Pumpkin Lager Beer - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
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3.28/5 rDev -5.2%
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.
03-05-2009 01:35:12 | More by ZimZamZoom
3.95/5 rDev +14.2%
My buddy Paul has been talking this brew up the last few falls, so I'm finally giving it a try.
Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A) Amber in color, about 1/2 inch of head, which was gone before I could get my nose into the pint. No lacing.
S) A combination of beer and spices. The smell is like pumpkin pie. In fact, I said to my wife, this smells like pumpkin pie.
T) Not as spiced as the smell led me to believe. A combination of malt, nutmeg and cinnamon. It really reminds me of a cider.
M) Light to medium/light. Actually, this is quite smooth, with just the right amount of carbonation to liven it up.
O) I have found most of the pumpkin beers I've tried to be a little to spiced for my liking. This one really hits the spot. It pains me to say this, but... Paul, you were right.
09-04-2011 00:57:48 | More by RoamingGnome
3.8/5 rDev +9.8%
Pours out a nice clean yellow and sits radiant amber in the glass. Cool looking gradient in my particular glasss (bright yellow to to deep amber brown). Small white head is gone almost as soon as it appears and only leaves a trace along the edges.
Smells of cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and all-spice...the usual pumpkin spices. Some notes of raw pumpkin and baked brown sugar. Very nice aroma.
Tastes stongly of cloves and all-spice. Lightly sweet with almost no detectable hops to balance it off. Only a slight amount of bitterness exists in the finish. Flavors of warmed pumkin flesh ooze out from the spices and lends a vegetal aftertaste.
Smooth and stringy in the mouth, carbonation on target, medium body. Body pushes out all the flavors you could hope for.
A nice pumpkin beer, though there's a bit too much cloves for my particular tastes. Still, probably one of the better ones out there.
10-14-2004 21:03:34 | More by Skidz
3.55/5 rDev +2.6%
This bottle was poured into a tulip glass.
Appearance- Best part of the look is the body,it is a deep auburn with burnt orange highlights. The unfiltered body has a slight amount of carbonation. The head was a bright white that built to a finger and died slowly to a ring. There is no lace.
Smell- It's a really nice balance of spicy and sweet. There is cinnamon and some other herbal spiciness. A little bit of vanilla and nutmeg comes through. Actually really nice for a pumpkin.
Taste- The first sip was a nice mixture of biscuit malt that was reminiscent of a pie crust. There was a little more cinnamon and nutmeg than vanilla.
There are some bitter hops in the finish that are a little out of place, and the wheat is too noticeable. It gives the lager an adjunct feel that detracts mightily how well this one starts out.
Mouth feel- This is a real clincher in pumpkin's, and this one falls much too short. It is almost medium-bodied. So, so close. And it is not smooth enough by a long shot. That weird adjunct / bitter hop in the finish makes things really rocky.
Overall- As far as pumpkin beers go, it starts out really promising. It smells good, but it doesn't translate on the palate. There is an adjunct wheat quality in the finish that throws this thing off kilter, and the spices are not nearly noticeable enough.
11-04-2011 23:55:00 | More by Pintofbrown
2.7/5 rDev -22%
Picked up a single at Riley's here in Madison. The Original Pumpkin Lager Beer Pumpkin Ale itself.
Pours an uninspiring orange/amber with a bubbly head that doesn't stick around for long. Smell is heavy on the all-purpose pumpkin pie spice assortment, mostly cinnamon and nutmeg and some sugrary sweet caramel notes. Taste continues with the canned spice extract and sweet pumpkin/caramel malt, but unfortunately entertains an astringent, medicinal bitterness that turns it all foul. Mouth feel is thin but slick. There's just a lot going on here that doesn't mesh together. It's all a little artificial, no real substance. Dogfish and O'Fallon are oth far superior to this timid offering.
10-13-2005 19:00:12 | More by Golden2wenty1
3.63/5 rDev +4.9%
I got this beer as part of a wedding present from my cousin in Madison. I had one and wasn't too fond of it. I will try and review to style as much as possible.
A: Half a finger head of just off white sits on top of a very orange orange body with a decent amount of carbonation on the sides of the glass. By the time I have written this, the head is gone, but it looks like there's still good carb in there. Beer is mostly clear, maybe a tough of haze.
S: I can smell pumpkin pie for sure. Just like the bottle says, pumpkin and spices. There doesn't seem to be any hops, but it does smell fresh, it was bottled the last week of July, so less than a month ago. It smells a little sweet, like soda.
T: It tastes like soda too. Like pumpkin pie soda. I suppose that's sort of what you're looking for, but I think it's too sweet and artificial tasting. It isn't very strong, just so unique you can feel it all over. I get pumpkin, obviously, but maybe also nutmeg and cinnamon? It's not as bad as the first time I had it, but still, I think you could have a more enjoyable beer.
M: Like pop, thin and bubbly. I think pumpkin beers should be heartier, fall beers. It's the carbonation that really kills me
D: If you really like the flavor, its good, if not, not so much. A beer that could go either way.
08-26-2009 18:24:06 | More by mdwalsh
3.78/5 rDev +9.2%
Clear,Orange color with a decent head. Patchy,bubbly lace.
The aroma of spices,pumpkin and malts.
The taste was sweet and full of spices with malts and a touch of alcohol.
The feel was smooth,medium body and carbonation with a crispy finish.
Notes: The malts were too mild,but it was a fine beer and worth it. I suppose that while this beer lacked in spices/malts it made up for in balance.
10-15-2008 01:02:39 | More by Lexluthor33
4/5 rDev +15.6%
Appearance: It pours a hazy copper color with amber hues. On top is about two fingers worth of of white head.
Aroma: A tremendous amount of pumpkin spice way up front. Notes of allspice, clove, cinnamon and even a little bit of a cider aroma. Only a slight breadiness towards the back.
Taste: Spice on top of more spice. Cloves, cinnamon, apple peel a floral hop bite and a nice dry finish. The mouthfeel is a little crisp with a buttery texture.
Notes: It's spiced so well all the way around what a tasty beer. Cheers.
10-28-2011 05:14:33 | More by horshack7
3.65/5 rDev +5.5%
Poured into a glass mug.
A: Clear light orange with two-finger, white frothy head that lasted a couple of minutes. Okay lacing.
S: Pumpkin and lots of cinnamon and spice. Nice.
T: Moderate sweetness and light bitterness. A little too much cinnamon actually. It's overpowering the pumpkin. Not bad though.
M: Light to medium bodied with fizzy carbonation.
O: This isn't amazing but it was better than the couple of pumpkin ales I had the other night. The pumpkin and spice aroma is great.
10-17-2012 03:30:51 | More by SolipsismalCat
3.38/5 rDev -2.3%
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.
02-06-2012 23:38:30 | More by mountdew1
3.94/5 rDev +13.9%
Poured bottle into weizen glass
A- Although this is a lager, there is some color. It is a dark amber color with a light orange hue. There was a half to 3/4 inch head that billowed up and was very bubbly and carbonated. If there was a category for sound...this one would get loud while there is still head. For two minutes it fizzled until fading out.
S- This smells just like pumpkin pie. I have a slice I am about to eat and I am comparing the two by smell. After the head faded, it smells a bit more like a lager beer. But notes of pumpkin pie spices (allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger) are present, gingerbread cookies.
T- Taste is pleasant: cinnamon, pumpkin pie, pumpkin, slight spices, but finishes with a crisp taste associated with a lager (IMO). Not overly spicy, pretty well balanced.
M- Clean, crisp, refreshing, prickly, well carbonated, but not too carbonated. Not too heavy. Quite thin, but it seems to work with this beer.
O- This is actually much better than I thought. I had a beer tasting the other night where eight of us sampled 21 pumpkin beers. This was the onl;y lager and I was very surprised. I am drinking a full serving tonight and enjoying. I expected a Molsen Canadien that tasted like it had allspice and nutmeg mixed in. I was very wrong. This can stand up to the ales, and in some cases beat them any day. Try this, it is a different approach, but a good one!
10-07-2013 23:08:38 | More by mitch3114
Pumpkin Lager Beer from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
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