Friday, October 21, 2011

Lakefront Pumpkin Lager

Uh oh, a beer review shot with the webcam - you know what that means! Or does it? I usually AM a fan of pumpkin beers, but I've never had a pumpkin lager before (according the brewery's website, this is the ONLY pumpkin lager on the planet!). I've also never had anything by the Lakefront Brewery out of Milwaukee, WI. So that makes is a very interesting beer to want to try, despite the fact said it was a bad beer. Was it? Check out my review to see what I thought.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Chad9976 (644) - Albany, New York, USA - OCT 19, 2011
I poured a 12oz bottle into a tumbler.

Appearance: Dark gold/light orange hue; surprisingly hazy but with visible carbonation; forms a small, beige, sudsy head which dissipates and leaves no lacing.

Smell: A light, sweet pumpkin potpourri with notable spice rack dustings and a subtle generic lager aroma.

Taste: Most pumpkin beers are ales, but Lakefront Pumpkin Lager is quite different in its approach to yeast fermenting methods. The bottle says nothing about how it is brewed, but the taste seems to indicate it’s a standard American lager brewed with pumpkin and other spices.

It begins surprisingly bitter with a taste that’s somewhat like saltwater, but not nearly as strong. It’s more strange than it is off-putting. Then all the spices and flavors come rushing in - a pretty tasty assemblage of nutmeg, cinnamon, a hint of cardamom and of course pumpkin. Not quite as sweet as your average "pumpkin pie" beer, this is more like a bock with autumn seasoning added.

As it warms the lager base makes itself known. I begin to taste a noticeable corn flavor, almost like high fructose corn syrup - a seemingly artificial sweetness and overly sticky texture for a lager. Not that this is OE800 + pumpkin, but a pumpkin beer recipe that probably would’ve worked much better as an ale. Something seems off, I can’t put my finger on it, but it’s not enough to ruin all the good aspects about the palate here.

Mouthfeel: Thicker and softer than your average lager. This is no fizzy beer, although there is a slightly dry aftertaste from the spice.

Drinkability: Lakefront Pumpkin Lager drinks like an ale with a medium body and surprisingly smooth mouthfeel and finish. It’s probably best drank at colder lager temperatures, though, as warmth seems to unmask the flaws. It’s not quite sweet enough to work as a dessert beer, although I could see it pairing well with Thanksgiving dinner.

Grade: 6/10

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