Pumpkin Lager Beer - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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BA SCORE
78
okay

245 Reviews
THE BROS
80
good

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Reviews: 245
Hads: 592
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 15.54%
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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Reviews: 245 | Hads: 592
Photo of aasher
3.08/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This one pours a very light bodied bright copper in color with a one finger off white head. The aromas are very sweet and full of spice. It has the generic pumpkin vibe and is kind of syrupy sweet. The flavors again are all spice, a lot of cinnamon and nutmeg with a moderate amount of sweetness and a somewhat artificial pumpkin flavor. It's ok but doesn't really resemble pumpkin pie or anything like some other pumpkin beers do. It drinks very light and smooth. For being a lager I expected it to be a little more crisp. The flavor is decent but overall this one doesn't compare to other pumpkins. (600 characters)

Photo of Duff27
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a light amber color with a quickly dissipating white head. A few stead streams of carbonation rises to the top.

S- Smells of cinnamon.

T- Cinnamon. Slight biscuit taste. Pumpkin. Not as many spices as I have had with previous pumpkin beers.

M- Not much carbonation to this one and a bit on the watery side.

D/O- Aside from the mouthfeel complaint this isn't a bad little pumpkin beer, especially for a lager. Quite refreshing. Would have been better to have this one and a couple more perhaps in the fall. (518 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.2/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Bright pumpkin orange, good clarity with a diminishing dirty white head that turned to a washy covering. Strong show of micro-effervesce, weak show of lacing.

S: Cinnamon sticks, applesauce, pumpkin puree and toasted pie crust on the nose are most evident upon immediate opening and pour. Strength quickly diminishes to a weak offering.

T: Flavor of sweet pumpkin, nice level and balance of spicing of cinnamon, all spice, toasty pumpkin and sweet malt. Pie crust, ginger spicing and a honey toffee sweetness.

M: Mouthful was of medium bodied, slightly malty and syrupy texture with a decent level of carbonation. Dry fade of spicy pumpkin finish.

O: Not going to bowl you over in the end, drinkable, spiced enough to give you some appreciation of that pumpkin feel and easy enough balanced for multiples. worthy a single try. (836 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
3.76/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

A- Pours a clear orangish copper color with a very nice off-white head with great retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is pumpkin and spices. Pretty typical for a pumpkin beer. 

T- The taste has some sweet malt up front and has a good dose of spices as well. The finish has some lingering spices and sweetness as well. 

M- The mouthfeel is somewhere between light and medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, this is my first pumpkin beer of 2011 and it was a nice one to start the season out with. (535 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
2.73/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Hazed dark golden tone. Just a skimming of a white head. Lacing is minimal. Nose is all about the spices. Pumpkin Pie spice, clove, ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg. A little sweet malt underlying everything. This beer's got some spice on the buds, but it's pretty weak in the malt department. Pumpkin taste is lacking. It's a little phenolic/medicinal as well. Not really that enjoyable. (383 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A nice little suprise from a Pumpkin Ale. Looks like nothing special, kinda dark brown, but the aroma, is genuine pumpkin and nutmeg? Taste, more of the same, but there is something that livens the ale, makes it a little less heavy than a big slice of pumpkin pie.

That levity brings a great finish/aftertaste to the beer, pumpkin spice maintains, you may even detect a sprinkling of vanilla? I dunno, but whatever it is, I like it. Remains drinkable, but I can't see having more than 2 in a sitting, due to the sweetness. (524 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.31/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (559 characters)

Photo of Haybeerman
3.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy orange/amber color. Pored a 2 finger off-white lumpy head with good retention. Few patches of lace.

S: Big allspice notes. Pumpkin and a little citrus note.

T: Allspice up front and through-and-through. Pumpkin comes through in the middle. Light bitter finish.

M: Light body. Moderate carbonation. A little harsh with the allspice and a little dry.

D: Easily drinkable, just not very special. Would benefit from a little better balance. (450 characters)

Photo of avalon07
3.14/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a copper color and a clear texture. There was a thin, foamy head that quickly dissipated. Not much lacing at all.

S: A decent aroma of pumpkin, spices and malt.

T: Tasted of some pumpkin up front, with a little cinnamon and malt in the finish. This is a pretty thin, watery beer. Could have been better than it was.

M: An okay amount of carbonation with a zesty, prickly finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is one of those inoffensive, mostly forgettable beers. (505 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
3.13/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz single, bought a 6 pack at Woodmans...enjoyed on opening saturday of the college football season, 1st pumpkin of the season for me

appearance: poured into a Sweetwater pint glass...orange-amber body, creamy beige head with decent lacing

smell: aroma is heavy on the holiday spices, cinnamon and nutmeg dominate, pumpkin is covered up by the heavy spice aroma, sweet malt

taste: Well...I dont really think this is bad but its a bad pumpkin beer. Its mostly a spiced beer with a heavy cinnamon nature, strong ginger, clove, lemon, pumpkin, sweet syrupy malt, nutmeg

mouthfeel: strongly spiced, medium-light body

drinkability: decent (651 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.73/5  rDev +38.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a Lakefront imperial pint.
6.0% ABV, Bottled 08/29/13

A - The brilliant color is a light amber pumpkin orange and crystal clear with pale yellow highlights and lazy but steady bubbles rising up. A cream-colored head billowed up to two fingers and slowly went down to a thin blanket of foam leaving a ring of legs.

S - The immediate realization from the first sniff is that this pumpkin lager is much different than the usual pumpkin ales. It's muted aromas are more crisp and mellow with spice being the most prominent on the nose with dashes of cinnamon and nutmeg and a pumpkin aroma following closely. A touch of caramel malt is in the back, grounding the beer with no hops evident.

T - The taste closely mirrors the aroma with spices being the first noticeable flavor - nutmeg and cinnamon - but the pumpkin flavor is the most prominent and lingering aspect of the beer. A touch of caramel and a light kiss of hops are present, leaving the beer orchestrated very well; think diet pumpkin pie - great, natural flavor but not incredibly rich like normal pie.

M - Lakefront's Pumpkin lager is smooth, on the verge of being creamy, but still crisp and refreshing. A small carbonation bite gives a little kick at the end of this medium bodied lager which has just a slight dryness to the finish and lingers with pumpkin and spice on the tongue.

O - Lakefront Pumpkin Lager is a exceptionally crafted pumpkin beer that takes the richness of pumpkin ale and drops it back a few notches, creating a great start-of-fall beverage that's still drinkable and refreshing in warm weather but, with the pumpkin and spice, remains great when it cools down. Also a good "beginner" pumpkin beer for those who want to get their feet wet, and one of my personal favorites of the season! (1,800 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is strong and malty with a good overtone of pumpkin and cinnamon, rather appetizing. It pours a clear coppery amber with not much of a head. Pumpkin flavor is strong, but does not overpower the malt; there are hints of cinnamon and hops. Texture is glass-smooth and just a little tingly. A good fall beer, but enjoyable any time of year. (343 characters)

Photo of rfgetz
3.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Institute as part of their "Pumpkin Patch" event...

Coppery orange in color, minimal head and lacing. Smell is dominant of malts and grain with pumpkin pie spices and sugary fruit. The taste is lead by bready malts, pumpkin pie spices add a nice touch, but there is too much of a candied sugar taste. Medium bodied, decent carbonation. Interesting, but the candied sugar taste distracts from the balance. (419 characters)

Photo of ZAP
3.16/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I like the nose on this one....spices evident (in some regards smells like a cigar humidor) but so is the pumpkin which is lacking in some of these pumpkin beers...hazy orange color...some nice pumpkin flavors..perhaps one of the more 'true" pumpkin flavored beers but then there is a dimension that includes some sour/green apple notes..not strong but you can tell it's there...maybe it's the yeast they use since several of theri beers have this sourish dimension...Body is medium to light..a little creamy...

Overall not a horrible beer...i like some aspects of it and will enjoy the other two bottles I have but the sour/green apple notes bring this score down(even though they are not AS strong as some of the Lakefront litter I have tried) (748 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.39/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Honestly, the appearance on this one is pretty macro; a fizzy head dissipates rapidly and leaves little trace of itself, including very minimal lacing.
The aroma is not especially heavy, and I found the strength to be adequate without being overbearing. First on the nose is ripe, raw pumpkin innards, followed by a tangy aroma of possibly citrus. Spices are very subtle.
The taste is to par, with a bit more of that tartness. If there's an underlying issue, it's the lack of malt and hops character coming through. Malt is more evident but is overshadowed by the flavors of pumpkin, tartness and spices.
The mouthfeel is really quite light and thin, a little weak in body. There's moderate carbonation lending itself to decent crispness and is fairly smooth, but I found the body lacking in general.
This isn't a bad pumpkin beer. Anyone who can't detect pumpkin in this one should get over their cold, put less stock in their palate, or get a fresh bottle. Just saying. (972 characters)

Photo of Dogbrick
3.04/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was surprised to find this at Frog Bear Wild Boar, a bar/club not really known for the beer selection. Amber color with an off-white head. Aroma is almost spicy enough to make your eyes water. Ginger absolutely dominates, with a little pumpkin and malt crying for attention. This was a little hard to drink because of how robust the spicy flavor was. I would have welcomed more hops or malt to balance out the spice assault. Dry finish. An interesting attempt but not something I am going to search out again. (511 characters)

Photo of drpimento
2.9/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Having a bottle that's a couple years old so I'm giving it the benefit of the doubt. Very slight pop when opened and small tan head that quickly disappeared and no lace. Color is a hazy orange amber with a little sediment. Aroma is pumpkin pie spice with some natural pumpkin and malt. Flavor is like aroma but with some sour. Beer is turning/turned. Body is ok but carbonation is going flat. Finish is like flavor. I've had these fresh many times before and they're much better. (479 characters)

Photo of tigg924
3.14/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: minimal head, orange-brown in color, hazy, low carbonation

Smell: big and rich pumpkin spice

Taste: bark, clove, cinnamon, and pumpkin spice

Mouthfeel: sweet with slight bitterness in the background, low carbonation, medium-light bodied

Overall: An average pumpkin beer that smells really good but the taste does not follow up at the same level. Not bad, but nothing out of the ordinary. I will pass in the future. (431 characters)

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

Pours like tea. Dark orange, minimal carbonation.

Smells like cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice. Aggressively spicy, and pretty generic. It's nice but not really even pumpkiny, just spicy.

Tastes like it smells. Not exactly bland, not exactly boilerplate, but not exactly well-brewed. It's all spice, only those spices are inexpertly measured and there's none of the tangy or mellow pumpkin nodes of other such brews to cut into the aggressive cinnamon and nutmeg nodes.

It's like a pumpkin pie baked by a middle school home ec class. It's edible, since it's pumpkin pie and honestly I'd eat pumpkin pie that had been dropped on the floor. But the seasoning hints towards a complete lack of experience on behalf of the people who baked it, like they just raided the spice cabinet and started pouring things in all willy nilly. (828 characters)

Photo of cbutova
2.96/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear orange-amber with a one finger head that dies down very fast leaving nothing behind, no blanket and no lacing at all, looks like a glass of juice after a few minutes. Smells of pumpkins, fruits and malts, maybe some nutmeg too. I get a hint of funk/kriek for some reason too. Tastes of pumpkin, malts, nutmeg, some strange citrus/fruit taste that makes the beer taste more artificial, some sweetness too. Mouthfeel is a bit light with a pretty large carbonation bite and no alcohol warming. Drinkability is alright, not the best taste, not a bad price, the taste seems to die down after a bit and go to very sweet pumpkin taste, probably wont get this one again. (676 characters)

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +17.3%
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. (277 characters)

Photo of jmdrpi
3.15/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a bright golden slightly amber color. thin white head. smells like cinnamon and clove, nutmeg.

tastes more like a mellow lager with spices added. nutmeg aftertaste.

moderate carbonation and medium body. alright, if average brew to fill your spiced autumn brew needs. (268 characters)

Photo of cokes
1.57/5  rDev -54%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This one is bad news.
Pours a hazy golden-orange. Artificial head fizzles itself out quickly.
Lots of nutmeg and cinnamon on the nose. However, nothing lurks below these spices.
Basically a totally bland beer with hints of nutmeg. I am not sure if Lakefront uses leftover aquarium water, or bilge water from Lake Michigan fishing boats. But either way there is a pronounced fishy taste to this. Just absolutely repulsive.
No other aspects to think about. Lifeless, disgusting body. It is amazing that something this simple and thin can be this terrible.

Homebrew recipe:
Add minnows to livewell
Add several dashes of nutmeg

Grab a cup, scoop some up and enjoy. (682 characters)

Photo of Gmann
3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a pale copper color with an average white head that settled into a light ring. The aroma is of pumpkin pie, not strong but noticable. Nutmeg, allspice, and cinnamon are predominate, some buttery malt and pumpkin. The taste has a strong grain quality, with weak pumpkin pie spice flavor. The feel is light and crisp, plenty of carbonation, finishes slightly sweet and spicy. An ok pumpkin bre at best. Some pumpkin flavors there but they are overpowered by the grain and carbontion. Easy drinking though. (509 characters)

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

This is a much better pumpkin beer than I was expecting. It is an amber orange color with a small but respectable white head. The aroma is sweetish, with a grainy lager background ans a sweep pumpkin pie forenose. Spice, honey, pie, reminiscent cream, and crust. Interesting and enjoyable. The sweetness could get a little overwhelming, but in small volumes, this is great. Smooth and flavorful. I would easily have another. (424 characters)

Pumpkin Lager Beer from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
78 out of 100 based on 245 ratings.