Fixed Gear | Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerFMAndy on 02-24-2010

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3.76
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29.79%
 
 
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Photo of scruffwhor
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Medium hazed stron copper and amber color. Great head and foam retention and string bubbling. Even sluggish lacing after each sip.

Aroma is chock full of heavily oild citric hops and biscuits and bread crust toasted malt. Very hoppy for just an amber ale aroma.

Taste from start to finish is heavily ooiled hop resin in both taste and mouthfeel. Add to that caramel and biscuity toasted malts.

The mouthfeel is very pily and a little resiny. Bitter through and through. This is an amber ale for a hop head that made a lucky mistake.

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Photo of Beerlover
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

reviewed from notes on 6/3/12

A:Hazy with a light reddish brown color.
S: very balanced, aromas of malts and hops intertwind.
T: More hoppy than malty but the hoppiness is sweet , with a subtle bitterness.
O.a: this is a good example of a red ale, very easy to drink and balalnced

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Photo of dbossman
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy reddish brown with a thin but steady head; lacing is good

S: A nice citrus, grapefruit, and subtle pine aroma up front but a fairly pleasant bready, biscuity malt base too

T: Hop forward but fairly nice bready base; citrus, grapefruit, with some tea leaves from the hops and sweet toasty breads from the malts; however all the flavors fade just a bit too quickly

F: Medium body that's just a touch thin on back end

O: A nice, hoppy red; it has bite but it has bready substance too; this is good stuff

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Photo of PauI
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%

Fixed Gear is like, totally underground, man. You've probably never heard of a superior combination of hoppy pep with sweet malty goodness. It was a red ale before it was cool. It beats out a neat 6.8% in a Velvet amber mystique - kind of like chillin' out to the B - side of an LCD Soundsystem side-project remix vinyl.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

pretty impressive for almost a macro, this is the best ive had from lakefront. this is everywhere but ive somehow missed it. a hoppy red ale that drinks a little heavier than most. hazy amber in color with an oatmeal colored head with excellent lace and retention. the nose here is hop forward, bitter, and rich from the grain. the alcohol content is also somewhat of a surprise, being as robust as it is for a release like this. maybe i had the wrong opinion about these guys. their pumpkin is clearly a poor judge of what they are capable of. nice richness of feel, as the hops provide most of the flavoring and the malt more of the structure. a little dryer than expected too, i like the low sugars on the finish and the lasting bitterness. woody almost, quite good really. fuller body a sixer might be too big of a dose honestly. relatively impressed, and will look forward to more lakefront stuff when it comes around. i wont wait so long next time.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.66/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a dark, opaque amber color with a large cap of off-white head. Excellent retention and lace...a good looking brew.

Nose is caramel and toasty malt with a resinous, leafy hop aroma that leans herbal.

Taste is dark, burnt caramel maltiness, almost to dark chocolate levels. The hops are almost all on the bittering side, floral and long-lasting. It tastes pretty old school - old world hops, more bittering than taste/aroma hops and an earthy and char-esque maltiness. Mouthfeel is good, rich and well carbonated. Sweetness is pretty low. I actually am enjoying this, It feels like a tasty throwback to the early days of microbrews in the late 90's/early 2000's.

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.66/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Fixed Gear pours a hazy dark copper color with a moderate frothy head on top. As the foam fades away it leaves a fair amount of lace coating the glass. A descent amount of bubbles float to the surface.

The aroma is rather faint. Malty notes of caramel and bread are followed by hints of citrus and pine.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is smooth and creamy with mild to moderate carbonation. The flavor begins malty and sweet with caramel, toffee and dark fruit (raisin or plum). Towards the end pine and citrus hop bitterness appears. Once gone the caramel and pine bitterness lingers on the palate.

A tasty beer with a great mouthfeel that leans toward the malty side. A nice change of pace from all the hop bombs out there.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.66/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gorgeous tawny amber hue with a husky darkish glow. A slim, non-lasting crown of dark beige foam briefly forms before fading to a thin skim and average collar. Good amounts of lacing sticking across the glass in spotty sheets.

Soft, yet appealing nose of caramel with a bit of fruityness of apple and melon. A bit of herbal leafy hops developes slowly as it sits.

Taste is good, nothing huge here, pretty standard stuff here with some caramel and soft bready malts with a smurfing of black tea hints, notes to burnt vanilla and brown sugar and some subtle hop tones mixing off the finish with a mellowing dryness of floral herbalness.

Lighter medium bodied, a tad slim on body really, with a well-rounded carbonation and smoothness about it that does bring some solid drinkability.

A good effort from Lakefront, but comes up short as a Red ale compared to all those well done West Coasters.

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Photo of spoony
3.66/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a 355 ml bottle (bottled September 16, 2013) into a nonic.

A-A normal pour produces roughly a finger of mocha-colored head. The retention is pretty poor, but a thick collar hangs around the glass for a while. No lacing. The brew is very murky and dark-amber/iced tea in color.

S-I smell sweet caramel, a touch of cocoa powder, some rye bread, grain, and a hint of pepper spice. As the brew warms a bit, I also get some floral hops, but this brew is malt forward.

T-The taste is pretty grain-heavy, with suggestions of rye bread spice, caramel, toffee, and a vaguely bitter hop note on the finish. As with the smell, I get way more malt than hop here. Alcohol was very well-concealed for 6.8% ABV.

M-The feel was medium to light for the style with active, but fine, carbonation. The brew was not quite crisp, and very drinkable.

O-This is a pretty decent representation of the style. It is not going to blow anyone's mind, but it provides a good bit of flavor in a very drinkable package. I was surprised to see that it packs nearly 7% ABV because it doesn't taste it at all. A nice beer for quaffing on a cool fall evening when I don't want to think about things too much.

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Photo of CurtisPeacock
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Amber body with a nice 1 inch head that foams up nicely. Decent amount of lace on the glass as I drink.

Smell: Aroma is a nice combination of caramel and malts. Hints of grapefruit and pine hops.

Taste: First a hint of sweet roasted malt. Then the taste of caramel. Finally a semi-overpowering dose of grapefruity hops. A little out of balance for a red ale in comparison to others I have tried. Good beer though, not an all night drinker.

Mouthfeel: Medium, nothing special

Overall: An alright beer that is pretty great for the first pint.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 12/11/2013. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy deep red-orange color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of caramel, toast, brown sugar, biscuit, tangerine, grapefruit, orange peel, citrus rind, floral, grass, light pine, and floral/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of dark/bready malts and citrus hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, toast, brown sugar, light biscuit, tangerine, grapefruit, orange peel, floral, grass, light pine, and floral/toasted earthiness. Fair amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, brown sugar, tangerine, grapefruit, orange peel, floral, grass light pine, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice robustness and complexity of dark/bready malt and citrus/grassy hop flavors; with a good malt/hop balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy, smooth, and lightly slick/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice amber ale. Good balance and robustness of dark/bready malt and citrus hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of neomantra
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hoppy beers with a malty backbone almost always sit well with me. This one didn't disappoint. Great head retention and substantial lacing on the glass. Very hazy and deep amber color. The smell is good and I pick up some grapefruit, but for a beer that's supposedly heavily dry hopped there isn't much there. Maybe the keg isn't as fresh as it should be. However the taste makes up for it with a very bold dose of crystal malt (without going overboard) layered with grapefruit and some spicey notes. The mouthfeel is surprisingly silky. There is not a ton of carbonation in this one but I think it goes well with the flavors. Overall I'd definitely have this one again sometime and would recommend it to any hop heads who like some balance in their beer.

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Photo of spokeydonkey
3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I want to like this beer more than I do. It's a nice rich amber color with a thick white head that leaves a nice lacing in the glass. Smells like citrus and pine. Not much malt in the nose. Tastes like citrus and pine. There isn't much malt to back it up. I like a nice hoppy red ale and am partial to double IPAs, but this one just doesn't have enough balance going on for me. Great hop character, but no malt to back it up.

Mouthfeel is medium light with a touch of astringency. Finishes with clinging hoppiness.

Overall -- a bit more malt and this would be amazing, but its too unbalanced for me.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Comes out of the bottle a reddish mahogany with a thick, frothy and rather persistent pale beige head. Aroma is not strong, but is spicy and hoppy and inviting. Flavor exceeds the wan aroma, being hoppy but not bitter, with nutty and malty undertones and spicy and horehound hints. Lively texture is quite tingly and fizzy, leaving a nice edgy and slightly hoppy finish.

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Photo of jwc215
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%

On-tap @ Lakefront Brewery/Beer Hall:

Pours reddish amber with medium, beige head. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of citrus with caramel in a red ale style.

The taste is a mix of bitter hops and sweet caramelized malt. It has a bit of a chalky finish.

Smooth overall, though slightly astringent.

It's an enjoyable, hop-forward red ale.

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Photo of JayQue
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy amber/reddish color with a small light beige head. Average retention and lacing.

Smell is caramel malts and a little citrus (grapefruit). Taste is the same. The sweet maltiness is dominant with a nice little blast of grapefruit at the end.

Mouthfeel is crisp and light. Not too sweet. No hint of alcohol. Goes down easy.

Overall a pretty good red ale

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a sixer when visiting Milwaukee for a wedding. My in laws took a tour of the brewery and were raving about it so I had to try it for myself.

A - dark reddish amber color. Nice thick and creamy head with good retention and stick.

S - Sweet bread smell with subtle hop notes. It is not overpowering, but also has some citrus characterstics.

T - Velvety balance of hops and rich and robust sweetness with a simple bitter finish.

O - Well crafted brew that I'm glad I had to opportunity to try.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

DATE TASTED: November 21, 2013... GLASSWARE: Kisatsky Tavern pint... OCCASION: new Dream Theater and my wife's thirty-seventh birthday equals a good night!... APPEARANCE: copper-amber body; creamy off-white one-finger head that laces rather thickly--attractive... AROMA: quite a hoppy sensation for a red; bright, active, almost suggestive of its 6.8% ABV... PALATE: intensely biting presence; medium to full-bodied with a substantial finish--bold...TASTE: immediate taste of pinecone--definitely American--with a confident underpinning of malt to provide a big-mouthed balance...OVERALL: I am beginning to see why Lakefront has garnered such a quality reputation, as this brew snuck up on me with veritable strength and a balance that rewards...the style is not given to immediate impressiveness, but this offering is enjoyable and somewhat distinctive...

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Photo of cjgator3
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle

A- Poured into a pint glass. Pours a hazy dark reddish color with a nice off-white head with really good retention and lacing qualities.

S- The aroma is some malt, a hint of caramel and some hops.

T- The taste like the aroma has some smooth caramel malts up front with a dose of hops in the finish creating some bitterness. This one is very well balanced between the malt and hops.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, not bad. This beer went down very easy and has enough flavor to keep you interested. Worth a try.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This poured out as a deep amber color with a soapy tan head on top. The beer has a very nice lacing as well as a pretty strong retention as well. The smell has a pretty good piney aroma with some toasted malts in there as well. The taste of the beer has a pretty good bitterness to it along with a nice caramel malt flavor in there also. The mouthfeel is creamy, a decent carbonation and dry in the finish. Overall this is pretty good, would love to have it fresh. Worth trying!

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Photo of biboergosum
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, a single from a mixed-pack recently made available here in Alberta. Fixed gear bicycles - is this not yet another overwrought hipster thing?

This beer pours a hazy dark orange-amber hue, with some sparse floaties, and two fingers of densely puffy, foamy eggshell white head, which leaves some random coral reef patterns of lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of grapefruit pith, some soft pine needles, a somewhat bready caramel/toffee maltiness, and a bit of further spicy hops. The taste is grapefruit and orange citrus rind, slightly doused in sugar, some bready, grainy malt, a mild, thin caramel character, and musty, leafy hops.

The carbonation is average, just doing its punch-clock job, the body a mostly sturdy medium weight, and generally quite smooth, a wee hop interloper showing a forgivable ingress. It finishes off-dry, the malt and hops both still vigorous in their ardour.

A pretty decent amber ale, something apparently much more common south of the border, where they aren't afraid to submit to the whim of the big hops, and we are ever the more so grateful for it.

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Photo of Kris450
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Very floral smell and taste. Piney sort of hops, similar to an IPA. poured a lovely red/gold and had a nice cream head that stayed for the majority of the drink. Mouthfeel was pretty light for a beer that is 6.8%. I could session this beer. Very nice.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark amber red color with a fluffy, light tan colored head and nice carbonation.

S - Nice citrus grapefruit and pine nose, especially for a red ale (I'm used to getting more malt character). Caramel malt is a little biscuit like, but is a little subdued because of the hops.

T - Citrus hops hit the tongue up front with some fruitiness, followed by some caramel malt, then the hops return starting with citrus and morphs into a bitter pine finish with a little bit of a bite.

M - On the light side of medium body and a fairly clean finish.

O - For a red ale, I like the bitter bite as opposed to the toasted malt vibe from other reds I've had. I wish the flavor intensity could be dialed up a little and maybe a little more body.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A pretty decent amber ale. Consistent and fairly thick bodied tones. It doesn't really give a lot of variance on the flavor, but it's pretty good for what's there. Smooth feel overall. Pretty easy to drink. Not too shabby, but not too memorable either.

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Photo of Samp01
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Growler on tap Joe Canals. Pours brown / amber with a medium beige head. Aroma and Taste of toasted caramel malt, earthy hops, mild floral and fruity notes and a bit of toffee flavors. A medium body, smooth going with good carbonation on the palate. Finish is of toasted caramel malt, a lingering toffee flavor with earthy floral hops bitterness. Overall your basic all around amber ale, with a good caramel malt character, smooth and nicely balanced. A good drinking brew.

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