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Organic ESB | Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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Organic ESBOrganic ESB

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

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.42%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Organic E.S.B. (Extra Special Bitter) Ale

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-22-2002

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Ratings: 382 |  Reviews: 229
Photo of rodbeermunch
2.89/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Auburn, light, thin white head, smallish. Not much going on smell wise.

Taste was dull, lifeless for an esb. Needs more bitter, hops. Too much wet newspaper.

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Photo of sweemzander
2/5  rDev -39%
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 Halcyondays
3.15/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a murky, light brown, with a small head, white and bubbly into a tulip.

S: Smells roughly of light malt, some sour apple, and toffee, no real hop smell to be found here.

T: Recognizable as an ESB, malty predominately, some caramel and toffee, but very light on the palate, needs a more robust flavour profile that I find in other ESBs.

M: Light, creamy, good carbonation helps with the body, but still a bit on the thin side, but one of the better parts of the beer.

D: One of those beers that you drink that at the end of it, you're really not impressed with it, but it's not bad either. An average beer, I've had better bitters, but drinkable.

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Photo of petermethot
3/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of wordemupg
3.03/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

355ml bottle poured into pint glass 3/11/11

A clear copper with lots of big bubbles feeding a fast falling finger of creme colored foam that leaves a few polka dots of lace

S some dry cereal and purple candy with a little caramel

T not far from the smell really a little malty and lacking the hops for a great bitter

M a little flat and thin with just a little bite

O pretty basic beer if you ask me, nothing offensive but not what I look for in a bitter

nothing special going on here, it went down without any problems but I don't think I'd bother buying it again

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Photo of WDJersey
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of beerthulhu
3.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Burgundy-apple coloring with a translucent nature has a short lived, bready tan head atop. A light mist of haze sits inside while the glass remains squeaky clean of lace.

S: Caramel apple grains first appear with some dry shrubbery hopping. Hints of alcohol, but so far nothing really special nor bitter about this nose.

T: Spicy alcohol and fresh caramelized grains are the flavor base. Honey toasted bread with a sweet green hopping. There is a nice level of bitterness, sweet toasted grain base that is rounded out by some dry apple skins.

M: Nice level of fullness for the mouthful, malty and viscose turning creamy on longer holds. Nice toasted grain fade, semi-sweetness balanced by a touch of bittering hops both appear.

O: Overall a moderately pleasing ESB. The organic label does little for me in terms of taste, as your not gonna really taste the Naturalness of the organic wheat now are you, it’s the sugars that’s being converted, but works if you an eco-friendly craft drinker.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.23/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. The aroma is slightly toasted malt, a touch of caramel and hops. The taste is biscuity malt with a citrusy hop finish. The mouthfeel is thin and moderately carbonated. Overall, this is a decent ESB, but nothing to get overly excited about.

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Photo of mattmarka1
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of harpus
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of barleywinefiend
2.47/5  rDev -24.7%
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 hozersr
3.27/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DrDemento456
3.72/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Taken from a bottle found in my 8 pack variety case
A - Cloudy amber color with slight sediment and a decent amount of fluffy head.
S - Slight grain and sugar. Picked up a bit of malty sweetness.
T - A pretty well balance of sweet and bitterness from hops and malts. Expected more grainy lager taste since I compare this to Red Hooks ESB but it was tasty.
M - Kinda chalky and dry. Wasn't terrible.
D - Well you really can't find it here so low but if I crossed paths with a fresh bottle I would have to try it again.

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Photo of Canada_Dan
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of ppoitras
2.83/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12ozer bought as a single from Oliver's Beverage, Albany, NY.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1 1/4" white head over the clear coppery amber brew. Thick head lasts very nicely, with tons of sticky lacing. Aroma is ample grains with light hops character. Taste begins with average malt levels, hits with a tart fruitiness in the middle, and then balances with some soft bitterness. Mouthfeel and drinkability are hurt by the seemingly out-of-place tartness in the middle. Made me not want to revisit this one.

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Photo of thinwhiteduke
2.75/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of barnzy78
3.7/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, pours copper-brown, with a foamy, beige head that leaves a little lace. Aromas are malty with toasted grain, brown sugar, spicy/earthy hop. Tastes are lots of brown sugar with caramel, toffee, toasty grain, bready, earthy, complementary spicy hop, some fruity notes in there as well. Mouth-feel is creamy and smooth, with a little over-carbonation, but it does allow for the flavors to meld on the palate. Overall, it seems to be that I liked this one more than most. I thought it was good, regardless of whether it was organic or not.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.61/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer is absolutely crystal clear. Amber color with definite orange highlights. Nice frothy white head. A bit of a fruitiness on the nose. Some definite earthy hop tones on the tongue. A shallow bitterness. Very easy drinking. A fair amount of carbonation. A little too much for my liking in a bitter. Nicely balanced. Has a unique taste that I think stems from the organic nature of this beer.

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Photo of ZAP
3.15/5  rDev -4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very light golden and VERY clear...doesn't look the way I expect an ESB to look...smell is soft..nutty and toasty...sweet tasting at the start with a spicy finish...the bitterness lingers a bit...interesting beer...nuts/slight caramel hits you first, but then quick burst of spicy hops hit you on the finish...I downgraded a little for the look and the aroma, but overall this is worth drinking....

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.78/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Another bottle from my favorite brewery tour. Copper pour, thin off white head that is below .5". Lacing and retention are decent though. Aroma imparts almost nothing but a mild undercurrent of breadiness and bitterness. Very miniscule, very far from robust.

Bitterness and cardboard are the heavy hitters in the flavor profile. Cardboard lacks any caramel or toffee notes. Kind of a headscratcher. A tiny bit of old closet mustiness. Copper + cardboard doesn't make for the best of beers. I've had better bottles than these, but even those weren't awesome by any means. There's just a void of hops in this beer, and even when viewed through the most stringent (I should mention the beer is also astringent, without hops, like it was dry hopped with cardboard and pennies) traditionalist viewpoint of an old school English esb.

Kinda hurts to give a brewery I really like a negative review. I think for some, the word 'organic' on the front is license to charge a bunch for an underwhelming product.

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Photo of bpfrush
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of mynie
3.88/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an almost eerily translucent red with a tiny little head that's just about the norm for co2 ESBs.

Smells like light english hops, light toffee malt. Hmm... have my senses gone dim? That's two room temp beers in a row that haven't smelled like very much at all.

Tastes like something more than something, thank goodness. Malt starts off thick and krumpety with an almost cloying amount of buttery smoothness, like a Ritz cracker on cracker crack. This is backed up delicately with a wee hint of dry English hops. I can't place them so I'll just go and assume they're fuggle, in spite of their being a little more citrusy than I'm used to. (Note: Website says its Cascade, which just blows my mind. First because it's sacrilege. Second because it's sacrilicious.)

So is that's what holding so many bottled ESBs back, their insistence on using English hops? Maybe. If it weren't for a mute aroma this would be a world class exemplar of its style, but at any rate it's a spectacular session.

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Photo of claspada
3/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of jera1350
3.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice looking copper color with a trace of foam around the edge of the glass. Some fair lacing.

The nose is barely there. A touch of nuttiness and some milk chocolate, but just way too light overall.

A little bit watered down flavor. Some caramel and nutty malt, but pretty thin tasting. The hops come in at the back and make for a long, but lightly hoppy finish and add some bitterness.

Smooth feel, but too thin. Carbonation feels pretty good though.

This is a highly drinkable beer, but it lacks in depth. Beef this one up a bit in the flavor department and this could be really, really good.

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Photo of mrfrancis
1.88/5  rDev -42.7%
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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Organic ESB from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.28 out of 5 with 382 ratings
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