Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - DEC 9, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I was not expecting to, but I enjoyed this beer. I am far from a spiced beer fan, but this is the second spiced beer from Lakefront that I enjoyed (the other being Lakefront Holiday Spice). It has just the right amount of pumpkin, it sorta reminds me of munching on pumpkin seeds.
Frank (2757) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2003
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2004 This one pours a slightly cloudy light amber with a nice white ring of head. Nose is mildly spicy with a hint of sweet malts. Somewhat lacking in texture--a bit thin with maybe a tad too much carbonation. Slightly tart with a touch of bitterness. The spices are well done but I find myself craving a stronger malt profile to hold them up. Though I’m generally a sucker for these spiced winter beers, this one doesn’t quite do it for me.
alcoholica (128) - Dublin, Ohio, USA - NOV 17, 2003
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured and orange-copper color, small white head. Smell of pumpkin, cinnamon and other spices. Tasted very pumpkin pie like. Probably would be better mixed as an ale instead of a lager. Decent beer.
Darkover (1512) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 31, 2003
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2004 Light amber color with a small white head. Strong cinnamon aroma. Flavor of cinnamon, other spices and a little pumpkin. Pretty watery.
redlem (1301) - Ohio, USA - OCT 27, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A pumpkin beer that actually smells like pumpkin, what a novelity. Not overly spiced to compensate for lack of pumpkin like in other pumpkin beers. Some mace and allspice aroma along with the noticable pumpkin aroma. A nice pumpkin taste that balances well with the spices. Nothing is over the top, a very nice beer. I enjoyed it.
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 26, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Oh, pours a hazy amber body with a large fizzy tan head. The aroma is robust and SPICY, reasonable amounts of cinnamon, nutmeg, and fairly pronounce pumpkin. Also a sensible maltyness in attendance, with a slightly bitter finish…. Overall making this pretty decent Pumpkin Lager.
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 20, 2003
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2003 Orange-amber color, coarse, dissipating head. Aroma of cinammon. Decent body, flavors of cinammon. Not as heavy on the cinammon as "Buffalo Bill's", but it's still way too much and doesn't allow the subtle pumpkin flavor to come through. Not a compliment to Lakefront's time-tested and smooth lager.
Update: After reading the other ratings here, I can't believe I'm drinking the same beer. Hardly a mention of cinammon. Maybe their recipe is less than precise or this year's cinammon is unusually potent.
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - OCT 15, 2003
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear golden with an orange hue. Head is small and reduces to just a thin white film. Has a nice spicy aroma of cinnimaon, allspice and nutmeg that resembles pumpkin pie well. As others mention, a bit over carbonated and thin. Flavor isn't all that bad but could be fuller. Doesn't match the aroma at all. A little bitter. I haven't had a good pumpkin Ale in years and the last good one I had was BB's several years ago.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - OCT 11, 2003
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Too carbonated. For a lighty hopped beer it has too much bitterness. Aroma is nice and spiced, but there isnt much pumpkin beyond the unpleasant mouthfeel.
edden (926) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 9, 2003
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2003 10/9/03: bottle.
wonderful aroma of nutmeg and cinnamon. orange body with a fair amount of almond colored head. lots of spice to the taste; cinnamon and nutmeg. other than being spicy this beer kind of flattens out and there is not much there. the finish allows you to believe that you just had a mouthful of warm pumpkin pie.