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Pumpkin Lager Beer - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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BA SCORE
79
okay

448 Ratings
THE BROS
80
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Ratings: 448
Reviews: 233
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 15.9%
Wants: 9
Gots: 14 | 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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TastyTaste

Minnesota

2/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Hmm....A Pumpkin Ale called Pumpkin Lager, that's odd. Hazy copper body, yellow around the edges when held up to the light. Head is small from the get-go, never getting more than a small layer on top of the beer. Smell is sweet and spiced with your typical pumpkin pie spices, that's about it. Taste is terrible. Nothing like a pumpkin beer should be, sweet and funky, tastes almost infected. The beer was bottled the 4th Week of August, so it is well within it's freshness range. Yuck, I will struggle to finish this one, I thik Shipyard has the ebst pumpkin ale I have had so far.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2005 22:33:29 | More by TastyTaste
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Rodekill

Colorado

3.9/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have tried several beers from this brewery, and wasn't particularly impressed with any of them until I bought a six pack of this one. I really like pumpkin beer, and this one strikes a fine balance between pumpkin pie spices and pumpkin flavor. It is medium-bodied and sturdy enough to support the spices and remain smooth and drinkable. The amber color reminds one of an Oktoberfest, while the flavor mixes dried fruit, pumpkin, cinnamon and perhaps some clove. All in all an enjoyable tasty brew that's perfect for the harvest season. I'd buy this one again.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2005 23:13:13 | More by Rodekill
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battlekow

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Lakefront's Pumpkin Lager looks pretty good, a slightly cloudy, suitably orange color, capped by a fine white head. Smells yeasty, with hints of the promised pumpkins and spices, but not much. The taste is yeasty as well, kind of musty, a little bit of pumpkin in the finist. The mouthfeel is a little harsh. Certainly not a very pumpkin-y pumpkin beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2005 18:07:36 | More by battlekow
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ClearDog

Wisconsin

3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2005 02:15:19 | More by ClearDog
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

3.05/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - orange amber pour, thin light-tan head recedes to a sparse covering and offers no lace.

Aroma - a definite vegetal smell (which is okay), along with the spicy cinnamon and pumpkin pie I would expect and enjoy.

Taste - requisite malt, pumpkin and cinnamon flavors. After the swallow, the carbonation clears that away and leaves behind a distinct lemony flavor. Unusual but not bad. Stays lemony at the finish and between sips, dividing this a bit from the rest of the pumpkin beer pack.

Mouthfeel - the lemon flavor and high carbonation make this beer lighter, a step towards hefeweizen even for some cross-style appeal perhaps.

Drinkability - the taste and medium body are nice, but the lemon wash ultimately has me seeking something else tonight.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2005 19:44:06 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

2.05/5  rDev -40.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2004 15:46:20 | More by BuckeyeNation
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maxpower

Missouri

2.1/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Cloudy golden-orange color, aroma of cinnamon and pumpkin. Small white head that doesn't last, not much lacing either. Pumpkin , ginger, cinnamon and butter bread flavors, Medium body body with a buttery mouthfeel, finishes pretty sweet, I had a tough time finishing the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2004 13:51:24 | More by maxpower
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ZAP

Minnesota

3.13/5  rDev -9.5%
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)

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2004 06:16:31 | More by ZAP
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Bighuge

Minnesota

2.7/5  rDev -22%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2004 04:40:50 | More by Bighuge
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Guinness4me

Florida

3.13/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2004 01:42:35 | More by Guinness4me
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Skidz

Wisconsin

3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2004 21:03:34 | More by Skidz
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mattcrill

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Bottled in Aug '04 notched on the side of the bottle.

Appearance: Pours a clear carmel with hazy yellow edges. Carbonation cascades up the glass. Kind of cool. A nice silky white head forms.

Smell: pumpkin pie spice, a touch of cinnamon, and a yeasty, wheat bread-like smell predominates.

Taste: Raw pumpkin with a grassy, hop-like finish. Biscuity undertones are present throughout the entire sip. There is a lot going on here. Very multi-dimensional.

Mouthfeel: medium and silky.

Drinkability and overall: I found this one very quaffable. I haven't been a big fan of pumpkin ales but this one works well for me. A nice seasonal offering.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2004 19:52:31 | More by mattcrill
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longarm

Maryland

3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

There's a nice color in this, a deep, clear amber that almost looks like an Oktoberfest. It's initially foamy, but this dissipates rather quickly and is mostly made-up of large bubbles. Rather poor quality carbonation. I've read other reviewers of pumpkin beer mention this phenomenon, and have to wonder if the pumpkin has something to do with this as well.

This has a terrific aromatic mix of pumpkin, cinnamon and little nutmeg, like what one would expect in a pumpkin beer. A minor downside is that these spices somewhat overwhelm any malt aroma.

As with the aroma, malt flavor is overwhelmed by the spices. The finish is a little too sweet for my preferences. I don't catch any hops at all this brew, which may be ok, given the amazing mix of other spices.

Mouthfeel is a little thin underneath, but at the same time the finish is thick and a bit too sweet. Interesting, but I can't say that I really like this combination.

The drinkability of this beer is decent on its own, but only if you like lots of spice in your beer. My drinkability score is based purely on its solitary attributes, but I have to add an important footnote
related to food and beer. Like many unique Fall flavors, the taste of pumpkin is something that's best put with other flavors and especially in the case of this beer...food. A second round of tasting this beer for me included a dinner with squash soup and mix of sour cream, cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon in the soup. For obvious reasons the beer
and soup made a fantastic combination that would have warranted a 4.0-4.5 rather than a 3.0. Brewpubs should offer this mix of food and beer as a special for the month of October.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2004 16:07:28 | More by longarm
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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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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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ADR

Pennsylvania

2.48/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Completely clear sub-amber appearance, 1/4 inch head diminishes to large bubbles on the surface in a minute. Laces in very random spots. Not much other than pumpkin pie spice to the aroma, slight sense of white pepper maybe. Low carbonation (too low), mouthfeel is felt-like and a little sub-par. Flavor starts predictably, vegetal in a pronounced cooked celery and carrot sense with cinnamon, sugariness and nutmeg combining in an early statement but giving up to a watery close. Spice attenuates the aftertaste. A little obvious and with no aspects to balance it out. As a pumpkin beer overall, the mouthfeel makes this one less than average for me.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2004 19:31:24 | More by ADR
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Redrover

Illinois

3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz brown longneck that indicates date of bottling.

Beer pours a nice orangish brown with a ½ inch tan head. Hardly a trace of lace.

Beer smells like a pumpkin pie, lots of spice notes (nutmeg, all spice and cinnamon). Some malt lingers in the background.

The taste can not live up to the hype (the smell in this case). Spice is slightly faded, but present. Some sweetness that could come from the pumpkin or the malt.

Funny, the carbonation seems right for style, but the mouthfeel is kind of thin. Perhaps this is due to the fact that it is a lager and not an ale.

I enjoy this beer, but there are better pumpkin beers out there

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2003 01:30:29 | More by Redrover
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BierReise

Florida

3.1/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Clear golden with an orange hue. Head is small and reduces to just a thin white film. Has a nice spicy aroma of cinnimaon, allspice and nutmeg that resembles pumpkin pie well. As others mention, a bit over carbonated and thin. Flavor isn't all that bad but could be fuller. Doesn't match the aroma at all. A little bitter. I haven't had a good pumpkin Ale in years and the last good one I had was BB's several years ago.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2003 16:31:02 | More by BierReise
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Dogbrick

Ohio

2.98/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2003 07:24:56 | More by Dogbrick
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chilidog

Ohio

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

A good autumn brew to be had if not just once a year. A good looking appearance with its hazy orange color and fluffy white head. The two-inch head fades quick to a thin film with little lace. The oder was its down side for me. The taste of pumpkin and spice, mainly nutmeg & cinnamon was good. Mouthfeel is left very dry at finish.Overall a pretty good seasonal brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2002 12:51:26 | More by chilidog
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Winter

Wisconsin

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

Pours a hazy brownish-orange with a thin head that disappeared in a few seconds. Aroma is of sweet pumpkin pie and nutmeg. I wasn't sure what to expect of the taste, but surprisingly the spice, pumpkin flavor and mild hop taste were refreshing. Pumpkin Lager is a somewhat gimmicky beer, but nonetheless a good Fall and Thanksgiving beer to try.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2002 18:25:10 | More by Winter
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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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cokes

Wisconsin

1.5/5  rDev -56.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2002 18:22:25 | More by cokes
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Pumpkin Lager Beer from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
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