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Pumpkin Lager Beer - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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79
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512 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 512
Reviews: 237
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 15.8%
Wants: 11
Gots: 30 | 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 ibashmuck
4/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

ibashmuck, Jul 13, 2008
Photo of tgbljb
3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

tgbljb, May 27, 2008
Photo of slyke
3.48/5  rDev 0%
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.

slyke, Apr 27, 2008
Photo of getch
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
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!!

getch, Mar 19, 2008
Photo of barleywinefiend
2.78/5  rDev -20.1%
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.

barleywinefiend, Mar 08, 2008
Photo of emerge077
4.05/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

emerge077, Jan 26, 2008
Photo of Pauly2X
3.33/5  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)

Pauly2X, Dec 23, 2007
Photo of jeffmonarch
2.35/5  rDev -32.5%
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.

jeffmonarch, Dec 18, 2007
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.15/5  rDev -9.5%
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

Gueuzedude, Dec 02, 2007
Photo of Halcyondays
4.3/5  rDev +23.6%
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.

Halcyondays, Nov 13, 2007
Photo of BeerBelcher
3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

BeerBelcher, Nov 03, 2007
Photo of DrainBamage
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

DrainBamage, Oct 23, 2007
Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

MaltyGoodness, Oct 23, 2007
Photo of letsgopens
2.65/5  rDev -23.9%
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.

letsgopens, Oct 16, 2007
Photo of merlin48
3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

merlin48, Oct 12, 2007
Photo of plaid75
3.23/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light bright copper hue with a one finger creamy white head. There was good retention and decent lacing.

The smell featured elements of pumpkin flesh and rind with some cinnamon and nutmeg.

The taste consisted of some upfront pumpkin spices with a mild sweetness. Some grainy malts as well. The flavor was a bit weak for the style however.

The mouthfeel was toward the thinner side with an awkward creaminess at the finish.

Overall a decent spiced pumpkin lager. It seems to me that the fuller body of an ale is better suited for the style.

plaid75, Oct 06, 2007
Photo of GPHarris
3.35/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

GPHarris, Sep 25, 2007
Photo of MisterDeeds
3.1/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Lighter in color than I expected, an almost golden amber. The aroma is very strong, and suggests pumpkin and cinnamon. Before trying this beer, I was never quite sure what "mouthfeel" actually meant. But this beer has a definite mouthfeel that, to me, is dry and almost powdery. Almost as if the spices are floating right on top. The taste is okay and definitely Pumpkin, but the dry feeling is tough for me to get past.

MisterDeeds, Sep 22, 2007
Photo of RoBotGod
2.45/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Why why why why do they keep making beers like this. I know there is a market for this but there just so damn bad. There is really only 2 pumpkin beers that I think are even decent and this is not one out them. It looks good in the glass. I would probably drink it off of looks. The smell has nutmeg and cinnamon to it. The taste is kind of like a red beer that they drug through a wheat field. There are nutmeg and odd spices that don’t really sit well with me.

RoBotGod, Sep 06, 2007
Photo of mentor
2.65/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a half finger orange-tan head over a cloudy dark apricot liquid. Head settles to a persistent fluff around the edges. Smells pie spicey with crust hints. dDy sand dusty and lacking malt and ester character. Earthy pumpkin rind is as close as this beer get to fruit.

Tastes very simple. Dry and spice. Pumpkin rind. Orange flavor late and dries with a carbonaton that acridly clears the palette. peppery zing. Md mouthfeel and stingy carbonation that I found distracting.

mentor, Jan 15, 2007
Photo of pmatz2
2.38/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I've never had this style before. I received an 8-pack sampler as a Christmas Present and am working my way through it.

Appearance : Poured a hazy light orange with and Off white head that quickly disappeared to nothing. No lacing what so ever.

Smell: Sweet with hints of cinnamon and nutmeg.

Taste: Malty sweet with taste of cinnamon and nutmeg.

Mouthfeel : Watery thin body that finished dry

Drink-ability : Didn't do anything for me. It went down easy but I did not enjoy drinking this beer. Glad I tried it and I'm glad it was part of a gift pack.

pmatz2, Jan 04, 2007
Photo of Metalmonk
4.03/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received in trade from midwest mussel-mangler mnwags (aka Schlitzboy). Thanks Nick!

Poured into a John's Grocery tulip glass, received a somewhat cloudy dark orange with a small head that didn't retain very long.

Lots of cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger in the nose, the usual pumpkin pie spices but very little real pumpkin despite many deep whiffs. That's okay, it smells good anyway.

Spices are many, with nutmeg and ginger up front, some white pepper, some allspice. Again, not a whole lot of actual pumpkin coming to mind/tongue, but don't most pumpkin ales lean heavier on the other spices than the pumpkin itself? Such a great idea for a beer style, but so few achieve true pumpkin-ness.

Love the finish, a firm desserty spiciness, even a subtle nuttiness, and, yep, finally, there's the pumpkin. Spreads out far and wide, and the carbonation is moderate to generous.

Apparently this one varies wildly from batch to batch, and this particular batch (bottled second week of Oct. '06) seems a solid version of the style, but still would like to feel like I licked the inside of a pumpkin guts-and-all. Real good, but still searching for that perfect pumpkin ale...

Metalmonk, Nov 24, 2006
Photo of BrewnZ
3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

BrewnZ, Nov 08, 2006
Photo of russpowell
3.03/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was an impromptu pick up, forgot I tried this, let's see if this fares any better:

Pours caramel with a 1" off-white head. Zero head rentention or lacing

S: Big pumpkin pie spices, cinamon, nutmeg & brown sugar up front. A little malt sweetness sneaks in, along with a little metallic taste. Finsishes sweet with some astrignency

MF: Light/medium bodied, a little low in cabonation, but skews too sweet balance-wise

Drinks okay, basically one or 2 & that's it. We're having a halloween paty, I'm sure I can foist these on some unsuspecting guests...I messed up (again)

russpowell, Oct 28, 2006
Photo of granger10
3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bit different because it you drink this too cold, its worthless. But its a lager and you dont really want it to warm up too much. Semi hazy amber bronze color. Smallish white head atop dwindles instantly. Not much of a sign of carbonation after the initial pour. Once warmed a touch, there's a solid pumpkin precense. Lots of spice in the aroma but the spice array is a bit more indescript than other pumpkin beers I have tried. Decent pumpkin beer all around. Smoother than most yet with a nice array of flavors. Finish is a tad too spiced. Solid for one, I don't think I'd really care for another.

granger10, Oct 13, 2006
Pumpkin Lager Beer from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
79 out of 100 based on 512 ratings.