This traditional lager is brewed with generous amounts of Munich malt, giving it a wonderful orange hue with a rocky, off-white head. Light hop aromas balance out a slightly floral nose from the German lager yeast. Balanced hop bitterness offsets the substantial malt body, while the lager yeast adds a subtlety of flavor that makes this a great rendition of a German classic. Prost!
Taste Expectations: Malty of course – sweet caramel malts. You’ll also pick up a little bread & biscuit. A good solid American marzen.
Food Pairings: German food! Sausages and pretzels, buttery spaetzle or creamy soups.
Availability: 12oz/6pks. No draft specified.
History: In 1989, Lakefront Brewery owner, Russ Klisch was ready dusty brewing tome, tipping one of our fine lagers and came across a beer recipe that Thomas Jefferson had brewed with pumpkin at his home in Monticello.
Taste Expectations: Pours a light orange with an off-white head. Flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves meld well with a slightly sweet background that actually does taste a bit like pumpkin. Caramel and munich malts reinforce this beer’s mouthfeel and lend to the malty sweetness.
Availability: 12oz/6pks. No Draft. Seasonal offering.
Fun Fact: This beer is a lager – while most pumpkin beers are ales.
I love the name. Lakefront Brewing (Milwaukee, WI) follows “Fixed Gear” red ale with a new release dubbed “Wheat Monkey”. Not every fall release has to been malty and boozy! This monkey is a year round offering from Lakefront. This is the beer’s first trip to Atlanta.
Wheat Monkey Ale captures the fresh, unfiltered spontaneity of our brewers’ creativity. Crisp and refreshing year-round, this American Wheat Ale pours a lazy, hazy golden color. Its large, white, foamy head can be attributed to the generous amount of malted white wheat added to the mash. The aroma is enhanced by our fruity house ale yeast and its fresh baked bread flavors are perfectly balanced with a Cascade hop addition.
Beer Rundown: (Of known ingredients)
Style: American Pale Wheat
Malts: Malted White Wheat
Taste Expectations: Sweet nose. Bready, light wheat & hops. Straw. Pale malts.
Food Pairings: Lakefront recommends a wide range of foods, such as green salads, feta and gouda cheeses, steamed or baked seafood, and grilled chicken.
Availability: 12oz/6 pks. Draft. Year round offering.
Fixed Gear is a beer the brewers of Lakefront had been working on for about 2 years for a local brewpub. Through the different batches the recipe grew more aggressive and bold, eventually arriving at the Fixed Gear recipe. This beer is a testament to the bike messengers of Milwaukee who ride fixed gear bikes – or bikes with no brakes. It takes a good deal of courage and insanity to ride one – say Russ Klisch, owner of Lakefront in a press release. From the label –
“Inspired by the energy and audacity of the fixed gear courier, Lakefront Brewery ran smack into this arresting creation. Fixed Gear is a big, bold American red ale. It pours a glaring crimson tone with a rocky white head and a brilliant floral-citrus aroma, thanks to an aggressive dry hopping. Its immodest, malty spine and intrepid caramel flavors blow in via gratuitous amounts of 2-row pale and dark caramel malts. A balanced citrus bite comes from Chinook and Cascade hops followed shortly by mild, fruity esters from the ale yeast. Weighing in at a mean 6.5% ABV and 34 IBU’s, this one’s got an attitude.”
Hops – Chinook, Cascade. Dry hopped w/ cascade
Malts – 2 Row Pale, Dark Caramel.
Taste Expectations – Caramel malt & grain. Citrus & Fruity hop flavors with some hop bitterness on the finish. Solid malt flavor throughout.
Availability – 22oz Bombers. Draft only in WI.