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Lakemaid Beer | August Schell Brewing Company

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Lakemaid BeerLakemaid Beer

Brewed by:
August Schell Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

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 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 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 budgood1
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this "fisherman's lager" pours out a perfectly clear lightish golden colour, without much head..but some simple lace supported by a bit of carbonation hangs around. light adjunct corn aroma...somewhat bready and biscuity...smells nice for a lager. a hint of spicy hop peeks through also. the flavour is classic lager; some bready maltiness followed by some corny sweetness...never offending and always crisp and refreshing. a nice subdued hop bite to balance the residual sweetness...finishing on the dry side with a sweet back end kick. mouthfeel is supremely spritzy and crisp with the body being about perfect for a well constructed lager. drinkability rates high just for the fact that this tastes good for an adjunct lager.

all marketing gimmicks aside...this is a nice lager beer. a bit more substance than the deer beer brand and less overall sweetness than grain belt. and the pics of the lakemaids don't hurt either.

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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 thin...no 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 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 Bighuge
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear bright sun yellow. Thin and airy white head. Snow white. Lace is sporadic and spotty in nature. Good aroma for a "macro." It's sweet, but it's got a nice little bready smell to it. Judging this as an "American Macro Lager," I'll give it high points. Much better than almost everything else that is out there. This is good. Nice maltiness. A little biscuity. Hops don't add much, but they don't need to here. This is an easy going smooth drinking lager. You won't mistake this for a Dortmunder, but for what it is, it's enjoyable. Put it in cans and I'd buy more of it in the summer.

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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 Buebie
4.35/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured golden in color thick clumpy laceing present on the glass. White Head is 2 fingers deep.The head slowly diminishes until there is a fine layer over the top. But it is back again with the swirl of the glass. Smells of bready dough, malty grains. Floral hop aroma, faint, but present
Tastes like sweet bread mild malty sweatness. Hops are there, but not the primary tastes.
This is a very clean, crisp lager. Mouthfeel is medium thickness with medium carbonation.
I recommend trying this beer, its pretty tasty and the clean dry finish is very nice. I think it would be a great beer for you budweiser fans. But this again is no pos water beer for the craft brew lover.
Alchahol info was not published, but I'd guess its right around 4.7-5.5 abv.

I got this at The Cellars in Roseville for $11
It also came with a quirky booklet and all sorts of funny shit you can try to do. An example would be this crazy whistle call, similar to the loon call, but useing your empty bottle and your fists..

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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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