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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:
258
Ratings:
648
Avg:
3.43
pDev:
25.07%
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
75
For Trade:
0
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Photo of tgbljb
3.67/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper color with sparse white head, poor retention, no lacing.

Smell demonstartes a profound pumpkin spice character.

Taste also shows notres of pumpkin spice, but somewhat restrained.

Leaves a very short lasting pumpkin taste in the mouth. Way too thin.

An avergae pumpkin flavored beer. Nothing bad, nothing great.

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Photo of 57md
3.89/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper with a honey hue. The finger of head dissipates quickly. The nose is boldy pumpkin-like and there are spice notes as well. Light flavor, but the pumpkin is definitely there and nice spice notes of cinnamon and nutmeg are present on the finish. There is also a pleasant sweetness at the end.

Most pumpkin beers are ales, but this lager offering is a nice spicy treat that is light enough to be sessionable at a Halloween party.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.07/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - orange amber pour, thin light-tan head recedes to a sparse covering and offers no lace.

Aroma - a definite vegetal smell (which is okay), along with the spicy cinnamon and pumpkin pie I would expect and enjoy.

Taste - requisite malt, pumpkin and cinnamon flavors. After the swallow, the carbonation clears that away and leaves behind a distinct lemony flavor. Unusual but not bad. Stays lemony at the finish and between sips, dividing this a bit from the rest of the pumpkin beer pack.

Mouthfeel - the lemon flavor and high carbonation make this beer lighter, a step towards hefeweizen even for some cross-style appeal perhaps.

Drinkability - the taste and medium body are nice, but the lemon wash ultimately has me seeking something else tonight.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into NB Globe. Appearance is a clear orange with a layer of white head. Some lacing present. Nose pairs familiar pumpkin spices along with a grainy lager base. Cinnamon and all spice come through the most. One significant difference between this and other pumpkin brews is having a lager as a base. This provides a grainy and bready profile instead of a sweet base. The taste features some brown sugar sweetness along with cinnamon. The spice is present but not in your face. The flavor tapers off and has a dry bready finish. Mouthfeel is light with moderate carbonation. Overall, I prefer my pumpkin brews in the form of ale, but this isn't a bad by any measure.

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Photo of Redrover
3.47/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz brown longneck that indicates date of bottling.

Beer pours a nice orangish brown with a ½ inch tan head. Hardly a trace of lace.

Beer smells like a pumpkin pie, lots of spice notes (nutmeg, all spice and cinnamon). Some malt lingers in the background.

The taste can not live up to the hype (the smell in this case). Spice is slightly faded, but present. Some sweetness that could come from the pumpkin or the malt.

Funny, the carbonation seems right for style, but the mouthfeel is kind of thin. Perhaps this is due to the fact that it is a lager and not an ale.

I enjoy this beer, but there are better pumpkin beers out there

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

Murky orange color like a glass of apple cider. Head does't last. Strong pumpkin pie spice aroma with green apple. Tastes like a Granny Smith apple drenched in pumpkin pie spice. It's ok. Not as caramel malt heavy as many pumpkin beers.

Just fine for a post turkey trot libation.

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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 Metalmonk
4.02/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received in trade from midwest mussel-mangler mnwags (aka Schlitzboy). Thanks Nick!

Poured into a John's Grocery tulip glass, received a somewhat cloudy dark orange with a small head that didn't retain very long.

Lots of cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger in the nose, the usual pumpkin pie spices but very little real pumpkin despite many deep whiffs. That's okay, it smells good anyway.

Spices are many, with nutmeg and ginger up front, some white pepper, some allspice. Again, not a whole lot of actual pumpkin coming to mind/tongue, but don't most pumpkin ales lean heavier on the other spices than the pumpkin itself? Such a great idea for a beer style, but so few achieve true pumpkin-ness.

Love the finish, a firm desserty spiciness, even a subtle nuttiness, and, yep, finally, there's the pumpkin. Spreads out far and wide, and the carbonation is moderate to generous.

Apparently this one varies wildly from batch to batch, and this particular batch (bottled second week of Oct. '06) seems a solid version of the style, but still would like to feel like I licked the inside of a pumpkin guts-and-all. Real good, but still searching for that perfect pumpkin ale...

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Photo of Chaney
3.87/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I got this as an extra from BeerFMAndy as part of an amazing Wisconsin monster box trade.

Poured into a Dogfish Head chalice:

A: Pours a fairly clear, yet mildly peppery orange color with about a 1/2 inch head which keeps a fairly decent retention throughout.

S: All the standard pumpkin spices are present: cinnamon, nutmeg, all spice, cloves, and a healthy presence from the gourd itself.

T: Did I mention cinnamon? Yep....that spice takes center stage here and since that is my favorite spice, I'm kinda digging this. The body is a bit on the medium-thin side, but the brew is not too sweet or syrupy and full of pumpkin goodness!

M: No stickiness hanging on for dear life and carbonation level is spot on.

D: While this one doesn't stand out in the vast sea of pumpkin ales on the market, the Lakefront Pumpkin is underappreciated compared to the previous reviews on BA IMO.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.15/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: light tan/orange body, very little head

Smell: nutmeg, allspice, trace of pumpkin.

Taste: mostly spices, hint of pumpkin, slight bitter

Mouthfeel: light body, average carbonation. Wish the beer was heavier for the complex amount of spices.

Drinkable: No more than 1-2, kind of disappointed. Pumpkin and beer are 2 of my FAVORITE things; this beer was ordinary.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.47/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lakefront- Pumpkin Lager

A- Clear bronze orange with a small filmy head.
S- Light touch of pumpkin spices. Nutmeg, Vanilla, and Caramel malt.
T- Spicy, Nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla, and graham cracker with brown sugar. Slight touch of lemon in the end.
M- Light and malty sweet with a dry bitter spicy finish.

Overall- Light easy drinking. Sessionable and modest.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.97/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pumpkin Lager pours a copper color with a very small but lacing head. There is a nice mellow pumpkin aroma. The taste has a nice mellow but noticeable pumpkin flavor. Good body and good feel. Overall its not over the top, its just a very nice pumpkin beer.

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Photo of mcallister
3.85/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a bad looking pumpkin. Some yeast particles float about mingling with carbonation bubbles. A small white head appears atop leaving little lace.

Aromas are obviously pumpkin. With the usual spices that go but it is lacking any depth of malt and little prescence of hops.

I like this pumpkin ale. Mouthfeel is great. It is very balanced and not overly done with the spices. Pumpkin stands at the forefront with all spice and nutmeg. Also afterthoughts of cinnamon, and even some fig make appearances.

Love the round mouth. Easily drinkable.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pumpkin this has. Spice is another thing. There isn't much. The taste is very authentic. Almost sour. The overall experience might be negative were it not for the great appearance and aroma.

They didn't over load on spice. It would have been nice to have a bit. The taste grows on you - kind of like that first bite of fruit. Sour at first but pleasing there after.

A taste two years later is compleely different. Over spiced and under pumpkined. What's up with that. Not recommended for a re-taste except maybe on my swing through the region next month, if it can be found on tap.

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Photo of ADR
2.48/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Completely clear sub-amber appearance, 1/4 inch head diminishes to large bubbles on the surface in a minute. Laces in very random spots. Not much other than pumpkin pie spice to the aroma, slight sense of white pepper maybe. Low carbonation (too low), mouthfeel is felt-like and a little sub-par. Flavor starts predictably, vegetal in a pronounced cooked celery and carrot sense with cinnamon, sugariness and nutmeg combining in an early statement but giving up to a watery close. Spice attenuates the aftertaste. A little obvious and with no aspects to balance it out. As a pumpkin beer overall, the mouthfeel makes this one less than average for me.

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Photo of nickd717
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle via trade as an extra thanks to boothbeer on BA.

Pours a perfectly clear copper color with a two-finger white head that lasts. Some good lacing as well.

Aroma is nice pumpkin and spices as well as some malty sweetness.

Flavor is surprisingly nice and balanced. Sweet caramel and pale malt, fresh pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice.

Somewhat smooth on the palate with medium body, just a tad watery on the finish.

Drinkability is good. Overall this is a pretty solid pumpkin beer. I was pleasantly surprised.

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Photo of Onenote81
4.07/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Great extra received from BeerFMAndy in a trade awhile ago. Thanks, Andy!

Poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy dark orange with a thin off-white head on top. Little retention, and even less lace. Smells of pumpkin bread, allspice, cinnamon, and a light Kool-Aid after-scent.

The body on this one is a little thin, but this aids in drinkability as this is quite refreshing. This is a very good pumpkin beer. The pumpkin is there, but not overpowering in any way. The spices are muted as well. There's a very pleasant honey-kissed bready aftertaste that I really dig. I think this is my favorite pumpkin-flavored beer to date. Thanks again, Andy.

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

Slightly hazy orangish amber, creamy med off-white head steadily shrinks.

Aroma is grain, dough, mild pumpkin pie.

Taste is dough, pumpkin pie, grain/biscuit finish, pumpkin pie element is light but firm and well-integrated into the overall doughy-bready beer character. It has hints of both fresh pumpkin and pumpkin-pie spices. It’s very good.

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Photo of BB1313
3.47/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dating notched on the label. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a beautiful burnt orange with no head or lacing at all, but excellent color. The aromas are typical of what you'd expect from most pumpkin ales. Lots of spices, but they smell natural, which is a good thing. I'm also picking up a strong berry presence in the nose, which is odd but enjoyable. Tastes good, but it simply doesn't stand out, but there's nothing offensive going on. The spices are noticeable, but not over the top. There's a nice amount of vanilla noticeable as well. Mouthfeel is light and crisp. This one isn't over carbonated, it's thin, but really refreshing and makes this one easier to drink. It's a pretty clean beer.

This isn't the best pumpkin ale I've ever had, but it's far from the worst. If you see it, give it a go and see for yourself.

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Photo of TastyTaste
2.08/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Hmm....A Pumpkin Ale called Pumpkin Lager, that's odd. Hazy copper body, yellow around the edges when held up to the light. Head is small from the get-go, never getting more than a small layer on top of the beer. Smell is sweet and spiced with your typical pumpkin pie spices, that's about it. Taste is terrible. Nothing like a pumpkin beer should be, sweet and funky, tastes almost infected. The beer was bottled the 4th Week of August, so it is well within it's freshness range. Yuck, I will struggle to finish this one, I thik Shipyard has the ebst pumpkin ale I have had so far.

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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 joe1510
2.89/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. Bottle

Poured a hazy light orange. Small head that faded to almost nothing.Looks really watery. Some sediment floating around along with carbonation coming up from random places. After a few sips head did fall to nothing.

Smells of clove, nutmeg and it seems like a touch of cinnamon. I smell a funky yeast in there as well that I associate with an ale. Smells kind of interesting. Can't make up my mind if I like it or not.

Has the taste of a mulled cider but at the end I pick up the yeast maybe? A little twang. Not much pumpkin if any though. Which is a little disappointing considering what it is.

The mouthfeel is a on the light side of medium. Leaves my mouth a little tingly but it's just average.

I'd probably only drink one of these. It's an easy drinker but being as plain as it is and the spices present I couldn't see myself drinking more than one.

Overall this beer is about as average as you can get. I was hoping for a little more. I always get excited for the seasonals but this was a let down. For some reason this beer drinks more like a cider. Every drink I take I seem to think it needs to be heated up and a cinnamon stick thrown in it. Worth a try if you can just buy a single bottle.

Slainte!

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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 Bierguy5
3.82/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Label says bottled the 4th week of July. Pours a lighter amber color, slightly hazy. Thin white head disappears very quickly, and leaves no lace.

Pumpkin pie spices, cinnamon, nutmeg up front. A hint of grainy malt. Earthy noes as well in the nose. Maybe a bit perfumy, or even artificial.

Nice smooth malt character, just a bit toasty. Some pumpkin vegetable-like flavor. Some of the cinnamon and nutmeg come in next with a bit of sweetness. Earthy finish.

Lighter body, with a good amount of carbonation. Pretty smooth, with a few highlights. Not bad.

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Photo of Rayek
3.47/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a perfect pint glass.

A: Slightly hazy amber with mild carbonation. A fizzy eggshell cap comes and goes quickly as it retreats to a ring at the edge of the beer. Leaves no lace.

S: Pumpkin pie spices dominate. Cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and allspice all vie for predominance. The pumpkin can be sensed, but only slightly.

T: A raw pumpkin flavor starts things. It's backed up by a mild husky malt flavor. The aforementioned spices come on in the middle and linger through the finish.

M: The medium body is dry and could stand having the carbonation turned down a notch.

D: This is an OK pumpkin beer. A good autumn offering from Lakefront.

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Pumpkin Lager from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
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