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Pumpkin Lager Beer - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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BA SCORE
80
good

585 Ratings
THE BROS
80
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Ratings: 585
Reviews: 248
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 15.43%
Wants: 11
Gots: 54 | 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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Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.29/5  rDev -6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I’ve had quite a few pumpkin beers, but never a lager version; here’s hoping it’s not just more of the same.

Brewed a month before the date of this tasting (“Bottled during WK3 August”).

A: Not too appealing: a light yellow-orange body with a fizzy, fleeting head. Within seconds, the foam that is hardly above a half-inch in height is gone. No lacing.

S: Lots of spice, but not a lot of pumpkin foundation, making its major character cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. A bit floral, too, with tannic malt unfolding some black cherry and graham cracker on the back end. Toward the end, there is a bit of pumpkin, but it’s definitely not big.

T: Cracker and lager yeast are the most prominent flavors from first sip to last, though there’s a solid hit of spicy nutmeg flavor at the front. That’s followed by a touch of odd bitterness, like a drop of soap had suddenly found its way into the bottle: it’s artificially astringent. Unfortunately, that carries on to the finish, with some cinnamon afterthoughts. I’m guessing the strange bitters are a result of over-spicing.

M: Very average; doesn’t take anything away from the beer. Creamy, but thin.

O: A middle-of-the-road attempt at a seasonal style; it doesn’t really make me want another, and to be honest, it’s not making me crazy about seeking out other Lakefront beers. I’ll probably keep my eyes open for some though, especially their IPA – I heard it's worth a look.

Photo of donteatpoop
3.29/5  rDev -6%
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 ZimZamZoom
3.3/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Photo of puboflyons
3.31/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Photo of rfgetz
3.33/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Photo of splat215
3.34/5  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

Photo of Moose90
3.34/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Gmann
3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of Pauly2X
3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A- Golden amber 1 1/2 finger head faded to a sizeable wisp.

S- Strong smells of pumpkin, cinamon, nutmeg and allspice.

T- Just like Pumpkin pie, in beer form.

M- Smooth medium body carbonation is a bit high.

D- Although tasty, one is enough.

One of the better pumpkin beers ive had, but it has nothing on DFH (so hard to find here)

Photo of Jackofallbrews
3.36/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Surprise! Nutmeg and cinnamon, with a light ginger aroma after some deep sniffs. Mild pumpkin aroma as swirled. Some sweet malt. No hop aroma.

Appearance: Light orange in color. Brilliantly clear and sparkling. Small white head with fine bubbles, mostly from the nucleation site on the bottom of my glass.

Flavor: Malty but not overly sweet, more like a Vienna lager. A good mixture of nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger that is not overwhelming but does stay with you after the sip. No astringency. No hop flavors. Finish is crisp and lagery with a hint of pilsner malt. Mouthfeel is a bit light.

Overall: Not a bad beer. I like the crispness of it and the well balanced spices.

Photo of GPHarris
3.36/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - poured a three-fingers thick off-white and bubbly head into a snifter that left nice lace and sheeting and really billows when swirled. the body was a bright amber color.
s - sweet, syrupy, grainy with a hint of caramel. tastes good but not what i was expecting.
t - hints of cinnamon and pumpkin.
m - slick and very creamy.
d - nice and easy sipper.

Photo of oberon
3.37/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice to see Lakefront beer in my area now.Poured one and a half bottles into a 1/2 liter stein,deep burnt orange with almost no head to speak of,just a thin off white sheet.Alot of spice in the nose,mainly cinnamon and cardamom I pick up,not much different than many pumpkin beer out there.Spiced with a dryer than expected malt base wich kept the sweetness in check but the finish lacks any real depth.Alot of cinnamon flavors but the thinner feel to the beer actualy keeps it from being overbearing,in saying that it's pretty average and light.

Photo of longarm
3.37/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Photo of coldmeat23
3.37/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Photo of DMXLOX22
3.37/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a sixer of this stuff at Civera's deli and just had to try it out since I've been trying to quell my lust for pumpkin-style beers doesn't seem to have an end.

Appearance: Poured a clear, orange and reddish haze that looks murky. Not that impressed.

Smell: A aronma of malts and sweet zesty bite, but with a slight hint of pumpkin fragrance.

Taste: Quite bitter malts and sweet aftertones of what appears to be nutmeg and some odd pumpkin flavorings, but not as nice as I would imagine. Quite zesty too, but also quite bitter, like roasted malts bitter. The Autumn spices are somewhat represented, but for an odd reason, I'm not tasting it.

Mouthfeel: A bit medium bodied, but somewhat heavy carbanation. Not so bad, but not so good either.

Drinkability: Actually not as bad as the other features, but to be quite honest and not to bash the beer completely I'm not exactly the biggest fan of fruity toned beers, but other pumpkin style beers I had encountered so far since fall began has been nothing but good. Maybe next time, but I must say this brew is not for me for the time being. Cheers!

Photo of kylehay2004
3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: half finger head, minimal retention on a hazy amber with slight golden hue body.

S: mild aroma for the style with mostly pumpkin pie and some spice.

T: spices, caramel, pumpkin pie and fresh pumpkin. Not as sweet as some of the others in the genre.

M: medium body and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: I tried about 5 or 6 of these over the last few days and they all run together and seem to taste the same with subtle differences. This is on of the more bland ones, but still just another pumpkin beer.

Photo of Brenden
3.39/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of spokeydonkey
3.39/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours copper with little head and carbonation. Smell is of cinnamon and cloves with a bit of caramel. Tastes sweet and a little cinnamon spicy up front, followed up by cloves, ginger and nutmeg. Not much malt going on other than a mild sweetness. Very little bitterness. Silky mouthfeel probably helped by very little carbonation.

Overally -- a nicely balanced pumpkin beer. Not much going on other than some malt sweetness to balance out the spices, but that's what I like from a pumpkin ale. I'd buy this again.

Photo of wcudwight
3.39/5  rDev -3.1%
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 SouljaSaia17
3.39/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this beer as part of another mix a six, and I did judge it by the cover so I'm hopeful.

A: This pumpkin beer pours a dark reddish/orange color with a very thin head that dissipates quickly.

S: Aroma is of cinnamon, spice and pumpkin peel with a hint of dark brown sugar on the back end.

T: Up front the flavor brings significant amounts of cinnamon and sugar, pumpkin spice is present through the middle of the flavor and ends with a tangy spice.

M: Beer hits the palate with a sweet, flavorful, pumpkin texture that is followed by all the sugar and spices that make up a pie.

O: Pretty good pumpkin beer, probably overlooked due to the lack of art work and familiarity with the brewer. But this beer is spot on for the season purpose, not the best pumpkin, but far from the worst.

Photo of UnderPressure
3.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy copper colored beer with a diminishing fizzy half inch head.

Spices in the aroma. Heavy on the cinnamon an allspice. Slight funk, probably from the yeast.

More of the same in the aroma. A little too spicy for me. Reminds me of Christmas time at the mall.

Nice mouthfeel. Medium bodied carbonation feels nice.

This pumpkin ale is pretty average. A little heavy on certain spices, but a decent beer overall.

Photo of Beestin
3.4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of BrewnZ
3.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer starts with a medium-strong spice aroma of cloves and nutmeg. Deep copper/orange color is great for this style. Medium-full bodied with a big pumpkin taste and med-low spices to balance. Again diacetyl detracts from this beer, mostly in the finish.

Photo of tronester
3.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear orange, with a medium off-white head. Smells slightly of stewed veggies, with some pie spice. Taste is an initial candy sweetness, followed by a bit of cinnamon and vanilla. There is a bit of grain after that, and some nutmeg in a semi-sweet finish. Mouthfeel is nicely rich. Overall a pretty good beer.

Photo of unimatrix1
3.4/5  rDev -2.9%

Pumpkin Lager Beer from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
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