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

New Grist Gluten-Free Pilsner Style BeerNew Grist Gluten-Free Pilsner Style Beer
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Style:
Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #982
ABV:
5.1%
Score:
65
Ranked #47,864
Avg:
2.74 | pDev: 23.72%
Reviews:
215
Ratings:
412
From:
Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
 
Wisconsin, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  6
Gots
  50
SCORE
65
Poor
New Grist Gluten-Free Pilsner Style BeerNew Grist Gluten-Free Pilsner Style Beer
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Photo of Ratten46
3.97/5  rDev +44.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It’s really not fair to rate gluten free beers against regular beers. When I found out I have celiac, I realized my beer collecting and brewing days are over. I can’t drink “normal” beer anymore, so why would I compare this to something I only vaguely recall. Among GF beers (not crafted to remove gluten), this one is excellent. It’s one of my go to beers when I just want something light. Compared to a normal Pilsner, yeah, it’s not so great. But if you are GF for life, this one is an excellent option to try out. I pick up a 12 anytime I’m in Wisconsin.

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Photo of Samlover55
3.2/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle I to perfect pint
Bb 1/15/19
Pours apps juice color with thin white head
Surprisingly smells like apple juice as well sparkling at that
Again apple juice on the taste as well
Feel is nice and crisp
Overall while not bad at all it tastes more like apple cider than gluten free beer

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Photo of HoppyBastard
3.14/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, "best by" date "23 APR 2019".

APPEARANCE: pours a hazy and very light golden color with two fingers white head, excellent retention, the head grudgingly dissipated until a half finger cap remained, highly carbonated, there is significant lacing on the glass.

SMELL: initially sweet with a sour note and some green apple.

TASTE: initially sweet and the taste is more like an apple cider to me, there is an earthy note in there as well.

PALATE: light body and highly carbonated.

OVERALL: this is a very unique brew, they tried to make a gluten free beer that would mimic a pilsner style beer, this beer missed the mark as it really does not taste anything like a pilsner, still it's not terrible for what it is, I would recommend to anyone who required a gluten free diet but since I can tolerate gluten it's not something I would buy again.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
2.73/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Taste: slight sweet rice grain, sorghum, mellow hop notes. Mellow semi sweet and yeasty nose. Light yellowish hue, unfiltered, white head some lace. Medium light body.

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Photo of mikeg67
2/5  rDev -27%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle. Pours pale straw with tall, long lasting, fluffy, white head and lively carbonation. Aroma is of sour dough and not much more. Body is medium and crisp. Taste is of sour apples and a hint of hops. Finish is long and dry. Taste is like a good cider.

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Photo of pat61
3.25/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

L: brilliant straw with rapidly rising bubbles blanketed by a 1" frothy foam collar with reasonable retention

S: mild, sweet aroma of slightly sweet earthy sorghum, noble hops and spice

T: mildly sweet with a hint of apple, some sorghum and noble hops. It has a drying bitter finish with the sorghum a little sharp and the hops are a little harsh

F: The beer is light and the carbonation is high with a bit of prickle

O: This is an OK beer and a decent stand in for an American Standard Lager.

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Photo of Brian_L-2056
4/5  rDev +46%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

pours a clear light yellow color with a thin bright white head the dissipates fairly quick. Smell is slightly hoppy, not much else. Initial taste is crisp and fruity with a clean finish, perfect for a hot day. I don't care what all the others say about it, I could see myself drinking this all day long on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Jtee
2.73/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

From a 355ml bottle served at 10 degrees Celcius into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a brilliant straw with 1.5cm of foamy, white head that disappears in less than two minutes. Great lacing.

Aroma: Light intensity. Sweet and fruity with strong notes of apples. The smell makes me think of a cider. Some floral hop-character.

Taste: Follows suit with the nose. Light to medium intensity. Cider-like, fruity (apples), and sweet.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with lively carbonation. Prickly and refreshing.

Overall: This beverage is not as bad as I expected it to be. I picked up the bottle from the singles basket at the local liquor store because I had never seen the label before. First gluten-free beer that I've tried. I had to look up what sorghum was – ha!. The drink is refreshing, fruity, and sessionable. It surprised me and I do recommend it as a gluten-free option, however I wouldn't have it again. Purely from a stylistic perspective I think it deserves a higher rating, however my numbers reflect what I think of it as an overall beverage.

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Photo of JustLikeMyDad
2.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured into a beer mud.
Pours a nice crisp clean yellow, not much of a foam head.

Smells fruity, almost citrus.

Same with the taste, it's tart and crisp.

Drinks okay, smooth with decent carbonation, kinda smooth like atery but not with the watery flavor.

Overall, interesting and not bad.

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Photo of superspak
3.41/5  rDev +24.5%
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 -55.1%
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 -26.3%
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 +32.1%
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 -8.4%
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 -13.9%
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 -15.3%
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 +13.1%
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%
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 +13.9%
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 -20.8%
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 Beer-Zombie
3.27/5  rDev +19.3%
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 +13.1%
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 -63.5%

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 +18.2%
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 +40.9%
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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New Grist Gluten-Free Pilsner Style Beer from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 65 out of 100 with 412 ratings