3fourths (8549) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 24, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Slightly murky orange with a huge foamy tan head but it dies quickly. Sweet pumpkin syrup and candy smell, a bit artificial. Taste has some rye, cardamom, soap and some sweet peach. Too candy-like.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 17, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Lakefront's pumpkin effort is one of the better ones of its ilk. A fairly spicy little ditty this is and chock full of gourd goodness. Like with most other things Lakefront does, this is done right with enough ingredients added so that the flavor is rich and full. Also, the underlying lager is moderately-malty as well, so I think residents of Milwaukee can be proud of this locally-brewed Halloween beer.
psychoanalyst (16) - USA - DEC 16, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Having had other pumpkin lagers I was dissapointed by this one. Pumpkin taste was lacking and the carbonation was too powerful for me.
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 (3292) - 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 (1527) - 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 (1306) - 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.