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New Grist Gluten-Free Pilsner Style Beer | Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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Brewed by:
Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
Wisconsin, United States | website

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.75%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by mentor on 10-13-2005

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206
Ratings:
376
Avg:
2.73
pDev:
32.23%
 
 
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Photo of superspak
3.41/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, best before 8/15/2016. Pours fairly crystal clear pale straw color with a 1 finger dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of lemon, cracker, honey, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Solid aromas with balanced sorghum and earthy hop notes; with poor strength. Taste of lemon cracker, honey, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, cracker, honey, light pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Nice robustness and balance of sorghum and earthy hop flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance and minimal astringent hop flavors after the finish. Moderate dryness from bitterness, that increases through the glass. Very clean on lager flavors with minimal yeast notes present. Medium carbonation and light body; with a very smooth, crisp, moderately sticky, and slightly grainy/creamy mouthfeel that is good. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.1%. Overall this is a solid gluten free pilsener style. Good robustness and balance of sorghum and earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, and easy to drink. A fairly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Libeertarian
1.23/5  rDev -54.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

From notes taken 05/03/16:

Straw golden to amber, a little cloudy. White wispy head of weaker retention. This was bottled almost three years ago! I bought it a while ago but it still must’ve been old even then. Shouldn’t have opened it and instead just kept the full bottle for my collection, wish I saw that date a little sooner. We’ll see if Sorghum beer keeps. Shit, it smells like fortified white wine and strawberries! I’ll take a sip and then I suspect I will dump it and buy some fresh if I can find it. Much the same to the taste, but it is making me gag. Not gonna swallow. Light-bodied, highly effervescent but flattens fast. Drain pour. Temporary review in place of fresh bottle. 3.25/1/1/1/1.25

Update from 05/21/16:

Newer bottling. Clear and quite a pale straw gold in appearance. Unfortunately aroma is off from what I think it is supposed to be. Not grainy, bready, grassy or anything like that. Just fairly sour strawberry. Not bad in itself, but really not what you want in most beers. Same to the taste, also a bit of really old white wine, sweet but yeasty and doughy. Extremely breathy aftertaste. And this one only expired in January. Bottled less than a year ago and yet tastes very similar to the one I had that was bottled more like three years ago. Only a little less gagworthy, but I still don’t trust it. I wonder why it is so hard to find a fresh one in this town. Again, light-bodied and effervescent.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.02/5  rDev -26%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Looks watery, straw yellow, some clarity, almost no head. Aroma was kind of weird, like Splenda you put on grapefruit.

Taste was corn flakes, lots of carbonation for the mouthfeel. Almost no hops. Difficult to discern if this is beer. Some bitterness not from hops.

Kind of a wreck.

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Photo of burdgod
3.62/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Best by 07 Jun 2016. Poured into my Flying Dog goblet.

L: Very light colored. Head dissipates rapidly
S: Smells like light beer plus some sweet fruity coconut notes. Smells pretty nice.
T: Sweet apple, coconut milk, pear.
F: Thin with sparkly carbonation. About halfway between light beer and champagne

This beer is currently rated at 65, equivalent with Heineken. That's crazy it's not nearly as bad as Heineken. I feel like most people didn't go into drinking this with an open mind but it's honestly pretty good. It's somewhat similar to pear or apple cider, but definitely has some flavors cider doesn't, and isn't so cloyingly sweet. It doesn't taste like any other beer I've ever had, and while it doesn't taste amazing or anything, the fact that it's decent combined with the fact that it's got a unique flavor that you're not going to get anywhere else means that I'd definitely suggest trying it.

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Photo of mothmanscott
2.51/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours pale gold with small, rapidly diminishing white head. No malt character as expected, apple/grape fruityness aroma & taste. Strong carbonation. Not to my taste.

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Photo of Franziskaner
2.36/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Pale gold in color with a light haze due to suspended miniscule sediment. There's a fingernail of dishwater white on top. Aroma is sweet corn like sorghum. It tastes like extremely sweet French apple cider. The mouth is very carbonated and thin.

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Photo of puboflyons
2.32/5  rDev -15%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle that expires 16 Aug 2015. Sampled on June 4, 2015.

Straw yellow, carbonated, heady pour. Thin color.

The aroma has a hint of toasted bready and malts and a bigger does of lemon. But the aroma is very thin.

Thin watery body.

The taste has little character. A bit of pale malts and toast and again with the lemon. But it reminds of a non-alcohol beer.

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Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
3.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Light, crisp and a bit thin, no real body and a some flavor I cannot detect. Based on a 65 rating, I though opening this would summon the devil and cause wide-spread panic on earth. That was not the case, I'm still alive.

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Photo of woodychandler
2.96/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

I spied this as a sixer in the Friendly Greek's cooler, but Teddy was reluctant to split it up as he has a number of gluten-sensitive customers and he was unsure about allowing others open access to it. Since then, he routinely puts singles in the cooler as even the people who drink it are not necessarily interested in a full six pack.

From the bottle: "Certified (GF) Gluten-Free".

I Pop!ped the cap without any notable occurrences, so I employed an aggro pour to get things started. This produced two-plus fingers of foamy, bone-white head with reasonable retention. Color was Pale-Straw (SRM = 1 - 2) with NE-plus quality clarity. Nose smelled like apple juice or apple sauce! Is there a difference? Apples to apples. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium. The taste was odd. It had an apple-like taste but it was very dry instead of being the expected sweet. I began to think of a cross between apple and pear ciders and the more that I cogitated on it, the more that I liked it. It could be a bridge between beer and cider for beer drinkers and for the G-F crowd, it would make a nice alternative to cider. I am sorry, but most G-F beers are really lacking or need help in the form of a blend. The ciders, which are naturally G-F, do not have this problem. The finish was gaspingly dry and I even began to think of a dry white wine. I liked this, but one was probably plenty. It might be a good mixer with cider or with some of the less-palatable G-F beers.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.12/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled last night on 3/3/15. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a handled-glass stein.

Brew pours a slight hazy golden-yellow in color with a very thin white head. Some spotty lacing is seen when sipped. The aroma is of lemon zest and grains for the most part. Bit more going on with the taste with a hint of rice and even sour apple in the mix also along with some grass that left a strange taste on the tongue. Not saying it was really bad but was different. Slight strange finish though. On the bottom of the front label it says: "Ingredients: Water (duh), Fermented Rice and Sorghum Extract, Hops, Yeast". Lighter-bodied with heavy carbonation. Overall, it was just OK and nothing special.

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Photo of SKarmic
2.17/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.25

This beer is hell liquefied. If Satan were to take a piss, that piss would refuse to drink this beer. In fact don't let the word "beer" on the label fool you. This stuff is not beer. By a long shot. Send this to people you hate.

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Photo of stumac
3.27/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amanda is allergic to wheat (which sucks!!) so trying another one of her Gluten Free options. Believe me, she would rather be drinking Bell's Two Hearted with me. Stupid allergies

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a clear light straw color with a billowy white foamy head with tons of bubbles popping within. The head fades rather quickly leaving just a tiny bit of bubbly lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell- The aroma of the brew is heaviest of a slightly sour lemon aroma mixed with some green apple and a little bit of a more grape like aroma. Along with these are some light cracker smells and a little bit of grass.

Taste – The taste starts with a sweeter rice and somewhat grape juice like sweetness. As the taste advances more sourness of a lemon and sour green apple flavor comes to the tongue. A little bit of a cracker flavor that is present at the start as well fades more and more as the taste moves onto the end with it being replaced by a bit of biscuit. With a little bit of a grassy and hay flavor that comes to the tongue at the end, one is left with a somewhat fruity sweet and somewhat unbalanced sour and odd malt flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thinner side with a carbonation level that is rather average. For the flavors and the style of the brew the two were quite appropriate and made for a more easier drinking feel overall.

Overall – Ah, nothing too spectacular here. Not offensive, but certainly not a great go to. Ok overall and a decent non-gluten brew.

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Photo of Kestrel452
1/5  rDev -63.4%

Very bad flavor overall. Even Redbridge was considerably better than this. It reminds me of Foster's and its horrid aftertaste. Except the horrid aftertaste-like flavor is there from the second the beer hits your tongue, and then for a while thereafter it has been swallowed. Stick with Omissions gluten free beer line, or even Redbridge.

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Photo of Brenden
3.24/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

There's going to need to be a category for gluten-free beers. If the best that can be said about it is that it's a "vegetable" beer, we need to start thinking harder.

It's a pale yellow with a big-bubbled pure white head about half a finger's height that sinks down to foam rather quickly but holds up a film on top that manages some light spotting and a few little legs here and there.
Sorghum has always given me the impression of sweetened spent grains. I get a little of that here, but Lakefront has actually done a good job of integrating it into the beer. There's a bit of green apple skin in with the molasses along with a touch of hop leaf. The flavor brings a little more into it than the aroma, which is a bit light all around, but for a beer devoid of malts this one works. More hops wouldn't hurt people with gluten allergies, so it would be nice to throw a little more into this brew.
Light in the body without being thin, there's a kind of effervescent feel to the carbonation, and a firm crispness stays consistent with a nice smoothness. There is a particular feel that takes from the cleanness, but barely and only toward the end.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.86/5  rDev +41.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the LCBO for around $13/6pk. Served at 6deg C in a draught glass

A- Not much here. Ok head, clear and yellow

S- Very good! Airy almost like a ginger ale smell.

T- Pretty good. You can definitely tell it's a sorghum beer.

M- Excellent! Light yet creamy

O- Very good. Don't care it's gluten free but it's pretty good all on it's own. Will buy again.

Food Pairing

The nice light beer paired well with.... quiche

Enjoy

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Photo of jucifer1818
3.35/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

I picked this one up with the DFhead strawberry gluten free beer, in the middle of passover after work. I really wanted a beer, and this felt like the BEST (ok the only) time that I would want to try a gluten free brew

not kosher for passover by any stretch, but since its made with rice (which I eat on passover) and is made with no barley, hey...what the hell!

A: extremely soft colors, and very, very pale. Light straw. very clear. Heavy carbonation catches the side of the glass, but clears after a few minutes. Heavy soapy foam forms from the pour, but that dissipates quickly (after a few minutes). Not too shabby. 4/5

S: This beer has a real sweet orange marmalade smell going for it. Very fruity and sweet, but fairly soft. It could use a bit more push for its smell, considering its viewed carbonation.
3.25\5

T: well I have to say, not bad....but not that much good either. It tastes a lot like a harvest or american what ale, but with a MUCH dryer finish. None of the malty richness that you would expect. Their is also a strange tang to this beer that can be a bit off-putting (its something like old dry clementines). 3.25\5

m: very dry mouth-feel with a heavy carbonation "bite". A necessary negative to help draw away from the "tang" flavor in the brew. Still, it is unpleasant. 2.75/5

O: This beer is not as bad as I expected, and for the challenges that go into its creation, it could had easily flopped flat on its face...but didn't. Its still a very odd beer. Its flavor tang, from the sorghum, is very off-putting, and its heavier carbonation is a pet peeve of mine. However, it enjoyed its citric\marmalade flavoring, and felt that its aroma was pretty decent. it DOES feel like beer. i feel that that is the most positive thing that you can say about it.

It is NOT for people who can drink regular beer. Not at all. If gluten hurts you, this is for you. If your observing passover but don't feel like shilling out for the ill-reputed KOP beer, this is for you. its also for you if you want to try something new or got dared to drink the weird "gluten free" brew.

I give this one a 3.25/5 overall. Its a pretty average beer, but its nice aroma gives it a few more points, and the fact that I am drinking it this week is a serious positive

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Photo of TheHammer
2.81/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Alright, my second foray into the world of Gluten free beer.

Appearance: The body on this one is a sickly light lager yellow, that produced a finger of head that evaporated quickly and did not lace as a result. The carbonation looks very thin but abundant.

Smell: It smells like a mixture of straw like lager and pear cider, which is odd, given this Gluten Free beer doesn't appear to have been made with pear juice, but it works. Warming doesn't help it either way

Taste: Pretty much like it smells, the pear cider taste starts out the beer and it has almost a slightly ginger twang to it. Gradually the straw like malt makes it's presence known at the end of the beer.

Mouthfeel: It's really sweet...and cloys quite a bit as a result and there's not really a bitter note to be had on it. The carbonation is there...but it doesn't really seem to do much and the end of the beer is painfully short.

Drinkability: Light and easy to drink but only because there's not a bitter note to be had. It's painfully sweet, even more then flat cider.

Final Thoughts: I'm finding with many Gluten free beers, they seem to have large cider aspects to them, particularly pear taste, which I can only assume is a trait of Sorghum. This regrettably always leaves me asking the question about Gluten Free beer, why wouldn't I just drink cider if I was Gluten intolerant? Anyways, it's alright but it's still not quite to the level of regular beer.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.18/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

355 mL bottle from the LCBO picked up as a single; bottled Jan. 14 2014. Served well-chilled. My last gluten-free beer review was nearly two years ago, and... well, I'd rather not talk about it. Will this one go any better?

Pours a clear, pale straw yellow colour, topped with one finger of soapy, relatively short-lived white head. Soon, a foamy collar and wispy film at the surface are all that remains. It kind of looks like that glass of dry cider I had the other day. I am not getting much on the nose from this one - it's a little fruity, with some apple juice vibes, but not much else to speak of beyond some sort of neutral malt sweetness; probably the rice. Not offensive, which is already above average by GF beer standards.

I was a little worried about this one, but in all honesty there is nothing wrong with it as an alcoholic beverage. The taste is on the fruity side, with apple cider, boiled vegetables and some pear notes at first. Toward the finish I am getting notes of sake and white wine (Sauvignon Blanc maybe?); the booze is just barely detectable, but not in an irritating way. Light-bodied and watery, with firm carbonation that falls a step or two below 'macro lager' on the fizziness scale. This is a surprisingly light, drinkable pseudo-beer that I have no serious complaints about, but it's worth keeping in mind that I came in with very low expectations.

Final Grade: 3.18, a C+. I don't profess to have a lot of experience with gluten-free anything, but Lakefront Brewery's New Grist is the first GF beer I've ever tried that comes anywhere close to approximating a normal beer. This makes for a passable adjunct lager - high praise indeed! There's no reason for anyone without celiac disease to bother with this one, but it's still the best example of this niche style I've tried, and definitely the only one I'd voluntarily consume again.

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Photo of youknowmyname
2.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Odor: sweet aroma of apples, almost like an apple wine

Pour: Light golden clear with a faint head that disipates instantly, Filtered. No lace.

Taste: Very Light bodied beer with a sweetness on the end. Very light carbonation, almost none. Body reminds me of bud light with apple.

This beer is made with sorghum and rice instead of your normal ingredients such as barley and wheat. If you're like me, you asked, what the hell is sorghum? Sorghum is actually the 3rd largest produced grain in the US behind wheat and barley. Yes, I had to look that up. Anyway, I had originally heard about sorghum through Andrew Zimmern and his awesome Bizarre foods show where he was in Africa eating Sorghum like popcorn. It can be prepared that way and the popped kernels are lighter than popcorn and don't have the shell lodged in the middle to get stuck in your teeth. Not wanting to get beer stuck in my teeth, I figured I'd give this a go. And it's good for those avoiding Gluten...whoever you are. Beer with not a lot of complexity. I believe a lot of people who enjoy macro brewery beer could drink this and never know the difference until maybe the aftertaste of apple. Good beer to give to those girls who don't like beer and just want an appletini.

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Photo of The_Gluten_Free_Dude
4.19/5  rDev +53.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

As a Gluten Free beer drinker. This is the best beer I've come across so far. Smooth, balanced and not at all harsh or spicy. I find this beer to be the most similar to a standard Non-GF beer that I've encountered. Not very carbonated and doesn't retain a head too well however still a good brew. 4.23/5.

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Photo of dhannes
1.84/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle into a Perfect Pint.

A=Extremely faint yellow...almost like 7-Up. One finger white head that lasted for more than a minute.

S=Plastic and sugar/syrup.

T=Plastic and sugar/syrup...faint hops. Moderate to no flavor, but what is there is rather bad.

M=Moderate body with moderate carbonation...enables one to drink it quickly.

O=Not nearly as enjoyable as the Damm Daura gluten-free offering...will not buy nor drink again.

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2.85/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, with bottled on date 07/06/2013. My first beer from Lakefront Brewery, a gluten free sorghum beer, labeled as a 'pilsner style beer' on the label. Expectations are fairly low based on this beer's current poor ratings.

Poured into The Godfather pint glass.

A - Pours a sickly pale yellow colored body with lots of bubbles going crazy in the glass. One finger of thin big bubbly white fizz for a head. Tiny powdery sediment floating in the glass. Color is almost more reminiscent of a white wine than it is beer.

S - Smell is pretty light and non-existent, but I'm definitely pulling out lots of fruit, almost strawberry like. Strawberries, lemon juice, and green apple cider.

T - Taste pretty much disappears almost instantly following the swallow. There is subtle slight graininess here, a ricey sort of quality although I couldn't exactly say what it is, some tart green apple cider, and some acidic vinegar. Mildly vinous.

M - Feel is extremely crisp and clean. Hardly any lingering aftertaste of any kind aside from some mild vinous apple cider and some faint alcohol warmth.

Overall, it wasn't harsh or offensive, but there was hardly anything to enjoy about this offering. I give it props for being gluten free and all, but there is poor duration and depth of flavor with this thing. I'm not so sure I would call this a pilsner, but then again I wouldn't call it a fruit / vegetable beer either. An interesting beer, worth trying at least once I suppose.

Lakefront Brewery New Grist ---3/5.

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2.68/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

355ml bottle poured into tulip 28/10/13

A golden yellow with bubbles of all sizes including some giants, lots of tiny suspended particles once you have a good look, just a cola like fizzy thumbs width of foam, zero lace

S apple juice and rice cakes, earthy almost funky fall orchard, smells strange but not overly offensive

T apple cider ginger ale mix, almost has a wild aspect to it, I can drink it but not happily

M cola like foam and a little slimy, has a little body but its slippery and slick after you swallow

O I know its gluten free but it's hard to like a beer that's not quite right, doesn't drink that well and I'd rather have a cider

could be a lot worse, I finished it but I'd give away a second bottle it I had one

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2.3/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Another gluten free beer. This beer pours a pale yellow colour that reminds me of Canada Dry ginger ale. Very little head to speak of, and it quickly dissipates, leaving no lacing. Smells of grain, rice and green apples. Tastes like a weaker Budweiser mixed with a cider. Mouthfeel is thin and lightly carbonated. Overall, a disappointing beer.

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New Grist Gluten-Free Pilsner Style Beer from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
65 out of 100 based on 206 ratings.
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