Beer: Pumpkin Lager Beer
Brewery: Lakefront Brewery
Style: Pumpkin Lager
Serving Style: Bottle
Drinking Establishment: Chez Wood
Primary Consumer: Kerensa
Sight: Slightly hazy golden body with a white head that disappears after a second or two.
Smell: I can smell this from a foot away: it’s incredibly sweet–filled with notes of whipped cream, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and canned pumpkin. This guy might smell the most like pumpkin pie of all the pumpkin beers ever.
Flavor: Quite similar to the aroma, this might be the beer version of that “Whipped Vodka” crap. It’s quite pie-like in flavor, with a signature sugariness I have not found in other Pumpkin Ales (well, this is a Pumpkin Lager, so there’s that). There are notes of sugary sweet pie crust, almost like a sugar cookie, with cinnamon. So perhaps more accurately, it tastes like a snicker doodle. Though, the last note is that of a Starbucks pumpkin pie muffin (distinctive from other muffins due to its ultra high sugar content).
Feel: Thin and almost watery, with some carbonation.
Concluding Remark: Well, many would consider this Pumpkin brew to be just a little too sugary–it falls into the caricature of a Pumpkin Ale category. What is different about Lakefront Brewery’s pumpkin beer is that it’s a lager, while most pumpkin beers are ales. Thus, there are no bitter flavors that balance the sweet pumpkin-ness; instead, the pumpkin pie spices stage a takeover and dominate all other components of the brew. Overall, it is just a little too sweet for me, but if you’re looking to drink some pumpkin pie tonight, you won’t be disappointed with a slice of Lakefront Brewery’s pumpkin.