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Pumpkin Lager Beer - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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79
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537 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 537
Reviews: 240
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 15.76%
Wants: 12
Gots: 41 | 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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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.73/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Cyberkedi, Jun 09, 2009
Photo of splat215
3.33/5  rDev -4.6%
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

splat215, Apr 05, 2009
Photo of biggred1
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange amber with a soapy off white head, no real lace present. Smells savory,like pumpkin pie spice, honey and buttery grain. Tastes like pumpkin pie but still retains enough real beer flavor to be palatable. Crisp and refreshing with a dry finish. One of the better beers of it's ilk, it is what it is, if you like pumpkin beers this isn't a bad one.

biggred1, Apr 02, 2009
Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.28/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

ZimZamZoom, Mar 05, 2009
Photo of johanvond
4.03/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

johanvond, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of Kegatron
2.78/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear amber orange with 2+ fingers of poofy brite-white head. Fizzles down pretty quickly into just the thinnest coating of foam. I'm not even a 1/3 of the way through the glass and it allready looks lifeless. Nice retention there. The aroma is waaay overspiced smelling. This is literally hurting my nose as I sniff it. There's some residual sweetness and floral hops back behind all of the spice but they barely make a dent in this bouquet.

The taste comes off to me as way too sweet, tangy, and once again overspiced. There's some green pumpkin taste back there as well but man, I can't get this tanginess out of my mouth! Them mouthfeel is medium bodied with a more viscous feel and lower carbonation that does the taste profile zero favors.

Well, as you can see, this didn't work for me at all. Way too overspiced and cloying at times. Maybe if there had bit a bit of Lager like crispness, this would have gone down easier but nope. I won't be visiting this again.

Kegatron, Jan 09, 2009
Photo of WakeandBake
3.98/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes Oct 12, 2008
Bottle from Pauly's. Orange in color with a minimal white foam head.Ginger,cinnamon,and nutmeg spice aromas. Tastes like grandma made pumpkin pie with some lager in the mix, very nice very subtle. Nice mouthfeel, some lacing. Solid offering.

WakeandBake, Dec 31, 2008
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

$1.50 12 oz. single from Green's (Buford) in Atlanta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, orange-hued body with an inch of fizzy, whitish head.

Smell: Aroma of lightly toasted and caramel maltiness with a fragrant note of blended pumpkin pie spices and pumpkin meat.

Taste: Light toasty and caramel malts with a restrained sweetness that makes way for a squashy pumpkin flavor and distinct tastes of cinnamon, clove, allspice, and nutmeg. Light spicy hop character and bitterness. Finishes crisp and dry with a lingering taste of earthy, Autumn-minded spices.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Worth a bottle or pint. A solid, easily drinkable pumpkin brew, though liking pumpkin beers may be a prerequisite.

ChainGangGuy, Dec 04, 2008
Photo of jjanega08
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

A= orange color just like a pumpkin small head that dissipates quickly leaving very little lacing
S= Whew, I really don't like it much, the first thing I smelled was pumpkin all spice which was nice... then there was a sort of ketchup smell that took over. ick. ketchup??? then a small malty character came in. Still smells mostly like ketchup in my opinion
T= malty character with just enough all spice pumpkin taste finishes very doughy
M= extremely light! low carbonation and very smooth
D= Pretty high but I think the ketchup smell would turn me away before I had to many but the taste is right on

jjanega08, Nov 25, 2008
Photo of jkendrick
2.8/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

jkendrick, Oct 29, 2008
Photo of CaptainIPA
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a Smithwick's pint. Pours a clear orange-amber color with a two-finger head that settles to a frothy lace with moderate stick.

S: Aroma is comprised primarily of classic pumpkin pie spices.

T: Sweet malt complemented by subtle dashes of clove, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. A touch of vegetable squash. Balanced by a welcomed bite of Hallertau hops.

M: Rich and creamy mouthfeel.

D: Very sessionable. Its subdued spiced nature and crisp, refreshing character make Lakefront Pumpkin Lager a worthy harvest beer.

CaptainIPA, Oct 26, 2008
Photo of Gavage
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: hazy orange in color with a one finger head. Some light lacing paints the glass.

Smell: cinammon and other spices are most notable, with some caramel sweetness in the background.

Taste: light caramel, cinammon, nutmeg, and some pumpkin flavors are balanced with some mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: light crispness to start, smoother towards the end. SHort-lived aftertaste. Lighter side of a medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: this one is not fake in flavor like some other pumpkin beers, and with this being a lager is a lighter and somewhat refreshing. Worth trying this one.

Gavage, Oct 26, 2008
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lakefront- Pumpkin Lager

A- Clear bronze orange with a small filmy head.
S- Light touch of pumpkin spices. Nutmeg, Vanilla, and Caramel malt.
T- Spicy, Nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla, and graham cracker with brown sugar. Slight touch of lemon in the end.
M- Light and malty sweet with a dry bitter spicy finish.

Overall- Light easy drinking. Sessionable and modest.

NJpadreFan, Oct 25, 2008
Photo of Lexluthor33
3.78/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Lexluthor33, Oct 15, 2008
Photo of HopDerek
3.98/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden amber with 2 fingers of foamy white head. Ok retention and some spotty lacing. Smells of bread and lots of pumpkin pie spice. Tastes of light citrus up front then bread, cinnamon, and pumpkin. Medium light in body with good carbonation. Good pumpkin and spices, malty yet balanced. Not too intense on any of the flavors, but nicely paired. Pleasant, easy to drink and not tasting too high in alcohol, making for a very nice sessionable pumpkin ale for the fall season.

HopDerek, Oct 14, 2008
Photo of rkinsella
4/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

rkinsella, Oct 14, 2008
Photo of WesWes
3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark golden/amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a very intense pumpkin scent along with an equally intense cinnamon aroma. The taste is decent as well. It has a dry, pilsner and light crystal malt taste with a huge pumpkin and cinnamon flavor. It's nothing great for sure. It's just lots of fruit and a very dry finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a pretty good pumpkin beer, although they should back down the fruit flavor and add some nutmeg.

WesWes, Oct 13, 2008
Photo of Gmann
3.33/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Gmann, Oct 05, 2008
Photo of aerozeppl
2.93/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pumpkin lager? OK.

A: Fairly clear copper color. Poured with a finger of white head that quickly dissipated.

S: Really tight nose for a style that is supposed to be very fragrant. Nutmeg jumps ahead of the other spices though.

T: Its a weird mix of lager and pumpkin spices. The first sip was over the top but after that it toned down. Has a nice sweet finish. I don't know why a pumpkin beer has a sweet finish but it does.

M: Nothing to really add or take away from this beer.

D: Glad I only grabbed a single of this. Much better pumpkin beers out there. Not terrible just not something I would seek out again.

aerozeppl, Oct 05, 2008
Photo of Beaver13
3.15/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, bottled wk1 of August. Pours hazy golden copper with a fizzy white head that quickly diminishes to a thin collar that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is spices - cinnamon, nutmeg and other pumpkin pie spices.

The flavor is a bit off. Spices are present, but there is a sweet vegetal malt and some earthy bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, I really liked the smell of the beer - the flavor, not so much.

Beaver13, Oct 03, 2008
Photo of coldmeat23
3.3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

GLASS: Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

Nice golden orange color. A good size head that dissipates quickly enough to question whether it was even there or not. Minor retention, but decent lacing.

Spices hit the olfactory sense with a hammer. Cinnamon, nutmeg and clove dominate. Smells like a fresh pumpkin pie.

Sadly, the taste does not compare to the smell. All of the elements are there, they are just subdued to the point of blurring. If anything, I'd say that this beer is over-balanced. I can tell that there are multiple things going on in here. I just can't pick them out and seperate them from one another. There's too much overlap. This is the taste of "bleah!".

Once again, this beer is disappointing to me. The body is weak and lifeless. Nothing to excite me. Just thin and watery.

Here is a time that a beer started off very promising and couldn't quite pull it off, in the end. I wanted this to be so much more. I'm not in a hurry to have another one.

coldmeat23, Sep 24, 2008
Photo of smcolw
2.15/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Fizzy soda pop bubbles and head that dies to nothing--no lace, no head. The color is a cloudy orange amber.

Lots of pie spices--cinnamon, nutmeg, clove. The rest is pumpkin.

In the taste, the first thing I notice is the very high level of carbonation--think pumpkin soda. I'm almost tempted to throw in some ice cubes, except that it isn't very sweet. More sour than "pumpkiny". This one is difficult for me to drink. Sorry, a clear miss.

smcolw, Sep 14, 2008
Photo of Rennpferd
4.2/5  rDev +20.3%
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.

Rennpferd, Sep 08, 2008
Photo of tugdriver7
3.95/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear orange to amber in the glass, with a nice cream-colored head that dropped quickly, but left a subtle lacing on the glass. Malty spice (cinnamon/nutmeg) in the nose. Flavor was malty with the fruit and spice you'd expect, but this was unique because it offered the smoothness of a lager (rather than the ales typically "pumpkin'ed" at this time of year). As the glass warmed, the alcohol came out a bit in the flavor; but the spice kept it in check. Not bad. Enjoyable.

tugdriver7, Aug 30, 2008
Photo of Ragingbull
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Light amber to red in color with barely noticeable prickle and a faint wispy head. Very mild nose of pumpkin, spice and "chalk water." By "chalk water" I mean it smells similar to the water in a bucket after washing the blackboard in grade school. Mild attack. Flavor of pumpkin and malty grains. Clean finish but mildly sweet grain aftertaste. This is a very complex beer compared to many pumpkin ales and lagers. I would say pretty good and call it a B.

Ragingbull, Aug 07, 2008
Pumpkin Lager Beer from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
79 out of 100 based on 537 ratings.