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Pumpkin Lager Beer - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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BA SCORE
79
okay

492 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 492
Reviews: 236
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 16.14%
Wants: 10
Gots: 27 | 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 coldmeat23
3.3/5  rDev -4.9%

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.

coldmeat23, Sep 24, 2008
Photo of WastingFreetime
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Reviewed from tasting notes.

A. Orange-tinted amber with a 30 second head of foam that resolves to a thready collar, minimal lacing left behind.

S. Aroma seems to be more about the pie spicing than the pumpkin aroma itself, faint levels of caramel malt aroma exist underneath all the spices.

T. Again, mostly about the pie spice. Cinnamon and nutmeg, mostly, with just a brief flash of pumpkin sweetness that dries out quite nicely.

M. Lighter side of medium body, heavier side of medium carbonation. Crisp feel overall.

WastingFreetime, Jun 12, 2012
Photo of Domingo
3.65/5  rDev +5.2%

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.

Domingo, Aug 23, 2010
Photo of Danielr26
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Danielr26, Oct 11, 2013
Photo of rowew
2.25/5  rDev -35.2%

Presentation: 12 oz longneck. Marked with the botled date and week - a year would be nice just in case a shady distributor has sat on this for a year.

Appearance: Rough pour produces a small bubbly head that disappears quickly. Cloudy and red-orange.

Smell: Huge spice - typical pumpkin pie spice aroma. Not much malt or beer aroma, but it definitely smells like pumpkin pie.

Taste: Thin mouthfeel, all spice, no beer. Finish is strange - medicinal.

Overall impression: Meh - this beer is not quite right. I won't be looking again.

rowew, Oct 11, 2006
Photo of skaboom420
3/5  rDev -13.5%

skaboom420, Oct 11, 2012
Photo of wcudwight
3.4/5  rDev -2%

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.

wcudwight, Nov 09, 2009
Photo of dertyd
2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

dertyd, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.3/5  rDev -4.9%

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.

BarryMFBurton, Sep 26, 2012
Photo of RichH55
4.5/5  rDev +29.7%

RichH55, Sep 21, 2012
Photo of maxpower
2.1/5  rDev -39.5%

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.

maxpower, Nov 24, 2004
Photo of jwps214
4/5  rDev +15.3%

jwps214, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of MN_Beerticker
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

MN_Beerticker, Sep 18, 2013
Photo of ocelot2500
3.05/5  rDev -12.1%

Pours a clear orange with a tight white head that leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smells of spice and some malty sweetness. A little pumpkin in the nose, but not much.

Tastes of the spice mostly with the sweetness following. The spice is mostly cinnamon with some nutmeg and maybe ginger. The sweetness does have some pumpkin feel to it, but is more along the lines of caramel malt.

Mouthfeel is medium with some creaminess to it.

ocelot2500, Sep 19, 2009
Photo of 57md
3.85/5  rDev +11%

Pours a light copper with a honey hue. The finger of head dissipates quickly. The nose is boldy pumpkin-like and there are spice notes as well. Light flavor, but the pumpkin is definitely there and nice spice notes of cinnamon and nutmeg are present on the finish. There is also a pleasant sweetness at the end.

Most pumpkin beers are ales, but this lager offering is a nice spicy treat that is light enough to be sessionable at a Halloween party.

57md, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of rudabegga9
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

rudabegga9, Jul 17, 2014
Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%

Poured into a standard pint glass.

The beer is a clear amber orange with a frothy cream colored head. The head slowly recedes to a fine film, then eventually disappears completely. No lacing stays on the glass.

The aroma is at first like an orange-citrus note. This gives way to nutmeg and other pumpkin pie spices.

The beer tastes bright and has a very good cinnamon start, even a peppery spiciness becomes evident. On the back end there are clove and nutmeg spices, and a subdued hop presence.

The mouthfeel is very rich and creamy. Smooth. Carbonated.

Overall, I'm not blown away by this, but nor am I offended. It's actually a pretty sessionable affair, and the mouthfeel really is nice. I get cinnamon the most here, and it's got a nice spicy kick to it.

JuicesFlowing, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of mattcrill
3.98/5  rDev +14.7%

Presentation: Bottled in Aug '04 notched on the side of the bottle.

Appearance: Pours a clear carmel with hazy yellow edges. Carbonation cascades up the glass. Kind of cool. A nice silky white head forms.

Smell: pumpkin pie spice, a touch of cinnamon, and a yeasty, wheat bread-like smell predominates.

Taste: Raw pumpkin with a grassy, hop-like finish. Biscuity undertones are present throughout the entire sip. There is a lot going on here. Very multi-dimensional.

Mouthfeel: medium and silky.

Drinkability and overall: I found this one very quaffable. I haven't been a big fan of pumpkin ales but this one works well for me. A nice seasonal offering.

mattcrill, Oct 03, 2004
Photo of Rand_ale_Thor
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Rand_ale_Thor, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.65/5  rDev +5.2%

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 sbricker
3/5  rDev -13.5%

sbricker, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of biggred1
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Hazy orange amber with a soapy off white head, no real lace present. Smells savory,like pumpkin pie spice, honey and buttery grain. Tastes like pumpkin pie but still retains enough real beer flavor to be palatable. Crisp and refreshing with a dry finish. One of the better beers of it's ilk, it is what it is, if you like pumpkin beers this isn't a bad one.

biggred1, Apr 01, 2009
Photo of TwelveOunces
3.45/5  rDev -0.6%

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A- Clear golden in appearance with a half finger of an off white head.

S- A stronger aroma then I was expecting. A lot of pumpkin, allspice, cinnamon, and a lot of banana. A nice spicy aroma.

T- A lot of cinnamon in this beer. A bit of apple and banana in this beer surprisingly. A slight bit of pumpkin. A spicy and stinging beer. A lot of flavor and a very clean finish.

M- A very disappointing feel. A sort of silky slimyness. The pumpkin doesn't add as much feel as you may expect from a pumpkin brew. Easy drinking.

O- This is an ok beer. Nothing bad and its different but doesn't push any boundaries.

TwelveOunces, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of BradLikesBrew
2.58/5  rDev -25.6%

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.

BradLikesBrew, Sep 28, 2010
Photo of Kubrickx
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Kubrickx, Sep 03, 2012
Pumpkin Lager Beer from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
79 out of 100 based on 492 ratings.