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Pumpkin Lager Beer - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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BA SCORE
79
okay

451 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 451
Reviews: 233
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 15.9%
Wants: 10
Gots: 15 | 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 Brewed with Pumpkin and Spices

(Beer added by: maxpower on 10-03-2002)
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mds1101

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

09-25-2012 01:20:31 | More by mds1101
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Ragnarok88

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

08-18-2013 01:46:44 | More by Ragnarok88
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thebrood1987

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I get pumpkin spices, vanilla and a tart ginger. I get the ginger full on in the taste with hints of cinnamon and vanilla on the back end of the taste. The ginger is a great taste but becomes tart at time almost wine tart.

I get some caramel malts in there as well reminiscent of an Oktoberfest taste. Each times I take a sip I can smell the ginger in the nose. It really reminds me of the ginger sauce you find in Japanese restaurants. I'm not getting too much pumpkin just a vegetable pumpkin taste which is always good.

The spices outshine in this one and the ginger really in my opinion shines the most. Its good but just wish it was a bit less tart. It was an interesting beer that'd I'd have again next year at Halloween time no problem.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2012 01:00:14 | More by thebrood1987
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MaximalC

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours transparent amber in color with a minimal white head that soon disappears completely. The bouquet is actually quite nice, with healthy doses of pumpkin and cinnamon, with some nutmeg. There is also a tartness to the aroma, the origin of which I am curious to discern in the palate. The flavor largely matches the aroma, but is more subdued. The pumpkin takes a bit of a back seat to the spices, but the blend works well nonetheless. I think the tartness detected in the nose may actually be afforded by the cinnamon, which is not a spice I have much familiarity with when it comes to beers. The mouthfeel could be a little more substantive, but on the whole this is a well balanced and easy to drink brew, and one of the more palatable pumpkin beers I've tried.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2012 02:41:04 | More by MaximalC
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brakspear

Wisconsin

3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A refreshing seasonal lager that I look forward to every year. Pours hazy orange with a soft white head with heavy carbonation. The aroma is nutmeg, cinnamon and pumpkin pie spices, along with some malty notes. The taste is the aforementioned spices, blended with a faint pumpkin body and limited hop bite. The body is a bit thin, but overall this is a very good specialty lager that signals the beginning of fall in Wisconsin.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2002 16:10:51 | More by brakspear
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jeff96gt

Indiana

2.75/5  rDev -20.5%

10-27-2013 20:41:26 | More by jeff96gt
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Noonan425

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

10-04-2013 02:34:26 | More by Noonan425
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Benish

Wisconsin

3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This was my favorite pumpkin beer. I have tried other pumpkin beers (not a lot) but I really appreciated this one because the style of this beer (lager) and the notes of pumpkin seemed to come together really well. At each sip, my sense tells me that this beer and the pumpkins were brewed together from start to finish -- in unity if you will. The pumpkin flavor is not overwhelming but you know it is there when you take a sip. Definitely refreshing and I usually grab a second one.

I have tried other beers - pumpkin ales (not lagers) - that seem to fall short in pumpkin flavor that I'm looking for; it seems it only add a tiny dash of pumpkin pie spice and nothing more. However this may be what it's supposed to be and maybe my preferences are different than others who enjoy pumpkin beers. This beer never fails to please me.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2013 17:10:54 | More by Benish
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blackearth

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased from Three Cellars in Franklin, WI. Pours an clear, orange-amber body with a thin white head that leaves a decent cap. Aroma is spicy with pumpkin, cinnamon and ginger the most discerable scents. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. This beer is sweet and malty with the pumpkin and spices coming through in the finish. Good drinkability on this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2009 17:42:55 | More by blackearth
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filabrazilia

Colorado

4.03/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliant hazy orange with a small khaki head that settle into wonderful lace. This is a lovely looking beer.

The beer has a nice pumpkin pie like aroma--fresh pumpkin mingle with the spice of the pie to create a feast of aromatic pleasure.

There is a number of different flavors in the taste--pumpkin, carmel malt, nutmeg and assorted spices. This is like a liquid pumpkin pie that isn't nearly as sweet as the genuine article. This is a beer that has layers of flavor that assault the taste buds.

This is a mid bodied beer that is easy to drink. That being said, it is a bit chewy and complex. This would not be a thirst quencher, but certainly a nice sipping beer. The touch of hops and spice finish the beer nicely.

I really liked this beer and look forward to trying more of the style. There is a great deal of complexity possible in this style and I believe this beer does a nice job of accomplishing this.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2004 02:43:18 | More by filabrazilia
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PaulD

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

10-06-2013 13:44:46 | More by PaulD
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fatboy91

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

11-14-2013 18:48:47 | More by fatboy91
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DeltaGolfSierra

Tennessee

3.08/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Color is a clear amber with an average head. The smell is a mix of spices that's hard to pin down - maybe nutmeg, maybe some cinnamon. The taste is slightly sweet, but not overly so. Cinnamon seems to come through the strongest, with slight grass and bread flavors typical of a lager. Not very complex, but nothing offensive either. Thin mouthfeel. Not too bad, certainly drinkable, but nothing memorable going on here.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2012 05:24:17 | More by DeltaGolfSierra
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markmcconv

Illinois

3/5  rDev -13.3%

02-13-2013 18:40:10 | More by markmcconv
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Rennpferd

Wisconsin

4.2/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It poured a hazy amber color with very little head. The head was more of a lacing that clung to the edges of the stein. Light activity could be seen rising up to the top.

It smelled spicey and robust. You could definately smell the pumpkin but it was not over-bearing. The spice and pumpkin were well matched and balanced.

An overall well balanced taste. Pumpkin, all-spice, malt and perhaps some hops in the finish. It was smooth and lite yet not watery.

It is very drinkable. The smell may seem more powerful than the taste at first but it is very enjoyable. A great seasonal beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2008 01:17:44 | More by Rennpferd
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CWVegas

Nevada

3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

11-10-2013 22:06:19 | More by CWVegas
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Basshooker

New Hampshire

3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

10-04-2013 00:39:46 | More by Basshooker
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Trevormcraig

Florida

2.5/5  rDev -27.7%

09-13-2013 02:33:22 | More by Trevormcraig
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Bowers-Brew

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

04-21-2013 22:09:22 | More by Bowers-Brew
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SammyDavisJrJrJr

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at about 45F after a hard pour into the classic glass Lowenbrau stein. Listening to that Mumford and Sons song...

A - Crystal clear light amber body with two perfect fingers of tight off white head. Quite pretty...

S - Right off the bat the sweet spice aroma is huge, just like my jar of allspice. It settles down after a while to reveal a mild sweet grain and a spice aroma more focused on cinnamon. Nothing here that really makes me think of canned pumpkin however...

T - Nice grainy malt sweetness in the entry with spice presence that seems to focus on cinnamon and clove. Definite mineral flavors in the midpalate that lead to a quaffable, momentarily clean finish. After a few seconds, the cinnamon comes back to remind you that this is a fall seasonal.

D - This beer works for me, its a well made lager, as Lakefront is known to do. Manages to avoid being flabby like most pumpkin beers I've had, while still having the spice to make me think fall. The only complaint would be the apparent lack of actual pumpkin flavor, although I'm not sure if it's possible to naturally add that without taking away that characteristics that I love about this beer. Anways, best pumpkin beer I've had in a sixer so far, although still not quite as good as St. Ambroise The Great Pumpkin Ale and that nice light one.. what was it? Oh yeah, Pumking.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2010 00:47:09 | More by SammyDavisJrJrJr
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BeerForHokie

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

09-18-2012 02:47:03 | More by BeerForHokie
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shangwang

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up among other early fall beers in a mix 6 today.

Poured with a finger of white head the quickly reduced to almost nothing. Reddish-orange in color with constant streams of tiny bubbles rising up. Cinnamon-spice smell with a heavy sour fruit overtone. Not much pumpkin in the smell. Tasted strongly of biscuity malt with pumpkin subtley burried underneath. Fairly sweet at the front with a slightly sour finish. Very crisp mouthfeel with a lot of carbonation.

For my first pumpkin beer of the season its a little disappointing- tastes more like a lager with a bit of pumpkin versus a full-blown pumpkin ale. Nevertheless, not bad.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 00:45:27 | More by shangwang
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AlphaKing414

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -13.3%

04-02-2012 03:26:30 | More by AlphaKing414
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redmosquito

Michigan

4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange in color with a brown tinted head. Lightly spiced, and sweet aroma. The big and malty flavor holds the spices in check and the body makes this feel like a meal. The smoothness makes me feel like I'm drinking a regular beer. This is very well balanced. One of my two favorites in the pumpkin beer category.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2004 16:19:02 | More by redmosquito
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OtisCampbell007

Tennessee

3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

11-30-2013 22:40:57 | More by OtisCampbell007
Pumpkin Lager Beer from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
79 out of 100 based on 451 ratings.