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Pumpkin Lager Beer - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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Reviews: 248
Hads: 608
Avg: 3.43
pDev: 25.07%
Wants: 10
Gots: 68 | 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 spokeydonkey
3.39/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours copper with little head and carbonation. Smell is of cinnamon and cloves with a bit of caramel. Tastes sweet and a little cinnamon spicy up front, followed up by cloves, ginger and nutmeg. Not much malt going on other than a mild sweetness. Very little bitterness. Silky mouthfeel probably helped by very little carbonation.

Overally -- a nicely balanced pumpkin beer. Not much going on other than some malt sweetness to balance out the spices, but that's what I like from a pumpkin ale. I'd buy this again.

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Photo of BeerAmbassador
3.67/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orange amber color with a thin off white head. Aromas of baking spice, a little bready and finally some vegetal/pumpkin on the tail end. Spices dominate this beer, especially the cinnamon. I still am able to detect some pumpkin on the palate and as this is a pumpkin lager as opposed to the more popular ale it finishes pretty clean. Overall a nice pumpkin beer and the first one i have had in a couple seasons.

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Photo of Guinness4me
3.15/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

More of a real pumpkin taste than the Punkinhead Ale, but still good.

It pours a dark pumpkin color with a light head and no lace. The smell was like cooked pumpkin, almost the bit that spills over the pie and burns onto the oven. Maybe is that burnt smell that comes from a candle in a jack-o-lantern.

The taste was true pumpkin with lovely spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. Nicely balanced with the squash flavor.

The mouthfeel was like most standard ales, sparkling and fullfilling. I'd drink again during the season.

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Photo of NStLincoln
3.95/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The second you pop the top on a bottle of Lakefront Pumpkin Ale you can tell this beer isn't pussyfooting around. Spices and fruit fill the air.

The pour leaves a thin tan head with minimal lacing. It's a nice coppery red.

I get a lot more apple cider on the nose than pumpkin. In fact, it's a lot more cinnamon/apple than anything else. Which I like in a big way.

Lots of clove and an apple crispness on the palate. Some nice maltiness on the back end.

A very drinkable pumpkin beer. Perfect for a crisp fall afternoon.

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Photo of dbtoe
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz poured into a shaker pint
I really haven't had many pumpkin beers and this is my first pumpkin lager. Really am unsure how to score this one. My opinion is it is an ok beer but I'm not going to be buying it again.
Look is an orangish gold with a fair head that reduced down to a thin cap.
Smell is all pumpkin spice.
Taste is pretty much the same mostly spices, nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove. Mild toasty malt and I get no pumpkin flavor.
Feel a lot of carbonation and pretty thin.
Drink this isn't much of a drinker. 1 at a time is really enough for me even though I did have 3 in a sitting last night. Kind of became too much the spices really take over after the first one.

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Photo of dahlen22
3.12/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appeance: Pumpkin orange with a lacy head.

Aroma: Standard for this style...pumpkin pie, vanilla, cloves, cinn.

Taste: Like the aroma...starts off with smooth malts and then comes the pumpkin pie spices, some bread notes, and a bit of grassiness.

Overall: Not too bad for this style of beer, but not that great either. Easy to drink, but lacking the big flavors that other pumpkin ales have. As of late, it seems they divide these pumpkin beers into standard ones like this ale, and the imperial pumpkins which are bigger and more complex. Cheers!!

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Photo of pmatz2
2.4/5  rDev -30%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of RoBotGod
2.46/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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 don’t really sit well with me.

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Photo of MisterDeeds
3.14/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Lighter in color than I expected, an almost golden amber. The aroma is very strong, and suggests pumpkin and cinnamon. Before trying this beer, I was never quite sure what "mouthfeel" actually meant. But this beer has a definite mouthfeel that, to me, is dry and almost powdery. Almost as if the spices are floating right on top. The taste is okay and definitely Pumpkin, but the dry feeling is tough for me to get past.

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Photo of jkendrick
2.87/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass

Appearance: Poured fizzy and soda-y with light head that dissipated down to almost nothing with no lacing. The color is copper to amber and very clear.

Aroma: The aroma is initially very nice with plenty of spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg. There is some pumpkin aroma, but mostly spices. The aroma fades after a while in the glass, but the first impressions are again very nice.

Mouthfeel: This a light and fizzy soda-like drink. I am not generally a lager fan, so it is difficult for me to comment on the mouthfeel vs. how it is SUPPOSED to be, but I didn't like it. It felt thin with harsh carbonation.

Taste: The pleasing aroma doesn't carry over to taste. I tasted very little to no pumpkin and minimal spice. The carbonation again was a big minus for me. It's pretty dry with a hint of sweetness, but overall kind of sour (not bitter in a hoppy way). The aftertaste doesn't linger but that is good because it is rather sour.

Overall impression: This was my first pumpkin beer (and my first attempt at drinking a beer for a review -- I joined a review group and pumpkin beer was first on the agenda)) and I will say it was interesting. The initial aroma was far and away the highlight for me and I found it less enjoyable as I went along. It is definitely more pumpkin PIE than straight pumpkin, but that may be standard for this type of brew. I am a big fan of pumpkin pie, but had never had the desire to try a pumpkin beer. While I probably won't pick this one up again, it WAS enough to get me interested in trying other pumpkin beers.

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Photo of Jackofallbrews
3.36/5  rDev -2%
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 BrewnZ
3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer starts with a medium-strong spice aroma of cloves and nutmeg. Deep copper/orange color is great for this style. Medium-full bodied with a big pumpkin taste and med-low spices to balance. Again diacetyl detracts from this beer, mostly in the finish.

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Photo of rkinsella
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic glass.

Appearance - Beautiful orange yellow color with perhaps a very slight haze. Fluffy white 2 finger head held for half of the glass! A half finger head for the rest. I was impressed! Above average lacing.

Smell - Very fresh and clean. Mostly a pumpkin fresh fruit smell with a little nut and spice. The smell really gets you interested.

Taste - Impressively smooth! Sweetness balanced with a little tangy nutty spice. Finish is no where near bitter. More on the sweet end. A delicate hop quality.

Mouthfeel - Creamy and soft. Medium to lower carbonation.

Drinkability - Very drinkable because of it's refreshing quality.
But what is the ABV? Can't find it anywhere.

This is the best pumpkin brew I've tried. And I find it very interesting that it's a lager. That explains the rich smooth quality. Very different from a pumpkin ale. Doesn't have all the complexity that you can get with an ale. Instead the quality of the ingredients and the simple character really shines.

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Photo of johanvond
4.02/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of ClearDog
3.49/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass.

This is my second time around rating this beer. This time around, the bottle of beer has been out of the fridge for about 15 minutes so it can warm up before I serve it. I figure it's got to be a little warmer to bring out the spice and pumpkin flavors. Here goes . . .

Appearance -- It was nice for about thirty seconds. The color is nice and reminiscent of orange pumpkin pie. I would have given a better appearance rating however the head only last thirty seconds then disappeared. No lacing is evident.

Smell -- The smell is nice with spice overwhelming. In a way it reminds me of apple cider. I cannot identify any pumpkin here.

Taste -- It definitely tastes better warmer although I still cannot taste any recognizable pumpkin. Tastes more like spiced beer.

Mouthfeel -- Light to medium-light; not much here.

Drinkability -- I can only drink this beer once in a sitting. This will most likely be my last Lakefront Pumpkin for the year, although a buddy of mine tried it on tap at the Landmark 1850 and he said it was awesome. He had three in one sitting.

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Photo of Goldopelgt
3.22/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured an orange-ish copper color with a slightly off-white head that disappeared relatively quickly with little to no lacing...

S- A decent amount of pumpkin and some spices, but seems to be predominantly grainy malts with some sweetness to it...

T- Similar to the smell...nothing too overwhelming, you get the maltiness and sweetness with the pumpkin notes coming through in the finish...balanced for what it is, but something seems to be missing...

M- On the thinner side with decent amount of carbonation...

D- Not my favorite of the style, but not bad either...I'd try it again...

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Photo of Nezzy
3.86/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Good amount of head, and the color is close to amber with hints or orange in it.

Smell: Spices are apparent but not overly strong and is actually quite nice. Has small hints of pumpkin but not a lot, more emphasis on spices and especially on fruit.

Taste: You only get hints of the spice and pumpkin but more then anything you get the taste of fruit. It overwhelms the pumpkin and makes the beer very fragrant.

Mouthfeel: At first slightly carbonated but then becomes smooth. One thing though, it kind of stays in your mouth for a while. The beer was all over my teeth and not really going anywhere which is really odd.

Drinkability: It's definitely refreshing and a nice beer, but not what I'm looking for in a pumpkin beer. It is way to light on the spices and pumpkin, instead offering a really tangy and strong taste of fruit. I still think its a good beer, just not what I would go for as my first choice in pumpkin beers.

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Photo of Fergyx825
3.41/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: a light amber color, with a tiny bit of head on the pour and over the surface of the beer. There is no bubbling evident throughout the beer. This is appropriate for a pumpkin ale/lager.

Smell: This is rich in pumpkin smell with some spices definitely obvious. The pumpkin is more noticeable than the rest of the flavors.

Taste: A very sweet pumpkin taste. The spices are very obvious too. Alcohol is also noticeable. It doesn't taste bad.

Mouthfeel: A low carbonation, but medium to thick beer. Definitely a good combination.

Overall: i think this is just mediocre in all aspects. Not above and beyond in any particular way, but more a bunch of okay aspects that make for an okay beer.

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Photo of splat215
3.34/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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

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Photo of keoki182
2.08/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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 Leinie’s Apple Spice in that the motto seems to be "The More Spices, The More Flavor". Well, more isn’t always better. As opposed to Blue Moon’s far superior pumpkin beer, Lakefront’s lager is too overspiced. The beer looks good, a cloudy orangish color. It smells like Thanksgiving at Grandma’s. The flavor was overpowering as previously stated, too much perfume/sweetness in what could have been a nice autumn brew. Definitely not up to Lakefront’s quality standards.

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Photo of kristiekatk
3.44/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lakefront Pumpkin pours a light orange with minimal lacing from a 12 oz. bottle. There’s a very bright and clean aroma; sweet and spicy, full of ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg.

This beer, at 6% alc/vol, starts off with a pleasant caramel malt sweetness, and moves into some toasted grains and a slight grassiness. You can tell that there’s definitely something going on here besides just the spicing. It finishes dry with a hint of pie spice, but gets a little too lager-y for my taste, especially when mixed in with the pumpkin.

Lakefront is better than some pumpkin beers I’ve encountered. It has an easy drinkability and smooth mouthfeel, but is lacking some of the depth that these beers deserve.

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Photo of getch
3.69/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a-golden color, not cloudy, little to no head when poured.

s-faint pumpkin pie smell, really need to drink this out of a glass, not in the bottle, without the smell you are not getting the full flavor.

t-with the smell of pumpkin there really is somewhat of a taste of pumpkin, its decent, hard to explain, because i really would never had tried the beer, if it were not for my gf that likes the beer

m- extremely smooth, no bitterness to the beer, and i really wonder what the ABV could be if any.

d-very good seasonal beer, but its not something that i will look forward to next year, if you are ever in Milwaukee, YOU NEED TO TOUR!!

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Photo of minnunderground
3.67/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a tumber.

A-Golden orange color, clear, No sed., off white head a finger or two.

S- You can smell the malts and pumpkin / spices kind of cider/Esq smell

T-Has a good flavor really the spicing in this reminds me of a cider. In the middle some mild pumpkin flavors. Tasty

M- Mildy carbonated nothing very special in this department

D- Pretty drinkable, not very heavy kinda on the lighter side. The spices might get mildy annoying after a couple

Overall a nice offering at a pumpkin. A good job by Lakefront

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Photo of redfire89
2.62/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Hazy dark yellowish color with a awful lot of bubbles
S- Faint scent of pumpkin and spices
T- Very light pumpkin flavor tastes more like a wannabe oktoberfest style with a metallic aftertaste
M- Light, watery kinda overcarbonated
O- Not terrible but it didn't really taste like a pumpkin ale.

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Photo of Rhettbuck
2.9/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Had this in a bottle poured into a glass.

Appearance: Perhaps the most impressive part of this beer and that should tell you where the rest of the review is going. Dark coppery color, reminds me of a dark apple cider in look. The bubbles streaming to the top would suggest a lot of carbonation and while there is some head, it dissipates rather quickly.

Smell: Hardly anything to report here. Kind of a sweet smell to the beer.

Taste: Good, clean and not much if any after taste. The whole of the beer has this light feeling to it, and perhaps that is what you are looking for in a pumpkin beer. I wanted a little more out of it. I would recommend this for a football game tailgate.

Mouthfeel: Despite the presence of clearly a lot of carbonation, doesn't actually overwhelm you. Like I said above, clean crisp beer.

Overall: I wouldn't recommend this one for someone looking for the ultimate pumpkin beer. But if you wanted a taste of the season without getting full, then this would be your beer.

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Pumpkin Lager Beer from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
78 out of 100 based on 248 ratings.