Lake Shore Lager | Chicago Beer Company

Lake Shore LagerLake Shore Lager
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Lake Shore LagerLake Shore Lager

Brewed by:
Chicago Beer Company
Illinois, United States

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Today’s Destination...The Drive. Lake Shore Lager is an excellent example of the dedication and persistence in reaching the fundamentals of producing a great premium hand-crafted lager.

20 IBU

Added by emerge077 on 08-24-2011

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Photo of bperry65
1.62/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Very pale yellow color. Tastes similar to a macrobrew adjunct lager. I am very disappointed in this beer. I was excited to try it as I they are a local company I never had anything from them before. However, there was nothing about this beer that makes me want to try it again.

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2/5  rDev -33.6%

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2/5  rDev -33.6%

Photo of emerge077
2.01/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

"237 11" code printed on the bottle, possibly a production date code... 4-5 mos. old maybe?

Anemic pale yellow, thin layer of white foam that lasts for a few minutes and breaking apart on its own before sipping it.

Heavy skunk and sulfur in the nose, think rotten eggs and car exhaust. Mmm.
After a few minutes that blows off, but the first impact is hard to shake. Swirling the glass brings out a mild floral note, and soggy wet grain aromas.

Flavor is sweet, astringent and corn laden. Middle is metallic and slightly bready, but the metallic notes are a dealbreaker. Dry aftertaste with gaseous CO2 burps. Extremely bland and mediocre.

These beers have all been very lackluster and marketing driven, time to hang it up or turn it around guys. Back to the drawing board, or just scrap it completely. Will never buy these again after trying singles of the entire lineup.

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Photo of KeithHebert
2.08/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

The pour receive an extremely thin, pale yellow colored lager. I noticed immediately the near transparency reminding me of champagne more than beer. There was an immediate rush of carbonation forming a thick head, but this broke up quickly. After the initial pour, there was very little carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass. I found myself getting hypnotized by the slow moving bubbles - some moving slower than others. The nose was fairly clean hop aromas. My first taste was relatively unimpressive and my second was more of the same. This is a very thin beer with virtually no complexity or craft. I would compare this beer to a slightly thinner Rolling Rock. I'm pretty sure I could make this exact lager in my basement using a home kit. That said, I did still appreciate this as a lighter beer with more flavor than typically light beers commonly consumed.

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Photo of innersanctum
2.21/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

I'm a big fan (in spirit) of local beer and have seen packages of Chicago Beer Company offerings at stores. Offered at $10 in a Trader Joe's, I went out on a limb to try Lake Shore Lager, which is my first ever experience with Chicago Beer Co.

Believe it or not all you hop-heads, but Miller High Life is a local, albiet not craft, brew and its pretty darn comperable to Lake Shore Lager. This is straight ahead American Adjunct Lager, with just a bit more bitterness at the finish than The Champagne of Beers, beyond that, its pretty darn similar. Suitable to drink out of the bottle, and lower alcohal content than the local pale ales. Absolutely nothing is offensive about this beer, but asside from a pleasent label the brew just completely lacks a personality.

But here's the catch-22, at $10 a six pack its not as good value as High Life so I'm troubled to see how this brew can be effectively marketed. If you want craft brew from a local micro brewery then a better choice is Supper Club Lager from Capital Brewery. Supper Club is similar caliber but some stores have it marketed at a lower price point.

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2.25/5  rDev -25.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -16.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -16.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -16.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -16.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -16.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -8.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -8.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of bnes09
2.76/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Transparent straw color. Descent head on the pour but weak retention. No lacing.

Clean aroma. White bread and rice.

Vague hints of malt, more adjuncts than anything. Rice and corn, mostly. Mild earthy, spinach-like hop. Weak flavor overall.

Light consistency with no texture. Carbonation is adequate.

Subpar. Don't waste your time.

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3/5  rDev -0.3%

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3/5  rDev -0.3%

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3/5  rDev -0.3%

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3/5  rDev -0.3%

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3/5  rDev -0.3%

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3/5  rDev -0.3%

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3/5  rDev -0.3%

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3/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Finally taking down the third offering from the Chi Town boys. It pours a clear pale straw topped by a finger or so of relatively short-lived white foam. The nose comprises light wheat, very light caramel, and light sweet flowers; pretty much as inoffensive a smell as you'll ever come across. The taste brings in more of the same, though the caramel and flowers are stronger now, and some some light sweetgrass comes in as well. The body is pretty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a generally smooth feel. Overall, an average brew on all accounts. That isn't to say it's bad at all, but it'll never stand out in any way, it seems.

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Lake Shore Lager from Chicago Beer Company
Beer rating: 10.4% out of 100 with 48 ratings
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