Lakefront New Grist ABV 5.1%
In this age of allergy everything, I have taken on a little challenge of tasting a Gluten free beer. At first, like many of you, I kind of turned my nose up to the thought of a beer not made with barley. After some chiding and nudging I decided to taste one and that’s where my Lakefront New Grist Sorghum beer comes in today.
Let’s jump right into the review, it pours a very adjunct lager pale color, clear with minimal head. The smell is hard to discern, very faint fruity smell and I had to get my nose deep in my cup. Ok then I took a nice swig of the beer and you get this sweet, apple taste reminiscent to a watery Lindemans Apple Lambic beer. No hop profile at all. Then the aftertaste kicks in and makes me cringe like I just walked into a fart cloud at Walmart. It has a nice mouthfeel though, nicely carbonated and very refreshing.
That aftertaste though is a kick in the nads and really makes you think twice about taking another sip. But in the effort of research I push forward and take another sip. Same watery apple and super sour flavor, first impression confirmed. I handed some to my wife to get some validation and she didn’t like it.
In all fairness I do not like sour beers and Lakefront New Grist kind of reminded me of a sour beer. Maybe a sour beer drinker might find this beer refreshing and enjoyable but I do not. I’m going to try some other gluten free beers but I don’t think I’ll ever try this one again. Maybe if I had a gluten allergy I might think twice but I can’t palate that swift kick in the teeth of sour apples but if you have tried Lakefront New Grist let me know what you think in the comments below.