Pumpkin Lager Beer | Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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Pumpkin Lager BeerPumpkin Lager Beer
BEER INFO

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

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Beer Brewed with Pumpkin and Spices

Added by maxpower on 10-03-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
257
Ratings:
638
Avg:
3.43
pDev:
24.78%
 
 
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10
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Photo of MightyYui
3.5/5  rDev +2%

I was introduced to this when it came out last year, but didn't realize it was a limited edition. When I came back it was gone and they said: try again next year. This year, I barely got the last six pack, or I would have bought more. I'm not usually a huge fan of pumpkin beers because they usually taste like somebody got out of hand with some pie spices and I can't really find the pumpkin in it... that is not the case here. It actually tastes of pumpkin. Good fresh lager and pumpkin. One of the things I especially like about this beer is it's elegance. There's not 1000 things going on to keep you from noticing the few that didn't go well.

It's cloudy in appearance, it's got a fresh pumpkiny smell, crisp apple notes at the front of the pallet, malty as it warms, strong pumpkin finish.

I'll be buying it again next year. :)

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Photo of biboergosum
3.56/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, from a Liquor Mart on south Colorado Blvd near my hotel in Denver last week. A pumpkin lager is a new one for me, I think.

This beer pours a slightly blurry, medium copper amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and mildly creamy dirty white head, which leaves a few specks of remote islet lace around the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of vegetal pumpkin puree, clove, cinnamon, and ginger spice, bready pale malt, and a further singed brown sugar sweetness. The taste is more sugary pumpkin pie all the way - grainy malt, baked fleshy gourd, nutmeg, cinnamon and zesty ginger - with a certain metallic astringency - and a hint of muddled hop bitterness.

The bubbles are fairly frothy in their moderate bearing, the body a sturdy medium weight for a lager, and mostly smooth, the metallic nature near overcome by a low-key creaminess. It finishes off-dry, the lingering sweet pumpkin and bready malt shedding a large part of the spice.

A pleasant spiced seasonal pumpkin brew, you pretty much wouldn't know this was a lager unless the label said so - I've had plenty of lighter-seeming pumpkin ales. Perhaps a bit drier than the impression I have thus far given, which makes this something that I could see having a few of, come time to dole out the goods to the trolling neighborhood kiddies.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.88/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A Pumpkin...Lager? Let's see how this one fares. I love the label, by the way.

Appearance : Dense auburn colored body with a minimal 1 finger head that recedes to a ring of lace within a few seconds.

Smell : Sugared pumpkin, clove, nutmeg, cinnamon. Baked brown sugar. Right on the money.

Taste : Sweet and spicy, lots of nutmeg and pumpkin, with brown sugar in the background, ends dry with cloves and more pumpkin. Reminds me of pumpkin bars. A festive treat. It doesn't suffer from the sourness of an ale, so that's a plus. Traditionally though, a pumpkin "ale" has more flavor. I think they made up for that lack of flavor with spicy adjuncts - and that's fine with me.

Straight out of the bottle you get heavy clove and peanut m&m. It's amazing what a difference there is between glass and bottle. They're both good in my book here.

Mouthfeel : Spicy mouthfeel, if that makes sense. Not exactly carbonated, not exactly watery, but it bites a bit. And then it ends semi-dry. Interesting take.

Overall : I do like this beer, and I think I'd be willing to split a six pack with friends. There's nothing real off or wrong about this beer, but it is definitely not the best pumpkin beer I've had in recent memory. It's a good seasonal, if you find it, give it a try.

Edit, I'm eating a tuna sandwich now finishing up this beer. It actually pairs well with that, so it's not a totally "by itself" beer. This one was easy to finish. Bottoms up!

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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 BeerWithMike
4.5/5  rDev +31.2%

Sampling right now on 9/14/14. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a "CHEERS'S BOSTON" handled glass stein.

Pours a hazy orange-yellow in color with a small white head. Nice 'ring' lacing is seen with each sip and sticks to the sides of the glass. The aroma is nutmeg, cinnamon and pumpkin. Pretty much for the taste as well with LOTS of good flavor. Medium bodied and perfect carbonation. Goes down easy and really tasty! A EASY '9' if not higher for this one. You can actually count the number of 'rings' from each sip, which turned out to be 11! Love it! :)

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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 Jackofallbrews
3.36/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Surprise! Nutmeg and cinnamon, with a light ginger aroma after some deep sniffs. Mild pumpkin aroma as swirled. Some sweet malt. No hop aroma.

Appearance: Light orange in color. Brilliantly clear and sparkling. Small white head with fine bubbles, mostly from the nucleation site on the bottom of my glass.

Flavor: Malty but not overly sweet, more like a Vienna lager. A good mixture of nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger that is not overwhelming but does stay with you after the sip. No astringency. No hop flavors. Finish is crisp and lagery with a hint of pilsner malt. Mouthfeel is a bit light.

Overall: Not a bad beer. I like the crispness of it and the well balanced spices.

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Photo of alphagnome
2.94/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance:
Pours a cloudy, pale orange color with absolutely no head. Zip! Plenty of carbonation however.

Aroma:
Nothing but spices. Ginger, nutmeg, and a bit of cinnamon. Has a pleasant sweetness to it although the whole package leaves a lot to be desired. Light pumpkin notes.

Taste:
Light for a pumpkin beer, but everything carries over from the aroma. Spices are dominant in the flavor profile. I was hoping for more than a load of spice.

Mouthfeel:
Medium-bodied lager with hardly any noticable carbonation.

Overall:
Nothing special here. It's not the worst pumpkin beer I've ever had but t's also far from the best. The spice overload is a bit too much to enjoy.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.41/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

The Friendly Greek recently had an entire cooler set aside for this year's pumpkin beers. I bought as many different ones as I could and I am now working my way through them between Hallowe'en and Thanksgiving.

From the bottle: "Brewed in Milwaukee for people who like beer."

I like beer, so this should be right up my alley! I gave it a good heavy handed pour, resulting in two fingers of creamy, tawny head with great retention. Color was a pumpkin-like orangish-amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity. I know that 8 is between 7 and 9, but my card does not have that shade. Nose was VERY spicy, cinnamon, clove and ginger being prevalent. Mouthfeel was much fuller than the Stoudt's pumkin lager, giving this one a creamy aspect. The spices were just right, not overwhelming and by closing my eyes, I could imagine drinking a cool pumpkin latte. This is a great pumpkin lager, but don't tell Linus or he might be panicked! Get it, a Great Pumpkin lager? Finish was semi-dry, but because they showed some restraint at the spice shelf, it was not as dry as it might have been.

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Photo of Bernoulli
4.11/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy orangish red and a 1/8" head"

An odor reminiscent of a fall or pumpkin cider (a pumpkin pie or candle) but much more restrained ... uses the pumpkin the way a clever woman uses perfume

Has a gentle effervescence.

Sweet and pumpkin flavored, but not overpowered. It's hard to tell it's a lager... something you could use to introduce a cider fan to beer.

I'd rate a cider with these properties higher, but I expected more from a beer...

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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 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 Fergyx825
3.41/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: a light amber color, with a tiny bit of head on the pour and over the surface of the beer. There is no bubbling evident throughout the beer. This is appropriate for a pumpkin ale/lager.

Smell: This is rich in pumpkin smell with some spices definitely obvious. The pumpkin is more noticeable than the rest of the flavors.

Taste: A very sweet pumpkin taste. The spices are very obvious too. Alcohol is also noticeable. It doesn't taste bad.

Mouthfeel: A low carbonation, but medium to thick beer. Definitely a good combination.

Overall: i think this is just mediocre in all aspects. Not above and beyond in any particular way, but more a bunch of okay aspects that make for an okay beer.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.47/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy peachy copper with a white fizzy foam that retains well. Light aroma of pumpkin spices and bready lager yeast. In the taste, crispness of lager yeast upfont, spices mid palate, and finishes with pumpkin flavor. Light cinnamon and allspice. Crisp, solid pumpkin lager.

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Photo of Billolick
2.32/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

12 ounce bottle, w/o any freshness info to be had.

Pours near clear orangy amber, basically no head, no film, no collar and no lace.

Moderate pumpkin pie spicing on the nose.

Sweet and kinda off putting with more pumpkin spicing. Also some sweet fruit juice notes that are artificial tasting and not to my liking. More nastyness in the finish. Off notes of plastic and cheap grape soda.

So many better fall/pumpkin themed brews out there....

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Photo of Suds
3.97/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a much better pumpkin beer than I was expecting. It is an amber orange color with a small but respectable white head. The aroma is sweetish, with a grainy lager background ans a sweep pumpkin pie forenose. Spice, honey, pie, reminiscent cream, and crust. Interesting and enjoyable. The sweetness could get a little overwhelming, but in small volumes, this is great. Smooth and flavorful. I would easily have another.

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Photo of mitch3114
3.9/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured bottle into weizen glass

A- Although this is a lager, there is some color. It is a dark amber color with a light orange hue. There was a half to 3/4 inch head that billowed up and was very bubbly and carbonated. If there was a category for sound...this one would get loud while there is still head. For two minutes it fizzled until fading out.

S- This smells just like pumpkin pie. I have a slice I am about to eat and I am comparing the two by smell. After the head faded, it smells a bit more like a lager beer. But notes of pumpkin pie spices (allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger) are present, gingerbread cookies.

T- Taste is pleasant: cinnamon, pumpkin pie, pumpkin, slight spices, but finishes with a crisp taste associated with a lager (IMO). Not overly spicy, pretty well balanced.

M- Clean, crisp, refreshing, prickly, well carbonated, but not too carbonated. Not too heavy. Quite thin, but it seems to work with this beer.

O- This is actually much better than I thought. I had a beer tasting the other night where eight of us sampled 21 pumpkin beers. This was the onl;y lager and I was very surprised. I am drinking a full serving tonight and enjoying. I expected a Molsen Canadien that tasted like it had allspice and nutmeg mixed in. I was very wrong. This can stand up to the ales, and in some cases beat them any day. Try this, it is a different approach, but a good one!

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Photo of SleepyDrunk
3.24/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle from the 2013 seasonal release poured into a standard pint glass.

Pours a clear rusty orange. Very little lacing and a quickly disappearing white head.

Nutmeg and cinnamon in up front in the nose, not much for pumpkin in the aroma.

One thing that makes this pumpkin stand out is the notice yeast strain taste that underlies the spies. Definitely more of a spicy pumpkin beer, I do much get much for the sweet or full pumpkin taste found in other beers.

Very dry mouthfeel - not much to it really. Flavors fade fast.

Average pumpkin beer - I don't think I would purchase this again.

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Photo of Stevedore
2.8/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle from the 2013 seasonal release. Poured into a Founders snifter today, 10/2/2013.

Pours a clear amber hue, perhaps more of a copper hue in the right lighting. Not much of a head, which is white and disappears into almost nothing immediately. No lacing either.

Lots of spices (especially nutmeg) in the nose and not much else.. maybe a little bit of pumpkin filling. No yeast or malt sweetness anywhere.

Tastes similar to the nose, still there is a decent caramel sweetness that underlies the pumpkin and nutmeg. A little bit of that different spice flavour that I recognize from most other lagers, which I assume is the lager yeast's contribution.

Typical lager mouthfeel, a bit thin but that's about right. I think this beer is undercarbonated though.. A bit sticky and dry. Nothing special. Kind of refreshing, but at the same time the spice flavour profile kind of makes this a hard one to finish for me.

This is a fairly decent pumpkin beer, no more no less. I wouldn't buy this again.

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Photo of roger617
3.17/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

On tap poured into pint glass.

A: 3.25 light yellow in color, pours with 1 finger of white head that reduces quickly.
S: 3.0 mild pumpkin and spices
T: 3.25 pumpkin and spice forward, lingering spices
M: 3.0 carb level is ok, seems a bit thin
O: 3.25 this is a good pumpkin lager, very crisp and refreshing.

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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 TheSSG
4.29/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a huge, dense, white head that collapses into a soapy white, half-inch foam. Wonderfully spicy aroma dominated by spice, with a touch of pumpkin behind it all. Amber-orange color. Starts off with spice and carbonation, the clovier-spice takes hold until the biscuit malt comes into play with the pumpkin; pumpkin pie or spiced cookies - this is the main flavor profile. The spice mutes as the finish comes on, then it's lingering pumpkin malt.

I absolutely love this one. One of two (Southern Tier "Pumpking") pumpkin biers I will drink. The addition of pumpkin to the mash allows this lager to showcase the pumpkin with a clarity that is unparalleled. This bier made me like pumpkin pie. When I drink this, I know it's Autumn.

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Photo of Rhettbuck
2.9/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Had this in a bottle poured into a glass.

Appearance: Perhaps the most impressive part of this beer and that should tell you where the rest of the review is going. Dark coppery color, reminds me of a dark apple cider in look. The bubbles streaming to the top would suggest a lot of carbonation and while there is some head, it dissipates rather quickly.

Smell: Hardly anything to report here. Kind of a sweet smell to the beer.

Taste: Good, clean and not much if any after taste. The whole of the beer has this light feeling to it, and perhaps that is what you are looking for in a pumpkin beer. I wanted a little more out of it. I would recommend this for a football game tailgate.

Mouthfeel: Despite the presence of clearly a lot of carbonation, doesn't actually overwhelm you. Like I said above, clean crisp beer.

Overall: I wouldn't recommend this one for someone looking for the ultimate pumpkin beer. But if you wanted a taste of the season without getting full, then this would be your beer.

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Photo of Act25
2.94/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A: Pours a cloudy yellow orange color with a short lived off-white head of wide bubbles and little lacing.

S: More spices to it, clove, nutmeg, cinnamon. A bit of overdone, overripe stink, like cider. Almost a wheat beer quality, yeasty.

T: Very fruity and sweet up front, again like a wheat beer, then spiciness follows. More spicy and yeasty, than pumpkiny. A bit metallic, slightly off flavor, not inviting another.

M: Light bodied with medium carbonation. Goes down thin and leaves a metallic feel on the tongue, not a great finish

O:One of the lower rated pumpkins I tried in 2013.

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Photo of beatenbyjacks
3.16/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - light orange caramel color with a little to no head or lacing

Smell - light nutmeg smell, but nothing over the top

Taste - very light beer with very subtle spice flavor

Mouthfeel - this is best quality for this beer. Nice spice flavor ends as the beer easily leaves the mouth with minimal carbonation.

Overall - not a bad fall pumpkin beer, but perhaps if it wasn't a lager some of the spice smell and flavor would be stronger

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