Organic ESB | Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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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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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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2.5/5  rDev -23.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -23.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -23.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -23.8%

Photo of Padron4KM
2.53/5  rDev -22.9%
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.


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Photo of ttu94
2.58/5  rDev -21.3%
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 -18.9%
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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2.68/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of Braudog
2.68/5  rDev -18.3%
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 -17.7%
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 -17.7%
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 -17.7%
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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Photo of Pamola
2.73/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Having terrible luck with organic beers in the past, i decided to give this one a shot simply because it's an esb and one of my favorite styles.

A: Poured with a one finger tan head. Beer was strangely yellowish for an esb.

S: Deep, subtle malt. Not much else. Rather sweet.

T: Fizzy and totally devoid of flavor up front. This fades into a honey/malty sweetness. once again, not much like an esb in my eyes.

M: Light and effervescent at first. Once the honey flavor kicks in it coats the mouth with a small corresponding increase in body.

D: Drinkable, yes, but to call this an esb? wtf? This is a terrible example of the style and even if one takes it at face value, it's still a mediocre, overly sweet beer.

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2.75/5  rDev -16.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -16.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -16.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -16.2%

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Organic ESB from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.28 out of 5 with 383 ratings