Fixed Gear | Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

BA SCORE
85
very good
928 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
Fixed GearFixed Gear
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerFMAndy on 02-24-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
928
Reviews:
169
Avg:
3.75
pDev:
12.8%
 
 
Wants:
23
Gots:
178
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 928 |  Reviews: 169
Photo of hooverhawkeye
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DMB
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of BeerNDoggerel
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of SaltofOH
4.24/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle best by 12/9/16. Oops. DFH tulip.

A: pours a clear dark red/Amber with 1 finger frothy light beige head that dissipates quickly to a thick ring of bubbles around the edge. Little visible carb to speak of.

S: toasted Amber ale malts, yummmm! Fresh black cherries and overripe bananas. Sweet.

T: first impression is dry and slightly hoppy/green. Mid palate is surprisingly crisp, dry, and toasty. Finish starts to turn malty, then into a woodsy bitterness with characteristic red ale toastiness.

M: solidly midweight, pretty dry and slightly astringent.

O: I have seen this on shelves, and it intrigued me. I am a fan of red ales, and this does not disappoint - toasty with body, but not excessively sweet. Very drinkable and I can see this pairing very well with food. Says a lot, given this was two weeks out of date and the store didn't have it refrigerated. Will bring a sixer back next time I visit.

 915 characters

Photo of BierFan
4.23/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Beautiful slightly hazy red body. Light tan head displays good retention and leaves behind great lacing.

Smell: Fruity hops. Grapefruit, pine, and some pineapple.

Taste: Smooth and malty upfront. Piney hops and some apple skin in the aftertaste. Supremely drinkable.

 330 characters

Photo of AllenJasper
4.23/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$1.49 single at Blue Max Liquors. Burnsville, MN.
Bottle to Mug

A: slightly brownish red, moderately opaque with one finger of white head.

S: floral / fruity scent, leaning towards orange.

T: very fruity taste, somewhat of an orange/grapefruit/beer hybrid. Slightly hoppy on the finish.

O: this is the best 'red' beer i've had to date.

 339 characters

Photo of matjack85
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked up this single 12oz brown bottle at the Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL as part of a build-your-own six pack for $9.99. No freshness date.

The beer poured a cloudy brownish apple cider color and produced a 1-finger apricot colored head on top which dissipated rather quickly, but still left some nice lacing around the glass.

Big pine and citrus hop aroma.

Here's a red/amber that will satisfy most hop heads. Big bold citrus and piney hops dominate the taste and the super high carbonation really brings them out. Light caramel and pale malts add a touch of sweetness and balance, but this is really hop city as far as flavor goes. Only 34 IBU's on the bitterness scale, so it's not overly bitter, just overly (or perfectly) hoppy.

Medium bodied and smooth, despite the high carbonation, and the alcohol is barely noticeable despite the 6.5% abv.

Not sure if red/ambers are supposed to taste like this, but I loved it.

 935 characters

Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cyclonece09
4.21/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a cloudy red with a nice white head. Smells of caramelized malt with some piney hops. Tastes of dark roasted malt with some notes of fruit with a little hoppy bite. Beer is heavily carbonated but still light bodied and very drinkable. Overall a very good beer.

 320 characters

Photo of CHIMat
4.2/5  rDev +12%

Photo of Kbeach
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lakefront's best selling beer for a reason. A great crisp taste with notes of pine and apple in it. Plenty of hops but not too hoppy.

This beer can be found in 38 states and 7 countries. An overall great beer, I might be abnormally high on it because I tasted it directly from brewery. Nevertheless, a great beer and definitely recommend.

 341 characters

Photo of shand
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into an imperial pint.

I had really written off Lakefront, to be honest. After trying all of their baseline brews and having their bog-standard IPA being the standout of their lineup, I really wasn't planning on picking up any more of their brews. But then, I saw these pretty bombers at a local haunt for 5 bucks a pop. Reviews were good enough, I knew they were fresh, why not?

I'm glad I did, this is a great red. It's not much to look at or smell though. Big, quickly retreating head on a muddy red-orange body. Aroma is a muted hoppiness. The taste is really quite good though. Very bright citrus hops shine their way over an effervescent sweet, bready malt. These both make their way down to a smooth finish with just a bit of hops lingering on the tongue. Very balanced and well-composed.

This is a nice and smooth drinker, the mouthfeel is fairly light and has a perfect level of carbonation. The drinkability is the best aspect of this beer for sure though, it's been a while since I've had a beer this perfectly drinkable. This bomber emptied in record time,for sure. Which kind of leads me to my problem here, and it's a bit of a Catch-22. If this beer weren't in bombers, I probably would have never bought it. Now that I've bought it, I want it in six-packs because it's a great drinker that I'd love to keep in my rotation. Oh well, it's a great beer that I'll recommend.

 1,411 characters

Photo of TTAmod
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into pint glass.

This beer pours a clear red-hued amber. The head is white and rocky. Looks nice.

Toasted grain and noticeable hops dominate the smell.

The toasted grain and toffee base provide a good stability to this brew. The hops are a bit on the high side, but it's not too bad...nothing like the Lagunitas Imperial Red. The hops are nice and spicy. Finishes bitter and floral.

Mouthfeel is velvety smooth.

Overall, a great American red...This is my second beer from this brewery and I'm impressed.

 522 characters

Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy amber-red with a finger of frothy off-white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet caramel and bready malts with grapefruit and pine hops and a touch of red fruit.

T - Starts off with sweet caramel malts with some grapefruit and citrus hops and some bitterness. Through the middle, some bready malts come through with some resiny pine hops and some more bitterness. The finish is a mix of sweet caramel malts, tropical and pine hops, and a bit of red fruit.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and lightly bitter and dry finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice balanced red ale with a good malt and hop balance and a nice hop profile.

 748 characters

Photo of Jeysun23
4.19/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bubseymour
4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Part of the Lakefront 88 Sampler Pack - $19.99 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia.

On the bottom of the label on the rear is a "Bottled During" section that was left unmarked and unnotched. Ah well.

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazy, rich, dark amber-hued body with a frothy, yellowed-beige head.

Smell: Toasted grainy bread, some noted sweetish caramel notes, and a generous dose of evocative c-hops giving the preferred sniffer scents of fresh flowers, pithy citrus, and zesty, spicy herbs.

Taste: Moderately sweet malts tasting of dark caramel sauce and toast preclude a fine addition of hop character delivering strong floral accents, touches of lightly resinous dried grasses, and fresh-cut citrus fruits, though there isn't a tremendous amount of bitterness involved. Small hint of honeydew. A single drop of vanilla. Soft finish with a lingering tea leaf-like herbaceousness and mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Modestly chewy.

Overall: A good amount of malt and hop flavor combined with an appealing drinkability and level of balance. I enjoyed this punchy red fairly well.

 1,139 characters

Photo of Wwyarb
4.16/5  rDev +10.9%

Photo of bnortman
4.16/5  rDev +10.9%

Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oct-Wk2-10... bottled Oct 15th or later i'm guessing.

Deep russet tone, Sticky crown of lace that has a full, thick dimension to it. The foam fades after a bit, but the laces absolutely coats the glass. Second pour, the head is thick with a creamy texture to the surface.

Resiny "C" hops produce some nice fruity cantaloupe, orange marmalade, and grapefruit notes.

The first few sips really remind me of Alpha King. Slightly sweet caramel malt with fruity, only slightly bitter hops stealing the show. Resiny, earthy hop character lingers into the aftertaste, drying things out. Easy to drink, medium bodied with ample carbonation. A bomber is no problem, it pairs well with food also. Way to go Lakefront, Fixed Gear is a winner in my book.

Side note: As a cyclist, I don't really care what kind of bikes other people ride. I commute on a converted single speed (with a brake) as Chicago is flat, and it was the only gear I ride in anyway. Finally, a beer that harmonizes with my choice of transportation. Hallelujah. /sarcasm

 1,035 characters

Photo of ADZA
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a bright reddish copper hue with a creamy two finger head and lacing everywhere looks very enticing for a red ale,the smell Is pineapple,blood oranges,grapefruit and piney hops,the mouthfeel is medi with moderate carbonation that suits perfectly and has tastes almost exactly like aroma with hints of pineapple,citrus,boiled candy,blood oranges and finished with a piney hop bitterness and overall it's a nice representation of a fine red ale and ill be back for another one that's for sure sessionable and tasty need I say more.

 535 characters

Photo of Walleybeer
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ryan33iowa
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Pauly2X
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Classic light copper/red color with a big 1 1/2 finger head. The head retains at a wisp to provide some nice lacing all the way down the glass.

S- Solid blast of piney and citrusy hop aromas coupled with a faint hint of sweetness in the background.

T- The hops dominate this beer right from the start. Alot of flavor with a good but not obnoxious amount of bitterness to boot. The malt character is there as well, but it seems just to eloquently balance out the hops and to keep the bitterness in check without providing any real noteworthy character of it's own. Great balance all the way through the finish.

M- Medium body with a moderate smooth carbonation.

D- I could easily drink alot of this beer. Good thing it's in a 22oz bottle. Even at 6.5% it tempts at being sessionable, nice job Lakefront.

 809 characters

Photo of camiconnell
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fixed Gear from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
3.75 out of 5 based on 928 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Subscribe