Cherry Lager - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
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Reviews by DabblinWiscCraft:
3.48/5 rDev +7.4%
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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3/5 rDev -7.4%
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
4.23/5 rDev +30.6%
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
Cherry Lager from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
75 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.