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Pumpkin Lager Beer - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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BA SCORE
78
okay

246 Reviews
THE BROS
80
good

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Reviews: 246
Hads: 597
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 15.54%
Wants: 11
Gots: 64 | 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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Reviews: 246 | Hads: 597
Photo of rkinsella
4/5  rDev +17.3%
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. (1,006 characters)

Photo of WesWes
3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (585 characters)

Photo of Gmann
3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (509 characters)

Photo of aerozeppl
2.91/5  rDev -14.7%
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. (617 characters)

Photo of Beaver13
3.24/5  rDev -5%
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. (474 characters)

Photo of coldmeat23
3.37/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (983 characters)

Photo of smcolw
2.21/5  rDev -35.2%
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. (441 characters)

Photo of Rennpferd
4.17/5  rDev +22.3%
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. (586 characters)

Photo of tugdriver7
3.95/5  rDev +15.8%
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. (474 characters)

Photo of Ragingbull
3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (455 characters)

Photo of ibashmuck
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The nice lady at the local liquor store was going to pitch a sixer of this (as it was May), and asked if I wanted it. For free? Sure, give it a try.

Medium foamy head on a cloudy amber. Smelled fruity and floral, didn't pick up too much pumpkin. But I found it in the taste, very nice blend, pumpkin with spices...nutmeg? Allspice? Hint of that floral? All there, and as I said, blended nicely in a smooth, easy to drink beer.

I've had two pumpkin flavored beers (Blue Moon's Harvest Moon the other), and this is far and away the best of the two. (550 characters)

Photo of tgbljb
3.67/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper color with sparse white head, poor retention, no lacing.

Smell demonstartes a profound pumpkin spice character.

Taste also shows notres of pumpkin spice, but somewhat restrained.

Leaves a very short lasting pumpkin taste in the mouth. Way too thin.

An avergae pumpkin flavored beer. Nothing bad, nothing great. (337 characters)

Photo of slyke
3.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pumpkin Lager pours a golden-orange color with a quarter inch of white head that falls to a thin cap quickly. No lacing.

The smell is a mixture of pumpkin, cinnamon, and a standard lager. None of these aromas is objectionable.

The taste replicates the smell. A standard lager with flavors of pumpkin and cinnamon. I like this brewery's approach, a beer with other flavors rather than "pumpkin pie in a glass."

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a slight aftertaste of the pumpkin.

Drinkability is good. This will not be my "go to" beer, but I'll grab some next fall when foods accented by these flavors will be featured at Thanksgiving and the like. Worth a try. (672 characters)

Photo of getch
3.69/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a-golden color, not cloudy, little to no head when poured.

s-faint pumpkin pie smell, really need to drink this out of a glass, not in the bottle, without the smell you are not getting the full flavor.

t-with the smell of pumpkin there really is somewhat of a taste of pumpkin, its decent, hard to explain, because i really would never had tried the beer, if it were not for my gf that likes the beer

m- extremely smooth, no bitterness to the beer, and i really wonder what the ABV could be if any.

d-very good seasonal beer, but its not something that i will look forward to next year, if you are ever in Milwaukee, YOU NEED TO TOUR!! (639 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
2.8/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a 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. (287 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.05/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle at Four Moon Tavern, Chicago, 9th anniversary party. Dated: September Wk1. $2.50.

Poured a hazy orange, with persistent lacing. Good foam that remained for the duration of the glass. Spice aromas of nutmeg and cinnamon, but not overpowering. Clean aroma without getting too funky or spicy.

Dry finish is memorable, the nutmeg and spices takes centerstage, but is balanced by light caramel in the taste. Pumpkin is there, not only alluded to with spices, but in natural pumpkin "squashy flavor" as well. Better than many, in terms of authenticity, certainly more balanced than DFH Punkin. If this wasn't my 4th beer, I would have drank the hell out of it. (664 characters)

Photo of Pauly2X
3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
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) (336 characters)

Photo of jeffmonarch
2.42/5  rDev -29%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Light copper color with head about 3/4 inch thick that fades slowly.

S - Lots of pumpkin and some spice.

T - Very light. Too much pumpkin too little spice.

M - A little too much carbonation.

D - Not impressed at all. I've been spoiled in that I used to live closer to Deleware and had DogfishHead pumpkin all the time. This is not even close. (383 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.17/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A slightly vigorous pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a fat, three-finger thick, pale tan colored head that sits atop a brilliantly clear, reddish, copper colored beer. The beer is obviously spiced with the typical pumpkin pie spices as the aroma even as I pour it is quite redolent of cinnamon, nutmeg and perhaps a touch of ginger. A deeper sampling of the aroma yields nothing more than these spices and perhaps a touch of dusty malt.

Fairly dry, with perhaps a hint of sweetness that just peeks through a tart spice character. Spice flavors of nutmeg & cinnamon dominate, but there is perhaps a touch of character that might be attributed to pumpkin, but only just barely. There is a ginger note noticeable in the finish as well as a slightly astringent spice bitterness. Crystal malt contributed caramelized sugar flavors and a medium / light malt fullness help convey the pumpkin pie analogy a bit further.

This is certainly an enjoyable version of a Pumpkin beer, and it does have actually have some pumpkin flavor to it, despite the slightly heavy handed spicing. This is a touch richer, and a bit more like desert that say something like Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin ale, but it still is to light to really be anywhere near representative of pie in a glass.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ (1,304 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
4.29/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a hazy, but bright orange, with a thick white head which stays for the whole glass, fair lacing.

S: Smells of pumpkin and spices, as expected, quite fragrant, actually.

T: Full flavour of pumpkin and spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, and all-spice. A little on the artificial side, but overall, one of the better pumpkin beers I have ever had.

M: Light, smooth, needs a little more body.

D: Overall, very good. We don't get many pumpkin beers here in the Southland, so it was nice to see another one, and a good one to boot.

Edit (10/2/11) - Had this one much fresher, some I'm upping some scores. (626 characters)

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.42/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was going to a fall party, and picked up a six-pack of this to round out my other beer selections I brought with me. This is not the best pumpkin beer I've had (that would be Southern Tier Pumking), and it is not the most pumpkin-y (I think that would be O'Fallon's pumpkin - but I haven't had it since last year), but it is a crowd-pleaser of a beer; a good choice for people used to drinking American lagers but looking for something festive.

Color is light lager color with some haziness. Aroma is definitely pumpkin-pie like; there was a lot of nutmeg and cinnamon spiciness and some suggestion of canned pumpkin pie filling. Flavor is more of the same, with a more pronounced suggestion of its pumpkin ingredients than I got from Jack's or DFH Punkin' (whose tastes didn't really inform me that they were pumpkin beers). Mouthfeel it is a bit thin, but given that this is a lager, appropriate. Not bad, and made me feel like it was fall.

I would argue that pumpkin pie is one of those items where there is not that much difference between the best and worst you've ever had. I would suggest that the same might be said for pumpkin beer.

Still, I enjoyed this one. Recommended. (1,186 characters)

Photo of DrainBamage
3.81/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy gold color with only a thin lace of head around the edge of the clear. A lot of floaties in this one. Aroma is pleasant with hints of nutmeg. The taste is full of spices, especially nutmeg and ginger, but not overwhelming. The mouthfeel is a little harsh, seems quite carbonated and doesn't go down all the smooth, but not much bitterness here either. Although the appearance is lackluster and mouthfeel isn't anything to brag about the aroma and taste are what make this beer stand out. Overall this is a decent beer. (533 characters)

Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.65/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle

Pours a hazed orange color with a small white head that thins. Decent lacing on the glass.

Aroma is all pumpkin spices. Doesn't smell extremely spicy, but no other notable aromatics.

Taste is light and consists largely of pumpkin pie spices with a very faint hint of malt and yeast. Finishes very clean and dry.

Light body, zippy carbonation.

Another interesting take on the pumpkin thing, and it works well. The mild spicing is enjoyable and works well with the clean and dry lager base. Especially good on these 80 degree October days. (555 characters)

Photo of letsgopens
2.69/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I've recently become enamored with various seasonal selections and begun snatching up every Oktoberfest, Pumpkin Ale, etc I can get my hands on.

With that being said, this particular selection is easily the oddest of the bunch. Its pours very cloudy, deep brown/orange with an unsatisfying, almost nonexistent off-white head that fades to nothing in around two seconds flat. Nothing I've seen yet is characteristic of a lager.

The aroma is again, a little off. Some spice and malt are present. Nutmeg and a bit of pumpkin, but mostly a dirty kind of spice and dull malt.

I wouldn't say that it's bland, but the flavor is not what I expected at all. All spice and nutmeg initially that is a bit dull and again rather 'dirty' on the tongue. A bit of pumpkin in the background. At first sip I was pleasantly surprised to try something that was totally different, but as I drank the flavor became increasingly unpleasant.

Throughout the experience, this beer was very uncharacteristic for a lager. Almost no carbonation and an odd grainy texture. The starchy malt lingers on the palate. Probably my least favorite of the dozen or so pumpkin ales I've tried this fall. I will however try it again next year and reevaluate. (1,225 characters)

Photo of merlin48
3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange amber body with a small offwhite head. Good patchy lacing. Standard pumpkin beer aroma of pie spices. Cinnamon, ginger, and clove mostly. Medium carbonation and a light medium body. Taste is nicely balanced. Some genuine pumpkin flavors mingle with the dominant spicing and some spicy hops to create a pleasantly drinkable lager. I prefer this one to most of the pumpkin ales I've tried. Not bad. (416 characters)

Pumpkin Lager Beer from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
78 out of 100 based on 246 ratings.