Our First Lakefront Brewery Review
Brewed in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Another new addition to our growing beer review library! This time, it’s Lakefront Brewery out of Wisconsin. They make 2 gluten free beers. The New Grist Pilsner and the New Grist Ginger Ale. Both beers are brewed with 100% gluten free ingredients and are therefore safe for any level of intolerance.
The New Grist Pilsner will be the topic of review today. It was first released in 2005 and apparently, was the first to be granted federal approval to brew a gluten free beer. Its only ingredients are water, rice, sorghum, hops, and gluten-free yeast grown on molasses. I can’t say I’m tickled by the ingredients, but this is a Pilsner after all, so I will calm my hop-head and give it a fair shot.
The Taste Test
New Grist Pilsner
The New Grist Pilsner pours a golden yellow with a thin head that dissolves quickly, but the bubbles remain…a very audibly fizzy pilsner-style ale. It has that snap-crackly-pop sound even 10 minutes after the pour as I write this. By the way, the video of the pour can be spotted on the @glutenfreebeers Instagram.
The light-bodied 5.1 ABV ale smells lightly of fruit…tart fruit. But besides that, the aroma is mild as session ales often are. This beer is extremely clear. So clear that you can read the label straight through it!
Okay, enough babbling…time for a taste.
This pilsner is fruity, again–not in an overly sweet way, but in a mildly sweet & tart sort of way. It tastes crisp, sharp even. But also has a malty background taste that lingers longer than the crispness. The malty quality isn’t my favorite part of this brew, but the longer I sip it, the less it bothers me. (Again…reminding myself that we are reviewing a pilsner…Ha!)
At the end of the day, if you like Pilsner-style ales and need a completely safe gluten free option, I think you will like this New Grist Pilsner by Lakefront Brewery. If you are not a fan of sorghum brewed beers, this might not be your first go-to. But it’s certainly a drinkable option.
Stand by for the New Grist Ginger Ale review…coming soon!