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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Ratings: 171 |  Reviews: 84
Photo of jaydoc
3/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Knapp85
3.75/5  rDev +13%
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 t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of zeff80
3.24/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a pumpkin-like orange with hints of red. As the beer poured from the bottle it looked like a blush wine. It has a small, bubbly white head that left some lace.

S - It smelled a little like marachino (sp?) cherries.

T - Each sip started sweet then had a tart bite and the end. Cherry is the dominant flavor with some malt.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A light-bodied beer.

D - This tasted okay for a fruity beer.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev +16%
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 chinchill
3.7/5  rDev +11.4%

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 ChainGangGuy
3.08/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clearish, orangey body with a small, white head.

Smell: What we have here in a basic lager with some sour-scented cherries tossed it. It's kinda light on the cherry, but we've got a long way to go!

Taste: More of that oh-so basic lager. Sippy cup filled with sourish cherry juice. Mild sweetness. Hint of ground aspirin. It's a cherry pits finish, folks.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: If you're looking a light lager and have a hankering for cherries, then this might just do it for you. I found it to be rather average, but, BUT at least it wasn't questionably sweet or obviously "fake" tasting.

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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 womencantsail
3.4/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks for sharing another excellent beverage, Bobby.

A: The beer pours a slightly cloudy red-orange color with a thin layer of off-white head.

S: I don't get too much of a cherry aroma from this at first. There is a bit of cherry skin to it and a slight fruity sweetness, but as it warms up, the intense cherry comes through. Some yeast and grass, as well.

T: There is some cherry sweetness and a bit of cherry skin. Just a hint of cinnamon on the back end. It's slightly acidic and grassy with a little bit of bread/biscuit malt. Not very much going on with the flavor, to be honest.

M: Light in body with a moderate to high carbonation.

O: I wasn't expecting much from this, and it delivered on that front. But really, not awful (which I was expecting).

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Photo of ejimhof
2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

Photo of malfunxion
2.5/5  rDev -24.7%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.11/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear darker amber with a reddish hue to it. The head also has a pink tone to it and it's a lot of head that takes a few to fall. Nose is very mild fruit. Not much to it. Flavor is pretty one dimensional. It tastes like cherry fruit juice, but hey, this just happens to be a beer. Feel is okay. The liquid feel seems a bit too syrup like. The carbonation is good, but that is trivial to this point. Overall, I have to say this is way more a miss than a hit. Just tastes like a wine cooler more than a craft beer. Nice try, but unfortunately a miss.

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Photo of Tone
3.12/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, amber color. There is suspended sediment apparent. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Slight retention and poor lacing. Smells of slight earthy cherries, slight sweet malt, almost soap-like smell, and a hint of yeast. Fits the style of a Fruit / Vegetable Beer. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. There is also a tartness and slight wateriness to this mouth feel. Tastes of slight tart malt, earthy cherries, slight sweet malt, and slight yeast. Overall, not a very good blend and an odd aftertaste are the dominate features.

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Photo of jwc215
3.75/5  rDev +13%
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 feloniousmonk
3.6/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazed, cherry red appearance, milk white head, slims down quickly.

Sweet cherry nose..,bright fruit, tart, yet sweet.

Taste: smooth, but tart and sweet doing a tango, one up, one down, then back again. Light bodied, with a soft, fruity finish. Not too much of anything, very easy and approachable. If you love cherries, dig in. Nice dessert choice, for those looking for a sweet treat, but not a challenge.

(Not the sort of thing I'd go for too often, though...but who cares about me?)

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Photo of Sweffin
3.84/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WesWes
3.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a cherry red color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a basic lager aroma comprised of pilsner malts and light German hops. It also has a tart, earthy cherry aroma that speaks of real fruit, not extract. The taste is decent as well. It has a very nice lager feel with a sour cherry finish. The fruit adds some off flavors, but again this is real fruit not an extract. I applaud the use of real "local" fruit instead of extract. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a pretty good fruit beer. Is it New Glarus Raspberry Tart? No, but it's quite drinkable anyway.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.4/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice rose tinged golden. The cherry color is very noticeable and quite attractive. Not much head and what there is fades quickly. No lacing. The smell is of lager yeast and cherries. Not too sweet, and a nice tart cherry aroma with just a hint of almond on the finish. The isn't bad either. The cherries themselves are not overpowering and not sweet at all, just a nice undertone of fresh cherry. Beyond that its just standard lager flavors. The mouthfeel is mostly refreshing. The cherry note is a little sour and complements the creaminess of the lager. Could be a little more crisp, but pretty good. Pretty interesting, and not cloying. A little more crispness would make it even more drinkable.

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Photo of Latarnik
3/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of wrightst
2.5/5  rDev -24.7%

Photo of sweemzander
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Bottled week 2 of March 2009. Thanks to BeerFMAndy for the opportunity to try this one!

(A)- Pours a cloudy reddish color that produces a good off-white head that quickly dissipated to light bubbles.

(S)- Lots of sweet yet tart cherries amidst a malty corn aroma.

(T)- Sweet, yet tart, almost sour cherries amidst a corn husk and I think honeyed malts.

(M)- Great carbonation level with a flurry of different sweet & sour textures to it. Interesting stuff. Good balance.

(D)- A fine beer that becomes much more interesting with the addition of Wisconsin cherries. Balanced, with both sweet and sour fruit flavors. A bit straightforward and basic, but nothing wrong with that at all. A solid fruit beer.

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Photo of KAF
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of tigg924
3.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: pinkish brown, medium head, medium carbonation

Smell: some cherry, wheat, malt, and currants

Taste: wheat, cherries, and some banana..almost like drinking a yoplait cherry banana yogurt

Mouthfeel: smooth, slightly crisp, sweetness on the aftertaste

Drinkability: Not a bad beer, but nothing great either...Kinda the beer equivalent of a flavored yogurt..I could have two or three, but could just as easily pop a Leinenkugel and be as happy

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.03/5  rDev -8.7%
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 TX-Badger
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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