Lakemaid Beer | August Schell Brewing Company

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Lakemaid BeerLakemaid Beer

Brewed by:
August Schell Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States | website

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by shadow1961 on 05-09-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 34 | Ratings: 87
Photo of KeefD
2.47/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Shamefully, I caught a 1# Perch under the cap. Weak. Best by date of Aug 28th, 2008, but can't be too bad yet could it?

Pours a clear golden yellow color which develops a decent amount of foam and very light lacing. The aroma is of some grainy cereal, corn, adjuncts and some off-putting dirty diaper smells. Eww. Not much in the way of flavor. Some husky grains, a bit of corn, somewhat thin. Hop bitterness is almost unnoticeable. Pretty easy going on the tongue, light to medium bodied, goes down super smooth. Easily drinkable, but maybe could have been better when it was fresh.

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Photo of Honisbygonis
2.7/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Typical lager straw yellow color, medium carbonation; ordinary domestic mass produced lager taste, but not as acidic, and without a lingering aftertaste. Nothing extraordinary and that's the problem in a nut shell.

Kudos for the drone delivery system, which made headlines.

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Photo of zeff80
2.71/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a clear, straw-yellow color with a two-finger, pillowy, white head of foam. It left little to no lacing.

S - It smelled of grains and floral notes. Not much else.

T - It tasted of grains, caramel and cereal. Overall, it was sweet and had a very mild bitterness.

M - It was fairly crisp and sharp. A light bodied lager that is very easy drinking.

D - This is a pretty plain lager. Not much going on.

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Photo of philbe311
2.77/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Buebie for this extra via trade... It's been a while since I've tried a new Adjunct Lager...

A - Two fingers of fizzy lightly packed white foam... Head quickly fades and leaves a full lacing... Pale yellow straw color... Little or no noticeable carbonation... Looks like a fairly textbook lager...

S - Fresh grains... Bread crust... Hints of lemon and honey...

T - Corn... Biscuit... Crust... Faint malt presence... A brisk earthiness... Slight sugar sweetness... Honey... Lemon...

M - Good light sparkling carbonation on the tongue... Light to medium bodied... A little on the thin side... Slightly astringent... Dry... Not off-putting, but not very much substance...

D - Not bad, but an average at best... There's nothing wrong with this beer, but I can't put my finger on anything memorable either...

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Photo of pweis909
3.07/5  rDev -14%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Suckered in by a bottle that is more interesting than the beer.

A-deep yellow, pushing amber in color, with the thinnest of heads with absolutely no lasting power.
S-slightly grainy, otherwise non-descript
T-Barely any! But it is a clean nothing
M-feels about right in the mouth
D-sure, it quenches, but this would never be my go-to beer. There is just so little to it. I'm glad that some of the profits went to a "cause."

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Photo of shadow1961
3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

August Schell Lakemaid beer, "The Fisherman's Lager",
pours a big stiff head over a clear yellow brew. There's
not a whole lot of carbonation after the initial pour, but it
is slow and steady. The head fades to a finger of foam,
though there is a bit of lacing sticking to the glass. The
nose is a bit of lager yeast and a bit of sweet corn, The
flavor is likewise simple- a bit of malt, a little more sweet
corn, and a surprisingly solid touch of herbal hops (at
least for this style). Mouthfeel is pretty thin- but not bad
for an adjunct style brew- actually I would rate this as one
of the better adjunct lagers I've had. It makes me wonder
what the brewers down in New Ulm could have done if
they had been charged with brewing up a simple all-malt
lager like Full Sail's Session. This brew was made for the
start of the '08 fishing season, a co-production between
August Schell and the Rapala fishing tackle company. The
label states that "a portion of the proceeds will benefit the
International Game Fish Association".

I'm sure fisherman all over the North Country will be drinking
this and peeing off the side of their boats on the opener!

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Photo of ZAP
3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer is creating quite a buzz and I found a few singles to buy to see how it measures up.

Sweeter, creamed corn maltiness...decent body for a lager...not off flavors...basic macro lager type of beer.

It's been awhile since I had Grain Belt Original but this has some of the same characteristics from what I remember.

Right now the hype is bigger than the product in my opinion...not any better than my favorite macros but in the ball park..

Decent enough ...Put this in cans and sell it for 12 bucks a case and I'd buy it occasionally.

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Photo of emerge077
3.25/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Found this in Racine, WI which happens to be on Lake Michigan.
Suckered by the goofy label, I was just going to get this for a fishing buddy, but decided to get an extra single to review.

Urine copper gold with slow carbonation. There was about an inch of foam at first, and now there's just a feeble skim. It does lace a little on the opposite side. Let's face it though, drinking this on a boat, you probably won't be looking at the lacing.

Faint aroma of sweet cereal grain, honey graham cracker.

Sweet apple and husky grains, not terrible. A little flaccid and gassy feeling though. Very light bodied, lingering sweet malt finish when there shouldn't be much of one. Goes down easy enough, not one to deconstruct the finer points of. Simple and utilitarian, more of a novelty for the odd "Lakemaids" on the label.

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Photo of Maerzen
3.36/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice dark yellow with a touch of amber. Nice foam on the initial pour but it disappates pretty quickly. Average aroma on the nose. Crisp, refreshing taste, although a little bready. The clerk at the store discribed this beer as "your average water" and I have to say it's a little more than that. Nice lager that larger breweries would be more than happy to produce on a daily basis. Nothing special but enjoyable all the same. I don't know that I would go out of my way to buy this again but I would be more than happy to drink it if offered. Oh, and the calendar "fish" on each bottle was a nice touch.

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Photo of CHSLBrew
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A-Bright yellow, pristinely clear beer, topped with a white head which quickly dissipated to nothing.

S-Minimal, but clean, aroma. Hints of green apple and corn.

T-Some green apple-ness, with hints of corn. Some additional light maltiness. Bitterness is present just enough to create a well-balanced flavor.

M-High carbonation provides a quite sharp mouthfeel. Light bodied, perhaps a bit too thin.

D-Good drinkability. This is an enjoyable example of standard American lager. Plus, it really makes me want to go fishing! Overall, an enjoyable brew.

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Photo of JackCass
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - light gold no head lite carbonation.

Smell - lite aroma not a lot going on.

Taste - smooth a little sweet with som bitter balance but not a lot of either.

Mouthfeel - not a lot of carbonation but not flat either,.

Drinkability - probably better on a hot day.

Other - Bottle = Miss Creek Chub .... Cap = 7 LB largemouth bass

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Photo of Redrover
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I saw this one on display at the Thunderbird Lodge on Rainy Lake & decided to give it a try. This place has beautiful lake views from the bar and patio.

12 oz brown longneck with no freshness dating. Poured into a glass, the beer is gold with a quickly collapsing white head. Note that under the cap there are various fish types and sizes printed. Mine was a 26 pound musky! I guess you can play a game to see who gets the biggest or best fish.

The aroma is if sweet grains and a bit of fruit (red apple). Could be amped-up a bit.

The taste is sweet with a lot of bagel type flavor from the grains. I didn't detect hardly any hoping. Light caramel apple on the finish.

The beer is crisp with strong carbonation. It is pretty easy to drink. I had three with my walleye supper. It's a good match for simple, non spicy food.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle received from maximum12 in the Summer Beer BIF. Thanks Corey! Into my Stone pint glass

A: Crystal clear light golden yellow with a dense pure white head. Retention is less than stellar, settling quickly to a disk

S: Mild hop aroma with some grassy notes with some mild biscuit malt aroma present in the back. Fairly average

T: Mild hop bitterness up front with an earthy, grassy character with a mild lightly-toasted bread flavor coming through before a dry finish takes over. Very mild butter flavor at the back, nothing offensive. All said and done, decent

M: Crisp on the palate, well carbonated and pleasing dry finish. Well done!

D: This is going down fairly easy, I can imagine drinking several of these on a hot summer day

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sparkling honey beneath two fingers of ivory colored froth. The lid looks craft worthy, lasts for a bit, and leaves a few patches of sudsy lace. The appearance of the label is more interesting. Lakemaid Beer features 12 different lakemaids. Mine is Miss Northern Pike, a shapely blonde in a coral-and-cream bikini top. Beer: 3.5. Lakemaid: 4.5.

The nose features lightly toasted grain and what smells like German hops. There's a whiff of cracked corn, but there's no offensiveness whatsoever. Considering the style, not bad at all.

All gimmickiness aside, Lakemaid is a pretty decent lager that would be great pulled from an ice chest while fishing, boating or doing all sorts of summertime stuff. I'm reminded of some of the better American macro lagers, such as Stroh's and Pabst Blue Ribbon.

The beer has an underlying 'sugar-dusted cereal grain' sweetness that is perfectly offset by a modest amount of herbal-grassy hop bitterness. Balance only works when both malt and hops are appreciated (as is the case here), not when they struggle to be noticed. It is hard to say if corn is present on the palate or not. If consumed in other circumstances (see above), the next highest flavor score would have been a distinct possibility.

The mouthfeel is very nice for a beer of this style. It's a bit bigger than most, is lightly creamy and pretty close to ideally bubbled. It's well suited for drinking quickly, drinking slowly... and everything in between.

According to the under-the-crown fishing game, I snagged a measly '2 lb. large mouth'. Lakemaid Beer may not be a blue marlin, but it's a worthy catch that is one of the finest members of this underachieving style that you're likely to run across.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%

$4.99/6 pack. Eating a late night hamburger, thought it could use a Lager. Let's crack it open!

Serving style : 12 oz bottle complete with mermaid #3, poured for appearance.

Appearance (3.5) : Sunny golden body, fairly transparent, with a nice rich-looking 2 finger head.

Smell (3.75) : Sweet honey-tinged malts, fresh oats and barley, some corn on the cob. This is quite certainly a step above the average american adjunct lager smell.

Taste (3.75) : Tastes a bit like it smells. I love the corn on the cob flavor with the oaty body. Smooth and refreshing. Not a whole lot of off-notes. Wheaty. This beer isn't half bad. Some hop bitterness at the end, just a hint of diacetyl, with a cascading dry finish.

Mouthfeel (3.5) : Pleasantly carbonated, light bodied, and smooth. Semi-dry finish. I do like this one, I do.

Overall (3.68) : For a refreshing lager this beer hits the spot and keeps the flavor alive. It's crisp, clean, and has notes of wheat, oat, barley, and corn on the cob. I can't think of a better lager off the top of my head, although I'm sure they're out there.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rainbow Trout - not the most interesting one, but it will do.
Poured aggressively which allowed a bright white head to foam up. If not poured that way it forms little head that leaves early. Dark and very clear gold with lots of bubble actions from the bottom. Looks as it should.
Some malt and adjunct make up the aroma with an emphasis on the latter. A very slight hint of hops. Fairly standard for style.
When coldest this is very clean and the balance of malt, adjunct and a very mild bitterness works pretty well. It contains the traditional Schell's richness (not excessive but they seem to like slightly heavier beers). As it warms the corn gets to strong and the flavors become more discouraging. The exception is that the hops take on a nice bitterness that actually contains some appealing flavor, but alas it's not enough of a difference or frequent enough.
Nicely carbonated on the heavier side with provides a nice fullness to the feel. The second time through I liked this better than the first one. It think it accomplished its intent quite nicely.

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Photo of WYVYRN527
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden straw color with a thin white head that dissapates very quickly. Lacing is a no, and carbonation is vigorous.

S: Some biscuity malt, with notes of honey, grass, and a bit of lemon. Hops lend a slight floral aroma in the backround.

T: Like the smell, but more. Bready, with some honey, grass, and cereal, along with a crisp, drying hop finish that lends the slightest hint of citrus.

M: A bit thin, but has a suprisingly lengthy finish. Mouthfeel is a bit grainy, but easy to get past with the flavor the beer has to offer.

D: Overall, this brew is easy to drink, and has some pretty good flavor for it's style. For a beer with a package exclusively for marketing, it's quite good, and is a great beer for out on the lake. Too bad it's not in cans. (easier to dispose of on the boat...)

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Photo of morimech
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear straw color with a nice two-fingered white head that had some decent retention. Just a little lacing left on the glass. Appears to be a little darker than the standard Macro Lager.

The smell of fresh cut grass fills the nose to go along with a mild maltiness. A little bit of graininess is also present.

Has a mild malt taste with a whisp of hops on the finish. This is a hint of adjuncts and grains. Nice flavor for a Macro Lager and one of the best I have sampled. Has a very clean finish.

The body seems to be more substantial than others of style. The carbonation is not as fizzy either.

Easy drinking and good flavor for the syle. The price seems to be a bit high and the taste is just a tiny bit above Grain Belt. I wish it came it cans so you could take the beer in the outdoors but sadly this beer will have to wait for your return to the cabin before you can enjoy.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.76/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this bottle from RagingBull a while ago and finally opened it up. The labels are cool with various "lakemaids" on each label all are fairly attractive.
I pop the cap off and land a 20 lb northern pike, Im pretty sure that is a serious fish.
The beer is at cellar temp and poured into a snifter.
Pours a bright clear gold hue with lively fizzy bubbles giving me a bleached white head of .5 cm that fades to a clingy edge layer quickly.
Aroma is grainy malt a little corn sweetness and some faint earthy hops. Overally pretty much as expected.
First sip reveals a lite body with fine fizzy carb.
Flavor is what you would expect from this style. Some grainy malt notes a bit of sweetness and some earthy or maybe spicy mild hops on the finish. Very easy to drink and would be nice on the beach or in this case out on a boat I imagine. I think this is a good example for the style and would buy it when the situation calls for a similar beer, also a good one to give to macro buddies as a crossover.

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Photo of schellsbeer
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks KeefD for pointing this one out to me.

Calling northern Minnesota "home" for much of my life, I really appreciate when a brewery takes time to brew a beer for the outdoorsman. Schells nails it on the head with with one.

Great all day beer drinking beer. Nice bottle too. Has everything that a sportsman could want. Great taste, Lower ABV, Nice Bottle, and locally brewed so the price is right. Look no further. In my opinion, much better than any of the big name lager beers out there. Also helps that this one comes in a brown bottle with a real bottle cap.

Taste is spot on. Fresh tasting, not too filling, great smell and appearance. While at home in the boat, it would also be great for deer hunting camp.

Way to go Schells. Another solid preformer.

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Photo of FreshmanPour77
3.82/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 5-01-10
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

A - orangish/yellow, carbonation present. 2 fingers of foam that disappeared rather quickly, lacing ring was present

S - Citrus, malts with hints of hops

T - Slight lemon flavor, very light tasting and very easy to drink

M/D - Pretty drinkable light bodied brew, another good summer time brew. A little crisp at first but finishes smooth. Another Schell's brew that I recommend!

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Photo of LordofTime25
3.86/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours to a clear light golden yellow with a thick pure white head. Disappears quickly to a thin film on top of beer.

Can smell a hint of hops and a biscuity maltiness.

Has a mild hop bitterness up front with a mild lightly-toasted bread flavor coming through before a dry finish takes over. Nice balance.

Has a crisp refreshing fell in the mouth. Good Carbonation and refreshing!

A beer I could drink over and over again! Plus the each beer has a fish and size under each cap so you can make a fun drinking game out of it.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.91/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright and clear highly yellow body with a moderate pacing of bubbles racing upwards. Small whitish capping of foam developes quickly to then reside to an always present thick film and collar. Thin horse shoe shaped lacing is complexly linked together across the glass.

Aroma is slim and clean with a light sweet starchyness of grains and bread dough.

Taste is pretty good with a steady flavor and crispness of sweetish bread dough added with a twist of dark bread crusts and light grassy elements pinching out a very tiny bite and bitterness.

The feel and body of this "macro" is where it truly stands out from all the others that overly trend and market the style. Quite fullish, smooth, clean, crisp, and finely textured with a bready grit and grain. Nice finish that lasts of lightly tendered toasty malt and tinted with a grassy hop bite.

Totally drinkable and down right solid for a sessionable summer-time lager. Not surprised that August Schell knows how to get a beer like this right.
Plus, the goofy marketing to the fisherman crowd and its funny label make for great conversation. However, not too sure why its so spendy, as its pricy tag compared to other "Macro" cheap shelfers may lure away most fisherman who would rather spend their extra cash on actual bait?

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Photo of AmericanGothic
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams Pint.

A: Pours a clear, medium yellow orange, with one finger of pale cream head. Average retention and lace, nice carbonation.

S: Hay and sweet malt, seems to have more malt aroma than typical for the style, I think that's a plus.

T: Light, creamy malt flavor. A bit of hops on the finish. Flavor is clean and without the typical flaws of cheap adjuncts. Starts out a bit timid, but actually improves with a little warmth.

M: Light mouthfeel, carbonation is midway between creamy and fizzy.

O: Best adjunct I've had in recent memory. As I'm drinking this, I've also got some brats cooking in a couple of these, I'm thinking that those should turn out well. Hats off to Schell for making something in a style that rarely makes it above a "meh."

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Photo of MiScusi
3.94/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had all the characteristics of a simple lager, but no harsh finish at all. Clear gold in color, big airy white head that dies pretty fast. The body looks pretty alive, a fair amount of bubbles released within. Semi sweet malt taste, no hops that I could gather, and not too much abrasive carbonation. If in mood for a traditional lager it goes down really easily.

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