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Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by TastyTaste on 04-26-2002

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Reviews: 61 | Ratings: 94
Photo of roadhouse
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pils glass.

Appearance is a crystal clear copper orange color with lots of active carbonation that forms a one inch off-white head on top. Quite a bit of lacing left on the glass.

Aroma is of caramel malt, a mild toasty character, and a bit of a light vague fruitiness.

Taste has some caramel up front, a bit of a buttery taste - perhaps a touch of diacetyl, light toasted notes, and again a vague fruitiness.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body, nice creamy texture and crisp finish.

Not a great bock, but it's fairly tasty. It's lacking overall.

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Photo of tjkurz
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated second week of february aggressive pour into imperial pint glass a quarter head tight and nice lacing throughout. Reddish/Copper/Amber and clear carbs rise nicely in pillars. Smell mostly roasted malts with a touch citrus/fruit. Taste malty upfront a touch hop metal finish. Not very heavy rather light on the carbs. This beer really scratched my spring beer itch. Drinkable as always provincial I favor Lakefront a little - wish I had this sixer a couple weeks ago for the first round of the tourney.

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Photo of Spikester
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark amber with one finger of white head. Good amount of lacings. Aroma is some fruitiness. Taste is bready sweet malts with just enough hop bitterness to make it interesting. Easy to drink leaves you wanting another. Decent spring offering. Much better beer than the last beer I tried from this brewer. To be fair I think it was quite old. This bottle tasted quite fresh and clean.

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Photo of Rennpferd
4.39/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It poured golden yellow with a one finger head. Moderate carbonation was present. It was slightly chill hazed.

It had a nice malt and hop scent. Well balanced and slightly sweet.

It had a great balance of malt and hops. There was an equal aftertaste of malt and hops as well. It was medium bodied but lite at the same time. Great mouthfeel.

Very drinkable. The appearance, smell and taste are good but the mouthfeel really makes this a beer worth savoring.

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Photo of GRPunk
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes from this spring. Bottle with a marking of 1st week of February poured into a mug.

A- It poured walnut/chestnut brown with light carbonation and a 1/2 finger tan head that fell to a thin lace.

S- Sweet caramel and fruit tones.

T- Sweet caramel and an interesting sour fruit flavor (almost like tart cherries).

M- Light carbonation and a sligt warming sensation.

D- It isn't bad at all, just missing some "wow" factor.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.64/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber color with a small head and no lacing.

Smell has a strong malty aroma with some caramel, slight hop aroma.

Taste starts out malty, very slick and buttery like most bocks, stronger than usual bitterness kick to the sides of the mouth, not at all unpleasant but unexpected, decent caramel aspect.

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Photo of Patrick999
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Hard pour yielded a good head, but as others have said, it didn't really stick around beyond a thin cover. Looks like a little yeast sediment at the bottom of the bottle; is this bottle-conditioned? I poured it in and it made the beer slightly cloudy, so perhaps it is.

S - Some toffee, caramel, sweetbread.

T - Grainy orange-spice bread drizzled in caramel. Slight bittering hop balances.

F - Seems to lack a bit in crispness going in. It's not flat, it just doesn't come across as crisp as it should.

D - Not bad, it just strikes me as a humdrum bock. I'm glad to drink it, but bock really isn't my style, and I'm sure my deviation from the mean reflects this.

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Photo of akogrady
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice ruby color, very short head, didn't last long (the head, that is).

S - Sweet, malty, no strong undertones.

T - Sweet, with a bit of a bite. Not bad, but could use some balancing with other flavors, some rounding out, per se.

M - Medium carbonation, moderately smooth.

D - Not bad, but I don't think I'd have more than one in an evening. Not quite my flavor.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear ruby hued brown with a decent creme head that doesn't really stick around. Flavor starts off nice and robust and kicks to a pretty super sweet edge. It's nice, but if only it were a bit more rounded and not so tangy, it's be much better to me. Smooth feel though. Overall a bit too much tang to make it how I'd want it to be.

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Photo of indiapaleale
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark but clear and clean. Its got a very thin head which is wispy and gone within about 30 seconds. It smells at first a bit like vanilla, followed by malty sweetness and marzipan.

This tastes very smooth. Its not overly carbonated and has a nice sweet taste that makes it flavorful enough that each concurrent sip is appealing. I admit, I am an ale fan first and a lager fan second, but dark lagers like this are a nice change up.

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Photo of botham
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner. pours a fiery garnet amber color with a couple fingers of light orange head that remains for a couple minutes.

aroma is malty, with caramel malts and a grainy character dominating. subtle spices can be detected, alongside a very distant roasted malt note.

taste is malty, with the caramel base and the subtle spiced flavor here as well. there is a distinct nutty character here as well, which departs from the style a bit, but fits in nicely.

mouthfeel is medium-bodied, with a nominal amount of CO2, and no alcoholic presence. finish is smooth with lingering caramel and nut.

drinkability is great. this is a very manageable bock, without high alcohol or malt levels. the subtle nutty and spiced notes give it a character that is unique to the style, but still remains a solid bock. cheers!

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark coral mixed with orange; a molten lava-like look and a lovely color for beer. The compact, tight-bubbled head resembles orange juice mixed with butter and shows no signs of deflation, even minutes after the pour. This is a wonderful looking bock, no question about it.

The nose is low on power and is toasted malty, earthy and fruity sour. Once the beer warms, I hope to have more to go on. For those who care, the malt bill is 100% Munich and the hop bill is 100% Hallertau (at least as far as I was able to determine). That isn't my favorite set of ingredients, but we'll see what happens on the buds.

Bock beer is a decent bock beer, but I'm not doing cartwheels. As the nose hinted at, it's a wee bit too tart for the style. Munich malt is large and in charge, delivering a earthy, toasted nutty, dry caramel, leather-like flavor that is kinda, sorta enjoyable. If it wasn't for the unripe fruitiness, I'd be more of a fan. Warming helps and tempts me to nudge the flavor score higher... though I'm able to resist.

I hate to say it, but I think the 5.7% ABV might be a factor in my lack of enthusiasm. I like my bocks (when I like them at all) to be more malty, more substantial than this. Kicking the alcohol content up to the higher end of the bock range rather than the lower end is the first change I'd make. Of course, that would involve adding more malt, which was the idea all along.

There's nothing wrong with the mouthfeel. It has an appealing lagery smoothness that barely fades, if at all, on the longish finish. Well done, guys, well done.

The happy little goat head on the label looks at me as if to say 'how could you not like my beer?' I do like it, it's just that I'm not exactly bowled over by what I'm tasting. Since I haven't been bowled over by too many bocks, perhaps you'd be better off seeking someone else's opinion.

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Photo of cdkrenz
3.34/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$9.99 / 8 Pack
Variety Pack
Dan's Liquor
Plover, Wisconsin

Appearance - Brown to medium amber color with nice lacing. The white 1/4 inch of head is surface by a fair amount of rising bubbles.

Smell - Carmeled grains with a finish of something odd, clove perhaps?

Taste - Carmel and malt flavors with a finish of hops. Nicey nicey!

Mouthfeel - Watery texture and the flavor kind of runs straight back the center of my tongue before spreading out in the back with the hoppy finish.

~ This was the "Mystery Beer" in the 8 pack. I read through the reviews of other Lakefront brews to determine which beer it actually was. I did this once I had completed my review.

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Photo of pmcadamis
1.76/5  rDev -51.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A - A small khaki cap covers this cloudy russet brew. Rhubarb highlights can be seen in the light, and the head dissipates to nothing but a thin collar and some smoke within seconds. Some lacing is left on the glass, but it slides back down into the brew. A quick swirl brings up the small cap again....for a few seconds.

S - Thin fruity malt notes waft on top of some vinegary grapey aromas. Not very assertive at all...I really had to stick my nose in this one to smell much of anything. I also notice a band-aide phenol smell in all of Lakefront's brews that isn't the phenol peaty note that I love in scotch, but more of a hospital sick-bed smell.

T - Dull, thin, wet malt. Some hops are there in small amounts, but this is just a weak, flimsy brew.

M - Moderate carbonation with a tight mouthfeel with some detectable alcohol.

D - Poor. I don't know what it is about this brew, but it just isn't what it could be. I'm starting to hate Lakefront. I keep giving them a chance, but they never deliver.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice brown color, reddish highlights. Tan head fluffs up over a finger, retention and lacing aren't too good. Aroma is toasty malt, definitely some alcohol, a hint of dark fruit, and a nutty fullness. Really nice.

Big malt in the mouth, sweet and caramel flavors and plenty of currant to back it up. A little slick, full in the mouth, medium-thin body. Alcohol is evident, but not a deterrent. The sweetness gets too much for me, but it's an easy-drinking bock.

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Photo of slyke
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A deep red with a tan head that thins to a cap, then a ring. No lacing.

Smell: Sweet with hints of grain and alcohol

Taste: The sweetness is still there with a bit of a roasted quality.

Mouthfeel is good, nice and smooth

Drinkability: Good, but not great. I think one is enough.

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Photo of macpapi
3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at the local beer store for .99. Brewed date of first week of March, they were selling them off in hopes of getting rid of aging stock. Did not taste damaged in any way.

Lakefront Bock poured a dark brown color. Had a medium sized tannish head. Pretty typical look for this type of beer.

Smell was very malty. It had a nice balance of sweetness--mainly the usual suspects: caramel, chocolate. Nutty finish completes an impressive aroma.

Taste is of pretty deep roast malt. Also accompanied by a nutty kick. A lot of hop bite at the back of the swallow.

Mouthfeel is pretty full and bitter. Medium carbonation.

On the whole I was impressed by this bock. Not as deep and full as some others, but still a nice, easy drinking brew. A good spring sessionable beer.

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Photo of thelagerheads
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I know there's a difference between "malt" and "a malt" but this reminds me of a little of each. The creaminess is inherent but the caramel is teased in with minimal carbonation and makes a warm puddle of dark liquer in the stomach. It's what I expected of the Eastside (by the same brewer) and didn't receive. Or it could just be the electricity from tonight's thunderstorm ambience which is tricking my tastebuds but I don't think so.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not a bad bock from Lakefront. Pours out to a dark ruby red color with a short lived head of cream colored foam. Medium low carbonation, and a few rings of lace. Aroma is very malty and wreaks of roasted earth, with some sweet grain and wood elements. Solid. Taste is quaffable; toasted bread and malt smooth over to a raw grain note that presents a creamy element of sweetness. Mouthfeel is fair, mild and slightly smooth. Drinkability is average. I've had better in the style, but this isn't bad.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer came in a variety eight pack in which all the beers were dated to the first week in March. So perhaps it is not retired afterall. It pours a black color that is clear around the edges of the glass and opaque in the middle. The head is one finger in height, creamy and recedes rather slowly into a thin cap that covers the entire glass. The aroma is very nice. Chocolate, burnt malt, very sweet overall. The taste of swweet burnt malt with a bit of chocolate and a nice lingeringly sweet finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, this is a very nice, relaxing brew.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.37/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy copper/amber with a white head that fades away fairly rapidly leaving no real lace.
Aromas of a syrupy caramel and some yeast bread hits come through.
Flavor of caramel, some bubblegum (?) and a slightly bready note with some brown sugar on top.
Mouthfeel is sweet, almost sickly so with an almost a sour note present on the finish. Lack of decent carbonation doesn't help the syrupy type of feeling either.
Drinkability is slightly above average maybe. Has some potential but either some age or a little bit of miss in brewing this batch makes the sourness a bit off-putting.

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Photo of TastyTaste
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Clear dark brown color, alost maroon. Not a lot of head, just a thin layer on top of the beer. Good amounts of visible carbonation. Smell is nice and malty, raisins and brown sugar. Taste is rich and full, very malty, but the body is too thin for the style. Alcohol traces and some hops on the finish. Not too bad, could use a little more body, though.

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Photo of RoBotGod
2.46/5  rDev -32%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This might be the darkest bock ive had in a while. I dont mind dark beer but I feel they over did it on this one. It might have been the store's fault but I bought this beer and it was already over a year old. Having said that, the beer tasted a little funny. The head was very small but really dark for its size. Almost no lace at all, not that I expected a lot from a bock. Over all just kind of a weird placed beer. It says its for spring but its not a seasonal. Taste more like an ale then anything. I ve tried four lakefront beers now and none of them have impressed me. On the other hand none have been really horrible. In the end I say for the money you could get a good local micro for the same price as a lakefront. Go with the local brew. If lakefront is your local brew... sorry.

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Photo of ADR
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear and attractive dark coppery brown appearance, head is yellow ochre in color, flattish but adequate. Wide slipping loop laces. Nice aroma, malty with elements of sweetened cherry and maple syrup, almost like IHOP pancakes. Medium mouthfeel, lower carbonation, shows a thick backbone for an ordinary Bock. Full flavor, a berry sense fights through the brown sugar maltiness, gives a staunch and unchanging flavor profile. Slight burnt quality mid mouth. Finishes full. There seems to be a lot of unmemorable lighter beers in the Bock category, this one stands above them. I really like the aroma here, and stack this one on the list of Lakefront's notable brews.

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Photo of Winter
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I suspect this had been sitting around since February or March prior to my purchasing a single bottle of it from the cooler in which it resided. I'm reviewing this in November and, as far as I can tell, time has not diminished this one bit.

Pours a dark reddish brown with a short-lived light tan head. Aroma consists of caramel malt, raisin and brown sugar. Nice medium-bodied mouthfeel. The taste exhibits most of the complex flavors you'd find in a decent bock beer. It starts off with a rich caramal malt flavor. Sweet molasses flavor coats the tongue midway and lingers into the long finish. It moves into some vinous tones and that sweet caramel flavor returns in the finish. Hops dry the tongue out toward the end. Lakefront's bock seems a little lighter on the raisin flavor typically found in most bocks. But there are strong vinous tones and you can taste the alcohol flavors appears slightly toward the back. Overall, this was an enjoyable bock and something I'll need to revisit next Spring.

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