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Cherry Lager - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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BA SCORE
75
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104 Ratings
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Ratings: 104
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 3.25
pDev: 17.85%


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

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TastyTaste on 03-24-2003)
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Lemke10

Wisconsin

2.81/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This pours a reddish amber color with a slight head and a little fizzy carbonation. The aroma is very grainy without much of a cherry scent. The taste is grainy and slightly sweet but not very heavy in cherry flavor. I’m a little disappointed as I was expecting something much different and better tasting. Do yourself a favor and pick up New Glarus Belgian Red instead.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2014 03:08:25 | More by Lemke10
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a Hoegaarden glass.

Cloudy rusty red-brown with more floaties than I've ever seen in a lager. This one was NOT decanted properly. The head is more like just a ring. 3.5

Toasted grains, light toffee, and a strange fruitiness. Overall, a very subdued aroma. 3.5

Eek! Tinny cherry flavoring overtop a boring amber lager. Not sweet, which is a plus at this point. Very strange fruit flavor with loads of metallic flavors. Slightly tart upfront, but not sour. Soured maybe. Watery taste with some medicinal Band-Aid flavors rearing up. A mediocre-at-best brew. 2.5

Decent body/carb balance. Gulpable, if it weren't for the off-flavors. 4.0

I see what they were trying to do here, and while it was unnecessary, it still flagrantly missed the mark. It doesn't taste terrible, per se, but you can tell they cut corners in all departments. 3.0

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2012 02:54:38 | More by thecheapies
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.23/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.
5.5% ABV, Bottled Apr. Wk4 notched on label.

A - Cherry Lager poured a slightly hazy ruby-hued rust color with an effervescent off-pink head. The foam trickles down to a ring of loose bubbles with no lacing left in it's wake.

S - Freshly picked cherries with an underlying cherry skin tanning aroma overlaps the hefty malt base. Munich and Vienna-like malts impart caramel sweetness and toasted bread to the soft, muted nose. As this beer warms up, it opens up in a big way; honey-drizzled toasted sourdough English muffin with a dash of cinnamon and floral hop attributes are released.

T - A soft blanket of gentle tart Door County cherries is draped over the smooth, well-crafted malt base. Almost like a delicious Oktoberfest in the background, this lager exudes crisp maltiness; great underlying caramel and toast qualities balances the cherries well so this fruit beer isn't whipping cherries at your face. Floral, lightly herbal noble-like hops finish Cherry Lager out with another layer of complexity.

M - Crisp effervescence and a medium body work well with this beer to really allow the lightly dry and acrid tannins of the cherry skins to impart a delicate tartness that marries the sweet malt nicely. Gentle hops add subtle bitterness to further add balance.

O - Sadly, Lakefront's Cherry Lager is very much under-appreciated. Offering layers of subtle complexity, this lager is very well crafted and understated, showcasing both beer AND fruit, not just a bushel of bold cherries. The smooth, deliciously malty lager base beer is quite a treat in and of itself, but the cherries add a very nice smooth fruit flavor with just a squeeze of tartness on the finish.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2012 22:26:42 | More by BeerFMAndy
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CFHMagnet

Ohio

2.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A heavy handed pour nets a finger or beige head. This beer is rose colored. It wants to be amber but its rose colored. Its translucent with some bubbles rising, the head died down in less than a minute to a thick ring and light dusting.

I mostly smell malt and... adjunct lager.

I taste good cherries and not so great beer. Cherries start the show, then there is a weak showing from light hops and weak malt, then cherries show up again.

Light bodied. You get a lot of carbonation off of this beer. A little on the sour end.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 03:05:08 | More by CFHMagnet
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tkepx182

New Jersey

3.18/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This beer has a Reddish/ Orange color and was cloudy when held up to the light

S: Smells of Cherries and hops

T: The Cherries are the most dominate taste in the beer with the barley and hops as background notes.

M: It was a little rough over the tongue, but still held the classic lager feel

O: Although this beer was not my "cup of tea" I did happen to find it very refreshing; Definitely a beer for cherry lovers

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2011 01:17:55 | More by tkepx182
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womencantsail

California

3.4/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks for sharing another excellent beverage, Bobby.

A: The beer pours a slightly cloudy red-orange color with a thin layer of off-white head.

S: I don't get too much of a cherry aroma from this at first. There is a bit of cherry skin to it and a slight fruity sweetness, but as it warms up, the intense cherry comes through. Some yeast and grass, as well.

T: There is some cherry sweetness and a bit of cherry skin. Just a hint of cinnamon on the back end. It's slightly acidic and grassy with a little bit of bread/biscuit malt. Not very much going on with the flavor, to be honest.

M: Light in body with a moderate to high carbonation.

O: I wasn't expecting much from this, and it delivered on that front. But really, not awful (which I was expecting).

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 19:23:04 | More by womencantsail
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DabblinWiscCraft

Wisconsin

3.48/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rosy amber color--similar to a ruby red grapefruit juice--cloudy, with a half inch eggshell head that quickly falls to a scant lace that leaves just a bit of cling. There are slightly sour bread notes and less imposing malt in the nose. If I didn't know any better, I'd say it was a run-of-the-mill lager by the bouquet alone. Bread and quite subtle cherry flavors are at the front. There's a good impression of cinnamon on the palate, as well. More tart cherry flavor than sweet, for sure. Other spices seem to be present--perhaps cardamom. There's more of a wheat cracker note at the close. The feel is a bit heavier than light-bodied. Smooth, quite effervescent, fairly clean-finishing, and somewhat dry at the close.

It's interesting. I just bought a fairly fresh 6 pack of this Cherry Lager, and it doesn't taste nearly as good as it did when I recently sampled it at the Lakefront Brewery tour. The cherry is much more muted than I remember...and less sweet. I can appreciate that this beer--unlike so many fruit beers in this vein--doesn't try to be fruity first: It is first and foremost a lager. And I think it is successful, both as a lager and as a lager brewed with fruit. While it might not knock your socks off, this is a nice change-of-pace brew that doesn't try to do too much or overwhelm with sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2011 08:04:28 | More by DabblinWiscCraft
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jhp40219

Kentucky

4.13/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a regular pint glass.

A - Small white head that dissipates quickly leaving only a white ring around the edges. Color is a hazy amber red. Slight lacing on the glass.

S - Slight malt and cherry smell. Not very strong, but nice.

T - Strong natural cherry taste up front with a nice malty, biscuity taste behind it. Very sweet and tasty! If it didn't say lager on the bottle, I'd swear this was an ale.

M - Light carbonation, full body.

O - Evenly balanced, nice real cherry taste. Very good!

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2011 03:39:24 | More by jhp40219
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.03/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Moderately hazy autumn-orange shows some light amber tints. A flat fizzy head is parchment in color and quick to dissipate. The glass showed a lacing that was thin and sparse while inside revealing a quickly paced effervesce of medium density.

S: Light and insignificant nose, amber grains and light dried cherries chime through with a bit of imagination and clear sinuses.

T: Cherry is the most prominent in the taste along with sweet apple and cereal grains. Candy like sweetness, almost artificial, with a bit of cherry cough medicine. Not sure who I feel overall in regards to flavor, sweet and artificial with a wine cooler like mentality. The hopping is held to a minimum, with a clean sense providing spontaneous instances of recognition.

M: fizzy, medium based with a syrupy consistency. Mundane best sums things up here.

O: Overall if you are a fan of fruity and sweet beers that resemble more of a wine cooler flavor then beer, then this might be for you. The sweetness of this and cough medicine like alcohol will no doubt be held in check for repeats. Pass.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2011 22:56:10 | More by beerthulhu
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BeerLover99

Illinois

3.23/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: cloudy brown/crimson body, finger head, no lacing

S: cherry, malt, hint of bread

T: fresh cherries, bready malt, dry/crisp light finish

M: light body, mild prick on tongue, big carbonation, dry mouth

O: Step above most fruit beers, but nothing great.
Probably fine for newbie or women who
love wine coolers. Usually only love cherry pie,
but this was not bad at all. Decent for
a warm day in the Great Lakes.

OK, NOT A MUST HAVE!

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2011 19:01:32 | More by BeerLover99
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pzrhsau

District of Columbia

3.8/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice golden autumn orange. It has a nice tangerine hue. It has a nice off-white colored head that is really huge and sticks to the glass.
S: It has a nice honey cherry juice aroma. Malty but not overly sweet.
T: Nice sweet cherry flavor. Not too thick but has a nice real cherry flavor that gives it some fruitiness. The beer has a slight maltiness and doesn't overdo the fruit.
D/O: Good drinkable cherry beer for the summer time. Very balanced natural flavor. This beer doesnt come off as a hard candy. More of a nice deviation from traditional summer ales.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2011 01:37:49 | More by pzrhsau
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pours out as a cloudy pinkish gold color. The head is big at first then shrinks down to a white ring around the glass. The smell of the beer definitely has cherry in there. It smell sweet kind of refreshing for a hot day. The taste had a very slight tart cherry flavor but mostly a sweet sugary cherry flavor. The mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied. This wasn't that bad, I'd drink it again for sure if the season was right.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2011 04:18:42 | More by Knapp85
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PurpleCloud

Wisconsin

3.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: Translucent red with a slowly fading white head.

S: Heavy on cherries, low on hops and barley.

T: Fairly sweet with a hint of funk at the end. It's pretty low on the actual beer flavor though.

M: Surprisingly smooth with low carbonation.

D: Too sweet for more than one or two.

Overall: Cherry Lager's not a bad beer, but it is a bit too sweet. I liked the color and overall appearance, but the taste was really only average and needed more hops.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2010 02:48:02 | More by PurpleCloud
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beerwolf77

Wisconsin

3.4/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my pint glass the beer is a dark pink red with about a finger of light pink head. the head dissipates instantly leaving no lace. This could be cherry soda if I didn't know any better.

The aroma is light cherries with a considerable amount of malt. A slight dusty aroma seems to be rather dominant. A touch medicinal.

The flavor is pretty much tart cherries with a hint of malt. There's a slight sweetness in the cherries as it finishes. This reminds me of some of cheaper cherry wines I've had while in Door County.

Medium to light body. Lots of carbonation makes this really feel like a wine cooler.

Overall a pleasant little lager. Maybe a tad gimmicky but easy drinking for sure. I'm glad I got a single of this. I think one is enough for me.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2010 23:06:43 | More by beerwolf77
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Granted this bottle is well over a year old but it's the only one I could find.

A - Glorious ruby red in color with minimal head due to age but had to give it a four since yeast was present.
S - Faint Tart cherry remnants along with a faint wheat backbone.
T - I was not in love with this but it was really good. Not as tart as expected cherry flavor with dominant wheat backbone that some would consider I perfect fruit beer.
M - Very light and refreshing for the ABV. Awesome.
D - Well if I could find a sixer fresh it would be in my hands so hopefully this beer will hit my coast more with an accurate date.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2010 18:44:38 | More by DrDemento456
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Dodo2step

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

P- Pittsburgh Bottle Cafe

A- Ruby red color with yeast particles suspended throughout. no lacing and no head at all.

S- faint cherry malts and and bready yeast.

T- a nice tart cherry flavor for a lager. I am actually impressed with the flavor.

M- bubbly cherry 7 up feeling. Tartiness and carbonated. Not like a lager

D- Pretty easy session beer. A nice beer to relax with after i goot done in yard.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2010 01:02:40 | More by Dodo2step
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Tone

Missouri

3.1/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, amber color. There is suspended sediment apparent. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Slight retention and poor lacing. Smells of slight earthy cherries, slight sweet malt, almost soap-like smell, and a hint of yeast. Fits the style of a Fruit / Vegetable Beer. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. There is also a tartness and slight wateriness to this mouth feel. Tastes of slight tart malt, earthy cherries, slight sweet malt, and slight yeast. Overall, not a very good blend and an odd aftertaste are the dominate features.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2010 03:50:47 | More by Tone
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz single with a brewed on date of 2wkMay, I am assuming of 2009. Pours a mostly clear, brick red color with a voluminous strawberry cream colored head. The large-bubbled foam fades fairly quick and leaves some spotty lacing on the glass. Don't think I have ever seen a beer, or it's foam, that is this color before.

The nose is sulfurous and cherry-filled. Pretty natural aroma of tart cherries and it does not smell overly sweet.

The taste is quite tart and even a little strange in the mouth. It reminds me just a bit of orange juice after brushing the teeth. Cherries do come through in full force in this beer, there really is not much of a malt presence...maybe just a bit of light graininess. Pretty refreshing, and I could see this being a nice summertime thirst quencher. The beer is growing on me some as I near the end of the glass and realized it disappeared pretty fast. Lakefront has a pretty unique beer on their hands here, I do believe I would drink this again. Freshly brewed on tap it might be pretty tasty.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2009 19:24:14 | More by twiggamortis420
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KI9A

Illinois

3.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Ruby, amber red. Some head, nice lace.

S: Tart cherries, roasted corn.

T: Where to start? Was expecting a cherry bomb. Not there. Not close. Like a muted sour ale. Sweet corn adjunct flavor, not offensive at all, but, there. Some malt backbone.

M: Light, wierdly refreshing.

D: High drinkability due to muted cherry taste. I guess I expected a New Glarus Belgian Red type of beer, seeing as they use Door County cherries. This isn't even NEAR the same level as the NG beer. But, I can drink a couple of these with no problem, where the NG is a sipper. Gang, this isn't a bad beer at all, but, not what I expected.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2009 02:14:03 | More by KI9A
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sweemzander

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Bottled week 2 of March 2009. Thanks to BeerFMAndy for the opportunity to try this one!

(A)- Pours a cloudy reddish color that produces a good off-white head that quickly dissipated to light bubbles.

(S)- Lots of sweet yet tart cherries amidst a malty corn aroma.

(T)- Sweet, yet tart, almost sour cherries amidst a corn husk and I think honeyed malts.

(M)- Great carbonation level with a flurry of different sweet & sour textures to it. Interesting stuff. Good balance.

(D)- A fine beer that becomes much more interesting with the addition of Wisconsin cherries. Balanced, with both sweet and sour fruit flavors. A bit straightforward and basic, but nothing wrong with that at all. A solid fruit beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2009 23:31:27 | More by sweemzander
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JEdmund

Kansas

4.03/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance
Purple-tinged amber; fluffy pink head that sits comfortably for a long time

Smell
Berries, minerals, a bit sulfur

Taste & Mouthfeel
Good cherry flavor throughout, though not cloying; nice bitterness in the finish to cut back the sweets; light bodied, but it has a good, high level of carbonation.

Overall
Pretty tasty though not on par with a true Belgian kriek.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2009 01:36:28 | More by JEdmund
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nightcrawler

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not much I can say about this beer. It smells good and I know the Lakefront brewers work on a good smell (learned that on a tour). But the cherry taste is pretty much lost and just gives the beer a sour/citrus finish. But even with the sour taste, it could really have had a cleaner finish. Great lawnmower beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2009 15:13:44 | More by nightcrawler
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henryrt

Wisconsin

1.27/5  rDev -60.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I have never written a review on this site before, but this beer really incited some powerful negative emotions within me. It pains me to write such a scathing review of a beer by a brewery that generally puts out great products.
A friend of mine brought a pony keg of this over to my house the other day and I was pumped to get some free beer. My elation was squelched immediately after tapping. The color was great, but I gave it a whiff and couldn't discern whether I was smelling a beer or a cherry flavored plastic cup. I had one sip and asked "my god, what have I done?" It doesn't taste like cherries, it doesn't taste like beer, it just tastes awful. I did a little prodding around town, and it seems the few bars that stock it can't even GIVE it away it sucks so bad.
beware, this was honestly one of the worst beers I've ever had.

Serving type: on-tap

06-10-2009 03:43:55 | More by henryrt
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well I've spent enough time in Wisconsin airports to have become more than familiar with the regular line-up of Lakefront beers, but I've never seen this one. Bummer! It's pretty darned good!

It appears as you might expect, with a bit of a pinkish and/or crimson cast to it. It's clear though, which is nice. And it has a pinkish head to it. The head is short, and it's limited, but it does hold for a short period, and it leaves a few splatters and spots of lace about the glass.

The nose is fruity, but in more of a fruit pulp or generic fruit juice kind of way. It doesn't scream cherry, at all. There is a hint of tartness to it though.

The flavor is more revealing though, and it really is quite like a very lightly sweet, semi-tart cherry. Lightly juicy. Refreshing. And nothing more. There's no real malt, there's no real hop. Just juice.

It's very drinkable, and not really much like a beer at all. I guess more importantly, it tastes natural. There's no extract flavor to it, and it doesn't have fruit flavors competing with maltiness or dull, low-level hoppiness. Very nicely done!

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2009 00:12:42 | More by NeroFiddled
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Rennpferd

Wisconsin

4.18/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

It poured very flat. It was clear with a red and pink hue. There was a momentary lite lacing on the head.

It had a slightly tart cherry scent. It was very mild.

It was lite with a smooth cherry flavor. The body was very lite but not quite watery. It had a nice clean finish.

It was a very drinkable beer.

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2009 00:51:27 | More by Rennpferd
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Cherry Lager from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
75 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.