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Pumpkin Lager Beer - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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BA SCORE
80
good

579 Ratings
THE BROS
80
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Ratings: 579
Reviews: 247
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 15.71%
Wants: 11
Gots: 50 | 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 BradLikesBrew
2.58/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Jeremiah for the bottle.

Pours a caramel body with a white head.

Cloves and nutmeg take center stage aroma wise.

Pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove flavors. Sweet pumpkin is the focal point, but the spice builds stronger with each sip. Spice lingers on the finish; doesn't want to go away.

Medium carbonation, body is a bit thin.

Not as bad as it has been in years past, but by the end of my glass I can't even taste pumpkin, the spice has totally taken over.

Lakefront Pumpkin Lager Beer (awful name btw) is a good pumpkin beer for people who love pumpkin spices. It is not very balanced and it has virtually no actual "beer" flavor. I will never understand why this is so popular, but who am I to judge. Its not for me and that's why I offer so many alternatives at the shop.

Photo of dbtoe
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz poured into a shaker pint
I really haven't had many pumpkin beers and this is my first pumpkin lager. Really am unsure how to score this one. My opinion is it is an ok beer but I'm not going to be buying it again.
Look is an orangish gold with a fair head that reduced down to a thin cap.
Smell is all pumpkin spice.
Taste is pretty much the same mostly spices, nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove. Mild toasty malt and I get no pumpkin flavor.
Feel a lot of carbonation and pretty thin.
Drink this isn't much of a drinker. 1 at a time is really enough for me even though I did have 3 in a sitting last night. Kind of became too much the spices really take over after the first one.

Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Photo of Rayek
3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a perfect pint glass.

A: Slightly hazy amber with mild carbonation. A fizzy eggshell cap comes and goes quickly as it retreats to a ring at the edge of the beer. Leaves no lace.

S: Pumpkin pie spices dominate. Cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and allspice all vie for predominance. The pumpkin can be sensed, but only slightly.

T: A raw pumpkin flavor starts things. It's backed up by a mild husky malt flavor. The aforementioned spices come on in the middle and linger through the finish.

M: The medium body is dry and could stand having the carbonation turned down a notch.

D: This is an OK pumpkin beer. A good autumn offering from Lakefront.

Photo of nghab
4.22/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Note: this bottle is from the basement beerchives, of un-remembered year. Notch on label indicates only the month of bottling (September)

Appearance: Poured a slightly hazy orange-y colour with a beautiful dense and long-lasting ==1 inch head. The haze doesn't offend me considering the age of the beer.

Aroma: Very malty and spicy, your usual "pumpkin pie" spices. No off aromas.

Flavour: Complex malty sweetness accented by spices. Spice character is reasonably assertive, but not overpowering. Time has been good to this marriage of malt and spice. The pumpkin is present, it's not all spice, but, as expected of any pumpkin beer, it's in the background.

Mouthfeel: It's in the mouthfeel where the presence of pumpkin in the beer really makes the difference compared to so-called "pumpkin" beers that are really just the pie spices. Medium body with a solid and full mouthfeel from the pumpkin and medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Overall, this beer has improved with aging in that the spices and the malt have softened and blended together well. It doesn't surprise me very much because Lakefront's Holiday Spice is also much better with a few years of aging than it is fresh from the brewery. This beer was just a big "wow!" when I opened it earlier today.

Photo of jsh420
2.88/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

pours hazy orange with a 1/2 finger head that left no lacing

smells more like xmas (allspice) very little pumpkin

taste - this beer is more anchor xmas ale than most pumpkin brews - the aftertaste is the only time the pumpkin shows up

mouthfeel is light with no carbonation

drinkability is not good since there are plenty of other good/great pumpkin beers

Photo of Haybeerman
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Photo of donteatpoop
3.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber/dark orange color with a very shortly lived white head.

The scent is sweetly spiced, the spicer really dominating the nose.

On the tongue the spice again dominates, though it does blend nicely with the (pilsner?) hops and bready malts.

Not bad. Haven't had many spiced/flavored lagers, but this is one of the better ones.

Generally with pumpkin ales/lagers the spice is done improperly and leaves me with a distaste. This is one of the few exceptions. Not something I'd seek out, but I drank the whole thing.

Photo of BeerLover99
3.13/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: light tan/orange body, very little head

Smell: nutmeg, allspice, trace of pumpkin.

Taste: mostly spices, hint of pumpkin, slight bitter

Mouthfeel: light body, average carbonation. Wish the beer was heavier for the complex amount of spices.

Drinkable: No more than 1-2, kind of disappointed. Pumpkin and beer are 2 of my FAVORITE things; this beer was ordinary.

Photo of Domingo
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is one of the few times you'll see a spiced lager. In fact, I think it's the only pumpkin lager I've seen, too.
Pours an amber color headed toward a burn orange, but not completely there. Head is minimal and the head laces for a little bit, but doesn't really stick.
Allspice, cinnamon, and sweet malts are really the main focuses of the nose. A sulfuric whiff here and there, too...but nothing a typical lager doesn't have. If anything it's dialed back compared to most pumpkin beers.
The flavor starts off sweet with caramel malts and spicy with cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, ans cloves. The cloves offer a hint of numbness, but only for a second. The finish fades to a more sour flavor...which reveals they likely actually used some real pumpkin in addition to spices.
Mouthfeel is slick and makes this beer pretty quaffable if you want.
As with ALL pumpkin beers, you're not going to want more than 1 or 2. I'd say this is one of the more easy drinking variations, though.
One of the better pumpkin beers out there just because while the spices run the show, they aren't overwhelming. The sourness in the finish also helps to keep things moving, too.

Photo of drpimento
2.9/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

Photo of ksbeernuts
3.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is average, orange with a nice creamy tan head.

Smell was of nutmeg and pumpkin. Almost like a pumpkin muffin.

Taste is malty sweet with the pumpkin. Some spices are also noted. Not much bitterness at all.

Mouthfeel was average with nice carbination.

Drinkable with no more than 2 or 3.

The problem with the beer is the consistency between bottles. I have some that were awesome and some that were meh.

Photo of jdhilt
3.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two finger white head that fades quickly to a ring, leaving traces of lace. Almost clear amber color. Pumpkin malt nose. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is a malty pumpkin, some sweetness. Bottled Sep 2009. $1.90 for a 12oz bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.61/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of nickd717
3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle via trade as an extra thanks to boothbeer on BA.

Pours a perfectly clear copper color with a two-finger white head that lasts. Some good lacing as well.

Aroma is nice pumpkin and spices as well as some malty sweetness.

Flavor is surprisingly nice and balanced. Sweet caramel and pale malt, fresh pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice.

Somewhat smooth on the palate with medium body, just a tad watery on the finish.

Drinkability is good. Overall this is a pretty solid pumpkin beer. I was pleasantly surprised.

Photo of Jason
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear tawny hue, minimal lacing though it does not dissipate at all. Smells of pie spice, faint pumpkin meat and dried hay. Smooth with a light to medium body, dry maltiness has a few layers that unfold underneath the spicing. Toasted grain, a little bready and grassy as well. Pie spicing is quite prevalent yet not over powering, clove is more upfront than others. A bit of pumpkin flavor rounds the brew out. Finishes semi-dry with a tingle of pic spice.

Just beery enough and spicing is controlled, clean and drinkable for a spiced beer.

Photo of beerwolf77
3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my pint glass the beer is a burnt orange/brown with red highlights. The off white head is fairly light but leaves a smttering of lace.

The aroma is rather pumpkin pie esque. Heavy malt with a dose of cinnamon, nutmeg,allspice and vanilla. Sweet and warm smelling for sure.

The flavor is not as pumpkin as the nose. However this is a non bitter pumpkin beer. Which is a feat of it's own. Smooth malt mixed with cinnamon and vanilla. A touch of pumpkin pie in the finish.

Medium body with moderate carbonation.

Overall a very nice pumpkin beer. Granted it's the only pumpkin lager on the market so it's hard to compare. This is one of the least offensive pumpkin beers I've had.

Photo of minnunderground
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a tumber.

A-Golden orange color, clear, No sed., off white head a finger or two.

S- You can smell the malts and pumpkin / spices kind of cider/Esq smell

T-Has a good flavor really the spicing in this reminds me of a cider. In the middle some mild pumpkin flavors. Tasty

M- Mildy carbonated nothing very special in this department

D- Pretty drinkable, not very heavy kinda on the lighter side. The spices might get mildy annoying after a couple

Overall a nice offering at a pumpkin. A good job by Lakefront

Photo of wcudwight
3.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Color is a mixture of golden, red, and dare I say "pumpkin" hues. The good coloration does not make up for the lack of head. Just a scant white film forms on top of the beer even with an aggressive pour.
Wonderful pumpkin pie spices of cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger in the aroma. Smells much more like pumpkin pie than actual pumpkin though.
There's more sweetness in the flavor than the aroma which gives you the feeling that you are actually tasting pumpkin. The forementioned spices are also easily noticable.
The mouthfeel is a bit thin. Especially on the finish it's a bit watery. This doesn't really detract from the overall experience of the beer imo.
If you like pumpkin beers I'd suggest this one from Lakefront.

Photo of Onenote81
4.13/5  rDev +18%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Great extra received from BeerFMAndy in a trade awhile ago. Thanks, Andy!

Poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy dark orange with a thin off-white head on top. Little retention, and even less lace. Smells of pumpkin bread, allspice, cinnamon, and a light Kool-Aid after-scent.

The body on this one is a little thin, but this aids in drinkability as this is quite refreshing. This is a very good pumpkin beer. The pumpkin is there, but not overpowering in any way. The spices are muted as well. There's a very pleasant honey-kissed bready aftertaste that I really dig. I think this is my favorite pumpkin-flavored beer to date. Thanks again, Andy.

Photo of tempest
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single bottle for a couple bucks at Princeton Liquors. The beer looked great after pouring - clear pumpkin orange with a tall white head. The aroma and flavor are heavily spice, like most beers in the style, but not over the top. It can be a bit hard to pick out the pumpkin in between the nutmeg and cinnamon, but it's here with a creamy candy pie taste. It reminds me of a slightly better Jack's Pumpkin Spice from A-B. All in all, a respectable pumpkin ale, but it could use more actual pumpkin flavor.

Photo of Goldopelgt
3.2/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured an orange-ish copper color with a slightly off-white head that disappeared relatively quickly with little to no lacing...

S- A decent amount of pumpkin and some spices, but seems to be predominantly grainy malts with some sweetness to it...

T- Similar to the smell...nothing too overwhelming, you get the maltiness and sweetness with the pumpkin notes coming through in the finish...balanced for what it is, but something seems to be missing...

M- On the thinner side with decent amount of carbonation...

D- Not my favorite of the style, but not bad either...I'd try it again...

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright orange/amber color with a very thin white head that fades very quickly and leaves very little lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of spices, pumpkin, caramel, malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste is pretty decently balanced for the style. There are sweet flavors of caramel, pumpkin and your typical pumpkin beer spices like nutmeg & ginger. The hops presence is mild but complementary. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, not the biggest fan of pumpkin beers but this one as drinkable as any other I've had.

Photo of jlindros
2.73/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

OH snap, B- review. Well, I've had some surprises with that before. But this being a lager, not sure. But I have to continue my pumpkin beer quest. I poured this into my DFH pint glass, and I almost feel like I'm shaming DFH, but let's see.

A: Pours a decent airy and bubbly head, about 1/2 a finger that quickly fades to a light covering. Another brilliantly clear offering with a pale orange light toasty brown color. Very few bubbles rise to the top and let the head fade to dust.

N: Yep, just as I thought, a sweet pumpkin aroma with lots of spice, and almost a creamy syrup and vanilla. Lots of pumpkin and syrup and spice blanket the nose.

T: Taste pretty much confirms the nose, with the start of a sweet extract like styrupy taste containing some pumpkin extract flavors and some spices. The spice isn't as bad as I thought it would be. The syrupy extract like tastes and pumpkin flavors make it very run-of-the-mill. I don't get much for lager tastes either, and def not much for hops or bitterness. It's pretty sweet too.

M: Syrupy and light carbonation.

F: Still semi sweet, and leaves a weirding syrup taste that doesn't go away as quick as you would like. But, it's not too bad on the finish. Not very refreshing, crisp, or light as you would expect from a lager.

Final thoughts: Pretty boring pumpkin beer, with light tastes, lots of syrup like tastes and flavorings, semi sweet, low carbonation, low spices at least, and it's so called lager but I really don't get much for lager tastes or crisp refreshingness.

Photo of krisandajt
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

One of my last pumpkin beers of the season...

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, deep copper color with only a slight amount of head that really doesn't hang out for very long.

Smell: Nothing really out of the ordinary here, smell is a nice balance of pumpkin and typical autumn spices.

Taste: A crisp shot of pumpkin balanced with some spice. Very run of the mill for a pumpkin beer. This is more enjoyable than some pumpkin beers simply because the spice isn't the dominant flavor, but rather acts to balance the pumpkin.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, smooth, medium bodied brew. Not bad.

Drinkability: While this is (IMO) a very balanced pumpkin brew, I was hoping for a bit more of a sweet pumpkin taste as that is my preference. That being said, this beer is rather drinkable, however not my number one choice when reaching for pumpkin.

Pumpkin Lager Beer from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
80 out of 100 based on 579 ratings.