Dismiss Notice
Subscribe to BeerAdvocate magazine and get 12 issues / year of fresh beer content delivered to your door each month.

Already subscribe? to manage your subscription.

Pumpkin Lager Beer - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

Not Rated.
Pumpkin Lager BeerPumpkin Lager Beer

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
78
okay

245 Reviews
THE BROS
80
good

(Read More)
Reviews: 245
Hads: 596
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 15.54%
Wants: 11
Gots: 64 | 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 added by: maxpower on 10-03-2002

Beer Brewed with Pumpkin and Spices
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Pumpkin Lager Beer Alström Bros
Reviews: 245 | Hads: 596
Photo of Brenden
3.39/5  rDev -0.6%
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. (972 characters)

Photo of Dogbrick
3.04/5  rDev -10.9%
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. (511 characters)

Photo of drpimento
2.9/5  rDev -15%
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. (479 characters)

Photo of tigg924
3.14/5  rDev -7.9%
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. (431 characters)

Photo of mynie
2.8/5  rDev -17.9%
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. (828 characters)

Photo of cbutova
2.96/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear orange-amber with a one finger head that dies down very fast leaving nothing behind, no blanket and no lacing at all, looks like a glass of juice after a few minutes. Smells of pumpkins, fruits and malts, maybe some nutmeg too. I get a hint of funk/kriek for some reason too. Tastes of pumpkin, malts, nutmeg, some strange citrus/fruit taste that makes the beer taste more artificial, some sweetness too. Mouthfeel is a bit light with a pretty large carbonation bite and no alcohol warming. Drinkability is alright, not the best taste, not a bad price, the taste seems to die down after a bit and go to very sweet pumpkin taste, probably wont get this one again. (676 characters)

Photo of jmdrpi
3.15/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a bright golden slightly amber color. thin white head. smells like cinnamon and clove, nutmeg.

tastes more like a mellow lager with spices added. nutmeg aftertaste.

moderate carbonation and medium body. alright, if average brew to fill your spiced autumn brew needs. (268 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (578 characters)

Photo of cokes
1.57/5  rDev -54%
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. (682 characters)

Photo of Gmann
3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (509 characters)

Photo of Suds
3.97/5  rDev +16.4%
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. (424 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
2.8/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle from the 2013 seasonal release. Poured into a Founders snifter today, 10/2/2013.

Pours a clear amber hue, perhaps more of a copper hue in the right lighting. Not much of a head, which is white and disappears into almost nothing immediately. No lacing either.

Lots of spices (especially nutmeg) in the nose and not much else.. maybe a little bit of pumpkin filling. No yeast or malt sweetness anywhere.

Tastes similar to the nose, still there is a decent caramel sweetness that underlies the pumpkin and nutmeg. A little bit of that different spice flavour that I recognize from most other lagers, which I assume is the lager yeast's contribution.

Typical lager mouthfeel, a bit thin but that's about right. I think this beer is undercarbonated though.. A bit sticky and dry. Nothing special. Kind of refreshing, but at the same time the spice flavour profile kind of makes this a hard one to finish for me.

This is a fairly decent pumpkin beer, no more no less. I wouldn't buy this again. (1,007 characters)

Photo of jsh420
2.88/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

pours hazy orange with a 1/2 finger head that left no lacing

smells more like xmas (allspice) very little pumpkin

taste - this beer is more anchor xmas ale than most pumpkin brews - the aftertaste is the only time the pumpkin shows up

mouthfeel is light with no carbonation

drinkability is not good since there are plenty of other good/great pumpkin beers (359 characters)

Photo of merlin48
3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
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. (416 characters)

Photo of tgbljb
3.67/5  rDev +7.6%
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. (337 characters)

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.07/5  rDev -10%
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. (772 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (671 characters)

Photo of Metalmonk
4.02/5  rDev +17.9%
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... (1,180 characters)

Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.57/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Look: Orange in color and completely see through the beer had a 1/4 inch head and no retention or lace

Smell: Pumpkin upfront surrounded by cinnamon and all spice

Taste: Very light on flavor with the flavors being the same as the nose pumpkin cinnamon and all spice

Mouthfeel: Light body with medium carbonation

Overall: Not bad for a $1.49 however it does lack flavor (372 characters)

Photo of buschbeer
3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a conical pint glass

A - This beer has a burnt orange body with amber highlights. It was topped with an inch of beige head that quickly disappeared.

S - The smell has the usual suspects, pumpkin spice, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

T - It tastes of pumpkin spice, and that is about it.

M - Thin

O - This is a decent pumpkin beer. The mouthfeel is watered down though. (395 characters)

Photo of Chaney
3.87/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I got this as an extra from BeerFMAndy as part of an amazing Wisconsin monster box trade.

Poured into a Dogfish Head chalice:

A: Pours a fairly clear, yet mildly peppery orange color with about a 1/2 inch head which keeps a fairly decent retention throughout.

S: All the standard pumpkin spices are present: cinnamon, nutmeg, all spice, cloves, and a healthy presence from the gourd itself.

T: Did I mention cinnamon? Yep....that spice takes center stage here and since that is my favorite spice, I'm kinda digging this. The body is a bit on the medium-thin side, but the brew is not too sweet or syrupy and full of pumpkin goodness!

M: No stickiness hanging on for dear life and carbonation level is spot on.

D: While this one doesn't stand out in the vast sea of pumpkin ales on the market, the Lakefront Pumpkin is underappreciated compared to the previous reviews on BA IMO. (885 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
3.59/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This pumpkin had a weaker body and a carrot coloring with a limited head and no lacing.

The scent was weak but nice. Pumpkin spices with a touch of maltiness I yearned for a stronger depth but enjoyed what I found.

Again, the flavors are weak but I enjoyed what I found. The taste and feel are crisp with a profound pumpkin spice dominance. I catch clove, pepper and black licorice with nutmeg and earthy gourd.

I believe that ales are always more flavorful than lagers and the only mistake that Lakefront made here was to introduce this as a lager. I find real flavor and appeal it's just too weak. (602 characters)

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.47/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (362 characters)

Photo of Beaver13
3.24/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, bottled wk1 of August. Pours hazy golden copper with a fizzy white head that quickly diminishes to a thin collar that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is spices - cinnamon, nutmeg and other pumpkin pie spices.

The flavor is a bit off. Spices are present, but there is a sweet vegetal malt and some earthy bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, I really liked the smell of the beer - the flavor, not so much. (474 characters)

Photo of Redrover
3.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz brown longneck that indicates date of bottling.

Beer pours a nice orangish brown with a ½ inch tan head. Hardly a trace of lace.

Beer smells like a pumpkin pie, lots of spice notes (nutmeg, all spice and cinnamon). Some malt lingers in the background.

The taste can not live up to the hype (the smell in this case). Spice is slightly faded, but present. Some sweetness that could come from the pumpkin or the malt.

Funny, the carbonation seems right for style, but the mouthfeel is kind of thin. Perhaps this is due to the fact that it is a lager and not an ale.

I enjoy this beer, but there are better pumpkin beers out there (654 characters)

Pumpkin Lager Beer from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
78 out of 100 based on 245 ratings.