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Pumpkin Lager Beer - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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BA SCORE
79
okay

538 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 538
Reviews: 240
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 15.76%
Wants: 12
Gots: 41 | 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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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Rand_ale_Thor, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
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 Kubrickx
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Kubrickx, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of JVan
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

JVan, Oct 26, 2012
Photo of sbricker
3/5  rDev -14%

sbricker, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of TwelveOunces
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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 biggred1
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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 02, 2009
Photo of BB1313
3.3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

BB1313, Sep 30, 2011
Photo of BradLikesBrew
2.58/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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 29, 2010
Photo of botham
2.83/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

botham, Sep 13, 2009
Photo of ONUMello
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Pumpkin orange with a short head that quickly dissipated.
S: Strong pie spice aromas, with pumpkin underneath. Kind of like a pumpkin pie candle. One-dimensional, but pleasant.
T: Pumpkin and pie spice. Again one-dimensional but tasty.
M: Medium-bodied, pleasant, short finish.
O: Like others have said, far from the best pumpkin beer I've had but also far from the worst. Overall I enjoyed it.

ONUMello, Oct 05, 2011
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3.35/5  rDev -4%
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
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3.43/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

tronester, Oct 11, 2012
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3/5  rDev -14%

Docrock, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of Winter
3.08/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy brownish-orange with a thin head that disappeared in a few seconds. Aroma is of sweet pumpkin pie and nutmeg. I wasn't sure what to expect of the taste, but surprisingly the spice, pumpkin flavor and mild hop taste were refreshing. Pumpkin Lager is a somewhat gimmicky beer, but nonetheless a good Fall and Thanksgiving beer to try.

Winter, Nov 10, 2002
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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

abcdefghijkyle, Nov 15, 2013
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3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Standard golden orange as I recall. Decent foam and lacing.

Smell: More pumpkin spices. A bit mellower than HornyCopia. Still good though.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Mellow spices, particularly cloves. Thinner than HornyCopia, but still pretty tasty. Mouthfeel is a bit thin and cloying at the end and there is a vinegar-like sourness.

Overall Drinkability: Pretty good. Started out better than HornyCopia, which I was sampling along with this. Lacked a good finish.

tjsdomer2, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of objectivemonkey
3.05/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a good head, a hazy, cloudy orangish amber, with no lacing. That pumpkin beer smell with nutmeg and cinnamon for the smell, not bad not great. Pretty good pumpkin beer with the nutmeg and cinnamon and ginger. Really isn't that extraordinary a beer, just doesn't really work out that well. Good attempt, poor execution I'd say.

objectivemonkey, Feb 04, 2006
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4.13/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Capital Maibock pint glass.

Appearance- A hazy orange with a half finger of off white head.

Smell- Lots of cinnamon and pumpkin with some all spice.

Taste- Taste just like a cold October day. Lots of bready crust like flavor with gobs of pumpkin, some clove and smokyness.

Mouthfeel- A medium mouthfeel with a great warming sensation that almost gives you a fresh pumpkin pie mouthfeel.

Overall- Lakefront does another quality job with a spiced beer. A pumpkin lager that gives a spot on representation of a warm pumpkin pie. The slight warming is a magnificent touch.

BrownAleMale, Sep 10, 2012
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3.43/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Orange amber pour with a white head that disappeared quickly to zilch. No lace.

Smells of nutmeg, caramel malt and spices.

Taste is initially interesting with nice nutmeg, cinnamon and pumpkin favors but it fades quickly into a sweet malty base and a thin, watery mouthfeel.

There are better pumpkin brews.

JackieTH, Aug 18, 2012
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3/5  rDev -14%

NilocRellim, Sep 17, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

ItsBeer4Me, Sep 22, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

scottwurst, Oct 15, 2013
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3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I must admit that this is the first pumpkin lager I have ever tried. Up to this point I have only had pumpkin ales. It cleary says "lager beer" on the bottle's front label. I had never heard of this beer or brewery before and just decided to take a chance with this one. This beer pours a fairly light and clear copper/orange color with a light tan head about one finger thick. The head has some nice staying power indeed, especially considering how small it is to begin with. Little lacing though. Spicy aromas of pumpkin, sweet malt, yeast, and cinnamon are present. It has a moderately sweet taste with fairly strong hints of pumpkin, cinnamon, and citrus present followed by some malt, yeast and spice. Has a nice smooth yet creamy and smooth mouthfeel with mild to moderate carbonation. Very easy to drink in a good way.

Eric

neenerzig, Oct 07, 2006
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4/5  rDev +14.6%

salthemonster, Oct 12, 2013
Pumpkin Lager Beer from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
79 out of 100 based on 538 ratings.