Cherry Lager | Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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Cherry LagerCherry Lager

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

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Spring

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Added by TastyTaste on 03-24-2003

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Reviews: 84 | Ratings: 167
Photo of gmossii
4.24/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a great fruit beer that unless you live in Wisconsin, you are not going to taste it. What is unique about this beer is that it is a sour cherry instead of sweet.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.2/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.
5.5% ABV, Bottled Apr. Wk4 notched on label.

A - Cherry Lager poured a slightly hazy ruby-hued rust color with an effervescent off-pink head. The foam trickles down to a ring of loose bubbles with no lacing left in it's wake.

S - Freshly picked cherries with an underlying cherry skin tanning aroma overlaps the hefty malt base. Munich and Vienna-like malts impart caramel sweetness and toasted bread to the soft, muted nose. As this beer warms up, it opens up in a big way; honey-drizzled toasted sourdough English muffin with a dash of cinnamon and floral hop attributes are released.

T - A soft blanket of gentle tart Door County cherries is draped over the smooth, well-crafted malt base. Almost like a delicious Oktoberfest in the background, this lager exudes crisp maltiness; great underlying caramel and toast qualities balances the cherries well so this fruit beer isn't whipping cherries at your face. Floral, lightly herbal noble-like hops finish Cherry Lager out with another layer of complexity.

M - Crisp effervescence and a medium body work well with this beer to really allow the lightly dry and acrid tannins of the cherry skins to impart a delicate tartness that marries the sweet malt nicely. Gentle hops add subtle bitterness to further add balance.

O - Sadly, Lakefront's Cherry Lager is very much under-appreciated. Offering layers of subtle complexity, this lager is very well crafted and understated, showcasing both beer AND fruit, not just a bushel of bold cherries. The smooth, deliciously malty lager base beer is quite a treat in and of itself, but the cherries add a very nice smooth fruit flavor with just a squeeze of tartness on the finish.

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Photo of Rennpferd
4.1/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

It poured very flat. It was clear with a red and pink hue. There was a momentary lite lacing on the head.

It had a slightly tart cherry scent. It was very mild.

It was lite with a smooth cherry flavor. The body was very lite but not quite watery. It had a nice clean finish.

It was a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of jhp40219
4.08/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a regular pint glass.

A - Small white head that dissipates quickly leaving only a white ring around the edges. Color is a hazy amber red. Slight lacing on the glass.

S - Slight malt and cherry smell. Not very strong, but nice.

T - Strong natural cherry taste up front with a nice malty, biscuity taste behind it. Very sweet and tasty! If it didn't say lager on the bottle, I'd swear this was an ale.

M - Light carbonation, full body.

O - Evenly balanced, nice real cherry taste. Very good!

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Photo of cdkrenz
4.07/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$9.99 / 8 Pack
Lakefront Variety Pack
Dan's Liquor
Stevens Point, Wisconsin

Appearance - Upon first pour I knew this was going to be interesting. This lager's pour is bright red. Once in the pint the color firms to a hazy shade of a bright maroon. This cherry's head stood tall at about 2.5 inches and faded back at a moderate pace to leave a thin layer of light tan head on the brew's surface.

Smell - Not much here as a few strong whiffs relay only a slight cherry scent.

Taste - I've never had a beer that has two waves of bitterness. It starts out with a light malt and moves to a hop flavor, which is immediately covered up by the cherry taste. It then finishes with a more substantial bitterness and then a lasting tart flavor. I have to say it is very unique. Simply because of the complexity here I have to rate the taste high. I'm not really thinking I like the flavors but I have to admit it is a work of art.

Mouthfeel - Smooth as it begins and then moves out to the rear sides of my tongue with the tartness. It is a lovely texture.

~ This is certainly not the type of brew you have while hanging with a group of friends watching a football game. This is the after dinner, or appetizer beers that allot of breweries are not trying out. I must suggest picking this up and giving it a try.

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Photo of KFBR392
4.05/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Just under a half finger of head on the pour which was lightly present while drinking. Color is light ruby red. Active carbonation is pretty much what it should be for the style.

Smell: Fresh tart cherries really pop on the front. Creamy, airy grains provide a solid base for the cherries to stand on. Some buttery yeast on the back end plays along well.

Taste: Sweet and tart cherries hit the palate first, not blasting on to the scene but slowly warming. Buttery malts and yeast grow on the body with some straw and grass. Lingering cloves touch on the back end.

Mouthfeel: Some tartness on the front yields to a pleasant yet simple lager body. Carbonation fits.

Overall: I saw this and it sounded like a quintessential summer brew. It pretty much hit right on with those expectations. The cherries hit in a completely authentic way. It is a simple yet well executed brew, well done Lakefront.

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Photo of JEdmund
4.03/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purple-tinged amber; fluffy pink head that sits comfortably for a long time

Berries, minerals, a bit sulfur

Taste & Mouthfeel
Good cherry flavor throughout, though not cloying; nice bitterness in the finish to cut back the sweets; light bodied, but it has a good, high level of carbonation.

Pretty tasty though not on par with a true Belgian kriek.

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Photo of StoutHearted
4/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think this beer got a bad rep on the BA reviews. It actually surprised me; I was expecting cherry juice and got a nice, hearty ale. The taste of barley is strong with a hint of cherries.The aroma presents a stronger presence of cherry, with the promise of something sweet and sour. The color is a rosy brown with a light, foamy head, no pink anywhere to be found.
All in all, a great beer, light mouthfeel, good for everyday drinking.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Granted this bottle is well over a year old but it's the only one I could find.

A - Glorious ruby red in color with minimal head due to age but had to give it a four since yeast was present.
S - Faint Tart cherry remnants along with a faint wheat backbone.
T - I was not in love with this but it was really good. Not as tart as expected cherry flavor with dominant wheat backbone that some would consider I perfect fruit beer.
M - Very light and refreshing for the ABV. Awesome.
D - Well if I could find a sixer fresh it would be in my hands so hopefully this beer will hit my coast more with an accurate date.

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Photo of Deuane
3.98/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A bit surprised to see this beer scored this low. I am not a lager fan in general but this one is quite nice IMHO.

A-Slightly hazy copper hue with a medium fluffy, pinkish white head. Retains head and leaves nice lacing.

S-Nothing intense, as expected, but a hint of cherries and sweet malt.

T-Nice combination of lightly sweet malt and the undertones of sour cherries. Nothing overpower but this is a lager not a lambic...I wouldn't expect anything more. Light and pleasant for those dog days of summer.

M-Medium-light with a bit of tartness and good crispness.

D-Very easy to drink. This lightly fruited and nicely flavoured lager is a summertime treat to me. This is about as good as I could expect a lanwmower brew to be. Nicely done Lakefront!

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Photo of chiapete
3.92/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a pink , red color , a slight copper tint on the edges.
A tight , short , thick head that has a pink hue to it. Head seems to hang around a long time.
a lot of carbonation .

A sweet , fruit aroma arises right away after pour , You can tell this is a cherry lager . Cherry hits the nose right away and lasts for the duration of the drink.

Taste is what you would expect after the smell. Lots of sweet cherry . Some bitterness in the background but not a whole lot.
Very easy to put a few of theses down the hatch.

A good beer for a fruit lager.

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Photo of Chaz
3.92/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Medium-firm pour produces a hazey orange-colored beer with a pale pink head of good duration and with good lacing. There’s ample carbonation also. The nose is tangy and malt-focused, with just a hint of cherries. The first sip is all about the sharp cherry tang, although it is tempered by a milder, pale malt profile. Tastes like there’s some wheat malt in here? Mildly sweet, but the cherry tartness picks up towards the end of the palate balancing it nicely. There‘s no hop presence to speak of, and only a very mild bitterness, which the tartness compensates for. Fairly light-bodied and very easy drinking, with a medium-full mouthfeel. Light booziness in the nose precedes lingering biscuit and cereal malt aspects. This is nothing I’d want to drink at room temperature, but straight from the fridge or cooler it’s a tasty summertime session. One of the more pleasant fruit-lagers I’ve had, and worth picking up a six pack at least. Note: Fresh bottle, less than a month old (bottle first week of April).

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Photo of tgbljb
3.88/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy deep amber color wih massive tannish-pinkish head.
Great retention.
Smell has some light notes of cherry comboned with some other fruity sweetness.
Taste is not impressive at first, but slowly grows on you until by the end of the glass the taste was truly delightful.
Nice taste rentention, leaving a pleasant cherry note in the mouth.
I was pleasantly surprised by this beer.

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Photo of scaliasux
3.87/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - Salmon colored. Little bit of haziness. Short white foam that dissipates quickly. I guess this is what I'd expect a cherry lager to look like.

Smell - Light malt aroma with a mild cherry accent. Smells natural and not overpowering. Good.

Taste - Cherry taste is not overpowering and, thankfully, not sweet or unnatural. Semi-tart cherry flavor is obviously the highlight. Only hints of the light malt and lighter hops show through. Nicely features the star fruit without any off-flavors. Nothing real complicated here, though,

Mouthfeel - Light and effervescent.

Drinkability - There are some darn fine cheery beers out there. This one is not the best, but is very good. I'd take this over a macro lager any day. First time I've had Milwaukee's microbrew, I'm looking forward to my next.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well I've spent enough time in Wisconsin airports to have become more than familiar with the regular line-up of Lakefront beers, but I've never seen this one. Bummer! It's pretty darned good!

It appears as you might expect, with a bit of a pinkish and/or crimson cast to it. It's clear though, which is nice. And it has a pinkish head to it. The head is short, and it's limited, but it does hold for a short period, and it leaves a few splatters and spots of lace about the glass.

The nose is fruity, but in more of a fruit pulp or generic fruit juice kind of way. It doesn't scream cherry, at all. There is a hint of tartness to it though.

The flavor is more revealing though, and it really is quite like a very lightly sweet, semi-tart cherry. Lightly juicy. Refreshing. And nothing more. There's no real malt, there's no real hop. Just juice.

It's very drinkable, and not really much like a beer at all. I guess more importantly, it tastes natural. There's no extract flavor to it, and it doesn't have fruit flavors competing with maltiness or dull, low-level hoppiness. Very nicely done!

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.85/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cherry Lager pours an amber color with a nice big lacing head. There is a very mellow but cherry filled aroma. The taste has a nice noticeable cherry flavor on a nice crisp backbone. Good flavors, good body, cherry is not overpowering. Overall its a nicely flavored easy drinking Lager.

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Photo of pzrhsau
3.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice golden autumn orange. It has a nice tangerine hue. It has a nice off-white colored head that is really huge and sticks to the glass.
S: It has a nice honey cherry juice aroma. Malty but not overly sweet.
T: Nice sweet cherry flavor. Not too thick but has a nice real cherry flavor that gives it some fruitiness. The beer has a slight maltiness and doesn't overdo the fruit.
D/O: Good drinkable cherry beer for the summer time. Very balanced natural flavor. This beer doesnt come off as a hard candy. More of a nice deviation from traditional summer ales.

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Photo of botham
3.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner. pours a crystal clear, golden reddish hue with a couple fingers of off-white pinkish head that dissiaptes quickly with moderate lacings.

smells malty and sweet, with an obvious cherry aroma. pale malts are the only other discernable aroma. very sweet, but any brew focused on fruit would be.

taste is very sweet on the palate, with a tart character that lends to the cherries. notes of grapes and pale malts are also present, but they take a back seat to the cherries.

aftertaste is tart and of mild hops in the background. dry.

mouthfeel is tart and light-medium bodied.

drinkability is good, though the brew is semi-dry on the finish and rather tart in character. otherwise this is a crisp brew that does the fruit infusion rather well. worth a try

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Photo of jwc215
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours reddish amber with a light pink head. Little lacing sticks.

The smell is of tart cherry with a grainy backing.

The taste is of sweettart cherries. At times leans towards cherry cough drop, but stays more "real" than "artificial". A grainy backing and a hint of bittering hops in the finish makes it a solid lager.

It has a very smooth, slightly syrupy, body. Very easy to drink.

A nice lager with a cherry character.

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Photo of TheSSG
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a soft, soapy head. Aroma is sweet malt and faint cherry. Radiant burnt umber color. Starts with a slight tartness and a nice, robust cherry flavor; the malt blends with the cherry to make for a cherry-pie like effect. The finish is lingering cherry and sweet malt.

I really like this one. It blends tart cherry and sweet malt in a wonderful way. It's got a great effervescent mouthfeel that is still smooth, too.

I don't get the mediocre reviews on this one. Maybe people just don't eat enough cherries to fully appreciate their flavor? I don't know what their frame of reference is, but this is a nice, solid, malty lager with cherries in it. What else were you expecting?

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Photo of Knapp85
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pours out as a cloudy pinkish gold color. The head is big at first then shrinks down to a white ring around the glass. The smell of the beer definitely has cherry in there. It smell sweet kind of refreshing for a hot day. The taste had a very slight tart cherry flavor but mostly a sweet sugary cherry flavor. The mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied. This wasn't that bad, I'd drink it again for sure if the season was right.

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Photo of nrpellegrini
3.73/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good beer.

Great taste of cherries all the way through. Not tart or bland, just right. Cherry flavor and a solid lager. The mouthfeel is a little carbonated and the aftertaste was a little funky. Great beer for any season, I recommend it. Nice and light, very refreshing.

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Photo of iceball585
3.72/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Reddish brown color, semi-clear, thin white head that lowered quickly to a thin ring

S- Cherries, toasted malts, yeast, slight metallic smell

T- Sweet cherries, spices, herbal, bready, caramel malts

M- Medium body, medium carbonation, smooth, tart, sweet, lingering aftertaste

D- Definitely worth trying

I give this brew some credit for being different. Light smooth cherry flavor that doesn't taste like it came from syrup.

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Photo of chinchill
3.7/5  rDev +11.1%

12 oz bottle. (April 2014 bottling?)
The hazy reddish-amber body is covered by a small weak head. Aroma of canned cherries and biscuit. The flavor is similar and rather reminiscent of cherry pie, although way less sweet: this lager has a nice mix of sweet, tart and faint bitter aspects.

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Photo of Winter
3.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber in color with an off-white head that disappeared quickly. Nose consists of malt, sour cherries and vanilla. Mouthfeel is thin, but in line for a lager, and has a mild crispness to it. Flavor is balanced pretty well, without being overly sweet or tart for a cherry beer. Cherry taste is far from overpowering. Made with Wisconsin Door County cherries, the flavor has a light tartness followed by a touch of oak and barley. Finish has a lingering dryness to it. Pretty decent offering for a cherry / fruit beer.

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