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My Turn Series: Luther - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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My Turn Series: LutherMy Turn Series: Luther

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BA SCORE
86
very good

46 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 15.67%
Wants: 5
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lakefront Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Rauchbier |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerFMAndy on 09-11-2012)
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Reviews by steveh:
Photo of steveh
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stumbled on this one by pure accident -- nice to see something new from an old favorite.

Odd marking on the 22 ounce bomber, but bottled during the 4th week of August (assuming this year).

A -- Clear, deep gold with a very dense, off-white head.

S -- Lightly phenolic, light smoky character. Some mild DMS and light fruitiness with warmth.

T -- Big smoke character up front. Lightly phenolic, but not at all distracting. Fades to the lightest bready character with a touch of hop spiciness in the finish. Phenols linger into the aftertaste.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft and smooth and the body is amazingly light.

O -- This is a surprising beer in that it holds a nice smoky character without being overbearing. Difficult to get that balance and still be enjoyable. But make no mistake, this is a Rauchbier -- it has that character, and if you don't like smoked beers, do not try this. On the other hand, if you do like Rauchbier, this is a great take on the style.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Jason
4.48/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

LOOK: Very bubbly clear golden hue, great head retention

SMELL: Smoke, bready, faint ash, clean

TASTE: Smooth, clean, crisp, moderate sized body, very bready, ample smokiness, herbal hop, balanced bitterness, earthy, faint honey, hint of apple, grassy, drying smoky finish

Pretty damn spectacular, i'd much prefer this to be served in liter mugs but the bomber sufficed. Certainly a rival to its counterparts from Bamberg.

Photo of MitchellBeir
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of eliz108
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of Thurgoft
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of beersdmf17
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a Lakefront imperial pint.
4.5% ABV, #003, 20 IBUs, 13°P, 5°L, Bottled During: Aug WK 4 (quite a bit off from the label's space)

A - Luther shimmers with golden clarity and little carbonation activity meaning the billowing white head which tops the beer wont last for long. As it drops to a thin skim, wispy lacing is left clutching the glass.

S - The already delicate nature of a German Helles lager allows for it's more subtle nuances to be easily overtaken by a powerful aroma such as smoke. Luther clearly takes this into consideration with his Helles Rauchbier, though, carefully keeping the smoked malt addition low as to allow the subtle nuances to emerge. Grainy pale and mildly sweet pilsner malt provide the base with notes of toast coming through. Soft German hops impart complimentary spice but, the obvious showcase is the gentle campfire and bacon aroma of the smoked malt. Very approachable!

T - Luther is full of surprises! The smoke is even more toned down that the aroma would lead one to believe. Smooth and sweet, this malty brew balances grainy pale and sweet pilsner malts with a touch of toasty Vienna to compliment the smoked malt along the finish. Forget about tasting any of the hops in the flavor; those bad boys are just in it for the balance.

M - Incredibly smooth, this medium-bodied lager is almost a little slick; I wish there was just a bit more carbonation in Luther to keep it feeling crisp and tone down the lingering sweetness. That's not to say it's not balanced though; the smoke does a good job of drying the finish out, tugging you back for another sip.

O - Lakefront's My Turn Series keeps on rolling with Luther, a fantastic Helles Rauchbier Lager! Smooth and drinkable, this lightly smoked beer is the perfect introduction to a smoke beer or a toned-done version for the seasoned Rauchbier veteran looking for an easy drinking alternative without giving up the campfire and bacon notes. This beer is a perfect blend of two styles, one light, crisp and refreshing, and one almost appalling in bold smokiness.

Photo of Hawkharvs
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Treb0R
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Loogs
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Yojimbo1941
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy golden yellow with heavy orange and auburn accents. Head seems a little lacking.

S - Hoppy malt, slight amount of cereal. Maybe my nose is plugged up because I'm not getting nearly the mount of aroma I thought I would. Very, very slight smoke aroma. It must be my malfunctioning olfactory senses.

T - Nice, sort of Bohemian pilsner flavor with a bit of smoke that creeps up. For a Rauchbier it's very clean and refreshing. On the back end the smoked Beechwood flavor builds up a bit. I'm also getting a little bit of tangerine.

M - Light-medium body, the carbonation is just enough to provide a little bit of boost to the mouthfeel but it's pretty light. I'm wondering if I got a partially-flat bottle. Still, this goes down fairly easily.

O - I think I got a bottle that wasn't quite where it needed to be. However, even with the carbonation issue (assuming there is one) this is still a nice, drinkable, oddly refreshing Rauchbier. I'll buy it again to see if the carbonation is the same.

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of atone315
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of PurpleCloud
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear, light, and golden, with a white persistent head. Nothing too remarkable about the look of it.

S: A slight barley scent and some smoke, but not a lot. Nothing close to overpowering but very well blended and pleasant.

T: A great smoky barley taste that comes out more in the aftertaste than it does on the first sip. Like the smell, it's blended extremely well with only a slight hint of hops. The smoke could be bolder.

M: Very smooth, good carbonation. Wouldn't say there's anything that takes away from mouthfeel but nothing that really adds to it either.

O: Luther's a great beer and one that's certainly worth trying. The barley aftertaste is great and more akin to a darker beer. The smokey taste however is slightly underwhelming. Despite this, the beer is very well-blended making it difficult to pick out individual tastes. Give it a shot, it's well above your average beer and definitely a pleasure to drink.

Photo of Dave2234
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Beeradelphia
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Brings me back to the days of recovering from a Luther overdose across the street in Meadowlark Lemon Park... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear golden straw topped by a bit over a finger of lightly cream-white foam. The nose comprises mild beech smoke, light banana, sweet flowers, and wheat. Though starting off strong enough (I suppose...), the smoke ducks behind everything else when it notices it's being watched. The taste accentuates the smoke, bringing it not only forward, but also giving it dominance for most of the tasting experience. It does fade, though, and in its wake flow some dry wheat, some mild grass, and a touch of biscuit. Nice. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a tasty, decently-balanced rauchbier, one that doesn't overdo the smoke, but also doesn't leave me crying for more of it (though I will say that I could stand a touch more...but, then again, I always think that...).

Photo of johnkale
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into my New Glarus pilsener

A - dark straw in color with beautiful clarity, three fingers of tight, white head dissipate fairly quickly

S - campfire, sweet grains, grass clippings

T - flavor is slightly sweet malt, some citrus and herbal hop notes, and a nice (not overpowering) smokiness in the very dry finish. the smoke flavor is most reminiscent of burning pine if I were to try to place it

M - prickly carbonation, fairly light body

O - wow, smokey and refreshing at the same time, beautiful balance, and it plays nicely with the fatty meats I enjoy to eat with my beer so much, by far my favorite of the My Turn series that I've tried

Photo of FosterJM
3.15/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

1721st Review on BA
Bottle to Woodshop Snifter
22oz

Shared with Eric at Herbies Birthday bash

App- Out of the bottle this was more akin to a darker larger. This was a golden yellow with some deeper golds. The head that came was a nice and fluffy 1/2"-1" off white. The whiteness struck me as well. A little bit of cling.

Smell- Normally I dont like Rauchbiers or Lagers. I was a bit off put by this one at 1st, the more I think about it the more I realize they did a nice job of integration with lager notes and yeast and a bit of smoke. Not for me, but wasnt the worst smoke beer ever.

Taste- As I just eluded that I am not a fan of lagers and smoke beers. I think this was just about average with a good bit of smoke and butter but sadly not as balanced and layered as it needed to be with that the malts and lager yeast.

Mouth- The mouth on this was just above average. The medium body was just a bit too thick and the carbonation was just a bit to thick again. Residual malts and butters.

Drink- I have said that rauchbiers dont need to be made. I believe that the smoke on most beers shouldnt be there. This was just a step up from average but I feel I am just being nice.

Photo of ajzy
1.25/5  rDev -67.4%

Photo of nuclearmeg
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of knepper
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Look: Pours a light gold, clear, with a quickly dissipating head. Looks well carbonated and a spritzy.

Smell: Yum. Lightly toasted grains amid a nice cloud of smoke. Its like smelling a well made pilsner while sitting in front of a campfire. A continental malt aroma jumps out and sets the tone here.

Taste: I was a little uncertain of how a 4.5% beer would hold up to smoked malt additions but everything here is well within balance. The pilsner and vienna malts mingle nicely with the smoke, neither one jumping out to take front and center. The beer finishes clean and dry thanks to the lower gravity and high carbonation level. Highly drinkable. One of the better smoked beers I've had.

Photo of garymuchow
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A nice smoked lager. The smoke isn't heavy or burdensome but light and in no way covers up the lager that forms the base. There are even some nice touches of sweetness that dance around the palate at times.
Lager in appears with a light straw color and rather white head.
Lighter body and some increased carbonation are consistent with the rest of the drink.
Soft smoke aroma, but it is clear right away that it is a smoke beer.

Photo of Zachtheporter
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of TheSSG
4.75/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice, light, foamy head that doesn't last too long.

A nice smoke in the nose, with a touch of grassy hops.

Lovely straw color.

WOW! Starts with an intense smokiness and a touch of hop bitterness behind it. Then, ALL OF A SUDDEN, there is a SUBLIME, PERFECT smoked biscuit malt in the middle. Finish is just more of that.

This is absolutely fantastic; the best US-made Rauchbier I've ever had. A Lakefront lager REALLY lets the smoke shine through. Just stunning.

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My Turn Series: Luther from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.