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Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Summer

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Photo of canucklehead
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid Wit with a real sour citrus note to both the nose and the finish. The wheat flavour combines well with the coriander and citrus flavour and the beer fits the style well. More than just a patio sipper this is fairly complex take on the White Beer style

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Photo of LXIXME
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A slight haze is very present in this golden colored beer the sits below a thin lacing that started out as a medium sized white head at best.

Aroma is a pretty good balance between a light sour citrus and a light grainy/wheat.

Some grain is present in a light sour lemony citrus hops tasting light bodied beer that leaves a light dry aftertaste/

This is a decent beer but nothing really special.

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Photo of jondeelee
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aromas in this beer are typical of what one would expect from a Witbier: fruity-spicy orange coriander notes, with hints of toasted grains. Based only on scent, there is little to differentiate this from a Hoegaarden (or similar).

On the tongue, the orange-coriander mix is strongly present, with heavy initial emphasis on the fruitier portion, bringing in not only orange, but apricot flavors. The spicy coriander is present during these initial seconds, but comes on stronger in the middle of the mouthful, adding clove and slightly peppery grains of paradise rivulets to the overall stream. Then, in the last third of the mouthful, the fruits and spices peel back slightly to reveal a core of lightly toasted grains, including Grape Nuts cereal-like flavors, as well as biscuity toasted rice. The aftertaste is equal parts apricot fruits and toasted grains.

Overall, I found this a delightful Witbier that distinguishes itself from its competitors through its full body and fantastic layering of flavors. Excellent summer fare--although it doesn't go poorly with fall and winter months either.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks for another Wisconsin tick, Bobby.

A: The beer pours a surprisingly clear golden straw color with a large white head and a bit of sticky lacing.

S: Smells of wheat and straw with a fair amount of yeast. A light spice, white pepper and a bit of coriander, with some definite orange peel and grass. Mildly sweet with a bit of bread and citrus.

T: Almost medicinal from the intense floral notes. A lot of rose, which seems strange, toasted malt, honey, and some wheat bread. A slight citrus note and some mild spice. The flavor really doesn't correspond to the aroma.

M: Light to medium in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: Wasn't a fan of the flavor on this one. It smelled alright, though.

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Photo of metter98
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is relatively clear and pale yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that quickly died down but never completely faded away.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of orange citrus and wheat in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, tastes of oranges and wheat prominently stand out in the taste; there are some hints of coriander in the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink, refreshing and is also quite thirst quenching. It’s a good choice when you are looking for a beer that can be enjoyed on a hot summer day.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Translucent lemon peel coloring has a rapid sense of effervesce. The head is fizzy, flat and dirty white in coloring, failing to decorate the glass.

S: For aroma we find a sweet and spicy scent of pineapple, oranges and citrus with a bit of lemon grass and wheat. Soft hints of coriander are about on the finish.

T: The flavor holds a spicy and fruity nature of pineapple and oranges with some tart citrus and wheat. Peppery spicy, coriander compliments a clean crisp flavor that leaves a lemony fade on the swallow.

M: sharp, spot on carbonation wise that turns creamy and light on the tongue. Tiny bubbly sensations persists even after the swallow with a gentle massage.

O: Overall easy drinking wit and nice flavor, crisp and refreshing on a hot day. Six pack worthy.

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Photo of FanofHefe
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Still working my way through the sampler. The label is notched Nov, week 4. Poured into a Duvel tulip. Very light yellow body that is only a touch hazy. One finger white head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing.

Aroma is light, with some notice of grain (wheat), and a hint of citrus. Not much else.

The flavor starts like a typical witbier but is quickly masked by sweet lemon and orange. Just a slight note of spice in the background.

Light mouthfeel and decent drinkability. Not one I would repeat often.

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Photo of TheSarge
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thin white head when first poured, and has a honey orangish colored body with mild haziness.

In the aroma there is a hint of bubblegum and orange peel.

In the taste it retains the bubblegum flavor, and has a slight tartness to it as well. I have to say this tastes almost like Fruit Loops.

Decently carbonated and an overall crisp refreshing beer. A little on the thin side, but not too bad for the lower ABV.

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Photo of CaptainIPA
2.94/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazed and cloudy pale gold color with visible yeast in suspension. Frothy two-finger head with good retention and adequate lacing.

Subtle aromas of wheat and lemon citrus. Opens grainy and rough on the palate with a tang of wheat, followed by a mild hop bitterness. Spices come into play with suggestions of orange peel and coriander. White pepper surfaces in the background. Crisp with lively carbonation. Finishes somewhat dry.

Not an exemplary Witbier by any means, but certainly passable for the style.

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Photo of Lemke10
3.12/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

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

Pours a very pale and cloudy yellow color with that typical wheat scent. There is a decent taste of citrus but the overal taste of the beer feels a little weak to me which makes for some very very easy drinking. Reccomended to those who don't like beer all that much, this is a good beginner beer.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy yellow gold body, topped by four fingers of soft white foam. Good lacing. Almost looks like a jellyfish in there. In a good way.

Light "wheaty" aroma. Hints of spice.

Soft malt and wheat roll around the tongue. Just a hint of the spices int the aftertaste. Nice fade. Refreshing.

Pleasant tingle in the mouthfeel. Light across the tongue. Easy drinking.

Above average American wit.

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Photo of CHickman
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy yellow gold color with a 2 finger creamy off white head that faded quickly but left a creamy layer on top of the beer; good lacing that clings to the glass and basically stays there.

Smells of yeast, wheat, lemon, coriander, grass, lights spices and grains; seems potent at first, but after a few whiffs this is a mellow wheat beer aroma.

Tastes of yeast, wheat, lemon, coriander, grass, orange peel, pepper, grains, faint sweet malt and some citrus hops, or what appear to taste like hops due to the spice and flavor. The aftertaste is a little bitter and leaves a malty bread and zesty citrus combo lingering, which I found enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, while the body is light and crisp with an overall light watery feel due to the high carbonation.

High drinkability, this went down very easy and was quite refreshing. There was just enough taste and muted spices to make this a session beer. A great summer beer with the right amount of sweetness.

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Photo of soze47
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz. marked with third week of June, 2010 (2 1/2 months old)

Appearance: Deep golden yellow with a hazy quality, but not nearly as hazy as others in the style. There is a quickly dissipating pure white head. Not a trace of lacing.

Aroma: Not a big smell on this one. I get a sweet, fruitiness and wheaty malt. No orange peel or coriander (both listed on the label) specifically on the nose.

Taste: Very nice and balanced, not something that others in this style manage. Orange zest and spice come on here and play well with the tangy wheat malt. I almost get a bready aftertaste that isn't unpleasant.

Mouthfeel: Dry and Crisp. Light bodied. I'm betting on oats in this malt bill because it is very smooth and velvety.

Drinkability: Very good session candidate. Smoothness and balanced flavors provide for a highly drinkable beer.

Overall: Sometimes this style is just too out of whack for my palette. However, this is well balanced. Not complex by any means, but a solid example of a Wit.

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Photo of Offa
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a fairly good witbier, not overly flavourful or complex, but better than many.

Cloudy deep yellow, it has a smallish white head steadily thinning to thin wispy top and foamy ring.

Aroma is fruity grain, apple, hints of mineral & grass with some flowers. It is definitely witbier-like but seems to me to lean more to a kolsch-style.

Taste is strong grain, drysih with hint of tartness up front, very clean. It's good, but character is light and lacks complexity.

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours cloudy bright yellow with minimal head. Smell is spicy - not yeasty spice, but rather coriander and cloves.

First sip is not bad. Spices shine though and dominate the flavor nicely. Finishes crisp, clean, and drinkable. Decent amount of sweetness in this beer due to the flavorings. Better than I expected. Almost holiday-beer like in that the spices are prevalent.

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Photo of brewmudgeon
3.07/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

a 3 cloudy straw yellow. minimal head, even more minimal ring.

s 3.5 mild umm, juicy fruit?

t 3 boring, tinge of juicy fruit, mildy tangy stalish wheat.

m 2.5 light, spritzy body, yet finishes flat.

d 3 blah, but good for a lakefront. one of those rarest of rare reviews where i'm struggling to meet the 250 character minimum.

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Photo of david18
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a sixteen ounce pour of this at the Amsterdam Ale House in Manhattan's Upper West Side. I'm not a big fan of White Beers but this on is light enough on the "white-ness" that it can be just an enjoyable light fruity beer. Very light in color and very cloudy, as can be expected. Smell is very aromatic, yeasty, some bananas.

Taste, as I said, is light and can be very refreshing.


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Photo of emerge077
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 oz. into a pint glass, served cold from the fridge. Label is notched "JUL Wk2", so i'm assuming this is only a few weeks old. Murky orange, especially when the yeast is poured, giving it an opaque orangey-brown tone. Bubbly surface, mainly larger bubbles atop a thin film. A little bit of lace rings the glass.

Wheaty aroma with some mild earthy coriander. Not getting much citrus though, and orange peel is mentioned on the label.

Flavor is easygoing, mellow wheat with more coriander giving it some floral complexity. Light hint of orange peel in the aftertaste. Smooth feel, nice and clean. Carbonation gives it a slight bite. Wish it had more citrus presence, as that really makes a Witbier to me. Still, it's a simple refreshing beer perfect for summertime and food pairing.

Thanks Andy for the extra!

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Photo of NealVsBeer
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - hazy pale gold color with 1/4" head which quickly dissipated. Well carbonated.

S - smells like orange, wheat and a little yeast.

T - Very citrusy and light. Can really taste the coriander and orange peel.

M - Light-bodied and carbonated.

D - This would be good on a warm summer day. It's pretty light so it would be easy for me to down a few of these in one sitting. Overall I'd say this is a slightly better than average witbier although it's nothing extraordinary.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a hazy goldenrod, nice long-lasting half finger of white foam, plentiful lace.

S: Shock orange, pure orange peel on the first smell, this is getting me excited since I prefer my wits to go more towards the citrus side.

T: The unmalted wheat tastes takes over this beer and while I like the flavour, I'm waiting for the orange to come out, it teases me at the end, but I'm left wanting. Nice coriander balance. Notes of lemon as well. Good flavour, just wanted more of what the nose promised me.

M: Crisp, relatively clean. Light-bodied but not thin. Nice aftertaste of acid and lemon.

D: Lakefront is nowhere near the most lauded of the craft brewers out there, but this is a very solid wit, I'd probably go 3.75 in the taste if it was offered. Pick it up.

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Photo of Billolick
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ouncer, with "Bottled during" info notched on the side of the label. Pours medium hazed, dull yellowy lighter amber. The head is loose, moderate in size, lasting and then going to a thicker film, collar and leaving some thicker bits of lace. i pick up some fruit in the moderately pungent nose. Respectable tasting wit beer, with the anticipated notes of coriander, light pepper and "creamsicle" goodness. Dry finish. Decent summer sessioner and food accompaniment.

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Photo of Blitzen15
3.46/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Foggy, very foggy and pale. The beer is very orange under any normal lighting and it has a thin white head that dissolves slowly

S - Unmistakable wheat and orange. If you are familiar with blue-moon & shock-top this is a subdued version of their smells but the focus is more on the citrus than the wheat.

T - A strong bang of citrus compared to the other wheat citrus blend beers I've had, this is a very welcome change as I am not usually a big fan

M - Not watered down but not very thick either. The beer is on par with it's Witbier neighbors.

D - As far is whites go, this enjoyable but that is because it is tastes less like wheat than the others so it isn't really capturing what it is meant to. I'm happy about this but if you love whites you probably won't like this.

purchased at: Ladd's & Co.

served on: 7JUL2010

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Photo of mynie
3.46/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery, from notes.

Had this a couple of years ago and all I remembered was that it was one of those beers that billed itself as a wit but was actually much closer to a pale wheat. And, well, my memories did not deceive me.

The pour was good. Deep sun-colored yellow with a nice, fluffy white head.

The aroma is thickly yeasty, but the yeast is decidedly not Belgian. Wheatmalt spice is minimal, but the overall affect is sunny and medium sweet.

Tastes like it smells, only with some nice citrus nodes thrown in to spice things up a bit. If they were going for spice I probably would have preferred something, well, spicy, but this ain't bad. It's a very gentle flavor. Delicate, like a kitten. Something you want to pet more than you want to consume, but even then you probably wouldn't mind consuming it (that's why, when speaking to something very cute, we sometimes say "I could just eat you up.")

Unproblematic, fluffy, and benign.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.42/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A fine Witbier that draws comparisons to Oberon and Blue Moon with a sweeter than usual flavor and overly fruity (orange) taste.

The White Beer begins with a milky deep golden, nearly orange colored beer. Initially formitable white airy head falls quite quickly to a dull beer after only a minute or two. No lacing.

Aromas are all about the orange. Fruity esters and added curraco orange peel dominate the nose. Light spice of soft pepper and corriander rounds out the fruity tone. Still the aroma seem straight forward and somewhat one-dimentional.

Flavors suffer much the same. While the orange flavor, light spice, and corriander give a pleasant and smooth taste, the beer offers very little otherwise. Sweet malts give a lot of supporting confectionate taste to the fruit and spice but the beer despirately needed more Belgian-y yeast character, earthy balance, and attenuation to compete with the authentic greats.

The body of the beer is weighted, aided by the sweet tone to the beer as well as the lack of carbonation that would have lifted the sugars off of the tongue. Where the beer should be light, airy, and somewhat powdery; it finishes a bit dull, sweet, and heavy.

White Beer's flavor and aroma is on par with other American counterparts but the inability to hold carbonation and efforvesence hurts the drinkability.

Thanks Peter.

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Photo of jwc215
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2nd week of December notched on label - poured into Belgian tumbler:

Pours clouded golden yellow with a thin white head that slowly becomes wispy. Dotted/thin-lined lacing sticks.

The smell is of coriander with orange peel and a wheat zest.
The taste is sweet with a touch of tart orange. Coriander gives a dryness in the finish. Some black pepper from the coriander lingers a bit.

It's carbonated for sure - not overly, yet a bit prickly. Not the creamiest interpretation of the style, and not quite effervescent. (Was considering slightly lower score for mouthfeel, but it has a crisp feel that "fits" with the overall character of this brew.)

While it certainly hits the general outline of the style, it doesn't really stand out - maybe a touch more peppery than typical?? Maybe... Anyway, it's a white ale worth having!

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White Beer from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
3.63 out of 5 based on 291 ratings.
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