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Pumpkin Lager | Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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3.51/5
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657 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

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
Ranking:
#40,979
Reviews:
259
Ratings:
657
pDev:
15.1%
Bros Score:
3.52
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
80
Trade:
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Ratings: 657 |  Reviews: 259
Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smcolw
2.21/5  rDev -37%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Fizzy soda pop bubbles and head that dies to nothing--no lace, no head. The color is a cloudy orange amber.

Lots of pie spices--cinnamon, nutmeg, clove. The rest is pumpkin.

In the taste, the first thing I notice is the very high level of carbonation--think pumpkin soda. I'm almost tempted to throw in some ice cubes, except that it isn't very sweet. More sour than "pumpkiny". This one is difficult for me to drink. Sorry, a clear miss.

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Photo of XmnwildX12
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of russpowell
3.08/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was an impromptu pick up, forgot I tried this, let's see if this fares any better:

Pours caramel with a 1" off-white head. Zero head rentention or lacing

S: Big pumpkin pie spices, cinamon, nutmeg & brown sugar up front. A little malt sweetness sneaks in, along with a little metallic taste. Finsishes sweet with some astrignency

MF: Light/medium bodied, a little low in cabonation, but skews too sweet balance-wise

Drinks okay, basically one or 2 & that's it. We're having a halloween paty, I'm sure I can foist these on some unsuspecting guests...I messed up (again)

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Photo of woodychandler
4.41/5  rDev +25.6%
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 ChainGangGuy
3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
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 BuckeyeNation
2.07/5  rDev -41%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Lightly murky orangish amber with disturbing looking, wispy, black tendrils that resemble smoke or cobwebs. They've paled and faded somewhat over the first several minutes, but are still visible lurking within the beer. I have no doubt that part of the reason is that I managed to get almost all of the bottle into the pint glass because of the lack of head formation. Why a reasonably fresh lager should have semi-nasty stuff on the bottom of the bottle is anyone's guess. Pathetically small head; no lace.

Although I can tell that it belongs to a pumpkin beer, the aroma is the worst for the style that I've experienced yet. There's a background aroma of pumpkin and spice that is overwhelmed by an odd, musty earthiness. It isn't bad exactly, it just isn't appealing.

This is bad beer, there are no two ways about it. In fact, it makes Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin Ale (my previous pumpkin beer low point) seem like nectar. For starters, it's as thin and as lifeless as any beer in recent memory. Some beer becomes watery on the finish; this one starts out watery and deteriorates from there, if that's even physically possible. In addition, the musty sourness is overpowering and prevents any enjoyment whatsoever of the pumpkin.

I enjoy reading brewery websites prior to reviewing because you never know when you'll come across a hidden gem such as this from the Lakefront site: "(Pumpkin Lager has) the taste and the *texture* of pumpkin pie."

Pumpkin Lager Beer is as two-dimensional as they come and is, quite simply, abysmal beer. I have never homebrewed, but I have no doubt that I could do better than this on my first attempt. I will now have serious reservations about trying any more beer from Lakefront. You, however, at least with regard to this particular beer, have been sufficiently warned.

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Photo of Jason
3.54/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear tawny hue, minimal lacing though it does not dissipate at all. Smells of pie spice, faint pumpkin meat and dried hay. Smooth with a light to medium body, dry maltiness has a few layers that unfold underneath the spicing. Toasted grain, a little bready and grassy as well. Pie spicing is quite prevalent yet not over powering, clove is more upfront than others. A bit of pumpkin flavor rounds the brew out. Finishes semi-dry with a tingle of pic spice.

Just beery enough and spicing is controlled, clean and drinkable for a spiced beer.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.26/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer pours a slightly cloudy burnt orange color with a short lived off-white head.

S: Lots of spices to it, especially clove and nutmeg. There's a bit of cinnamon in there, too. The aroma is a bit tart, sort of like my homebrew pumpkin beer that got infected. A light fruitiness, likely yeast esters.

T: Fruity and sweet up front, which isn't something that you normally associate with pumpkin beers. An intense spiciness follows, mostly cinnamon with a bit of nutmeg and clove.

M: Light to medium bodied with a medium level of carbonation.

O: Too much of the lager comes through without enough of the pumpkin. The spices are there, but it's not the greatest balance or combination.

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Photo of MarkyMOD
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TMoney2591
3.97/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Honestly, I think this is the first time I've seen a pumpkin lager before... Regardless, it pours a mostly clear bright brass topped by a finger of pale off-white foam. The nose comprises cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, light white bread, light caramel, sweet flowers, clove, and a touch of mildly tart orange flesh. Nice and spicy, baby. The taste brings in more of the same, with the bread coming in lightly toasted, the orange toning down the tartness, and the caramel coming in a bit stronger. There's not much actual pumpkin in here, if at all, but the spices are definitely present in spades. The body is a light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a lightly grainy feel. Overall, a surprisingly tasty and drinkable brew, one that really embraces the spicy side of pumpkin beers without going too far with it. Well done.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
1.6/5  rDev -54.4%
look: 1 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Fizzy copper orange hue this beer had a raucous amount of carbonation it sounded like rice crispies as the head was dwindling, no lacing left behind. The head was an off white fizzy spectacle. Aroma is hitting hard with the pumpkin spices with nut meg, allspice, and cinnamon. Not much gourd going down in my glass as far as the smell of it. Flavor tart tongue raping experience, rotten pumpkin sourness with the flavor that you get before you want to vomit. This is an utterly disgusting brew that is the first drain pour I've gone threw in quite some time. Again no pumpkin tones just heavy acidic spicing levels kills the palate and numbs your cheeks, mouthfeel is fizzy carbonated water with a cloying level of acidity. Drinkability like a said previously, this one's going down the drain. I like most of the Lakefront offerings, however this sucks ass.

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Photo of rab53
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Billolick
2.32/5  rDev -33.9%
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 imperialking
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of malfunxion
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of a77cj7
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of smartassboiler
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of Tone
4.05/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of strong spice (cinnamon, and nutmeg), slight pumpkin, pale malt, slight sweet malt, and a hint of hop. Fits the style of a Pumpkin Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of slight pumpkin, strong spice (cinnamon and nutmeg), sweet malt, hint of spice, and a hint of yeast. Overall, weak appearance, but strong aroma, body, and good blend.

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Photo of jwc215
3.6/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Duff27
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a light amber color with a quickly dissipating white head. A few stead streams of carbonation rises to the top.

S- Smells of cinnamon.

T- Cinnamon. Slight biscuit taste. Pumpkin. Not as many spices as I have had with previous pumpkin beers.

M- Not much carbonation to this one and a bit on the watery side.

D/O- Aside from the mouthfeel complaint this isn't a bad little pumpkin beer, especially for a lager. Quite refreshing. Would have been better to have this one and a couple more perhaps in the fall.

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Photo of aasher
3.08/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This one pours a very light bodied bright copper in color with a one finger off white head. The aromas are very sweet and full of spice. It has the generic pumpkin vibe and is kind of syrupy sweet. The flavors again are all spice, a lot of cinnamon and nutmeg with a moderate amount of sweetness and a somewhat artificial pumpkin flavor. It's ok but doesn't really resemble pumpkin pie or anything like some other pumpkin beers do. It drinks very light and smooth. For being a lager I expected it to be a little more crisp. The flavor is decent but overall this one doesn't compare to other pumpkins.

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Photo of Sweffin
3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pumpkin Lager from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.51 out of 5 with 657 ratings
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