urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - NOV 1, 2002
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Lively Vienna/Marzen, beutiful amber with amazing clarity. Flavor is a superb malt-hops balance (malt almost flawless). Good stuff-reminsicent of Victory Fest-Dominion Octoberfest.
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 26, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottled First Week Of September) These lakefront beers have great clarity. Nice malty nose, it is like I stuck my head into a bag of grain. Sweet, but not too sticky. I like it but I find it hard to categorize.
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 25, 2002
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2003 Bright glowing amber in color, nice frothy head that cling to my glass. Light caremel malty aroma, flavors of sweet caramel, very balanced, smooth clean finish, great for the vienna style, great session brew.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - OCT 5, 2002
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
crystal clear amber color, very simple smooth taste. A good session beer
heykevin (1273) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - SEP 23, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nothing like the changing of seasons to get me revisit styles I haven’t in a while, well that and access to a hyped beer. This guy is definitely work the effort to find. Attractive (if subdued) malty aroma. Flavor is smooth and wonderful. I wouldn’t classify it as particularly complex, but it is a wonderfully nutty, slightly anisey flavor that is backed by a nice hop kiss. Nice mouthfeel, without being particularly thick in the mouth, which for something short of a bock is definitley an advantage. I wish I had more easy access to this guy, as it would go wonderfully with many a fall evening.
Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 14, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice amber color, with a thick long lasting head. Malty smell, with a bit of fruit. Fantastic mouthfeel, light and crisp. The taste is subtle and hard to define...slightly caramelly, but with a sweeter bite to it. It feels like the opposite of the Belgians I’ve tried. While those club you over the head with a variety of flavors, here the flavors are in the background, blended together well. A laid-back beer, if that makes any sense. Goes down very smooth, and I could see making this one of my everyday beers.
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - SEP 14, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep,bright amber. Minimal head. Huge nose of malt, caramel, hops, touch of peat and others. Medium bodied that has a bit of a watery texture, lots of toasty malt flavors, caramel, cascades are there but the malts keep them at bay. I love malt:) A damn fine vienna but I think I like Elliot Ness a bit more. Thank you Psychprof.
baseballguy (246) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 12, 2002
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
Explosively foamy out of the botle, in the exact manner of the Lakefront Cream City Pale Ale I recently rated. What little beer there was left in the bottle was moderately tasty, but I can see what others have meant about the Lakefront freshness problem. My Riverwest Stein was bottled in July (2002, presumably) and was purchased in Appleton, Wisconsin, so there really shouldn’t have been any problem with it. I’m disappointed in Lakefront so far; my apologies to my esteemed colleague muzzlehatch.
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - AUG 30, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice amber pour with a big white head.Nice aroma, a little sweetness,malt a hint of hops. This is a delicious beer. Very satisfying and definately has the ability to be a top rate session beer.
NDmullet (208) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - AUG 17, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours like a glass of iced tea, with a frothy, disintegrating head. Nice whiffs of biscuity malt, honey, almond, and tangy Cascades. Startling complexity for a lager, with different aspects of this beer calling for attention at each sip. Seems to defy categorization, sometimes like a bitter, sometimes like an Oktoberfest, maybe even an APA? This rating is for the superb bottled version, but it is even better on draft in Milwaukee.
Also, a very neat, colorful label; in fact, one of my favorites in recent memory.