Cherry Lager - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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Ratings: 161
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 16.57%
Wants: 2
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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Lakefront Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: TastyTaste on 03-24-2003

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.34/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Light pumpkin orange with a minute white head and small but steady and lasting carbonation. Aroma is spicy, reminiscent of pumpkin beer. I smell nutmeg, cinnamon, cardamom, all spice, and more. Cherry notes are light and fairly real. It’s not candy. There is some tartness and genuine fermented fruit in the nose but it is light. German malts are also present. Taste is surprising. The cherry flavor is subtle and really only found in the background. This beer is primarily a lager, sweet and malt driven, a tad under hopped, but not repulsive. I think Lakefront has done a good thing here. Too often the temptation with fruit beers is to make them overwhelming or candy like. In this case Lakefront has held back and the results are decent, if not good. Mouthfeel is light and creamy. Finish is wet and sweet. Drinkability is not too bad, especially considering that this is a fruit beer.

Photo of StoutHearted
4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think this beer got a bad rep on the BA reviews. It actually surprised me; I was expecting cherry juice and got a nice, hearty ale. The taste of barley is strong with a hint of cherries.The aroma presents a stronger presence of cherry, with the promise of something sweet and sour. The color is a rosy brown with a light, foamy head, no pink anywhere to be found.
All in all, a great beer, light mouthfeel, good for everyday drinking.

Photo of merlin48
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy coral pink body with a one finger offpink head that leaves some scanty lacing. Aroma of toasted grain and tart cherries. Light medium body with moderate carbonation. Taste is toasted grains and tart cherries. Not much else noted, but to its credit the cherry taste is not sweet or artificial. A decent summer quaffer.

Photo of tigg924
3.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: pinkish brown, medium head, medium carbonation

Smell: some cherry, wheat, malt, and currants

Taste: wheat, cherries, and some banana..almost like drinking a yoplait cherry banana yogurt

Mouthfeel: smooth, slightly crisp, sweetness on the aftertaste

Drinkability: Not a bad beer, but nothing great either...Kinda the beer equivalent of a flavored yogurt..I could have two or three, but could just as easily pop a Leinenkugel and be as happy

Photo of ADR
3.02/5  rDev -9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly reddish bronze, very clear appearance. The head struggles, then falls flat, clinging as a collar with incomplete sparse lace. Aroma is malty, free of artificial cherry or any real cherry, a little bit of walnut. Subtle cherry flavor to start, bigger at the finish with a note of astringency. Honeyish malt lingers side-by-side, hard to detect and hopping at all. The mouthfeel is a little sub par, flattish. The noticeable fruit is not aggrevating, OK in presentation, but I can't give this one much better than occassionaly quaffable if in the mood.

Photo of chinchill
3.7/5  rDev +11.4%

12 oz bottle. (April 2014 bottling?)
The hazy reddish-amber body is covered by a small weak head. Aroma of canned cherries and biscuit. The flavor is similar and rather reminiscent of cherry pie, although way less sweet: this lager has a nice mix of sweet, tart and faint bitter aspects.

Photo of cokes
2.18/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Golden-orange with pink highlights. Loud, fizzy head runs away quickly.
Tart cherry nose with lots of empty spaces. A little bready, perhaps, below that.
Begins with a light bready malt, with pinpricks of cherry sourness. Somewhat musty tasting. The sourness is really all that is going on here, and it is very, very minor. I am searching and searching, but I can't find anything else here.
Watery and dilute.

A horseshit lager with a subtle cherry boost is still a horseshit lager.
No thanks.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev +16%
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!

Photo of chiapete
3.92/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a pink , red color , a slight copper tint on the edges.
A tight , short , thick head that has a pink hue to it. Head seems to hang around a long time.
a lot of carbonation .

A sweet , fruit aroma arises right away after pour , You can tell this is a cherry lager . Cherry hits the nose right away and lasts for the duration of the drink.

Taste is what you would expect after the smell. Lots of sweet cherry . Some bitterness in the background but not a whole lot.
Very easy to put a few of theses down the hatch.

A good beer for a fruit lager.

Photo of benmiliron
2.87/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Paid $1.59 for a 12 oz. bottle. A clear pinkish color, almost like cherry 7-up mixed with pale ale. No head to speak of. Smell is fruity, but not much there overall. Taste is solid - fruit & sour, not too sweet. Mouthfeel is fairly astringent. All in all not a terrible fruit brew, but not great either. Certainly not something you'd want several pints of.

Photo of bashiba
3.02/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a reddish amber color with a light pink head, almost no retention and zero lacing.

The smell has a bit of toasted malt with a light tart cherry.

Has a very typical average amber ale flavor with decent toasted bready caramel malts with just a very light sour cherry flavor. Almost no hops to speak of.

The mouthfeel is light with decent carbonation.

Very average beer. Makes an acceptable amber, but I think if you are going to make a cherry beer I think it should be a bit more committed to the cherry.

Photo of Gmann
3.38/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden red color with a tight light pink head that settled into a light cap. The aroma is remarkably light for a fruit beer, can't really pick up the cherries, just a general tart fruitiness. The taste is definitely of cherries, which starts out sweet then converts to tart. The fruit taste is supported by a buttery bready malt. Kind of has a diet Cherry fruit drink taste going on, which is ok since it is not cloying. The feel is light with fairly soft carbonation, finishes slight tart. A decent fruit brew. It doesn't appear any artifical flavors were added. Easier to drink than the SA Cherry Wheat.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.03/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Photo of Dodo2step
3.39/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.2/5  rDev +26.5%
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.

Photo of BoitSansSoif
2.61/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A-Pours reddish-amber w/slightly off-white (maybe a little pink) head. Head is unimpressive, but does exhibit nice retention.
S-Sour cherry, flinty minerals, hint of sulfur.
T-Mild flavored lager w/light sour cherry. It's on the tarter side, and the rest of the flavors are rather subtle. The aftertaste is slightly unpleasant--weak cherry with near-absent hops, and minerals. Malt is very weak.
M-Balance is a little off, but the body is light and refreshing with the moderate carbonation. I don't care for this brew, but it drinks smoothly.
D-Not my cup of beer. Still, this could be a palatable session brew in the summer for people who like this sort of thing.

Photo of scaliasux
3.87/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - Salmon colored. Little bit of haziness. Short white foam that dissipates quickly. I guess this is what I'd expect a cherry lager to look like.

Smell - Light malt aroma with a mild cherry accent. Smells natural and not overpowering. Good.

Taste - Cherry taste is not overpowering and, thankfully, not sweet or unnatural. Semi-tart cherry flavor is obviously the highlight. Only hints of the light malt and lighter hops show through. Nicely features the star fruit without any off-flavors. Nothing real complicated here, though,

Mouthfeel - Light and effervescent.

Drinkability - There are some darn fine cheery beers out there. This one is not the best, but is very good. I'd take this over a macro lager any day. First time I've had Milwaukee's microbrew, I'm looking forward to my next.

Photo of DontCallMeSurly
3.31/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams glass.

Initially, a very dense and rocky layer of foam rises up from the rose-tinted beer. It retains for quite some time too, I left for five minutes and when I came back it was still very foamy. The aroma smells very faintly of cherries with even less malt. Upfront there is a very slight cherry flavor with a watered-down malt flavor shortly thereafter. Tastes like a fruit roll-up; which isn't bad, if that's your thing. Light body, medium carbonation.

Photo of Amalak
1.03/5  rDev -69%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I got this as part of an assorted eight pack. While I at least mildly enjoyed the other seven beers Lakefront had to offer, this Cherry Lager was the worst beer I've ever had.

It tasted just like cough syrup. It was dreadful. And the worst thing about it is that it progressively got worse and worse, leaving the most horrific aftertaste I have ever experienced.

Photo of nightcrawler
3.64/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.28/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +20.5%
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.

Photo of sweethome
3.48/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very small head, gone in a flash. Hazy amber color with a red hue. Not much on the nose which is surprising. Just a hint of cherry. A light maltiness on the tip, followed by a tartness that cleans the palate. The cherry is real here - not like several popular cherry or raspberry wheat beers that taste like a coughdrop. This is a simple lager, backed by real fruit. It is actually quite quaffable. Enough hops mid-mouth through the finish to please. I don't drink many fruit beers, but this one I could actually drink more than one.

Photo of henryrt
1.33/5  rDev -59.9%
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.

Photo of CFHMagnet
2.96/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

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