Pumpkin Lager | Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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Pumpkin LagerPumpkin Lager
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
Reviews:
259
Ratings:
648
Avg:
3.43
pDev:
15.74%
 
 
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12
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76
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Photo of spacecake9
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Poured into a goblet......

A - Pours a very nice amber color, fizzy bubbles disappear quickly with no head.
S - Very pleasing aroma of spice & pumpkins.
T - Clean lager flavor, light feeling, with a moderate pumpkin flavor. Not strong on spices at all.
M - Light mouth feel and carbonation, flavor disappears quickly.
O - This beer was better than I expected. Good beer, quite drinkable, a good place to start for pumpkin beer newbies. While it's not at the top of the pumpkin beer list it's a good representation of the style. I'd drink it again.

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Photo of horshack7
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It pours a hazy copper color with amber hues. On top is about two fingers worth of of white head.

Aroma: A tremendous amount of pumpkin spice way up front. Notes of allspice, clove, cinnamon and even a little bit of a cider aroma. Only a slight breadiness towards the back.

Taste: Spice on top of more spice. Cloves, cinnamon, apple peel a floral hop bite and a nice dry finish. The mouthfeel is a little crisp with a buttery texture.

Notes: It's spiced so well all the way around what a tasty beer. Cheers.

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

Notes Oct 12, 2008
Bottle from Pauly's. Orange in color with a minimal white foam head.Ginger,cinnamon,and nutmeg spice aromas. Tastes like grandma made pumpkin pie with some lager in the mix, very nice very subtle. Nice mouthfeel, some lacing. Solid offering.

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A slightly hazy orangish copper colored lager, with some little floaties throughout. Nothing unappetizing at all though. Based on the pour I'd say this beer is bottle conditioned. Decent tan head was high and tight but faded fast.

There's a pumpkin and spice aroma with some hops complimenting the fall spices nicely. Some sweet caramel malt is detectable as well. The taste is of pumpkin and spice as well, but the spices get a bit perfumey which borders on unpleasant. Not noticing the hops here at all, but there is a but of an earthy malt behind all the pumpkin spice.

Decent body, a bit of a carbonation bite in the end, the beer finishes clean with just a hint of the spice lingering for a few seconds.

I was disturbed to see this in a mixed pack purchased in March, but the bottling date was late November. guess they brew this one year round or at least late in to the season.

Not bad...drinkable and all but a bit too heavy on the spice.

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Photo of Skidz
3.83/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a nice clean yellow and sits radiant amber in the glass. Cool looking gradient in my particular glasss (bright yellow to to deep amber brown). Small white head is gone almost as soon as it appears and only leaves a trace along the edges.

Smells of cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and all-spice...the usual pumpkin spices. Some notes of raw pumpkin and baked brown sugar. Very nice aroma.

Tastes stongly of cloves and all-spice. Lightly sweet with almost no detectable hops to balance it off. Only a slight amount of bitterness exists in the finish. Flavors of warmed pumkin flesh ooze out from the spices and lends a vegetal aftertaste.

Smooth and stringy in the mouth, carbonation on target, medium body. Body pushes out all the flavors you could hope for.

A nice pumpkin beer, though there's a bit too much cloves for my particular tastes. Still, probably one of the better ones out there.

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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 Golden2wenty1
2.73/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a single at Riley's here in Madison. The Original Pumpkin Lager Beer Pumpkin Ale itself.

Pours an uninspiring orange/amber with a bubbly head that doesn't stick around for long. Smell is heavy on the all-purpose pumpkin pie spice assortment, mostly cinnamon and nutmeg and some sugrary sweet caramel notes. Taste continues with the canned spice extract and sweet pumpkin/caramel malt, but unfortunately entertains an astringent, medicinal bitterness that turns it all foul. Mouth feel is thin but slick. There's just a lot going on here that doesn't mesh together. It's all a little artificial, no real substance. Dogfish and O'Fallon are oth far superior to this timid offering.

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Photo of JackieKu
3.91/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Best by 2016-02-05.

A: Hazy. Amber. Poured with 2 fingers high of head with short retention.
S: Banana. Pumpkin. And little spices.
T: Pumpkin. Banana. Hints of sourness and sweetness. Low bitterness. Dry.
M: Medium bodied. Crispy carbonation.
O: Elegant spices addition, I don't get cinnamon bomb. The pumpkin is working well. And the banana character makes it quite balance and flavorful.

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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 Lexluthor33
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear,Orange color with a decent head. Patchy,bubbly lace.
The aroma of spices,pumpkin and malts.

The taste was sweet and full of spices with malts and a touch of alcohol.

The feel was smooth,medium body and carbonation with a crispy finish.

Notes: The malts were too mild,but it was a fine beer and worth it. I suppose that while this beer lacked in spices/malts it made up for in balance.

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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 mountdew1
3.42/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a slightly orange, dark yellow straw colored. Very slight haze as well. Started with a 2 finger off white head that faded to none after a few minutes. Aroma was a sweet pumpkin with small hints of spice, mostly like a pie puree. Taste was slightly sweet, but fairly bland, akin to a bland bread. Felt a bit over tingly in the mouth, but coated well. Overall a middle of the road pumpkin beer. Nothing outstanding in any direction.

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.69/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a glass mug.

A: Clear light orange with two-finger, white frothy head that lasted a couple of minutes. Okay lacing.

S: Pumpkin and lots of cinnamon and spice. Nice.

T: Moderate sweetness and light bitterness. A little too much cinnamon actually. It's overpowering the pumpkin. Not bad though.

M: Light to medium bodied with fizzy carbonation.

O: This isn't amazing but it was better than the couple of pumpkin ales I had the other night. The pumpkin and spice aroma is great.

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Photo of tugdriver7
3.95/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear orange to amber in the glass, with a nice cream-colored head that dropped quickly, but left a subtle lacing on the glass. Malty spice (cinnamon/nutmeg) in the nose. Flavor was malty with the fruit and spice you'd expect, but this was unique because it offered the smoothness of a lager (rather than the ales typically "pumpkin'ed" at this time of year). As the glass warmed, the alcohol came out a bit in the flavor; but the spice kept it in check. Not bad. Enjoyable.

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Photo of chumba526
3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appears light orange in color with a small white head.

It smells slightly sour; there are hints of nutmeg and cinnamon. There are also hints of pumpkin to the beer.

It tastes initially of pumpkin. There is a smooth cinnamon and nutmeg type of a flavor. The beer ends with a bit of a sweet malt flavor. This is a basic pumpkin beer but it tastes pretty good.

There is a crisp mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

The drinkability is ok, but is a little too sweet to drink a lot of it.

Overall a decent pumpkin beer that is enjoyable but nothing amazing.

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Photo of BierReise
3.14/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Clear golden with an orange hue. Head is small and reduces to just a thin white film. Has a nice spicy aroma of cinnimaon, allspice and nutmeg that resembles pumpkin pie well. As others mention, a bit over carbonated and thin. Flavor isn't all that bad but could be fuller. Doesn't match the aroma at all. A little bitter. I haven't had a good pumpkin Ale in years and the last good one I had was BB's several years ago.

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Photo of Pauly2X
3.35/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A- Golden amber 1 1/2 finger head faded to a sizeable wisp.

S- Strong smells of pumpkin, cinamon, nutmeg and allspice.

T- Just like Pumpkin pie, in beer form.

M- Smooth medium body carbonation is a bit high.

D- Although tasty, one is enough.

One of the better pumpkin beers ive had, but it has nothing on DFH (so hard to find here)

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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 letsgopens
2.69/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I've recently become enamored with various seasonal selections and begun snatching up every Oktoberfest, Pumpkin Ale, etc I can get my hands on.

With that being said, this particular selection is easily the oddest of the bunch. Its pours very cloudy, deep brown/orange with an unsatisfying, almost nonexistent off-white head that fades to nothing in around two seconds flat. Nothing I've seen yet is characteristic of a lager.

The aroma is again, a little off. Some spice and malt are present. Nutmeg and a bit of pumpkin, but mostly a dirty kind of spice and dull malt.

I wouldn't say that it's bland, but the flavor is not what I expected at all. All spice and nutmeg initially that is a bit dull and again rather 'dirty' on the tongue. A bit of pumpkin in the background. At first sip I was pleasantly surprised to try something that was totally different, but as I drank the flavor became increasingly unpleasant.

Throughout the experience, this beer was very uncharacteristic for a lager. Almost no carbonation and an odd grainy texture. The starchy malt lingers on the palate. Probably my least favorite of the dozen or so pumpkin ales I've tried this fall. I will however try it again next year and reevaluate.

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Photo of donteatpoop
3.29/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber/dark orange color with a very shortly lived white head.

The scent is sweetly spiced, the spicer really dominating the nose.

On the tongue the spice again dominates, though it does blend nicely with the (pilsner?) hops and bready malts.

Not bad. Haven't had many spiced/flavored lagers, but this is one of the better ones.

Generally with pumpkin ales/lagers the spice is done improperly and leaves me with a distaste. This is one of the few exceptions. Not something I'd seek out, but I drank the whole thing.

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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 brewmudgeon
3.26/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

2.5 orange amber with big bubbles and some very large flakes floating around. the head doesn't last or leave much trace.
4 smells of pumpkin and cinnamon, some nutmeg too.
3-3.5 not as flavorful as the aroma promised, but not too bad. mild sweetness is accompanied by raw pumpkin and then overmatched by a tart finish.
2.5 mouthfeel is too thin and watery, even for a lager with a moderate abv, and the carbonation is too course to help matters.
3-3.5 overall probably not worth having around when there are such good pumpkin beers available. i do think i'd rather drink this than post road (brooklyn) though.

retrying a number of years later and not recalling having had this before, I am surprised by its high degree of drinkability. so many pumpkin beers annoy with imbalanced spicing, but this one does it right. not detecting the overly tart finish from earlier--maybe the beer has improved, or i've simply gotten too old to taste it like before.

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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 battlekow
3.28/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Lakefront's Pumpkin Lager looks pretty good, a slightly cloudy, suitably orange color, capped by a fine white head. Smells yeasty, with hints of the promised pumpkins and spices, but not much. The taste is yeasty as well, kind of musty, a little bit of pumpkin in the finist. The mouthfeel is a little harsh. Certainly not a very pumpkin-y pumpkin beer.

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Photo of CaptainIPA
3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a Smithwick's pint. Pours a clear orange-amber color with a two-finger head that settles to a frothy lace with moderate stick.

S: Aroma is comprised primarily of classic pumpkin pie spices.

T: Sweet malt complemented by subtle dashes of clove, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. A touch of vegetable squash. Balanced by a welcomed bite of Hallertau hops.

M: Rich and creamy mouthfeel.

D: Very sessionable. Its subdued spiced nature and crisp, refreshing character make Lakefront Pumpkin Lager a worthy harvest beer.

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