Lakefront New Grist Ginger Style Ale

Reviewed by on July 10, 2015 in Gluten-Free Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

  • Origin: Milwaukee, WI, US

  • Rated On: July 10, 2015

  • Best Before: December 2, 2015

  • ABV: 4.7%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: Ginger Beer

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

This is the Lakefront Brewery’s New Grist gluten-free beer, all gingered up, and made with rice in addition to the base sorghum. Now I know why I’m not in support of nutrition labeling on beer – good ol’ cognitive dissonance!

This 12oz bottle pours a clear, very pale golden straw colour, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and mildly bubbly bone-white head, which leaves a bit of splattered sudsy lace in places around the glass as it quickly fizzles away.

It smells of sharp, musty ginger root, a sugary, thankfully indistinct graininess, other muddled earthy spices (maybe some black pepper and cinnamon), and the suggestion of metallic alcohol. The taste contains a lessened ginger flavour, yet with the heat remaining, a grainy, pithy, and tainted-seeming sweetness (think aspartame), more flat earthy spice, and a touch of dead leafy and weedy hop bitterness. The carbonation is fairly light-footed in its frothy tripping across my palate, the body medium-light in weight, and so-so smooth, the rice apparently not capable of totally obfuscating that sorghum clamminess. It finishes off-dry, the ginger lingering well amongst the still tongue-scrape worthy ‘malt’.

At least the guest ginger performs multiple duties here – beyond its flavour and zest, it mostly obscures the banalities of the two non-standard grain sources, a typical issue in true Gluten-Free beers. Not particularly difficult to drink, but man, is it making me jones for some Royal Jamaican on this 30C+ summer day.

Brady White

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