Lakewood Lager | Lakewood Brewing Company

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Lakewood LagerLakewood Lager

Brewed by:
Lakewood Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: Vienna Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Lakewood is more than a place. It's a state of mind. Old blends with new. Traditions hook up with fresh ideas. It's the same with our Lakewood Lager. We've taken old world Vienna-Style lager and reintroduced it to beer lovers. Subtle caramel aromas, a coppery pour and a light malty sweetness paired with noble hop bitterness set this beer apart. In with the old, in with the new.

Added by Mora2000 on 10-20-2012

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Ratings: 118 |  Reviews: 19
Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

a very solid example of a style i dont generally get off on too hard. its not as sweet as so many of its peers, which i think helps it stay refreshing and easy drinking, at least comparatively speaking. its perfectly clear and has an awesome copper shine to it. the head is nearly an inch tall, pure white, and settling only very slowly. big bubbles race to the surface. it smells quite authentic, european and classic on the yeast, bready and sudsy, maybe with a pretzel sort of baked doughy vibe to it, but still crisp. the malt is nicely toasted, and has a mix of a lighter honey kind of sweetness along with the pre-burnt darker side of things, short of scorched but past lightly caramelized for sure. smooth in its body, but maybe with a little less carbonation than i think the style likes. its not flat, but its not real active after a minute either. decent bittering hops balance this out beautifully later on, great union of ingredients here, and it finishes almost dry for what it is. a fine example of the vienna lager here, on tap at braindead brewing in dallas.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.75/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

BOTTLE: 355ml. Brown glass. Black pry-off cap. Classy label design.

Acquired at Whichcraft in Austin, TX and served cold into a pilsner glass. Reviewed live as a Vienna lager per the label. Expectations are high given the brewery.

4.6% ABV. 1.047 OG. 25 IBU. 11 SRM. "Bottled on" field is empty.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: ~1.5 fingers wide. Off-white colour. Fair thickness and creaminess. Leaves uneven light lacing on the sides of the glass as it recedes. Could be fuller and softer-looking.

Retention is average - ~2 minutes.

Kind of a mediocre head overall.

BODY: Transparent translucent copper of average vibrance. I see no yeast muck or hop sediment.

Appears underwhelming for a Vienna lager. A better longer-lasting head and a deeper amber hue to the body would help it greatly.

AROMA: Bready malts, cara/Munich malts, biscuit malt, caramel, hints of toffee, and pleasant toasted character. Definitely on the sweeter side, with no evidence of the Noble hops used in brewing. The toastiness is lovely, but it doesn't have the amber malt backbone I was hoping for - at least going by the aroma.

I detect no yeasty or hoppy notes. No off-notes or booze.

Aromatic intensity is average.

It's generally appealing, but doesn't play to the strengths of the style. I'm expecting an above average Vienna lager at best.

TASTE: Caramel, bready malts, Vienna malts, vague amber character, Munich malts, some faint toastiness. There's no hop character or yeast character. This definitely comes down on the sweeter side, but it's not cloying or anything. Certainly simply built, with an overemphasis on the caramel and ill-enough hop character to balance the sweetness. Hints of toffee.

Build is basic. This has an almost wort-like raw sweetness and lacks both intricacy and subtlety. Definitively malt-accented, with a plain straightforward presentation of flavour that many drinkers will likely find dull. I do like it generally speaking, but it's shallow.

Average flavour duration and intensity.

TEXTURE: Overcarbonated, unrefreshing, and medium-bodied, with moderate heft and weight on the palate. Smooth and wet.

This texture doesn't elevate the beer. There's no harmony of texture and taste here, but this mouthfeel does a decent job at complementing the flavour profile.

OVERALL: A downable but unfortunately forgettable attempt at a Vienna lager that suffers from fundamental imbalance and a plain, shallow presentation of flavour. I wouldn't trifle with this again, and I think I even prefer something like Sam Adams Boston Lager (let alone style paragons like Great Lakes' Eliot Ness). A disappointment from Lakewood.

High C- (2.75)

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.69/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 22Blue
3.44/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of smartassboiler
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap at Jack Mac's.

The beer pours an orange-copper color with a white head. The aroma is very malty with some biscuit and bread notes, as well as some toffee and a bit of sugar. The flavor is also very malty. There is good toffee and caramel in the flavor, as well as some sweet biscuit malt. There is also a hint of grass. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Clear dark amber pour with a dense off-white one-finger head. Somewhat sweet aroma of caramel and toasted malt. Medium bodied with a creamy mouthfeel. There's a bit of grassy hops in the initial taste balanced with bread, caramel and grain malt flavors. Finishes dry with a mild lingering grassy bitterness.

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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of champ103
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear reddish/orange color. A pillowing white head rises, and eventually recedes to a ring. Plenty of lace is left behind.
S: I get kind of a sulfur, DMS aroma up front. Quickly followed by toasted malts, and cereal grains. A bit of grassy hops in the finish.
T: Sweeter than I was expecting. Caramel malts followed by toasted and cereal grains. Well balanced with a touch of grassy hops in the finish.
M/D: A light to medium body. A bit on the watery side for me. I am wanting a little bit more crisp bite from the carbonation, and I am not getting it. Easy to drink and fairly enjoyable. I will be happy to finish the six pack.

A good lager for the most part. Not among the better lagers available from Texas breweries, but still very enjoyable. One of my favorite styles, and I am glad to grab a sixer.

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Photo of ovaltine
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cdwil
3.42/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.56/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle courtesy of fthomasl pours a crystal clear copper color with a stiff, off-white head. Nice retention and some decent lacing. Honestly, you really cant ask for more on the appearance with the brilliant clarity and dense foam.

Nose has some sulfurous lager yeast, burnt toast and toffee. Im not really getting any hops in here. Smells ok, but I am not a huge fan of overly toasty brews.

Taste has alot of the toast but it is balanced by a sweet doughy caramel. Hops are still pretty non-existent but there is a light drying bitterness on the finish, a little leafy even. Its a fairly good lager, one I would be happy to order on tap at a restaurant, but it really doesnt do a whole lot to distinguish itself from the pack of vienna lagers. If I had the choice Id rather grab a Penn pilsner, Firebrick or Elliot Ness.

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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of iRun2Beer
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jame515
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of Domvan
3.42/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Grainy, Caramel, Dry, Biscuity

Copper with a thick, foamy, white head. Rich, malted, woody nose. Grainy, gritty, malty sweet, caramel, toasty, and bready. Leafy, herbal, soft, hop bitterness. Very dry, astringent, strong biscuity finish. The beer falls victim from the overuse of certain malts (probably crystal), which unfortunately dominates this brew and leaves a not so pleasant aftertaste.

STYLE: Vienna Lager | ABV: 4.6% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #93 (Oct 2014)

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Photo of Lovely85
4/5  rDev +13.6%

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