Cherry Lager - Brandy Barrel-Aged
Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

Cherry Lager - Brandy Barrel-AgedCherry Lager - Brandy Barrel-Aged
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Style:
Fruit and Field Beer
ABV:
7.3%
Score:
86
Avg:
3.98 | pDev: 9.55%
Reviews:
17
Ratings:
56
From:
Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
 
Wisconsin, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  2
Gots
  9
SCORE
86
Very Good
Cherry Lager - Brandy Barrel-AgedCherry Lager - Brandy Barrel-Aged
Notes: Pours deep red with a thin, lacy head. Strong brandy overtones of fresh cut oak, tobacco, and red fruit greet the nose, followed by notes of toffee and marzipan. The taste echoes the aroma with intense brandy flavors of wood, vanilla, and mild black pepper , with tart cherry and toasty caramel malt in close pursuit. Medium-bodied, it finishes with lingering cherry tartness and mild alcohol warmth.
The relatively high ABV and brandy-forward character make Brandy Barrel-Aged Cherry Lager an excellent digestif. Try it with a piece of dried fruit and almond-infused dark chocolate or a generous chunk of Ader Käse Reserve cheese.
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Reviews by teamwiggum:
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teamwiggum from Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jan 21, 2017
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.26/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

How intriguing that Lakefront is doing a barrel-aged, fruit-infused beer series! I love these guys ever since my first visit in 2006. Their re-use of old dairy tanks is such a Midwestern idea & their rescue of the original Bernie Brewer on the demise of County Stadium was equally inspired. I really hope to be able to visit MKE & its environs in 2017.

From the bottle: "Lager brewed with Wisconsin cherries & aged in brandy barrels"; "Bottled On: 20 January 2017 - B3".

Apparently, I like to get a head start on these things, since it will not even be "officially" bottled for over three months, but I am a futuristic kind of guy. The only thing is, these bottles do not open themselves & so I began with the Pop!ping of the cap. My gentle pour was due to seeing some lees in the punt. I followed this up with an in-glass swirl, raising a brief finger of soapy, light-tan head that quickly fell back to wisps. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was very oaky with undertones of leather, stone fruits, fusel alcohol, vanilla and drying tobacco. Mouthfeel was big & full, like a dollop on my tongue. The taste was initially of tart cherries, a personal favorite, followed by leather, oak, & vanilla, accompanied by a mild fusel alcohol burn. This was not playing around, to be sure! I was really amazed that this was a lager at its base. The relative lack of carbonation really led to its increased intensity as it just laid on my tongue, almost daring me to swallow it. Phew! Finish was dry, more a construct of its ABV than anything else & I wonder what it might become with some age. If I can score another, I may put one in my cellar.

Oct 06, 2016
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freewill35 from Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Apr 03, 2017
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jera1350 from Minnesota

4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sep 10, 2017
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ZombiesAteMyDog from Indiana

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sep 13, 2016
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Cylinsier from Pennsylvania

4.01/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

tap

Pours a clear ruddy brown, white lacing for a head.

Smells of sourdough bread malts, tart cherry, and an oak finish.

Flavor is of cherry, almond, oak, sourdough, and fig. Mildly cloying sweetness, bordering on overripe fruit, probably the brandy.

Full syrupy body with tingly carbonation on the tongue.

Very interesting lager, lots of flavor here and not like any other beer I've had. I can only imagine this one would be divisive, a love-it-or-hate-it. I think it's pretty good and worth trying as something unique.

Oct 20, 2016
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atone315 from Wisconsin

3.52/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Apr 29, 2017
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bpfrush from Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jun 12, 2017
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sweemzander from Illinois

3.89/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dec 21, 2016
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KAP1356 from Pennsylvania

4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sep 26, 2016
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite beers of the year so far I was even able to find it for $2.50 a bottle!

A - Hazy amber in color dark with a 1/2 inch of foam that settles to a mild lace ring.
S - Brandy, oak, wood, cherry juice and some caramel for good measure.
T - So smooth and flavorful I keep tasting maraschino cherries with a caramel glaze and I love it! Brandy is smooth and balanced in the back delivering mild oak and bitter hop finish.
M - Well you can't chug it is more of a desert beer but medium to heavy in body it makes for a great sipper!

Overall I got a four pack for tonight and may go back to mix another sixer! This beer shows that even a lager in the right hands can make for an epic beer!

Sep 06, 2016
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superspak from Ohio

3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 5/25/2017. Pours slightly hazy reddish copper color with a 1 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big lightly tart cherry, golden raisin, peach, plum, berry, apple, red grape, caramel, brown sugar, toasted oak, and bread dough; with lighter notes of nuttiness, toffee, vanilla, and oak/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of bready malt, cherries, and brandy barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big lightly tart cherry, golden raisin, peach, plum, berry, apple, red grape, caramel, brown sugar, toasted oak, and bread dough; with lighter notes of nuttiness, toffee, vanilla, and oak/toasted earthiness. Light herbal bitterness, oak spiciness, and fruit tartness on the finish. Lingering notes of cherry, golden raisin, peach, plum, berry, apple, red grape, caramel, brown sugar, toasted oak, bread dough, nuttiness, toffee, vanilla, and oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of bready malt, cherries, and brandy barrel flavors; with a nice malt/tart/bitterness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Perfectly clean on lager flavors, with zero yeast notes present. Light-moderate dryness from bitter/tartness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy, fairly crisp, and lightly tangy/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Minimal warming alcohol for 10.7%, with zero barrel booziness. Overall this is a delicious fruited imperial pale lager style. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of bready malt, cherries, and brandy barrel flavors; very smooth, crisp, and pretty refreshing to drink for the big ABV. Pretty much perfectly balanced between cherries, malts, and brandy barrel complexities across the board. A very enjoyable offering.

Aug 05, 2017
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a77cj7 from South Dakota

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mar 10, 2019
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Prager62 from Colorado

3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A twelve ounce bottle dated 25 MAY 2017 poured in a twelve ounce old school pilsener glass.

Look- Pours a transparent ruby red with a small finger of soapy white foam. It quickly settles revealing no lacing.

Smell- Tart cherry, some floral and fruity yeast.

Taste- Maraschino cherry, a hint of spicy brandy and musty wood.

Feel- Crisp and clean with a slightly tart semi dry finish.

Overall- I've seen their barrel aged offerings on the shelves and decided to finally roll the dice. It's a very drinkable beer for the hefty abv., but lacking in any complexity. Try it if you're curious, otherwise move on.

Jul 03, 2017
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bigpoppa67 from Wisconsin

4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jul 02, 2017
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jtransel from Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Nov 28, 2016
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mjpolzin from Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aug 16, 2016
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Zuidman from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dec 10, 2017
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stortore from Illinois

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into a flute glass. Bottled 5/27/17, had 8/14/17.

Pours a lightly hazy amber, with a one and a half inch foamy head and some foamy lacing. Active carbonation. Looks like apple juice. Aromas of brandy, cherries, apples, some malt and caramel, light yeast, some oak. The taste is brandy- more as it warms, caramel, malt, some cherries, less apples than the nose, some oak, a light sweetness. Smooth, a good lighter body, well carbonated.

The brandy is excellent, the cherries are good but could stand out more. Like the uniqueness, look forward to aging a few bottles. Good price point for a six pack, so it’s worth a purchase.

Feb 26, 2018
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57md from Pennsylvania

3.81/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a striking copper color with a half finger of head. The nose has notes of tart cherries. The tartness is apparent in the flavor as well. Surprisingly, there is not much sweetness or anything else from the brandy-barrel. There is some essence of wood on the finish and a Chardonnay-like dryness as well.

Apr 05, 2017
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zkoehn from Wisconsin

4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jun 18, 2017
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Docrock from Illinois

3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Sep 05, 2016
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Dactrius from Wisconsin

3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sep 24, 2016
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jschott75 from Illinois

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sep 11, 2016
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Ri0 from Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter. It has a deep ruby color with a 1 finger fizzy white head that quickly disappears. Aromas of brandy overtones, wood, vanilla, caramel, and fresh cherries. The taste is sweet with brandy and vanilla with caramel covered cherries. It is medium body and has some alcohol warmth to it. I had no idea what to expect, but I rather enjoyed this one even on a cool summer day. I think Lakefront knows how to age beer in brandy barrels.

Aug 21, 2016
Cherry Lager - Brandy Barrel-Aged from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 56 ratings