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Pumpkin Lager Beer | Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Beer Brewed with Pumpkin and Spices

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Photo of metter98
3.57/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy amber yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin yet dense beige head that never completely faded away.
S: Light to moderate aromas of pumpkins and pumpkin spices are present in the nose—nutmeg seems to stand out in particular.
T: The taste follows the smell but has a bit more complexity with slight bits of initial sweetness and hints of cardamom spices towards the finish.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied, clean and a little smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found this to be an easy-drinking pumpkin beer that has a good balance between the pumpkin flavors and spices. It would make for a good beer to pair with an autumn-themed dinner.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.57/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Look: Orange in color and completely see through the beer had a 1/4 inch head and no retention or lace

Smell: Pumpkin upfront surrounded by cinnamon and all spice

Taste: Very light on flavor with the flavors being the same as the nose pumpkin cinnamon and all spice

Mouthfeel: Light body with medium carbonation

Overall: Not bad for a $1.49 however it does lack flavor

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Photo of Pintofbrown
3.57/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This bottle was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance- Best part of the look is the body,it is a deep auburn with burnt orange highlights. The unfiltered body has a slight amount of carbonation. The head was a bright white that built to a finger and died slowly to a ring. There is no lace.

Smell- It's a really nice balance of spicy and sweet. There is cinnamon and some other herbal spiciness. A little bit of vanilla and nutmeg comes through. Actually really nice for a pumpkin.

Taste- The first sip was a nice mixture of biscuit malt that was reminiscent of a pie crust. There was a little more cinnamon and nutmeg than vanilla.

There are some bitter hops in the finish that are a little out of place, and the wheat is too noticeable. It gives the lager an adjunct feel that detracts mightily how well this one starts out.

Mouth feel- This is a real clincher in pumpkin's, and this one falls much too short. It is almost medium-bodied. So, so close. And it is not smooth enough by a long shot. That weird adjunct / bitter hop in the finish makes things really rocky.

Overall- As far as pumpkin beers go, it starts out really promising. It smells good, but it doesn't translate on the palate. There is an adjunct wheat quality in the finish that throws this thing off kilter, and the spices are not nearly noticeable enough.

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Photo of MaximalC
3.57/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours transparent amber in color with a minimal white head that soon disappears completely. The bouquet is actually quite nice, with healthy doses of pumpkin and cinnamon, with some nutmeg. There is also a tartness to the aroma, the origin of which I am curious to discern in the palate. The flavor largely matches the aroma, but is more subdued. The pumpkin takes a bit of a back seat to the spices, but the blend works well nonetheless. I think the tartness detected in the nose may actually be afforded by the cinnamon, which is not a spice I have much familiarity with when it comes to beers. The mouthfeel could be a little more substantive, but on the whole this is a well balanced and easy to drink brew, and one of the more palatable pumpkin beers I've tried.

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Photo of rangerred
3.57/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a medium orange with a slight chill haze. White half finger head settles to a thin cap over the beer. No lacing at all.

Aroma is extremely spicy. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice are extremely prominent. A little bit of gingerbread and citrus in the way of apples comes through as well.

On the taste, spice are once again up front really overwhelming all other flavors initially. Tons of cinnamon and allspice really lending a candy apple character to the beer. As the beer warms some more pumpkin character begins to come in with some graham cracker along with a bit of a "squashy" character. It is subtle however. Mouthfeel is clean and crisp like a lager should be and isn't too sweet or sticky.

Overall, a unique take on a pumpkin beer but the spices are a bit too much. I think if the spice was toned down it would allow more subtle characters to come through. Really nice job by Lakefront.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.57/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look - clear, very light amber color, with almost no foam at all. High carbonation.

Smell - As the name of the beer would suggest, pumpkin aroma, but not many spices, though perhaps a little.

Taste and Mouthfeel - Just as with the smell, sweet and subtle pumpkin smell without too many added spices. Sweet at the beginning, a little bubbly in the middle, and sweet again at the finish. Texture is quite smooth, almost toward the water side.

Drinkability - Decent brew for a relatively standard Fruit/Veggie beer. I would rank this one and Wassatch's Punkin Ale up there with the best of the Pumpkin beers that I've tried.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a hazy pale orange yellow color with good clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Pumpkin, starchy, pilsner malts, lager yeast, and sugary.

Taste: Same as above. Nothing fantastic here. Sweet and smooth.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, sweet, a little chewy, medium bodied, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Decent pumpkin beer. The lager smooths things out too.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.59/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This pumpkin had a weaker body and a carrot coloring with a limited head and no lacing.

The scent was weak but nice. Pumpkin spices with a touch of maltiness I yearned for a stronger depth but enjoyed what I found.

Again, the flavors are weak but I enjoyed what I found. The taste and feel are crisp with a profound pumpkin spice dominance. I catch clove, pepper and black licorice with nutmeg and earthy gourd.

I believe that ales are always more flavorful than lagers and the only mistake that Lakefront made here was to introduce this as a lager. I find real flavor and appeal it's just too weak.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A nice little suprise from a Pumpkin Ale. Looks like nothing special, kinda dark brown, but the aroma, is genuine pumpkin and nutmeg? Taste, more of the same, but there is something that livens the ale, makes it a little less heavy than a big slice of pumpkin pie.

That levity brings a great finish/aftertaste to the beer, pumpkin spice maintains, you may even detect a sprinkling of vanilla? I dunno, but whatever it is, I like it. Remains drinkable, but I can't see having more than 2 in a sitting, due to the sweetness.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a finger and half of head on a hazy straw body.
The aroma is apple cider, smoke and apple spice.
The taste is smoke, cinnamon, muted pumpkin and grain.
The texture is gritty.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a conical pint glass

A - This beer has a burnt orange body with amber highlights. It was topped with an inch of beige head that quickly disappeared.

S - The smell has the usual suspects, pumpkin spice, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

T - It tastes of pumpkin spice, and that is about it.

M - Thin

O - This is a decent pumpkin beer. The mouthfeel is watered down though.

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Photo of Ragingbull
3.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Light amber to red in color with barely noticeable prickle and a faint wispy head. Very mild nose of pumpkin, spice and "chalk water." By "chalk water" I mean it smells similar to the water in a bucket after washing the blackboard in grade school. Mild attack. Flavor of pumpkin and malty grains. Clean finish but mildly sweet grain aftertaste. This is a very complex beer compared to many pumpkin ales and lagers. I would say pretty good and call it a B.

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Photo of Benish
3.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This was my favorite pumpkin beer. I have tried other pumpkin beers (not a lot) but I really appreciated this one because the style of this beer (lager) and the notes of pumpkin seemed to come together really well. At each sip, my sense tells me that this beer and the pumpkins were brewed together from start to finish -- in unity if you will. The pumpkin flavor is not overwhelming but you know it is there when you take a sip. Definitely refreshing and I usually grab a second one.

I have tried other beers - pumpkin ales (not lagers) - that seem to fall short in pumpkin flavor that I'm looking for; it seems it only add a tiny dash of pumpkin pie spice and nothing more. However this may be what it's supposed to be and maybe my preferences are different than others who enjoy pumpkin beers. This beer never fails to please me.

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Photo of BeerAndBourbon
3.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A. Pours a clear orange with a whispy off white head that quickly dissipates to a thin foam.

T. Lots of spice on the nose: allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove.

S. Spices come through on the tongue along with some graham cracker and some malty sweetness - I don't really taste any pumpkin in there.

M. Medium bodied with a high level of brisk carbonation.

D. While you don't really get much pumpkin out of the beer, the spices are enough to make you think of fall. All in all I have to say that this is one of the more solid pumpkin beers I've had this year, which is saying something considering this is my 8th or 9th pumpkin beer.

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Photo of Domingo
3.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is one of the few times you'll see a spiced lager. In fact, I think it's the only pumpkin lager I've seen, too.
Pours an amber color headed toward a burn orange, but not completely there. Head is minimal and the head laces for a little bit, but doesn't really stick.
Allspice, cinnamon, and sweet malts are really the main focuses of the nose. A sulfuric whiff here and there, too...but nothing a typical lager doesn't have. If anything it's dialed back compared to most pumpkin beers.
The flavor starts off sweet with caramel malts and spicy with cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, ans cloves. The cloves offer a hint of numbness, but only for a second. The finish fades to a more sour flavor...which reveals they likely actually used some real pumpkin in addition to spices.
Mouthfeel is slick and makes this beer pretty quaffable if you want.
As with ALL pumpkin beers, you're not going to want more than 1 or 2. I'd say this is one of the more easy drinking variations, though.
One of the better pumpkin beers out there just because while the spices run the show, they aren't overwhelming. The sourness in the finish also helps to keep things moving, too.

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Photo of brentk56
3.6/5  rDev +5%

Appearance: Pour a clear burnt orange with a modest head that fades quickly to a ringlet; minimal lacing

Smell: Pumpkin pie spice and brown sugar

Taste: A bit of pumpkin provides the base, but the pie spices dominate; after the swallow, the brown sugar aspect nudges up the sweetness

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Too light, too sweet and too much spice relative to the underlying flavors but I guess that's what happens with a pumpkin lager; not a fan

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

$1.50 12 oz. single from Green's (Buford) in Atlanta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, orange-hued body with an inch of fizzy, whitish head.

Smell: Aroma of lightly toasted and caramel maltiness with a fragrant note of blended pumpkin pie spices and pumpkin meat.

Taste: Light toasty and caramel malts with a restrained sweetness that makes way for a squashy pumpkin flavor and distinct tastes of cinnamon, clove, allspice, and nutmeg. Light spicy hop character and bitterness. Finishes crisp and dry with a lingering taste of earthy, Autumn-minded spices.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Worth a bottle or pint. A solid, easily drinkable pumpkin brew, though liking pumpkin beers may be a prerequisite.

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Photo of chilidog
3.61/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A good autumn brew to be had if not just once a year. A good looking appearance with its hazy orange color and fluffy white head. The two-inch head fades quick to a thin film with little lace. The oder was its down side for me. The taste of pumpkin and spice, mainly nutmeg & cinnamon was good. Mouthfeel is left very dry at finish.Overall a pretty good seasonal brew.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Pumpkin orange with a short head that quickly dissipated.
S: Strong pie spice aromas, with pumpkin underneath. Kind of like a pumpkin pie candle. One-dimensional, but pleasant.
T: Pumpkin and pie spice. Again one-dimensional but tasty.
M: Medium-bodied, pleasant, short finish.
O: Like others have said, far from the best pumpkin beer I've had but also far from the worst. Overall I enjoyed it.

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Photo of shangwang
3.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up among other early fall beers in a mix 6 today.

Poured with a finger of white head the quickly reduced to almost nothing. Reddish-orange in color with constant streams of tiny bubbles rising up. Cinnamon-spice smell with a heavy sour fruit overtone. Not much pumpkin in the smell. Tasted strongly of biscuity malt with pumpkin subtley burried underneath. Fairly sweet at the front with a slightly sour finish. Very crisp mouthfeel with a lot of carbonation.

For my first pumpkin beer of the season its a little disappointing- tastes more like a lager with a bit of pumpkin versus a full-blown pumpkin ale. Nevertheless, not bad.

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Photo of BeerWizard
3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orange-red, totally clarified, with a waifish head that fizzles away quickly. On the nose you've got cinnamon first and foremost. If you really get in there it's like a stick of Big Red. Underneath that is that is an earthy, leafy aroma. Smells sweet and spicy. Man, you can really taste the pumpkin in this, and the spice, and I think I'm getting the alcohol coming through pretty prominently for...what is this, a six? Sweet and a little malty otherwise. Nice mouthfeel, good flavor but light and refreshing - I think you could have a few of these without getting burnt out. I like this one quite a bit, really goes down easy. Not like an amazing pumpkin beer, but worth picking up for the season. I'll probably buy some more while it's out!

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Photo of mdwalsh
3.64/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I got this beer as part of a wedding present from my cousin in Madison. I had one and wasn't too fond of it. I will try and review to style as much as possible.

A: Half a finger head of just off white sits on top of a very orange orange body with a decent amount of carbonation on the sides of the glass. By the time I have written this, the head is gone, but it looks like there's still good carb in there. Beer is mostly clear, maybe a tough of haze.

S: I can smell pumpkin pie for sure. Just like the bottle says, pumpkin and spices. There doesn't seem to be any hops, but it does smell fresh, it was bottled the last week of July, so less than a month ago. It smells a little sweet, like soda.

T: It tastes like soda too. Like pumpkin pie soda. I suppose that's sort of what you're looking for, but I think it's too sweet and artificial tasting. It isn't very strong, just so unique you can feel it all over. I get pumpkin, obviously, but maybe also nutmeg and cinnamon? It's not as bad as the first time I had it, but still, I think you could have a more enjoyable beer.

M: Like pop, thin and bubbly. I think pumpkin beers should be heartier, fall beers. It's the carbonation that really kills me

D: If you really like the flavor, its good, if not, not so much. A beer that could go either way.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.64/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a crystal clear burnt orange to amber in color with light amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and some golden yellow highlights. The beer has a three finger tall sudsy foamy light beige head that reduces to a very thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of pumpkin pie spices - cinnamon and nutmeg stand out - along with some lighter aromas of slightly sweet pumpkin.

T: Upfront there is a slightly sweet flavor of grainy malts with light to moderate flavors of pumpkin. That is followed by moderate flavors of pumpkin pie spices - cinnamon and nutmeg - as well as some lighter notes of cardamon. Minimal amounts of bitterness are perceptible.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth with hints of dryness from the spices towards the finish as the beer warms up.

O: This beer has a really nice flavor to it and is quite enjoyable - nice combination of pumpkin pie spices, pumpkin, and cardamon. Easy to drink with well hidden alcohol. Definitely recommend this one for a quite enjoyable brew for a fall evening. Great with ginger snaps after dinner.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle

Pours a hazed orange color with a small white head that thins. Decent lacing on the glass.

Aroma is all pumpkin spices. Doesn't smell extremely spicy, but no other notable aromatics.

Taste is light and consists largely of pumpkin pie spices with a very faint hint of malt and yeast. Finishes very clean and dry.

Light body, zippy carbonation.

Another interesting take on the pumpkin thing, and it works well. The mild spicing is enjoyable and works well with the clean and dry lager base. Especially good on these 80 degree October days.

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Photo of KLHBB
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I'm liking this a lot. A cloudy caramel color, a taste of pumpkin pie spice and pretty sweet. Medium bodied, light carbonation, overall quite enjoyable and maybe my mass-market favorite.

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