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

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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

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Added by mentor on 10-13-2005

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Ratings: 393 |  Reviews: 211
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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Photo of darklordlager
2.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Apple cider coloured, with a decent looking 1/2" white head after a purposefully violent pour. Probably the best retention I am yet to see on a gluten-free beer.

A little bit of fruitiness, light malt, hint of banana phenols.

Kind of like a light watered-down molasses flavour. A bit estery. Maybe a little bit of caramel, and apple.

Reminds me of a watered down corn-syrup based juice.

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Photo of nsmartell
3.38/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. From the 12oz bottle to a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a straw yellow color with a billowy white head that lasts and lasts.

Smell: Very sweet and I think lemony. The yeast comes across pretty strong.

Taste: Again, sweet and lemony. Not much else that I can detect.

Mouthfeel: Very carbonated. Light-bodied and crisp.

Drinkability: Tastes nothing like any othe fruit beer I can rememembe having and since this is my first gluten free beer, I can't compare to others of the style. However, if this was the only beer I could drink, I would be happy. The mouthfeel makes this too much for me to drink more than a couple in one sitting though.

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Photo of allergictomacros
2.67/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clear, and a shade darker than straw with a puny head of white foam. Nose is sweet, apples and hint of booziness reminiscent of a Belgian blond. Flavour is light, again with some apple, and a crisp acidity and mineral water. Body is light, but without the usual harsh carbonation. Finish is dry-ish, and mildly bitter. Overall on the light side and not particularly tasty.

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Photo of SLeffler27
1.95/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

This is a rather uninspiring pale yellow to light gold beer with no real lacing, but does deposit a light film when swirled in a tulip glass.

The grains are present in the aroma as straw and some banana, all rather unpleasant throughout the session.

Commenting on the flavor, would only result in rude notes. Basically I'm left wondering what was the point of producing this beer. I had anticipated a grainy, oddly sweet beer, and while there are hints, it may be more subliminal suggestion that real flavors.

The palate is crisp and light bodied, without the pleasing qualities of a pilsner. Perhaps this is intended to lour the uninitiated, but as a fruit beer is unlikely to succeed.

How should one properly describe a beer with no redeeming qualities, without being disrespectful? After all, surely other people like this one, and definitely the brewers put much effort to bring it to the market. Unfortunately, for me this is a pass, but I raise my glass to the many fine examples from Lakefront.

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Photo of mralphabet
2.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Light gold color with a very thin white head that fades quickly very little lace.

S: I'm getting lemon with maybe apples, with a very light malt and rice.

T: OK, lemons and rice right out of the shoot, there is a sweet & sour type of flavor to it. Malt character is thin and there not little to no hops. After-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp light-to-medium body, pretty good carbonation, clean finish.

D: I didn't find it very tasty, goes down ok, not very filling, it's quite different but it didn't really appeal to me.

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Photo of ludachris
3.09/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale golden colour with less than a finger of quickly dissipating soapy white head that leaves zero lace.

Smells like a watered down hefe, wasn't expecting that. Candied banana, phenols, pepper, spice and a funky chemical backing.

Sweet banana, phenols, corn, light spice and again with a subtle funky metallic like aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is clean, crisp, smooth and slightly creamy. Quite easy to drink, despite the aftertaste.

Judging by the appearance, I thought this would have been a drain pour for sure, but everything else only went uphill from there. Being my first gluten-free beer, I actually enjoyed it, but the only reason I bought this was because it was in the loose basket at the LCBO. I would never buy a 6 of this because of the ridiculously high price. Overall though, a decent beer that I'd take over the standard macro any day.

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Photo of matjack85
2.29/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Found this 12 oz brown bottle on the discount rack at Geno's Liquors in Elgin, IL. They let you build your own 6 packs there out of any of their discontinued beers for just $4.99, so if you divide that by 6, I got this beer for just 84¢, which as it turns out is about what it's worth.

It pours a fairly clear light straw yellow color that leaves a ½ finger fizzy white head that disappeared in a matter of seconds. It didn't even leave a thin ring of foam behind, and of course there was no lacing.

The smell was very faint. What there was of it seemed to be like a cheap sweet champagne with the slightest hint of apple.

The taste had a ginger ale like flavor and sweetness to it but otherwise pretty bland. I understand that as a gluten free beer there is no malt used, but it just needs more of something else to give it some flavor. It's nothing you have to spit out or pour down the drain, it's just not something I would seek out again.

The mouthfeel is very light and watery. The carbonation is OK and the rice helps keep it clean and crisp, it just lacks in flavor.

These are easy to drink, but I don't know why you would want to. One last bit of advice would be that if you do drink it, drink it cold. I saved a little in my glass to see if it would improve any with warming, but it didn't. It got nasty as it warmed, so drink it cold and drink it fast.

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Photo of popery
2.66/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bland, lightly sour, crisp, a bit odd. New Grist Sorghum is somewhat odd and quite bland but not altogether bad. I've had a few gluten free beers now, and this one ranks just above Redbridge for me, pretty low overall. St. Peter's is still my pick. Anyway, this beer is a very light, washed-out yellow color with minimal head. The aroma is very light, a bit of apple and rice. The flavor goes quickly with very little aftertaste. It's quite watered down, and the rice keeps it crisp, but there's really not a lot to love or hate. There's a sour note in the finish. It tastes smaller than its 5% abv. It's probably the furthest from normal, malted barley beer of any gluten free beer that I've had, but it doesn't have the cheap, low quality characteristics of Redbridge. All in all, even though it's not really bad, this is a beer that's probably only going to be enjoyed by the gluten sensitive crowd. Sidenote: this definitely isn't a fruit/vegetable beer.

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Photo of Pauly2X
3.06/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A- Adequately clear straw color with a very thin yet strong head.

S- Very mellow bready aroma with light cidery notes.

T- Quite sweet and smooth while the breadyness is quite minimal. Some fruity notes are evident at mid point to add a little interest. There's little hops to speak of which is unfortunate as they would of added a much needed familiarity to this beer. The finish is clean with a mild fruity aftertaste.

M- Nice carbonation while retaining a good smoothness.

D- Well, unless I'm diagnossed a celiac, I prolly won't buy again.

Although it didn't ring my bell, it's pretty awesome considering what it is. My only advice would be to add some more hops to make the beer a little more "familiar".

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Photo of Wisconsin
2.47/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Pours a clear, straw colored body with a very thin head that faded to a lace within a minute. Lots of carbonation rising up to the top. Pretty standard looking, nothing too impressive.

S - Rice, wheat (which I assume is similar to sorghum). Also some sweet aspects standout, maybe apples. There is also a faint grainy alcohol type smell that coincides.

T - This beer tastes like a sour apple juice, and five minutes into to the drink it is looking quite similar. There is not enough carbonation, nor is the beer full enough in any of its characteristics. I still think there are some respectable aspects of this beer, including the wheat and sweet aspects, but they need to be fuller and an improved carbonation level wouldn't hurt either.

M - Faint amounts of wheat and something sweet (I say apples). Light bodied, with a poor amount of carbonation. I cannot detect the rice, but I haven't ever had a beer with rice in it.

D - This beer is a work in progress. It has potential but it needs some improvements before I would want another one.

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Photo of mltobin
2.42/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bought one 12 ounce bottle of this at a small wine shop.

The appearance is light yellow color with a very minimal head to it, it looks similar to apple juice in fact, a little disturbing.
Smell contains rice, some alcohol, and pear along with other fruite accents. Taste is lightly sweet, along with a grainy aspect to it. The mouthfeel includes some carbonation, light bubbles and just an overall faintness to it. Drinkability is so-so, just below average, despite the label proclaiming New Grist a "session beer". Next time, I will pass.

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Photo of DoctorDog
2.24/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle into a nonic glass.

A- Light, clear, straw appearance. Pours with 1 1/2 fingers of white head, which fades fairly quickly, leaving an incomplete cap. Fair bit of lacing.

S- Funky, grainy, rice. Not good. A bit off-putting.

T- Slightly tangy, essentially indefinable grainy melange, which grows a shade worse with every sip. I'm considering my 2 here to be perhaps generous.

M- Fairly crisp with moderately high carbonation.

D- Sub average taste and smell have to knock this one down as well. Not enjoyable, so no real reason to keep drinking...

Future outlook: Just another beer in a mixed sixer that was part of a gift. The thought for giving me this as a novel beer to try was well appreciate, but the actual beer itself was not. No reason to go back for more.

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Photo of mrmanning
2.06/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle from the LCBO- Pale sparkling gold with a fizzy and loud white cap. Nose is rice, grains, doughy, bread crust. Tastes of sweet grains and lemon, of rice too. Quick fizzy finish. Pretty standard fare, and not too bad for a Sorghum/gluten Free beer.

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

Light, but sweet nose with a hint of spice (cloves?). I smell no hops. Attractive carbonation, golden hue, short-lived 1/2 inch head. Sweet on the palate. Somewhat lacking in body, but could be a warm-weather quencher. Hints of sake? No malt notes of which to speak, as may be expected. I would certainly recommend this beer to Celiacs, and would be pleased to drink if offered. I am not about to seek it out, however.

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Photo of GodOfBeer
2.24/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a clear yellow with a thin white head that vanishes, leaving a few bubbles. You can tell there is not protien or gluten in this just by looking at it.

Smells almost like crappy wheat beer at first, slight fruitiness, banana, but then it turns nasty as it warms up. Very sour and winey and like flour kind of.

Tastes just like it smells, winey, sour, somewhat artificial. I had a hard time drinking this but somehow summed up the courage to finish it.

Flat mouthfeel like wine or water.

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Photo of Mit
1.76/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Well apparently gluten is what makes beer taste good...

A-Pretty standard straw colour. Very fizzy as poured and the head died down very quickly almost like a pop.

S-kind of an almost wine or champagne like smell with a sour after note.

T-Very flat tasting. The smell makes you think this will be much more flavourful than it is. Kind of a sweetish aftertaste.

D-I bought two and am not sure if I will ever drink the other one. I may wait till I'm doing some yard work and put it in the freezer so it gets super chilled then drink it really fast.

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Photo of mikereaser
2.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - pours an extremely pale clear straw yellow with just a few tiny bubbles on the surface

S - a slight grain smell with a bit of something funky, not right

T - bready grains and light malt, a bit of tartness, overall not something I would want to try again

M/D - light bodied and decent carbonation, not a beer that I would recommend to anyone, the flavor is just off and not very enjoyable.

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Photo of prototypic
2.93/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

New Grist is a very light gold color. It's very clear. No haze at all. It's topped with a foamy white head that's fortunate if it reaches a finger in depth. It was extremely quick to dissipate, leaving very light lacing behind. Very average.

Alright, I'll 'fess up. I have no idea what Sorghum is. The interwebz tells me that it's a safe grain for wheat allergy sufferers. Interesting. Apparently New Grist is brewed with no wheat or barley. Interesting. Let's see how it turns out.

The nose is weak and very uninspiring. It primarily smells sweet and yeasty. It's interesting in that it doesn't have a grainy smell that one would expect. I suppose that's the impact of using Sorghum instead. The more I stick with it, the more a weird, kind of funky smell. Perhaps that's the Sorghum. It's not reminiscent of anything I've smelled before, so forgive the absence of a comparison. Overall, it's anemic and below average.

The flavor profile is a little better. Enough to warrant a score bump. Nonetheless, it's average at best. It's sweet and features some light fruit flavors (apple and pear) initially. There's a distince earthy quality to it, but it's far from exciting. Sorghum doesn't add any appreciable quality to it (good, bad, or otherwise) as far as I can tell. Floral hops give it a slight buzzy effect toward the finish. More would be better. Finishes sweet. Pretty average all around.

New Grist has a light body and crisp carbonation. It's not smooth, but goes down pretty easy. Drinkability is average despite the label claim of being a "session beer." The flavor's just not quite deep or entertaining enough to be enjoyable. I'm ready to move on.

New Grist is a weird beer that's not very good. I thought it might be interesting and it is...a little. I'm intrigued by the Sorghum aspect of it. I understand the laudable goal of creating a gluten-free beer, but New Grist misses a grand opportunity to succeed. It simply lacks the ingredients. A little more malt and hops would be a nice place to start fixing it. I've come this far to create something novel for a select group of people. Why not put a little extra work into it and make it a better beer?

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Photo of Offa
2.48/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This is a somewhat unusual-tasting beer, sweet, thin, and one-dimensional.

Deep gold, it has a smallish white head steadily shrinking to a thin wispy top and a foamy ring.

The aroma is rice, hint of mineral water and iron, hitn of old apples and grass. Overall, the smell is somewhat like a really basic pale lager but slightly different.

The taste is a bit unusual, mostly sweet leaves/grass with apple sauce and light hints of candy and grain. It's not really bad but it's thin in taste and feel, slightly off-putting, and almost characterless.

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Photo of brfbeerdrinker
1.56/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

[Appearance]: Dark golden yellow.

[Smell]: Smells like a bad vodka, horrendous.

[Foretaste]: Nothing but carbonation.

[Midflavor]: Sour wheat.

[Aftertaste]: Super citrusy, lemons galore.

[Overall Flavor]: Horrible, made me sick.

[Mouthfeel]: Watery and high carbonation.

[Drinkability]: Never again will I buy this beer.

personal recomendation: dont buy this. unless your an alchy with a gluten alergy.

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Photo of webbcreative
2.24/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

light yellow color, half finger head that dissipated quickly. taste and smells sour and sweet, pick up a lot apple in this almost a green apple cider, but not even close to as this beer warms it taste like thera-flu cold medicine. one of the 2 worst beers i have ever had.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.54/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance - pours a frothy straw/gold with an impressively resilient finger of white foam. It's lengthy hold allows for some thick lacing, like spray-on snow. The bead is high caliber, throwing a steady stream of bubbles upward.

Aroma - a slight apple-sweet grain smell, maybe even a slight funk, but not much more.

Taste - hmmm, never had a beer like this. An initial mild sourness, tart apple. What follows is a syrup-like flavor without the thick body. The aftertaste has me thinking of talcum powder. The finish is about the same. I don't really care for the taste, but its not overly unpleasant. Just a bit...

Mouthfeel - crisp, fairly light body, on par for a session beer but doesn't do much for this one.

Drinkability - not for me; glad I only bought one.

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New Grist Gluten-Free Pilsner Style Beer from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 2.73 out of 5 with 393 ratings
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