Beer Wednesday – Guest Post: Lakefront Organic ESB
I’m back again for another week sampling a beer for The Vegan’s Husband. Today we’re sampling a beer that I found digging around the beer case at Whole Foods Market a few weeks ago. This beer comes from Lake Front Brewery out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The thing that got me to even try this was the Organic Label. I’m a sucker for anything labeled organic, because I honestly believe in the principle of putting less chemicals in/on things. The ingredient list was simple, water, hops, malt. Just my kind of brew. I don’t typically do ESBs, but given that I started moving my palate towards that of IPAs I figured what did I have to lose. It seems to stick with the beers of summer theme anyway. Given that Whole Food’s had it, I have a feeling there is a better than average shot to find it anywhere in the US.
The brew has an ABV of 5.8 % and an IBU of 24. Surprisingly less than most IPAs, or I should say surprising to me given the label. Perhaps that’s just the nature of an ESB. The lacing of this beer was well pronounced on the side of the glass. The pour created a nice bright amber color (The professionals would describe it as copper), bordering on caramel. Not a lot of head on the beer, it’s not a bright white, more like a cream color. The nose definitely blew me away with hops, completely in your face, but that is what I’d expect out of an ESB. The taste was not balanced, but at the same time, it didn’t bother me a whole lot. There was big flavors of citrus, a very small malty finish, and while it had the bitter end to it, I didn’t find it overpoweringly bitter. While I don’t think I’ll switch to drinking ESBs on a regular basis it was nice for a change up. I would give it a 4 out of 5. Surprisingly there seems to be very few organic beers out there, so if you really want an organic beer, you’d be doing yourself a favor to find this one and give it a whirl.