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Cherry Lager - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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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:
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(Beer added by: TastyTaste on 03-24-2003)
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Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

t0rin0, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.6/5  rDev -21.2%

Dusty medium orange with amber edges and a tight-bubbled cap of yellowed ivory. I wasn't expecting New Glarus Wisconsin Belgian Red, but no hint of red or pink is a little disappointing for a cherry beer. There can't be much fruit present, can there? An attractive lace display is something of a consolation.

I'm not an expert on beer by any means, but shouldn't a cherry lager smell like cherries? Even a little? This beer smells like a garden variety amber lager with a modicum of background hoppiness. There's nothing wrong with it I guess, but for a fruit beer not to smell like the fruit in question is unforgivable; and will be scored accordingly. [Note: some cherriness appears with warming.]

At last! It's about time that some characteristic of this beer didn't make a liar out of the name. Cherries are noted on the palate. Trouble is, the fruit flavor isn't all that prominent and, worse yet, it's surrounded by a less than wonderful amber lager. One notable flaw is that there's almost no malty sweetness, giving sourness free reign.

It isn't the appealing sourness of a Flanders Red or a lambic though. It's more the puckery tartness of a sour cherry pie to which not enough sugar has been added. As the beer warms, a grainy flavor becomes more and more prominent and a finishing bitterness (that isn't entirely welcome) appears on the scene. So, let's start a list: more malt, more fruit, some spices... I guess what I want is a completely different beer.

There's isn't much wrong with the body/mouthfeel. It's light, generally speaking, with a middle-of-the-road amount of carbonation that isn't really noticeable unless one makes an effort to notice.

I don't care for Lakefront Cherry Lager. The brewery took a good idea and screwed it up by not adding enough of just about everything (with the possible exception of Mt. Hood hops). One positive is that it isn't nearly as execrable as their Pumpkin Lager. Now *that* is some nasty beer. Compared to Wisconsin Belgian Red... well, there is no comparison.

BuckeyeNation, Sep 26, 2006
Photo of womencantsail
3.4/5  rDev +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).

womencantsail, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of jaydoc
3/5  rDev -9.1%

jaydoc, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.08/5  rDev -6.7%

Appearance: Pours a clearish, orangey body with a small, white head.

Smell: What we have here in a basic lager with some sour-scented cherries tossed it. It's kinda light on the cherry, but we've got a long way to go!

Taste: More of that oh-so basic lager. Sippy cup filled with sourish cherry juice. Mild sweetness. Hint of ground aspirin. It's a cherry pits finish, folks.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: If you're looking a light lager and have a hankering for cherries, then this might just do it for you. I found it to be rather average, but, BUT at least it wasn't questionably sweet or obviously "fake" tasting.

ChainGangGuy, Mar 22, 2008
Photo of Knapp85
3.78/5  rDev +14.5%

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.

Knapp85, May 31, 2011
Photo of zeff80
3.23/5  rDev -2.1%

A - Poured out a pumpkin-like orange with hints of red. As the beer poured from the bottle it looked like a blush wine. It has a small, bubbly white head that left some lace.

S - It smelled a little like marachino (sp?) cherries.

T - Each sip started sweet then had a tart bite and the end. Cherry is the dominant flavor with some malt.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A light-bodied beer.

D - This tasted okay for a fruity beer.

zeff80, Jun 04, 2008
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 RblWthACoz
3.1/5  rDev -6.1%

Pours a clear darker amber with a reddish hue to it. The head also has a pink tone to it and it's a lot of head that takes a few to fall. Nose is very mild fruit. Not much to it. Flavor is pretty one dimensional. It tastes like cherry fruit juice, but hey, this just happens to be a beer. Feel is okay. The liquid feel seems a bit too syrup like. The carbonation is good, but that is trivial to this point. Overall, I have to say this is way more a miss than a hit. Just tastes like a wine cooler more than a craft beer. Nice try, but unfortunately a miss.

RblWthACoz, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.6/5  rDev +9.1%

Slightly hazed, cherry red appearance, milk white head, slims down quickly.

Sweet cherry nose..,bright fruit, tart, yet sweet.

Taste: smooth, but tart and sweet doing a tango, one up, one down, then back again. Light bodied, with a soft, fruity finish. Not too much of anything, very easy and approachable. If you love cherries, dig in. Nice dessert choice, for those looking for a sweet treat, but not a challenge.

(Not the sort of thing I'd go for too often, though...but who cares about me?)

feloniousmonk, Jun 14, 2005
Photo of WesWes
3.53/5  rDev +7%

The beer pours a cherry red color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a basic lager aroma comprised of pilsner malts and light German hops. It also has a tart, earthy cherry aroma that speaks of real fruit, not extract. The taste is decent as well. It has a very nice lager feel with a sour cherry finish. The fruit adds some off flavors, but again this is real fruit not an extract. I applaud the use of real "local" fruit instead of extract. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a pretty good fruit beer. Is it New Glarus Raspberry Tart? No, but it's quite drinkable anyway.

WesWes, Oct 29, 2008
Photo of jwc215
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Pours reddish amber with a light pink head. Little lacing sticks.

The smell is of tart cherry with a grainy backing.

The taste is of sweettart cherries. At times leans towards cherry cough drop, but stays more "real" than "artificial". A grainy backing and a hint of bittering hops in the finish makes it a solid lager.

It has a very smooth, slightly syrupy, body. Very easy to drink.

A nice lager with a cherry character.

jwc215, Jul 17, 2014
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.4/5  rDev +3%

Pours a nice rose tinged golden. The cherry color is very noticeable and quite attractive. Not much head and what there is fades quickly. No lacing. The smell is of lager yeast and cherries. Not too sweet, and a nice tart cherry aroma with just a hint of almond on the finish. The isn't bad either. The cherries themselves are not overpowering and not sweet at all, just a nice undertone of fresh cherry. Beyond that its just standard lager flavors. The mouthfeel is mostly refreshing. The cherry note is a little sour and complements the creaminess of the lager. Could be a little more crisp, but pretty good. Pretty interesting, and not cloying. A little more crispness would make it even more drinkable.

Georgiabeer, May 29, 2007
Photo of ejimhof
2.75/5  rDev -16.7%

ejimhof, May 05, 2013
Photo of wrightst
2.5/5  rDev -24.2%

wrightst, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of Latarnik
3/5  rDev -9.1%

Latarnik, May 26, 2014
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 Bighuge
3.33/5  rDev +0.9%

Nice looking cranberry red in appearance. A lovely meringue-like off-white head sits on top and has great retention. The sweet cherry on the nose is ever so subtle. I perceive some soft malt tones as well. The cherry tones on the palete are just as ghostly as on the nose. I get a little of both sweet and sour. It adds a little twist to an otherwise pretty average lager. It's tangy and somewhat thirst quenching. But otherwise, it's nothing I'd seek out to try more than once.

Bighuge, May 14, 2003
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 Tone
3.1/5  rDev -6.1%

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.

Tone, Jan 08, 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
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3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

KAF, Jul 16, 2014
Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +21.2%

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.

DrDemento456, May 16, 2010
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

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.

twiggamortis420, Dec 20, 2009
Photo of ZAP
2.35/5  rDev -28.8%

A nice "cherrywood" in color I guess would be a good description....nice white lace that holds well....clean and clear...looks the part...nose is very light...just a slight whiff of some cherries and that's about it...a bit of a dissapointment...not that I expected a huge cherry nose, but it could be a "little" more evident..some tart cherry flavor on the flavor but that too is very subtle...not a whole lot more there...body is relatively firm and it feels like say a Helles would feel..I'm rating drinkability low...I wouldn't want this again...I'm not impressed....BTW this was bottled first week of April and it is now the second week of May..seems fresh and it should be...just not a very good beer...

ZAP, May 16, 2003
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Cherry Lager from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
76 out of 100 based on 139 ratings.