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: 169 |  Reviews: 84
Photo of zldjn97
3/5  rDev -9.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of Circleo12
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of cmeinz
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of DIPADude01
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of TonyTalon
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of beckrich22
1/5  rDev -70%

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 wakajawaka76
4/5  rDev +20.1%

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 AlphaKing414
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of bigbeers84
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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3/5  rDev -9.9%

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3/5  rDev -9.9%

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 tkepx182
3.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This beer has a Reddish/ Orange color and was cloudy when held up to the light

S: Smells of Cherries and hops

T: The Cherries are the most dominate taste in the beer with the barley and hops as background notes.

M: It was a little rough over the tongue, but still held the classic lager feel

O: Although this beer was not my "cup of tea" I did happen to find it very refreshing; Definitely a beer for cherry lovers

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Photo of womencantsail
3.4/5  rDev +2.1%
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 DabblinWiscCraft
3.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rosy amber color--similar to a ruby red grapefruit juice--cloudy, with a half inch eggshell head that quickly falls to a scant lace that leaves just a bit of cling. There are slightly sour bread notes and less imposing malt in the nose. If I didn't know any better, I'd say it was a run-of-the-mill lager by the bouquet alone. Bread and quite subtle cherry flavors are at the front. There's a good impression of cinnamon on the palate, as well. More tart cherry flavor than sweet, for sure. Other spices seem to be present--perhaps cardamom. There's more of a wheat cracker note at the close. The feel is a bit heavier than light-bodied. Smooth, quite effervescent, fairly clean-finishing, and somewhat dry at the close.

It's interesting. I just bought a fairly fresh 6 pack of this Cherry Lager, and it doesn't taste nearly as good as it did when I recently sampled it at the Lakefront Brewery tour. The cherry is much more muted than I remember...and less sweet. I can appreciate that this beer--unlike so many fruit beers in this vein--doesn't try to be fruity first: It is first and foremost a lager. And I think it is successful, both as a lager and as a lager brewed with fruit. While it might not knock your socks off, this is a nice change-of-pace brew that doesn't try to do too much or overwhelm with sweetness.

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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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Cherry Lager from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
3.33 out of 5 based on 169 ratings.
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