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 CheapHysterics
3.77/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pleasant looking amber color with a reddish-orange tint to it. Head dissipated soon after pouring.

Smells sweet and malty with a little hint of fruitiness.

Tastes pretty much like it smells. Mouthfeel is a little chewy. has a nice balance of sweet and bitter, with the bitter really showing up on the finish. Not exceptional, but definitely above average. At $28 for the case I was very pleased with quality/price ratio.

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Photo of Skidz
3.76/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out golden yellow and sits golden amber in the glass with a small off white head.

Smells of malts and an assertive hop background. Hopping is mildly citric with note of nuttiness.

Flavor pulls from malts to a nutty and leafy tasting base of hops. A nice balance, but the hops definately dominate, very pleasing at that. No off-flavors, and the Perles definately come through very well. Finish is well bittered.

Mouthfeel is clean, creamy and smooth with easy carbonation. Melts in your mouth, but holds it's body. Very pleasing.

It's a very nice break from the usual beers and might be a good way to introduce a person into the world of IPAs and hoppier beers. Tolerable and easily enjoyed.

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Photo of mjstacker
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of LoraxLager
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of flyingspatula
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The yeasty smell hit my nose as soon as I opened the bottle, and I liked it. This beer has a nice amber/brown (more brown) appearance with a two finger head, and lovely bubbles. I haven't had that many ESBs before (not sure why) but it has a nice rounded taste, some malty sweetness, but also a biscuity/bready tatse with hints of fruit (but not fruity). I would drink it again.

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Photo of granger10
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mohagany colored with a medium, fizzy egg foam head. Smell is yeasty with notes of yeast phenols and a bready aroma. Solid fruit precense and some butterscotch sweetness. Flavor is similar but less yeast driven. A bit of minty flavors in there and even a touch of dark fruit. But its more of a light fruit complexity beer. Bready base. Floral hop notes at the top zip in. Finish is my only real problem as it gets metallic. Body is smooth and slick. Medium in feel, not heavy at all. Flavors aren't heavy either. Almost too little really. Although the yeast gives medium weight, the flavors don't quite hold their own. A bit more malts and hops, the same proportion already used, and this could be really good. For now, its decent to solid.

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Photo of mgobrew
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of Lemke10
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I bought a Lakefront 8-pack variety from Woodman's in Janesville, WI for about $11 in Fall 2010.

I don't know if this beer is worthy of the title E.S.B. but at least it's decent. It pours a cloudy dark amber color with a slight scent of wheat. Has a good strong wheat flavor with a slight bitter finish to it. Drinks rather smooth and is quite different from the taste of many other of Lakefront's beers.

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Photo of gwiedman1
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of Goliath
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light brown/amber color with a one inch off white head. Decent retention and some spotty lacing.

The aroma is very pleasant. Some sweet malts, caramel dominates. A very light hoppiness adding a subdued citrus component.

Taste is decent and quite interesting. Some nice caramel malt, and again a bit of citrus. Somewhat sweet with minimal bitterness. Very reminiscient of iced tea. I kind of dig it actually.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with ample carbonation leaving a nice tingle.

Drinkability is fairly high. Flavors are decent and the low alcohol makes this brew pretty sessionable. Not a bad choice, although probably not the best example stylewise.

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Photo of Pacioli1445
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of mfl620ks
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of Durandal_777
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of Punisher
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of afsdan
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of blackearth
3.74/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased from Trader Joes. Pours a deep copper body with a thick, frothy off-white head. Aroma is sweet caramel. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Flavors of sweet toffee upfront with some malt spiciness leads to a low bitterness at mid tongue followed by sweetness again in the finish. Drinkability is very good, but I'll like to see more hop aroma and flavor from this one.

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Photo of karengarys
3.74/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hmm, a bitter. Lakefront? I've liked their brown, l'll give it a try.

Pours rich amber, but the bubbles are big like pop and there is no real head. Not the most charicteristic beer to look at. it doesn't look BAD, just not very interesting.

Smells very beer like. The bitterness is apparent, it is some sort of floral like bitter. There is a slight offsetting balance of malt and alcohol, but the bitterness rules.

The taste, as you would expect, nails you in the mouth with hops. A bit dry, but mostly pine like. Alcohol flavor is present too in this somewhat syrupy brew. I thought it would be lighter, but this seems a bit thick. I don't know bitters that well, though, so take that for what it is worth.

Mouthfeel is just average, not rich and creamy, not flat, not soda pop, just passing as a "this is a beer" mouthfeel.

It has a strangely syrupy sweet finish which is quickly upset with a bitter pine hop whallop which, unfortunately, sits around and lingers a while.

This is a decent beer worth trying.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.73/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours a deep amber with a thinnish, but persistent ivory head. Plenty of fine lacing. Smells quite biscuity from the malt, thin herbal bitterness but an overall sweetish aroma.

Taste is much like the aroma. A very British style ESB, lots of biscuity malt and a present but understated herbal hops presence. Finished very, very clean. Mouth is a bit on the thin side. If I had to pin this beer down to one style I would probably say it's just a bitter instead of an Extra Special Bitter.

It's not bad at all but could bring a little more as far as flavor. Good session beer.

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

A: This is a somewhat hazy medium amber having a thin, persistent and creamy, light tan head.

S: Mild fruity esters of apricot and orange with a mild floral hops and a biscuity malt aroma.

T: The flavor is mostly a mix of fruity easter, a caramel and biscuity malt flavor with a moderate hops bitterness taking over at the end. The balance is mostly towards the bitter. The finish is dry with a malt aftertaste.

M: A crisp, medium-light bodied with a moderately-low level of carbonation.

O: This is a nicely balanced ESB with a a bit of fruitienss and a nice malt flavor. A little cloudy for an ESB it lost a bit on appearance.

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

This 12 oz bottle of Lakefront Organic ESB poured amber-brown with a thin, fizzy white head that dissipated instantly.

The aroma was dominated by malt characters. Toasty and biscuity malt notes were most evident.

As with the aroma, the flavor of this beer was dominated by malt characteristics. A pleasant, round, toasty biscuit malt character was dominant with some earthier malt tones in the background. As for the hops, Lakefront Organic ESB has a mild to moderate hop bitterness with a subtly pleasant kettle hop flavor.

Medium bodied with a nice mouthfeel and low to moderate carbonation.

What a nice beer! Well balancedÂ… though slightly better suited for the malt lover than the hop head. This ESB could be a good session beer as well.

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

lakefront organic esb
3.5 somewhat murky copper iced tea color. short head sprints to a cap. good sign for a lakefront beer, at least.
4 ok, well, this smells like ... a pina colada! tok a bit to place, but now it's quite clear. grateful it doesn't smell like their pilsner or dark lager.. this is pineapple, coconut, and freakin rum. not expected, but not bad.
3.5 on tasting, this is clearly in the same general vein as their cattale ale. but sweeter and with hints of toffee and caramel. lemony finish. not spectacular or very interesting, but not bad.
3.5 a bit watery, yet the co2 adds a nice creaminess.
3.5-4 one of the best lakefront beers i've had so far, though that's not saying all that much really.

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.71/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my pint glass the beer is partly cloudy golden orange. Full off white three finger head. Huge globs of lace left all around the glass.

The aroma is lightly hopped. Tart apple cider seems to be the closest I can compare this to.

The flavor seems to hit the mark. Some initial sourness gives way to a smooth malt finish. If an ESB is supposed to be balalnced this is well done.

Medium to light body. Moderate carbonation.

Overall a nice beer from Lakefront. It took me long enough to finally review this one.

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Photo of zerk
3.71/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light copper. Has a head that stays at around 1/4 inch, and leaves patches of lace on the glass. Aroma is pretty mild, with some grass and bread notes. Flavor is very nicely balanced, with a touch of sweetness, some bread-like flavors, a pleasant earthy bitterness, and a hint of alcohol. Mouthfeel is on the thin side, with low carbonation. This is very subtle for an ESB, but makes for a very easy drinking beer.

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Photo of bitterthebetter
3.71/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a cloudy golden copper with creamy white head

bready nose, with subtle hops and slight lemon

on the palate the breadiness starts up followed by good hops, pine first and then slight lemon on the finish

light bodied, with a good balance between the malts and hops

smooth, crisp, well structured. I prefer a bit more hoppiness, but its a very good stylistic ESB.

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Organic ESB from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 17% out of 100 with 382 ratings
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