muzzlehatch (4963) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - APR 1, 2002
12/10/01 Bottled, first try. Beautiful tawny red/brown, thick body with a lovely meringuelike head; typically strong aroma from this brewer, heavily malty with notes of figs and pie spices. Flavor is just a bit of a letdown, too dominated by alcohol (this goes down more like a doppel, I’d guess an ABV of 7% or more), but with a thick mouthfeel and oaky smoky taste, which dominates the wonderful ending, as scotch-like and strong as you’ll find in an American bock. Superb; reminiscent of Spaten Opt more than anything else, and another fine example from America’s best unknown brewery.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 14, 2005
2nd rating, April 1. After 5 more months, this brew is starting to lose its head more quickly, and seems to be taking on more wine-like qualities. I’m liking the flavor more and more; some serious caramel and toffee, candied fruit; mmm reminds me almost of their Barley Wine. I’m ready to put this just about at the level of Celebrator...
Freshly brewed and bottled for a March 2005 release, obtained by cutting a deal with a lady at Lakefront to give me a bottle of this in exchange for 2 brewery tour tokens. Poured as a picture-perfect example of a bock - deep, amber brown. Thin, tan head. Smelled acidic with a strange whiff of a lemon-malt combination. Tasted of quality roasted malts, oak-cask and toasted walnuts. Got deeper and richer as the experience went on. Awesome, solid contribution of a Bock beer - both to the category and to Lakefront’s legacy of offerings. JPDIPSO (6236) - Wauwatosa, USA - MAR 11, 2002
A good bock. A dark amber appearance. Good caramel malt flavors with just a touch of toastiness. Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - MAY 24, 2003
Dark brown color.no head at all.Malty sweet aroma mild hopping,nice citrus tone to it as well.malty sweet taste.very faint hop presence in the after tastemostly it's all malt with a slight earthy nutty tone.A pretty decent brew all around.Well worth the trade. beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - APR 23, 2004
Clear dark amber copper color with a thin, firm, dusted brown head. Soft, supple, clean, sweet bready malt nose with touches of brown sugar and molasses. Bold taste, firm grabbing sweet bready malt base thats lightly chewy with a light drying tang that keeps a nice sweet coating in the mouth. Bits of herbalness in a very light hopping sneak through nearer the finish. Close to full body, smooth and clean with a very present sweet tang coating the palate leaving some chewy, nearly cloying effects across the entire tongue. I usually don't enjoy the regular bocks due to having accustomedized my tastes towards the more hefty doppels. That said, this is a pretty straight up hefty bock that I can finally put some trust in for the style. A fine and tasty lager bock beer by Lakefront.
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - SEP 11, 2007
12 oz. bottle, notched bottling date along the right side of label, sampled in a pilsener glass.
Poured a partly cloudy chestnut brown with a two inch high foamy pale tan head that slowly settled into a creamy lacing, minimal amount of ringed sticking.
I like the nose on this, lightly roasted caramel malts, grainy brown bread and dark fruits, pretty spot on for the style.
Smooth creamy medium body, crisp and dry finishing, the carbonation also gives this an airy feel. The malts are quite tasty, lightly roasted caramel and a subtle caramelized brown sugar that adds the right amount of sweetness. A taste of brown bread towards the end. Fresh fig-like fruitiness that stays in balance with the other flavors. Soft hop bitterness in the middle that gives way to the yeast and malts in the finish.
Highly enjoyable bock from Lakefront, easily my favorite from this brewery.
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - JAN 25, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2003 I have had this at the brewery and in a bottle. A deep amber/coffee color with a small head. Nice roasted/malt/raisin aroma/ taste. Becomes even better if you put it away for a couple of months. CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 15, 2003
Dark amber brwon colored with a thin frothy head. Aroma of an American standard with more malt and some roasted notes. Thick with a sweet caramel palate and an earthy finish, like freshly mowed grass. Pretty complex and very smooth, fulfilling, and drinkable. One of Lakefront's best that I've had. Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 31, 2004
Reddish brown color with almost no head. Subtle caramel scent. Distinct caramel flavor as well. Nice thick mouthfeel. Very enjoyable. BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 9, 2005
Carmel hue with ruby and copper highlights, small fizzy head which fades to a small ring and some lace. The aroma has notes of caramel and pale malts, floral and spicy hops, a hint of apple and plum, a touch of walnut and some phenolic fumes. The taste starts sweet and malty but a quick hit of bitters and acidic fruit adds some nice depth of palate. The finish is a bit nutty and surprising clean and dry. This beer is overall medium-bodied with a fizziness that refreshes. Sum is greater than the parts and this is one tasty bock, BRAVO Lakefront! Quite Recommended.