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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New Grist Gluten-Free Pilsner Style BeerNew Grist Gluten-Free Pilsner Style Beer

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

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by mentor on 10-13-2005

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Ratings: 390 |  Reviews: 211
Photo of rundocrun
2.89/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - very pale golden color with some champagne-like bubbles coming up. Honestly, looks like a bud light.

S - sweet, slightly malty-sour smell. different. Not really sure what to expect as this is my first sorghum beer.

T - sweet, cidery up front. A lingering sourness on the sides of the tongue tinged with an earthy hint to it as well. Little bitterness.

M - not much body to this beer. Well carbonated, but not overly so.

Overall, not sure if this was good enough to make me curious about other sorghum beers. Decent though.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, this beer is an extremely pale, dull, gold color. The beer is crystal-clear, with a thin, filmy head. The nose was very nondescript. Hard time gleaming much from the aroma, but it was mostly sweet, with a slight sour blend. In mouth, the high carbonation makes the flavors of the beer sharp. Fruity and flowery highlights in the flavors, also. The beer has a sweet and light finish, with a slightly sour aftertaste. Extremely easy to drink, almost like a Fresca version of a beer.

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Photo of jsdunlop
3.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is crystal clear, golden, with a whispy white head.
Smell is candy-like, slight banana and a touch of citrus, with a faint grain aroma.
Slightly tart to start, very crisp and refreshing. Grainy sweetness, but not overpowering, bit of lemon and citrus makes its way out, followed by a medicinal clove aftertaste that lingers on the tongue for a while.
Mouthfeel is light with ample carbonation, with a dry feel to the beer.
Drinkability is fairly high, a light and refreshing beer, that medicinal aftertaste sort of gets old, but overall its a fairly decent brew. Worth a try if you're looking to check out a sorghum brew.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.12/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Looks like bmc faint yellow with clarity, no head. Aroma was artificial sweetener.

Tastes like bland cereal with water on it, not milk. Plenty of carbonation pushing the water around in here. No hops. Wouldn't argue with you if you said it wasn't beer and I tasted this blind. Sparkling ciderish. Comes off like someone is trying to get their beer below the 55 calorie line.

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Photo of JerseyPaul
2.2/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear, pale yellow that resembles a light beer; little carbonation; thin white head dissolves away very quickly, barely leaving any lacing

Smell: Light malt sweetness; slight hints of citrus & floral notes; not much going on here

Taste: Light; slight herbal/floral sweetness; metallic notes; reminds me of Mich Ultra or MGD 64

Mouthfeel: Light body; slightly watered down; slight carbonation

Drinkability: Light & crisp, but not much taste; goes down easily, but wouldn't recommend this

Overall, New Grist Sorghum is new territory for me. I've never had a gluten free beer, and I doubt that I will again. However, I can't really say anything negative about this, because for some people, this is all that they can drink. I'll count my blessings that I'm not one of them.

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Photo of atlanta
2.9/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Look, its important to remember you are rating by style. This would be a poor pale ale, but it is a very good gluten-free beer! And some of us would have the heart ripped out of our very chest if beer was verboten in our diet. So we need to have this type of beer for the poor celiacs. And this is acceptable. It is beery, not sour, interesting, bubbly, and a facimile of beer drinking that is closer than their competition. So kudos!

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Photo of decimator
1.85/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

355ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Poured a very clear yellow gold. Minimal head was quickly gone. No lacing.

S - Light grains, very light hops, grape/apple juice and a whiff of yeast. Not the most inviting beer.

T - Cooked rice, hints of apple/pear juice, with a mild nasty bitter and tart taste which continues into the aftertaste.

M - Heavy carbonation and a dry Champagne like finish. But Champagne this is not.

D - Got through a bottle on my first try. On my second attempt I couldn't finish it.

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Photo of Viggo
2/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle from LCBO.

Pours a clear straw yellow, ciderish looking, very thin white head forms and settles to a very thin bubbly ring before disappearing completely, no lacing.

Smell is interesting, lots of apple juice, some graininess, definitely a sorghum/spelt sort of aroma, alcohol, not very good.

Taste is similar, basically just tastes like a cider, some pears, light grains, a touch of sugary sweetness and some booze, sharp acidic finish.

Mouthfeel is very light and thin bodied, medium carbonation. I know gluten free beers are hard to make, but this is a poor effort.

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Photo of katybee
3.34/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer is definitely "different" from the run of the mill made with hops. If saki were a beer and not a wine, this would be it. Very dry flavor due to the predominant rice extract. Very, very lightly --if at all-- hopped, and very lightly malted. Slightly flowery herbal aftertaste, and slightly oaky. But the feeling to me, if not for the light carbonation, was saki.

appearance: light yellow blond; quickly dissipating limited foam head and carbonation.

smell: very little, perhaps lightly barley

taste: very dry, flowery, very much based on the rice mixture and similar to saki wine. Limited aftertaste slightly towards barley.

Mouthfeel: thin, clear, similar to PBR lightness, but with more refined rice-barley taste and less carbonation.

drinkability: quaffable. combineable with any variety of foods including more complicated meals due to the lack of strong aftertaste and clarity on the tongue. Try it with pasta or seafood.

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Photo of beerthulhu
2.31/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

- Made from Sorghum and rice extract.

A: A very watery and pale maize with a brilliant clarity is enough so to read the finest of print from any automobile lease ad. Visible carbonation was light, with ample space between the micro-bubbles that rose slowly to the surface. The head was off white with soapy bubbles quickly dissipating to a near polished surface within the first minute of the pour.

S: Freshly buttered bread and dried whole corn cobb barely makes its distinction known here with a wimpering strength factor.

T: Dried corn with some apple juice on the open. The rice provides a crisp lighter palate but is hardly distinguishable in the taste and anyone familiar with celiac friendly beers can certainly pick out the less then flattering sorghum grains that seem second, rather third rate with some starchy results. Some dried pears and sparkling dry apple juice best sums up the flavor with an extraordinary light palate that finishes out with some corny and fruity mixtures along with some tinny/metallic results.

M: Light bodied with a slippery smooth texture. Unfortunately on longer holds dried corn and a sour apple juice bitterness comes about making you rush things along.

D: Easy drink palate wise but reminds me more of those sparkling apple juice bottles that come in fruit baskets. Wouldn't drink this unless I had to, and even then I would have second thoughts. Less then enthusiastic results makes you consider this a drain pour midway through.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
2.57/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into 500ml Weihenstephaner World Cup glass.

Appearance: Clear straw color with a small, quickly dissipating white head that only leaves behind a little bit of lace. Many bubbles rising from the bottom and sticking to the side of the glass.

Smell: Sweet, sugary smells permeate. Smells almost like a sweet cake.

Taste: Begins with a strange herbal sweetness, finishing sugary with more herbal flavors and some corn hints.

Mouthfeel: Light body with very sharp carbonation and a watery finish.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, and while it doesn't necessarily taste bad, there's not too much about this beer that's appealing. Somewhat unique, so may be worth a taste, but this isn't anything special at all.

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Photo of koopa
2.32/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz bottle picked up at Treats in Wiscasset Maine on a recent road trip.

Appearance: Pours a transparent pale golden with only the tiniest swirls of foam for a crown...comb over esque!

Smell: Sweet corn, pale malt, almost a white grape quality,

Taste: drain pour

Mouthfeel: thin (rice) with decent carbonation.

Drinkability: yuck!

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Photo of alovesupreme
3.64/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a light yellow with a small white head that dissipates rather quickly with the exception of a ring of bubbles that hang around the edges until the end of the glass. Appears to have alot of carbonation.
Very sweet smelling, smells of rice and cotton candy?
Slightly fruity with a slight metallic character. Some form of grain adds a cereal character to the beer.
Fair carbonation with a slightly thin mouthfeel.
I am impressed. Had no idea what to expect but would recommend this to a celiac.

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Photo of Wetpaperbag
2.59/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Thanks to AKBelgianBeast for this gem.

Fruit/Vegetable beer is a catch all of brewing fermentables so reviewing this based on a catch all sucks.

A- Very filtered clear, fizzy, the head was there then is not in quick fashion. Straw in color, and pretty much it.

S- Smell is of honey and bread. Sort of a white wine/mead smell.

T- This has many flavors that ultimately don't work well. Light yet bitter for reasons unknown. This has a super metallic taste that is very off putting. This is gross. I don't think keeping the beer in my garage for a few months has helped this beer out much, but I'm guessing there wasn't much damage that could have been done to this one.

M- Too overly carbonated for my tastes.

D- Only with a funnel.

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Photo of ScottyC
2.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Great clarity. Color pretty typical -- nothing special here.

Smell: Smells like wort. Very subtle citrus coming from hops. Head dissipated quickly. Hoppy aroma is really the only thing coming through.

Taste: Crisp and refreshing as advertised. But has another taste which is tough to describe (cotton or foam). Props. for making a beer without malt, but I won't go for it again. It seems just a novelty.

Drinkability: Actually goes down easy. But has that funky taste :-/

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Photo of WeezyBoPeep
3.71/5  rDev +35.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not sure if this is actually gluten-free or not: the bottle does not specifically say. Got a sample because a friend of mine is ciliac and I wanted to see if this is any good. Poured into a Shipyard Pumpkinhead pint glass.

A: Very boring, clear pale yellow with hardly any head at all. What little there was dissipated into little wisp of lace on top. Looks like a bad adjunct.

S: Definitely boiled rice, corn sugar, and a significant yeasty note, almost like you'd find in a hefeweizen. Buried in there are notes of peanut butter and ripe bananas, along with a definite yellow apple presence.

T: Pretty much follows the flavor exactly, with a rice and corn start, grainy middle, and a finish that is exactly like a good English hard cider.

D: If this is in fact gluten-free, I say it's a pretty good beer for someone who can't have any wheat or gluten.

Value: Very good considering...gluten-free foods are usually ridiculously overpriced and the folks at Lakefront have decided not to screw people because they have a disease. I say bravo.

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Photo of dfillius
3.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass

A: Aggressive pour yields 1/4 finger of white head with poor retention. Very pale yellow fizzy liquid. I'd like a darker yellow color and better head.

S: Rising bread, yeasty, cooking rice. Not reminiscent of beer, more like bread.

T: Clean, crisp, bread with oil and balsamic vinegar almost. Sort of tasty. Enjoyable actually. Malt forward. Lemony. A good candidate for souring I think actually!

M: Clean, acidic, slightly tart.

D: So so. I enjoyed it about as much as I thought I would. I would not buy again. I might order another on a hot day before I'd consider ordering a BMC beer.

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Photo of TheSSG
4.73/5  rDev +73.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice, expanding head which quickly subsides. Beautiful gold hue. Crisp and clear in appearance. Slight yeasty sweet aroma; subdued is best description. An unique flavor. Slight hints of tartness, slight suggestions of fruit; Similar to a lambic or Berliner weiß (if you don't like tart biers, then stay clear). Very refreshing and delicious.

I think most everyone is going into this the wrong way; they are expecting a pils or lager, perhaps a "lawnmower bier."

This is a sorghum and rice bier. Keep in mind rice can be used as an adjunct in many biers to crisp, thin, and add a bit of bite.

Don't look at this golden bier and think it will be a pilsner. The second you do that, you condemn this bier to mediocrity. Go into this bier with an open mind and an adventurous palate. Expect nothing and you will be rewarded.

I initially tried his bier as a "what the hell" kind of ordeal. It's Lakefront, at least you know it can't be bad! When summertime rolls 'round, this is my favorite bier. It's better for a biergarten than even a hefeweizen!

Easily one of my top 10 biers of all time.

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Photo of collander
3.48/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For what this is I really enjoyed it. As far as Gluten free goes, this one is good, and will rate it according to what it is. Through out the nose and the flavor spectrum, notes of biscuit, toasted rice, toast, flutters of fruit, flowers, with sprinkles of spice. Surprisingly complex for Sorhum. I normally won't dabble here, but if I had to, this is where I would go.

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Photo of mintjellie
1.6/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Pale straw with a meringue-like head. The head dies down pretty quickly, but leaves a thin layer over the beer that sticks around for awhile. Leaves behind a pretty lace. There's something about it's aroma that I find antiseptic and unpleasant. There's some apple and lemon in the aroma as well. The apple isn't like sour green apple, but more like apple juice. It tastes lemony and sweetish, with only a little bit of apple. There some tartness and harshness to it, and that antiseptic nose seems to affect the palate as well. It really doesn't taste as bad as it smells though. Light-bodied and finely carbonated. Despite being thin and watery, it isn't very refreshing at all. I'm pretty happy I'm not on some kind of gluten-free diet. If I couldn't tolerate gluten, I'd give up beer rather than drink this.

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Photo of beertunes
3/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've had tastes of other gluten-free beers before, but this is my first review. Poured into 10oz. glass. Poured a very pale yellow with only a thin trace of white head that had zero retention or lacing.

The smell was more than a little sweet, but otherwise very neutral. There was more flavor than the aroma had led me to expect. The taste was neutral on the front, sweet in the middle and finished with a tang like cider vinegar. Not great, but not totally unpleasant either.

The body was fairly thin and drinkability was ok, but I personally wouldn't want more than one. If I became gluten intolerant, I could probably drink this fairly regularly. Since I'm not, I probably won't try this again.

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Photo of WakeandBake
3.57/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very pale golgen color pour with a thin shrot lasting white head , no lacing left , light carbonation. Aroma of cloves , hay and faint yeasty notes , flavor is very light , lemon , cloves , and grass maybe some other herbs in there as well ,a light body with a watery mouthfeel and a dry finish , quite drinkable and I would deem it ultra sessionable , a nice summer beer , and I think my first gluten free beer , it was not bad in any way but too far on the light side for me on this cold winter day .

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Photo of whtguitarguy
3.46/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My first Sorghum. I was scared to dabble here, but it was quite impressive. It has the aroma of sweet rice, and an interesting sweet flavor that I couldn't pick out. There is a fruity undertone, maybe grapes. I thought this was quite good for a "nothing ventured, nothing gained" decision.

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Photo of beerwolf77
2.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Well this is my first sorghum beer so my review may be skewed.

Poured into my pint glass the beer is crystal clear pale yellow. An army of tiny bubbles float upwards. The tiny white head lasts about a blink of an eye and leave no lace.

The aroma is muted for sure. A hint of sweet grain and grass. Unsweetened apple juice comes to mind.

The flavor is unique for sure. Sweet grain and a heavy dose of black dirt. Maybe a touch of hops in the finish. Not much else going on.

Light body with loads of carbonation.

Overall I'm glad I'm not a allergic to malt. This would be hard to choke down on a regular basis. Kudos to Russ Klisch for being a pioneer.

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Photo of happygnome
3.57/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a: pours a pale straw yellow color with a big inch plus high pillowy heard that disappears slowly. as the level of beer drops in the glass, sticky lacing is left
s: sweet and sour lemons
t: sweet and sour lemons
m: light bodied beer with a lot of carbonation

I have had 2 gluten free beers, this and redbridge. By far this is the better one

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New Grist Gluten-Free Pilsner Style Beer from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 6.2% out of 100 with 390 ratings
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