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: 166
Photo of KI9A
3.18/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Ruby, amber red. Some head, nice lace.

S: Tart cherries, roasted corn.

T: Where to start? Was expecting a cherry bomb. Not there. Not close. Like a muted sour ale. Sweet corn adjunct flavor, not offensive at all, but, there. Some malt backbone.

M: Light, wierdly refreshing.

D: High drinkability due to muted cherry taste. I guess I expected a New Glarus Belgian Red type of beer, seeing as they use Door County cherries. This isn't even NEAR the same level as the NG beer. But, I can drink a couple of these with no problem, where the NG is a sipper. Gang, this isn't a bad beer at all, but, not what I expected.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
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 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 nightcrawler
3.64/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not much I can say about this beer. It smells good and I know the Lakefront brewers work on a good smell (learned that on a tour). But the cherry taste is pretty much lost and just gives the beer a sour/citrus finish. But even with the sour taste, it could really have had a cleaner finish. Great lawnmower beer.

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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 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 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 tigg924
3.43/5  rDev +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 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 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 htomsirveaux
3.42/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried June 21, 2008 12 oz.

Reviewing bottle here, but also had on tap. Pretty similar experience minus the Lakefront Polka Dancing.

Beer has large swirly foamy pink head and the beer,though amber, has a distnct pink hue, clear and bubbly. Initial aroma is like cherry cordials then becomes more like cherry pits. Flavor is like tart cherry juice mixed with a dry lager - and a pinch of cinnamon. Just barely bitter finish. Medium body with a foamy mouthfeel.

good beer, but I think the amazing New Glarus has ruined me for all other Cherry Beer experiences.

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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 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 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 WesWes
3.53/5  rDev +6%
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 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 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 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 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 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 Lexluthor33
3.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours amber with red highlights. Small head reduced to thin lace.
The aroma is malts with a hint of cherry and not much else.
The taste starts off cherry sweet with sour and malt notes.
the feel is smooth with mild bitterness in the finish. Medium carbonation with good balance.

Notes: A decent fruit beer. I do not see myself buying it,but it was o.k. despite the sour flavor.

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Photo of DontCallMeSurly
3.31/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams glass.

Initially, a very dense and rocky layer of foam rises up from the rose-tinted beer. It retains for quite some time too, I left for five minutes and when I came back it was still very foamy. The aroma smells very faintly of cherries with even less malt. Upfront there is a very slight cherry flavor with a watered-down malt flavor shortly thereafter. Tastes like a fruit roll-up; which isn't bad, if that's your thing. Light body, medium carbonation.

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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 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 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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