Lakefront Pumpkin Lager

Lakefront Brewery

Appearance

This pours a bright golden color and produces a finger of white head. This fizzes out fast and I’m left with a swampy membrane. The body is fairly hazy and showcases some heavy carbonation.

Aroma

The nose is filled with a bright, vegetal pumpkin and a more mild citrus aspect. Also noticeable are some staple spices including cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and perhaps cardamom. Its underbelly smells evenly sweet and bitter.

Taste

Up front I find a mild pumpkin and spice sensation. The spice bill is a bit more prevalent than expected. It consists of cinnamon, nutmeg and cardamom. These wash in and out of a lighter but fresh pumpkin ingredient. As I transition to the back, both the pumpkin flavor and the base character builds. The foundation is mostly malty, delivering an enjoyable sweetness paired with the pumpkin flavor. There’s also a heightened taste of pumpkin. It finishes with a nice combination of sweet malt and earthy hops as well as pumpkin and light spice. The pumpkin flavor is admirable, especially considering this is a lager.

Mouthfeel

This is a lighter-bodied beer with some heavy carbonation. The palate is combed with a light, enjoyable texture. Beyond that, it’s really wet and very easy going down.

Overall

Unlike most options, this one is a lager and it’s one done well. It’s character is rich and provides a solid marriage of malt and hops. In terms of the pumpkin, it’s quite filled with natural pumpkin taste. Its complexity might be expected and its balance might be just right but its flavor is undoubtedly good. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: don’t let the term “lager” steer you away. This is a surprisingly solid pumpkin beer option.

 

3.5