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Cherry Lager - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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BA SCORE
76
okay

139 Ratings
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Ratings: 139
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 17.27%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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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Reviews by jhp40219:
Photo of jhp40219
4.13/5  rDev +25.2%

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!

jhp40219, Jul 10, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.35/5  rDev +1.5%

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.

DaPeculierDane, Jun 13, 2006
Photo of StoutHearted
4/5  rDev +21.2%

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.

StoutHearted, Jan 30, 2009
Photo of merlin48
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

merlin48, Oct 08, 2007
Photo of tigg924
3.43/5  rDev +3.9%

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

tigg924, Mar 15, 2009
Photo of NilocRellim
2.75/5  rDev -16.7%

NilocRellim, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of zldjn97
3/5  rDev -9.1%

zldjn97, Jul 27, 2013
Photo of ADR
3.03/5  rDev -8.2%

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.

ADR, Apr 25, 2004
Photo of chinchill
3.7/5  rDev +12.1%

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.

chinchill, Wednesday at 02:39 AM
Photo of cmwilliq
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

cmwilliq, May 13, 2014
Photo of cokes
2.15/5  rDev -34.8%

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.

cokes, Jul 17, 2003
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +17.6%

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!

NeroFiddled, May 26, 2009
Photo of chiapete
3.93/5  rDev +19.1%

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.

chiapete, Aug 04, 2008
Photo of benmiliron
2.93/5  rDev -11.2%

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.

benmiliron, May 06, 2007
Photo of bashiba
3/5  rDev -9.1%

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.

bashiba, Nov 03, 2008
Photo of Gmann
3.4/5  rDev +3%

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.

Gmann, May 18, 2008
Photo of DIPADude01
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

DIPADude01, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of beerthulhu
3.03/5  rDev -8.2%

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.

beerthulhu, Jun 27, 2011
Photo of MrTana
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

MrTana, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of Dodo2step
3.45/5  rDev +4.5%

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.

Dodo2step, May 16, 2010
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.23/5  rDev +28.2%

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.

BeerFMAndy, May 14, 2012
Photo of BoitSansSoif
2.6/5  rDev -21.2%

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.

BoitSansSoif, Sep 27, 2008
Photo of Highstplz
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

Highstplz, Oct 01, 2012
Photo of jaydoc
3/5  rDev -9.1%

jaydoc, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of scaliasux
3.88/5  rDev +17.6%

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.

scaliasux, Sep 18, 2007
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Cherry Lager from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
76 out of 100 based on 139 ratings.