Local Acre Lager
Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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Pilsner - Imperial
3.67 | pDev: 15.8%
Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
Wisconsin, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Notes: Lakefront Brewery worked with grain farmers located just 100 miles from the Milwaukee brewery to supply six-row organic malted barley and cascade hops to make the hazy, unfiltered lager.
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TheSSG from Illinois

4.27/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a huge, dense, off-white head that has really nice head retention and laces like nuts. A really nice floral hop aroma in the nose; very aromatic. Notes of clover honey. Jesus this smells amazing. Radiant, golden color. Starts with a slight grapefruit flavored hop bitterness, touches of flowers, and greenness. Builds into a medium bitterness RIGHT as biscuity malt starts to show through. Builds in maltiness while the hop bitterness lingers. Finish is lingering citrus rind bitterness over biscuits.

I tried this years ago when it came out, and it was so-so. Apparently the hops from Wisconsin have improved drastically, because this is now absolutely fantastic.
It's wonderfully hoppy (especially good showcase of floral hops), but the malty lager underneath is no slouch. This has a great blend of malt and hop, overall. Quite excellent.

I should note that my bottle is just over 4 weeks old at this point.

Nov 11, 2013
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Suds from Missouri

3.99/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Summer is great for lagers...and this one is exceptional. It is a hazy, golden straw color. The head is white, firm, and foamy. Clean, pale malt aroma, backed with a serious herbal Novak hop scent. The taste is clean, with lots of pale malt. Medium in body and warmth is present due to the abv. This is a very rewarding brew.

Jul 05, 2013
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TMoney2591 from Illinois

3.04/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Gotta give it up for the increased local flavor, even if that flavor ain't local to me. This stuff pours a clear sunset amber topped by a finger of off-cream foam. The nose comprises buttery biscuit, light orange zest, and a hint of grass. The taste brings in more of the same, with a diminished butter component and a dull grassy bitterness pervading. A hint of dry wheat remains behind just in case. It's one note, played loudly and discordantly. The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and drying finish. Overall, though a good idea and a laudable philosophy, the end product just doesn't do it for me, especially with that blunt bitterness that envelops all.

Feb 05, 2013
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Fatehunter from Oregon

3.87/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Two fingers of head on a hazy medium straw colored body. Looks great.
It smells like caramel, grain and pine. Nice combination.
The taste has a good pine bitterness to it, but the caramel sweetness balances it out. A nice profile.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation and medium body.
Nice job Wisconsin.

Feb 05, 2013
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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

After having the Wisconsinite recently, I saw this on the shelf in Totowa and thought that this would also be an enjoyable offering from Lakefront. Turns out that I still felt that way after finishing the contents of this bottle, as this as a sterling example of what a good Lager should look, smell, and taste like. Even the alcohol couldn't be detected, that's how nicely this was crafted. No doubt that this should come in 6-packs and if it is, please send some out this way!

Just like the aforementioned beer that I compared this to, the pour was great - golden, cloudy, and with a fairly nice head to match. Very malty up front with some sourness in the nose but the taste balanced it out nicely. Lots of clove, honey, and elderflower combined to give this a very natural taste without seeming dull or too grassy. All of this faded into a mint-like back that finished pretty clean but the buttery-like mouthfeel served as a reminder of where this beer was exactly from. There was just a bit of sediment in the bottle too, which I'm not sure if I've ever seen in an American Double/Imperial Pilsner.

The booze in this was certainly up to par for this style but not for a second could I taste it or felt it was too strong. So many of Lakefront's offerings have been less than stellar but anything with the Badger State prominently pictured on the bottle is worth every penny, as it's an indicator that the "craft" in craft beer will be found in every drop inside of the bottle. When the weather warms up again next year, this and the Wisconsinite will be on my "Must-have" list and if you're looking for a good domestic alternative to the European beers of the Pils family, you owe it to yourself to get one of these and share it with good friends on a bright, sunny day.

Sep 15, 2012
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Offa from California

3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep, faintly hazy gold with a big white head slowly shrinking to a thin, lasting foamy top and some nice lace.

Aroma is strong grain, apple, bread dough, spicy herbal-lemony hops, faint hint of raisiny meatiness and alcohol, and overall a very nice maibock-style aroma.

Taste is firm, creamy, raisiny alcohol and grain, bread dough with light sweetness up front plus light spicy-herbal & lemony hops with light bitterness, balancing by the finish and both lingering. Clean, malty alcohol is noticeable throughout. Somewhat like a pretty good maibock, but like a more malty, more hoppy malt liquor. In the end, the meaty-raisiny alcohol tends to dominate a bit too much and other elements soon fade a bit.

May 14, 2011
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uwmgdman from Wisconsin

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This lager pours slightly hazy pale golden color with an ample, clingy bright white head. The aroma is a well struck balance between sweet, grainy malt and floral, citrusy hops. The flavor is medium-low smooth grainy malt with moderate citrusy and sightly piney hop flavor. The moderate hop bitterness provides balance leaving the beer with a slightly dry lingering bitterness. The body is medium-full with moderate carbonation. Overall a very flavorful, smooth lager with nice American hop presence. Well-made and quite unique.

Apr 01, 2010
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HopHead84 from California

3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


An extra received in a trade with Eyncognito, thanks Ian. Poured into my Moonlight Pint glass, the beer appears transparent straw golden with a mountainous pillowy white head that lingers for man minutes, eventually leaving scattered lacing on the glass.

The nose is of dough and slightly sweet grain. Hops are earthy and impart a light citrus quality. It strikes me as well balanced, and I'm invited to take a sip. A dash of spiciness is evident.

The flavor opens slightly sweet with grainy and doughy malt notes. The malt is balanced by a lower moderate level of hop bitterness. Citrus character really comes through, reminiscent of a ripe orange, and earthy notes are apparent. Alcohol is perceivable, and the bitter grainy finish exhibits a subtle spiciness (coriander?). The beer is light medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. A well crafted and refreshing lager beer...just the job!

Mar 17, 2010
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wheatyweiss from Wisconsin

3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a czechvar glass.

Pours a light honey color with a very thick head that recedes to a cap and leaves ample lacing. Clarity is good, given no filtering.

Aroma is pils malt and noble type hops, although the label says cascade, I get floral nobles. Honey and floral clover finish the nose.

Flavor is corny pils malt, very well attenuated. The malt is strong and well represented. Middle brings floral hops and sweet malt to a honey profile. Malt is crackery and bready and the hops balance very nicely.

Mouthfeel is crisp and the carbonation is prefect for me, not too much not too little. Leaves a nice bitterness on the tongue.

I could drink this all night. This is a very easy going lager that pleases. Not too mention it boasts using ALL local ingredients which is a big deal for me. The only downside is as he beer warms there is a bit of fusel alcohol warming.


Mar 07, 2010
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ppoitras from Massachusetts

3.11/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle obtained via Local BIF from asmokingoat. Thanks for the opportunity. <Jeremy2002 = bad trader>

Poured into an imperial pint, formed a 1/2" off-white head above the slightly cloudy golden amber brew. Frothy head lasts and lasts, with coating lace. Aroma is sweet and lemony. Taste starts sweet, but quickly goes citrus in the middle, and closes with some earthy hops character and a somewhat chalky aftertaste. Mouthfeel is quite smooth, but drinkability is hindered by the flavors that I wasn't really enjoying. Just doesn't all come together for me.

Feb 27, 2010
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Wasatch from Colorado

4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to beerwolf77 for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a very nice cloudy pale yellow color, nice carbonation, very nice two-finger plus creamy white head, with some very nice thick/creamy sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, slightly yeast, with some spice note. The taste is sweet, malty, yeasty, and spicy. Medium body. Drinkable, this brew surprised me, tasty.

Feb 10, 2010
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John_M from Oregon

3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received this as a bonus in a trade with BeerFMAndy. Many thanks again kind sir.

The beer pours a slightly hazy honey color with fair head retention and lacing. The head dies down to just a light skim on the top of the beer about minute after pouring the beer into my pint glass. The nose on this is beer is all prototypical lager. I get bread dough, honey and a touch of peppery hoppiness. The aroma profile is attractive. Flavors replicate the nose pretty closely, and I'm impressed by the amount of flavor I encounter. The only real problem is that I also pick up some pretty noticeable alcohol on the finish, which mars what is otherwise a pretty impressive lager. Interestingly, there's also some citrusy hop flavor in this modestly sweet lager, which helps to dry out the finish at the end. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with adequate (if somewhat dialed down) carbonation. Drinkability is OK, but the noticeable alcohol detracts just a bit from this beer's drinkability. Otherwise, this is a pretty solid, well made lager.

I appreciate the opportunity to try this one.

Jan 24, 2010
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cokes from Wisconsin

4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Particle-strewn honeyed yellow with a proud stack of white suds. Retention is modest but it laces in thick sheets.
Lightly sweet, husky grain nose. Doughy bread carries it then peppery hues and a vaguely lemony citrus come from the WI Cascades.
Starchy and doughy as it rolls through the mouth. Huskiness is pushed toward sides of the tongue. Yeast contributes to the slighty fattened doughiness. A brief interlude of mineral water briskness precedes the assertive (but non-aggressive) hop bite. Peppery sharp, with florals and lemon oil. The mildness of the local hops jives well here. PacNW Cascades would be too much. A quick flash of alcohol pops up at the swallow, but not to any real ill effect.
Pushing full-bodied with its augmentation from the yeast in suspension. Nevertheless, the tiny, steady carbonation gives enough levity to keep it quaffable rather than bloating.
Vastly enjoyable. The idea is great and I hope to continue to see this. In fact, I'd love the concept to branch out into various other styles.
Don't come to this thinking Imperial Pils, but rather a big, "real" American Lager.

Jan 19, 2010
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beerwolf77 from Wisconsin

3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my pint glass the beer is cloudy pale yellow with decent amount of sediment floating inthe glass. The stark white head quickly reaches three fingers even with a careful pour. Full glass coating of lace is left behind after settling.

The aroma is full on corn and sweet malt. The cascade hops are all up in your nasil passages. No mistaking this as anything but a pilsner.

The flavor is No where near as strong as the nose would lead you to believe. Light cascade hops along with malt and corn. A gentle balance of bitter and sweet.

Medium body with moderate carbonation.

Overall a nice beer from Lakefront. This is not my favorite style but a good representation of it.

Jan 07, 2010
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Wisconsinality from Wisconsin

4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz bomber into Lakefront pint

A- Pours a golden straw yellow that is slightly hazy. Off of a good pour, there is about a half finger's worth of head that recedes pretty quickly leaving a little bit of lacing.

S- At first smell, I get a big wiff of corn. Also there is a little bit of grass and some malt in there as well.

T- This is a tasty beer that hides the 7% ABV. Cream corn is there first thing that comes to mind. Also there is a little bit of sweetness most likely from the malt.

M- Just like a pilsener should be, light and crisp. A nice smooth, creaminess that has just the right amount of carbonation makes this beer go down nice and easy.

D- For being 7%, you would never know it. A light clean beer that is pretty smooth. I could drink more than a few of these in a sitting. This is what I think the definition of a session beer is. Another decent offering from Lakefront.

Dec 15, 2009
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BeerFMAndy from Wisconsin

4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a Pilsner glass. 7.0% ABV, 36 IBUs, 18°P, 10°L, Space for a notched date on the label but nothing is notched. Not too worried since this was just released.

A - The bottle was rich with sediment that came out in the pour. The golden yellow straw color was a bit hazy. A moderate pour released a three-finger head. Cloud white and dense with great retention, it left piles of clumpy lace on the glass after it's slow departure.

S - The nose is light and crisp with a mild pale malt nose that also hints at a bit of wheat within; mainly from the softness of it. Mild hops give it a very low fruity citrus and floral nose.

T - Light honey caresses the palate as the beer passes over. The pale malts are soft and the Cascade hops plentiful but harmonious. The flavor leans towards the malts and a light mineral water while the Cascade hops add a balanced citrus zest and dry, lightly bitter finish.

M - It's soft texture and smooth feel make for a great feeling brew. The end is mildly minerally with a light carbonation kick and a dry feel.

D - If you have one alone you won't know what hint you. The 7% is hidden well beneath this drinkable lager that's both flavorful and intoxicatingly texture-driven. A pleasure to have and at $5 a 22 oz bottle, it's not a bad deal.

Dec 15, 2009
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tjkurz from Wisconsin

4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into imperial pint glass - unfilted hazy from dark gold on the bottom to a ligher gold near the head - impressive creamy of white head retains for quite some time - excellent lacing. Smell fresh grain slight citrus. Taste malty up front with some bitter and citrus hop near the finish. Mouthfeel is cream with decent carbonation. I really liked this beer, which helps in drinkability but it is filling.

Dec 14, 2009
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bonk0076 from Wisconsin

1.33/5  rDev -63.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Apperance: - Pours a straw color with almost no head whatsoever.

Smell - Something unnatural in the aroma, like barnyard, which lies underneath floral and pine notes.

Taste - again, something unnatrural, barnyard. Hop bitterness is strong, but is poorly balanced, unless it is supposed to be that flavor

Mouthfeel - disappointed in how watery it is

Dec 10, 2009
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blackearth from Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Purchased a 22 oz. bottle from Ray's Liquors in Wauwatosa, WI. Pours a hazy, golden body with a big, puffy white head. Aromas of bread dough and grassy hops. Medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, this beer boasts big bready malt flavors from the 6 row barley, but retains a smoothness and slightly chewy mouthfeel that gives way to a medium hop bitterness in the semi-dry finish. I found myself reaching often for another gulp, excellent drinkability.

Dec 04, 2009
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