Lakefront Pumpkin Lager

Reviewed by on October 15, 2014 in Autumn Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

  • Origin: Milwaukee, WI, US

  • Rated On: October 10, 2014

  • Best Before: Bottled June 26, 2014

  • ABV: 6.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Pumpkin Beer

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Milwaukee, Wisconsin’s Lakefront Brewery makes a few different pumpkin ales, as well as this pumpkin lager, which is a new one for me, I think.

This 12oz bottle pours a slightly blurry, medium copper amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and mildly creamy dirty white head, which leaves a few specks of remote islet lace around the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of vegetal pumpkin puree, clove, cinnamon, and ginger spice, bready pale malt, and a further singed brown sugar sweetness. The taste is more sugary pumpkin pie all the way – grainy malt, baked fleshy gourd, nutmeg, cinnamon and zesty ginger – with a certain metallic astringency – and a hint of muddled hop bitterness. The bubbles are fairly frothy in their moderate bearing, the body a sturdy medium weight for a lager, and mostly smooth, the metallic nature near overcome by a low-key creaminess. It finishes off-dry, the lingering sweet pumpkin and bready malt shedding a large part of the spice.

A pleasant spiced seasonal pumpkin brew, you pretty much wouldn’t know this was a lager unless the label said so – I’ve had plenty of lighter-seeming pumpkin ales. Perhaps a bit drier than the impression I have thus far given, which makes this something that I could see having a few of, come time to dole out the goods to the roaming neighborhood kiddies.

Brady White

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