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Pumpkin Lager Beer - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

Pumpkin Lager BeerPumpkin Lager Beer

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BA SCORE
79
okay

441 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 441
Reviews: 233
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 15.9%


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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Dogbrick

Ohio

2.98/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was surprised to find this at Frog Bear Wild Boar, a bar/club not really known for the beer selection. Amber color with an off-white head. Aroma is almost spicy enough to make your eyes water. Ginger absolutely dominates, with a little pumpkin and malt crying for attention. This was a little hard to drink because of how robust the spicy flavor was. I would have welcomed more hops or malt to balance out the spice assault. Dry finish. An interesting attempt but not something I am going to search out again.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2003 07:24:56 | More by Dogbrick
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: half finger head, minimal retention on a hazy amber with slight golden hue body.

S: mild aroma for the style with mostly pumpkin pie and some spice.

T: spices, caramel, pumpkin pie and fresh pumpkin. Not as sweet as some of the others in the genre.

M: medium body and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: I tried about 5 or 6 of these over the last few days and they all run together and seem to taste the same with subtle differences. This is on of the more bland ones, but still just another pumpkin beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 02:32:17 | More by kylehay2004
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is strong and malty with a good overtone of pumpkin and cinnamon, rather appetizing. It pours a clear coppery amber with not much of a head. Pumpkin flavor is strong, but does not overpower the malt; there are hints of cinnamon and hops. Texture is glass-smooth and just a little tingly. A good fall beer, but enjoyable any time of year.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2009 00:38:24 | More by Cyberkedi
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avalon07

South Carolina

3.13/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a copper color and a clear texture. There was a thin, foamy head that quickly dissipated. Not much lacing at all.

S: A decent aroma of pumpkin, spices and malt.

T: Tasted of some pumpkin up front, with a little cinnamon and malt in the finish. This is a pretty thin, watery beer. Could have been better than it was.

M: An okay amount of carbonation with a zesty, prickly finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is one of those inoffensive, mostly forgettable beers.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 13:29:30 | More by avalon07
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.74/5  rDev +37%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a Lakefront imperial pint.
6.0% ABV, Bottled 08/29/13

A - The brilliant color is a light amber pumpkin orange and crystal clear with pale yellow highlights and lazy but steady bubbles rising up. A cream-colored head billowed up to two fingers and slowly went down to a thin blanket of foam leaving a ring of legs.

S - The immediate realization from the first sniff is that this pumpkin lager is much different than the usual pumpkin ales. It's muted aromas are more crisp and mellow with spice being the most prominent on the nose with dashes of cinnamon and nutmeg and a pumpkin aroma following closely. A touch of caramel malt is in the back, grounding the beer with no hops evident.

T - The taste closely mirrors the aroma with spices being the first noticeable flavor - nutmeg and cinnamon - but the pumpkin flavor is the most prominent and lingering aspect of the beer. A touch of caramel and a light kiss of hops are present, leaving the beer orchestrated very well; think diet pumpkin pie - great, natural flavor but not incredibly rich like normal pie.

M - Lakefront's Pumpkin lager is smooth, on the verge of being creamy, but still crisp and refreshing. A small carbonation bite gives a little kick at the end of this medium bodied lager which has just a slight dryness to the finish and lingers with pumpkin and spice on the tongue.

O - Lakefront Pumpkin Lager is a exceptionally crafted pumpkin beer that takes the richness of pumpkin ale and drops it back a few notches, creating a great start-of-fall beverage that's still drinkable and refreshing in warm weather but, with the pumpkin and spice, remains great when it cools down. Also a good "beginner" pumpkin beer for those who want to get their feet wet, and one of my personal favorites of the season!

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2013 21:53:30 | More by BeerFMAndy
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ZAP

Minnesota

3.13/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I like the nose on this one....spices evident (in some regards smells like a cigar humidor) but so is the pumpkin which is lacking in some of these pumpkin beers...hazy orange color...some nice pumpkin flavors..perhaps one of the more 'true" pumpkin flavored beers but then there is a dimension that includes some sour/green apple notes..not strong but you can tell it's there...maybe it's the yeast they use since several of theri beers have this sourish dimension...Body is medium to light..a little creamy...

Overall not a horrible beer...i like some aspects of it and will enjoy the other two bottles I have but the sour/green apple notes bring this score down(even though they are not AS strong as some of the Lakefront litter I have tried)

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2004 06:16:31 | More by ZAP
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cokes

Wisconsin

1.5/5  rDev -56.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This one is bad news.
Pours a hazy golden-orange. Artificial head fizzles itself out quickly.
Lots of nutmeg and cinnamon on the nose. However, nothing lurks below these spices.
Basically a totally bland beer with hints of nutmeg. I am not sure if Lakefront uses leftover aquarium water, or bilge water from Lake Michigan fishing boats. But either way there is a pronounced fishy taste to this. Just absolutely repulsive.
No other aspects to think about. Lifeless, disgusting body. It is amazing that something this simple and thin can be this terrible.

Homebrew recipe:
Add minnows to livewell
Add several dashes of nutmeg

Grab a cup, scoop some up and enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2002 18:22:25 | More by cokes
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drpimento

Wisconsin

2.9/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Having a bottle that's a couple years old so I'm giving it the benefit of the doubt. Very slight pop when opened and small tan head that quickly disappeared and no lace. Color is a hazy orange amber with a little sediment. Aroma is pumpkin pie spice with some natural pumpkin and malt. Flavor is like aroma but with some sour. Beer is turning/turned. Body is ok but carbonation is going flat. Finish is like flavor. I've had these fresh many times before and they're much better.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2010 00:45:06 | More by drpimento
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.06/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle served in a snifter.
Pours a hazy orange (pumpkin)/amber with an off-white head that soon disappears.

S: Pumpkin pie spices (mainly cinnamon and nutmeg), pumpkin puree and some biscuity malts.

T: A nice mix and balance of spicing, but too strong. It masks the pumpkin until the finish and leaves little detectable malt/grain flavor. Interesting sweet/tart mix.

M: Medium bodied, with a level of carbonation that seemed a bit aggressive.

O: yet another over-spiced pumpkin beer, and this one is of the more subtle lager variety, making the imbalance more of an issue. Nonetheless, the well-chosen mix of spices will appeal to those who like spicy pumpkin beers.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2013 01:15:57 | More by chinchill
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Brenden

Ohio

3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Honestly, the appearance on this one is pretty macro; a fizzy head dissipates rapidly and leaves little trace of itself, including very minimal lacing.
The aroma is not especially heavy, and I found the strength to be adequate without being overbearing. First on the nose is ripe, raw pumpkin innards, followed by a tangy aroma of possibly citrus. Spices are very subtle.
The taste is to par, with a bit more of that tartness. If there's an underlying issue, it's the lack of malt and hops character coming through. Malt is more evident but is overshadowed by the flavors of pumpkin, tartness and spices.
The mouthfeel is really quite light and thin, a little weak in body. There's moderate carbonation lending itself to decent crispness and is fairly smooth, but I found the body lacking in general.
This isn't a bad pumpkin beer. Anyone who can't detect pumpkin in this one should get over their cold, put less stock in their palate, or get a fresh bottle. Just saying.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2009 01:04:18 | More by Brenden
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Gmann

New York

3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2008 01:57:42 | More by Gmann
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mynie

Indiana

2.78/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours like tea. Dark orange, minimal carbonation.

Smells like cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice. Aggressively spicy, and pretty generic. It's nice but not really even pumpkiny, just spicy.

Tastes like it smells. Not exactly bland, not exactly boilerplate, but not exactly well-brewed. It's all spice, only those spices are inexpertly measured and there's none of the tangy or mellow pumpkin nodes of other such brews to cut into the aggressive cinnamon and nutmeg nodes.

It's like a pumpkin pie baked by a middle school home ec class. It's edible, since it's pumpkin pie and honestly I'd eat pumpkin pie that had been dropped on the floor. But the seasoning hints towards a complete lack of experience on behalf of the people who baked it, like they just raided the spice cabinet and started pouring things in all willy nilly.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2012 21:56:57 | More by mynie
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Suds

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a much better pumpkin beer than I was expecting. It is an amber orange color with a small but respectable white head. The aroma is sweetish, with a grainy lager background ans a sweep pumpkin pie forenose. Spice, honey, pie, reminiscent cream, and crust. Interesting and enjoyable. The sweetness could get a little overwhelming, but in small volumes, this is great. Smooth and flavorful. I would easily have another.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 19:36:18 | More by Suds
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merlin48

Kentucky

3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2007 14:37:27 | More by merlin48
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tgbljb

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2008 21:44:55 | More by tgbljb
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

3.05/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - orange amber pour, thin light-tan head recedes to a sparse covering and offers no lace.

Aroma - a definite vegetal smell (which is okay), along with the spicy cinnamon and pumpkin pie I would expect and enjoy.

Taste - requisite malt, pumpkin and cinnamon flavors. After the swallow, the carbonation clears that away and leaves behind a distinct lemony flavor. Unusual but not bad. Stays lemony at the finish and between sips, dividing this a bit from the rest of the pumpkin beer pack.

Mouthfeel - the lemon flavor and high carbonation make this beer lighter, a step towards hefeweizen even for some cross-style appeal perhaps.

Drinkability - the taste and medium body are nice, but the lemon wash ultimately has me seeking something else tonight.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2005 19:44:06 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.1/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: minimal head, orange-brown in color, hazy, low carbonation

Smell: big and rich pumpkin spice

Taste: bark, clove, cinnamon, and pumpkin spice

Mouthfeel: sweet with slight bitterness in the background, low carbonation, medium-light bodied

Overall: An average pumpkin beer that smells really good but the taste does not follow up at the same level. Not bad, but nothing out of the ordinary. I will pass in the future.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2012 17:39:33 | More by tigg924
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +16.5%
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...

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2006 21:59:37 | More by Metalmonk
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lakefront- Pumpkin Lager

A- Clear bronze orange with a small filmy head.
S- Light touch of pumpkin spices. Nutmeg, Vanilla, and Caramel malt.
T- Spicy, Nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla, and graham cracker with brown sugar. Slight touch of lemon in the end.
M- Light and malty sweet with a dry bitter spicy finish.

Overall- Light easy drinking. Sessionable and modest.

Serving type: on-tap

10-25-2008 18:21:08 | More by NJpadreFan
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cjgator3

Florida

3.78/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

A- Pours a clear orangish copper color with a very nice off-white head with great retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is pumpkin and spices. Pretty typical for a pumpkin beer. 

T- The taste has some sweet malt up front and has a good dose of spices as well. The finish has some lingering spices and sweetness as well. 

M- The mouthfeel is somewhere between light and medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, this is my first pumpkin beer of 2011 and it was a nice one to start the season out with.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 21:40:52 | More by cjgator3
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homebrew311

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into NB Globe. Appearance is a clear orange with a layer of white head. Some lacing present. Nose pairs familiar pumpkin spices along with a grainy lager base. Cinnamon and all spice come through the most. One significant difference between this and other pumpkin brews is having a lager as a base. This provides a grainy and bready profile instead of a sweet base. The taste features some brown sugar sweetness along with cinnamon. The spice is present but not in your face. The flavor tapers off and has a dry bready finish. Mouthfeel is light with moderate carbonation. Overall, I prefer my pumpkin brews in the form of ale, but this isn't a bad by any measure.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2012 07:02:17 | More by homebrew311
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #58 (November 2011):

LOOK: Clear pale amber

SMELL: Pie spice, cinnamon, pumpkin meat, cookie dough, clean

TASTE: Moderate body, crisp, pale malt, bready, pie spice, vague tartness, pumpkin, dried hay, flour, alcohol, more spice

A very well-spiced Pumpkin Lager. Oh yeah … it's a lager. Easy to drink for what it is. When it comes to spiced beer, it's pretty subjective on whether you want more than one—but we could see having more than one. There is depth, but lightness as well, two worlds that should have met a long time ago perhaps.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2012 03:52:44 | More by BeerAdvocate
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rfgetz

New Jersey

3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Institute as part of their "Pumpkin Patch" event...

Coppery orange in color, minimal head and lacing. Smell is dominant of malts and grain with pumpkin pie spices and sugary fruit. The taste is lead by bready malts, pumpkin pie spices add a nice touch, but there is too much of a candied sugar taste. Medium bodied, decent carbonation. Interesting, but the candied sugar taste distracts from the balance.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2009 13:45:56 | More by rfgetz
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ADR

Pennsylvania

2.48/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Completely clear sub-amber appearance, 1/4 inch head diminishes to large bubbles on the surface in a minute. Laces in very random spots. Not much other than pumpkin pie spice to the aroma, slight sense of white pepper maybe. Low carbonation (too low), mouthfeel is felt-like and a little sub-par. Flavor starts predictably, vegetal in a pronounced cooked celery and carrot sense with cinnamon, sugariness and nutmeg combining in an early statement but giving up to a watery close. Spice attenuates the aftertaste. A little obvious and with no aspects to balance it out. As a pumpkin beer overall, the mouthfeel makes this one less than average for me.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2004 19:31:24 | More by ADR
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nickd717

California

3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle via trade as an extra thanks to boothbeer on BA.

Pours a perfectly clear copper color with a two-finger white head that lasts. Some good lacing as well.

Aroma is nice pumpkin and spices as well as some malty sweetness.

Flavor is surprisingly nice and balanced. Sweet caramel and pale malt, fresh pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice.

Somewhat smooth on the palate with medium body, just a tad watery on the finish.

Drinkability is good. Overall this is a pretty solid pumpkin beer. I was pleasantly surprised.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2010 18:25:56 | More by nickd717
Pumpkin Lager Beer from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
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