of the pumpkin beer list it's a good representation of the style. I'd drink it again.

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Photo of MightyYui
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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. :)

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Photo of biboergosum
3.56/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A Pumpkin...Lager? Let's see how this one fares. I love the label, by the way.

Appearance : Dense auburn colored body with a minimal 1 finger head that recedes to a ring of lace within a few seconds.

Smell : Sugared pumpkin, clove, nutmeg, cinnamon. Baked brown sugar. Right on the money.

Taste : Sweet and spicy, lots of nutmeg and pumpkin, with brown sugar in the background, ends dry with cloves and more pumpkin. Reminds me of pumpkin bars. A festive treat. It doesn't suffer from the sourness of an ale, so that's a plus. Traditionally though, a pumpkin "ale" has more flavor. I think they made up for that lack of flavor with spicy adjuncts - and that's fine with me.

Straight out of the bottle you get heavy clove and peanut m&m. It's amazing what a difference there is between glass and bottle. They're both good in my book here.

Mouthfeel : Spicy mouthfeel, if that makes sense. Not exactly carbonated, not exactly watery, but it bites a bit. And then it ends semi-dry. Interesting take.

Overall : I do like this beer, and I think I'd be willing to split a six pack with friends. There's nothing real off or wrong about this beer, but it is definitely not the best pumpkin beer I've had in recent memory. It's a good seasonal, if you find it, give it a try.

Edit, I'm eating a tuna sandwich now finishing up this beer. It actually pairs well with that, so it's not a totally "by itself" beer. This one was easy to finish. Bottoms up!

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Photo of brentk56
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%

Appearance: Pour a clear burnt orange with a modest head that fades quickly to a ringlet; minimal lacing

Smell: Pumpkin pie spice and brown sugar

Taste: A bit of pumpkin provides the base, but the pie spices dominate; after the swallow, the brown sugar aspect nudges up the sweetness

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Too light, too sweet and too much spice relative to the underlying flavors but I guess that's what happens with a pumpkin lager; not a fan

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.5/5  rDev +31.6%

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! :)

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Photo of buschbeer
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a conical pint glass

A - This beer has a burnt orange body with amber highlights. It was topped with an inch of beige head that quickly disappeared.

S - The smell has the usual suspects, pumpkin spice, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

T - It tastes of pumpkin spice, and that is about it.

M - Thin

O - This is a decent pumpkin beer. The mouthfeel is watered down though.

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Photo of Jackofallbrews
3.36/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of alphagnome
2.94/5  rDev -14%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy, pale orange color with absolutely no head. Zip! Plenty of carbonation however.

Nothing but spices. Ginger, nutmeg, and a bit of cinnamon. Has a pleasant sweetness to it although the whole package leaves a lot to be desired. Light pumpkin notes.

Light for a pumpkin beer, but everything carries over from the aroma. Spices are dominant in the flavor profile. I was hoping for more than a load of spice.

Medium-bodied lager with hardly any noticable carbonation.

Nothing special here. It's not the worst pumpkin beer I've ever had but t's also far from the best. The spice overload is a bit too much to enjoy.

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Pumpkin Lager Beer from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
78 out of 100 based on 255 ratings.