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Local Acre Lager | Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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Local Acre LagerLocal Acre Lager

Brewed by:
Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by blackearth on 12-04-2009

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Ratings: 63 |  Reviews: 19
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of Boone757
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.04/5  rDev -16%
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.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of John_M
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
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!

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Photo of ppoitras
3.11/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

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Photo of Suds
3.99/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of cokes
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Offa
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Chris-1911
4.04/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of tim007007
3.91/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Local Acre Lager from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
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