Pumpkin Lager Beer - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
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2.1/5 rDev -39.3%
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.
11-24-2004 13:51:24 | More by maxpower
3.3/5 rDev -4.6%
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.
09-26-2012 03:07:04 | More by BarryMFBurton
3.05/5 rDev -11.8%
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.
09-19-2009 02:36:53 | More by ocelot2500
3.85/5 rDev +11.3%
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.
10-10-2012 05:47:14 | More by 57md
3.98/5 rDev +15%
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.
10-03-2004 19:52:31 | More by mattcrill
3.65/5 rDev +5.5%
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.
10-23-2007 02:36:11 | More by MaltyGoodness
3.53/5 rDev +2%
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.
10-12-2012 23:15:27 | More by JuicesFlowing
3.25/5 rDev -6.1%
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.
04-01-2009 23:00:28 | More by biggred1
2.58/5 rDev -25.4%
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.
09-28-2010 23:52:19 | More by BradLikesBrew
3.45/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
12-10-2012 23:39:32 | More by TwelveOunces
3.3/5 rDev -4.6%
Dating notched on the label. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a beautiful burnt orange with no head or lacing at all, but excellent color. The aromas are typical of what you'd expect from most pumpkin ales. Lots of spices, but they smell natural, which is a good thing. I'm also picking up a strong berry presence in the nose, which is odd but enjoyable. Tastes good, but it simply doesn't stand out, but there's nothing offensive going on. The spices are noticeable, but not over the top. There's a nice amount of vanilla noticeable as well. Mouthfeel is light and crisp. This one isn't over carbonated, it's thin, but really refreshing and makes this one easier to drink. It's a pretty clean beer.
This isn't the best pumpkin ale I've ever had, but it's far from the worst. If you see it, give it a go and see for yourself.
09-30-2011 19:24:27 | More by BB1313
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
3.35/5 rDev -3.2%
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.
09-25-2007 18:13:39 | More by GPHarris
3.43/5 rDev -0.9%
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.
10-11-2012 21:42:30 | More by tronester
Pumpkin Lager Beer from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
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