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Cherry Lager - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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Cherry LagerCherry Lager

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144 Ratings
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Ratings: 144
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 17.27%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | 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 beerthulhu
3.03/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

beerthulhu, Jun 27, 2011
Photo of BeerLover99
3.23/5  rDev -2.1%
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.


BeerLover99, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of pzrhsau
3.8/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

pzrhsau, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
3.78/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

Knapp85, May 31, 2011
Photo of PurpleCloud
3.28/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

PurpleCloud, May 28, 2010
Photo of beerwolf77
3.4/5  rDev +3%
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.

beerwolf77, May 18, 2010
Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +21.2%
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.

DrDemento456, May 16, 2010
Photo of Dodo2step
3.45/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Dodo2step, May 16, 2010
Photo of Tone
3.1/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Tone, Jan 08, 2010
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

twiggamortis420, Dec 20, 2009
Photo of KI9A
3.13/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

KI9A, Oct 07, 2009
Photo of sweemzander
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

sweemzander, Sep 12, 2009
Photo of JEdmund
4.03/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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.

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

JEdmund, Aug 22, 2009
Photo of nightcrawler
3.58/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

nightcrawler, Jun 24, 2009
Photo of henryrt
1.27/5  rDev -61.5%
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.

henryrt, Jun 10, 2009
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +17.6%
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!

NeroFiddled, May 26, 2009
Photo of Rennpferd
4.18/5  rDev +26.7%
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.

Rennpferd, Apr 03, 2009
Photo of tigg924
3.43/5  rDev +3.9%
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

tigg924, Mar 15, 2009
Photo of StoutHearted
4/5  rDev +21.2%
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.

StoutHearted, Jan 30, 2009
Photo of Amalak
1.02/5  rDev -69.1%
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.

Amalak, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of htomsirveaux
3.38/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried June 21, 2008 12 oz.

Reviewing bottle here, but also had on tap. Pretty similar experience minus the Lakefront Polka Dancing.

Beer has large swirly foamy pink head and the beer,though amber, has a distnct pink hue, clear and bubbly. Initial aroma is like cherry cordials then becomes more like cherry pits. Flavor is like tart cherry juice mixed with a dry lager - and a pinch of cinnamon. Just barely bitter finish. Medium body with a foamy mouthfeel.

good beer, but I think the amazing New Glarus has ruined me for all other Cherry Beer experiences.

htomsirveaux, Jan 12, 2009
Photo of iceball585
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Reddish brown color, semi-clear, thin white head that lowered quickly to a thin ring

S- Cherries, toasted malts, yeast, slight metallic smell

T- Sweet cherries, spices, herbal, bready, caramel malts

M- Medium body, medium carbonation, smooth, tart, sweet, lingering aftertaste

D- Definitely worth trying

I give this brew some credit for being different. Light smooth cherry flavor that doesn't taste like it came from syrup.

iceball585, Nov 17, 2008
Photo of Blakaeris
3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours clear pale copper. Head is initially a white and spritzy, but dissipates quickly.

Aroma is on the sweet side. Metallic, with a bit of bready yeast.

Taste is biscuit malt, sweet but not cloying. Earthy hops bring spicy bitterness that melds into a dry tart finish. Subdued cherry lingers in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

I found this to be rather uninspiring. It's not terrible, Just bland.

Blakaeris, Nov 06, 2008
Photo of bashiba
3/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

bashiba, Nov 03, 2008
Photo of WesWes
3.53/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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
Cherry Lager from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
76 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.