Pumpkin Lager Beer - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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BA SCORE
78
okay

244 Reviews
THE BROS
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 Sammy
3.52/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Serviceable pumpkin beer, served Labour Day weekend t the brewery. Light colour,lacey with almost no head. Spicy pumpkin and cloves. In the style and better than some pumpkin beers, though not the best representative. OK drinkability, must be in the mood to finish a half pint. (277 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.52/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy honey orange with a 1 inch foamy off-white head that settles to an oily film. Small areas of lace slide back down into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is very spice heavy with cinnamon and cloves being most prominent and some light pumpkin pie aromas. Taste is cinnamon forward with some light malt and somewhat artificial pumpkin flavors on the finish. Aftertaste is pretty much like you get after chewing cinnamon gum and then spit it out. A higher level of carbonation with a crisp and bubbly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good pumpkin beer. Interesting to see this is a lager and therefore doesn't quality under the pumpkin ale category. (673 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: half finger head, minimal retention on a hazy amber with slight golden hue body.

S: mild aroma for the style with mostly pumpkin pie and some spice.

T: spices, caramel, pumpkin pie and fresh pumpkin. Not as sweet as some of the others in the genre.

M: medium body and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: I tried about 5 or 6 of these over the last few days and they all run together and seem to taste the same with subtle differences. This is on of the more bland ones, but still just another pumpkin beer. (516 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.57/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy amber yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin yet dense beige head that never completely faded away.
S: Light to moderate aromas of pumpkins and pumpkin spices are present in the nose—nutmeg seems to stand out in particular.
T: The taste follows the smell but has a bit more complexity with slight bits of initial sweetness and hints of cardamom spices towards the finish.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied, clean and a little smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found this to be an easy-drinking pumpkin beer that has a good balance between the pumpkin flavors and spices. It would make for a good beer to pair with an autumn-themed dinner. (748 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.17/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to BeerFMAndy for this bottle. Poured into a Hill Farmstead wine glass.

Color is a moderate copper-orange color that starts with a half finger of white foam and very quickly dies down into just a slight ring of lacing around the edges. No lacing actually sticks to the edge of the glass. The nose brings a really good deal of pumpkin spice. I'm picking our ginger as the most prominent with some allspice and nutmeg there as well.

The taste has some slight pumpkin character in the background, though it's not all that sweet like many pumpkin beers. The taste is light ginger plus some caramel, nutmeg, allspice, and clove. Mildly bready as well. Fairly-light body with a carbonation level toward the low end. Light and not terribly drinkable. (753 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.6/5  rDev +5.6%

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 (498 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

bummer. my first pumpkin beer of the season was brewed in wisconsin? purchased in golden, colorado. the flavor was entirely too spiced, like pumpkin in a can, and the beer had a filling malty element to it. i cant say i hate it, because i dont at all, but i had higher hopes for the inaugural brew of the season. dont think i could do a 6pack of this, the drinkability wasnt there. at least my palate is ready to go now! (420 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.65/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a Clear looking amber color. The head was a little on the soapy looking side. The lacing was minimal and the retention wasn't overly impressive. The smell of the beer has some lager yeast aromas as well as the traditional pumpkin spice notes. The taste of the beer has an earthy spiced flavor through that mixed with the sweetness of the malts. The mouthfeel is on the thinner side with I feel it should be heavier. Overall this isn't a bad brew, just not one of my favorites. (495 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.07/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

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. (1,816 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.56/5  rDev +4.4%
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. (1,338 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 oberon
3.37/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice to see Lakefront beer in my area now.Poured one and a half bottles into a 1/2 liter stein,deep burnt orange with almost no head to speak of,just a thin off white sheet.Alot of spice in the nose,mainly cinnamon and cardamom I pick up,not much different than many pumpkin beer out there.Spiced with a dryer than expected malt base wich kept the sweetness in check but the finish lacks any real depth.Alot of cinnamon flavors but the thinner feel to the beer actualy keeps it from being overbearing,in saying that it's pretty average and light. (546 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.26/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer pours a slightly cloudy burnt orange color with a short lived off-white head.

S: Lots of spices to it, especially clove and nutmeg. There's a bit of cinnamon in there, too. The aroma is a bit tart, sort of like my homebrew pumpkin beer that got infected. A light fruitiness, likely yeast esters.

T: Fruity and sweet up front, which isn't something that you normally associate with pumpkin beers. An intense spiciness follows, mostly cinnamon with a bit of nutmeg and clove.

M: Light to medium bodied with a medium level of carbonation.

O: Too much of the lager comes through without enough of the pumpkin. The spices are there, but it's not the greatest balance or combination. (693 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

$1.50 12 oz. single from Green's (Buford) in Atlanta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, orange-hued body with an inch of fizzy, whitish head.

Smell: Aroma of lightly toasted and caramel maltiness with a fragrant note of blended pumpkin pie spices and pumpkin meat.

Taste: Light toasty and caramel malts with a restrained sweetness that makes way for a squashy pumpkin flavor and distinct tastes of cinnamon, clove, allspice, and nutmeg. Light spicy hop character and bitterness. Finishes crisp and dry with a lingering taste of earthy, Autumn-minded spices.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Worth a bottle or pint. A solid, easily drinkable pumpkin brew, though liking pumpkin beers may be a prerequisite. (739 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.97/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Honestly, I think this is the first time I've seen a pumpkin lager before... Regardless, it pours a mostly clear bright brass topped by a finger of pale off-white foam. The nose comprises cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, light white bread, light caramel, sweet flowers, clove, and a touch of mildly tart orange flesh. Nice and spicy, baby. The taste brings in more of the same, with the bread coming in lightly toasted, the orange toning down the tartness, and the caramel coming in a bit stronger. There's not much actual pumpkin in here, if at all, but the spices are definitely present in spades. The body is a light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a lightly grainy feel. Overall, a surprisingly tasty and drinkable brew, one that really embraces the spicy side of pumpkin beers without going too far with it. Well done. (875 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
2.8/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear amber orange with 2+ fingers of poofy brite-white head. Fizzles down pretty quickly into just the thinnest coating of foam. I'm not even a 1/3 of the way through the glass and it allready looks lifeless. Nice retention there. The aroma is waaay overspiced smelling. This is literally hurting my nose as I sniff it. There's some residual sweetness and floral hops back behind all of the spice but they barely make a dent in this bouquet.

The taste comes off to me as way too sweet, tangy, and once again overspiced. There's some green pumpkin taste back there as well but man, I can't get this tanginess out of my mouth! Them mouthfeel is medium bodied with a more viscous feel and lower carbonation that does the taste profile zero favors.

Well, as you can see, this didn't work for me at all. Way too overspiced and cloying at times. Maybe if there had bit a bit of Lager like crispness, this would have gone down easier but nope. I won't be visiting this again. (1,015 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.42/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright orange/amber color with a very thin white head that fades very quickly and leaves very little lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of spices, pumpkin, caramel, malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste is pretty decently balanced for the style. There are sweet flavors of caramel, pumpkin and your typical pumpkin beer spices like nutmeg & ginger. The hops presence is mild but complementary. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, not the biggest fan of pumpkin beers but this one as drinkable as any other I've had. (786 characters)

Photo of jlindros
2.76/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

OH snap, B- review. Well, I've had some surprises with that before. But this being a lager, not sure. But I have to continue my pumpkin beer quest. I poured this into my DFH pint glass, and I almost feel like I'm shaming DFH, but let's see.

A: Pours a decent airy and bubbly head, about 1/2 a finger that quickly fades to a light covering. Another brilliantly clear offering with a pale orange light toasty brown color. Very few bubbles rise to the top and let the head fade to dust.

N: Yep, just as I thought, a sweet pumpkin aroma with lots of spice, and almost a creamy syrup and vanilla. Lots of pumpkin and syrup and spice blanket the nose.

T: Taste pretty much confirms the nose, with the start of a sweet extract like styrupy taste containing some pumpkin extract flavors and some spices. The spice isn't as bad as I thought it would be. The syrupy extract like tastes and pumpkin flavors make it very run-of-the-mill. I don't get much for lager tastes either, and def not much for hops or bitterness. It's pretty sweet too.

M: Syrupy and light carbonation.

F: Still semi sweet, and leaves a weirding syrup taste that doesn't go away as quick as you would like. But, it's not too bad on the finish. Not very refreshing, crisp, or light as you would expect from a lager.

Final thoughts: Pretty boring pumpkin beer, with light tastes, lots of syrup like tastes and flavorings, semi sweet, low carbonation, low spices at least, and it's so called lager but I really don't get much for lager tastes or crisp refreshingness. (1,533 characters)

Photo of Jason
3.54/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear tawny hue, minimal lacing though it does not dissipate at all. Smells of pie spice, faint pumpkin meat and dried hay. Smooth with a light to medium body, dry maltiness has a few layers that unfold underneath the spicing. Toasted grain, a little bready and grassy as well. Pie spicing is quite prevalent yet not over powering, clove is more upfront than others. A bit of pumpkin flavor rounds the brew out. Finishes semi-dry with a tingle of pic spice.

Just beery enough and spicing is controlled, clean and drinkable for a spiced beer. (542 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.08/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was an impromptu pick up, forgot I tried this, let's see if this fares any better:

Pours caramel with a 1" off-white head. Zero head rentention or lacing

S: Big pumpkin pie spices, cinamon, nutmeg & brown sugar up front. A little malt sweetness sneaks in, along with a little metallic taste. Finsishes sweet with some astrignency

MF: Light/medium bodied, a little low in cabonation, but skews too sweet balance-wise

Drinks okay, basically one or 2 & that's it. We're having a halloween paty, I'm sure I can foist these on some unsuspecting guests...I messed up (again) (585 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
1.6/5  rDev -53.1%
look: 1 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

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. (857 characters)

Photo of smcolw
2.21/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

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. (441 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.04/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle served in a snifter.
Pours a hazy orange (pumpkin)/amber with an off-white head that soon disappears.

S: Pumpkin pie spices (mainly cinnamon and nutmeg), pumpkin puree and some biscuity malts.

T: A nice mix and balance of spicing, but too strong. It masks the pumpkin until the finish and leaves little detectable malt/grain flavor. Interesting sweet/tart mix.

M: Medium bodied, with a level of carbonation that seemed a bit aggressive.

O: yet another over-spiced pumpkin beer, and this one is of the more subtle lager variety, making the imbalance more of an issue. Nonetheless, the well-chosen mix of spices will appeal to those who like spicy pumpkin beers. (682 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.64/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a crystal clear burnt orange to amber in color with light amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and some golden yellow highlights. The beer has a three finger tall sudsy foamy light beige head that reduces to a very thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of pumpkin pie spices - cinnamon and nutmeg stand out - along with some lighter aromas of slightly sweet pumpkin.

T: Upfront there is a slightly sweet flavor of grainy malts with light to moderate flavors of pumpkin. That is followed by moderate flavors of pumpkin pie spices - cinnamon and nutmeg - as well as some lighter notes of cardamon. Minimal amounts of bitterness are perceptible.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth with hints of dryness from the spices towards the finish as the beer warms up.

O: This beer has a really nice flavor to it and is quite enjoyable - nice combination of pumpkin pie spices, pumpkin, and cardamon. Easy to drink with well hidden alcohol. Definitely recommend this one for a quite enjoyable brew for a fall evening. Great with ginger snaps after dinner. (1,245 characters)

Photo of WesWes
3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark golden/amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a very intense pumpkin scent along with an equally intense cinnamon aroma. The taste is decent as well. It has a dry, pilsner and light crystal malt taste with a huge pumpkin and cinnamon flavor. It's nothing great for sure. It's just lots of fruit and a very dry finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a pretty good pumpkin beer, although they should back down the fruit flavor and add some nutmeg. (585 characters)

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