Cherry Lager | Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

Cherry LagerCherry Lager
170 Ratings
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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Ratings: 170 |  Reviews: 84
Photo of beckrich22
1/5  rDev -69.9%

Photo of Amalak
1.03/5  rDev -69%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I got this as part of an assorted eight pack. While I at least mildly enjoyed the other seven beers Lakefront had to offer, this Cherry Lager was the worst beer I've ever had.

It tasted just like cough syrup. It was dreadful. And the worst thing about it is that it progressively got worse and worse, leaving the most horrific aftertaste I have ever experienced.

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Photo of henryrt
1.33/5  rDev -59.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I have never written a review on this site before, but this beer really incited some powerful negative emotions within me. It pains me to write such a scathing review of a beer by a brewery that generally puts out great products.
A friend of mine brought a pony keg of this over to my house the other day and I was pumped to get some free beer. My elation was squelched immediately after tapping. The color was great, but I gave it a whiff and couldn't discern whether I was smelling a beer or a cherry flavored plastic cup. I had one sip and asked "my god, what have I done?" It doesn't taste like cherries, it doesn't taste like beer, it just tastes awful. I did a little prodding around town, and it seems the few bars that stock it can't even GIVE it away it sucks so bad.
beware, this was honestly one of the worst beers I've ever had.

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Photo of mpgrif2
1.43/5  rDev -56.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of ibashmuck
1.98/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. Poured a thick foamy head on a solid red body. Cherry, of course, but not overly so, and a lager-ish "bite". Taste is standard lager to start, with the cherry coming through in the middle. Cherry seems very nicely balanced, not overpowering. Unfortunately, there is an absolutely horrendous dusty finish, which lingers in the mouth. The dustiness is the worst I've ever experienced, incredibly bad, which is a bummer, as it seems like they got the fruit part right on. May have to try another, see if that dustiness was a fluke.

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Photo of cokes
2.18/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Golden-orange with pink highlights. Loud, fizzy head runs away quickly.
Tart cherry nose with lots of empty spaces. A little bready, perhaps, below that.
Begins with a light bready malt, with pinpricks of cherry sourness. Somewhat musty tasting. The sourness is really all that is going on here, and it is very, very minor. I am searching and searching, but I can't find anything else here.
Watery and dilute.

A horseshit lager with a subtle cherry boost is still a horseshit lager.
No thanks.

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Photo of Giesch
2.24/5  rDev -32.5%

Photo of ZAP
2.39/5  rDev -28%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A nice "cherrywood" in color I guess would be a good description....nice white lace that holds well....clean and clear...looks the part...nose is very light...just a slight whiff of some cherries and that's about it...a bit of a dissapointment...not that I expected a huge cherry nose, but it could be a "little" more evident..some tart cherry flavor on the flavor but that too is very subtle...not a whole lot more there...body is relatively firm and it feels like say a Helles would feel..I'm rating drinkability low...I wouldn't want this again...I'm not impressed....BTW this was bottled first week of April and it is now the second week of May..seems fresh and it should be...just not a very good beer...

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Photo of malfunxion
2.5/5  rDev -24.7%

Photo of wrightst
2.5/5  rDev -24.7%

Photo of JeffSK
2.5/5  rDev -24.7%

Photo of Goliath
2.59/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a hazy amber color with some red hues. A large two finger off white head forms on top and lingers with decent retention.

Aroma is ok, but not anything outstanding. Some tart cherry aroma as well as some pale malts are evident in this brew.

Taste is ok. Kind of iced tea like. Some mild cherry is available, and it gives way to a bit of caramel. Not a whole lot going on.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with plenty of carbonation.

Drinkability is moderate. Easily sessionable, but flavors are not that great. I could drink it again, but certainly wouldn't go out of my way for it.

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Photo of BoitSansSoif
2.61/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A-Pours reddish-amber w/slightly off-white (maybe a little pink) head. Head is unimpressive, but does exhibit nice retention.
S-Sour cherry, flinty minerals, hint of sulfur.
T-Mild flavored lager w/light sour cherry. It's on the tarter side, and the rest of the flavors are rather subtle. The aftertaste is slightly unpleasant--weak cherry with near-absent hops, and minerals. Malt is very weak.
M-Balance is a little off, but the body is light and refreshing with the moderate carbonation. I don't care for this brew, but it drinks smoothly.
D-Not my cup of beer. Still, this could be a palatable session brew in the summer for people who like this sort of thing.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.61/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Dusty medium orange with amber edges and a tight-bubbled cap of yellowed ivory. I wasn't expecting New Glarus Wisconsin Belgian Red, but no hint of red or pink is a little disappointing for a cherry beer. There can't be much fruit present, can there? An attractive lace display is something of a consolation.

I'm not an expert on beer by any means, but shouldn't a cherry lager smell like cherries? Even a little? This beer smells like a garden variety amber lager with a modicum of background hoppiness. There's nothing wrong with it I guess, but for a fruit beer not to smell like the fruit in question is unforgivable; and will be scored accordingly. [Note: some cherriness appears with warming.]

At last! It's about time that some characteristic of this beer didn't make a liar out of the name. Cherries are noted on the palate. Trouble is, the fruit flavor isn't all that prominent and, worse yet, it's surrounded by a less than wonderful amber lager. One notable flaw is that there's almost no malty sweetness, giving sourness free reign.

It isn't the appealing sourness of a Flanders Red or a lambic though. It's more the puckery tartness of a sour cherry pie to which not enough sugar has been added. As the beer warms, a grainy flavor becomes more and more prominent and a finishing bitterness (that isn't entirely welcome) appears on the scene. So, let's start a list: more malt, more fruit, some spices... I guess what I want is a completely different beer.

There's isn't much wrong with the body/mouthfeel. It's light, generally speaking, with a middle-of-the-road amount of carbonation that isn't really noticeable unless one makes an effort to notice.

I don't care for Lakefront Cherry Lager. The brewery took a good idea and screwed it up by not adding enough of just about everything (with the possible exception of Mt. Hood hops). One positive is that it isn't nearly as execrable as their Pumpkin Lager. Now *that* is some nasty beer. Compared to Wisconsin Belgian Red... well, there is no comparison.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
2.71/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle

Pours a pretty pink color with a fluffy white had that maintains. Rather thick lacing on the glass.

Dull aroma. Faint hint of cherry, even fainter hint of malt. Bland city.

Very slight tart cherry flavor upfront, leading into a mild malt taste and quickly finishes super clean. Boring and band.

Light body, good carbonation.

Take the blandest lager you can imagine and add a minute hint of cherry flavor to it, and here's what you get. It's certainly drinkable, as there is more or less nothing to it. And that's about the best compliment I can give it....

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Photo of TastyTaste
2.71/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark brown red body, small white head, quickly dissapearing. Smell is light and malty, with some essence of cherry. Taste is light and malty, but very watery and uninspired. The cherry flavor is no more than just he essence, not very strong or assertive. There are much better cherry beers out there, Belgian Red and Bell's Cherry Stout come to mind.

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Photo of NilocRellim
2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

Photo of Hellpop65
2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

Photo of ejimhof
2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

Photo of Daffron24
2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

Photo of bcm75
2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

Photo of Tanktizzo
2.75/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Cotton_27
2.77/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of mentor
2.82/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

No idea where I got this bottle from. 1987-2007, 20th on the cap. Pours a solid 3 finger lightly redish head over a brilliant maraschino cherry redded light bronze liquid. Many streamers rushing to the top. Smells rich fresh cherry flesh. DMS is strong in the form of creamed corn. I wonder if this is cherry skins, rather than an off DMS aroma. Essentially no woody pit character.

Tastes cherry flavor with strong carbonation cleaning the palette and some cherry persisting into the finish. Fresh cherry flesh, like I eat at the cherry festival in Traverse City on July 4th. Just a subtle dash of sour amid the cherry flavor. Honestly, it feels like the flavor is missing something. One-dimensional and lacks a supporting late flavor character.

Md thick mouthfeel. Thicker than I would have expected, based on the head-carbonation. But I swirled to releive some of the gas. Drinkablility is 'meh' at best.

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Photo of Lemke10
2.83/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This pours a reddish amber color with a slight head and a little fizzy carbonation. The aroma is very grainy without much of a cherry scent. The taste is grainy and slightly sweet but not very heavy in cherry flavor. I’m a little disappointed as I was expecting something much different and better tasting. Do yourself a favor and pick up New Glarus Belgian Red instead.

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Cherry Lager from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.32 out of 5 with 170 ratings
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