Lakefront Cherry Lager

The other half was in New York while I was at work Saturday and she was nice enough to make a beer run for me. We ended up Philly the next day and made a beer run there too. So, now I have a crapload of beer…see below for what came home in the haul.




So, as you can see, I’m going to be stocked up for a little bit with most of them being beers I can’t get in Jersey. Anyways, the other half picked up the beer below for review, again because it’s a fruit beer. Let’s see how she liked it.


ABV: 5.5%

Style: Fruit/Vegetable Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Fact: Cherry Lager cannot be sipped without the drinker bearing a grin. Our spring seasonal pours a bright pink, lacy head on top of a brilliant red body as a lavish, fruit-forward aroma rises from the glass. The medium-light body is jam packed with bright Wisconsin Montmorency cherry tartness, followed by two-row pale malt and Mt. Hood hops. The initial burst of flavors wane, leaving a distinctive lager crispness and mild cherry tartness. Try our Cherry Lager with broiled walleye or whitefish fillets, especially if they’re topped with a fruit salsa. For an interesting twist, try making a Cherry Lager float with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!”

Random: I’m really excited about the Cascade beers. I’ve never seen them before and they always gets really well rated.

This beer poured with one finger, cream-colored head. It dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a clear mahogany color with no visible carbonation. The nose reminded me of cherry cough syrup that I had as a kid with some toasted malts along for the ride. The taste started with artificial cherry syrup and toasted bread without much else. The body was really, really thin and the carbonation was way too low. The finish was thankfully quick with musty old cherries. This beer was “meh” at best and I wouldn’t rush back to have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Lakefront Beer Line

The other half is finally home! It’s nice to be back to our normal routine and end of quarter is almost over. I’m pretty much exhausted, so I’m looking forward to things being back to normal. Anyways, I had this brew a few days ago, even though barleywines are a little out of season for my liking.


ABV: 12.5%

Style: American Barleywine

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Beer Line is an off-the-rail barley wine style ale: rich, malty, multi-layered, and copper-amber. The off-white head liberates aromas of strawberry, dried-fruit, grapefruit, and papaya. The smooth, malt-forward flavor is equally complex, with undertones of caramel and toffee. Not overly sweet by any means, organic Bravo hops balance the malt syrup sweetness, finishing slightly spicy with a pleasurable alcohol warmth. We recommend serving Beer Line as an after-dinner digestif. It will pair well with the sharp flavors of an American-style Gorgonzola or a five year cheddar. Beer Line’s dried fruit flavors will rhyme with the nutty, fruity aroma of a rich Stilton.”

Random: I’m looking forward to actually watching some baseball on my days off.

This brew poured with a two finger, slightly off white head that dissipated slowly and left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a slightly cloudy dark mahogany color with light carbonation visible. The nose was very strong. I got some booze with toffee and maple syrup. There was also some dried fruit to it, with a touch of golden raisin. The taste was very similar to the nose. I got caramel, toffee and raisins with some bourbon and oak. The booze was pretty apparent on this one and had a bit of burn on it. The body was on the thicker side and had moderate carbonation. The finish was long with oak and bourbon. This brew was pretty decent. It wasn’t outstanding, but it was definitely solid. I would try this one again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Lakefront Wheat Monkey

You know what really annoys me? When I review a beer and the brewery website doesn’t have any information about the beer. I think they’re still brewing it? Maybe? Anyways, I picked this one up and the label is interesting…? Let’s see if I liked this one.


ABV: 4.2%

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Trivia: According to, “Pours a pale straw color, with a finger of fizzy white head. A faint, sweet wheat grain, subtle savory spice, coriander, and a twinge of lemon on the nose. Upon first sip a moderately sweet wheat, with bubblegum undertones and mild floral hops.”

Random: I’m not normally a huge fan of Lakefront beers.

This one poured with a one finger white head that dissipated quickly and left absolutely no lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy straw yellow with very little carbonation, which was surprising, especially for the style. The nose was very mild with lemon and a touch of honey, without anything else. The taste was incredibly watery and bland. After a bunch of sips, I got some lemon with wheat and then a stainless steel sort of taste, which would have been more unpleasant if it wasn’t so watery. A slight wheat flavor came through as well. The body as mentioned was incredibly watery and it had very, very low carbonation for the style. The finish was almost instantaneous with wheat. This beer was really boring and I wouldn’t have it again. It didn’t do a thing for me.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Lakefront 25th Anniversary Belgian-Style Apricot Ale

After my incident last night with my toe, I was not looking forward to heading to work today. I was rewarded with today being exceptionally slow. It was slow to the point of boredom. I got through with lots and lots of cups of coffee. I definitely prefer when it’s busier at work because it makes the day go so much quicker. Today just dragged, and the weather didn’t help. Anyways, here’s a brew that I picked up awhile back in a four-pack for the other half. Let’s see how I liked it.


ABV: 6%

Style: Fruit/Vegetable Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The second volume of our Anniversary Series is this Belgian-style apricot ale. Pours a golden-orange color from the apricot purée with a fine, off-white head. The apricot-forward nose, followed by spice and malt, gives way to mild pear and melon esters followed by a biscuity malt aroma. The fruit melds well with the malty sweetness, like apricot preserves on a fresh baked biscuit, while earthy and spicy U.S. Saaz hops balance the sweet entry. Apricot, malt, and spicy hop flavors all linger, a refreshing crowd pleaser on a summer day. This fruit-infused Belgian begs to be paired with a turkey leg with an apricot glaze, grilled chicken topped with apricot or peach relish, or a tempeh wrap with apricot chutney. Also try it with a wedge of earthy and nutty gruyere.”

Random: Michael Vick is visiting the Jets. I think they’d actually be a good fit for him.

This brew poured with a huge head, it wasn’t a big help that I vigorously poured this one either. It was about four fingers high and slightly off white in color. It dissipated slowly, yet left no lacing on the glass. The body was a very hazy burnt orange color with very high carbonation visible. The nose was pretty pungent on this one. I got Belgian yeast, dried apricots and then some spice to it. It also had a weird musty aroma to it. The taste was a bit on the sweet side with lots of dried apricots, then some apple and pear notes as well. The brew was definitely a fruit forward one, with notes of yeast only at the end with a touch of spice. The body was on the thicker side with moderate carbonation. It had a long fruity finish. This beer was only okay to me. The fruit tasted a bit artificial and there was not enough of a yeast presence for me. I wouldn’t rush back to this one.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Lakefront Fuel Cafe (Coffee Flavored Stout)

Since craft beer has really exploded in the past few years, I tend to separate breweries into different categories. I have the breweries that I consider outstanding. I pretty much love every single beer from. Then, there are the breweries that are good. I mostly enjoy what they put out with a few exceptions. After that, I have the pedestrian breweries. Their beers are mostly okay. They never really impress me and they’re drinkable. Lakefront so far, has been in this last category. To be fair, I’ve only had two of their beers excluding this one, but neither was impressive. Third time’s the charm?

ABV: 5.93%

Style: American Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This unique stout combines the flavor of organic roasted malts and Milwaukee’s renowned organic Fuel Café coffee. Pours a deep, dark color with a beautiful creamy tan head. Coffee aromas dominate the nose, with a background of roasted malt. The fine balance of mild organic hops, gentle brightness of choice coffee and the full mouthfeel from roasted malted barley make this an unforgettable brew. Pairs well with roasted entrées or desserts. Try it with roast beef topped with sautéed mushroom gravy, or wait until after dinner and enjoy with creamy tiramisu or fresh berries atop vanilla ice cream.”

Random: I’m now up to listening to Broadway on my iTunes, specifically the musical, “Wicked.”

This brew poured with a finger of tan head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown with moderate carbonation. The nose definitely had a lot of coffee. But, it smelled like burnt coffee, like the kind my grandmother used to leave on the stove all day. Some dark chocolate came through as well. The taste started with the same burnt coffee that was in the nose and then rather abruptly went into bitter dark chocolate. Some malt came along for the ride as well. The beer was on the light side of stout and suffered from under carbonation. The finish lasted way too long with burnt coffee. I guess third time wasn’t the charm.

Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0

Lakefront Bock Beer

After all the typing that I did today, I’m back for one more review. I really should be in bed, saying that I have to be up around 0600 to go to an EMT refresher class, but I can’t sleep. I’m hoping a review will wear me out a little bit and make me feel like going to bed. I didn’t get much sleep last night because at 0700, I had a four-year old decide that she wanted to jump on me while I was in a dead sleep. So, tonight’s brew is another one from the bock six-pack.

ABV: 6.7%

Style: Bock

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A traditional bock beer, using 100% Munich malt and balanced with German Hallertau hops. Pours a fiery orange-garnet color with a thick, pale-orange head. The aroma is malty with a hint of the noble German hops. Maltiness dominates the flavor, but with a very complex background of hop bitterness, floral yeast character and a very intriguing nutty quality. Very drinkable!”

Random: I didn’t know that QVC had Apple products now. Interesting.

This brew poured with a two finger off white head that dissipated slowly and left no lacing on my pint glass. The body was a hazy mahogany color with lots of active carbonation visible throughout the body. The nose was a little different than I was used to for the style. It had this floral sweetness followed up by generous amounts of malt. The taste was the exact carbon copy of the nose. It was floral, then had a bit of nuttiness and sweetness and malt. The floral thing continues to throw me for a loop. I’m not exactly sure I like it or not. The booze doesn’t really play into this brew. The body is medium with higher than average carbonation. The finish was quick with that floral thing. For me, after a few sips, it was alright, but not something that I would seek out.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Lakefront New Grist Sorghum Beer

The second beer of the night. This is another one that Katie picked. I’m not quite sure why she did…I mean, neither of us have any issues with gluten. But, hey, I know it’s hard to pick out beer for me. So, let’s try this one.

ABV: 5.75%

Style: Fruit/Vegetable Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “New Grist is a one-of-akind beer brewed without wheat or barley: the first of its kind that can be enjoyed by those with Celiac Disease. It is the first beer to be certified gluten-free by the US Government. Each batch we brew is tested for its gluten contents before it is bottled and shipped. New Grist is brewed from sorghum, rice, hops, water, yeast. These ingredients are carefully combined to form a crisp, refreshing “session ale: brewed for those on a gluten-free diet, or anyone with an appreciation for a great tasting, handmade beer. It pours a brilliant gold color, with a bubbly head and light, fruity aroma. The flavor is crisp and refreshing, fruity and smooth at the same time. Hints of green apple slice through the maltiness of the sorghum, making this an extremely quaffable beer. A great pairing with grilled veggies and fish, also very good with a burger and fries.”

Random: My meow is sleeping on his scratchy post right now…it’s quite cute.

The brew poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated almost instantly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a clear golden yellow with a generous amount of carbonation visible throughout. The nose had this weird fruit aroma to it. After extensive discussion with my sister, we agreed on green apple. The taste fell a bit short of the nose. It still had some prominent apple flavor with a little lemon. The body was too watery for me and the carbonation was light at best. It finished quickly with some tart apple. Honestly, not as bad as I thought this was going to be. The flavor was alright, but it was almost like ice melted in the beer. I just wish it had more substance to it.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0