Organic ESB | Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.42%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-22-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
228
Ratings:
381
Avg:
3.29
pDev:
20.06%
 
 
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Photo of PorterLambic
1.71/5  rDev -48%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a nice honey/amber color with a smallish head.
Smell is minimal at best with the faintest hints of hops, honey and grass.
Taste is really weak with only hops showing up to work and they really aren't putting in 100% effort.
Mouthfeel is weak as well. A medium-light body with bubbles is all that's there.
Drinkability: Why? No complexity, no balance, no depth, no reason to buy it. Doesn't even stick very close to the style. Drinks like a megabrew attempt at a real beer. Back to the drawing board, folks.

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Photo of mrfrancis
1.88/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Pours a murky amber with no real head.

S: Aromas of earthy, peppery hops and caramel are overwhelmed by an oddly pungent, grainy aroma. What is going on here?

T: Notes of minerals, caramel, toffee, roasted nuts, and peppery ale hops are muddled by tart grainy flavors and an odd metallic backtaste. The finish lingers for some time and is most notable for its complete lack of hop and malt character; instead, that metallic taste takes over completely.

M: Medium-bodied and very dry with active, firm carbonation. If it tasted better, I could see myself being generous and calling it drinkable.

O: This is hands down not only the worst ESB I've ever had, but also the worst organic beer of any type I've ever had. I don't know what the people at Lakefront were thinking. Maybe they weren't. I've never been so happy to pour a bottle down the drain as I am now.

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Photo of GPHarris
1.89/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

a - poured a one finger thick tan head into my sam adams glass. left a little ring and some sheet but not for long. the body was a light brown color.
s - i'm getting nothing, i mean nothing.
t - a tart hop bite, almost like sour fruits.
m - thin.
d - not good, i don't know if this is in fact a bad beer or not fresh. probably the latter.

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Photo of zeff80
1.95/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

A - Poured out a hazy, amber color with a HUGE overflowing head. Only got half the bottle in one the first pour. (this happened with both bottles.

S - It smelled musty and malty.

T - This was incredibly sweet and just not good. No hop presence.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A medium bodied ale.

D - Honestly I drained poured the last half of the second one. Out of two 12 oz bottles I only consumed about 10 ounces because of overflow and drain pouring.

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Photo of sweemzander
2/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. Bottled week 1, March 2010. Thanks to BeerFMAndy for the bottle!

(A)- Pours a clear amber color that produced a quickly dissipating white head.

(S)- Sweet corn meal

(T)- Tons of corn husk & bitter honey. Some hay.

(M)- A low carbonation level. Very malty with little to no hop presence. Sweet. I thought this was an ESB?

(D)- Definitely not what I would expect from an ESB. I appreciate breweries trying to make more organic beers, but this one just doesnt do it for me, particularly when it doesnt fit the style.

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Photo of
2.03/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

From 12 oz bottle. Pours a caramel cider like color. Smells of yeast and sweet apples. Excessively carbonated and taste strongly of apple cider with lemony notes. The theme here being apple cider. Cloyingly sweet, would never have guessed this was intended to be an ESB.

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Photo of jsprain1
2.09/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A- Red-copper with golden highlights. Head is half a finger, just a shade off white. Decent retention, light lacing.
S- The aroma is minimally there. There is some malty notes. But where is the bitterness? It really is missing that.
T- Not very flavorful. There is some generic sweetness up front with a touch malty caramel. But the bitterness is really really lacking.
M- The body is lacking depth and the carbonation comes off fizzy.
O- This was an absolute disappointment for me. All around lacking, unfortunately.

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Photo of Squelch
2.1/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: Very Hazy brown colored. Small head. Does not look appetizing.

Smell: No noticable aromas hopwise or maltwise present in the nose of this beer.

Taste: Bad. Very stale. Overuse of crystal malts give way too much raisony sweetness with no hop balance. Slight puckering astringency.

Mouthfeel: astringent. Puckering. Medium to medium light bodied. Low carbination. Best part of this beer.

Drinkability: Really does not suit my tastes. I may have a bad beer here because this is not good.

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Photo of cokes
2.21/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Hazed and dulled brass topped with plenty of beige suds.
Nose of dead leaves, stables, and cardboard.
Begins with a musty dry maltiness. Not flawed outright, at least not right away. Shows some oxidized traits, then the malt vanishes altogether, with a final stab of mushy, stale apple sauce. Strange esters fill the void. Band-aids mostly, and dustballs and tarter things too. Ends thin and modestly hoppy. Dry and grassy and unredeemed.
Too low on depth and too high on flaws. Pretty much worthless all around, and worth even less as it warms, as the problems seem to breed with each other.

Bogus.
I may begin advocating pesticides.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
2.21/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Shiny amber, very good clarity, topped by fist full of off-white foam that quickly dropped to two fingers. No lace.

A mild nose of hay and bread required some very deep pulls to get anything.

Taste comes in sloppy, with earthy herbal English hops, tea-ish malt, and soap all showing up at once, and no element aquitting itself well. Tasty sulfur note in the afterglow.

Okay mouthfeel. Very poor drinkability.

Being organic shouldn't do this to a beer.

Fullers has nothing to worry about here.

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Photo of Seanibus
2.23/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Disappointing.

Pours clear copper with a decent head that collapses to nothing very quickly. The aroma is slightly malty with a weird sour hoppy character that is not appetizing. The flavor is sticky and malty, bready with a touch of caramel, and slightly sour, with a flavor I associated with inexpertly produced homebrew. There is relatively little hop bitterness on the finish - more like a hop sourness - with an overripe floral hop aroma that is not pleasant. The mouthfeel is thin and runny with little carbonation and a sour finish.

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Photo of dwilkins
2.3/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - very light orangish brown. Way too light for an ESB. Head is good - not too much and some lingering foam around the edge persists being just right for the style.

S - Aroma of malt is all I can detect. ESB's should not be over-hopped, so this is a good thing. But... the hop aroma is very cereal like. The smell of raw pilsner or brewers malt predominates. I can detect no caramel or deeper aromas - weird.

T - malty side matches the smell, tastes like barely kilned malt, no depth. Hop balance is not bad, just a little kick of bitterness in the finish which is correct for an ESB.

M - thin and watery. Very little body.

D - I could drink a few bottles of this. While it misses the style target, it is not offensive in any way.

Tell ya what, a little crystal malt to provide some deeper caramel maltiness and darken the color and we're almost there. Perhaps this, along with a higher mash temp would keep the ABV the same and add to the body. If finding organic crystal malts is a problem, perhaps the same could be achieved with decoctions. I know this adds to the expense, but it would be closer to an ESB.

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Photo of brdc
2.36/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Another one from the sampler (a good sampler as it brings eight different bottles, the only reason I tried - I never try the ple packs that bring 4 bottles of each thing I am trying to sample).
Small capped bottle, poured into a pilsner glass.

Light golden, clear, off-white head, average retention and lacing.
Aroma is way too subtle, with faint hoppiness, mostly citric, some fruity notes, possibly caramel.
Body is thin, average carbonation, and it lacks depth. Not really bitter or hoppy, not malty either. Seems to lack ingredients altogether.

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Photo of oberon
2.37/5  rDev -28%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I havent had many Lakefront brews but the ones I have had have not impressed and this was borderline awfulPoured into a standard pint glass a bull copper color with a nice one finger white head that nver really tottaly subsided,from there it goes way down hill.Sour aromas like apple cider vinegar because a bit of green apple in there some residual toastiness as well,flavors are sour and astrigent makeing me pucker a little that apple is really pronounced its got a firm toastiness but it cant help cut thru the astringency of this beer.Ehh a drain our nuff said.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
2.39/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a copper/ amber-ish color with a small white head. Aromas of a small hop, and kind of tea like. In the taste, like iced tea, a bit sweet and citrusy/ lemon flavor. A small bitter mouthfeel, with a dry, small lemon/ citrusy aftertaste. Very much like iced tea, and not much bitter.

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Photo of bashiba
2.42/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer starts out almost perfect, dark clear amber with a big off white head, and nice retention with very good lacing.

The smell is almost nothing, just a very mild bit of bready malt.

The flavor is bland, some mild grain and toasted malts with a hint of minty hops. With kind a strange musty basement taste that lingers long after the hops.

Mouthfeel is light with a dry, yet cloying finish

Another dud from Lakefront, I will be steering clear of this down the road.

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Photo of Soneast
2.42/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours somewhat hazy, copper color with a dense, 2-finger thick, cream colored head, with good retention.

Aroma is somewhat grainy, some hints of caramel and malt sweetness and green fruit esters.

The flavor is definitely balance towards the sweet side, a sort of sickly sweetness and mild caramel flavors some butteriness, an unusual tartness and next to no hop character

Hmmm....Bitter....or Sweeter? This beer has no hop presence, save for a mild, barely balancing bitterness. The rest is sweetness and not really a good sweetness, it's kinda tart and unrefined. Not a great ESB or beer IMO.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
2.47/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a soft head which disappears completely after a moment. Color is a golden amber. Initial taste is a slight bitterness with some malt, which fades away with the finish. Not a lot of body, nor is it highly carbonated. Lacks alot!Bad ESB in my opinion

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Photo of Padron4KM
2.53/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle. Place for best before date on the label, but it’s not marked.

Deep copper with a 1 finger tan head. Zero retention or lace.

Aroma is light caramel malt and dirty water.

Flavor is slightly piney, with a touch of caramel on the finish.

uninteresting

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Photo of ttu94
2.58/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Well the best thing about this beer is how it looks, so look long. A nice copper color with an ok head that fades quick. The nose has a very malty character with a little citrus maybe?? They lose me totally on the taste. An initial malt flavor followed imediatly by a sour taste that really is not all that pleasant. I'll send the rest of this beer to Hotterthanhell. Kudos for the organic angle though.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.66/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bright orange with candy corn colored edges, a slight haze and a large number of bubbles. The cap is the color of aged ivory, is hefty enough to persist and is sticky enough to leave sheets of cheese grater lace. While it doesn't hang around all that long and the lace that it deposits is less than long lived, it's decent while it lasts.

The nose is an unqualified letdown. I don't believe that I'm being presumptuous to expect some hoppiness in my ESB, am I? Orangic ESB smells more malty than hoppy with weak caramel and butterscotch in the forefront. It's somewhat fruity, but that aspect of the aroma doesn't seem hop related. What is smells like is an especially poor quality English pale ale.

Interesting flavor. Not bad. Not good. What it tastes like is an especially poor quality English pale ale that has had a hopectomy. Barely sufficient malt... no, on second thought, let's make that insufficient malt. The flavor is buttery, moderately sour, minimally sweet and modestly fruity. Not surprisingly, it doesn't hang together in any unified way. The mouthfeel is thin (bordering on watery) and is appropriately carbonated.

Lakefront Organic ESB isn't extra special, it isn't strong and it isn't all that bitter. Given the fact that I'm drinking this bottle at what should be the peak of its powers (it was bottled about one month ago), its lackluster showing is even more disappointing. Of course it's a damn sight better than Lakefront's execrable Pumpkin Lager. The flavor flashbacks from that one still cause me to break out in a cold sweat. I'd say avoid this one; even if you like ESBs.

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Photo of Braudog
2.68/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz - Poured a medium amber, very still, with a thin head. Fruity aroma. Warming aspect to this surprisingly full-flavored brew -- nice caramel basis, not nearly as hoppy as I like my ESBs, this comes off more like an American amber ale. ONly a slight orchard-like bite in this one. (#2641 - 1/7/07)

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Photo of Greggy
2.7/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A- nice 2 finger head, fluffy, clings to the glass above the amber body with no sediment.

S- Nice fruitiness or raison and plum, along with some pear, a nice spiciness. Mainly malty, but a definite hop spice.

T- Velvety smooth with a dark chocolate, maltiness as well as some residual cherries. Overall, tastes more like a LIGHT dubbel than an ESB. Not a whole big hope presence.

M- Very smooth, but it has all of the wrong flavors for an ESB.

D- This definitely doesn't taste like an ESB to me, so regardless to say, I will not being having this again.

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Photo of Kookiekwan
2.7/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer pours a orange/amber, has a two finger head with some serious retention (the head sat on top throughout the whole beer like a little white sponge)with thin lacing. The aroma is faint but I picked up some hints of caramel and very faint earthy hops. The taste is a big let down, I expect ESB's to be bitter (it is in the name) but not this one it tastes more like a dulled down version of an Amber ale. The mouthfeel was good, it was highly carbonated but still drinkable and it felt like it woke my mouth up.

Reflection: I wouldn't recommend this one to anyone who likes good beer but I would drink it again if someone handed me a free one.

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Photo of Drew966
2.7/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Organic ESB pours a light copper color with an off white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is slightly malty, not much else in the nose. Flavor is all over the place, starts off sour, then a bit of butter, then a bit bitter. I'd skip this one, there's better beer to be had out there.

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76 out of 100 based on 228 ratings.
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