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My Turn Series: Luther | Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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My Turn Series: LutherMy Turn Series: Luther

Brewed by:
Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
Wisconsin, United States | website

Style: Rauchbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerFMAndy on 09-11-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 50
Photo of Wasatch
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz. Bomber

Pours a slightly cloudy dark golden yellow color, nice carbonation, with a very nice small thick/creamy off-white head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with some smokyness. The taste is malty, slightly smoky. Medium body, with a nice bitter finish. Overall, a pretty tasty brew.

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Photo of chicksdiggit
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured center from bomber into a snifter. Enjoyed 8/13/2015, batch #003.

L: pale copper color with a finger of clean white head of moderate to large sized bubbles. Several streams of quickly rising carbonation spread across the entire glass. Thin lacing but still sticky. Moderate retention.

S: green vegetal hop aroma but not over the top. Buttered biscuit after the initial bite.

T: wow, smoked bacon right up front is a big change from the aroma. Sweet bacon remains on the palate well after drinking with some ham.

F: sweet on the palate. Smoky but I really like it. I get a little bit of the booze even at 4.5%. Still easy to drink.

O: I love rauchbiers and this is a great beer. Love that the malt overcomes the hop aroma I was expecting to be present in the flavor. Wonderful beer.

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Photo of Murrhey
3.29/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bomber with a standard pressure-cap into a pint glass in high elevation Kalispell, Mont. Reviewed live.

A- One-finger head, quickly erodes. Maybe I waited too long to drink this. Golden color with high clarity.

S- Smokey lager smell. Bacon, maple syrup. Not an incredibly complex brew, but not bad.

T- Smokey, light. Not much flavor.

M- Light, bubbly.

O- Light, light, light. Meh. Not a fan of this one, but I have sat on it for several months. Probably my fault.

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Photo of brentk56
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a cloudy goldenstraw capped by a huge, fluffy head; no lacing left behind as the head descended, however

Smell: Bready, with hints of lemon and smoke

Taste: Tastes like it smells on the front end, though after the swallow, the smoke becomes more pronounced; an interesting lemon cream flavor lingers on the back end

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: The smoke was surprisingly subtle; clearly the focus here was on drinkability

Thanks, jonallen, for the opportunity

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased from Ledgers Liquors in Berkeley, CA. No freshness date on the label itself, but the Ledger's sticker notes delivery was taken 4-13.

Pours a pleasantly hazed, but bright golden yellow colour. Head forms a fizzling, rather unpersistent crown of white, that eventually burns out to almost nothing. Carbonation is fine, and there's some weight to the body, despite its relatively low ABV. Looks decent enough: the lack of head is slightly disappointing.

Nose is extremely pleasant. It's a subtle use of rauchmalz here, providing a slightly sweet smokiness to an otherwise solid basis of crisp German malt. There's a good lager basis to the beer: slightly grainy, crisp, light and slightly fragrant, and it's set off nicely by the Bamburg beechwood smoke. It provides a little campfire wood, some sweet, bacon notes and an earthy wholesomeness. Lovely stuff.

The taste is a lot more subtle, especially from the smokiness side, but it's much like the Schlenkerla Helles Lager in this regard, which is not heavily smoked. Indeed, this has more smoke aroma on the nose than it did. On the palate, this is light, slightly crisp, but slightly fuller bodied than it needs to be. Weak malt provides the basis, while a slight medicinal character provides a dull counterpoint over the top. Some smoke comes from the aroma, and the finish is a little empty, but not particularly crisp.

Overall, this is nice stuff. I like the dose of smoke on the nose: it provides a pleasant quirk to an otherwise solid beer, and does so in a meaningful and well-integrated manner. It ends up being clean, light and easy to drink, and despite some little kinks, it ends up being a pretty compelling package.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours goldenrod with a light white head, fair retention, no lace.

S: Notes of smoke and pils-style malt.

T: Bready malt and smoke with a hint of hops on the back end. Nice flavour, but nothing too substantial like Schlenkerla.

M: Light-bodied, crisp carbonation, light aftertaste of smoke and hops.

O: A good intro into rauchbiers, but it's hard not to compare this to Schlenkerla, and it's found lacking. I enjoy this beer, it's just that I've had so much better in the style.

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Photo of Nordura
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This was a real eye opener. One of the most interesting beers I have had this year. Smoke, toast, clean, crisp, brilliant. Refreshing with an absolute perfect balance. Did I mention smoke? I have had many smoked beers styles, but non compliment like this one. I love this style.

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Photo of Sark
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber

Appearance- rough pour yields huge luscious head of eggwhite color, lacing down the glass, light gold-orange with plenty of carbonation

Smell- unavoidable, crisp pleasant aromas of bread and grassy hops

Taste- light malts fading fast, woody, earthy grains on the middle palate when held on the tongue, super fast finish

Mouthfeel- light-medium bodied with a wonderful crisp yet smooth finish, great carbonation

Overall- Really nice take on the Rauchbier style, would be a great pairing with some spicy foods

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, smoked malt, and slight campfire aromas. Taste is much the same with a subdued smoke flavor on the finish. There is a very mild amount of smoke bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is super easy to drink but it's a pretty mild take on the style in my opinion.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.17/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

1721st Review on BA
Bottle to Woodshop Snifter

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.

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Photo of PurpleCloud
3.89/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of johnkale
4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
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

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Photo of steveh
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of 1Nrwyscotch
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle in a pint glass

A. nice corn yellow color with a two finger head that is almost white.

S. A smoked malt smell followed by spicy sausage

T. It is smoky and some what sweet and finishes with some smoky malt at the end.

M. It has a medium body with low carbonation

O. This if my first review of a Rauchbier and I will try more as this beer is light crisp and has this smoky malt character, lots going on but really good.

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Photo of corby112
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy, pale golden orange color with a one finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind.

Lightly smoked malt aroma that has enough of a rauch/smoked beer character without overpowering the lager elements. Some campfire/charcoal along with barbecued meat and ash followed by grassy, floral hops, straw and light fruit notes. Smokey but has decent balance.

Medium bodied with a flavor profile that's very similar to the aroma. There's a tasty delicate smoked malt profile that provides great flavor without overpowering everything else. I'm a huge smoke head but for this style it's nice to have some balance. Plenty of smoke, charcoal and bacon like flavor but it's countered by paler non-smoked malt notes, grassy hops, bready yeast and light fruit sweetness. Hints of apple and pear on the back end before a slightly dry finish. Very flavorful while re sing well balanced and easy to drink.

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Photo of bound4er
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Medium straw appearance with a two finger white head that recedes quickly.

S. Cured meat such as ham and german-style sausage is predominant with yeasty bread underneath. Nice but on the lighter side of things.

T. I was expecting the cured meat to not carry through onto the palate but it does very nicely. Ham and kielbasa followed by lager components poking through such as cracker and bread malt. Interesting beer to be sure.

M. Lighter bodied with low carbonation.

O. My first Rauchbier so it is hard to judge this against any of its peers. I enjoyed it but am not dying to revisit. Unique, well made and worth a try.

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Photo of Yojimbo1941
4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of Jason
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

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Photo of TheSSG
4.74/5  rDev +20.6%
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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Photo of TMoney2591
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
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...).

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Photo of knepper
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

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My Turn Series: Luther from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
87 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.