Pumpkin Lager Beer - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
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2.83/5 rDev -18.2%
bottle poured into an oversized wine glass. pours a lightly hazy amber-orangish color with a finger and a half of eggshell colored head that retains moderately and leaves no lacings.
aroma is spicy, with nutmeg and allspice notes, as well as a pumpkin-like base and distant notes of vanilla and some caramel. overall, quite spicy without much for malt or hop notes. a bit of caramel malt character comes out after a bit of warming, but it is overpowered by the spice.
taste is more of the same with a distinct spiced character that hinders the drinkability and palatability. the brew is heavy on the pumpkin spice and discounts the pumpkin flavors and malt notes to produce an overly-spiced brew.
mouthfeel is medium bodied with a sharp and spiced texture and a finish of residual nutmeg and light caramel malts.
drinkability is decent. any BA who loves pumpkin pie spices will like this brew, but for those looking for a balanced pumpkin beer, this is not good. pumpkin beers should be treated like ESBs, where it is all about balance. too many end up as over-spiced fall beers that are not very drinkable, and this is no exception.
09-13-2009 16:49:44 | More by botham
2.85/5 rDev -17.6%
Poured a hazy light orange. Small head that faded to almost nothing.Looks really watery. Some sediment floating around along with carbonation coming up from random places. After a few sips head did fall to nothing.
Smells of clove, nutmeg and it seems like a touch of cinnamon. I smell a funky yeast in there as well that I associate with an ale. Smells kind of interesting. Can't make up my mind if I like it or not.
Has the taste of a mulled cider but at the end I pick up the yeast maybe? A little twang. Not much pumpkin if any though. Which is a little disappointing considering what it is.
The mouthfeel is a on the light side of medium. Leaves my mouth a little tingly but it's just average.
I'd probably only drink one of these. It's an easy drinker but being as plain as it is and the spices present I couldn't see myself drinking more than one.
Overall this beer is about as average as you can get. I was hoping for a little more. I always get excited for the seasonals but this was a let down. For some reason this beer drinks more like a cider. Every drink I take I seem to think it needs to be heated up and a cinnamon stick thrown in it. Worth a try if you can just buy a single bottle.
10-06-2006 00:55:33 | More by joe1510
2.88/5 rDev -16.8%
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
09-06-2010 02:37:30 | More by jsh420
2.88/5 rDev -16.8%
Appearance: Bright orange. Little to no head. A chill haze dissipated rather quickly. Lacing is nonexistent.
Smell: Nice sweet cinnamon. Some nutmeg, allspice, and the rest of the usual suspects. A touch sweet, but it's got that lovely combination of real beer with pumpkin thrown in for extra measure. A nice balance of grassy, sweet malts and pumpkin. Faint touches of real pumpkin come through as well. Particularly heavy on the cinnamon.
Taste: Sharp bit of spices. Cinnamon assaults everything, adding a spiciness that is rather unexpected. Loads of cinnamon. Nutmeg rounds out the back. After some warming, the spices take another jump up, but the malts add some sweetness, attempting to balance out the spice. It almost works, but falls short in the long run. A touch bready, almost crusty with some grassy notes in the back of it all.
Mouthfeel: A little thin with a slightly high carbonation. It definitely drinks like a nice crisp lager. A little dry, but never aggressively so.
Overall: Lager + pumpkin = interesting combination. The crisp nature coupled with the fall spices plays out like an homage to summer gone and fall coming. It's stuck somewhere in the middle of good and meh.
09-04-2011 19:41:09 | More by Goblinmunkey7
2.9/5 rDev -16.2%
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.
05-10-2010 00:45:06 | More by drpimento
2.91/5 rDev -15.9%
Had this in a bottle poured into a glass.
Appearance: Perhaps the most impressive part of this beer and that should tell you where the rest of the review is going. Dark coppery color, reminds me of a dark apple cider in look. The bubbles streaming to the top would suggest a lot of carbonation and while there is some head, it dissipates rather quickly.
Smell: Hardly anything to report here. Kind of a sweet smell to the beer.
Taste: Good, clean and not much if any after taste. The whole of the beer has this light feeling to it, and perhaps that is what you are looking for in a pumpkin beer. I wanted a little more out of it. I would recommend this for a football game tailgate.
Mouthfeel: Despite the presence of clearly a lot of carbonation, doesn't actually overwhelm you. Like I said above, clean crisp beer.
Overall: I wouldn't recommend this one for someone looking for the ultimate pumpkin beer. But if you wanted a taste of the season without getting full, then this would be your beer.
09-08-2013 21:42:45 | More by Rhettbuck
2.93/5 rDev -15.3%
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.
10-04-2008 23:37:19 | More by aerozeppl
2.94/5 rDev -15%
A: Pours a cloudy yellow orange color with a short lived off-white head of wide bubbles and little lacing.
S: More spices to it, clove, nutmeg, cinnamon. A bit of overdone, overripe stink, like cider. Almost a wheat beer quality, yeasty.
T: Very fruity and sweet up front, again like a wheat beer, then spiciness follows. More spicy and yeasty, than pumpkiny. A bit metallic, slightly off flavor, not inviting another.
M: Light bodied with medium carbonation. Goes down thin and leaves a metallic feel on the tongue, not a great finish
O:One of the lower rated pumpkins I tried in 2013.
09-06-2013 00:14:55 | More by Act25
2.95/5 rDev -14.7%
Pours a cloudy, pale orange color with absolutely no head. Zip! Plenty of carbonation however.
Nothing but spices. Ginger, nutmeg, and a bit of cinnamon. Has a pleasant sweetness to it although the whole package leaves a lot to be desired. Light pumpkin notes.
Light for a pumpkin beer, but everything carries over from the aroma. Spices are dominant in the flavor profile. I was hoping for more than a load of spice.
Medium-bodied lager with hardly any noticable carbonation.
Nothing special here. It's not the worst pumpkin beer I've ever had but t's also far from the best. The spice overload is a bit too much to enjoy.
11-18-2013 02:58:52 | More by alphagnome
2.98/5 rDev -13.9%
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.
10-11-2009 07:35:48 | More by cbutova
2.98/5 rDev -13.9%
12 oz bottle. Brewed not a week ago.
It pours a clear orangeish gold with a foamy off-white head htat leaves some rings of almost ghost-like lace.
The smell isn't that great in imo. It is pickly and vegetal. It is just the wrong spice/veggie combo for me.
The flavor is better. It has notes of cinnamon and spice. The pumpkin is subdued and the malt gives a crust flavor. Really tastes like Pumkin Pie, not exactly, not even close but as close as I have tasted in a pumkin beer. The added hops are nice.
I am not a fan of this beer style, it seems like it is just some novelty that grew out of proportion but this isn't bad.
09-06-2011 03:43:04 | More by crossovert
2.98/5 rDev -13.9%
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.
02-03-2003 07:24:56 | More by Dogbrick
3/5 rDev -13.3%
The weakness here is we got a lager. This is better than the average lager, but the lager has weaker flavor compared to the good ale pumpkin beers. However, this would do in a pinch. I would like this beer on a hot summer day. It's very refreshing. Goes down well with summer jazz fest music like Joe Zawinul music.
10-24-2012 03:01:42 | More by frankiepop
3/5 rDev -13.3%
The bottle says it was bottled on: and nothing is marked under month nor week. Who knows?
A- hazy, orange/honey color with thin white head, very little lace.
S - I can't put my nose on it. I even asked my wife. She thinks it is lavender and that it tastes like lavender. It's floral for sure but which? It's NOT pumpkin. Clove is there.
T - like the smell. No pumpkin. Sweet, clove, floral, citrus.
M- sweetens with time, easy to drink but the flavor and scent are difficult to pinpoint. Very floral but not pumpkin.
09-22-2011 00:39:42 | More by tbern007
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