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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Photo of Amalak
1.03/5  rDev -69.1%
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 -60.1%
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 ibashmuck
1.98/5  rDev -40.5%
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 -34.5%
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 ZAP
2.39/5  rDev -28.2%
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 Goliath
2.59/5  rDev -22.2%
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 -21.6%
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 -21.6%
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 -18.6%
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 -18.6%
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 mentor
2.82/5  rDev -15.3%
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 -15%
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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Photo of benmiliron
2.87/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Paid $1.59 for a 12 oz. bottle. A clear pinkish color, almost like cherry 7-up mixed with pale ale. No head to speak of. Smell is fruity, but not much there overall. Taste is solid - fruit & sour, not too sweet. Mouthfeel is fairly astringent. All in all not a terrible fruit brew, but not great either. Certainly not something you'd want several pints of.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
2.95/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz brown bottle from The Lighthouse in Manchester as part of this brewery's sampler 8-pack. Pours a hazy reddish amber with virtually no head to speak of. Smells mostly of sour cherries. Tastes like sour cherries too, though slightly sweet. Somewhat viscous in mouthfeel, though medium-bodied. More tart than expected... Not the most drinkable beer certainly... Kind of medicinal. Definitely would take a pass on this one next time...

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Photo of CFHMagnet
2.96/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A heavy handed pour nets a finger or beige head. This beer is rose colored. It wants to be amber but its rose colored. Its translucent with some bubbles rising, the head died down in less than a minute to a thick ring and light dusting.

I mostly smell malt and... adjunct lager.

I taste good cherries and not so great beer. Cherries start the show, then there is a weak showing from light hops and weak malt, then cherries show up again.

Light bodied. You get a lot of carbonation off of this beer. A little on the sour end.

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Photo of Atlas1
2.96/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I have no idea why I picked up a single of this beer, other than it's summertime right now and I thought to myself, "Hey! Cherries and lager! What could be finer?" Well, let's see if my cloudy logic holds up.

Poured from the bottle into my Sam Adams crazy glass, this beer is a strange, opaque pinkish/amber color. The two finger head dissipates quickly, but does leave a noticeable lace behind. Also, the laser etching at the bottom of this glass keeps a steady stream of bubbles floating to the top, thereby allowing the settled foam on top to remain constant. Not a bad looking beer. The aroma here is a major let-down. I'm not sure where it all went, but I'm getting very little of anything. Some very faint cherry scent, with some dull earthen notes, but other than that it's seriously lacking in the smell department. The taste is a bit stunted as well, but does bring a bit more to the table than the aroma. I taste a bit of muted malts, with a decidedly tangy, but insignificant, cherry flavor. It almost reminds me of a cherry Jolly Rancher, but without the sticky candy sensation. Finishes yeasty with a slight lingering tartness. Mouthfeel isn't weak, but it's anything special. Wraps up nicely with a clean dryness. I'm rating the drinkability here as average, because there's nothing offensive about this beer. Still, it's a poor excuse for a fruit-flavored lager, and could use a re-tooling in the old brewhouse.

This beer was bottled back in April, and it's now July, but I can't imagine its age would have stunted its characteristics that much. I'd be willing to give it another try down the road for sure. But my advice in the meantime: Dump a barrel or two more cherries in this puppy and let her loose!

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Photo of Blakaeris
3/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours clear pale copper. Head is initially a white and spritzy, but dissipates quickly.

Aroma is on the sweet side. Metallic, with a bit of bready yeast.

Taste is biscuit malt, sweet but not cloying. Earthy hops bring spicy bitterness that melds into a dry tart finish. Subdued cherry lingers in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

I found this to be rather uninspiring. It's not terrible, Just bland.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.01/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into an IPA glass.

Look: A rusty cranberry colored body holds up a cream colored head that recedes to absolutely nothing. No lacing.

Aroma: Faint tart cherry, not much else.

Taste: Subtle malts underneath a tart cherry taste. Very simple, not any other flavors.

Mouthfeel: Watery.

Overall: The whole is better than all the parts, but this beer is so simple it's boring.

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Photo of ADR
3.02/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly reddish bronze, very clear appearance. The head struggles, then falls flat, clinging as a collar with incomplete sparse lace. Aroma is malty, free of artificial cherry or any real cherry, a little bit of walnut. Subtle cherry flavor to start, bigger at the finish with a note of astringency. Honeyish malt lingers side-by-side, hard to detect and hopping at all. The mouthfeel is a little sub par, flattish. The noticeable fruit is not aggrevating, OK in presentation, but I can't give this one much better than occassionaly quaffable if in the mood.

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Photo of bashiba
3.02/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a reddish amber color with a light pink head, almost no retention and zero lacing.

The smell has a bit of toasted malt with a light tart cherry.

Has a very typical average amber ale flavor with decent toasted bready caramel malts with just a very light sour cherry flavor. Almost no hops to speak of.

The mouthfeel is light with decent carbonation.

Very average beer. Makes an acceptable amber, but I think if you are going to make a cherry beer I think it should be a bit more committed to the cherry.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.03/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Moderately hazy autumn-orange shows some light amber tints. A flat fizzy head is parchment in color and quick to dissipate. The glass showed a lacing that was thin and sparse while inside revealing a quickly paced effervesce of medium density.

S: Light and insignificant nose, amber grains and light dried cherries chime through with a bit of imagination and clear sinuses.

T: Cherry is the most prominent in the taste along with sweet apple and cereal grains. Candy like sweetness, almost artificial, with a bit of cherry cough medicine. Not sure who I feel overall in regards to flavor, sweet and artificial with a wine cooler like mentality. The hopping is held to a minimum, with a clean sense providing spontaneous instances of recognition.

M: fizzy, medium based with a syrupy consistency. Mundane best sums things up here.

O: Overall if you are a fan of fruity and sweet beers that resemble more of a wine cooler flavor then beer, then this might be for you. The sweetness of this and cough medicine like alcohol will no doubt be held in check for repeats. Pass.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.05/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a Hoegaarden glass.

Cloudy rusty red-brown with more floaties than I've ever seen in a lager. This one was NOT decanted properly. The head is more like just a ring. 3.5

Toasted grains, light toffee, and a strange fruitiness. Overall, a very subdued aroma. 3.5

Eek! Tinny cherry flavoring overtop a boring amber lager. Not sweet, which is a plus at this point. Very strange fruit flavor with loads of metallic flavors. Slightly tart upfront, but not sour. Soured maybe. Watery taste with some medicinal Band-Aid flavors rearing up. A mediocre-at-best brew. 2.5

Decent body/carb balance. Gulpable, if it weren't for the off-flavors. 4.0

I see what they were trying to do here, and while it was unnecessary, it still flagrantly missed the mark. It doesn't taste terrible, per se, but you can tell they cut corners in all departments. 3.0

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.06/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a hazy cherry res color. The head is massive, and light pink in color. The aroma is of bready malt with a hint of cherry tartness. The taste has a lot more cherry to it that the aroma, but it lacks any sort of complexity. The mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with a high level of carbonation. Overall, this is a decent, yet boring beer. I wouldn't throw a fit if I had to drink this again, but I wouldn't be the one buying it.

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Photo of HopDerek
3.06/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appears a reddened gold color with pink hues with about an inch of thick bubbly head, leading to blotchy lacing. Smell is mostly faint, most notably spices with light malt and very faint cherry hints thrown in. When tasting you finally can pick up those cherries the beer was named for, but it's not a heavy cherry flavor, mostly spices and a little tart cherry finish, and it's only up front. The malt comes in the middle with a very crisp, clean finish of flavorlessness. Mouthfeel is light in body and good in carbonation. A beer that is easy to handle and sessionable, good for summer yard work, but with few flavors, this is more of a beginners beer. I don't even think my girlfriend would enjoy more than 1 of these in a session.

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Photo of rowew
3.07/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz longneck. Label has a big box of cherries. Bottled date clearly labeled with month and week.

Appearance: Bright red/gold color, thin head, light bubbling.

Smell: Not a lot of aroma, just a bit of fruit sweetness.

Taste: Basic lager with a bit of fruit sweetness.

Overall impression: This one isn't overly exciting, but it is a bit different than other light lager offerings. The fruit isn't overwhelming or cloying. Drinkable - I'm sure I won't have trouble getting through the six pack, but I doubt I'll seek it out again.

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